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RATHNEW

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

"RATHNEW, a parish and village in the barony of Newcastle, county Wicklow, province of Leinster, Ireland, containing the post town of Ashford. The surface consists of a good soil, and is crossed by the roads from Dublin to Wicklow, upon which stands the village. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Dublin, forming part of the prebend of Wicklow. The Roman Catholic chapel is united to that of Wicklow. Clonmannon is one of the principal seats. There is a police station, and petty sessions are held once a fortnight. There are remains of a rath, from which the parish takes its name; also ruins of the old church."

"ASHFORD, a hamlet in the parish of Rathnew, barony of Newcastle, in the county of Wicklow, and province of Leinster Ireland, 7 miles to the N.E. of Rathdrum. It is situated in a pleasant and fertile country, on the south bank of the river Varty. Rossana, the residence of the Tighes, is in the same parish. Fairs are held on the 27th April, the 24th June, the 8th September, and the 16th December."

"BALLINALEA, a village in the parish of Rathnew, barony of Newcastle, in the county of Wicklow, province of Leinster, Ireland, 3 miles from Wicklow.

"CRONROE, a village in the parish of Rathnew, barony of Newcastle, in the county of Wicklow, province of Leinster, Ireland. It is situated on the coast, near the Great Cronroe Rock, from the summit of which an imposing view may be obtained. Fairs are held on the 12th May and 2nd October."

"NEWARTH, a hamlet in the parish of Rathnew, barony of Newcastle, county Wicklow, Ireland, 1 mile N. of Rathnew, and 2 miles from Wicklow. It is situated at the bridge on the river Vartry, near the Devil's Glen."

"NEWRATH BRIDGE, a hamlet in the parish of Rathnew, barony of Newcastle, county Wicklow, Ireland, 2½ miles from Wicklow. It is a station on the Dublin, Wicklow, and Wexford railway. It is situated at the bridge over the river Vartry, near the Devil's Glen."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2018