Barony of Galmoy

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Galmoy is a barony in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It had been established by 1672. A barony is an historical geographical unit of land and Galmoy is one of 11 baronies that make up the county. While it is named after the village of Galmoy, today the chief town of the barony is Urlingford. It lies at the north-western corner of the county between Fassadinin to the east(whose chief town is Castlecomer), and Crannagh to the south (whose chief town is Freshford). It is surrounded on two sides by counties Tipperary to the west and Laois to the north. The M8 Dublin/Cork motorway bisects the barony. It is situated 121 kilometres (75 mi) from Dublin city and 131 kilometres (81 mi) from Cork city. It is currently administered by Kilkenny County Council.


Galmoy was once part of the ancient Gaelic Kingdom of Osraige. The main landholders in the barony were the Butlers. The Viscount Galmoye peers were descended from the 10th Earl of Ormond (see Piers Butler, 3rd Viscount Galmoye).

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Baronies were created after the Norman invasion of Ireland as subdivisions of counties and were used for administration. While baronies continue to be officially defined units, they have been administratively obsolete since 1898. However, they continue to be used in land registration and specification such as in planning permissions. In many cases, a barony corresponds to an earlier Gaelic túath which had submitted to the Crown.

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