KILLINANE, a parish, in the barony of IVERAGH, county of KERRY, and province of MUNSTER, 4 miles (N. E.) from Cahirciveen, on the road to Milltown; containing 3215 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the southern shore of Dingle bay, and at the inner extremity of the harbour of Valencia: it comprises 23,120 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, of which 5030 consist of arable land, 7580 of mountain pasture, and the remainder (with the exception of about 40 acres of woodland) of rocky mountain, waste, and bog. Towards the sea are mountains of great elevation, affording pasture during the summer months; the intervening valleys are coarse and rocky, with only a small proportion of tillage. On one of the mountains is a remarkable prominence called "The Hag's Tooth," and on the north side of it are some small romantic lakes. The sea on the north-east forms several creeks, of which that of Kells affords shelter to small vessels.

Near this place is a coast-guard station, being one of the four included in the district of Valencia. The river Fahrta, which rises near the south-east end of the parish, is navigable for boats a considerable way up from the harbour of Valencia, affording great facility for the conveyance of sea-weed and sand; the latter, which is brought from Begnis island, is of superior quality, and constitutes a valuable manure. The parish is in the diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe, and is a rectory, forming part of the union of Cahir: the tithes amount to £160. 16. and there is a glebe of 61 ½ acres.

In the R. C. divisions it is part of the district of Cahirciveen: there is a chapel at Tielmore. At Deelis is a school-house, with apartments for the master, built in 1833, at the expense of Mrs. Raymond, for the education of the male children of her tenantry, and endowed by her with £20 per annum. A school is also supported by the coast-guard, in which and in a private school about 40 children are educated. The ruins of the old church still remain in the burial-ground at Seugrany.

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