All Lewis entries for Monivea


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


MONIVAE, or ABBERT, a market-town and parish, in the barony of TYAQUIN, county of GALWAY, and province of CONNAUGHT, 7- miles (N.) from Oraughwell, to which it has a penny post, on the road from Galway to Castle-Blakeney, and on the river Tyaquin ; containing 5117 inhabitants, The parish comprises 15,337 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act: one-third of the land is good, the remainder being of indifferent quality ; there are 1000 acres of waste, and 2500 of bog (on the estate of Tyaquin alone) all reclaimable. It is a constabulary police station, and petty sessions are held at irregular intervals. The market is held on Thursday ; and fairs are held on May 12th and Oct. l2th. The principal seats are Tyaquin, the resi-dence of Edmond Burke, Esq. ; Monivae Castle, of Robt. French, Esq. ; Rye Hill, of Mrs. Riddington ; Abbert, of J. H. Blakeney, Esq. ; Bellville, of T. Mahon, Esq. ; Bengarra, of J. Bodkin, Esq. ; and Currandoo, of M. Dowdall, Esq. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the diocese of Tuam, and in the patronage of the incumbent of Athenry: the income of the perpetual curate is £92. 6. 1-., derived from £60 paid by the rector of Athenry, and £32. 6. 1-. from the Ecelesiastical Commissioners. The church is a neat edifice, built in 1761, towards which the late Board of First Fruits gave £268. In the R. C. divisions the parish is partly in the union or district of Athenry, and partly in that of Abbeyknockmoy ; in each portion there is a chapel, one of which is on the Tyaquin estate. About 70 children are educated in the parochial school, which is aided by the perpetual curate ; and about 100 in two private schools. A national school-house has just been completed ; and here is a dispensary. In the demesne of Tyaquin are the ruins of an old castle ; and an inscription on a stone in the old chapel purports that it covers the remains of Hobbert Burke, Earl of Ulster, Lord of Connaught, Viscount Galway and Baron Tyaquin. Here is a chalybeate spa, on the properties of which Dr. Macartney wrote a treatise.

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