"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)]


Church Records

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 

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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 
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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