"Rower", or Roar, a parish, in the barony of Ida, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 4 miles (S. E.) from Inistioge; containing 3589 inhabitants. This parish, which is also called Rochar, is situated at the confluence of the rivers Nore and Barrow, forming a tongue of land extending five miles in length from north to south, by about three in breadth, and comprising 10,508 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, of which about 1000 acres consist of mountain, and a small portion of bog. Within its limits are Ringwood, the seat of Lord Clifden; and an ancient residence of the Bolger family, in whose demesne, on the water's edge, is a romantic and richly wooded spot, called Ballynabarna, near which is a picturesque cascade of the Clodagh, noticed in the article on Cloneamera. The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and in the patronage of the Bishop. The church is a plain building. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Inistioge, and contains a chapel. In the parochial school, aided by the rector, and in the national school at Rower, about 170 children are educated; there are also a private school, in which are about 140 children; and a Sunday school. The ruined castle of Coolkill, said to have belonged to the Butler family, still exists; and there are several broken cromlechs in the vicinity of Ballynabarna.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]
Civil Parish: The Rower. RC Parish: Inistioge.
Earliest Records: b. Dec 1810; m. Jan 1827.
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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 The Rower Ballilogue 664 Ossory The Rower Ballinabarney 557 Ossory The Rower Ballinvarry 121 Ossory The Rower Ballinvarry English 449 Ossory The Rower Ballinvarry Irish 157 Ossory The Rower Ballycommon 122 Ossory The Rower Ballyfereen 179 Ossory The Rower Ballynunry 349 Ossory The Rower Bishopsknock 27 Ossory The Rower Brandonhill 1057 Ossory The Rower Carranroe Lower 144 Ossory The Rower Carranroe Upper 281 Ossory The Rower Carrickanoran 214 Ossory The Rower Clogaralt 96 Ossory The Rower Coole 137 Ossory The Rower Coolhill 439 Ossory The Rower Coolrainy 172 Ossory The Rower Cullaun 486 Ossory The Rower Cullentragh 565 Ossory The Rower Farrantemple 151 Ossory The Rower Garranvabby 151 Ossory The Rower Grange 414 Ossory The Rower Hermitage 104 Ossory The Rower Kilconnelly 177 Ossory The Rower Killeens 78 Ossory The Rower Kiltown 350 Ossory The Rower Knockatore 279 Ossory The Rower Kylemore 311 Ossory The Rower Lennaght 103 Ossory The Rower Mungan 302 Ossory The Rower Newfarm 54 Ossory The Rower Raheenduff 223 Ossory The Rower Rathsnagadan 246 Ossory The Rower Ringwood 206 Ossory The Rower Rossnanowl 149 Ossory The Rower Russellstown 198 Ossory The Rower Stripes 55 Ossory The Rower Tincarraun 178 Ossory The Rower Tinnascolly 300 Ossory The Rower Tinnaslatty 257 Ossory The Rower Tintine 265 Ossory
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