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Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1845

 
Ennistymon

(a)  ENNISTYMON (THE), a westerly flowing river of co. Clare, Munster. "This river forms, for about 2 miles, a boundary between the baronies of Ibrickane and Islands, and, running across the barony of Inchiquin, constitutes the division between that barony and Corcomroe, running for nearly 16 miles, and, receiving the addition of several smaller streams, falls in its passage over a very large ledge of rocks at Ennistymon, and thence into Liscanor bay, forming at high water a very dangerous passage for horses and carriages between Lehinch and Liscanor." [Dutton's Clare.] This stream is also called the Oyna and the Forsett.

(b)  ENNISTYMON, a small market and post town in the parish of Kilmanaheen, barony of Corcomroe, co. Clare, Munster. It stands on the Ennistymon river, 2 miles east of the head of Liscanor bay, 8 north by east of Miltown-Malbay, 9 west of Corrofin, 12 west-north-west of Ennis, and 124 west by south of Dublin. The town is washed by a singularly romantic reach of the Ennistymon river, and encompassed by a range of low and picturesque hills, which are enriched with the plantations of Ennistymon-house, the seat of Andrew Finucane, Esq.; and it probably excels every town and village of its size in Ireland for accessories and environs of scenic power and beauty. The river, while careering down the high and broken ledge of rocks adjacent to the town, forms a rapid as richly picturesque as that of the merry and beauteous stream which dances down upon BALLYSADERE. Ennistymon, though obscure as a place of trade, might, if properly encouraged, figure as conspicuously and prosperously as any small town in the kingdom. Fairs are held on March 25, May 15, July 2, Aug. 22, Sept. 29, Nov. 19, and Dec. 12. A caravan and a mail-car pass through the town, in running between Killaloe and Miltown-Malbay. The district bridewell contains 4 cells, 2 day-rooms, and 2 yards, and is kept in very good order. In the vicinity of the town are the old castle of the O'Briens, and Woodmount, the seat of Mr. Lysaght. The Ennistymon Poor-law union ranks as the 60th, and was declared on Aug. 3, 1839. It lies all in co. Clare, and comprises an area of 152,609 acres, with a pop., in 1831, of 49,637. Its electoral divisions, with their respective pop., in 1831, are Ennistymon, 9,020; Miltown-Malbay, 6,389; Liscanor, 7,797; Kilshanny, 2,013; Killilagh, 3,359; Kilfenora, 3,897; Rath, 2,521; Corrofin, 3,678; Carron, 1,380; Burren, 3,286; Drumcreehy, 2,303; Rathborney, 1,721; and Killonahan, 2,273. Its ex-officio guardians are 7, and its elected guardians 21; and 5 of the latter are elected by Ennistymon division, 3 by Miltown-Malbay, 2 by Liscanor, 2 by Corrofin, and 1 by each of the other divisions. The total nett annual value of property rated is 67,486 17s.; the total number of persons rated is 7,231; and of these, 711 are rated for a valuation not exceeding 1, - 607, not exceeding 2 - and 624, not exceeding 3, - 648, not exceeding 4, - and 575, not exceeding 5. The workhouse was contracted for in June 1840, and was to be completed in Nov. 1841,-to cost 6,600 for building and completion, and 1,200 for fittings and contingencies,-to occupy an area of 6 acres, obtained for an annual rent of 21,-and to contain accommodation for 600 persons. The date of the first admission of paupers was Sept. 5, 1842; the total expenditure thence till Feb. 6, 1843, was 388 12s. 11 d.; and the total previous expenditure was 1,689 8s. 5d. The medical charities within the union are dispensaries at Ennistymon, Ballyvaughan, Corrofin, Kilfenora, and Miltown-Malbay. The Ennistymon dispensary serves for a pop. of 18,907; and, in 1839-40, it expended 20 14s., and administered to 539 patients.-Ennistymon gives name to a Roman Catholic parish in the dio. of Killaloe - KILMANAHEEN. Area of the town, 58 acres. Pop., in 1831, 1,430; in 1841, 2,089. Houses 346. Families employed chiefly in agriculture, 107; in manufactures and trade, 233; in other pursuits, 99. Families dependent chiefly on property and professions, 28; on the directing of labour, 237; on their own manual labour, 153; on means not specified, 21.

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

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