Joe Curtis, Irish Temperance Halls (CreateSpace, July 23, 2018).
The temperance Movement in Ireland in the first half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th cmntury, sought to discourage excessive drinking of alcohol. In order to provide an alternative to the numerous public houses, Temperance Halls were built by temperance societies in most towns and villages around Ireland. These halls were often just a few rooms, with space and facilities for reading books and newspapers, playing cards, drinking tea and coffee, and especially playing billiards (snooker). Soldiers Homes were also privately built for the purpose of keeping off-duty soldiers out of pubs. A few dozen Halls and Homes are still standing, some used as Parochial or Community Halls.