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Parish of Moyacomb

Counties Carlow

St. Brigid Church. Clongegal. Co. Carlow.
 Built in 1824 by Hickeys, Kilcarry. Style: Barn–type.
(Image from Roger Nowlan)
The ancient parish was Barragh and Moyacomb.
The church of Barragh was destroyed by Cromwell’s soldiers in 1650. A Patron day took place here until 1798. The holy well known as Cranevane was restored for Jubilee 2000. The word Moyacomb is from the Irish Magh-da-Chon meaning the plain of the two hounds. It is the ancestral patrimony of the O’ Neill’s of Leinster.
The village of Clonegal on the river Derry was near where the coach roads from the midlands, Kildare and Dublin converged. It is often asked why the church is so big (Barn Type) and the reason is that it was constructed around the previous thatched chapel then in use.
When the church was completed the old building was taken out through the doors of the new church. This old church had in turn replaced another thatched church which had been situated about a mile up the road to Monaughrim in a place called Knockafaugh (the long hill) the stone for the church came from a quarry in Monaughrim. The ceiling has beautiful work done by Italian artisans. The bell tower is pointed with four miniature spires. The most important feature of the Sanctuary area is the paired Corinthian columns, flanked by pilaster and surmounted by an open pediment.

Source of text:

Extracts from the Vestry-Book of the Parish of Moyacomb, otherwise Clonegal, in the Counties Carlow, Wexford, and Wicklow.

By the Rev. JAMES F. M. FFRENCH, Rector.

On the 4th of April, 1768, I find an entry of "the late churchwardens acct.,"

"The clerks fees. pounds £8 0s 0d

Expended by Mr. Pasley £1 3s 5½d
Annual expenses £1. 14s 0d
Mr. Archers bill £5 0s 0d
pounds £15 17s 5½d
This balance handed over £8 2s 6½d
pounds £24 0s 0d
Subscriptions towards recasting the Bell...
Mr. Wm. Paine, Dublin pounds £0 11s 4½d”

And the following gentlemen signed the vestry-book:--

Champion Brady (clerk.),
Christopher Ussher and Jonathan Pasley (churchwardens),
Joseph Cuffe,
Jonas Pasley,
Charles Ffrizell,
John James,
Wm. Paine,
Thos. Brown,
Robert Brown,
Benj. James.

Note.--CHRISTOPHER USSHER, Esq., of Lower Kilcarry, Captain R.N. (lieutenant, 1757; captain, 1761).--The family of Ussher claim to be a branch of the great Anglo-Saxon family of Neville, notable for baying among its members the Earl of Warwick, called the King-Maker, and a queen consort of England. Tradition says they took their name from the office of Usher held by a member of the family in the Court of Prince John, Lord of Ireland. They retain to the present day as their motto the old punning motto of the Nevilles, "Ne vile velis."

This family can show an unbroken descent from Arland Ussher, who was Bailiff or High Sheriff of Dublin, 1460, and Mayor in 1469.

By his wife, Anne Berford, or Beresford, he had two sons - John (from whom descended Henry Ussher, Lord Archbishop of Armagh, one of the founders of Trinity College, Dublin; and James Ussher, Lord Archbishop of Armagh, the celebrated scholar and divine), also Robert Ussher, Provost of T.C.D., and Lord Bishop of Kildare. Arland Ussher's second son, Christopher, married Alsone, daughter of Thomas Fitzwilliam, ancestor of the Viscounts Fitzwilliam; and his great grandson, Sir William Ussher, Clerk of the Privy Council, married Isabella, daughter of Adam Loftus, Lord Archbishop of Dublin and Lord Chancellor of Ireland, from whom descend the Marquesses of Ely.

This Sir William Ussher's grandson--Sir William Ussher, of the Castle of Grange, Co. Wicklow - had a grandson, Christopher Ussher, of Mount Ussher, Co. Wicklow, who was father of John Ussher, of Mount Ussher, High Sheriff of Co. Wicklow, 1764; M.P. for Inistiogne, 1783; also of Martha Ussher, who married Rev. R. Edgeworth, and was mother of the celebrated Abbe Edgworth de Firmont, who attended Louis XVI. on the scaffold ; and of Captain Christopher Ussher, of Lower Kilcarry, in the parish of Clonegal.

This Christopher Ussher married Margaret Bailie, and had a son, Christopher, who succeeded to his uncle John Ussher's estates, and founded the family now seated at Eastwell, Co. Galway; also a daughter, Elizabeth, who married John Rowan, Esq., and succeeded to her father's property at Kilcarry. Lower. Kilcarry House is still to be seen at the junction of the rivers Derry and Slaney.

Source: Terry Curran

Huntington Castle

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