Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Cork

Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary comprises of several counties, cities, boroughs, parish and villages – with historical and statistical descriptions – of Ireland. Here are From-Ireland.net’s records for Co. Cork.

  • Place
    Kilkerranmore
  • County
    Cork
  • Parish
    Kilkerranmore
  • Content
    KILKERRANMORE, a parish, in the barony of IBANE and BARRYROE, county of CORK, and province of MUNSTER, 2.50 miles (S. by E.) from Clonakilty, on the road from Cork City to Skibbereen; containing 2575 inhabitants.

    It comprises 5626 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, about four-fifths of which are under tillage; the remainder is rough pasture, with a small quantity of bog. The land is generally fertile, having a substratum of clay-slate. Inferior slate and excellent manganese are found here, and it is supposed that copper exists.

    The principal seats are Ballyvackey, the residence of G. Beamish, Esq.; Greenfield, of H. Galway, Esq.; and The Cottage, of the Rev. Dr. Stewart; there are also several excellent farm-houses.

    The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Ross, united with that of Castleventry: the rectory is partly appropriate to the economy estate of the cathedral of Ross, and partly impropriate in Messrs. Foot and Roberts: the tithes amount to £585. 6s. 9d., of which £61. 6s. 5d. is payable to the economy estate, £262. 0s. 2d., to the impropriators, and an equal sum to the vicar: the entire tithes of the benefice amount to £392. 0s. 2d. The church, which is a large edifice with a square tower, was built by aid of a gift of £900 from the late Board of First Fruits. There is no glebe-house, but the vicar has five acres of glebe.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish is partly in the union or district of Rosscarbery, partly in Kilmeen, and partly in Rathbarry.

    The parochial school, in which are about 12 children, is supported by the Cork Diocesan Association and the vicar; and about 200 children are taught in two private schools.

    There are some ruins of the old church in a burial-ground, in which are the remains of a cross.
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