Ardfinane, Cahir - Book of County Tipperary, 1889

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George Henry Bassett produced 7 Irish county directories in the 1880s: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Kilkenny, Louth, Tipperary and Wexford. Each provides useful history of the respective counties as well as lists of office holders, farmers, traders, and other residents of the individual cities, towns and villages.

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Population 376 in 1881.—Fishing, salmon and trout.

Ardfinane, in the barony of Iffa and Offa, west, is 4 miles, Irish, south-east of Cahir, and 7 miles south-west of Clonmel. The village is situated on the River Suir which at this point runs between limestone cliffs through a beautiful valley. The chief place of interest at present is the castle, built by order of Prince John, when he was sent in 1185 by his father, Henry II., to attend to the English affairs in Ireland. Soon after completion it was taken by Donald More O’Brien and the garrison slain. It afterward belonged to the Knights Templars, again to the Bishop of Waterford, and is now the property of Mr. R. K. Prendergast, J.P. He resides in a part which has been prettily modernized. The remains of the curtain wall are covered with ivy, and are in pleasing contrast to the tower and other buildings. St. Finian the leper, in the sixth century, founded a Monastery at Ardfinane for regular Canons. In 1178 it was destroyed by the English forces. A great battle was fought in this parish, half a mile from the village in 1150. The contending armies were led respectively by O’Brien, king of Munster and O’Connor, king of Ireland; the latter sustaining a crushing defeat. Ardfinane once had a corporation. In a charter granting “pontage for three years,” from 1311, the members are styled, “the bailiffs and good men of Ardfynan.” In later times the name of the village was spelled Ardfinan, and down to the present day the inhabitants adhere to to this form, but the Postal authorities for some reason not manifest in their Guide, have changed it to Ardfinane. The woollen factory of Messrs. Mulcahy, Redmond & Co., was established here in 1869. It has first-rate machinery and sends to the markets tweeds, serges, friezes, blankets, flannels, shawls and rugs of superior quality and finish. About 100 people are employed by the firm.

Baker: Mrs. J. O’Mara

Catholic Church: Rev. C. J. Flavin, P.P.; Rev. J. Lennon, C.C.; Rev. James Wall, C.C.

Church of Ireland: Rev. W. T. Butler, Tubrid, Cahir

Dispensary: Dr. J. J. Walsh

Drapers: Everard & O’Brien, Mrs. J., O’Mara

Grocers marked thus [*] sell spirits: Pat Ahearne,* Miss M. Bagot,* Mrs. J. Burk, Everard & O’Brien, Miss J. Hickey, Jno. Kavanagh,* Mrs. J. O’Mara, Mrs. J. Ryan,* Mrs. A. Walsh

National League: Ml. Burke, sec.

Petty Sessions 1st Friday in each month, G. Prendergast, clerk

Post M.: John Everard

R.I.C.: Actg.-Sgt. P. Scales

School, Ntl.: Mrs. Mt. Fitzpatrick, Pk. Fitzpatrick

Spirit retailers, see also grocers: Gerald Nugent, Mrs. J. Flynn

Wollen Manufacturers: Mulcahy, Redmond & Co.


Anglim, Patrick, Ballylaffin

Ahearn, John (Michael) Kildanoge

Ahearn, Michael (John) Kildanoge

Bagot, Miss F., Clogharden

Carrigan, Mrs. E., Monacrea

Carson, Mrs. M., B’neety

Commons, John, Reechestown

Condon, Jas., Croughta

Condon, Patrick, Croughta

Conway, Patrick, Ballytrehy

Coughlan, Jer., Knocknadempsy

Coughlan, Ptk., Knocknadempsy

Cunneen, Michael, Ballylaffin

Delany, Wm., Castlekeale

Doyle, Edmond, Ballytrehy

Doyle, Michael, Tuhbrid

Duggan, John, Knockroe

English, William, Magherareagh

Everard, Mrs. C., L’anoul

Everard, Thos., Garryduff

Fennessy, James, Garryduff

Fitzpatrick, John, Scart

Foley, John, Gormanstown

Godfrey, Michl., Castlekeel

Gorman, David, Lisheenanoul

Gorman, Denis, Killaidamee

Gorman, Thomas, Ballindoney W

Gorman, Thomas, Carrow

Hally, James, Clogharden

Hanrahan, Ml., Loughryan

Heffernan, Francis, Clogharden

Hickey, David, Rochestown

Hickey, James, Marlhill

Hickey, John, Neddins Nagle

Lonergan, Edmond, Toolure

Lonergan, Michael, Moancrea

Lonergan, Michael, Tullow

Lonergan, Patrick, Feemore

Lonergan, Patrick, Tullow

Lonergan, Thomas, Neddans N

Long, Daniel, Clogharden

Long, Daniel, Neddans N

Long, James, Clogharden

Long, John, Neddans Nagle

Looby, Denis, Kildanoge

Looby, John, Knockballiniry

McNamara, Ed., Cloghanacody

Mahony, Thomas, Kilmaloge

Maloney, Matthew, Kildanoge

Mara, Thomas, Monacrea

Morrissey, Patrick, Lodge

Murphy, Dd., Gormanstown

Murphy, John, Knocknagree

Murphy, Ml., Raheen

Murphy, Thomas, Gormanstown

Murphy, T. J., Gormanstown

Mulcahy, Jno. S., Neddans

Mulcahy, W. R., Corrabella

Mullany, John, Garryroe

Mulcahy, John, Rochestown

Norris, Edmond, Shortcastle

Norriss, James, Ballynatona

Nugent, Philip, Poulatar

O’Shea, Henry, Lisheenpower

O’Shea, Robert, Lisheenpower

Peters, Richard, Neddans Nagle

Prendergast, Edmond, Tullow

Prendergast, Edmond, Gortacullin

Prendergast, R. K.(J.P.), Ardfinnan Castle

Prendergast, Wm., Kildanoge

Ryan, P., Magherareagh

Shine, Michael, Ballylaffin

Shine, Owen, Ballylaffin

Shine, Thos., jun., Ballylaffin

Tierney, Michael, Reechestown

Walsh, Edmond, Lacken

Walsh, John, Ballyveera

Walshe, John E., Kilgrogymore

Walshe, Patrick, Ballytrehy

Walshe, Pierce, Raheen

Whelan, John, Rochestown

Whelan, Michael, Rochestown

Wise, Mrs. M., L’anoul, Ballylooby

Wise, Mrs. S., Rochestown Ho.