Clareabbey and Clareabbey Intake 1866-1876
Clareabbey lot 1a, 189 acres of land occupied by Thomas Lynch and William Russell from Thomas Crowe was advertised in March 1865. The advertisement states that ‘ a resident tenant would be preferred, for whom a dwelling house would be built on the farm, or a sum of money allowed for that purpose’. Cancelations in the 1866-1875 ledger entries of the revision /cancelled book record the that by 1875 Daniel O’Brien was the occupier of two lots of land totalling 227 acres and the comments column indicates that a new house was in progress in lot 1a to be valued in 1876. This house, Clareabbey House, is still extant and is a prominent local landmark. An 1875 court case Edwards v O’Brien informs us that the architect of Clareabbey House was William Carroll junior, son of William Carroll a local builder. Daniel O’Brien was a member of the Ennis Board of Guardians.
At the death of Sir David Roche in 1865, his son Standish O’Grady Roche (1845-1914) from his second marriage, is shown as the immediate lessor of lands in Clareabbey Intake. The cancelled book also records the consolidation of lots 2 and 3 in 1871.
The Clareabbey cancelled book changes recorded for lot 3- the land owned by the Limerick and Ennis Railway Company gives identifies men who held the role of secretary to the company. There is also a substantial increase in the rates leveed 1861, 1866 and 1874 when the valuation increases from three pounds, five shillings, to twenty pounds and finally forty-three pounds. This increase in valuation is probably due to the increase in rail freight and passenger traffic and extension of the train line beyond Ennis to Tuam and Sligo and the link with the western train line to Dublin at Athenry.
The Clare Journal reports on deliberations by the Ennis Board of Guardians who wished to enclose a wall around the Clareabbey burial ground. The meeting discussed the extent of the enclosure required including discussion as to the extent of graves in the burial ground. Mr Dexter presenting Thomas Crowe the immediate lessor (landowner) that he (Mr Crowe ‘would enclose the place and out a gate on it, without the interference of the board’. Just a month later a notice to contractors in the Clare Journal directs those tendering to contact Daniel O’Brien of Clareabbey. The advertisement places special emphasis on two iron gates.
 Clare Journal 30 Mar 1865.
 Clare Freeman and Ennis Gazette, 20 Jan 1875.
 The Evening Freeman, 29 Mar. 1869.
 Clare Journal 17 May 1866
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