Borrisoleigh, Templemore - Book of County Tipperary, 1889

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Population 788 in 1881.—Trout-fishing.

Borrisoleigh, in the parish of Glenkeen, barony of Kilnemanagh, upper, is 5 miles, Irish, south-west of Templemore, the nearest railway station, and 7 miles north-west of Thurles. It is situated in a hollow, surrounded by hills, and the houses, for the greater part, are well built and slated. The country to which Borrisoleigh is the centre is good for pasture and tillage. The important drawback is the lack of railway communication. In 1879 an effort was made to have a line built to connect the town with Thurles, but it failed because the area of taxation was too large. In 1881 a survey was made for a light railway, and the inhabitants hope that this will be soon in course of construction. An immediate outcome would be the re-establishment of the weekly market for butter, etc. It is thirty years since this flourished, and attempts at revival have only helped to corroborate the opinion that buyers will not undertake tedious journeys by car when there are so many market towns with railway facilities. It is different with the fairs, and they continue to retain public favor. The great fair of each year is held November 27th, for cattle and sheep. A great pig fair is held on the previous day. For list of other fairs see back of book.

Borrisoleigh, down to a short time ago, was a district of the Royal Irish Constabulary. It is now only a station under Templemore. A pure water supply is one of the advantages of the town. Within a mile and a half, the Clodiagh is good for brown trout, and is open to the public. Along this river there are some romantic spots. Among the number is a picturesque ravine called “the Valley of the Robbers.”

St. Cuilen is said to have founded a church in the parish of Glenkeen, in the tenth century. A celebrated relic, found in the mountains, is called Barnaan-Cuilaun. It is supposed to have been the top of a censer belonging to the saint.

The most interesting object in the town is the old castle, on the property of Mrs. Anna Ryan. It was built by one of the Burke family. A storm a year and a half ago blew away much of the mat of ivy with which it was covered. There are remains of Cullaghill Castle, and a small castle near the Clodiagh. The former is on the farm of Mr. James Ryan, and the latter on that of Mr. Denis Stapleton. Cullaghill Castle was once occupied as a residence by one of the Chadwicks.

Auctioneer: John Cormack

Bakers: see Grocers

Builders: Ml. Maher, Patrick Maher

Catholic Ch.: Rev. Edw. Kenrick, P.P.; Rev. Ml. Finn, C.C.; Rev. John Murphy, C.C.

Cattle dealers: Martin Burke, D1. Lanigan, John Lanigan, James O’Shea

Dispensary: Dr. Jos. Power

Drapers: Dl. Fogarty, Mrs. Bt. Houlihan, James O’Shea

Emigration Agents: John Chadwick, Jno. Cormack, Dl. M‘Cormack

Grocers: marked thus [*] sell spirits. Thus [†] hardware. Thus [‡] seeds. Thus [‖] coal. Thus [t] timber. Thus [d] drugs. Thus [b] are bakers—Bartw.Chadwick*d, Timothy Coffey*, John Cormack*†b, Wm. Delany*†‡‖t, Edmd. Finn*†‡t, Danl. Fogarty*‡‖b, Ptk. Loughnane, D1. M‘Cormack*†‡‖t, Thos. Murray*†, Thos. Phelan†‡, Miss Fanny Quinlan, Miss Ellen Ryan*, John Young*

Hardware: see Grocers

Hotel: Dl. Fogarty

News agent: Dl. M‘Cormack

Petty Sessions, fortnightly on Monday: John Chadwick, clerk

Post M.: Con. Kennedy

R.I.C.: Sergt. J. Woods

Saddlers: Ml. Cashin, T. Cashin

School, N1.: Males. Jno. Troy; Females, Convent of Mercy

Victualler: Ml. Shea


Benson, Wm., Knocknaharney

Bourke, Edm., Curraghleigh

Bourke, John, Ross Cottage

Bourke, Philip, Pallas

Bourke, Wm., Fishmoyne

Bradshaw, Rd., Summerhill

Brien, James, Coolgort

Brien, Thos., senr., Knockanure

Brien, Thos., Knockanure

Burke, Mrs. C., Summerhill B.

Burke, Philip, Pallas Ho

Butler, Patrick, Pallas

Butler, Patk. B., Pallas

Cahill, Mathew, Pallashill

Carden, R. G. (J.P.), Fishmoyne Ho

Carden, Mrs. L. H., Fishmoyne

Carroll, John, Pallas Lower

Carroll, Michael, Aughnaheela

Chadwick, Miss Ada, Castleview

Cleary, Patrick, Pallas Lr

Connors, Patrick, Fantane

Cooke, Geo. R., Fortwilliam

Cooke, John, Rathmov

Corbett, Edmond, Killamoyne

Cormack, John, Drumtarsna

Devitt, Laurence, Killamoyne

Fegan, Capt. F. J., Ballinlonty Ho

Finn, Edm., Fishmoyne

Finn, Edm., Kilfithmone

Finn, James, Fishmoyne

Finn, James (R.O.) Borrisoleigh

Finn, John, Casllequarter

Finn, Patrick, Castlequarter

Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Ellen, Ballydaff

Fogarty, Edward, Coolaun

Fogarty, Philip, Gortalough

Fogarty, Thomas. Gortalough

Gleeson, Patrick, Fishmoyne

Gleeson, Thomas, Knocknanure

Guilmartin, Michael, Grangcroe

Hackett, Mrs. C., Summerhill

Hanly, Cornelius, Fantane S

Hanly, Michael, Cronovone

Harnett, Rt., Rossnamulteeny

Harty, Michael, Carrigeen

Hayes, Denis, Cahernahalla

Hickey, Denis, Fantane

Hogan, Roger, Fantane

Hogan, Thomas, Glenbreedy

Houlihan, George, Coolderry

Kelly, Jeremiah, Drumgill

Kelly, Michael, Drumgill

Kelly, Ptk., Gorteenabarna

Kelly, Wm., Drumgill

Kenny, Jerh., Glenkeen

Kenny, Thomas, Glenkeen

Kennedy, Ml., Castlehill

Kirwan, James, Knockakelly

Kirwan, Mrs. E., Curraghleigh

Laffan, Martin, Ballyroan

Long, William, Knockagh

Loughnane, Matt, Coolataggle

Loughnane, Michael, Ballydaff

McDonnell, John, Cloncannon

Morris, Miss, Borrisoleigh

Quinlan, Jas., Garrangrena

Quinlan, John, Ballydaff

Quinlan, Michael, Ballydaff

Ryan, Edward, Glenbreedy

Ryan, James, Cullahill

Ryan, John L., Borrisoleigh

Ryan, John, Glenbreedy

Ryan, John M., Cooleen

Ryan, John, Coolataggle

Ryan, Martin, Glenkeen

Ryan, Martin, Gorteenabarna

Ryan, Matthew, Ileigh

Ryan, Michael, Ballydaff

Ryan, Mrs. M., Gortalough

Ryan, Patrick, Curraghgloss

Ryan, Pat, Knockinure

Ryan, Philip, jun., Cullahill

Ryan, Thomas, Ileigh

Ryan, Thomas L.. Pallas

Ryan, Timothy, Rathcarden

Shanahan, Ml., Currabaha

Shanahan, Ptk., Grangelough

Searson, James, Castlequarter

Small, Jas., Gortnacranmore

Small, Ml., Gortnacranmore

Small, Rd., Knockshearone

Stapleton, Denis, Pallas Up

Stapleton, John, Pallas Up

Stapleton, Mrs. Knockanevin

Stapleton, Patrick, Knockwilliam

Stapleton, Toby, Knockanevin

Tynan, Wm., Rathmore

Waddick, Martin, Curraghkeale

Williams, Thos., Coolataggle

Young, James M., Rusheenmore