Querrin Pier & Village Community Development Group

A Brief History of our Pier and Community

History plays a large part in all of our lives, but particularly in small rural communities. Many families have roots in these areas that can stretch back hundreds of years. The community at Querrin is no different and we treasure and enjoy our history. Please enjoy this series of historical local stories, compiled and written by our group secretary Robert Brown from a variety of sources including local knowledge, personal experience and family history. Some contributions have also been made by others and are credited.

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Querrin Pier and Fishing

Handball on Querrin Pier

Querrin Fairy Forts

Querrin Pier and Fishing

Querrin Pier was built when the Shannon Commission was set up to build a series of piers on the River Shannon. Construction in 1842 started on the 1st April and was completed on the 31st December. Construction was carried out by Messrs. Sykes and Brookfield, who had an average of 45 men employed daily on the project. The limestone ashlar fronting stone came by horsecart from a quarry in Killimer. The total cost of the building of the pier was £1,160-5s-0d, of which 50% was paid by the residents of Querrin House. The Shannon Commission left 5 beautiful granite stones around Querrin pier with S.C. engraved on them. After the Shannon Commission had built the piers they went out of existence and the piers were handed over to the Board of Works. The piers were built as the fishing industry was a very successful enterprise.

Shannon Comissioners original marker stone at Querrin Pier.
One of the original Shannon Commissioners marker stones placed around Querrin Pier. Photo by Robert Brown.

The river Shannon..... To continue reading this article, please click here.

Handball on Querrin Pier

During the late 1800s and early 1900s there was a resurgence of Irish Nationalism and the hope of Home Rule. In 1884 an organisation called the Gaelic Athletic Association was formed at the behest of one Michael Cusack, a Clare man. The G.A.A. included handball in the GAA Charter of 1884 as one of the Gaelic sports to be promoted by the new Association and the GAA wrote the first rules for the modern game of handball. Handball had been played in Ireland for a long time and was exported all over the world by the emigrant Irish. The only other handball alley in the district was the gable wall of the Irish College in Carrigaholt. The ball was made of rubber and was one inch and a half in diameter; a little bigger than a golf ball. The game was played by 2 players ‘singles’ or by 4 players ‘doubles’.

The Current Handball Alley at Querrin.
The Handball Alley at Querrin as it looks today. Photo by Robert Brown.

The first Handball Alley..... To continue reading this article, please click here.

Querrin Fairy Forts

Lissnafallainge (Lios-na-fallainge) Fairy Fort, Querrin.

Location: Head from Querrin Cross to Blackweir Bridge and turn right at ‘Jonny Macs Corner‘ going east and on the left hand side you will see Lissnafallainge fairy fort up on the top of a hill.

A photo of the Lissnafallainge fairy fort.
A view of Lissnafallainge fairy fort from the roadside. Photo by Robert Brown.

The Bride of Querrin.
Constance Wilde records the legend..... To continue reading this article, please click here.