Fairs of County Tipperary - 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 libraryireland.com, 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.

To enjoy the rich variety of advertisements, confirm accuracy of the entries, or have a printed record of a family member, obtain an original or facsimile copy of The Book of County Tipperary.

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[The Compiler of this List, although having exhausted the sources of information, does not hold himself responsible for its accuracy.]

Ballina, March 28.

Ballingarry, Whit Monday, July 23, Nov. 12, Dec. 11.

Ballyporeen, May 12, Aug. 21, Dec. 17.

Bansha, Feb. 19, April 30, Sept. 30, Nov. 30. Pigs day before each Fair.

Borrisokane, Jan. 26th, Feb. 13, Mar. 17, April 26, May 27, June 26, Aug. 4, Sept 26, Nov. 6, Dec. 15. Pigs day before each Fair.

Borrisoleigh, June 9, Aug. 6, Nov. 27. Pigs Nov. 26.

Cahir, Feb. 8, April 12, May 26, July 20, Sept. 18, Oct. 2o, Dec. 7. Pigs last Thursday every month.

Cappawhite, Jan. 19, Feb. 14, Mar. 19, April 16, May 9, June 4, July 27, Aug. 16, Sept. 29, Oct. 18, Nov. 16, Dec. 21. Pigs day before each Fair.

Carrick-on-Suir, last Thursday every month, Whit Tuesday, Aug. 15, second Thursday after Michaelmas. Pigs Monday previous to each Fair.

Cashel, March 26, Aug. 7, and second Wednesday every month. Pigs last Wednesday every month.

Clogheen, third Monday every month, Pigs only.

Cloughjordan, Jan. 12, Mar. 12, May 12, Aug. 12, Nov. 12. Pigs day before each Fair.

Clonmel, First Wednesdey every month, except May and Nov. (May 5, Nov. 5). Pigs Monday previous to each Fair.

Cullen, Oct. 26, Pigs only.

Fethard, April 20, Nov. 21, and third Tuesday of other months. Pigs third Monday of every month.

Golden, May 18, Aug. 26, Oct. 26, Doc. 15.

Holycross, May 11, Sept. 24, Oct. 18.

Killenaule, Jan. 1, Mar. 25, first Thursday after May 11, and Oct. 11 if on Thursday, if not it is held the next Thursday.

Nenagh, First Monday in Jan. Feb., and Mar., April 24, May 29, July 4. Aug. 1, Sept. 4. Oct. 1o, Nov. 1, and first Monday in Dec. Pigs day before each Fair.

Newport, Mar. 25, April 18, July 21, Oct. 23, Dec. 27 and Corpus Christi.

Roscrea, Jan. 24, Feb. 23, Mar. 25, third Thursday in April, May 7, June 21, Aug. 8, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 29, Dec. 18. Pigs day before each Fair.

Silvermines, May 1, June 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 25.

Templemore, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, Mar. 20, April 23, May 17, June 28, July 30, Sept. 3, Oct. 21, Nov. 10, Dec. 7. Pigs day before each Fair.

Thurles, First Tuesday every month. Pigs previous day.

Tipperary, Second Tuesday in Jan., Feb., Mar., May, July, Aug., Sept., and Nov., April 5, June 24, Oct. 10, Dec. 1o. Pigs preceding days of new Fairs, and preceding Mondays or Thursdays of old Fairs.

Toomevara, Whit Monday, July 27, Sept. 29th, Nov. 4.