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Lewis's Topographical Dictionary - Waterford County

46. Kilmolash
Kilmolash, a parish, partly in the barony of Decies-within- Drum, but chiefly in that of Decies-without-Drum, union of Lismore and Dungarvan, county of Waterford, and province of Munster, 5 miles (S.E.) from Lismore; containing 1491 inhabitants. It comprises 3689 statute acres, of which about three fourth are arable; and includes some bog and mountain land, and about 70 acres of woodland. The river Phinisk flows through the parish; and on its banks, at Bewley, is a cavern in the limestone rock, near which was formerly a religious edifice, said to have belonged to the Knights of St. John of Jeruslem.

The principle seats are Woodstock and Ballinaparka. Kilmolash is a vicarage , in the diocese of Lismore, and in the patronage of the Bishop; the rectory forms part of the union of Kilrush and of the corps of the arch-deaconry of Lismore, and the tithe rent-charge is £174.7.6., of which £116.5. are payable to the rector and the remainder to the vicar. Here are the ruins of an ancient building, called Clough, were it is said King John and his attendants halted on their way from Waterford to Cork. It consists of a quadrangle of about a quarter of an acre, enclosed with a high walls defended by towers at the angles, with a drawbridge on the south side; the towers only appear to have been roofed. Part of the ruins of the church also still exists.


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