A Little Bit of Ireland



    Is a small post, fair, and market town in the county of Galway, seventy-two miles west by south of Dublin, nine south by east of Ballinasloe, and thirty-five east by south of Galway, in the heart of a fine corn country. Contiguous to the town stands Eyrecourt castle a magnificent building, the property of the Eyre family and a present received by Colonel Eyre. The internal part of this castle is worth the stranger's notice; the staircase, in particular, is supposed ot be the finest in Ireland. In  the demesne, which is well laid down, is a large fort, from which a cave is said to turn two miles and a half, and to open near the beautiful and ancient abbey of Meelick. The church is a neat edifice of stone, with a tower and one bell. Here is also building a large and handsome Roman Catholic chapel, which is calculated to hold a thousand persons. In the court house the sessions are held once a year both for criminal cases and civil suits; and a manor court is held every month for the recovery of debts under ten pounds. Over the court room is the free parochial school. Besides this there is an endowed school, built in 1777, by the order of Bishop Cumberland; Lord John Eyre, and Archdeacon Alcock are the trustees. The present master is Mr. Lawrence Laffan Quinlan, whose salary of 31l. 3s. 2d. per annum is paid by the Dublin Board of Education. The market day is Saturday. Fairs are held on the first Monday after Easter Monday, July the 10th, September the 8th, and December the 21st. Population about 800.


     POST OFFICE- Post Mistress, Miss Catherine Usher. The Dublin  mail arrives at half-past seven in the morning, and is despatched at a quarter past one in the afternoon. The Portumna mail arrives at eleven and is despatched at half-past eleven in the morning. Letters for England and Scotland by the Dublin mail.


Allman Captain John, 48th regt. foot, H.P. Eyre Giles esq. Seymour Eyre esq.
Blackstock Thos esq., Land agent Eyre John esq. Woodview Seymour Lieut. Thos. Galway militia,
Blake Mrs. Eyre Mrs. Seymour Thos. Barrister, Bellevue
Calanan John, esq. Tully Eyre Rev. Richard L.L.D. Phenix
Skerrett James esq.
Calanan Mrs. Eyre Capt Robert Skerret Pat M esq.
Clonfert, the Rt. Rev. Lord Bishop of.
     Clonfert House
Flanagan Jas esq. Wobourn Lodge Purify Lieut. Arnold 39th reg. of foot,
Cowan John esq. Kelly Rev Barnard Walters Thos esq. Chief Constable,
Egan John esq. Martin Lieut. Christopher, 60th regt.
    of foot, H.P.
Eyre Col, Eyre Court Castle O'Malley Geo esq. Prospect
Seymour Rev. Dav., Ballamore castle




Lovelock Pat, apothecary
Blake Stephen, attorney Coates Saml, farmer Nevin Pat, grocer
Cowan Joseph H., attorney Coen John, linen draper Sords Wm, baker
Seymour Jos. attorney, and 38 Great
     Ship street, Dublin.
Dolan Stephen, linen draper


Sharpe John, surgeon Fahy Peter, baker Clarke Michael
Ryan Matthew, classical school Gollagher Anthony, grocer Coughlan Patrick
Hobart Joseph, tallow chandler Dermott John
Horsman Edw. miller Egan Patrick (innkeeper)
Howard Henry, grocer Mahan Thomas
Kelly Thomas, grocer and spirit dealer.

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