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Tipperary North Family History Research Centre

Governor's House
Kickham Street
Nenagh
County Tipperary
Ireland


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Tel: + + 353 67 33850

Fax: + + 353 67 33586
Email: tipperarynorthgenealogy@eircom.net

Notice

The North Tipperary Family History Research Centre is delighted to announce that it has resumed its genealogical service from 6th September 2004 under the auspices of North Tipperary County Council. We are providing a full genealogical service for clients whose ancestors originated in North Tipperary.

Signed: Nora O'Meara, Genealogy Officer.

Services

This centre, which caters for the northern half of the county provides a Full Service for enquirers and currently has computerised about 600,000 genealogical records.

Initial enquiries usually receive a reply within one month. Callers to the centre are given priority - OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Saturday and Sunday)

The main records include:

  • Roman Catholic records, the earliest of which date from 1792
  • Church of Ireland (Anglican/Episcopalian) records some of which date from 1755
  • Methodist records from the 1830s
  • Tithe Applotment and Primary Valuation Lists
  • Civil births, deaths & marriages 1864-1911
  • Gravestone inscriptions for all of Tipperary North
  • 1901 Census

Church & civil records terminate in 1911

In addition to the main sources, the centre has also computerised

  • Civil Survey and Hearth Money Rolls (17th century)
  • Street Directories (19th & 20th century)
  • Encumbered Estate records for Nenagh, 1854
  • Vestry Book for Borrisokane (19th century)
  • Poor Law rate books for Nenagh and Thurles PLUs, 1840s
  • Births, deaths and marriages in the Nenagh Guardian, 1838-66

Print a form to fill in for an initial search.

General Information

The Family History Research Centre is located in 2 buildings of architectural merit, being the former residence of the County Gaol governor from 1842 to 1886. It then became a convent, followed by a girls secondary school and, since 1984, a heritage centre (museum).

Nenagh's Heritate Centre is located in two stone buildings which were built in 1840-2 as the Governor's House and Gatehouse of an extensive gaol complex for North Tipperary people convicted of crime. Condemned cells in the Gatehouse held persons sentenced to death by hanging. Between 1842 and 1858 seventeen persons were executed here. There are 5 displays depicting aspects of prison and folk life: Lough Derg, The School Room, The Shop, Museum of Rural Life and in the Gatehouse the story of the Cormack brothers executed 1858, condemned cells and execution area. Admission to the Heritage Centre is free.

People with North Tipperary Roots

Olympians Johnny Hayes, Matt McGrath, Bob Tisdall; Australian Prime Minister Ben Chiffley; Roger Bannister, the first world's first sub-four minute miler; Kathleen O'Dwyer who became Daisy Bates,pioneer in the study of the Australian Aborigine; former Australian Governor-General, Sir William P. Deane; William Gleason (b. 1836), founder of Gleason Works in Rochester, NY; William M. Gardiner, current Secretary of State, New Hampshire, USA and James Dewey Watson, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology with two others in 1962 for their discovery of the structure of DNA.

Top Surnames in North Tipperary

Ryan, O'Brien, Kennedy, O'Meara, Maher/Meagher, Burke, Gleeson, Carroll, Hogan and Kelly.

Towns in Tipperary North

Nenagh, Templemore, Thurles and Roscrea.

Villages

Borrisokane, Borrisoleigh, Cloughjordan, Newport.

Important Places

There are sites of historic/archaeological/architectural/environmental interest located in or near the main towns, as well as at Holycross, Lorrha, Ashley Park, Rearcross. The river Shannon and its largest lake, Lough Derg, forms the scenic western boundary of Tipperary North.

Good evidence of the 13th century Norman conquest is to be seen throughout Tipperary North, by way of numerous mottes, several Hall Houses and religious foundations, and fine castle remains in Nenagh and Roscrea.

Emigration from County Tipperary

Emigration from Tipperary North was constant before the Great Famine of 1845 - 50, albeit in small numbers as against the immediate post-Famine period. A notable feature was the emigration in the 1830s of a number of Protestants from the Borrisokane area to Canada. Substantial numbers were transported to Australia.

Publications

This centre has a number of interesting publications for sale including:

  • Loosening The Chains - Nenagh ITGWU-SIPTU 1918-97 - euro12
  • Literature in Ireland by Thomas MacDonagh the 1916 executed poet, writer & patriot - euro5
  • The Great Famine in Nenagh Poor Law Union - euro19
  • A Trip Through Tipperary Lakeside - euro2.54
  • Blazing Tar Barrels (first local government elections of 1899 in Tipperary North) - euro5
  • County Guide - eight suggested tours covering the whole county - euro2.54

Prices quoted are approximate and do not include postage and packing.

Print a form to fill in for an initial search.

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