I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3
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Barony of: Corcomroe, Parish: Kilfenora, Population: 100
Location and Brief Description:
The village of Kilfenora is situated five miles north-east of Ennistymon, five miles south-east of Lisdoonvarna and sixteen miles north-west via Corofin from Ennis. Built on a hillside, Kilfenora was for many years a Bishopric and seven high crosses of the 12th century surrounded the village. For this reason it is often called the “City of the Seven Crosses”. Among a number of private houses there are seven public houses, about ten groceries, a Post Office, a Guards’ Barracks, a National School and a Catholic and Protestant church. It is a very important village for cattle and sheep fairs.

Parks, Gardens and Recreation Grounds. Brief Description: The only recreation ground is the football field a half mile north of the village.

Brief comments on water supply and sewerage: A Lickeen and spring water supply under the care of the Clare Co. Board of Health. Public pumps in the village. There is no piped sewerage, only an open drain system.

Public Services
Nearest station: Ennistymon (5 miles)
Distance: 5 miles
Bus? No (not nearer than Ennistymon)
Public lighting by—Electricity? No Gas? No

Public Libraries: Branch of the Clare County Council Library at Kilfenora National School
Private Lending Libraries: At Mr. John Hogan’s, Kilfenora

Churches and Services 
Church Services (Sundays)
Kilfenora Catholic 8.30 and 11.00 a.m.
Kilfenora Protestant Service is not regularly carried on at the Protestant Church

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

Banks: No banks nearer than Ennistymon

Industries and Handcrafts
Industries: About sixty men are employed at the phosphate mine. The phosphate is quarried and then crushed and taken by lorries to Ennistymon where it is railed to Limerick. From this stone, the phosphate manures are manufactured.

Schools and Colleges
Kilfenora National School
Inshovea National School

Fairs and Markets; Half-Holiday
Monthly Fairs and Markets: Cattle fairs are held on:- Aug 15th, Oct 9th, Nov 4th, Jan 12th, Feb 25th, Apr 9th, and June 3rd.
Weekly Market Day: None
Half-Holiday: Thursday

Garages and Petrol Stations
Mr. Connole has a garage for repairs but there is no petrol available.

Conveyances for Hire (Owners):
Motors (Touring): Mr. James Howard, Kilfenora; Mr. Thomas Begley, Kilfenora; Mr. Moroney, Kilfenora; Mr. James Morgan, Kilfenora
Boats (State types): Rowing boats are available from Mr. O’Brien at Lake Lickeen
Horses: Horses can be hired from the local farmers.

Camping Sites (At principal holiday resorts)
Location Landowner
Ballykeel Mrs. Blake-Forster
At Lake Lickeen Mr. O’Leary

Accommodation and Catering
Guest or Boarding Houses
Mr. Tim Nagle, Kilfenora, 1 Bedroom, No Bathroom, Licensed
Mr. Tom Begley, Kilfenora, 3 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Mrs. O’Loghlin, Kilfenora, 1 Bedroom, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Mr. Vaughan, Kilfenora, 2 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Licensed
Mr. Dan Clancy, Lickeen, 1 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed

Date: 7/8/42
(Signed): James Henchy Surveyor.
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