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There are three main land divisions of each Ireland county other than townlands: baronies, civil parishes and poor law unions.  While the townland is the smallest and most ancient of Irish land division, it is also important to identify what other land divisions the town land belongs to when doing genealogical research in Ireland since all main records are organized by at least one of these divisions.  Another division are dioceses--originating in the 10th century by three ecclesiastical synods who imposed the organization of four provinces (Armagh, Cashel, Dublin, Tuam) each headed by an archbishop.  These diocesan boundaries have remained virutally constant to the present day and are in uses by both the Catholic and Anglican Churches.  In 1834 the dioceses of the Church of Ireland were reduced to two (Armagh, Dublin). Diocese's  boundaries have little or no relationship to the boundaries of the counties.

  • Civil Parishes Listed alphabetically
  • Civil Parishes map
  • Civil Parishes Listed by baronies
  • Civil Parishes Listed by Poor Law Unions
  • Civil Parishes Listed with Catholic Parishes and available record dates
  • Poor Law Unions map
  • Catholic dioceses and parishes
  • Catholic parishes map
  • Townlands list with corresponding Catholic Parishes and Dioceses
  • Limerick Catholic Diocese map
  • County Limerick townlands
  • Baronies listed with corresponding Poor Law Unions
  • Baronies map
  • County Limerick Townlands

    Baronies and counties became established in the government land surveys of the 17th century.  There were 331 baronies in Ireland and they reflected the holdings of the Irish clans.  They are now obsolete but were used widely in the 19th century. (click on barony to find townlands, civil parishes and PLUs in barony)


    Under the Poor Relief Act, 1838, Ireland was divided into districts, called unions, in which the local rateable inhabitants were to be financially responsible for the care of all paupers in their areas.  The unions, which could be in more than one county, were usually centered on a large market town.  In 1850, there were 163 unions in Ireland.  In 1898 the poor law union became the basic administrative land division replacing baronies and civil parishes.  The country was then divided into 829 registration districts and 3,751 electoral divisions.  Townlands are now arranged according to the unions.  The old civil parishes and baronies are kept only as a way to make comparisons with records from before 1898.

    • Michelstown
    • Newcastle
    • Tipperary
    • Rathkeale


    From the 17th century, the civil parishes were based on the early Christian and medieval monastic and church settlements.  They were used widely for various surveys.  By the 19th century the boundaries of the the civil parishes was well established.  As the population grew, however, new parishes were created by either subdividing larger ones or by moving townlands from nearby parishes.  The civil parish basically covered the same area as the Church of Ireland.  On the other hand, the Roman Catholic Church, due to the Reformation of the 16th century, had to adapt itself to a new structure centered on towns and villages.  There were 2,508 civil parishes in all of Ireland.  They do not respect either barony or county lines. The civil parishes are the basic geographical units used for the Griffiths Valuation (1851-52), Tithe Applotment (1823-38), tax records, censuses, etc.  They have about the same boundaries as the parishes for
    the Church of Ireland but different from the parishes of the Catholic Church. 

    Civil Parish Barony PLU
    Abbeyfeale Glenquin Newcastle
    Abington Clanwilliam Limerick
    Abington Owneybeg Limerick
    Adare Connello Upper Rathkeale
    Adare Coshma Croom
    Adare Kenry Croom
    Adare Kenry Rathkeale
    Aglishcormick Clanwilliam Limerick
    Aglishcormick Coonagh Tipperary
    Anhid Coshma Croom
    Ardagh Glenquin Newcastle
    Ardagh Shanid Newcastle
    Ardagh Shanid Rathkeale
    Ardcanny Kenry Rathkeale
    Ardpatrick Coshlea Kilmallock
    Askeaton Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Athlacca Coshlea Kilmallock
    Athlacca Coshma Croom
    Athlacca Coshma Kilmallock
    Athneasy Coshlea Kilmallock
    Athneasy Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Ballinard Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Ballingaddy Coshlea Kilmallock
    Ballingarry Connello Upper Croom
    Ballingarry Connello Upper Newcastle
    Ballingarry Coshlea Kilmallock
    Ballinlough Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Ballybrood Clanwilliam Limerick
    Ballycahane Pubblebrien Croom
    Ballycahane Smallcounty Croom
    Ballylanders Coshlea Mitchelstown
    Ballynaclogh Coonagh Tipperary
    Ballynamona Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Ballyscaddan Coshlea Kilmallock
    Bruff Coshma Kilmallock
    Bruree Connello Upper Kilmallock
    Bruree Coshma Kilmallock
    Caheravally Clanwilliam Limerick
    Caherconlish Clanwilliam Limerick
    Cahercorney Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Caherelly Clanwilliam Limerick
    Cahernarry Clanwilliam Limerick
    Cappagh Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Carrigparson Clanwilliam Limerick
    Castletown Coonagh Tipperary
    Chapelrussell Kenry Rathkeale
    Clonagh Connello Lower Glin
    Clonagh Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Cloncagh Connello Upper Newcastle
    Cloncrew Connello Upper Newcastle
    Clonelty Glenquin Newcastle
    Clonelty Glenquin Rathkeale
    Clonkeen Clanwilliam Limerick
    Clonshire Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Colmanswell Connello Lower Kilmallock
    Colmanswell Connello Upper Kilmallock
    Corcomohide Connello Lower Croom
    Corcomohide Connello Upper Croom
    Corcomohide Connello Upper Kilmallock
    Crecora Pubblebrien Croom
    Crecora Pubblebrien Limerick
    Croagh Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Croom Connello Upper Croom
    Croom Coshma Croom
    Croom Pubblebrien Croom
    Croom Pubblebrien Limerick
    Darragh Coshlea Kilmallock
    Derrygalvin Clanwilliam Limerick
    Donaghmore Clanwilliam Limerick
    Doon Coonagh Limerick
    Doon Coonagh Tipperary
    Doon Owneybeg Limerick
    Doondonnell Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Drehidtarsna Connello Upper Rathkeale
    Drehidtarsna Coshma Croom
    Drehidtarsna Coshma Rathkeale
    Dromcolliher Connello Upper Newcastle
    Dromin Coshma Kilmallock
    Dromkeen Clanwilliam Limerick
    Dunmoylan Shanid Glin
    Dunmoylan Shanid Newcastle
    Dunmoylan Shanid Rathkeale
    Dysert Coshma Croom
    Effin Coshlea Kilmallock
    Effin Coshma Kilmallock
    Emlygrennan Coshlea Kilmallock
    Fedamore Clanwilliam Limerick
    Fedamore Smallcounty Croom
    Fedamore Smallcounty Limerick
    Galbally Coshlea Mitchelstown
    Glenogra Smallcounty Croom
    Grange Glenquin Newcastle
    Grean Clanwilliam Limerick
    Grean Clanwilliam Tipperary
    Grean Coonagh Limerick
    Grean Coonagh Tipperary
    Hackmys Coshma Kilmallock
    Hospital Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Inch St. Lawrence Clanwilliam Limerick
    Iveruss Kenry Rathkeale
    Kilbeheny Coshlea Mitchelstown
    Kilbolane Connello Upper Newcastle
    Kilbradran Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Kilbradran Shanid Glin
    Kilbradran Shanid Rathkeale
    Kilbreedy Major Coshlea Kilmallock
    Kilbreedy Major Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Kilbreedy Minor Coshma Kilmallock
    Kilcolman Shanid Glin
    Kilcolman Shanid Newcastle
    Kilcorcoran Kenry Rathkeale
    Kilcornan Kenry Rathkeale
    Kilcullane Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Kildimo Kenry Croom
    Kildimo Kenry Rathkeale
    Kilfergus Shanid Glin
    Kilfinnane Coshlea Kilmallock
    Kilfinny Connello Upper Croom
    Kilfinny Connello Upper Rathkeale
    Kilflyn Coshlea Kilmallock
    Kilfrush Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Kilkeedy Pubblebrien Limerick
    Killagholehane Glenquin Newcastle
    Killeedy Glenquin Kanturk
    Killeedy Glenquin Newcastle
    Killeedy Pubblebrien Limerick
    Killeely Limerick Limerick
    Killeely Pubblebrien Limerick
    Killeely Pubblebrien & Limerick Limerick
    Killeenagarriff Clanwilliam Limerick
    Killeenoghty Coshma Croom
    Killeenoghty Pubblebrien Croom
    Killonahan Coshma Croom
    Killonahan Pubblebrien Croom
    Killonahan Pubblebrien Limerick
    Kilmeedy Connello Upper Croom
    Kilmeedy Connello Upper Newcastle
    Kilmoylan Shanid Glin
    Kilmoylan Shanid Rathkeale
    Kilmurry Clanwilliam Limerick
    Kilpeacon Pubblebrien Croom
    Kilpeacon Smallcounty Croom
    Kilquane Coshlea Kilmallock
    Kilscannell Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Kilteely Coonagh Kilmallock
    Kilteely Coonagh Tipperary
    Kilteely Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Knockainy Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Knocklong Coshlea Kilmallock
    Knocknagaul Pubblebrien Limerick
    Lismakeery Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Lismakeery Connello Lower Roscrea
    Loghill Shanid Glin
    Ludden Clanwilliam Limerick
    Mahoonagh Glenquin Newcastle
    Monagay Glenquin Newcastle
    Monasteranenagh Coshma Croom
    Monasteranenagh Pubblebrien Croom
    Monasteranenagh Smallcounty Croom
    Monasteranenagh Smallcounty Kilmallock
    Morgans Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Mungret Pubblebrien Limerick
    Nantinan Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Nantinan Connello Upper Rathkeale
    Nantinan Shanid Glin
    Newcastle Glenquin Newcastle
    Newcastle Shanid Newcastle
    Oola Coonagh Tipperary
    Particles Coshlea Kilmallock
    Rathjordan Clanwilliam Limerick
    Rathkeale Connello Lower Croom
    Rathkeale Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Rathkeale Connello Upper Rathkeale
    Rathronan Shanid Glin
    Rathronan Shanid Newcastle
    Rathronan Shanid Rathkeale
    Robertstown Shanid Glin
    Robertstown Shanid Rathkeale
    Rochestown Clanwilliam Limerick
    Shanagolden Shanid Glin
    Shanagolden Shanid Rathkeale
    St. John's Clanwilliam and Limerick Limerick
    St. John's Limerick City Limerick
    St. Laurence's Clanwilliam and Limerick Limerick
    St. Lawrence's Clanwilliam Limerick
    St. Lawrence's Limerick City Limerick
    St. Mary's Limerick City Limerick
    St. Michael's Limerick City Limerick
    St. Michael's Pubblebrien Limerick
    St. Munchin's Limerick City Limerick
    St. Munchin's Pubblebrien Limerick
    St. Munchin's Pubblebrien and Limerick Limerick
    St. Nicholas Clanwilliam Limerick
    St. Nicholas Clanwilliam and Limerick Limerick
    St. Nicholas Limerick City Limerick
    St. Nicholas Pubblebrien and Limerick Limerick
    St. Patrick's Clanwilliam Limerick
    St. Patrick's Clanwilliam and Limerick Limerick
    St. Patrick's Limerick City Limerick
    St. Peter's & St. Paul's Kilmallock Kilmallock
    Stradbally Clanwilliam Limerick
    Tankardstown Coshma Kilmallock
    Templebredon Coonagh Tipperary
    Tomdeely Connello Lower Rathkeale
    Tullabracky Coshma Croom
    Tullabracky Coshma Kilmallock
    Tullabracky Smallcounty Croom
    Tuogh Owneybeg Limerick
    Tuoghcluggin Coonagh Tipperary
    Uregare Coshma Kilmallock
    Uregare Smallcounty Kilmallock


    Edited by Pat Connors, last updated March 28, 2003.
    Special thanks to volunteer, June Howard, for transcribing townlands and Catholic parishes table.

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