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Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1845



A parish in the barony of Islands, 1 mile south-west of Clare, Co. Clare, Munster. Length, 3 miles; breadth, 3; area, 5,718 acres, 3 roods, 5 perches,—of which 40 acres, 5 perches are water. Pop., in 1831, 2,354; in 1841, 2,777. Houses 429. The surface is a chief part of the western screen of the head of the estuary of the Fergus; and presents a picturesque intermixture of rich low grounds, rocky hillocks, hills, and ridges, and strongly featured intersecting dells. The lake of Killone, 1 mile south-west of Clare, is a pleasing feature. Newhall, the seat of John MacDonnell, Esq., and Edenvale, the seat of Richard J. Stackpoole, Esq., are both handsome residences. The other seats are Kilmoran and Mulvohill. An Augustinian nunnery was founded at Killone, about the year 1190, by Donald O’Brien, king of Limerick.—This parish is a wholly impropriate rectory and vicarage, in the dio. of Killaloe; but is temporarily attached to the benefice of DROMCLIFFE. The Roman Catholic chapel has an attendance of 400. In 1834, the Protestants amounted to 12, and the Roman Catholics to 2,515; and 2 hedge-schools had on their books 140 boys and 30 girls. In 1840, a National school at Newhall was salaried with 12, and had on its books 75 boys and 46 girls.

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

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