Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Galway

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  • Place
    Clontuskert, Clonthuskert
  • County
  • Parish
    Clontuskert, Clonthuskert
  • Content
    CLONTUSKERT or CLONTHUSKERT, a parish partly in the barony of LONGFORD, but chiefly in that of CLONMACNOON, county of GALWAY, and province of CONNAUGHT, 5 miles (N. N. W.) from Eyrecourt, on the road to Ballinasloe; containing 4002 inhabitants, and comprising 11,837 statute acres.

    Boadan, or Broadan, founded a monastery here for Augustinian canons, in the early part of the 9th century, and was the first abbot; at the suppression it was granted to Richard, Earl of Clanricarde.

    Gurteemona is the seat of J. Blake, Esq.

    The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Clonfert, and, with the greater portion of the rectory united, is part of the union of Clonfert : the other portion of the rectory is appropriate to the see : the tithes amount to £304. 12s. 3.75d., of which £46. 3s. 1d., is payable to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, and £258. 9s. 2.75d., to the incumbent. The glebe-house was built in 1820, by aid of a gift of £250, and a loan of £450 from the same Board. The church, which is at Glanlahan, is a very neat building, with a spire of hewn stone; it was erected in 1818, by aid of a gift of £900 from the late Board of First Fruits.

    The Roman Catholic parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church, and has a chapel.

    There is a school at Glanlahan, aided by annual donations from the Earl of Clancarty and the rector : and at Bonla is another school : together they instruct about 270 boys and 180 girls, besides whom, about 100 children are taught in three hedge schools.

    The ruins of the abbey are in good preservation : the gateway is still perfect, and the east window is very fine; and there are several ancient inscriptions, still very legible, the principal of which are those of the O'Kellys.