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Our Locality. Tubberclare / Glasson. Map Early Occupation Early Christianity The Normans Waterstown House Waterstown Ruins Pigeon House Glasson The Old School House. Bethlehem Goldsmith Lissoy The Pinnacle Killinure Tubberclair Modern Glasson Lough Ree Bibliography. Index.

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our locality
Our Locality

Tubberclare / Glasson


Early Occupation

Early Christianity

The Normans

Waterstown House

Waterstown Ruins

Pigeon House


The Old School House




The Pinnacle



Modern Glasson

Lough Ree


early occupation
Early Occupation
  • People lived in this area as far back as the Stone Age.
  • A stone axehead, stone arrowheads and a stone jar were found.

During the Bronze Age people lived in crannógs in Doonis Lough and in Lake Makeegan (Auburn Lough).

  • Many townlands take their names from the homesteads of the Celts who live here – Lios, Rath, Lisakilleen, Lisnascreen.
early christianity
Early Christianity
  • St. Patrick is said to have come to this area, but after a poor reception from the people of Calry, he fled over the Breensford River leaving the imprint of his knees near Annagh Crossroads, giving the the name Patrick’s Knees.
  • St. Canice founded a monastery in Kilkenny West about 550 A.D.
  • St. Kieran founded a monastery on Hare Island before moving to Clonmacnoise.
  • Later, abbeys and churches were built on Islands in Lough Ree - Inchmore, Inchturk Nun’s Island and Inisboffin.
the normans
The Normans
  • The Normans came to Ireland at the request of King Henry 11.
  • In 1185 all land of Tubberclair was granted to the Norman Dillon family.
  • Area became known as the Barony of Kilkenny West.
  • The Dillons built 7 castles - Kilfaughney, Ballinakill, Ballinacliffey, Killinure, Kilkenny West, Waterstown and Portlick.
  • Only Portlick remains.
waterstown house
  • House built in late 1600s on the site of the Dillon castle which had been destroyed.
  • Designed by Richard Castle (Designer of Leinster House, Westport House, Powerscourt House, Rotunda Hospital).
  • Became Known as the Hancock Temple Estate the following century.
      • Later became the Harris Temple Estate.
  • Land granted to William
  • Hancock during the Cromwellian plantation.
waterstown ruins
Waterstown Ruins
  • Waterstown House is now in ruins.
  • It was dismantled in the early twentieth century and parts of it are to be seen in different parts of the country – the main gates are at Longford Cathedral.
pigeon house
Pigeon House
  • The Pigeon House on the Waterstown Estate supplied meat for the residents during the Winter.
  • Glasson takes its name from the Irish word “Glasan” which means a streamlet.
  • The village was built by the owners of Waterstown for its workers,
  • An underground tunnel ran from the village to the estate.
the old school house
The Old School House
  • Built in 1844.
  • Funded by Isabella Harris Temple of Waterstown House.
  • Provided a free school for the children of Glasson.
  • Remained open until 1897.
  • Reopened in 1905 and continued as an Infant School until1962.
    • Became a Heritage Centre in 1998.
  • Poor Clare Nuns fled from Dublin after their convent was suppressed in 1630.
  • Nuns given protection by their relatives the Dillons.
  • Convent built on the shore of Lough Ree in 1631and called Bethlehem.
  • Mother Cecily Dillon was the first Abbess.
  • In 1642 the convent was destroyed by English soldiers.
  • Nuns fled to Nun’s Island in Lough Ree.
  • The soldiers were all murdered at Ballinacliffy Castle.
  • The nuns went to Galway city where they founded a monastery at Nun’s Island.
  • Oliver Goldsmith - poet, playwright and novelist, was born at Pallas in Co. Longford, in 1728.
  • His father was a parson who moved to this area 2 years later.
  • Lissoy Parsonage was Goldsmith’s home from the age of two until he went to university.
  • His childhood haunts inspired much of his writing….
  • In “The Deserted Village” he wrote: Near yonder copse, where once the garden smiled And still where many a garden-flower grows wild; There where a few torn shrubs the place disclose, The village preacher’s modest mansion rose.
the pinnacle
The Pinnacle
  • A signalling tower.
  • Built by a local landlord, Nathaniel Lowe, in 1769.
  • He lived 25 miles away in Galway.
  • His herdsman communicated with him from the Pinnacle, using flag signals.
  • Glasson Golf & Country Club was, up to recent times, known as Killinure House.
  • It was built about 1780 and restored at the end of the 19th century.
  • The Reid Family converted it to a luxurious clubhouse in the 1990s.
  • Tubberclair gets its name from the Irish “Tobar cláir” ….the water of the plain.
  • The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was built during Penal Times.
  • This beautiful garden is opposite the Roman Catholic Church.
modern glasson
Modern Glasson
  • The Health Centre
  • The Post Office
  • The Village Restaurant
lough ree
Lough Ree
  • Situated in the middle of Ireland - the middle lake on the River Shannon.
  • Many islands, including Nun’s Island and Hare Island, a former home of St. Kieran.
  • Raided by Vikings in the 8th and 9th centuries. Viking treasure discovered there in 1802.
  • Lord Castlemaine built a summer residence there in the 19th century.
  • Famous for fishing .
  • Boats may be hired for angling.
  • The Glasson Trail - Westmeath Tourism
  • The Spring Wells - Fr. Seamus Mulvany