Tallow, County Waterford

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Irish: Tulach an Iarainn
Main Street in Tallow.
Main Street in Tallow.
Flag of Tallow
Tallow is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°5′37″N 8°0′24″W / 52.09361°N 8.00667°W / 52.09361; -8.00667Coordinates: 52°5′37″N 8°0′24″W / 52.09361°N 8.00667°W / 52.09361; -8.00667
 • Total946
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceW995934

Tallow (/ˈtæl./; 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.


Tallow in the aftermath of the Beast from the East, 2 March 2018.

Early records show a Tallow as being an important centre for iron smelting.[citation needed] Indeed, the town name Tulach an Iarainn translates as 'The Hill of the Iron' in English. Tallow became a 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,[when?] Tallow became a commercial and service hub for the surrounding dairy and horse rearing pastures.[citation needed] Many residents also commute to Cork City and Dungarvan for work.

Prior to the Act of Union (Ireland) 1800, Tallow was the centre of a constituency of the same name in the Irish House of Commons from 1613 until the dissolution of the Kingdom of Ireland in 1800.[7]


Tallow is located in the Lismore Electoral Area of Waterford City and County Council. Following the 2019 local elections, two county councillors from Tallow were elected; John Pratt (Labour) and James Tobin (Fianna Fáil).[8]


Chapel Street in Tallow

Tallow has a number of public houses and restaurants, clustered on the Main Street. There are also a number of convenience stores including a Centra, Spar and Daybreak. The town also has a barbers, pharmacy, veterinarian, co-op store and antiques shop.


The Roman Catholic Parish of Tallow centres on the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Chapel Street, built in 1826. It is the tallest building 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 has a soccer club, Brideview United AFC, who compete in the West Waterford East Cork League.

Fishing and horse racing are also local sports, and the Tallow Horse Fair is held annually at the beginning of September.[9]



The town lies at the junction of the R268, R627 and R634 regional roads.


Tallow Road railway station opened on 27 September 1872 and finally closed on 27 March 1967. It was served by the Cork to Rosslare boat train.[10][11]


Since December 2015 improvements to the frequency of the Local Link (formerly known as Déise Link) bus service are in effect.[citation needed] There are now[when?] 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 are made at Dungarvan. In the other direction there are two services a day to and from Fermoy where connections can be made for Cork and Dublin.[12] 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.[citation needed] The town also has an enterprise centre used by several local organisations including the Senior Citizens' Group. The nearest secondary school is Blackwater Community College in nearby Lismore, County Waterford


St. Patrick's Parish Hall with three plaques commemorating people from Tallow

At the St. Patrick's Parish Hall a number of people from 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.

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  1. ^ "Sapmap Area: Settlements Tallow". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. 2016.
  2. ^ Census for post 1821 figures.
  3. ^ http://www.histpop.org
  4. ^ "NISRA - Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency". Nisranew.nisra.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  5. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "On the accuracy of the Pre-famine Irish censuses". In Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A. (eds.). Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honor of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press.
  6. ^ Mokyr, Joel; O Grada, Cormac (November 1984). "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700-1850". The Economic History Review. 37 (4): 473–488. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Talloq - Ulster Historical Foundation". Ancestry Ireland. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  8. ^ "2014 Local elections: Waterford City and County Council". RTÉ News. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  9. ^ http://www.tallowwaterford.com/Tourism/tourist-information.html
  10. ^ "Tallow Road station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  11. ^ http://eiretrains.com/Photo_Gallery/Railway%20Stations%20T/Tallow%20Road/IrishRailwayStations.html
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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