I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3
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Barony of: Bunratty, Parish: Doora, Population: 25
Location and Brief Description:
Doora parish includes the sub parish of Barefield. It has no village or town except the small cluster of houses called Barefield. It runs from, (and includes) Ardsollus Railway Station, to the Ennis urban boundary, and meets Crusheen and Quin parishes. Its only industry is agriculture. It is a very undulating parish, and its good and bad land is just as much mixed as its contour.

Public Services
Bus? Yes
Public lighting by—Electricity? None Gas? None

Churches and Services
Church Services (Sundays)
Barefield R.C. Church 10.30 a.m.
Doora R.C. Church 9.30 a.m.

Postal Facilities
Location of Post Office: In village of Barefield

Public Monuments (Brief description; inscription to be quoted)
Barefield R.C. Church is a modern cut stone structure, rather small and dark, has an organ gallery and nice altar.
Doora R.C. Church, “Cruciform”, very neat and clean, nicely walled in new cemetery in the grounds.

Important Public Buildings (Give brief notes on architectural features)
The Co. Clare Lunatic Asylum, a massive cut stone building with a beautiful new re-inforced concrete chapel, hospital, and other buildings, houses 354 males, 260 females and a staff of 80 = Total 694 persons. There are 115 acres in the farms and grounds, 45 acres under tillage, a herd of cattle and pigs. The new electric therapeutic treatment installed is facilitating the cures. This building is beautifully kept, and nearly self-supporting.

Schools and Colleges
Doora N.S. - A neat, very small school, with two lady teachers.
Barefield N.S. - A substantial, fairly new, four teacher school.
Knocknane N.S. - A small, fair conditioned school.

Nearest Ennis - 4 miles distant

Fairs and Markets; Half-Holiday
Monthly Fairs and Markets: None
Weekly Market Day: None
Half-Holiday: Wednesday

Camping sites (At principal holiday resorts)
Location: No objection to camping along the waste spaces in Doora parish.

There are no hotels, guest or boarding houses, restaurants or cafés in Doora parish.
The only village is Barefield with a population of about 25. This village consists of two public houses, chapel, P. Office (letters only), N. School and dispensary with a few other scattered houses.

Date: July 29th, 1943.
(Signed): Ralph Lucas Surveyor.
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