All entries for Slanes


More information on Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)
Accompanying Lewis map for Down


SLANES, a parish, in the barony of ARDES, county of DOWN, and province of ULSTER, 4 miles (E.) from Portaferry ; containing 589 inhabitants, This parish is situated on the eastern coast, and comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 946? statute acres, the whole of which is under cultivation, and produces excellent crops of corn, flax, and potatoes. Here is Slane's Point, between which and Carney Point is a cluster of rocks and shoals, one of which, called the South rock, is three miles (E. N. E.) from Carney Point, and on it there is a lighthouse, called the Kilwarlin Light, erected by the Corporation for the Improvement of the Port of Dublin : it is a revolving light, elevated 52 feet above the sea at high water, with 10 lamps of a bright colour, appearing once in a minute and a half : two bells are also kept tolling in foggy weather, by means of clock work, to warn mariners of their proximity to danger : the rocks and shoals extend a mile at least to the eastward of the lighthouse. Here is a coast-guard station. On the shore are the remains of a large castellated edifice, called Newcastle, which has given name to the district ; from this is the communication with the lighthouse, and here are the residences of the keepers. It is a rectory, in the diocese of Down, forming part of the union of Ballyphilip, and of the corps of the chancellorship of Down ; the tithes amount to #106. 13. 5?. There is no vestige of a church, but the burial-ground remains, where once stood an extensive edifice, traditionally said to have been a wealthy abbey : the Protestants attend divine service at Portaferry church, In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Upper Ardee.

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