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ERRIGAL-KEROGUE, a parish, in the barony of CLOGHER, county of TYRONE, and province of ULSTER, on the river Blackwater and on the road from Aughnacloy to Omagh; containing, with the greater part of the district parish and post-town of Ballygawley, 9782 inhabitants. This parish, which is also called Errigal-Kieran, from the supposed dedication of its ancient church to St. Kieran, comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 21,139.75 statute acres, including 18 townlands, which now form part of the district parish of Ballygawley. The greater portion is rich arable, meadow, and pasture land, with a large extent of profitable mountain, and a considerable tract of waste. The hills towardsthe south are low and fertile, but towards the north they rise into mountains, the flat summits of which are bog and heath; the mountain of Shantavny rises, according to the Ordnance survey, 1035 feet above the level of the sea. The valleys are watered by streams which, in their descent from the mountains, form numerous picturesque cascades, and in one of them are found fossils and shells, washed down from the beds of limestone. There are extensive quarries of limestone and freestone, from the latter of which was taken the stone for building several of the churches and gentlemen's seats in the neighborhood; and thin veins of coal have been found near Lismore, but though lying very near the surface, they have not been worked. The scenery is strikingly diversified; the glen called Todd's Leap abounds-with romantic features, and at the southern extremity of the parish is a very handsome bridge of one arch over the Blackwater, which, river is also crossed by two other bridges.There are several large corn mills and a tuck-mill for finishing the woollen cloths made in various farm-houses across the parish.
There are two courts held, one every month to collect debts of any amount, the other every three weeks to collect debts with a limit of ﾣ2. The glebe house is at Richmount on 266 acres, and another glebe of 297 acres. The church was erected in 1831 near the site of the ancient structure at Ballinasaggard. There are sone remains of the old church which was founded by Con O'Nial. In the churchyard is a large stone cross and nearby a holy well. The friary was of the third order of franciscans and nearby was an ancient round tower. and three private schools which accommodated about 180 students.There were several schools in which around 700 students were educated.
The 1821 - 1851 census returns were almost all destroyed in a fire, whereas the 1861 - 1891 census returns were destroyed by the government. However, full details from the 1901 & 1911 Census returns are available (and fully-searchable free-of-charge) on-line on the National Archives of Ireland website.
Griffiths Valuation of Ireland - Errigal Keerogue, County Tyrone
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