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).

KILMACLASSER, a parish, in the barony of BURRISHOOLE, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 4 miles (S.E.) from Newport-Pratt, on the road from that place to Castlebar; containing 3444 inhabitants.

This parish, of which the surface is very uneven, comprises 6544 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £2357 per annum; it is chiefly under tillage, and there is a great quantity of bog. Very good limestone is obtained; and there is a bleach-green.

It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, forming part of the union of Aughaval; the rectory is appropriate to the prebends of Killabegs and Faldown. The tithes amount to £130, of which £45.10s. is payable to the prebendaries, and £84.10s to the vicar. Divine service is performed in a school-house.

In the Roman Catholic divisions it is part of the union or district of Kilmina, and has a neat chapel, which was built about 1820, at an expense of £600.

About 170 children are educated in two public, and 70 in one private school.

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