I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3
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Amenities, General Iinformation & Accommodation, Seaside Resorts


Barony of: Corcomroe, Parish: Killeany, Kilmoon and Killilagh
Location and Brief Description
It cannot be classed as either a town or village as there is no accommodation whatever for visitors. It is a very popular bathing place, being convenient to Lisdoonvarna which lies 4 miles to the east.

Description of beach (? Length, sandy, shingle, safe, currents, &c.):
Ballaghline beach is very rugged and broken, but there is a nice strand 50 yds wide when the tide is out. Diving off the pier is the greatest attraction (when tide is full). Total length of beach is one mile mostly sandy. Bathing is safe from the pier northwards for about 400 yds. There is a current about 400yds. Out in this portion and in the remaining part a strong overhead current makes bathing dangerous.

Public right of way to beach or swimming places? Yes

Bathing, swimming and diving facilities. State if mixed bathing allowed, and quote bye-laws (if any) relating to bathing places. Include swimming pools, bathing boxes, surf-riding, &c. Diving is available off the Pier. Mixed bathing is allowed. No Bye-laws. There are no swimming pools. Bathing boxes provided. No surf-riding.

Shelters? No
Lavatories? No 
Seats? No
Parking place for cars? Yes   Charge? No charge 
Life-saving corps? Yes   Beach attendant? Yes 
Swimming Club? No    Secretary:
Sea water baths? No  Proprietor:

Boats (type) available for pleasure trips? Currochs

Parks, Gardens and Recreation Grounds. Brief Description: None other than the Strand when the tide is out.

Brief comment on water supply and sewerage:
No water supply or sewerage

Public Services
Nearest station: Ennistymon
Distance: 9 miles
Bus Service? Not this year. previously - yes
Public Lighting by—Electricity? No Gas? No

Churches and Services
Church: Killilagh Services (Sundays): 10.00 A.M.

Postal Facilities
Location of Post Office: Roadford, Doolin
Business (? M.O. Telegraph, Telephone): No Telegraph or Telephone

Industries and Handcrafts
Industries: Fishing is the chief means of livelihood

Schools and Colleges
Doolin National School

Conveyances for Hire (Owners):
Boats (State type): Currachs
Patrick O’Brien
Patrick B O’Brien
Mr. Woods
Mr. Timothy Shannon

Camping Sites
Location: On the Sand-hills, Ballaghaline Landowner: Mr. Nagle, Ballaghaline

Date: September 8th, 1942
(Signed): James Henchy Surveyor.
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