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20 August 2008

Drumconrath, Co. Meath



















Drumconrath, Co. Meath
This restored alley was photograhped by E. Timoney in Jan 2020.
The older photographs date from Aug 2009 (Á. Ryan), at which time the following information was also sourced from http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&county=ME&regno=14303013
1900 - 1920
Handball alley, built c.1910, with rendered rubble and concrete walls, with remains of iron netting supports. Concrete bollards to site.

The social importance of this handball alley is reflected in its central location within the community of Drumconrath. Handball was one of the sports promoted by the Gaelic Athletic Association and was very popular throughout Ireland during the first half of the twentieth century, though it has since declined in popularity. The alley retains its rendered rubble limestone walls and iron supports which would originally have held netting.

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