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My John Tucker/Honora Houragan family was originally from Murrow/Boher (Farnane) but moved to Limerick City by the 1901 census. Is there a possibility to see the original homestead? 

Peggy C65

Wednesday 1st January 2020, 11:54PM

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  • Hello  Peggy, we do not appear to have an active volunteer locally as you query has not been picked up as yet and I am not in a postion to go there. However if you go to this site you will see the general area. You can also visit this site this will show you what families lived in the area in 1851, there are a total of 15 Tucker families in Limerick and your area appears to be Abington, there are no Houragan in Abington (there are some elsewhere) but there are the more common spelling of Hourigan. If you click on the icon on the selected family you will see a plot number, another icon gives you a map and you can search for the preferred plot number, this is not easy but doable, once you have identified it, there is a tab bar on the top right and you can move it to the left to get the modern map, as mentioned it is tricky to do but you can get to Google streetview and have a look yourself. I understand the maps though are done later circa 1880 but if you wish to use a subscription site you may get the originals, (Find My Past). All maps are here if you wish 

    While there has been a lot of development in Ireland obviously since I think that  area would still be fairly rural. 

    Good Luck


    St Peters Louth

    Tuesday 7th January 2020, 10:21PM
  • Hi Peggy

    In 1853, John Tucker appears on record (Griffith's Valuation) at farmhouse #6a in the townland of Farnane, Murroe, Co. Limerick. His house and farm were located to the north of the townland, on the Ros Fearna side of the "Five Roads" crossroads.  He held a little over 5 acres of land (in a triangular-shaped plot) and his house was valued at 13 shillings (annual rateable tax).

    A Michael Ryan aka "Black Michael" resided in cottage #6b on John's farm. They were both tenants of Mrs Sarah Costello and before the famine all four properties on this tiny farm were occupied. Mary Tucker at #20a Farnane is also of interest.

    John Tucker's house may have been a slightly newer or upgraded property at that time, as it was the only original building (mapped on that plot in the 1830s) still standing by the time the 25" maps were drawn up circa 1900. The gable end of Tucker's house was positioned perpendicular to the Ros Fearna road. A new house had been constructed just below it along the new road running south ( the L1125). 

    Sadly, the Tucker homestead is no longer extant, but the triangular farm plot has survived intact. Here is a Google Maps view of where the houses of John Tucker and Black Michael once stood.,-8.4116567,3a,75y,202.76h,82.67t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sZAoXMRrtp4W--VjCv5_nqA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    The new house that was built there by 1901 is still occupied and there is a possibility that the owners know some of the farm's history.

    Here is a view of the Tucker farm plot from the west (the new road side) where the "new" house still stands.,-8.4126302,3a,75y,78.71h,83.36t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sPmHzxY6kGKI_nfHM4AhfqQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656



    To discover more, please first join the parish community of Abington Co. Limerick.

    If you can create an ancestor chronicle for John Tucker there (with any more details you have about his family), I can create a farm location with a map image of his original house for you to link his story to. 


    Thursday 9th January 2020, 08:13AM
  • Wow, Thank you Rua. I need to have more time to actually look into this and add an ancestor chronicle. Just wanted to thank you for your assistance


    Peggy C65

    Friday 10th January 2020, 03:07AM
  • I'm not quite sure that it will suit you, but I think that the re-equipment of that estate should be done in any case, taking into account modern factors or already done this re-equipment. If you want to use any smart elements then you should pay attention to, they are not bad guys and I think they will help you.


    Wednesday 2nd September 2020, 06:21AM