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