Rathdowney, that’s where I’m from. Funny isn’t it, I’m the only one in the family who wanted to live there so now I live in Clough. I remember when I first heard that these houses were being built in Clough I said “Who would want to live in Clough?” – Just goes to show, you should always be careful about what you say :-) I like Clough, it’s nice and peaceful and I have that big field beside me to walk my dogs in and my cats love to hunt out here.
Back to Rathdowney. Here are a selection of photographs taken at different times. Rathdowney has a town square and St. Andrew’s Church of Ireland is at the top of that. The ‘Croppy’s Grave sign is located on a wall in the Square. We have a pond in the middle of the town and off the pond is a meat factory *but* that meat factory used to be Perry’s Brewery. The Lyons family moved to Rathdowney in 1968 in order to convert the Brewery into a meat factory – and as far as I am concerned I am from Rathdowney. When we moved to Rathdowney there used to be a swan called ‘Jack’ living on the pond and when he’d feel like it he would come off the pond by following the stream and then get fed by locals as he wandered a little bit around the place
After the meat factory you have the main street and things are certainly changing in Rathdowney as it seems to get quieter and quieter. Out the Johnstown road there is or was the Rathdowney ‘Outlet’. The Outlet closed this year.
Rathdowney is about 14 miles from Roscrea which is in Co. Tipperary, it is also only a few miles from Galmoy which is in Co. Kilkenny.
Dr. Jane Lyons, From-Ireland.net