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"Rathaspick", or Rathaspeck,
a parish, partly in the barony of Ballyadams,
but chiefly in that of Slievemarigue, Queen's county, and province of
Leinster, 5 miles (N. E.) from Castlcomer, on the road to Athy;
containing 4032 inhabitants. This place derives its name, which signifies
"the Bishop's Fort," from a rath near the old church. Here was anciently
a small religious establishment, probably a cell to that on the townland
of Clonpierce, about two miles distant: the foundation of both is attributed
to the O'Mores. The parish is bounded on the south and south-west by the
county of Kilkenny, and contains 8097 statute acres, as applotted under the
tithe act. Here are the extensive coal mines of Doonane. The living is a
rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Leighlin, and in the patronage of
the Bishop. The church was built in 1814. In the R. C. divisions the
parish is partly in the union or district of Mayo and Doonane, and partly
in that of Ballyadams; it contains two chapels, one at Dooanane, and the
other at Wolfhill belonging to the union of Ballyadams. There is a parochial
school at Mullaghmore, and there is a school at Gracefield. In five private
schools about 200 boys and 130 girls are taught; and there are two Sunday
schools. The present church of Rathaspeck was erected out of the ruins of
the ancient religious buildings, under the site of which there were formerly
three vaulted chambers, in one of which was a well of the purest water.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]
Civil Parish: Rathaspick, diocese of Leighlin. RC Parish: Ballyadams (Co. Laois).
Clough - Earliest Records: b. 1832; m. 1830
Ballyadams - Records Lost.
Doonane R.C. Parish - Earliest Records: b. Jun 1843; m. May 1843.
Cross reference to Family History Library microfilm (double-check with the Library)
Civil Roman Catholic Time FHLC
parish parish period number
Rathaspick Clough 1812-1880 0979702
Clough 1858-1880 0926191
Rathaspick Castlecomer pt 1812-1880 0926702
Castlecomer pt 1847-1880 0926200
Note: The portion of this parish in Kilkenny was also included in Clough.
Edited by Dennis Walsh, last updated 18 Apr 1999
Parish Townland Acres Diocese
Rathaspick Kill 331 Leighlin
Rathaspick Toortane 308 Leighlin
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