From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837
MOGEESHA, or IMOGEESHY, a parish, in the barony of BARRYMORE, county of CORK, and province of MUNSTER, 11 ½ miles (S. by E.) from Rathcormac, on the road from Cork to Youghal, and on the navigable portion of Midleton river; containing 1985 inhabitants. The parish is situated on the north-eastern part of Cork harbour, and comprises 3434 statute acres, of which about 100 are woodland, 2500 arable, 700 pasture, and the remainder marshy and waste land: the substratum is limestone, which is here solely used for agricultural purposes; the system of husbandry is improving. At Ballyannan, in this parish, was the country residence of Lord Chancellor Midleton, several times one of the Lords Justices, but the mansion is in ruins.
The principal seats are Ballintobber, the residence of — Heard, Esq.; Rossmore, of T. Coppinger, Esq.; Ballyannan, of J. Adams, Esq.; and Ballyhoody, of —Wigmore, Esq.
The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Cloyne, and in the patronage of the Bishop; the tithes amount to £809.3. 10. Divine service is performed in a private house, which is licensed by the bishop, until the re-erection of the church.
In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Carrigtohill. The male and female parochial schools are aided by a donation of £8 per annum from the rector; they afford instruction to about 30 children; and in two private schools are about 90 children.
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 touching story for the genuine booklover, written by an Irish bookseller under the pseudonym of Ralph St John Featherstonehaugh.
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