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Tuaim Uí Mheára
St Joseph's Church
St Joseph's Church
Toomevara is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°51′00″N 8°02′10″W / 52.85°N 8.036111°W / 52.85; -8.036111Coordinates: 52°51′00″N 8°02′10″W / 52.85°N 8.036111°W / 52.85; -8.036111
Country Ireland
CountyCounty Tipperary
 • Total629
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Toomevara, officially Toomyvara[1][2] (Irish: Tuaim Uí Mheára, meaning "tumulus of the Ó Meadhra's"), is a village in County Tipperary, Ireland. The village is at the junction on the R445 where it meets the R499 regional road. The village was bypassed in December 2010 by the M7 Dublin - Limerick motorway. It is also a parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe,[3] and is in the historical barony of Ormond Upper.

Sport and recreation[edit]

Toomevara is on the route of the Beara-Breifne Way, a long distance walking and cycling trail between the Beara Peninsula in County Cork and Blacklion in County Cavan.[4]

Medieval Toomevara[edit]

In the Civil Survey (1654-6) Toomevara is described as 'the sd manor of Tome ye privilege of a Court Leete & a Court Barron, a Fayre twice a yeare, & a markett every Tuesday'.[5] In the centre of the village are the ruins of a possible rectangular church building composed of roughly coursed limestone rubble with a possible priest's chamber at the West end. The wall construction different from that of the nearby priory suggesting a different date for the construction of this building. It may have been a late medieval parish church associated with the village of Toomevara. It is listed in the ecclesiastical taxation of the Diocese of Killaloe in 1302.[6]

Augustinian Priory[edit]

Next to St Joseph's Church are the remains of an Augustinian priory dedicated to St Mary which was founded some time after 1140. The site was possibly an earlier monastic centre dedicated to St Donain. The priory was a daughterhouse of Monaincha and appears to have been strongly associated with the ruling O'Meara dynasty. In 1450 the warden pleaded that, on account of poverty, the value being under 16 marks he and his convent could not be decently maintained, nor repair the cloister and other buildings, most of which had been burnt down during wars. Donogh O'Meara was building a castle here in 1541. In 1597 Miler mac Grath was granted the 'site, circuit and precint of the late priory of Thome' with a 'butt of a ruined castle with certain ruined chambers thatched'. At the dissolution the property of the priory of Toomevara is listed as 'one castle, wall and other buildings on the site'.[7]

External links[edit]



  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Toomyvara
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey of Ireland, ed. (1997). Discovery Series 59. ISBN 1-901496-21-X.
  3. ^ Parishes of Killaloe Diocese. Archived 2010-02-27 at the Wayback Machine.
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  5. ^ "Archaeological Survey Database SMR No TN022-070". National Monuments Service. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Archaeological Survey Database SMR No TN022-070001". National Monuments Service. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Archaeological Survey Database SMR No TN022-070002". National Monuments Service. Retrieved 9 March 2015.