"Kilree", or Kilrea, a parish, in the barony of Kells, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 3 miles (N. W.) from Knocktopher, on the road from Kilkenny to Waterford; containing 611 inhabitants. It comprises 1895 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. Kilree is the residence of T. Shaw, Esq., and Chapel Izod, of W. Izod, Esq. It is a rectory, in the diocese of Ossory, forming part of the union of Kells. In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the union or district of Donemagan. Among the ruins of the church is a very handsome and perfect cross, formed of a single block of freestone, about eight feet high, ornamented with interlaced rings. Tradition states it to have been erected to commemorate the death of Neill Callan, King of Ireland, who it is stated was drowned while endeavoring to save a nobleman who had fallen into a river. About 10 feet from the north-western angle of the church, is an ancient round tower, which at four feet above the ground is 50 1/2 feet in circumference: it is about 93 feet high, and the door is five feet from the ground.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Kilree. RC Parish: Dunnamaggan.
Earliest Records: b. Sep 1826; m. Oct 1826.

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Kilree          Dunnameggan     not available 

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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 
Kilree          Bushtameen              26      Ossory     
Kilree          Danganbeg               370     Ossory     
Kilree          Grovebeg                233     Ossory     
Kilree          Haggard                 172     Ossory     
Kilree          Kilree                  420     Ossory     
Kilree          Shortallstown           304     Ossory     
Kilree          Tinvaun                 419     Ossory     
The civil parish of Kilree contained the townlands of:


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