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Loughmore
Luach Maigh
Motto: "Luach Maigh chun tosaigh"
(Loughmore to the Fore)
Location
Location of Loughmore
centerMap highlighting Loughmore
Statistics
Province: Munster
County: North Tipperary
Population (2006) 599

Loughmore (Luach Maigh in Irish) is a village in the barony of Eliogarty, North Tipperary, Ireland. It is one half of the Roman Catholic parish of Loughmore-Castleiney.[1]

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Location and access

Situated on the River Suir some 5.5 km south of Templemore, 10 km north of Thurles and a kilometre east of the main N62 road between those towns. Castleiney itself is located some 5 km away and closer to Templemore. Loughmore lies on the Dublin – Cork railway line although there is no railway station is present.

History

The village's Irish-language name Luach Maigh (earlier: Luach-mhagh) means "reward-field". Today's "Loughmore" – which would correspond to Irish Loch mór ("great lake") – is the result of a mistake by British mapmakers of the 19th century. The Purcell family's Loughmoe Castle, near the village, retains a more accurate version of the older name.

Why certain localities in Ireland were given this name is probably accounted for by the circumstance that "in old times some tenant held them free of direct rent, as a reward for some signal service, or on condition of fulfilling some special duty".[2] However, a local tradition explains that in this particular case the name alludes to the manner in which the Purcells first gained proprietorship of area. Legend has it that a king lived in the Castle, and offered his daughters hand to whomsoever could rid the land of a boar and sow of "gigantic size" who uprooted crops and killed whoever they came into contact with. A youth named Purcell killed the boar with a bow and arrow and thus the area in which the Castle stands is known as "the field of the reward". The legend is alluded to in the Purcell family's coat of arms, which depicts the heads of four boars.

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Loughmoe Castle

Loughmoe Castle
Loughmoe Castle March 2008

Loughmoe Castle was the seat of the Purcell family, who were Barons of Loughmoe. Construction of the castle commenced in 1328: the same year that the family were granted the title of Barons of Loughmoe by James Butler, first Earl of Ormonde. Until the 1980s it was possible to climb the spiral stair in the right hand tower. The monument is now in the care of the Office of Public Works.

Famous People

In the churchyard at Loughmore is the memorial to the Cormack brothers with the following inscriptions: on one side:

Mausoleum in Loughmore Churchyard in memory of McCormack Brothers

By the Irish Race in memory of the brothers DANIEL and WILLIAM CORMACK who for the murder of a land agent named ELLIS were hanged at NENAGH after solemn protestation by each on the scaffold of absolute and entire innocence of that crime, the 11th day of May 1858. The tragedy of the brothers occurred through false testimony procured through GOLD and terror, the action in their trial of JUDGE KEOGH, a man who considered personally, politically, religiously and officially was one of the monsters of mankind, and the verdict of a prejudiced, partisan packed perjured jury. Clear proof of the innocence of the brothers afforded by ARCHBISHOP LEAHY to the VICEROY of the day but he nevertheless gratified the appetite of a bigoted, exterminating and ascendancy caste by a judicial murder of the kind which lives bitterly and perpetually in a nation’s remembrance.

Corpora sanctorum in pace sepulta sunt: et vivent nomina eorum in aeternum R.I.P. [Which translates as: The bodies of the saints are buried in peace; and their names live for evermore. R.I.P.]

Inscribed on the other side:

In commemoration of the removal of the remains of the CORMACK BROTHERS from the jailyard at NENAGH to this mausoleum on May 11, 1910. In the morning a solemn REQUIEM OFFICE and HIGH MASS were celebrated in the Parish Church, Nenagh, Canon McMahon presiding, and an immense number of Killaloe priests being in the choir. The funeral cortege which contained MR JOHN DILLON, M.P., MR J. HACKETT, M.P., and many others of high name and inspiring example, was by magnitude, representativeness and observance unprecedented in IRELAND. At Loughmore, the pastor preached a funeral oration and assisted by priests from IRELAND, ENGLAND, AMERICA and AUSTRALIA, officiated at the placing of the remains here to rest in peace and honour until the day of their vindication by Jesus Christ before the whole human race in the Valley of Josophat.

Visi sunt oculis insipientium mori illi autem sunt in pace. [Which translates as: "In the sight of the unwise they seem to die, but they are in peace". Taken, with some modifications, from the book of Wisdom, chapter 3, verses 2-3]

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Notes

Putting the barony in its historico-geographical context.

  • Barony - an old administrative division. Eliogarty - one of 14 baronies in the old county, between Ikerrin to the north (whose chief town is Roscrea), Kilnamanagh Upper to the west (whose chief town is Borrisoleigh) and Middle Third to the south (whose chief town is Cashel).

Explanation for the use of "North Tipperary" instead of "County Tipperary".

  • Following the abolition of the former county - Tipperary - as an administrative division in 1898, the county of North Tipperary was created. This is still the legal status of the county. See also County Tipperary for further history on the topic.[3]

References

  1. ^ Parishes in Cashel and Emly Diocese http://www.cashel-emly.ie/main/parishes/templemore.htm
  2. ^ http://www.usa-purcell.com/loughmoe.html The Legend of Loughmoe Castle
  3. ^ The Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898

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