Watergate St. was part of the Norman town of Navan, and is one of the 3 streets which were found within the Medieval Town Walls (leading down to the Water Gate near the river.) The other 2 streets are Trimgate St. and Ludlow St. once called Dublingate St.
| (above) Watergate St. early 20th century looking towards Poolboy.
Watergate St. 2012 (above & below) Photo: © N&DHS
Watergate St. in the 1940s
This list was compiled by Frank Lynch (postman) late of St. Finian's Tce. and came to us via Rose Smyth.
1. Seven Dwarfs Ice Cream Parlour
2. Guest House
3. John and Eamonn Crosbie Household Goods.
4. McCabe's Pub , laneway to side, Delany Solr. Office / Wallace Private Residence
5. Sheridan's Builder's Suppliers
6. Sheridan's Builder's Suppliers
7. McKeever's Chemist
8. John Mohan Children's Wear
9. Lorenzen Pork Butchers
10. Walsh's Jewellers [The Clock]
11. Perry's Cake and Bread Shop
12. Walsh Jeweller
13. Private Residence
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17. Forde Residence
18. Garda Barracks / Town Hall
19. Rogers Private Residence
20. Sheridan Private Residence
21. Muldoon Private Residence / Forge to rear
23. Brennan's Second Hand Furniture
24. Hibernian Hall
25. Gaughran Grocery and Pub
26. Gaughran Private Residence
27. Gaughran Menswear
30. Boyle Private Residence
31. O'Brien Private Residence
32. Campbell's Private Residence / ESB Office on upper floor
33. Campbell's Pub and Grocery
34. Lynch Shop and Residence
35. Murray's Private Residence / Wallace's to the rear of no. 35
36. Clarke's Greengrocer
37. Dr. Walsh, Residence
38. Marrons Shoe Shop Nos 38 & 39 - the home of Monseignor Marron
39. Marron's Sweet Shop
40. Christy O'Brien's Pub
41. Connell's Drapery
42. Hanley's Menswear
43. McKenna's Boot Shop
44. William Byrne Men's Hairdressers
45. Freddie Walsh pub / now Clems
46. Colliers Butchers
Entrance to Meath Chronicle Printworks.
Watergate Street Navan in 2004 John O'Grady.
(Text in this colour relates to the street in the 1950s, was submitted by Tom Clarke through the website and is inserted an the end of the page.)
26/27. Demolished for road improvements. It was left of Boyle bookmakers. It was Gaughran’s bar, grocery and hardware and subsequently was Fox’s in the same business.
35. 2004: Aidan Barry. This was Jack Wallace’s house and he kept lodgers. It was known as a doss house.
which was Brassils later.
It was Spencers; delph shop, then Eugene McKenna; shoe shop.
Photo: © Navan & District Historical Society
Photo: © N&DHS
17. 2004: Town Hall (above). It was previously the Garda Station and thebefore that the RIC Barracks.
The text below, and all text in this colour has been submitted by Tom Clarke, a resident of Watergate St. in the 1960s.
After the Garda Station (now the Town Hall pictured above), was Mr and Mrs Rogers house - now a restaurant. Mr Rogers was a sheep dealer - his son now farms near Kells.
Next house was Tony Sheridans.
After this was Jack Muldoon's. Both himself and his brother Percy had a thriving blacksmith's forge behind this house.
Next Mr Shalvey (secondhand and antique furniture).
Then the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall
(pictured towards the right of the street in photo below)
(above) Pollboy AOH Hall on right
Next house on right (across the bridge just out of the picture above) on Poolboy St, was Bridge House the Gaswork's manager's house. The tall chimney from the Gasworks is just visible in the top photo on the page. The gasworks closed in the war years and was later demolished.
The remaining site, unbuilt on today, was the location of the purifiers, engine shed and the open tank for storing tar and ammonia. The Manager's house was demolished and replaced by a restaurant and apartments.
The 2 houses opposite it in Poolboy St. were George Mortimer's (saw doctor in Elliot's Mill), Julia O'Malley, widow, who kept lodgers, and next to the bridge was John Donohue a wheelwright at Elliot's Mill. (see link Elliott's Mill)