Corbally and Cusheen
The Heritage Council
Full Interpretation Text
North of Kilkee is the village of Corbally, with its traditional small streetscape. There is an amazing view of the north and south coastline from this point. Its high viewpoint also illustrates the long narrow field systems adopted in Ireland following the redistribution of land from landlord to tenant by the Land Commission from 1885.
Corbally was the location of a World War 2 lookout post number 46, part of the coastal watching service which guarded the coastline. These World War 2 lookout posts or LOPs were located 15km apart and local people was employed at them to report any unusual activity in the sea or air that might affect neutral Ireland’s safety.
At Coosheen in Farrihy Bay is the remains of an improvised slipway. This hints at the once bustling fishing industry at this site. In 1837, there were 50 currachs working along this coastline; at the turn of the 20th century, this was down to 13 currachs. The fishing agent from the nearby towns met the boats when they came ashore in the morning to buy the fish. At its height, there were up to 20 local women gutting, curing and cleaning the mackerel on tables on the seashore. The local women also earned money selling seaweed, fish and shells in the nearby towns. Traditionally three men owned each currach, which they used alternatively and the takings from each fish catch was divided equally between them.
In recent years a project was set up Kilkee where six working currachs were built using a template from a fifty year old currach, traditionally called ‘canoe’ in West Clare. The West Clare ‘canoe’ was built by the last of the great traditional currach builders John 'Cully' Marrinan of Corbally.
Site Recommendations and Observations
As part of the initial Heritage Trail, it is not recommended that visitors be encouraged to stop at these ‘Heritage Areas’ as there are a number of existing issues and safety concerns raised during the project site assessment regarding primarily parking and access. Visitors should only be provided with information as they drive, walk or cycle past the site without stopping. Drive by interpretation may include the use of a website, app, map, audio trail or podcast.Due to the size of the area and the multitude of interesting points, it is firstly recommended that one specific, easily accessible location with views of the entire area is chosen for parking, signage and interpretation. It is recommended that the parking area be located immediately north of Corbally hill (102m) to give the best scenic views (approx location 52.705940, -9.633673). This site must then also be adequately signed on the main WAW N67 route.
The following three statements apply to all site recommendations:
- ‘All proposals must comply with all planning, local authority and other statutory requirements.’
- ‘All proposals for development within, adjacent to or with the potential to affect a Natura 2000 site will be subject to an Appropriate Assessment Screening. To ensure that a Habitat Directive Assessment is carried out to assess the likely impacts on Natura 2000 sites in order to comply with Article 6(3) of the Habitat Directive and in accordance with the requirements of the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011.’
- ‘All projects must be undertaken in accordance with the Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points Remedial Works Guidelines, including the Ecological Method Statement.’
Sources of Information
2) Interview with Trea Heapes
3) Online Research
4) Review of OSi Discovery and Historical Maps