"Dunbell", a parish, in the barony of Gowran, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 4 miles (S. E.) from Kilkenny, on the road to Gowran; containing 567 inhabitants This parish comprises 4299 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, forming part of the union of Burnchurch. In the R. C. divisions it is the part of the union or district of Gowran.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

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

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Dunbell         Gowran          1809-1880       0926194 
Dunbell         Clara           1809-1828       0926194 Note: Clara was created from the northern part of the R. C. parish of Gowran. 

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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 
Dunbell         Annfield                83      Ossory     
Dunbell         Carran                  289     Ossory     
Dunbell         Clashwilliam            220     Ossory     
Dunbell         Dunbell Big             1298    Ossory     
Dunbell         Dunbell Little          36      Ossory     
Dunbell         Holdenstown             276     Ossory     
Dunbell         Smithstown              375     Ossory     
The civil parish of Dunbell contained the townlands of:


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