Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Louth

Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary comprises of several counties, cities, boroughs, parish and villages – with historical and statistical descriptions – of Ireland. Here are From-Ireland.net’s records for Co. Louth.


  • Place
    Clonkeen
  • County
    Limerick
  • Parish
    Clonkeen
  • Content
    CLONKEEN, a parish in the barony of CLANWILLIAM, county of LIMERICK, and province of MUNSTER, 5.50 miles (E. by S.) from Limerick city ; containing 628 inhabitants.

    This parish is situated on the road from Limerick to Abington, and contains 2496 statute acres as applotted under the tithe act. The soil is fertile, and the land well cultivated, producing abundant crops. The houses are generally good, and mostly surrounded with gardens and orchards, particularly near Barrington Bridge, where several neat cottages, and an hotel, and post-office have recently been erected, a police station established, and numerous other improvements made.

    The parish is in the diocese of Emly, and the rectory is appropriate to the Archbishop of Cashel's mensal. The church, which is of Saxon or early Norman architecture, of which the western doorway is a very fine specimen, was much injured by the Whiteboys in 1762, and has not been repaired: that at Abington is used by the parishioners.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Murroe.

    There is a school, in which about 100 boys and 40 girls are taught.
  • Place
    Clonkeen
  • County
    Louth
  • Parish
    Clonkeen
  • Content
    CLONKEEN, a parish, in the barony of ARDEE, county of LOUTH, and province of LEINSTER, 3 miles (N. W.) from Ardee, on the road to Monaghan town ; containing 1981 inhabitants.

    It comprises 4321.50 statute acres, according to the Ordnance survey, valued at £4582 per annum : the soil is fertile and the land is mostly under cultivation ; the system of agriculture is in a highly improved state. There are some quarries of greenstone, which is raised for building and for repairing the roads.

    The principal seats are Rogerstown, the residence of Miss Young ; Cardistown of J. Caraher, Esq. ; Glach, of R. Shegog, Esq. ; and Cromartin, belonging to the Clement family.

    The living is a rectory and vicarage in the diocese of Armagh, and in the patronage of the Lord-primate : the tithes amount to £300. The glebe-house is a good residence, built by the present rector, the Rev. W. Lee, and has attached to it 12a. 1e. 17p., of glebe. The church is an ancient structure, and contains a neat monument to the Caraher family.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Tallanstown. There are two hedge schools, in which are about 80 boys and 30 girls. Near Lagan bridge are the ruins of an ancient castle.