Griffiths Valuation 1848-1864

Griffiths Vluation started in Dublin & Waterford in 1848. It then progressed from Kerry & Cork moving northward. It finished in Armagh in 1864. The Index of Year Surveyed indicates only the initial survey. There might be varations on this schedule but is covers most counties accurately.

Index of Year Surveyed:

  • ANTRIM 1861-62
  • ARMAGH 1864
  • CARLOW 1852-53
  • CAVAN 1856-57
  • CLARE 1855
  • CORK 1851-53
  • DONEGAL 1857
  • DOWN 1863-64
  • DUBLIN 1848-51
  • FERMANAGH 1862
  • GALWAY 1855
  • KERRY 1850?
  • KILDARE 1851
  • KILKENNY 1849-50
  • LAOIS [QUEEN’S] 1851-52
  • LEITRIM 1856
  • LIMERICK 1851-52
  • LONDONDERRY 1858-59
  • LONGFORD 1854
  • LOUTH 1854
  • MAYO 1856-57
  • MEATH 1855
  • MONAGHAN 1858-60
  • OFFALY [KING’S] 1854
  • ROSCOMMON 1857-58
  • SLIGO 1858
  • TIPPERARY 1851
  • TYRONE 1861
  • WATERFORD 1848-51
  • WESTMEATH 1854
  • WEXFORD 1853
  • WICKLOW 1852-53

Here is a list and a map of East County Cork Parishes:

1. Aghacross 2. Aghada 3. Aghern 4. Ardagh 5. Ardnageehyn 6. Ballintemple 7. Ballycurrany 8. Ballydeloher 9. Ballydeloughy 10. Ballyfeard 11. Ballyfoyle 12. Ballyhoolym 13. Ballynoe 14. Ballyoughtera 15. Ballyspillane 16. Barnahely 17. Bohillanem 18. Bridgetown 19. Borgown 20. Britway 21. Caherlag 22. Carrigaline 23. Carrigdownana 24. Carrigleamleary 25. Carrigtohill 26. Castleyons 27. Castletownroche 28. Clenor 29. Clondulane 30. Clonmel 31. Clonmult 32. Clonpriest 33. Cloyne 34. Coole 35. Corkbeg 36. Cork Holy Trinity 37. Cork St. Nicholas 38. Cork St. Paul’s 39. Cork St. Peter’s 40. Cullen 41. Dangandonovan 42. Derryvillane 43. Doneraile 44. Dunbulloge 45. Dungourney 46. Dunmahon 47. Farahy 48. Fermoy 49. Garranekinnefeake 50. Garryvoe 51. Glanworth 52. Gortroe 53. Ightermurragh 54. Inch 55. Inchinabacky 56. Kilcredan 57. Kilcrumper 58. Kilcully 59. Kilcummer 60. Kildorrery 61. Kilgullane 62. Killanully 63. Killaspugmullane 64. Killathy 65. Killeagh 66. Killeenemer 67. Kilmacdonogh 68. Kilmahon 69. Kilmoney 70. Kilmonoge 71. Kilpatrick 72. Kilphelan 73. Kilquane 74. Kilshanahan 75. Kilworth 76. Kinure 77. Knockmourne 78. Leitrim 79. Liscleary 80. Lisgoold 81. Lismore& Mocollop 82. Litter 83. Little Island 84. Macroney 85. Marmullane 86. Marshalstown 87. Middleton 88. Mogeely 89. Mogeesha 90. Monanimy 91. Monkstown 92. Novahal 93. Rahan 94. Rathcooney 95. Rathcormack 96. Rostellan 97. St. Anne’s Shandon 98. St. Finbar’s 99. St. Michael’s 100. St. Nathlash 101. Templebodan 102. Templebreedy 103. Templemolaga 104. Templenacarriga 105. Templeroan 106. Templerobin 107. Templeusque 108. Titeskin 109. Trabolgan 110. Tracton 111. Wallstown 112. Youghal


Many DORGANs resided in the townlands of these Civil Parishes:


  • Ballybraher
  • Carrigkilter
  • Churchtown
  • Maytown


  • Ballybraher
  • Ballycotton
  • Cloyne


  • Ballybraher
  • CarrigkilterBallynamona
  • Shanagarry


  • Garryvoe


  • Ballybraher

Divisions of Ecclesiastical Administration in Ireland

The Diocese

Roman Catholic

Prior to the Synod of Rathbreasail in 1111 the Irish ecclesiastical system was organised on a monastic basis. This synod established the two ecclesiastical provinces of Armagh and Cashel while the Synod of Kells, in 1152, introduced two further ecclesiastical provinces, those of Tuam and Dublin. Today, there are twenty-six Roman Catholic dioceses and they remain unaffected by the political division of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with the four dioceses of Derry, Armagh, Clogher and Kilmore having parishes in both jurisdictions.

Church of Ireland

The Church of Ireland has two Archbishoprics; the Archbishopric of Armagh, in the northern province, which is divided into eight dioceses covering Northern Ireland and the counties north of a line from Dublin to Galway, and the Archbishopric of Dublin, consisting of six dioceses in the southern province.

The Parish

This is the smallest division in the administration of the Catholic Church. Parishes evolved around the old monastic centres, but formal parish organisation dates from the eleventh and twelfth centuries when, in 1106, Gilbert, Bishop of Limerick, devised a new system of diocesan and parochial organisation.

Territorially Roman Catholic parishes are, in the main, amalgamations of two or more pre-Reformation ones. In some instances the centre of settlement in the parish became the name of the parish with the old names dropped. The Reformation saw the dissolution of the monasteries and the confiscation of Church lands and property. Subsequently, the Catholic and Protestant Churches adopted separate parochial systems, the latter maintaining the old system, and the former establishing larger parishes, some of which were later subdivided following increases in population in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In the seventeenth century the suppression of the Catholic Church by the Penal laws resulted in upheaval, destroying the Church structure as it had survived since medieval times.

However, the RC parish had no administrative status but is important as records were kept of parishioners’ baptisms & marriages &, occasionally, burials. The commencement date of these records varies from parish to parish. These records were not kept for historical purposes & so the information contained in the registers is not consistent from parish to parish or within a parish, e.g. some parishes contain no townland or street addresses while others might include the address plus the father’s occupations.

After the Reformation the original parish unit & name continued to be used by the Anglican Church which in Ireland became known as the Church of Ireland (Protestant Church). Some of the C of I parishes were united by the mid-seventeenth century. Today, because of diminishing numbers, they have been formed into Unions but the original parish names are still retained within the Unions.

Divisions of Civil Administration in Ireland

The Province and the County

The Province

Provinces are an old historical division though they have ceased to have an administrative role today. The four provinces of Ireland are Connaught, Leinster, Munster and Ulster.

The County

In Norman times the county was administered by a sheriff whose duties included arranging court sessions, collection of taxes, and overseeing Crown properties and lands. The county was the unit for administration of justice, later incorporating other functions including maintenance of courthouses, asylums, roads and hospitals. With the development of the Poor Law System in the nineteenth century, the county administered poor relief on an organised basis.

Gradually, the range of administrative duties of the county necessitated a more organised system of local government. The 1898 Local Government Act confirmed the administrative importance of the county unit, while the organisation of sporting clubs, particularly the G.A.A., has insured peoples’ identification with their native county. County Councils today provide a wide range of services such as housing, roads, water, libraries, planning and fire services.

The Barony

The barony has its origins in the ancient territorial divisions of Ireland when families or septs had control over a small area of land. With the arrival of the Normans theses tribal lands formed the basis for the creation of baronies. The barony was of great administrative importance as illustrated by its use in major land surveys since Cromwellian times. In the eighteenth century rates levied by the Grand Jury (a panel of local nobility & landlords with responsibility for civil government in the county), were paid on a barony basis.

19th Century
The nineteenth century saw an increase in the importance of the barony with the holding of presentment sessions in each. Every census until 1901 used the barony as a denominator. Baronies ceased to hold administrative prominence following the 1898 Local Government Act.

Importance in Research
Baronies were the biggest sub-division of a county & though no longer in use are an important identification when researching in records that are arranged firstly by county and then by barony within that county.

Poor Law Unions

Under the Irish Poor Law Act of 1838 the country was divided into 159 Poor Law Unions and each union was responsible for administering relief to the poor and destitute within its boundaries.

Unions were subdivided into electoral divisions and each division elected representatives to serve on a Board of Guardians, which administered the workhouse in its area.

District Electoral Divisions (DEDS)

These are units made up of townlands and were introduced in the nineteenth century. In the late 1830s numbers of DEDs were brought together to form a Poor Law Union. Accordingly, the Poor Law Rate Books, Minutes and official reports relating to the elected Poor Law Guardians (who administered the union) relate to that particular group of DEDS.

In 1864, when civil registration of deaths, births and marriages was introduced, the unit of registration was a dispensary district which was made up of a number of DEDS.

When one is researching civil records both the civil/pre-Reformation and RC parishes are irrelevant. The likely dispensary district where the birth was recorded can be determined if one knows the townland the family lived in.

The 1901 and 1911 censuses are also recorded on the DED unit.

The Civil Parish

The civil parish is, in effect, the pre-Reformation Catholic parish and this became the smallest division of the Established Church. It has been used in most official surveys as a minor unit of civil administration.

By the nineteenth century its functions had ceased and its unimportance is illustrated by its absence from the 1898 Act.

Brian Mitchell’s map of the civil parishes of the counties of Ireland from his book, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, published by the Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, 1986, is useful for anyone undertaking genealogical research as it lists and pinpoints the location of each civil parish.


The townland is the smallest territorial division of civil administration. Dating from medieval times or earlier, it was used to identify a small area of land on a local level.

These small divisions of land were later used as the basis for plantation grants in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and were considerably altered following subdivisions.

The townland was used, not only for regular land transactions such as the imposition of rents, but also as the primary division in major land valuations, surveys and census such as the Tithe Applotment books, and Griffith’s Valuation.

It has lost some of its administrative functions although it is still of use for statistical purposes. Its significance now lies primarily in enabling the identification of small localised rural areas. Parts of an individual townland may lie in different civil parishes, and may be, but not necessarily so, in different in Roman Catholic parishes. The same townland names can be found in different parishes and counties.