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County Carlow is one of twelve inland counties of Ireland in the southeast and is part of the province of Leinster. The County is named after the town of Carlow. Its greatest length is about 29 miles from north to south and its breadth from east to west is about 20.5 miles with an area of about 346 square miles (896.1 sq km).

Prior to the twelfth century, the County was part of the Ui Cinsealaigh territory, consisting of Carlow and parts of Wicklow and Wexford. The Normans invaded Carlow in the twelfth century and the land came into the possession of Strongbow, the Norman leader. The town of Carlow was an important Norman stronghold and was walled in 1361 to protect it from the neighboring Gaelic chieftains, who eventually captured the town in 1405. The County joined the Catholic Confederacy in 1641, which was defeated by Cromwell’s forces in 1650.

The Great Famine of 1845-1847 badly affected the County. The population fell from about 86,228 in 1841 to 68,078 in 1851. Ten thousand people died of starvation or other impacts of the Great Famine. The population continued to decrease reaching 34,476 in 1921. The population was 50,349 in 2006. Carlow is predominately Roman Catholic. In 1891, the percentage of Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist was 88.3%, 10.9%, 0.3% and 0.4%. Overtime, the Roman Catholics increased to 88.8% in 2006, while the Church of Ireland, Presbyterians and Methodists decreased to 4.3%, 0.2% and 0.2%, respectively, with other or no religions increasing to about 5%.


General Information about this county

  • The county of Carlow is an inland county of the province of Leinster and is bounded by Wicklow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Laois, and Kildare.
  • The county is completely within the diocese of Leighlin. It is divided into the baronies of Carlow, Idrone East, Idrone West, St. Mullins North, St. Mullins South, Rathvilly, and Forth. The county contains the burough, market, and assize town of Carlow; the market and post-town of Tullow, Bagnalstown, and Leighlin-Bridge; the market-town of Hacketstown, and the post-twon of Clonegal. The largest villages in the county are Boris, Rathvilly, and the Royal Oak. The county courthouse and gaol are in Carlow.
  • The county itself comprises an area of 219,863 acres, of which almost 200,000 is cultivated land. Carlow is almost exclusively an agricultural district with grains being the major crop.

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

General County Research Information

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



Archives and Libraries

Carlow Central Library
Tullow Street, Carlow
Telephone: 353-059-9136299
Fax: 353-059-9140548

Carlow Genealogy
Old School, College Street, Co. Carlow
Telephone: 353-503-30850

Tullow Library
Link Road, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Telephone: 353-059-9136299
Fax: 353-059-9140548


Doherty, Paul Martin. Tombstones of Some Irish Emigrants in the Catholic Cemetery at Andover, Massachussetts. Tombstones/Memorial Inscriptions including surname, Cully in 1865 and Lawler  in 1870 of Co. Carlow. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. IV, no. 1. 1972 pages 23-26, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i.

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

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

A map of the Catholic Parishes of County Carlow is available at the Irish Times site.

Civil Parish - Church of Ireland

Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish[1] Catholic Diocese[1]
Agha Idrone East Carlow Leighlinbridge Leighlin
Aghade Forth Carlow Ballon
Aghade Forth Enniscorthy
Ardoyne Forth Carlow Conmore Leighlin
Ardoyne Rathvilly Shillelagh
Ardristan Rathvilly Carlow Tullow Leighlin
Ballinacarrig Carlow Carlow Tinryland Leighlin
Ballon Forth Carlow Ballon Leighlin
Ballycrogue Carlow Carlow Tinryland Leighlin
Ballyellin Forth Carlow Bagenalstown Leighlin
Ballyellin Idrone East Carlow
Ballyellin Idrone East New Ross
Ballyellin Idrone West Carlow
Ballyellin St. Mullin's Lower New Ross
Baltinglass Rathvilly Baltinglass Baltinglass Leighlin
Barragh Forth Carlow Clonegal Leighlin
Barragh Forth Enniscorthy
Barragh St. Mullin's Upper Shillelagh
Carlow Carlow Carlow Carlow Leighlin
Clonmelsh Carlow Carlow Leighlinbridge Leighlin
Clonmore Rathvilly Shillelagh Clonmore Leighlin
Clonygoose Idrone East Carlow part Borris, part Bagenalstown Leighlin
Cloydagh Carlow Carlow Leighlinbridge Leighlin
Cloydagh Idrone West Carlow
Crecrin Rathvilly Shillelagh Clonmore Leighlin
Dunleckny Idrone East Carlow Bagenalstown Leighlin
Fennagh Forth Carlow part Myshall; part Ballon Leighlin
Fennagh Idrone East Carlow
Fennagh Rathvilly Carlow
Gilbertstown Forth Carlow Ballon Leighlin
Grangeford Carlow Carlow Tullow Leighlin
Hacketstown Rathvilly Shillelagh Hacketstown Leighlin
Haroldstown Rathvilly Shillelagh Hacketstown Leighlin
Kellistown Carlow Carlow Ballon Leighlin
Kellistown Forth Carlow
Killerrig Carlow Carlow part Tullowphelim; part Leighlinbridge Leighlin
Killinane Idrone East Carlow Leighlinbridge Leighlin
Killinane Idrone West Carlow
Kiltegan Rathvilly Baltinglass Hacketstown Leighlin
Kiltennell Idrone East Carlow Borris Leighlin
Kiltennell Idrone East New Ross
Kineagh Rathvilly Baltinglass part of Castledermot Dublin
Lorum Idrone East Carlow Bagenalstown Leighlin
Moyacomb St. Mullin's Upper Carlow Clonegal Ferns
Moyacomb St. Mullin's Upper Shillelagh
Myshall Forth Carlow Myshall Leighlin
Myshall Idrone East Carlow
Nurney Carlow Carlow Bagenalstown Leighlin
Nurney Forth Carlow
Nurney Idrone East Carlow
Oldleighlin Idrone West Carlow Leighlinbridge Leighlin
Painestown Carlow Carlow Carlow Leighlin
Rahill Rathvilly Baltinglass Rathvilly Leighlin
Rathmore Rathvilly Baltinglass Rathvilly Leighlin
Rathvilly Rathvilly Baltinglass Rathvilly Leighlin
Sliguff Idrone East Carlow part Borris; part Bagenalstown Leighlin
St. Mullin's Bantry New Ross St. Mullins Leighlin
St. Mullin's St. Mullin's Lower New Ross
Straboe Rathvilly Baltinglass Rathvilly Leighlin
Templepeter Forth Carlow Ballon Leighlin
Tullowcreen Idrone West Carlow Leighlinbridge Leighlin
Tullowmagimma Carlow Carlow Tinryland Leighlin
Tullowmagimma Forth Carlow
Tullowphelim Rathvilly Carlow Tullow Leighlin
Ullard Idrone East Carlow Graignamanagh Leighlin
Ullard St. Mullin's Lower New Ross
Urglin Carlow Carlow part Tullow; part Tinryland Leighlin
Wells Idrone West Carlow Leighlinbridge Leighlin


Montague-Smith, Patrick.  The Breretons of Carrigslaney, Co. Carlow and New Abbey Co. Kildare.  Article has genealogy of the Breretons of Carrigslaney Co. Carlow and New Abbey Co. Kildare. covering years 1534-1899.  Article found in The Irish Ancestor, vol.III.no1.1971 pages 10-26, Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i.

De Breffny, Brian. The Pembertons of Dublin. Pictures and Genealogy of Pemberton and descendants from the Pemberton Family Bible covering years 1731-1932. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XI. no. 1. 1979, page 14-27, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v10-11


Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society

 Web Sites

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

GENUKI - UK/big/irl/CAR

Websites - Ancestry

- Ancestry

- Ireland/Carlow/genealogy

- Genealogy links.UK/ireland/carlow

- Irishpenpals county-carlow-genealogy

- Irishroots

- Rootsweb ancestry irlcar2/Site index

- Looking 4 Kin Genealogy & Family History Network - Carlow

- Richard Corrigan Papers Index, courtesy of Turtle Bunbury

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


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