Owney and Arra
Owney and Arra (Irish: Uaithne agus Ara) is a barony in North Tipperary, Ireland. This geographical unit of land is one of 14 baronies in the old county of Tipperary. Its chief town is Newport. The barony lies between Ormond Lower to the north (whose chief town is Nenagh), Kilnamanagh Upper to the south (whose chief town is Borrisoleigh) and Ormond Upper to the east (whose chief town is Toomevara). To the west lies the River Shannon which separates it from County Limerick. The territory is currently administered by North Tipperary County Council.
Baronies were created after the Norman invasion of Ireland as sub-divisions of counties and were used for administration. While baronies continue to be officially defined units, they have been administratively obsolete since 1898. However, they continue to be used in land registration and specification such as in planning permissions. In many cases, a barony corresponds to an earlier Gaelic túath which had submitted to the Crown.
When County Tipperary was split into North and South Ridings in 1836, Owney and Arra was allocated to the north riding. However, the neighbouring barony of Kilnamanagh was split into Upper and Lower half-baronies, being allocated to the north and south ridings respectively.
Towns, villages and townlands of the barony
Civil parishes of the barony
|Name in Irish||Name in English|
|Baile an Chaisleáin||Castletownarra|
|Cill Mhac Stola||Kilmastulla|
|Cill na Rátha||Kilnarath|
|Cill Ó Scolaí||Killoscully|
|Mainistir Uaithne||(part of) Abington|
|Teampall an Chalaidh||Templeachally|
Note: Three townlands of the civil parish of Monsea lie in the barony with the bulk of the civil parish lying in the barony of Ormond Lower.
- Walsh, Dennis (2003). "Barony Map of Ireland". Retrieved 2007-02-13. Source given is "Ordnance survey".
- Murphy, Donal A. (1994). The two Tipperarys: the national and local politics —devolution and self-determination— of the unique 1838 division into two ridings, and the aftermath. Regional studies in political and administrative history 1. Relay. p. 71. ISBN 0-946327-14-9.
- Database of Ireland - civil parishes.
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