Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Limerick

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    CAHIRVALLY or CAHIRVALLAGH, a parish partly in the barony of CLANWILLIAM, county of LIMERICK, but chiefly in the county of the city of LIMERICK, and province of MUNSTER, 4 miles (S. by E.) from Limerick city and containing 1463 inhabitants.

    This parish is situated on the road from Limerick city to Fedamore, and contains 3517 statute acres as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £4802 per annum. The land is remarkably good: part of it is under tillage, and the remainder is rich meadow, pasture and demesne land.

    There are several large and handsome houses in the neighbourhood, the principal of which are Roxborough, the fine mansion and demesne of the Hon. J. P. Verker, and Friarstown, the highly improved residence of Vere Hunt, Esq.

    It is a rectory, in the diocese of Limerick, and is part of the union and corps of the treasurership of the cathedral of Limerick : the tithes amount to £211. 18s. The church has long been in ruins and the parishioners resort to that at Kilpeacon.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions it forms part of the union or district of Donoughmore or Knockea; the chapel is a large and handsome edifice.

    There is a private school in which are about 40 children.

    At Liccadoen is a very good spa, the water of which is strongly impregnated with iron and sulphur, but it is much neglected, and other waters are allowed to mingle with it.