Rathdowney Civil Parish
|Poor Law Union||Donaghmore, Abbeyleix|
RATHDOWNEY, a post-town and
parish, in the barony of Upper Ossory, Queen's county, and province of
Leinster, 15 miles (S.W.) from Maryborough, and 56¼ (S.W.) from Dublin,
on the road to Templemore; containing 6654 inhabitants, of which number,
1214 are in the town. This town, in 1831, contained 211 houses,
which are in general indifferently built and of neglected appearance;
the streets are ill paved, and the place has few indications of
prosperity. There are an extensive brewery and a boulting-mill.
Fairs are held on Jan. 27th, April 1st, May 6th, July 10th, Sept. 12th,
Nov. 1st, and Dec. 15th; and a patent was obtained in the reign of Geo.
III. for a weekly market and three additional fairs, none of which are
held: fairs are held at Errill on Jan. 14th and March 11th.
Petty sessions are held in the town every Saturday, and a constabulary
police force is stationed at Errill and Lavally. The parish
comprises 13,406 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act; the
land, of which about one-third is in pasture, and the remainder under
tillage, is of very excellent quality, and the system of agriculture
improved; there is but very little bog and no waste land; limestone
abounds and is quarried for building and burning. The principal
seats are Harristown, the residence of M.H. Drought, Esq.; Beckfield, of
T. Roe, Esq.; Johnstown Glebe, of the Rev. M. Monck; and Lackland, of
the Rev. R. Young: and in the vicinity of town, though not within
the parish, are Ballybrophy, the residence of S. White, Esq.; Old Park,
of Robt. White, Esq.; Middlemount, of Robert Roe, Esq.; Grantstown, of
--Vicars, Esq.; Kilbredy, of Jas. Drought, Esq.; Belmont, of J. Roe,
Esq.; Levally, of R. Fitzgerald, Esq.; Knockfin, of Capt. Mosse; and
Erkendane, of W. Owen, Esq. The living is a vicarage, in the
diocese of Ossory, episcopally united, in 1816, to the rectories of
Glashare and Kildellig, and in the patronage of the Bishop; the rectory
is appropriate to the dean and chapter of the cathedral of Kilkenny.
The tithes amount to £750, of which
£500 is payable to the dean and the remainder
to the vicar; the glebe-house, towards which the late Board of
First Fruits granted a gift of £100
and a loan of £1200, in 1814, and on
which the present rector laid out £400
more, making the whole cost £1700, is
a handsome residence; and the glebe comprises 267 acres: the gross
income of the benefice is £950.
The church, towards the erection of which the late Board of First Fruits
granted a loan of £1000, in 1815, is a
handsome edifice in the later English style, with a well proportioned
spire. In the R.C. Divisions the parish is in the union or
district of Grogan, comprising this and the parishes of Donamore,
Skeirke, Coolkerry, and Rathsaran, and containing three chapels,
situated at Rathdowney (a spacious plain building,) Grogan and
Killismista. There is also a place of worship for Wesleyan
Methodists. There is a parochial school at Rathdowney, and a
school at Castle-Fleming; the latter is performed in the school-house
every Sunday evening during the summer months: there are national
schools for both sexes at Rathdowney and Errill; about 200 children
receive instruction in all these schools. There are also six
private schools, in which are about 450 children, a Sunday school, and
two dispensaries, one in the town and the other at Errill. At
Ballagh, Clonbyrne, and Castle-Fleming are the ruins of ancient castles;
at Cloneve, near Harristown, are trifling remains of an old church and
burial-place; and at Errill, those of a church and monastery, and the
remains of a very ancient cross. Ledwich, the antiquarian, who was
for many years curate of this parish, published an account of the
antiquities of it and of the adjoining parish of Aghahoe.
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|Akip||Castlefleming (Giles)||Donaghmore Town||Knockardagannon North|
|Ballagharahin||Castlefleming (Manly)||Dunacleggan||Knockardagannon South|
|Ballymullen (Stubber)||Clonburren (White)||Garrison||Lismurragha|
|Barny & Belady||Clonmeen South||Graigueavallagh||Raheen|
|Bealady & Barny||Coolfin||Johnstown Glebe||Rathnaleugh|
|Beckfield||Coolnaboul West||Kilcoke||Rathpiper North|
|Brockry||Coolowley (Mason)||Kilcoran||Rathpiper South|
LDS Film Numbers
|Film Title||Film number(s)|
|Tithe Applotments, 1823-38||#256678|
|Griffith's Valuation, 1850||#101757|
|The Queens County Estate (county Leix) included the parishes of Coolkerry and Rathdowney; rental book for the year ending November, 1884 : with accounts for 1885||#1279266|
|1901 Ireland census||#850458, 850459, 850469|
|1911 Ireland census||#2193075-7, 2193148-50|
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Civil Parish Links
|Rathdowney Griffith's Valuation Index, John Hayes' website|
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