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Houses and their occupiers in Ennistymon, County Clare
The Houses on Upper Church
Street and Shrohill, Ennistymon

By Tessie Hill and Nano Moylan

1. Nagle’s
This was once the home of Michael (Col) Henchy and his wife Mary. They ran a Bar and Grocery Business, and were also Undertakers. Now owned by Jimmy Nagle and his wife Bridget and family. They have followed the same Business, and have built a Funeral Parlour close by.

2. Wall’s
Jim Wall Snr. and his wife ran a prosperous business in drapery, footwear and bar. Later taken over by their son, Jimmy, now deceased, and his wife Betty and family. The business still carries on there including a florists shop.

3. Clair’s
This was once the home of the Clair family, in which a flourishing business was carried on, in flour and meal and groceries. Later taken over by their nephew, Michael O’Brien and his wife, Angela.

4. Byrt’s
The home of the Byrt family, Mrs. Byrt had a dressmaking business here and her husband Paddy had a bicycle business also there. It was later the home of the Marrinan Family.

5. Arthur’s
The Arthur Family have lived here for generations, one of the oldest houses in the town. It has passed down form one generation to another. Now Bridie, wife of Joseph lives there.

6. Moloney’s
This was once Kearney’s Hotel in bygone days. Later bought by the late Joe Moloney, who passed it onto his son, Henry who runs a drapery and footwear business across the road in Church Street.

7. O’Loghlen’s
This is the home of the O’ Loghlen’s, Charles and his wife carried on a drapery business and passed it onto his son, Donnie, who now lives here.

8. Glynn’s
The home of Paddy Glynn and his wife. Paddy was a teacher in Kilfenora School until his retirement. His son, Michael John resides there now.

9. Barry’s
The home of Helen Barry and her husband, who was an ex-policeman, and their daughter, Kathleen. After Kathleen’s death, the late Tommy Crosse bought it and sold it later to John Carey from Liscannor.

10. Shannon’s
Martin Sullivan, who was once Lord Mayor of Dublin, was born and lived in this house. Later, Martin Conway had a tailoring business here and then owned by G. Conway who carried on a grocery there. Now owned by Patrick Shannon and his wife and family. Patrick was a jeweller and carried on his business there until his retirement.

11. Cullinan’s
The Cullinan Family lived here. Denis and his wife Mary and family. Denis had a carpentry and shop and funeral undertaking. His son, Mickey had builders supplies business in Monastery Road and his son, Denis now runs the business.

12. Galvin’s
Once the home of the Roche family. Ned Roche and his wife Bridget had a grocery shop here. Ned having a welding business in lower Church Street. Now owned by Mary Galvin (Considine) who has a Hairdressing Salon there.

13. Gorman’s
The home of Patrick Gorman and his wife Katie and family. Patrick had a shoemaking business and his wife dressmaking. Now the home of Linnane Family.

14. E.S.B.
This was once Arthur’s field which was the Circus ground for many years, also marquees and shows which were held for Church Funds, and the teas were given by the Ladies Committee across the road at the Market House. The E.S.B. Maintenance Yard is now in the field.

15. Deerpark Middle Houses
Where the new houses have been built over the past few years, were tanks for the spring water for the town. This field was owned by the late Pappy Lynch and later acquired by Co. Council.

16. Reynolds
Above this field was a shop owned by Mick Reynolds , who had a flourishing Business there and is now deceased and premises closed.

17. The Creamery
Once a thriving Creamery, making butter etc. with many people working here, is now only a milk pick up point and owned by Golden Vale. Shop selling hardware and farm supplies is now run by Noel Meehan and Neilus Burke.

18. O’Dwyer’s
The house of Padraig O’Dwyer and his wife, Peggy, now deceased. They ran a grocery and flour and meal business. Now run by their daughter, Bernie and her husband, Seán Ryan.

19. Twomey’s
The home of Paddy Twomey and his wife Geraldine and family. Paddy has the family business in Church Street, and his son, John runs the Ennis Branch.

20. Conoulty’s
The late Martin Conoulty lived in the House behind Twomey’s known as Hunter’s House in older times.

21. McDonogh’s
The home of Matthew and Mrs. McDonogh and family, Matthew was a Veterinary Surgeon in this and surrounding areas, and died some years age.

22. Prague House
Once the home of Mick and Delia Twomey-Walshe. Later sold to the Mid-Western Health Board, now a nursing home.

23. Garrihy’s
This is the home of the late Jimmy Garrihy and his wife and daughter Mary. Jimmy and his wife were both teaching in Inagh School, until their retirement. Mrs. Garrihy still resides there.

24. Kelly’s
This was a private house owned by Michael Murrihy who lived here alone, many years ago. Later owned by Paddy Mahony and his wife who ran a grocery business. Now owned by Paddy Kelly and his wife, Izie and their family.

25. Teach Cheoil
This fine stone Building was Church of Ireland for nearly 200 years, and at one time the chiming clock rang out the hour, pity it doesn’t do this anymore. The building was donated to Ennistymon branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri by the clergy of the Church of Ireland. It is now a venue for Singing, Dancing and Concerts.

26. Malone’s
The home of the late Martin Conway and his wife and their family. Martin had a thriving tailoring business here. Later sold to James Malone and his family who reside there now.

27. Crosse’s
The home of Tommy Cross, now deceased, and his wife and family. Previously owned by Martin Reagan his wife and family, later owned by Sonny Organ.

28. Market House
Once a great hive of activity for the marketing of butter in firkins and later for potatoes and vegetables. It was also used for bazzars and carnivals in aid of different projects for the town. It was used for playing basketball in the 50s and 60s. It was then purchased by Egan’s of Tuam as a Mineral Water depot. It is now owned by Michael O’Loughlin who has a furniture business here.

Ennistymon Parish Magazine 1997


Old Houses of
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Monastery Lane, Ennistymon