Nenagh derives its name from Aonach Urmhumhan meaning fair of Ormonde. It is the chief town of North Tipperary. Situated in a fertile plain surrounded by the Silvermine and Arra mountains. Nenagh castle is one of the finest of its kind in Ireland, it was built by Theobald FitzWalter one of the ancestors of the Butlers' of Ormonde, in 1200. It is a hundred feet high and at its base 53 feet across. In 1860 the top portion was reconstructed. The Parish church of St. Marys' of the rosary is a large Gothic revival building. Opposite is Nenagh Heritage Centre which contains a display of antiquities in the heptagonal Governors house. One can also see the Gate House of the former Gaol. In Abbey street are the remains of a Franciscan Friary founded in 1250 by Bishop Donal O'Kennedy of Killaloe. It was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell.
The name "Nenagh" is derived from two Gaelic or Irish words; "an" meaning "the" and "aenagh", "fair". The first "a" is dropped in each word, thus giving the anglicised form of "Nenagh". The addition of "Urmhumhan" gives the aenagh or aonach (the modern spelling) a territorial location -the Fair of Ormond/East Munster. The fair was therefore and remains an important aspect of the commercial, recreation and cultural life of the town and its catchment.
Nenagh Town Council's Leisure Centre "Solann an Aonaigh" is situated on the main Dublin Road and comprises a 6 lane 25m swimming pool, a kiddies pool, saunas, steamroom, a fully equipped gymnasium, a snack vending area and spectator accommodation.
The Councillors perform the RESERVED FUNCTIONS exercised by resolution. These are functions reserved to the Council, which broadly equate with the making of policy. They include the adopting of the annual estimate, the borrowing of money, the making of a development plan, the adoption of a scheme of letting priorities (for housing) and the declaration of a road to be public. The various Acts relating to the functions of local authorities prescribe the functions which are to be reserved to Councillors.
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