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.

KILKEEVAN, a parish, in the barony of BALLINTOBBER, county of ROSCOMMON, and province of CONNAUGHT; containing, with the post-town of Castlerea, 10,867 inhabitants.

Some of the land is of good quality, and there are large grazing farms: there is a great quantity of bog, much of which is easily reclaimable, with very good limestone.

The principal seats are:

  • Clonallis, the residence of the O'Conor Don;
  • Arm Lodge, of W. Lloyd, Esq.;
  • Dalefield, of J. Gray, Esq.;
  • Southpark, of M. Balfe, Esq.; and
  • Harristown, of Owen Young, Esq.

It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Elphin, forming part of the union and corps of the prebend of Ballintobber in the cathedral of Elphin; the rectory is impropriate in the Earl of Essex.

  • The tithes amount to £450, of which £200 is payable to the impropriator, and the remainder to the vicar.
  • The church, which is at Castlerea, is a neat edifice, built in 1818, for which the late Board of First Fruits granted a loan of £2500, and has been recently repaired by a grant of £200 from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
  • The glebe-house was erected by aid of a gift of £100 and a loan of £850 from the late Board of First Fruits, in 1821: the glebe comprises l4a. 3r. 30p., subject to a rent of £2. 6. 1-. per acre.

The R. C. parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church, and has a large chapel at Castlerea.

About 1200 children are educated in 13 public schools, to nine of which Lord Mount-Sandford contributes from £10 to £40 each annually; and about 500 are educated in 10 private schools.

There are some remains of an abbey at Moor, also of a church at Kilkeevan, with a cemetery attached, which is the burial-place of the O'Conor Don family.



  • Does anyone know who owns/controls the old Kilkeevin cemetery and church?

    Chris McHugh

    Saturday 24th April 2021 08:57PM
  • If it is the Roman Catholic Chapel in the Townland of Arm, Castlerea.  On one of my many visits some years ago. Only the gable end stands, and the house nextdoor to the graveyard lived the grave keeper Mr Revins. Most of the records were destroyed by previous keepers apparently. Would think it would be in the hands of St Patricks RC Church in Castlerea town.

    Hope this helps




    Thursday 21st April 2022 02:17PM
  • A good post.


    Friday 30th December 2022 09:24AM

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