Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Kilkenny

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    BALLYCALLAN, a parish in the barony of CRANAGH, county of KILKENNY, and province of LEINSTER, 4.25 miles (w. by s.) from Kilkenny city, on the road to Killenaule ; containing 1807 inhabitants, and 5278 statute acres.

    An attempt was some years since made to discover coal, and a little culm was raised, but the undertaking was ultimately relinquished.

    Bellevan, now in the occupation of J. Waring, Esq., was the residence of the late J. Evans, Esq who bequeathed about 1100 acres of land here, and a very large sum of money in trust for the benefit of the different charities and public institutions of Kilkenny. Here is a station of the constabulary police.

    It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and forms part of the union of Callan ; the tithes amount to £413. 3 shillings and 1 penny. The church serves as a chapel of ease to that at Callan, and is in bad repair. Contiguous to it there is a glebe of two acres.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions it is the head of a union or district, which comprises also the parishes of Kilmanagh and Killaloe, and part of Callan, and contains three chapels, situated respectively at Ballycallan, Kilmanagh, and Killaloe.

    There are two private pay schools, in which about 340 boys and 230 girls are taught.