Borrisokane, Roscrea - Book of County Tipperary, 1889

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Population 693 in 1881.

Borrisokane, in the parish of same name, barony of Lower Ormond, is 12 miles, Irish, west by north, from Roscrea, 8 miles north by east from Nenagh, and 5 miles north-west of Cloughjordan, the nearest railway station. The town occupies a slightly elevated position, is well built, has one broad principal street, and several good-looking business houses. It is the head of a Poor Law Union and the centre of a district devoted largely to tillage. The land is light, but having a limestone basis, is good in moist weather. Barley, oats and potatoes are the chief crops. Nearly all the farmers devote special attention to the breeding and raising of sheep. A good market for fowl and eggs, toll-free, is held every Tuesday in the season.

Down to twenty-five years ago a first-rate corn market was held. It was particularly good for wheat, while the milling trade continued to prosper in Lower Ormond. A list of the fairs held here is given at the back of the book. With the exception of that held in February, all are good, and the new fairs are toll-free. Mr. David Clarke, landlord, owns the toll rights.

The town has suffered very much from a lack of railway communication. In 1884 an effort was made to procure a baronial guarantee for a line between Cloughjordan and Portumna, taking in Borrisokane. By a majority of one the Grand Jury decided against it. A movement was set on foot this year, 1889, to bring the matter again to the front.

The Protestant parish church is a plain edifice with high pinnacled tower. It was built in 1812 in the ancient church-yard of the parish, used for burials by all denominations. The tablets in the interior tell something of the family history of the Stoneys. “Thomas Stoney, born in Yorkshire, 1677, married Sarah Robinson of Knockshigowna. Died, 1726.” “Geo. Stoney, Craffort,born 1713, married Elisabeth Johnston of Emell Castle. Died 1787.” “Thomas Stoney, Arranhill, Deputy Governor of the County Tipperary, 2nd son of said George, born 1748, married Ruth Falkiner of Mt. Falcon. Died 1826.” “George Robert Stoney, 1808.”

The Catholic church is a spacious cruciform edifice of cut limestone, standing in handsomely enclosed grounds, a feature of which is a large stone cross, erected to impress the lesson of the Crucifixion. The high altar, of Caen stone, supported by marble pillars with a representation in relief of the Last Supper, commemorates the Rev. Peter Nolan, P.P., 1877. The church was built about fifty years ago.

The Methodist church faces the Main-street. It was built less than twenty years ago upon the site of a smaller structure of the same denomination. The chief feature in view is a cut limestone gable.

Remains of earthen fortifications, attributed to the Danes, are numerous throughout the district. The ruin of the ancient castle of Tombrickane is in the parish. A portion fell about fifteen years ago. Lord Ormonde owns the estate upon which it is situated, but the castle itself is said to have been built by the Kennedy family. In the adjoining parish of Finnoe, the square castle of Ballyfinboy, is in fair preservation. In the parish of Uskane, also in the neighborhood of Borrisokane, there are ruins of an ancient castle, occupied at one time by the Sadleir family.

Bank, Munster and Leinster, every Wednesday from Nenagh

Bakers: Miss K. Corbett, Ptk. Hoctor, Mrs. Mt. Moloney

Boots: Miss. M. A. McGoldrick

Catholic Ch.: Rev. Thomas Phelan, P.P.; Rev. Jno. Nolan, C.C.; Rev. Wm. Bourke, C.C.

Church of Id.: Rev. Sl. Hyde

Church, Methodist: Rev. W. F. Clayton

Clerk, Estate: Jno. Exshaw, agt

Dispensary: Dr. Jas. C. Daly

Drapers: Miss E. Acres, Mrs. S. Egan, Mrs. E. J. Gaynor, Meara & Co., Timothy Ryan, Mrs. T. Slattery, Jh. Slevin, Miss Honora M. Wall

Emigration Agents: Hh. Delaney, Jos. Slattery, P. Wall

Grocers, marked thus [*] sell spirits; thus [†] hardware; thus [‡] seeds; thus [‖] coal; thus [t] timber; thus [d] drugs: Mrs. K. Birmingham*, Dl. J. Cleary*, Jno. Cleary*, Ptk. Cleary*†, Mrs. My. A. Cramptond, Dl. D’Arcy*, Hugh Delaney†‡‖, Mrs. M. Dunne*, Mrs. S. Egan, Martin Foley*, Mrs. E. J. Gaynor†‡‖td, Ptk. Hackett*, James Hamilton†‡t, Timothy Heenan*‡, Dl. Hogan*, Dl. Hough*, Ml. Kelly*, Walter F. Kent†‡‖td, Mrs. Mt. Lambe*, Ml. McKenna*, Sl. Russell, Mrs. H. M. Stephens*, Miss Mary White†

Hotel: Mrs. Maria Dunne

Loan Fund: Jos. Slattery, M.C. Miller: Thos. Humphries

News Agents: Hugh Delaney, Mrs. E. J. Gaynor, Mrs. Mt. Moloney

Petty Sessions, fortnightly on Wednesday: Jos. Slattery, clerk

Post M.: Hugh Delaney

R.I.C.: Hugh Davis, D.I.; Jas. Sweeny, H.C.

Schools, Nl.: Jno. D. Conway, male; Convent of Mercy, female; mixed, Miss Lousia Oakley

Spirit retailers, see also Grocers: Thos. Hensey, Jno. Kelly


James A. Ralph, clerk; Edward Tierney, master; Miss Nora Moloney, matron; Hy. A. Sampson, med. officer; Rev. Thos. Phelan, P.P., Catholic chaplain; Rev. Sl. Hyde, C.I. do

Elected Guardians—D. Meara, Kilcommon, Borrisokane; Philip Kenna, Ballyluskey, do.; Markham Smith, Ballymona Cottage, Shinrone; Dl. Darcy, Borrisokane; Hugh Delaney, do.; Rd. Coughlan, Loughawn, Cloughjordan; Wm. Hodgins, do.; Sl. Cleburne, Springmount, Borrisokane; Jno. Brereton, Oldcourt, do.; Ml. Toohey, Annagh-Puckane, Nenagh; Geo. Brereton, Kilregane, Lorrha, Roscrea; Jno. Hobbs, Rathmore House, Borrisokane; Wm. J. Russell, Ballinderry park, do.; James Cahalan, Cloonmihy, do.; Darius Reddan, Drumminahane, do.; Patk. Cleary, Carrigagown, Coolbawn

Ex-Officio Guardians—For addresses not given here see Magistrates in County Directory—Major Wm. T. Bruce, Edm. Doolan, Jno. D. Dwyer, Jas. Esmonde, Rd. H. Falkiner, Jno. R. Headech, Lieut.-Col. Jas. F. Hickie, W. B. T. Holmes, Edw. Kennedy, Falkiner J. Minchin, Jno. O’Meara, Capt., E. H. Saunders, Captain Henry Sheppard, Thos. B. Stoney, Capt. the Hon. C. G. Trench, William Waller

Rd. Hy. Falkiner, Chairman; Edward Kennedy, V.C.; Philip Kenna, D.V.C.

Board meets every Monday

Victuallers: Geo. Chadwick, Nl. Chadwick, Ptk. Nolan


Armitage, John, Riverview

Biddulph, Rev. Wm., Congor Ho

Brennan, James, Ballyrourke

Brennan, Patrick, Clarkhill

Brereton, John, Oldcourt

Burgess, Geo., Finnoe Ho

Cahalan, James, Clooninihy

Cahalan, Michael, Rodeen

Carroll, Wm, Cappansmear

Cashen, James, Ballycormack

Clarke, Dd. (J.P.), Bushy Park

Cleary, Jos., Kildarby

Cleary, Ml., Greenlane

Cleary, Patrick, Kildarby

Cleary, Thomas, Ballyrourke

Colnan, Thomas, Gortnahulla

Costelloe, Michael, Kyle

Costelloe, Thos., Clooninihy

Costelloe, Wm., Ormond Cottage

Dagg, James, Cappanasmear

Donahue, Ml., Coorevan House

Donohoe, John, Cloneska

Doolan, James, Garrybaun

Dooly, Nicholas, Eglish

Doorly, Denis, Uskane

Dwan, Henry, Driminure

Esmonde, James (J.P.), Drominagh

Exshaw, John, Ballyhaden

Falkiner, R.H. (J.P.), Mountfalcon

Falkiner, Miss, The Terrace

Fitzpatrick, Ml., Cloughleigh

Flannery, Dl., Crossanagh

Fortune, David, Kyle

Gaily, Andrew, Bellpark

Galbrith, James, Ballylina

Gaynor, Patrick, Ballyluskey

Grey, Thos. R., Greyfort House

Guest, John, Springpark

Hackett, James, Clarkhill

Heenan, Anthony, B’kane

Heenan, Martin, Lismacrory

Heenan, Michael, Munlusk

Heenan, Patrick, Firpark

Hoctor, Thomas, Drum

Hogan, Edward, Munlusk

Hogan, Michael, Prospect W

Ireland, De C. P., Merton Hall

Keevy, John, Bellgrove

Kennedy, Denis, Lisduff

Kennedy, James. Coorevan

Kennedy, Matthew, Lisduff

Kennedy, William, Crotta

Leenane, William, Newlawn

Martin, Rev. Jas., Finnoe Glebe

Meara, Denis, Kilcommon

Meara, Hugh, Cappanasmear

Meara, James, Ballycormack

Meara, John, Coorevan

Meara, Pat., Greyfort

Meara, Thomas, Munlusk

Minchin, Falkner, J. (J.P.), K’biller

Moran, John, Courthill

Nolan, Patrick, Tombrickane

Quinlan, Daniel, Feigh

Raymond, Mrs. M., B’kane

Reddan, Darius, Crotta

Reddan, D., Drumnamahane

Reddan, Patrick, Lisheen

Reeves, R. E. (J.P.), Kilgarvan

Robinson, Hy., Cloughkeating

Russell, W. J., Ballinderry Park

Ryan, Daniel, Borrisokane

Sadlier, Miss, The Terrace

Saunders, Edward H., Killavalla

Shea, George, Finnoe

Stoney, the Misses, B’kane

Stoney, Mrs. E., B’kane

White, Edward, Ballylough

Woods, William, Killeen