Rathowen in 1839
Rathowen is in the barony of Moygoish, 64 miles from Dublin, on the Longford road, and 13 or 14 miles from Mullingar.
The town contained, in 1831, a parish church, a Catholic chapel of the union in which the parish is concluded, a market-house, and 107 houses, almost all thatched.
The population was 605 for the town, or 2,170 for the whole parish of Rathaspect, in which it is situated.
There is a market on Tuesday, chiefly for oats, and two fairs in the year.
It is one of the stations of the county constabulary.