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Lewis's Topographical Dictionary - Waterford County

29. Kilbarry
Kilbarry, a parish, in the ancient county of the city of Waterford, union of Waterford, and province of Munster, 1 mile (S.) from Waterford, on the road to Tramore; containing 605 inhabitants.

A preceptory of Knights Templars was founded here in the 12th century, on the dissolution of which order it was given to the Knights Hospitallers. The ruin shew that it consists of a dwelling house connected with a chapel.

On the opposite side of the marsh near which they stand is a very fine cromlech. The parish contains 2631 statute acres, part of which is arable and the rest a marsh, which, being under water the greater part of the year, renders the vicinity extremely unhealthy; it is, however, proposed to cut a canal, for the double purpose of draining it and facilitating the conveyance of agricultural produce and manure. The living is an impropriate cure, in the diocese of Waterford, and in the gift of G.L. Fox, Esq., in whom the rectory is impropriate: the tithe rent-charge is £116.5., payable to the impropriator, who allows £5 to the curate of St. Patrick's Waterford, for the performance of clerical duties.

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