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BLACKRATH

"Blackrath", a parish, in the barony of Gowran, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 2 miles (N. E. by E.) from Klikenny; containing 730 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the mail coach road from Dublin to Cork, and on the river Nore, on the banks of which there are two considerable flour mills. Lyrath, the seat of Sir J. D. W. Cuffe, Bart., is pleasantly situated on an eminence commanding a fine view of Kilkenny city. It is a rectory, in the diocese of Ossory, forming the corps of the prebend of Blackrath in the cathedral of St. Canice, Kilkenny, and in the patronage of the Bishop. There is neither church nor glebe-house, but there is a glebe of eight acres attached to the prebend. In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the union or district of Gowran. There is a private pay school, in which 50 boys and 30 girls are taught. Some remains of the old church yet remain.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]

Church Records

Civil Parish: Blackrath. RC Parishes: Gowran, part St. John's.
Gowran and Clara - Earliest Records: b. Jan 1809; m. Jan 1810.
Clara - Earliest Records: b. 1779; m. 1778.
St. John's - Earliest Records: b. Jan 1789; m. Jun 1789

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

Civil 		Roman Catholic		Time 		FHLC
parish		parish			period		number
Blackrath	Clara			1809-1828	0926194
Note: The northern part of the R. C. parish of Gowran became Clara

Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
Parish		Townland		Acres	Diocese
Blackrath	Ballynamona		53	Ossory    
Blackrath	Higginstown    		629	Ossory    
Blackrath	Highrath        	223	Ossory    
Blackrath	Lyrath			128	Ossory    
Blackrath	Maddockstown		593	Ossory    
Blackrath	Scart			48	Ossory    
Blackrath	Templemartin  		82	Ossory    
Edited by Dennis Walsh, last updated 10 Apr 1999

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