Terryglass (Irish: Tír Dhá Ghlas, meaning "land of the two streams") is a village in North Tipperary, Ireland. The village is located on the R493 regional road on the north-eastern shore of Lough Derg near where the River Shannon enters the Lough. It is a civil parish in the historical barony of Ormond Lower. It is also an Ecclesiastical parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe,. Terryglass won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1983 and 1997.
In the early Middle Ages, the place was known as Tír dá glass. A monastery (abbey) was founded there by Columba of Terryglass (d. 13 December 552) in 549. He was the son of Colum mac Crimthainn and a disciple of St. Finnian of Clonard. He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. The monastery became a centre of learning and produced (about 1160) the Book of Leinster, which is now housed in Trinity College Dublin. The Book is an important collection of history, tales and poems written in Middle Irish and is believed to be the work of Áed Ua Crimthainn, a 12th-century abbot of Terryglass.
The Vikings frequently raided the abbey. In 843 an expedition by Turgesius raided Terryglass and neighbouring Lorrha and in 1164 the abbey was burnt. A remaining wall from this abbey can be seen at the back of Paddy’s pub in the village.
Terryglass has two historic wells, the Eye Well and the Headache Well, both of which are said to have curative properties.
- GAA Shannon Rovers GAA which incorporates Terryglass, Kilbarron and surrounding areas and is based in Páirc an Phobail, Ballinderry. Jersey Colours are red/white.
- SOCCER Shannon Rangers FC, also based in Páirc an Phobail. Kit colours are black with red trim for the junior team, and red and black vertical stripes for underage levels.
- CYCLING Terryglass is on one of several North Tipperary Cycle Routes. This 65km route starts at Banba Square, Nenagh and is listed as a half day cycle.
Notable Residents,past and present
- Columba of Terryglass (died 13 December 552) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He founded the monastery of Terryglass in 548 and was buried within its precincts.
- Sir William Bernard Hickie, an Irish born Major General of the British Army and an Irish nationalist politicia, lived in Slevoir.
See Annals of Inisfallen (AI)
- AI717.1 Kl.Repose of Manchán of Liath, and of Congertach, abbot of Tír dá Glas.
- AI740.1 Kl. Maenchíne, abbot of Tuaim Gréine, and Cillíne, abbot of Tír dá Glas, [rested].
- AI777.4 The drowning of more than a hundred of the Connachta at Tír dá Glas.
- AI784.3 Repose of Cumascach, abbot of Tír dá Glas.
- AI844.1 Kl. The plundering of Dún Másc, in which Aed son of Dub dá Chrích, abbot of Tír dá Glas, fell.
- AI895.2 Repose of Mael Petair son of Cúán, abbot of Tír dá Glas and Cluain Ferta Brénainn.
- AI965.1 Kl. Repose of Dunchad, abbot of Tír dá Glas.
- AI1008.2 Repose of Céilechair son of Donn Cuan, abbot of Tír dá Glas.
- List of civil parishes of North Tipperary
- Cormac mac Ceithearnach
- List of towns and villages in the Republic of Ireland
- Parishes of Killaloe Diocese.
- "St. Columba of Terryglass". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
- The Twelve Apostles of Erin
- Placenames Database of Ireland
- Griffiths Valuation of Ireland - Terryglass, County Tipperary
- The Tidy Towns of Ireland "Celebrating 50 years"