"Muckalee", or Muckully, a parish, in the barony of Fassadining, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 3 miles (S.) from Castlecomer, on the road to Kilkenny; and on the river Dinin; containing 885 inhabitants. From the similarity of name, and its situation, it is supposed that this place was the Magh-ailbee, where, according to Keating, Cormac, king of Munster, the king of Ossory, and various other chieftains, were slain in 913. A battle appears to have been fought in the vicinity, as a burial-ground is marked by a number of upright stones, south-east of Purcell's hill, where the slain were interred. The parish comprises 26,493 [?] statute acres, of which 8288 are arable, 1459 pasture, and the remainder waste or bog. It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, forming part of the union of Dunmore; the rectory is impropriate in the corporation of Kilkenny. In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the union or district of Muckalee. There are two private schools, in which about 160 children are educated. On the neighboring hill of Knockmajor is a small circular enclosure; and in the valley beneath, towards Wildfield, many old spears have been found. Yellow ochre, of a soft quality, is foudn at Wildfield; and there is a weak chalybeate spring near the church at Coolcuulen.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]