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Article Title : Lewis's Topographical Dictionary - Waterford County
Page Title : Kilmeaden
Page Number : 45
Publication Date : 15 March 2011
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Kilmeaden, a parish, (in the union of Carrick-on-Suir), barony of Middlethird, county of Waterford, and province of Munster, 5½ miles (W.N.W.) from Waterford, and on the river Suir; containing 2620 inhabitants, and comprising 9243 statute acres. Kilmeaden Castle, which from an early period was a chief seat of the Poers, was defended by one of them against Cromwell, but was taken and destroyed by his troops, and the unfortunate proprietor instantly hanged on an adjoining tree. The estate was divided among the soldiers of the republican army who transferred their shares to a gentleman named Ottrington, by whom several families from Ulster were settled on the property: the tomb of this Ottrington is in the churchyard, having been erected by his grand-daughter, Elizabeth, Viscountess Doneraile, through whom the estates were inherited by the present viscount.

At fair Brook was an extensive paper-manufactory, affording employment to about 140 persons, it is now a manufactory for blankets, and at Pouldrew are a large cornmill and stores: the river Suir is here navigable for vessels of considerable burthen. There is a constabulary police station at the village, and near it is a chalybeate spring. The principal seat is Mount Congreve.
The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Waterford, and is patronage of the Bishop; the rectory is appropriate to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, and to the deanery, chancellorship, and treasurership of the cathedral of Waterford. The tithe rent is £297.3., of which £169.13. are divided among the appropriators, and the remainder to the vicar.

There is a glebe-house, for the erection of which the Board of First Fruits, in 1807, gave £100 and lent £380: and a glebe of 11a. 22p. is attached to the vicarage, as is also a glebe of 15 acres which until lately belonged to the rectory. The late church was a plain building of great antiquity; a new edifice has recently built upon its site, at a cost of £558, paid from funds of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The Roman Catholic Parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church, and contains a chapel. The parochial school is aided by an annual donation from Viscount Doneraile, and another school is aided by Mrs Christmas; they afford instruction to about 70 children.

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