The Pound Can be seen where Marion Row meets Pound Road. Courtesy of Ordnance Survey Ireland.
The Pound was a place to house confiscated animals. If a tenant could not pay his rent, then the landlord was entitled to take his property and hold it until he paid the outstanding amount. In eighteenth and nineteenth century Ireland, any property of worth belonging to a tenant would be his animals, either a pig or a cow. The animals would be returned when the tenant could come up with the rent but if the rent was not forthcoming then the landlord would be entitled to sell his animals to get his rent.
The Lucans were the biggest landlords in the area and many an animal would have come into their possession this way. The Pound can clearly be seen on Ordnance Survey Maps where Marion Row meets Pound Road.