All Lewis entries for Drumcliff


More information on Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)
Accompanying Lewis map for Sligo


CARNEY, a village, in the parish of DRUMCLIFF, barony of LOWER CANNERY, county of SLIGO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 5 miles (N. W.) from Sligo; containing 45 houses and 220 inhabitants. It is situated on the bay of Drumcliff, about half a mile to the left of the road from Sligo to Ballyshannon; and has a market on Thursday and fairs on May 26th and June 24th, chiefly for cattle and sheep. A constabulary police force is stationed here; and a dispensary is supported principally by Sir R. G. Booth, Bart.-See DRUMCLIFF.


DRUMCLIFFE, a parish, in the Lower half-barony of CARBERY, county of SLIGO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 3- miles (N. N. W.) from Sligo, on the mail coach road to Londonderry, through Ballyshannon ; containing 13,956 inhabitants. This place anciently called Cnoc na teagh, was once a large town. A monastery was founded here, in 590, by St. Columba, who appointed his disciple, St. Thorian, or Mothorian, abbot, and to his office episcopal jurisdiction was united : the see was subsequently united to Elphin. St. Torannan, a succeeding abbot, who died in 921, was afterwards regarded as the patron saint of the place. A religious house was also founded at Cailleavinde by St. Fintan, a disciple of St. Columb, The parish comprises 17,038 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. The land is principally light and under tillage, and there is abundance of bog. On the north-west side of Magherow lies the Serpent Rock, so called from the great variety of its curious fossils, representing serpents, fishes, &c. Here are quarries of limestone ; and at Glencar is a remarkable waterfall, 300 feet high ; but when the wind is south, the water is prevented from descending. At Raughley is a good harbour, designed by Mr. Nimmo, and executed at the joint expense of the Government and Sir R. G. Booth, Bart. Petty sessions are held at Summerhill every Wednesday ; and a manor court is held at Ardharman, under Sir R. G. Booth's patent. The principal seats are Lissadell, the residence of Sir R. Gore Booth, Bart. ; Craig House, of the Hon. R. King ; Dunally, of Col. Parke ; Ellen-villa, of J. C. Martin, Esq. ; Summerhill, of R. Irwin, Esq. ; Elsinore, of R. Young, Esq. ; Mount Shannon, of H. H. Slade, Esq. ; Cottage,of J. Gethin, Esq. ; Willoughbrook, of W. Ormsby Gore, Esq. ; and Millbrook, of J. Simpson, Esq. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Elphin, and in the patronage of the Bishop ; the rectory is impropriate in Owen Wynne, Esq. The tithes amount to £720, of which half is paid to the impropriator and half to the vicar, The glebe-house stands on a glebe of 40 acres. The church is a handsome building in the Gothic style, with a square tower ornamented with minarets, erected by aid of a loan of £800, in 1809, from the late Board of First Fruits, on part of the site of the ancient abbey : the church service is also performed every Sunday in the school-house at Lissadell, In the R. C. divisions this parish is divided into two parts, Drumcliffe and Rathcormac : and has three chapels. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists at Drum, and another at Ballinford ; and also one for Primitive Methodists. Schools at Milltown and Castletown are supported by Sir R. G. Booth, Bart. ; at Drum, by J. Wynne, Esq. ; and there are two other public schools. In these about 500 children are educated, and in twelve private schools about 700 are taught ; there are also four Sunday schools. There are some remains of the monastic buildings, and close to the shore are the ruins of the ancient castle of the Gore family, which settled here in the reign of Win. III. : there is also a portion of an ancient round tower ; and near the church are two remarkable crosses, one handsomely carved, the other mutilated, In the demesne of Summerhill is an extensive Danish fort, called Lisnalwray ; and, near Lissadell demesne, a cromlech weighing several tons. There are also many ancient forts, one having a chamber under ground ; and at Raughley are chalybeate springs.



RAUGHLEY, a village, in the parish of DRUMCLIFF, barony of LOWER CARBERY, county of SLIGO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 10 miles (N. W.) from Sligo ; containing 122 inhabitants. This place, which is situated on the north side of the bay of Sligo, takes its name from a small elevated peninsula connected with the sand hills on the shore by a long narrow isthmus ; and having on the south-west side the Wheaten Rock, which extends nearly half a mile to the north-east and south-west, and is partly dry at spring tides ; and off the south end, the Bird Rocks, about two cables' iength from the shore. A pier has been erected by government, which affords great accommodation to vessels trading with Sligo, and to the boats engaged in the fisheries off this coast, in which more than 200 persons are occasionally employed ; large quantities of sea manure are landed at the pier, which is within half a mile of the nearest public road, and a coast-guard station is placed here, forming one of the five that constitute the district of Sligo. The village contains 25 dwellings, most of which are thatched cabins. Near it is Rockley Lodge, the residence of John Jones, Esq. Near the western shore is the romantic hill of Knocklane, under which are some remains of fortifications ; and on the eastern shore, about half a mile from the village, are the ruins of the old castle of Artarmon, now deeply buried in the sand, the ancient residence of the Gore family. The blowing sands of Knocklane extend northward from the village, and are about two miles long and two broad ; they have already covered a great tract of good land and about 150 cabins, and are constantly in motion, giving a dreary and desolate appearance to the country around. On the western shore is a remarkable chasm in the limestone rock, called the Pigeon Holes, and by the peasantry the Punch Bowls ; into these the sea rushes with great impetuosity, and in rough weather is forced upwards to a considerable height. Close to the shore is a chalybeate spring of great strength, which is sometimes covered by the tide.


ROSSES (UPPER and LOWER), two villages in the parish of DRUMCLIFFE, barony of LOWER CARBERY, county of SLIGO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 5 miles (N. N. W.) from Sligo ; the former containing 170 inhabitants : the population of the latter is returned with the parish. They are situated on the peninsula that separates the poo1 of Sligo from the bay of Drumcliffe. On the shore of the former are several bathing-lodges for the accommodation of visiters during the season ; and in the vicinity is the race course of Bomore, where races are held by subscription, generally in August.

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