Dundrum, County Tipperary

This article is about the village in County Tipperary. For other uses, see Dundrum.
Dún Droma

Main Street Dundrum

Location in Ireland

Coordinates: 52°33′37″N 8°02′39″W / 52.560378°N 8.044289°W / 52.560378; -8.044289Coordinates: 52°33′37″N 8°02′39″W / 52.560378°N 8.044289°W / 52.560378; -8.044289
Country  Ireland
Province Munster
County County Tipperary
Population (2006)
  Total 191
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
  Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Dundrum (Irish: Dún Droma, fort of the ridge) is a village in County Tipperary, Ireland. In the 2006 census it is listed as having 191 residents, exactly the same number as it had in 2002. It is in the barony of Kilnamanagh Lower.[1]

Location and access

Dundrum village lies in the townland of the same name, one of eight in the civil parish of Knockavilla. The village itself is located 14 km (8.7 mi) west of Cashel at the junction of the R505 and R661 regional roads. The old Main Street (on the R505 road to Cashel) is in the eastern end of village and is the site of some new housing developments. Dundrum House Hotel and Golf Course is connected to the village by a fine avenue of mature lime trees lining the road on both sides.

The other main housing estate is near the Railway Station at the western end of the village where the R601 to Tipperary Town leaves the R505.


The main Dublin to Cork railway line passes through the village, though the railway station is no longer in use. The station opened on 3 April 1848, but finally closed on 6 September 1976.[2]

Bus Éireann route 332 provides one service each way on Saturdays only from the village to Limerick via Newport.


Between the Main Street and Station is an industrial and retail area which includes a sawmill, a steelworks and a variety of other enterprises. Dundrum is unusual for an Irish village of its size in that while it has a Church of Ireland church, it has no Roman Catholic church. The nearest Roman Catholic church is in the neighbouring village of Knockavilla (in the parish of Knockavilla and Donaskeigh). The Church of Ireland church, is a legacy of the former landlord, (Cornwallis Maude, Viscount Hawarden) together with the aforementioned railway station and also the now abandoned Royal Irish Constabulary station.


Famous horse

A Connemara gelding called 'Dundrum' ridden by Tommy Wade was a notable champion showjumper. Local farmer Jack Ryan {Lar} of Gurtussa owned the horse when its talent was recognised. He passed through several owners until coming to the stables of Tommy Wade of Goold's Cross and from there it went on to star in places like the RDS. Though small in stature in keeping with its Connemara pedigree, Dundrum excelled in the puissance wall event in Ireland and Britain. Through the first years of the 1960s, Dundrum rivalled Arkle as Ireland's pride and joy, especially when competing at Wembley.

Dundrum became Supreme Champion at the Wembley Horse of the Year Show when he set a record by clearing a 7’2" puissance wall. In 1961 he was regarded as show jumper of the century when he won five major events at the Dublin Horse Show, the first time in history that so many awards were won by the same rider, and he did it with the same horse! He was International Jumping Champion from 1959–1963. - Ref [4]

Dundrum attracted attention to Ireland on the world stage, as this tribute in the Dáil by Deputy Richard Barry shows:

It must be remembered that it is combinations like Tommy Wade and Dundrum that made this country world famous and that brought delight to our people. Dundrum was produced by a crossing of horses in a farmer's holding. I am glad that the Minister has said that one of the important objectives of the Bill is the development of non-thoroughbred horses. This is the most important reference in the Minister's speech. Those engaged in the thoroughbred industry have the necessary finance and expertise to carry it on but encouragement and incentives must be provided to those producing non-thoroughbreds. Ref [5]

Dundrum meteorite

On 12 August 1865 a meteorite (later called "Dundrum"[6]) was observed falling in Clonoulty, about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Dundrum Village. The meteorite was an ordinary chondrite H5 and it is currently stored at the Natural History Museum in London.[7] It was the last meteorite rock recovered in Ireland until 1999, when parts of the Leighlinbridge meteorite were located in Leighlinbridge, County Carlow.


Dundrum Athletic Club is the local athletics club. The club was formed in 1960 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010. The club uses the local forsetry, roads and the Scout centre in the village for training. The club has invested significantly on a 250-meter floodlight gritted athletics track, long jump, high jump and shotput area in recent years. The club currently has around 80 members. The club is currently the County and Munster Novice and Intermediate Club Cross Country Champions 2010.

See also

External links


  1. Kilnamanagh Lower - one of 14 baronies in the old county, between Kilnamanagh Upper (to the north), Clanwilliam (to the south) and Middle Third (to the east). It is the chief population centre of the barony.
  2. "Dundrum station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-05.
  3. "V&A Exploring Photography - Lady Clementina Hawarden". www.vam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
  4. Dáil Éireann - Volume 247 - 3 June 1970
  5. Meteoritical Bulletin Database: Dundrum
  6. The Dundrum Meteorite
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