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14 November 2020

Drumquin, Co. Tyrone

This alley was demolished in summer 2020 The upper photograph is by Kenneth Allen on the website https://www.geograph.ie/photo/4715914. Photo credit:Handball alley, Drumquin cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Kenneth Allen - geograph.org.uk/p/4715914 Upper photographs Second photograph showing the cleared site of the former alley from newspaper article about the demolition of the alley in June 2020 amd provided with the permission of journalist Emma Ryan of the Ulaterhearld.
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Clifden, Co.Galway

Photographs provided by R. Harrison. This alley was demolished in April/May 2018. The stone plaque records that it was built as a gift to the boys of the town by Maria Gorham. These photogrphs are also availble on the Galway County Heritage Website
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15 October 2020

Kanturk, Co. Cork

Kanturk, Co. Cork Extract from local newsletter sent to emigrants in USA, dated 1963; transcription provided by M. Cogan of Listowel Connection, who has assisted this project on handball alley many times. Handball News: This is something new for the News Letter. We are glad to announce that the Handball Alley in Strand St. has been re-opened and a third ball Club formed. The Officers are as follows: Presidents — Rev. Fr. O'Keane, C.C. and Mr. Andrew Keating (Egmont Place). Chairman—Mr. Noel O'Toole (Newmarket Road). Treasurer — Mr. Seamus O'Riordan (Bluepool Dr.). Secretary — Mr. Don Fitzgerald (Ballyheen). There are 70 members in the Club. A few challenge Games have been played in which Jerry Mullane (Bluepool Upr.) and Seamus Riordan werebeaten by Mr. Cremin and P. Egan,Liscarroll in Novice Soft Ball Doubles. In the Junior Softball Singles John O'Mahony (Mill Road) was beaten by T. Murphy, Liscarroll. In the County C'ships Colm. Lynch, (Knocknacolan) and Don Fitzgerald (Ballyheen) won the first round in the Junior Soft Ball Doubles. The following will represent the club in other Grades Novice Doubles — Brendan Fogarty (Bluepool Dr.) and Andrew Cotter, (Main St.), Novice Singles — Noel O'Toole, Junior Singles — Colm Lynch, (Knocknacolan). “Over the Bar" may not be a technical term in the Handball vocabulary, but as a matter of interest the "Alley Bar" closed down since the death of Mrs. Julia Twohill R.I.P., has been re-opened and is now the property of Mr. Ned Jones, of Ballydesmond. Read More......

Corramore, Co. Roscommon

Site of demolished alley at Corramore, Co. Roscommon Photographs R.Ryay, Aug 2020. Screenschot from 6" OSI historical map showing alley (survey date 1838)
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Loughanure, Co. Donegal

Loughanure, Co. Donegal This alley was located behinf the technical school (gairmscoil) on site of former limekiln. There were many lime kilns in this village.See history in photographs. Infirmation and photographs by R.Ryan and K. Healion, Aug 2020
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Carndonagh, Co.Donegal

Carndonagh, Co.Donegal This alley was built by Peter Clarke - a builder and coffin maker from Tyrone who settlled in Carndonagh – at location known as Cowpark. It was a 3-wall alley with wiremesh covering the roof. It was demolished in 1984. Flowers and planting on site of alley Information (provided by local man M. McClure) and photographs collected by R.Ryan, Aug 2020
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Bunnagee Pier, Culdaff, Co.Donegal

Bunnagee Pier, Culdaff, Co.Donegal Elderly lady renembers handballl being played at the coastgard station. Possible location of then 1-wall alley pointed out to R.Ryan by local man. Photographs and information from R.Ryan, Aug 2020
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19 August 2020

Four Mile House, Co. Roscommon



Four Mile House, Co. Roscommon
Photographed by R. Ryan, August 2020

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13 August 2020

Kildoon, Co. Kildare




Photographed by E.Timoney in December 2018.
Thanks to J. Howard for additional information.
This alley is located close to the alley in Nurney and is dated to circa 1790. It was close to demolitiion some years ago but was rennovated by the local community. The alley is in very good condition. During the rennovation work additional height was added to the back wall, as was a safety cage around the gallery. The imprint of the gable of now demolished house is visible on the side wall to the east (right).


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Portroe, Co. Tipperary


Site of alley adjacent to Portroe primary school, Co. Tipperary. Photographed by Á. Ryan, July 2020
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Silvermines, Co. Tipperary



This overgrown and inaccessible alley in Silvermines, Co. Tipperary is close to the village green and a former mine shaft.
Photographed by Á. Ryan, July 2020
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Lyre, Co. Cork





Lyre, Co. Cork. Photographed by Á.Ryan, July 2020.
This building of this alley is recounted in the 'Old Church at Ball-Alley' in the Schools Folklore Collection.

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Report on restoration of alley in Kiltimagh on GAA Handball website


This alley was restored in summer 2020. See article on GAA Handball website for more information

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Gurtacullen, Co. Tipperary



Gurtacullen, near Goatenbridge, Co. Tipperary
Photographed by Á.Ryan, July 2020
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Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary


Photograph of newspaper clipping showing demolition of alley in Borrisokane, in 1984. A priavte house is now built on the site
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