Organisation : Waterford County Museum
Article Title : Lewis's Topographical Dictionary - Waterford County
Page Title : Ballylaneen
Page Number : 7
Publication Date : 15 March 2011
Expiry Date : Never Expires
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Ballylaneen, a parish, in the barony of Upperthird, county of Waterford, and province of Munster, 3 miles (S.) from Kilmacthomas; containing 3575 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the river Mahon and on St. George's channel, and comprises 6194 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. Carrig Castle, the residence of H. Power, Esq., and Seafield, of P. Barron, Esq., both pleasantly situated, are within its limits.

It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Lismore, and is part of the union of Stradbally; the rectory is impropriate in the Duke of Devonshire. The tithes amount to £378.10., of which £78.10. is payable to the impropriator, and £300 to the vicar. In the R.C. divisions also it forms part of the union or district of Stradbally, and contains a chapel. There are five pay schools, in which are about 270 boys and 97 girls.

There are some considerable remains of Ballynaclash castle, situated on an eminence; and at Temple-Bric is a vast insulated rock, about 40 yards from shore, on which are traces of an ancient building supposed to have been the residence of O'Bric, chief of the southern Deices. A species of hawk, remarkable for great strength and courage, formerly frequented this rock, and is still occasionally seen.

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