Historical parish registers give important genealogical information including details of baptisms, marriages and burials within parishes.  Although some church records, both Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic, were lost in the Four Courts fire of 1922, many registers had been retained in the individual parishes at that time and therefore survived.

With the permission of the Rector, Tracton Genealogy and Local History Group has transcribed the surviving parish records for the Templebreedy Group of Parishes, which are still kept within the parish.

The parish acknowledges the permission of the Director of the National Archives to publish the content of this material up to 1870.  The parish further acknowledges the permission of the RCB Library to publish the content after 1870.

Should you require any assistance in researching your family history locally, please email Tracton Genealogy and Local History Group at for advice.

Click on the following links to browse the records:

Tracton Marriages 1845 – 1916

Tracton Churchings 1905 – 1918

Ballyfeard Baptisms 1784 – 1873

Ballyfeard Confirmations 1842 – 1867

Templebreedy Baptisms 1784 – 1799

Templebreedy Baptisms 1877 – 1917

Templebreedy Marriages 1791 – 1799

Templebreedy Marriages 1845 – 1918

Templebreedy Burials 1787 – 1799

Templebreedy Burials 1877 – 1918

Nohoval Baptisms 1784 – 1916

Nohoval Marriages 1785 – 1918

Nohoval Burials 1784 – 1918

Nohoval Confirmations 1848 – 1875

Nohoval Protestant Census 1833

Cullen Baptisms 1822 – 1832

Cullen Burials 1822 – 1830


The Parishes

The boundaries of the Church of Ireland parishes originally mirrored the civil parishes which were, in turn, based on the medieval Christian parishes, adapted by the English administration.  Over time, as populations fell, parishes were amalgamated and united.  The Church of Ireland Parish of Ballyfeard became part of Nohoval Parish in 1873.  The Parish of Kilmonogue was also absorbed into Nohoval Parish, as was  Tracton Parish on the closure of its church in 1989.

Templebreedy Parish was a medieval Christian Parish.  The parish church (Temple of Bridget) and ancient graveyard were in the townland of Templebreedy, overlooking the sea.  The church fell into ruin and in 1779, a new church, dedicated to St. Matthew, was built by the Church of Ireland on the same site.  The ruin of this church, with its impressive spire, still stands on the hill overlooking the village of Crosshaven.   In 1868, as St. Matthew’s church was too small to hold the congregation, a new church was built in Crosshaven.  This is the current parish church and is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.  The Church of Ireland parish and the graveyard still retain the name Templebrady or Templebreedy.

The Parish of Cullen was briefly part of Templebreedy Parish in the mid nineteenth century.

In modern times, Templebreedy Parish and Nohoval Parish have been united, to form the Templebreedy Group of Parishes.


The Records

In addition to recording the usual baptisms, marriages and burials within a parish, some priests kept records of ‘churchings’.  Churching refers to a blessing that mothers were given following recovery from childbirth.

An interesting entry in the Vestry Book of the Parish of Nohoval  records Protestant inhabitants of the parishes of Ballyfeard, Nohoval, Kilmonogue and Cullen in 1833 ‘’in obedience of an order from the House of Commons’ by William R Townsend, Curate.