IRELAND OLD NEWS



THE TUAM HERALD, TUAM, CO GALWAY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 1909

DIED

BODKIN  --  Died at Annagh, Co Galway, on 2nd August, Martin Bodkin, youngest son of the late John Dominick Bodkin of Bengarina (?) of Castletown, aged 55 years, R.I.P.

BLAKE - Robert Edward Blake, at 12 Murtagh road, Arbour Hill, Dublin, August 1st, 1909, aged 14 years.

NEARY - July 31st, 1909, at a private hospital, Dublin, Thomas J Neary, Aghla_ieve House, Creggs, Roscommon, in the 33rd year of his age.
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An Austrian silver coin of Francis II bearing date of 1745 was discovered last week in the ruins of an old house being reconstructed in Bishop Street.

The third dividend in the Perease (?) Distillery of 2s 6d, making in all 12s 6d in the pound on the Debenture Stock has just been paid.

With deep regret, as we go to press, we hear of the death of Mr James Garvey, N T of Cloghanover, which suddenly happened at Headford on Thursday mid-day.

Early yesterday morning, quite unexpectedly, died Mr Charles Sheeban, at his residence, Vicar Street.
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PITHY PARS. --- Personal, Parochial Provincial and Particular
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In the "Globe" of last week appears the prosecution of the printer of the "Indian Sociologist" at the Old Bailey.  The prisoner was ably defended by Mr Tully Christie, B. L.   This clever young lawyer is the eldest son of the late William Kirwan Tully, Esq. Solicitor, of Carlow, and grandson of the late Jeremiah Tully, Esq, Solicitor, of the Grove, Tuam, and is, we are glad to see, forging ahead at the English Bar.
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A gentleman, a resident of Loughrea living in England, thus writes about the changes time has wrought there: - "There was a Pawn Office - a Mont de Piete - established in my day in a house once occupied by Mr Smyth, in Main Street.  Behind was a three storey range of wool stores once used by him.  The manager of the Pawn Office was Mr John Cowen, but the enterprise came to grief, and Dr Lynch went to live there, but later on it was converted into a police barrack.  In those days I speak of, the population was about 8,000.  It is not half now. I knew Monahan's Hotel, built where the new Cathedral now is.  It was called 'The Head Inn' and is mentioned in Lever's Novels where many a pleasant evening was held.  Loughrea was then the centre of the county society, and its hunt ball the great social event.  One of the Monahans was Anthony, but the other, James, became a chief Justice.  By the way, Charles Lever was Consul in Trieste, where he died and was succeeded by a great Irishman, Sir Richard Burton, whose grandfather was the Rev Edward Burton, Rector of Tuam.  His grave is in Mortlake Cemetery.
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In the essay competition for school children inaugurated by the Turog Flour Company, Ltd, Master Charlie Fahy, a pupil of Monivea National School, succeeded in carrying off a twenty-shilling prize from amongst hundreds of competitors from all parts of the United Kingdom.
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A large pike, weighing 37lb, was recently captured in the River Corrib by a young man named Leo Lee, of Killeen House.  It was exhibited in Galway during the afternoon.
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Several persons were successfully prosecuted at the last Headford Petty Sessions by Mr Joseph Canavan, for offences in connection with the Sheep Dipping Act.
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In Milltown the members of the Ball Court Committee are busy making preparations for the erection of a new ball court.  The want of a suitable ball court has long been felt, for nowhere can be found keener admirers of the fine old manly game of handball than in Milltown.  Mr F McDonnell has not only given a beautiful site free of charge, but has also headed the subscription list with the handsome figure of 5.  Priests and people alike are taking a deep interest in the project, and subscriptions are heartily and generously given.  A ball court is much required in Tuam - if some person of influence would only take up the project.
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An interesting handball contest is at present being organized by an energetic Committee in Athenry, and is to come off on the 29th August.  The Committee are offering three gold medals as first prizes, and three silver medals for runners-up.  Athenry may boast of one of the finest handball courts in the West, and this should make such a tournament all the more interesting from the spectators and competitors point of view.
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In the Connacht College the custom of using the Irish forms of the students names of college leads to a short excursus.  Instead of the familiar Casey, Kelly, Murphy, O'Flarehty, etc, which smack of the stage Irishman, goats, tenement clothes lines, slatterns, and travesties of the human countenance, labelled Pat and Moike, we heard O Cathassigh, O Ceallaigh, O Flairhbheartaigh, forms suggestive of the princely lines from which they are descended.
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A long-felt want in Ballymoe has been at last supplied by the opening by Mahon Brothers (late of Connolly Bros, Castlerosa) of business in coach-making, car and cart making, and general carpentry work of every description.
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John Walsh, one of the oldest and most respected residents of Port Delhanise, Canada, died on June 13, at the age of eighty-five years.  Deceased was born in Co Mayo, in 1825, and went to Canada in 1849.
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The Co. Roscommon Agricultural Show will be held on the 17th August.  Entries close on the 7th August.
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A successful open air concert took place at Glynsk Castle, near Creggs, on Sunday.  There was a dance in the evening in Tabberoe school.
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THE TUAM HERALD, TUAM, CO GALWAY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 1909

ANOTHER BLAKE "WINDFALL"

According to the "London Star" a very curious story attaches to the announcement that another Blake fortune has fallen to the Treasury by the death of Mr Fred K Blake, of Broadfield Lodge, near Crawley, who died on 6th May, intestate, and a bachelor without known relative.  Although this estate is not so large as the more famous Blake millions which have interested so many, it reaches the respectable total of 43,000.  It is certainly curious that this intestate should be related to the famous Mrs Helen Blake, whose fortune also went to the Crown.  The romances of these two "windfalls" begins with General Robt. Dudley Blake, son of General Sir Francis Blake, second baronet, who belonged to an old Northumbrian family.  The held Twissel Castle, and in Durham, Tilmouth, and Segrill in Northumberland, and were very rich.  While he was Captain in the Army, Robert Dudley Blake met in Dublin a beautiful Irish girl named Helen Sheridan, the daughter of a country schoolmaster.  He fell in love with her, and had her educated in England, and married her in Lanarkshire in 1819.  Their only child died in infancy, and left it all to his widow when he died in 1860.  In the same year his brother, Sir Francis Blake, third baronet, died without legitimate issue, and the baronetcy became extinct.  Sir Francis also left considerable property to his sister-in-law, Mrs Helen Blake.  This lady died at Earlscourt terrace in 1876, and at the age of 76, without making a will.  Her real estate was worth about 30,000, and the personal estate to about 119,000 more.  The  whole of the personal estate was seized by the Crown, and next-of-kin advertised for.  But no one of the claimants who came forward from Ireland and America could satisfy the Court of Chancery that they were next of kin, and 24,000 having been spent in costs, the personal estate amounting to 140,000 remained in the hands of the Crown.  In the district of Claremorris there are still Sheridan's who claim to be related to Helen Blake, but they are too poor to push their claims.  The second Blake intestate comes in this way : Sir Francis Blake, the third baronet, had several children to whom he bequeathed considerable sums at his death in 1860.  One of them was Mr Fred K Blake, who has just died at Crawley.  He was formerly an officer in the Army, and was never seen in the North of England, though he owned the Seghill estate of 400 acres, on which the Leycocks works their colliery.  There was a rumour on the Tyneside that some poor relatives intended to claim the personal estate, which is valued at 43,000, but nothing has been heard of it in the Courts, and letters of administration of his property have been granted to the Solicitor to the Treasury, and his successors in that office "for the use of his Majesty."  The Seghill colliery and the landed estates pass to the deceased's kinsman, Sir Francis Blake, first baronet of the 1907 creation, whose family bought the Seghill Park and other Northumberland estates from the Crown when Mrs Helen Blake died intestate.  Altogether, the Crown has reason to be grateful to the Blakes for their "windfalls."
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DEATH OF MRS. KELLY, COROFIN.

Last week, at Cooleesk, hard by Corofin Lodge, in the parish of Cummer, died a member of a local old stock, Mrs Mary Kelly, relict of the late Mr Wm. Kelly, who had been gardener at the above-named lodge to the Cregg Castle Blake Family.  Hale, hearty and enjoying all her faculties unimpaired to the end, she had attained a ripe old age, during which she was greatly liked and respected throughout the parish.  Fortified with the last rites of Holy Church she passed away early on Thursday morning, 5th inst, as serenely as a child to sleep.  The announcement of her death was received with deep regret by everyone that knew her.  The funeral to Cummer Old Church on Friday was one of the largest seen there for many a year, consisting as it did of over 69 vehicles besides saddled horses and pedestrians.

The chief mourners were - Michael Kelly, Mrs Glynn, Mrs Keedington, (children of the deceased) ; William Kelly, Thomas Kelly, Michael Kelly, Mary Kelly, Norah Kelly, Maggie Kelly, John Kelly, Brian Kelly, etc, William Glynn, Thomas Glynn, Ellen Glynn, John Reddington and Michael Reddington, (grandchildren); John Shaughnessy and John Gylnn (nephews); Honoria Mannion (niece); Mrs Kelly (daughter-in-law); Denis Glynn and Patrick Reddington, (sons-in-law).  Other relatives: Pat Mannion, Bridget Mannion, John Shaughnessy, Patrick Varden, Mrs Hession, Pat Hession, Mrs Lardner, John Lardner, Denis Glynn, Michael Glynn, Edward Delany, Patrick Walkeen, Denis Walkeen, Bridget Walkeen, Brian Feeny, Mrs Feeney, Patk Glynn, Mrs Glynn, Michael Murphy, Thomas Glynn, John Murphy, Margaret Murphy, Bridget Nestor, John Nestor, Martin Corcoran. John Coen, Mary Coen, Patk Connolly, D C ; Pat Mannion, Mrs Greany, Mrs Furey, etc.

Amongst the general public present were - Rev Father Fau  (not readable) . long list of general public. some of list is not readable.

May she rest in peace.
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PITHY PARS. - Personal, Parochial, Provincial and Particular

In the Honour List of the Summer Examinations in First and Second Arts, just published, we notice that Galway University College has secured five first-class distinctions, besides eleven second class.  Considering the return from other colleges, this record is a very credible one, and speaks well of the merits of the pupils of the Queen's.  Cork scarcely shows on this list.
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We regret to announce the death of Miss Celia Lally, Kirwan's avenue, Galway, sister to Rev P J Lally, St Joseph's Church.  Deceased was organist of the Dominican Church, and her demise is sincerely deplored by all classes.
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The Rev O. Hannon, C C, and Rev J Prendergast, Tuam, were amongst the clergy who left Westland row last week with the delegates of the Catholic Young Man's Association.  They are representing Ireland at the Eucharistic Congress which opened at Cologne on Wednesday week last.  The pilgrims returned on the 9th inst. Father Eaton; of St. Jarlath's, preached an Irish sermon in Cologne - the first ever heard here for centuries.
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It is scandalous to find that when returning from the Galway Races, Patrick Conlon, of Kilcolgan, when approaching Clarenbridge was actually fired at.  Conlon was wounded in both legs, and the horse was struck in the neck.  The animal became restive and proceeded along the road at a rapid pace.  A police patrol in the vicinity soon afterwards came across the injured man and had him surgically treated.  The local Constabulary authorities are investigating the occurrences with the usual results.  The injured man is at present under treatment in Galway County Hospital.
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The water supply for Athenry is still the trouble that it has been for years past.  The Loughrea District Council will not spend a penny on the procuring of water for such an important town unless Athenry is prepared to pay for it, and although the District Council know well they have no power to fix an area of charge, yet they refuse to rectify the matter.  It shows at all events that the Loughrea Council have no desire to do much for Athenry.
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An extraordinary high price in land sales has just been paid for two acres of land, with a home attached, at Caheravoola, Cummer.  The holding, which was sold by Mr Patrick Canavan, auctioneer, Tuam, was bought by Mr Varden, Anbally, for 150.  The vendor was the administratrix of the late Mr Michael Comber.
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The Tuam Races (autumn meeting) have been fixed for September 2nd.  The entries for the different events closed on Wednesday last.  It is only necessary to mention the success of the July meeting to show that the forthcoming fixture will add to the growing reputation of Tuam as one of our leading meetings.
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Mrs Flaherty, who with her family of four children were evicted from their holding at Mountross, Headford, took forcible possession of the holding the following day.  The matter was reported to the landlord, Mr McDermott, by the police.
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It is a pity no steps are being taken towards erecting a ball alley in Tuam.  There is in the town splendid material which, if afforded the opportunity, would develop into ideal exponents of the game.  For the past few weeks some splendid games have been witnessed at the College ball alley, which is largely utilised by the young men during the vacation season, through the kind permission of the Rev President.
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The most interesting handball contest that ever was brought off in the West of Ireland will come off at the great tournament organised by the Athenry Handball Committee on Sunday, August 29th.  All the great exponents of this grand old game in the country presently have promised to attend, and some fine games may be expected.  The committee have left no stone unturned to make this tournament a success.  They are offering three beautiful gold medals to the winners, and three very good silver medals to the runners-up; and the Athenry ball court has undergone a special course of preparation for the event, a large amount of money having been spent upon it.  The rubber is to be the best of five games, and teams to consist of three players each.  All entries close with the Hon. Sec, Mr L Lardner, Church Street, Athenry, on Wednesday, August 25th.  Entrance fee, 5s, each team.  We understand that a team from Tuam will compete at the handball tournament and will be represented by J. Sheehy, M. Flannelly and M. Hession.
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About twelve labourers cottages are now on the way to completion here, and taken in conjunction with the new houses built on the grazing ranches recently distributed amongst the tenants, they materially improve the appearance of the district, and are a striking example of the great changes almost unnoticed are daily taking place around us.
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A correspondent says that widespread regret is felt through Headford district at the transfer of the Rev E Higgins, C C, to Glenamaddy.  During the years he laboured there he endeared himself to all classes, rich and poor alike.  He was a splendid example of the "Soggarth aroon" - all things to all men -  his bright, genial, and unassuming manner made everyone his friend, and brought a message of hope and comfort and encouragement to the homes of the poor, who in an especial manner experienced and appreciated his goodness of heart and hand.  The best wishes of the people for his future happiness and welfare go with him to his new field of labour.
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Mrs J Ruttledge landed four salmon of 12, 8, 8, and 7 lbs in the Corrib.  Mr Wanklyn had six salmon, weighing 64 lbs, one of these fish being landed, thanks to another, which, when disturbed, left its prey disabled, but alive, in the water.  The total bag is twenty-eight salmon, all killed with the fly, and also a number of sea trout.
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During the past week some fine bags of sea trout have been made on the Erriff and its lakes by the Hon Robert Dillon, Mrs De La Poer Beresford, and Mr William Frost - one basket each, fish weighing over 16 lb.  Eight salmon were killed during the week with the fly.  A very wet July, and a big run of sea trout and summer salmon.
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The newly appointed secretary of the Mayo Co Council, Mr Jos T Kelly, entered upon his new duties on the 1st inst.  Mr F H McAndrew, who had been discharging the secretarial duties, with credit to himself and profit to the Council, during the past twelve months, has left on a months vacation.
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In an interesting anniversary number, the "Catholic Press" boasts that during its 25 years of existence, the Catholic Press, Limited, has done a fair share to diffuse its disciples over the British Press.  One of the ablest young fellows who came their way was Mr Thomas Scanlon, who has lately come into national prominence in connection with bicauditure for Sligo. Another Western who found his footing in journalism in connection with their papers was Mr J J Moran, the celebrated Irish author.  And still a thrd [third] promising youngster who came from the province of Connaught, was Mr Walter B J Conway, who is now the Editor of the "Schoolmaster."  Mr Conway also began his career in British journalism in our Glasgow office, where he did some very smart work, notably in connection with the exposure of the "White Nun" fraud, an epistle terminating in the imprisonment of the lady who had been posing as an ex-nun without any claim to that title.  Leaving Glasgow Mr Conway went South, and for a time conducted our Bolton paper.  Eventually drifting to the Metropolis, he became associated with Dr Macnamara, M P, in the production if the "Schoolmaster" and when that distinguished Irishman was obliged, by the acceptance of Ministerial office, to relinquish the direction of England's leading educational newspaper, Mr Conway, who had been his auxiliary Editor, stepped on the bridge himself and still adorns the position.
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THE TUAM HERALD, SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 1909
TUAM, CO GALWAY

MIRACULOUSLY CURED AT KNOCK.

A young man, Thomas Murphy of Liscannonane, parish of Lackagh, aged 23, was miraculously cured at Knock Church on Sunday last, the Feast of the Assumption of the B V M.  At the age of 11 years he lost the use of one of his legs and had ever since been more or less in pain and obliged to carry crutches.  This was his third visit to Knock.  So infirm and feeble was he on Saturday last that his uncle, Brian Feeny, of Corbally, parish of Cummer, who accompanied him to carry him over the Railway Bridge at Tuam to the train for Claremorris en route for Knock.  Next morning in the Church, at the Altar rails, after receiving the Most Holy Eucharist, he rose up perfectly cured, and leaving his crutches behind him, walked out through the congregation.  We saw him here in Tuam on Monday.
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BIRTH

QUINN - On Sunday, 8th August, at Duras  House, Riovara, the wife of F L Quinn, J P, of a son.
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DIED

FORDE - On the 15th August, 1909, at her residence, Cortoon, Tuam, to the inexpressible grief of her husband and children, Mary, the beloved wife of Denis Forde, at the age of 39 years. Interment took place at Cartoon burial ground on Monday last, and was attended by a large concourse of people --- R.I.P.
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BREVITIES

- At Washington, near Dunmore, on Tuesday on his way from Athenry Fair, dropped dead a man named James Kirrane without any apparent cause.

- Mr Thomas Garvey, Claran, has been appointed to school at Cloghanover recently rendered vacant by the lamented death of Mr James Garvey.

- At County Council meeting last Wednesday the appointment of Miss Kennedy as Secretary to Dunmore Old Age Pension Committee was again affirmed.

- The imbecile, Forde, sent over from New York some months ago and admitted to Tuam Workhouse, was removed thence to Ballinasloe Lunatic Asylum on Monday last.

- Information wanted of Patrick Hynes, bootmaker, of Headford, County Galway, Ireland.  Address - Thomas Hynes, Headford, Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland.

- There died suddenly at Cloneen, last week, while engaged at his ordinary business, Mr Patrick Dooly, contractor to the District Council for building Labourers' Cottages in the neighbourhood of Headford.

- In 1789 Mr Lynch of Ballycurrin mad a lease of 16 acres to the Monks of Ross, then being dispossessed of land at the foot of the hill of Kilroe, near Headford, at a nominal rent and in the little church they built at Kilroe Mass was said regularly until 1804.

- We beg to direct the attention of our readers to the important auction advertised in our columns, to be held on 25th inst. at Court House, Dunmore, by Mr Shins, Auctioneer, in the matter of McDonnell v. Redington, by order of his Honor the Recorder of Galway.  Mr F. B. McDonogh, Solicitor, has carriage of the sale.

- It is to be hoped the Great Southern and Midland Railways will arrange an excursion train from Tuam to Athlone on 29th inst, so as to give the people of Tuam an opportunity of witnessing the inter-provincial G.A.A. contests between Connacht and Leinster on that date.  The venues is sure to be well patronised if the Railways oblige.

- On Friday a tramp tailor, giving his name as Nicholas Foster, was arrested by Constable Carney, of Barnaderg, for the larceny of a coat, value 7s, the property of John Morgan, of Derreen, in whose house the tramp lodged the night before.  He was overtaken by the Constable a mile above Corofin and taken before Mr Kilgarriff, J P, Tuam, who remanded him to Galway gaol.

- A curious custom existed at the old Abbey of Ross from almost its institution until its dissolution.  Annually on the festival of St Clare in August, a purse containing about 40 sterling inn the money of that day, now equivalent to nearly 100, was placed on the Saint's Altar and an urn beside it wherein were the names of all the orphan girls in the seven surrounding parishes, and the name first drawn got the money as a dowry on her marriage.

- Gort Athletic and Cycling Sports were brought off on Sunday last in excellent weather and proved a great success.  The meeting took place in the Convent Grounds which presented a very pretty scene throughout the day.  The competitions were keen and competitors plenty.  Mr P J Murray, handicapper and starter, G.A.A. conducted the meeting in his usual capable style, and brought off the various events with punctuality and precision.

A marriage is arranged and will shortly take place between Frederick Rufane St Lawrence Tyrrell, D I, Adjutant, Royal Irish Constabulary Depot, Phoenix Park, son of the late William St Lawrence Tyrrell, and Ima Isabel Moutray-Reed (Pearlie), daughter of the late Colonel John Moutray-Reed and Mrs Moutray-Reed.  Little Resuchamp, Tiverton, and great-grand-daughter of Captain John Moutray-Reed, of Union Park, Queen's County, and of Tullychin, Co. Down.
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PITHY PARS. - Personal, Parochial Provincial and Particular
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Nurse Kelly was the principal figure in a wild scene that took place in No 8 Ward of the Galway Hospital on Monday last.  A patient from the Ballyglunin District who had been admitted some days before, suddenly became reckless, and jumping out of bed, he secured a patient's knife and made a desperate attempt to cut his throat.  Nurse Kelly who was attending to an adjoining bed, perceiving his intention, with the utmost bravery rushed towards him, at the same time raising a cry of alarm.  Quickly to her aid came two other patients, Constable Whelan and a man named McDonagh from the Carna district.  The trio closed in on the infuriated man who, in the ensuing struggle went under, but despite their efforts he drew the knife three times across his throat.  Fortunately it was a blunt one, and little damage was done.  Nurse Kelly seized him by the arm, but he wrenched it from her grasp, and swinging his hand round tried to stab himself.
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Miss O'Kelly, from Ballindine, who has been staying at Saitkill (?) for the bathing season, when bicycling through Shop Street a woman crossed the road right in front of the bicycle causing a collision, whereby Miss O'Kelly was severely injured, having been thrown on to the flagway.
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On day of Galway August Fair, a cow that had been sold to a countryman by Mr Martin Ashe, afflicted by the great heat dashed towards the docks and jumped into the water below the dock gates.  Sergeant O'Neill availing of a boat in which there were two soldiers, went after the animal, which must soon have been carried away by the tide and the current from the river.  Assisted by two or three civilians he got a rope around the cow and brought her successfully to the shore at Tip Head, wher she was restored to her grateful owner.
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A young home belonging to Mr Curran, of Spiddal, has just had a remarkable experience on the lands of Mrs Kirwan at Taylor's Hill.  On Saturday last he suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, and it was not until five days afterwards that he was discovered in the cesspool on the lands of John Kenure, of Galway.  When taken out the horse was found to be none the worse of the adventure.
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A special correspondent from Western Australia writes - "Ex-Sergeant Pat O'Sullivan, who was stationed in Ballinasloe for twelve years, and who had the task of shadowing the late Matt Harris in the Land League, and who lately was in the Tasmanian Police Force, committed suicide on Sundaym 4th July, at his residence, Bellrive, opposite Hobart. The cause of the deceased's rash act was temporary insanity, resulting from insomnia.  Deceased was quite a favourite with the citizens of Hobart and Bellrive.
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Moylough Sports will come off on Sunday 12th September.  The energetic committee is working hard to secure the best possible entries.
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Information wanted of Miss Delia McNamara who left Ireland twenty years ago.  When last heard from four years ago, she was living with her sister, Mrs John Fitzpatrick, 154 Huron St. Greenpointe, Brooklyn, N.Y.   Any information will be gratefully received by her brother, John McNamara, 17 Prospect Hill, Galway, Ireland.
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A sad affair occurred last week at Dunmore.  It appears that a young man named Casey, from the town, was despatched from the post office to the country with a telegram.  Not having returned at the hour expected, his father and another man went along the road to meet him.  The young man was found in an unconscious state by the roadside.  The immediately conveyed him home where he was attended by Dr Conroy Dunmore.
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A young man named Michael Early of Boffin Island, was accidentally drowned by falling into the sea from the packet which plies between that island and Cleggan, when on its return journey to that island.  He went in the boat that morning for the purpose of assisting the owner, and whilst changing the sail for tacking he was struck by it, and having fallen into the sea never rose again, nor has the body yet been found.
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