Holycross, Thurles - 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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Holycross is a village of 17 houses, in the parish of same name, barony of Eliogarty, 3 miles, Irish, south by west from Thurles. The land of the district is good for pasture and tillage. For list of fairs see back of book. The situation of Holycross is beautiful, in the valley of the River Suir, which, at a point higher up, has been utilized in a most fanciful and picturesque way by Mr. Charles J. Molloy, for pleasure gardens.

The ruin of the Abbey of Holycross is the great feature here. It occupies an extensive area, and was thoroughly overhauled by the Board of Works about seven years ago. The remains include the nave, transepts, choir, large square tower, and west window. Three columns of carved black marble were set on end by the Board of Works to show the form of the cloister. The interior abounds in material of interest to the antiquary. Holycross abbey was founded for Cistercian monks by Donald Carbragh O’Brien, King of Limerick, in 1182, and continued to flourish until the dissolution. It was granted by Queen Elizabeth to Gerald, Earl of Ormonde. The abbots of Holycross were barons of Parliament, and vicars-general of their order.

Catholic Ch.: Rev. Jno., O’Brien, P.P.; Rev. Thos. W. Jones, C.C.

Church of Id.: Rev. Canon Chas. Fry

Dispensary: Dr. R. H. Jackman

Grocers: Mrs. C. Cahill, Denis Ryan

Grocers and Spirits: Ml. Barry, Pat. Cardiff, Ml. Stakelum

Hotel: Ml. Barry

Miller: Ml. Barry

Post M.: John Hayes

R.I.C.: Sergt. Ml. Conlan

School, Nl.: Wm, Toohy, Mrs. Mary White


Bayly, Ed. C., Killough Castle

Bourke, Rd., Gurtnagow

Butler, John, Beakstown

Butler, Patrick, Beakstown

Butler, Stephen, Beakstown

Clarke, C. Nevill, (J.P.) Graigueno Pk

Comerford, Rd., Glenreaghmore

Corcoran, Ml., Suir Cottage

Cummins, John, Rathkennon

Cummins, Mrs. M., Rathkennon

Cuthbert, Joseph, Demone

Darmody, Daniel, Beakstown

Darmody, Jerh., Beakstown

Dempsey, Michael, Rathkennon

Doran, Patrick, Galbertstown

Doyle, John, Gawn

Dwyer, John, Killough

Dwyer, Thomas, Rathkennon

Fanning, James, Glenreighbeg

Feehan, John, Rathkennon

Feehan, William. Cloghane

Flanagan, John, Galbertstown Up

Greaves. Robert, Ballintemple

Jones, Thos. W., Whitefort

Lahy, John, Beakstown

Long, Jeremiah, Rathkennon

Maher, John, Killough

Maher, Mrs., Cormackstown

Maher, William, Cormackstown

Meara, John, Grange

Molloy, Rd., Ornacrusha

Molony, Thos., The Green

Murphy, Thos., Church Ho

O’Meara, John, Rathkennon

Reilly, John, Beakstown

Ryan, Denis, Beakstown

Ryan, John, The Green

Ryan, John, Cormackstown

Ryan, John, jun., Cormackstown

Ryan, Martin, Lisnaganoge

Ryan, Michael C., Cormackstown

Ryan, William, Beakstown

Shanahan, Jas., Graigueno Park

Stapleton, Mrs. M., Galbertstown

Tuohy, Patrick, Grange

Wall, Rickard, Holycross House

Walshe, Philip, Glenbane Lr