1st January 1837
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A snapshot of pre-famine local history, as described by Samuel Lewis in the "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" 1837.

Ballaghadireen, a market and post-town, in the parish of Kilcoleman, barony of Costello, county of Mayo and province of Connaught, 12 miles (W.S.W.) from Boyle, and 97.75 miles (W. by N.) from Dublin city; containing 1,147 inhabitants.

This town is situated on the new mail coach road from Ballina to Longford, and consists of three principal streets, containing about 200 houses, of which nearly all are neatly built and slated.

Here are infantry barracks, adapted to the accommodation of 4 officers and 92 non-commissioned officers and privates.

Many improvements have recently taken place in the town, which is rapidly rising into importance.

  • The market is on Friday; and fairs are held on March 25th and 26th, May 1st, June 25th, Aug. 1st, Sept. 8th, Nov. 1st, and Dec. 22nd.
  • The market-house is a commodious building; and a court-house has been erected, in which petty sessions are held every Tuesday.
  • A chief constabulary police and coast-guard stations have been established here,
  • and there is a Roman Catholic chapel.

Within a mile of the town are the ruins of Castlemore.

SOURCE: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (pub 1837)

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