Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Galway

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    KILLERERAN, a parish, partly in the barony of DUNMORE and TYAQUIN, but chiefly in that of CLARE, county of GALWAY, and province of CONNAUGHT, containing, with the post-town of Dangan, 4307 inhabitants.

    Besides the arable and pasture land, there are about 800 acres of waste and a tract of bog, both reclaimable. Petty sessions are held at Barna every Monday.

    The principal seats are Brook Lodge, the residence of Martin J. Blake, Esq. ; Hillsbrook, of J. A. Kirwan, Esq. ; Castle Moyle, of M. Browne, Esq. ; and the glebe-house, of the Rev. W. Le Poer Trench.

    The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, united by act of council, in 1792, to part of the rectory and vicarage of Knockmoy (Abbeyknockmoy) , and in the patronage of the Bishop : the tithes amount to £341. 10s., and of the union to £561. 10s. The church is a plain neat structure, erected in 1796, by aid of a gift of £500 and a loan of £300 from the late Board of First Fruits. There is a glebe-house, with a glebe of 40 acres.

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

    About 170 children are educated in three public schools, to one of which M. J. Blake, Esq., contributes £20 annually ; and about 120 in two private schools. The ruins of the castle of Barna and several raths are here.