"Rathcoole", or Rathcool, a parish, in the barony of Gowran, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 4 miles (N. N. E.) from Kilkenny; containing 1225 inhabitants, and comprising 5110 1/2 statute acres. Within its limits is Sandsford's Court, the property of Michael Warren, Esq., and at Johnswell is a station of the constabulary police. The living is a vicarage, united to that of Kilkyran, and in the gift of the Dean and Chapter, to whom the rectory is impropriate. In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the union or district of St. John's; the chapel is at Johnswell, where there is also a school of about 100, under the patronage of Mr. Warren.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Rathcoole. RC Parish: St. John's.
Earliest Records: b. Jan 1789; m. Jun 1789.

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Rathcoole       St John’s       1817-1880       0979701 
                Muckalee        1801-1880       0926200 

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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 
Rathcoole       Agha                    261     Ossory     
Rathcoole       Carrigeen               518     Ossory     
Rathcoole       Coolbricken             119     Ossory     
Rathcoole       Johnswell               445     Ossory     
Rathcoole       Knocknaguppoge          285     Ossory     
Rathcoole       Mountnugent Lower       214     Ossory     
Rathcoole       Mountnugent Upper       246     Ossory     
Rathcoole       Sandfordscourt          596     Ossory     
Rathcoole       Tullowbrin              984     Ossory     
The civil parish of Rathcoole contained the townlands of:


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