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.

A map of the Catholic 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 part Abbeyleix, Co. Laois; part Ballyragget Leighlin
Aghaviller Knocktopher Carrick on Suir Aghaviller Ossory
Aghaviller Knocktopher Thomastown
Aglish Iverk Waterford Mooncoin Ossory
Aharney Galmoy Urlingford Lisdowney Ossory
Arderra Iverk Waterford Mooncoin Ossory
Attanagh Fassadinin Castlecomer Ballyragget Ossory
Balleen Galmoy Urlignford Lisdowney Ossory
Ballinamara Crannagh Kilkenny Ossory
Ballybur Shillelogher Kilkenny part Danesfort; part St.Canice's Ossory
Ballycallan Crannagh Callan Ballycallan Ossory
Ballycallan Crannagh Kilkenny
Ballygurrim Ida New Ross Slieverue Ossory
Ballylarkin Crannagh Kilkenny Freshford Ossory
Ballylinch Gowran Thomastown Thomastown Ossory
Ballytarsney Iverk Waterford Mooncoin Ossory
Ballytobin Kells Callan Dunnamaggan Ossory
Blackrath Gowran Kilkenny part St. John's; part Gowran Ossory
Blanchvilleskill Gowran Kilkenny Gowran Ossory
Borrismore Galmoy Parsontown Urlingford Ossory
Borrismore Galmoy Urlingford
Burnchurch Shillelogher Callan part Danesfort; part Freshold; part Mooncoin; part Ballyhale Ossory
Callan Callan Callan part Calln; part Ballycalla Ossory
Castlecomer Fassadinin Castlecomer part Castlecomer; part Clough Ossory
Castleinch or Inchyolaghan Shillelogher Kilkenny St. Patrick's Ossory
Clara Gowran Kilkenny part Clara; part Gowran Ossory
Clashacrow Crannagh Kilkenny Freshford; part Ballyragget Ossory
Clomantagh Crannagh Urlingford part Urlingford; part Freshford Ossory
Clonamery Ida Thomastown Inistioge and Clodiagh Ossory
Clonmore Iverk Carrick on Suir Mooncoin Ossory
Columbkille Gowran Thomastown Thomastown and Tullaherin Ossory
Coolaghmore Kells Callan Callan; part Ballycallan Ossory
Coolcashin Galmoy Urlingford Lisdowney Ossory
Coolcraheen Crannagh Kilkenny part Conahy; part Muckalee
Coolcraheen Fassadinin Kilkenny
Danesfort Shillelogher Thomastown Danesfort and Cuffe's Grange Ossory
Derrynahinch Knocktopher Thomastown Ballyhale; Mullinavat Ossory
Donaghmore Fassadinin Castlecomer Ballyragget Ossory
Dunbell Gowran Kilkenny Gowran and Clara Ossory
Dungarvin Gowran Kilkenny Gowran and Clara
Dungarvin Gowran Thomastown
Dunkitt Ida Waterford Kilmacow Ossory
Dunmore Fassadinin Kilkenny Muckalee Ossory
Dunnamaggan Kells Callan

Dunnamaggan Kells Thomastown
Dunnamaggan Knocktopher Thomastown
Durrow Galmoy Urlingford Ballyragget Ossory
Dysart Fassadinin Castlecomer Muckalee Ossory
Dysartmoon Ida New Ross Rosbercon Ossory
Earlstown Shillelogher Callan Callan; part Ballycallan Ossory
Ennisnag Knocktopher Thomastown Danesfort and Cuffe's Grange
Ennisnag Shillelogher Thomastown
Famma Gowran Thomastown Thomastown and Tullaherin Ossory
Fertagh Crannagh Urlingford Johnstown and Galmoy
Fertagh Galmoy Urlingford
Fiddown Iverk Carrick on Suir Owning and Templeorum
Fiddown Knocktopher Carrick on Suir
Freshford Crannagh Kilkenny Freshford; part Ballyragget Ossory
Garranamanagh Crannagh Urlingford Freshford; part Ballyragget Ossory
Gaulskill Ida Waterford Kilmacow Ossory
Glashare Galmoy Urlingford Johnstown Ossory
Gowran Gowran Kilkenny Gowran and Clara Ossory
Graiguenamanagh Gowran Kilkenny Graignamanagh
Graiguenamanagh Gowran Thomastown
Grange Shillelogher Kilkenny St. Patrick's; Kilkenny Ossory
Grangekilree Shillelogher Kilkenny Dunnamaggan Ossory
Grangemaccomb Fassadinnin Castlecomer Conahy
Grangemaccomb Fassadinnin Kilkenny
Grangemaccomb Fassadinnin Urlingford
Grangesilvia Gowran Kilkenny Paulstown
Grangesilvia Gowran Thomastown
Inchyolaghan Shillogher Kilkenny
Inistioge Gowran Thomastown Inistioge and Clodiagh Ossory
Jerpoint West Gowran Thomastown part Thomastown; part Mullinavat
Jerpoint West Ida New Ross
Jerpoint West Knocktopher New Ross
Jerpointabbey Iverk Waterford Thomastown and Tullaherin Ossory
Jerpointchurch Knocktopher Thomastown Thomastown and Tullaherin Ossory
Kells Kells Callan part Danesfort; part Ballyhale
Kells Kells Shillelogher
Kilbeacon Knocktopher Waterford Mullinavat Ossory
Kilbride Ida Waterford Slieverue Ossory
Kilcoan Ida Waterford Slieverue Ossory
Kilcolumb Ida Warerford Slieverue Ossory
Kilcooly Crannagh Kilkenny Gortnahoe Cashel
Kilderry Gowran Kilkenny St. John's Kilkenny; Kilkenny Workhouse Ossory
Kilfane Gowran Thomastown Thomastown and Tullaherin Ossory
Kilferagh Shillelogher Kilkenny St. Patrick's Kilkenny Ossory
Kilkeasy Knocktopher Thomastown Ballyhale Ossory
Kilkieran Gowran Kilkenny Templeorum Ossory
Killahy Crannagh Urlingford Freshford; part Ballyragget; Kilmacow
Killahy Knocktopher Waterford
Killaloe Callan Callan Ballycallan
Killaloe Crannagh Callan
Killaloe Shillogher Callan
Killamery Kells Callan Windgap Ossory
Killarney Gowran Thomastown Thomastown and Tullaherin Ossory
Kilmacahill Gowran Kilkenny Paulstown and Goresbridge Leighlin
Kilmacar Fassadinin Castlecomer part Ballyragget; part Conahy
Kilmacow Iverk Waterford Kilmacow Ossory
Kilmademogue Fassadinin Kilkenny Ossory
Kilmadum Fassadinin Kilkenny Ossory
Kilmaganny Kells Callan
Kilmaganny Kells Carrick on Suir
Kilmakevoge Ida Waterford Ossory
Kilmanagh Crannagh Callan Ossory
Kilmenan Fassadinin Castlecomer Ossory
Kilree Kells Callan Ossory
Knocktopher Knocktopher Thomastown Ossory
Lismatiege Knocktopher Thomastown Ossory
Listerlin Ida New Ross
Listerlin Knocktopher New Ross
Mallardstown Kells Callan Ossory
Mayne Fassadinin Kilkenny Ossory
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 Ossory
Owning Iverk Carrick on Suir Ossory
Pleberstown Gowran Thomastown Ossory
Pollrone Iverk Carrick on Suir
Pollrone Iverk Waterford
Portnascully Iverk Waterford Ossory
Powerstown Gowran Thomastown Leighlin
Rathaspick Fassadinin Castlecomer Leighlin
Rathbeagh Fassadinin Castlecomer
Rathbeagh Galmoy Urlingford
Rathcoole Gowran Kilkenny Ossory
Rathkieran Iverk Carrick on Suir
Rathkieran Iverk Waterford
Rathlogan Galmoy Urlingford Ossory
Rathpatrick Ida Waterford Ossory
Rosbercon Ida New Ross Ossory
Rosconnell Fassadinin Castlecomer Ossory
Rossinan Ida Waterford
Rossinan Knocktopher Waterford
Shanbogh Ida New Ross Ossory
Shankill Gowran Kilkenny Leighlin
Sheffin Crannagh Urlingford
Sheffin Galmoy Urlingford
St. Canice Crannagh Kilkenny Ossory
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 Ossory
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 Ossory
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 Ossory
Tibberaghny Iverk Carrick on Suir Ossory
Tiscoffin Gowran Kilkenny Ossory
Treadingstown Gowran Thomastown
Treadingstown Shillelogher Thomastown
Tubbrid Iverk Carrick on Suir Ossory
Tubbridbritain Crannagh Urlingford Ossory
Tullaghanbrogue Crannagh Callan
Tullaghanbrogue Shillelogher Callan
Tullaherin Gowran Thomastown Ossory
Tullahought Kells Callan
Tullahought Kells Carrick on Suir
Tullamaine Shillelogher Callan Ossory
Tullaroan Crannagh Kilkenny Ossory
Ullard Gowran Thomastown Leighlin
Ullid Iverk Waterford Ossory
Urlingford Galmoy Urlingford Ossory
Wells Gpwran Kilkenny Leighlin
Whitechurch Iverk Carrick on Suir Ossory
Woolengrange Gowran Thomastown Ossory


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