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County Offaly, in Ireland was formerly known as King’s County. It is located in the Irish Midlands in the province of Leinster and consists of 771 square miles with its greatest length being 52 miles from the River Ollatrim near Moneygall to the boundary near Edenderry.

Anciently, it was part of the Kingdom of Ui Failghe from which it gets its present name. The British began occupation in the thirteen century, but did not gain control until the sixteen century when it was named King’s County in 1547 in honour of King Philip II of Spain. Its name was changed to Offaly in 1920 and it became part of the Republic of Ireland on its formation in 1921.

In 1821, the population was 131,088. It increased to 146,857 in 1841, but then began to decrease to 52,592 in 1926. In 2006, the population was 70,868. In 1871, 88.8% of the population were Roman Catholic with 9.9% of the Church of Ireland, 0.4% Presbyterians and 0.5% Methodists. In 1926, 92.6% were Roman Catholic with 6.5% Church of Ireland.

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General County Research Information

Further information about County Offaly is available at the GenUKI site.

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

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

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

Civil Parish - Church of Ireland

Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish[1] Catholic Diocese[1]
Aghancon Ballybritt Roscrea Seirkieran Ossory
Ardnurcher or Horseleap Kilcoursey Tullamore Clara Meath
Ballyboy Ballyboy Parsonstown Ballyboy and Killoughy Meath
Ballyburly Lower Philipstown Edenderry Rhode
Kildare
Ballyburly Warrenstown Edenderry
Ballycommon Lower Philipstown Tullamore part Daingean; part Tullamore Kildare
Ballykean Geashill Tullamore Killeigh Kildare
Ballykean Upper Philipstown Mountmellick
Ballykean Upper Philipstown Tullamore
Ballymacwilliam Warrenstown Edenderry Edenderry; part Rhode Kildare
Ballynakill Coolestown Edenderry Edenderry; Daingean Kildare
Birr Ballybritt Parsonstown Birr and Loughkeen Killaloe and Kilfenora
Borrisnafarney Clonlisk Roscrea Couraganeen Killaloe and Kilfenora
Castlejordan Coolestown Edenderry Ballinabrackey; Rhode
Meath
Castlejordan Warrenstown Edenderry
Castletownely Clonlisk Roscrea Dunkerrin Killaloe and Kilfenora
Clonmacnoise Garrycastle Parsonstown Clonmacnoise Meath
Clonsast Coolestown Edenderry Clonbulloge Kildare
Clonyhurk Upper Philipstown Mountmellick Portarlington Kildare
Corbally Ballybritt Roscrea Roscrea
Killaloe and Kilfenora
Corbally Clonlisk Roscrea
Croghan Lower Philipstown Edenderry Rhode Killaloe and Kilfenora
Cullenwaine Clonlisk Roscrea Dunkerrin Killaloe and Kilfenora
Drumcullen Eglish Parsonstown Eglish and Drumcullen Meath
Dunkerrin Clonlisk Roscrea Dunkerrin Killaloe and Kilfenora
Durrow Ballycowan Tullamore Tullamore Meath
Eglish Eglish Parsonstown Eglish and Drumcullen Meath
Ettagh Ballybritt Roscrea Kilcolman
Killaloe and Kilfenora
Ettagh Clonlisk Roscrea
Finglas Clonlisk Roscrea Dunkerrin Killaloe and Kilfenora
Gallen Garrycastle Parsonstown Cloghan and Banagher Meath
Geashill Geashill Tullamore Killeigh Kildare
Geashill Upper Philipstown Edenderry
Geashill Upper Philipstown Mountmellick
Geashill Upper Philipstown Tullamore
Kilbride Ballycowan Tullamore Clara; Tullamore
Meath
Kilbride Kilcoursey Tullamore
Kilclonfert Lower Philipstown Tullamore Daingean Kildare
Kilcolman Ballybritt Parsonstown Kilcolman
Killaloe and Kilfenora
Kilcolman Clonlisk Parsonstown
Kilcolmin Clonlisk Roscrea Shinrone and Ballingarry Killaloe and Kilfenora
Kilcumreragh Kilcoursey Tullamore Tobber Meath
Killaderry Lower Philipstown Tullamore Daingean Kildare
Killoughy Ballyboy Tullamore Kilcormac Meath
Kilmanaghan Kilcoursey Tullamore Tobber Meath
Kilmurryely Clonlisk Roscrea Shinrone and Ballingarry Killaloe and Kilfenora
Kinnitty Ballybritt Parsonstown Kinnitty Killaloe and Kilfenora
Lemanaghan Garrycastle Parsonstown Balnahowen and Lemanagham
Meath
Lemanaghan Garrycastle Tullamore
Letterluna Ballybritt Parsonstown Kinnitty Killaloe and Kilfenora
Lusmagh Garrycastle Parsonstown Lusmagh Meath
Lynally Ballycowan Tullamore Killina Meath
Monasteroris Coolestown Edenderry Edenderry Kildare
Rahan Ballycowan Tullamore Rahan or Killina Meath
Reynagh Garrycastle Parsonstown Cloghan and Banagher Meath
Roscomroe Ballybritt Parsonstown Kinnitty
Killaloe and Kilfenora
Roscomroe Ballybritt Roscrea
Roscrea Ballybritt Roscrea Roscrea and Kyle
Killaloe
Roscrea Clonlisk Roscrea
Seirkieran Ballybritt Parsonstown Seirkieran
Ossory
Seirkieran Ballybritt Roscrea
Shinrone Clonlisk Roscrea Shinrone and Ballingarry Killaloe and Kilfenora
Templeharry Clonlisk Roscrea Dunkerrin Killaloe and Kilfenora
Tisaran Garrycastle Parsonstown Ferbane or Wherrry Meath
Wheery or Killagally Garrycastle Parsonstown Ferbane or Wherry Meath

Maps

  • 1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor | Note that during this time period it was known as King's County

Occupations

Game Licences for Co. Offaly and Co. Galway in 1821.  List of Game Licences for each applicant of Co. Offaly and Co. Galway published in the Limerick Crhronicle.  Each entry gives name, and their residential address. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XVII no. 1. 1985 pages 23-25. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i

Probates

Abstracts of Wills.  Article  has a collection of Will Abstracts, gathered from many sources including Owine Dempsie, of Cloinguaine, King's County 24 Feb. 1637.  Article found in The Irish Ancestor, vol.II, no. 2 1970 page 117-127, Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i

Goodbody, Olive C. Quaker Inventories. Deaths and inventories of some Quakers in Co. Kildare, Dublin and Offaly including Robert Fayle, a farmer at Killone (Killowen) in the parish of Castlejordan in the northern part of Offaly, whose Will was proved in Prerogative Court in 1758. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol.III. no.1.1971 pages 52-62, Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i

Abstract of Wills.  Article lists heirs of John Baldwin of Coroghlanty, Kings Co. dies 1699. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vo.V. no.1.1973 pages 53-61. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v5-6.

  Web Sites

To view a list of Offaly web sites, visit FHLFavorites.info for some great sites.




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

 

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