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"Fertagh", or Fartagh, a parish, partly in the barony of Cranagh, but chiefly in that of Galmoy, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 8 mile (S. W.) from Durrow, on the mail coach road from Athy to Cashel; containing, with the post-town of Johnstown, 3205 inhabitants. A priory for Canons Regular of the order of St. Augustine was founded here in the 13th century by the Blanchfield family, which after its dissolution, was granted by Queen Elizabeth to a member of the Butler family. The ancient chapel is still remaining, and contains a large table monument with the recumbent figure of a warrior. A few yards to the west of this building are the roofless remains of an ancient round tower, still 96 feet high and cracked from the doorway to the summit. The parish comprises 6353 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. The principal seats are Violet Hill, Melross and Ellenville, all of the Hely family. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and in the patronage of the Bishop. The glebe-house was erected in 1828; and there is a glebe. In the R. C. divisions the parish is part of the union or district of Eirke; there is a chapel at Johnstown, and another at Galmoy. About 120 girls are taught in the parochial school, and there are four private schools, in which are about 380 children. Here are the ruins of the castle of Killesheelan. The Ballyspellan spa, in this parish, is a powerful chalybeate, and is in great repute for its medicinal properties.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]
Also see the Bawn (Baunrichen) grange.

Church Records

Civil Parish: Famma. RC Parish: Erke, later Johnstown and Freshford.
Johnstown - Earliest Records: b. Aug 1814; m. Feb 1851.
Freshford - Earliest Records: b. Jan 1773; m. Aug 1775.
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
Fertagh		Freshford pt. 	1773-1880	0926192
		Johnstown pt	1815-1880	0979700

Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
Parish		Townland		Acres	Diocese
Fertagh		Ballycuddihy		408	Ossory    
Fertagh		Ballyspellan		1075	Ossory    
Fertagh		Barna			91	Ossory    
Fertagh		Baungarrow		163	Ossory    
Fertagh		Baunrickeen		119	Ossory    
Fertagh		Donaghmore Lower	527	Ossory    
Fertagh		Donaghmore Upper	148	Ossory    
Fertagh		Foulkscourt     	868	Ossory    
Fertagh		Glebe			27	Ossory    
Fertagh		Grangefertagh    	920	Ossory    
Fertagh		Killoshulan		1182	Ossory    
Fertagh		Knockdav        	169	Ossory    
Fertagh		Rathoscar		90	Ossory    
Fertagh		Sevensisters		224	Ossory    
Fertagh		Warrenstown   		701	Ossory    
Edited by Dennis Walsh, last updated 28 Apr 1999

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