KILSHANNY, a parish, in the barony of CORCOMROE, county of CLARE, and province of MUNSTER, 2¼ miles (N.) from Ennistymon, on the road to Kilfenora; containing 2013 inhabitants. Here was formerly a cell to the abbey of Corcomroe, which at the dissolution was, with its appurtenances, mills, and fisheries, granted to Robert Hickman. The parish comprises 9349 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and chiefly under tillage: there is a considerable portion of bog. A court for the manor of Corcomroe is occasionally held by the seneschal at Kilshanny, for the recovery of small debts.
It is a rectory, in the diocese of Kilfenora, partly appropriate to the deanery, but chiefly impropriate in R. M. G. Adams, Esq.: the tithes amount to £158, of which £150 is payable to the impropriator, and the remaining £8, being the tithes of the townland of Ballymacrenan, to the dean. In the R. C. divisions this parish is held separately and gives name to the district: the chapel is at Kilshanny. In a school under the superintendence of the R. C. clergyman about 90, and in a private school about 70, children are educated. At Smithstown, a seat of Viscount Powerscourt, are the ruins of an ancient castle.
from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837.