"Rathaspick", or Rathaspeck, a parish, partly in the barony of Ballyadams, but chiefly in that of Slievemarigue, Queen's county, and province of Leinster, 5 miles (N. E.) from Castlcomer, on the road to Athy; containing 4032 inhabitants. This place derives its name, which signifies "the Bishop's Fort," from a rath near the old church. Here was anciently a small religious establishment, probably a cell to that on the townland of Clonpierce, about two miles distant: the foundation of both is attributed to the O'Mores. The parish is bounded on the south and south-west by the county of Kilkenny, and contains 8097 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. Here are the extensive coal mines of Doonane. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Leighlin, and in the patronage of the Bishop. The church was built in 1814. In the R. C. divisions the parish is partly in the union or district of Mayo and Doonane, and partly in that of Ballyadams; it contains two chapels, one at Dooanane, and the other at Wolfhill belonging to the union of Ballyadams. There is a parochial school at Mullaghmore, and there is a school at Gracefield. In five private schools about 200 boys and 130 girls are taught; and there are two Sunday schools. The present church of Rathaspeck was erected out of the ruins of the ancient religious buildings, under the site of which there were formerly three vaulted chambers, in one of which was a well of the purest water.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Rathaspick, diocese of Leighlin. RC Parish: Ballyadams (Co. Laois).
Clough - Earliest Records: b. 1832; m. 1830
Ballyadams - Records Lost.
Doonane R.C. Parish - Earliest Records: b. Jun 1843; m. May 1843.

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Rathaspick      Clough          1812-1880       0979702 
                Clough          1858-1880       0926191 
Rathaspick      Castlecomer pt  1812-1880       0926702 
                Castlecomer pt  1847-1880       0926200 
Note: The portion of this parish in Kilkenny was also included in Clough. 

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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 
Rathaspick      Kill                    331     Leighlin 
Rathaspick      Toortane                308     Leighlin 
The civil parish of Rathaspick contained the townlands of:


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