"Tullaroan", a parish, in the barony of Cranagh, county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 7 miles (N.W.) from Kilkenny; containing 3650 inhabitants, of which number 182 are in the village. Tullaroan formed part of the extensive territories of Raymond le Gros, Earl Strongbow's companion in arms. He fixed his principal residence at Courtstown, in this parish, whence the head of the family was in after times sometimes styled Baron of Tullaroan or of Courtstown, and the surrounding land were often distinguished by the name of Grace's parish. Its eastern boubdary lies within 4 miles of the city of Kilkenny, joining the liberties; its western is the small river Munster, which borders it for three miles, forming the demarcation between Kilkenny and Tipperary: its extent is about six miles from east to west and five miles from north to south. Three-fourths of the parish consist of hills of considerable height, enclosing a fertile and spacious vale of pasture and meadow-ground.
It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, forming part of the union of Callan. In the R. C. divisions it is part of the union or district of Freshford: the chapel is on the townland of Brith. There are six private schools, in which about 280 children receive instruction. There is scarcely a townland in which some vestige of remote antiquity cannot be traced. One of the most perfect raths is at Courtstown: it is composed of a large moated enclosure encompassing a smaller: on the same townland are two others of inferior dimensions: others of very large size are on the lands of Rathely-Grace, and near the site of the old parish church. The ruins of Courtstown castle, ..., are now reduced to little more than an outline of the foundations. About a half mile eastward of the castle are the ruins of Tullaroan church and Grace's chapel, both founded by members of the Grace family; the former are of small extent and present little to attract attention; the latter, which is an offset from the church, is entered by a curiously decorated ogee gateway. In the village are two ornamented stone crosses in a perfect state; a throd, now mutilated, is on the roadside near Bonnetstown.
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)]
Civil Parish: Tullaroan. RC Parish: Tullaroan.
Earliest Records: b. Mar 1843; m. Apr 1843.
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Civil Roman Catholic Time FHLC parish parish period number Tullaroan Tullaroan 1843-1880 0926204 Note: Tullaroan was formed from southern 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 Tullaroan Adamstown Lower 189 Ossory Tullaroan Adamstown Upper 284 Ossory Tullaroan Ballaghcloneen 285 Ossory Tullaroan Ballintarsna 128 Ossory Tullaroan Ballybeagh 1124 Ossory Tullaroan Ballycuddihy 575 Ossory Tullaroan Ballyroe (Grace) 220 Ossory Tullaroan Ballyroe (Maher) 201 Ossory Tullaroan Boggan 460 Ossory Tullaroan Brabstown 200 Ossory Tullaroan Briskalagh 85 Ossory Tullaroan Brittas 551 Ossory Tullaroan Canvarstown 373 Ossory Tullaroan Coolnapisha 38 Ossory Tullaroan Courtstown 429 Ossory Tullaroan Curraghscarteen 116 Ossory Tullaroan Foylatalure 357 Ossory Tullaroan Gortnagap 654 Ossory Tullaroan Huntstown 568 Ossory Tullaroan Knocknamuck 250 Ossory Tullaroan Kyleballyoughter 295 Ossory Tullaroan Lates 124 Ossory Tullaroan Lisballyfroot 544 Ossory Tullaroan Lisnalea 286 Ossory Tullaroan Monavadaroe 169 Ossory Tullaroan Newengland 308 Ossory Tullaroan Oldtown 282 Ossory Tullaroan Oldtownhill 403 Ossory Tullaroan Picketstown 115 Ossory Tullaroan Raheen 382 Ossory Tullaroan Rathealy 596 Ossory Tullaroan Rathmacan 656 Ossory Tullaroan Remeen 222 Ossory Tullaroan Trenchardstown 429 Ossory Tullaroan Tullaroan 443 Ossory
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