"Columbkille", Collumbkill, a parish, in the barony of Gowran, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 1 1/2 mile (N. E.) from Thomastown; containing 779 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the road from Thomastown to Greig, and contains 7113 statute acres. Kilmurry is the seat of Lord Chief Justice Bushe. It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and is part of the union of Thomastown. In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the union or district of Thomastown; the chapel is at Murg. There are two private schools in which are about 60 boys and 50 girls.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]