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Tiscoffin (Irish : Tigh Scoithín, meaning 'house of Scoithín') is a civil parish, in County Kilkenny, Ireland.
It lies in the old barony of Gowran, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, roughly ten kilometres east of Kilkenny town. Tiscoffin is reputedly the site of a battle in 1362, where James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond slew around six hundred of the clan of the Mac Murroughs - (Art Mór Mac Murchadha Caomhánach).
Tiscoffin parish is the location of Freestone hill: the site of an Iron Age ringfort and Bronze Age cairn. During archaeological excavations in 1948 and 1949 led by Dr. Gerhard Bersu, a number of important Roman artifacts were unearthed. These included: a decorated bracelet, a possible buckle stud, a strip of decorated bronze and three rings, a copper coin of Constantine the Great (c.337 to 340AD), iron needles, a blue glass bracelet, two shreds of later Roman pottery and a small, polished cone.
On top of Freestone hill stands an ancient hawthorn tree long held in reverence by the local population.[ citation needed ]
Freynestown townland was the site of the old monastery of St. Scuithin from whom Tiscoffin-(Tigh Scuithin) drives its placename.
In A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland , published in 1837, Tiscoffin is described as:
Tiscoffin civil parish includes the following townlands:
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