"Grangesilvia", or Grange Silvae, a parish, in the barony of Gowran, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster; containing, with the post-town of Goresbridge, 2313 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the road from Carlow to Ross, and on the confines of the county of Carlow, is bounded on the east by the river Barrow, and comprises 7661 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. The land is generally of good quality and principally under tillage. Limestone is found in almost every part of the parish, and worked for agricultural purposes, except towards the southern extremity, where the strata alternate with granite. The principal seats are Barrowmount, Doninga and Barraghcore. The Barrow navigation, which commences at St. Mullins, about three miles below this parish, bounds it on the east and joins the Grand canal at Athy. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Leighlin, and in the patronage of the Bishop. The glebe-house was purchased for £184. 12., a gift from the late Board of First Fruits; the glebe comprises eight acres. The church at Goresbridge, for the repair of which the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have recently granted £168, is a neat edifice with a tower, and contains a handsome marble monumnet to Colonel Gore, who fell at Bergen-op-Zoom while leading his men to the attack of that place on the 8th of March, 1814; it was erected by the officers of the 33rd regiment of foot, as a tribute to his memory. The R. C. chapel, a neat edifice, is at Goresbridge. About 300 children are taught in the parochial and two national schools; there is also a private school, in which are about 50 boys.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Grangesilvia. RC Parish: Paulstown and Goresbridge.
Earliest Records: b. Jul 1824; m. Jan 1824.

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Grangesilvia    Paulstown       1824-1880       0926124 

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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 
Grangesilvia    Barrowmount             725     Leighlin 
Grangesilvia    Duninga                 1255    Leighlin 
Grangesilvia    Grange Lower            1962    Leighlin 
Grangesilvia    Grange Upper            864     Leighlin 
The civil parish of Grangesilvia contained the townlands of:


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