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. Kilkenny.
ContentBALLEEN, a parish, in the barony of GALMOY, county of KILKENNY, and province of LEINSTER, 2 miles (W. N. W.) from Freshford: the population is returned with the parishes of Coolcashin and Sheffin.
It comprises about 1409 statute acres, and is a vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, forming part of the union of Freshford and prebend of Aghoure ; the rectory is appropriate to the Dean and Chapter of St. Canice, Kilkenny. The tithes amount to £101.7 shilling and 4 pence of which £67.11 shillings 6 and a half pence is payable to the appropriators, and £88 15 shillings 9 and a half pence to the Vicar.
In the Roman Catholic divisions it is included in the union or district of Lisdowney. Here are the picturesque ruins of a castle, on a stone of which is inscribed the date 1455.