Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Waterford

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  • Place
    Ballynakill
  • County
    Offaly, King's County
  • Parish
    Ballynakill
  • Content
    BALLYNAKILL, a parish, in the barony of COOLESTOWN, KING'S county, and province of LEINSTER, 3 miles (S. by W.) from Edenderry, on the road to Tullamore; containing 941 inhabitants.

    It comprises 3668 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act: about one-fourth part of the profitable land is arable, and the remainder is partly meadow and partly pasture; there are large tracts of bog, besides a considerable quantity that is exhausted; the state of agriculture is good. The Grand Canal passes through the parish, and there are limestone quarries within its limits.

    The gentlemen's seats are Ballymorin, that of D. Odlim, Esq. ; and Ballylekin, of F. Lee, Esq.

    The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Kildare, united to the rectory of Clonsast ; the rectory is impropriate in Richard Garden, Esq., of Bath. The tithes amount to £157. 16 shillings and 11 pence, of which £92.6 shillings 1 and .75 pence is payable to the impropriator, and the remainder to the vicar.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish is partly in the union or district of Edenderry, and partly in that of Clonsast or Clonbollogue. There is a private pay school, in which about 25 boys and 20 girls are taught.

    Here are the ruins of the ancient castle of Purefoy, one of the numerous small square buildings erected in this part of the country to protect the English pale.
  • Place
    Ballynakill
  • County
    Sligo
  • Parish
    Ballynakill
  • Content
    BALLYNAKILL, a parish, in the barony of TIRAGHRILL, county of SLIGO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 9 miles (S. S. E.) from Sligo town; containing 1767 inhabitants.

    This parish is situated on the road from Sligo to Ballyfarnon, and is intersected by the small river Dubhglass, which at Rockbrook forms several small cascades, and passes under a natural bridge of one arch, 6 feet high and 20 feet in the span. It comprises 2679 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act : the land is good, and is chiefly under the old unimproved system of tillage ; there is a large extent of bog, and limestone abounds in the parish.

    Rockbrook is the residence of E. H. Cogan, Esq., and Moorfield, of T. Irwin, Esq.

    Petty sessions are held at Sowey every third Tuesday.

    It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Elphin, and forms part of the union of Boyle ; the rectory is appropriate to the prebend of Kilmacallane in the cathedral of Elphin. The tithes amount to £83. 1 shilling 6 and a .50 pence, payable in moieties, to the prebendary and the vicar. The Protestant inhabitants resort to the church in the parish of Ballysumaghon.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions it is the head of a union or district, called Sowey, which comprises also the parishes of Ballysumaghan and Kilross: the chapel is a thatched building in very indifferent repair, situated at Sowey.

    Two schools, in which about 50 boys and 30 girls are taught, are supported by private subscriptions.

    At Carrickcoolla there are some inconsiderable remains of an old castle. On the lands of Ballynakill is a holy well, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, to which the peasantry resort on Sept. 8th to perform certain devotions ; and near it is a large rock, in which there are several natural caverns of very small dimensions.
  • Place
    Ballynakill
  • County
    Waterford
  • Parish
    Ballynakill
  • Content
    BALLYNAKILL, a parish, in the barony of GAULTIER, county of WATERFORD, and province of MUNSTER, 2 miles (E. S. E.) from Waterford ; containing, with Little Island in the river Suir, 609 inhabitants.

    This parish is pleasantly situated on the road from Waterford to Passage and Dunmore, commanding a beautiful view of the city, with the vessels on the river Suir, which encircles Little Island with a wide but shallow channel on the north, and a narrow winding stream of greater depth of on the south. It comprises about 1800 statute acres, of is which the island contains about 290 acres, forming a delightful spot commanding a fine view of the city of Waterford, the course of the Suir, and the adjacent counties of Kilkenny and Wexford, terminated by the lofty and picturesque mountains of Ury and Slieve Kielta.

    On the island is a comfortable farm house, near which is an old castle, supposed to have been erected in the sixteenth century; it is a strong square building with lofty battlements, having a small pointed entrance archway, above which is an oriel window with some rude sculpture ; a staircase, faintly lighted by loopholes, leads to the summit, from which the view is singularly grand and extensive : it is the propert and occasional residence of J. Fitzgerald, Esq. In the parish are several gentlemen's seats, of which the principal are May Park, the residence of George Meara, Esq., pleasantly situated near the banks of the Suir, and commanding some fine views, Mount Pleasant, the handsome residence of S. King, Esq., near the high road; Belmont, the seat of J. Roberts, Esq., situated near the river; and Ballynakill House, the property of N. Power, Esq., now occupied by a tenant.

    The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Waterford, with the vicarages of Ballygunner, Kilmacleague, and Kilmacomb episcopally united, together forming the union of Ballynakill, in the patronage of the Bishop ; the rectory is impropriate to the Dean and Chapter of Waterford. The tithes amount to £139.3 shillings and 6 pence, of which £84. 1 shilling and 9 pence is payable to the dean and chapter, and £55. 1 shilling and 9 pence to the vicar; and the tithes of the whole benefice amount to £245. 0 shillings 10 pence The church, a neat edifice with a spire, was built by aid of a gift of £900 from the late Board of First Fruits, in 1816. There is no glebe-house : the glebe, situated in another part of the union, comprises 10 acres.

    In the Roman Catholic divisions this parish forms part of the union or district of St. John's, Waterford.

    A Protestant school, endowed with lands by Bishop Foy , and in which 47 boys are boarded and educated, and at a proper age apprenticed, is supported under the control of the Bishop, Dean, and Mayor of Waterford.