By Lucy Wall-Murphy

The Streams of Bunclody

Fairdays in Bunclody


The Moss-House
and the Bridge Meadow

The Island Hunt and
 Golf Links

The Sawdust Stoves

The Corpus Christi Procession

The Beauties of Bunclody

The Pathway around by Carrhill

Trades and occupations in
Irish Street

The Well in the Wood

Changes in Irish Street

The Moss-House and the Bridge Meadow

One of the famous landmarks of Bunclody was the Moss-house in Carrhill. At the beginning of the twentieth century another Moss-house stood on the banks of the Slaney at Cuilaphuca.
The Carrhill Moss-house is marked on the 1840 Ordinance Survey map as ‘the Lady’s Seat’, probably named after Lady Farnham who was responsible for the laying out of walks through the woods and other improvements on the estate. The Moss-house as it was in the twentieth century was a rustic summer-house constructed of branches of trees, roofed with heather and moss, sited high up on the rock of Carrhill wood. Around inside was seating where one could have a picnic or view the magnificent scenery, as the Moss- house overlooked the Slaney as it flowed between the woods of Cuilaphuca and the lands of Drumderry.

The ‘Moss-house’ is referred to in two songs — ‘The Streams of Bunclody’ and ‘The Pathway around by Carrhill’.
Adjoining Carrhill on the town side is the Bridge Meadow, so named from a. metal bridge which spanned the river, giving access from Newtownbarry House (Hall-Dare’s) to the woods on the Carrigduff side. The Bridge Meadow was the favourite venue for the people of the town for picnics or river-side walks, especially on a Summer Sunday afternoon — the Bunclody equivalent of the Phoenix Park in Dublin! — thanks to the benevolence of the Hall-Dare family whose property it was. The metal bridge was swept away by a flood in the winter of 1965/66.

There exists a ‘Mass-path’ through the meadow, leading from Drumderry, across a stile near the entrance to Carrhill Wood, and emerging at the bridge, where one ascended the series of steps reaching the road level.

One of the features of the Bridge Meadow was the Cricket ground and pavilion. A Cricket Club existed for many years. It had been in existence before the publication of Bassett’s Wexford Directory in 1885 when R. W. Hall-Dare was president, and Henry Lewis secretary and treasurer.

From the nineteen-forties GAA games were played in the meadow — the ‘Bridge Meadow Grounds’. Previously games were played in the ‘Football Field’ on Irish Street, officially the ‘Gaelic Park’, but with the building of the technical school in the Gaelic Park, an alternative venue had to be found. During the Second World War, an athletic and sports meeting was held in the meadow on at least two occasions.

On the banks of the Slaney in the Bridge Meadow anglers would be seen in the season fishing for salmon. The singer, John McCormack fished there. In summer time it was a favourite swimming place but after two drownings had taken place it was realised that a swimming pool was essential in Bunclody, and this became a reality when the pool was opened at Carrigduff.
Still to be seen in the meadow are the four huge trees: according to local tradition, each of these trees was planted to mark the birth of a member of the Hall-Dare family.