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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    KILLEBAN or KILLABAN, A parish, partly in the barony of Ballyadams, but chiefly in that of Slievemargue, Queen's county, province of Leinster, 3 miles (S. by W.) from Athy, on the road from that place to Kilkenny; containing 9776 inhabitants. It includes the villages of Arles, Ballinan and Ballickmoylar, which are separately described, and comprises 24,749 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. The land is generally fertile, and chiefly in pasture with some bog and mountain; the system of agriculture is improving. Limstone flag-stone and sandstone are quarried and at Newtown are extensive collieries; there are also collieries at Modubah, Tollerton, Corgeo, and Hunt's Park. Fairs are held at Mayo on June 29th and Oct 18th ; and a manorial court is held at Newtown. The principal seats are Cooper Hill, the residences of W. Cope Cooper Esq.; Ashfield Hall of P. Gale Esq.; Rahin of Lieut-Col Weldon,; Tollerton of Hovendon Stapleton Esq.,; Kileen of M. Dillon Thomas Esq. ; Maidenhead of the Bambrick family ; Ardeateagle of W. Fitzmaurice Esq.; and Hollymount of W. Fishbourne Esq., The living is a rectory, in the Diocese of Leighlin and in the gift of the Crown. The tithes amount to £1,292.6s.1 1/2d . Here are two churches one at Castletown and the other at Mayo, for the erection of one of which the late Board of First Fruits, in 1813 gave £800; and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have lately granted £108 for the repairs of that at Castletown and £172 for that at Mayo. There is neither glebe house nor glebe. In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms the head of two unions or districts, one called Ballylinan and Arles, which has chapels at those places and at Killean; the other called Mayo and Doonane which is united with the parish of Rathaspick and has chapels at Mayo and Doonane. About 400 children are educated in four public schools, to three of which the rector subscribes and 640 in 16 private schools; there are also six Sunday schools. St. Abban founded a monastery here in 650, in which he is said to have been interred; there are some remains of the church. There are also remains of the old church of Arles and of the ancient castle of Hovendon, over the entrance to which are quartered the arms of the Leinster and Ormonde families. Near Castletown church is a well, which supplies water enough to turn a mill in its immediate vicinity.