Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Galway

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    DONAMON, a parish, partly in the half-barony of BALLYMOE, county of ROSCOMMON, but chiefly in that which is in the county of GALWAY, and province of CONNNAUGHT, 4.50 miles (S. W. by W.) from Roscommon town ; containing 1114 inhabitants.

    It is situated on the river Suck, out the road from Castlerea to Athleague, and contains 2500 statute acres, of which, 600 or 700 are bog, and 1526 arable and pasture, as applotted under the tithe act, except 100 of woodland. Agriculture is generally good, and still improving; There are quarries of limestone, which is used for building. The river Suck is here very deep and navigable, except at the bridge.

    The gentlemen's seats are Donamon Castle, the residence of St. George Caulfleld, Esq. ; and Emlaroy, of Oliver Armstrong, Esq.

    The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Elphin, with those of Kilcroan and Ballinakill united, which three parishes form the union of Donamon, in the patronage of the Bishop ; the rectory is partly impropriate in the Earl of Essex, and partly in St. George Caulfield, Esq. The tithes amount to £40. 2s. 8d., half of which is payable to the vicar, and half to the impropriators. There is neither glebe-house nor glebe. The church is an ancient building, in good repair; it was formerly a chapel of the Caulfield family, but when the church of Oran was blown down, it was given to the parishioners.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Kilbegnet. About 130 boys and 80 girls are taught in three schools, two of which are aided by the incumbent, and one by Mr. Caulfield, who contributes £20 per annum ; and there is also a Sunday school. The Caulfield family has bequeathed £8 per annum, late currency, towards the repairs of the church, in which are some handsome monuments to the memory of its various members.