Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Ireland

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

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    DYSARTGALLEN, a parish, in the barony of Cullinagh, Queen's county and province of Leinster, on the road from Durrow to Abbeyleix; containing with the post town Ballinakill, 4018 inhabitants. The parish comprises 10,557 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act; the soil is generally good and the land in a profitable state of cultivation; there is a small quantity of bog, and grit stone is quarried for building. The only seat of importance is Monaclare, the residence of S.M. Stubber Esq. Fairs are held monthly at Ballinakill. The living is a rectory and a vicarage, in the Diocese of Leighlin and in the patronage of the Earl Stanhope; the tithes amount to £406.3s.1d. The glebe house was built by a gift of £100 and a loan of £550 from the late Board of First Fruits, in 1820. The glebe comprises 30 acres. The church tpwards the repair of which the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have recently granted £292, is a handsome building with a spire situated in Ballinakill; it has a window of stained glass, and was erected in 1821, by a loan of £1100. The Roman Catholic parish is co-extensive with that of the established church and there is a chapel at Ballinakill, and another at Knockardgurt. About 680 children are taught in two public schools, of which the parochial school is supported by the rector, who also built the school house; and there are also five private schools, in which there are about 160 children. Mr. Dillon bequeathed £500 to the R.C. poor of the parish. There are some remains of the castles of Moate and Ballinakill; and at Heywood is a chalybeate spring