Kilmihil village is located 10 miles from Kilrush -
3 miles west of the main Kilrush, Ennis road, at Knockalough. It contains
an untidy square and two sides streets. Its three banks betoken the
prosperity of the surrounding farming community and the villagers. Even
though only a village, one misses the usual hotel and chemist shop.
The approaching bye roads are indescribable. I am sure it could never
become a tourist resort and I formed the impression that the locals
were not concerned in that regard.
Is there a Town Hall?
Location: In Kilmihil village
Parks, Gardens and Recreation Grounds.
Brief Description: There is a football
and sports field.
Brief comments on water supply and sewerage:
The water supply - from street pumps - is fairly good. No regular
sewerage system exists. Dry closets are in most houses. The streets
are not tidy.
Nearest station: Kilrush
Public lighting by—Electricity? None Gas?
Dance Hall: Yes Proprietor: The Secretary, "Kilmihil
Hall Committee", Kilmihil
Private Lending Libraries: A branch of the County Council
Library is established which lends books.
Churches and Services
Church: R.C. Church, Kilmihil Services (Sundays):8.30
and 11.00 a.m.
Location of Post Office: In centre of village
Business (? M.O., Telegraph, Telephone): All three
Banks: Bank of Ireland; National Bank; Provincial Bank
Sports and Photo Supplies
Sports Dealers: One shop supplies sporting cartridges and
fishing hooks in very limited assortment.
Swimming Pools and Baths
The lakes of "Knockalough" and "Moore" are boggy,
and not well suited for bathing in.
Social Clubs, Cultural Societies, &c.
Social Clubs: The parochial hall is the only social club,
besides dancing, "dramatic classes", "concert parties"
and other entertainments are held there. It is a very good hall with
a technical school attached, and is rather artistic looking on the
Industries and Handcrafts
Industries: The only industry is a dairy disposals creamery
Handcrafts or Cottage Industries (Give names of craftsmen, employer,
&c.): There is a branch of the Clare Technical schools which
gives instruction in carpentry etc. Also domestic economy and other
Public Monuments (Brief description;
inscription to be quoted)
There is a small celtic cross erected outside the technical school
with the names (in Irish) of I.R.A. men from the Kilmihil district
who were killed in the fight for Irish freedom.
Important Public Buildings (Give
brief notes on architectural features)
The R. Catholic Church is a Gothic semi-cruciform building. There
is a nice altar, but the galleries are so constructed as to obstruct
the lighting from the windows, and gives the whole church a very dark
appearance. It is well seated and comfortable.
Schools and Colleges
Kilmihil N. School - A substantial four teacher school, clean and
Cahermurphy N. School - A small two teacher school, ancient looking.
Leitrim N. School - A small two teacher school, ancient looking.
Lisnaligan N. School - A small two teacher school, ancient looking.
Nearest Kilrush Distance —10 miles
Fairs and Markets; Half-Holiday
Monthly Fairs and Markets: Fairs, every month - Except
Weekly Market Day: None
Garages and Petrol Stations
No regular repair garage. Two petrol pumps.
Conveyances for Hire
: There are two hackneys
Local Improvements Committee:
||Landowner: None to object
Remarks: Kilmihil village is most unsatisfactory
for accommodation. I had great difficulty in getting lodgings in one
house and meals in another, and this in face of the known fact that
I represented the I.T.A. The Gardai speak of the hopeless state of
Guest or Boarding Houses:
Mrs Queally's. 3 Guest Bedrooms, Bath, Flush lavatory, 1 Public Room,
Not Licensed. Mrs Queally has a small, very clean boarding room and
restaurant. She can only accommodate 3 persons and is usually booked
up by Permanents.
Pat Daly's. 5 Guest Bedrooms, No Bath, Dry lavatory, 1 Public Room,
Licensed. I would not at the present time recommend Pat Daly's.
He contemplates much needed improvements.
Restaurants and Cafes
Mrs Queally's is the only house where meals are available in Kilmihil
village. Her capacity to supply is very limited.