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"Coolcraheen", or Coolcraghin, a parish, in the barony of Fassadining, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 3 miles (N. N. E.) from Freshford; containing 668 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the road from Kilkenny to Castle-Durow, and contains 2768 statute acres, mostly under tillage. Foulksrath castle is of some antiquity, but has been converted into a comfortable dwelling by T. Wright, Esq. It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and is part of the union of Odogh. In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the unions or districts of Conahy and Muckalee. The ruins of Inchmore castle, opposite Inchmore island in the Nore, are in this parish: it consisted of a strong square keep of considerable antiquity, united to a splendid mansion in the Elizabethan style, and was erected by Robert Grace, baron of Courtstown, and member of parliament for the county of Kilkenny, who died about the year 1640.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]

Church Records

Civil Parish: Coolcraheen. RC Parishes: Conahy, Muckalee.
Conahy - Earliest Records: b. Apr 1838; m. Jul 1818.
Muckalee - Earliest Records: b. Oct 1801; m. Apr 1809.

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

Civil 		Roman Catholic	Time 		FHLC
parish		parish		period		number
Coolcraheen	Conahy		1832-1880	0926191				1817-1880	0979701
Coolcraheen	Muckalee	1801-1880	0926200

Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
Parish		Townland		Acres	Diocese
Coolcraheen	Foulksrath       	355	Ossory    
Coolcraheen	Inch More       	352	Ossory    
Coolcraheen	Inchbeg           	252	Ossory    
Coolcraheen	Islands       		138	Ossory    
Coolcraheen	Lismaine    		316	Ossory    
Coolcraheen	Shanganny		50	Ossory    
Coolcraheen	Swiftsheath  		593	Ossory    
Edited by Dennis Walsh, last updated 12 Apr 1999

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