"Rathpatrick", or Ballypatrick, a parish, in the barony of Ida, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, near the road from Waterford to Carrick-on-Suir, 3 1/2 miles (E. by N.) from Waterford, on the road to New Ross; containing 1617 inhabitants. The parish is situated on the river Suir, at its confluence with the Ross river: it comprises 6298 statute acres. On the top of the great hill of Drumdorony, about 300 acres are occupied by a quarry of breccia, for millstones, which are of so good a quality as to have formerly been exported to England; they are still sent coastwise to Cork, Dublin, and other Irish ports: some of the largest are five feet in diameter, and 16 inches in the eye. The stones are near the surface and appear above it; they are shipped with ease into vessels at the base of the hill, in the Ross river, opposite to the Great Island, which it encircles previous to its junction with the Suir. The principal seats are Bellevue and Snow Hill, both residences of the Power family; Ringville, Springfield, Kilmurry, Larkfield and Mount Prospect.

It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, forming part of the union of Rossbercon; the rectory is impropriate in the corporation of Waterford. On the next vacancy of the benefice, this parish is to be united to Kilculliheen. In the R. C. divisions it is the head of a union or district, called Slieruagh, or Slieve-ruagh, comprising this parish and those of Kilculliheen, Ballygorum, Kilbride, Kilquane [Kilcoan], Kilcolumb, and Kilmackavogue; in which union are a private and three public chapels, of which one is at Slieve-Rae, in this parish. At Ringville, a Lancasterian school is supported by Lady Esmonde; there are also a private school, in which are about 40 children, and a Sunday school. There are remains of an old castle in the demesne of Bellevue; and ruins of an old church at Rathpatrick, where several stones have been dug up, bearing inscriptions scarcely legible.

[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]



Church Records

Civil Parish: Rathpatrick. RC Parish: Slieverue.
Earliest Records: b. Nov 1766; m. Feb 1766; d. Dec 1766.

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Rathpatrick     Slieverue       not available 

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Historical Geography

Townlands (1851)
 Parish         Townland                Acres   Diocese 
Rathpatrick     Ballinlaw               348     Ossory     
Rathpatrick     Drumdowney Lower        178     Ossory     
Rathpatrick     Drumdowney Upper        952     Ossory     
Rathpatrick     Gorteens                1002    Ossory     
Rathpatrick     Kilmurry                1239    Ossory     
Rathpatrick     Luffany                 237     Ossory     
Rathpatrick     Murtaghstown            153     Ossory     
Rathpatrick     Rathpatrick             365     Ossory     
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