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Sixmilebridge: 1839 Ordnance Survey Placename Books for County Clare

The settlement of Sixmilebridge was spread across three townlands:

  1. Sixmilebridge, in the parish of Kilfinaghta
  2. Mount Ievers, in the parish of Kilfintenan
  3. Ballyliddane, in the parish of Kilfintenan

The principal part of the village was sited on the townland of Sixmilebridge.

1839 Surveyors description of the three townlands.

1. Sixmilebridge
Proprietor Sir Lucius O'Brien, Dromoland, Newmarket. Agent Robert O'Brien Esq. Limerick. Let to 56 tenants, who all have leases of years and lives, at the yearly rent of from 40s. to 60s. per acre. County cess from 3s. to 4s. per acre yearly. Tithe 10d. to 12d. per acre. Soil loamy, heavy clay. Size of farm from 1 rood to 3 acres. Usual crop wheat, oats, potatoes and vegetables. Fuel scarce. Prevailing names Gormans. Two schools containing 196 boys and 80 girls, all Roman Catholic. One paid by the scholars, the other by the Board of Education. Schoolhouse built in 1809 by Mr. Clune P.P. Chapel slated, built in 1812, can contain 600 persons. Church built 1812 (recte, circa 1752) can contain 200 persons. Sessions' house built in 1820. A police barracks, a sergeant and 7 sub constables. Fair held on the 5 December. No market, no weighing crane here. Milk sold daily. A post office in this town, a daily post, no post car runs from here. The bridge over the river O Garney in the centre of the town, battlements 6 foot in height from road. The river O Garney waters this townland north and east, contains salmon, pike, trout and eels. 125 houses.

2. Mount Ievers
Proprietor John A. Ievers Esq. Sixmilebridge. Agent none. Let to 42 tenants whom have leases of years and lives. Yearly rent from £2 to £3 per acre... Size of farm from one half to 18 acres... Prevailing names Brenans... Paper Mills of Brenan and Company, no paper but lapping manufactured in it. Mansion house of the proprietor in the east of Sixmilebridge, built a hundred years since. 35 houses.

Mount Ievers House: the residence of William Ievers, agent to James A. Ievers Esq. proprietor. It is 4 storeys high in bad repair, the offices are in a state of dilapidation, an orchard and garden badly kept.

3. Ballyliddane
Proprietor John A. Ievers Esq. Agent none. Let to 8 occupying tenants who have leases of years. Rent from 20s. to 30s. per acre yearly... Size of farm from 1 to 14 acres... Prevailing names Kinvanes. A Roman Catholic chapel, which could contain about 200 persons, built about 60 years ago, thatched. A school, paid by the scholars of 40 boys and 20 girls all Roman Catholics, established in 1836. Burying lands at Kilavoher for children. Contains ruin of market house of Sixmilebridge. 20 houses.


Sixmilebridge: Historical Background