"Blackrath", a parish, in the barony of Gowran, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 2 miles (N. E. by E.) from Klikenny; containing 730 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the mail coach road from Dublin to Cork, and on the river Nore, on the banks of which there are two considerable flour mills. Lyrath, the seat of Sir J. D. W. Cuffe, Bart., is pleasantly situated on an eminence commanding a fine view of Kilkenny city. It is a rectory, in the diocese of Ossory, forming the corps of the prebend of Blackrath in the cathedral of St. Canice, Kilkenny, and in the patronage of the Bishop. There is neither church nor glebe-house, but there is a glebe of eight acres attached to the prebend. In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the union or district of Gowran. There is a private pay school, in which 50 boys and 30 girls are taught. Some remains of the old church yet remain.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]
Civil Parish: Blackrath. RC Parishes: Gowran, part St. John's.
Gowran and Clara - Earliest Records: b. Jan 1809; m. Jan 1810.
Clara - Earliest Records: b. 1779; m. 1778.
St. John's - Earliest Records: b. Jan 1789; m. Jun 1789
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Civil Roman Catholic Time FHLC parish parish period number Blackrath Clara 1809-1828 0926194 Note: The northern part of the R. C. parish of Gowran became Clara
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
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Townlands (1851)Parish Townland Acres Diocese Blackrath Ballynamona 53 Ossory Blackrath Higginstown 629 Ossory Blackrath Highrath 223 Ossory Blackrath Lyrath 128 Ossory Blackrath Maddockstown 593 Ossory Blackrath Scart 48 Ossory Blackrath Templemartin 82 Ossory
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