Killenaule, Thurles - Book of County Tipperary, 1889

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Population 829 in 1881—Trout-fishing.

Killenaule, in the parish of same name, barony of Slieveardagh, is 9 miles, Irish, south-east of Thurles, and less than 2 miles west of Laffan’s Bridge station on the Southern Railway. The town is pleasantly situated, and the houses, for the greater part, are well built, and in fair repair. It is the head of a district of the Royal Irish Constabulary. The land of the surrounding country is good for pasture and tillage. Oats and potatoes are the principal crops, but the farmers rely for profits chiefly on the keeping of milch-cows, and the raising of young cattle and sheep. A list of the fairs will be found at the back of the book. All are pretty good. That on March 25th is celebrated for strippers, store cattle and sheep. The collieries of the district are described at page 23. In 1848 the people threw up barricades to arrest the advance of the military supposed to be in search of William Smith O’Brien, then in the town. Capt. Longmore, commanding a troop of the 8th Hussars, informed a civilian on guard that he had not come to take O’Brien, whereupon the obstructions were removed. Since then the town has been called “Killenaule of the barricades.” See page 19.

A handsome cruciform Catholic church is one of the features of Killenaule. It occupies the most prominent site in the town, and cost about £10,000. At a short distance from it is the presbytery, upon which over £2,500 has been expended.

The Protestant church is a neat building, surrounded by fine trees.

There are remains of castles at Graystown and Mortlestown, and of Danish forts at Rathroe and Rathmooley. A cave, called the “Rock,” one mile from Killenaule, on the farm of Mr. Charles Blackmore, extends for a considerable length into the limestone strata.

At a distance of about 3 miles there is a remarkable elevation of considerable area in the Bog of Allen. It is composed of excellent land, and resembles one of the secluded settlements of the Culdees. Near the ruin of an old church, a spot is pointed to as the last resting place of the Gobawn Saor. and twelve of his followers.

Bakers: see Grocers

Catholic Ch.: Rev. Wm. V. Jones, P.P.; Rev. John J. Duane, C.C.; Rev. Rd. Kennedy, C.C.

Church of Id.: Rev. Thomas Pyke

Coach builders: Carey Bros.

Colliery proptr.: Patk. Cormack

Corn mt.: J. J. O’Donnell

Creamery Co.: J. J. O’Donnell, managing director

Dispensary: Dr. Wm. K. Heffernan

Drapers: Ml. Butler, D. J. Hanly, John Miller, Miss M. J. Walshe

Egg exporter: Jos. Morris

Emigration agents: Thos. Dunning, T. P. Kennedy, Jas. Walshe, Miss M. J. Walshe

Grocers: marked thus [*] sell spirits. Thus [†] hardware. Thus [‡] seeds. Thus [‖] coal. Thus [t] timber. Thus [lJ leather. Thus [b] are bakers: Ml. Corcoran, Ptk. J. Corcoran*, Patk. Dunne b, Thos. Dunning†‡‖tb, Dwyer, Mrs. Mt. Laffans Bridge*, Thos. Guineyb, Mrs. Mt. Hayden, Mrs. My. Hayden, Denis F. Kiely, Thomas Kennedy*, Thomas J. Kennedyb*, Thos. P. Kennedy*, Mrs. J. Kerwick, Patk. Morris, James J. O’Donnell, Miss E. Phelan*, Jno. Quigley, Andrew Ryan*, James Walshe*lb.

Hotel: Jas. Walshe

Petty Sessions, fortnightly on Friday: A. J. Cooke, clerk

Post M.: Miss M. J. Walshe

Railway: Rd. Cole, S.M.

Relieving officer: Denis Breen

R.I.C.: Fredk. J. Smyth, D.I.; Ml. Rudden. H.C.

School. Nl.: Wm. Fitzgerald, Miss E. M. Corcoran

Spirit retailer, see also Grocers: Michl. O’Connell

Victuallers: Ml. Corcoran, Thos. Kennedy, Ptk. Morris, Jno. Ryan


Blake, Mrs. E., Ballincurry

Blackmore, Chas., Mortlestown

Brien, Cornls., Stillimity

Britt, Miss, Kilnahone

Bryan, William, Glengall

Butler, Jas., Ballykerrin

Butler, Michael, Ballykerrin

Butler, William, Ballykerrin

Caear, Thomas, Crohane Lr

Cahill, Wm., Knockavadagh

Casey, Rd., Rathmacarthy E

Clancy, Patk., Lismortagh

Connell, Richard, Kilnahone

Corcoran, James F., Graiguc Lr

Corcoran, Mrs., Graigue Lr

Corcoran, Richard, Graigue Lr

Cormack, Richard, Dunquib

Croke, Richard, Graystown

Cunningham, Wm., Rathroe

Dillon, John, Gortapisha

Donnell, Thomas, Garrane

Dunne, John, Knockavadagh

Dunne, Mrs., Curragh

Dwyer, John, Graigue Lr

Dwyer, John, Ballintogher

Feehan, Martin, Coolquill

Feehan, Mrs. M., Helenpark

Fitzgerald, Thomas, Killenaule

Foley, Patrick, Killenaule

Graham, Edm., jun., Garrysallagh

Graham, Thomas, Garrysallagh

Guiry, Patrick, Mount Taylor

Hayden, Thomas, Cathaganstown

Hickey, Thomas, Dunquib

Holmes, Anthony, Broomhill

Hyland, J., Carrigeensharragh

Kennedy, Dd., Cathaganstown

Kennedy, John, sen., Killenaule

Kennedy, Michael, Graigue Lr

Kerwick, Michael, Crohane Lr

Kickham, Edmond, Tarsna

Lahart, Mrs. M. Rathroe

Lahart, Pierse, Graigue Up

Lane, Hampden, Wilmount

Lanigan, James, Ballykerin

Leahy, Thomas, Gortnassy West

M‘Carthy, Rd., Crohane Lower

M‘Craith, Benjamin, The Villa

M‘Grath, Denis, Garrynoe

Mockler, Patk., Mortlestown

Mockler, Patk., jun., Mortlestown

Morris, John, Crohane Lower

Morrissy, Wm. & Stn., Killenaule

Mulcahy, Michael, Graigue

Murphy, John, Rathmooley

Navan, John, Kilkennybeg

Nolan, Daniel, Castlequarter

Nolan, John F., Lurgoe

Nolan, W. J., Lurgoe

O’Brien, Redmond, Roan

O’Brien, Thomas, Coolquill

O’Donnell, John, Graigue

Perry, Thomas, Graystown

Perry, William, Kilboy

Phelan, Richard, Gurtnapisha

Power, Edmond, Killenamack

Power, Thomas, Mardyke

Power, Thomas, Crohane Lr

Quigley, John, Mortlestown

Ryan, Edmond, Garrynoe

Ryan, Wm., Ballykerin

Shelly, Patrick, Knockabritta

Smith, Thomas, Mortlestown

Sullivan, Michael, Cathaganstown

Sutcliffe, Matthew, Broomhill

Trayor, Abbott, Cathaganstown

Tully, John, Monslatt

Walsh, Wm., Ballinure

Young, Rev. Rd., Mortlestown