Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary Ireland comprises of several counties, cities, boroughs, parish and villages – with historical and statistical descriptions – of Ireland.
ContentKILLARAGHT, a parish, in the half-barony of COOLAVIN, county of SLIGO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 4 miles (S.W.) from Boyle (Co. Roscommon), on the road from that place to Frenchpark (county Roscommon); containing 1986 inhabitants.
This place is said to derive its name from a nunnery founded here by St. Patrick for St. Athracta, sister of St. Coeman, who received the veil from him in 470. It is situated on the southern shore of Lough Gara, and consists chiefly of pasture land.
The principal seats are Lisserlough, the residence of Jacob Powell, Esq.; Ardgallan, of Harlow P. Baker, Esq.; and Ratarman of J. Flanagan, Esq.
It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Achonry, episcopally united to those of Kilfree and Kilshalvea; the rectory is impropriate in Viscount Lorton. The tithes amount to £150, of which £56 9s. 3.50d., is payable to the impropriator, and £93 10s. 8.50d., to the vicar. There is a glebe of 3.50 acres.
In the R. C. Divisions it forms part of the union or district of Gurteen, and has a chapel at Cloonlagh.
About 90 children are educated in a school that is aided by Lord Lorton. At Templeoran are the ruins of a church, with a burial place attached.