I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3
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Ballynacally & Lissycasey

Barony of: Clonderlaw, Parish: Clondegad
There is no boarding accommodation in above parish. Mr. Hewson a former member of the I.T.A. says it would not pay him to keep guests. Incidentally a hackney driver tells a story of an old gent suffering from liver disease and advised by his doctor to cut down his alcohol. Seeing an a lot of the beauties and amenities of Ballynacally, he arrived at Ennis station and having no train, bus, or boat, to complete the journey, his daughter sought a hackney, enquiring re the golfing, tennis and scenery of “Paradise”. The answers disillusioned her. While daughter hesitated, dad queried the driver if there was a pub in Ballynacally and taking his seat remarked cheerfully “The only amenities I appreciate and the only Paradise I recognise are to be found “under the sign”.

Restaurants and Cafés
Fanny O’Deas, Lissycasey, supplies high teas, teas, and sandwiches. Noted for famous “Egg flips” this inn is licensed and world famous. The present proprietor (Mr. McInerney) claims that his ancestors were as noted for their lies as for the punch. So the tourist when swallowing the latter, should not forget the former. Fanny O’Deas’ was a shebeen in 1790 and licensed in 1828 - when excise duty was first enforced. The Excise Officer paid four years duty for “Fanny” because of her courtesy in those troubled times.

Date: September 14th, 1943
(Signed): Ralph Lucas Surveyor.
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