1089 A.D:Monastery sacked by the O'Briens of Munster
1749: Synge's Census shows a population of about 60.
c.1825: Church was built. It is now a community centre.
1823-1828: Tithe Applotment lists were compiled for area. Tithes were
payable to the Incorporated Society for the upkeep of schools of the
1841-1851: Population dropped from 909 to
585 between these years. This decrease was mainly as a result of
evictions following the Famine (1845-1848)
Evictions by William Pidgeon, agent for the landlord, for non payment
of rent due to hardship suffered during Famine years. Many families
went to North America. Fares to Quebec were paid for by the Landlord,
Lady Jane Johnstone of Belfast.
1859: First National School built.
1885: Branch of Irish National League (formerly Irish Land League) established.
c.1890: Clonown GAA club was founded.
1919-1921: War of Independence. Some local involvement.
1954: Severe flooding of the Shannon. Many houses were flooded. Afterwards families were relocated by the Land Commisssion.