"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)]


Church Records

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

Cross reference to Family History Library microfilm (double-check with the Library)

 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 

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The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.


Historical Geography

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     
The civil parish of Blackrath contained the townlands of:


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