The following is an extract from Isaac Slater’s Directory of Ireland (1846) for the town of Claremorris in the parish of Kilcolman and county of Mayo: 1
Is a small market and post town, in the parish of Kilcoleman, in the barony of its name, and county of Mayo, about 140 miles W. of Dublin, 13 S.E. of Castlebar, and about 6 N.N.E. of Hollymount; situated on the road from Ballinrobe to Castlerea. It presents but few attractions to the stranger, the houses generally being but rudely built, and many even of those going to decay. In a neat court-house petty sessions are held every Thursday, a manor court every third month, and general sessions twice a year. The parish church of Kilcoleman [Church of Ireland] is a remarkably neat structure, with a beautiful towner and lofty spire. The living is a rectory, in the patronage of the Bishop of Tuam; there is also a Roman Catholic chapel. The charities consist of a dispensary lately established, and a parochial and national schools. The market is held on Wednesday, and fairs January 27th, March 11th, May 24th, June 22nd, Sept. 27th, and Nov. 23d. Population, in 1841, 2,256.
Post Office, John Collins, Post Master.—Letters from Dublin and all parts arrive (from Hollymount) every afternoon at half-past two, and are despatched thereto every morning at twenty minutes past ten.
Nobility, Gentry and Clergy.
Arbuthnot Col. Sir Robert, Farm hill
Callaghan Rev. Dr. Mayo Glebe
Coughlin John, Esq. Clonboy
Crean Abby, Esq. Ballevilla
Crean Francis, Esq. J.P. Prospect
Crofton Rev. Wm. Crosboyne Glebe
French Francis, Esq. J.P. Cullaun
Gray John, Esq. Claremorris
Griffin Mr. Peter, Claremorris
Hewson Maurice, Esq. Claremorris
Hughes Rev. James, P.P. Claremorris
Hughes Rev. Peter, C.C. Claremorris
Lambert Joseph, Esq. J.P. Brook hill
Moore Rev. John William, rector, Kilcoleman Glebe
Oranmore Right Hon. Lord, Castle Magaret
Prendergast Richd. Esq. Ballygown
Taffe, Edmund, Esq. J.P. Loughboy
Burke Joseph, physician
Conway Patrick, attorney
Trayer Abbott, surgeon
Kilcoleman Parochial Schools—Edward Murray, master;
Maria Barden, mistress
National School—Nicholas Burke, master; Margaret Nulty, mistress
Inns and Public Houses.
Collins John, Head Inn
Prendergast Jno. Patrick
The nearest means of conveyance is at Hollymount, about ten miles distant.
Shopkeepers and Traders.
Barnacle Denis, tailor
Boyle Thomas, baker
Brady Thomas, baker
Burke Henry, blacksmith
Burke Michael, shopkeeper
Burke Michael, blacksmith
Canavan Geo. boot and shoemaker
Carter Dominic, baker
Cleary John, cart maker
Cleary Martin, cart maker
Concannon James, flour dealer
Conway Michael, tobacconist
Conway Simon, collector & agent
Conyngham Peter, linen draper
Craighton John, coach builder
Egan Andrew, butcher
Egan Ann, shopkeeper
Gavin Thomas, shopkeeper
Fleming, Garrett & Co. victuallers
Flanagan John, carpenter
Higgins Matthew, grocer
Higgins Patrick, tobacconist
Hughes Thomas, baker
Kelly John, general draper
Killeen Patrick, shopkeeper
Lynskey John, spirit dealer
M’Donald Henry, baker
M’Neill John, baker
Martin Thomas, tailor
Meath Michael, grocer and hardware dealer
Meath Thomas, grocer and leather dealer
Mullahy, Patrick grocer
Murphy Thomas, builder
Navan James, shopkeeper
O’Connell Thomas, shopkeeper
O’Hara Martin, grocer
O’Malley Ellen, draper
O’Neill John, hatter
Prendergast Edmund, painter and glazier
Ryan Thomas, cooper
Tierney William, grocer
Tigh James, grocer
Tully John, wheelwright
Vahy James, draper and hardware dealer
Walsh Nicholas, confectioner
Walsh Philip, draper
Places of Worship,
And their Ministers.
Parish Church, Kilcoleman—Rev. Jno. William Moore, rector, the Glebe.
Roman Catholic Chapel—Rev. Jas. Hughes, P.P., Claremorris; Peter Hughes, Claremorris; Thomas Haddican, Ballinsmala, curates.
Source citation for this page: — Kilpatrick, Alison. “The town of Claremorris in Slater’s Directory, 1846.” Online at Arborealis, arborealis.ca/local-history/ireland/kilcolman/slater’s-1846/, accessed [insert date of access].
Image credit: — Bottom portion of title page in Isaac Slater’s Directory of Ireland: see source reference, below. Edited by Alison Kilpatrick (2021).
- Slater, Isaac. “Claremorris.” (pp 116–17.) Slater’s National Commercial Directory of Ireland. Manchester: I. Slater, 1846. Digital image online at John Hayes’ website, Failte Romhat (accessed 2015-11-08); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.