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.
|Amenities, General Iinformation
& Accommodation, Towns and Villages (Other than seaside)
Parish: Clonrush, Population:
Location and Brief Description:
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
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.
Nearest station: Killaloe
Distance: 19 miles
Bus? Yes - except Thursdays
Public lighting by—Electricity? None Gas? None
|Unlicensed Hall in Whitegate
|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
Churches and Services
||8.30, 10.30 a.m.
|Mountshannon Church of Ireland
(2¾ miles from Whitegate)
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
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
Weekly Market Day: None
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,
Horses: Always available
Camping Sites (At principal holiday
||Mr P. O’Brien
||Messrs P. O’Brien and Flannery
||Mrs P. Burke, T. Holland
|and throughout parish
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.
(Signed): James Henchy