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From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)
 by Samuel Lewis

TEMPLEPETER, a parish, in the barony of FORTH, county of CARLOW, and province of LEINSTER, 5 miles (S. E. by S.) from Carlow, on the road to Fennagh, and on the river Burren; containing 349 inhabitants. Granite is plentiful, and the state of agriculture is improving. The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Leighlin, and in the patronage of the Bishop: the tithes amount to 64. 10. The Protestant inhabitants attend divine service in the parish church of Dunleckney. In the R. C. divisions it is part of the union or district of Dunleckney. There is a private school, in which about 100 children are instructed. The ruins of the old church remain.

Map of 1841

Templepeter Church (Ruin). Source Google Street View

Templepeter Church (Ruin). Source OSi Maps.

Templepeter Church (Ruin) 2007. Source: Liam Murphy
Map of 1997

In the townland of Teampall Peadar, Templepeter, the ruins of a very ancient church are recorded: an extensive and much used burial ground was also noted in the Ordnance Survey books. A good part of the western gable of the old church and portion of the south wall then remained (1839). All architectural features were destroyed.

The townland of Templepeter is included in the civil parish of Gilbertstown. In 1605 in the reign of King James I of England a grant was made by that monarch of portion of the lands of Baile Gilbert to Sir Oliver Lambert. These lands, the hereditary patrimony of the ancient chiefs of Fothart, belonged to Toirealach Bal-lach Ua Nuallain, who was 'attainted of felony' as the official phrase runs: Thomas Butler, tenth Earl of Ormonde, was allotted another share of the spoils of the Ua Nuallain possessions in this parish, and in addition lands in Rath Tua and Ballon. During his whole reign this notorious sovereign, James I, 1603-25, was engaged in parcelling out the ancient inheritance of the Irish people, the land of Ireland, to the hordes of hungry Scotch and English vultures who flocked to Ireland in his reign.

The eagles took wing for the Spanish main: the vultures settled down in Ireland. An Inquisition of 1690 finds that Francis Eustace, together with Oliver Eustace, his son and Heir, was in rebellion against the King and Queen (William III and Mary) and after the battle of the Boyne, had retired with Richard Talbot, duke of Tir Connaill, and divers other 'traitors and malefactors' beyond the Shannon, and had continued in actual war and rebellion. The aforesaid Francis was seized in his own right of the towns and lands of several townlands in the baronies of Fothart and Idrone.

The Abhainn Boireann rises in Mount Leinster, and flows in a winding, serpentine course through the county; it bounds the parish of CiU Osnadh along the N.E. side, and falls into the Bearbha at the town of Carlow. In former times the Boireann after heavy rains overflowed its banks, and deposited a rich layer of alluvial soil on the low-lying lands in the vicinity, thus enriching the pastures. The river Boireann was famous for its excellent trout: the gentry of the county round and from distant parts resorted to this river in the fishing season.

Source: Ballon & Rathoe Vol 1 by Peadar Mac Suibhne c1980

Parish of Templepeter

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