Tuesday 15 August 2023

Several newly digitised collections have joined TipperaryStudies.ie

My recent ill-health (ongoing but improving, thank you) has meant I have failed to record the many recent additions to the Tipperary Studies digital archive. I shall now correct this situation, and point you towards the material posted below, all uploaded within the last two months by the knowledgeable and hard-working Local Studies team.

Thurles Workhouse Deaths Register 1869-1900.
For enlarged view of a 1871 deaths page, click image.

Killenaule National School records 1871-1954: This collection holds eleven volumes and register books recording daily school attendances, absences, and punishments, plus full registration information including student's date of entry, register number, full name, date of birth, religious affiliation, place of residence, parent's occupation, and last class and school attended. In addition there is an 'observation' book for school inspectors to offer up their opinions on classes, teachers and pupils, and a book of religious instruction certificates, which I'd not come across previously.

Thurles Workhouse Death Registers, 1869–1900: Two registers covering the time span have been digitised to a high quality and are presented in two pdf files which are free to download. The registers record the names and ages of the deceased, the cause and date of death of each individual, plus the length of each coffin and the number of yards of linen required for their shroud.

Thurles Town Football Club match programmes: This collection has just been extended with the addition of another dozen match-day programmes from Thurles Town FC from their time in the League of Ireland. Some programmes consist of only a few pages, containing names of the home team and those of their opponents, plus a few adverts from local sponsors. Other programmes run to 36/42 pages, filled with all kinds of local and general football chat, history, jokes, statistics and even a Meet the Player slot.

Local Government records: Recent additions are the Cashel Town commissioners registry of persons entitled to vote in elections, 1843-49 (these includes names and occupations); an account of expenditure at Lord Caher's election for the county in 1818; receipts and vouchers from Mr Massy relating to the Tipperary Election of July 1852; and Templemore Urban District Council Rate books for 1901-1910. This collection, which contains the names of occupiers/tenants, owners, street names, rates and land valuation, may be particularly useful to researchers in view of the loss of UDC material in the Town Hall fire of 1920.

Stanwix Trust Minute Books for the Widows' Homes in Thurles, 1890–1930: This material is a genealogical gem for those researching the stories of the widows, the members of the Board of Trustees, and the tenants who lived on the Stanwix Estate. The trust was set up by Emma Stanwix to build and run a hospital and alms-houses for poor old widows from the revenue of the Stanwix estate in Moycarkey, Co. Tipperary. Some 19 houses were built in 1889 in red brick Arts & Crafts style. The minute book, which refers to the widows admitted to the Stanwix Almshouses as “inmates”, helps paint a picture of life in this institution. The trustees took turns selecting widows as candidates for residency in the almshouses, with all nominations meticulously documented in the minute book. It lists the name of each nominated widow, along with her age and address, and on rare occasions, her deceased husband’s name and profession.