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ContentTEMPLETOGHER, a parish, in the barony of HALF-BALLYMOE, county of GALWAY, and province of CONNAUGHT, 5 miles (W.) from Ballymoe ; containing 4871 inhabitants.
It is situated on the confines of the counties of Mayo and Roscommon and comprises 9222 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, the greater part of which consists of reclaimable bog and mountain ; within its limits are about 20 acres of woodland, some quarries of good limestone, and a fine trout stream, which propels two oatmeal-mills. A market for corn is held on Tuesday at Kelmalag, where also fairs are held on Easter-Monday and Whit-Monday; and petty sessions are held weekly at Williamstown, where, and also at Kelmalag, is a station of the constabulary police ; at Williamstown is a comfortable hotel.
The seats are Beahagh, the residence of Chas. Roe, Esq.; Gurtane, of Patrick O'Beirne, Esq. ; and Springfield, of Wm. McDermott, Esq., which is beautifully planted.
The parish is in the diocese of Tuam, and is a rectory and vicarage, forming part of the union of Kiltullagh : the tithes amount to £120.
In the Roman Catholic divisions it is part of the union or district of Boyanagh, also called Glanamada : there are chapels at Kelmalag and Williamstown ; the site for the latter, and £50 towards its erection were given by Wm. McDermott, Esq., who also gave a site for, and £10 towards building a national school ; and six acres of land for the use of the parish priest, on which a neat dwelling-house has been erected. About 190 children are at present educated in three private schools.
Near Springfield is a spring impregnated with sulphur.