Who lived in Bogberry and Bridge Street,
By Lorcan O’Connor
In order to explain where the old houses were,
we follow the map marked 1 to 50, as some of the old houses are
gone and new ones built.
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1. Griffin’s Bar and Residence:
Home of Lily and the late Jimmy Griffin and family. Jimmy’s
parents, Matthew and Minnie and family lived here. In the last century,
the house was used as a convent when the Sisters of Mercy first
came to Ennistymon.
2. House now gone: It was a small
house on the Bridge side of Doherty’s Corner, in earlier times
used as Toll house for river crossing. Tommy and Mary Devitt
and son Michael lived here, Tommy carried on a tailoring business
in the house.
3. Barry’s Pub: Now owned
by Griffin’s. Denis and Ann Barry reared
their family and ran a bar business there for a long number of years.
The business was run prior to that by Denis Barry’s mother,
who was married to well known Doctor Barry. The pub, one of the
oldest, was in the Barry name for a number of generations.
The Bridge and Bogberry.
Photo: A. Browne & A. Edwards, 1988.
4. Private House attached to the
Pub: Tommy and Brigid Walshe live there at present.
The house is owned by Griffin’s and was purchased with the
pub, Ann and Denis Barry and family lived here. Prior to that the
late Garda Martin Clarke and Mrs. Clarke reared
their family here before moving to Lahinch Road.
5. , 6., 7., 8. These four houses
now take in O’Connor’s Shop, Post Office,
and Sorting Office. Before that No 5 was always a shop run by Francy
O’Connor and family from 1949 to 1980s employing
approximately 6 to 7 people. Prior to that No 6 was the home of
Mrs Kelly, an aunt of Michael Comber and the Unemployment
Benefit was paid here before moving to Edward Comber’s in
Parliament Street. (Michael Comber’s father). Before the Bakery,
No 7 was the home of Johnnie and May Hegarty, Johnnie
was a postman attached to Ennistymon Post Office. The Telephone
Exchange was here for a number of years. Now the Sorting Office,
No 8 was a small shop run by Nellie Neylon in the
9. Was a small house at the end
of the laneway. The old stone house was still standing until the
early 1980s. The late Delia and Martin Keating
reared their family here in the 1960s before moving to Attycristora.
A colourful character called Johnny Guerin lived
in the house before that and the lane was always known as Guerin’s
10. This House in the lane was
known as the Band Room. The Fife and Drum Band of the 1940s practised
and stored their instruments here. A man called Jack Connors
lived there also. The area behind this house had a Nail Factory
at the turn of the Century supplying the horse shoe nails to the
large number of Blacksmiths in the area and also nails for the cart
11. Was a long house facing out
on the street. Paddy and Mrs. Downey and family
lived there before moving to a new house in Churchill. Prior to
that Mrs. Downey’s mother Rena Connell had
a shop there and had a great trade in cigarettes prior to the last
12. Was the home of Tommy and
Sam O’Reilly and their parents Mary and Tommy
13. Was a Forge run by Mikie Gorman.
14. Is a new house built by Kay
and Lorcan O’Connor where they now live.
No 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, all long
gone, and now the yard and driveway to O’Connor’s house.
15. Is the home of the Maloney
family who were Blacksmiths in the town for generations. Paddy Maloney
and his wife reared their family there and after their death, their
son John lived there with his brother Michael. They both have passed
on now and their brother Pakie and sister Mary live in the Lahinch
16. Is the home of Davy Daniels,
his parents Marion and Paddy Daniels raised their family there before
moving to Parliament Street in recent years. Prior to that Tom Shea
lived here. Tom was a World War One Veteran and lost a hand in the
17. The ACOT (Teagasc) Offices
are located here built in a field once owned by Edward Comber
18. Carmel Murphy
lives here now and before that Michael Harhan and family. Earlier
it was the home of the Hughes Family.
19. Mike Murphy
lives there at present and lived here for a long number of years
with his late wife, Nan. Prior to that Michael and Bridget Neylon
20. Francie Murphy
lives here, and before that Annie Davoren. Before
that Martin McMahon, and earlier, Eileen and James
Mullane reared their family here and going back
further again Sgt. Major O’Connor and family
21. Mai Hanrahan
and her son Michael live here. Mai and her late husband Mickey reared
their family here. Before that the house was always in Mrs. Hanahan’s
family which was the O’Loughlin Family.
22. Just beyond the Railway Bridge
is now the home of Matt Manning and his wife Patricia
(nee Madigan). The house was occupied prior to
that by Patricia’s parents, Mai and John [Jack] Madigan who
reared their family there. John was a stonecutter who specialised
in headstones for graveyards and the Madigan name can be seen in
graveyards all over the county. He carried on his stone cutting
business in the Lahinch Road. John Madigan also had a famous Dance
Band in the 40s and 50s and played all over the country. John and
his brother, Pat and father Jack, all played in the band and were
the mainstay of the famous Ennistymon Brass Band. John’s wife,
Mai was a nurse in the Local Hospital.
Is the home of Mary Curtin. It was the home of
Mary’s late parents, Annie and Paddy Curtin who reared a large
family there. Paddy run a Taxi service also and was well known throughout
the county as Felix Curtin.
24. Is a new house. Presently
living there is Mr. & Mrs. Jim O’Toole.
Before that the Morris family lived here and before
that Josie Notley (nee Curry)
who built the house.
25. Tommy McInerney
now lives here, prior to that Sadie Curry and family
lived here. A man called Lottie Quinlan lived there
26. Is a rented house. Prior to
that the late Pete McInerney lived here and before
that the late Ellie and John Looney (Eileen Mullane’s
parents) reared their family there. Pat Neville
lived there before that.
Now we start down at the Bridge again.
27. The red galvanised building
at the Bridge is presently owned by the O’Connor
family. It was used as a Betting Office by Lorcan O’Connor
for a number of years. Prior to that the late John Conway
ran a Barber Shop there and before that his late brother, Tom Conway,
ran a successful hairdressing business here before dying at a young
age. It was built in 1939 by the late Willie Healy
and was used for old penny slot machines, bagatelle and other amusement
games of the time.
Forge where the Blacksmith, the late John Maloney worked and gave
a great service to the community all his life. John’s father,
his brother Pakie and grandfather and uncle were all blacksmiths
and worked here.
On a portion of No. 28, Francie O’Connor
kept a cow here in the winter months, his father Larry used to keep
a pony in the shed.
29. The walls of this house are
still standing. It was used as a garage and store by the O’Dwyer
family of Main Street in the 1930s and 40s.
30. The late Gerry O’Loughlin
and the late Christy Doyle had a wood turning business
here, they manufactured wooden stair rails, wooden handle grips
for buckets, wooden clothes hangers and legs for chairs in the 1950s.
31. The house with the old lady
at the half door. The late Eileen and Micko O’Shea
lived here and reared their family here. Prior to that Ned Clohessey
32. Was the home of the Armstead
family. The house is now vacant. This house is a large house and
is shown as 32 and 33 on the map. The main part of the house was
occupied by the late Lea and Kitty Armstead. Prior to that the house
was owned by George Fitzgerald and prior to that
was an R.I.C. Barracks. The old stone building some of which is
still standing at the rear of the house is known as the Granary
and was used as a Granary during and after the Famine years. Clare
Co. Council, E.S.B., and Clarecare all used the house.
33. The other part of the house
was residential. The late Susan Costelloe lived
there for a number of years. Harry Sivyer and his
wife and daughter lived there. Harry was attached to the Army Camp
in Lahinch. Many other people lived in this house in the 40s and
50s, the late Garda Tony Canavan, his wife and
family lived there before moving to the New Road.
34. Was known as Butcher’s
Yard. It was owned by Mick O’Loughlin (late father of Tommy
O’Loughlin), Main Street. The yard is now
used by Clare County Council as a depot.
35. On the map was a long house
with beautiful gardens full of fresh fruit, blackcurrants, strawberries,
gooseberries and many more. It was the home of Bob and Mrs. Reynolds
and their family (Tom’s parents). Bob ran a very busy shoemaking
and repair service there.
36. Was a house facing onto the
Main Road. It was the home of Stephen and Katie McNamara
and family. Stephen was a famous basket maker helped by his sons.
They came from all over Clare to get his baskets and Sugán
Chairs and Sugán Milking Stools.
37. Was a very large 2 storey
house on top of the hill, known as Bogberry House. Patrick and Peg
McNamara and their family lived here. Their son,
Tom was the local postman for a long number of years and his son,
Jo Jo now carries on the tradition. Patrick was a great saddle maker
and bridle maker.
38 to 45 on the
Map was known as Moga’s Lane.
All these houses are now demolished. It would take too long to list
all the people that lived here over the years but here are a few
of the occupants:
38. Mrs. Neville,
Bridgie (Rod) O’Loughlin.
39. Patie and Bridgie McNamara.
40. John O’Brien
41. Keady Neville.
42. The Sherlock
Family and Bridgie Lug.
43. Mikey and Mary Gorman.
44. Mike “The Dane”
45. Mickey and Molly Fitzgibbon.
46. Mick Marrinan,
before that Paddy Marrinan, and before that Micko
47. First House over the Railway
Bridge on the left hand side was the home of Pete and Lena McNamara
and family and before that, Pete’s grandparents.
48. Paddy and Peggy O’Loughlin
and family and before that Tom Neville and family.
49. Stephen and Katie Molloy
and family before that, Slant McDonagh (The Boxer).
No 47, 48, 49 are now demolished.
50. Was the Farmhouse and Dairy
of Patrick and Mrs. Crawford and family. Eileen
and Michael Crawford now live here with their son, Thomas.
All the houses on the map from No. 35 to 45 were
demolished in the early sixties to make way for the new row of houses
that are there today. These houses are as follows:
New Houses in Bogberry
Jo Jo McNamara.
Mary and Paul O’Halloran, before Haney
and Peadar McNamara.
Martin Flanagan and before that, his parents
and his grandmother.
Mrs. Bridie Kirwan and before that her late
mother, Lena McNamara.
Mary and Joseph Flaherty and family.
Annie and the late Paddy Walshe.
The late Tommy Fitzgibbon, and before that, his late mother
and father Molly and Michael Fitzgibbon.
Parish Magazine 1997