15 June 2019

Carlow College ( formerly St. Patrick's college), Co. Carlow


Photograph included here with permission of Carlow College Archivist. The handball alleys visible in left hand foreground of main building were most likely demolished sometime between 2000-2006. A new structure now stands at this location. The buildings around the handball alleys were the college’s farm buildings.
 
There are a couple of references to handball in the collage archival material: One note says that the first mention of a ball court is an entry in the accounts on 8 December 1797 for expenses connected with a ball alley. Between 1820-1822 new ball courts and a gateway between them were erected at a cost of £157.15.4. The gateway would have been that into the farm buildings. These would be the courts demolished in the early 2000s. The boys attending the college subscribed £8 towards the cost. Another note makes reference to junior and senior handball leagues in operation in the college. The game died out during World War II and the years following due to a shortage of balls but there was a revival circa 1949-1950 and leagues were again organised.
This information was helpfully provided by the college archivist B. Deasy to E. Timoney in Nov 2018,
 
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Foxford, Co.Mayo

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St. Conals Hospital, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal (demolished)



Photographs – by E. Timoney, Feb 2009 – show location of former alley against gable wall. B. Vaughan confirmed that the side walls were knocked down in 1990. The former positions of these walls is visible in the photographs.
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Thurles Christian Brothers School, Co. Tipperary


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Windgap (slate quarry), Co. Kilkenny



This alley used the gable wall of RIC barracks, as shown in the historic photo (http://www.windgap.handball.gaa.ie/club-hi)," The game was first organized in the early 1900’s at the R.I.C. barracks in Baunreigh (Slatequarries) where the gable wall was used and the court was made of cinders, in later times two short side walls were added, shortly after the game was played in O’Sheas alley in Windgap." Also from http://www.windgap.handball.gaa.ie/club-hi

All that remains of this alley today in shown in the photograph, provided by M. O'Shea in Jan 2019
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Windgap, Co. Kilkenny

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