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