Location and Brief Description:
Ennis is built on Fergus River, and is the largest town in Clare. The
streets are narrow, and most of the houses small. Bindon St. and Bank
Place contain the offices of the professional men, Banks, and Post Office,
above are wide streets. Seventy pubs, ten solicitor’s offices,
two BL’s, eight doctors, six engineers, six garages, four banks,
thirty reg’d hackney owners, two printing offices – one
– “The Clare Champion”, a provincial paper, three
post offices, two factories, three chemist shops, one Garda barracks,
staffed by twenty four Garda, two military posts, four reg’d clubs,
two cinemas, two N.S. and two secondary schools, three good hotels.
Is there a Town Hall? Yes
Location: In O’Connell St.
Parks, Gardens and Recreation Grounds.
There are no parks or gardens. There is a very good hurling and football
G.A.A. field. A 9-Hole Golf Course. Two tennis green courts - four
Brief comments on water supply and sewerage:
There is a good water supply piped and filtered. The source of supply
is Gortaganniv Lake in Kilmaley parish. The sewerage system is also
good, So states the M.O.H. Dr. Bugler.
Nearest station: ¼ mile Ennis
Distance: ¼ mile
Public lighting by—Electricity? Yes, E.S.B. system
Cinemas and Theatres
| Saint Michael’s Hall
||Mr. Dan Burke, Secretary
||Pictures shown (nights):
||Every night – including Sunday
|Town Hall Cinema
||Sunday and Holiday nights
|NOTE: A Mr. McGregor is proprietor
or renter of both cinemas. Miss Boland, The Market, Ennis, is
manageress of both.
Public Libraries: There is a County Council Public Library
with no reading room attached. The books are lent out.
Private Lending Libraries: There is a small lending library
Churches and Services
|Church of Ireland
||Holy Communion 1st, 3rd Sundays after Morning Prayers. 2nd,
4th and 5th Sundays 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayers. 11.30 a.m. Evening
Prayers 7 p.m.
|Friary R.C. Church
||7.00 a.m., 8.00 a.m., 10.00 a.m., 12 noon.
||8.00 a.m., 10.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 12 noon
|Presbyterian Church Service
Location of Post Office: Bank Place (near O’Connell
Square) and two sub offices - in O’Connell St. and Clonroad.
Business (? M.O., Telegraph, Telephone): All three at P.O.
in Bank Place. The O’Connell and Clonroad offices are merely
letter offices, with no M.O. or Telephone Business.
Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Square
Munster & Leinster, Bank Place
National, Bank Place
Provincial, Bindon Street
Sports and Photo Supplies
Messrs Baker, Abbey St., Ammunition Dealer etc.
Ennis Hardware Stores, fish tackle etc., Parnell St.
Photographic Stores: The three chemist shops supply photographic
Messrs Seymours, The Square
Dr. Bugler’s, Abbey Street
Coughlan’s, Parnell St.
Swimming Pools and Baths
Swimming Pool? Ballyallia Lake Location: On Barefield
Road - two miles from Ennis
Social Clubs, Cultural Societies, &c.
Social Clubs: Four; The O’Connell Club, Oddfellows,
Foresters and Ennis Club. Labour Club - Not Registered.
Industries and Handcrafts
The Braid Mills employ up to 250 persons. Is a very fine modern factory,
paying high dividends.
The Whiting factory employs eight men.
Hassett’s Mineral Water factory - a small stores.
P.C. McMahon, and Messrs McInerney, have saw mills.
Handcrafts or Cottage Industries (Give names of craftsmen, employer,
The Ennis Vocational (or Technical school) gives tuition in Domestic
Economy, Commerce, Wood and Metal Work, Rural Science, etc. to 200
pupils. There are six other smaller subsidiary technical schools in
the county. Mr. Mulcahy is the principal craftsman.
Public Monuments (Brief
description; inscription to be quoted)
The O’Connell Monument. A lofty pillar with statue of “The
Liberator” with inscription “On this spot in the year
1828, Dan’l O’Connell was returned M.P. for Clare. Proposed
by O’Gorman Mahon. Seconded by Tom Steele”. “Maid
of Erin” – or Allen, Larkin, and O’Brien Monument.
Inscription “Sacred to the memory of Allen, Larkin and O’Brien
who suffered death in Manchester through love of their country. Their
last prayer being God save Ireland”.
Buildings (Give brief notes on architectural features)
The Court House built 1852, a very fine massive cutstone building.
SS Peter and Pauls R.C. Cathedral with graceful lofty spire visible
from most parts of county. Built 1843 of cut limestone.
The Franciscan Church, built 1827.
The New Protestant Episcopalian Church, built 1871.
The Presbyterian Church, built 1856.
Saint Flannan’s Diocesian College, built 1880. A beautiful cut
stone Gothic building.
Schools and Colleges
St. Flannan’s Diocesian College which educates and prepares
students for the Priesthood, and professions.
Christian Brothers School accommodates 300 primary, and 140 secondary
Convent of Mercy accommodates 600 primary and 200 secondary pupils.
Ennis Boys National - four teacher school.
The New Hospital, Ennis. A beautiful and artistic reinforced concrete
The County Home. A substantial building which houses and cares for
the poor and infirm of the county.
Fairs and Markets; Half-Holiday
Monthly Fairs and Markets: Yes, monthly fairs second Wednesday
of each month. There is no fair in month of November.
Weekly Market Day: Saturday
Garages and Petrol Stations
There are six garages and petrol stations in Ennis.
Conveyances for Hire (Owners):
Motors (Touring): There are thirty registered hackney touring
cars in the town of Ennis.
Camping Sites (At principal holiday
Location: All round the town there are free camping sites.
Local Improvements Committee: The Urban Council Secretary:
M. Carmody, Town Clerk
Old Grounds, Station Rd., 30 Guest Bedrooms, Baths, Flush Lavatory,
Public Rooms, Licensed. This hotel on Tourist Directory.
Carmody, Abbey St., 25 Guest Bedrooms, Baths, Flush Lavatory, Public
Rooms, Licensed. This hotel on Tourist Directory.
Queens, Abbey St., 36 Guest Bedrooms, Baths, Flush Lavatory, Public
Rooms, Licensed. This hotel on Tourist Directory.
Guest or Boarding Houses
Mrs. Leydens, O’Connell St., 8 Guest Bedrooms, Baths, Flush
Lavatory, 1 Public Room, Not Licensed. Boarders are well catered for.
Tariff very moderate.
McNamaras, O’Connell St., 4 Guest Bedrooms, Baths, Flush Lavatory,
1 Public Room, Licensed. Boarders are well catered for. Tariff very
Lallys, O’Connell St., 5 Guest Bedrooms, Baths, Flush Lavatory,
1 Public Room, Not Licensed. Boarders are more seclusive. Tariff higher.
Halpins, O’Connell St., 3 Guest Bedrooms, Baths, Flush Lavatory,
1 Public Room, Not Licensed. Moderate.
Griffeys, The Market, 6 Guest Bedrooms, Baths, Flush Lavatory, 1 Public
Room, Licensed. Moderate.
Pratts, The Market, 6 Guest Bedrooms, Baths, Flush Lavatory, 1 Public
Room, Not Licensed. Moderate.
Malones, Upper Market, 4 Guest Bedrooms, Baths, Flush Lavatory, 1
Public Room, Not Licensed. A private boarding house.
Restaurants and Cafés
Mrs. Howard, Steeles Terrace. A comfortable café. Tariff slightly
Considines, Licensed. Comfortable. Tariff fairly high.
McNamaras, Leydens, Halpins, Griffy, Prats, Lallys, (already listed
under Guest Houses) give dinner and teas as well as lodgings.
Kellys, O’Connell St. and Butlers, Parnell St. also give teas
NOTE: Tourists never fail to get lodgings in Ennis. Tariffs are not