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Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1845

 
Barony of Clonderalaw A barony in co. Clare, Munster. It is bounded, on the north, by the barony of Islands; on the east, by the estuary of the Fergus; on the south, by the estuary of the Shannon; and, on the west, by the baronies of Moyarta and Ibrickane. Its greatest length, from east to west, is 12 miles; its greatest breadth, from north to south, is 10; and its area is 98,541 acres, 1 rood, 6 perches, of which 23,O28 acres, 2 roods, 12 perches are fresh water, and 22,660 acres, 3 roods, 32 perches are tideway of the estuaries of the Fergus and the Shannon. Its east coast is very frequently but not boldly indented, and is flanked by the numerous green and beauteous isles of the Fergus; and its south coast is very sweepingly varied in outline by the projection of the Clonderalaw peninsula, and the deep incision on this peninsula’s west side of Clonderalaw bay. The surface of the barony, excepting a belt of rich, beautiful low ground along the coast, consists largely of bog and moorish mountain; but, in consequence of abundance of lime being procurable with little trouble and at small expense, it is highly improvable. The streams are all mere rivulets and rills: the principal falls into Clonderalaw bay; but the greater number run eastward to the Fergus. This barony contains the parishes of Kilchrist, Kildysart, Kilfidane, Killimer, Killofin, Kilmichael, and Kilmurray. Its chief villages are Ballinacally, Kildysart, Labasheeda, Knock, and Kilmichael. Its old castles are Clonderalaw, Donogorogue, Redgap, Colesmanstown, Dangan, Crownaghan, Horse-Island, and Cahirmurphy. Pop., in 1831, 25,983; in 1841, 29,413. Houses 4,566. Families employed chiefly in agriculture, 4,074; in manufactures and trade, 682; in other pursuits, 189. Males at and above 5 years of age who could read and write, 4,508; who could read but not write, 1,531; who could neither read nor write, 6,807. Females at and above 5 years of age who could read and write, 1,977; who could read but not write, 2,017; who could neither read nor write, 8,544.

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland, 1845
Courtesy of Clare Local Studies Project

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