Cancelled Book 1 Clareabbey 1861

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Clareabbey and Clareabbey Intake 1861

The arrival of the Ennis to Limerick railway with the creation of a new lot 3, occupying three acres is documented in the 1861 Clareabbey revision/cancelled books. While this revision/cancelled book records that the Limerick and Ennis Railway Company as occupiers of lot 3 Clareabbey in September 1861, construction of the railway line was well underway before this as the Ennis Station opened in 1859. The Clarecastle Railway Station in Skehanagh opened before its Ennis counterpart January 1859.[1] The railway was operated by the Waterford Limerick & Western Railway Company.[2]

Thomas Crowe (1803-1877) of Dromore, Ruan was the immediate lessor of the land in Clareabbey which he leased to Daniel O’Brien and Thomas Lynch.[3][4] [5] The April 1865 marriage of Ellen Crown, second daughter of Thomas Crows to William Spaight who was the immediate lessor of land in Clarehill demonstrates the interconnected family ties amongst local landowners.[6] The Crowes still held land at Clareabbey in 1910.

Power indicates that Sir David Roche (1791-1865) of Carcass, Limerick took over the lands previously held by the Peacocke family in the parish which included the eight acres in Clareabbey Intake. Roche’s other land in the parish was in Ballaghafadda West, Lissane East and West and Barntick.[7][8] Roche, a member of a prominent Limerick flour milling family had been elected a member of the United Kingdom Parliament for Daniel O’Connell’s Repeal Association and by 1838 was created a baronet.[9]

[1] (http://www.industrialheritageireland.info/Gazetteer/Locations/Railways/Stations/Clare/Clarecastle.html) (28 Sep. 2020).

[2] (http://eiretrains.com/Photo_Gallery/Railway%20Stations%20E/Ennis/IrishRailwayStations.html) (28 Sep. 2020)

[3] Weekly Irish Times, 19 May 1877.

[4] (http://landedestates.ie/LandedEstates/jsp/family-show.jsp?id=1828) (28 Sep. 2020)

[5] Joe Power, A history of Clare Castle (Ennis, 2004) p.205.

[6] Clare Freeman and Ennis Gazette, 2 May 1865.

[7] Joe Power, A history of Clare Castle (Ennis, 2004) p.205.

[8] (http://landedestates.ie/LandedEstates/jsp/estate-show.jsp?id=1895) (28 Sep. 2020)

[9] Irish Independent, 19 Mar. 2015.

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