"Attanagh", a parish, partly in the barony of Upper Ossory, Queen's county, but chiefly in that of Fassadining, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 1 3/4 miles (E. S. E.) from Durrow; containing 750 inhabitants. This parish, formerly called Rathanna and Attier, is situated on the river Nore, and comprises 2445 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory; the rectory is united to that of Aharney, and in the patronage of the Crown; the vicarage is united by act of council to the vicarage of Aharney and the rectories of Kilmenan and Rossconnell, in the patronage of the Bishop. In the R. C. divisions this parish is one of the nine denominations that form the union or district of Ballyragget. The parochial school, in which are 25 children, is supported by the rector and vicar.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]