Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary comprises of several counties, cities, boroughs, parish and villages – with historical and statistical descriptions – of Ireland. Here are From-Ireland.net’s records for Co. Kilkenny.
ContentCLARAH, or CLARA, a parish in the barony of GOWRAN, county of KILKENNY, and province of LEINSTER, 3.25 miles from Kilkenny city ; containing 657 inhabitants.
This parish is situated on the mal coach road from Dublin to Kilkenny, and contains 3165 statute acres.
The principal seats are Clifden, the property of Viscount Clifden (to whom it gives title) but occupied by R. Blanchfield, Esq. ; Kilmagan, the residence of James Butler, Esq. ; and Clara Castle, of A. Byron, Esq.
The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Ossory, and is part of the union of St. John's (see Kilkenny city); the rectory is impropriate in the corporation of Kilkenny. The tithes amount to £270, of which £180 is payable to the impropriators and £90 to the vicar. The parochial church is in ruins : there is a glebe of 15 acres.
In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Gowran, and has a neat chapel. There are two private schools, in which are 100 boys and 40 girls.