| The Houses
on the Eastern Side
of Church Street, Ennistymon
Tessie Hill, Main Street and P.J. Mullins,
Monastery View share some of their personal recollections of the
town in which they grew up.
A description of some houses in Church Street,
Ennistymon beginning at Cullinan’s Funeral Parlour and moving
down to Gallery’s on the corner at Parliament Street.
1. Carthy’s Corner
Here lived Michael McCarthy a native of Fermoyle, Murrough. He had
three sons, Willie, George and Joseph, and two daughters Katy and
May. George inherited the family business. He and his wife (Ciss
Harty from Nenagh) lived there until they died, when it was purchased
by the Cullinan family, who established the present funeral parlour.
2. Mrs Kate Kennedy had a bakery here
She had two sons, Jim and Mick. Mick went to America and Jim carried
on the bakery. He had four daughters, Delia, Minnie, Aggie and Jo.
Minnie married Tom Healy who lived in Old Town Street. Delia and
Aggie stayed on in the homestead. Jo married John Jo Neylon (Tosser)
who had a business in Inchovea. Gus Healy their nephew inherited
it and lives there.
3. In the next house lived Katy
Nagle, an only daughter, who married Bill Murphy who later became
T.D. They had three sons Paddy, Tom and Willie. The girls were Bridget,
Mary, Nan, Kitty, Claire and Ita. Paddy became a Christian Brother
and is deceased. Tom is living on the family farm in Ballingaddy.
Willie emigrated to America. Bridget and Kitty now manage the family
business in Parliament Street. Mary became a nurse and is now retired.
Nan married Matty Slattery from Lahinch. Claire married Tom Scales
from Carnane, Doolin. Ita married Kevin Roberts from Ennis. May
McCarthy bought the homestead from the Murphys and continued a hardware
and fancy goods business for many years. After her came Michael
Honan, who carried on a butcher’ business there.
4. Here lived Mrs Connole, whose
husband carried on a cooperage business. They had a large family.
One of their boys, Tom was shot by the Black and Tans. Another son
Joe, was court clerk in Ennistymon and lived in Parliament Street.
He is survived by his two daughters, Nancy and Maureen (Mrs Metcalfe).
The property in Church Street was bought by Hector Browne. He and
his wife Annie O’Brien had two sons Alex and Danny. Alex and
his wife, Maureen Lahiff from Kilfernora, still reside there.
5. Mick Morgan, next door, had
a public house and was married to Miss Walshe from Lisheen, Liscannor.
He was also a town postman. They had two daughters, Anna and Mary,
who emigrated on marriage to England. Alex Browne bought their house
and extended his business over two properties.
6. Jim Nagle operated a large hardware
He never married and after his death it was purchased by Joseph
McCarthy M.P.S.I. He married Lilly O’Donoghue of Upper Main
Street. They had two daughters and a son. After Mrs. McCarthy’s
death, the home was purchased by Vaughan Auctioneers.
7. Home of Patrick Hynes, publican and
He was married to Miss Clancy and they had one daughter, Mary Frances,
who married Pat Cassidy from Moughna. They had twins, Padraig and
Breda. Padraig and his mother still reside there. Breda married
John Shannon from Kilfarboy. Breda is a Public Health Nurse.
8. Jim Nagle has another business next
Anthony Murphy an employee inherited the property. His daughter,
Mary Ann Sheehan, sold it to Joseph McCarthy, who in turn sold it
to Willie Healy. Willie Healy’s wife sold it to the Credit
9. Jim Kirwan, who was parish
clerk, and his wife and family lived here. His wife had a confectionery
business. They had two sons and a daughter. Patrick (Paps) was a
teacher in Dublin and also a noted singer. Joe was a Vocational
School Headmaster. Baby, the daughter, was a music teacher and a
noted singer. Gerald Conway and his wife Dillie Hogan from Cohey,
Kilfernora, carried on a successful grocery and fancy goods business
here. Sean Conway, Gerald’s nephew, inherited the business.
Sean is now carrying on a thriving business here and is an agent
for the National Lottery. He is married to Carmel Beery from Tipperary.
They have two sons, Martin and Brian.
10. Here lived Patrick Crowe and
his wife Anne Hayes from Callura, with a saddlery business. He carried
on the business until early Second World War years, when his nephew,
Paddy Crowe took over. Paddy is married to Kathleen Curtain from
Cullinagh. They have three sons, J.J., a National School Teacher,
Martin, a Nurse and Padraig, a Garda.
11. Pat McMahons’s house,
called McMahon’s Corner where Church Street meets Parliament
Street. Pat carried on a bar and grocery business. Later leased
to E.S.B. Pat McMahon’s nephew, Tom Gallery and his wife,
Eileen Mahony and their family lived here. Tom had eight children.
His wife Eileen and her son, Tom and his family reside there still.
Parish Magazine 1992.