New Inn, Cahir - 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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Population 133 in 1881.

New Inn is a prettily situated village on the side of a hill, 4 miles, Irish, north by east from Cahir, 4 miles south from Cashel, and 9 miles north-west from Clonmel. It is in the barony of Middlethird, and parish of Knockgraffon. The Sisters of Mercy, a branch from Charleville, have a convent here. They keep a select ladies’ school and teach also under the National Board of Education. New Inn once had fairs, but none have been held for many years. The land of the district is good for pasture and tillage. Oats, potatoes and wheat are the principal crops. During the Geraldine League for maintaining Catholic rights in the reign of Elizabeth, the parish of Knockgraffon was the scene of a battle in which the Earl of Desmond gained a victory over the Anglo-Irish led by the Butlers, brothers of the Earl of Ormonde. About 3 miles, Irish, from New Inn is the old castle of Knockgraffon, belonging to Mr. Joseph Cooke, and in the vicinity, commanding a fine view of the Suir, there is a high earthen fort about one hundred feet in circumference at the top. It is a favorite place for country dances.

Catholic Ch.: Rev. J. Canon Ryan. P.P.; Rev. W. P. Ryan, C.C.

Church of Id.: Rev. R. Bradley

Convent of Mercy

Dispensary: Dr. Dl. Molony

Grocers and spirit dealers: Pat Barron, Ml. Tobin

Petty Sessions 4th Thursday every month, Ml. Bowen, clerk

Post Master: Henry Price

R.I.C.: Ml. Lynch, sergt.

School, Nat.: J. Maher, Sisters of Mercy


Barron, Ptk., Loughkent W

Carew, J. R., Knockgraffon

Carew, John, Knockgraffon

Cleary, Ml., Hymenstown

Cleary, Stn., Springfield

Clifford, Edm., Marlhill

Coman, John, Loughkent E

Cooney, John, Garranlea

Davin, Edm., Glennagat

Devereaux, Peter, Tooloune

Dooey, Wm., Springfield

Doohy, Wm., Dogstown

Downey, Mrs. E., Loughkent

Egan, James, Caddlestown

English, John, Knockgraffon

Farrell, Wm, Newtown

Fennessy, John, Garrandee

Fennessy, Mrs., C. Garrandee

Gorman, Michael, Newtown

Heffernan, Milo, Dogstown

Hyland, James, Graigue

Keating, James, Graigue

Kelly, John, Newtown

Kendrick, Thomas, Farrankindry

Kinneally, John, Loughkent W

Leamy, Mrs. E., Marlhill

Leamy, John, Marlhill

Leamy, Mrs. M., Marlhill

Lonergan, Mrs. K., Knockgraffon

Lonergan, Patrick, Carrigeen

Lonergan, Thomas, Knockgraffon

Molloney, Andrew, Springfield

Nagle, John, Garrandee

Phelan, David, Caddlestown

Quinlan, Mrs. C., L Kent

Rice, Mrs. A., Marlhill

Ryan, Edward, Ballygerald E

Ryan, Jeremiah, Knockgraffon

Shortall, Edmond, Ballygerald

Tobin, David, Killeenasteena

Tobin, Patrick, Loughkent L