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Irish Genealogy


Catholic Churches before 1900

This list of Catholic Churches is based on a manuscript compiled by the National Library of Ireland. This manuscript is appropriatly called "List of Roman Catholic Parishes in Ireland with Registers Commencing Before 1900". A booklet with this material was also printed by The Genealogical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Civil Parishes are not religious but are units of government. The churches in these Civil Parish are mostly given by the townland in which they are established though in some cases a town is listed. The year next to a church indicates the commencement date of parish registers.

We would like to try to assemble a more complete body of information on these sources of early records. We are trying to obtain a copy of "Irish Catholic Directory" (Dublin: James Duffey & Co.). Which will hopefully fill in some of the blank spots, like the fact the the church listed for Upper Creggan is actually St. Patricks in Crossmaglen. In the meantime we would appreciate your help with this, if you have any information on any of these churches please e-mail us at


County Armagh

Civil Parish Catholic Church
Armagh Armagh 1796
Ballymore Tanderagee
Lower Creggan Lower Creggan 1845
Upper Creggan Upper Creggan 1796
Derrynoose Derrynoose 1835
Drumcree Portadown
Eglish Eglish
Forkill Forkill
Killevy Upper Killevy 1835
Lower Killevy 1832
Kilmore Kilmore 1845
Lisnadill Ballymacnab 1844
Loughgall Loughgall 1833
Loughgilly Loughgilly 1849
Newry Newry 1818
Seagoe Deagoe 1836
Shankill Lurgan
Tynan Tynan 1822


County Down

Civil Parish Catholic Church
Aghaderg Loughbrickland
Annaclone Annaclone
Ardglass Ardglass 1848
Ballee Ballee 1843
Ballykinler Ballykinlaw
Ballyphilip Ballygalget
Portaferry 1843
Blaris Lisburn
Bright Bright 1856
Killough 1856
Clonduff Corba
Down Downpatrick 1851
Dromara Dromara
Dromore Dromore
Drumgath Rathfryland 1829
Drumgooland Upper Drumgooland 1827
Lower Drumgooland 1832
Dunsfort Dunsfort 1848
Hillsborough Hillsborough
Holywood Holywood 1866
Inch Inch
Kilbroney Kilbroney
Rostrevor 1808
Kilclief Kilclief 1865
Kilcoo Kilcoo 1832
Kilkeel Lower Mourne 1834
Upper Mourne 1839
Killinchy Carrickmannan 1837
Kilmegan Carraghan
Kilmore Kilmore
Knockbreda Ballymacarrett 1841
Loughinisland Loughinisland 1805
Magheradrool Ballynainch
Moira Moira 1815
Newry Shin & Sheepstow
Newry 1818
Newtownards Newtownards 1864
Rathmullan Rossglass 1856
Saintfield Saintfield 1837
Saul Carrickernan
Saul 1868
Seapatrick Banbridge 1843
Tullyish Tullyish 1827
Warrenpoint Warrenpoint



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