The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

In 1868, the parish of Rathaspick contained the following places:

"RATHASPICK, a parish partly in the barony of Fassadinin, county Kilkenny, and partly in the baronies of Ballyadams and Slievemargue, Queen's County, province of Leinster, Ireland, 5 miles N.E. of Castlecomer, its post town. The surface is varied, and is intersected by the road from Castlecomer to Athy. The substratum abounds in coal, which is worked. The living is a rectory and vicarage in the diocese of Leighlin, in the patronage of the bishop. The church was built by the late Board of First Fruits in 1814. Two Roman Catholic chapels are united to that of Ballyadams. There are a parochial school and another supported by private charity, besides several pay day schools. Gracefield is the principal seat. In the village is a chief police station. There are traces of a rath near the site of the old church, and within a short distance is Milltown Castle. Numerous relics of antiquity have been picked up here.

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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