Tallow, County Waterford
Tulach an Iarainn
Main Street in Tallow.
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Tallow (//; Irish: Tulach an Iarainn) is a town in County Waterford, Ireland. Tallow is in the province of Munster near the border between County Cork and County Waterford and situated on a small hill just south of the River Bride.
Early records show a Tallow as being an important centre for iron smelting. Indeed, the town name 'Tulach an Iarainn' translates as 'The Hill of the Iron' in English. Tallow became an important centre for grain export down the river to Youghal and wool combing in the 18th century. The famine also hit the town and surrounding area hard, leading to a decline in population. In recent years Tallow was become a commercial and service hub for the surrounding rich dairy and horse rearing pastures. Many residents also commute to Cork City and Dungarvan for work.
Tallow boasts an array of amenities. It has a number of public houses and restaurants, clustered on on the Main Street. There are also an array of convenience stores including Centra, Spa and Daybreak. The town also has a butcher, barbers, pharmacy, veterinarian, co-op store and antiques shop.
The Roman Catholic Parish of Tallow centres on the imposing Church of the Immaculate Conception on Chapel Street, built in 1826 and the most notable landmark in the town.
St. Catherine's Church of Ireland on Mill Road, was built in 1775 but closed in the 1960s due to falling numbers of parishioners. The nearest Anglican church is St. Mary's, Fountains, 7 km east in the townland of Kilanthony.
Tallow GAA play at Pairc Eamonn De Paor on the outskirts of the town and field Hurling teams in County and Provincial competitions. The town also boats a soccer club: Brideview United AFC, who compete in the West Waterford East Cork League.
Fishing and horse racing are popular local sports. Tallow Horse Fair is held annually at the beginning of September.
Since December 2015 significant improvements to the frequency of the Local Link (formerly known as Déise Link) bus service are in effect. A bus shelter has also been erected in the town. There are now four services a day each way Mondays to Saturdays inclusive to Dungarvan via Lismore and Cappoquin including a commuter service. Connections to Waterford and Rosslare Europort can be made at Dungarvan. In the other direction there are two services a day (Mon-Sat inclusive) to and from Fermoy where connections can be made for Cork and Dublin. On Saturdays a local bus company operate a service to Cork.
Tallow has a national school called Scoil Mhuire which is used by around 140 children. The town also has an enterprise centre used by many local organisations including the Senior Citizens' Group. The nearest secondary school is Blackwater Community College in nearby Lismore, County Waterford
At the St. Patrick's Parish Hall three sons of Tallow are commemorated:
- John Hogan (1800–1858) was born in Tallow and became one of the greatest Irish sculptors.
- Tobias Kirby (1804–1895), a distinguished churchman born in Tallow, Rector of the Irish College Rome 1850-1891, and Archbishop of Ephesus 1885.
- Frank Ryan (1900–1965) was a tenor who grew up in Tallow.
- Ned Power (1929–2007) major contributor to Tallow G.A.A .
- Census for post 1821 figures.
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- "Tallow Road station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
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