Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Kerry

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    KILFEIGHNEY, a parish, in the barony of CLANMAURICE, county of KERRY, and province of MUNSTER, 5 miles (S. W.) from Listowel, on the road to Tralee ; containing 1918 inhabitants.

    It comprises 11,972 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act : the land is chiefly in tillage, but there is a large portion of coarse mountain pasture, and some bog; limestone is quarried for manure.

    The seats are Banemore House, the residence of R. J. Palmer, Esq., romantically situated on the brow of a mountain, which is extensively planted; and Braeside Cottage, the neat residence of Hugh Studdert, Esq.

    The parish is in the diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe : the rectory is improvisate in the Earl of Cork, and the vicarage, with one-fifth part of the rectory of Ardfert and the vicarage of Ballyconry, constitutes the corps of the precentorship in Ardfert cathedral, in the patronage of the Bishop : the tithes, amounting to £222. 6s. 8d., are payable in equal portions to the impropriator and the precentor. The glebe lands of the precentorship comprise 115 statute acres ; and the gross value of the dignity, tithe and glebe inclusive, is £207. 14s. 10d., per annum.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions it is partly in the union or district of Abbeydorney, but chiefly in that of Lixnaw.

    The ruins of the ancient church, in the burial-ground, form a very picturesque object.

    Note: In the article on the parish of Kilfeighney, Lewis states that the parish of Kilfeighney is partly in the district of Abbeydorney and partly in Lixnaw, whereas in this article he says that Abbeydorney village is in the Civil Parish of Odorney, and claims that the civil parish of Odorney is part of the District of Abbeydorney in Roman Catholic divisions. He makes no mention of any part of Kilfeighney being part of the Abbeydorney R.C. district in the article on Odorney.