Lanes of O Connell Street, Clonmel

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Lanes of O Connell Street

  •  There is a map of the street at the foot of this article.

Many of the lanes are now incorporated into adjacent premises. The map shows their positions, where known.


Blue Anchor Lane

Situated between Nos. 8 & 9, beside Mahers Chemist.

Named after a tavern there, it was also the Shambles lane, where animals were butchered. It later became an unsavory area, and the shambles was moved to East Lane, in Gladstone St.

Renovations uncovered a Sheila-na-Gig in the wall of the laneway. It is now in the National Museum.


Shelman’s Lane

Situated between Nos. 15 & 16, to the left of Penneys Dept. Store.

This lane was previously known as Shelmaden’s Lane, c. 1841.


Flag Lane

Situated between Nos. 11 & 12, to the left of the New Look Boutique.

A long straight lane continuing down to Old Quay. It is one of the lanes not accorded a nameplate.


Dunphy’s Lane

This lane is concealed behind a doorway to the right of O’Gormans Menswear, Nos. 20-21. It once extended down to the Old Quay.


Collets Lane

Situated between Nos. 30 & 31, Bob FitzGerald Menswear and Emerald Garden.

John Collett was one of the earliest Quaker settlers in Clonmel, c. 1700.  He lived in this lane, and so lent his name to it. He also provided the premises used as a Meeting House for the Society of Friends.


Quins Lane

Situated  between Nos. 38-39 O’Connell St., at Joy’s, Solicitors premises, the lane is gated.


Grubbs Court

Situated at the Westgate, on the left side, this was originally known as Grubbs Lane, c.1841.


 Meeting House Lane

Situated between 53/54 O’ Connell St., at Lifestyle Sports



 Sherlock’s Lane

Situated between Nos. 62 & 63, to the right of O’Gormans Coffee Shop.



 White’s Lane

Situated between Nos. 69 & 70, the gateway is incorporated into the old Ulster Bank premises.

This lane may have been previously named Brahan’s Lane or Mahony’s Lane, as both these lanes existed in 1832, somewhere between Sherlock’s and Hopkins’ Lanes. See also Dumphys Lane, Cooneys Lane & Slatterys Lane down the page.



 Hopkins Lane

Situated at No. 73, between Major, Opticians & Fitzgeralds Menswear.

At the end of Hopkins Lane, a ‘dog leg’ laneway led to Miser’s Mall (c. 1841), situated roughly in the Mary St. Car Park, close to the present Marystone Mall laneway towards Gladstone St.



 Bradys Lane

Situated between Nos. 80 & 81, and incorporated into Dunnes Stores facade. It was colloquially known as Bradys Lane, as JP Brady had his premises there, with his bicycle repair shop at the end of the lane.

This lane was previously known as Whelans Lane, c. 1841.


Other Lanes, now gone.

Dumphy’s Lane

This was located between Sherlock’s Lane (O’Gormans Cafe) and Whites Lane (Ulster Bank). It is the archway to the left side of the AIB premises, Nos. 64-65, and incorporated into the present facade of the bank.

Cooney’s Lane

This lane was also located somewhere between Dumphy’s Lane, above, and Hopkins Lane (FitzGeralds Menswear). My belief is that it is also incorporated into the AIB facade, at the right hand side. No trace of it is visible, at least from the front.

Slattery’s Lane

This lane was located somewhere between Whites Lane (Ulster Bank) and Hopkins Lane (FitzGeralds Menswear), probably immediately to the left of Major Opticians. There is no visible sign of its former entrance.

Evans Lane

This was located somewhere between Hopkins Lane (FitzGeralds Menswear) and Bradys Lane (Dunnes Stores), closer to the former lane.

Looby’s Alley

Situated roughly between 85 and 86 O’Connell St, running parallel to Gladstone St.

Cassins Lane

Situated near the Westgate on the south side of the street, and extending towards the river. Around Nos. 41- 42 O’Connell St. (PC Fas).

Quins Lane

Situated  between Nos. 38-39 O’Connell St., at Joy’s, Solicitors premises, the lane is gated.



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1 Tonie Walsh November 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Wonderful trawl through old Clonmel spaces. Sad to see old lanes swallowed up by private development.


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