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"BALLINVOHIR, a parish, in the barony of CORKAGUINEY, county of KERRY, and province of MUNSTER, 12 miles (E.) of Dingle; containing 2,924 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the bay of Dingle, and on the road from Dingle, and on the road from Dingle to Tralee, comprises 13,190 staute acres, as applotted under the tithe act.
The mountain of Lack, from the summit of which is obtained a panoramic view of the various mountains on the opposite shore, is within its limits; and at the foot of Acres mountain is a small portion of the parish, which is entirely detached from the rest. A new road, about three English miles in length, is about to be constructed from Inchbridge in this parish, through Glanaheera, to the mail coach road from Dingle to Tralee, now in use."
[From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (1837)]



Ballinvoher burial ground is situated in the townland of Rathduff (Grid Reference - Q 612 037), on the site of the medieval parish church. There is another graveyard surrounding the ruins of Inch medieval church (Grid Reference Q 654 013).



Note: The Civil Parish of Ballinvoher ceased to be used for census purposes in the mid nineteenth century when District Electoral Divisions (DEDs) were introduced.

Ballinvoher forms part of five DEDs:

  • Ballinvoher (Ballintaggart, Ballyandreen, Ballyglasheen, Ballynahunt, Ballynane, Derrygorman, Dromavally, Farranalicken, Flemingstown, Glantane, Gortnanooran, Kilduff, Rathduff townlands and part of Ballynacourty parish)
  • Ballynacourty (Acres, Doorah, Gurteen townlands)
  • Inch (Ardroe, Emlagh, Glannaheera, Gortbreagogue, Inch, Inch East, Inch West, Lougher, Rathmalode, Tullig townlands)
  • Lack Aughils, Ballinagroun, Ballycullane, Cahercruttera, Caherpierce, Kileenagh, Lack townlands)
  • Ventry (Fahan, Glanfahan townlands)


Church History

The ancient parish church of Ballinvoher was situated in Rathduff townland. After the Reformation it passed to the Church of Ireland and was in use until the 17th Century. It had been abandoned by the nineteenth, and the stones reused for local gravemarkers and bulidings. Protestant worship moved to the adjacent parish church of Ballynacourty. There was also a church at Inch, but there is little known of this establishment. There seems to have been a tradition that the Inch area was once a seperate parish known as Lack.

In the Roman Catholic church, the parishes of Ballinvoher, Ballinacourty and Kilgobban were united by the nineteenth century. The parish seems to have been known by various combinations of these names until named Annascaul about 1850. Churches were built at Annascaul and Inch (sometimes called Lack)in the old Ballinvoher parish area, with another at Camp in Kilgobban.


Church Records

The Catholic Registers for the parish record:

  • Baptisms 1829 - 34, 1837 - 39, 1851 - 80
  • Marriages 1829 - 1835, 1837, 1855 - 80
The registers remain in the custody of the parish priest, although microfilm copies are at the National Archives of Ireland. Written permission from the Bishop of Kerry is required to view these records.

Civil Registration

From 1863 Ballinvoher (with the exception of Fahan and Glanfahan townlands) was part of the Dingle Registrar General's District, and the Annascaul Registrar's District.
See the Registration Districts page.

A Transcript of Marriages registered in the Annascaul District 1864-1870 is available at Rootsweb's Kerry site, as is a transcript for Births registered in 1864, 1865, 1873 and 1874.
Fahan and Glenfahan formed part of the Ventry Registrar's District.


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The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

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