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June 22nd 2015
Published: June 24th 2015
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Staying in a small apartment which has been built above a garage. Near Horse and Jockey (!) and not far from Thurles--pronounced Tur-less. My change fro 5 Euro when I bought an apple and a choclate bar was "tree turty". A young bloke I got talking to had just completed a Community Studies course in Thurles and wanted to get into "yute work"--nothing to do with Holdens. You get the idea. Countryside is pretty, rolling country and very green. Dairying is the main type of agriculture and the not unpleasant smell of dairy cow shit hangs in the air where I am staying. I have a VW Golf which is ideal, the roads are good to adequate and traffic is pretty light. Signage is good and I am finding my way around.

Went straight to Ballycahill (pronounced Bally-karl) where the Mullallys are from--Nana Brown's mother's family. Just a few kilometres west of Thurles. The parish is a dual one--Holy Cross/Ballycahill. St Cataldus church at Ballycahill was built in 1819-20 and our John Mullally (Nana's grandfather) was born some time in the 1820s so he was almost certainly baptised in this church. The baptismal font looks ancient and the woman I spoke to (cleaning and replacing flowers etc) thought it dated from at least the building date. It is still in use of course. The church belltower is stone but the rest of the building has been rendered/stuccoed. Ballycahill is a rural village with a school and a pub--the Thatch for its roof. The Thatch general store closed about a year ago--too many locals preferred to shop in Thurles. I wandered over to the cemetery where I met a bloke named Delahunty (nearly every name I hear or see here I know, or have known some one of that name back home) who was tending his wife's not very old grave. I asked him where Moneydass was and he turned and said just over there pointing back in the direction of the pub. He told me that the longtime owner of the store(the one before the person who owned it when it closed) used to give her address as "The Thatch, Moneydass".

Later that day, Geraldine at the North Tipperary Genealogical Society in the vibrant town of Nenagh, explained two simple things to me. The parish records for each parish in Tipperary have a definite starting date and there is a lot of variation: Holy Cross/Ballycahill 1835, Loughmore/Castleiney 1798 and Lattin/Cullen 1840. Secondly a "townland" is nothing to do with an urban settlement but is a subdivision or district within a parish, variable is size and number of fields and tenants. So, Moneydass is one of 35 townlands in th HC/Ballycahill parish and is located to the north west of the main intersection in the current village of Ballycahill and includes land directly opposite the Church--your Father Mullally was spot on Maureen! The Mullallys farmed here and it is still farmland to this day. I'm pretty sure that there must be relatives of our John Mullally buried in the Ballycahill cemetery possibly under one or more of the many unmarked and uncut stones.

From Nenagh I drove to Castleiney in search of the Devanes (Geraldine thought the pronunciation would be De-vanne). On the way I drove through Templemore and saw Mullallys clothing shop. I went in but it is no relation. Mary Devane married John Mullally in Kilmore, Victoria in 1856. We have a record of Mary's baptism because the records started so early in this parish but the church is a relatively new one. Someone also told me that many baptisms took place in people's homes to "catch" the poor little things before they died. The priest then had to remember to record it and remember the details. No wonder the records are not perfect. Castleiney is all dairy farming today. A local pointed me in teh direction of Strogue and Balinlassa, the townland where


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