Horse and Jockey, 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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Horse and Jockey, a village of 6 houses, in the parish of Moycarkey, barony of Eliogarty, is a station on the Southern Railway, 5¾ miles, English, south-east of Thurles. The land of the district has a limestone basis, and is good for pasture and tillage. It is an excellent sheep country. There are extensive remains of the castle of Moycarkey, on the estate of Mr. John Max. It was at one time occupied as the residence of the Cantwell family, and has a large square tower, with high surrounding wall. A fissure in the tower was caused by lightning over a hundred years ago. There are remains also of Granna Castle, on the estate of Mr. James Myers. The village of Ballinure, 6 houses, 3½ miles, Irish, to the south, is part of the postal district of Horse and Jockey.

Catholic Church: Rev. John Bourke, P.P.

Grocers: John O’Keeffe, Horse and Jockey; Thomas Bulfin, J. Grady, T. Heffernan, Ballynure

Grocers and Spirits: Thomas O’Keeffe, E., Shanahan

Post M.: Lce. Barry

Railway: James Ryan, S.M.

School, Nl.: Denis Commons


Bulfin, Edmond, Noan

Butler, John, Ballyhudda

Davern, John, sen., Ballaghboy

Delaney, Martin, Curraheen

Dwyer, Wm., Ballinure

Fitzgerald, James, Graigue

Flanagan, Thady, Graigue

Grady, Edmond, Graigue

Gleeson, John, Curraheen

Hogan, Ptk., sen., Knocknanuss

Hogan, Patrick, Coolkip

Kavanagh, Francis, Shanbally

Lamphier, John, Laurel Lodge

Lamphier, Vernon, Laurel Lodge

Maher, Thomas, Knockroe

Max, John, Maxfort

Max, Mrs. M., Maxfort

Melbourne, William, Curraheen

Mollumby, Mrs. M. A., Rose villa

Mullins, Michael, Grallagh

O’Brien, John, Ballaghboy

O’Brien, William, Ballaghboy

O’Keeffe, Thomas, Curraheen

Power, Thomas, Noan

Shanahan, Mrs. Cth., Curragheen

Shanahan, Thos, Ballinure

Shanahan, Thos., Knockroe

Sullivan, Denis, Ballinure

Sullivan, Patrick, Grallagh

Tennant, John, Parkstown