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Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1845


Barony of Tulla or Tullagh Lower

A barony in the south-east of the county of Clare, Munster. It is bounded, on the north-west, by the barony of Upper Tulla; on the north, by the barony of Upper Tulla and the bay of Scariff; on the east, by Lough Derg and the river Shannon, which separates it from the counties of Tipperary and Limerick; on the south, by the county of Limerick, and the barony of Lower Bunratty; on the south-west, by the barony of Lower Bunratty; and on the west, by the baronies of Lower Bunratty and Upper Bunratty. Its greatest length, south-south-westward, is 14 miles; its greatest breadth, in the opposite direction, is 10; and its area is 78,381 acres, 19 perches, of which 5,416 acres, 1 perch are water. A considerable portion of the surface, particularly in the middle part of the northern border and the middle part of the south-western district, is mountainous and moorish; but most of the remainder, particularly along the Shannon and in the southern district, is aggregately good land. A large proportion, especially on Scariff bay, along Lough Derg, around Killaloe, along the Shannon, and around Lough Doon, is highly picturesque. The principal mountain summits, together with their respective altitudes above sea-level, are Knocknalecka, on the northern boundary, 818 feet; another height on the northern boundary, 1 1/3 mile east of Knocknalecka, 1,019 feet; Glennagalliagh, in the parish of Killaloe, 1,746 feet; Glennagalliagh, on the boundary between the parishes of Killokennedy and O’Brien’s-Bridge, 1,458 feet; a height 2 miles west-north-west of the city of Killaloe, 1,353 feet; Cragnamurragh, on the mutual border of the parishes Killokennedy and O’Brien’s-Bridge, 1,729 feet; a height 1 mile south-west of Kilbane, 1,181 feet; Knockaphunta, in the parish of Kilseely, 843 feet; a height 11/3 west by north of Knockaphunta, 1,018 feet; and a height on the mutual border of the parish of St. Munchin’s and a detached district of O’Brien’s-Bridge, 875 feet. Loughs Bridget, Derrynone, Kilglory, Cullaunyheeda, and Castle lie on the boundaries; and Loughs Doon, Aroher, Clonlea, and Cloonbrick lie in the interior. The baronies of Lower Tulla and Upper Tulla constituted, till of late, only one barony, and are returned as one in the Census of 1831. The old castles within both are eleven in number, and are situated at Fortanmore, Teredagh, Tomgraney, Ballinahinch, Cahir, Innismahon, Milltown, Coolreath, Lissefin, Ballykeely, Mountallion, Terenane, Kilkisshen, Rosvoe, Mountcashel, Cappagh, Truigh, Arrighnamore, Newtown, Rinnuagh, Coolisteage, and Monegenagh. Pop. of the undivided barony of Tulla, in 1831, 61,063. Houses 9,585. Families employed chiefly in agriculture, 7,950; in manufactures and trade, 1,117; in other pursuits, 1,112. The barony of Lower Tulla contains the whole of the parishes of Clonlea, Killaloe, Killokennedy, Killurin, Kilseely, Kiltonanlea, O’Brien’s-Bridge, and Ogonelloe. The towns and chief villages are Killaloe, O’Briens-Bridge, Kilkisshen, Kilbane, O’Callaghan’s Mills, Broadford, Cloonlara, and Bridgetown. Pop., in 1841, 32,217. Houses 5,032. Families employed chiefly in agriculture, 4,413; in manufactures and trade, 699; in other pursuits, 336. Families dependent chiefly on property and professions, 86; on the directing of labour, 1,295; on their own manual labour, 3,945; on means not specified, 122. Males at and above 5 years of age who could read and write, 5,465; who could read but not write, 2,114; who could neither read nor write, 6,513. Females at and above 5 years of age who could read and write, 2,051; who could read but not write, 2,900; who could neither read nor write, 8,905. Lower Tulla is distributed among the Poor-law unions of Scariff, Ennis, and Limerick. The total number of valued tenements is 3,727; and of these, 1,882 are valued under 5, 891, under 10, 392, under 15, 194, under 20, 105, under 25, 56, under 30, 67, under 40, 38, under 50, and 102, at and above 50.

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

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