These are articles relating to the area taken from Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary and includes details from the first complete census of Ireland which was taken in 1831.
Ballycastle, a village, in the parish of Dunfeeny, barony of Tyrawley, county of Mayo, and province of Connaught, 15 miles (N.W.) from Ballina; the population is returned with the parish. This place is situated on the north-west coast, and commands a fine view of Downpatrick Head; the beach affords excellent accommodation for sea-bathing, and by the outlay of a little capital it might be made a delightful watering-place.
Several improvements have already been made; many new houses have been built, a market-place is in course of erection, and a new line of road is now being constructed through the mountains to Belmullet, which will materially add to the advantages of the place. Petty sessions are held every Wednesday; it is a constabulary and chief revenue-police station; and has six fairs in the year, and a penny-post to Killala.