Early History of Town Hall Charlestown in Co. Mayo

The Town Hall Charlestown was built around the year 1900. The Indenture of Lease was made on the 10th day of May 1911, between the Congested Districts Board for Ireland, of 23 Ruthland Square in the City of Dublin, the registered owner of the land - Town Hall Ground - termed the Board of the one part and Patrick Doherty, James Parsons, James Morrisroe and the Rev Michael Keveney PP all of Charlestown, hereinafter termed the Lessees of the other part.

The said Gentlemen named above as the Lessees, were appointed Trustees for all that land containing 3 acres and 32 perches or thereabouts statute measure with the building thereon.

The lease was for a twenty year period and the Trustees were charged as from the first day of July 1909, yielding and paying during the said term the yearly rent of five pounds, by two equal half yearly payments on the first day of January and the first day of July.

The official Seal of the Congested Districts Board was affixed in the presence of and signed by one JR O'Brien, Secretary of the Board.

The Trustees signed the agreement of the lease in the presence of Mark C Henry JP Charlestown. The Trustees of The Town Hall in 1928 were Most Rev Dr Patrick Morrisroe Bishop of Achonry, Fr Charles Gildea PP, James Parsons and James Morrisroe.

In 1938 the Trustees were Most Rev Dr Patrick Morrisroe, Canon Ambrose Blaine, James Parsons and Michael O'Rourke.

Down through the years various committees of local men were formed, with the approval of the Town Hall Trustees, to look after the welfare and running of the Hall, re the varied functions held therein.

© Cathal Henry 2002

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