Galway - 1846 Directory of Eyrecourt

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Slater'S Directory Of Ireland

   A small market town in the parish of Donanaghta, barony 
of Longford, county of Galway, about 90 miles w. by s. from 
Dublin, 40 e. by s. from Galway, 14 n.w. from Parsonstown, 
and 11 s.e. from Ballinasloe; situated in the midst of a 
fine corn district, on the road by Banagher to Loughrea. The 
town derives its name from the Eyre family, lords of the 
manor; and contiguous to the town is Eyrecourt Castle, a 
magnificent structure, the property of the family, at 
present occupied by John Eyre, Esq. J.P., a great patron of 
the town, and evincing a lively anxiety for its prosperity. 
The interior of the castle is eminently deserving the 
stranger's notice; the staircase, in particular, is supposed 
to be the finest in Ireland. Over the hall door is inscribed 
the following sentence, 'Welcome to the House of Liberty.' 
In the demesne, which is beautifully laid out, is a large 
fort, from which a cave is said to run two miles and a half, 
and to pen near the beautiful and ancient abbey of Mellick. 
The trade of the place is quite of a local character, and 
with the exception of the Eyrecourt corn mils, of Mr. 
Horsman, there is no prominent branch. Te government of the 
town is vested in the magistrates and a seneschal; the 
former meet in petty session once a fortnight; the latter 
holds a court every three weeks- both in the court-house. 
The parish church of Donanaghta is a plain but neat stone 
edifice, erected in 1818, with a tower and one bell. The 
Roman Catholic chapel is large and will accommodate a 
congregation of one thousand persons. In 1777 a school was 
erected here by order of, and endowed by Bishop Cumberland. 
The school premises, which have been recently re-built, from 
one of the principal buildings of the town; and the 
establishment flourishes under the admirable management of 
Mr. John Coen, B.A. There is also a school in connexion with 
the 'Ladies Hibernian Female School Society' A dispensary 
here is supported party by the county and partly by 
subscription. The market days are Tuesday and Saturday. 
Fairs February 8th, the first Monday after Easter Monday, 
July 10th, Sept. 8th, Nov. 10th and Dec. 21st. The February 
and November fairs have been recently instituted. The parish 
of Donanaghta contained, in 1841, 1,870 in habitants and the 
town of Eyrecourt 1,419 of that number.

POST OFFICE, Mary Eyre, Post Mistress-Letters from 
Ballinasloe arrive every morning at a quarter before nine, 
and are despatched thereto every afternoon at ten minutes 
past four.- Letters from Banagher and Parsonstown arrive 
every afternoon at four and are despatched every morning at 
ten minutes before nine.- Letters from Portumna arrive every 
afternoon at a quarter before four and are despatched 
thereto every morning at five minutes past nine.


Allman Mr. Fras. Tallywood Cottage
Blake Mrs Anne, Main st
Blake, Mrs. Jane, Green trees
Blake Peter, Esq. Market st
Burke Mr. William B. Quansborough Lodge
Butson the Ven. Archdeacon James S. Clonfret
Coen Rev Ths. P.P. Grange House
Daly Mr. John, Clonnachaise
Daly Mr. Richard G. Wood View
Doyle Mrs Anne, Main st
Egan Mr. John Woodfield
Eyre John Esq., Hasson Park
Eyre John, Esq. (magistrate), Eyrecourt Castle.
Eyre Rev. Richard, the Glebe
Eyre Robt, Esq. (seneschal) the Cottage
Flanagan Miss Anne, Market st
Flanagan Henry, Esq. Woburn
Grome Mr. Edward, Clonfert
Grome Mr John, Market st
Kavanagh Rev. James, C.C. Main st
Kelly Patrick, Esq, Longford House
Kelly Mr. Stephen, Longford House
Lemon Mr. Joseph, Ormond View
Montgomery Mr. John, Green trees
Seymour Rev. David, Abbey land
Seymour Eyre, Esq., Lisanacody
Seymour Mr. Robert, Clonfert Cottage
Seymour Mr. Simeon, Tower View
Skerrett Mr. Patrick Mark, Main st
Smith John, Esq, Prospect House
Trench Jno. Eyre, Esq. Prospect House


Blake James, attorney, Main st
Calanan Nicholas, attorney, Main st
Cowan John, attorney, Main st
Cowan Joseph Henry, attorney and sub-sheriff of Galway, Main 
Eyre Robert, attorney, Main st
Lovelock Patrick, apothecary, Main st
Mahon George, physician, Main st


Coen John, B.A.(boarding) River st
Endowed School, River st-Mister John Coen, B.A., master
Ladies' Hibernian Female Society's School, Market street, 
Daniel Rosingrave, master; Rebecca M'Govern, mistress


Coen Anne, Main st
Daly Zechariah, Main st
Egan Joseph (and posting house) Main street
Mahon Thomas, Main st


Buckley Robert, rag dealer, Main st
Brereton Catherine, grocer & linen draper, Main st
Coates Samuel, farmer, Coates' lane
Coghlan Patrick, farmer, Main st
Connor Thos., blacksmith, Pound st
Donoghoe Michael, provision dealer, Main st
Fallon Patrick, dyer, River st
Ford Martin, provision dealer, Main st
Gannon Patrick, farmer, Coates' lane
Horsman Edwd., corn miller, Eyrecourt Mills
Howard Patrick, grocer & stationer, Main st
Hourigan, Michael, butcher, Main st
Kelly Jno., grocer & draper, Main st
Kelly Thos, grocer & draper, Main st
Killeen Jno. grocer & draper, Main st
Larkin Denis, nail maker, Main st
Larkin Philip, nail maker, Market st
M'Carty Bridget, provision dealer,Coates' lane
Maguire George, nail maker, Main st
Mahon John, linen draper, Main st
M'Nevin Patrick, harness maker,Market st
Mahoney John, baker, Main st
O'Donnell Joseph, provision dealer,Coates' lane
Rodden Jno. provision dealer, Main st
Rodgers Isaac, provision dlr, Main st
Sords Wm, grocer & baker, Main st
Staunton Patrick, cartwright, Main st
Thompson Luke, boot & shoe maker,Market st
Thompson, Wm. boot & shoe maker, Main st
Topin Nicholas, butcher, Market st

And their Ministers

Saint John's Church, market st.- Rev.
     Richard B. Eyre, the Glebe; Thomas
     Leech, clerk, Market street.
Roman Catholic Chapel, Main street
     - Rev. Thomas Coen, parish priest,
     Main street, Rev. James Kavanagh,
     curate, Main street

Bridewell, Market st- James Dunbar,keeper
Constabulary Barrack, Main street-
     Samuel Abbott, sub-inspector,Laurencetown.
Court House, Market street- Daniel Rosingrave, keeper.
Dispensary, Main st- Mr. George Mahan, physician
Stamp Office, Main st- Thomas Curran distributor.

From William Sord's, grocer, Main street.

To Ballinasloe, a Mail Car, every
     afternoon at ten minutes past four.
To Parsonstown, a Mail Car, every
     morning at ten minujtes before nine;
     goes through Banagher.
To Portumna, a Mail Car, every
     morning at five minutes past nine.