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Kilbride Barndarrig Catholic Parish

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"The Catholic parish of Barndarrig and Kilbride included, in addition to Dunganstown civil parish, parts of the civil parishes of Ennereilly, Redcross and Glenealy.

The chapel at Barndarrig in Ballyhara Townland, west of Potter's river [1] had been built in 1793, on land given a nominal rent by the Byrnes of Cabinteely."[2] Category for Barndarrig Catholic Chapel

The parish priest lived in the presbytery beside the chapel in Barndarrig. see building [3]

"St. Mary's Church, Barndarrig. in Balinacor is located just off the main Wexford/Dublin Road. The piers of the entrance gate to the parochial house bear an inscription that informs us that this chapel was built in the year of our Lord 1793 by the Rev. Joseph Purcell and by the subscriptions of the public. The piece of ground was a donation from Robert Byrne, Esq., to the in habitants of the Parish for ever, gratis. The inscription reads as follows, “This church was built in the year 1880 by public subscriptions by the Rev. Michael Moloney, Parish Priest A.M.D.G." Photos [4]

The chapel at Kilbride in Ballymurrin Lower townland, east of Potter's river [5] and had been built in 1795, on land leased by a parishioner Alexander McDaniel of Bonabrocka, from Joseph Pim, a Quaker.

St Bridget's, Kilbride. "The church in Kilbride was built during the 18th century. The wall of the original church can be seen in the garden near the post office. After a 98 year period, it was rebuilt and roofed by the MacDaniels of Bonabroka and the Kanes of Ballynameesda. It is a beautiful church that has had an active worshipping community for many years. As part of a recent renovation project, the interior of the church has been repainted and is well maintained by local volunteers." Photos [6]

Kilbride Barndarrig Catholic parish registers at National Library of Ireland
Baptisms 1858 to 1881
Marriages 1858 to 1881
Archdiocese of Dublin | County of Wicklow
Variant forms of parish name:
Barnderrig, Barndarrig, Kilbride and Barndarrig, Kilbride and Barnderrig

Kilbride Barndarrig priests

Nov 1826 Parish priest Hugh Daly
1854 Curate 1875 Parish priest Michael Moloney
1890 Pierce (Canon) O'Donnell
1898 William Dunphy

Category for Dunganstown Civil Parish

Dunganstown has an area of 57.8 km² / 14,286.7 acres / 22.3 square miles - 70 townlands

Category for Redcross Civil Parish

Redcross has an area of 25.3 km² / 6,241.0 acres / 9.8 square miles - 27 townlands

Category for Ennereilly Civil Parish

Ennereilly has an area of 12.9 km² / 3,196.2 acres / 5.0 square miles - 10 townlands

Category for Glenealy Civil Parish

Glenealy has an area of 33.1 km² / 8,170.5 acres / 12.8 square miles - 22 townlands

Category for Castlemacadam Civil Parish

Castlemacadam has an area of 45.1 km² / 11,155.6 acres / 17.4 square miles - 44 townlands

1835 returns giving RC populations in parishes of Saggard, Rathcoole, Newcastle, Garristown, Maynooth, Leixlip, Confy, Taghadoe, Irishtown, Dunlavin, Lusk, Rush, Kilbride, Barnaderrig, Narraghmore. signed by the respective parish priests. [7]

1840 Parochial returns prepared for Archbishop Daniel Murray on his visitation of the parishes Blackditches, Dunlavin, Ballymore-Eustace, Saggard, Barndarrig and Kilbride, Wicklow, Rathdrum, Arklow, Newbridge, Irishtown, Sandyford and Goldenball, Kingstown, and Rathmines. [8]

1843 Parish reports presented to Archbishop Daniel Murray on his visits to the parishes for confirmations in 1843 Clontarf, Rathmines, Kingstown, Wicklow, Kilquade, Barnderrig, Arklow, Newtownmountkennedy, Rathdrum, Newbridge-Rathdrum, Athy, Castledermont, Dunlavin, Ballymore-Eustace, Crookestown, Kilcullen, Blackditches, Blessington, Saggard-Ratholle, Sandford. [9]

Newspaper Extracts

" In the parish of Kilbride, county Wicklow, there was a First Communion, of the children of that district, and of Barnderring [Barndarrig]; on the following Sunday, under the excellent pastor, Rev. Mr. Daly, and of his active assistant, Rev. P. Powell. " [10]

"On Oct 14 [1908] a largely attended public meeting was held in the village of Redcross,which is about 10 miles from Wicklow, to take into consideration the question of the restoration of the evicted tenants on the estates of Lord Wicklow, Lord Carysfort and Major Dopping Hempenstall. The chair was occupied by Very Rev. Wm. Dunphy, P.P. Barndarrig and among those present were: Rev Thomas J. Graham, C. C. Barndarrig; Joseph Carroll M.C.C.; James Galvin D. C.; James Byrne D.C.; James Gernon U.D.C; Patrick Conwell, etc." [11]


  1. MAP
  2. "Strange Sermons 1840-41 : A Turbulent Priest in Barndarrig and Kilbride" by Ken Hannigan in Wicklow Historical Society Journal, V, No. 2, publ 2015
  5. MAP
  7. Dublin Diocesan Archives: Murray Papers in Archivium Hibernicum Vol. 37 (1982), p 68 item 151
  8. Dublin Diocesan Archives: Murray Papers (3) by Mary Purcell in Archivium Hibernicum Vol. 38 (1983), p 55 item 39 Publ by: Catholic Historical Society of Ireland
  9. Dublin Diocesan Archives: Murray Papers (3) by Mary Purcell in Archivium Hibernicum Vol. 38 (1983), p 100 item 31
  10. The Catholic Telegraph, 2 October 1845
  11. The Irish Standard 10 Nov 1908
  • Credo: Dunganstown : an age-old Irish parish with a living message for everyman today by Robert Heavener, the retired Anglican Bishop of Clogher and a native of Dunganstown, Co Wicklow. The history of RC parish Kilbride and Barndarrig is briefly sketched.


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