"Balleen", a parish, in the barony of Galmoy, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 2 miles (W. N. W.) from Freshford; the population is returned with the parishes of Coolcashin and Sheffin. It comprises about 1409 statute acres, and is a vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, forming part of the union of Freshford and prebend of Aghoure; the rectory is appropriate to the Dean and Chapter of St. Canice, Kilkenny. In the R. C. divisions it is included in the union or district of Lisdowney. Here are the picturesque ruins of a castle, on a stone of which is inscribed the date 1455.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]