"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)]


Church Records

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.

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

 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. 

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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 
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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