Swinford Historic Article - 1846 in Co. Mayo
This information is taken from Slater's National Commercial Directory of Ireland.
As we can see, Swinford was spelt Swineford, in 1846.
Swinford is a market and post town, in the parish of Kilconduff, Barony of Gallen and County of Mayo, 140 miles N.W. of Dublin, 19 miles N.E. of Castlebar, 17 miles N. of Clare, and 15 miles S.S.E. of Ballina, seated on elevated ground and derives it's name from a fordable stream, which passes by the town, and near which was formerly held a considerable market for Swine. The place enjoys, at the present day, little importance from it's trading transactions and none from it's architectural embellishments. The principal business establishment is that of Mulligan and Co. drapers and merchants. The Court-house is a good and convenient building, lately erected therein general sessions are held in April and October, and petty sessions every Tuesday.
The Parish Church of Saint Mary is a small Gothic building, with a Tower, erected in 1810, and subsequently repaired by means of funds granted by the ecclesiastical commissioners. The living is a vicarage and includes the united parishes of Kilconduff, Meelick, and Kilbeagh. The Roman Catholic Chapel in appearance is unostentatious, but is a convenient structure. A school, lately established under the National Board of Education, for children of both sexes, and barracks for the constabulary and revenue police forces, are the only public establishments.
The Market is held on Tuesday for pigs, provisions, corn, etc.
Fairs are held on : February 1st, March 17th, May 20th, July 2nd, August 18th, Oct 29th and Dec 18th.
- The population of the Town is : 1016.
Peter Cawley, Post Master. Letters from all parts arrive (from Ballina) every evening at six, and are dispatched to that town every morning at half-past six.
Gentry and Clergy
Bolingbroke, John, Esq. Old Castle. Coleman, Rev. John PP. Swineford. Deane, Edward, Esq. J.P. Carragowan. Deane, Hugh, Esq. Barley hill. Eames, Rev. Benjaamin, A.M. vicar and surrogate for the diocese of Killala and Achonry, the Glebe. Kelly, Patrick Waldron, Esq. Midfield. O'Donnell, Edward,Esq. Fahains, O'Malley, Capt Audw. J.P. Newcastle. O'Malley, George. Esq. Newcastle. Rutledge, Geo. Esq. Brabazon Park.
Bolingbroke, Edward, Attorney,Old Castle. Burke, Ulic, Physician. Fitzgerald, Luke Dalton Surgeon. Henry, Michael William, Surgeon. McGuire, Eugene, master of the national school. O'Dowd, James, Surgeon and Apothecary.
Inns and Public Houses
Burke, James. Connor, Patrick. Corly, Patrick, Inn. Cunuiffe, Patrick. Durkan, Andrew. Feeny, Lawrence. Fitzstephens, Peter. Fleming, William. Gallagher,J oseph. Groarke, Thomas. Halligan, Patrick. Henry, Mark. Horan, Anthony. Horkan, James. Horkan, Michael. Keane, John. Kelly, Alice. Mellett, Michael. Sheridan, Martin.
Shopkeepers and Traders
Brabazon, James, Shoe Maker. Carroll, Charles, Butcher. Cawley, Peter, Draper and Grocer. Cloona Mills, Bakery, Matthias McDonnell, Proprietor. Durkan, Michael, Baker. Fleming, William, Shopkeeper. Gallagher, Patrick, Shopkeeper. Gray, Michael, Baker. Horan, Anthony, Baker. Horkan, Patrick, Draper. Howley, Thomas, Blacksmith. Kyle, John, Draper. M'Coy, Patrick. Tailor. Mulligan, John and Co. Merchants and importers of Cotton, Silk, and Woollen goods. Staunton, James, Tailor.
Places of Worship and their Ministers
Parish Church (of Kilconduff), Swineford - Rev. Benjamin Eames, Vicar. Roman Catholic Chapel,Swineford - Rev. John Coleman, Parish Priest. Rev. Mr. Spellman, and Rev.James Devine, Curate.
Barrack(Constabulary) Swineford - Hunt, Edward, Esq. Sub-Inspector. Barrack(Revenue Police) Lieut. Henry Lefroy, Officer, Swineford. Court House-Durkan, John. Clerk to Petty Sessions.
Cars From the Post Office
To Ballina: The Mail Car, every morning at half-past-six and Bianconi's Car from Longford, every day at half-past-twelve, both go through Foxford. To Longford: Bianconi's Car, from Ballina, every day at half-past-twelve, goes through Ballaghadereen, Frenchpark, Ballinagar, Tulsk and Strokestown.
Trades Directory 1934 - Principal Professions, Merchants and Traders Market Day - Tuesday. Population 1926. 1001.
Hurst and Keane, Main St. Mellett, J.A. and son, Market St.
Campbell's Church St. Daly. P. Bridge St. Feeney, P. Main St. McCormack, P. Circular Rd. Munnelly, J. Main St.
Hibernian Bank, Ltd. Provincial Bank of Ireland Ltd.
Bookmaker and Commission Agent
McNulty, R.J. Brookville Ave.
Bookseller and Stationer
Mellett, J.A. Market St.
Bootmakers and Warehouses
Connor, J. Main St. Fraine, James. Market St. Gallagher, M.P. The Square. Kyle, John. Market St. Morrin and Co. Market St. Walsh, Patrick. Market St.
Gallagher, J. Esker. Mulligan, J. Market St.
Butter and Egg Merchants
Mellett, J.A. and son. Market St. O'Hara, P. Main St.
Comleer, J. Circular Rd. Durkan, P. Circular Rd. Lynsky, M. Brookville ave. McNeila, M. Bridge St.
Cattle dealers, etc
Devaney, D. Bridge St. Lynsky, M. Back St.
Chemists and Druggists
Brady's, Main St. O'Connell's, Main St. Staunton's, Main St. Walsh, D.S. M.P.S.I. The Medical Hall, Main St.
China and Glassware Dealers
Green, P. Chapel St. McHugh, J. Market St. McNicholas, John. Market Square. O'Malley,William. Market Square.
Conington, Right Rev. Monsignor, Edward, D.D; P.P; V.G; Parochial House. Gallagher, Rev.T.P. L.S.T. C.C. Chapel St. Hannon,Rev. G. C.C. Main St. Morrin, Rev. Thomas, C.C. Chapel St.
Egan, J. Market St. Howley, M. Market St. Mellett's, Market St.
Brennan, M. Back St. Devitt, P.W. Market St. Donegan, Bridge St. Keane, Bridge St.
Boland, C. Bridge St. Cuniffe,W. Main St. Dempsey, T.C. Main St. Frain J. Market St. Gallagher, John. Market St. Hurst, P.A. Market St. Kyle, J. Market St. Laing, John. Main St. McAndrew, J. Bridge St. McDermott, G. Market St. McDonnell's, Drapery, Warehouse, Main St. Malloney, Bridge St. Morrin,T. and Co. Market St. Mulligan, Michael, Market St. O'Connor, J.P. Main St. Rooney, J. Bridge St.
Fruiterers and Green-grocers
Brennan, T. Chapel St. Campbell, J. Market St. Conlan, D. Court Sq. Walshe, Miss M. Main St.
Grocers, Wine and Spirit Merchants
Byrne, John. The Square. Byrne, Thomas. Main St. Campbell, H. Market St. Campbell, M. Chapel. St. Casey, A. Back St. Coniffe, W. Main St. Dempsey, F.S. Main St. Donegan, J.A. Bridge St. Donegan, J. Lr. Bridge St. Durkin,Patrick, J. Main St. Egan, M. Main St. Feeney, Patrick. Main St. Fraher, T. Back St. Frain, James.Market St. Gannon, M. Back St. Henry, E. Market St. Henry, Mrs. Back St. Horkan,Mrs. Main St. Horken Mrs.B. Main St. Kelly, Andrew. J. Market St. Lang, Mary. Main St. Lyons, A. Bridge St. McNulty,Martin. Market St. McDermott, G. Market St. McHale, James. The Square. McHugh, James. Main St. McNicholas, Mrs.A. Main St. McNulty, Sarah. Main St. Madden, Miss. K. Main St. Mellett, Joseph A. Market St. Molloy, P. Market St. Mulligan, T. Market St. O'Connor, Honoria. Market.St. O'Connor, J.P. Main St. O'Connor, Mary. Market St. O'Connor, R. Main St. O'Connor, Thomas J. Main St. O'Connor, Thomas P. The Corner House. O'Hara, P. Main St. Reilly, J. Bridge St. Staunton, Miss B. Main St. Walsh, M. Main St.
O'Neill, Court Sq.
Hardware Merchants and Ironmongers
Egan, John. Market St. Egan, M.Main St. Howley, Michael.Market St. Mellett's Stores, Market St. O'Malley,William. Market St. O'Neill, T. Bridge St.
O'Connor's Hotel. Main St.
Milliners and Dress-makers
Doherty, Miss C. Market St. Rooney,Mrs. Back St.
Motor Engineers and Garages
Brennan, M.Back St. Devitt. P. Market St. Donegan, S.and sons. Bridge St.
Painters Grant, P. Carrabeg.
Physicians and Surgeons
Henry, Dr. M. Main St. Staunton, Dr. M.D. Main St.
Campbell Brothers, Bridge St. Donegan, A. Back St. Donegan, J. Back St.
Begley, J. Brookville Ave.
Campbell, Chapel St.
Boys National School, Station Rd. St. Mary's Intermediate Schools, Chapel St. St. Mary's National Schools, Chapel St.
Campbell, T.F. Convent St. Kelly, D. Main St. O'Connor, P. Main St. Walshe, J.J. Main St.
Cooke, W. Lower Main St. Doherty, Circular Rd. McManus, Circular Rd. O'Brien, T. Back St. Walshe,P. Back St.
Kelly, A.J. Arch Bar. Mellett, J.A. Market St.O'Connor, J.P. Main St.
Campbell, P.Back St. Back St. Mellett's Stores, Market St.
Grealy, D. Main St.
Davitt, P.W. Market St. McNicholas, A. Main St. McNicholas, J.A. Market St. Pidgeon Brothers, Bridge St. Smith, M. Back St.
Watchmakers and Jewellers
Harkan, M.J. Market St.
Courtesy of Cathal Henry, 2008.