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"Erke", Eirke, or Eyrke, a parish, partly in the barony of Upper Ossory, Queen's county, but chiefly in that of Galmoy, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 8 1/4 miles (S. W.) from Durrow, on the road from Rathdowney to Johnstown; containing 5565 inhabitants, and comprising 15,750 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. About 2000 acres are bog. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and in the patronage of the Crown. The glebe comprises 15 acres 25 perch. The church is a plain building, erected in 1823. In the R. C. divisions the parish is the head of a union or district, comprising also those of Fartagh and Glashane, and containing three chapels, two in Eirke and one in Fartagh. The parochial school is aided by the rector, and has a house and an acre of land rent-free: about 50 boys and 50 girls are taught in it. There are also nine private schools, in which are about 500 children. of Danesfort.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]

Church Records

Civil Parish: Erke. RC Parish: Johnstown, later Galmoy.
Johnstown - Earliest Records: b. Aug 1814; m. Feb 1851.
Galmoy - Earliest Records: b. Jun 1861; m. Sep 1861.

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

Civil 		Roman Catholic	Time 		FHLC
parish		parish		period		number
Erke 		Galmoy pt	1861-1876	0979701
		Johnstown pt	1815-1880	0979700
Note: The R. C. parish of Erke was divided into Galmoy and Johnstown.

Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
Parish		Townland		Acres	Diocese
Erke		Ballydonnell		136	Ossory    
Erke		Ballyellis             	165	Ossory    
Erke		Baunballinlough		601	Ossory    
Erke		Baunmore		3092	Ossory    
Erke		Bayswell		620	Ossory    
Erke		Bruckana        	787	Ossory    
Erke		Castletown      	860	Ossory    
Erke		Cooloultha or Moneynamuck 465	Ossory    
Erke		Crosspatrick		616	Ossory    
Erke		Foulkscourt     	113	Ossory    
Erke		Garrylaun		245	Ossory    
Erke		Lough			293	Ossory    
Erke		Moneynamuck (Stopford)	491	Ossory    
Erke		Moneynamuck or Cooloultha 465	Ossory    
Erke		Rathbane		472	Ossory    
Erke		Rathosheen		132	Ossory    
Erke		Rathpatrick		988	Ossory    
Erke		Rathpoleen		269	Ossory    
Erke		Rathreagh		621	Ossory    
Erke		Toornamongan   		79	Ossory    
Erke		Tullanvoolty    	435	Ossory    
Erke		Warrenstown   		50	Ossory    
Erke		Waterland     		75	Ossory    
Erke		Whiteswall  		977	Ossory    
Edited by Dennis Walsh, last updated 12 Apr 1999

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