"Freshford", or Aghoura, a post-town and parish, in the barony of Cranagh, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 6 1/2 miles (W. N. W.) from Kilkenny, and 63 (S.W.) from Dublin, on the road from Kilkenny to Johnstown; containing 2277 inhabitants. This place, anciently called Aghoure or Achadhur, signifying the "green ford," was the site of an abbey founded about the commencement of the 7th century, by St. Lactan, who was its first abbot. The parish comprises 2108 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act: there is no bog or wasteland. The principal seats are Upperwood, Balleen Castle, Kilrush. The town, which comprises 374 houses, is neat and well-built, and is part of the estate of William De Montmorency, Esq. It is a station of the revenue and of the constbulary police. Here is a dispensary, a fever hospital, and a society for relieving the bedridden poor. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, episcopally united bto the parishes of Clomanto, Kilrush, Clashacrow, Rathbeagh, Tubridbritain, Sheefin, Clontubrid, and Coolcashin, which together form the uion of Freshford and the corps of the prebend of Aghoure (anciently called the Golden Prebend") in the cathedral of Kilkenny. The first six aprishes are in the patronage of the Bishop, and the remaining three in that of the Dean and Chapter. The glebe-house is in Clashacrow. The church was built in 1730, and has a fine Norman porch with the date 1133. In the R. C. divisions the parish is the head of a union or district, comprising Freshford, Tullaroan, Ballynamara, Clashacrow, Ballylarkin, and parts of Odogh, Burnchurch and Clomanto, in which district is a chapel at Freshford, one at Odogh, and one at Tullaroan. There is a parochial school, and there is a national school adjoining the R. C. chapel. About 300 children are educated in these schools, and about 60 in two private schools, exclusive of those taught in a Sunday school. Near Kilrush are the ruins of Ballylarkin castle, once the seat of the Shortall family.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Freshford. RC Parish: Freshford.
Freshford - Earliest Records: b. Jan 1773; m. Aug 1775.

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Freshford       Freshford       1773-1880       0926192
 Note: Tullaroan was later split as a separate R. C. Parish, and  Freshford extended into parts of former Balyragget R. C. Parish. 

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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 
Freshford       Ballyroe                171     Ossory     
Freshford       Baunaniska              242     Ossory     
Freshford       Bawntanameenagh         110     Ossory     
Freshford       Boherkyle               44      Ossory     
Freshford       Clintstown              232     Ossory     
Freshford       Crowhill                216     Ossory     
Freshford       Curraghduff             77      Ossory     
Freshford       Freshford               97      Ossory     
Freshford       Freshford Lots          66      Ossory     
Freshford       Inchmore                21      Ossory     
Freshford       Knockown                96      Ossory     
Freshford       Moat                    140     Ossory     
Freshford       Monabrika               150     Ossory     
Freshford       Tobernapeastia          219     Ossory     
Freshford       Upperwood Demesne       283     Ossory     


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