Galway - 1824 Directory of Eyrecourt

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Pigot'S Directory Of Ireland
  Is a small post, fair, and market town in the county of 
Galway, seventy-two miles west by south of Dublin, nine 
south by east of Ballinasloe, and thirty-five east by south 
of Galway, in the heart of a fine corn country. Contiguous 
to the town stands Eyrecourt castle a magnificent building, 
the property of the Eyre family and a present received by 
Colonel Eyre. The internal part of this castle is worth the 
stranger's notice; the staircase, in particular, is supposed 
ot be the finest in Ireland. In  the demesne, which is well 
laid down, is a large fort, from which a cave is said to 
turn two miles and a half, and to open near the beautiful 
and ancient abbey of Meelick. The church is a neat edifice 
of stone, with a tower and one bell. Here is also building a 
large and handsome Roman Catholic chapel, which is 
calculated to hold a thousand persons. In the court house 
the sessions are held once a year both for criminal cases 
and civil suits; and a manor court is held every month for 
the recovery of debts under ten pounds. Over the court room 
is the free parochial school. Besides this there is an 
endowed school, built in 1777, by the order of Bishop 
Cumberland; Lord John Eyre, and Archdeacon Alcock are the 
trustees. The present master is Mr. Lawrence Laffan Quinlan, 
whose salary of 31l. 3s. 2d. per annum is paid by the Dublin 
Board of Education. The market day is Saturday. Fairs are 
held on the first Monday after Easter Monday, July the 10th, 
September the 8th, and December the 21st. Population about 

POST OFFICE- Post Mistress, Miss Catherine Usher. The Dublin 
 mail arrives at half- past seven in the morning, and is 
despatched at a quarter past one in the afternoon. The 
Portumna mail arrives at eleven and is despatched at 
half-past eleven in the morning. Letters for England and 
Scotland by the Dublin mail.


Allman Captain John, 48th regt. foot, H.P.
Blackstock Thos esq., Land agent
Blake Mrs.
Calanan John, esq. Tully
Calanan Mrs.
Clonfert, the Rt. Rev. Lord Bishop of Clonfert House
Cowan John esq.
Egan John esq.
Eyre Col, Eyre Court Castle
Eyre Giles esq.
Eyre John esq. Woodview
Eyre Mrs.
Eyre Rev. Richard L.L.D. Phenix Lodge
Eyre Capt Robert
Flanagan Jas esq. Wobourn Lodge
Kelly Rev Barnard
Martin Lieut. Christopher, 60th regt.of foot, H.P.
O'Malley Geo esq. Prospect
Seymour Rev. Dav., Ballamore castle
Seymour Eyre esq.
Seymour Lieut. Thos. Galway militia,H.P.
Seymour Thos. Barrister, Bellevue
Skerrett James esq.
Skerret Pat M esq.
Purify Lieut. Arnold 39th reg. of foot,H.P.
Walters Thos esq. Chief Constable,Lawrencetown



Blake Stephen, attorney
Cowan Joseph H., attorney
Seymour Jos. attorney, and 38 Great Ship street, Dublin.
Sharpe John, surgeon
Ryan Matthew, classical school


Coates Saml, farmer
Coen John, linen draper
Dolan Stephen, linen draper
Fahy Peter, baker
Gollagher Anthony, grocer
Hobart Joseph, tallow chandler
Horsman Edw. miller
Howard Henry, grocer
Kelly Thomas, grocer and spirit dealer.
Lovelock Pat, apothecary
Nevin Pat, grocer
Sords Wm, baker


Clarke Michael
Coughlan Patrick
Dermott John
Egan Patrick (innkeeper)
Mahan Thomas