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Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1845



A parish in the barony of Islands, 5 miles west-south-west of Ennis, Co. Clare, Munster. Length, 7 miles; breadth, 4; area, 23,936 acres, 3 roods, 33 perches,—of which 142 acres, 2 roods, 32 perches are water. Pop., in 1831, 4,296; in 1841, 4,908. Houses 758. About one-half of the surface is moor, mountain, and red bog; and even the best of its land is of indifferent quality. The Clareen rivulet runs eastward along the centre; several small lakes lie in the centre, in the north and in the south; and the road from Ennis to Milltown-Malbay passes through the interior. The two highest grounds are in the south, and have altitudes of 672 and 689 feet; and Lough Naminna lies between them, and has an elevation of 560 feet. The demesne of Lough Burke lies round a lake of its own name in the north; and the residences of Snugville and Fairhill stand in the vale of the Clareen.—This parish is a rectory and a vicarage, in the dio. of Killaloe. The rectory is part of the benefice of DROMCLIFFE. Tithe composition, 129 4s. 7d. The vicarage is a separate benefice. Tithe composition and gross income, 73 16s. 11d.; nett, 65 19s. 7d. Patron, the diocesan. A curate has a salary of 30. A private house, capable of accommodating 50 persons, is used as the parochial place of worship, and has an attendance of 30. Two Roman Catholic chapels, denominated Kilmaly-East and Kilmaly-West, have an attendance of respectively 800 and 250; and, in the Roman Catholic parochial arrangement, are united to the chapel of Inch. In 1834, the Protestants amounted to 35, and the Roman Catholics to 4,578. The Kilmaly dispensary is within the Ennis Poor-law union, and serves for a population of 6,781; and in 1839-40, its receipts and disbursements amounted to respectively 99 and 86.

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

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