A Little Bit of Ireland
PIGOT'S DIRECTORY OF IRELAND - 1824
|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.
NOBILITY, GENTRY AND CLERGY
|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.
|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|
MERCHANTS, TRADESMEN, &c.
SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS
|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.|