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KNOCKAVILLY, or KNOCKAVILLE, a parish, partly in the barony of KINNALEA, but chiefly in that of EAST-MUSKERRY, county of CORK, and province of MUNSTER, 5 miles (N. N. E.) from Bandon, on the road to Cork; containing 2184 inhabitants. It comprises 2182 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £4l68 per annum. The land is generally good, although light and based on clay-slate, and is admirably cultivated; the manure is lime brought from Ahirlow, or sea sand from Innishannon.

The principal seats are Upton, the residence of the Rev. Somers H. Payne, who has erected a handsome barrack for a party of constabulary police in his demesne; Garryhankard, of T. Biggs, Esq.; Beechmount, of J. Hornbrook, Esq.; and Ballymountain, of W. Penrose, Esq. It is a rectory, in the diocese of Cork, forming part of the union of Brinny; the tithes amount to £650, and the glebe comprises 54 acres of excellent land. Divine service is performed in a room licensed by the Bishop until the erection of a new church, for which Justin McCarthy, Esq., has given a site. In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the union or district of Innishannon, and has a large handsome chapel. Here is a parochial school of 40 children, which Mr. Justin McCarty has endowed with an acre of land, and to which the rector contributes £10 and the Hon. C. Bernard £5 annually; also a Sunday school.

from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837.

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