1st January 1837
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A snapshot of pre-famine local history, as described in the "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" by Samuel Lewis, 1837. (The information collected here was submitted by members of the local gentry and clergy of the time).

KILBARRACK, a parish, in the barony of COOLOCK, county of DUBLIN, and province of LEINSTER, 5.50 miles (N. E.) from Dublin, on the road to Howth ; containing 170 inhabitants.

The Grand Northern Trunk railway from the metropolis (Dublin city) to Drogheda will pass through this parish.

It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Dublin, forming part of the union of Howth ; the rectory is appropriate to the prebend of Howth in St. Patrick's cathedral, Dublin, and the tithes are included in the return for that parish.

In the Roman Catholic divisions it forms part of the union or district of Baldoyle and Howth.

On the road to Howth are the ruins of the chapel of Mone, commonly called the Abbey of Kilbarrack, which formerly belonged to St. Mary's Abbey, Dublin: it is said to be of great antiquity, and to have been built on the strand near the great sandbank called the North Bull, for the assistance of shipwrecked mariners; the ancient cemetery, although unfenced and overgrown with weeds, is still occasionally used as a burial-ground.

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