Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary, Co. Waterford

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    KILMACOMB, a parish, in the barony of GAULTIER, county of WATERFORD, and province of MUNSTER 5 miles (S. S. E.) from Waterford city ; containing, with the ecclesiastical parish of Rossduff, 785 inhabitants.

    It comprises 2204 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. Woodstown, the seat of Lord Carew is a short distance from Waterford harbour, and from which a low strand extends about two miles to a projecting headland that separates it from Credan, in which are three caves of considerable dimensions, branching into various chambers consisting of natural arches of great symmetry and beauty : they appear to have been formed by the descent of a stream on the Pudding-stone rock. Near Woodstown is a sheet of fresh water, called Bel Lake, which covers about 50 statute acres. In the south-western part there is peat, also the remains of an ancient wood, consisting of fir, oak, and birch.

    It is a vicarage in the diocese of Waterford, forming part of the union Ballinakill; the rectory forms part of the corps of the chancellorship in Waterford cathedral. The tithes amount to £123. 9s. 4d., of which £74. 1s. 7d., is payable to the chancellor, and £49. 7s. 9d. to the vicar.

    There is a public school, in which about 40 children are educated.

    On the hill of Kilmacomb is a circle of stones, about 30 yards in diameter, enclosing five large stones.