TEMPLEMORE, or STRADE, a parish, in the barony of GALLEN, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 4 miles (S.W.) from Foxford, on the road from Foxford to Castlebar, and on the river Moy and Lough Cullen; containing 4135 inhabitants.
A Franciscan friary was founded here by the sept of Mac Jordan, but in 1252 this house was given to the Dominicans by Jordan, of Exeter, Lord of Athlethan, or by his son Stephen; a very small part remains, but the walls of the church, which was singularly beautiful, are nearly entire, with some curious ornaments and a remarkable tomb; a house has been built adjoining the church, which is inhabited by some of the order.
The parish comprises 6447 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act: the land is principally under tillage. There are quarries of limestone and some bog.
In the village of Strade is a constabulary police station; and fairs are held on May 31st, July 30th, Oct. 23rd, and Nov. 27th. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Achonry, episcopally united, in 1805, to the vicarages of Bucholla, Towmore, Killasser, and Killedan, and in the patronage of the Bishop.
The rectory is impropriate in the representatives of the late Roger Palmer, Esq. The tithes amount to £279. 11. 4 , one half of which is payable to the impropriators, and the other half to the vicar; the gross amount on the tithes of the benefice of £893. 8. 2.
There are two churches in the union, one at Foxford, in the parish of Towmore, and the other at Ballinamore in the parish of Killedan.