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Kilbehenny or Kilbenny, Limerick

Historical Description

KILBEHENNY, or KILBENNY, a parish, in the barony of COSTLEA, county of LIMERICK, and province of MUNSTER, 4 miles (E. N. E.) from Mitchelstown, on the road from that place to Limerick; containing 3507 inhabitants. It comprises much light land and a wellplanted glen extending among the hills to the Galtee mountains, on the highest of which, called Galtee More, which separates this parish from Galbally, is a lake. The Earl of Kingston's beautiful seat, the Mountain Lodge, with its extensive demesne, is in this parish; as is also Lord Massey's lodge, with its fine woods and grounds. The parish is in the diocese of Emly; the rectory forms part of the union of Duntrileague, and corps of the prebend of Killenellick in the cathedral of Emly: the tithes amount to £400. In the R. C. divisions, with the exception of a small part included in the district of Mitchelstown, it forms a separate union or district, in which are two chapels. About 150 children are educated in two private schools. Some remains of the ancient church still exist on the northern bank of the river Funcheon.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1840 by Samuel Lewis

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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