12 August 2008

Cullenstown Strand, Co.Wexford

Cullenstown Strand,Co.Wexford
First 2 photographs provided by P. Fitzspatrick, October 2018
Photos 3-5 provided by S.Ryan, August 2008
Photos 6-13 provided by E. Timoney May 2019

Information below from HERITAGE WEEK Postcard Exchange
This alley is included on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage
Main wall of alley built in 1912, with side and back walls added in 1940. Alley restored in 2005. Site of alley donated by Boyee Estate

Walls constructed from block and cased cement. Floor from cement.

Height of main wall: 21'9"
Lenght of side walls: 62'
Length of main wall: 34'2"
Width of back of alley: 37'

Alley was also venue for Mumming and BBQs. Now used for racket ball, and football and hurling practice. 30 years ago up to 40 people played every evening in the alley.


Unknown said...

I had often seen photos of this alley but first visited here on May 22nd 2019 to meet Kevin Murphy (pictured above) to play a game. This has to be one of the most beautiful settings for a Handball alley in the country. Very well maintained, it looked like it had only just been swept. I had met Kevin at Ballymitty the day before and he opened up the alley there to let me take photos inside. Kevin brought me to Tullycana to show me the gable of a house where handball was played. He also introduced me to Dick Tobin. Both told me about other alleys which I went on to photo at Kilmannon and Blackwater. There was a superb video of Ashley Prendivillle made at Cullenstown which is worth viewing. (Alley of Echoes. Nowness.com). Nice to see the plaque to remember the 4 soldiers who lost their lives making safe a sea mine in 1941. It keeps their memory alive.

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