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. Tipperary.
ContentBUOLICK or BAOLICK a parish, in the barony of SLIEVEARDAGH, county of TIPPERARY, and province of Munster, 2 .50 miles (N.E). from New Birmingham; containing 2271 inhabitants.
This parish is situated on the confines of the county of Kilkenny, and on the road from Johnstown (Co. Kilkenny) to Killanule: it is skirted on the west by the Bog of Allen, and comprises 6355 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £5120 per annum. A considerable quantity of coal is obtained here, and works are now being opened on the estate of Mark Byrne, Esq. Littlefield is the property of E. Cooke, Esq., who occasionally resides here.
The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Cashel, and in the patronage of the Archbishop: it is at present held by the treasurer of the cathedral church of St. Patrick, Cashel, but forms no part of the endowment of that dignity: the tithes amount to £420. There is neither church, glebe, nor glebe-house; some remains of the old church yet exist, covered with ivy; the inhabitants resort to Burris church.
In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish is the head of a union or district, called Gurtnahoe, comprising also the parishes of Kilcooley and Fennor, and containing two chapels, situated at Gurtnahoe in Buolick, and at New Birmingham in Kilcooley: the former is a spacious building, in digging the foundations for which many human bones were discovered, supposed to be those of the slain in a battle said to have been fought at Ballysloe by the kings of Leinster and Munster.
Three national schools are situated at Ballyloe, Clonimiclan, and Gurtnahoe, in which are about 180 boys and 100 girls.
There are considerable remains of an old castle, which appears to have been of great strength; it was the residence of the family of Butler, Viscounts Ikerrin, and is now the property of R. LaTouche, Esq., who has a considerable estate in the parish. Here also are two large Danish forts.