Article from Lewis's Topographical Survey of Mayo 1837

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

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.