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Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1845

Clooney, Cloney, Clony, or Clonie (Bunratty Upper)

A parish in the barony of Upper Bunratty, 4 miles east by north of Ennis, Co. Clare, Munster. It contains the village of SPANCELHILL. Length, southward, 6 miles; breadth, from 1 to 3; area, 10,656 acres, 31 perches, of which 60 acres, 2 roods, 17 perches are water. Pop., in 1831, 3,632; in 1841, 3,624. Houses 563. Pop. of the rural districts, in 1841, 3,455. Houses 537. Within the limits is a considerable proportion of bog and poor low mountain ground. The general quality of the other lands is pretty good, yet much diversified. The prevailing declination is to the south. The highest ground is in the north, and has an altitude above sea-level of 426 feet. The interior is traversed by the road from Ennis to Killaloe. A mile to the east of Spancelhill is Cloney-house, the seat of Burton Bindon, Esq. The other seats are Maghera, Cranagher, Classagh, Corbally, Wellpark, Danganville, Toonagh, Castleview, and Newgrove. The chief hamlets are Derrynaskeagh, Derrynagullion, Attycuill, Derryheena, Derryvoagh, Derrycalliff, and Derrybog. This parish is a vicarage, and part of the benefice of Quin, in the dio. of Killaloe. The tithes are divided into vicarial, prebendal, and rectorial; the vicarial are compounded for 106 3s. 1d., the prebendal, are compounded for 23 1s. 6d., and belong to Tullagh prebend in the cathedral of Killaloe; and the rectorial are appropriated to the sinecure benefice of Ogashin. The Roman Catholic chapel has an attendance of 500; and, in the Roman Catholic parochial arrangement, is united to the chapels of Quin and Dowrie. In 1834, the Protestants amounted to 22, and the Roman Catholics to 3,770; and 2 hedge-schools had on their books 130 boys and 62 girls.

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

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