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In 1868, the parish of Seirkieran contained the following places:

"SEIRKIERAN, a parish in the barony of Ballybrit, King's County, province of Leinster, Ireland, 4 miles E.S.E. of Birr. Parsonstown is its post town. The surface lies near the Slieve Bloom mountains, and is traversed by the Little Brosna stream. There is a considerable proportion of bog and waste. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ossory, value £131, in the patronage of the bishop. The church is an ancient structure occupying the site of a monastery founded by St. Kieran. It was once the seat of a bishopric, afterwards incorporated with Kilkenny. There are two Roman Catholic chapels, and two private schools. The Danes made repeated descents upon this place, and sacked the monastery. There are ruins of a round tower and a deserted village, likewise of Ballybrit Fort. Oakley Park is the principal seat.

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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