Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Tipperary

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    CLONBEG, a parish in the barony of CLANWILLIAM, county of TIPPERARY, and province of MUNSTER, 4 miles (S. by W.) from Tipperary town; containing 3662 inhabitants.

    This parish is situated on the glen of Aherlow, through which runs the river of that name, and is intersected in the south-west portion by the new road from Tipperary town to Mitchelstown (Co. Cork); it comprises 10,616 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, of which about 250 are woodland, and nearly one-third of the remainder are incapable of tillage, though part might be improved. The lands in the valley are generally of good quality; there is a large tract of bog on the mountains and slate abounds, but is not quarried. The scenery of the glen is of highly picturesque character. The north side of the Galtee mountains is within the parish, and within the last 35 years abounded with red and fallow-deer; but from the improvements that have taken place in agriculture, and the increase in the population they have totally disappeared. On the top of Galtimore is a large flat stone called "Kingston" or Dawson's Table" which is seen from a great distance; and near it is a remarkably fine spring of water, a circumstance unusual at such an elevation; there are also three small lakes in the vicinity of that mountain and within the parish.

    The gentlemen's seats are Ballinacourty, the residence of J. H. Massy Dawson Esq., commanding a fine view of Galtimore and of the Glen of Aherlow; Ballywire, of J. Bolton Massy, Esq.; and Woodville, of Matthew Gibbons, Esq.

    A constabulary police force is stationed here.

    The living is a rectory in the diocese of Cashel, and in the patronage of the Archbishop; the tithes amount to £369 4s. 7.50d. The church is small and out of repair and it is in contemplation to re-build it. The glebe-house is a handsome residence and the glebe comprises 18 acres.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Galbally; the chapel is a neat plain building.

    The parochial schools, in which there are about 30 boys and 20 girls are added by annual donations from the rector, Capt Dawson and Mr. Hill. There are also two pay schools in which there are about 50 boys and 20 girls.

    There are some remains of Moore Abbey, and several Danish Raths in the parish; and on the hill is a good chalybeate spring.