Ballingarry, Roscrea - 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.
  2. The text has been proofed with due care, but with large bodies of text typographical errors are inevitably bound to occur.
  3. Be aware that there were often inconsistencies in spelling surnames in the 19th century and also that many forenames are abbreviated in Bassett’s directories.

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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Ballingarry is a village of nineteen houses, in the parish of same name, barony of Lower Ormond, 4 miles, Irish, east by north, from Borrisokane. Cloughjordan, 6 miles south by east, is the nearest railway station. The land of the district is used chiefly for tillage. Barley, oats and potatoes are the principal crops. There are remains of the ancient Castle of Ballingarry, and in the parish is the hill of Knockshigowna, over 700 feet high. Some fairy tales of thrilling interest are related in association with this eminence.

Catholic Ch.: Rev. Jno. Toohy, P.P.; Rev. P. Donnelly, C.C.

Church of Id.: Rev. R. P. Homan

Grocers: P. Connor, P. O’Meara

Post M.: Rd. Delahunt

School, Nl.: Ptk. O’Meara

Spirits: Mt. Cleary, Corls. Hogan


Alexander, Thomas, Ballylina W

Gaynor, Thomas R., Southpark

Kellachy, Mrs. S., Ballingarry

Kenny, David, Ballylina

Loney, Frank, Ballylina W

McDowell, Rt., Ballymona Ho

Orme, Lce., Castle Sheppard

Regan, Mrs. C., Ballingarry

Smith, Markham, Ballymona Cot

Stanley, Geo., Ballingarry