on Main Street, Lahinch
By Tomsie O’Sullivan
A brief account of some houses starting at Reynolds
Corner, along the East Side and down the West Side of Main Street,
to corner locally called Bottom of Street.
Cosey Cottage. A private one storey
house at corner of Main St off Ennistymon road, and now property
of Mr. O’Dwyer of Ennis. This was once the
home of Mrs. Sharry and her daughter Zeta who sold it to Mr. &
Mrs. John Reynolds. John was a carpenter and lived
here all his married life and was also joined by his wife’s
sister Nurse Cullinan. The property passed on to
their nephew Christy Cullinan and his wife and family. Christy was
a teacher at Rineen National School and left on promotion after
a number of years to Limerick. Mrs. Nellie Garrahy
(Susan O’Sullivan’s sister) purchased the house and
retired here from USA in late 50s. Mrs. Garrahy passed the house
to her nephew, Paddy O’Sullivan who recently
sold it to present owner.
Mr. & Mrs. Rock. Mr. &
Mrs. Rock and family live here for many years now. Previously house
was owned by the Downey family of Ennis, who sold
it to Pat and Nora Fox (nee Dundon);
they had 2 sons Jack and Pap and 1 daughter Nora. Pap lived here
all his life and was related to Mrs. Rock.
Liddy’s Bar. A public bar
and grocery business was run here by Mary Flanagan
(nee Reidy of Liscannor and Barrtra) and her family
who came from their home in Barrtra. From a large family Tom, Bridget,
Susan ran the business. Tom married Bridget McMahon, Moymore, and
they had 3 daughters Mary, Teresa, Betty. All the girls married
and Mary who married Paddy Liddy continued to run
the business until her untimely death recently. Paddy continues
to run the bar nowadays.
O’Hanlon’s Food Store.
Once the home of Tommy and Susan O’Sullivan
who ran a grocery and guest house. One of their family of 4, Tomsie
took over the business in 1960 and continued to run the business
there with his wife and family of 4 up to the end of 1980, when
it was sold to present owner, Tom O’Hanlon
Walsh. This is the private residence
of Miss Mary Walsh since her retirement from business at “The
19th” and is a new house built on site of the Casey
Hartigan. A private house which
was at one time the home of the late Miss Maggie O’Dwyer
(aunt of Miss Walsh). It is now owned by Gerry Hartigan
The 19th. This was the bar and
grocery and news agency business of Mrs. Mary O’Dwyer
and family, who was from Moy, Lahinch. It was later sold to Mr.
Gordon Wood of Limerick who ran a bar trade only.
Later it was purchased by the Mulcahy Family of
Tipperary and Lahinch who sold to O’Dwyer
Family and recently was purchased by the Cagney
Rossville. This was the property
of Martin and Mary Ross of Lahinch. In later years
it was transferred to their niece, Mrs. Mahony
and family and remains in the hands of the Mahony Family.
Mahony’s. This property
which also belongs to the Mahony Family was purchased by Martin
and Mary Ross from Dora Coffey
who was post mistress and at one time the post office was in this
Atlantic Hotel. This was the home
of Ann Vaughan and family and became Vaughans Hotel.
It also had the Post Office at one time and Michael Vaughan was
Post Master. In late 60s the O’Looney Family
purchased the property and continued to run it as a hotel. In mid
1995 the Logue Family purchased the hotel and run
it all year round.
The Shamrock Inn. The present
owner, Mr. O’Connell purchased this bar,
restaurant, and guest house in 1994 from another group who purchased
from Tim Murphy, Lahinch and Kilfenora. Tim had
a bar business here for many years. Tim Murphy had bought the property
from Mr. & Mrs. Morris-O’Beirne who ran
a bar and grocery trade here. The O’Beirne’s purchased
from Mrs. O’Shaughnessy who ran a bar, grocery
and post office of which she was Post Mistress. Before this the
house was empty for many years, and was owned by Micko Howard
who also ran a bar trade here. Before that it was known as “The
Bee Hive” owned by Mrs. Thynne (nee Slattery).
Stackpool. This house was once
the home of the “Bat Family”. John Noonan
purchased it and reared a family here and had farm property. His
daughter, May married Martin Stackpool who continued
to run farm and rear family of four boys and one girl. William or
Willy stayed to manage the farm while the rest of the family emigrated.
He, his wife, and family now run the business.
Kenny Woollen Mills. Kenny’s
Shop was the home of the McNamara Family, John,
Willie, Kate, who were associated with Lahinch Golf Club in 1990s.
There is a possibility that during earlier times “Avondale
House” as it was known then, may have been used as a Temporary
Work House. Later Jack McNamara who was from Limerick married Mary
Kate and both of them and Willie lived here to their deaths in the
1950s. In recent years the Kenny Family of Lahinch have built and
established a General Drapery and Craft Business here.
Aberdeen Arms Hotel. The present
extension to the Aberdeen Arms Hotel at Main Street was at on time
known as the Town Market Square, and to recent times had a village
pump and public scales. Up to about 1940 there was a garage used
by the Claremont Hotel, a butcher stall used by Pappy Lynch
of Ennistymon and also there was the residence of Joe Reidy
and wife and his parents. In this area was the large Market Square
to the front onto Main St. Later in 1960 a block or annex to the
Claremont Hotel was built here and later converted into apartments.
In the late 1980s Aberdeen Arms Hotel Co. purchased all property
and re-built an extension of the Aberdeen Arms Hotel.
Madden’s Apartments. This
property was at one time owned by Dan Vaughan of
Moy. Later a Mr. Halpin took over the premises.
It was later purchased by Frank Madden and his wife who reared a
family here of 2 boys and 1 girl. Frank’s son, Raymond Madden
converted this big house into apartments and still owns it.
Coughlans Food Store. This family
run general food store now owned by Coughlan Family was many years
ago the private 2 storey residence of Jacko Vaughan
(son of Dan) a local post man. After Jacko’s death the property
was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Morris-O’Beirne
in late 1950s following sale of Mrs. Morris’ Main St. business.
She built a new family grocery shop here and managed it up to her
death. Johnny Barrett and family returned from
USA, purchased the Morris business and continued to run it as general
store. The Coughlan Family are present owners of the business.
West Side of Main St. from Church Corner
Claremont Hotel. This property
was at one time a 2 storey business house of John Camel and his
wife Mary (nee Howard of Rineen). Later it was
owned by Michael Howard and his wife. It was later
purchased by Joe Linnane of Ennistymon (Saw Mills/Undertaker)
who married Monnie Curtin, Callura, Lahinch. Over
many years various extensions were built to the property and it
was named Commercial Hotel, and later Claremont Hotel, and run by
the Linnane Family. In the 1960s Joe’s son, Michael took over
the business and married and reared a family here. In the 1970s
the Hotel was sold to a family from USA. After a few years it was
for sale again and purchased by Mr.& Mrs. Dan McCarthy,
the present owners.
Kenny’s Bar. This two storey
house was at one time owned by Mr. & Mrs. Pat Lynch,
Liscannor. It was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Kenny
when Mr. Kenny was Principal N.T. at Rineen National School. They
had a family of 5 boys and 2 girls and ran the bar and grocery business
here. Donal, the youngest of the family took over the business in
the late 50s and he and his wife, Carmel and family now continue
Inné Antique Shop. This
new antique shop is still known locally as “Logans”.
It was home of the Logan Family but was first the
home of Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Fitzpatrick, Liscannor.
Tommy Fitzpatrick at one time was clerk to Lahinch Church. Daughter,
Bridget married Logan, and they had 3 daughters, Mary, Nora, Bridie
and 2 sons, Jimmy and Paddy. They ran a sweet shop and guest house.
Jimmy’s son, Jim still lives here and continues to develop
Donagh O’Loghlin. This modern
2 storey drapery is owned by Donagh O’Loghlin, Lahinch. It
was originally the home of Paddy and Mary Broderick
(nee Blood) and was most popular for its sweet
shop and periwinkles sales. At that time it was a compact one storey
shop and private residence. The property transferred to their niece,
Angela Broderick of Ennis who lived here and ran the sweet shop,
until her marriage. The property was purchased by Miss Margaret
Barry from outside Inagh and after some reconstruction
she set up a most successful drapery and knitwear business. She
died in mid 60s and Mr. & Mrs. D.F. O’Loghlin
purchased the property and for many years was known as “Sue’s”.
Their son, Donogh O’Loghlin has expanded the business to a
large Drapery and Craft Shop.
Talty’s Post Office and Shop.
The present post office, drapery and news agency is operated by
Mr. & Mrs. Francis Talty and family. It is a famous land mark
in Lahinch and in the last century was Sharry’s
Hotel. At that time it was the only hotel on Main Street. Lahinch
Golf Club was founded here in 1891 and on its front wall a commemorative
plaque to 100 years of Golf in Lahinch was unveiled in 1991. The
McKenna Family took over the premises and it closed
down in later years. In the 1050s Miss Aggie Marrinan
purchased it and set up her own Drapery trade. In the 1960s she
was appointed Post Mistress. Her nephew Francis Talty
came to work with her and on her retirement took over the business
and is present Postmaster.
The Corner Stone. This one storey
bar was once the home of the McNamaras, stone masons.
The late Annie, was sister to Kate who lives across where Kenny’s
is now. Another sister, May lived at Hession’s Corner. The
North side of the House near Glynn’s was for many years a
rented butcher shop to Pappy Lynch. They also ran
a bar and, as was said, “kept boarders”. Annie left
the business to her nephew, Sean Hogan. After a
few years he sold to Mr.& Mrs. Burke and they
later sold to Mr. O’Sullivan, Ennis who subsequently
sold to Tom O’Hanlon and who sold in late
1980s to Ray Conroy and his wife who now own it.
Glynn’s. This large house
is home of 3 generations of the Glynn family. Jim
Glynn and his wife set up a Bakery and Shop here and reared a family.
John Glynn took over the trade and married and reared his family
here. The bakery, grocery trade like many family trades finished
in the 1960s, and the guest house continued for some years. Brendan
Glynn now runs his electrical business here.
Celtic Design. This neat shop
has changed hands many times. It was the home of Maguires,
a postman for many years, Murphys then lived here.
Then Miss Aggie Marrinan purchased it and set up
a knitwear business. When she moved up to Sharry’s, she sold
to Paddy Kelly of Galway. Later Micko McNamara
and wife and family ran a grocery shop here. Later they sold out
to a Miss Russell, Cork. After a few years it was
sold to Enzo D’Auria who after some alterations
sold it to Design Ireland, Doolin. It is now under new management,
Mrs. Rita McGuinness. This was
at one time a small sweet and fancy food shop owned by a Miss Keane
and known by all as “Lovies”. Later it was the property
of Andersons who were from Laois. When it was later
sold in the 1960s, Jimmy Griffin, Ennistymon purchased
and he and wife and family lived here for many years. The present
owner, Rita McGuinness (nee Griffin) retired here
The Music Shop. This attractive
little shop was for two generations the lock up butcher shop of
the O’Loughlins, Ennistymon and many photos
show the late Mick with his smiling face. It recently changed hands
to Tom O’Sullivan for his Music Shop.
Clancy’s Garage. This corner
garage was at one time a drapery shop, Glenville House, owned by
Mary O’Dwyer of the “The 19th”.
In 1920 with other properties it was set on fire by the Black and
Tans. It never was restored to a drapery but in time a garage business
was set up with fuel pump etc. It was sold in the 1960s to Jimmy
Clancy who now operates it.
Mrs. O’Briens Kitchen. A
long standing one storey property which was also owned by Martin
Ross and his sister Mary (as was Rossville and
Coffey’s). Martin was a farmer and also carter at Lahinch
Railway Station. His sister ran the bar and house letting and also
the small shop. After their deaths the property was leased for a
time and then purchased later by Bill Hartigan,
wife and family who lived there. Its present owners run a restaurant
called Mrs. O’Brien’s Kitchen.
P.J. Crotty’s Take Away. This
2 storey business house was for many years in early 1900s the property
of John and Bridget Linnane. John was a carpenter
and Bridget ran a guest house. It was a one storey building with
a shop window on the North Side but no business was operated by
them. After John’s death in mid 1950, Bridget’s niece,
Mrs. Noonan came from Tipperary to live with her. In the 1960s Mrs.
Noonan opened a drapery shop on the old shop side, and also a guest
house. In mid 1970s Mrs. Noonan sold the property
to Enzo D’Auria of Ennis who established
a Take Away Food business there. Later he added second storey and
new shop development. He later sold property to Mr. & Mrs. P.J.
Crotty who now run the business here.
McCavery Golf Shop. This was the
home of the Reidy Family who were natives of Liscannor. This is
a long one storey house with a shop at south side. At one time there
was a butcher shop here. Later William McCavery
married B. Reidy. He was a long serving successful
professional club marker and greenkeeper to Lahinch Golf Club. Miss
Barry also rented the shop for drapery. Robert
McCavery, his wife and family now run the shop and also a shop at
Lahinch Golf Club where Robert is Golf Professional.
Hession’s Corner. This one
storey house was the home of the Hession Family
who had two sons, Pat and Christy and daughter, Vera. Miss Marrinan
rented a small shop here.
I would like to acknowledge the assistance of
Mrs. Lizzie Burke, in compiling this list.
Parish Magazine 1996