The Commons, 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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The directories are naturally an invaluable resource for those tracing family history. The Book of County Tipperary is the first of these to be made available on, with its own search page. However, there are a few points to bear in mind.

  1. This online version is designed primarily as a genealogical research tool and therefore the numerous advertisements in the original book, many full page, and quite a few illustrated, have been excluded.
  2. The text has been proofed with due care, but with large bodies of text typographical errors are inevitably bound to occur.
  3. Be aware that there were often inconsistencies in spelling surnames in the 19th century and also that many forenames are abbreviated in Bassett’s directories.

With respect to the last point, surnames which today begin with the “Mc” prefix, for example, were often formerly spelt as “M‘,”. For a list of some of the more common forename abbreviations used in the directory, see Forename Abbreviations.

To enjoy the rich variety of advertisements, confirm accuracy of the entries, or have a printed record of a family member, obtain an original or facsimile copy of The Book of County Tipperary.

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The Commons is a village in the barony of Slieveardagh, 12 miles, Irish, south-east of Thurles, and 8 miles, north east of Laffan’s Bridge Railway station. Including the village there are about 200 acres, divided between 30 or more families, owners and occupiers. There are several coal mines in the district, most of which have been extensively worked by the Mining Company of Ireland during the last fifty years. Latterly this company having narrowed its operations, a few enterprising residents have been afforded an opportunity to push their fortunes.

The townland of Farranrory, at the Commons, was the scene of the rising of 1848, under the leadership of William Smith O’Brien. See page 19.

Grocers, Bakers & Spirit retailers: Mrs. Mary Cormack, Patrick O’Connor

Post M.: Mrs. My. Murphy

R.I.C.: Sergt. D. M‘Dermott

School, Nl.: Thos. & Mrs. Fitzgerald


Cooke, Henry, Newpark

Corcoran, James, Boulakeale

Cormack, Daniel, Bolintlea

Cormack, Bolintlea

Cormack, Robert, Bolintlea

Delahunty, Denis, Kyle

Delany, Mrs., Blackcommons

Doran, Ml., Bolintlea

Duggan, Denis, Kyle

Dunne, James, Ardagh

Hade, Patrick, Bolintlea

Healy, Thos., Bolintlea

Kealy, Daniel, Bolintlea

M‘Gee, Mrs.. Renighmore

Switzer, Matthew, Newpark

Switzer, Nathaniel, Newpark

Switzer, Richard, Lisnamuck

Tehan, Owen, Garrynagree

Walsh, Ml., Kyleballygalvin