St. Thomas's Island

Rowing on the River Shannon near St. Thomas's Island, Corbally, July 1966 

Friends: Teresa Clancy, Ann Lysaght and Anne Matson.

ST. THOMAS'S ISLAND. J.B. Trotter on a visit to the Island in 1812 had this to say "The Shannon looked extremely beautiful yesterday and we saw it to great advantage by visiting a charming small island which is in it, about 2 miles from Limerick island. On this Tuthill, who has contended for the honour of representing Limerick in the Imperial Parliament occasionally resides, in a most commodious and elegant villa, placed in the midst of a garden, washed by the Shannon's lovely waves. This gentleman had the kindness to favour us with a view of his delightful residence. His unaffected politeness made us enjoy our little excursion very much. The view upwards, on the enchanting Shannon cannot be excelled. His verdant banks, covered with cattle, adorned by charming villas at intervals. (Whilst William's ruined the castle in the distance crowned the bewitching scene) filled us with admiration. Mr. T's gardens and greenhouses are very elegant, genuine taste prevades them and the house. To complete the beauty of the Shannon here, a tree has grown about half a mile from Mr. Tuthill's Island, in its centre, on a rocky or hard spot and has a singular and easing effect.

Remains of old house on St. Thomas's Island 1952

Tuthill's house on St. Thomas's Island. Some families associated were:

Tuthill, McAdams, Rogers, Place, O'Halloran.

Entrance to Tuthill house and gardens. My brother Pat, welcomed me in. Once inside, every so often, I allowed myself a few minutes to drift back in time.

Lovely old red brick arch, all signs show that it had 2 gates, probably leading into a paddock, for safely keeping horses or cattle.

Two inter connecting arches. One entrance leads into a red brick high walled garden, perhaps at one time a kitchen garden or an apple orchard.

Stepping inside, gazeing at the magnificent red brick walls, it is sad to see them overgrown with a mass of tangled briars and ivy.

The place is oozing with mystery. Here under our feet, an entrance to the unknown.

We ease ourselves down and see a glimmer of light coming from the opposite wall.

Stepping inside, it's pitch dark, we turn on our phones, and see what looks like a window with a huge boulder inside it.

The floor is covered with bricks and rocks, yet, the barrel or tunnel arch vault ceiling is in good condition.

It is not a tunnel, as both ends are blocked up, maybe in ancient times it was a wine cellar.

Time to say goodbye to the bats and darkness and head back into daylight, through the lovely underground arched red bricked entrance. We leave the Island, home now only to birds, bats, badgers, foxes and rabbits.


                                  By Arthur Lysaght

(A reverie of monks and fishermen and a former time at Corbally.)

White-robed monks are walking

and praying on the isle

of lush grass where the shallow

river runs fast downstream

weaving ornate shapes from stones

and swirl into deeps

where salmon rest.

The sun is west

and cackling moorhens cut reed

shimmered shadows at the muddy shore.

Bird flocks to roosting scrawl the greying

sky and drop into the quiet shades of trees.

Faint comes the slap of water against wood

as black bows hover over darkened pools

and peak-capped men ply cobwebs out of boats.

An arc of silver breaks the water surface;

a monk is silhouetted on the weir.

On the Shannon River, Corbally, September 1939. From left sitting: Seamus Fennell, Noel Malone,

Paddy Flanagan, Standing: William (Nay) Lysaght, Sean Reals.

ST. THOMAS'S ISLAND 1939 Back left: Noel Malone, Dick Brown, Middle Row: Mary Burke (Hogan), Rosaleen O'Brien (Lysaght), Kathleen Bourke (Hanley), Front: Phyllis Connell first cousin of Mary and Kathleen Bourke.

ST. THOMAS'S ISLAND, April 1939. From left back: Babe O'Brien Kelly, Paddy Flanagan, Philly Casey,

William Lysaght, Rosaleen O'Brien Lysaght, Front: Josie Quane and Sean Reals.

Best Boating Buddies, June 1962 - From left: Fintan Harold, Nay Lysaght and Kevin O'Reilly.

Brothers Dan and Tony Gallagher 1958, on a leisurely trip around St. Thomas's Island in their angling cot.

(Photo courtesy of Dan Gallagher)

Picnicking on St. Thomas's Island 3rd June 1963. Back left: Mae Clancy, Justin Devane, Dermot Clancy,

Pat Lysaght, Front left: Nuala Clancy, Elsie Gilligan, Aileen Gilligan, Anna Gilligan, Mary Mullins,

Maureen Clancy, Mary O'Connor, Finola O'Sullivan, Gertrude Begg and Marie Gilligan.

mary 18.05.2020 21:07

hi anne elaine here it was such a lovely pleasure to meet you at that time in the hunt museum your such a nice person thanking you again elaine

mary 19.05.2020 15:04

of course you will i love looking at the old pictures brings back memories

Ann 19.05.2020 14:02

Lovely to have met you too Elaine, please God I will have the pleasure of meeting you again sometime.

Ann 12.03.2020 22:01

Hi Bobby, you're not too far away, maybe when the flooding and bad weather is gone you might take a stroll on this side of the river Shannon again.

Bobby 11.03.2020 17:00

I often walked across the river from the Shannon banks side as a kid, I'm now 20 and haven't been over in 3/4 years but many memories camping and roaming there.

Bill Clancy 09.10.2019 00:49

Bill Clancy of City Island New York ... loved the pages. I believe I was at the regatta one year in the 70s...I was about 10. Great-grandson of James Clancy

Ann 09.10.2019 14:53

Hi Bill, lovely to hear from a Clancy in New York, lots of Clancy's here in Limerick, probably some of them your relations. Glad you enjoyed the pages.

Michael O'Flynn 05.06.2018 13:23

Great photos bringing memories of many walks on the red path and visits to Thomas island as a boy.

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09.11 | 21:42

Yes just like the main history before the 2000s and the owners and things like that.

09.11 | 21:34

Hi Alesha, is there anything in particular you would like know?

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08.11 | 19:05

Hi Ann, would you have information on the Corbally nursing home fo...