Faces & Places of Borrisoleigh & Ileigh is a Photographic History of the area of Borriosleigh & Ileigh.
Borrisoleigh is a small market town which is situated on the R498, 16km from Thurles and 24km from Nenagh. It boasts Georgian architecture and some traditional shop fronts. Situated on McDonagh Square is the Sacred Heart Church, which was built by architect Walter Doolin and local builder Thomas Williams. The cream sandstone of the window and door surrounds was quarried at Drombane, 19km away, as was that used in Cormac’s Chapel on the famous Rock of Cashel.
The inspiration for this book came about as a result of a very successful Photographic Exhibition which was held in the local Oratory in November 1997 to celebrate the Fair of Borris.
The vast number of interesting photographs displayed at this time were enjoyed and appreciated by all. They brought back many memories and thoughts of days gone by. It was decided that a collection of this material would preserve the Faces & Places of Borrisoleigh & Ileigh and so the task began…..
This books aim is to give great enjoyment and delight to those who are living in the parish at present and to the future generations. It is also hoped that this collection will travel to all corners of the world where it will rekindle homely thoughts for all.