Uachtar Tíre (Irish)
Boulder field at Lake Coumshingaun, Comeragh Mountains, in the Upperthird barony.
Barony map of County Waterford, 1900; Upperthird is coloured green, in the north.
|Sovereign state||Republic of Ireland|
|o Total||258.38 km2 (99.76 sq mi)|
Upperthird was originally called Uachtar Tíre, "upper country", referring to its high altitude (by Irish standards). Tír became "third" presumably by analogy with Middle Third; "third" is commonly used to indicate Irish divisions of land, without any region being actually divided in three.
Upperthird is located in the Waterford uplands to the south of the River Suir and north of the River Nier, containing most of the Comeragh Mountains and the Clodiagh River valley. It also contains two large lakes, Coumshingaun Lough and Crotty's Lake.
This part of the Suir valley was the traditional territory of the O'Flanagan of Upperthird (Ó Flannagáin Uachtar Tíre). It contains Mothel Abbey, an ecclesiastical centre from the 6th to 16th centuries AD.
The barony was seized in the post-Cromwellian confiscations (1652) and formed part of the Down Survey (1655-56). It was granted to the La Poer family, later known as "Power." The region (together with parts of Middle Third) was known as "Powers' Country."
Below is a list of settlements in Upperthird barony: