A Little Bit of Ireland
6 Aug 1917
GAELIC SCHOLARSHIPS-Two scholarships in the Irish College at Spiddal, co
Galway, have been awarded to Lilie Ni Aodghaw and Luiebas O Dubbgaill, both
members of the Drumshambo (Co. Leitrim) Gaelic League Class.
UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY CHARGE-At a special court at Sligo four young men from
Gurteen district were remanded on bail to a special court on 17th inst, when
they will be tried by two resident magistrates on a charge of unlawful
assembly at Gurteen Co. Sligo, on the night of July 11.
STAFFING NEW SANITORIUM-At a meeting of Co. Sligo Sanitorium Committee the
following elections were made in connection with the Co. Sligo Sanatorium,
which will be opened on Thursday: -Miss K. Bolger (Corporation of Dublin
Sanatorium), nurse; Mrs. E. Cummins, cook; Miss Bridget Duffy, wardsmaid;
Miss E.A. Reilly, Ballyfarnon, housemaid; Miss Mary Kilgallen, laundress.
CHARGES FOR PENSIONS ADMINISTRATION- Co. Galway Local Committee submitted
the Galway County Council their estimate of the expenses required for the
working of the Committee for the current year. By the Act of March, 1917,
these expenses have been thrown upon the county rates. The County Council
unanimously refused to approve of the estimate on the ground that when
suppointing the Committee they were under the impression that no liability
would be thrown upon the local rates, and that they did not consider
expenses in connection with State Pensions properly so chargeable.
COMPENSATION CLAIMS-At Saturday's meeting of the Loughrea Rural District
Council, Dr. A.D. Comyn, solr., on behalf of Mr. P. Graham, N.T., served
notice of a claim for £100 compensation for the alleged malicious burning of
a dwelling house and furniture therein at Craughwell on July 11. Dr. Comyn
also served notice of a claim for £72 compensation for injury to 4 ½ acres
of meadow, the property of Mr. T.Ward, Kilariff, said to have been spiked
all over with iron, etc. A claim for £100 was received from Mr. L.E. O'Dea,
solr., Galway, on behalf of Mrs. Delia Collins, for the alleged malicious
spiking of 10 acres of meadow at Durrybrien on July 26. The Council decided
to oppose the claims.
Aug. 7, 1917
MOTOR PROSECUTION-At Castlerea Martin Cahill, Castlerea was fined 2s 6d and
costs for using a motor-car at Castlerea on July 22 without having a
distinctive sign or plate upon it to show it was a hackney car.
POTATO CROP THREATENED-In various parts of the Roscommon district, there has
been an alarming spread of disease in he early potato crop. Potatoes dug
yesterday showed distinct signs of the disease, some of the tubers being
completely discoloured. Its origin is attributed to the recent heavy fall of
PROHIBITION PRICE OF TURF- At Castlerea Guardian on Saturday tenders were
considered for supplying turf to the Castlerea Workhouse for the ensuing
year. A large number of tenders were received, all of which were at the
price of 2s 6d per box, the price last year being 1s 4d. The Guardians
rejected all the tenders as being too high, and decided to advertise for 50
tons of best coal. It takes five boxes of turf to make a horse crate of
turf, and that would mean 12s 6d per load.
ASSAULT ON SAILORS.-For having assaulted a number of sailors at the South
Park Bazaar in Galway, on Friday night, two young lads, named John Conneely
and Michl. O'Donnell, were sentenced to a month's imprisonment, and Martin
Flaherty was fined 40s and bound to the peace. Mr. Kilbride, R.M., paid a
tribute to the manner in which the Galway Bazaars had been conducted and
said that instances like this should be put down.
Aug 8, 1917
COUNTY INSTRUCTOR-Mr. Irwin Hughes, Kilrunan Castle Gardens, has been
appointed by Leitrim County Committee as horticultural instructor for the
"A NOBLE EXAMPLE"-Mr. John M'Greevy, D.C., referred at Roscommon Guardians,
to the noble example of Rev. Fr. O'Hara, parish priest of Kiltimagh, in
utilising a farm he had recently purchased for the benefit of the poor in
the district. Such a noble example he said might well be followed in
Roscommon, where the necessaries of life were both scarce and dear.
August 10, 1917
SPORTSMAN IN THE TRENCHES.- Mr. M. HYNES, secretary to Loughrea Race
Committee, has received from Lord LASCELLES, successor to the late Lord
CLANRICARDE, a subscription of £25 towards the reace funds. Lord LASCELLES
states that owing to being under heavy shell fire "somewhere in France" he
was unable to send his subscription earlier.
COMPLAINTS OF BREAD QUALITY.- The Food Controller, writing to Ballinrobe
District Council, in reply to their resolution on the quality of the war
bread says that the causes of inequality in the bread are being carefully
investigated by an expert committee and steps will be taken to ensure a more
uniform quality as circumstances permit.
DOCTORS REPRISALS.- The Ballinrobe Guardians rejected by 8 votes to 4 an
application by the medical officers of the Union for increases of salary and
security of pension. The medical officers have as a result threatened to
increase their fees for private attendance, and to demand a salary as locum
tenens of £10 10 s a week.
MISTAKEN IMPRESSION.- A Drumshambo (Leitrim) arising out of a prosecution
under the Insurance Act against a farmer for failing to stamp his employees'
cards, Mr. QUAILE, J.P., asked if it was not a fact that the Insurance
Commissioners had granted an exemption to farmers from stamping during the
period of the war. Mr. MOLONY, Inspector, said such was not a fact. A fine
was imposed in the case.
DOCTOR REQUESTED TO RESIGN.- Following a recent sworn inquiry into charges
of neglect of duty against Dr. GLYNN, MD., Turloughmore Dispensary District,
the Local Government Board have called upon the guardians to ask the Dr. to
resign. Galway Guardians on consideration of the matter, decided by 5 votes
to 3 to adopt the suggestion of the L.G.B. and ask Dr. GLYNN to resign.
ARBOR DAY FOR ROSCOMMON.- Deep interest has been manifested by Roscommon
Town Commissioners in the encouragement of tree-planting. At their monthly
meeting it was pointed out that few parts of Ireland had suffered so much
from the depletion of its forests as had Roscommon. The establishment of an
Arbor Day was approved of, and it was decided to bring the matter under the
notice of the National Teachers' Association and other public bodies, and
representative Co. Roscommon men. Roscommon Guardians have adopted the idea
of an Arbor Day, and the movement is meeting with much favour in other parts
of the country.
PROTESTANT BISHOP"S ILLNESS.-The annual Synod of the United (Protestant)
Dioceses of Killala and Achnonry was held at Ballina on Wednesday. Ven.
Archdeacon W.E. Colvin, M.A., presiding, read the Bishop's mandate
authorising him to preside, and said he was sure they all deeply regretted
the abwsence through illness of Right Rev. Dr. PLUNKET, the Bishop. His
genial presence and unfailing courtesy, as well as his wise counsel and
advice, would be greatly missed. They hoped and prayed he would soon be
restored to health and strength. A resolution expressing deep regret at the
Bishop's absence, and praying that "he may soon be restored to perfect
health, and long spared to preside over our diocese," was adopted.
The Freeman's Journal
Monday, Aug. 13, 1917
MILITARY CROSS-The Military Cross has been awarded to Captain R.G. Bowman
Madden, son of the late T. Madden, of Ballinlough, Co., Roscommon.
DISTRICT INSPECTOR RETIRES-District Inspector J.J. Bane, Ardara, late of
Claremorris, has retired on pension after 30 years service.
WESTERN PATTERN-A continuous downpour of rain in the forenoon was
responsible for a sparse attendance at the annual pattern and pilgrimage to
the holy well at Tample (Co. Mayo) on Saturday. The pattern is held on
August 11 in honour of St. Attracts.
GALWAY BAZAAR RECEIPTS-At a meeting of the South Park Bazaar Committee, Very
Rev. D. Travers, O.S.A., presiding, it was mentioned that the gate receipts
totalled £249 and the dancing saloon receipts £211. Cheques for these
amounts were handed in.
Wednesday, August 15, 1917
EX-SUPERINTENDENT OF D.M.P-The interment took place at Tulraghan,
Ballyhaunia, yesterday of Mr. O'Reilly, late ex-Superintendent of the D.M.P.
PRESENTATION TO NATIONAL TEACHER-To mark the occasion of his departure to
Galway City on promotion, and as a tribute of their esteem and appreciation
of the services rendered by him as principal of Kilnadeen (Loughrea)
National School for close on 20 years, his past and present pupils have
presented Mr. P.J. Naughton with a cheque and a silver tea service.
LATE MRS. IRWIN, CASTLEREA-The death took place at her residence, Rathmile
House, Castlerea, of Mrs. Cecelia Irwin, widow of the late Col. Richard
Irwin, J.P., D.L. She was a sister of Mr. Philip O'Reilly, Coolambert,
Westmeath, a director of the M.G.W.R. Two of her sons, Fathers Frank and
Arthur Irwin are members of the Jesuit Order, and a daughter is a Sister of
Mercy. The funeral took place yesterday in the family mausoleum adjoining
the private chapel in the Irwin desmesne, after Requiem High Mass.
SISTERS OF MERCY-The receptions took place in the Convent of Mercy, Gort, of
Miss Kathleen Connolly (Sister Mary Columbia), daughter of Mr. John
Connolly, Tuam, and Miss Gretta Burke (Sister Mary Jarlath), daughter of Mr.
David H. Burke, Tuam. Associated with the friends at the receptions were
many priests. Very Rev. A.J. Nestor, P.P., V.F., Beagh, in the absence of
his Lordship the Bishop of Galway, officiated, being assisted by Rev. Father
Fahy, C.C. of Gort.
Tuesday, August 28, 1917
KILLED IN ACTION-Lieut. Potter, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, brother of Constable
W. Potter, R.I.C., Roscommon, has been killed in action.
FARM CHANGES HANDS-Mr. P. Hession, Annagh House, Ballymacward, has purchased
a farm consisting of 150 Irish acres at Ballydonelan, near Loughrea, from
Mr. Arnold Ussher for the sum of £1,210.
HUSBAND'S VIOLENCE-Michael Deane, horse-shoer, charged at Carrick-on-Shannon
with assaulting his wife, was sent to jail for three months, in default of
finding bail for his future good behaviour.
GALWAY LADY'S DEATH- Much regret is felt in Castlerea by the death of Mrs.
Mary M'Intyre, of Southpark, Castlerea. The deceased was sister of
District-Inspector T. Keaveny, R.I.C., Belfast.
SYMPATHY WITH CLERK- Loughrea Guardians, at their meeting on Saturday, on
the motion of the Chairman (Mr. M. Healy, V.C.) passed a vote of condolence
with their clerk, Mr. J.J. Hanafin on the death of his mother.
PILLAR BOX PRIZED OPEN- At Mount Bellew (Co. Galway) Patrick Gormally, in
the employment of Mr. Walter Joyce, J.P., Corgary, was fined £1 and costs
for damage to a letter box at Vermount, Menlough. The evidence showed that
in July the defendant posted letters belonging to his master, and finding
that the box had been previously cleared, he broke it open and abstructed
fourteen letters which were posted on the same evening at the post office in
31 Aug 1917
BOYLE BUTTER MARKET- Butter fetched 23c per stone at Boyle market on
Wednesday. Over 20 firkins were bought up.
INICTMENT OF CORPORATIONS-Speaking at a meeting of Sligo Corporation,
Councillor Tarrant said the members should resign, as they were unable to do
any good for the town.
ORDINATION-Rev. Matthew Curley, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Curley, N.T.'s
Garra, Tuam, was ordained at St. Mary's, Castlebar, by Most Rev. Dr.
Higgins, Auxiliary Bishop of Tuam, on Wednesday.
BALLINASLOE ASYLUM COMMITTEE- Roscommon County Council have appointed Very
Rev. Canon Keane, Athlone, a member of the Committee of Management of
Ballinasloe District Lunatic Asylum, in room of the late Dean Kelly.
SUPERIOR FROM LIVERPOOL-Rrev. Brother J.O. Kerrigan, late of the Catholic
Institute Secondary Schools, Liverpool, has been appointed Superior of the
Christian Brothers' Schools, Tuam, in succession to Rev. Brother W.S. Doyle,
transferred to Kingstown.
UNSYMPATHETIC TO ANTI-VACCINATORS-The Swinford Guardians marked "read" the
Enniscorthy resolution urging the application to Ireland of the
conscientious objector's clause in the Vaccination Acts, holding that
vaccination should be compulsory.
"THE COLONEL" DROWNED-The dead body of a discharged soldier named Cafferty,
of Hill street, Ballina, locally known as "The Colonel" and who had been
missing for a week, was found in the River Moy on Wednesday, a mile before
the town. Deceased's clothes has been found on the river bank near the town.
COMBINED OFFICES-Kiltubride Sean MacDermott Sinn Fein Club (Mr. John Ward,
D.C., presiding) adopted a resolution calling on the Carrick-on-Shannon
Board of Guardians and Nos. 1 and 2 Rural District Councils not to divide
the Clerkship (held as one by the late Mr. A. O'Conor) into separate posts,
as they view the creation of new offices as detrimental to the interests of
the rate payers.
PUBLICANS' SUPPLIES- Owing to complaints made by publicans against the
wholesale dealers in stout for withholding from them, and retailing
themselves, the supplies to which they were entitled on the 1915 basis of
distribution, a respresentative of Messrs. Guiness visited several towns in
Mayo during the week, and made arrangements for a direct supply to these
publicans of the complement to which they were entitled. The average works
out at two half-barrels per publican per week. Some of the publicans
announce a reduction of 2d. per pint on stout.
PRESENTATION TO PRIEST- At the Moy Hotel, Ballina, Rev. P.J. Giblin, C.C.,
Lahardane, was made the recipient of an illuminated address and cheque from
the people of Easkey, amongst whom he ministered for about three years. Mr.
P. M'Nama presided, and many members of the presentation committee, who
journeyed from Easkey, were present, as well as Very Rev. Canon Tully, Adm.,
V.F., Ballina; Very Rev. J. Tempany, President of the Diocesan College; Rev.
M.F. Quinn, Adm., Lacken; Rev. A. Dodd, C.C., Crossmolina; Rev. M.
O'Donnell, C.C., Keenagh, and Rev. M. Hegarty, C.C.