All Lewis entries for Taghmaconnell


More information on Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)
Accompanying Lewis map for Roscommon


TAGHMACONNELL, a parish, in the barony of ATHLONE, county of ROSCOMMON, and province of CONNAUGHT ; 5 miles (N. E.) from Ballinasloe, on the road to Roscommon ; containing 4418 inhabitants. This parish comprises 12,229- statute acres, of which 9912 are applotted under the tithe act, The land is badly cultivated, yet agriculture is improving ; there is a considerable portion of bog, and limestone abounds. Castle-Sampson, a little village within the parish, is 5 miles (W.) from Athlone, and comprises 26 cabins and 130 inhabitants ; it has a patent for fairs, which, however, are not held, The gentlemen's seats are Fighill, the residence of R. Keogh, Esq. ; Eskan, of W. Kelly, Esq. ; Keoghvill, of Ross Keogh, Esq. ; and Camla House, of E. Killikelly, Esq. It is a rectory, in the diocese of Clonfert, partly appropriate to the bishoprick and deanery, and partly included in the union of Creagh ; the tithes amount to £147. 13. 10., of which £36 is payable to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, £3. 13. 10-. to the dean, and the remainder to the incumbent ; there is a glebe of 4 acres. The R. C. parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church, and contains a chapel. There are three private schools, one of which is kept in a house built by the parishioners. At Clonohill are the remains of an old abbey, and there are also the remains of the abbey of Taghmaconnell, and of a nunnery at Ballinnina. Certain lands in the parish pay a rent, called " monastery money,' to the crown for this nunnery. Here are the ruins of several old castles formerly belonging to the Keogh family : also two upright stones, crossed by a third on the top, supposed to have been landmarks between the ancient proprietors of the land and the Keogh family.

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