Here you can browse through our heritage and biodiversity collections, showcasing the richness of our natural, built and cultural heritage in Clarecastle and Ballyea. The Heritage & Wildlife group in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland, maintain this website as part of the Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN).
We welcome contributions of stories, photos and other material relating to the people and place of Clarecastle Ballyea. Find out more about us.
Hi Mary great that you found the website – the whole purpose of the website is to record and present our heritage and to encourage people to Contribute photographs etc You are correct in mentioning Timmy McMahon and his forge BTW there was a piece of text that can be seen by Clicking on the Photo of the Month – this is the detail that is attached to the photo – we would be interested to know if we need to make it more obvious Many thanks
Christy & Eric
Photograph of the Month A rare view of the Village Pump that stood outside Clarecastle Church. It provided water for the children in the 1843 School across the road and to houses in the vicinity. Many a politician spoke from it’s enclosure as people came out of Mass. The walls surrounding the pump were used to display posters of all kinds. Timmy McMahon’s Forge can be seen on the right. There may well be photographs of gatherings at that pump. The Fair of Clare was held in the Green across the road. We would love to get photographs of the Fair. The circus and carnivals also came to the Green. If you are aware of any such photographs, we would love to hear from you. Another pump stood in Patrick Street, outside the Castle restaurant.
Had totally forgotten about that pump , loved to watch ( I think his name was Timmy McMahon ) at the forge shoeing the horses ! Used the pump on the pound all the time . That’s where we got our drinking water by the stainless buckets . Thanks for the memories 👍