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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    KILMACNEVIN, a parish, it: the barony of MOYGOISH, county of WESTMEATH, and province of LEINSTER, 8 miles (W. N; W.) from Mullingar, on the road from that place to Colehill ; containing 2604 inhabitants.

    It comprises 2406 statute acres, and is almost entirely under tillage, excepting a large quantity of bog. Limestone abounds, but of an inferior kind. Here is Conlanstown, the seat of C. C. Isdell, Esq. The Royal Canal runs through the parish, and a large cattle fair is held at Empor on the last day of May.

    It is a curacy in the diocese of Meath, forming part of the union of Leney; the rectory is impropriate in Sir J. B. Piers, Bart. The tithes Amount to £130 which is payable to the impropriator. There is a glebe of eight acres.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions it forms part of the union or district of Miltown, and has a chapel at Empor.

    About 120 children are educated in a public school, of which Mr. Tuite allows £10 per annum, besides the school-house and half an acre of land ; and 45 in a private school. Here are remains of the castle of Empor, and of an old fort, also of the church of Kilmacnevin, and of one at Churchtown, which is the burial-place of the Tuite family.