Kilberry.
The Parliamentary Gazetteer 0f Ireland 1844-1845 Vol.2.
Kilberry, a parish in the barony of Morgallion, 3 1/2 miles north of Navan, co. Meath, Leinstcr. It contains the villages of Kilberry and Wilkinstown. Length and breadth, each 2 miles; area, 4,818 acres, 1 rood, 28 perches. Pop., in 1831, 2,004; in 1841, 2,023. Houses 389. Pop. of the rural districts, in 1841, 1,677. Houses 317.
The land is, in general, very good; but some portions of bog occur at the extremities. The interior is traversed westward by the road from Slane to Kells, and northward by that from Dublin to Clones; and at the intersection of these is the poor village of Kilberry. Area, 10 acres. Pop., in 1841, 128. Houses 26.
Archdall says that there was a perpetual chantry of two chaplains in the parish church of St. Mary of Kilberry.This parish is a rectory, and part of the benefice of Donaghpatrick, in the dio. of Mcath. Tithe composition, £335; glebe, £18 19s. 2 3/4d. The Roman Catholic chapel has an attendance of from 600 to 800; and, in the Roman Catholic parochial arrangement is united to the chapel of Oristown. In 1834, the Protestants amounted to 11, and the Roman Catholics to 2,057; and 2 daily schools, one of which was salaried with £10 from Mr. C. Smyth, and some advantages from Mr. Everard, had on their books 111 boys and 40 girls.

Riocht na Midhe, 2016, page 120.

 

 

Poverty in the midst of affluence in the nineteenth century County Meath civil parishes of Clongill and Kilberry by James Caffrey.


“The study will concentrate on sources relating to the origin, size and type of farm holding, the nature and extent of agricultural production and the density and social standing of the population supported by the holdings in order to establish the reasons for the extreme nineteenth century economic divergence in these adjoining townlands.”

“The Garnetts and Gerrards, oblivious to neighbouring poverty, availed of opportunities to display their status and wealth at that time. Garnett completely transformed his early Georgian house, adding a third storey, and Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gerrard commissioned a new chariot in 1829, a full description of which runs to two pages.