County Tipperary  Ireland

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In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described County Tipperary like this:

Tipperary.-- an inland county of Munster province, Ireland; is bounded N. by co. Galway and King's co., E. by Queen's co. and co. Kilkenny, S. by co. Waterford, and W. by cos. Cork, Limerick, and Clare; greatest length, N. and S., 70 miles; greatest breadth, E. and W., 40 miles; average breadth, 26 miles; area, 1,061,731 ac. ...

(13,601 water), or 571 per cent, of the total area of Ireland; pop. 199,612, of whom 9472 per oent. are Roman Catholics, 571 Episcopalians, 073 Presbyterians, and 073 Methodists. The greater part of the surface is level, and much of the soil is very fertile, especially in the Golden Vale, which is calcareous loam. The prevailing rock is carboniferous lime-stone. The mountains of Knockmeledown (2609 ft.) extend about 15 miles along the S. border, the Galtees (3008 ft.) are in the SW., and Slievenaman (2364 ft.) rises in the SE., while the Keeper and Devil's Bit ranges stretch about 18 miles NE. and SW. along the S. of the N. division of the county. The principal rivers are the Shannon, the Suir, and the Nore. Wheat, oats, barley, &c., are grown; dairy farms are numerous, and butter is exported in large quantities. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) The co. is divided into North and South Ridings; it comprises 12 bars.- Clanwilliam, Eliogarty, Iffa and Offa (East and West), Ikerrin, Kilnamanagh (Lower and Upper), Middlethird, Ormond (Lower and Upper), Owney and Arra, and Slievardagh; 193 pars, and parts of pars.; and the towns of Clonmel (part of), Tipperary, Carrick-on-Suir (part of), Nenagh, Thurles, Cashel, Templemore, Roscrea, Caher, and Fethard. For parliamentary purposes the county is divided into 4 divisions - viz., North Tipperary, Mid. Tipperary, South Tipperary, and East Tipperary, each returning 1 member; the representation of Tipperary was increased from 2 to 4 members in 1885.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of County Tipperary | Map and description for the county, A Vision of Ireland through Time.


Date accessed: 30th May 2024

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