I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3
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Barony of: Burren, Parish: Gleninagh, Population: 194
Location and Brief Description
Situated on Galway Bay in the N. of Clare, 10 miles N.E. of Lisdoonvarna and 7 miles S.W. of New Quay and 24 miles N.W. of Ennis. A small village with adequate Hotel accommodation and postal facilities and excellently situated for the exploration of Burren. The sharp contrast of the quiet bay to the N. with the Limestone Hills just west of the village gives a very picturesque appearance to the village.

Description of beach (? Length, sandy, shingle, safe, currents, &c.):
250 yards of beach (shingle). It is perfectly safe, currents very far out. Diving facilities off the pier when the tide is full.

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. Bathing is available in the Bay and diving facilities are available off the Pier when the tide is full. Mixed bathing is allowed. No Bye-laws. No swimming pools, bathing boxes, or no surf-riding.

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

Boats (type) available for pleasure trips? Yes
Dance Halls and Names of Proprietors:
Dance Hall Proprietor: The Clare Co. Council

Brief comment on water supply and sewerage: Water-works are in the care of the Clare Board of Health. The water comes from Kilohill east of the village, through a reservoir. The water is perfect but pipes etc. not sufficiently cared resulting in a shortage of water at times. There is no public sewerage system.

Public Services
Nearest Station: Corofin
Distance: 14 miles
Bus Service? None
Public Lighting by—Electricity? No Gas? No

Public Libraries: Branch of Clare Co. Council Library at the national school

Churches and Services
Church: Catholic Church Services (Sundays): 10.00 a.m.

Postal Facilities
Location of Post Office: In the centre of the village
Business (? M.O., Telegraph, Telephone): M.O.’s, Telegraph and Telephone

Important Public Buildings (Give brief notes on architectural features)
The Catholic Church is a nicely built cut stone building in Gothic Architecture.

Schools and Colleges
The Ballyvaughan national school

Fairs and Markets; Half-Holiday
Monthly Fairs and Markets: The following are the dates of the fairs: 31st Oct, 17th February, 27th April, 29th May, 24th June, 16th Sept.
Weekly Market Day: Spring, only on Thursdays
Half-Holiday: Wednesday

Garages and Petrol Stations
Mr. O’Loghlin’s Garage

Conveyances for Hire (Owners):
Motors (Touring): Mr. O’Loghlin; Mr. Quinn; Mr. Vaughan.
Boats (State type): Currachs
Patrick Hayes, Ballyvaughan
Fred Linnane, Ballyvaughan
John Linnane, Ballyvaughan
Michael Conolan, Ballyvaughan

Camping Sites
Location: Just east of the village Landowner: Mr. Kerin, Mr. Comyn

Accommodation and Catering.
Kerin’s Hotel (Miss Kennedy, owner), 6 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, 1 Lavatory, Licensed.
Bray’s Hotel (Mrs. Bray), 5 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, 1 Lavatory, Licensed.
McNamara’s Hotel, 5 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, 1 Lavatory, Licensed.
Gragan’s Castle Hotel (owner Mr. Martin), 4 miles south of Ballyvaughan, 15 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Lavatories, Licensed.

Guest or Boarding Houses
Comyns’s (Mr. Gerry Comyn), 5 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, 1 Lavatory, Not Licensed.
Mrs. Greene’s, 2 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, 1 Lavatory, Licensed.  

Date: September 30th, 1942
(Signed): James Henchy Surveyor.
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