1st January 1845
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As published in The Parliamentary Gazeteer of Ireland, 1845

ENNISTYMON, a small market and post town in the parish of Kilmanaheen, Barony of Corcomroe, Co. Clare, Munster.

It stands on the Ennistymon river, 2¼ miles east of the head of Liscanor bay, 8 north by east of Miltown-Malbay, 9 west of Corrofin, 12¾ west-north-west of Ennis, and 124¾ west by south of Dublin.

The town is washed by a singularly romantic reach of the Ennistymon River, and encompassed by a range of low and picturesque hills, which are enriched with the plantations of Ennistymon-house, the seat of Andrew Finucane, Esq.; and it probably excels every town and village of its size in Ireland for accessories and environs of scenic power and beauty.

The river, while careering down the high and broken ledge of rocks adjacent to the town, forms a rapid as richly picturesque as that of the merry and beauteous stream which dances down upon BALLYSADERE.

Ennistymon, though obscure as a place of trade, might if properly encouraged, figure as conspicuously and prosperously as any small town in the kingdom.

  • Fairs are held on March 25, May 15, July 2, Aug. 22, Sept. 29, Nov. 19, and Dec. 12.
  • A caravan and a mail-car pass through the town, in running between Killaloe and Miltown-Malbay.
  • The district bridewell contains 4 cells, 2 day-rooms, and 2 yards, and is kept in very good order.

In the vicinity of the town are the old castle of the O'Briens, and Woodmount, the seat of Mr Lysaght.

The Ennistymon Poor-Law Union ranks as the 60th, and was declared on Aug. 3, 1839.

  • It lies all in Co. Clare, and comprises an area of 152,609 acres, with a pop., in 1831, of 49,637.
  • Its electoral divisions, with their respective pop., in 1831, are Ennistymon, 9,020; Miltown-Malbay, 6,389; Liscanor, 7,797; Kilshanny, 2,013; Killilagh, 3,359; Kilfenora, 3,897; Rath, 2,521; Corrofin, 3,678; Carron, 1,380; Burren, 3,286; Drumcreehy, 2,303; Rathborney, 1,721; and Killonahan, 2,273.
  • Its ex-officio guardians are 7, and its elected guardians 21; and 5 of the latter are elected by Ennistymon division, 3 by Miltown-Malbay, 2 by Liscanor, 2 by Corrofin, and 1 by each of the other divisions.
  • The total nett annual value of property rated is £67,486 17s.; the total number of persons rated is 7,231; and of these, 711 are rated for a valuation not exceeding £1, 607, not exceeding £2 and 624, not exceeding £3, 648, not exceeding £4, and 575, not exceeding £5.
  • The workhouse was contracted for in June 1840, and was to be completed in Nov. 1841, to cost £6,600 for building and completion, and £1,200 for fittings and contingencies,to occupy an area of 6 acres, obtained for an annual rent of £21, and to contain accommodation for 600 persons. The date of the first admission of paupers was Sept. 5, 1842; the total expenditure thence till Feb. 6, 1843, was £388 12s. 11 ¼d.; and the total previous expenditure was £1,689 8s. 5½d.

The medical charities within the union are dispensaries at Ennistymon, Ballyvaughan, Corrofin, Kilfenora, and Miltown-Malbay.  The Ennistymon dispensary serves for a pop. of 18,907; and, in 1839-40, it expended £20 14s., and administered to 539 patients.

Ennistymon gives name to a Roman Catholic parish in the diocese of Killaloe - KILMANAHEEN.

Area of the town, 58 acres. Pop., in 1831, 1,430; in 1841, 2,089. Houses 346.

Families employed chiefly in agriculture, 107; in manufactures and trade, 233; in other pursuits, 99. Families dependent chiefly on property and professions, 28; on the directing of labour, 237; on their own manual labour, 153; on means not specified, 21.


  • I am wondering if anyone has any infrormation on Margaret O"Connor who was one of the girls from the workhouse to sail on the Beulah to Tasmania in 1851.


    Monday 21st February 2022 01:48AM
  • Hello Daisyd,

    Passenger List of the ‘Beulah’ which departed Plymouth, England on 20th May 1851 and arrived at Hobart, Van Diemen’s Land 29th August 1851, is listed at https://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/genealogy/don_tran/emigration…. Includes a 20 y.o. Margh O'Connor. Also you may find references to what she did and where she went in Tasmania at Tasmanian https://www.tasfhs.org/downloads/Volume19Number2_1998.pdf - there is a reference on p86 to Margaret O'Connors/ Conner. Even if thin on further info you may get some further directions to go. Another open source item with useful follow up links is at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Irish_Famine_Orphan_Girls%E2%80%95F… - gives a Mary O'Connors from Ennistymon. Not sure where to seek info on beginnings in Ireland. Wish you well, my gggrandfather John Michael FItzpatrick is lsted as being 'of Enistymon' but also possibly lived in BAllyvaughan. Cheers, Shaun F


    Monday 13th March 2023 07:14AM

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