"Odagh", Odogh, or Three Castles, a parish, in the barony of Cranagh, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 4 1/2 miles (N. W.) from Kilkenny, on the road from Freshford to Durrow; containing 1367 inhabitants. This parish, which is intersected by the river Nore, comprises 4439 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. The river, over which is a neat stone bridge, adds much interest to the surrounding scenery, which is also enlivened by the seat of L.S. Ball, Esq., called Three Castles, which is situated in a pleasant demesne; and the Grange, the neat residence of W. Stannard, Esq. At Mount Eagle is an extensive distillery, the property of R. O'Donnell, Esq.: a constabulary police force is stationed in the parish. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, united by act of council, in 1797, to the vicarages of Donoughmore and Coolcraheen, and in the alternate patronage of the Crown and Bishop; the rectory is impropriate in the representatives of Sir James Tynte, Bart. The glebe-house was erected in 1800; the glebe comprises 20 acres. The church, a neat building, was erected about the year 1796. In the R. C. divisions the parish is partly in the union or district of Conahy, but chiefly in that of Freshford: the chapel, situated on the townland of Tullow, and called Three Castles, belongs to the latter union. About 30 children are taught in the parochial school, and there are five private schools, in which are about 240 children, and a Sunday school.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]
Civil Parish: Odagh. RC Parish: part Freshford; part Conahy.
Freshford - Earliest Records: b. Jan 1773; m. Aug 1775.
Conahy - Earliest Records: b. Jun 1832; m. Jun 1832.
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Civil Roman Catholic Time FHLC parish parish period number Odagh Freshford pt 1873-1880 0926192 Odagh Conahy 1832-1880 0926191 Note: Conahy was formed from the southern part of Balyragget R.C. parish.
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 Odagh Ballycarran 296 Ossory Odagh Ballycarran Little 112 Ossory Odagh Ballydaniel 377 Ossory Odagh Bishopsmeadows 50 Ossory Odagh Borris Big 41 Ossory Odagh Borris Little 7 Ossory Odagh Carrigeen 450 Ossory Odagh Cooleeshal Beg 97 Ossory Odagh Cooleeshal More 182 Ossory Odagh Earlsbog 195 Ossory Odagh Killaree 656 Ossory Odagh Knockgrace 69 Ossory Odagh Leugh 418 Ossory Odagh Lushkinnagh 160 Ossory Odagh Monafrica 41 Ossory Odagh Naglesland 63 Ossory Odagh Odagh 1 Ossory Odagh Purcellsgarden 194 Ossory Odagh Simonsland 86 Ossory Odagh Springhill 156 Ossory Odagh Suttonsrath 223 Ossory Odagh Threecastles 457 Ossory Odagh Threecastles Demesne 198 Ossory
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