Golden, Cashel - 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 380 in 1881.—Fishing, salmon and trout.

Golden, in the parish of Relickmurry, barony of Clanwilliam, is 3½ miles, Irish, west by south from Cashel, 6 miles east by north from Tipperary, 6 miles from the Dundrum station, G.S. and W. Railway, and 5 miles from Bansha, W. and L. Railway. The village consists of one street, rising out of the valley of the River Suir. Within seven years the population has been greatly reduced by emigration, etc. Fairs for cattle and sheep are held. See list at back of book. The land is good, and a large number of milch cows are kept in the district, forming part of the Golden Vale. Two butter factories have been started recently, one in Golden, and the other in the vicinity. William III. in 1690, wrote a letter from the bridge of Golden renewing to the Corporation of Cashel the charter granted to it by Charles I. An ivy-covered castle, about 50 feet high stands near the spot.

The chief attraction to the tourist at Golden is the ruined abbey of Athassel, which gives name to a parish. It is situated on the western bank of the Suir, one mile south of the village. Athassel Abbey was founded by William Fitzadelm de Burke, about the year 1200, for Canons regular of the order of St. Augustine, and dedicated to Edward the King of Martyrs. De Burke was steward to Henry II., and progenitor of the De Burgos. His remains were interred here in 1204. The abbey was also endowed by his descendants, of whom Richard, the Red Earl of Ulster, also died here, having some time previously retired from the cares of the world. The remains of the buildings are very extensive, including a tower about 70 feet high. There are many interesting broken sculptures. A few years ago the Board of Works spent a considerable amount in repairs and restorations. Mr. William D’Alton owns the farm containing the ruin.

Baker: Michl. Kelly

Catholic Church: Rev. Michl. M‘Donnell, P.P.; Rev. Dd. O’Callaghan, C.C.

Church of Ireland: Rev. Russell Bradley

Creameries: The Golden Dairy Co., Ltd., Michael Kelly, manager; John Blount, Ballycarron

Dispensary, Thomastown: Dr. Russell

Grocers; marked thus (*) sell spirits: Miss E. Barry*, Phil. Blake*, Thos. Burke*, Jas. Butler, Thomastown, Michl. Fleming, Mce. Horan, Ml. Kelly, Wm. O’Brien, Wm. O’Dea, John O’Dwyer*

Petty Sessions 3rd Tuesday every month, J. Chadwick, clerk

Post Mistress; Mrs. S. W. Fleming.

R. I. C.: Wm. Orr, sergt.

Schools, National: Michl. Fleming, Mrs. S. W. Fleming


Brien, Daniel, Suirville

Bourke, John, Thomastown

Brien, Richard, Lisgibbon

Butler, James, Ardobreen

Butler, Thos. (J.P.) Ballycarron

Clayton, Mrs. J., Golden Hills

Cleary, James, Thomastown

Cleary, Michl., Dangandargan

Cleary, Timothy, Rathduff

Coffey, Edmond, Lisgibbon

Creagh, Richd. F., Athassel

Cross, Mrs. M., Cahervillahowe

Cross, Patrick, Drishane

Dalton, John E. (J.P.) Ballygriffin

Dalton, Patrick, Ballyslateen

Dalton, Wm., Athassel Abbey N

Dunphy, Thomas, Sergeant’s Lot

Dwyer, Edmond, Ballygriffin

Dwyer, John, Lacken

Dwyer, Lce., Donaskeagh

Dwyer, Martin, Drishane

Dwyer, Martin, Kilshenane

Dwyer, Thomas, Curraghpoor

Fitzgerald, Jno., Lagganstown L

Fogarty, John, Kilfeakle

Fogarty, Wm., Cahervillahow

Greene, John, Ardobreen

Greene, Michael, Ballinlina

Greene, Wm., Rathclogheen

Hanley, Patrick, Donaskeagh

Heffernan, Michael, Ballyslatteen

Herd, Robert, Lisheen

Hickey, Philip, Lagganstown L

Hickey, W. P., Lagganstown L

Hickey, W. W., Lagganstown L

Heffernan, Patrick, Barnlough

Hogan, Charles, Athassel House

Hogan, Mathew, Donaskeagh

Hourigan, James, Comerford’s Lot

Lonergan, John, Athassel Abbey S

Looby, Daniel, Athassel Abbey S

Keating John, Athassel Abbey S

Keating, Thomas, Ballyslatteen

Kelly, Jno., Springmount

McGrath, Denis, Curraghpoor

McGrath, John, Ballinlough

Madden, Patrick, Lisgibbon

Mahoney, Andw., Lagganstown U

Massy, Capt. Dl. (J.P.), C’villahow

Massy, Francis (J.P.). Ballyvada

Massy, G.W., Cahervillahow

Merrick, Patrick, Bawnbrack

Moloney, Patrick, Thomastown

Neill, John, Ballyslatteen

Neill, Mrs. E., Ballinamona

Nugent, John, Lagganstown U

Peters, Richard, Ballycarron

Quinlan, Mrs. M., Abbey

Quirk, Thomas, Ballinahinch

Russel, Wm., Athassel Abbey S

Ryan, Dl., Mogh

Ryan, Denis, Coolacussane

Ryan, Jeremiah, Curraghpoor

Ryan, Martin, Rathclogheen

Ryan, Ml., Ballyslatteen

Ryan, Simon, Ballyslatteen

Ryan, Thomas, Suirville

Ryan, Wm., Curraghpoor

Ryan, Wm. T., Curraghpoor

Scanlan, John, Ballygriffin

Scully, Vincent, Castlepark

Scully, Wm., Ballinaclough

Shanahan, David, Grantstown

Shanahan, John, Ballinard

Smithwick, Thomas, Suirville

Thompson, J., Athassel Abbey N

Walsh, Philip, Ballinlina

Walshe, Thomas, Ballinamona