Clarecastle Village Pumps

The Pump at the Church - a rare image
CBHWG Archives
The Pound with village pump in colour
Moloney Collection
Patrick Street Pump with wall
Nora McNamara Healy

Clarecastle Village Pumps

There were two village pumps in Clarecastle, drawing up well-water, one in a walled compound outside the Church and one in Patrick Street. We have a late 1890s photo of the pump in Patrick Street, with a little girl filling a tin can with water. The photo above was taken in the mid-1960s. We have been reminded that in the 1940s and 1950s, there was a fine stone wall surrounding the pump in Patrick St., with steps up to it from the street. It was a great gathering place for people to chat. One of the photos attached has a greatly enlarged section showing that wall. Not great quality but it tells the tale. The late Bridie McMahon told us of sitting on that wall. Perhaps improvements in the footpaths or the erection of a public telephone box led to the removal of the stone wall and the pump was replaced with a taller version. As can be seen in the colour photo, a metal pole was also placed there and its purpose is not clear. That pump has been repainted by the Men’s Shed and it is hoped to put it back close to where it stood.

If anyone has a photo of any of the pumps or memories of drawing water from them, it would add greatly to the story of Clarecastle in days gone by. Photos and memories that chart the changing streetscape of the village are like gold-dust so please share them with us!

Photos: Moloney Collection, Nora McNamara, Navin Collection


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