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Population: The Parish of Mullinavat, at the last returns of census, had a population of 1533 persons.

Area: The longest distance travelling north to south '' as the crow flies'' from Killahy in the upper end of the parish to Fahee, or Fahy as it is on the map in the lower end, is 7.4 miles. The longest distance east to West, again ''as the crow flies,'' from Rathnasmolagh on one side to Listrolin at the other, is 6.6 miles - giving a total area of 48.84 square miles (78.6 kilometres).

A Brief history of the Parish of Mullinavat

Mullinavat, prior to 1842, was part of Kilmacow parish. In 1801 the village had only 35 houses and 158 inhabitants. The building of the present parish church in 1805 improved matters and by 1841 there were 110 inhabited houses. In 1871 the population of Mullinavat was 531.

The Name Mullinavat is an anglicised pronunciation of the Gaelic Muilleann an Bhata, meaning the Mill of the Stick. The name is said to have derived from the site of an ancient mill, which tradition has it, could only be approached by the means of the large stick (probably a tree trunk) over the Glendonnell River. It is situated on the southern end of the village, near where the bridge on the main road is today. The Garda Barracks is also nearby.

Mullinavat originally comprised of the civil parishes of Kilbeacon, Killahy and Rossinan. The parish church of Kilbeacon was in use up to 1830. The Protestant community of the area used it at the time. Only the tower of the original building remained standing up a few years ago. It was latterly demolished, as it was considered to be in a dangerous structural state. The surrounding stone wall and the graveyard remain today.

Killahy church was mentioned at the time of the suppression of religious houses around 1530. It was dedicated to the exaltation of the Holy Cross and very little of it's remains are visible today. The church that stood in Rossinan was also mentioned during that time. It was dedicated to St. Senan, patron of the adjoining parish of Kilmacow. The site of the church was to the south of the village, near the left bank of Blackwater River, on the main Waterford to Dublin road. Both the road and railway line cut through its former location at present.

In 1946 the townslands of Clonassy, Listrolin and Rochestown were annexed from Mooncoin. The ancient church that served that district stood is Listrolin, in the laneway leading over the Assy River to Ballinacooley. The remains were uprooted and destroyed in the middle of the last century.

Tory Hill

Tory Hill is one of the great landmarks of the parish of Mullinavat. It is said to have got its name from a famous outlaw called James Denn. Denn used its superb vantage as an ideal spot for a hideout. The word Tory derives from the Irish Toraidhe, meaning outlaw, or more precisely, one who is pursued. It stands four feet short of a mountain at 966 feet. Spectacular views can be had from its summit on a clear day.


Inchicarron Castle.

This was the dwelling of one Walsh clan and was occupied by a John Mac Walter Walsh. This gentleman was a poet of considerable merit and has a dance tune called ''Tatter Jack Walsh'' named after him. His property was confiscated and he died in 1660. ''Tatter Jack's remains were buried in Killbeacon cemetery. The site of the original castle was located in the field beside the parish GAA grounds.

Clonassy Castle.

The remains of the foundation of this other Walsh clan castle is to be found in the townsland of the same name. It is located in a field overlooking the village, appropriately called ''The Castle Field.'' Its last occupant was Robert Walsh, Member of Parliament for Kilkenny. He was slain in the Siege of Limerick in 1691.

Poulanassa Waterfalls.