Limerick and Clare Castle Hotel

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Limerick and Clare Castle Hotel
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Town Ballarat
Closed 1919
Known dates 1870-1919

The Limerick and Clare Castle Hotel was a hotel in Ballarat, Victoria, <1870-1919.

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The hotel was in Main Street.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was closed in 1919 by the License Reduction Board.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

In May 1870, Martin Larkin was charged with passing forged cheques at several hotels:

A second charge was then preferred against the prisoner. It was that he had forged and uttered a cheque for £14 4s to Mr John Noonan, of the Limerick and Clare hotel, Main street, on the 24th of last month. The cheque passed purported to have been signed by Mr James Ryan, but that gentleman, who was the first witness called, said that he never had had the prisoner in his employ, and though he had an account at the Bank of Australasia he had never seen the cheque before.[3]

The hotel was offered for sale in October 1884:

Brophy, Foley, and Co. direct the attention of hotelkeepers, investors, miners, tradesmen, and others to their sale of the Limerick and Clare Castle hotel, and three cottages adjoining, in Main street, between Barkly and Eureka streets, Ballarat East, to be sold by public auction, on the, premises, this day at 12.30 p.m. The hotel is a well-finished two-storey brick premises, and in thorough repair. It is now doing a good payable business, and would-readily find a tenant at a good rental. The cottages are very neat in appearance, and comfortable inside, and should meet with spirited competition.[4]

In June 1887 the publican was fined for allowing a drunk person to be at the hotel:

At the Licensing Court yesterday Mrs Johnson, landlady of the Limerick and Clare Castle hotel, Main road, was charged with allowing a drunken man to remain on the premises. Inspector Parkinson prosecuted, and Mr J. B. Pearson appeared for the defence. The evidence of Sergeant Leverton and Senior-constable White was to the effect that they had visited the defendant’s hotel at half-past 10 o’clock on the 24th May last. In one of the rooms they found a young fellow lying on a sofa. He was apparently quite stupid with drink, and three persons were unable to awake him, though he subsequently recovered a little. Constable Patterson, who visited the hotel at a later hour, also gave evidence as to seeing a man lying drunk on the sofa. Mr Pearson urged that a lodger in an hotel was in the same position as if he was at home, which was the proper place for him when he was drunk. His Honor Judge Casey said a man forfeited all rights to such consideration when he became drunk, and the landlord rendered himself liable if he harbored him as well as if he harbored a thief or a prostitute. The defendant was fined £2, with 10s costs.[5]

The hotel was one of the hotels reviewed at the Licensing Court 1888 hearings.

An assault case was reported in January 1893:

In connection with the assault cases reported in The Star of yesterday as having occurred at the Limerick and Clare Castle hotel, Main road, further proceedings are likely to be taken, and the licensee of the hotel will probably be called upon to defend a suit claiming damages for injuries inflicted on the man Stranger.[6]

In September 1893, a fight at the hotel caused the police a few problems:

"On Saturday night, shortly after 11 o’clock, Constables Scanlon and M'Mahon were informed that there was a fight on at the Limerick and Clare Castle hotel, Main street. The officers at once proceeded to the place indicated and forced their way into the bar which was crowded with young men two of whom were engaged in fighting. On the advent of tho police one of the combatants, named Walter Kavanagh, aged 19 years, made a bolt out to the back yard, but was speedily followed by Scanlon who, after some difficulty, secured and placed the handcuffs on him. In the meanwhile the other offender had been seized by M‘Mahon, and the constables and captives after some delay, caused by the obstructive tactics of the crowd, emerged into the street. After proceeding a few yards one of the crowd, stealing up behind Constable M'Mahon, dealt him a heavy blow with some hard substance, smashing the officer’s helmet and momentarily dazing him..."[7]

This resulted in M'Mahon pursuing the offender through streets and lanes, and even through one of the mining sludge dams before he was finally subdued with a few blows from the constable's baton.

In October 1894 the hotel was one of several building buildings, including the New York Bakery, flooded after heavy rain caused the local creeks and Yarrowee to break their banks.[8]

The hotel was flooded again in November 1901 after a severe hail storm:

At the Limerick and Clare Castle hotel the cellar was filled to overflowing with the flood waters, and there was a danger for a time that some of the whisky would be considerably under proof.[9]

In June 1908 the police objected to the granting of a license to John Cantillon based on his previous record at the Barley Sheaf Hotel.[10] The court overuled the objections, but by June 1910 Cantillon was back in court with very similar charges:

LIMERICK AND CLARE CASTLE HOTEL. A FINE OF £2. John Cantillon, licensee of the Limerick and Clare Castle Hotel, Main road, was charged with having on the 29th May delayed the admission of Constable Carey. Mr Fred Ham acted on behalf of the defendant.

Constable Carey said:—At 11.27 we arrived at the Limerick and Clare Castle hotel. Senior-Constable Featherstone went to the front door, and I went to the back gate. Four men were standing there, and I recognised two of them, Kiang and Carey. The licensee came to the gate, which is an ordinary open, paling gate. I said, "It is Constable Carey; open the gate." Cantillon replied, "I have not got the key; wait till I get it." I said, "Yes you have, open the gate." Cantillon hastened from the back gate and went to the back door. "I looked over the fence and saw the licensee leave the back door, followed by three or four men." One of the two doors in a room in the yard was opened, and the men went in. The licensee then came to the gate and admitted me, opening the gate with a key. I was invited to look through the premises, but preferred to remain where I was: l told him to let Senior-Constable Featherstone come in through the front door. I asked the licensee for the key of the door through which the men passed, but, he did not have. it. He searched for it, but; could not find it. Cantillon and I called out to Kiang to give up the key of the room. Kiang handed it over the fence to defendant, and as he did so he whispered, "They’re all out, Jack." I said to the licensee, "What is the good of giving me the key now that they are all out?" There is a vacant block of land on the other side of this room; the men could leave by the windows without being seen by me. Footprints could be seen under the window, and on the table in the room were two circles of liquid, formed by a wet glass being placed on the table. I was delayed three minutes at the gate. When I went into the main building everything was all right. There was a total delay of eight minutes.

To Mr Ham-Kiang was not one of the three men who entered the room and left unobserved. Defendant, could not have given Kiang the key. Mr Ham--Cantillon met you, and asked about the summons? Witness-Yes; I said it was the first I had heard about it. Did Cantillon say that your signature appeared on the summons, and did you reply, "I will make it all right?" -No. I never said that. Did you express surprise that he had received a summons-Yes, because I did not know that the case was coming on. To Sub-inspector Ryan-Cantillon allowed, the men to go into a room, and after that he admitted witness. During the time that lapsed the men could not have jumped through the window of the room on to a vacant allotment of land, but he talked so long with Cantillon that there was ample time for them to get away. Senior-constable Featherstone corroborated the evidence of Carey. Mr Ham pointed out that, his client was not charged with delaying admission to the appurtenances of the licensed premises.

John Cantillon gave evidence to the effect that when Carey came to the back gate he asked to be admitted, and witless then ran to the door to get the key. Carey was admitted within a minute. There were no men on the premises, at all, and no one went into the outhouse, mentioned by the constable. In that room Kiang slept, and that was how he became possessed of the key. To Sub-inspector Ryan--the key that unlocked the gate also unlocked the bar door. When Carey arrived witness was walking down the yard to have a talk with some men standing in the lane Mr Murphy—It is unthinkable that Carey would say that men were in the yard, and that you admitted them to a room, if they were not there. Can you suggest anything that would make him give such evidence. Witness—No. I cannot. The fence is eight feet, high, with barb wire round the top. He must have imagined all this?—Yes. Or else he has committed blank perjury : —Yes.

Denis Carey, miner deposed that he was in the vicinity of the hotel when the constable arrived, and looked over the fence for a few seconds. In less than a minute defendant returned, and the constable was admitted. To Sub-inspector Ryan—He was near the hotel on Sunday having a talk about the football, and might have got a drink had Cantillon been serving. He was at the court out of curiosity. He had a mine at Mount Xavier, and was doing fairly well, and only working five days in the week.

The bench paid a visit to the hotel, and on returning there was a lengthy deliberation about the case. In announcing the decision, Mr Murphy said that it seemed an extraordinary thing that in cases under the Licensing Act there was direct conflict of evidence. That was one of the cases that were very numerous, but it did not get the bench out of the responsibility in deciding the case. The question they had to decide was purely between the evidence of Constable Carey and the defendant, Cantillon. From beginning to end Cantillon's evidence was a denial of that given by the police. Taking all circumstances into consideration they must say they believed the story told by Carey. Defendant would be fined £2. In answer to Mr- Ham, the Police magistrate said the delay occurred at the gate.[11]

In November 1912 the publican, Florence E. Maloney, was fined for breaching opening hours:

Florence Maloney, licensee of the Lime

rick and Clare Castle Hotel, Main-road, was at the Ballarat East court on Wed nesday fined £3 for trading during pro hibited hours. The alleged offence was committed at 1.25 a.m. on 9th October. On a second charge of having her bar open during prohibited hours, defendant was lined £5. A stay of execution for seven

days was granted.[12]

In March 1918 the License Reduction Board held a hearing into the hotel which was described as:

The Limerick and Clare Castle hotel contained 16 rooms and bar, with three bedrooms for the use of the public The house was poorly furnished, and was not too clean. Renovations were badly needed. The hotel was well conducted at the present time. It catered for the working class.[13]

Florence Moloney, licensee of the Limerick and Clare Castle hotel for six years, said the public made frequent use of the beds at her hotel. In the last six months 313 beds were booked. She served about 40 meals per week. No set table was kept at the house.[14]

In 1926 during a publican's license hearing, the hotel was described as being badly conducted from 1914-1919, with a reputation for brawls and immoral conduct.[2]

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  1. 1888 'THE BALLARAT LICENSING COURT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 30 June, p. 14, viewed 28 October, 2015,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1926 'Licensing Court', Record (Emerald Hill, Vic. : 1881 - 1954), 22 May, p. 7. , viewed 19 Feb 2017,
  3. 3.0 3.1 1870 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 May, p. 4. , viewed 13 Jan 2018,
  4. 1884 'PROPERTY SALES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 October, p. 4. , viewed 04 Jan 2023,
  5. 5.0 5.1 1887 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 June, p. 2. , viewed 04 Aug 2019,
  6. 1893 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 14 January, p. 2. , viewed 18 Jun 2021,
  7. 1893 'LARRIKINISM IN BALLARAT EAST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 September, p. 2. , viewed 23 Feb 2017,
  8. 1894 'BALLARAT EAST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 8 October, p. 3. , viewed 23 Feb 2017,
  9. 1901 'BALLARAT EAST.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 November, p. 6. , viewed 26 Jul 2018,
  10. 10.0 10.1 1908 'License Transfer Opposed.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 20 June, p. 6. , viewed 20 Jan 2023,
  11. 1910 'LIMERICK AND CLARE CASTLE HOTEL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 June, p. 4. , viewed 20 Jan 2023,
  12. 1912 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 21 November, p. 7. , viewed 23 Feb 2023,
  13. 1918 'NEW EGLINTON HOTEL.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 March, p. 2. , viewed 23 Feb 2017,
  14. 1918 'LIMERICK AND CLARE CASTLE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 1 March, p. 2. , viewed 23 Feb 2017,
  15. 1873 'LICENSING BENCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 23 December, p. 2. , viewed 27 May 2017,
  16. 1874 'BALLARAT EAST LICENSING BENCH. ANNUAL MEETING.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4, viewed 7 November, 2015,
  17. 1884 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 April, p. 4. , viewed 01 Dec 2019,
  18. 1885 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 July, p. 2. , viewed 13 Sep 2019,
  19. Wise Post Office Directory 1888
  20. 1889 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 7 December, p. 2. , viewed 12 Oct 2018,
  21. 1893 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 May, p. 2. , viewed 11 Mar 2020,
  22. 1899 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 9 March, p. 2. , viewed 25 Sep 2016,
  23. 1910 'COUNTRY NEWS. BALLARAT AND DISTRICT.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 19 November, p. 16. , viewed 10 Jun 2018,
  24. 1912 'BALLARAT.', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 21 November, p. 7. , viewed 22 Feb 2017,

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