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KILMINA, a parish, in the barony of BURRISHOOLE, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, adjoining the post-town of Newport-Pratt, and containing, with several inhabited islands, 9000 inhabitants. It comprises 9990 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £7132 per ann., of which fivesixths are arable and pasture, and a small quantity is bog. Rosslands, the seat of Lewis O'Donnell, Esq., is delightfully situated on a creek of Clew bay, in which are several islands. The chief are Inishbee, Inishcuttle, and Inishnakellive, the property of Sir S. O'Malley, Bart.; Inishduff, on which are the ruins of an ancient church; Inishgowley, Island Tagart, Clynish, and Inishturk, the property of the Marquess of Sligo; Inishrahen, Inishee, Inishleague, and Inishugh, on which is a coastguard station, also a remarkable clay cliff, 90 feet high.

It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, and in the patronage of the Archbishop; the rectory is partly appropriate to the prebends of Faldown and Killybegs in the cathedral of Tuam, and partly to the vicarage. The tithes amount to £350, of which £40. 7. 8. is payable to the prebendaries, and £309. 12.4. to the vicar There is no glebe-house, but a glebe of six acres on Calf island.

The church was erected in 1835, by a grant of £900 from the late Board of First Fruits. In the R. C. divisions it is the head of a union or district, comprising this parish and Kilmaclasser, in each of which is a chapel; that of Kilmina is a large handsome building, erected in 1822 at an expense of £1200. There are two public schools, to one of which the rector contributes £15 per ann., and in which about 100 children are educated; and eleven private schools, in which 250 are taught.

from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837.


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