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County Clare: A History and Topography 1837 by Samuel Lewis


A parish, in the barony of Clonderlaw, county of Clare, and province of Munster, 7 miles (S. W.) from Kildysart, on the river Shannon ; containing 4073 inhabitants. It comprises 3948 statute acres, and is almost entirely under tillage, yielding abundant crops ; there is some bog. In several parts of the parish are indications of coal, and culm is obtained at Slievedooly and Clonkerry. The south-western part of the parish consists of a peninsula, projecting into the Shannon, and forming the south-east side of Clonderlaw bay. On Kilkeran Point, at its extremity, is a battery mounting six 24-pounders and two howitzers, with a bomb-proof barrack for a detachment of artillerymen. The principal seats are Ballyartney, the residence of R. Barclay, Esq. ; Clonkerry, of T. Lloyd, Esq. ; and Kilkeran Lodge, the property of T. Spaight, Esq. It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Killaloe, forming part of the union of Kilmurry-Clonderlaw : the rectory is impropriate in Bindon Scott, Esq. : the tithes amount to 284, of which 160 is payable to the impropriator, and 124 to the vicar. In the R. C. divisions it is also part of the union or district of Kilmurry-Clonderlaw, and has a handsome cruciform chapel near Labasheeda. There are six private schools, in which about 420 children are educated. Some remains of the parish church still exist, the burial-ground of which is still used ; at Kilkerin are the ruins of a small church, with a burial-ground, which is only used for the interment of children ; and at Killanna are the ruins of an ancient building, supposed to have been a monastery. In Millpark is a chalybeate spring.-See Labasheeda.

County Clare A History and Topography by Samuel Lewis
Courtesy of Clare Local Studies Project

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