04 Oct 2022

Nenagh, the Tipperary town where the streets have more names

Nenagh, the Tipperary town where the streets have more names

The late Willie Ryan holding a sign for Connolly Street (Silver Street?) outside Mackey’s shop - now part of Bank of Ireland, watched by Pa Darmody, Pat Kennedy and Liam Mackey, the shop owner

U2 wrote about Where the Streets Have No Name. Had they chosen to write about Nenagh it would surely have been Where the Streets Have More Names, with some streets having two or even three names.

Local historian and author Donal A Murphy from Nenagh will deliver a talk on Some Streets of Nenagh at the Ormond Historical Society's February meeting during which he will take his audience on a wander through both time and place, as he discusses the how and the why behind the confusing range of street names which sometimes befuddle both residents and visitors alike.

The talk, illustrated with a few photographs of bygone times, will also remember some of the residents and recall some racy yarns and anecdotes, which will surely enliven the night.

The talk to be given in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, on Monday, February 10, at 8pm is an an excellent way to start the celebration of Nenagh 800 by confirming whether you park in Bank Place, bank in Castle Street shop in Queen Street, waked in Silver Street or buried in Church Street.

This is your chance to have the web of confusion cleared and to discover the present official and past names, which are ofttimes used side by side.

The talk is open to non-members.

Donal A Murphy's work includes Nenagh Tourist Trail (1977); The Two Tipperarys (1994); Blazing Tar Barrels & Standing Orders (1999); material added to Nancy Murphy's Walkabout Nenagh (1994) and leading a series of OHS walking tours in the 2000s.

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