"Castlecomer", a market and post-town, and a parish, in the barony of Fassadining, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 9 1/2 miles (N.) from Kilkenny, and 46 miles (S. W.) from Dublin; containing 13,242 inhabitants, of which number, 2436 are in the town. This town is situated on the river Deen, and on the road from Kilkenny, by Athy, to Dublin. The parish comprises 21,708 acres, and contains the principal portion of the extensive coal field of the district. The coal is of a kind commonly called Kilkenny coal, which, containing no bitumen, burns without blaze or smoke. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and in the patronage of the Crown. The church, situated in the town, is a neat edifice with a tower; and their is a chapel of ease at Mooneenroe, in the collieries. The glebe house was built in 1819. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the three several unions or districts of Castlecomer, Clough, and Muckalee, the first of which comprises about one-half of it; there are four chapels belonging to these unions, on of which is in the town. There is also a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. Near the R. C. chapel is a convent, and adjoining it a school under the care of the nuns. The schools adjoining the parish church and chapel of ease are supported by annual donation of £100 from the Hon. C. B. Wandesford, and £34 from the rector; an infants' school is also supported by subscription. In these schools about 380 children receive gratuitous instruction; and there are also eight pay schools, in which are about 330 children, and three Sunday schools.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]
Civil Parish: Castlecomer. RC Parish: Castlecomer.
Earliest Records: b. Jan 1812; m. Aug 1842.
Civil Parish: Castlecomer. RC Parish: Clough.
Earliest Records: b. 1832; m. 1830.
Civil Parish: Muckalee. RC Parish: Muckalee.
Earliest Records: b. Oct 1801; m. Apr 1809.
Cross reference to Family History Library microfilm (double-check with the Library)
Civil Roman Catholic Time FHLC parish parish period number Castlecomer Castlecomer pt 1812-1880 0926702 1847-1880 0926189-190 Clogh pt 1858-1880 0926702 1858-1880 0926191 Muckalee 1801-1880 0926200
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 Castlecomer Aghamucky 1061 Ossory Castlecomer Ardra 770 Ossory Castlecomer Aughatubbrid or Chatsworth 1651 Ossory Castlecomer Ballylinnen 659 Ossory Castlecomer Castlecomer 81 Ossory Castlecomer Chatsworth or Aughatubbrid 1651 Ossory Castlecomer Clogh 506 Ossory Castlecomer Cloneen 800 Ossory Castlecomer Coolbaun 683 Ossory Castlecomer Coolnaleen 430 Ossory Castlecomer Croghtenclogh 3470 Ossory Castlecomer Crutt 2456 Ossory Castlecomer Donaguile 784 Ossory Castlecomer Drumgoole 295 Ossory Castlecomer Firoda Lower or Glenmagoo 1049 Ossory Castlecomer Firoda Upper 1184 Ossory Castlecomer Glebe 19 Ossory Castlecomer Glenmagoo or Firoda Lower 1049 Ossory Castlecomer Gorteen 682 Ossory Castlecomer Kiltown 730 Ossory Castlecomer Loan 872 Ossory Castlecomer Moneenroe 1303 Ossory Castlecomer Moyhora 1172 Ossory Castlecomer Skehana 926 Ossory
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