Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Ireland

Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary Ireland comprises of several counties, cities, boroughs, parish and villages – with historical and statistical descriptions – of Ireland.

  • Place
    Kilcoleman
  • County
    Cork
  • Parish
    Kilcoleman
  • Content
    KILCOLEMAN, a parish, in the barony of BARRETTS, county of CORK, and province of MUNSTER, 9.50 miles (W. by N.) from Cork City, on the road to Killarney (co. Kerry), and on the river Dripsey; the population is returned with Magourney, the boundary between the two parishes being now unknown.

    It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Cloyne, forming part of the union of Magourney.
  • Place
    Kilcoleman
  • County
    Kerry
  • Parish
    Kilcoleman
  • Content
    KILCOLEMAN, a parish, partly in the barony of MAGONIHY, but chiefly in that of TRUGHENACKMY, county of KERRY, and province of MUNSTER, on the mail road to Cahirciveen; containing, with the post-town of Milltown, 4970 inhabitants.

    In the reign of Hen. III., Geoffry de Mauriscis founded a priory at Killagh, for Canons Regular of the order of St. Augustine, which was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin: the abbot was a lord of parliament. It was endowed with large possessions in several parts of the county, which, together with the site, were at the dissolution granted to Capt. Spring, but were forfeited by him after the wars of 1641. The abbey now forms part of the estate of Sir J. Godfrey, Bart., to whose ancestor, Major Godfrey, the lands of Kilcoleman and the contiguous parishes of Killorglin, Kiltalla, and Kilgarrilander, were granted by Chas. II. on his restoration, when several English families settled here, some of whose descendants still remain.

    The parish, which is bounded on the north by the river Maine, and on the west by the harbour of Castlemaine, comprises 7589.50 statute acres, of which 6634.50 consist of arable and pasture land, 745 of bog, and 210 of woodland. The soil is mostly a heavy clay; it produces good crops of grain and potatoes, and the state of agriculture is gradually improving.

    The principal seat is Kilcoleman Abbey, the residence of Sir J. Godfrey, which has been lately remodelled in the Elizabethan style, and is surrounded by an extensive and finely wooded demesne. Attached to the demesne is a neat cottage, called Fort Agnes, built on the edge of a circular hollow surrounded by a Danish moat or rath, and thickly planted. The glebe-house, a substantial mansion, is the residence of the Rev. R. Hewson.

    The living is a perpetual cure, in the diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe, and in the patronage of the representatives of Lord Glandore; the rectory is impropriate in the Hon. and Rev. F. Mullins, to whose lessees the tithes, amounting to £323. 1s. 6d., are entirely payable, and who allows a stipend to the curate. The church, at Milltown, is a neat edifice, with a lofty square tower, surmounted by octangular pinnacles; it was erected in 1822, on a site presented by Sir John Godfrey, by aid of two loans of £900 and £100 from the late Board of First Fruits. The glebe-house was built about the same period, for which the Board granted £450 as a gift, and £50 as a loan: the glebe comprises eight acres.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Milltown, where the principal chapel is situated.

    In the public school at Milltown about 120 children are educated; and about 70 are taught in two private schools.

    Of the abbey, which was a building of considerable size and strength, and constructed of a kind of dark marble, the walls and the noble east window are still nearly entire, and, from the style of the architecture, appears to be of a more recent date than that of its original foundation. Near the abbey are the ruins of the old church, with a burial-ground attached, which is still used. Besides the fort already mentioned there are several others, commonly called "Danish" forts.
  • Place
    Kilcoleman
  • County
    Limerick
  • Parish
    Kilcoleman
  • Content
    KILCOLEMAN, a parish in the Shanid division of Lower Connello, county of Limerick and Province of Munster, 3 1/2 miles (S.W.) from Shanagolden, on the road to Newcastle; containing about 510 inhabitants.

    It comprises 4310 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £1818 4s. 6d., per annum; more than three fourths of the land is rough mountain pasture, in some cases occupied by rough fibrous turbary, and the remainder is under tillage. The system of agriculture is improved, and there is little waste land but what might be reclaimed at a trifling expense. Great numbers of young cattle are raised in the mountain pastures. Limestone abounds, and the more elevated parts are are of the coal formation.

    The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Limerick, and in the patronage of the Bishop; the tithes amount to £70. There is neither church nor glebe house; the former was destroyed in the war of 1641, and has not been rebuilt; the glebe comprises 5 1/2 acres.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms part of the Union of Coolcappagh; the chapel is a small modern edifice.

    Near it are the remains of Castle-Egney consisting only of one slender square tower; and in the immediate neighbourhood are the remains of several others.

    About 40 children are taught in a private school.
  • Place
    Kilcoleman
  • County
    Offaly, King's County
  • Parish
    Kilcoleman
  • Content
    KILCOLEMAN, a parish partly in the barony of BALLYBRITT, but chiefly in that of CLONLISK, KING'S County, and province of Leinster, 2 1/2 miles (S. by E.) from Parsonstown, on the road to Roscrea; containing 2199 inhabitants.

    This parish derives its name from a religious house founded here in the 6th century, by St. Colman, son of Aengus, King of Munster, which subsequently became the parish church, but of which there are now no remains. It comprises 6628 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £3,713 per annum.

    It is a rectory and a vicarage, in the Diocese of Killaloe, the former constituting part of the union of Parsonstown, and the latter that of Ettagh; the tithes amount to £198. 9s.2 3/4d . Divine service is performed every Sunday in a private house licensed for that purpose.

    In the R.C. divisions the parish is united to that of Ettagh, in each of which there is a chapel.

    About 25 children are taught in a school at Mountmask, supported by Mr. Synge; and there are five private schools in which are about 160 children.
  • Place
    Kilcoleman
  • County
    Sligo
  • Parish
    Kilcoleman
  • Content
    KILCOLEMAN, a parish partly in the barony of Coolavin, county of Sligo, but chiefly in that of Costello, county of Mayo and province of Connaught, on the new mail coach road from Longford to Ballina; containing with the market and post town of Ballaghadireen, 5021 inhabitants.

    It comprises 13,030 statute acres of which 5880 are bog; the land is in general of very inferior quality, and the system of agriculture unimproved. Limestone is very scarce, but there are some quarries of freestone of very good quality.

    The seats are Edmonstown, the residence of the Costello family; Clogher of R. Holmes, Esq.; and Coolavin House of J. McDermott, Esq.

    The parish is in the diocese of Achonry; the Rectory is impropriate in Lord Dillon, and the vicarage forms part of the union of Castlemore. The tithes amount to £190, payable in moieties to the improprietor and the vicar. The church in Ballaghadireen is a small building, serving for the vicarial union; and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have recently granted £110 for its repair.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish is the head of a union or district, comprising also Castlemore, and containing chapels at Ballaghadireen and Cragaduff.

    There are six public schools, some of which are aided by donations from Lord Dillon, Mr. Holmes and the incumbent, affording instruction to about 580 children; and there is a private school, in which there are about 80 children. There are some remains of the old parish church.
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