Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Westmeath

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

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    BALLINACARGY, or BALNACARRIG, a market and post-town in the parish of KILBIXY, barony of MOYGOISH, county of WESTMEATH, and province of LEINSTER, 7 .50 miles (W. by N.) from Mullingar, and 45 .75 miles (W. by N.) from Dublin; containing 308 inhabitants.

    This town is situated on the road from Mullingar to Colehill, in the county of Longford, and near the right bank of the Royal Canal; it contains about 60 houses, neatly built and roofed with slate. Nearly adjoining it is an extensive deer-park, belonging to Mrs. O'Connor Malone, in whom the fee of the town is vested. The markets are held on Wednesday for corn and butter, and on Saturday for provisions; and fairs are held on the 9th of May and Oct 20th. It is a constabulary police station; and petty sessions are held every Wednesday.

    The R.C. parochial chapel for the union or district of Kilbixy is situated in the town. A large school-house was built by Lord Sunderlin, open to children of all denominations; the masters salary is paid by Mrs. Malone. Here is a dispensary.