Ballingarry, Callan - 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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Population 373 in 1881.

Ballingarry, in the parish of same name, barony of Slieveardagh, is 7 miles, Irish, north-west of Callan, 13 miles, south-east of Thurles, and 7 miles west by north from Laffan’s Bridge railway station. The village occupies an elevation from which there is a beautiful view of the surrounding country. For list of fairs see back of book. The land for the most part is used for dairy cows. A few years ago the Ballingarry Dairy Co. Limited, was established with a capital of £1,000, in shares of £1 each. This receives the milk of 1,000 cows, and pays a dividend of 5 per cent.

There are in Ballingarry a spacious Catholic church with large tower, a convent of the Presentation order and a classical school.

A considerable portion of the coal fields, referred to as of the Killenaule district, extends through this parish. See page 23.

Baker: John M‘Grath

Catholic Ch.: Very Rev. Jas. Cantwell, P.P., V.F.; Rev. Wm. Downey, C.C.; Rev. Jas. Meagher, Chaplain to Convent

Church of Id.: Rev. Nichl. J. Warner, Killenaule

Creamery: B’garry Dairy Co., Ld.—Mn. Fitzgerald, mg. direc. Dispensary: Dr. Rd. D. Hewitt

Drapers: Mrs. My. Fennelly, Miss Bt. Finane, Rd. Finn, Mrs. Kate Norton, Mrs. M. O’Connor

Grocers: Phil Kickham, John M‘Grath

Grocers and Spirits: William Croke, Wm. Murphy, Wm. O’Donnell, James Power, Miss Cath. Reddy, Wm. Troy

Post M.: Mrs. K. Norton

Relieving O.: Phil Kickham

R.I.C.: Sergt. J. Minogue

Schools, Classical: Mr. O’Carroll, Ladies’ Presentation Convent; National: Ptk. Maher, Principal Male School, Convent, Female do.

Victuallers: Wm. Croke, Jno. McGrath


Alexander, John, Ballingarry L

Brennan, Kieran, Foylemarnell U

Brien, Edmond, Ballingarry L

Brien, Hugh, Ballingarry U

Brett, Walter, Shangarry

Cahill, Thomas, Gragaugh

Cashin, John, Gragaugh

Connell, Nichls, Garranacool

Connell, Wm., jun., Glengall

Conway, John, Gregaugh

Conway, Thos., Gregaugh

Corcoran, Wm., Foilmarnell U

Croke, Mrs. Bt., B’Loughbee

Croke, Mrs. C., Garancole

Curry, Wm., Foylemarnell

Curry, Wm., jun., Ballintaggart

Darcey, Michael, Mohober

Dunne, Dl., Glengall

Dunne, Timothy, Glengall

Fennelly, Jas., Mohober

Fennelly, James, Crab

Fennelly, J. J., Ballintaggart

Fennelly, Mrs. C., Ballingarry

Fitzgerald, Misses, Jessfield

Fitzgerald, M., Ballingarry

Fitzgerald, Oliver, Ballintaggart

Greene, Thos. J., Cappagh

Going, Jno., Hampton lane

Hoynes, Thomas, Mohober

Lanigan, James, Glengall

Larkin, William, Knockulty

M‘Grath, James, The Park

Maher, Edmond, Gregaugh

Maher, John, Gregaugh

Marnell, James, Gortfree

Molloy, Richard, Ballintaggart

Molloy, Walter, Ballingarry U

Mullally, Thos. & Wm., Mohober

O’Donnell, Thomas, Ballingarry

Pennefather, Rd., Wilford

Prout, Michael, Gregaugh

Rafter, John, Mohober

Ryan, Thomas, Jessfield

Stokes, Richard, Ballingarry U

Sullivan, John, Kilbraugh

Walsh, Rd., Farranrory

Walton, Thomas, Cappagh



Residents of the County Tipperary named in the following list receive letters from the post office of Callan, Co. Kilkenny:—

Byrne, Thomas, Knockulty

Dunphy, Michael, Poulacapple E

Grant, G. Fox, Ballylanigan P

Laurence, Ml., Poulacapple E

Lonergan, Jas., Kylefreaghane

Poe, Arthur, Harleypark

Power, John, Poulacapple E