Survey Data

Reg No




Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Social

Original Use

Handball alley


1950 - 1955


137274, 233216

Date Recorded


Date Updated



Detached handball alley, dated 1953, now disused. Rectangular plan with concrete walls, side walls sloping up towards playing wall, and rear and sloping walls having concrete buttresses to exterior face. Three-bay single-storey roofless lean-to structure to rear. Later concrete block wall to east, entrance, end with square-headed doorway. Remains of iron posts to top of rear and side walls. Set back from road with fieldstone boundary wall to road and adjacent fields.


Handball was once a commonly played sport throughout Ireland and promoted by the Gaelic Athletic Association. Alleys could be found in most villages and towns and were a social gathering point for the local community. Although no longer in use, this hand ball alley is relatively intact and contributes to the streetscape of Claregalway as well as to the social heritage of the area.