Barony of Galmoy

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Gabhalmhaigh (Irish)
Baronies of County Kilkenny.
Baronies of County Kilkenny.
Sovereign state Republic of Ireland
County Kilkenny

Galmoy (Irish: Gabhalmhaigh) is a barony in County Kilkenny, Ireland.[1][2] 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).

The O'Brophy's and Archdeacons were based in Galmoy.[3][4]

Galmoy was recorded in the Down Survey (1656),[5] and on Griffith's Valuation (1864).[6] It was in the Poor law union of Urlingford.[7]

Towns, villages and townlands of the barony[edit]

Galmoy contains the towns of Urlingford, Johnstown, and Ballyragget, and the settlements of Crosspatrick, Galmoy, Gattabaun.[8] Galmoy contains the civil parishes of Erke, Aharney, Urlingford, Balleen, Borrismore, Coolcashin, Fertagh, Glashare, Rathbeagh, Rathlogan and Sheffin.[9] Knockmannon Cross Roads is located in Gowran.[10]

List of civil parishes[edit]

Some towns and villages[edit]

Legal context[edit]

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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