Emly, 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 348 in 1881.

Emly in the parish of same name, barony of Clanwilliam, is 7 miles, Irish, west of Tipperary, by road, and 9½ miles, English, by rail, via Limerick Junction. The railway station is one mile, English, from the village. It is a good butter-making country. In 1888 a weekly market on Wednesday, was established, and is usually well supplied with butter. There are also good fairs held here. For dates see index. Several of the tenants of the neighborhood have become owners under Lord Ashbourne’s Act. A handsome Catholic church, the building of which was begun in 1880, is one of the features. Down to 1889 about £12,000 had been expended upon it.

The original name of the parish was Imleac, signifying land verging on a lake. A lake of about 200 acres existed here until 1718. It was drained by Robert Ryves, tenant of Archbishop Palliser. Ancient Emly was an important place and the seat of a diocese. The cathedral occupied an elevated spot on the verge of the lake, but there are no remains of it. Union of the see with that of Cashel was effected in 1568. St. Ailbe founded an abbey for canons regular at Emly in the fifth century. Some of the bishops of Emly before the English connection, became Archbishops of Cashel and Kings of Munster, when the dignities were united.

Beginning in 846 the Danes frequently plundered Emly and its abbey. In 847 Olchobhair King of Munster, aided by forces headed by the son of the King of Leinster, killed 1,300 Danes, who had participated in the plunder of the abbey at Emly in 846.

Bakers: Jh. Collins, Jh. Ryan

Catholic Church: Rev. Mce. Power, P.P.; Rev. Jn. Dunne, C.C.

Coal: P. Mulvihill, S. Walsh

Dispensary: Dr. Jno. Glasheen

Drapers: Mrs. A. Carew, C. M‘Grath, J. L. O’Brien

Grocers and Spirit Retailers: Jh. Collins, John Creagh, Mrs. C. Dooly, Mrs. C. Fleming, Thomas Fleming, Hh. Hayes, Jas. Higgins, Mrs. E. Mulvihill, P. Mulvihill, J. Murphy, J. L. O’Brien, Miss Mt. O’Grady, Ml. Quinlan, D. Ryan, Jh. Ryan

Post Mr.: James L. O’Brien

School, Classical: Jn. Ryan, B.A.

School, National: Ml. Purcell, Miss M. Curran, Miss K. Meehan

Railway: Rd. Kirwan, S.M.

R.I.C.: Sergt. J. Gallagher

Spirit retailers, see also Grocers: Mrs. A. Carew, John Fleming, C. M‘Grath

Victualler: Daniel Kirby


Batters, Denis, Ballyvistea

Bourke, Dl., Killeengallive

Bourke, David, Coolboy

Bourke, Edmond, Coolboy

Bourke, Edmond, Coolboy

Bourke, Elly, Ballynagrana

Bourke, James, Drumcomoge

Bourke, John, jun., Moanmore

Bourke, Morgan, Moanmore

Bourke, Wm., Lisobehane

Brien, John, Ballynagrenagh

Callaghan, Jereh., Ballyhone

Callaghan, John, Ballyhone

Callaghan, Michael, Ballinaveen

Carroll, Patk., Chancellorsland

Carroll, William, Bartoose

Clancy, Ty., Drumcomogue

Coffey, Ptk. M., Ballynacree

Condon, Edm., Cloughaready

Condon, Thos., Cloughaready

Connolly, Edm., Cloughaready

Connors, Daniel, Duncummin

Connors, Francis, Duncummin

Connors, Patrick, Ballykiveen

Connors, Thos., Duncummin

Croagh, Timothy, Brensha

Cuish, Patrick, Nickeres

Cuish, Thomas, Ballyhone

Daly, Michael, Ballycarrane

Daly, Patrick, Ballycarrane

Daly, Richard, Gortvunatrime

Dwer, Jereh., Kilcornan

Dwyer, Wm., Clashdrumsmith

Fitzgerald, Dd., Clashdrumsmith

Fitzgerald, Elley, Tullow

Fitzgerald, Patrick, Tullow

Foley, James, Ballyvistea

Frawley, Dl., Chancellorsland

Frawley, James, Moanmore

Frawley, Mrs. H., Chantersland

Glasheen, Michael, Emly

Grace, Patrick, Lisobehane

Gubbins, Richard, Bartoose

Guerin, John, Clashdrumsmith

Keane, James, Drumcomogue

Kelly, Patk., Drumcomogue

Kenna, Ml., jun., Duncummin

Hanly, Cornelius, Lisobehane

Hanly, James, Ballinagrana

Hanly, Jeremiah, Ballyryan E.

Hanly, John, Farranasa

Hanly, Thomas, Duncummin

Hanly, Wm., Killeenagallive

Heelan, Mrs. Kate, Ballinvreena

Heffernan, Wm., Nickeres

Hennessy, Wm., Lisobehane

Hickey, Mrs. Mt., Lisobehane

Hogan, Edm., Gortvunatrime

M‘Enery, Patrick, Farranassa

M‘Grath, Cornelius, Lisobehane

M‘Grath, John, Moanmore

M‘Grath, John P., Farranassa

M‘Grath, Thomas, Lisobehane

M‘Grath, Timothy, Moanmore

M‘Grath, W. J., Moanmore

Meara, Wm., Bartoose

Mitchell, Matt. B., Chantersland

Molloy, Denis, Ballinvreena

Moloney, Matthew, Ballyvistea

Moloney, Pat, Chantersland

Mulcahy, John, Clashdrumsmith

Murphy, John, Duncummin

Murphy, Ml., jun., Ballyvistea

O’Brien, Dl., Moanmore

O’Brien, James, Rodus

O’Brien, John, Moanmore

O’Brien, Morgan, Moanmore

O’Brien, Patrick, Bartoose

O’Brien, William, Moanmore

O’Brien, William, Duncummin

O Neille, James, Moanmore

Purcell, Ellis, Gorteen

Purcell, Mrs., Moanmore E

Purcill, Philip, Moanmore

Quinlan, Jereh., Ballynaveen

Rawley, Patrick, Drumcomoge

Ryan, Clement, Emly House

Ryan, Cornelius, Gorteen

Ryan, Daniel, Ballynaveen

Ryan, Daniel, Killeenagallive

Ryan, Malachy, Ballynaveen

Ryan, Michael, Gurteen

Ryan, Michael, Ballinvreena

Ryan, Timothy, Ballynaveen

Ryan, William, Gorteen

Shea, Michael, Ballinvreena

Shea, Mrs. H., Ballinvreena

Slattery, Wm.. Lisobehane