Kilmeen - Duhallow
KILMEEN, a parish, partly in the East Fractions of the barony of MAGONIHY, county of KERRY, but chiefly in the barony of DUHALLOW, county of CORK, and province of MUNSTER, 3 miles (W. S. W.) from Newmarket, on the river Blackwater, and on the newroad from Roskeen-bridge to Castleisland; containing 8322 inhabitants. It comprises 32,105 statute acres; as applotted under the tithe act, about one-fourth of which is arable land; of the remainder, which consists chiefly of mountain pasture and bog, a large portion is now likely to he brought into cultivation, and the state of agriculture improved, by means of the facilities afforded by the Government roads recently constructed through this previously wild and almost impassable district. A court for the manor of Castle McAuliffe is occasionally held, in which debts not exceeding 40s. late currency are recoverable. The principal seat is Woodview, the residence of J. McCartie, Esq., situated in a well-planted demesne. A portion of the Crown estate of Pobble O'Keefe, now in progress of improvement, is within the limits of the parish. It is in the diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe; the rectory is impropriate in the Earl of Donoughmore, and the vicarage forms part of the union of Droumtariffe, in the gift of the Bishop.
The tithes, amounting to £740, are payable in equal portions to the impropriator and the vicar. In the R. C. divisions it is part of the union or district of Boherbee, which also includes small portions of the parishes of Droumtariffe and Nohoval-Daly. The chapel at Boherbee is a spacious modern building: there is also a chapel at Cushkeem or Cuscian. About 130 children are educated in three private schools. Of the ancient castle of McAuliffe, once the chief seat of the sept of that name, the foundations alone can now be traced. See BOHERBEE and KING-WILLIAM'S-TOWN.
from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837.
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
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