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

BALLINLOUGH, a village, in the parish of KILTULLAGH, barony of BALLINTOBBER, county of ROSCOMMON, and province of CONNAUGHT, 5 miles (W. by S.) from Castlerea; containing 130 inhabitants.

It is situated about half a mile from Lough Aelwyn, and consists of about 45 small houses and cabins built in detached groups and upon uneven ground.

It has rather a picturesque appearance and derives a considerable degree of interest from the parish church, a new and handsome edifice, situated upon an eminence immediately behind it.

A fair is held on Sept. 29th.

  • Ballinlough House is the residence of the Rev. J. Le Poer Trench; and
  • between the village and the lake is Willsborough house, a small ancient mansion, formerly the seat of the Wills family.

A constabulary police force has been established here.

There are two schools.

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