Clare Commons, Clarecastle - a glimpse of a section of the townland in pre and post Famine Times

Maps show that Inchiquin the landlord removed older houses on the Clare Commons and built houses in street formation there for his tenants after the Famine. The actual number of houses in that section of the townland remained at about 40.  A well and limekiln can also be seen in the upper part. So these “new” houses were about 100 years old when demolished in 1953 to make way for Madden Terrace. Photos of the post Famine houses on the Clare Commons are rare. This collection shows glimpses of the houses and will help to visualise what that area looked like up to the 1950s.

Memories of the League Rooms

Gerry O’Sullivan – 31 March 2024

I remember the League rooms across the way from our home in St. Michael’s Tce. We looked forward to the cries of the kids crying Scanana when he arrived with the films. The westerns incl. Buffalo Bill Cody particularly comes to mind. Also remember all those brilliant players who were mainly local people with whom we were familiar on a first-name basis. Most of whom are gone now to their eternal reward. RIP. Their ability and skill for the time, was second to none. I just have a memory of a darkened hall and the green entrance doors.

Gerry Keane – 31 March 2024

I have a vague memory of my Dad (Sean Keane) performing in a play in the hall when I was very young. It could be my imagination but I don’t think so. I think the character he played was Milo. Could be wrong.

Gerry O’Sullivan – 31 March 2024

Gerry, I remember well your Dad in all those annual plays, he was brilliant and we always looked forward to seeing him. He put life and passion into what might otherwise have been boring for young people. In another time and place, he could have made Hollywood.

Patricia J. Hick – 30 March 2024

I am too young to remember The League Rooms but I do remember the wonderful Clarecastle Players who put on plays every year. We had such an enjoyable childhood with plays and concerts on regularly, even if you could hardly close your eyes when you got home because of the terrible stinging from having been in such a smoky atmosphere all night!

Vivien Hick – 23 March 2024

I remember the houses and the League Rooms well. We queued up outside awaiting ‘Scannana’. Inside the Hall adults sat on wooden kitchen chairs and some of the children sat on the window sills. The film was shown on a sheet over the wall above the large open fireplace.

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