County Kilkenny, Ireland Genealogy

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Kilkenny is an inland county in the province of Leinster. The name Kilkenny is taken from the Gaelic Cill Cheannaigh, which translates as the Church of Canice. St. Canice established a monastery in the area during the sixth century and St. Canice's Cathedral was built in Kilkenny City during the thirteenth century; the second largest cathedral in “Ireland”. The county covers 796 square miles (2,062 sq km). Its length is 45 miles from the bend of the river Suir (west of Waterford City) to the north at the townland of Clogh.  Its breadth is 23 miles.

In the early seventeenth century, Kilkenny City became the meeting place of an independent Irish government, called the Confederation of Kilkenny, which was created in opposition to the English-controlled parliament in Dublin. This rebellion ended in 1650 by Cromwell. Cromwell used the St. Canice's Cathedral in Kilkenny City to house his horses. Cromwell’s army brought to a close what is arguably the most distinguished period in the county’s history when the Confederation fell.

The population was 181,946 in 1821 and grew to 202,420 in 1841. It then began to decrease to 158,748 in 1851 and was only 70,965 in 1926. In 2006, the population was 87,558. The predominant religion in the county is Roman Catholic. In 1861, 94.9% of the population was Roman Catholic followed by the Church of Ireland at 4.8% with 0.2% being Presbyterian and 0.1% being Methodists. Overtime there has been little change in the percentage of religous preference.  In 1911, Roman Catholics represented 94.97%% of the populaton; the Church of Ireland was 4.48% with 0.28% and 0.10% being Presbyterian and Methodist, respectively.

General County Research Information

Further information about County Kilkenny is available at: click "All Record Collections"



Information provided by the 1847 edition of Samuel Lewis' "Topigraphical Dictionary of Ireland."

Archives and Libraries

Kilkenny City Library
John's Quay, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Telephone: 353-56-779-4174
E-mail: Website:


Transcribed by the late E. Walsh Kelly and edited by Ffolliott, Rosemary. The 1821 Census Returns for the Parishes of Aglish and Portnascully.  Covers Aglish Townland, Ballyslough (Mountneill Townland) Portnahully Townland, Parish of Portnascully, Curlody Townland, Grengrant Townland, Liquidstown Townland, Luffany Townland, Portnasully Townland.1821 only. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol., pages 113-124. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v7-8.

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

A map of the Civil Parishes of County Kilkenny is available at Irish Times site.

Civil Parish - Church of Ireland

Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish[1] Catholic Diocese[1]
Abbeyleix Fassadinin Castlecomer
Aghaviller Knocktopher Carrick on Suir

Aghaviller Knocktopher Thomastown
Aglish Iverk Waterford
Aharney Galmoy Urlingford
Arderra Iverk Waterford
Attanagh Fassadinin Castlecomer
Balleen Galmoy Urlignford
Ballinamara Crannagh Kilkenny
Ballybur Shillelogher Kilkenny
Ballycallan Crannagh Callan

Ballycallan Crannagh Kilkenny
Ballygurrim Ida New Ross
Ballylarkin Crannagh Kilkenny
Ballylinch Gowran Thomastown
Ballytarsney Iverk Waterford
Ballytobin Kells Callan
Blackrath Gowran Kilkenny
Blanchvilleskill Gowran Kilkenny
Borrismore Galmoy Parsontown

Borrismore Galmoy Urlingford
Burnchurch Shillelogher Callan
Callan Callan Callan
Castlecomer Fassadinin Castlecomer
Castleinch or Inchyolaghan Shillelogher Kilkenny
Clara Gowran Kilkenny
Clashacrow Crannagh Kilkenny
Clomantagh Crannagh Urlingford
Clonamery Ida Thomastown
Clonmore Iverk Carrick on Suir
Columbkille Gowran Thomastown
Coolaghmore Kells Callan
Coolcashin Galmoy Urlingford
Coolcraheen Crannagh Kilkenny

Coolcraheen Fassadinin Kilkenny
Danesfort Shillelogher Thomastown
Derrynahinch Knocktopher Thomastown
Donaghmore Fassadinin Castlecomer
Dunbell Gowran Kilkenny
Dungarvin Gowran Kilkenny

Dungarvin Gowran Thomastown
Dunkitt Ida Waterford
Dunmore Fassadinin Kilkenny
Dunnamaggan Kells Callan

Dunnamaggan Kells Thomastown
Dunnamaggan Knocktopher Thomastown
Durrow Galmoy Urlingford
Dysart Fassadinin Castlecomer
Dysartmoon Ida New Ross
Earlstown Shillelogher Callan
Ennisnag Knocktopher Thomastown

Ennisnag Shillelogher Thomastown
Famma Gowran Thomastown
Fertagh Crannagh Urlingford

Fertagh Galmoy Urlingford
Fiddown Iverk Carrick on Suir

Fiddown Knocktopher Carrick on Suir
Freshford Crannagh Kilkenny
Garranamanagh Crannagh Urlingford
Gaulskill Ida Waterford
Glashare Galmoy Urlingford
Gowran Gowran Kilkenny
Graiguenamanagh Gowran Kilkenny

Graiguenamanagh Gowran Thomastown
Grange Shillelogher Kilkenny
Grangekilree Shillelogher Kilkenny
Grangemaccomb Fassadinnin Castlecomer

Grangemaccomb Fassadinnin Kilkenny
Grangemaccomb Fassadinnin Urlingford
Grangesilvia Gowran Kilkenny

Grangesilvia Gowran Thomastown
Inchyolaghan Shillogher Kilkenny
Inistioge Gowran Thomastown
Jerpoint West Gowran Thomastown

Jerpoint West Ida New Ross
Jerpoint West Knocktopher New Ross
Jerpointabbey Iverk Waterford
Jerpointchurch Knocktopher Thomastown
Kells Kells Callan

Kells Kells Shillelogher
Kilbeacon Knocktopher Waterford
Kilbride Ida Waterford
Kilcoan Ida Waterford
Kilcolumb Ida Warerford
Kilcooly Crannagh Kilkenny
Kilderry Gowran Kilkenny
Kilfane Gowran Thomastown
Kilferagh Shillelogher Kilkenny
Kilkeasy Knocktopher Thomastown
Kilkieran Gowran Kilkenny
Killahy Crannagh Urlingford

Killahy Knocktopher Waterford
Killaloe Callan Callan

Killaloe Crannagh Callan
Killaloe Shillogher Callan
Killamery Kells Callan
Killarney Gowran Thomastown
Kilmacahill Gowran Kilkenny
Kilmacar Fassadinin Castlecomer
Kilmacow Iverk Waterford
Kilmademogue Fassadinin Kilkenny
Kilmadum Fassadinin Kilkenny
Kilmaganny Kells Callan

Kilmaganny Kells Carrick on Suir
Kilmakevoge Ida Waterford
Kilmanagh Crannagh Callan
Kilmenan Fassadinin Castlecomer
Kilree Kells Callan
Knocktopher Knocktopher Thomastown
Lismatiege Knocktopher Thomastown
Listerlin Ida New Ross

Listerlin Knocktopher New Ross
Mallardstown Kells Callan
Mayne Fassadinin Kilkenny
Mothell Fassadinin Castlecomer

Mothell Gowran Kilkenny
Muckalee Fassadinin Castlecomer

Muckalee Iverk Carrick on Suir
Muckalee Knocktopher Carrick on Suir
Mullingar Fartullagh Mullingar
Odagh Crannagh Kilkenny

Odagh Fassadinin Kilkenny
Outrath Shillelogher Kilkenny
Owning Iverk Carrick on Suir
Pleberstown Gowran Thomastown
Pollrone Iverk Carrick on Suir

Pollrone Iverk Waterford
Portnascully Iverk Waterford
Powerstown Gowran Thomastown
Rathaspick Fassadinin Castlecomer
Rathbeagh Fassadinin Castlecomer

Rathbeagh Galmoy Urlingford
Rathcoole Gowran Kilkenny
Rathkieran Iverk Carrick on Suir

Rathkieran Iverk Waterford
Rathlogan Galmoy Urlingford
Rathpatrick Ida Waterford
Rosbercon Ida New Ross
Rosconnell Fassadinin Castlecomer
Rossinan Ida Waterford

Rossinan Knocktopher Waterford
Shanbogh Ida New Ross
Shankill Gowran Kilkenny
Sheffin Crannagh Urlingford

Sheffin Galmoy Urlingford
St. Canice Crannagh Kilkenny
St. Canice Crannagh and Muni. Borough Kilkenny
St. Canice Kilkenny, Muni. Borough of Kilkenny
St. Canice Shillelogher Kilkenny
St. Canice Shillelogher and Muni. Borough Kilkenny
St. John's Gowran Kilkenny
St. John's Gowran and Muni. Borough Kilkenny
St. John's Kilkenny City Kilkenny
St. John's Kilkenny, Muni. Borough of Kilkenny
St. John's Shillelogher Kilkenny
St. Martin's Gowran Kilkenny

St. Martin's Kilkenny City Kilkenny
St. Mary's Kilkenny City Kilkenny
St. Maul's Gowran Kilkenny

St. Maul's Gowran and Muni. Borough Kilkenny
St. Maul's Kilkenny City Kilkenny
St. Patrick's Kilkenny City Kilkenny

St. Patrick's Kilkenny, Muni. Borough Kilkenny
St. Patrick's Shillelogher Kilkenny
Stonecarthy Kells Thomastown

Stonecarthy Knocktopher Thomastown
Stonecarthy Shillelogher Thomastown
The Rower Ida New Ross

The Rower Ida Thomastown
Thomastown Gowran Thomastown
Tibberaghny Iverk Carrick on Suir
Tiscoffin Gowran Kilkenny
Treadingstown Gowran Thomastown

Treadingstown Shillelogher Thomastown
Tubbrid Iverk Carrick on Suir
Tubbridbritain Crannagh Urlingford
Tullaghanbrogue Crannagh Callan

Tullaghanbrogue Shillelogher Callan
Tullaherin Gowran Thomastown
Tullahought Kells Callan

Tullahought Kells Carrick on Suir
Tullamaine Shillelogher Callan
Tullaroan Crannagh Kilkenny
Ullard Gowran Thomastown
Ullid Iverk Waterford
Urlingford Galmoy Urlingford
Wells Gpwran Kilkenny
Whitechurch Iverk Carrick on Suir
Woolengrange Gowran Thomastown


Punch, Terrence.  A Note on John Skerry A Kilkenny Emigrant to Canada.  Genealogy of John Skerry in Ireland, of Ballyhale Parish, and Canada covering years 1763-1838.  Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. IV no.2, 1972, page 86-89.  Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i

Land Records

contributed by Walton, Julian C.  Inhabitants of Graige and Knocktopher, Co. kilkenny in 1797.List of principle householders in Graige a.k.a. Graiguenamanagh and Knocktopher.  A declaration of loyalty which were occasioned by the increasing activities of secret societies. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. X. no.2. 1978, pages 73-76, Family History Library Ref. Salt Lake City, 941.5 B2i vol 10-11.


1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor


collected by Ffolliott, Rosemary. Some Game Licences of 1802.  A list of names, places of abode who took out Certificates of Game Licences issued in 1802, covering Counties Armagh, Clare, Down, Kilkenny, Louth and Tipperary. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol.VIII. no.1. 1976. pages 35-47, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v7-8.

De Breffny, Brian. Businessmen Who Issued Tokens in Ireland 1653-1679. Due to an acute shortage of small change after the death of Charles 1, tradesmen, innkeepers and some local authorities began minting their own substitutes in the form of private tokens. This list of 800 names, gives occupation and place. Article in the Irish Ancestor, vol.X. no.1. 1978, pages 51-60. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i vol.10-11


Abstract of Wills.  Article is a collection of Abstracts of Wills collected from many sources, and covers years 1654-1837.   It includes Richard Jacob, of City of Kilkenny dated 13 Nov. 1741, proved at Ossory 16 Oct. 1742.  Article found in The Irish Ancestor, vol.II, no.2, 1970 pages 117-127, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i.  Also William Barton of Mount Roth, Co. Kilkenny, dated 20 April 1822, The Irish Ancestor,vol. VI. no.1, 1974, pages 53-63, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v5-6.

Also Michael Hart of Rathcash, Co. Kilkenny, farmer dated 23 June 1805, also Howlaghan alias Ellinor Lawless, dated 5 Oct. 1762, proved 1768 at Ossory, in The Irish Ancestor, vol. VIII, no.1, 1976, page 50, Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i v7-8


Duchas: Tullaherin Heritage Society

Kilkenny Archaeological Society
Rothe House, Parliament House, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

 Web Sites

To view a list of Kilkenny web sites, visit or click on the following for some great sites.

GENUKI - Genuki uk/big/irl/KIK/index

Websites - Rootsweb.ancestry irlkik

- Rootsweb.ancestry irlkik/konline

- irishroots

- Genealogy-of-uk Ireland/Kilkenny/genealogy

- Irish pen pals county-kilkenny-genealogy

- igp-web igparchives/ire/kilkenny/index

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ryan, James G. Irish Records: sources for family and local history. USA:, 1997. FHL 941.5 D23r