This parish, which is bounded on the north by the river Ownabuy, comprises 1400 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act; about 50 acres are woodland, 100 bog and waste, and the remainder good arable land.
The soil is generally fertile and most of the land under cultivation, but the system of agriculture is in a very unimproved state. The principal manure is sea-sand, which is brought from Crosshaven; but in some places lime obtained from Carrigaline is used. The surrounding scenery is finely varied, and in many parts beautifully picturesque. Kilmoney House is the handsome residence of M. Roberts, Esq. It is an impropriate curacy, in the diocese of Cork, forming part of the union of Tracton; the rectory is impropriate in the Earl of Shannon; the tithes amount to £110. In the R. C.
divisions it is part of the union or district of Carrigaline, also called Templebready. About 60 children are taught in a national school, and there is also a private school, in which are about 30 children. In the demesne of Kilmoney House are the ruins of the old church.
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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