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St. Molua's Church, Ballaghmore

St. Patrick's Church, Knock


Extracted from “The Diocese of Killaloe – An Illustrated History” by Ciarán Ó Murchadha
Kyle and Knock is unique among Killaloe parishes in being situated in three counties (Tipperary, Offaly and Laois) and two provinces (Munster and Leinster). It is also unusual in owing its existence to the greatest parochial rearrangement of the nineteenth century diocese. Prior to 1846, the old parish of Kyle was administered with Roscrea, while Knock was part of Corbally and Bournea. Following the death of its parish priest, Fr. Peter Cleary, however, Corbally was dismembered: just two townlands remained with Bournea, the greater portion going to Roscrea and the remainder added to Knock, which was formed into a separate parochial with Kyle. The first Parish Priest of Kyle & Knock was a Fr. O'Connor, who lived in the townland of Kilcreamon in Offaly.

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