Moate-a-Grenogue in 1839
Moate-a-Grenogue is in the barony of Clonlonan, 66 miles from Dublin, on the road to Athlone.
In the war of the English Revolution a party of the Jacobites were defeated here by William's army under General de Ginkel, and compelled to flee to Athlone.
The town consists almost entirely of one street, and comprehended, in 1831, 304 houses, the greater part slated, the rest thatched. The population of the town in 1831 was 1,785.
The trade of the place appears to be diminishing; the manufacture of cottons and linens has much declined, and several breweries and distilleries have been discontinued.
There is a market on Thursday, one of the most important for oats in the county; and there are several yearly fairs.
The quarter-sessions for one division of the county are held here, and also petty sessions for the district. There is a convenient court-house and a small bridewell attached to it. A party of the county constabulary have their station here.
The town is in the two parishes of Kilcleigh and Kilmanaghan, chiefly in the former, the parish church of which is in the town. There are a Catholic chapel and several dissenting places of worship ; also a dispensary.