Cancelled Book 7 Town of Clare (Clarecastle) 1910-1926

Town of Clare Revision /Cancelled Book 1910-1926

The 1910-1926 revision /cancelled book give testimony to the changes which occurred in the village during the decade of revolution 1913-1923. A notation in the 1926-1934 revision/cancelled book acknowledges an overlap between information in both ledgers. It would appear that some corrections were made in the 1926-1934 revision/cancelled book, readers are advised to check this spreadsheet also, if researching this period of time.

McCarthy illustrates the impact of the decline in trade through the Port in 1915 due to the First World War through Canon Bourke parish priest of Clareabbey appeal for relief.

The community of Clarecastle was divided into two classes- workers and shopkeepers. Of the workers there are twenty-two men in two quays who earn their livelihood in connection with the discharge and loading of boats, there are eleven carters dependent on the removal of goods and there are five families employed in connection with the quays, pier and local coal store so they had a total of forty families dependent on the harbour.

McCarthy estimated the financial losses at forty to sixty pounds per boat with on average two boats were month discharging or loading cargo. He also noted the impact of the loss of wages on local shopkeepers who were extending credit but could not do so any longer due to the impact of the war and loss of income. [1]

The fortunes including destruction of the constabulary barracks at 61 Ennis Road is captured  in the observations column where it appears that the barracks are unoccupied about 1919 but are reoccupied in 1921 before being destroyed and it is referred to as a ruin notified in 1924. Newspapers documented an attack on police in Clarecastle April 1921.[2] There is also a report of an attack on the Clarecastle Barrack in August 1922, this may refer to the police barracks or the former army barracks which had been recommissioned for use during the decade of revolution.[3]

Another casualty was the widely reported destruction of the Clarecastle Church of Ireland church at lot 36.7 Main Street, Clarehill .[4][5]However it appears that this destruction was not reported to the Valuation Office who continued to record the building as exempt from rates in the 1926-1934 cancelled books.

The 1910-1926 revision /cancelled book records that lots 1-12 Creggaune Lane are all in ruins. Just four houses remain which were constructed in 1880 and documented in earlier revision/cancelled books. An examination of previous revision/cancelled books the while all the houses were occupied in 1855; many began to be abandoned and are recorded as ruins by the 1880s onwards.


[1] Daniel McCarthy, Ireland’s banner county Clare from the fall of Parnell to the Great War 1890- 1918 (Ennis, 2002) p. 103.

[2] Northern Whig 2 Apr. 1921.

[3] Munster News 9 Aug 1922.

[4] Birmingham Daily Gazette 20 Mar. 1920.

[5] Edinburgh Evening News 19 Apr. 1920.

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Cancelled Book 7 Town of Clare (Clarecastle) 1910-1926

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