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Clogh village, Kilkenny. Photographs

Clogh Village, Kilkenny


One of the days last year my daughter and her husband were on their way down to Clough the village I live in.  I think they were using the map on their phone and they commented on how they were going a different way to the way I go.  Then, they arrived in Clogh, Co. Kilkenny.  Clough, Co. Laois and Clogh, Kilkenny are separated by a 30 minute drive.  That was the time that they realised we have more than one place of the same name in Ireland and when they told me this I laughed and replied we have more than one place of the same name in each county!!
I went off to Clogh, Kilkenny deliberately in 2013 to see how they spell the name of their village took photographs of Clogh and then began photographing the gravestones in the Roman Catholic graveyard.  I have about 2/3rds of the graveyard photographed and almost completely indexed.  Come this Summer, I’ll get it all finished.


Blog: Local Support For Clough, Ballacolla Senior Hurling Team

We hear about the local support for a local hurling team and everyone in Ireland is very familiar with the game of hurling.  When a team is running high, that is, when it has gotten to the county finals then we see what the local support is like.  We see the flags, the cars, the bunting.  The first year I came to live in Clough the senior hurling team got to the county final (and won).  This year again the Clough:Ballacolla senior hurling team got to the county final as did the under 12 team.  The seniors had to play Camross in the final, and they did that last Sunday and won.

I decided to photograph as much as I could of the local support to this team.

Naturally one thing struck me in all of this support, look at the image that I have labelled Aghaboe, there’s a play on words there.  Danny and Shane surname is Hanlon and just down the road from this sign is another outside the Hanlon Kitchen & Bedroom business that they run.  Another team member is involved with a furniture business over in Portlaoise and that is  Tom Delaney.

Two more photos


Clough, Ballacolla, Co. Laois (Queen’s Co.)

This village,I live in it, we call it Clough and that sounds like the word ‘cluck’.  The word that is spelled ‘Clogh’ sounds like ‘clock’

Here in Clough, we have a problem, those that spell our road signs are very confused about what our name is, some call us ‘Clogh’ others call us ‘Clough’.  I did get photographs of both sets of spellings on official signposts but somehow between the jigs and the reel I have lost the ‘Clough’ sign and all I have is the Clogh one.  As soon as I find the other I will add it.

I told Peter a while back that I would get him some photographs of the church, the church is St. Canice’s, this Roman Catholic parish is where the Parish Priests of Aghaboe lie.  Aghaboe is just down the road from us and you can see photographs of that on my blog.  The graveyard of Bordwell, another ancient parish is exactly 2k away from my house, the remains of the ancient church lie in Bordwell and my parents are buried there.  It’s a beautiful little graveyard.

Here, I have photographs of St. Canice’s church, the four gravestones of Priests, the thatched cottage now that the roof is just finished, Mary’s bar (which is also a bed and breakfast), the community school which is surrounded by the graveyard, the National School, the plants and then the field I walk my dogs in :) and the ‘Clogh’ sign.  It’s a small village and really quite nice to live in.

Baptism Records, Clogh, Co. Kilkenny, 1858

Clough Roman Catholic Parish Baptismal Index 1858

The names of the children baptised in this Roman Catholic parish for the year 1858 are given below with the name of their father and mother. This section of this parish register also contains the names of sponsors (Godparents) and a townland

Baptisms: Jan 1st, 1812 – Oct 2nd, 1818

Dec 24th, 1828 – June 3rd, 1847

Jan 3rd, 1858 – Nov 21st, 1880

Marriages: Aug 13th, 1831 – June 6th, 1847

Aug 3rd, 1859 – Nov 11th, 1880

NLI Pos. 5014

Name Abbreviations found in registers:
Wm = William Jas/Js. = James ; Mich/Mick. = Michael ; Margt. = Margaret ; Jn/Jno. = John or Jonathan; Ally = Anastasia (sometimes) ; Anty = Anastasia/Anastatia ; Lau. = Laurence ; Pat/Patt = Patrick ; May = Mary ; Jos. = Joseph ; Matt. = Matthew ; Onny = Winifred ; Cath. = Catherine ; Danl., Dan = Daniel; Hanna = Hanora or Anne ; Jer. = Jeremiah ; Sally = Sarah ; Bess = Elizabeth, Eliza ; Biddy/Bridgt. = Bridget ; Fanton = Finton. Nics./Nich = Nicholas ; Thos. = Thomas ; Nelly = Eleanor or Ellen ; Fanny = Frances

Child Father Mother Date
Martin Bo?ven or Boren Nicholas Mealy Bridgt 01-Oct
Patrick Bolger Jas Brenan Kate 17-Mar
Mary Bolger John Brenan Mary 26-Mar
Edward Brenan Edwd Brenan Ann 15-Mar
Peter Brenan Michl Mulhall Bridgt 05-Apr
Ann Brenan Michl Mulhall Bridgt 11-Apr
John Brenan Mick Browne Mary 16-May
Mary Brenan David Byrne Biddy 13-Jun
Michael Brenan Pat Hoy Mary 08-Aug
Edward Brenan Edward Murphy Betty 22-Aug
Patrick Brenan James Cantwell Mary 29-Aug
Michael Brenan Michl Brown Mary 17-Oct
Mary Brenan Stephen Ryan Mary 16-Feb
Patrick Brennan John Brophy Bridgt 04-Jan
James Brennan Michl Brennan Mary 07-Feb
Ellen Brennan Charly Pender Kate 14-Feb
James Brennan Jef Shaughnessy Biddy 23-Jul
Thomas Brennan Thos Moffet Mary 29-Jul
Mary Brennan Jas Neill Bridgt 21-Sep
James Brennan Pat Bergin Jane 21-Oct
James Brien John Dunne Mary 10-Jan
Owny Brophy Charly Ryan Ally 11-Jul
John Byrne John Doyle Onny 25-Jul
Lucy Campion Willm Sulivan Ellen 25-Apr
Margaret Cantwell Willm Breen Bridget 31-Mar
Michael Cantwell Michl Shore Eliza 23-Apr
Patrick Cantwell Thos Wall Judy 27-Aug
Bridget Cantwell Martin ?Tuile or Guile Judy 18-Nov
Michael Cantwell Thos Picket Judy 02-Dec
Luke Clancey? Michl Joyce Ellen 03-Jun
Margaret Close Richd Mulhall Mary 03-Jun
William Colleton John McDonald Mary 06-Feb
Catherine Comerford Jas Groody Ellen 07-Sep
John Connors Michl Henessy Mary 04-Jun
James Corcoran John ?Niell Biddy ?17-Mar
Joseph Crenan Martin Lynn Bridgt 14-Aug
Catherine Curran Bryan Brenan Maria 01-Aug
Judith Delany Willm Corcoran Mary 15-Apr
James Dormer Frank Ryan Eliza 13-Feb
John Dowling Thos Britt Sally 01-Aug
Mary Dunphy John Keys Mary 18-Apr
Margaret Elliot Nichs McDonald Margt 28-Nov
Ellen Farrell Pat Nolan Mary 17-Mar
Mary Fitzgerald John Hues Margt 10-Jul
Martin Gleeson Danl Comerford Mary 29-Jul
Michael Groody James Brenan Margo 18-Aug
John Hall George Comerford Judy 14-Mar
Ann Henessy John Hall Ann 23-Feb
Mary Hill Thomas Nolan Mary 06-Jun
James Holohan Jas Shortall Ellen 14-Feb
?Saira Holohan John Mulhall Biddy 15-Mar
Jane Hues Peter Cantwell Mary 26-Sep
Ellen Keating Edward Brennan Mary 05-Apr
Michael Keating Pat Brenan Mary 05-Jun
John Keating Michl Daly Kate 27-Jun
Ally Kelly James Dunne Bridget 04-Apr
Simon Kerwick Pat Campion Bessy 08-Jun
Daniel Kerwick Andrew Hennessy Mary 04-Jul
Martha Langton Patrick Keating Serah 23-Mar
Edward Lowry Edwd Tobin Kate 17-Nov
Patrick Maher Edwd Salmon Ann 03-Jan
Margaret Maher Timothy McDonald Ally 28-May
Denis Maher Edwd Salmon Ann 10-Jan
Ann Mahon Pat Foxe Catherine 08-Sep
Patrick Mansfield Edwd Cantwell Ellen 12-Mar
Kate McDonald Denis McCue Judy 07-Feb
Catherine McDonald Alexr Neill Mary 23-Jun
Joseph McEvoy Nichs Cantwell Margt 08-Feb
Catherine Mealy James Pursell Eliza 03-Apr
Bridget Meara Willm King Winny 10-Jun
Margaret Mooney Pat Bergin Kate 13-Jun
Bridget Moran Edward Kelly Kate 04-Apr
John Morrisy Rich Sexsmith Ann 11-Jul
Eliza Murphy John Walsh Anty ?11-Feb
Julia Murphy Thos Duggan Kitty 11-Jul
James Murphy Andy Hennesy Biddy 23-Aug
Catherine Murphy Edwd Harding Mary 29-Aug
William Neill John Bryan Margt 28-Mar
John Neill Michl Bergin Bridgt 23-Jun
Bessy Neill John Condron Bessy 20-Jul
John Neill Michl Hall Biddy 11-Aug
Owen Neill Hugh Bolger Kate 09-Dec
Bridget Phelan Thomas Kerwick Mary 07-Apr
James Pursell Michl Campion Mary 03-Jan
Ellen Pursell John Byrne Judy 25-Jul
John Pursell Willm Kelly Mary 26-Jul
Jane Pursell Michl Delany Bridgt 26-Dec
Thomas Ryan Patrick Pursell Kate 18-Apr
Edward Shallow Dan Teirney Mary 18-Jul
Patrick Shiell Willm Cantwell Mary 14-May
Foley Stephen Pat Mealy Bessy 03-Jan
Mary Verlin James Shea Mary 25-Feb