| The Houses of Parliament Street,
By Tessie Hill and Nano Moylan
The home of the Byrnes Family. Thomas Brynes was a Social Welfare
Officer. There were five girls and three boys in the family. May
Brynes had a lending library and bookshop here. Her sisters, Biddy
and Peggy now reside here.
This had a drapery business in front and grocery and meal and flour
at the rear of shop and gave great employment.
Once the home of the Filan and Healy family. They had a bar and
fancy goods store there. They had two sons, Peter and John. The
family went back to America, and Peter married Betty Murphy, a niece
of Pappy Lynch. It is now owned by John McInerney who has an electrical,
hardware and furniture business here.
This was the home of Murt Considine and his wife and two daughters,
Maura and Nancy. Later owned by Peter McCabe, who had a printing
and stationery business there. Now owned by Mrs. Kelly, sister of
P.J. Shannon, Church Street.
This is the home of the Guthrie Family. The family name goes back
for generations. Patrick and Mrs. Guthrie had a large family. Their
daughter Peggy and her husband Mick McNamara now resides there.
This was once the home of Maggie Connell who was a music teacher
and took many parts in dramas and operas. After her came Frank (George)
Stradling, a dentist, his wife and family of 3 girls and 2 boys.
Later the home of the Kavanagh family who came back from America.
Their daughter Rosemarie lives there now.
Once the home of the Lynch family, who carried on a butcher business
for many long years. Pappy Lynch and his wife had one daughter,
Mary who now lives in America. The place is now for sale.
8. Ironside & McDonogh
This premises is now owned by Ironside & McDonogh, Veterinary
Surgeons. It was the home of Martin Rouine and his wife and family,
who later built his home on the Lahinch Road.
9. Ironside & McDonogh
This was once the home of Mrs. McDermott. Later the Garda Síochána
had their barrack there after leaving Ennistymon House in the 1920s.
Now the Veterinary Surgeons have their offices and Clinic there.
10. Mary Joes
Mr. and Mrs. O’Callaghan had a bar and grocery business here.
They had 4 daughters. Dick O’Callaghan was an undertaker in
the back premises. It is now owned by Mr. Foudy who runs a bar there,
he is a native of Inagh.
Once the home of the Hogan family. Micky Hogan was the last member
of his family there. The Brass Band members had their practices
in a room in the house. Now the home of the Keane family. The late
Sonny Keane and his wife had a drapery and bar business there. Gerry
Keane and his mother now reside there.
12. Bank of Ireland
Originally the National Bank and now the Bank of Ireland, the bank
has been there for over 100 years,
This was once the Munster and Leinster Bank. Later owned by John
Daly, Solicitor and his wife. Now Mrs. Daly’s nephew, Michael
Nagle has an Accountancy Practice there.
This was once the home of Dr. Garrihy who had his clinic there.
Later came Dan Garrihy and his wife. Dan was manager in Roughans
Hardware Store, his wife was a teacher in Furglan School. They had
5 boys and 3 girls. Fr. Michael, their son, is a priest in America.
This was once John Roughan’s furniture store and grocery and
also coal and oil distrubutors. His son, Joe and his wife, Anna
later ran the business. Their home was beside the store. Gerry and
Breid Fitzpatrick now have a large supermarket, bakery and restaurant
on the site.
This was once the home of John Whelan who a tailoring Business.
It was burned down during the War of Independence and built again
later. After John Whelan died, Supt. Keenan lived there for some
years. Later Miss Eileen O’Brien had a hairdressing salon
there. Now Michael Petty, Solicitor has his offices there.
Next comes the Monastery, standing on the hill over looking the
town. The Christian Brothers came to Ennistymon in 1824. The Brothers
have taught countless generations of boys from the town and from
North and West Clare. One of the brothers, Br. Walsh has been over
fifty years in the Monastery in Ennistymon.
18. Community Centre
The new Community Centre now stands where the old Town Hall was.
There are many pleasant memories of the Hall, the famous Monastery
concerts were held there yearly, also the first operas were held
there. The dances were held regularly, and the best of bands played
there, including Madigans and Hogans, plus bands from all over the
country. It was also known as the Ballroom of Romance and boasted
a maple floor. The late John Byrt also ran a cinema here.
This was once the R.I.C. Barracks. It was vacated in 1922, and on
the day of departure, the Tans threw a bomb, as the boys were coming
from school, and some youths were injured. It is now the home of
Michael and Katyrn Comber and family. Michael operates the Social
Welfare Office there.
The old stone-built Court House, where many a judge sat. The late
Gordon Hurley was the last sitting judge there and the late Joe
Connole was the Court Clerk for many years. It is being acquired
by the Old Ennistymon Society who plan to turn into Museum and Local
Once the home of Paddy O’Neill, who had a sweet shop here,
and it was convenient to the old Town Hall and schools. Paddy did
a great business there and was a noted character. Ciderine was a
popular drink served by Paddy. Jimmy Crosse and his wife and family
now live here. Jimmy is Golden Vale Milk Distributor for the area.
Once Daly’s Hotel and later owned by the late Willie Murphy
T.D., his wife and family. There were 9 in family, 6 girls and 3
boys. Bridget and Kitty Murphy still carry on a bar business here.
This was once the home of George Harding, Bank Manager, National
Bank. The Hardings had 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. Later owned
by Paddy Chambers, Solicitor and his wife Agnes who had 4 sons.
One of the sons, Joseph, has his solicitors offices here now.
This was once the priests’ residence, and was known as St.
Michael’s. It is now owned by Sean Conway, his wife Carmel
This was a grocery and flour and meal business owned by the late
Mrs. Vaughan, and she carried on a good business in her time. It
is now owned by her grand nephew Odran O’Looney, Lahinch.
Kieran Kelly operates a barber shop in the premises.
Tommy Moroney, his wife and daughter Kathleen lived here and had
a grocery and bar business. Mrs. Moroney was teaching in Lahinch
school for many years. Now the home of Cyril Hynes and his wife
and daughter Marie. Cyril has a bar business and some years ago
had a hackney business.
This is the home of the late Joe Connole, Court Clerk, his wife
and 2 daughters. His daughter, Nancy Connole still lives there.
Thomas Shalloo and his wife and family here. Thomas was a Clare
Co. Councillor also a butter and commercial traveller. Now the home
of Marion, wife of the late Denis Hynes, and their family. Marion
is a nurse in Ennistymon Hospital.
The home of Patrick Hynes. He had a bar and grocery, flour and meal
business. Later owned by his nephew, the late G. Hynes. His wife,
Bridie, and family still run the business.
Gallerys on the corner of Church St. and Parliament
St. was referred to in 1992 Parish Magazine and Stacks on the corner
of Parliament St. and Main St. was mentioned in 1993 Magazine.
Parish Magazine 1995.