Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Mayo

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    AGHAVOWER or AGHAMORE, a parish, in the barony of COSTELLO, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 4 1/2 miles (N.) from Ballyhaunis, on the road from that place to Swinford; containing 7062 inhabitants.

    St. Patrick is said to have erected a monastery here, for his disciple St. Loarn. The surface of the parish is varied with several small lakes; the lands are chiefly under tillage; there is a considerable quantity of bog, also a quarry of black marble.

    The gentlemen's seats are Cooge, the residence of James Dillon, Esq.; Annach, of Thomas Tyrrell, Esq.; and Oahil, of James M'Donnell, Esq.

    Fairs are held at Ballinacostello on June 3rd, Aug, 8th, Oct. 19th, and Dec.18th.

    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 £158: 4:10. The ancient church is in ruins, but the cemetery is still used.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions it is part of the district of Knock ; the chapel is an old thatched building.

    There are seven pay schools, in which are about 550 children.

    At Cloonfallagh there is a mineral spring.