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. (The information collected here was submitted by members of the local gentry and clergy of the time).

CURRANROE, a village, in the parish of ABBEY, barony of BURREN, county of CLARE, and province of MUNSTER, 2 miles (E.) from Burren ; containing 92 inhabitants. This village is situated at the extremity of an inlet from the bay of Galway, which forms the harbour of Burren, or New Quay, into which the sea rushes with considerable force for nearly four miles, and up to Curranroe bridge, which forms the boundary of the counties of Clare and Galway. It is a neat and improving place, several slated houses having been erected within the last few years ; and is a station of the constabulary police. Here is a small quay, at which turf and sea manure are landed ; but in consequence of the new road lately made towards the interior, it is about to be removed, and a more commodious one constructed by Burton Bindon, Esq., who employs a considerable number of labourers in clearing the ground of stones, and placing them on the slab in the bay, to promote the growth of sea weed, in which a great trade is here carried on. Curranroe, the neat cottage residence and farming establishment of Mr. Bindon, is in the village, and in the vicinity is the great oyster bed called the Red Bank, which is described in the article on the parish of Abbey.


  • Hoping to find that the Patrick Fitzpatrick and Mary McNamara of Ballyvaughan are the parents of my Great Grandmother, Eliza Fitzpatrick b.  abt. Sept. 28, 1829, Co. Clare.   She emigrated to St. Louis, MO before her marriage to John Collins in 1853.   There is a possibility that the Mother & two siblings, known to be from Ballyvaughan, John b. 1821 & Anne b. ? who emigrated to Haslingden, England with their Mother, Mary McNamara Fitzpatrick before July 1853, could be her family.  In both cases we have the parents being a Mary McNamara married to a Patrick Fitzpatrick.

    Does it seem feasible that my Eliza would have gone to America while her Mother & siblings settled in England?  A part of John Fitzpatrick's family later settled in Chicago.  At this stage it is all hopeful conjecture.  I'd appreciate any feedback or suggestions. 

    Thank you, Jo Banks

    Jo Banks

    Saturday 19th December 2020 06:18PM
  • Hello Jo,

    My great grandfather John Michael FItzpatrick came to Australia from Co Clare in about 1862. I have found a record of a transit by ship in which a John Michael Fitzpatrick aged about 21 arrived in November in NSW and was listed as coming from Ballyvaughan. He joined the NSW police as part of his assisted passage from Ireland. Not sure yet who his siblings and parents were in Ballyvaughan at the time. As a small village I imagine any Fitzpatricks would have been somehow related. I am trying to find records of the Ballyvaughan population with limited success. Some grave records are available online.

    I wish you well in your searching.

    Shaun Fitzpatrick, Adelaide, South Australia.


    Thursday 25th March 2021 12:40AM

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