Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Oliver Stokes is listed as holding 69 acres at "Waterpark and Gortavally" in [Rental of the Manor of Mount Trenchard, 1747].
says the present
dates from 1780
(in the time of old James Nolan).
Thomas Nolan said it was built around 1780 and the builder was Mr. Rose of Askeaton.
[NIAH] says it was built 1800-1820 (in the time of James Nolan who was born 1770, died 1833).
It was built at the site of a small ruined castle.
(Not to be confused with the ruined Shanid Castle a short distance to the S in Shanid Upper.)
Waterpark was the home of James Nolan (died 1833)
[Tithe Survey, 1833].
His widow Catherine Donovan (died 1858) is listed here in [Griffiths Valuation, 1852].
She also held the land containing the ruin of Shanid Castle in Shanid Upper.
Waterpark was inherited by their son
James Nolan is listed as owning 85 acres at Waterpark in [Owners of Land, 1876].
He died at Waterpark in 1897.
Inherited by his son Thomas Nolan. He died there 1936.
"a large kitchen with an arched doorway leading to the cobble-stoned yard."
Nolan family lived in Waterpark House until 1982, when they moved to a new house.
Waterpark House fell into ruin.
The front entrance is now overgrown.
Still owned by Nolan family.
Waterpark House is on the Limerick County Council Record of Protected Structures but that did not prevent it falling into ruin.
Waterpark House on 1829 to 1842 map.
Note small ruined castle (not Shanid Castle).
Plot no.12 in Shanid Lower (Waterpark House) and plot no.1 in Shanid Upper (Shanid Castle) in [Griffiths Valuation, 1852].
"Catherine Nolan" is listed in [Griffiths Valuation, 1852] as holding:
Waterpark House on modern map.
The NW corner.
See full size.
The NW side.
See full size.
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