Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Tipperary

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    AGHNAMADLE, a parish, in the barony of UPPER ORMOND, county of TIPPERARY, and province of MUNSTER. 3 .50 miles (S.) from Moneygall, on the mail coach road from Limerick to Dublin; containing, with the town of Toomavara, 3577 inhabitants.

    This place was formerly the residence of the O'Egan family, and there are still considerable portions of the old Court of Aghnamadle remaining. The parish, which is bounded on the east by King's county (Offaly), comprises 6076 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act.

    The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Killaloe, and in the patronage of the Bishop: the tithes amount to £369 4 shillings and 7 .50 pence. The church is a small edifice, situated at Toomavara. There is neither g1ebe nor g1ebe-house.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions it is the head of a union or district, which comprises also the parish of Ballymackey, and is called the union of Toomavara, in which are two chapels, one at Toomavara, a large building, and one at Ballymackey.

    About 120 boys and 120 girls are taught in two public schools; and there are also three private schools, in which are about 170 children.

    A poor fund has been established here on Dr. Chalmers' plan.

    There are remains of Blane castle, and of the old church, near which is an oratory apparently of great antiquity; and at Ballinlough is a chalybeate spring.