Borrisokane Town
County Tipperary, North Riding

Civil Parish Borrisokane
Barony Lower Ormond
Poor Law Union Borrisokane
Catholic Diocese Killaloe
Catholic Parish Borrisokane


BURRIS-O'-KANE, or BURROS-O'-KEANE, a post town and parish, in the barony of Lower Ormond, county of Tipperary, and province of Munster, 12¾ miles (W. by N.) from Roscrea, and 71¾ miles (W.S.W.) from Dublin; containing 2685 inhabitants.  This town is situated on the road from Nenagh to Portumna and Banagher, and of late years has undergone much improvement; many new houses have been built, and others are in contemplation.  Fairs are held on the 16th of April, June, and September, and on Dec. 15th.  Petty sessions are held every Saturday; and here is a chief station of the constabulary police.  There is a bridewell, comprising two small cells, a day room, and a cell for females, but it is on a confined plan and in a bad situation of tillage:  there is a considerable extent of bog, in detached portions.  In the townland of Tumbricane is a quarry of limestone of superior quality, which is mostly used for tombstones and building.  The  principal seats are Arran Hill, the property of the Marquess of Ormonde, but in the occupation of T.G. Stoney, Esq.; Greyfort, the property of -- Saunders, Esq.: and Busey Park, of T. Towers, Esq.  The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Killaloe, and in the patronage of the Bishop; the tithes amount to £185. 2. 4¾.  The church is a plain structure, built by aid of a loan of £500 from the late Board of First Fruits, in 1812, and for the repairs of which the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have recently granted £631. 17. 2.  The gleb-house was built at the same time, by a gift of £400 and a load of £300 from the Board:  the glebe comprises 11¾ acres.  In the R.C. divisions of the parish is the head of a union or district, which comprises also the parishes of Eglish and Ballingarry, and contains a chapel in each parish; that of Burris-O'Kane, now in course of erection, will be a commodious and handsome building.  The parochial schools are aided by the rector; and there are a free school and two schools aided by private subscription.  About 140 boys and 90 girls are taught in these schools; and there are tow private pay schools, in which are abut 30 of each sex.  A fever hospital and dispensary are maintained in the usual manner.  There are considerable remains of a square tower castle, called Tumbricane, which appears to have been of great strength.
From Samuel Lewis', Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837


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Baptisms 1821-1880 Pos 2483
Marriages 1821-1880 Pos 2483



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Tithe Applotments, 1826 #0256575
1901 Ireland Census #851606
1911 Ireland Census #2145593

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