From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837
BALLINACARGY, or BALNACARRIG, a market and post-town, in the parish of KILBIXY, barony of MOYGOISH, county of WESTMEATH, and province of LEINSTER, 7 ½ miles (W. by N.) from Mullingar, and 45 ¾ miles (W. by N.) from Dublin; containing 308 inhabitants. This town is situated on the road from Mullingar to Colehill, in the county of Longford, and near the right bank of the Royal Canal; it contains about 60 houses, neatly built and roofed with slate. Nearly adjoining it is an extensive deer-park belonging to Mrs. O'Connor Malone, in whom the fee of the town is vested. The markets are held on Wednesday for corn and butter, and on Saturday for provisions; and fairs are held on the 9th of May and Oct. 20th. It is a constabulary police station; and petty sessions are held every Wednesday. The R. C. parochial chapel for the union or district of Kilbixy is situated in the town. A large school-house was built by Lord Sunderlin, open to children of all denominations; the master's salary is paid by Mrs. Malone. Here is a dispensary.—See KILBIXY.
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