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[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]

"AGHADOE, a parish in the baronies of Dunkerron and Magunihy, in the county of Kerry, in the province of Munster, Ireland, 2 miles to the N. of Killarney. It comprehends part of the town of Killarney and the island of Innisfallen, and is situated on the upper lake of Killarney, on the roads to Tralee and Cork. It was the seat of an ancient bishopric, afterwards consolidated with that of Ardfert. Some ruins of the old cathedral still exist on the low hills by the lake. Part of a round tower stands near them, now named the "pulpit," and a little further off are remains of an ancient castle, called the "bishop's chair." It is said that an abbey was founded here by one of the O'Donoghues, and it is conjectured that the castle was erected by him. The land consists chiefly of rock and bog, with some gravel. Under the management of Lord Headley, the owner of the manor, much has been done to improve the cultivation of the land. Roads have been made, and drains and fences, and good farm-houses have taken the place of the poor huts previously occupied by the tenants. Aghadoe House, Lord Headley's seat, is a beautiful villa in the Italian style, overlooking the lower lake, with plantations covering 100 acres. Grena, on the river Lane, or Laune, is the seat of John O'Connell, Esq. There are several other seats in the parish. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Limerick, Ardfert, and Aghadoe, value £394, in the patronage of the bishop."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

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