Williamstown formerly called Templetogher

Irish villages : studies in local history
by Clare , Liam, Holton , Karina, Mulryan-Moloney , Maeve, Ó Dálaigh , Brian
Four Courts Press 2003
  • Villages -- Ireland -- History
  • Villages -- Ireland
  • Williamstown -- Galway (Ireland : County) -- History
  • Kilnalag -- Galway (Ireland : County) -- History
  • Ireland -- Social conditions
  • Ireland -- History, Local
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    326 p.
    24 cm.
    ch. 7 Kilnalag to Williamstown, north county Galway, 1820-1850 / Maeve Mulryan-Moloney [introduction -- Kilnalag village -- William McDermott -- William's Town -- the Great Famine -- conclusion] pp193-216 ["In the early 19th century Kilnalag, county Galway, decayed as nearby Williamstown developed and expanded on a green-field site. The locality did not need and could not support two centres of commerce. In the longer term only one could survive. This was Williamstown whose owner displayed more enterprise and invested more resources than the neighbouring proprietor." p13; "In East Galway, the landlord, William McDermott, set up the village of Williamstown on his lands in the early 19th century as a focus for the economic development of that area" p10. "Williamstown... is a good example of landlord-led enterprise. The proprietor, William McDermott, set up markets in his fledgling settlement in the 1820s, which achieved local success for a period but failed to survive the catastrophe of the Great Famine. In establishing or improving settlements landlords were motivated by economic considerations. Villages were a reliable way of increasing income as higher yields could be had from renting houses and adjoining parks than letting land directly for farming... "p11"Wlliamstown had been relatively remote until its landlord, William McDermott, petitioned to have the Bianconi car pass through the village to meet the Galway-Dublin mail coach. This resulted in accommodation being made available for travellers in lodging houses in the village."p15 "Many settlements failed to reach their full potential as illustrated by Wiliamstown where the landlord failed to have the railway routed through the village ... Williamstown might have progressed to the status of a market town were it not for the trauma of the Famine..."p12]
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