Galway - 1881 Directory of Gort *********************************************** Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives Galway Index Copyright ************************************************ File contributed by: C.L. 1881 DIRECTORY OF GORT Slater'S Commercial Directory Of Ireland Is a market town, partly in the parishes of KILTARTAN and BEAGH, but chiefly in that of KILMACDUAGH, barony of Kiltartan, county of Galway, 125 miles w. by s. from Dublin, 22 S.E. from Galway, 19 N. from Ennis, and 15 S.W. from Loughrea; pleasantly situated on a gentle acclivity rising from the branch of a river on the road from Galway to Ennis and on the main line between the provinces of Connaught and Munster. The town consists of three principal streets, wide and clean, which radiate from a spacious square, where the market is held. The houses, which are chiefly of stone, are well built and the place has altogether an air of comfort and respectability. Lord Gough is the proprietor of Loughcooter Castle situated about three miles distant; it is a noble castellated building, in a well planted demesne, and commanding a very fine lake, woodland, and mountain views. In front of the castle is Loughcooter, a delightful expanse of water, three miles long, abounding in fish, and enlivened by several verdant-clad well wooded islands. The public buildings of the town comprise the court house, a convenient building, erected in the square, in 1815; a bridewell, built in 1814; constabulary barracks and a union workhouse. A dispensary is also supported here. General sessions are held twice a year, and petty sessions weekly, in the court house. A chief constabulary police station is established here, and is the residence of a sub-inspector. The parish church of Kilmacduagh was erected in 1810, on land given by the first Lord Gort. It is an elegant cruciform structure with a conical spire; the fittings of the interior, which were renewed in 1828, are handsome and well kept. The Roman Catholic church is also a cruciform building, and likewise indebted for its site to Lord Gort. The scenery in the vicinity of this town is very beautiful, comprising on the west the Burren mountains, county of Clare; and on the east the emineness of Derrybrien, Castle- Daly and Roxborough. The market is held on Saturday, and the fairs March 17th, May 10th, August 11th and November 7th. The population of the town in 1861 was 2,102 and in 1871, 1,773. POST OFFICE, Bridge Street, GORT, John Quinn, Post Master- Letters from all parts arrive (from Dublin) at half-past three morning and half past three afternoon, and are despatched thereto at eleven morning and twenty minutes past nine night. Money Order and Telegraph Office and Savings Bank. Post Office, PETERSWELL, Mrs. Lyons, Post Mistress.- Letters arrive (from Loughrea) at ten morning and are despatched at a quarter before three afternoon. NOBILITY, GENTRY & CLERGY. Alexander Arthur, Esq. Mary Ville Blaquier Henry, Esq., Fiddane Burke John, Esq, Lisbrien Burke Richard, Esq, Lisbrien Butler William, Esq, Bonebow Cahill L.S. Esq, Rose park Carrick Patrick Esq, Lisheen Clanmorres the Right Hon. Lord Creggclare. Connelly, Rev. Michael, P.P. Bahir Daly Rev. H.V. The Deanery Daly James, Esq., J.P. Castle Daly Forrest John, Esq, Market sq. Franks David B. Esq R.M. Hunt's Cottage Gilbraith James, Esq, J.P. Cappard Glynn Mr. John W, Market sq. Gough the Right Honourable Lord Loughcooter Castle. Gregory Sir William H. Bart, D.L. Cool Park Lahiff James, Esq, J.P. Bridge st. Latty Robert J., Esq, J.P. Cregg Nagle, Rev Michael, P.P. Kilbeaconty Nolan Andrew, Esq, New Park Nolan Andw. O'Kelly, Esq, Bridge st. O'Hara Major Charles, Raheen Persse Dudley, Esq, J.P. Roxborough Rosengrave, Mr. Matthew, Crow Inn St. George Wm, Esq, Tyrone House Shannon Rev. Timothy, P.P. & V.G. Bridge st. Taylor Walter S, Esq, J.P. & D.L. Castle Taylor. p. 52 SCHOOLS Infant's School, Bridge st - Sisters of Mercy, teachers. NATIONAL SCHOOLS:- Bridge st (Convent) - Taught by the Sisters of Mercy. Church st- John Crowley, master. Kilbeacanty - David Harrington, master; Mary Little, Mistress. Peterswell - James Leonard, master. APOTHECARY Boland Thomas, Market sq. BAKERS. Gillane William, Market sq M'Namara Patrick, Market sq Mangan Lancelot, Bridge st Tierney, John, George st BANK National Bank (Branch), Bridge st - draws on the head office, London - James George Grubb, manager. BLACKSMITHS Burke Edmond, Peterswell Burke Michael, Church st Maloney Patrick, Church st BOOT & SHOE MAKERS Cooney Thomas, Crow lane Cunningham Thomas, Bridge st Davidson John, Market sq Fox Thomas, Crow lane Glynn Patrick, Barrack st Langley Joseph, Bridge st BUTCHERS Burke Patrick, George st Jordan Andrew, Crow lane Reilly Maria, Church st CARPENTERS Glynn Michael, Crow lane Leech Patrick, Crow lane FARMERS In BEAGH PARISH Blaquire Henry Rosengrave Thos. IN KILTARTAN PARISH Alexander Arthur Spelman Patk C Galbraith James In KILMACDUAGH PARISH Boland John Geoghegan John Burke Daniel F. M'Namara John Forrest John Moloney Richard Geoghegan Daniel Neilan Walter GROCERS AND DEALERS IN SUNDRIES Barry Michael, Bridge st Boland Denis, Market sq Boland John, Market sq Burke Daniel F, George st Byrne Mary, Market sq Cahill Mary, George st Carty Stephen, George st Fahy James, Market sq Forrest John (& family), Market sq Gready Martin, Market sq Hart Michael, George st Hayes Patrick, Bridge st Hazel Sarah, Market sq Hynes Ellen, Market sq Hynes Michael, Bridge st Hynes Patrick, George st Keane Martin, Bridge st Keehan Thomas, Bridge st M'Namara Michael, George st M'Namara John J, Market sq Mahon Michael, George st Moloney Richard, Market sq Murphy Peter, Queen st Naughton Daniel, Market st O'Loughlan Jane, Market sq Quinn John, Bridge st Reynolds Patrick, George st Slattery Edward, Market sq Spelman Michael, Crow lane Spelman Patrick, Bridge st Waters Thomas, Market sq HOTELS Glynn's, Robert Glynn, Market sq Royal (& posting house), Market sq- John Forrest proprietor. IRONMONGERS & HARDWARE MEN Boland John, Bank pl Glynn John W, Market sq Stephenson Luke, Market sq LEATHER SELLERS Boland Denis, Market sq Glynn John W, Market sq LINEN DRAPERS AND HABERDASHERS Hardiman Thomas, Bridge st Kennedy John, Bridge st Morgan, Francis, Barrack st Nelly John, Market sq Sheahan Patrick H, Bridge st Wallace Andrew, Bridge st MILLERS Bannatyne & Son, Bridge st Mangan Lancelot, Bridge st Russell John N. & Sons, Market sq NAIL MAKERS Devany David, George st Gibbs James, George st Pigott James, George st PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS Nolan Andrew O'Kelly, Bridge st Taffe Michael, Bridge st SADDLERS & HARNESS MAKERS Foster John, Crow lane Shearman James, Barrack st SOLICITORS Alexander Arthur, Maryville, Kinvara Nolan John D, Market sq SPIRIT DEALERS Boland Denis, Market sq Boland John, Market sq Burke Daniel F, George st Cahill Mary, George st Carry Stephen, George st Forrest John (wholesale wine & spirit merchant), Market sq Gready Martin, Market sq Hart Michael, George st Hayes John, Peterswell Hayes Michael, Market sq Hayes Patrick, Bridge st Hynes Edmond, Church st Hynes Ellen, Market sq Hynes Michael, Bridge st Hynes Patrick, George st Kean Martin, Bridge st Keehan Thomas, Bridge st Kelly Denis, Market sq Lowry Catherine, Peterswell Mahon Michael, George st M'Namara John J, Market sq Moloney Richard, Market sq O'Halloran Michael, Market sq Reynolds Patrick, George st Slattery Edward, Market sq Spelman Michael, Crow lane Spelman Patrick, Bridge st TAILORS Ward Brien, Market sq Ward Patrick, Barrack st MISCELLANEOUS Barry Michael, flour dealer, Church st Devany Michael, Clothes dlr., Bridge st Grubb James George, agent for Imperial (fire) Insurance Co., Bridge st Halvey John, shopkeeper, Market sq. Hardiman, Thos. registrar of marriages, Bridge st. Holland John, chair maker, Crow lane M'Namara John J, agent for W. & A. Gilbey's spirits, Market sq. Nelly Bridget, glass & china dealer, Market sq. Quinn John, clerk of petty sessions, Bridge PUBLIC BUILDINGS, OFFICES &c. PLACES OF WORSHIP And their Ministers Protestant Episcopal Church, Kilmacduagh- Rev. H.V. Daly Roman Catholic Churches: - Rev. Timothy Shannon, P.P., V.G. Bahir- Rev. Michael Connolly, P.P. Kilbeaconty- Rev. Michl. Nagel, P.P. Peterswell- Rev. Jerome Fahey, P.P. St. Patrick's Convent, Bridge st- Mrs. Doyle, superioress POOR LAW UNION Workhouse, George Street. Governor- Denis Dullea Matron - Maria Dullea Protestant Chaplain - Rev. H.V. Daly Roman Catholic Chaplain - Rev. Michl. Connolly. Medical Officer - A.O'Kelly Nolan, M.D. Clerk to the Guardians - Myles J. Burke Superintendent Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages- Myles J. Burke. Registrars- Michael Taffe, W.J. Nelly, M.D. & M. Walsh, M.D. Relieving Officers - Timothy Hardiman & Richard D. Burke. Barrack (Military) - Joseph Guerin, keeper. Bridewell, Bridge st. Constabulary Station - Geo. J. Shaw, Esq, sub-inspector. Court House, Market sq- William Chrystal, keeper. Dispensary, Market sq- Andrew O'Kelly Nolan, M.D. Surgeon. Stamp Office, Market sq- John Boland, distributor. Temperance Hall, Bridge st. CARS. To ENNIS, a Mail Car, every morning at twenty minutes past three. To ORANMORE, the Mail Car, every night at a quarter-past nine. CONVEYANCE BY RAILWAY On the Athenry and Ennis Junction of the Midland Great Western Line. Station, Bridge st- Martin Moroney, station master.