From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837
DYSERTMORE, or DESERTMOON, a parish, in the barony of IDA, county of KILKENNY, and province of LEINSTER, 4 miles (S.) from Innistioge, on the river Nore; containing 1764 inhabitants. It comprises 5773 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and is a vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, forming part of the union of Rossbercon; the rectory is impropriate in the Corporation of Waterford. The tithes, which amount to £270, are equally divided between the corporation and the vicar. In the R. C. divisions also this parish is part of the union or district of Rossbercon. About 100 children are educated in two private schools; there is also a Sunday school.
From a sad, comfortless childhood Giles Truelove developed into a reclusive and uncommunicative man whose sole passion was books. For so long they were the only meaning to his existence. But when fate eventually intervened to have the outside world intrude upon his life, he began to discover emotions that he never knew he had.
A story for the genuine booklover, penned by an Irish bookseller under the pseudonym of Ralph St. John Featherstonehaugh.
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