"Clara", or Clarah, a parish, in the barony of Gowran, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 3 1/4 miles (E. by N.) from Kilkenny, containing 657 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the mail coach road from Dublin to Kilkenny, and contains 3165 statute acres. The principal seats are Clifden, the property of Viscount Clifden; Kilmagan, the residence of James Butler, Esq.; and Clara Castle, of A. Bryan, Esq. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and is part of the union of St. John's; the rectory is impropriate in the corporation of Kilkenny. The parochial church is in ruins: there is a glebe of 15 acres. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Gowran, and has a neat chapel. There are two private schools, in which are 100 boys and 40 girls.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Clara. RC Parish: Clara; Gowran
Clara - Earliest Records: b. 1779; m. 1778.
Gowran - Earliest Records: b. Jan 1809; m. Jan 1810.

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Clara           Clara           1809-1828       0926194 Note: The north 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 
Clara           Ballynamona             53      Ossory     
Clara           Baunmore                101     Ossory     
Clara           Churchclara             335     Ossory     
Clara           Clara Upper             559     Ossory     
Clara           Clarabricken            567     Ossory     
Clara           Clifden or Rathgarven   484     Ossory     
Clara           Clohoge                 44      Ossory     
Clara           Coneygar                235     Ossory     
Clara           Eagleshill              67      Ossory     
Clara           Kilmagar                615     Ossory     
Clara           Kingsland               88      Ossory     
Clara           Rathgarvan or Clifden   484     Ossory     
Clara           Scart                   48      Ossory     


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