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Rathwood: wood of the Rath or earthen fort.

"In the south end of the Parish (Abbington), bounded on the East by Cappanouk; West by Dromeliagh; North & South by the parish of Abington in the County of the City of Limerick. Contains 280 acres, which are arable and without limestone.  Soil deep and wet, producing potatoes, corn and flax,  The proprietor Lord Cloncurry has it let at will to 24 tenants at one pound per acre in farms of 16 to 2.5 acres each. Bog (see Irish Story) used for fuel is in abundance."

Prevailing names: Brien's.

The Census of Ireland - 1841: shows Rathwood having 86 males, 81 females, for a total of 167, with a total of 27 inhabited houses.

The Census of Ireland - 1851: shows Rathwood having 72 males, 67 females, for a total of 139, with a total of 25 inhabited houses.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 March 2010 09:05