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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

In 1868, the parish of Croagh contained the following places:

"CROAGH, a parish in the barony of Lower Connello, in the county of Limerick, province of Munster, Ireland, 2 miles E. of Rathkeale, its post town. The parish is bisected by the intrusion of a part of Adare. The road from Limerick to Rathkeale traverses the interior. The surface is flat, consisting of good soil, on a limestone bottom. Lead-ore is found in small quantities. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Limerick, value £431, in the patronage of Sir W. Barrington, Bart. The church, once collegiate, stands in the village. It was formerly a handsome cruciform edifice, but is now fast falling into decay. This parish gives name to a Roman Catholic district, including Kilfinney, and has a chapel. There are three day schools and a National school. In the village are six almshouses, endowed and built for as many widows by John Walcott, Esq., allotting to each a piece of land and a small weekly allowance. The village was formerly a corporate town, and there yet remain ruins of a fine abbey and two castles. James II. is said to have halted at Amigan Castle after the battle of the Boyne. Fairs are held on the 1st-March, 1st May, 2nd August, and 1st November."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2018