"Rathbeagh", a parish, in the barony of Cranagh, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 2 1/2 miles (N. E.) from Freshford, on the upper road from Kilkenny to Ballyragget; containing 736 inhabitants. This place, which is situated on the river Nore, is supposed to be the ancient Argiodross, and the residence of Heremon, one of the sons of Milesius, who came into Ireland and laid the foundation of the Milesian dynasty in that kingdom. The parish comprises 2281 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, which are mostly in a state of profitable cultivation. The ancient manor-house of Clone, formerly the residence of Sir Toby Caulfield, ancestor of the Earl of Charlemont, and now in the occupation of H. Nixon, Esq., is within the parish. A constabulary police force is stationed here. It is a rectory, in the diocese of Ossory, forming part of the union of Freshford, or Aghour. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union of Lisdowney. About 220 children are educated in a school at Clone. On the bank of the river Nore, at this place, is a mount 40 yards in length and 25 in breadth on the summit, and encircled by a double fosse.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Rathbeagh. RC Parish: Lisdowney, part Ballyragget.
Earliest Records: b. May 1817; m. Sep 1771.

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Rathbeagh       Ballyragget     1856-1880       0979702 
                Lisdowney       1771-1880       0926199 
                                1817-1880       0979701 
Note: Much of this parish was anciently part of Freshford 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 
Rathbeagh       Acragar                 438     Ossory     
Rathbeagh       Blackwood               375     Ossory     
Rathbeagh       Clone                   452     Ossory     
Rathbeagh       Knockroe                354     Ossory     
Rathbeagh       Moneenaun               148     Ossory     
Rathbeagh       Rathbeagh               618     Ossory     
Rathbeagh       Skinstown               176     Ossory     
Rathbeagh       Sweethill               269     Ossory     
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