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Parish of Arles (Killabban)

Co. Laois.

The following is a list of some of the Towns, Villages and Townlands
which make up the Parish of Arles (Killabban)
Poor Law Union Map Parishes of Laois map


Aghanure Ballylehane Upper Crettyard Mayo
Aghaterry Ballylynan Cullenagh Monavea
Aghcross Ballynagall Drumagh Oldcourt
Ardough Ballynagarr Farnans Oldleagh
Arles Ballynakill Garrendenny Rahin
Ashfield Castletown Gortahile Rathtillig
Ballickmoyler Clonagh Gurteen Rossena
BallickmoylerUpper Clonbrock Hollymount Rosstillegane
Ballinakill Clonpierce Huntspark Rushes
Ballinrahin Clonybecan Kilcruise Skehanagh
Ballycorman Coolanagh Kilgory Tinnasragh
Ballyadams Coolanowle Killabban Tirernan
Ballyfinnan Coolgarragh Killeen The Swan
Ballyfoyle Coolrain Killenny Towlerton
Ballylehane Lr Coonbeg Killeshin Turra
Ballylehane Cooper Hill Demesne Keelogue  Wolfhill
    Maidenhead Woodland


The little village of Ballickmoyler was formerly a place of some note. It had a patent for a weekly market, and for two fairs, on March 15th, and November 11th. It suffered much injury in the rebellion of 1798, when half its houses were made a heap of ruins.


In the immediate vicinity of this village are the ruins of an ancient church, measuring about 40 feet in length, by 16 feet in width. The western gable, which is nearly perfect, is pierced by a small stone-cased window, 2 feet high by 1 in breadth, and terminates in a bell-turret with opes for two bells. Portions of the side walls remain, and also the east gable in which there is a deeply-splayed window; another window may be traced about mid-way in the south wall. No remarkable inscriptions are observable in the adjoining graveyard. In June, 1786, an earthen urn was dug up in a field beside these ruins, containing many curious coins; these are referred to at page 56 note.


In the townland of Clonpierce, adjoining Ballylynan, an extensive ruin exists, called in the neighbourhood, the Abbey of Shanecourt, or Old Court. Beyond a passing reference in the Annals of the family of Grace, as a monastery stated to have been built by the O'Mores, nothing is recorded of an abbey having stood here. It is curious that all traditions of what this building really was, have disappeared from the minds of the natives. It was an Episcopal Residence of the Bishops of Leighlin, as is shown by a passage from the Report made, in 1612, by Dr. Ram, Protestant Bishop, and given in Vol. "p.244: -

"The Incroachers of the manor of Shanecourt alias Woodstock, in the Queen's County, are Sir Richard Greame of Ballylehan, Knight, and Piers Ovington of Amorstowne, Esq., who have, the one on the one side, and the other of the other side, so encroached upon the sayd manor, that, whereas it consisted of eight score acres arable land, in the fift yere of Edward the first as by the Excheator then beinge, his accompts appeareth in the King's rowles, and so much hath bin in possession with the Bishop of Leighlin his tennaunt within fiftie years last past; they have left with the house but one acre of land. If I hoped that theis lands could be recovered in lawe by any reasonable charge," &c. The Bishop of Leighlin having a residence here, will account for the fact of his having usually held the rectory of Killabban.


Due east of Old Court, at a distance of about half a mile, and with distinct traces of a roadway connecting both places, there is a burial-ground, now disused, in the townland of Clonagh. Sir Charles Coote makes the following reference to this place in his Statistical Survey of the Queen's County :-" There was formerly a monastery at Clonagh; a fine steeple was erected here, and was pulled down by the barbarian who tenanted the ground, for the sake of the limestone of which it was built. The ruins of the monastery are yet to be seen, with the vestige of a curious arch," This, O'Donovan remarks, is shown as a large church on the old map of Leix and Offaly. At the present time there is nothing to indicate the former existence of buildings at this place.

Source: Irish Midlands Ancestry


Castletown Church - Church of Ireland


The present Protestant church stands on an ancient church site Local tradition avers that Father Bryan Moore, the then P.P., celebrated mass here on the day on which was fought the Battle of the Boyne. There is also a tradition of a priest having been drowned by accident, in the adjoining river. Some Catholics are still interred in the burial-ground attached to this church. A remarkable mound, probably a Tumulus, stands at a few paces' distance from the church.

Photos by M. Brennan & W. Muldowney


Crettyard (Crochta Ard in Irish) is a hamlet in County Laois, Ireland. It is situated on the border with County Kilkenny, near Newtown, at the junction of the N78 national primary route and the R431 regional road.


SHRUEL, a parish, in the barony of SLIEVEMARGUE, QUEEN'S county, and province of LEINSTER, 2 1/4 miles (N.) from Carlow; containing 183 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the river Barrow, which here separates it from the counties of Carlow and Kildare; it comprises 784 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. The castle was built in the reign of Elizabeth, soon after the reduction of Leix to English government, by Sir Robert Hartpoole, constable of Carlow castle, and governor of the Queen's county; his extensive possessions have since passed through female heirs into other families. The castle, once of some importance, is a massive pile, situated on the banks of the Barrow: it is now the residence of Hasting Herring Cooper, Esq. Hollymount, the seat of Wm. Fishbourne, Esq., is also in this parish. It is a rectory, in the diocese of Leighlin, forming part of the union of Slatey: the tithes amount to 46.3.1. In the R.C. divisions it is held with part of Killabin.

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