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Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1845

 

Kiltoraght

A parish in the barony of Corcomroe, 2 miles south-east of Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Munster. Length, southward, 2 miles; breadth, 2; area, 3,091 acres, 3 roods, 25 perches, - of which 15 acres, 16 perches are water. Pop., in 1831, 1,145; in 1841, 1,074. Houses 163. One-third of the surface consists of prime fattening-land; and the remainder of good tillage-land, with but little bog. The water elevation at the centre of the parish is 252 feet. Lough Fergus lies on the western boundary. The principal hamlet is Knockeighra; and the chief antiquities are Knockaunacurra fort, and the ruin of Inchovea castle. The road from Kilfenora to Ennis passes through the interior. This parish is a vicarage, in the dio. of Kilfenora. Vicarial tithe composition, 30; glebe, 12 2s 2 d. The rectorial tithes, jointly with those of Clouney, are compounded for 166 13s 4d., and are appropriated to the deanery of Kilfenora. The vicarages of Kiltoraght and Clouney constitute the benefice of Kiltoraght. Length, 8 miles; breadth, 3 . Pop., in 1831, 4,516. Gross income, 158 14s 10 d.; nett, 152 5s 7 d. Patron, the diocesan. The church is in a dilapidated state; and the vicar’s house is used as the parochial place of worship, and has an attendance of 4. The Roman Catholic chapels of Kiltoraght and Clouney have an attendance of respectively 200 and 1,000; and, in the Roman Catholic parochial arrangement, are mutually united. In 1834, the Protestants of the parish and the union amounted to 15; the Roman Catholics of the parish and the union to respectively 1,214 and 4,834; a hedge-school in the parish had on its books 69 boys and 40 girls; and 4 daily schools in the union had 239 boys and 117 girls.

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

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