Birdhill, 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.
  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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Salmon and Trout-fishing.

Birdhill, in the parish of Kilcomenty, baroney of Owney and Arra, is the junction of the Great Southern and Western Railway, and the Limerick, Castleconnell and Killaloe Railway. It is 14½ miles, English, north-east of Limerick, and 13 miles south-west of Nenagh. About ten houses are in the vicinity of the railway station. Thanks to the taste of the late Mr. George Twiss, the bleak roads of the immediate neighborhood are now sheltered by plantations, and Birdhill has become one of the prettiest places in the county. The Shannon is within a short distance to the west, and the Kilmastulla river, first-rate for trout, a mile to the north-east. There are remains of an ancient castle and church at Cragg, and of several Danish earthworks in the parishes of Kilcomenty and Kilmastulla.

Catholic Ch.: Newport Priests

Church of Id., Kilmastulla: Rev. Henry Lopdell

Grocer, Baker, &c.: Mn. Hassett

Groceries and Spirits: Edwd. Murnane, Lce. Murnane, Dl. Ryan, Wm. Ryan

Post M.: Martin Hassett

Railway: David O’Shea, S.M.

R.I.C.: Sergt. Thos. Soden


Adams, Charlton, Parteen

Bassett, Geo. W. (J.P.), Maryville

Caplis, John, Cooleen

Coffee, Edward, Birdhill

Coffey, Jno., Carrigeen Ho

Coffey, Matt., Curadronin Ho

Floyd, Issac, Lackanvea E

Floyd, Thomas, Gortybrigane

Floyd, Wm., Coolnadornory

Going, Chas. M., Cregg Ho

Hassett, J. W., Coosane

Hayes, Jos., Cooladornory

Healy, John, Thornhill

Healy, Mrs. M., Kilmastulla

Herbert, Michael, Kilmastulla

McKeogh, J., Fort Henry

Mulcahy, John, Birdhill

Ryan, Daniel, Ballinteenoe

Thorn, Robert, Thornhill

Twiss, Dr. H. (J.P.), Birdhill Ho

Twiss, Robt., Birdhill Ho

White, Mrs., Kilmastulla