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In January and February:

Holy Rosary Graveyard, Doolin
Ennistymon - Parts 1 & 2
Kilkeedy Graveyard
Kilnamona Old Cemetery (partial)
St. Josephs R.C. Graveyard, Kilnamona (partial)
Kilshanny Cemetery
St. Bridgets Well, Liscannor
Kilmoon Graveyard, Lisdoonvarna
and in December:
St. Cronans, Tuamgraney

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19TH MAY 2019


Armagh Ancestry Genealogy Conference 2019 
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From Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory for the Year 1862
CLARE, a maritime county in Munster province. Boundaries: N., Galway Bay and Galway; E. and S., the Shannon, which separates it from Tipperary, Limerick, and Kerry; W., the Atlantic Ocean. Greatest length, N.E. and S.W., 67 ½ miles; greatest breadth, N.W. and S.E. , 38 miles; comprising an area of 1,294 square miles, or 827,994 acres, of which 455,009 are arable, 296,033 uncultivated, 8,304 in plantations, 728 in towns, and 67,920 under water. The coast is in general rocky, and in some places hold precipitous cliffs; it is indented with several bays, the principal of which are Ballyvaghan, Liscannor, and Malbay; there are also Doonbeg, Ballard, Farrahy, Moore Bay, and Ross Bay; and in the estuary of the Shannon, Rinevella, Kilbaha, Carrigaholt, Poulnasherry, and Clonderlaw Bay; Kilrush Creek, and the estuary of the Fergus, which is the only large river; off the coast, in the Atlantic, is Mutton Island, and in the Shannon, Scattery and Hog Island. The surface is diversified, mountainous in the N.E. and E., and in the N.W. and W.; the centre an undulating plain; the soil varying from light limestone pasture in the N., to deep rich loam along the Shannon in the S.; the W., which is a portion of the Munster coalfield is cold and wet land interspersed with bog. Lime is the principal mineral, but there are valuable lead mines worked at Kilbreckan, Ballyhickey, and Milltown, and some thin seams of coal and culm in the S.W. The produce is almost wholly agricultural. The chief trade is corn and provisions, and some of the best sheep and cattle are reared on the excellent pasturage of this county; coarse linen and hosiery are manufactured for home use. The population in 1861 was 166,275.
The county is divided into 11 baronies - Bunratty Lower and Upper, Burren, Clonderalaw, Corcomroe, Ibrickane, Inchiquin, Islands, Moyarta, and Tulla Lower and Upper, and contains 80 parishes, &c. It includes the diocese of Kilfenora, the greater part of Killaloe, and a small portion of Limerick. The principal towns are, Ennis, population in 1861, 6,993; Kilrush, 4,565; Killaloe, part of which is in Tipperary county, 1,672; and Kilkee, 2,031. The county returns 3 members to Parliament; 2 for the county at large, constituency in 1859, 5,509; and 1 for the borough of Ennis, constituency, 191. The Assize town is Ennis. The county is within the military district of Cork; there are barrack stations for infantry at Ennis, Clare Castle, Killaloe, and Kilrush; and for artillery in the forts of Scattery Island, Donnaha, Kilcredano, Blackwater, and Kilkerrin. The net annual value of property in the county, under the Tenement Valuation Act, is £311,574.
Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum.
The Right Hon. Lord INCHIQUIN (1843), M.A. (Cantab.), Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus; Carlton Club, London, S.W. †
High Sheriff (1861-62).
BURDETT MORONY, esq., Miltown House, Miltownmalbay.
Members of Parliament for the County.
Colonel CROFTON MOORE VANDELEUR, D.L. (1859), Kilrush House, Kilrush; Carlton Club, London, S.W.
FRANCIS MACNAMARA CALCUTT, esq. (1860), St. Catherine's, Ennistymon; Reform Club, London, S.W.
Deputy Lieutenants.
Armstrong, Edmund John, 44, Lower Leeson-st., Dublin *
Ball, Major William Hawking, Fort Fergus, Ballinacally; United Service Club, London, S.W. *
Burton, Henry Stuart, Carrigaholt Castle, Kilrush *
Butler, Augustine, Ballyline, Ennis
Crowe, Thomas, Dromore, Ruan
Dunboyne, Right Hon. Lord, Knoppogue Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, and Ballyvannon, Scariff; Conservative Club, London, S.W.
Fitzgerald, Sir Edward, bart., Carrigoran, Newmarket-on-Fergus; Travellers' Club, London, S.W. *
Hickman, Hugh Palliser, Fenloe, Newmarket-on-Fergus *
MacDonnell, Maj. Wm. Edward Armstrong, New Hall, Ennis; Liscrona, Kilkee; Kildare-st. Club, Dublin *
MacNamara, Lieut.-Col. Francis, Ennistymon House, Ennistymon; Doolin House, Doolin *
Mahon, The O'Gorman, 144, Faubourg St. Honore, Paris; Reform Club, London, S.W.
Massey, Sir Hugh Dillon, bt., Doonass House, Clonlara, Limerick * ‡
Molony, James, Kiltannon, Tulla *
O'Brien, Hon. Edward Donough, Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus
O'Brien, James, Ballinalackin, Ennistymon *
O'Callaghan, Capt. Charles George, Ballinahinch, Tulla *
Purdon, Simon George, Tinnerana, Killaloe *
Scott, John Bindon *
Stackpoole, Richard John, Edenvale, Ennis *
Studdert, Thomas, Bunratty Castle, Bunratty *
Vandeleur, Col. Crofton Moore, M.P., Colonel of the Clare Militia, Kilrush House, Kilrush; Carlton Club, London, S.W. * ‡
Chairman of Quarter Sessions.
MICHAEL O'SHAUGHNESSY, esq., Q.C. (1859), 83, Harcourt-street, Dublin; and Rockville, Howth, co. Dublin.
Armstrong, Charles, Larch Hill, Ennis
Armstrong, Edmund John, D.L., 44, Lower Leeson-street, Dublin *
Arthur, Augustus, Glanomera, Limerick
Ball, Maj. William Hawkins. D.L., Fort Fergus, Ballynacally; United Service Club, London, S.W.
Beauchamp, Richard Hawkins, Paradise, Ballynacally; Kildare-street Club, Dublin
Bentley, William, B.A. (T.C.D.), Hurdlestown, Broadford
Bernard, Edward, Sallybank, Limerick
Bindon, Samuel, Currenrue, Burrin
Blake, Edmond, (Res. Mag.), Ennis
Blood, Neptune, Corofin
Blood, William Bindon, 13, Hatch-street, Dublin
Bonynge, John North, Ratorpe, Gort, co. Galway
Borough, Robert H., Cappa, Kilrush
Brady, Luke, Brookville, Ennis
Brew, William Adams, Ennis
Browne, John, Limerick
Burton, Henry Stuart, D.L., Carrigaholt Castle, Kilrush *
Butler, Augustine, D.L., Ballyline, Ennis
Butler, Captain Henry, Firgrove, Sixmilebridge
Butler, Nicholas, Walterstown, Ennis
Butler, Rev. Theobald, Besborough, Knock
Butler, Hon. Theobald Fitzwalter, Knoppogue Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus
Butler, William, Bunahow, Crusheen *
Calcutt, Francis M'Namara, M.P., St. Catherine's, Ennistymon; Reform Club, London, S.W.
Carroll, John, B.A. (T.C.D.); Union Club, London, S.W.
Caswell, Samuel, Blackwater, Limerick
Comyn, Francis Lorenzo, jun., Lissinara, Galway
Cox, Benjamin, Mountpleasant, Kilrush
Creagh, Pierse, Mount Elva, Lisdoonvarna, and 29, Mountjoy-square, east, Dublin
Crowe, Thomas, D.L., Dromore, Ruan
Crowe, Wainright, B.A. (T.C.D.)., Cahircalla, Ennis; Kildare-street Club, S.W. * †
Dartnell, George Alps, Ballygartney, Kildysart
Dawson, Richard, Bunratty
Delmege, John C., Whitehall, Limerick
Digan, John, Ballina, Killaloe
Digan, William, O'Brien's Bridge
Drew, Francis, Limerick *
Dunboyne, Right Hon. Lord, D.L., Knoppogue Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, and Ballyvannon, Scariff; Conservative Club, London, S.W.
Dunne, James Richard, Moymore, Ennistymon
Enright, John, Templemaly, Ennis †
Evans, Samuel Patterson, M. D. , Fergus View, Newmarket-on-Fergus
Fitzgerald, Lt.-Col. Augustine (Beng. Inf.), Carrigoran, Newmarket-on-Fergus
Fitzgerald, Right Hon. John David, P.C., Fourth Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench, Kilmarnock, Ballybrack, Dalkey, co. Dublin; 7, Merrion-sq., Dublin
Fitzgerald, Sir Edward, bart., D.L., Carrigoran, Newmarket-on-Fergus; Travellers' Club, London, S .W. *
Fitzgerald, William, Adelphi, Corofin *
Furnell, Michael, Caherelly, Limerick; Hibernian United Service Club, Dublin; 25, Pembroke-road, Dublin; Royal Thames Yacht Club, London, S.W. * ‡
Gabbett, John Studdert, Castle Lake, Sixmilebridge
Gloster, George, Parteen House, Limerick
Going, Paterson Richard, Kilcoman, Broadford
Going, Wyndham Quin, Violet Hill, Broadford
Gore, Charles William, Clare Castle
Gore, Edward Arthur, Derrymore, Tulla
Gore, Francis, Bayview, Knock *
Hall, Joseph, Clooney, Ennis
Henn, Thomas Rice, Q.C., Chairman of Quarter Sessions, co. Carlow, Paradise, Kildysart
Hickman, Hugh Palliser, D.L., Fenloe, Newmarket-on-Fergus *
Ievers, John Augustine, Ieverstown, Sixmilebridge, Limerick
Jackson, Capt. Hamilton Llewellin (Austrian Service), Kildare-street Club, Dublin; Windham Club, London, S.W.
Johnstone, Robert, Arran View, Doolin
Keane, Francis Nathaniel, Hermitage, Ennis
Keane, Marcus, Beechpark, Ennis †
Keane, Thomas, Ennis
Lewin, Rev. George Ross, M.A. (Cantab.), Ross Hill, Kildysart
Lucas, Thomas, Ballingaddy, Ennistymon
MacCarthy, Felix Joseph, Kildysart House, Kildysart
M'Cullagh, John (Res. Mag.), Miltownmalbay
MacDonnell, Major William Edward Armstrong, D.L., New Hall, Ennis; Liscrona, Kilkee; Kildare-street, Club, Dublin *
M'Donnell, John, Fairy Hill, Limerick
M'Grath, Edward, Kilbarron, Feakle
MacMahon, Thomas, B.A. (T.C.D.), Knockane, Newmarket-on-Fergus
M'Mahon, William, Clomore Lodge, Miltownmalbay
MacNamara, Lieut.-Col. Francis, D.L., Ennistymon House, Ennistymon; Doolin House, Doolin *
MacNamara, Rear-Admiral Sir Burton, Tromeroe, Miltownmalbay; United Service and Junior United Service Clubs, London, S.W.
Mahon, James, Ennis †
Mahon, R. W., New Park, Ennis
Mahony, John Watson, Limerick
Marrett, William C., Ennis
Massey, Sir Hugh Dillon, bart., D.L., Doonass House, Clonlara, Limerick *‡
Mayne, William Henn, B.A. (T.C.D.), Killaloe
Molony, James, D.L., Kiltannon, Tulla *
Monsell, Right Hon. William, M P., Tervoe House, Limerick; Athenaeum Club, S.W.; Stafford Club, London, S.W. ‡
Montgomery, Lieut.-Colonel Lambert Lyons, Ballyvalley, Killaloe
Morony, Burdett, Milltown House, Miltownmalbay
Morony, Francis Goold, Seaview, Miltownmalbay
O'Brien, George, Birchfield, Liscannor
O'Brien, James, D.L., Ballinalackin, Ennistymon *
O'Brien, John Stackpoole, Tanderagee, co. Armagh
O'Brien, Robert, Old Church, Limerick
O'Brien, Timothy, Corbally, Limerick
O'Callaghan, Captain John, Maryfort, Tulla; Army and Navy Club, London, S.W.
O'Callaghan, Cpt. Chas. Geo., D.L., Ballynahinch, Tulla *
O'Connell, Maurice, Kilgorey, O'Callaghan's Mills
O'Gorman, Nicholas Smith, B.A. (T.C.D.), Bellevue, Kilrush
O'Hara, William (Res. Mag.), Tulla
O'Loghlen, Hugh, Ennis * O'Loghlen, Sir Colman, bart., B.A. (Lond.), Q.C., Drumconora, Ennis
Parkinson, Charles Mahon, Ballyalla, Ennis †
Patterson, Marcus, Ballycugran, Killaloe
Patterson, Wyndham Francis, Jerpoint, Thomastown, Kilkenny
Pilkington, Thomas, Waterpark, Ennis
Purdon, Simon George, D.L., Tinnerana, Killaloe *
Reade, Philip, M.A. (T.C.D.), Woodpark, Mount Shannon; University Club, London, S.W.
Reeves, Robert William Cary, LL.B. (Cantab.), Burrane House, Knock; Union Club, London, S.W.
Roche, Sir David, bart., Carass, Croom, Limerick ‡
Scott, John Fitzwilliam, Ballyvaughan
Scott, John Bindon, D.L. *
Singleton, Edward, Hazlewood, Quin
Singleton, John, Quinville Abbey, Quin * ‡
Skerrett, William Joseph, Finnavara House, Burrin *
Smith, Charles Wilmot, Killman Abbey, Broadford
Smyth, Matthew Blood, Castlefergus, Newmarket-on-Fergus
Spaight, Henry, Ardatagle, O'Brien's Bridge
Spaight, William, Derry Castle, Killaloe ‡
Stackpoole, Andrew, Ennis * †
Stackpoole, Richard John, D.L., Edenvale, Ennis *
Stacpoole, William, M.P., Ballyally, Ennis; Kildare-street Club, Dublin; Union and Junior United Service Clubs, London, S.W.
Studdert, Major Chas. Fitzgerald, Newmarket House, Newmarket-on-Fergus
Studdert, Charles Washington, Cragmoher, Corofin
Studdert, George Studdert, Craggane Tower, Kilkishen
Studdert, Jonas, Knocknareehy, Corofin
Studdert, Vice-Admiral John Fitzgerald, Pella, Kilrush
Studdert, Richard, Fort House, Kilrush
Studdert, Robt. Ashworth, Kilkishen House, Kilkishen *
Studdert, Robert Wogan, Cullane, Kilkishen
Studdert, Robert, Parteen, O'Brien's Bridge
Studdert, Thos., D.L., Bunratty Castle, Bunratty *
Studdert, Wm. Steele, Keeper View, O'Brien's Bridge
Talbot, George (Res. Mag.), Gort
Vandeleur, Col. Crofton Moore, D.L., Colonel of the Clare Militia, Kilrush House. Kilrush; Carlton Club, London, S.W. * ‡
Walnutt, Charles, Springfield, Scariff
Walsh, Captain Jonas, Roonard, Clonlara
Westropp, Francis Macnamara, Fortane, Tulla
Westropp, John, Attyflin, Limerick
Westropp, Ralph, Attalacca, co. Limerick
Westropp, Ralph, jun., St. Catherine's, Scariff
Whitty, Rev. John, M.A., Archdeacon of Kilfenora
Wilson, James Darling, Roxton, Corofin
County Officers.
Clerk of the Crown, George Sampson, esq. (1837), Moyriesk, Quin.
Clerk of the Peace, William Kean, esq. (1830), Ennis.
Crown Solicitor, Alexander Morphy, esq. (1861), 3, Palace-street, Dublin, and Tralee.
Sessional Crown Prosecutor, John F. Cullinan, esq. (1859), Ennis, and 64, Capel-street, Dublin.
Treasurer, Chas. Mahon, esq. (1837), Burlington-road, Dublin.
Secretary to the Grand Jury, Francis Morice, esq. (1846), Springfield, Sixmilebridge.
County Surveyor, Arthur C. Adair, esq., C.E. (1855), Bindon-street, Ennis.
Sub-Sheriff, Henry Greene, esq., Ennis.
Sheriff's Returning Officer, Chartres Brew Molony, esq., 11, Upper Ormond-quay, Dublin.
Coroners, Fras. O'Donnell, esq., Kilkee; M. Canny, esq., Clonmoney, Bunratty; Ptk. M. Cullinan, M.D., Ennis.
Agent for Lloyds, William Blair, esq., Kilrush.
Head Distributer for the county, J. Barry, esq., Limerick.
Ballyvaughan, Henry M'Donagh.
Corrofin, * * *
Ennis, Marcus Talbot.
Ennistymon, Patrick O'Dwyer.
Kildysart, Thomas Guinane.
Kilkee, Hugh Hagan.
Killaloe, Frances Johnson.
Kilrush, Joseph Brennan.
Miltownmalbay, A. Clancy.
Scariff, John Hickey.
Tulla, Michael Halvey.
Bunratty, Upper, Terence Healy, Manus, Clare Castle.
Bunratty, Lower, Fitzgerald Blood, Ballykilty, Quin.
Burrin, Austin Moran, Willbrook, Corofin.
Clonderalaw, George Gabbett, Cragbrien, Ennis.
Corcomroe, Thomas Stritch, Toomullin, Doolan.
Ibrickane, Jonas Studdert, Dunganelly, Cooraclare.
Inchiquin, Henry Faircloth, Curra, Ennis.
Islands, John Cullinen, Ennis.
Moyarta, Simon O'Donnell, Shannon View, Kilkee.
Tulla, Upper, Thomas Studdert, Quin Glebe, Quin.
Tulla, Lower, James O'Grady, Erinagh, Castleconnell.
Inspecting Officers, Captain Walter J. Pollard, R.N. (1855), Kilrush; Lieut. E. J. Morris, R.N. (1843), Seafield, Miltownmalbay.
Tarbert, Henry Harper, esq., R.N.
County Inspector, Richard Gannon, esq., Ennis
Sub Inspectors Stations
Ballyvaughan, Daniel McCarthy Downing, esq.
Broadford, William Massy Blennerhassett, esq.
Corofin, John Harcourt esq.
Ennis, Alexander W. H. Heard, esq.
Ennistymon, Bernard G. Shaw, esq.
Kildysart, Crosbie M. Harvey, esq.
Killaloe, George Stoker, esq.
Kilrush, Thomas Le B. Kennedy, esq.
Newmarket-on-Fergus, John Donovan, esq.
Tulla, Charles G. O'Dell, esq.
Place where held Day and Name of Clerk.
Ballyvaughan, second Wednesday, Henry M'Donogh.
Broadford, second Monday, William Kidd.
Carrigaholt, Cornelius O'Malley.
Corofin, second Wednesday, Thomas M'Mahon.
Crusheen, second Thursday, James M'Ennally.
Doonass, Castleconnell, second Friday, John L. Mason.
Ennis, Friday, John C. Ryall.
Ennistymon, Monday, Robert Weldon.
Feakle, second Saturday, William Watson.
Kildysart, second Tuesday, Thomas Ginnane.
Kilkee, Wednesday, Cornelius O'Maley.
Killaloe, second Saturday, Patrick Kelly.
Kilrush, Monday, John Armitage.
Knock, second Tuesday, John Armitage.
Miltownmalbay, second Thursday, Francis Morony.
Newmarket-on-Fergus, second Thursday, James Egan.
Quin, Newmarket-on-Fergus, second Tuesday, John C. Ryall.
Sixmilebridge, second Tuesday, James Egan.
Tomgraney, Scariff, second Monday, Wm. Watson.
Tulla, second Thursday, William Watson.
Board of Superintendence meets the first Thursday of every month.
Local Inspector, Thomas Keane, esq.
Governor, Giles D'Arcy, esq.
Chaplain, Rev. A. Tatton.
R. C. Chaplain, Rev. John Kenny.
Physician, Patrick M. Cullman, M. D.
Apothecary, Mr Michael Greene.
Clerk, Michael Considine.
Ennistymon, Austin Carrigg.
Killaloe, George Fitzpatrick.
Kilrush, John O'Connor.
Sixmilebridge, Peter Deviney.
Tulla, Richard Colbourne.
Treasurer, Charles Mahon esq., Ennis.
Surgeon, George William O'Brien, M. D., F. R. C. S. I.
Apothecary and House Surgeon, Wm. Stamer, L. F. P. S., Glasg.
Poor Law Unions.
11 Electoral Divisions. The Board of Guardians meets on Thursdays.
Chairman, William Jos. Skerrett esq., Fannavara House, New Quay.
V.-Chair, John Kerin, esq., Abbey, Ballyvaghan.
Deputy Vice-Chairman, Fergus Curtin, esq., Mucknish Castle, Ballyvaughan.
Treasurer, Provincial Bank of Ireland, Ennis.
Clerk and Returning Officer, Michael O'B. Macnamara.
Master and Matron, M. O'B. Macnamara and Ellen Hanlon.
Chaplain Roman Catholic, Rev. P. J. Ryder, P.P.
Medical Officer, Edmund Hogan.
Relieving Officer, Denis Davouren, Carron, Ballyvaghan.
Medical Officer of Dispensary District.
Ballyvaghan, Edmund Hogan.
9 Electoral Divisions. The Board of Guardians meets on Thursdays.
Chairman, Thos. Crowe esq., J.P. and D.L., Dromore, Ennis.
Vice-Chairman, Jonas Studdert, esq., J.P., Knocknareeha, Corofin.
Deputy Vice Chairman, Patrick Shannon, esq., Corofin.
Treasurer, Provincial Bank of Ireland, Ennis.
Clerk and Returning Officer, Daniel Sullivan.
Master and Matron, John F. Thynne and Eliza Eagar.
Chaplain Roman Catholic, Rev. Stephen Walsh.
Medical Officer, Michael M'Namara.
Relieving Officer, Francis M'Mahon, Corofin.
Medical Officer of Dispensary District.
Corofin, Michael M'Namara, M. R. C. S. E.
20 Electoral Divisions. The Board of Guardians meets on Wednesdays.
Chairman, Augustine Butler, esq. , Ballyline, Crusheen.
Vice-Chairman, William Kean, esq., Ennis.
Deputy Vice-Chairman, Terence Healy, esq., Mauns, Clarecastle.
Treasurer, Provincial Bank of Ireland, Ennis.
Clerk and Returning Officer, John Cotter.
Master and Matron, Francis M. Higgins and Honoria Foy.
Established Church, Rev. Arthur Tatton.
Roman Catholic, Rev. John Kenny.
Medical Officer, P. M. Cullinan, M. D.
Relieving Officers, Michael Considine, Ennis; James Cullinan, Errinagh; Ennis; James Smith, Clarecastle.
Medical Officers of Dispensary Districts.
Crusheen, Michael Healy.
Ennis, Michael Greene, M. R. C. S. E., and Joseph Enright.
Killanniv, William Stamer, M. D.
    Newmarket, David Courtney, L. R. C. S. I.
    20 Electoral Divisions. The Board meets on Tuesdays.
    Chairman, Colonel Francis Macnamara, J.P., D.L., Ennistymon House.
    Vice-Chairman, Francis M. Calcutt, esq., M.P., St Catherine's, Ennistymon.
    Deputy Vice-Chairman, Thomas Lucas, esq., Ballingaddy, Ennistymon.
    Treasurer, Provincial Bank of Ireland, Ennis.
    Clerk and Returning Officer, Michael Kean.
    Master and Matron, John O'Loughlin and Mary Anne O'Loughlin.
    Chaplain Roman Catholic, Very Rev. J. Sheehan, P.P.
    Medical Officers, James Shannon, M. D., Charles Finucane, M. R. C. S. L.
    Relieving Officers, Anthony Considine, Liscannor, Ennistymon; Tim. Cotter, Miltownmalbay.
    Medical Officers of Dispensary Districts.
    Ennistymon, Charles Finucane, M. R. C. S. L.
    Miltownmalbay, John Costelloe, M. D.
    Roadford, James Shannon, M. D.
    11 Electoral Divisions. The Board of Guardians meets on Fridays.
    Chairman, Major W. H. Ball, D.L. and J.P., Fortfergus, Ballynacally.
    Vice-Chairman, Rich. H. Beauchamp, esq., J.P., Paradise, Ballynacally.
    Deputy Vice-Chairman, Daniel O'Connell, esq., Killadysert.
    Treasurer, National Bank, Ennis.
    Clerk and Returning Officer, Alexander MacMahon.
    Master and Matron, John O'Donnell and Anne M'Mahon.
    Chaplain Roman Catholic, Rev. Michael Roughan, P.P.
    Medical Officer, Dr Carroll O'Grady.
    Relieving Officer, Daniel M'Namara, Killadysert.
    Medical Officers of Dispensary Districts.
    Ballynacally, Dr Carroll O'Grady, Killadysert.
    Labasheeda, Dr John Finucan, Labasheeda.
    KILRUSH UNION (Co Clare),
    27 Electoral Divisions. The Board of Guardians meets on Saturdays.
    Chairman, Colonel Crofton Moore Vandeleur, Kilrush.
    Vice-Chairman, Richard Studdert, esq., J.P., Fort House, Kilrush.
    Dep. Vice-Chairman, Thomas Studdert, esq., Danganelly.
    Treasurer, National Bank, Kilrush.
    Clerk and Returning Officer, Augustus Warren.
    Master and Matron, Simon Boland and Margaret Brew.
    Established Church, Rev. J. F. Robbins.
    Roman Catholic, Rev. Timothy Kelly, P.P.
    Medical Officer, Thomas B. O'Donnell, M. D.
    Relieving Officers, * * * Kilrush; John Keane, Kilkee; Patrick Kelly, Cragaknock, Milltownmalbay.
    Medical Officers of Dispensary Districts.
    Carrigaholt, John Mahony, M.D.
    Cragaknock, Henry O'Flanagan.
    Kilkee, John Griffin, M.D.
    Kilmihill, John B. Sullivan.
    Kilrush, Thomas Elliott, M.D.G.
    SCARIFF UNION (Cos. Clare and Galway),
    17 Electoral Divisions. The Board of Guardians meets on Thursdays.
    Chairman, Charles Wallnutt, esq., J.P., Springfield House, Scariff.
    Vice-Chairman, Denis Slattery, esq., Drominanav, Bodyke.
    Dep. Vice-Chairman, Mr. Walter Molony, Feakle.
    Treasurer, Provincial Bank of Ireland, Ennis.
    Clerk and Returning Officer, Joseph Parker.
    Master and Matron, James Boland and Margaret Boland.
    Established Church, Rev. Adam Boyd.
    Roman Catholic, Rev. John Gleeson, P.P.
    Medical Officer, John O'Brien, L. R. C. S. I.
    Relieving Officers, James Hogan, Coolveagh, Scariff; Matt. Purcell, Bauroe, Feakle.
    Medical Officers of Dispensary Districts.
    Annacariga, Robert L. Roe, L. R. C. S. I.
    Feakle, Patrick V. M'Donough, L. F. P. S. Glasg.
    Mountshannon, John O'Brien, L. R. C. S. I.
    TULLA UNION (Co. Clare),
    18 Electoral Divisions. The Board of Guardians meets on Tuesdays.
    Chairman, Henry Spaight, esq., J.P., Corbally Quin.
    Vice-Chairman, Maurice O Connell, esq., J.P., Kilgorey, O'Callaghan's Mills.
    Dep. Vice-Chairman, Thos.Corbett, esq., Abbeyview, Quin.
    Treasurer, Provincial Bank of Ireland, Ennis.
    Clerk and Returning Officer, Timothy Murphy.
    Master and Matron, Edward Baker and Joanna Baker.
    Chaplain, Roman Catholic, Rev. James Bowles.
    Medical Officer, James Molony, L. R. C. S. I.
    Relieving Officer, James Reddan, Tulla.
    Medical Officers of Dispensary Districts.
    Kilkishen, John Nihill.
    Quin, Thomas Bunton.
    Tulla, James Molony.
    * Have served the office of High Sheriff of the County
    † Are members of the Board of Superintendence of the County Prison
    ‡ Are Governors of the District Lunatic Asylum for the County


    The Late Rev. Father Dan Clancy 1896
     A long read, but so much information and history in this article...


    Fairies of the Irish Mythology

    From The Irish Fireside, Volume 1, Number 24, December 10, 1883
    These little Hibernian relatives of Arial and Puck have a weird attractiveness for the student of Irish folk lore, for many reasons and especially because the traditions connected with them explain almost all those superstitious peculiarities which are observable among the Irish peasants. It is the duty of the poet to express in rhythmical periods the aerial origin of what are sometimes called `those grovelling superstitions of the Irish,' but for us it is only left to place before our readers in round quotidianal prose some few of the countless happy and poetic traits peculiar to our Irish elves.
    The Irish word `sig' of `sighe,'  pronounced `shee,' is the usual generic title applied to this class of preternatural beings. The `feas-shee' and the `ban-shee' belong to this category, meaning respectively man and woman fairy.
    The terror with which the name of the banshee is still received by peasants throughout the length and breadth of the land, show us clearly how widely-spread and how deeply-rooted was once the belief in the `good people.'
    Thousands of lovely, sensible Irish maidens tremble nightly at their ruddy hearths when the whining of some `moon-baying' mongrel re-echoes in the night air; and stalwarth bouchils, whose brawny frame and supple limb bespeak Sampsonian prowess, grow pale at the mention of the Banshee--the wailing prophetess of anticipated death.
    So widespread a feeling as this would justify us in writing a volume, if by doing so, while retaining the antique and the poetic portion of the tradition, we succeeded in eradicating the foolish superstition.
    Our senses, as several able metaphysicians argue, give no evidence directly of the existence of the outer world, but only of our own material organism as extended in plain words, we often seem to see and to hear when there is neither sight nor sound presented to us.
    This we are especially prone to when in an excited state of mind.
    The poor, dreadful banshee, then, to the philosophical mind, is a fraud, but yet no philosopher would be justified in annihilating what by a little skill may be metamorphosed into a very beautiful and harmless myth.
    How poetically have our fathers called the whirlwind the sheegavithe, as if it were raised by the wings of the passing fairy host. 
    To our mind, Aeolus in his Liparian caverns is an unpoetic personification, compared with this Hibernian conception. What a delightful fairy colony are not the sheogues of East Ulster, immortalised by Francis Davis in his `Fairy Serenade'--

    `Oh, broad are the lawns of your airy fairy king:
    And we'll o'er them glide on the watery wing
    Of a lovesick maiden's sigh.
    And thy crown I'll plume
    With the golden bloom
    Of the blue-robed violet's eye;
    And we'll fill our glass
    From a blade of grass,
    And we'll drink to its emerald dye;
    While we dance those springs
    The young daisy sings,
    When she's kissed by the twilight fly.'


    Advocate Melbourne, Vic.  6 August 1887                                                                 


    National Advocate Bathurst, NSW Wednesday 7 January 1931 a & b      

                                     Southern Times Bunbury, WA Tuesday 17 November 1908

      Southern Cross Adelaide, SA   Friday 12 December 1924

                    COURTESY OF TROVE

    Courtesy of Lyn Nunn via TROVE
    Freeman's Journal Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 17 Mar 1866
    "Notice is hereby given, that the undermentioned persons for whom passages have been provided to this colony in presume of deposits made in this office, under the Assisted Immigration Regulations, have arrived in the ship AFRICANA, and that will be prepared to join their friends as soon a released from quarantine:-"
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    The Crowe gentry of County Clare: origins and history

    Philip Crowe 

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    Notes on the origins and history of the Crowes of west Clare

    The family name:  There are two factors in the evolution of the Gaelic name Mac Conchradha to its modern form, Crowe.  Firstly there was the transition from one language to another.  The English-speaking authorities did their best to capture the sounds of Irish pronunciations, though the results were inevitably only approximations. In modern Irish (after c.1600) the name Mac Conchradha would have been pronounced Mac Con-raw, with some stress on the final aw.  ‘From this you can clearly hear the modern anglicised form McEnchroe coming out’ (Luke McInerney email 14 March 2016).

    Secondly, the spelling of family names in English did not become (more or less) standardised until the 18th century.  William Shakespeare (1564-1616) spelt his name differently in all six of the surviving documents on which his signature appears, none of which is the same as the modern spelling of his name. The pronunciation of his name has probably changed too – from a short a as in shack (so phonetically Shackspeare) to the long a we use for his name today.  (See Bill Bryson, Shakespeare, London: Harper Press, 2007, Chap.1.)  

    The hereditary lands of the McEnchroes:  While the detailed ‘recitation’ of these landholdings may provide useful information for Clare historians, the full details are probably not important for our understanding of Crowe family history.  For our purposes, we can generalise that these hereditary lands were:

    • in a small geographical area in County Clare, in and around the parish of Inagh;
    • there was a clearly defined pattern of inheritance which followed Gaelic law and custom; 
    • this pattern continued for at least 350 years, a hundred of which were after the introduction of English rule and customs.

    For a map showing the location of Inagh, and the townlands in that parish (including Skaghvickincrow, the last townland listed), see --

    Land areas are expressed in ‘quarters’ and ‘cartrons’.  A ‘quarter’ is usually defined as 120 acres and a ‘cartron’ as 30 acres.  However, these measurements varied according to land productivity – for example, how many cows could pasture on the land, or the quantity of crops it could produce.  In less fertile areas the size of a quarter would thus be greater than the average 120 acres.

    Hereditary roles:  In the Gaelic system, learned families provided services to the ruling dynasty in return for land and protection.  These roles were passed down from one generation to the next.  For the O’Briens of Thomond, the O’Hickeys were their surgeons, the Clancys their Brehons (judges), the MacBrodys their chroniclers, and so on.  It was thought the McEnchroes might have had a hereditary role as attorneys for the O’Briens because of their frequent appearance as witnesses and conveyancers in the Inchiquin Manuscripts, but this conclusion is not supported by the evidence.

    Thomond:  This was the territory in the west of Ireland under the lordship of the O’Brien dynasty from about the 12th century up to 1543 when Murrough O’Brien ceded authority to the English crown. In return, he was re-granted much of this land and given the title of 1st Earl of Thomond, and his nephew the title of Baron Inchiquin. At one time, the kingdom of Thomond encompassed much of present-day County Clare and parts of counties Galway, Limerick and Tipperary.

    Some of the specialised sources --

    The 1641 Books of Survey and Distribution provide the results of a survey of land ownership in Ireland showing the settlement of Cromwellian supporters on confiscated land, and the resettlement of ‘innocent Papists’.  It was used for the introduction of a land tax (the Quit Rent). 

    The Inchiquin Manuscripts are the family records of the O’Brien families of Leamanegh and Dromoland in County Clare. They span the period from the late 16th century to the early 20th century.

    The Petworth House Archive contains the estate records of the Wyndham family, absentee English landlords with a connection by marriage to the O’Briens.  Their Irish estate consisted mainly of land in Clare. In the 18th century the lineage was granted the title Earl of Egremont.  A vast amount of estate records are held in the family’s private collection at the Egremont’s historic seat at Petworth House in West Sussex, England. 

    With many thanks to Phil Crowe for kindly sharing his detailed research on the history of the Crowes in West Clare.

    © Phil Crowe

    A List of the County Towns in Ireland

    Without further ado, here are the county towns of Ireland as of 2015:
    • County Antrim - the county town is Antrim;
    • County Armagh - the county town is the City of Armagh;
    • County Carlow - the county town is Carlow;
    • County Cavan - the county town is Cavan;
    • County Clare - the county town is Ennis;
    • County Cork - the county town is Cork City;
    • County Derry - the county town is Coleraine;
    • County Donegal - the county town is Lifford (but both Donegal Town and, to a much larger extent, Letterkenny are local centers);
    • County Down - the county town is Downpatrick;

    What About Dublin?

    Well, originally, the county town of County Dublin would have been Dublin City - but there is no County Dublin anymore. Instead, the old entity has been split in four:

    • Dublin City;
    • Dún Laoghaire and Rathdown with Dún Laoghaire as "county town";
    • Fingal County with Swords as "county town";
    • South Dublin with Tallaght as "county town".
    With thanks to

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