Location and Brief Description:
Crusheen is situated 8 miles from Ennis, 10½ miles from Gort,
on main Ennis, Galway, steamrolled road. It contains R.C. church, Church
of Ireland (no service in latter) two parochial houses, Garda Barracks,
P. Office, railway station, National School, five shops - four licensed
- and some other scattered houses. Lack of water and sewerage spoils
an otherwise fairly neat village. The P. Priest asserts that pumps were
paid for ten years ago, but never installed
Brief comments on water supply and sewerage:
No pumps, well condemned, no sewerage, Crusheen is in a hopeless condition
from the water supply, and sewerage viewpoint.
Nearest station: In the village
Distance: 50 yards
Public lighting by—Electricity? None Gas?
Churches and Services
|Crusheen R.C. Church.
||9.00 and 11.00 New Time
|Ballinruan R.C. Church
||10.00 New Time
|Church of Ireland. Protestant
||No service held, church locked up
Location of Post Office: In centre of village
Business (? M.O., Telegraph, Telephone): All three
Important Public Buildings (Give
brief notes on architectural features)
R.C. Church Crusheen - Very neat “cruciform” (three gallerys)
R.C. Church Ballinruan - Neat L. shaped (no gallery)
N. School Crusheen - Fair condition, rather small
N. School Ballinruan - Fair condition, rather small
N. School Drumbaniff - Very small rather neat school, near O’Brien’s
castle and lake
Schools and Colleges
Schools as above – no colleges
Ennis - 8 miles distant
Fairs and Markets; Half-Holiday
Monthly Fairs and Markets: None
Weekly Market Day: None
Garages and Petrol Stations
None at present. Had a petrol pump pre-war.
Camping Sites (At principal
Location: Plenty of camping sites by lakes and roadsides.
Landowner: In the Ballinruan townlands there are ideal camping
sites between the massive rocks, which compromise the geology of that
part. A good district for fishing and shooting all free.
Accommodation and Catering
Remarks: There is no accommodation whatever in either Crusheen
or Ballinruan villages. There is none in any part of the parish. There
are four licensed houses in Crusheen, and one in Ballinruan village.
No teas or luncheons are served. A tourist will find no place to “lay
his head” and must take the “proverbial biscuit”
if he wishes to keep hunger at bay. If developed this parish would
be suitable for sportsmen.