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Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1845

 
Clooney, Clouney, Cloney or Clooney (near Rath)

A parish in the barony of Corcomroe, 3 miles east of Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Munster. Length, eastward, 5 miles; breadth, from 3 furlongs to 4 miles; area, 10,225 acres, 2 roods, 36 perches, of which 17 acres, 28 perches, are water. Pop., in 1831, 3,371; in 1841, 3,077. Houses 478. The surface is moorishly tumulated, or prevailingly hilly and upland. About two-thirds consist of excellent pasture, or, as it is locally called ‘meadow;’ and the remainder is a mixture of bog and arable ground. The greater part of the soil is a fertile clay upon whinstone rock. The declination is to the west; the seaward side approaches within 2 miles of Liscanor bay; and the drainage is affected by the affluents and main stream of the Forsett river. The highest ground, Slievebeg, is situated on the northern boundary; and has an altitude above sea-level of 525 feet. The principal residences are Fort-House, and Ardmore; and the chief hamlets are Farnogue, Derreen, Monearnabricka, Parkbegnakilla, Reanagappa, and Magherareagh. The roads from Ennistymon toward respectively Corrofin and Ennis pass through the interior. This parish is a vicarage, and part of the benefice of KILTORAGHT , in the dio. of Kilfenora. Vicarial tithe composition, 53 6s. 8d. The rectorial tithes, jointly with those of Kiltoraght, are compounded for 166 13s. 4d., and are appropriated to the deanery of Kilfenora. The Roman Catholic chapel has an attendance of 1,000; and, in the Roman Catholic parochial arrangement, is united to that of Kiltoraght. In 1834, the parishioners were all Roman Catholics; and 3 hedge-schools had on their books 170 boys and 77 girls.

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

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