I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3
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Barony of: Leitrim, Parish: Clonrush, Population: 160
Location and Brief Description:
Located on the branch of main road that connects East Clare and Galway. Sarsfield’s reputed road passes near the village which is within 2½ miles of the Galway boundary. It originally belonged to the latter county. As villages go - the above is a tidy - though scattered - one consists of five pubs, three other business houses, R.C. Church, P.O., Hall, and some private houses. The Slieve Aughty mountains slope down to the village, and Lough Derg - 1½ miles distant - cuts it off from Tipperary.

Is there a Town Hall? Yes Location: In village

Parks, Gardens and Recreation Grounds. Brief Description: The Parish Recreation Field purchased for £200 on the proceeds of three dances. It is extensively patronized for sports etc. There is a second better surfaced rented field which gets a good share of inter-county patronage—so Whitegate excels in sporting accommodation.

Brief comments on water supply and sewerage:
Water supply consists of a useless public pump with two private wells, there is no piped supply or sewerage system. Owing to the very scattered nature of the village, loss of the latter is not too keenly felt.

Public Services
Nearest station: Killaloe
Distance: 19 miles
Bus? Yes - except Thursdays
Public lighting by—Electricity? None Gas? None

Dance Hall Proprietor
Unlicensed Hall in Whitegate Private Owned
Licensed Hall in Mountshannon
(2¾ miles distant)
Very Rev. Fr. Crowe, P.P. and a Committee

Cinemas and Theatres
Cinemas: No regular Picture Hall. Travelling shows visit village. Pictures shown (nights): No regular nights
Theatre: Only travelling shows Kind of shows (Drama, Comedy &c.): The usual assortment and concerts

Public Libraries: There is a branch of the County Library in the village

Churches and Services
Church Services (Sundays)
Whitegate R.C. 8.30, 10.30 a.m.
Mountshannon R.C. 10.00 a.m.
Mountshannon Church of Ireland
(2¾ miles from Whitegate)
12.00 noon

Postal Facilities
Location of Post Office: In village
Business (? M.O., Telegraph, Telephone): All three

Banks: None nearer than Scariff 8 miles; Woodford—9 miles

Sports and Photo Supplies
Sports Dealers: Fishing hooks and lines only supplied in village

Swimming Pools and Baths
Location: Swimming and bathing can be carried out in Lough Derg or Cregg Lake

Social Clubs, Cultural Societies, &c.
Social Clubs: There is no regular club. Whist drives, card parties etc. are carried out in village hall.

Industries and Handcrafts
Industries: The only industry is a branch of the Dairy Disposals creamery where the milk is separated and the cream - or butter fat - sent to the central creamery at Scariff.

Important Public Buildings (Give brief notes on architectural features)
Whitegate R.C. Church consists of nave and gallery only. It is of the usual Romanesque Architecture. The Alter and Rails are marble and look fairly neat in an otherwise plain building. All parts are well seated. There is a small organ. Its founder - the Rev P. Horan P.P. is buried within the church. A wall slab commemorates a member of the Blake family.

Schools and Colleges
The N. School ¼ mile East of the village contains three apartments for three teachers and one hundred pupils on rolls. Building and grounds are neat.

Raheen district Hospital (10 miles) is nearest
Ennis—County Hospital 30 miles
Limerick City Hospital 32 miles

Fairs and Markets; Half-Holiday
Monthly Fairs and Markets: Hitherto four fairs in year - 28th Feb, 28th May, 28th Aug, 28th Nov—Henceforth one every month - held on 28th
Weekly Market Day: None
Half-Holiday: Wednesday

Garages and Petrol Stations
The only petrol station - no garage - in the village is J.J. Morgans

Conveyances for Hire (Owners):
Motors (Touring): There are two Hackney V.8. Ford Cars. One haulage man with Bedford Truck.
Boats (State type): There are 14 ordinary timber fishing boats in the parish. The charge per day for man and boat is 15f-. A trip across the Shannon to Tipperary and back costs 5f-. The names and addresses of most reliable men are J. Tuohy, Reinskea; J. Dunlea, Meelick, Whitegate, Co. Clare.
Horses: Always available

Camping Sites (At principal holiday resorts)
Location Landowner
At Reinskea Mr P. O’Brien
At Meelick Messrs P. O’Brien and Flannery
At Williamstown Mrs P. Burke, T. Holland
and throughout parish F.C. Sampson

Guest or Boarding Houses

Reinskea House, 11 Guest Bedrooms, No Baths, 1 Flush Lavatory, 2 Public Rooms, Not Licensed. Registration sought. Measures 54 x 42 by 27’ high. Mr P. O’Brien has made application to the I.T.B. for registration of his house as a Guest House.

Mr Thos Holland is putting a bungalow into commission to take guests. There are 2 kitchens and a total of 13 bedrooms including servants rooms.
I understand there is a House Boat also being made available. Otherwise at this moment I do not see any other accommodation available.

Date: 8th/5/43
(Signed): James Henchy Surveyor.
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