"AGHAVALLIN, or AGHAVALAH, a parish, in the barony of IRAGHTICONNOR, county of KERRY, and province of MUNSTER, 4½ miles (W. S. W.) from Tarbert; containing with the town of Ballylongford and the island of Carrigue, 5688 inhabitants. This place anciently belonged to the O'Connors of Kerry, whose principal seat, Castle Carrig-a-foile, signifying in the Irish language the rock of the chasm, was situated on the south-west side of the inlet between the mainland and the small island of Carrigue, which is encircled by the river Shannon.
The parish is situated on the river Shannon, and within a mile and a half of the high road from Tralee to Limerick, and comprises 15,152 statute acres, as apploted under the tithe act."
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (1837)]
The two old burial grounds of the parish are located at Aghavallen, around the ruins of the old parish church, and at Lislaughtin at the site of the old abbey.
Note: The Civil Parish of Aghavallen ceased to be used for census purposes in the mid nineteenth century when District Electoral Divisions (DEDs) were introduced.
Aghavallen comprises the entire DEDs of:
Astee (Astee East and West, Ballynoneen, Carrigane, Cloonaman, Curraghderrig, Glanawillin, Kilcolman, Killeton, Kylatallin, Larha, Letter, Sliss townlands)
Carrig (Aghanagran Lower; Middle and Upper, Carrig Island, Carrigafoyle, Gortard, Martara, Rusheen, Rusheen Park townlands. This DED also includes most of Ballylongford town.
Lislaughtin (Ballyline East and West, Ballymacasy, Bunnaruddee, Coolnagraigue, Dromalivaun, Gurteenacloona, Leanamore, Lislaughtin, Shrone townlands. The DED also includes the Will Road and Main Street areas of Ballylongford Town.
and part of
Lisselton DED (Tullahennel North and South townlands),
The Family History Library of the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints also has the 1901 and 1911 census on microfilm.
The films should be available from one of the church's Family History Centers. You can locate the nearest to you by searching at www.familysearch.com.
The relevant films are: 1901 CensusAstee DED FHL British Film 838575 Item 2 1901 CensusCarrig DED FHL British Film 838575 Item 2 1901 CensusLislaughtin DED FHL British Film 838576 Item 1 1901 CensusLisselton Rural DED FHL British Film 838576 Item 2 1911 CensusAstee DED FHL British Film 2146908 Item 2 1911 CensusCarrig DED FHL British Films 2146936 Item 1 1911 CensusLislaughtin DED FHL British Film 2146936 Item 3, 2146937 Item 1, 2193352 Item 3 1911 CensusLisselton DED FHL British Film 2146937 Item 2
In the Church of Ireland, the parish of Aghavallen has been united with other parishes since the seventeenth century. The old church continued in use into the nineteenth century, and was rebuilt in 1840, but is now in ruins. In 1878 the parish was merged with Listowel. The nearest Church of Ireland church is now in Tarbert (Kilnaughtin Church), administered from Rathkeale in County Limerick.
In the Roman Catholic chuch, Aghavallen was united to Kilnaughten from at least the beginning of the eighteenth century. In 1859, the parishes were again seperated, but under the modern names of Ballylongford and Tarbert. The Roman Catholic parish of Ballylongford is identical with the old parish of Aghavallen.
A second church in the parish has been built at Asdee.
The Church of Ireland Parish registers for Aghavallen record baptisms from 1872 and marriages from 1811.
The Roman Catholic parish registers for Aghavallen and Kilnaughten have their earliest records from 1823 (baptisms) and 1826 (marriages). Births from 1838 to 1869 are missing. From 1859 the parish became known as Ballylongford.
The registers remain in the custody of the parish priest, although microfilm copies are at the National Archives of Ireland. Written permission from the Bishop of Kerry is required to view these records.
The Primary Valuation of Ireland, also known as Griffith's Valuation was carried out between 1848 and 1864. It provides detailed information on tenants and landlords and is valuable as a census substitute. In the case of County Kerry the valuation was carried out in 1851-52.
The valuation is searchable online at the Ask About Ireland website. Search results for the parish of Aghavallen can be found at this link.