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Houses and their occupiers in Ennistymon, County Clare
The Houses on the Eastern Side
of Main Street, Ennistymon

By Tessie Hill and Nano Blake

A description some houses in Main Street (Newton Street), Ennistymon beginning at Stacks and moving up to Fahy’s.

1. Stack’s
Once the home of Jim Grady who carried on a bar and grocery business. He had two daughters Maggie who married Robby Roberts and Tessie who later emigrated to England. Later bought by Ned Stack and his wife. They had two boys Jimmy and Willy, and one girl Kathleen. Jimmy and his wife Monsie now run the business. They have four children, two boys and two girls.

2. Hogan’s
Here now is a Health Foods and Flower Shop run by Catherine Lane and Doreen O’Brien. This house was once a Hardware, a thriving business owned by the Hogan Family, “Carmody & Hogan” was over the door. There were three daughters and one son, May, Susan, Grace and Willie. Their family grave is in the Church Grounds. The local Library was housed here for many years.

3. O’Dwyer’s
Home of the O’Dwyer family, owners of the Woollen Mills and Grinding Mills of Ennistymon, also owners of the Golf Links Hotel in Lahinch. Ned O’Dwyer had drapery business here. He had six in family, four girls and two boys. The shop windows at Christmas were a joy for children. P. J. O’Dwyer and his wife, Maisie continued in the business and they had three boys, Eamonn, Paddy, Johann and one girl, Catherine. Paddy carried on a drycleaning business here. It has recently been purchased by Willie Daly of Ballingaddy.

4. Duffy’s
Home of Kevin Duffy and his wife and family of two girls and two boys. Kevin carries on a butchering business here. Once owned by Martin Conway and family (John, Gerard and Micko). They carried on a bakery, bar and grocery business. John took over the business. He and his wife had three children, M. J., Sean, who has his own business in Church St., and Nuala.

5. Daly’s
This was the home of Willie Crawford and his wife and family. They had two children, Ollie, who now resides in Australia and Cissie who lives in England. They carried on a bar and grocery business. It is now owned by Willie Daly.

6. Begley’s
This was the home of Michael and Mrs Marrinan. They had two in family, Mary and T.J. They had a grocery and bar business. It is now run by the Begley family, who have three children, two boys, Michael, Pat and one girl, Breda.

7. Davoren’s
Once the home of Charlie and Mrs McCarthy who carried on a bar business. After them came John Kelleher who returned from the U.S.A. and also had a bar there. After him, his niece, Mrs Davoren (Nan Collins) and her husband, John took over. Now run by their son, Michael.

8. Barry’s
The home of Jim and Mrs Barry. They had three daughters and one boy. Nora was a nun in England, Criss is married in Kilfenora. Kathleen is married in Cullinagh, and Paddy was National Teacher in Clouna and Lahinch. Jim Barry had a Bootmaker and Shoe Shop. The Shoe Shop is now run by Paddy’s wife Nancy.

9. Morgan’s
The home of Martin and his wife and son, John and Martin’s sister, Dora. They had a bar and grocery business, also a milk depot supplying a large number of customers. John’s wife, Margaret now resides there.

10. Wall’s
The home of the Wall Family, one of the oldest businesses in Ennistymon. Stephen Wall had a Shoe Factory there and employed several men, one of whom later started his own factory in Naas. (Tutty’s). Stephen and his wife had nine children. It is now run by one of their sons, Vincent and his wife, Pat who carry on a shoe and drapery business. They have three boys (two of whom are in The Stunning Band) and two girls.

11. Connole & Wall
Owned by the Wall family, it is now a dry cleaning depot.

12. Barry & Leyden
Once the home of Jimmy and Pappy Leyden. The had a drapery business. Jimmy was married to Annie Malone. It is now run by her nephew, John Malone and his wife.

13. Garrihy’s
Once owned by Patrick Walshe, grandfather of Michael Walshe, Glencree, Ennistymon. Later purchased by Michael Garrihy, who ran a bakery, grocery and sweet shop. Michael was a baker himself and delivered bread by Pony and Trap to Liscannor, Lahinch and outlying districts. Michael and his wife had three children, two boys and one girl. The house is now owned by his granddaughter, Mrs Ryan. The McGaver family now reside there.


14. Haugh’s
Once the home of the Lysaght Family. Margaret Lysaght married Harry Comerford, Station Master in Ennistymon. They had a thriving china shop business and bar and boarding house. They had five sons and two daughters. One daughter, Lucy carried on the business until her death. It is now a butcher shop owned by Paul Haugh.

15. Devitt’s
Once the home of the Tuohys, who had a business there. They later moved to Ennis. Some of their relations are still there. Later bought by Jim Devitt, who had a drapery business here. They had three in family Gerard, Mary, and Paddy. Gerard and his wife carried on the business. They had a son, James and a daughter, Mary. James now has a hardware and household goods business here.

Eastern Side of Main Street, Ennistymon, No. 15
Eastern Side of Main Street,
Ennistymon, No. 15

16. Linnane’s
Here lived Stephen Griffey and his wife. He carried on a butchering business. After him came his nephew, Mick Linnane who married Dillie Murphy, and they followed in the same business. Now James Devitt has extended his business in that house.

17. Tobin’s
This Jewellers Shop was once the home of a German Watchmaker by the name of Joe Dole. When World War One broke out he was interned by the British and he never returned to Ennistymon when the war was over. After some years Joe Tobin took over that house and carried on his own jewellery business. It is now owned by his son, Colm.

18. O’Loughlin’s
This is one of the oldest butcher shops in the town. It was run by Tommy O’Loughlin’s grandfather and later his father, Mick O’Loughlin, and now Tommy and his wife Attracta. They are the third generation there.

19. McNulty’s
This is the home of Michael and Mrs McNulty, they have four children, 2 girls and 2 boys. This was once the home of the Aherne family, who carried on a bar and grocery and bakery business here.

20. O’Leary’s
This was once the home of the Brosnan family. They had a newsagents and book shop and fancy goods. John O’Leary later carried on an ice cream and newsagents shop. Bridie, his wife now lives there.

Eastern Side of Main Street, Ennistymon, No.s 20/21
Eastern Side of Main Street,
Ennistymon, No.s 20/21

21. O’Flaherty’s
This was once a drapery shop and millinery business owned by Miss Fitzgerald who came from the Miltwon Malbay area. After her came Simon and Margaret O’Flaherty. They had a grocery and sweet shop. Now Margaret’s sister, Nancy resides there.

22. Devitt’s
This is the home of Paddy Devitt and his wife, Jo and their daughter, May. In earlier years Paddy had an electrical business here.

23. Fahy’s
This was the home of Paddy Marrinan and his wife and family. They had three in family – one girl, Catherine, and two boys, John and Denis. They carried on a bar business here. Now it is owned by Phil Fahy and his wife and family. He also operates a Mini-Bus Service.

Ennistymon Parish Magazine 1993.


The Houses on the Eastern Side
of Church Street, Ennistymon


The Houses on the Western Side
of Main Street, Ennistymon