Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Limerick

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    CARRIGPARSON, or WILLESTOWN, 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 1/2 miles (S.E) from Limerick city; containing 487 inhabitants.

    This parish is situated on the road from Limerick to Cashel (Co. Tipperary), and contains 828 statute acres, about one-half of which is in tillage, producing good crops of wheat, oats, and potatoes, and the other is mostly meadow. Basalt and limestone are found here, the former mostly in a state of decomposition; and between the north-western extremity of the parish and Cahirnarry is an extensive and valuable bog.

    The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Emly, and is part of the union of Cahirconlish: the tithes amount to £95.15s. 4 1/2d . There is neither church nor glebe house, but a glebe of five acres near the remains of the old church.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions this parish forms part of the district or union of Ballybricken ; the chapel is at Bohermora. There is a private school of 30 boys and 10 girls.