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Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1845


Moyarta, or Moyferta

A parish in the barony of Moyarta, Co. Clare, Munster. It contains the villages of CARRIGAHOLT, BELLINA, DOONAHA and LISHEEN. Length, westward, 7 miles; breadth, from to 3; area, 15,613 acres, 1 rood, 3 perches. Pop., in 1831, 7,441; in 1841, 8,697. Houses 1,452. Pop. of the rural districts, in 1841, 7,697. Houses 1,292. Its coast, on the Atlantic, extends about 3 miles, and is everywhere rocky, high, and romantic; and its coast on the estuary of the Shannon extends from Poolanisha Harbour to Rinavella-bay, a distance of 7 miles in a straight line but of about 10 miles along the windings of the water-line, and is of a very varied character and appearance. The Atlantic coast includes the small headlands of Castle-Point and Foohagh-Point, has two summits of 257 and 413 feet of altitude above sea-level, presents at one place a natural arch and some caves, and is overhung with the ruins of Knocknagarhoon and Doonlickey Castles. The Shannon coast includes the headlands of Kilcredaun-Point and Queerin-Point, is sweepingly indented with the bay of Carrigaholt, possesses a lighthouse on a basis of 137 feet of altitude a little west of Kilcredaun-Point and has two batteries respectively at Kilcredaun-Point and near Doonagha-house. The Moyarta river comes in from the parish of Kilballyhone, and has an easterly course of about 3 miles to the head of Carrigaholt bay. A large proportion of the parochial surface, particularly the greater part of the central district from east to west, is bog and waste moor-land; but the rest of the surface, though naturally poor, has been very much improved by georgic operations, and is capable of still farther improvement. The principal interior heights have altitudes above sea-level of 177 and 221 feet. The hamlets are Rahona, Moveen, Lower Moveen, Newtown, Oldtown, and Carrown. The principal seats are Doonagha-house, Queerin-house, Mount-Pleasant, Kateville, Rahona-lodge, and Moyarta-cottage. —This parish is a vicarage, and part of the benefice of KILRUSH, in the dio. of Killaloe. The vicarial tithes are compounded for 156 18s. 5d., and the rectorial for 313 17s. 1d.; and the latter are, to the amount of 104 18s. 5d., appropriated to the prebend of Inniscattery, and, to the amount of 208 18s. 6d., impropriate in Lord Castlecoote. Two Roman Catholic chapels have each an attendance of 700. In 1834, the Protestants amounted to 166, and the Roman Catholics to 7,825; and there was no school.

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

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