"Coolcraheen", or Coolcraghin, a parish, in the barony of Fassadining, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 3 miles (N. N. E.) from Freshford; containing 668 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the road from Kilkenny to Castle-Durow, and contains 2768 statute acres, mostly under tillage. Foulksrath castle is of some antiquity, but has been converted into a comfortable dwelling by T. Wright, Esq. It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and is part of the union of Odogh. In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the unions or districts of Conahy and Muckalee. The ruins of Inchmore castle, opposite Inchmore island in the Nore, are in this parish: it consisted of a strong square keep of considerable antiquity, united to a splendid mansion in the Elizabethan style, and was erected by Robert Grace, baron of Courtstown, and member of parliament for the county of Kilkenny, who died about the year 1640.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Coolcraheen. RC Parishes: Conahy, Muckalee.
Conahy - Earliest Records: b. Apr 1838; m. Jul 1818.
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 
Coolcraheen     Conahy          1832-1880       0926191
                                1817-1880       0979701
Coolcraheen     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 
Coolcraheen     Foulksrath              355     Ossory     
Coolcraheen     Inch More               352     Ossory     
Coolcraheen     Inchbeg                 252     Ossory     
Coolcraheen     Islands                 138     Ossory     
Coolcraheen     Lismaine                316     Ossory     
Coolcraheen     Shanganny               50      Ossory     
Coolcraheen     Swiftsheath             593     Ossory     
The civil parish of Coolcraheen contained the townlands of:


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