Skirk Civil Parish
County Leix/Laois

Barony Clandonagh
Poor Law Union Donaghmore
Catholic Diocese Ossory
Catholic Parish Borris-in-Ossory


SKEIRKE, a parish, in the barony of UPPER OSSORY, QUEEN'S county, and province of LEINSTER, 1 3/4 miles (S. S. W.) from Burros-in-Ossory, on the road to Templemore; containing 911 inhabitants. This parish comprises 1922 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act: the land is generally of good quality, and the greater portion is under tillage; the system of agriculture is improved, and there is neither waste land nor bog. The principal seats are Ballymellish, the residence of B. Thacker, Esq.; Skeirke Cottage, of R. Steele, Esq.; and the residence of the Rev. T. S. Monk. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and in the patronage of the Crown; the rectory is impropriate in the corporation of Kilkenny. The tithes amount to 135, of which 90 is payable to the impropriators, and the remainder to the vicar; the glebe comprises 188f acres. The church, towards the erection of which the late Board of First Fruits granted a loan of 500, in 1831, is a small neat edifice. In the R. C. divisions the parish forms part of the union of Rathdowney. About 90 children are taught in a public school, partly supported by the incumbent; and there is a private school, in which are about 60 children. There are some Druidical remains, situated on a high hill, and consisting of a circular area enclosed with a stone rampart, and surrounded with a fosse; in the centre of the area is a pyramidal stone, about six feet high, with fragments of several others; towards the eastern side are the remains of a cromlech, and towards the north is a high mound with a flat summit. There are also some ruins of the ancient castle of Garran.
Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837


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  Ballyglass Erris
  Ballymeelish Garranmaconly
  Ballyquaid Glebe Killadooley
  Castlequarter Killasmeestia
  Clonagooden Newtown
  Clonlahy Corporation-land Skirk
  Corporation Land, 3 div. Skirk Glebe


LDS Film Numbers

Film Title Film number(s)
Parochial registers of Borris-in-Ossory, Baptisms, 1840-1887; marriages, 1840-1888; baptisms, 1855-1881; marriages, 1855-1882 #926188
Tithe Applotments, 1829 #0256686
GV Field Books #2357654, 1408709
GV House Books #2355799
Griffith's Valuation, 1850 #101757
1901 Ireland Census, Ballybrophy D.E.D. 90/10. Borris-in-Ossory D.E.D. 91/17-19 #850468
1901 Ireland Census, Moneenalassa D.E.D. 96/5-15. #850469
1911 Ireland Census, Ballybrophy D.E.D. 90/10 Townland: Killadooley #2193147
1911 Ireland Census, Borris-in-Ossory D.E.D. 91/17-19 Townlands: Ballymeelish, Clonagooden, Curraghmore #2193148
1911 Ireland Census, Moneenalassa D.E.D. 96/5-15 Townlands: Ballyglass, Ballyquaid Glebe, Castlequarter, Clonlahy Corporationland, Corporationland 1st Division, Corporationland 2nd Division, Corporationland 3rd Division, Erris or Skirk Glebe, Garranmaconly, Killasmeestia, Newtown or Skirk #2193149

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Civil Parish Links

Skirk Civil Parish Tithe Applotments, ConnorsGenealogy website
Skirk Civil Parish, Griffith's Valuation Index, John Hayes' website
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