Posted by Johnny Mee on April 25, 2003 at 00:51:40:
In Reply to: Re: Castlebar drink fountains and fire siren posted by gt on April 24, 2003 at 05:44:48:
There were a number of fountains in different parts of Castlebar . . . Saleen, Spencer Street, Castle Street,Catherine Bourke's Corner (where Oliver Kelleher now has his shop), at the junction of Linenhall Street/Newantrim Street, opposite Johnny McHale's, Newline, one near the Sacred Heart Hospital (not sure about this one), Market Square (it's still there, close to Marsh House), Lucan Street. There were probably a number of others. The water came from Crimlin, I think it's called a gravity flow. Don't much about plumbing. There was a pump at the Mall, opposite Shane Rodgers', in the early 1900s. I believe the remnants of this pump were in a shed near the Convent of Mercy; I made enquiries but there was no trace of it. There is a beautifully built underground canal goint across Mall from the Spencer Street side to Ellison Street with crystal clear water. I saw it some years ago when council workmen were doing a job on the Mall. Lovely workmanship, with brick upon brick, perfectly fitting. Probably goes back to Lord Lucan's time. Built with cheap labour by expert tradesman. Gone are those days, and thank God!