Kilkenny Genealogy Tours

Kilkenny Genealogy Tours
The Majestic Kilkenny Castle

Finding the Correct Church

Having found the Townland we must now find not just the Civil Parish identified on your records but the correct Church. On your records you may see a Civil Parish this most likely is not the Church your Family used for Marriage/Baptisms and weekly use.

An Example

As an example take County Meath there are 146 Civil Parishes in County Meath. Your Families Church may be Culmullin it is bordered by 7 different Parishes but it is also in the Parish of Dunshaughlin. Your records may say Parish of Dunshaughlin but your Ancestors Parish and church they used for important events is actually 10 Miles away at Cullmullin. To Compound the issue there are 5 Baronies in Meath with the word Rath and 47 Townlands with the word Rath included. 

Finding the correct Graveyard

Finding the correct Graveyard for your family for the Townland. Again an example a Parish like Dunshaughlin may have 10 Graveyards in Fact the Parish of Cullmullin above which is in the Civil Parish off Dunshaughlin has 3 Graveyards alone one for 1700 one for 1800s and a Modern graveyard.

Again this is our responsibility to find the Correct Graveyard for your Church and your families Townland.

Finding Relatives and Neighbours of your Family

At My Ireland Heritage our Data Base allows us to find the exact Location of your Families house in the 1800s. Once we travel her on your Behalf we will know very quickly if the family are still in the vicinity. In fact even if they are not we have the knowledge to know if the neighbors who may be there for 200 years are also still in the Vicinity.

  • Kilkenny has 10 Baronies
  • Kilkenny has 141 Civil Parishes
  • Kilkenny has 1574 Townlands
  • Kilkenny has 23 sub townlands

Kilkenny is on the banks of the River Nore in the province of Leinster. Kilkenny is a popular tourist destination. In 2009 the City of Kilkenny celebrated its 400th year since the granting of city status in 1609. Kilkenny’s heritage is evident in the town including the historic buildings such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral and round tower.

The city is administered by a Borough Council and a Mayor. The borough’s population is 8,711, but the majority live outside the borough boundary: the 2011 Irish Census gives the total population of the Borough and Environs as 24,423.

Following Norman invasion of Ireland, Kilkenny Castle and a series of walls were built to protect the burghers of what became a Norman merchant town. William Marshall, gave Kilkenny a charter as a town in 1207. By the late thirteenth century Kilkenny was under Norman-Irish control. The Statutes of Kilkenny passed in 1366, aimed to curb the decline of the Hiberno-Norman Lordship of Ireland. In 1609 King James I of England granted Kilkenny a Royal Charter giving it the status of a city. Following the Rebellion of 1641, the Irish Catholic Confederation, was based in Kilkenny and lasted until the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in 1649. (see our Medieval Kilkenny City Tour)

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – Kearney,McCarthy
•          Norman- Butler, Eustace, Rochford,Raggett,walsh
•          Scottish -None
•          Viking – None

County Kilkenny – Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour

·      Ireland Ancient East
·      Kilkenny Castle
·      Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny
·      St. Canice’s Cathedral & Round Tower
·      Black Abbey
·      Jerpoint Abbey (Thomastown)
·      Woodstock House and Gardens
·      St Marys Catedral
·      Kilfane Waterfall and Glen (Thomastown)
·      Shee Alms House
·      Capuchin Friary