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

ROBEEN, a parish, in the barony of KILMAINE, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 2 miles (W.) from Hollymount, on the road to Castlebar; containing 3193 inhabitants.

The parish, situated on the river Robe, from which it takes its name, comprises 4605 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act: the land is of medium quality, and is chiefly under tillage, with some extensive tracts of pasture; the system of agriculture is improved, and there is little or no wasteland.

The principal seats are:

  • Newbrook, the property of Lord Clanmorris, a handsome mansion, situated in an extensive and well-wooded demesne;
  • Bloomfield, of the Rev. Francis Rutledge;
  • Beechgrove, of W. Brunach, Esq.;
  • Brownestown, of Lieutenant Browne; and
  • Togher, of G. Rutledge, Esq.

It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, forming part of the union of Hollymount, or Kilcommon: the tithes amount to £147. 13. 10 ¼. The church, which is that of the union, was enlarged in 1818 at an expense of £923. 1. 6 ½., a gift from the late Board of First Fruits.

In the R. C. divisions it is also part of the union of Kilcommon and Robeen; the chapel, situated in this parish, is a large slated edifice.

About 160 children are taught in two public schools.

There are some remains of ancient castles in the village of Robeen and at Togher.


SOURCE: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (pub 1837)

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