I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3
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Barony of: Bunratty, Parish: Crusheen, Population: 100
Location and Brief Description:
Crusheen is situated 8 miles from Ennis, 10½ miles from Gort, on main Ennis, Galway, steamrolled road. It contains R.C. church, Church of Ireland (no service in latter) two parochial houses, Garda Barracks, P. Office, railway station, National School, five shops - four licensed - and some other scattered houses. Lack of water and sewerage spoils an otherwise fairly neat village. The P. Priest asserts that pumps were paid for ten years ago, but never installed.

Brief comments on water supply and sewerage:
No pumps, well condemned, no sewerage, Crusheen is in a hopeless condition from the water supply, and sewerage viewpoint.

Public Services
Nearest station: In the village
Distance: 50 yards
Bus? Yes
Public lighting by—Electricity? None Gas? None

Churches and Services
Church: Services (Sundays)
Crusheen R.C. Church. 9.00 and 11.00 New Time
Ballinruan R.C. Church 10.00 New Time
Church of Ireland. Protestant No service held, church locked up

Postal Facilities
Location of Post Office: In centre of village
Business (? M.O., Telegraph, Telephone): All three

Important Public Buildings (Give brief notes on architectural features)
Churches Gothic
R.C. Church Crusheen - Very neat “cruciform” (three gallerys)
R.C. Church Ballinruan - Neat L. shaped (no gallery)
N. School Crusheen - Fair condition, rather small
N. School Ballinruan - Fair condition, rather small
N. School Drumbaniff - Very small rather neat school, near O’Brien’s castle and lake

Schools and Colleges
Schools as above – no colleges

Ennis - 8 miles distant

Fairs and Markets; Half-Holiday
Monthly Fairs and Markets: None
Weekly Market Day: None
Half-Holiday: Wednesday

Garages and Petrol Stations
None at present. Had a petrol pump pre-war.

Camping Sites (At principal holiday resorts)
Location: Plenty of camping sites by lakes and roadsides. All free.
Landowner: In the Ballinruan townlands there are ideal camping sites between the massive rocks, which compromise the geology of that part. A good district for fishing and shooting all free.

Accommodation and Catering
Remarks: There is no accommodation whatever in either Crusheen or Ballinruan villages. There is none in any part of the parish. There are four licensed houses in Crusheen, and one in Ballinruan village. No teas or luncheons are served. A tourist will find no place to “lay his head” and must take the “proverbial biscuit” if he wishes to keep hunger at bay. If developed this parish would be suitable for sportsmen.

Date: August 4th, 1943.
(Signed): Ralph Lucas Surveyor.
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