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"Rathbeagh", a parish, in the barony of Cranagh, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 2 1/2 miles (N. E.) from Freshford, on the upper road from Kilkenny to Ballyragget; containing 736 inhabitants. This place, which is situated on the river Nore, is supposed to be the ancient Argiodross, and the residence of Heremon, one of the sons of Milesius, who came into Ireland and laid the foundation of the Milesian dynasty in that kingdom. The parish comprises 2281 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, which are mostly in a state of profitable cultivation. The ancient manor-house of Clone, formerly the residence of Sir Toby Caulfield, ancestor of the Earl of Charlemont, and now in the occupation of H. Nixon, Esq., is within the parish. A constabulary police force is stationed here. It is a rectory, in the diocese of Ossory, forming part of the union of Freshford, or Aghour. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union of Lisdowney. About 220 children are educated in a school at Clone. On the bank of the river Nore, at this place, is a mount 40 yards in length and 25 in breadth on the summit, and encircled by a double fosse.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]

Church Records

Civil Parish: Rathbeagh. RC Parish: Lisdowney, part Ballyragget.
Earliest Records: b. May 1817; m. Sep 1771.

Cross reference to Family History Library microfilm (double-check with the Library)
Civil 		Roman Catholic	Time 		FHLC
parish		parish		period		number
Rathbeagh	Ballyragget	1856-1880	0979702
		Lisdowney	1771-1880	0926199
				1817-1880	0979701
Note: Much of this parish was anciently part of Freshford R.C. parish.

Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
Parish		Townland		Acres	Diocese
Rathbeagh	Acragar			438	Ossory    
Rathbeagh	Blackwood        	375	Ossory    
Rathbeagh	Clone           	452	Ossory    
Rathbeagh	Knockroe		354	Ossory    
Rathbeagh	Moneenaun		148	Ossory    
Rathbeagh	Rathbeagh		618	Ossory    
Rathbeagh	Skinstown		176	Ossory    
Rathbeagh	Sweethill     		269	Ossory    
Edited by Dennis Walsh, last updated 18 Apr 1999

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