"Erke", Eirke, or Eyrke, a parish, partly in the barony of Upper Ossory, Queen's county, but chiefly in that of Galmoy, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 8 1/4 miles (S. W.) from Durrow, on the road from Rathdowney to Johnstown; containing 5565 inhabitants, and comprising 15,750 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. About 2000 acres are bog. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and in the patronage of the Crown. The glebe comprises 15 acres 25 perch. The church is a plain building, erected in 1823. In the R. C. divisions the parish is the head of a union or district, comprising also those of Fartagh and Glashane, and containing three chapels, two in Eirke and one in Fartagh. The parochial school is aided by the rector, and has a house and an acre of land rent-free: about 50 boys and 50 girls are taught in it. There are also nine private schools, in which are about 500 children. of Danesfort.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]
Civil Parish: Erke. RC Parish: Johnstown, later Galmoy.
Johnstown - Earliest Records: b. Aug 1814; m. Feb 1851.
Galmoy - Earliest Records: b. Jun 1861; m. Sep 1861.
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Civil Roman Catholic Time FHLC parish parish period number Erke Galmoy pt 1861-1876 0979701 Johnstown pt 1815-1880 0979700 Note: The R. C. parish of Erke was divided into Galmoy and Johnstown.
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 Erke Ballydonnell 136 Ossory Erke Ballyellis 165 Ossory Erke Baunballinlough 601 Ossory Erke Baunmore 3092 Ossory Erke Bayswell 620 Ossory Erke Bruckana 787 Ossory Erke Castletown 860 Ossory Erke Cooloultha or Moneynamuck 465 Ossory Erke Crosspatrick 616 Ossory Erke Foulkscourt 113 Ossory Erke Garrylaun 245 Ossory Erke Lough 293 Ossory Erke Moneynamuck (Stopford) 491 Ossory Erke Moneynamuck or Cooloultha 465 Ossory Erke Rathbane 472 Ossory Erke Rathosheen 132 Ossory Erke Rathpatrick 988 Ossory Erke Rathpoleen 269 Ossory Erke Rathreagh 621 Ossory Erke Toornamongan 79 Ossory Erke Tullanvoolty 435 Ossory Erke Warrenstown 50 Ossory Erke Waterland 75 Ossory Erke Whiteswall 977 Ossory
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