THE GREEN AT THE END OF THE MILL ROAD -
From "The Green" there is a spectacular view of what is left of the Great Lax Weir, the Castle, St. Thomas's Island, Corbally Falls, at low tide Liberty Rock and depending on the time of year a view of St. Patrick's Protestant Church, Parteen.
The high wall over the Mill Race was demolished on 30th March 2016 and a new railing erected, allowing a nice view of the Mill Race, before that not many realised, that they were crossing over a two arch road bridge, at the very end of the Mill Road, to what was always known as "The Green", now either called the Car Park, the Fairy Garden or The Ducks.
From The Green, in Winter when the trees are bare, it is possible to get a nice view of "Parteen-a-Lax" and St. Patrick's Protestant Church, Parteen, Co. Clare.
"Parteen-a-Lax" was designed and built in 1901 by Architect Robert Donough O'Brien, fourth son of William Smith O'Brien.
Geraldine Hely-Hutchinson, an accomplished artist and painter lived there, her paintings are signed under her maiden name "Geraldine O'Brien. Her ancestry traced back to Brian Boru, tenth and eleventh century High King of Ireland. Her great grandfather William Smith O'Brien was leader of the 1848 Young Ireland Rising.
As well as painting, Geraldine was an avid gardener and lover of animals, especially her dogs, she was a regular visitor to Petcrafts Dog Shop in Cecil Street for supplies of dog food and treats for her much loved Polly, Kanga, Kit, Roo and Twig.
She died on 3rd July 2014, in her 93rd year and is buried in St. Mary's Cathedral Churchyard.
Painting by Geraldine O'Brien from "Parteen-a-Lax" looking across the river at Corbally.
THE GREEN. On the left of the Green is Gabbett's Grove better known in the 40's, 50's and 60's as "The Huts". On the right of the Green, is the start of the Red Path.
CORBALLY COTTAGE. Beside it is the entrance to the Red Path riverside walk.
Start of Red Path from the end of Mill Road.
"Willow Bank Cottage", renamed "Corbally Cottage". Photo shows the original house,
it was destroyed by fire in the 1970's, a new house was built on the same site. Previous owners were Rogers, then Walnutts, next from 1966 to 1977 was Richard Edmunds.
THE SLUICE. The sluice runs under the road just in front of Corbally Cottage and entrance to the Red Path.
A view of the new "Corbally Cottage" from the river. Owners were O'Mara's from 1977 to 1997, then John and Serita Berges from 1997 to 2014, next and present owners are John and Carmel Daly. During Berges ownership, Serita a keen gardener, created a magnificent prize winning garden, visitors came from all over to see it.
Tommy Andrews with his five sons,Terence, Eamon, John, Tommy and Noel enjoying a nice afternoon admiring the view from the Blockhouse on The Green at the end of the Mill Road.
Brothers William and Desmond Lysaght in a Morgan Sports Car on the Green, Mill Road 1953.
LIBERTY ROCK can be seen in the middle of the river at low tide. It marks the boundary between Limerick and Clare.
Tony Darcy's caravan on the Green, overlooking the Shannon River 1953. When Tony Darcy's caravan came down the Mill Road, drawn by a borrowed horse, Patrick and Terry Kinsella on seeing such a rare sight, raced home as quickly as they could to tell their parents that the gypsies were coming, a bit of a panic ensued until all got to know Tony, an experienced basket maker, Tony a nice man, integrated into the hut community very quickly. The child in the photo is 12 month old Maura Lysaght.
Building of the boat slip at the end of Mill Road. William (Nay )Lysaght, Frank Ahern, Tom Molloy.
Another one of 4 known Block houses in the area. This one in the vicinity of the Tail Race was recently uncovered by E.S.B. workers during repairs to power lines after the big storm February 2014. Pat Lysaght investigating the initials P.H and D.K. 53 inscribed on wall inside.
THE GATHERING CHRISTMAS DAY 2013 -
Neighbours, friends and relatives as far away as U.S.A. St. Lucia and New Zealand gathered on the Green, Mill Road, Corbally. The event was hosted by the Gallagher family.
A FISHERMAN AND HIS DOG
By Maureen Sparling.
A rare sight this
Down by Swan Haven,
That delightful spot
At Mill Road journey's end.
Most evenings I've observed
This closer than close alliance,
Man, bedecked with unique hat
And full-length rubber boots.
Little dog obediently tags along
Marking his master's every move.
As they descend to the waiting boat.
Earlier, I saw a swan delight
As he proudly rescued an eel,
To satisfy his gnawing hunger
To the envy of his mates.
Man and dog mount the boat
And a more contented pair
I've rarely seen,
Dog sitting, man standing.
The tide gradually rises,
Man vacates the boat
To spread his wings,
In search of better things.
Dog remains seated
In docile manner,
As his master casts his rod
With practiced agility.
A glorious autumnal sky
Canopies this man and dog,
An audience of swans and mallard duck
Delight in this evening magic,
And so do I!
DAN GALLAGHER preparing to do a spot of fishing at Liberty Rock, Corbally. Is he in Limerick or Clare?
Maureen Sparling dedicated this beautiful poem "A Fisherman and His Dog" to fisherman Dan.
Pat Liston after a relaxing spin in his canoe.
Dan Gallagher ready for home after doing a spot of fishing.
Pat Lysaght cleaning up the river as usual.
John McNamara taking his grandchildren for a spin at high tide.
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