Cappawhite, Tipperary - Book of County Tipperary, 1889

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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 629 in 1881.

Cappawhite, in the parish of Toom, barony of Kilnamanagh, upper, is 7 miles, Irish, north of Tipperary, and 5 miles west by north from Dundrum, the nearest railway station. The village rises from both sides of a hollow, and is well built. Some years ago it had considerable notoriety as the scene of faction fights, but in late years none have occurred. Some of the land of the district is fair, and some light. Oats and potatoes are the principal crops. For list of fairs see index. A weekly market for butter, etc., was held some time ago, but it declined. Mr. Vere Hunt and the trustees of Thomas Dowling are the landlords. The parish of Toom was famous down to the sixteenth century, for a priory dedicated to St. Donan. It was granted with possessions by Queen Elizabeth to Miles Magrath, Archbishop of Cashel.

Baker: Ml. Burke

Catholic Ch.: Rev. J. R. Crowe, P.P.; Rev. Dl. Kiely, C.C.

Church of Id.: Rev. H. Brown

Dispensary: Dr. Jos. Fitzgerald

Drapers: Wm. Carew, Thos. Stapleton, Rd. Treacy

Grocers. Marked thus [*] sell spirits, thus [†] hardware, thus [‡] seeds, thus [‖] coal, thus [§] timber: Phil. Doherty†‖§, Thos. Haddick*, D. Heffernan*, Mrs. E. Kilbride*, T. Meagher*, Ml. O’Dwyer*†‡‖§, Ml. Quirk, Geo. Ryan*, Ml. Ryan*, Pat Ryan*, Thos. Ryan*, John Timoney, Rd. Treacy, Wm. White*

Nl. League: Rev. J. R. Crowe, Pres.

Petty Sessions, fortnightly, on Friday: Geo. Slyne, clerk

Post M.: Mrs. E. Kilbride

R.I.C.: Sergt. P. Farrell

School Nl.: Dl. Hayes, Mrs. J. Timoney

Spirit retailers. See also Grocers: Ml. Baragry, Mrs. Bt. Crowe, Dl. Ryan, Miss H. Ryan


Allis, John, Philipstown

Carmody, Dl., Cahernahallia

Carpenter, Wm., Glassdrum

Coughlin, Thos., Kilmore

Crowe, Patrick, Kilmore

Crowe, T., jun., Clonganhue

Crowe, Thos., Cahernahallia

Crowe, Ty., Moanvaun

Crowe, Ty., Clonganhue

Doherty, Ml., Crossayle

Duggan, James, Ballyhane W

Duggan, Wm., Ballyhane W

Dwyer, Patrick, Crossayle

English, Wm., Philipstown

Fahy, John, Woodbine

Furlong. Geo., Ardnagassane

Hammersley, Matw., Knockane

Hammersley, Mrs., Cahernahallia

Hammersley, Jno., Cahernahallia

Hunt, Vere (J.P.), High Park

Looby, Mrs. B., Philipstown

Maher, Wm., Newtown N

O’Brien, Ml., Philipstown

Purefoy, Wilfred B., Greenfield

Ryan, Daniel, Old Castle

Ryan, Denis, Parkroe

Ryan, James, Oldcastle

Ryan, Mrs. H., Moher

Regan, Mrs. M., Crossayle

Ryan, T. J., Glassdrum

Ryan, Valentine (J.P.), Chadville

Scott, Hugh (J.P.), Kilbeg

Taylor, Philip, Philipstown

Webb, Dr. Rt. A., Cappawhite