John McCullagh May 6, 2008
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We explained before how the Meadow houses are numbered out of sequence in a number of roads. 

When we got in trouble with the law as youths we would give a seemingly correct address – such as 25 Slieve Gullion Road – which didn’t in fact exist, but they were not to know that!

22 Clanrye Avenue

Anyway, nowhere are the misnumbered addresses more evident than in Clanrye Avenue.

Clanrye Avenue begins as you enter the Meadow Road (such an address does not exist but everyone knows where it is!) opposite the Postal Sorting Office, continues on both sides of that road to include The Bungalows, past The Meadow Shops and on down the short incline opposite the ‘phone box’ and round to the left opposite the first few houses of Orior Road. There are also two houses and a few flats down the loanan to ‘The Hut’ – which doesn’t exist any more. In all that stretch there are only six two-storey houses – the rest are flats (excepting the small old-people’s bungalows at the start of the Meadow Road).

The sixteen houses that presently occupy the old Plaits (and McClelland’s enclosure) are also bungalows primarily for senior citizens. They are called Clanrye Park.

So what’s the numbering sequence above? Well, the first house (O P bungalow) opposite the Sorting Office is numbered 70 and the countdown begins there and continues until you meet the large block flats (where Maurice Kane, and Peter Quinn, for two examples presently live.) These are directly opposite the Swimming Pool (which also has a Clanrye Avenue address though I don’t know what number!) and are numbered rising from Number 22. The smaller numbers below that constitute The (Aluminium) Bungalows which were originally Orlit houses.

The ‘last’ two houses were originally those of the Berrys and the McConvilles, 55 and 56 respectively. 57 is 300 metres back, adjacent to Number 22. Is that all clear now?

Anyway you are more interested in the people than in the houses so here is a list of former residents.

We were unable to detail the residents of Clanrye Avenue at any one period of time, but the following list includes an estimated year of occupancy for each named tenant. 

 

23 Clanrye Avenue

James Downey

1953

24 Clanrye Avenue

Hubert Toal

1953

25 Clanrye Avenue

J Trundle

1953

26 Clanrye Avenue

S Hazlett

1953

29 Clanrye Avenue

J White

1953

30 Clanrye Avenue

R McClure

1953

39 Clanrye Avenue

W Bann

1953

40 Clanrye Avenue

M Devine

1953

41 Clanrye Avenue

F Sommerville

1953

42 Clanrye Avenue

Alan Whitlock

1953

43 Clanrye Avenue

William Taylor

1953

44 Clanrye Avenue

Eugene Connor

1953

50 Clanrye Avenue

Patrick Quinn

1953

51 Clanrye Avenue

Sydney Noble

1953

51C Clanrye Avenue

Mary Duffy

1953

57 Clanrye Avenue

Cissie McAteer

1972

58 Clanrye Avenue

Mary Pearse

1978

60 Clanrye Avenue

Margaret Hughes

 

62 Clanrye Avenue

Lillian Gray

1972

63 Clanrye Avenue

Robert McGivern

1971

64 Clanrye Avenue

Isabella Hughes

1972

65 Clanrye Avenue

Patrick Burns

1972

67 Clanrye Avenue

Mary Brothers

1972

68 Clanrye Avenue

Evelyn Hollywood

1967

5 Clanrye Avenue

Bernard Larkin

1964

6 Clanrye Avenue

Kathleen McNulty

1968

7 Clanrye Avenue

Richard Harte

1968

8 Clanrye Avenue

Patrick McCambley

1968

9 Clanrye Avenue

Matthew Kelly

1968

10 Clanrye Avenue

Robert McGrath

1968

11 Clanrye Avenue

Teresa Murphy

1968

12 Clanrye Avenue

Brendan Carroll

1968

13 Clanrye Avenue

Daniel O’Callaghan

1968

14 Clanrye Avenue

Margaret Doran

1968

15 Clanrye Avenue

C Miller

1968

16 Clanrye Avenue

Peter Mooney

1968

17 Clanrye Avenue

James O’Hare

1966

18 Clanrye Avenue

Rosina McShane

1969

19 Clanrye Avenue

Isobella McCullough

1968

20 Clanrye Avenue

Michael Clarke

1968

21 Clanrye Avenue

A Humphrey

1953

22 Clanrye Avenue

R C Farron

1953

27 Clanrye Avenue

F Brown

1953

28 Clanrye Avenue

Peter Mooney

1953

31 Clanrye Avenue

G Mulholland

1953

32 Clanrye Avenue

William Heaney

1953

33 Clanrye Avenue

T Aiken

1953

34 Clanrye Avenue

R Campbell

1953

37A Clanrye Avenue

E Twining

1953

37B Clanrye Avenue

J Dalzell

1953

47 Clanrye Avenue

R Caldwell

1953

51B Clanrye Avenue

A Murnin

1953

51D Clanrye Avenue

T O’Hanlon

1953

52 Clanrye Avenue

S Henning

1953

53 Clanrye Avenue

A Littlewood

1953

54A Clanrye Avenue

Josephine McMahon

1953

54B Clanrye Avenue

Margaret Rice

1953

54C Clanrye Avenue

Helen Scott

1953

54D Clanrye Avenue

Elizabeth Galloghy

1953

55 Clanrye Avenue

John Barry

1953

56 Clanrye Avenue

Francis McConville

1953

59 Clanrye Avenue

Susan Tumilty

 

61 Clanrye Avenue

Edith Gallagher

 

66 Clanrye Avenue

Winifred Keeley

1967

69 Clanrye Avenue

Patrick McElroy

 

70 Clanrye Avenue

Elizabeth Shevlin

1971

 …………..

I cannot vouch for the total accuracy of the above list but I’d be glad to receive corrections. I am aware that some addresses are missing.

It must be understood that 57-70 (the O P bungalows) were the last to be built. Of course Clanrye Park was later still, but it’s not Clanrye Avenue.

The occupants of The Bungalows are elsewhere listed on this site and you may wish to compare and contrast, from different eras. When we were young many of these were our friends and playmates, for example Paddy, Mickey, Emmett McCambley, the Larkins, Millars, McGraths, Murphys, Clarkes and so on. I think I knew someone from every one of those bungalows. The most celebrated was Councillor Tommy McGrath. That’s his father (Red Robbie) listed at Number 10 in 1968. Peter Mooney I seem to recall, worked in Magowan Printers: at least one son presently works for The Council.

In our time Number 34 was occupied by the O’Loughlin family – who have been on this site before! Today one of the (Derrybeg Drive) McEvoy girls is married and living there. The following block housed the Housing Trust office (where our rent could be paid), Donaghy’s shop, a flat above where the Agnews (one girl a real ‘looker’) lived, and then Crawley‘s grocery shop. The flat at 42, where Alan Whitlock is listed, later housed a Sister Collins who worked in Daisy Hill Hospital.

As well as the flats at each corner, the last U shaped block included (to the river side) 50 where Gerry Quinn lived with his family (Joan was a daughter) and 51 (nearest The Hut) which then was Sidney Nobles (today it’s Johnny Carroll).  50 today is occupied by McAleaveys. Father Oliver Mooney was brought up here, with his younger sister Joan.  To the front was Brian and Maureen Donagheys and the Trundles (Bernie lived there until quite recent years). Round the corner, as I said, were the Berrys (Gerry had a wife Eileen and children Ann (now in Canada), Catherine (Dublin) Nicky, John and twin girls Mary and Margaret): and Frank McConville (porter in DHH) whose children were Paul, Martin (teacher) Cecelia and Anna.

That’s enough for now, surely!

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