The Annascaul Historical Socierty have managed to secure funding to buy Valentia stone plagues. for village sites, commemorating important places in the village.
They have gotten generous funding from South Kerry Partnership but need to raise and additional 2,000 euro over the next year to fund the rest of it.
John Hanafin who gave this talk in May has a humerous insight in looking at the societal implications and the economics of events in the village over the last 180 years.
This is am amazing insight into village and the characters that lived in Annascaul over the last 150 years. It talks abot the mail road and how it didnt exits before 1840. Charaters like Bowler, Pierce, Daniel O Connell from Dingle, The Annascaul Casino a nd the Pallace Dance Hall
Can you all hear good. an you all hear me . Unfortunately I have a cold so I wont be projecting that well.
Delighted to see the numbers here. We’re very grateful thankful as a committee that so many of you have turned up. The purpose of today’s walk is raise a little funds for the historical group. Through Mary and Laurence work in general we have managed to secure funding to buy Valentia stone plagues. for village sites, commemorating important places in the village.
We’ve got generous funding from South Kerry Partnership but we we need to raise about 2,000 euro over the next year to fund the rest of it . Hence the bit of walking and a bit of talking for the next few months
We hope and are assured by the council that the road improvement through the village will begin in the second quarter
The council will do the work for us , new roads and new pavements in the villge
The slabs that have been ordered will be laid in the pavement
There are 15 or 16 slabs ordered. so that is the purpose of today’s walk.
So right, we have a beautiful village and I am delighted to promote and the beauty of the people here. This is a great place to start
The first settlement here , most of the settlement in Annascaul was up towards the lake towards Ballinacourty side or over east towards the Ballyvoher site
The village over 200- 250 years ago was effectively not, not here , What ever settlement was down as at the bottom of the village.
So that was the first significant thing is that this road was built and that road up the Maum. The purpose of the road, These roads were built in the 1760s and there were British military roads and there were built to link the garrison towns of Dingle and Killarney, so they shortened the distance of the march by nine miles
So previously, there was no the road here, there was no road by the coast.
So the road would go about 3 miles east of the village , up towards the hills, back Ballinacourty and out that way. So the middle here was not there.
The second important parts of the development parts of the village is the main road through the village came in 1831 and that was the mail road, built by the British mail.
The first settlement had happened down here in the 1760s onwards down the back road and up this way but he middle of the village started comeing form the 1830s and 1840s onwards because they had a new road
This bridge was not part of the original 1760 military road there was no bridges here. The river was still crossed by fort. The river was still crossed by stones
In the 1830s road saw this bridge being constructed up it forward
So this bridge was the first bridge in west Kerry linking Dingle to the road, to the killarney road, to the Tralee road.
The older road around here, the river walk brings you out at a place we call Sean Droighead and that bridge predates all of them. But this route comes from the 1760 building of the road and the 1830 mail road
The other significant things that we can no longer see but that belongs here is that building above there is the village presbytery but those grounds was where this railway station for Tralee and dingle lie
There was a rail here until. The railway ran from the 1890 until 1953
The last passenger service was 1938 but the train on a freight basis for another 13, 14 years taking fish and cattle from Dingle
The death knell of it as a passenger service was that was that a bus service has been established between Dingle and the CIE bus would beat the train to Tralee. People had lost faith in the service as a passenger service. Remember it was a steam train , It was a hilly area and it didn’t have the power and we were after coming out of a 1930 early land 40s and we had economic war in Ireland and coal was not available to power the railway
We were dependant on wet turf for steam for your train and so the train was becoming , not a viable option in west Kerry
The railway station proper was still in that field. There are still remnants and stones. Those familiar with the village will know that the water tower is still up and the railway cottage is converted to a residence and a home now.
Beside us now before we leave. Obviously the South Pole and Tom Crean, as most of you will know Tom Crean as a arctic explorer. He and his wife bought that building. It had been a pub before them and it was ran as a pub.
His wife was the publican and his wife had come from Foleys pub in the village
She was Nel Herlihy and 4 of the village pubs were Herlihy pubs. There were 10 pubs in the village in the early 20th century
And where the new building is beside the South Pole that was one of two village smiths. The forge was there. That forge was run by the Cunningham family. A forge was important in any small agricultural village . The forge was where the horse was shoed and the cart wheel was banded, whatever implement had to be or work had to be done by the agricultural community people came from Minard, The Maum, Inch to the forge.
So there were two in the village . We will head up the village. This walk will be an hour or hour and a half .
John’s grand uncle We can see the gable of his house was the same Paddy Kennedy. Paddy Kennedy lost his life as a reprisal for the Ballinclare ambush of the black and tans truck in August 1920. John over the years has been very anxious to commemorate his grand uncle and the Ballinclare ambush
He has finally donated the site Hannah is standing on for a memorial for an ambush monument so the proposed. The funding for the work and the planning and the everything is secured and most of the money is secured and hopefully work commences in the next few weeks and it will be there by August 20th , so it is the 102nd anniversary.
This is a significant part of the village. This area of the village is called the Strand Road . Now we know it as Ardinane .Where we are now the village courthouse and the village courthouse had a couple of significant events
Later on we will be stopping at the Walsh’s house. The Walshes were IRA volunteer commanders. They put up and anti conscription posters. Conscription came to Ireland during the first world war and the volunteers opposed conscription.
The Walshes and all the volunteers opposed conscription. There was anti conscription poster on the window. It causes furore in the village and
the Walsh’s were arrested for displaying the poster and their mother was thrown on the floor and everything. The Walshes were arrested and were tried in this courthouse and sentenced to time in jail in Cork.
As a result of that. The Garda sergeant in Annascaul at the time was Garda
Maloney was from Tipperary and was hated after that. His brutality on old Mrs Walsh and the fact that he intervened . He had escorted the Walshes to Cork to the jail and on his way back he came back by the rail, um, the railway The barracks was up in the middle of the village where Mary’s house is as he is walking up to the village and he was shot at from here.
So I’d like to think this was, this was the first shot of the Irish war of Independence. Maloney had a big heavy overcoat on so the shot was from a shotgun so the pellets dispersed and it didn’t really penetrate so he wasn’t fatally wounded
He got such a fright that he applied for a transfer was transferred out of here shortly afterwards.
When Paddy Kennedy was murdered at the foot of Gurteen’s Hill the inquest to his death was held in the court. The courthouse went out of use in the 30s.
Next door to us there was a double row of houses that the O’ Briens
They were originally owned by Laides but Tom Crean’s daughters married into those houses. Those houses were then demolished and they went to Tralee . So the Quine family left the village.
The only part of the truck that was preserved after the ambush were the wheels axel and the two wheels of the truck.
For years they were in the front gardens of John Kennedy’s The wheels we have in our possession and the monument is Valentia slate plaque with the details and the wheel will be the piece de resistance of the display will be the wheels
The wheel will be left in the original state they are in now with bits of rust and bits of rubber.
Behind us in the Eircom yard stood the parish church, The church of Ireland church in the village. It was demolished in the 60’s
It was one of the great travesties of the village that that went. The church was like, any of you are familiar with the area, most of the church of Ireland churches here are quite small, rectangular buildings, so the church of Ireland church here was quite similar, on similar lines to the one in Milltown or St James churches in Dingle.
So just looking at some records this morning and in the 1866, it was the first rateable valuation of this area They recorded 370 families living here in the 1850s , in the 1850’s evaluation there were 17 church of Ireland families
So this was church of Ireland church. The other significance of
church of Ireland is, Beside it, it had its own school house behind that railing. In the 1911 census there are 4 pupils recorded
Lawrence calculated that there were 60 graves in the cemetery . The church of Ireland community in Annascaul wouldn’t have been big enough for such a large graveyard but they had to have it.
Dingle was a port at the time and if people died on board or were lost at sea their remains some of them were buried here. There are strange name and no bearing to here. They were seamen that were lost at sea. Their remains , some of them are buried here. The church in Dingle . Those that are familiar with it
The cemetery was around the church but was much smaller as it is in the town and they didn’t want the valuable space to be used for burying people that had no connection to the people in the town and so some of them are buried here.
That church was built in 1820. Further on, a little further on. A little further in the 1840 , 1850 there was greater frenzy of evangelicals in the protestant community. It was a more robust form of Protestantism and it was funded mostly by merchants from Limerick and Cork. And West Kerry was funded by a group of Limerick merchants
The reason they funded it was that there would be a tithe charged and tithe levied on the community, on the church of Ireland community. So they would get their investment back. So the church of Ireland west of Dingle were built by the board of first ???
The church or Ireland bishops . The diocese was Limerick and Ardfert . He did not want evangelicalism Protestantism to spread throughout the county. So he stopped it in Annascaul
The house that Zack Phelan is living in was built by the protestant bishop of Limerick . he sent a clerical diocese man here whose sole purpose was to stop evangelicalism in Annascaul which was stopped going further East So evangelicalism didn’t get hold in Annascaul.
The Church or Ireland rector who lived in a different house up the strand road. owned by Bill Brosnan. He was the Parson’s Deacon. The protestant community was small it had a substantial presence. There were only 17 families but it had a church, a school and probably the two finest buildings in the village.
On the other hand there was no catholic church in the village
There was no parish of Annascaul. That didn’t come till the 1840s
The catholic church. There was one in Ballinacourty in the graveyard and one over in Ballyvoher.
There was no civil parish of Annascaul. There were broken up parishes Ballinacourty, Ballyvoher. Minard and at times were part of Camp. The church or Ireland church was much more organised and unified than its catholic counterpart.
Roberts grandfather is buried here .When Roberts grandfather was buried in 1964 it wasn’t permitted, was frowned upon that his catholic neighbours attend the funeral. Some of them said to hell with the restrictions and some did attend the service
There is a famous poem “Burial of an Irish President” Douglas Hyde and all the dignitaries of the time were hiding and scurrying behind headstones / grave stones of the protestant cathedral. They were afraid to go in. Those were the times. In more recent times there is a church of Ireland community in Camp now. Meeting and events are now held by both communities.
I have stopped here. Alot of these houses. Alot of these parts of the village didn’t start until the 1840s. This is the last part of the old part of the village . Across the road from us . Behind Sean Evan’s house , The first village hotel was there. That had an interesting history
The lake at the top of Conor Pass is called the pedlars lake. Because there was a pedlar, a tin smith, a pedlar was murdered and his body was disposed of in the lake. The pedlar was engaged to a lady who was from Inch. They had sawn their sovereign coins, cut their coins in half and the pedlars sawn cons were found in the possession of the murders and it matched the coins of the fina lady ?
They were arrested and were being transferred to the jail in Tralee. The journey was too long and so they stayed and were billeted overnight in the guesthouse in the hotel across the road .But they made their escape through the night by cutting a hole in the thatch and got out and were never seen again
They escaped certain execution.
I should know the name of the guesthouse and the family who owned it
Many of you will know about wind measurements is called the beaufort scale
Daniel Beauforts father was John Beaufort. The fathers didnt like the accommodation being offered and described it as squalid
These buildings, John Brosnan’s building or teach Sean who as we used call it Sean Evans’s house cousin. That building was built by the British Navy pensioners . In Annascaul over 100 years ago it was farming community
The first son have gotten the farm but the subsequent son. Alot would have gone as RIC officers and here there was a tradition of joining the British navy because the navy, the coast guard had a presence at Minard castle and you could, well you couldn’t formally enlist but you could make an official enlistment at the coast guard station and they would give you the fare from Annascaul to Cobh where you formally joined the British navy.
So in the period of Tom Crean. If you have a look at the records
There are 16 people who officially joined the British Navy. So you served your time in the British navy and when it came to retirement they came back here with a pension so they had the means and the money to build some of the the more modern houses in the Village. So the cut stone house. Most of them follow the same pattern.
The other significant thing here. Annascaul had, land lord would be the wrong but they had two land owners or right owners where rates or a stipend was paid to them.
At the bottom of the village there was a lady called ??? and the Pierces lived across the road here and Maggie Pierce and her family got the money for the rates from the house owners at the bottom part of the village.
And when we move to the top which is now the Leprechaun pub
The Moriarties owned that and then Rory o Shea. They were the rate owners at the top part of the village .There were 10 village pubs. Most of the pubs were alive 130 or 140 year old
The pubs I can trace our pub back to roughly the time of the mail road in 1840
I am the 4th generation of my family and there were 2 generations, the Herlihy before . So there were 6 generation in that pub. And most of these house in the village were the same with 6 generations
Jimmy O Donnel’s shop was bought by his father and it was a Kavanagh shop before then It was one of 9 general shops in the village. Most of the buildings in the village have a story to tell. They provided a service, or a trade or something in the general area.
So I am , over the next wile I am anxious that that history is kept and is preserved. Like all villages , there is a story to tell and it is important to tell those stories and record it.
How did a village of this size support 10 pubs ? The village , Annascaul village goes from Minard to the top of the Maum . While the village itself only had 100 families living in it the greater community had 500- 600 families
The village, I would know from the pub point of view
My mother was born in the 30’s and was raised in a pub and she would tell me that when growing up was difficult from financial from every point of view
The village depended. It had 12 fairs. There was a fair day on the 14th of each month and it had 2 big fairs, the Ballinclare fair that were in October and May. So the pub would have to make enough money on the Ballinclar fair day to last till the next one or the fair day , the 14th of the month. So the farming. Money was scarce at the time in Ireland in the 30’s and 40’s. No-one had money. Most people were self sufficient. . they didn’t need money. Most , they was alot of helping your neighbour. There wasn’t the exchange of money. The farmers would come to the fair and spend what they had. Sell the cow. The woman of the house obviously got most of the money.
The only people that had regular income were the retired navy officers, retired RIC, the people that had a regular pension. They were the everyday life blood in the village for the publicans anyhow. This village is a small village but it had 3 or 4 tailors, 3 or 4 dress makers , a couple of cobblers. It even has a lady at the backs of Dan Foley’s pub where Marie Kennedy house is now . Marie calls her house Mary Lane but Mary Lane made habits for the dead.
The village had a bakery down below where Mick Devine’s house is, where we stopped at the protestant church. Just below the protestant show where Denise Brosnan or “Denisheen the Baker”
“Denisheen the Baker” had a thriving business
he had vans on the road supplying bread to outlying villages
“Denisheen the Baker” was a character in the village
I grew up hearing about “Denisheen the Baker” . “Denisheen the Baker” died the day I was born. “Denisheen the Baker” was a good, he kept the pubs going. He probably kept the pubs gong by himself. “Denisheen the Baker” liked whiskey
Because he liked whiskey his teeth were all rotten. We had a dentist in the village.
His rooms at the time at the back of the Moriarty hotel. Up on the wall and at the back there were sets if dentures.
And every time “Denisheen the Baker” required a set of dentures he would go up and put his hand up. The worst part of the story apparently “Denisheen the Baker” and his mother shared a set of dentures. “Denisheen the Baker” liked the drink so the set if dentures was disappearing regularly.
The houses behind, people lived in them but obviously they had to survive . This house now where Patricia is living in . I was telling her last night. This house was Sheehans or Shuhan
I don’t even know their back ground but they had some kind of an educations that was beyond the ordinary. they got a secondary schooling. People here finished primary schooling and that was a far as it went. And if you wanted to go any further, you had to do a thing called the primary cert and if you wanted to be a clergy man or something you had to have a little latin.
So the Sheehans provided the grind services for the village
So they existed. There was a son, two sons and a father, They were reclusive people . but provided a little bit of extra learning for those going one from the village That is how they made their livelihood.
Across the road was the village hotel, O’ Donnells hotel, It was one of the village hotels .Dan Foleys pub was there. That was Herlihy’s pub. Below Herlihies there was a shop. Scannell’s shop, a 100 odd years ago before it was general merchants shop. It was Moriarties I think.
It sold meal and flour. Below that house where John Broasnan house was Sculleys and he provided a taxi service but they had a garage
The one below was a pub. The one above Hannifin’s bar, my pub was a tailor, Lynch’s. Mary’s house above was the RIC barracks at the time. That later became Landers garage.
So every house in the village had something. The cinema . Sunday night or Friday are two nights. Mary Courtney shop had sweets
The yard we are standing in now was the RIC Barracks, the remains of the original barracks is the old fireplace
When the Eiri Amach and the War of Independence happened, was declared Michael Collins from Dublin decreed that all RIC barracks and their presence be destroyed so the barracks here was burnt in 1920
The RIC building had already been vacated. All RIC at the time were under threat and so all activity was concentrated in Dingle
So the barracks in camp, Castlegregory they were all burnt out in 1920
So this building then became Landers garage and it then became the cinema
It was Connors Across the road was Connie Courtney shop and Tea room
Connie Courtney’s shop would supply sweets for the cinema on Fridays. Connie would supply penny sweets or ice-cream
He died in 1979. and Mary lived on until 1993.
Liam Shanahan would come on a Tuesday and Thursday with cameo cakes
The building across the road is Brendan Falvey’s bar and next door is Murphys. They all came from a guy called Bowler and his estate. He owned the building next door to Aidan’s cafe. It was a pub. But Bowler, in the very early 1900’s Bowler sold, carried a horse to Dingle and he sold the horse at Dingle fair but he didn’t get paid for his horse. He went into a rage over it.
People from Tralee bought the horse. He intercepted them here at the village as he hadn’t got his money for the horse . But he had a big knob of a stick and he knocked the man off the horse and beat him within an inch of his life.
But he didn’t die. But the RIC were here at the time and because Bowler was known to them. They told Bowler. “If your man dies you will be”….
They advised him to leave.
Bowler left his business in the village and he went to America
So the site of your pub and Murphys was parts of Bowlers estate and the Pierces came and built.
The Pierces came from America. He had made money out of the railways in America and he knew the importance of providing facilities for the railway
The railway was coming to Annascaul or was coming through Annascaul at the time.
The railway station was to be around the middle end of the village and he identified this area as a place to build his hotel or his guest house, his accommodation for the railway. He built the building and his daughter ( You have a photograph inside in the bar ) and his daughter was put in charge
he went back to America.
The railway was at the bottom end of the village opposite the bridge
So the traveller that as likely to come wasn’t walking up here . He was staying below or in Moriarty’s hotel. So it didn’t work quite as well as he had hoped
( Near Falveys Bar ) You have the Creans before Callaghans came into it . Both building were owned by a dingle man called Daniel o Connell. Daniel o Connell was a horse trader and he traded in horses.
The currency of the first world war was horses because they were needed for soldiers . He bought horses but he paid dear for them and after the war ended. The market for horses collapsed and he went basically bankrupt
He was Mikeys grandfather and he needed a bail out.
He had married an old lady from Camp, (not an old lady ) but a lady Ellen Moynihan. He needed cash so he decided, he made the wife move . He brought his sister in law also. She was in her 40s back to the village and he divided the house in two. She was in the second part of the house. He assumed that she was not going to marry. She was a spinster woman.
When she came to the village she was in her 40s and the house would revert back to him when she passed on. Unfortunately she met a cobbler next door, Edmund Crean. She married Crean and they had 2 children. Unfortunately O Connell’s plans to consolidate did not go to plans
Crean was one of several cobblers in the village. Do you remember Paddy Houlihan. ? Crean the cobbler, his apprentices , he was an altruistic man, maybe a clever man as well. He adopted , He would bring kids , mutes from orphanages to the village. So that is how Paddy Houlihan arrived to the village. He was Edmund Crean’s apprentice
Paddy was one of the original volunteers in the 1916 brigade in the village
He was the village postman and character.
We will stop outside the community centre. The community centre is interesting in that there was a butter buying family from Cork called the Holland.
Holland for a period the building behind it and it was a used for butter, barrelling and selling butter. So my great grand father was a cooper by trade
There were two coopers in the village and my great grand father would have come from west Minard and he needed to be near the Hollands as he provided the barrels for the butter. He bought a pub by a foreclosure auction. It had ran into rent arrears from the Herlihy family that owned the pub.
The pub was auctioned off and they got a part of the proceeds to go to Van Diemen’s Land in Australia
So that is how Charles Devane originated and how my great great grand father came to the village as a barrel maker. He wasn’t interested in the pub and he built a workshop at the back of the pub making barrels and he gave the licence to his wife as the licensee for the pub because women were exempt from paying rates and he provided the barrels for Mrs Holland’s butter making business here.
Butter from Annascaul and west Kerry went to the British army. Most of the butter from West Kerry ended up in South Africa. It took 6 weeks from the butter in Annascaul to reach South Africa.
It took 6 days by horse for the butter from Annascaul to reach the port in Cork and 5 weeks from the port in Cork to go to South Africa.
So the butter needed to be heavily salted. And the barrel he made. Not like the barrels you see nowadays with the 40 gallon barrels
The barrel was a small 5 gallon barrel and it weighted roughly about 15 kilos / 30 pounds weight
The building just below was just one of 2 joiners in the village.Workshops in the village was Sullivan’s and Egans married into. the Dinny Dans
And the one beside us, the second one. This was the Welshes’ house
They used say that the Welsh’s were the better crafts men and better carp enders but the Dinny Dans had the better timber.
The Walshes didnt have the money or the …
The quality of the timber is very dependent on its age
The Walshes would wait for the timber to age whereas the Dinny Dans were clever and would . And the Dinny Dans. I dont know was it a brother in law was involved in McCowens timber yard in Tralee. So the better parts of timber were put aside for them.
If we were talking before about the wheel the carts , the wheels were timber . The banded wheels that were on the carts .The Walshes would make the better wheel but the wheel from the Dinny Dan’s would last longer.
And you can see that above us is the banding where the wheel was laid
The metal band by the black smith was put on the wheel.
You can see on the side walk above here. We will just stop in front of Walshes work shop
Do you remember below when I was talking below about the first shot of the war of Independence about Sergeant Maloney, this was the house the Walshes
Pat Walsh was a captain of the volunteer regiment of Annascaul and his brother was also involved. They very republican in orientation so it was on these windows anti conscription notice that caused the uproar and the furore.
An RIC barracks had a sergeant and usually 4 policemen so in a small community there was plenty of policemen, not alot to do but they made their presence , under order felt.
So Sergeant Maloney barged in the door to take down the conscription and Mrs Walsh inside the door opposed him and Maloney threw here on the floor and her sons were subsequently arrested .Patrick Walsh spent 4 months in Cork jail on account of it. and existed on a diet of blighted rotten potatoes while he was there.
So you can imagine the feeling towards Maloney. You can imagine why he was shot at
Next door here was their workshop.
This was once a workshop. It wasnt quite as good when the IRA in were in 1916, when they were…
This was their meeting point. This was the drill hall.
When they began in 1914. In 1914 the volunteer column was established here. they were laughed at. The toy soldiers in the village. In the subsequent event with the executions of the 1916 leaders and the fact that they had spent time in jail and all that, changed peoples opinion. So over a period of time instead of being seen as amadáns wasting their time on a useless cause it became an important part of the village.
So before the Creamery Board was established in Ireland. The people around here were farmers so the milk, ( was it the company from Tralee or who was it bought originally from. ) There is a platform here to collect the milk and a truck came to collect the milk. It was separated like . It was the cream
The butter maker had gone for 30-40 years . She didn’t exist any more
The war… My great grandfather’s business was fecked by the first war because timber was gone. Metal came during the 1914-1918 war . So you had metal barrels . So my grandfather, Johnny the cooper was down in the 1911 census as a as an apprentice cooper and his brother Tadgh is an apprentice cooper as well but by the 1921 census he is a publican and Tadgh was a postman.
He messed around a little as my mother would say. There were still cooper implements out the back of the pub when she was a young one. He was able to make a barrel but there was no demand for it.
There was no demand for it, things had change, village had changed
The police .., remember he RIC barracks is burnt down, we are at the crest of getting Independence so when the Garda Síochána came into being the Garda building Barracks in the village was also built in the 1930s
For a while at the first stages of independence the Garda barracks , Garda Síochána barracks moved around , a while up at the arch deacons, a while below in the building next to the court house. But they needed their own building so that was a residential. So the sergeant had his own quarters and was billeted in this side of the building and the barracks was in the upper part of the building.
Ashes shop. Ashes black pudding shop can trace it shop back a hundred odd years as a butchers and a general grocer
As we go up these buildings become new and newer. There were very few buildings a 100 years odd at the turn of the century, 1900s. There were very few building up at this side of the village. These date from there on
Frankie Nashes house, The red house behind us was village guest house, tea room. The interesting thing about this house is a stone built house and every stone in this house. Frank Keen, the Ashes and the O Donnells. It was originally built by O Donnells , They came from Dromabhalla adn every stone was quarried in Droma bhalla and came to the village by a horse and cart. So it was a stone house and it was plastered and the block work was cut out of it. It was a substantial house for its time
The house a cross the road was Kennedys, known as the house of the priests. ( were there 4 of them ) where the other houses were missing at this end of the village but that house was always there. There were no houses in the spaces in between. The Moriarties house and that house was always there.
This was another one of the tailors , the Ferriters . This was the Ferriter’s , The building above . There was one of three or 4 tailors, three dress makers , Spillane , Edmund Crean and a couple of cobblers,. 100 odd years ago. It was well served. It is hard to imagine where the trade would be for that supply of suits , clothing in the locality.
And behind us, When we saw the original parts of the railway, up at the presbytery. The railway ran behind the village and ran up to that fence and emerged at the front of, at ( O Shea’s ) Moriarty’ hotel and it went over parallel on the main road
He, Pierce envisioned the rail station being here. So tht was his purpose of buying the site below where Brendan’s pub is from Bowler, . So he would be 50yards from where the railway station was. So he misjudged it. imagines the site of the hotel being here and
Next stop we stop at the church.
The pump reminds me. We always had good doctors in Annascaul. We had a Dr Kane. He recognized the significance of having proper water scheme in the village . Dr Kane campaigned for water and there were 4 water pumps put in by the council, into the village in the 20s so this was one, there’s one down below at John Brosnan. There is one at the top of this road and there is one at the bottom of Annagap. Prior to that the water supply in the village came from a few wells.
Mairead’s grand father built this house for £100, possibly 100 years ago
The original site of these house at the top end of the village , the Curtains and the O Briens. They came to Annascaul as general labourers for the railway. The railways was built in the 1890s. They were the labourers maintaining and laying the line for the railway
So that is what bought Maireads great great father to Annascaul
So across the way to Moriartys hotel or O Sheas hotel
It was always a fine building in the village
It belonged to the landlord of the area, it was connected with the Hicksons and the O Sheas who collected the land rents for the upper parts of the village
It has always played an important part of history and the history of the village and village life
Behinds us the church. As I was saying to you. Annascaul didnt even have a parish. The parish came in the 40s. It had 2 churches. A church in Ballyvoher which dates from the 13 century. Church in Ballyvoher collapsed . The church in Ballynacourty had partially collapsed and was taken down in the early 1800s. So for 50 years Annascaul parish didnt have a church. And so they had a mad notion they would buy, it still wasn’t a civil parish so they started building 2 churches in the village. There is a church here and a church at the bottom end of the village. One for Ballyvoher which is this one and one for the Ballynacourty side of the town
The bishop in Killarney got wind of this and was told of the village building 2 churches . The church here was at a more advanced stage and so he decreed that this church become the village church. The church below on the back road which was in Pats Fitz’s field. That was taken down and the stone in that was used to build a ball alley at the bottom end of the village.
So this church, Fr Carroll dates him in the 1830s., The land was donated by the Hickson, the landlord across the road. The civil union of the Annascaul parishes of what we know today happened in the amazing 1840s
So Camp, Lack and Annascaul became a union of parishes. They had a parish priest and they had an organised structure and record.
So we no longer had the in fighting of different parishes or different churches.
This building was the village casino
Upstairs they would play card and get up to devilment. Any one who had a bit of money would play cards. It wasn’t a licensed premises . It had a colourful period
The palace ball room is the second last stop. For those if you not familiar with Ireland. In the 30’s 40s’ 50’s the big past time in Ireland on a Sunday night or Friday night was the village dance hall. So this was Annascaul’s village dance hall. This was the Palace Ball Room.
This was built by 2 brothers. The McCarthy brothers
It was a busy ball room. It served the entire peninsula , from Castlemaine, Castlegregory, Dingle and beyond.
They would say, the pay, I don’t know what it would have cost to go into the ball room . I often hear that Mike McKenna, He was the security and he would go down to Eugene Mccarthy, to his house with 2 buckets, Tin buckets of money.
The dances stopped in the 60s. The night of the bad storm. They were sheltering at the side of the gable . They were lucky there wasnt injuries
They would put on plays there also and the youth club went on there too.
It was a central part of village life
Tommy’s mother had the house just above the dance hall.
Bridgie had a shop and she provided the mutton pies She was also well known for feeding the dancers.
The last port of call s the school. The new school was built in 1914. This is the village school. It celebrated the centenary a few years ago now. It had been a school before that. In the building of the new school. We will call this the new school. Most of the supplies came by railway. There was a brown dray horse spent a couple of years down to the railway
It was build by Kennedy. They were the contractors.
The time the slate had to come to the school, it came by the railway that passed outside the school. The railway carriage stopped outside the school. There was a chain of kids that brought the slate in. So it is still the village school. In fact in the last few days we are delighted to welcome 5 or 6 Ukrainians to the school. We hope their stay in Annascaul is rewarding and happy.
Behind us is the sports pitch. The field as we now know it was established in the 50s. The previous field was back in Ballinclare
Brendan has a photo of the field from 1929
So delighted that you cam and hope you enjoyed.