Galway - 1881 Directory of Eyrecourt

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Slater'S Commercial Directory Of Ireland 

A small market town, in the parish of Donanaghta, barony of 
Longford, county of Galway, is about 90 miles w. by s. from 
Dublin, 44 E. by S. from Galway, 14 N.W. from Parsonstown, 
and 11 S.E. from Ballinasloe, and about 5 W. from Banagher, 
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 open near the 
beautiful and ancient abbey of Meelick. The trade of the 
place is quite of a local character. The government of the 
town is vested in the magistrates and a seneschal; the 
former meet in petty sessions once a fortnight, the latter 
holds a court every fortnight - both in the court house.

The parish church of Donanaghta, erected in 1818, and 
rebuilt in 1869, is an elegant building in an ornamented 
style, with a tower and one bell. The Roman Catholic church 
is large and handsome, and will accommodate a congregation 
of one thousand persons. There is a National school. A 
dispensary here is supported partly 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, September 8th, November 10th and December 21st. 
In 1861 the population of the parish was 1,255 and in 1871, 
935, of which the town numbered 747.

POST OFFICE, Eyrecourt, Patrick Mahon, Post Master – Letters 
from Ballinasloe arrive at quarter past four morning and 
from Parsonstown at half-past three afternoon and at eight 
evening; and are dispatched to Parsonstown at a quarter-past 
four morning to Dublin and the South at ten morning, and to 
all parts at ten evening. 

Money Order and Telegraph Office and Savings Bank.


Abbott John Esq, Woodfield
Butson the Venerable Archdeacon G. Clonfert
Coen Rev Thomas, P.P. Fahy
Cowan Capt Stephen J.L. Gartmona
Daly Mr. John Clonnachaise
Derry Rev. Wm P.P. Market st
Eyre John, Esq, J.P., D.L. Eyrecourt
Eyre Stratford Esq, J.P. Eyreville
Garner John, Esq, J.P. Lisbeg
Kelly Patrick, Esq, J.P. Longford House
Kenny George C, Esq, Eyrecourt
Kenny Mrs. Susan, Lismore House
Killeen Mr. Martin, Keelough
Lawrence Rev James, Bell Vue
Mahon Patrick, Esq, Prospect
Montgomery Mrs. Barbara, Main st
Ryan Owen, Esq, Derry Lodge
Seymore Thomas, Esq, J.P. Ballymore
Walter Francis A, Esq, Shannangrove
Watson John P, Esq, Queensborough Lodge


NATIONAL SCHOOL, Main st - Patrick O'Neill, master


Grady Patrick, Main st
Sweeney Patrick, Main st


Keavin Patrick, Main st
Staunton Patrick & Lawrence, Main st


Bulfin William, Main st
Hanley Patrick, Main st
Watson John, Main st


Hogan Philip, Main st
Hourigan Michael, Main st


Larkin Michael & Sons, Main st
Pelley John, Main st

Market thus * are also Spirit Dealers

Larkin Edward, Main st
M'Namara William, Main st
* Mahon Thomas, Main st
O'Donnell Joseph, Main st
Shiels Denis, Main st
Sweeney Patrick, Main st


Coen John, Main st
Cosgrove Edward (hotel), Main st


Mahon Thomas, Main st
Sweeney Patrick (& draper), Main st


Banco James, whitesmith & coachmaker, Main st
Larkin Denis, jun, nailmaker, Market st
Mullen Patrick, tailor, Main st
O'Farrell James, physician, Main st
Staunton Patrick, cart maker, Main st
Stone Henry, builder, Main st


And Their Ministers

SAINT JOHN'S CHURCH, Market st - Rev. James M. Aldridge, 
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, Main st - Rev. William Derry, P.P. 
Market st; Rev. James Byrne, curate

Constabulary Barrack, Main st - Michael Johnston, constable
Court House, Market st - Thos. Kelly, petty sessions clerk
Dispensary - James O'Farrell, surgeon

From Patrick Sweeney's, Main street
To BALLINASLOE, a Mail Car, at three afternoons
To PARSONSTOWN, Mail Cars at fifteen minutes past four 
morning, and a quarter past ten morning
To PORTUMNA, a Mail Car, at half-past four morning.

the nearest Station is at Ballinasloe, on a branch of the 
Midland Great Western Line, nine miles distant