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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    Moyanna, a parish in the barony of Stradbally, Queen's County and province of Leinster, 1 mile (N.) from Stradbally, on the road to Monastereven (Co. Kildare); containing 1695 inhabitants. The parish comprises 5697 statute acres, of which 65 are woodland. The state of agriculture has improved greatly, the progress of which has been promoted by quantities of excellent limestone her; and its vicinity to the southern branch of the Grand Canal affords great facility for posing of the produce. James Grattan, Esq., M.D. who has a pretty shooting lodge here has erected a handsome ridge over the Barrow at Dunrally fort. A party of the constabulary police is stationed at Vicars Town (Vicarstown). It is a rectory and a vicarage, in the Diocese of Leighlin; the rectory is impropriate in the Provost and Fellows of Trinity College, Dublin, and the Vicarage forms part of the Union of Stradbally. The Tithes amount to £417.8.4, of which two thirds are payable to the impropriators and the remainder to the vicar. In Roman Catholic divisions it also forms part of the union of the district of Stradbally; it is in contemplation to build a chapel at the village of Vicarstown. In the National school at Moyanna, and a school at Vicarstown supported by Mrs. Grattan, about 200 children are educated. The church is in ruins.