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parishpar‧ish /ˈpærɪʃ/ noun [countable]  1 RRCthe area that a priest in some Christian churches is responsible for Father Doyle moved to a new parish.2 British EnglishPGTOWN a small area, especially a village, that has its own local government elections to the parish council
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parisha parish priestThere is also a third tier of parish councils, with minimal powers.In 1660 provision was very limited, especially in the rural parishes.In 1839 several townlands from Seagoe were joined with some from Tullylish to form the parish of Knocknamuckley.However the parish council disapproved of the plan because of the possible distraction it would cause to drivers.The name also appears repeatedly in the parish registers from 1562 onwards.And though there were plenty of strong opinions, much of the parish still seemed profoundly ambivalent about the protest.By mid-February the archdiocese had yet to release its report on the parish, and he was beginning to worry.parish councilCouncillor Sam James took along a window frame to the March parish council meeting.Now the former chairman of Merrybent parish council has written about his struggle against heart disease in a medical journal.They are administered by one parish council, which takes in the hamlets of Sunderlandwick and Rotsea.In February 1988 the parish council launched a campaign for the provision of sea defences.The £11,000 cost will be met through £4,000 from the parish council, grants and fundraising by the project committee.Annual meeting: There was a large turn out on Monday for the annual meeting of the parish council.There was nothing that the parish council could do, as at the time much of the area was within Old Alresford.The parish council is creating a peace garden with seats and a play park.
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