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


Barony of: Corcomroe, Parish: Kilmanaheen & Cloony, Population: 250
Location and Brief Description:
Lahinch, 18 miles north-west of Ennis (capital of Clare) and 5 miles south-east of the Cliffs of Moher, on Liscannor Bay is a most attractive seaside resort. Famous for its 18 hole Golf Course and long stretch of silver strand admirably suited for bathing. An attractive feature is the great heights to which the spring and ordinary tides rise, washing the 400 yds. promenade and those daring ones who once too often venture to the front. Excellent hotel accommodation available.

Description of beach (? Length, sandy, shingle, safe, currents, &c.): From the eastern end of the promenade to O’Briens Bridge about 1500 yards stretches a beautiful golden beach of sand. When the tide is fully out, there is about a half-mile from the sea verge to the promenade and rocks. Bathing is safe here except during a rough sea when a current about 50 yds out drifting in an easterly and outward direction makes it dangerous for bathers.

Public right of way to beach or swimming places? Public right of way

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 at any point along above stretch and also at Cregg. Diving off the rock in front of promenade when the tide suits. Mixed bathing is strictly prohibited. Ladies bathing place is from the promenade, to a point marked Ladies only, 100 yds west. From this point to the end of beach is for men. Bathing boxes at both places.

Shelters? None Lavatories? None Seats? Yes
Parking place for cars? Yes (off the promenade) Charge? No charge 
Life-saving corps? Yes Beach attendant? Yes Micéal Vaughan
Swimming Club? Yes   Secretary: Thomas Comber N.T
Sea water baths? Yes (Hot & Cold)  Proprietor: Mr. Jack Garrihy 

Dance Halls and Names of Proprietors:
The Military Hall Proprietor: Minister for Defence

Parks, Gardens and Recreation Grounds. Brief Description: The beach and the sandhills are the only recreation grounds.

Brief comments on water supply and sewerage: Water supply and sewerage system in good state, under care of the Clare Board of Health. Sewerage system recently laid.

Public Services
Nearest Station: Lahinch Station
Distance: In village
Bus Service? Yes
Public Lighting by—Electricity? Yes Gas? No

Cinemas and Theatres
Cinemas: Travelling Companies Pictures shown (nights): Nightly during summer months

Public Libraries: Branch of Clare Co. Council Library
Private Lending Libraries: Mrs. O’Dwyer, Main St, Lahinch; Mrs. O’Sullivan, Main St, Lahinch

Churches and Services
Churches Services (Sundays)
Church (Catholic) 8.30 to 12.00 a.m.
Church of Ireland 10.30 a.m.

Postal Facilities
Location of Post Office: Main St., Lahinch
Business (? M.O. Telegraph, Telephone): Telegraph and Telephone

Banks: Nearest Banks—at Ennistymon 2 miles
National and Munster and Leinster

Schools and Colleges
Lahinch National School

Ennistymon District Hospital (one mile from village.)

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

Garages and Petrol Stations
Vaughans Garage (no petrol stations nearer than Ennistymon). Garages attached to the Hotels.

Conveyances for Hire (Owners):
Motors (Touring): Patrick O’Regan, Lahinch; Patrick Reardon, Lahinch; Clement O’Looney, Lahinch

Camping Sites
Location Landowner
The Sandhills Mrs. Slattery, Lahinch
Creg Mr. Lehan, Cregg
The Cliffs off Lahinch Shore Mrs. McCormack, Cregg

Local Improvements Committee: Yes Secretary: Mr. Patrick Glynn, N.T., Lahinch

Accommodation and Catering

Aberdeen Arms Hotel, 35 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Licensed
Claremont Hotel, 22 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Licensed
Atlantic Hotel, 15 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Vaughans Hotel, 16 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Not Licensed
Marine Hotel, 10 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Licensed

Boarding Houses
McNamaras, Main Street, 6 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Licensed
St. Anne’s, Lodge, 3 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Avondale, 5 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Snugville, 4 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed

Guest or Boarding Houses
Central House (Post Office), 7 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Licensed
Moy House (Moy Lahinch), 7 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Not Licensed
Cillistifian (Mrs Slattery), 5 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Flanagan’s House, 6 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Licensed
Thomas Sullivans, 5 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
St. Anthony’s, 16 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Thornville House, 4 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Mrs Frawleys, 6 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Licensed
Greenlawn, 4 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Elton Lodge, 6 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Sea Point, 7 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
St. Senans, 9 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Strand View, 4 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed
Reynolds (John), 4 Bedrooms, No Bathrooms, Not Licensed

Restaurants and Cafés
Mr. Joseph Linnane, Claremont Hotel
Mrs. Susan Flanagan, Main St.
Mrs. Vaughans, Main St.

Date: 20/7/42
(Signed): James Henchy Surveyor.
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