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Talk by John Flannery Bloody Sunday: A Bitter Legacy or A Legacy of Bitterness

A crowd of over 200 attended this talk by Ormond Historical Society ‘s John Flannery at the Great National Abbey Court Hotel. This event was held in association with Tipperary GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration Committee as part of Nenagh 800 Well done to all concerned.

Ed Brennan, President of Ormond Historical Society & John Flannery

See more photos from John Flannery’s talk on our Gallery page

Talk by Dr. Conor Reidy Haunted Memories – When Nenagh used the Gallows

Dr Conor Reidy gave an a very informative and moving talk on public executions at Nenagh Gaol between August 1842 and May 1858. A big thank you also to Caitlin White for organizing this and to the staff of Nenagh Library for facilitating it. Well done to the large attendance who braved the weather conditions.

Caitlin White & Dr. Conor Reidy


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Bob Tisdall exhibition at Nenagh Heritage Centre

Donal A Murphy officially launched the Bob Tisdall exhibition at Nenagh Heritage Centre. The large attendance included the grand-nephew of Bob Tisdall, Peter Hooker and his wife Eleanor who thoroughly enjoyed the night and shared fascinating anecdotes on ‘Uncle Bob’. Many past and present members of Nenagh Olympic were present.

On display on the night was one of the spikes worn by Bob in his 1932 Olympic success. Thanks to Nenagh Olympic for facilitating this. The display includes pictorial records of the various stages of his life and personal material donated by his family in Australia to Nenagh Heritage Centre. Also included is a replica of the bronze statue by Jeanne Rynhart which is one of the three Olympians in front of the Courthouse in Nenagh. This is on loan from Tipperary – Nenagh Municipal District.

Well done to Nora, Libby and Geraldine for all their work in putting the exhibition together. Thanks to The Nenagh Guardian for all their help.

See all photos from the Bob Tisdall Exhibition Opening on our Gallery page


There was a large attendance in the Great National Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh on February 10 for a fascinating and informative talk on ‘Some Streets of Nenagh – Characters & Anecdotes’ by Donal Murphy . This event was organised by the Ormond Historical Society in association with Nenagh 800.

See more photos of Donal’s talk on our Gallery page.

Launch of Nenagh 800

The launch of Nenagh 800 took place on Wednesday 29 January in Tipperary Co. Council Civic Offices, Nenagh. The large attendance is a testament to the interest both locally, nationally and internationally in the exciting year ahead for Nenagh. The programme was launched by the Cathaoirleach of Nenagh Municipal District, Cllr. Joe Hannigan who said that the calendar of events offers something for everyone. The Nenagh Ormond Brass Band gave a spectacular performance in the concourse. Highly informative presentations on Nenagh Castle were given by Flora O’ Mahony, Conservation Architect, National Monuments Service, OPW – Office of Public Works and Kevin Whelan, tour guide at Nenagh Castle. The MC for the evening was Rosemary Joyce, Nenagh District Administrator. She noted that Nenagh has so many elements that make the town what it is – its agricultural roots and market town, its heritage – both physical and cultural, but especially of all its people.

Rosemary explained the meaning of the logo for Nenagh 800 which incorporates three elements of the fabric of Nenagh’s past and present. The water reminds us of the proximity to Lough Derg and recognises Nenagh as the gateway to the Hidden Heartlands. It also reflects the Nenagh River and the river walk which is a significant amenity for the town.

The leaf reminds us that Nenagh is a rural town with strong agricultural links – something we hope to celebrate during the year. The third element within the shield represents the turrets of the iconic Nenagh Castle Keep which is synonymous with Nenagh. Rosemary suggested that if attendees had not yet climbed its 101 steps 2020 is the year to do so.

Rosemary Joyce,  Nenagh District Administrator and Cllr. Joe Hannigan, Cathaoirleach Nenagh Municipal District

Eva Birdthistle, Artistic Director, Nenagh Arts Centre, presented the winner of the Song for Nenagh 800, Nenagh native Bubba Shakespeare with his prize. He performed his song “I’m Tipp’n away” the winning entry for #Nenagh800. Congratulations to Bubba – as Luka Bloom the competition judge said “the rhythm, the arrangement, the tay, the hurling the clever play on Tipp as a word” the song has it all.

Eva Birdthistle, Artistic Director, Nenagh Arts Centre, and Bubba Shakespeare, winner of the Song for Nenagh 800

There was a great representation there from the Nenagh community including Nenagh Chamber, Nenagh Tidy Towns Committee, Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival and representatives of various businesses, clubs and organizations and Residents’ Associations.

Join in the celebrations – Nenagh is the place to be in 2020.

See all photos from the launch on our Gallery page

Listen back to an interview with Rosemary Joyce, Chairperson of #Nenagh800 on Tipp fm discussing the many events taking place throughout the year. #weareNenagh

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