"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)]
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.
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Civil Roman Catholic Time FHLC parish parish period number Coolcraheen Conahy 1832-1880 0926191 1817-1880 0979701 Coolcraheen 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 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
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