Fanning’s Tower House Farrenrory Co Tipperary Ireland

Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory View from

Ballingarry View from Fanning Castle Farrenrory Co Tipperary (3)Above are views from Fanning Castle tower house in Farenrory Ballingarry Co Tipperary.

On my recent trip to Ireland and Co Tipperary I thought I would have a look around Ballingarry as there are Fannings documented living there in medieval times.

There were different Fanning families at Ballingarry, Mohober, Farrenrory, Garynegre, Gortfree and Glengall.  In 1305 William Fanning was leased the Manor, Castle and lands of Mohober.

The earliest mention of Farranrory I have come across so far is the following:

25th April 1555 Inquisition taken at Clonmel

The jurors say that Nicholas Richard and John Fanyng Fitz Geoffery of Ballyngarry, Teige Beare O’Howlaghan and Dermot O’Treassy alias O’Twee of the same, kearns, advised procured and abetted by Geoffrey Fanyng gent, willfully burned a house at Ferenrory conmtaining 40 cows with 60l of William Fanyng gent and also a girl called Sawe Iny Canlyen who was in the house.” From the Calendar of Ormond Deeds.

Dec 20 1579 Edmund Fanning of Farrinrory, gentleman, son of William fanning late of the same grants to Thomas….

Richard Fannynge of Farrenrory 1589 Fiants of Elizabeth
Richard Fannynge of Farrenrory pardoned 1589 Fiants of Elizabeth

Dec 13, 1592 Edmund Fanning of Faren Rory is mentioned in a commission.

In 1641 in the Down Survey William Fanning of Upper and Lower Ffarrenrowry owns lands.

1654-56 In the Civil Survey the castle at Farrinrory is inhabited by William Faninge, gent and papist.

1654 William Ffanninge of Farrenroe has been issued a certificate of transplanation.

Even though death was the punishment for not leaving I have read that the transplantation scheme was a bureaurocratic nightmare and not everyone left for Connaught, some stayed on without their estates.

In the Hearth Money Rolls 1665-67 a David Fanning de Fearanrory has one hearth and 2s.

1670 the lands of the Fannings at Farranrory are owned by Sir George Ingoldsby, Earl of Anglesey, Protestant. He most likely got it from Ltn Jessy. While the soldiers of Cromwell were rewarded with land many sold their estates on.

When I got back to Dublin I looked up the pedigree of a William Fanning of Farrenrory in the National Library and found this document:

William Fanning of Farrenrory Pedigree cr
Pedigree of a William Fanning of Farranrory Co Tipperary National Library Dublin

John D’Alton in his Illustrations Historical and Genealogical of King James’s Irish Army List of 1689 outlines some of the family lineage of the Fannings of the Ballingarry area and of Kilkenny:

Richard Fanning captain King James's Irish Army List 1689 Vol1cr
Richard Fanning captian King James’s Irish Army List 1689 p621

Farrenrory Castle is described in the Ordinance Survey Letters by John O’Donovan. These letters are now online at Ask About Ireland.

In Oct 1840 it was described in the Ordinance Survey Letters as ” a round castle measuring 17′ 6″ in diameter on the inside and its walls well grouted 9ft in thickness and about 40 ft in height. It is three stories high; the third floor rested on a stone arch still remaining the others were of wood and have long since disappeared, as usual. The doorway which is on the N.W. side is pointed and constructed of cut lime stone. The windows are all constructed of cut lime stone and are some quadrangular, some roundheaded and some pointed. ( See Dic Noyer’s Sketch)

(Vol 1 Tipperary page 559. So far I haven’t been able to find the sketches.)

In William Healy’s “History and Antiquities of Kilkenny” published in 1893 there are these pages relating to the Fannings of Farrenrory and Ballingarry:

William Fannynge of Farranrory and Kilkenny died 1590 page1 cr
William Fannynge of Farranrory and Kilkenny p2 cr

William Fannynge of Farranrory and Kilkenny died in 1590. (From History and Antiquities of Kilkenny William Healy). In John D’Alton’s book “Illustrations, Historical and Genealogical of King James’ Irish Army List” 1861, William Fannyng who died in 1590 is described as “the settler”.

It seems that these Fannings who lived at Farranrory originally came across from Kilkenny. I have read that they came to Kilkenny from Waterford, not sure if there is any way of knowing if this is true.

I have also seen a family tree which has Edmund, the brother of William Fanning of Farranrory who died in 1590, being the the Edmund Fanning who settled in Connecticut. Again, who knows?

“Ballingarry History The Fannings, Lords of Ballingarry by Michael J. Fitzgerald on also has more information and stories of the exploits of the medieval Ballingarry Fannings.

I asked around in Ballingarry and was directed to the house of Martin Maher who I was informed by a local  man in the street “is into all that crarp”.  Martin was very helpful and assured me that there is nothing left in terms of buildings associated with the Fannings in Ballingarry or Mohober but that at Farrenrory there is a round towerhouse in Pollard’s Field.

After getting lost the usual number of times we found it. The castle was up a drive and just visible from the road. It was unfortunately surrounded by layers of mud and cow poo which we sank into.  Afterwards we went to visit a fourth cousin and had to turn up in our socks. Although, they being farmers didn’t seem to mind. “Where there’s muck there’s money ” they told us.

The townland of Farranrory was owned by William Fanninge of Farrenrory, son of James Fanning according to the pedigree above, in 1641 recorded in the Civil Survey. It was described as a good little castle with a good thatched house and some cabins. In the Down Survey 1655-6 it is depicted along with five houses surrounding it. Farranrory became the property of Lieutenant William Jessy of the Cromwellian army, who is recorded with two hearths in the Hearth Returns for 1666/7. He was most likely an absentee landlord.

The following description of the tower house/castle comes from the Slieveardagh site which sourced their information from Richard Clutterbuck’s thesis. I wish we had had this with us when we were looking over the Tower House:

“Location: Farranrory is situated in the east of Slieveardagh on the hills overlooking the Munster River Valley. The land is used predominantly for pasture today and was estimated to be mostly pasture in 1654 (Civil Survey I, 115). The site is approximately 4.2km northeast of Ballingarry parish centre.

Farrenrory castle is sited at an altitude of 210 metres on ground sloping gently to the southeast. The site has a south-easterly aspect and is sheltered by the hills. A small stream tributary of the Munster River runs approximately 40 metres to the east of the tower house cutting a small valley in the shale bed rock. The tower house is 190 metres north-west of a road which runs east-west into Co. Kilkenny.

Ballingarry Fanning Road Castle Farrenrory Road uo to
Road up to the tower house from Farranrory Rd

A lane connects the site to the road and probably served the original settlement and the modern farm yards and houses as well as continuing up the hill as a lane to the fields.

Fanning Tower House Original Entrance
Fanning Tower House Original Entrance on the west side

Description Farrenrory Castle is a free standing tower house with a circular plan. The castle is constructed of coursed limestone surviving to the level of the second floor above which it is derelict. The interior has mural chambers (vaulted chambers in the thickness of a wall),  stairs and an internal vault. The exterior ground level of the structure has a very slight base batter (thicker at the base).

The gable of a derelict farm house is attached to the west side of the tower house, partially obscuring the original entrance (Fig. 45, Plate 19). The tower house has a maximum external diameter of 10.4 metres and an internal diameter of 5.2 metres for the main ground floor chamber. Farrenrory survives to an approximate height of 8 metres.

None of the original woodwork or door survives in the interior of the tower house and was probably salvaged for a later building. This robbing resulted in the breach in the ground floor embrasure (an embrasure is an opening in the defences of a castle used for shooting at attackers) and also the destruction of the tower above the second floor.  Farrenrory tower house has a major structural crack in its facade and may be in danger of collapse.

Fanning tower house Farrenrory Co Tipperary
The derelect farmhouse attached to the tower house on the west side
FAnning Tower House Farrenrory Ballingarry structural crack on the west side
Fanning Tower House Farrenrory Ballingarry showing the structural crack on the west side

The tower house was entered through pointed-arch cut limestone door located in the western quadrant of the tower. The door frame has two orders one of which accommodated a yett (gate or grille of latticed wrought iron) held in place by chains through holes in the left jamb and the apex of the door frame. The gable of the later farm house obscures the right hand side of the jamb.

Dedication plaque
Dedication plaque above main entrance, now blocked up.

A dedication plaque is set in the wall above the door; unfortunately this plaque is illegible. Presumably is a dedication to the builder and owner of the tower house, probably a member of the Fanning family.

The main entrance leads to a small lobby area. Two inward opening pointed-arch doors led from the lobby to a mural chamber and a secondary lobby. There is a cruciform musket loop with downward splayed expanded terminals directly in front of the main entrance. This is set in a single flag of limestone and is reached by a recess in the main ground floor chamber.

Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory Interior (9)
Cruciform musket hole

There is also a murder hole in the lobby ceiling which drops from a mural chamber in the first floor.

The small ground floor mural chamber probably acted as a guard chamber or storage space. This chamber has a vaulted roof and has two recesses in the walls for cupboard space.

The secondary entrance lobby gives access the main ground floor chamber and the vice (spiral staircase) through inward opening door set in pointed-arch limestone frames. The jambs still retain some pivot holes and hanging-eyes for the heavy wooden doors as well as the holes in the jambs for the cross bolts. The chain for the yett can also be drawn through an aperture from this lobby.

The ground floor main chamber is circular in shape with coursed shale walls and three deep set embrasures for windows. The embrasure in the south-west quadrant has been broken out. The floor of the chamber is obscured by rubbish and debris from the walls and corbel roof (corbels are stone brackets). The chamber originally had a wooden ceiling.

The embrasures are vaulted, still with the impression of the wicker-work centring. Narrow slit windows are round-headed and constructed of dressed limestone with splayed ingoings. The exterior of the southern light has carved spandrels with a triple-leaf motif. On either side of the lights are musket loops. These are deep apertures splayed at an angle to the windows, although their exits on the outside of the tower house have been removed and blocked. Portions of the vaulting of the southern embrasure have collapsed where it corresponds with the first floor embrasure overhead.

Window on the second floor
Window on the second floor

The vice is accessed through an inward opening segmented pointed-arch door from the secondary lobby and was lit by a single narrow window. The first floor was reached through a pointed-arch door directly off the vice. A mural passage (a passage in the thickness of a wall) from the vice leads to the chamber with the murder hole. The passage is lit by slit windows and has a small gun loop next to the murder hole over the ground floor main entrance.

The wooden floor of the second storey was supported on corbels. The floor has three deep embrasures each with narrow ogee-headed windows of dressed limestone.

On each side of the lights are apertures for gun loops. These pierce the wall as small circular holes created by two shaped pieces of limestone. The first floor has a vaulted ceiling which is now in a dangerous state of repair.

Fanning Tower House Farrenrory Ceiling
Ceiling of second floor

The second floor can still be reached by the remains of the vice though some of the steps have been removed. This floor as too dangerous to inspect but appears to have been larger then the lower floors. The original walls partially survive and contain the remains of a number of windows around its circumference and a slop stone on the north-east side of this floor.

Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory Slop Stone
Slop stone for carrying away kitchen waste Farrenrory Fanning tower house

The remains of the second floor are obscured by the growth of grass, ivy and a tree. The tree is probably destroying the internal vault with its roots.

Interior from second floor
Interior from second floor

There is no apparent garderobe or a fire place in the tower house, although these may have been contained on the second or upper floors. (there is a garderobe or medieval toilet) There is no evidence for a bawn or wall around the tower. However, the area around the castle has been used as a farm yard with stone out-houses and these may have robbed and obscured any original bawn walls.”

Richard Clutterbuck has also written another article discussing Farranrory Tower House in Trowel Vol. IX, 1998/9, titled “Farrenrory Tower-House, County Tipperary A Gentleman’s Home” :

Farranrory Tower House Richard Clutterbuck Trowel 1998 p13

Farranrory Tower House Richard Clutterbuck Trowel p14 Farranrory Tower House Richard Clutterbuck Trowel p15

Farranrory Tower House Richard Clutterbuck Trowel p16

Richard Clutterbuck’s article on Farranrory tower house from Trowel printed with his kind permission.

There is also a description and evaluation of Farranrory in the Archaeological Survey of Ireland from a 2003 visit:

Farranrory Castle National Monuments Description page 2
National Monuments Service description of Farranrory Tower House

Martin Maher edits the Ballingarry Journal and is involved with a fantastic site for the Ballingarry area and people with excellent articles on the history of the area. He gave me a copy of the 2004 edition which has a photo of Farrenrory Castle with this information :

” Farranrory Castle (also known as Prout’s Castle) is situated about three miles from Ballingarry village and about half a mile to the west of the Munster River. It was a round castle, three stories high, the third floor rested on a stone arch still remaining; the others were of wood and have long since disappeared. The doorway on the northeast side was pointed and constructed of cut limestone, as were all the windows. The Fannings, who were the greatest landowners and most numerous Norman family in the area occupied the castle for many years. The ruins of the castle which are situated on Pollard’s land can still be viewed.”

Dr Thomas McGrath writing in Landlordism in Ballingarry Parish in 1650 and 1850 describes the various Fanning holdings differently:

“In comparision to the Butlers, the Fanning Family, who were also of Anglo-Norman origin, were of minor importance though they were well established in Ballingarry holding 4,454 acres. Nicholas Fanning held 1600 acres at Ballingarry. Jeffry of Glengall held 474 acres consisting of Glengall(1184) Grawn(100), Ballaghboy(150) and Gortnassy(40). William Fanning of Farrinrory held 1,980 acres: Farranrory(1,000), Cappagh(680), and Kilmackenoge(300). Edmond Fanning of Gortfree held 400 acres therein.”

I don’t know if there is any connection between my Fanning ancestors and those at Farrenrory as there are no records after about 1680 to make any connections. There don’t appear to be any Fannings living in the Ballingarry area today or during the 1850’s (Griffith’s Valuations) and they may have moved to the Thurles area. There is mention made on the site of a Mr Fanning setting aside land for the new Ballingarry Church before he sold his land to Mr Jacobs. The new church was built in 1731 so there was a Fanning around at or just before this time.

Visitation Book of James Butler Land for Ballingarry Chaopel Mr Fannin 1754
Visitation Book of James Butler 1754

The Fannings who lived at Lissaroon are said to arrived there in 1741 but from where we don’t as yet know. Perhaps some one reading this may know what happened to the Ballingarry Fannings. Certainly in our family the names William and Edward appear frequently.

It was a highlight of my time in Co Tipperary climbing around this castle. The first time we were there it was raining and I discovered that all the photos I took had a big raindrop in the middle, so we had to go back the next day. This time armed with gumboots (in Ireland they call them wellingtons) kindly lent us by Eileen Creed our Cashel B&B (Ard Ri House- highly recommend) host and her husband.

It was also a lovely sunny day so much more enjoyable. I loved the land around the castle, very pretty and protected, my kind of place. We climbed up on top and sat up there and surveyed the surrounding countryside and imagined what it must have been like living there.

While exploring the castle ruins it was great not to have to worry about snakes !! Thank you St Patrick. At home it would be highly prized snake habitat. To be honest we didn’t see a lot of wildlife in Ireland and Spain compared to back home which is a bit sad. I guess centuries of occupation have taken there toll. The downside of all that history. At least while driving around Ireland I got a break from seeing roadkill which is so prevalent on my drive to work on the Pacific Highway in NSW.

Entrance to the road leading up to the tower house


Fanning Tower House Farrenrory Co Tipperary
Fanning tower house window
Fanning Castle Farrenrory Arrow Loop Window
Ceiling of Fanning tower house Farrenrory
Fanning tower house Farrenrory interior arches

Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory Interior (9)

Richard Clutterbuck mentions that ” the multiple gun or musket loops place this tower house in the sixteenth century when hand held guns became numerous in Ireland.”

Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory Interior


Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory, the garderobe or medieval toilet which emptied down to the outside of the castle.
Back of the castle, toilet waste exit?
Internal stone staircase


Land Around Farrenrory Castle, View from the Top

If you want to read more about Farrenrory and the medieval Fanning family go to this site It is worth looking at along with

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Results of Cromwellian Settlement in Co Tipperary Ireland

English: Castles of Munster: Ardfinnan, Tipper...
Ardfinnan Castle, Co Tipperary was built by Prince John in 1185. It was garrisoned by Cromwellian troops throughout the 1650’s.


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Burncourt Castle Co Tipperary was destroyed in 1650 by its owner Sir Richard Everard to prevent its occupation by Cromwellian troops.

The Cromwellian Settlement of Tipperary by J.G.Simms can be read here at the Tipperary Library site. It is very interesting and informative. There are many out of print issues online here as well.

“The result of the Cromwellian settlement was that by 1660 at the end of the Commonwealth regime virtually all Tipperary was in the possession of Protestants” and according to Simms “the foundations of much later strife were laid in the Cromwellian settlement.”

There are quite a lot of out of print Tipperary Historical Journal articles which can be read online free through the Tipperary Library Local Studies site.

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Old Photos of Roscrea, Loughmore & Templemore Co Tipperary

These are some more photos by Robert French of areas in Co Tipperary that would have been very familiar to the Fannings.

These photos are part of the Lawrence Collection of 40,000 Irish photos and are in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin.

Loughmore Castle Co Tipperary
Loughmore Castle Co Tipperary
Main St Roscrea Co Tipperary Robert French
Main St Roscrea Co Tipperary Robert French
Market St Templemore c1865-1914
Market St Templemore c1865-1914
Market St Templemore Co Tipperary c1865-1914
Georges St Templemore Co Tipperary c1865-1914
Military Barracks Templemore c1865-1914CR
Military Barracks Templemore Co Tipperary c1865-1914

Old Photos of Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland

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National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These photos of Thurles in Co Tipperary were taken by Robert French between 1870 and 1910. They are part of the Lawrence Collection in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin. The National Library’s complete collection of Digital Photographs can be found here. You can use the search box to find particular areas in all the collections.

The Fanning families lived around and in Thurles. My direct ancestors were all baptised in Thurles Parish.

Thurles Main St Co Tipperary
Thurles Main St Co Tipperary
West Gate Thurles Co Tipperary
West Gate Thurles Co Tipperary
Friar St Thurles Co Tipperary
Friar St Thurles Co Tipperary
Castle and Cathedral Thurles Co Tipperary
Castle and Cathedral Thurles Co Tipperary
Castle and BridgeThurles Co Tipperary
Castle and BridgeThurles Co Tipperary
Main St Thurles Co Tipperary
Main St Thurles Co Tipperary
Main St Thurles Co Tipperary
Main St Thurles Co Tipperary
Market Square Thurles Co Tipperary
Market Square Thurles Co Tipperary
New St Thurles Co Tipperary
New St Thurles Co Tipperary
West Gate Thurles Co Tipperary
West Gate Thurles Co Tipperary
THe Mall Thurles Co Tipperary
The Mall Thurles Co Tipperary
Presentation Convent Thurles Co Tipperary
Presentation Convent Thurles Co Tipperary
Catholic Cathedral Thurles c1880
Catholic Cathedral Thurles c1880

Fanning Graves in Ballycahill Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland 2011 Photos

These recent photos of Fanning and Fannin graves were taken in June 2011 at Ballycahill Cemetery which is close to Thurles city in North Tipperary.

Tipperary Studies has many Graveyard transcriptions on their site and they are adding more. They have Ballycahill Cemetery transcriptions. They also have a lot of other interesting genealogical documents.

Delia Cullen nee Mullany in front of the Fanning Family Graves at Ballycahill Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland June 2011
Delia Cullen nee Mullany in front of the Fanning Family Graves at Ballycahill Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland June 2011

There are more photos and information on Fanning burials in this post “Fanning Family Grave Inscriptions and Photos Co Tipperary“.

Tipperary Studies in Thurles Library has just added a list of Ballycahill Cemetery gravestone inscriptions. They have a growing number of Tipperary cemetery inscriptions as well as other family history sources on their site.

Gravestones of William Fannin died 1802 and his wife Sarah Fannin died 1817 both of Lissaroon.
Gravestones of William Fannin died 1802 and his wife Sarah Fannin died 1817 both of Lissaroon.

William Fannin and his wife Sarah Ryan are the earliest of my Fanning ancestors I have been able to trace. There are photos of  Lissaroon in North Tipperary in this post. There is more on Sarah and William Fannin in this post “Descendants of William Fannin and Sarah Ryan”.

Michael Fanning Lisaroon died 1878 Ballycahill Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland
Graves of Michael Fanning, his wife Catherine Ryan, Thomas Fanning and his wife Hanna Bannon, Ballycahill Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland 2011

Hanoria (Nora) Fanning was married to Edmund Deavy 18 June 1879 in Thurles Parish. His father was Patrick Deavy and mother was Anne Campion. He was born in Derry Rathdowney Co Laois in 1846. He and Hanoria had three children, two were girls and not sure about the gender of the third. Anna Maria Deavy was baptised 10 May 1880 in Rathdowney. Her godparents were Michael Campion and Bridget Fanning. All of these children are said to have emigrated to America. Edmund remarried Mary Ryan in 10 Feb 1887 in Galmoy Parish Co Kilkenny and they had a daughter Johanna born about 1889. Edmund died before 1901.

John Fanning died 1824 Ballycahill Cemetery Co Tipperary
John Fanning died 1824 Ballycahill Cemetery Co Tipperary
Family Family Memorial Ballycahill
Family Family Memorial Ballycahill
Ballycahill Cemetery William Fannin died 1802
Ballycahill Cemetery William Fannin died 1802
Ballycahill Cemetery Sarah Fannin nee Ryan died 1817
Ballycahill Cemetery Sarah Fannin nee Ryan died 1817
INn with the Fanning family graves John & Ellon McGrath Ballycahill Cemetery Co Tipperary
In with the Fanning family graves are the graves of John & Ellon McGrath Ballycahill Cemetery Co Tipperary

Church Photos Co Tipperary Ireland 2011

St Mary's Church of Ireland Thurles Co Tipperary
St Mary’s Church of Ireland Thurles Co Tipperary

The sister of my ggggrandfather William Patrick Fanning “Big Bill” is buried in the church cemetery of St Mary’s with others of her family. Her married name was Sarah Sheehan. There is more on Sarah  in this post “Sheehans of Quarry St Thurles Co Tipperary“.

Church of the Assumption Thurles Co Tipperary 2011
The Catholic Church of the Assumption Thurles Co Tipperary 2011
St Cataldus Ballycahill Catholic Church Co Tipperary Ireland
Inch Catholic Church Co Tipperary Ireland
Inch Catholic Church Interior
St Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church Inch Co Tipperary
Inch Catholic Church looking towards back
Inch Catholic Church looking towards back

The Catholic Church at Inch would have been the church of the Fanning family. It was built on a slope, the bell tower has been put on the Church recently when it was done up. But when it was originally built the “supppression orders” were in place, so the Church had to hidden from the British as they were not allowed to build churches. The Bell Tower was on the ground next to the Church – to keep it hidden. Now it is on the top of the Church.

St Cataldus Catholic Church Ballycahill
St Cataldus’ Catholic Church Ballycahill Co Tipperary Ireland
Interior St Cataldus' Catholic Church Ballycahill
St Cataldus’ Church
St Cataldus' Catholic Church Ballycahill Co Tipperary Ireland
St Cataldus’ Catholic Church Ballycahill Co Tipperary Ireland built c1835

Fannings in Feudal and Medieval Times in Co Tipperary

The History of Clonmel by William P Burke published in 1907 can be easily read online at The pages below mention Anglo-Norman Fannings in the 12th and 16th centuries in Co Tipperary Ireland.

Co Tipperary Cahir Castle Butler Coat of Arms
Butler Coat of Arms Cahir Castle Co Tipperary

History of Clonmel p7 croppedHistory of Clonmel page 8croppedClonmel in the 16th Century Fanning kerns cropped

Ballynahow Castle Co Tipperary Ireland 16 th Century Purcell Castle
Ballynahow Castle Co Tipperary Ireland 16 th Century Purcell Castle

The Evaston/Eviston Family from Clonomocogue Co Tipperary Ireland

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Map of the Irish Counties

The Evistons from Clonomocogue More Thurles Co Tipperary Ireland are connected to the Fanning family from Thurles.

Clonomocogue is just north of Thurles. It is spelt as Clonamuckoge in Griffith’s Valuation.

I still have to research the Eviston-Fanning connections further and would appreciate any info on them or corrections if you see any mistakes or inaccuracies.

Eviston is spelt in different ways: Evaston, Eveston and in the Griffith’s Valuation as Evinston. There don’t seem to have been many of them in Co Tipperary. I have found records of Evistons in Thurles and Moyne Parishes. The records that North Tipperary Genealogy has for Evistons start too late to be of much use.

In Griffith’s Valuation at Clonamuckoge More in the Parish of Loughmoe East (Loughmore East) published in Sept 1849 Martin Evinston has 4 acres and 39 perches of land worth 2 pounds 17 shillings. He is at number 1. At number 9 are Thomas Evinston (Small) and Thomas Evinston (Big) and John Evinston and Martin Evinston. Between them they have 111 acres. In Baronstown townland in the same parish Martin Evinston has 58 acres with house, office and land.

Griffiths Valuation 1849 Clonamuckoge More Loughmoe East_NEW
The Townlands of Clonamuckoge Beg and More Loughmoe East Co Tipperary Griffith’s Valuation published Sept 1849

A good place to look at Griffith’s Valuations is the Ask About Ireland site. It is worth checking the date the particular parish valuations were published. This is at the end of the parish records. Looking at the descendant chart below I am sure Martin Evaston and Margaret Brennan would have had more children than Martin and Thomas but so far I haven’t been able to find them.

Martin married Johanna Fanning and Thomas married Mary Fanning. Mary is buried in Ballycahill Cemetery with the Fanning family. Her father was William Fannin (Fanning) and mother was Hanera Cormack. She would have been born in Lissaroon.

William Fannin and Mary Eviston Ballycahill Cemetery
Mary Eviston nee Fanning Ballycahill Cemetery
Loughmore Cemetery Jerome Eviston Co Tipperary Ireland
Jerome Eviston Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland
Loughmore Cemetery Evestons of Barronstown Co Tipperary Ireland
Evestons of Barronstown Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland
Loughmore Cemetery Eviston Graves Co Tipperary Ireland
Eviston Graves Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland
Loughmore Cemetery Tom Eviston of Clonomacogue Co Tipperary Ireland
Tom Eviston of Clonomacogue Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland

Evistons buried in Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland cr

Evistons buried in Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland

From “Loughmore Parish Index to Burials in Loughmore and Templeree Graveyards” which can be found in the Thurles Library Co Tipperary Ireland. There are maps at the back of this book with grave locations. They are too big to put here but if you want to know the location of a grave on this list contact me.

There are also some Eviston graves in Loughmore Catholic Cemetery transcribed by Sue Grieves:

Eviston Margaret died 8.1.1831 aged 62 years, Thomas of Clonamocoge died 20.1.1808 aged 51 years. Eviston Martin, erected by Martin Eviston of Barronstown in memory of his father who died 20.11.1891 aged 70 years, his mother Johanna nee Fanning died 12.11.1869 aged 50 years, daughter Margaret died 23.10.1911 aged 12 years, Martin died 2.9.1923 aged 72 years, his wife Sarah died 14.4.1933 aged 72 years Harney Michael died 26.3.1911, his wife Bridget died 26.2.1950.Eviston William of Clonomogogue (Clonamuckoge) died 18.3.1921 aged 75 years, his wife Bridget nee Dunlea died 15.12.1933 aged 80 years.

John Eviston , the son of Mary Fanning and Thomas Eviston emigrated to NSW Australia. He lived in Bathurst and was a well loved and prominent citizen.

John Eviston Obit 1925 Freemans
Obituary John Eviston Freeman’s Journal 12 Feb 1925


“an upright citizen, a loving father, no greater testimony can be written against the name of any man.

Death came with tragic suddenness, For some time past Mr Eviston had been suffering from heart affection, a fact which will occasion no surprise when it is known that he was in his 81st year. Some little time back he was forced to take to his bed, but as a result of skillful medical attention and the careful ministrations of a loving daughter, he rallied, and was able to move about as usual. On Friday there was no indication that the end was near. His son, the Rev. Father Timothy Eviston, of Dunedoo, was on a visit to his father and left by Saturday morning’s mail. Mr Eviston remained up until about 2 a.m. to see his son off and then retired. At about 7 o’clock on Saturday morning his daughter made her usual visit to the bedside and found her father dead. Death had taken place a couple of hours earlier as a result of heart failure.

The late Mr Eviston was born at Clonomocogue, in the parish of Loughmore, County Tipperary, in 1844, He was the second son of Thomas Eviston, whose ancestors lived in this district for six generations. it is interesting to note that the deceased elder brother, Martin, still survives in the old home in his 87th year. After receiving the usual elementary education then prevailing he entered business in Thurles, where he remained twelve months. He then proceeded to Dublin, and after three years decided to leave Ireland, as it did not offer the opportunities he desired. He sailed in the “Empire of Peace” for Melbourne, which reached in May, 1864. he settled in the Clunes district and obtained a position of book-keeper to Rabby Brothers, contractors. When he was there five years he made up his mind to come to NS Wales. He later settled in Bathurst, where he married in 1870 Elizabeth Connolly, second daughter of the late John Connolly, Rossoulty, Upper Church, Tipperary, Ireland, in the early seventies he opened a business as clothier and mercer with the late James Kelaher. As Kelaher and Eviston the firm became well known and the deceased commanded a large measure of popularity and won much esteem and respect for his transparent honesty and business integrity.

His activity for well night forty years was continuous and practical. AS a member of the hospital committee he was an energetic worker for that institution for more than thirty years. He was not a man that sought the limelight or looked for praise. he was deeply interested in every movement that concerned his native land. During his long residence in Bathurst he was closely associated with the different delegations that came there on behalf of the Irish cause. IN matters concerning Faith and Fatherland he was no rail-sitter. All knew where he stood. Without drum or trumpet to proclaim it, He was throughout his life an uncompromising Catholic and a true Irishman in all circumstances. He was no trimmer, and he placed no confidence in the Irish Catholic who was apologetic for either. As a Catholic who saw the development of the Bathurst parish to a large extent, and who contributed somewhat towards that development, he is perhaps best  known locally. Throughout the rule of the late Dr. Byrne, of happy memory, and for most of that of his successor, the saintly and gentle Dr. Dunne, Mr Eviston’s devotion and energy in promoting the material progress of the church are well known. During this period some of the important works accomplished were the new sanctuary and improvements to the Cathedral, the building of the monastery, the addition of another story to the Convent of Mercy, the erection of the Bishop’s house and the boy’s school. The amount of clerical work which his position as treasurer was enormous, but to him it was a labour of love for which he is now enjoying his reward. When the Conference of St Vincent de Paul was established over twenty years ago he was one of the first members and until a couple of years ago was a regular attendant at the weekly meetings.

he was also one of the earliest members of the Guild in its formation in Bathurst. He occupied many offices in it and at the time of his decease was trustee. he was, perhaps, the oldest Guildman in the State.

He had the distinction of being one of the oldest subscribers to the “Freeman’s Journal”, having taken it for over 50 years.

Deceased’s wife predeceased him by six years, and he is survived by the following members of his family: Sister M. Patrick, Convent of Mercy, Bathurst;Mesdames J. and P.J. Purcell (Woodstock), Miss Eviston (Bathurst), Rev. Father T. Eviston (Dunedoo), Rev. Brother Alphonsus (Patrician Bros., Sydney). Mr. M. Eviston, Bathurst.

The funeral moved from his late residence, William street, The cortege was exceedingly lengthy, and was representative  of the town and district. The chief mourners were three sons, Messrs. J. and P. J. Purcell (sons-in-law), and mesdames J. Moloney, M. Taylor and W. Tracey, and Miss M. Bourke (nieces). The remains were carried to and from the hearse by six members of the A>H.C. Guild, of which body deceased was the last of the founders in Bathurst. The bearers were Messrs. H. McGill, G.Fish, E. O’Brien, jun., J. Holden, R.A. Chifley and T. Burke. The hearse was preceded by members of the Hibernian Society and St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Rev. Father Norton, assisted by the Rev. Father Dunne, Very REv. Father E.P.O’Donnell (Dubbo), Rev Father T.Doran (Bathurst), REv Father Sheehan (Bathurst), Rev Father Dr. M. Mahon, C.M. (Bathurst) Rev Father E. Dowd (Orange) and several other visiting priests officiated at the ceremonies at SS. Michael and John’s Cathedral and also at the graveside. Rev. Bro. Benignun, Provincial of the Patrician Brothers was also present. There were a great number of floral tributes, including wreaths from Bathurst Trotting Club, Bathurst Police, Bathurst District Hospital, Messrs. Reg. Bailkey, J. Lupp, T.W. Willman, Mr. and Mrs. Lorimer, Mr. hearne and Mr. and Mrs. Minehan. R.I.P.” Freeman’s Journal 12 Feb 1925

John Eviston Obit SMH 2 Feb 1925
John Eviston Obit SMH 2 Feb 1925
John Eviston Obit Bathurst Times 1 Jan 1925
John Eviston Obit Bathurst Times 1 Jan 1925

Martin Eviston Descendant Report 2015
Evaston Descendant Report 2015

Fogarty Family of Lisheenataggart Loughmore West Co Tipperary Ireland

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Map of Irish Counties

William Fanning of Clondoty was married to Catherine Fogarty of Lisheenataggart in Loughmore West Parish Co Tipperary Ireland. Her father was Thomas Fogarty and her mother was Honoria Long. Her grandparents were Cornelius Fogarty and Catherine Birmingham.

William (Billy) Fanning and his wife Catherine Fanning nee Fogarty outside their house at Clondoty Co Tipperary

Thomas Fogarty did not have any sons so he bought the Clondoty property off his cousin, also called Thomas Fogarty, and gave it to his daughter Catherine and son-in-law William Fanning.

Catherine Fanning nee Fogarty Clondoty

William and Catherine Fanning raised their family of fifteen children at Clondoty. There are still Fanning descendants living at Clondoty today.

Map of Clondoty & Lishnataggart & Lissaroon & Clonomucogue
rea north of Thurles Showing Clondoty, Clonomuckoge, Lisheenataggert and Lissaroon in Co Tipperary

These are Fogarty gravestone inscriptions from Loughmore Catholic Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland. I am not sure how many are related and what the relationships are as yet. Many of the Fogarty and Fanning records I need are not in the North Tipperary genealogy database. As I find traces of the Fogarty family of Lisheenataggart I will add them to this post. Anyone further info on them or leads would be much appreciated :

Fogarty Catherine died 28.8.1862 aged 18 years, Cornelius died 3.9.1867 aged 27 years, Ellen died 9.6.1879 aged 28 years. Fogarty Catherine, erected by Cornelius Fogarty of Lisheenataggart in memory of his wife who died 3.2.1854 aged 74 years, the above Cornelius died 8.11.1868 aged 96 years. Fogarty Cornelius died 13.7.1774 aged 27 years. Fogarty Honoria, erected by Daniel Fogarty of Whitefield in memory of his wife who died 12.11.1912 aged 75 years, above Daniel died 12.2.1915 aged 74 years, his son Michael of Graigue, Drom died 3.4.1932 aged 57 years and his wife Alicia nee Looby died 15.10.1915 aged 87 years. Fogarty John Esq died 3.6.1927 aged 80 years, his wife Nannie, of Dublin died 24.7.1896. Michael of Lisheenatagart died 23.1.1935 aged 79 years, his wife Elizabeth died 8.2.1931 aged 68 years. Fogarty John, erected by Richard Fogarty in memory of his father John Fogarty of Kilrush who died 30.4.1904 aged 85 years and his sister Mary died 15.7.1896 aged 26 years, his mother Bridget died 15.3.1918 aged 78 years. Fogarty Michael and his wife Mary nee Hayes died 17.9.1925 and 18.12.1928 respectively, daughter Mary died 3.10.1909, Michael Fogarty of Skehane of Two Mile Borris died 27.6.1971 and his wife Bridget died 2.6.1987. Fogarty Mrs Thomas Fogarty of Lisheenataggart died 16.1.1874 aged 68 years, daughter Bridget died 13.5.1873 aged 25 years, her husband Thomas died 8.5.1892 aged 86 years. Fogarty Patrick and Mary, erected by Denis and William Fogarty of Loughmore in memory of their father and mother, Patrick died June 1863 aged 60 years, Mary died March 1915 aged 84 years, also their sister Mary May died 1875 aged 25 years and Sarah wife of William died May 1899 aged 40 years. Above William died 16.8.1921 aged 61 years, Denis died 26.11.1931 aged 76 years, his wife Mary died 21.5.1949, their daughter Kathleen died 12.6.1942 and their son Patrick died 1.12.1974. Fogarty Timothy of Lisheenatagart died 20.1.1887 aged 76 years, his wife Mary nee Hayes died 1.1.1885 aged 65 years, Eleen nee Carrick died 29.11.1986. John died 28.8.1987. Fogarty William of Longorchard, Templetouhy died 16.7.1970 aged 85 years, his wife Mary died 9.2.1958 aged 60 years, also his brother James died 21.3.1960 aged 60 years. Fogarty William of Templetuohy died 15.3.1964. Fogarty William, erected by Mrs Fogarty of Lisheenataggart in memory of her husband who died 22? And her son Thomas died 10.11.1893 aged 38 years and Mrs Fogarty died 29.1.1896 aged 80 years. Fogarty William, erected by Mrs McDonald in memory of her father William Fogarty of Kilglooney who died 28.7.1873 aged 78 years, his wife Mary died 7.4.1862 aged 63? Years.

The following pages are from “Loughmore Parish Index to Burials in Loughmore and Templeree Graveyards” which is in the Thurles Library in Co Tipperary.

Fogartys in Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland p18

Fogartys in Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland p19


Fogartys in Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland p20

Fogartys in Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland
Fogarty Graves in Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary

Below are photos of some Fogarty graves in Loughmore Cemetery.


Loughmore Cemetery Fogarty Lisheehataggert Co Tipperary Ireland

Loughmore Cemetery Fogarty of Lisheenataggert Co Tipperary Ireland

Loughmore Cemetery Fogarty Grave Co Tipperary Ireland

Loughmore Cemetery Fogarty Grave Co Tipperary Ireland (2)

Tithe Applotment Books for Lisheenataggert 1827:

Tithe Applotment Entry Fogarty Lisheenataggert CR
1827 Tithe Applotment Entry for Lisheenataggert. Connor being short for Cornelius

Those who leased or owned property just before Sept 1849 in Lisheenataggart are listed in Griffiths Valuation for Loughmore West Parish: 

Griffiths Valuation 1849 Lisheenataggart_NEW
Griffiths Valuation 1849 Lisheenataggart Co Tipperary Ireland
1901 Census Fogarty LisheenataggertCR
1901 Census Fogarty Lisheenataggert
1911 Census Fogarty Lisheenataggert
1911 Census Fogarty Lisheenataggert
Fogarty brothers in Jamaica
Port Royal Kingston c1895

I very recently was made aware that three Fogarty, Daniel, John and William, sons of Cornelius Fogarty and Catherine Birmingham went to Jamaica in the 1820’s, presumably to make their fortune.

It looks as if William returned.  I don’t have any information or records on John in Co Tipperary other than his Baptism, so he may well have stayed in Jamaica.

The information below was kindly sent to me by Richard Osborne, a descendant of Daniel Fogarty:

“Much of my knowledge about the history of my Fogarty line in Jamaica is thanks to the research of my fellow Fogarty descendant Carey Robinson, a Jamaican scholar and media man who also served for a time in the Jamaican foreign service (at the Jamaican embassy in Mexico, I recall). I have never met Carey in person but we have corresponded  (I’m from the USA, and my only visit to Jamaica was before I knew about Carey, but during that trip I did meet other relatives I have in common with Carey and who also are descended from Daniel Fogarty and Daniel’s daughter Mary Ann Fogarty Manhertz).
In particular, a draft book manuscript of Carey’s (which I got from my cousin Olive Manhertz Bailey from England) summarized the information about our common family history, which I could corroborate independently or at least use as a clue to start down a new path always with such endeavors, some of Carey’s details weren’t quite correct but were close enough to point me in the right direction.
According to Carey’s draft manuscript, the two Fogarty brothers who emigrated with my ancestor Daniel from Tipperary to Jamaica some time in the 1820’s were John and William (I haven’t independently confirmed this and I’m not sure how that matches up with the information you have compiled). I have read that there was emigration from Ireland to Jamaica at least since the time of Oliver Cromwell. In the 1820’s, the mainstay of the Jamaican economy was sugar but coffee was also very lucrative, and the Fogarty brothers ended up growing coffee and working on coffee plantations in the Blue Mountain area (which is also broadly the region of Jamaica where they “planted” their family trees).
Here are more details about the Fogartys in Jamaica, according to Carey Robinson:
Daniel and his brothers went to different parishes in the coffee-growing region of eastern Jamaica. John went to Portland Parish (location of Bremen Valley, where my Manhertz ancestors were originally from); William went to St. Andrew Parish; and Daniel settled in what was then St. David Parish (now the western part of St. Thomas Parish). Daniel planted coffee on Sherwood Forest estate in northern Saint David and supervised other nearby properties, probably near his brother John and Bremen Valley. Close to Sherwood Forest was a place called Mount Hybla, where a woman of African descent named Princess lived (the owner of the Mount Hybla estate was John Atkins, the Lord Mayor of London; I’m not sure if he also owned Sherwood Forest but I saw a record indicating a connection between the two estates). In 1830, Princess gave birth to Daniel’s daughter, Mary Ann Fogarty. A record I found reports that, in 1832, two-year-old Mary Ann, identified as a “mulatto” and the daughter of Princess, was living at Mount Hybla but that Princess had died by then. Carey Robinson wrote that Daniel “was delighted with the little girl” and “took her to live at Sherwood Forest” (but, based on the census record I found, apparently not immediately at birth – one possibly relevant fact is that slavery ended in Jamaica in 1834). Carey writes further that Mary Ann “grew up in [Daniel’s] house, shared his table, sat with his guests and occupied a secure place under his roof . . . he sent her to school in Kingston where, among other things, she learned to sew.”
Mary Ann had at least two brothers, not necessarily from the same mother: John William and Daniel II (my cousin Olive in England told me she recently connected with a descendant of John William Fogarty’s daughter  Evelyn Fogarty: a woman named Sydney Robinson).
Daniel died on October 20, 1844 and was buried the next day in the old Roman Catholic cemetery on Orange Street in Kingston. Carey found the following record in the Roman Catholic archives in Jamaica: “21st October, 1844, was buried in the Catholic Cemetery the body of Daniel Fogarty, late of the Parish of St. George, who departed this life on the 20th October, age 38. He was a native of Ireland.” (Based on the Tipperary baptismal record, he would have actually been about 40 years old)
In 1851 in Kingston, at age 21, Mary Ann married my great-great grandfather, Joseph Manhertz, who was about 12 years her senior. Joseph got the Manhertz name from John (Johann) Michael Manhertz, the owner of the Bremen Valley estate where he grew up and was a slave in his youth until slavery was abolished in 1834. Johann Manhertz had Afro-German-Jamaican children but there is no indication of a biological connection between John Manhertz and Joseph. Joseph may have left Bremen Valley in about 1834 (when that estate went bankrupt) and found employment at the Sherwood Forest estate, where he worked with Daniel Fogarty and would have first met the young Mary Ann. Joseph had become a skilled carpenter and furniture maker (and later a small landowner and coffee planter himself) and, with his experience in the coffee business gained at Bremen Valley, was well equipped to work at Sherwood Forest.
In the class- and color-conscious society of 1850’s colonial Jamaica, Mary Ann would have been regarded as marrying beneath her station, and her brothers swore to hunt down Joseph and take revenge. The newlyweds went to a remote part of St. Thomas Parish until the situation cooled down and then settled in what was then St. David Parish (now part of St. Thomas), living in a house built by Joseph that stood at least until the 1970s-1980s. They were well known for their skill as a craftsman and a seamstress and became small landholders and planters and respected leaders in their community. Their many descendants live in many corners of the globe, including Jamaica, Panama (where my dad was born), all parts of the US, Canada, England, Australia and Thailand.”
I’d love to hear from any other Jamaican Cornelius Fogarty descendants to add to this fascinating story.
Cornelius Fogarty Descendant Report 2015
Cornelius Fogarty Descendant Report 2015


Fanning and Darmody in Griffith’s Valuation of Co Tipperary Ireland 1850-1

Fannings, Fannins  & Darmodys listed in Griffith’s Valuation

Griffith’s Valuation for all counties of Ireland can be searched at Ask About Ireland. It is a free site and you can look at the original documents.

Listed alphabetically by townland and all in North Riding, County Tipperary. The parishes are civil parishes. The dates I have given are the printing dates.

Michael Fanning poor Law Union of Thurles, Barony of Ikerrin, Parish of Templeree, Townland of Ballinlassa. Street No 6a. O.S. Sheet or Town Plan Ref 29. Map Ref 5. Michael Fanning’s name is bracketed with William Tracy 6b and Michael Brennan 5. Michael Brennan has land, William Fanning House and land and William Tracy has a house and land. The combined amount is 4 acres 3 roods 20 perches with a net annual value of 2 pounds 15 shillings. Value of the buildings was 15 shillings net annual value.

Margaret Fanning Poor Law Union of Thurles, Parish of Holycross and Townlandof Ballyvoneen. Street No 2e. House with annual net value of 6 shillings. Map ref 57. Mar 1850.

Patrick Fanning Poor Law Union of Thurles, Barony of Eliogarty, Parish of Thurles, Townland of Bawntamena. Street No 1. Land 6 acres, 2 roods, 12 perches net annual value of 9 pounds 16 shillings.

Martin Fanning Poor Law Union of Thurles, Barony of Eliogarty, Parish of Twomileborris, Townland of Blackcastle, Street No 3AB Map Ref 47. Land with Mrs Maher 28 acres 8 perches value 5 pounds 18 shillings combined. 3Aa is a house, office and garden, 1 acre 2 perches, value 11 shillings and value of building 3 shillings; rented to James Maher by Martin Fanning and Mrs Maher. Mar 1850.  Continue reading Fanning and Darmody in Griffith’s Valuation of Co Tipperary Ireland 1850-1