Clough village in west Laois is known to antiquarians as Cloc an tSionnagh or Foxrock. There is no house in Clough townsland proper. The area of the village is properly Garryniska. The Church is in Rahanderick, yet Clough is an area of multi-faceted aspects of history, architecture, folk-life and family history.

Many have pondered the reason that such a state of affairs should exist. We know that a wing of the old church exists in the present parochial hall. We know too that the foundation stone of the new church was laid in 1871AD.

Clough is a small village located northwest of Ballacolla, which can be accessed from the R434 near the M8 bridge.