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Lynally or Linally

LYNALLY, or LINALLY, a parish, in the barony of BALLYCOWAN, KING'S county, and province of LEINSTER, ¼ of a mile (N. W.) from Tullamore, on the road to Parsonstown; containing 1846 inhabitants. A religious house is said to have been founded here by St. Colman, who died in 516: the last notice of its abbots is in 884. The parish comprises 6413 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, of which about 840 acres are woodland, 4800 arable and pasture, and the remainder consists of bog and waste land, called "Callow"; the land is in general poor, and agriculture is in a rather backward state. The seats are Charleville Castle, the beautiful residence of Lord Charleville; Screggan, of Capt. Andrews; Lynally, of the Rev. Ralph Coote; China, of Mrs. Curtis; and Rosse, of Jas. Briscoe, Esq. It is in the diocese of Meath; the rectory is impropriate in the Marquess of Downshire, and the vicarage forms part of the union of Fircall. The tithes amount to £100. 7. 8., of which £64. 12. 3½. is payable to the impropriator, and the remainder to the vicar; and there is a glebe of 325½ acres, valued at £445. 4. 7. per ann., but no glebe-house. The church is a plain but neat structure, completed in 1832 by aid of a loan of £600 from the late Board of First Fruits. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Killina; the chapel at Mucklow is a plain, building of recent erection. About 50 children are educated in the parochial school, which is supported by subscriptions, including £10 per ann., from Mrs. Coote, and an annual allowance from the incumbent; the school-house and an acre of ground rent-free are given by Col. Bernard. A school of ubout 30 children is held in the R. C. chapel. At Screggan Hill are the remains of an intrenchment, said to have been one of Cromwell's.

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