I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3
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Amenities, General Iinformation & Accommodation, Seaside Resorts


Barony of: Moyarta, Parish: Kilkee, Population: 1860
Location and Brief Description:
Kilkee, one of the most attractive of the many sea-side resorts round the coast of Ireland, is situated on the W. coast of Clare - 6 mls. S.-W. of Doonbeg village, seven N.-E. of Carrigaholt and eight miles N.-W. of Kilrush. Built round a semi-circular bay which is guarded on either side by low cliffs. Kilkee, with its variety of bathing places and cliff scenery, and the numerous games and recreations, is a holiday centre ideal to the seeker of health and pleasure. It has first class hotel and boarding house accommodation and good garage service. The town is very much in need of a public lavatory.

Description of beach (? Length, sandy, shingle, safe, currents, &c.):
A crescent of beautiful strand stretches right in front of the town. It is about ¾ of a mile long and ¼ ml. in width when the tide is fully out. It is protected from the fury of the ocean by the long reef of Duggerna rocks to the W. and by eastern and western cliffs. It is very safe.

Public right of way to beach or swimming places? Yes

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 and swimming off the "strand". Bye-laws - no mixed bathing. To the right of strand for women, to the left (looking out) for men. Full bathing costume must be worn. Diving and swimming at "NEW FOUND OUT" (west end). Two diving boards provided. Mixed bathing allowed here. Bye-laws - full bathing costumes to be worn diving and swimming at "Edmonds Pt." - (west end). Diving off rocks. Bye-laws - no bathing allowed after 9.00 a.m. (too public)."THE POLLACK HOLES" off the west end are natural swimming pools where diving is available off the rocks. The water in these pools is changed by every tide.

Shelters? Yes  Lavatories? No  Seats? Yes
Parking place for cars? Yes   Charge? No charge 
Life-saving corps? Yes   Beach attendant? Yes 
Swimming Club? Yes   Secretary: Mr. Martin Marrino
Sea water baths? Yes and also sea-weed baths Proprietor: Mr. J.J. Purtill.

Boats (type) available for pleasure trips? Curraghs

Amusement Park and Games provided: In normal times there is an amusement park provided at the east end.

Dance Halls and names of Proprietors:

Dance Hall Proprietor
The Olympia Mr. Charles Fitzgerald
Marine Hotel Ball Room Mr. Dan Falvey

Parks, Gardens and Recreation Grounds. Brief Description:
The Sand Park, The Strand and The Commonage along the east-end cliffs where beautiful cliff scenery is available found.

Brief comments on water supply and sewerage:
Good water supply and sewerage system are provided.

Public Services
Nearest station: Kilkee
Distance: In town
Bus Service? Yes
Public lighting by—Electricity? Yes Gas? No

Cinemas and Theatres
Cinemas: Olympia Pictures shown (nights): Nightly
Theatre: Moores Hall Kind of shows (Drama, Comedy &c.): Drama and Comedy

Public Libraries: Branch of the Clare Co. Library during winter only.
Private Lending Libraries: Yes - three

Churches and Services
Churches Services (Sundays)
R.C. Church From 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. (every hour)
Church of Ireland 11.30 a.m.
Methodist Church 11.30 a.m.

Postal Facilities
Location of Post Office: In the Circular Road - all business.

Banks: Provincial Bank and The National Bank (both in O’Curry St.) Sports and Photo Supplies, &c.

Fairs and Markets; Half-Holiday
Monthly Fairs and Markets: Fairs monthly, except in Sept. and December. Markets on second Tuesday of each month.
Weekly Market Day: Thursday
Half-Holiday: Wednesday

Camping Sites

Location Landowner:
(The Commonage, East End.) Jim Foren, Kilkee, agent
Kilkee Lower  Peter Falvey

Local Improvements Committee: Yes
Secretary: Mr. Martin O’Gorman


Atlantic, Queen street—John Fitzgerald, proprietor
Moore’s, Wellington square—Col Tufnell Oakes, J P, prop
O’Donnell’s, Victoria terrace—Mrs Anne O’Donnell, prop
Railway, Queen street—Patk Reidy, proprietor
Royal Marine—Jno Falvey, prop
Stella Maris—Peter L’Estrange, proprietor
Temperance, Francis street—H Sampey, proprietor
West End, West end terrace—Col Tufnell Oakes, J P, prop

Date: 4/8/43
(Signed): James Henchy Surveyor.
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