I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3
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Barony of: Clonderlaw, Parish: Kildysert, Population: 350
Location and Brief Description:
Kildysert village is nicely situated on the Shannon Estuary - 14¼ miles from Ennis, 17¾ from Kilrush - on the main Coast Road between the above towns. A steamrolled road leads all the way from Ennis to Cahircon, (two miles beyond the Kiladysert village). There is nice scenery all the way from Ennis but particularly good between the latter village and Labasheeda, where the Coast Road skirts the Shannon. From Cahircon to Labasheeda the road is bad. Kildysert though clean, lacks light and sewerage, still a pleasant holiday could be spent there amidst a friendly people.

Is there a Town Hall? Yes Location: In the village

Parks, Gardens and Recreation Grounds. Brief Description:
There is a football field near the village of standard dimensions and surface.

Brief comments on water supply and sewerage:
Water supply good. Sewerage carried away by flagged drains. As no pipes are used the sewerage cannot be said to be satisfactory. Streets are fairly clean.

Public Services
Nearest station: Ennis
Distance: 14¼ miles
Bus? None
Public lighting by—Electricity? None Gas? None

Dance Hall: Yes Proprietor: Revd Fr Grace, P.P.

Private Lending Libraries: The County Council supply

Churches and Services
Church: Kildysert R.C. Church Services (Sundays):8.30 and11.00 a.m.

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

Banks: Yes - The Munster & Leinster Bank

Sports and Photo Supplies
Sports Dealers: There is one house in village stocking cartridges, and some fish tackle.
Photographic Stores: The local chemist stocks films.

Swimming Pools and Baths
Public Baths? In Shannon Location: Bathing can be carried out in Shannon ¼ mile away.

Social Clubs, Cultural Societies, &c.
Social Clubs: Dramatic classes, Domestic Economy lessons, Wood Working classes, Whist Drives and Travelling Show Productions are carried on in the Parochial (or Town) Hall.

Industries and Handcrafts
Industries: There is a creamery in the village, but no other industry.
Handcrafts or Cottage Industries (Give names of craftsmen, employer, &c.): Technical classes are periodically held in the hall.

Important Public Buildings
(Give brief notes on architectural features)
The R. Catholic Church, a fairly neat unimposing looking gothic cruciform building. No special architectural features.
“The Munster & Leinster Bank” of the usual type is the best building in Kildysert village.

Schools and Colleges
Kildysert N.S., four teacher substantial school.
Gortglass N.S., two teacher, small and cold looking.
Effernan N.S., two teacher, nice school, location in a boggy country.
Inishloe Island N.S., one teacher island school - which I could not visit.

Nearest Ennis - 14¼ distant

Fairs and Markets; Half-Holiday
Monthly Fairs and Markets: Jan 21st, Feb 20th, March 15th, April 24th, May 22nd, July 15th, August 27th, Sept 23rd, Oct 24th, Nov 15th, Dec 18th - no June fair.
Weekly Market Day: None
Half-Holiday: Wednesday

Garages and Petrol Stations
There are no garages for repairs. There are two petrol pumps.

Conveyances for Hire (Owners) :
Motors (Touring): There are three hackney cars for hire.
Boats (State type): There are no row boats for hire. A motor launch can be procured by telephone from Foynes - across the Shannon Estuary - which would on short notice convey tourists on trips, or across the Shannon to Co. Limerick.

Camping Sites (At principal holiday resorts)
Location: Adequate camping facilities “Free”, along the Shannon’s Banks Landowners: No objection by landowners

Local Improvements Committee: The Kildysert Parish Council
Secretary: P McMahon, Esq., Chemist.

Date: September 22nd, 1943
(Signed): Ralph Lucas Surveyor.
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