|Curofin, or Corofin, a small market and post-town,in
the parish of Kilneboy, barony of Inchiquin, county of Clare,
and province of Munster, 7 miles (N.N.W.) from Ennis, on the road
to Kilfenora, and 118 miles (W.S.W.) from Dublin; containing 900 inhabitants.
This town is situated about three-quarters of a mile, south-east of Inchiquin
lake, and near the western extremity of Lough Tadane; these loughs are
connected by a river flowing through them, which is here crossed by a stone
bridge. It comprises about 140 houses, mostly thatched, and consists
of one main street, commencing near the bridge, and a shorter one branching
off, towards the east, at the end of which stands the church, and on the
south side of it the R.C. chapel. Considerable quantities of yarn
stockings, the manufacture of the surrounding country, were formerly brought
to this place for sale, but the trade has long been on the decline.
Adjoining the bridge is Richmond, the residence of the Rev. S. Walsh, P.P.;
and about three quarters of a mile west of the town, and near the shore
of Inchiquin lake, is Riverstown, the old mansion of the Burton family,
now converted into a chief constabulary police station. A boat race
has lately been established on the lake of Inchiquin (which is remarkable
for the beauty of its scenery and for its fine trout), and is likely to
become annual. Lough Tadane is said to abound with roach and very
large pike. A small market is held on Wednesday; and there are two
fairs, one on the day before Ascension day, and one on Nov. 22nd.
The market-house is an old building, supported by slanting buttresses,
and is at present almost disused, the corn being chiefly sent to Ennis.
Petty sessions are held on alternate Wednesday; and road sessions for the
district are also held here. A seneschal's court for the manor of
Inchiquin is occassionally held, in which small debts are recoverable.
The church is a small neat edifice. The R.C. chapel is a spacious
slated building, erected by subscription about ten years since. The
parochial school is chiefly supported by the Rev. Mr. Blood and Edward
Synge, Esq. Here is also a large school, under the patronage of the
parish priest. Hugh McCurtin, the learned antiquary, grammarian,
and poet, author of the Irish dictionary, died here about 1720, and was
interred at Kilvedane, in the neighbourhood. by Samuel Lewis,
Edited by Pat Connors, last updated March 1, 2002