Ikerrin (Irish: Uí Chairín) is a barony in North Tipperary, Ireland. This geographical unit of land is one of 14 baronies in the old county of Tipperary. Its chief town is Roscrea. The barony lies between Eliogarty to the south (whose chief town is Thurles) and Ormond Upper to the west (whose chief town is Toomevara). As a "peninsula", it is surrounded on three sides by counties Offaly and Laois. The territory is currently administered by North Tipperary County Council.
Baronies were created after the Norman invasion of Ireland as subdivisions of counties and were used for administration. While baronies continue to be officially defined units, they have been administratively obsolete since 1898. However, they continue to be used in land registration and specification such as in planning permissions. In many cases, a barony corresponds to an earlier Gaelic túath which had submitted to the Crown.
When County Tipperary was split into North and South Ridings in 1836, Ikerrin was allocated to the north riding. However, the neighbouring barony of Kilnamanagh was split into Upper and Lower half-baronies, being allocated to the north and south ridings respectively.
Civil parishes and towns of the barony
Clonakenny, Curragunneen and Ballyhenry.
|Name in Irish||Name in English|
|Bearnan Eile||Barnane-Ely or Barnane|
|Buiríos na Fearna||Borrisnafarney|
|Cill Ó Sceacháin||Killoskehan|
Note 1: While the bulk of the civil parish of Templemore lies in the barony of Eliogarty, five townlands lie in the barony of Ikerrin. They are Clontaaffe, Curraduff, Craiguedarg, Graiguebeg, Killough.
Note 2: While the bulk of the civil parish of Cullenwaine lies in the barony of Clonlisk in the county of Offaly, three townlands lie in the barony of Ikerrin in the county of Tipperary. They are Derrycallaghan, Drumbaun and Greenhills.
Note 3: The civil parish of Killoskehan in unusual in having only one townland which bears the same name as the parish.
- Placenames Database of Ireland
- Walsh, Dennis (2003). "Barony Map of Ireland". Retrieved 2007-02-13. Source given is "Ordnance survey".
- Murphy, Donal A. (1994). The two Tipperarys: the national and local politics —devolution and self-determination— of the unique 1838 division into two ridings, and the aftermath. Regional studies in political and administrative history 1. Relay. p. 71. ISBN 0-946327-14-9.
- Database of Ireland - civil parishes.
- O.S.I. historical map
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