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"Wells", a parish, in the barony of Gowran, county of Kilkenny, but chiefly in that of Idrone West, county of Carlow, and province of Leinster, 2 miles (S. by W.) from Leighlin-Bridge, on the road Gowran; containing 1554 inhabitants. The parish is situated upon the south side of the river Barrow, and comprises 2622 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. Here is a slate quarry. The seats are Ravindon, Barbage, and the Deanery-house. The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Leighlin, constituting, with the chapelry of Ballynochen, the corps of the deanery of Leighlin, and in the patronage of the Crown. There are several small glebes, comprising 21 acres. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Leighlin-bridge: the chapel is a large building. The parochial school-house was built by aid from the incumbent: a female school is maintained by subscription, and there are two private schools, attended by about 140 children. The ruins of the former church at the Royal Oak are still visible; and near Ballynochen is a rath of considerable extent, called by the peasantry "the Maudlin Moat."
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]

Church Records

Civil Parish: Wells, diocese of Leighlin. RC Parish: Paulstown.
Earliest Records: b. Jul 1824; m. Jan 1824.
Civil Parish: Wells, co. Carlow. RC Parish: Leighlinbridge.
Earliest Records: b. Jan 1873; m. Feb 1783.

Cross reference to Family History Library microfilm (double-check with the Library)
Civil 		Roman Catholic	Time 		FHLC
parish		parish		period		number
Wells		Paulstown	1824-1880	0926124

Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
Parish		Townland		Acres	Diocese
Wells		Bohernastrekaun or Killure 253	Leighlin
Edited by Dennis Walsh, last updated 26 Apr 1999

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