Ballina, Killaloe, Limerick - Book of County Tipperary, 1889

About “The Book of County Tipperary,” 1889

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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The directories are naturally an invaluable resource for those tracing family history. The Book of County Tipperary is the first of these to be made available on, with its own search page. However, there are a few points to bear in mind.

  1. This online version is designed primarily as a genealogical research tool and therefore the numerous advertisements in the original book, many full page, and quite a few illustrated, have been excluded.
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With respect to the last point, surnames which today begin with the “Mc” prefix, for example, were often formerly spelt as “M‘,”. For a list of some of the more common forename abbreviations used in the directory, see Forename Abbreviations.

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Population 238 in 1881. Fishing—Trout and Salmon.

Ballina, in the parish of Templeachally, barony of Owney and Arra, is at the opposite side of the Shannon from Killaloe. It is the terminus of the Limerick, Castleconnell and Killaloe Railway, less than 16 miles, English, by rail, north-east of Limerick. Nenagh is 8 miles, Irish, to the north-east. For date of fair see back of book. The Shannon here is excellent for salmon and trout. See page 49. The work of widening the Shannon, above the village, was begun in 1887. Letters to the residents of Ballina and district are delivered from the Killaloe post office. Near the bridge, crossing to Killaloe, a strong castle once stood, used, it is supposed, for defending the pass. At a short distance from Ballina, on the way to Birdhill, is the ruin of the ancient church of Templeachally, locally pronounced Templeahallow, and in an island, within view, there are remains of a monastery, referred to by the people of the neighborhood as “The friars’ castle.” Derry castle, a favorite summer resort, with a richly planted demesne, is 3 miles, Irish, to the north, on the verge of the Shannon.

Bakers: Mrs. E. McKeogh, P. Murnane

Catholic Ch.: Rev. Edward Maher, P.P.; Rev. J. O’Brien, C.C.

Dispensary: Dr. John Keogh

Grocers and Spirits: Stn. J. D’Arcy, Jno. Guerin, Miss H. McCormack, Mrs. E. McKeogh, Ptk. Murnane, Mrs. My. Torpy

Post Office, Killaloe: Miss Mary Hill, P.M.

Railway: Ptk. Grace, S.M.

R.I.C.: Sergt. Wm. Kenna

School, Nl.: Jno. and Mrs. My. Russell


See Killaloe.



Letters addressed to residents of a sub-postal district should bear the name of the head office, thus, Birdhill, Limerick.