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.
ContentDESERT, a parish, in the barony of BARRYMORE, county of CORK, and province of MUNSTER, 1 .50 miles (S. E.) from Rathcormac ; containing 1141 inhabitants.
It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Cloyne, forming part of the union of Gortroe, into which parish it has entirely merged, and with which the tithes are returned.
In the R. C. divisions it is in the union or district of Rathcormac.
The schools and further details are noticed under the head of Gortroe.