I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3
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Barony of: Moyarta, Parish:Carrigaholt, Population: 200
Location and Brief Description:
The little Irish-speaking village of Carrigaholt is very prettily situated on a fine Bay at the mouth of the river Shannon - 3 mls. E. of Cross village, 6 mls. N.-E. of Kilbaha and 7 mls. S.-W. of Kilkee. The beauty of the surroundings is much enchanced by the picturesque situation of the castle - overlooking the lordly River and raising its ivied battlements above the rook-crowded trees. The village affords reasonably good accommodation and has several pubs and groceries, but it is to be regretted that there are many unsightly buildings - roofless etc. - which create a very bad impression to visitors, and therefore ought to be levelled.

Description of beach (? Length, sandy, shingle, safe, currents, &c.):
The Bay of Carrigaholt fronting the village is mostly shingle, with an occasional small sandy stretch. Half-way between the village and the Irish college, there is a sandy beach of about 200 yds. in length - which is the most popular bathing place. Bathing is very safe and currents are very far out.

Public right of way to beach or swimming places? Yes - to piers off the village.

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 carried on from the pier nearest village, southwards to the Irish college (about one ml. in length). Swimming is available also along this stretch. Diving facilities off the two piers. Mixed bathing is allowed. No bye-laws. No swimming pools, bathing boxes or surf-riding.

Shelters? No Lavatories? No Seats? No
Parking place for cars? Yes   Charge? None
Life-saving corps?  No   Beach attendant? No
Swimming Club? No   Secretary:
Sea water baths? No   Proprietor:

Boats (type) available for pleasure trips? Curraghs

Dance Halls and Names of Proprietors:

Dance Hall Proprietor
Collins’s Hall Mr. John Collins
Parochial Hall Fr. Cleary, P.P.

Brief comments on water supply and sewerage:
There is one pump under care of the Clare B.O.H. No reservoir. The water is mainly drawn from spring wells. There is no sewerage system.

Public Services
Nearest Station: Kilkee
Distance: 7 miles
Bus Service? On week-ends only
Public lighting by—Electricity? No Gas? No

Cinemas and Theatres
Cinemas: Pictures are sometimes shown in Collins’s Hall by the Kilkee Cinema.
Theatre: Travelling shows at Collins’s and Parochial Kind of shows (Drama, Comedy &c.): Comedy and Drama

Private Lending Libraries: Collins’s

Churches and Services
Church: R.C. Church

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

Schools and Colleges
Carrigaholt Irish College
Carrigaholt National School

Conveyances for Hire (Owners):
Boats (State type): Curraghs - Mr. Hedderman

Guest or Boarding Houses
Burton Arms (Miss Behan), 5 Guest Bedrooms, No Baths, 1 Lavatory, 3 Public Rooms, Licensed. Good accommodation and catering. (Wireless).
Mrs. Collins, 3 Guest Bedrooms, No Baths, 1 Lavatory, 1 Public Room, Not Licensed. Very good catering and good accommodation. (Wireless).
Mr. O’Dwyer (House to rent monthly or for season), 4 Guest Bedrooms, No Baths, No Lavatory, 1 Public Room, Not Licensed. (Four rooms and one kitchen).

Date: 24/8/43
(Signed): James Henchy Surveyor.
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