"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)]


Church Records

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.

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

 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. 

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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 
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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