Killea, a parish, in the barony of Gaultier, union and county of Waterford, and the province of Munster; containing, with the sea-port and post-town of Dunmore, 2068 inhabitants. This parish comprises 3953 statute acres, and near its southern extremity is the fishing-village of Portala. It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Waterford, episcopally united, in 1815, to that of Rathmoylan, and in the patronage of the Crown; the rectory is impropriate in J. Kearney, Esq.,
The tithe rent-charge of the parish is £202.10., of which £110.15.6. are payable to the impropriator, and the remainder to the vicar; the entire tithe of the benefice of the vicar is £163.5.6. The church was built in 1817, by aid of a gift of £900 from the late Board of First Fruits. The glebe of the union comprises 6a. 27p. And consists of a small plot in each parish. In the Roman Catholic divisions Killea is part of the district of Passage, and contains a chapel.