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Bassett's Directory, 1875-6  

Part 4: Kilrush: Description

(Population 4,593)

Is a seaport and market town, situated on the northern shore of the estuary of the River Shannon, distant from Dublin 176 miles south-west, from Cork 117 miles north-west, and 53 miles west from Limerick. It has an excellent harbour, together with many other local advantages. The pier, which is of very solid construction, is protected by a sea wall of great strength, thus affording every facility for landing passengers from the small steamers running from Limerick and Foynes. In summer hundreds of visitors arrive daily from all parts of the country en route to Kilkee, a watering place certainly second to none in the United Kingdom. For some time past a line of railway has been in progress from this town to Kilkee, but it is yet difficult to say when it may be forward enough to admit of public traffic. Kilrush is a well-built town, containing several public buildings, the chief of which is the Roman Catholic Chapel, a handsome lime-stone structure. Quarter Sessions are held here; and Petty Sessions weekly, on Mondays. Saturday is the market day, and the Guardians of the Poor meet on the same day. There are two hotels, at either of which the traveller may be comfortably lodged should he wish to remain at Kilrush for a night before going on to Kilkee.


Part 4: Kilrush


Part 4: Kilrush:
Clergy, Gentry, Public Officials, Schools