All Lewis entries for Kilbennan


More information on Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)

Accompanying Lewis map for Galway


KILBENNAN, or KILBANNON, a parish, partly in the barony of CLARE, but chiefly in that of DUNMORE, county of GALWAY, and province of CONNAUGHT, 2? miles (N. N. W.) from Tuam, on the road to Hollymount; containing 2561 inhabitants. A religious house was anciently established here, of which no other record exists but that it was granted, after the dissolution, to the burgesses of Athenry; it would appear to have been of great antiquity, as there is still remaining a portion, 50 feet high, of one of those ancient round towers found generally near the site of the earliest religious establishments. The parish is in the diocese of Tuam; the rectory is appropriate to the vicars choral of the cathedral of Tuam, and the vicarage forms part of the union of Tuam: the tithes amount to #106. 3. 1., which is equally divided between the vicars choral and the vicar. In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the union or district of Kilconly; the chapel is a small thatched building. There are two private schools, in which are about 170 children.

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