of Churchill, Ennistymon
Michael O’Loughlin of Oldtown St. lists the
houses of Churchill, most of which were demolished to make way for
the new houses in the 1950s.
1. The house of Patrick and John
Flynn who were expert shoemakers and later occupied
by their nephew Jimmy Murrihy who continued in
the shoemaking business.
2. This house was originally a
bakery. It was then occupied by John Flanagan,
a mason and later by Tommy Lysaght and his wife
Julia, (nee Howe) who was a dressmaker. Micko Davoran
and his wife and family were the last occupants.
3. The house of John Kelly
who was clerk of the Old Ennistymon Church.
4. In a laneway off Churchill
was the house of Tom Gallagher and his son, Kevin.
5. This house was originally Henchy’s
who were carpenters and later occupied by Mick Gallagher
who was a saddler.
6. The home of Martin and Nellie
Reidy. Martin was carter with West Clare Railway
and brought goods from Ennistymon Station to businesses in town
with his horse and float.
7. The house of Joe Flaherty
and his family. Joe was a plumber and maintenance man for the waterworks.
8. Mickie Hogan
and his wife lived here. Mickie was a shoemaker and leader of Mickie
Hogan’s Band who played at venues all over the county and
9. The next house was Molloy’s
and later occupied by Johnny O’Connor and
his son Paddy “Voucher” O’Connor.
10. The home of Paddy Dillon,
his wife and family. Paddy was a First
World War Veteran.
11. The house of Albert O’Connor
who was a painter. The family were known as “The Nice Days”.
The house was later occupied by Georgie Tobin and
12. The home of Andrew Curtin
and his wife and family.
13. Round the corner towards the
fair green was the home of John Thynne who was
known as “Tiny Tin”.
Next was the home of Mary Cleary.
15. Then came the house of Michael
McNamara and his family.
16. Across from the last three
houses was the home of Paddy Kearney.
17. Beside Kearney’s was
the home of Thomas Costelloe who was known as “Tom
There were three houses at the top of Churchill
on the left hand side of the small entrance gate to the graveyard.
18. The home of Paddy McCormack
and his family.
19. Next was the home of Jimmy
Walsh and his family. Jimmy was a well known musician
who played in local bands.
20. At the very top of Churchill
was the home of Paddy Burke and his family and
Paddy’s brother-in-law Jack Moloney.
21. On the right hand side at
the top of Churchill was the home of Denis O’Brien
and his wife. Denis was a weaver who spun blankets on his loom.
22. The home of Joe Bennis,
his wife and family. Joe operated the machines at saw mills.
23. The home of Jim O’Loughlin,
his wife and family.
24. Next was the home of Jim McEvoy
who was a thatcher, and his wife.
25. Across the entrance to Victoria
Terrace was Healy’s forge operated by Jamsie
Healy. Jamsie converted the forge into a dwelling house which is
26. Next was the home of Michael
Burke who was a tailor, and his wife and family.
Michael’s sons, Jim and John continued in the tailoring business.
The house now is the “Coin Castle”.
27. At the bottom of Churchill
is Carrigg’s Pub with the front of the house
facing onto Churchill.
Parish Magazine 1996