Murphy family, Ballinamona collection

Tipperary Studies | TL/F/88 |
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Photo from the Murphy Ballinamona Collection

Photo from the Murphy Ballinamona Collection

This is a collection of family and estate papers from the Murphys of Ballinamona. The official Return of Owners of Land published in 1876 lists William Murphy of Ballinamona as having an estate of 856.75 acres. The family continued at Ballinamona until the death of Kathleen Murphy in 1975, the last of the family.

What made the Murphy family different from their ‘Big House’ neighbours and which gives the archive particular interest is that the family was, and remained, Roman Catholic. A good deal of the paper work relating to farming and managing their property  as well as family communications was kept so that the archive is a rich source of social history.

The archive is chiefly of interest because of the photographic collection – available at 

The collection of 1,251 images dating from the late 1840’s to 1932 was taken mostly by Edmond Murphy and is a wonderful documentation of Irish rural life at the beginning of the 20th Century.  While most are of Ballinamona House, grounds and family there are images from various parts of Tipperary, Ireland and England, with a lot of varied images of social life, domestic and estate employees, farm animals, horses and families in and around Ballinamona. There are also several images of the Galtee Mountains.

Photographic albums

Photographic negatives

Farm accounts

Collection of deeds, leases etc

Physical characteristics

21 Archive boxes

4 folders

Digital archive of 1,251 images


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Added by Tipperarystudies | Last updated on: 14 May 2019
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