Site of the old reservoir

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Posted by Murrisk on June 20, 2001 at 19:26:24:

In Reply to: Re: Old Reservoir posted by MM on June 20, 2001 at 10:34:28:

I wonder if the reservoir at Tucker's Lake is the same one referred to in the article on Shrule:-
"...pronounced phonetically Shruffaun, which is the old name applied to Newantrim Street. Castlebar, for the reason that a small stream passed that way the outflow from the springs at the creamery supplying the old reservoir, which was the town's first supply, and still in operation, supplying a few fountains known as the "Black Pumps." This reservoir was fed by springs and the Black Pumps were probably gravity fed. At a guess I would say the reservoir (and creamery) was on high land somewhere around where the old St. Gerald's was. This would allow water to flow to a stream on New Antrim Street, which slopes downwards away from the old St. Geralds, and also to the pumps in the town - all of which were at a lower elevation. In the early 1800's, the area behind the old St. Geralds was the Fairgreen. Also, the name New Antrim Street has been in place sine the late 1700's but its original name was "Shruffaun" after the stream
which flowed there. I would be surprised if Tucker's Lake was the towns water supply in the 1700's or early 1800's.

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