Houses on the Western Side of Church Street
and the Square, Ennistymon
Fr. John Wall O.M.I. was born and reared in Church
Street. In the Summer of 1989 he recalled the families he knew in
Church St. around 1920. Here we give details about the Western side
of Church St. and the Square. We hope to give details about the
eastern side in our next issue. For convenience sake Fr. Wall numbered
the houses beginning at St Andrews, down to the Library.
St. Andrews Church of Ireland was always called
‘the New Church’ by the people of Ennistymon. It was
built in 1831 by the Rev. John Whitty. It was closed for Church
services in 1964 and in 1983 the local cultural group, the Comhaltas
Ceoltoiri accepted the gracious offer of the Church Board of St.
Andrew’s Church. They are now refurbishing the Church for
Irish music and dancing.
Outside the gates of St. Andrew’s Church on the Western side
is a modern-two-storied building now owned by Christy Conway. It
was built by his father Martin Conway who carried on a thriving
tailoring business there. Martin was a native of Knockanoulty near
Now the home of the Crosse family where Mrs Nora Crosse now lives
with her two children. A widow since her husband Tommy died in 1988.
Tommy was the son of Jack Crosse who bought it from Martin Regan,
a very good carpenter.
The Market House. It is now an antique furniture store, owned by
Michael O’Loughlin. It was originally built as a storehouse
for firkins (churns) of butter which were bought at the market each
Tuesday. A toll of 3 pence per firkin was paid to the agents of
McNamara. The Market house was owned by Jim Stack. When the creamery
came to Ennistymon in April 1935 the Market House was no longer
needed to store butter.
Kathleen and Anne Gallery live here in 1989. There were nine children
in the family of Danny Gallery and his wife Maria McMahon. Danny
was an auctioneer and ran a thriving business in coal and sugar.
A close relative became a high ranking officer in the police force
Home of Vincent Hayes. This house was originally owned by Peter
Murphy. Peter emigrated to Australia as a young man but returned
home to settle down in Ennistymon. He was a farmer, grocer, milk
supplier, publican. His daughter Minnie married Charlie Hayes from
Crusheen, parents of Vincent Hayes. Another daughter Nora married
Peadar Considine and lived in Thynne’s shop. Dilly married
Mick Linnane a butcher in Main St. His only son Willie Murphy married
Kathy Nagle from across the street. He was a farmer and hotelier
and in Politics a Fine Gael T.D. A most dedicated farm worker, Paddy
Davis, lived for many years in this house.
Where Jimmy Considine now has his barber’s shop there lived
in the early 1900’s Pat McDonnell and his wife and his brother
Jack. Pat and Jack were coopers as well as running a pub and grocery.
Pat was a bit of a grandee. He bred Irish Red Setters and spent
his spare time with dog and gun. Jack was a very different character.
The house passed to Miko Hehir a relative of Pat McDonnell Miko
was a cow doctor as well as running the pub and grocery. Donie Considine
bought this house when he bought the Considine home next door.
The home of Biddy Considine and her family. This house was originally
owned by Dinny Vaughan. Dinney wore a big beard. He emigrated to
Australia in his youth but returned to settle down here. He sold
American Bacon. He had two children Miko who became a draper’s
assistant and lived in Ardnaculla where he bought a farm. His sister
Ellen Vaughan a dressmaker married Mikie Carroll from Kilshanny.
Ellen inherited the house. They had two daughters and one son. Ellen
sold the house to Donie Considine who married Biddy McInerney. Here
they had a pub, grocery and petrol pump as well as being potato
Twomey-Walsh’s shop was the home of Paddy Walsh who married
Bridget Skerritt in 1889. Paddy Walsh was a fish merchant. He bought
the fish at the pier of Gleninagh near Blackhead and Gussie Burns
brought them to Ennistymon by horse and cart. Paddy Wash’s
son P.J. settled in Dublin. His daughter Delia married Mick Twomey
and changed the premises to a footwear and drapery shop. They opened
branches in Kilrush and Ennis. Their son Paddy inherited the shop
in Ennistymon and runs it with his wife Geraldine (Cussen). Danny
runs Kilrush and M.J. runs Ennis. Another son Jackie became a medical
doctor and was tragically but heroically burned trying to rescue
a family in his district in South Wales. Delia Twomey-Walsh aged
96 in 1988 is hale and hearty in Carrigoran Nursing Home.
The home of Michael Marrinan was owned by Mick Madigan a native
of Callura who married who married Bridget Morony in 1905. They
had a bakery and a pub. Their son Mick became a baker. Their daughter
Mary married Paddy Marrinan. Paddy took the post from Ennistymon
to Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna and ran a taxi service. Their son
Michael enlarged the public house. He married Marie Queally (R.I.P)
Maloney’s draper shop. Here lived at the turn of the century
T.J. Maloney and his wife Mary Considine. They had a drapery and
footwear shop. They had five in family. Joe Maloney married Mary
Comerford of Main St. and inherited the business. Joe’s sister
Kathy married Matt Shinnors a bank manager. His sister “Baby”,
Mary, married Andrew Walsh of Main Street. Joe Maloney had two sons
and one daughter. T.J. who is now living in California after having
a business in Grafton St. Dublin. Margaret has her business in Kilkee
and Henry owns the shop in Ennistymon.
Now the home of Dinny Cullinan. At the turn of the century this
house was owned by Pat O’Brien, a publican and a cooper, known
generally as Cooper O’Brien. He married Catherine Conneally
in 1887. They had three sons and one daughter. When their mother
died when they were very young her sister Ellie Conneely came in
from Ballagh and reared the children; of the children Joe became
a bank manager, Danny became a commercial traveller and Pakie succeeded
his father and married Mary Clair across the Street in 1928. They
had a family, twins, Kitty who married Patrick Hogan, a creamery
manager, lives in Killarney and Michael who married Angela Williams
and who now live in Church St. Pakie O’Brien’s sister,
Nannie, married Hector Browne, parents of Alec and Danny who died
Pakie O’Brien sold No 11 to Dinny Cullinan an expert carpenter
who married a nurse Eileen McInerny. They have three children.
Peter and Marie Skerritt own this shop. At the turn of the century
it was the home of Patrick and Honor Hynes who had a flour, meal
and groceries shop. They had eight children. Michael was born in
1876. He studied at Mungret and the Irish College in Paris and was
ordained a priest on 2nd June 1902 in Maynooth. After two year on
the English mission he served in Castlegar, Ballindereen, Ballyvaughan,
Ennistymon. He was P.P. of Craughwell 1919-1940 where he died in
April 1940. His brother Ned inherited the business. His niece May
Callaghan, known as May ‘Call’ kept house for Ned. For
many years she was the Church organist.
Ned sold his shop to Patrick Skerritt known as ‘Toddy’
who lived in the “The Bow Lane” under the Archway beside
Hynes. The first Skerritt recorded in Ennistymon was Michael Skerritt
who in 1850 married Mary Cleary and lived to the age of 96. He had
six in family. Tom, Patie, John, Bridget, Mary and Michael. Patie
inherited the home place. He married Mary O’Connor in 1890.
Patie was a butcher. He had ten in family. The eldest was Patrick
called ‘Toddy’. He was a blacksmith with his forge in
Bow Lane. He married Nan Healy in 1920. His family consisted of
seven boys and two girls. His son Gerry opened a shop of souvenirs,
toys and stationery. He married Marie Corley a teacher in the convent.
On the death of Gerry, she married Peter, his brother.
Michael Murphy now lives here. The house in the 1880’s was
the home of William Murphy who married Catherine Neylon of Lahinch
in 1893. They had three daughters Izie who married Stephen Curtin
in the U.S.A.; Bridie married James Kavanagh in U.S.A. and ‘Baby’
married Austin Brennan of Lavareen in U.S.A. The eldest boy John
Joe emigrated to the U.S.A. and James inherited the home. Here he
had a thriving business as publican and milk supplier. He inherited
part of Willie Neylons farm in Lahinch. James married Ellen Donnellan.
They had fours sons Jimmy, Michael, Liam and Francie and one daughter
Now the home of Kathleen Kilmartin. Ennistymon parish records show
there wer seven Kilmartin families in the parish between 1822 and
1860. Thomas Kilmartin married Catherine Murrihy in 1902. He was
a baker, a publican, a farmer and a newsagent. He had three sons
Michael who married Issie Kerin, Main St., National Teacher. Thomas
an N.T. in Dublin. P.J. died young; two daughters Sadie a nurse
R.I.P. and Kathleen at home.
Now the home of Richard Curran. At the turn of the century Matthew
Curran married Elizabeth Moloney. Matthew was a salt merchant, a
very profitable business in those days. They had four sons, John
a drugist in Main St. who married Josephine Curran, parents of Richard.
Michael ordained in 1922 for Galway diocese. He served in St. Mary’s
College, Shrule, Craughwell, Galway. He died as chaplain in Clarenbridge
in 1962. Tim emigrated to the U.S.A. Matthew Curran died early in
the 1900’s and his widow Elizabeth married Larry O’Connor
from Doolin. They opened a travel agency. Larry took the post to
Kilfenora each day by horse and car. Their children were Thomas
who emigrated to the U.S.A. Pappy who became a N.T. and taught in
Rosmuck and Galway. Francie who had a bakery in Bridge St. and then
the Post Office. Larry died as a young boy. May became a Mercy nun
in London. Richard Curran and his wife Stella have a Take-Away food
business here now.
Here Richard Curran runs a public house. Here Michael Ahern married
Helen Gallery from Glan in 1888; when Michael died Helen married
Jack Hassett in 1903. They had one daughter Lena who married a civic
guard and sold the shop to Tom Callinan from Inagh. Tom was a publican
a blacksmith, a taxi-driver. He married Annie Rynne. They had four
in family. May became a teacher and married Joe Morrissey from Miltown,
a bank manager. T.A. became a bank manager. Gerry was ordained a
priest for Galway diocese in 1944. He is P.P. of Claregalway since
1969. Reena died very young. This house was burnt to the ground
“the night the Tans burned Ennistymon” because it was
a haunt for volunteers. The Callanans sold the house to Ned Burke
of Moy a brother of the legendary golfer John Burke. Ned married
a Ms. Meehan from Gortown. They had two sons, Paddy and Eamonn,
a teacher in Kilkee. In 1986 Richard Curran bought the premises
from the Burke family.
Where Tom McMahon now lives there lived in 1851 one Joseph Maloney.
He had two nieces named Phelan. The new owners in 1890’s were
John O’Dea and his family. John O’Dea came from Ballygannor
near Kilfenora. He was a brother of Bishop Thomas O’Dea, Bishop
of Galway 1909 - 1923. John’s son Louis sold the place to
Murt McMahon from Kilfenora who continued on the public house and
guest house. He had two employees, May Burns working in the shop
and Moria Frawley who worked in the house. He married Elizabeth
Maloney in 1915. Elizabeth was a first class dressmaker. They had
four daughters, Kathleen who married Dr. Tom Powell in Galway; Mary
married Tom O’Loughlin Station Road, Ennistymon; Peggy married
John O’Gorman, Kilfenora. Teresa married Tom Moore in England.
They had four sons Michael died in 1946; Murty married Bridie Leyden
in Kilfenora: Paddy married Mary Hazel in England: Tom married Mary
Neylon from Maghera. The have one girl and four boys.
Patrick Healy now lives here. He inherited it from his uncle Mick.
Mick was the son of Patrick and Ann Healy of Kilcornan who married
in 1871. They had eleven in family and they bought this town house
for the family Mick, Molly and Nan lived here. Molly married Patrick
Gardiner, Nan married Garda Mick McCool in 1924. Mick had a general
purposes shop here, grocery, flour, meal and farm implements. He
had a cure for ringworm. He died in 1944. Paddy Healy inherited
the shop from Mick. He married Marie Doherty from Main St. in 1944
who died in 1983.
The home of Jimmy and Maisie Henchy. In 1870 Jimmy’s grandfather
came from Ruan with his wife Mary O’Halloran. He was a carpenter
and builder. They had four in family two boys and two girls. The
eldest boy Pat inherited the business and added to it the business
of undertaker. In 1907 he married Helen Vaughan. They had four boys
and three girls. John, Kitty and May died young. Paddy (R.I.P.)
became a vocational teacher. Celia became a nurse. Frank became
a vocational teacher here in Ennistymon. Jimmy inherited the home
place. In 1945 he married Maisie Danaher. They have three in family.
Patsy in business in Ennis, Sheamus an engineer in the U.S.A. and
Anne a nurse. Pat Henchy was elected a Co. Councillor and in due
time his son Frank, too was elected to the County Council.
Where Seán O Domhnallain runs an electrical shop. A Mr. Hawkins,
a sexton in Church of Ireland lived here. This house was let in
flats at the turn of the century. Lizzy Morgan and her sister lived
upstairs dressmaking. A Loftus family lived in the ground floor
in the business of watchmaking. On their demise, Jack Reynolds of
Ballinalacken bought it and set up a shoe maker’s shop and
repairer’s there. Jack had two sons. Bob who lived in Ardnaculla,
father of Tom and Teresa (O’Shea) and Tom father of John Reynolds
in Church Hill. Jack Reynolds kept greyhounds. It seems that this
house was the sexton’s house serving St. Andrew’s Protestant
Church. An old man remembers a family named Churchill living here.
He remembers Mrs Churchill standing at the door calling in her two
sons, Roy and Berty.
Here Paul Shanahan and his family now live. In the 1880’s
Fintan Glennon and his wife Julia Daly lived here. Fintan was a
native of Roscommon and served in R.I. Constabulary in Ennistymon.
They had six in family Nora, Patrick, John, Michael, Fintan and
Lucy. John was a porter in the A.I.B. He was a lover of birds and
he kept cages hanging outside the house. He had a beautiful skylark
in a cane cage that was the envy of all. In later years Katie Mee
rented the top of the house and ran a very successful dressmaking
business there. The house was idle for many years until Paul Shanahan
bought it fifteen odd years ago. In the 1920’s an ex-soldier
by the name of Frank McDonagh lived in this house and he ran a boxing
club in the town.
Where the Barrett family lives in Glencree lived Dr. Denis Keane
a doctor and a surgeon. He was married twice first to a Ms. Clery
who died quite young without a family. With his second wife he had
three children, Denis who is a doctor in Mt. Merrion, Dublin, Tony
(R.I.P.) a doctor in Dublin and Morlin a nurse who broke her back
diving in Dublin and was confined to bed until her death. Vincent
Barrett came from Ennis as a creamery manager and on marriage to
Bridget Thynne bought Keane’s house. Their family consisted
of three boys. Peadar (the Arch Bar) Oisin and Padraic at home and
three girls Maura, Anne and Frances. Dr. Brew, a doctor in charge
of Ennistymon in the 1870’s lived here.
Here Victor Hynes lives with his family. The house was the gate
lodge to Ennistymon House (The Falls Hotel). Victor Hynes’
father was bank manager in the A.I.B. bank in Main St. He also was
Victor and married to Nora O’Driscoll of Cahirciveen. Two
of their children Victor and Cyril in Parliament St. settled down
in Ennistymon. Victor married Vera McMahon. Victor was and is a
man of all trades, taxi, truck, factory, fishermen, gardening were
all embraced in his work schedule, never a moment idle. Before the
Hynes family came to live here in 1922 Jim Murrihy a stone Mason
and plasterer and his family lived here until they were evicted
for not paying rent. Jim Murrihy took his family to live in Ballagh.
When Ennistymon House was in its glory this gate house, housed the
gatekeeper. People remember the Henderson family, the Weldon family
and the Hunter family living in this house.
The home of Michael Walsh. This is a new house. It was built by
Patrick Walsh for his son Maurice who married Alice Roche in 1932.
They had three in family. Paddy who is a hotel manager in Sligo,
Maurice who has died and Michael who inherited the home.
The home of Mary (Daly) Blake. This is a new house. It was built
by John Blake after his marriage to Nora Cooney, 1907. John was
a first class carmaker and wheelwright. His workshop was down the
lane at the Archway. They had nine in family Jack, Mick, Jerry,
Mary and Peter, all dead now. Noreen is in Galway, Bridie is in
England, Anne (Nano) married Mick Nolan (R.I.P.) Deerpark, Paddy
married Della Roche. He was a baker. He settled in Liscannor Della
died in childbirth leaving an only daughter Mary. Peter Blake married
Now a derelict house. At the turn of the century it was the happy
home of Mick Garrihy and his wife Helen Vaughan (from Moher) Mick
was a blacksmith whose smithy was behind Haran’s pub. They
had eleven children, Mary, Paddy, Mickey, Bridgie and Larry all
emigrated to the U.S.A. Jimmy succeeded his father in the forge.
He married Susan Costello (R.I.P.) in 1941 and now lives in Doolin.
Danny married Bridget McCarthy in 1936. He now lives in Circular
Road. Jack is a farmer in Doolin, Anthony is in Ballyvaughan. Nellie
is in England and Kathleen is married in Birr.
Jimmy sold the house to Joe Carrigg who was married Margaret Burke
a nurse in Ennistymon Hospital. They had three daughters Mary a
matron in Dublin, Margaret in the U.S.A. and Lily married J.J. Looney
near Inchovea. For many years Joe was a sacristan in Ennistymon
Church. The surname Carrig which for two centuries graced this parish
is, alas, no longer found here.
Parish Magazine 1990.