All Lewis entries for Kilmurry (Ibrickan)

Kilmurry (Ibrickan)

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


ENNISKERRY, or MUTTON ISLAND, in the parish of KILMURRY, barony of IBRICKANE, county of CLARE, and province of MUNSTER, ? a mile from the shore, on the western coast: the population is returned with the parish. It lies off that part of the coast which, from its rocky and dangerous character, is called the Malbay ; and contains about 210 statute acres of excellent land for feeding oxen and sheep, particularly the latter ; hence the name "Mutton island," from the fine flavour of the mutton. On its shores are some curious natural caves, formerly used by smugglers for storing contraband goods. Here are an old signal tower and the ruins of an ancient structure, said to have been an abbey, founded at a very early period by St. Senan of Inniscattery: the ancient name of the island was Inniscaorach.


KILMURRY-IBRICKANE, a parish, in the barony of IBRICKANE, county of CLARE, and province of MUNSTER, 4 miles (S.) from Miltown Malbay, on the road to Kilrush ; containing, with Mutton island of Enniskerry, 8433 inhabitants. It forms part of the dangerous western coast called " The Malbay," where if a vessel be embayed, its only chances of being saved are on the northern side of Liscanor bay, on the north-eastern side of Dunmore bay, or within the ledge of rocks opposite to Enniskerry, extending eastward from Seafield Point, in this parish. At each of these places a pier has been erected by the late Fishery Board ; that at Seafield can only be approached at spring tides by vessels of 12 tons' burden, but it is considered capable of being much improved, and would then be of great service. Here is a station of the coast-guard, being one of the six comprised in the district of Miltown-Malbay. The parish comprises 17,954 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, a large portion of which consists of mountain pasture and bog: the arable land is generally manured with sea-weed and sand, and the state of agriculture is gradually improving. A court is occasionally held at Tromaroe by the seneschal for the manor of Moih Ibrickane, in which small debts are recoverable. It is a rectory, in the diocese of Killaloe, entirely impropriate in the Earl of Egremont: the tithes amount to £184. 12. 3-. In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the union or district of Miltown: there is a chapel of ease at Mullogh. In a school under the superintendence of the R. C. clergyman, and in six private schools, about 350 children are educated. The mountain streams in this parish form several picturesque cascades.-See ENNISKERRY and MULLOGH.


MULLOGH, a hamlet, in the parish of KILMURRY, barony of IBRICKANE, county of CLARE, and province of MUNSTER ; containing 17 houses and 96 inhabitants. Here is a R. C. chapel, belonging to the district of Milltown.

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