Gibbonstown






This is a standard pump with a cylindrical shaft with three raised bands. The head and spout are fluted. The handle has an ogee curve and a pear-shaped terminal. The ogee-curved lid is fluted and has a spiked finial. A small raised panel reads Shannon Foundry Limerick. Except for the foundry mark the pump is identical to that at nearby Gaybrook.



The Shannon Foundry may have been on Cooraclare Road and probably closed in 1983. It was originally called Mount Kennett Ironworks, at which time it was owned by Russell. Michael Colivet, a veteran of the 1916 Rising and cell-mate of Eamonn DeValera in Lincoln Jail, was manager of the foundry before he moved to Dublin in the 1920s to become Minister of Housing.



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