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Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1845



NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS, a post and market town, in the parish of Tomfinlough, barony of Lower Bunratty, co. Clare, Munster. It stands on the south-west or lower road from Ennis to Limerick, 2 miles east of the nearest point of the Fergus, 3 south by west of Quin, 4 west-north-west of Six-mile-Bridge, 4 south-east by south of Clare 6 south-east by south of Ennis, 11 north-west by west of Limerick, and 105 south-west by west of Dublin. In its vicinity are Carrigoran-house, the fine seat of Sir ______ Fitzgerald, Bart.; Ballycar, Mr. Colpoys; Dromoland, the magnificent seat of Sir Lucius O'Brien, Bart.; Joy-lodge; Rathlaheen-cottage; Rathlaheen-house; and Shepherdfield-house. Various interesting antiquities of both the feudal and the Druidical times exist in the neighbourhood. The town is a constabulary station. Fairs are held on Easter Monday and Nov. 7. A dispensary here is within the Ennis Poor-law union, and serves for a district containing a pop. of 7,534; and, in 1839-40, it received 119 12s., and expended 102 10s. 9d. Area of the town, 44 acres. Pop., in 1831, 1,118; in 1841, 1,526. Houses 244. Families employed chiefly in agriculture, 161; in manufactures and trade, 104; in other pursuits, 72. Families dependent chiefly on property and professions, 12; on the directing of labour, 95; on their own manual labour, 206; on means not specified, 24.

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

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