Statistical Survey of the County of Clare, 1808

By Hely Dutton

Chapter V - Section 27

Resident Clergy only

Rev. Frederick Blood, Rath, Kilkeedy, Corofin, &c.
Rev. Thomas Lane,
Rev. Mr. Whitty, rector, Rev. J. Graham, curate, Union of Kilrush, Killard, Kilfieragh, Moyferta, and Kilballyhone
Rev. Mr. Whitty, Tullagh.
Rev. Mr. Weldon, Ennis.
Rev. Mr. Reid, Tomgraney.
Rev. Mr. Miller, rector, Rev. Mr. Holland, curate, thirty years. Union of Six-mile bridge, Kilconry, Clonloghan, Bunratty, Feenagh, Kilfenaghtin, containing 12264 acres, and three acres of glebe.

Rev. John Palmer, Kilnasullogh, Kilmurry, Clonloghan, 15 acres of glebe.
Rev. William Hadlock.
Rev. Mr. Butler.
Rev. James Martin.
Rev. Michael Fitzgerald, rector of Quin, Dowry, and Cloney.

Rev. Michael Davoren, rector, Miltown
Rev. Andrew Davoren, curate,

Rev. James Kenny.
Rev. Oliver Grace, curate, Rathborney, &c. &c.; lives eleven miles from the church.
I regret the clergy did not furnish me with a more correct list.

Frequently some part of a parish is contained in an adjoining one; for instance, part of Killonehan in Glanning, of Kilmouny in Killonehan, of Rathborney in Kilmouney, of Kilmouney in Killelagh, and in another barony, &c. &c.

Some years since the late Rev. Dr. Columbine left by will 100l. in the hands of Edward Burton, Esq. of Clifden, the interest to be applied in marriage portions to as many young protestant couples as complied with certain religious duties. I fear it has been little better than a premium on hypocrisy.

A handsome new church has been lately built at Six-mile-bridge, another at Miltown, and one at Quin, a disgrace to the parish; what an archictect, to build such a vile imitation of Quin abbey, and even where the eye could take in both at one time!

The churches in general seem greatly neglected; the seats are scarcely ever dusted, except by the coats of the congregation; the windows are seldom opened to admit fresh air; indeed this is the less necessary, as there is generally plenty of broken panes, broken doors, and broken roofs. If a church has been white-washed once in five or six years, the spattering remains on the windows, until the rain washes it off. The church of Tullagh (1807) is particularly dirty and ruinous, the windows and ceiling full of cobwebs, the seats full of dust, and three marble monuments (to the disgrace of the families, to whom they belong) completely in mourning. Although ornament in churches is unnecessary, surely the virtue of cleanliness is particularly so in a place of divine worship, and if the church-wardens will not do their duty, it would not degrade the clergyman to do it; I believe in this case he has the power to act thus.

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