See also Beauparc.
PAINSTOWN.

A parish on the north border of the barony of Lower Duleek, 24 miles south-west by south of Slane, co. Meath, Leinster. It contains the village of Yellow Furze. Length, south by eastward, 3 1/4 miles; extreme breadth, 13; area, 3,511 acres, 30 perches, of which 17 acres, 3 roods, 13 perches are in the river Boyne. Pop., in 1831, according to the Census 1,184, but according to the Ecclesiastical authorities 1,154; in 1841, 1,127. Houses 207. Pop. of the rural districts, in 1831, 1,038; in 1841, 1,000. Houses 184.
The surface lies on the right bank of the Boyne, consists of good land, and is traversed by the road from Navan to Drogheda. Beaupark, the charmingly situated residence of Gustavus Lambart, Esq., is a plain square mansion, crowning the summit of a high bank which rises boldly from the river, and commanding a fine view of the majestic current of the stream, its richly wooded banks, and nearly all the plantations of Slane Castle demesne. The other seats are Thurstainstown house, Dollardstown house, Seneschaltown house, Greenhills house, and St. Clondhouse.

This parish is a rectory, in the dio. of Meath. Tithe composition, £276 18s. 5 1/2d.; glebe, £27 13s. 10 1/4d. The rectories of Painstown and Ardmulchan, constitute the benefice of Painstown. Length, 3 1/2 miles; breadth, 3 1/4. Pop., in 1831, 2,206. Gross income, £563 9s. 2 1/4d.; nett, £466 11s. 10 1/4d. Patron, the Crown one turn, and the diocesan two turns. The incumbent holds also the benefice of Innismot, in the dio. of Meath; but is resident in Painstown.
The church is a very old building; and, in 1823, it received the addition of a gallery, and its steeple was repaired and roofed by means of a loan of £369 4s. 73 1/2d. from the late Board of First Fruits. Sittings 150; attendance 100. The Roman Catholic chapel has an attendance of from 700 to 800; and, in the Roman Catholic parochial arrangement, is united to the chapel of Black Lion, in the parish of Ballymagarvey. In 1834, the Protestants of the parish amounted to 88, and the Roman Catholics to 1,080; the Protestants of the union to 207, and the Roman Catholics to 2,026; a daily school in the parish was aided with £2 a year from the Roman Catholic clergyman, and had on its books 34 boys and 12 girls; and there was also a daily school in Ardmulchan.

Source:
Irish Parliamentary Gazzette 1845 Volume 3.