Entrance to the village
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Two-Mile Borris (also written Twomileborris) is a small village in County Tipperary, Ireland. The village is located on the L4202 road at the junction with the Ballyduff Road, close to the N75 and 7.5 km (4.7 mi) from Thurles town centre. It is also situated 1.5 km from junction 5 of the M8 motorway. Its population was 502 at the 2006 census. It is in the townland of Borris in the civil parish of Borrisleigh in the barony of Eliogarty.
History of the placename
The name Borris is generally believed to have come from the Norman word for a borough, district or stronghold. The Irish name Buiríos Léith was historically anglicised as Borrisleigh or Borris Leigh. The use of Leigh in the placename would seem to be related to the monastic settlement of Liathmore-Mochoemóg in Leigh, about a mile and a half to the north-east of the village. Those who prefer the Irish name of Buirgheas Dhá Mhíle say that the name refers to King Mile, ancestor of Niall of the Nine Hostages and numerous Irish Kings and heroes.
Amenities and facilities
It has a primary school, post office, Catholic church, two pubs and two shops. There are a number of housing estates. The townland makes up an area of 23.91 square kilometres (Ref:Image:IMG 2MileSign4742w.jpg), most of which is given over to agricultural use. The village is located right at the edge of the Golden Vale and the Bog of Allen and so the quality of the land varies around the area, with most of the best farming land located to the west of the village. Parts of the land to the east are too boggy to be used, even for extracting turf. The village proper is bounded on the west by the Black River, a tributary of River Drish, which goes on to join River Suir. The approach to the village is dominated by a Norman tower-house.
Putting the barony in its historico-geographical context.
- Barony - an old administrative division. Eliogarty - one of 14 baronies in the old county, between Ikerrin to the north (whose chief town is Roscrea), Kilnamanagh Upper to the west (whose chief town is Borrisoleigh) and Middle Third to the south (whose chief town is Cashel).
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