Riverstown (near Birr)
Baile Uí Lachnáin
The bridge at Riverstown on the Little Brosna
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Riverstown (Irish: Baile Uí Lachnáin, meaning "town of O'Loughnin") is a small village straddling the border between Counties Tipperary and Offaly on the outskirts of Birr in Ireland. It is mostly within the townland of Ballyloughnane, on the Tipperary side of the river.
Riverstown lies at the point where the N52 national secondary road crosses the Little Brosna River, a tributary of the River Shannon, by a 300-year-old five-arch bridge, the Little Brosna here forming the border between the two counties. The bridge was described in the Civil Survey of 1654-6 as the 'old bridge of Beallanadarragh'.
Buildings of note
Castle View House (1810–30) is a detached two store over basement home of three bays. It is listed on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage as being of Architectural interest.
Terrace of two storey mill worker houses. A terrace of eight houses built around 1800 to accommodate workers from Riverstown flour mill. Presently configured as four homes.
Rivertown House, a detached two storey house dating from c. 1775. Retaining many of its original features, lime render, small-pane sash windows and cut-stone door surround. Listed as being protected by Tipperary County Council. (ref S335)
The road bridge (built c. 1820) which carries the N524 over the long disused Birr to Portumna railway line is listed on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage as being of Architectural Historical Social and Technical interest.
The Farmleigh residential development in Riverstown has been classified as an unfinished estate and is therefore exempt from the household charge.
- Riverstown Settlement Plan
- Castle View House - Buildings of Ireland
- Riverstown House - Buildings of Ireland
- Riverstown. Irish Placenames Database. Retrieved: 2010-10-15.
- "Archaeological Survey Database SMR No TN005-035". National Monuments Service. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
- Pocket Guide The Little Brosna & Camcor Rivers, The Shannon Regional Fisheries Board