Rossmere, Rossmire or Rossmore
Rossmere, Rossmire, or Rossmore, a parish partly in the barony of Decies-without-Drum, but chiefly in that of Upperthird, union and county of Waterford, and province of Munster; containing, with the post-town of Kilmacthomas (which is separately described), 2866 inhabitants. It forms a narrow slip of land, separating the portions of the original Upperthird barony; and comprises 8161 statute acres.
Within its limits, at Newtown, on the confinesof the three baronies of Upperthird, Middlethird, and Decies-without-Drum, it was designed to build a new town, of which the streets were marked out and paved, but only a few houses were built, and these have since mostly gone to ruin.
It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Lismore, and in the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire, in whom the rectory is impropriate: the tithe rent-charge is £375, of which £225 are payable top the impropriator, and the remainder to the vicar. The church is a modern structure, towards the erection of which the late Board of First Fruits granted a loan of £750; and there is a Roman Catholic chapel.