A Little Bit of Ireland
SLATER'S DIRECTORY OF IRELAND - 1846
|Is a sea-port and market town, in the parish of Omey, barony of Ballynahinch, county of Galway, 178 miles w. from Dublin, and 50 w by s. from Galway, situated on an eminence, on the shore of a winding estuary, that empties itself into Ardbear, or Clifden harbour, on the western coast. It is of modern origin, having contained in 1815 only one house, at which time the late John D'Arcy, Esq. settled here, through whose exertions more than three hundred dwellings have since been erected. It is inhabited principally by intelligent shopkeepers and traders, and there are two excellent hotels, Carr's and Hart's, the former of which has recently undergone great improvements, and both are admirably arranged wither for the comfort of families or commercial gentlemen. The scenery round Clifden being composed of mountain, rock and flood, perhaps equals, if not surpassed in rude grandeur, any other that Ireland exhibits. From any of the neighbouring hills the eye may range over the broad surface of the Atlantic on the one side, and over an interminable series of mountains overtopping each other, in Alpine grandeur, on the other. No tourist, indeed, can visit this locality without enjoying unalloyed gratification mingled with wonder. The soil is generally of a boggy nature from three to four feet deep; but a considerable portion of it has been brought into cultivation by the late John D'Arcy, Esq., and it now produces very fine grain-oats in particular, some of which obtain the best market price. The Clifden harbour is considered, by Mackenz'e one of the safest on the western coast and might, with comparatively little labour, be rendered capable of admitting vessels of any class. The quay, commenced by Mr. Nimmo, which is still incomplete, is capable of admitting vessels of two hundred tons burden. The imports comprise pitch, tar, hemp, salt||groceries, iron, and timber; the exports, corn and
fish. There is an excellent salmon fishery in the Ardbear, and vast quantities
of fish are taken on the coast. Two copper mines are in the neighbourhood, but
not at present worked; also quarries of green and white marble, which are
wrought only on a small scale. The government of the town is vested in the
magistrates, who hold a petty sessions once a fortnight, and general sessions of
the peace for the district twice a year.
The places of worship are a church of the establishment, beautiful building, and a commodious Roman Catholic chapel, also a monastery of the order of Saint Francis. The other public buildings and institutions are a handsome new stone court-house, a bridewell, the union workhouse, a good building on an extensive scale, a constabulary barrack, a dispensary, a national school, and a loan fund. On the summit of one of the hills, visible from any part of the town, had been erected a monument, by the contributions of the inhabitants, to perpetuate the memory of the late John D'Arcy, Esq, the founder of the town. New to the town stands Clifden Castle, a noble structure of Gothic style, the property and residence of Hyacinth D'Arcy, Esq., the proprietor of the district. The grounds are tastefully laid out and command a fine view of the ocean. There are several other seats in the neighbourhood, among with are 'Glen Owen', that of Captain William Syer, 'Enislamin', of John Lambert, Esq; 'Ardbear House', Samuel Jones, Esq.; and 'Bay View', Anthony Morris, Esq. The market is on Saturday. Fairs June 25th, September 1st, October 15th and December 17th. The parish of Omey contained, in 1811, 7,953 inhabitants, and the town of Clifden 1,509 of that number.
POST OFFICE- Catherine Thomas, Post Mistress-Letters from all ports arrive (from Galway) every evening at seven, and are despatched thereto every morning at six.
GENTRY AND CLERGY
|Morris Anthony, Esq. Bay View||
|Adamson Mr. Christopher, Paul Renny||O'Neill John A., Esq. Bunnowen
|Carr Paul, (family, commercial and
|Ash Rev. James, Tully||Rossbrough Mr. John, Clifden||Hart Martin R (family, commercial, and
posting. and agent to the London
|Blake Henry, Esq, Renvyle House||Shea Gartside, Esq. Shinnernagh||
|Bodkin Walter, Esq. Omey||Smyth John, Esq., Killeries||Connegs Matthew Lydon Michael
Connelly William Monaghan John
Corbett James Mullen Francis
Corbett William Mullen John
Davies Catherine Mullen Martin
Joyce Redmond Mullen Patrick
Kearney Henry O'Dowd Anne
King Stephen Prendergast, Jas.
|Colles Mr. William H., Ferry hill||Syer Capt. William (inspector of
coast guard), Glenowen
SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS.
|Connerys Mr. William, Aughness||Thompson General Alex., Salruck||Connolly Andrew, draper|
|D'Arcy Hyacinth, Esq. J.P. Clifden
|Webb Mr. Arthur, Streamstown
|Connolly James, draper|
|Devonish Mrs. Eliza, Lough glen||Yeates Mr. William, Ballinakill.||Connolly John, draper|
|Duan Mr. Patrick, the Cottage||
|Corbett John, earthenware dealer|
|Duncan Rev. Joseph, Roundstone||Bodkin Christopher, M.D. & surgeon||Creighton Abraham, corn miller|
|Firmen Mrs. P. Rushnacaragh||Bodkin Francis, druggist||Cribban Tobias, Tailor|
|Fitzmorris the Very Rev.Peter, V.G.,
|Jones Samuel, county surveyor,
|Faherty Michael, leather seller|
|Foster Rev. Mark A., Clifden||Mahon Bartholomew, land agent,
|Faherty William, earthenware dealer|
|Gibson Mrs.__, Ardbear House||Morgan Robert J, surgeon||Gorham Anthony, hardware dealer|
|Graham Francis J, Esq. Ballinakill||Pierce William, surveyor, Clifden
|Grancy James, baker|
|Griffin Rev. John, P.P., Tully||Sarsfield William Henry, M.D. and
|Jones Samuel, Esq. Ardbear House||
|Lambert John, Esq. Enislamin||D'Arcy James, Clifden|
|Lester Mr. Richard, Ross Cottage||Hildebrand Henry, Clifden and Boffin
|Levington Mrs. Julia, Glenerne||Levington William, (corn), Clifden and
|Lynch Edward, Esq., Fahey|
|M'Donnough Mr. Valentine, Manin
|Madden Bassil, Esq. Omey|
|Martin Thomas B., Esq. M.P.
|Needham James, tallow chandler||
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS, &c.
|Griffin John, baker||Nugent James, shoe maker||BRIDEWELL-Dominic Kerrigan,
|Griffin Roger, grocer||Nolan James, boot and shoe maker||CONSTABULARY BARRACK-
James Ireland, sub inspector.
|Healy Patrick, contractor||O'Connor Michael, draper||COURT HOUSE- Paul Carr, keeper.|
|Higgin James, hardware dealer||O'Meara John, draper||DISPENSARY - William H. Suffield,
physician, Francis Bodkin,
|Higgin Michael, colour dealer||Reilly Michl. clothes dealer||FREE SCHOOL- William Galaher,
|Joyce Austin, boot and shoe maker||Robinson John, salmon curer,
|LOAN FUND- James D'Arcy, Esq.
treasurer, Glenera; C.A. J. Pierse,
secretary, William Galaher, clerk.
|Joyce Michael, draper||Wallace Stephen, draper||STAMP OFFICE- Martin H. Hart,
|Kean William, earthenware dealer||
PLACES OF WORSHIP,
|UNION WORKHOUSE - John
|Linskey Michael, provision seller||ESTABLISHED CHURCH- Rev.
Mark A Foster, curate, William Galaher, clerk.
|Lyden Thomas, pawnbroker||ROMAN CATHOLIC CHAPEL, The Very Rev. Peter Fitzmorris, parish priest, Rev. Eugene O'Coyne and Rev. Peter Roche, curates.||To Galway, Bianconi's Car, from Carr's Hotel, every morning, at six goes through Oughterhard. - Mr. Paul Carr, agent.|
|M'Cabe John, shoe maker||FRANCISCAN MONASTERY- James G. Carroll, Superior.|
|M'Dermott John, hardware dealer|
|M'Donnell John, marble polisher|
|M'Donnell Patrick, marble polisher|
|M'Guiness John, draper|
|Mullett Martin, grocer|
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