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View of two church ruins at Tubrid.
View of two church ruins at Tubrid.
Tubrid is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°18′54″N 7°57′00″W / 52.315°N 7.95°W / 52.315; -7.95Coordinates: 52°18′54″N 7°57′00″W / 52.315°N 7.95°W / 52.315; -7.95
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Tipperary
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Tubrid or Tubbrid (Irish: Tiobraid) was formerly a civil and ecclesiastical parish situated between the towns of Cahir and Clogheen in County Tipperary, Ireland. A cluster of architectural remains at the old settlement still known as Tubrid includes an ancient cemetery and two ruined churches of regional historical significance.


Tubrid is located about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the village of Ballylooby, adjacent to an old stone bridge near Burgess. In 1841, the mail-road between Cork and Dublin via Cahir still passed through the village.[1]

Tubrid Mortuary Chapel[edit]

The Mortuary Chapel at Tubrid, reportedly built in 1644,[2] in what is now the modern Catholic parish of Ballylooby, is long roofless. The structure shows some evidence of restoration work, notably steel tie-rods securing the gable walls. This work was carried out in 1911-12, due mainly to the efforts of the historian Fr. Patrick Power.[3]

It is of particular historical significance as the burial site of many Counter-Reformation ecclesiastics including John Brenan Archbishop of Cashel, Eugene Duhy (O'Duffy) and most notably Geoffrey Keating.[4]

Over the entrance door to the chapel is a Latin inscription which translates into English as :[5][6]

Pray for the souls of Father Eugenius Duhy, Vicar of Tybrud,
and of Geoffrey Keating, D.D., Founders of this Chapel ; and also
for all others, both Priests and Laics whose bodies lie in the same
chapel. In the year of our Lord 1644.

St. John's, Tubrid[edit]

A large limestone grave slab with carved inscription
Memorial commissioned by both denominations to Dr. Valentine Flood, who died of Typhus contracted in the Tubrid 'fever sheds' during the Great Famine.

On the same site is the considerably larger 19th-century Protestant church, also now roofless and in a deteriorating condition. Completed in 1820, it functioned as the place of worship for the local Church of Ireland community until 1919, when it was abandoned.[7]

The Catholic community eventually built a new church some 2.5k to the north-west, adjacent to which developed the village of Ballylooby.

Sites of local interest[edit]

St. Ciaran's Well[edit]

According to Power, the parish derives its name from the well (Irish Tobraid Chiaráin) at which St. Declan baptised a local infant named Ciaran, who in time became a noted holy figure.[8] It was said of Ciarán (Ciaran Mac Eochaidh) that he founded a monastery in the locality and that:

He worked many miracles and holy signs and this is the name of his monastery Tiprut [Tubrid] and this is where it is:--in the western part of the Decies in Ui Faithe between Slieve Grot (Galtee) and Sieve Cua and it is within the bishopric of Declan.[9]

This holy well near the site, was in previous times a place of pilgrimage. St. Ciaran is remembered in the name of the church at Ballylooby. There was also, until recent times, an annual mass celebrated at this location.

Old Protestant Schoolhouse[edit]

To the front of the site is the former local schoolhouse which was completed soon after the construction of St. John's and is in danger of falling into a dilapidated condition.[1]

Geoffrey Keating Monument[edit]

A commemorative monument was erected to the memory of Geoffrey Keating by the local community in 1990 beside the bridge at nearby Burgess, formerly believed to be his birthplace. Modern scholarship regards Moorstown Castle in the parish of Inishlounaght, Tipperary, as his probable birthplace.[10]

Roosca Castle[edit]

The remains of Roosca (Ruscoe) castle may still be seen nearby.[11] Its occupant during the 1641 Rebellion, James Butler, was hanged at Clonmel on May 10, 1653, in retaliation for attacks by his followers on Golden[12] and his household transplanted to Connaught.[13]


  1. ^ The Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland...'as Existing in 1814-45'. A. Fullarton and co.,. 1846. Retrieved 21 June 2009. p407
  2. ^ O'Reilly, Edward; A O'Neil, Iberno-Celtic Society (1820). Transactions of the Iberno-Celtic Society for 1820. Vol. I-Part. I. Minerva Printing-Office, Chancery-Lane: Iberno-Celtic Society (printed by A. O'Neil). pp. cxciii.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)
  3. ^ "Notes and Queries - Dr. Geoffrey Keating Memorial" (PDF). Journal of the Waterford and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society. XV: 158–160, 200. 1912. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Hazard, Benjamin; Bernadette Cunningham (February 2003). "Life and Work of Geoffrey Keating (Seathrún Céitinn)". Corpus of Electronic Texts (UCC) 1997–2009. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  5. ^ Power, P. :Waterford and Lismore-A Compendious History of the United Dioceses: Cork University Press, Cork, Ireland: 1937
  6. ^ p14: Cunningham, B.: The World of Geoffrey Keating- History, Myth and Tradition in Seventeenth-Century Ireland Four Courts Press, Dublin : 2004
  7. ^ Saint John's Church, Tipperary South. National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved on 6 August 2009.
  8. ^ Power, P. (Patrick) (1907). The place-names of Decies. London: David Nutt. p345
  9. ^ Power, Rev. P.; Royal (Burgundian) Library, Brussels. ". Life of St. Declan of Ardmore, and Life of St. Mochuda of Lismore. :. [Manuscript 4190-4200, ]". Irish Texts Society London. pp. par. 37. Retrieved 2009-06-22.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)
  10. ^ "A review of some placename material from Foras Feasa ar Éireann", Diarmuid Ó Murchadha, Éigse, A Journal of Irish Studies, Vol. XXXV, page 81. National University of Ireland, 2005.
  11. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1837). A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  12. ^ Butler, David J. (2005). South Tipperary, 1570-1841: religion, land and rivalry. Four Courts Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-1-85182-891-3. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  13. ^ . Burke, William P (1907). History of Clonmel. N. Harvey & co. for Clonmel Library Committee. p. 86. 

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