Toomevara, Nenagh - Book of County Tipperary, 1889

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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 408 in 1881. Trout-fishing.

Toomevara, in the parish of Aghnameadle, barony of Upper Ormond, is 5 miles, Irish, east of Nenagh. It is estimated that the population has been reduced 100 since 1881. The land of the district is good for dairying. Fairs are held. See index. A fowl market is held fortnightly, on Tuesday, September to December. The ancient castles of Blean and Knockane are in the parish. Attached to the Catholic church in the village, there are remains of a Preceptory of Knights Templars, and some interesting sepulchral sculptures, including an effigy dug up a few years ago. Toomevara is the burial place of the O’Maras, a distinguished family whose tribe name was Ui-fatha.

Bakers: J. Donovan, J.O'Meara

Catholic Ch.: Rev. Dl. Fogarty, P.P.; Rev. Jas. Daly, C.C.; Rev. D. McNamara

Church of Id.: Rev. Canon Jno. L. Stawell

Dispensary: Dr. Geo. Hy. Powell

Draper: Miss My. A. Freeze

Groceries: Mrs. Eliza Enright, Thos. Landrigan

Groceries and Spirits: Ty. Delany, Jno. Donovan, James O’Meara, Thomas Ryan

Post M.: Jas. O’Meara

R.I.C.: Sergt. E. Kelly

School, Nl.: Thos. Ahearn, Mrs. E. Dunlea


Allison, Joseph, Park

Bentley, H. J., Pallas West

Bohan, William, Blean

Brien, John, Ballybeg

Brislane, Michael, Coologue

Carroll, Patrick, Garrane

Clarke, John, Knockane

Cleary, Wm., Annameadle

Coffey, Mrs., Blean

Colley, William, Ballybeg

Cormack, William, Ballybeg

Cummins, Mrs., Clonalee

Cummins, Wm., Clonalea

Cummins, Wm., jun., Clonalea

Cunneen, Lancelot, Knockane

Delaney, John, Lismore

Delaney, Michael, Garrane

Delaney, Thomas, Clonteige

Donohoe, Michael, Knockane

Donohue, Rody, Knockane

Dwyer, John, Carrigdawson

Eustace, Henry (J.P.), Grenanstown

Farrell, John, Ballinveeny

Farrell, Wm, Ballybeg

Gleeson, Edward, Gortagarry

Gleeson, Timothy, Baurroe

Grace, Mrs., Blean

Grace, Wm., Blean

Guilfoyle, John, Pallas East

Harty, Denis, Blean

Harty, Patrick, Lismore

Harty, Patrick, jun., Clonalea

Hassett, John, jun., Clash

Hodgins, Adam, Garryglass

Hogan, Cornls, Kilnafinch

Hogan, Michael, Ballinlough

Hogan, Patrick, Coolderry

Hogan, Ptk., Knockbrogue

Kenna, Denis, Park

Kennedy, John, Clonalea

Kennedy, Wm., Bunacum

Lanigan, S. M., Glenaguile Ho

Lewis, J. A., Clash Cottage

Looby, Philip, Kilnafinch

McDonnell, James, Stook

McDonnell, John, Gortagarry

Maher, James, Ballinveeny

Maher, Richard, Monanore

Maxwell, John, Ballinlough

Meara, James, Rossgoordagh

Meara, John, Garrane

Meara, Patrick, Garrane

Mooney, Geo., Ballinveeny

O’Connell, Danl., Castlequarter

O’Donnell, Jas., Annameadle

Oldfield, John, Loughane L

O’Ryan, John D., Cloghonan

Powell, Henry, Laghile

Powell, William, Blean

Reid, Samuel T., Poulakerry

Reidy, James, Clonalea

Ryan, Michael, Annameadle

Ryan, Michael, Baurroe

Ryan, Patrick, Glenaguile

Ryan, Patrick, Killiesk

Ryan, Timothy, Kilconane

Ryan, Timothy, Knockane

Tierney, Patrick, Ballinlough

Tierney, Patrick, Clash

Troy, Thomas, Park