"Shankill", or St. Kill, a parish, in the barony of Gowran, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 3 miles (S.W.) from Bagnalstown, on the mail road to Kilkenny; containing 2313 inhabitants. At Kellymount and Shankill are some of the principal flag-stone quarries in the county, the produce of which is chiefly sent by the Barrow navigation to Dublin, Waterford, and other places, and generally sold under the name Carlow flags: limestone is also quarried, and a considerable quantity of stone, coal and culm are obtained at Bornafea: light turf is procured in the hills. The seats are Shankill Castle and Kellymount. There is a station of the constabulary police within the limits of the parish. The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Leighlin, and in the gift of the Crown. The church was erected in 1811. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Grange Silvae, and has a chapel in the village of Paulstown, which is partly in that of Kilmocahill. In the national school at Bornafea, and in a school for females aided by subscription, about 240 children are educated; there is also a private school, in which are about 70 boys.

[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]


Church Records

Civil Parish: Shankill, diocese of Leighlin. RC Parish: Paulstown.
Earliest Records: b. Jul 1824; m. Jan 1824.

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

 Civil           Roman Catholic  Time            FHLC 
parish           parish           period           number 
Shankill        Paulstown       1824-1880       0926124 
Note: formerly part of Graiguenamanagh, and part of Grangesilvia, 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 
Shankill        Ballygorteen            976     Leighlin 
Shankill        Ballytarsna             213     Leighlin 
Shankill        Ballyvalden             475     Leighlin 
Shankill        Baurnafea               1159    Leighlin 
Shankill        Coolcuttia              286     Leighlin 
Shankill        Coorleagh               351     Leighlin 
Shankill        Jordanstown             52      Leighlin 
Shankill        Kellymount              1094    Leighlin 
Shankill        Shankill                1880    Leighlin 
The civil parish of Shankill contained the townlands of:


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