Littleton, County Tipperary

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Littleton (Irish: An Baile Dháith) is a village in County Tipperary, Ireland.[1] It is within the townlands of Ballybeg and Ballydavid, about 18 km (11 mi) northeast of Cashel and to the southeast of Thurles. By-passed by the M8 in December 2008, Littleton lies at a crossroads on the R639 road. Its population was 463 at the 2006 census.[2] It is in the barony of Eliogarty.

Fingerpost in Littleton.
Littleton Main Street.
Baile Beag

Littleton is closely associated with Bord na Móna, a semi-state company that harvests peat in the nearby complex of raised bogs. Littleton is also home to the 'Moycarkey Band', the Seán Treacy Pipe Band.[3]


St. Ruadhan of Lorrha founded a monastery on a raised island in the middle of the bog at Littleton. The "island" is called Derrynaflan and it became famous when a ninth-century chalice, paten, stand and strainer were found there in 1980. They are now in the National Museum in Dublin.[4]


A church of the Church of Ireland parish of Borrisleigh was built in 1786 with funding from the Board of First Fruits. In the 1960s, a church for the Catholic parish of Moycarkey was added.

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Coordinates: 52°38′N 7°44′W / 52.633°N 7.733°W / 52.633; -7.733