Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Limerick

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. Limerick.


  • Place
    Ballscadane
  • County
    Limerick
  • Parish
    Ballscadane
  • Content
    BALLYSCADANE, a parish, in the barony of COSTLEA, county of LIMERICK, and province of MUNSTER 4 miles (S. E. by S.) from Hospital.

    It is situated on the road from Galbally to Hospital, and comprises 893 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act: the land is in general of good quality. and chiefly in pasture.

    Nearly in the centre of the parish is Ryves Castle, the residence of P. Ryan, Esq. ; and at no great distance is Scarteen the property also of Mr. Ryan, but at present unoccupied.

    It is a rectory, in the diocese of Emly, united from time immemorial to the entire rectory of Glanbane; together constituting the corps of the deanery of Emly in the patronage of the Crown: the tithes amount to £40.12s. 6d., and of the whole union to £88. 4s. The lands of the deanery, called the mensal lands of Gurteen, comprise 179a. 2r. 15p.. statute measure, let on lease at £92.6s. 1.50 d., per annum, with an annual renewal fine of £27. 13s.10 .25 d., the entire income of the deanery, as returned by the Commissioners of Ecclesiastical Enquiry, amounts to £225. 16s.10d., per annum. The church has long since fallen into decay: in the churchyard, which is within the demesne of Ryves Castle, is a handsome monumental obelisk to the family of Ryan. There is no glebe-house in either parish; the glebe comprises 4a. 2r. 36p., and there is also a glebe of 7 acres in the adjoining parish of Galbally.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions this parish forms part of the union or district of Emly.