6 August 2011

St. Macartan's College, Monaghan

Building in background was originally 4 open alleys. They were roofed in the late 1970s2 alleys and two of the alleys were converted to 40x20. The building now includes two 60x30s, two 40x20s, and two squash courts. Site of two back to back 3-wall alleys visible in photographs. They were cut stone on outside and plastered on inside. They were demolished in 1980s.
Photographed in November 2008 by E.Timoney. Text provided by E. Timmoney.

Hi Aine

I had already sent you a photo of the Alleys in St. Macartan's College in
Monaghan, where I went to school myself. In the foreground is the site of 2
back to back alleys which were demolished circa 1982. In the back ground
are the alleys which were originally 4 Box alleys and were roofed in
1977/78. The 4 Box alleys were converted to keep 2 60x30 alleys and 2 40x20
and 2 squash courts were added.

My Brother in law J. Conaty is a teacher in the College and he took photos
of Old Photos that are framed and hanging on the walls of the college. One
photo shows 4 box alleys just prior to being roofed, work has just
begun on this. This must have been taken in 1977.

Another Aerial photo is taken of the college with the caption 1976 which
shows the Alleys before being roofed and the two old 3 wall alleys which
have been demolished.

Another Photo has the Caption Handball Alleys 1935.

There are also 2 action photos of handball being played in the old alleys (see immediately above and 2nd image in this post).

April 2011


Anonymous said...

Demolished very early 80s as I was in school from 82 there, and they were already gone.

Anonymous said...

Recent photo was taken by Enda Timoney. Enda has contributed photos of many alleys to this site over several years. In times past, he was very much involved in coaching and held the great Pat Kirby of Clare and the USA in the highest regard as a handball coach. Oh yes! Pat could play handball too. In 1970, Pat won the World Handball Senior Singles title when it was played here beating Joe Maher of Louth in the final. In 40 by 20 handball Pat was unbeatable. In softball he won four All-Ireland Senior Singles titles in a row. Pat even competed in an All-Ireland Junior Hardball Singles final in 1957.

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