20 August 2008

Drumconrath, Co. Meath

Drumconrath, Co. Meath
Photograph and following information from http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&county=ME®no=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.
Photographed August 2009 by A.Ryan