The Down Survey of Ireland was taken between the years 1656-1658, and was the first ever detailed land survey, on a national scale, taken anywhere in the world. This survey sought to measure all the land of Ireland to be forfeited by Irish Catholic in order to facilitate its redistribution to Merchant Adventurers and English soldiers.
The survey was called the “Down Survey” by Petty, because the results were set down in maps; ‘admeasurement down,’ was the term used and is referred to by that name in Petty’s own last Will and Testament.
The Barony of Eligurty ( Eliogurty ) As Described By William Petty’s Survey
We accompt to be a third part meadow ground and arable lands but much spent by tillage, another part there of woody, heathy pasture, Turbarries, pastureable bogg and mountaine and the other third part to be deep unprofitable curraghs or shrubby bogg, much of the said unprofitable lands being mixed with meadows, arable and pasture lands. In this halfe baronye are seaven castles and three stone houses all wanting repaire, besides the castles and stone houses which within Thurles are returned by themselves. There are likewise the castle and stumpts hereafter mentioned out of all repaire. In this halfe barony runneth the river of Shewer and severall other rivoletts and brookes. The said river of Shewer springeth out of the mountaine called Baneduffe on the East side, and from thence runneth southwards nyne or ten myles to Noddstowne in the Barony of Middlethird. There are upon this river two stone bridges vizt: The one in Thurles and the other in Hollycrosse; on the North side of the said mountaine of Baneduff springeth the river Feorr and runneth from thence foure or five miles eastwards of this barony until it meets the Barony of Upper Ossory in the County of Kilkenny.
This Down Survey Project has now brought together for the first time in over 300 years, all surviving maps, same being digitised and made available as a truly valuable public on-line computer resource and lovers of history can access this new website by simply clicking HERE
The armies of the English Commonwealth, commanded then by Oliver Cromwell, had emerged victorious and began immediately to undertake an ambitious project of social engineering, underpinned by a massive transfer of this landownership from Irish Catholics to English Protestants. To allow this to happen, the land had to be accurately surveyed and mapped, a task overseen by the surgeon-general of the English army, William Petty, (1623-1687,).
Copies of these maps have survived in dozens of libraries and archives throughout Ireland, Britain as well as in the National Library of France. This is thanks partially to several of the manuscript and other works in the collection of Mr. James Weale, latter who died in 1838, being purchased through the enlightened and liberal intervention of Sir Robert Peel, latter who entered politics in 1809, at the young age of 21, as MP for the Irish Rotten Pocket Borough of Cashel, here in County Tipperary and visited by Queen Elizabeth II in May 2011.
Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet ( 5th February 1788 – 2nd July 1850 ) was a British Conservative statesman, who later went on to serve as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from ( 10th December 1834 to 8th April 1835 ) and also from ( 30th August 1841 to 29th June 1846 ).
While he was Home Secretary, Robert Peel helped create the modern concept of our modern day police force, leading to officers being known as “Bobbies” (In England) and “Peelers” (In Ireland). This was also the same Prime Minister Robert Peel who was to appoint a brilliant young man of unimpeachable integrity, named Charles Edward Trevelyan, to oversee relief operations during the Great Famine period in Ireland. The latter would become the single most important British administrator during the Great Famine years, here in Ireland.
LIT-Tipperary are holding an open day in both Thurles and Clonmel campuses today, the 29th of April.
This event is taking place on the Thurles campus from 10am-12am and on the Clonmel campus from 2pm-4pm.
As part of this open day, lecturers and staff will be on-hand to answer queries from pupils who are interested in advancing to third level education.
There will be information sessions on applications and admissions procedures, as well as presentations from lecturers on the wide-range of part-time and full-time courses available at LIT-Tipperary.
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The Schools’ Liaison Office at LIT offers a number of services and programmes to aid in the promotion of third-level education and more specifically, to encourage students to consider LIT as their college of choice.
St Patrick’s College Students L-R: Liam Cullen (Thurles), Barry McLoughlin (Thurles) & Ailbe Power (Two-Mile Borris), receiving their Maher Cup Medals from Tipperary hurling legend Mr Jimmy Doyle.
Pictured above are Thurles & District victorious St. Patrick’s College hurlers, who were recently crowned All-Ireland Champions, having won the Fergal Maher Cup for the second time in just three years.
The combined winning team of students who attend St Patrick’s College Thurles & who hail from the surrounding counties of Kilkenny, Wexford, Limerick, Tipperary and Galway, were presented with their medals at a special ceremony held in the College on Wednesday last.
The medals were presented by Tipperary hurling legend Mr Jimmy Doyle, who congratulated the hurlers on their skills & dedication to the game.
This successful third level Thurles College, which tenders quality University-Level Programmes, dates back to 1837 & currently offers a range of courses, both full-time and part-time in the fields of Education, Business, Religion, Theology, Philosophy, Pastoral care and Psychology.
Thurles Credit Union has announced the launch of its Annual Student Bursary Scheme, and to this end are inviting applications from all eligible Leaving Certificate students to apply for these significant financial bursaries on offer.
Credit Union President, D. J. Darcy, said that “The Credit Union was very pleased to sponsor the Student Bursary once again,” and referred to the excellent response among all the secondary schools in the area to the scheme in 2012.
Speaking at the 2013 Launch, Mr. Darcy said “The costs of third-level education have risen considerably in the past few years and we feel that this is an excellent way of easing the burden on hard-pressed parents in these difficult times.” He urged all those students with ambitions to go to Third-Level College in the next academic year, to immediately submit an application.
Marketing Officer, Michael Harty, stated “Thurles Credit Union’s bursary is different from most other similar schemes in that is not based on academic achievements but solely on ‘the luck of the draw,’ for all the eligible students.” He stated they are offering bursaries with a total value of €3,500 to applicants from within their Common Bond.
The Bursary Scheme is open to all eligible Leaving Certificate Students who intend pursuing a full-time third level course for the first time this year. Applicants must have a Thurles postal address and either the student, or a parent or guardian, must be a member of Thurles Credit Union. Leaving Certificate Students, who are not members at present, can join Thurles Credit Union and enter the bursary competition. The closing date for entries is June 1st 2013.
The Bursaries will be drawn by lottery from amongst all the qualifying entries, under the supervision of a Peace Commissioner.
Entry forms are currently being distributed to all the secondary schools in the area, and students from Thurles attending schools outside the area can apply to the Credit Union offices in Thurles, Urlingford or Killenaule.
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Scoil Ailbhe Thurles U13 Quiz Success
Our heartiest congratulations must go to the Scoil Ailbhe Thurles U13 Quiz team and their teachers, who so ably represented Thurles Town & Thurles Credit Union (TCU) in the National Credit Union Quiz held in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) on Sunday last.
This ‘brainy foursome,’ qualified earlier this year for the National Finals of this event by first winning the local Primary School Round (Thurles CU) at the Premier Hall in Thurles, and then followed this up by winning the Regional Round at Chapter 14 level.
The team done Thurles proud by coming in 4th place nationally in last Sunday’s competition.
April TCU Member’s Cash Draw Winners
Speaking of congratulations, the lucky winners of the TCU April Member’s Cash Draw have been announced and are as follows:-
Margaret & Gerard Loughnane, College Green, Thurles – €10,000, Patricia Ryan, Gurteeny, Borrisoleigh, Thurles – €1,000, Thomas Coleman, Raheen, Holycross, Thurles – €1,000, Margaret O’Halloran, Gortataggart, Thurles – €1,000 and last but by no means least, Mary Murphy, Drish – €1,000.
Well done to all winning TCU members.