From Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland (1900)
NENAGH TOWNHALL AND CASTLE.—Nenagh is the second largest town in the county of Tipperary, and does a thriving trade. The town was at once time a stronghold of the Butlers. It possesses few antiquities, the "Nenagh Round," the circular keep of the castle of the Butlers, and one of the largest and most notable structures of its kind in the island, being, perhaps, the most interesting feature. It was built in the time of King John. Between it and the courthouse stands the townhall, a modern structure of handsome design. Nenagh was converted into an assize town some years ago, previous to which a summons to court involved a journey of nearly 140 miles. The name is derived from the Irish word N'Aenach, signifying The Fair, and even at the present day it is the seat of one of the largest yearly "fairs" in the south of Ireland.
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