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ContentKILBROGAN, a parish, in the barony of KINNALMEAKY, county of CORK, and province of MUNSTER, on the road from Cork City to Bandon; containing, with part of that borough, 5710 inhabitants.
This parish, called also Knockbrogan, is bounded on the south by the river Bandon, and comprises 7355 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £5767 per annum. The land is in general of good quality; about one-third is in pasture, principally included in the demesne of the Earl of Bandon. At Lauragh an extensive tract of waste has been brought into cultivation by John Swanton, Esq., who has lately introduced the Scottish system of agriculture. Lime brought from Aherlow, six miles distant, and sea sand from Colliers' quay, are the chief manures. The prevailing substratum is clay-slate; but there are some good quarries of freestone, that principally supplied the stone of which the chief part of the new town of Bandon is built.
The scenery in many parts is pleasingly varied, and there are several gentlemen's seats: the principal are Roughgrove, the residence of Maskelyne Alcock, Esq.; Mount Pleasant, of H. Baldwin, Esq.; Mishalls, of W. Connor, Esq.; Coolfadda House, of B. Popham, Esq.; Lauragh, of I. Swanton, Esq.; Woodlands, of G. Cornwall, Esq.; and Park View, of H. Cornwall, Esq.
The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Cork, united from time immemorial to the rectory of Aglish, together forming the union and corps of the prebend of Kilbrogan in the cathedral church of St. Finbarr, Cork, in the patronage of the Bishop: the tithes amount to £650. The church is in Bandon: divine service is also performed in the school-house at Carhue, where a chapel of ease is about to be erected. The glebe-house is beautifully situated on an eminence surrounded by plantations, and the glebe comprises 32.75 acres.
In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Bandon: the chapel, situated in the old churchyard, is a small plain edifice.
There are twelve public schools in the parish, in which about 900 children are taught.