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AHARNEY

"Aharney", or Agharney, also called LISDOWNEY, a parish, partly in the barony of Upper Ossory, Queeen's county, but chiefly in that of Galmoy, county of Kilkenny, and in the province of Leinster, 3 miles (S. by E.) from Durrow, on the road to Kilkenny; containing 2156 inhabitants. It comprises 6809 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at 4616 per ann., and is nearly equally divided between tillage and pasturage; there is plenty of limestone, used both for building and burning. Ballyconra, situated in a fine demesne on the banks of the Nore, is the ancient seat of the family of Butler, Earls of Kilkenny. The living consists of a rectory and a vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, the former united to the rectory of Attanagh, and the latter forming part of the vicarial union of Attanagh. In the R. C. divisions this parish is the head of a district, called the union of Lisdowney, comprising the parishes of Aharney, Sheffin, Balleen, Coolcashin, and parts of Rathbeagh and Grange, and containing three chapels; that of Lisdowney, with a school-house attached, was built by subscription. The parochial church is in ruins; on the demesne of Ballyconra, where is the burial place of the family of Butler, are other remains; and on the opposite side of the river there is a Danish fort.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]

Church Records

Civil Parish: Aharney. RC Parish: Lisdowney.
Earliest Records: b. May 1817; m. Sep 1771.

Cross reference to Family History Library microfilm (double-check with the Library)

Civil 		Roman Catholic		Time 		FHLC
parish		parish			period		number
Aharney		Lisdowney		1771-1880	0926199

Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
Parish		Townland		Acres	Diocese
Aharney		Ballyconra		1153	Ossory    
Aharney		Lisdowney   		1755	Ossory    
Aharney		Parksgrove   		603	Ossory    
Aharney		Seskin			480	Ossory    
Aharney		Seskin Little		36	Ossory    
Aharney		Seskin North		402	Ossory    
Aharney		Seskin South		342	Ossory    
Aharney		Tinnaslatty   		771	Ossory    
Edited by Dennis Walsh, last updated 10 Apr 1999

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