IRELAND OLD NEWS



TUAM HERALD, SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 1909
TUAM, CO GALWAY

DEATH OF THE VERY REV. FATHER CONSIDINE, P.P.

We deeply regret to record the death at the parochial residence, St. Mary's. Ardrahan, of the Very Rev. Thomas Considine, P.P., which occurred on Monday.  The deceased clergyman was a most zealous, active and good-working pastor, and the splendid church of Ardrahan, the parochial house there and grounds and the efficient schools in the parish testify to his worth and are enduring monument of his energy and high conception of duty.  He was a most popular man with all classes and greatly esteemed, being singularly kind hearted and well disposed.  For some years he had been in failing health and was unable to continue to give that whole-hearted and thorough zeal to his work which always distinguished him.  The Diocese of Galway loses in him a most excellent and good priest whose death is universally and deservedly regretted.  The obsequies and funeral on Thursday testified to that universal esteem.  R.I.P.

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DEATH OF MR. EDMOND O'BRIEN, TURLOUGHMORE.

We regretfully chronicle the death at Coarse Park, Turloughmore, on Thursday, 26th ult., of Mr. Edmond O'Brien, Brother of Mr. Patrick O'Brien, merchant, of Tuam, in the eighty-first year of his life, to the deep sorrow of a large circle of friends.  The funeral to Lackagh on Saturday was the largest witnessed in that district for a very long time.

Chief mourners Messrs. Patrick, Edmond, and Michael O'Brien (sons) ; Mary Kate and Delia O'Brien (daughters) ; Joseph, Michael, and John O'Brien, John Connell, John Tieerney, Patrick Kennedy (nephews); Owen Creaven and Thomas Meagher (sons-in-law).

The last prayers of the Church were recited at the graveside by Rev. James Heaney, P.P.
 
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CLERICAL CHANGES

Rev. John Fallon, P.P., Knock, has been promoted as Canon and P.P. of Mountbellew; Rev. J. Corcoran, C.C., Newport, to be P.P. of Knock.  The parish of Turlough, vacant by the death of Rev. T. Walsh, P.P., has been divided into two, to one of which Rev. Father O'Flaherty, C.C., Castlebar, is appointed P.P., and Rev M. Burke, C.C., as P.P. of the other.

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POST OFFICE CLERKSHIP

At a recent examination of candidates for Post Office Clerkships (?) Master Patrick Murphy, youngest son of Sir John Murphy, Toll Farmer, Ruam, secured first place in ten and has got a call to Tuam Post Office where he is located for duty.  The good Christian Brothers, under whose watch Master Murphy was prepared, are to be congratulated on the result.

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PITHY PARS. - Personal, Parochial, Provincial and Particular

Mr. Cairns, C.E., has been entrusted with the preparation of plan and specification for a Town Hall in Swinford, to be built for a local limited company.

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Rev. Mr. Hannay, who uses the nom de plume "George A. Birmingham," has written another novel, said to be on lines similar to those of "Spanish Gold," which will be published by Messrs. Methnen during summer.  It will be entitled "The Secret Charge," and will tell of comic adventures connected with an anarchist who settles on the west coast of Ireland in order that he may be able to manufacture his explosives in peace.

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The Ball  in aid of the Co. Galway Stall at the Dublin Hospital Bazaar arranged to take place on Monday was unavoidably postponed.

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The posting premises held by the late Mr. Dominick Burke, Galway, has been purchased by Mr. Mark McGrath, of the Commercial Hotel, Eyre Street, who intends carrying on the posting business in an up-to-date manner.

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A sad drowning fatality occurred on Thursday last at Creggduff, about eight miles from Galway.  A man named Thomas Small, who had for some time past suffered from depression, was found drowned in a deep drain a short distance from his own home.  An inquest was held on Friday, and a verdict of suicide while temporarily insane was returned.

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In a case at Castlerea Quarter Session , in which a local trader, Mr. J. McDermott, sued a small farmer named James McNeill, for 21p 11s 4 d, principal and interest due on a foot of a promissory note, Judge Wakely, having spent four hours examining plaintiff's books, said between 1898 and the present date McNeill got, between goods, cash lent, etc, 67p 15s 7d, and he paid in cash 107p 5s 4d.  What was against McNeill was not goods nor cash, but interest and compound interest, and, in his Honor's opinion, the man had been grossly defrauded and bilked.  The action was dismissed on the merits.

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His Grace the Archbishop of Tuam administered Confirmation in the Parish Church., Louisburgh, on Tuesday and Wednesday, and in Clare Island on the following day.

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Mr. Thomas Brennan has just completed a steam draw plate oven, after the patents of Thompson and Co., Edinburgh, which is certainly a step in the right direction and quite in keeping with the spirit of improvement which has made the town of Kiltimagh so prominent in recent years.  The oven is fitted with clock and thermometer, so that the time and heating can be perfectly regulated, and the old style chance work is done away with, while everything is done to guarantee absolute cleanliness.  The bakery is fully equipped with machines for dough mixing, carrying dough, etc, and has a copious supply of splendid water.  Mr. Brennan intends to turn out first-class bread and confectionery; and deserves the success which his enterprise certainly entitles him to.

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The "Mayo News" says - During the week, Mrs. E. C. Robertson, solicitor, Castlebar, on behalf of Miss MacEvilly, sister of the late Archbishop of Tuam, has had notice served upon the Rev Jeremiah O'Toole, P P, Kilmeena, nephew and sole executor of the Archbishop, that the validity of his Grace's will is to be contested in the Superior Courts that it was not duly signed by the testator in the presence of two witnesses.  The names appearing on the impeached documents as attesting witnesses are those of the late Canon O'Dwyer, P. P., Dunmore, and Canon J. P. Cunning, P. P., Ballyhannis.  Messrs. Kelly and McGonigal, solicitors, have been engaged by the executor in support of the will.

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The first issue of the "Connacht Tribune," a new Nationalist weekly newspaper, published in Galway, is a promising initial number of eight pages of eight columns each.  Its local news supply is extemely full and diversified, the type good, and the printing very legible.  Mr. William O'Malley, M.P. begins in the journal a series of articles entitled "Connemara Land League Reminisecnces."

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At the meeting of the committee of the Castlebar Branch of the Gaelic League, the Secretaries of the Feis announced that they had received a large number of entries for the forthcoming Feis in July.  It was also stated that the Midland Great Western Railway Co. had expressed their intention of giving special facilities for those wishing to attend this important festival.  The fare from Athlone to Castlebar (available for four days) will be only 3s 6d.  Similar reductions have been made in fares from all the other stations to the Midland system west of Athlone, so that there will be no excuse in that direction for competitors and others wishing to attend.

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In Galway last week Very Rev Father Dooley presided at a meeting of the committee having charge of the arrangements for the reception of the delegates attending the forthcoming Technical Congress to be held in the latter end of June and the beginning of July.  Mr. W. B. Grieves proposed and Sir James O'Donohoe seconded, a resolution appointing the Most Rev. Dr. O'Dea, Lord Bishop of Galway, chairman of the reception committee.  The Hon. Sec. (Mr. C. J. Leaper) was directed to write to the Rev Father Dowling asking him to so arrange agenda as to permit the delegates to have an excursion on the Lake during one of the days of the Congress.  Mr. Oldham, Dublin, has arranged to give a lecture on the Woollen Industries of Ireland, and Mr. R. J. Kelly, B.L., has expressed his intention of lecturing on "Old Galway."  The lectures will be followed by a concert.  -  "Galway Express."

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What should prove a decidedly attractive fancy fete is to be held at Ballinasloe on Thursday, 17th June.  The proceeds are in aid of the East Galway District Nurse Fund, a deserving institution which ought to command widespread public support.  The attractions include a lawn tennis tournament, athletic sports, rifle and clay pigeon shooting, conjuring, variety entertainments, dancing, etc.

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The National Teachers in Roamuck parish have presented an address to the Rev. Redmond McHugh on the eve of his departure to take charge of the important parish of Clare-Galway.  In his office as manager of the eleven schools in Roemuck the teachers always found Father McHugh most anxious to meet their interests, while the parishioners in general had in him a faithful friend who was always most zealous in their behalf.

THE TUAM HERALD, SATURDAY, June 12, 1909
TUAM, CO GALWAY


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PITHY PARS. - Personal, Parachial, Provincial and Particular

Last week a young man named Moran, son of a herd in the employment of Mr. M. McDonogh, Galway, was fired at from behind a wall on the public road at Ballinderreen, near Gort.  Moran was in company with two other cyclists who were returning from Kinyara.  There were, it is stated, about 200 pellets lodged in his left arm and back.  He was treated by Dr. Foley, Ardrahan, and his injuries are not considered serious.  The police are investigating the affair, but up to the present no clue has been obtained.

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The fishing season is now in full swing and anglers are anticipating a busy time.  The May fly is doing good work and at Oughterard the average catches have been from 12 to 15 per day.  Similar results were achieved on the Galway river.

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There is to be seen at Mr. Simmons' studio in Galway, a very beautiful coloured plane size portrait of the new Bishop.  The delicate tints of the robes and details in the lace are very fine indeed.  It shows his Lordship in full length.  We understand photographic copies of this portrait can be had in all sizes from Mr. Simmons at 1/- each.  The large one is to be drawn for at the forthcoming Spanish-Celtic Bazaar to which it is being presented by the artist.

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While on his way home from the fair of Galway, a farmer named Thomas Davan, of Waterfield, Annaghdown, met with a very serious accident.  Sitting on his cart, passing a place in front of the horse, which caused the latter to swerve, and Davan losing his balance fell off the vehicle, which was heavily loaded. The wheel passed over his leg literally grinding it into a mass of pulp.
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The Mount Bellew roller-skating club rink is open on Wednesday and Saturday in each week from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in St. Mary's Temperance Hall.  Since its establishment, some seven or eight week's ago, it has been regularly attended by energetic skaters from Ahascragh, Ballinasloe, Tuam and Mountbellew, and the local districts.

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Near Athenry on the Persse estate recently a distribution of 800 or 900 acres of grazing land took place ; but the tenants have yet a serious grievance with the manner in which these grass lands have been temporarily settled.  From what can be learned from the Estates Committee, it appears that the fundamental principle of giving the first strips to the tenants already on the property has been totally disregarded, and the tenants with small holdings of 3 or 4 acres have got none of the lands, which have been given to tenants on adjoining properties, and to others who have large farms.

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An old citizen of Galway, in the person of the late Mr. Denis Duvalle, died last week.  He had for many years held a high position in H.M. Customs, but had retired on pension, and resided with his family at Sea Road. He was a familiar figure in Galway.

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For the fortnight ending 28th May the consignment of trout to the English market was 882 lbs., bringing the total for the four months to 4 tons.  All the trout referred to in this and former reports are caught by fair fishing, trolling, casting or dapping, and are not netted, as lately stated through some mistake by a contemporary.  Up to the 28th May there had been no run of "peal" reported in the Galway river, and none have been as yet caught at Oughterard.  A pike was killed on the troll on 20th May which weighed 33 lbs., of the following dimensions: length 45 ins.; extreme girth, 23 ins.

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The salary of the incoming secretary of Mayo Co Council, has been fixed at 50p a year and 100p a year under the Cattle Diseases Act, and sometimes over 140p more for franchise work of Claremorris and Castlebar unions, together with fees under various heads that may shape out into a tidy sum at the end of the year.  Compared with Galway, where the county secretary's salary and emoluments reach to close on 1,200p a year (Mr. Gordon Seymour being taken over from the Grand Jury, and with Roscommon, where the standing salary, without emoluments, is 170p a year, it may be said that the salary offered in Mayo errs on the small side, but as against this great possibilities have to be reckoned with, as in any scheme of poor law reform - and the scheme cannot be delayed beyond a few years - it is certain that a number of workhouses in the county will be done away with, and the sums received by the clerks of the unions for franchise work, etc., will then go to supplement the county secretary's salary.  It has been decided, and we think very properly, to increase the staff of clerks and to make all the appointments direct from the Council.

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Father O'Flaherty's promotion to the pastoral charge of the ancient parish of Keelogues is, says a correspondent, most warmly welcomed, though the people of Castlebar naturally feel sorry at losing a rev. gentleman who has been such a long time with them, and whose zeal in the duties of the Sacred Ministry have only been surpassed, if we may so use the word, by his extreme humility and exalted charity.  Not literally but actually he gave all he had to the poor; they were ever with him in his thoughts, and we may be sure that their prayers will go with him in his thoughts, and we may be sure that their prayers will go with him out from their hearts that he may be given many long years of health and happiness with the good people of Keelogues, and every blessing that can attend his work for their spiritual welfare.

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A learned correspondent says that among the old churches and graveyards mentioned in the State papers, he finds Cloondalgan Che. G., which still are clearly defined.  This old relic of antiquity is now surrounded by a ring fence of very old trees, and local tradition says that clay was brought from the old graveyard to be used in the consecration of Addergoole burial ground, a few miles more southward.  The last survivor of the De Bermingham family died in this place.  The foundations of a church, associated in local history with St. Patrick, are to be clearly seen at Carrownaseer, near Dunmore, and a bullaun (?), i.e. a hollow stone, beside this ancient church is marked in the Ordinance Survey maps as St. Patrick's Stone.  Tradition says it was used by the Saint as a baptismal font.  Like Cloondalgan, this place is surrounded by trees, and it is said that clay was taken from the church grounds for the consecration of Dunmore graveyard.  It would, therefore, seem that Cloondalgan and Carrownaseer were the primitive ancient churches in this locality.

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On the occasion of his retirement from Gort, where he had been stationed for 33 years, Mr. James G. Grubb, local manager of the National Bank was presented by his admirers with an address and purse of sovereigns.  At the same time Miss Grubb was presented by Archdeacon Daly on behalf of the church choir with a number of dainty silver gifts.  Mr. Grubb has recently removed to Dalkey.

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A special meeting of the Claremorris National Teachers' Association was held in the Boy's School, Claremorris, on the 15th. inst.  The meeting was called to discuss the best means of having the compulsory clause of the Education Act put in force in the Claremorris Union.  The following letter was read from his Grace the Archbishop of Tuam: -  St. Jarlath's, Tuam, 30th April, 1909.  Dear Sir - your letter of the 27th inst. was duly submitted to me after my return from visitation last evening. In reference thereto I have only to repeat most emphatically what I have already said so often, that the teachers have my entire sympathy and approval in their efforts to secure the enforcement of the compulsory clause of the Education Act, I earnestly hope that the Claremorris Council will accede to the very proper request of the local Teachers Association to have the change (?) put into operation as soon as possible in the district under their control - I am, dear sir, yours very faithfully, John Beaty, D. D., Archbishop of Tuam.

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The Gort Horse Show will be held on the Horse Show Grounds on Tuesday, July 20th, 1909, under the patronage of their lordships, the Most Rev. Dr. McCormack and the Most Rev. Dr. O'Dea, and under the Chairmanship of the Right Rev. Monsignor Fahy.

THE TUAM HERALD,
TUAM, CO GALWAY,
SATURDAY, June 19, 1909

CAUTION TO PUBLICANS AND OTHERS

CHILDREN ACT, 1906

The above Act, passed 21st December, 1906, came into operation 1st April last, and is being put in force by the police as may be seen by the reports of Tuam Petty Sessions in last week's Tuam Herald.

EXCLUSION OF CHILDREN FROM BARS OF LICENSED PREMISES

Section 120 of the Act says:

The holder of the license of any licensed premises shall not allow any person under the age of 14 years to be at any time in the bar of the licensed premises except during the hours of closing,

If the holder of a license acts in contravention of this section, or if any person causes or procures, or attempts to cause or procure, any child to go in the bar of any licensed premises except during the hours of closing, he shall be liable on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding, in respect of the first offence, forty shillings, and in respect of any subsequent offence, five pounds.

If a child is found in the bar of a licensed premises, except during the hours of closing, the holder of the license shall be deemed to have committed an offence under this section unless he shows that he has used diligence to prevent the child being admitted to the bar or that the child was apparently over the age of fourteen.

Nothing in this section shall apply in the case of any child of the license holder or in the case of a child resident but not employed in the licensed premises solely for the purposes of passing through in order to obtain access to or egress from, that part of the premises not being a bar, where there is no other convenient means of access to or egress from that part of the premises or in the case of railway refreshment rooms or other premises constructed, fitted and intended to be used in good faith for any purpose to which the holding of a license is merely auxiliary.

JUVENILE SMOKING

Section 39: If any person sells to a person apparently under the age of sixteen years any cigarettes or cigarette papers, whether for his own use or not, he shall be liable, on summary conviction in the case of a first offence, to a fine not exceeding two pounds, and in the case of a second offence to a fine not exceeding five pounds, and in the case of a third or subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding ten pounds.

It shall be the duty of a constable and of a park keeper being in uniform to seize any cigarettes or cigarette papers of any person apparently under the age of sixteen whom he finds smoking in any street of public place, and such constable or park keeper shall be authorised to search any boy so found smoking, but not a girl.

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BIRTHS

CONCONAN - On June 12th, at 6 Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, London, the wife of Edmond G. Concanon, D.S.G., of a son.

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MARRIED

ARMSTRONG and BARRETT - June 5, 1909, at Kenagh Church, Co Longford, by the Rev. P.K. Lyon, Noble, only son of Thomas N. Armstrong, J.P., of Glanmore, Nenagh, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Samuel Barrett, J.P., of Ballintava, Co Galway.

BRISTOW and KNOX - June 9, 1909, at Ardnaree Church, Ballina, by the Very Rev The Dean of Connor (father of the bridegroom), assisted by Rev J.H.M. Nash, B.A., Rector of the Parish, Harry Jones, to Maud Allthea Dora, daughter of Utred A. Knox, Mount Falcon, Ballina.

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DIED

McHUGH - Denis McHugh, at Ballybanagher, Ballyglunnin, on Sunday, 13th June, aged 86 years.  Interment at Cummer Cemetery on Tuesday, 15th inst.  Father W. McHugh officiated at the graveside.

DONELAN  - At Kilvolan, on 3rd June, 1909, Ellen Donelan, youngest  daughter of Thomas Donelan and Kate Donelan.  Interment took place at the family burial ground, Donaghpatrick, on 5th June.

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Lost - 2 Reward.

STRAYED from Castlegrove on Tuesday the 8th inst., a black cocker Spaniel.  Owner's name on collar.  Reward given for information concerning same. - Lewin.

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DEATH OF MISS ELLEN DONELAN, KILVOLAN, CAHERLISTRANE.

We deeply regret to announce the demise of the above-named young lady on Thursday, 3rd June, at the early age of 16 years.  Deceased was ailing for only a brief period, and her premature taking oil has evoked the sympathy and sorrow of every one who enjoyed the pleasure of knowing her; and out to her bereaved parents and relatives goes the sincere condolence of their many friends and neighbours.  Miss Donelan was a universal favourite, and her death has left a void not easily to be filled.

The internment took place at Donaghpatrick on Saturday, 5th June, the funeral cortege comprising a very large and representative number of the people of the district.  Father Heaney, C.C., was ministering to deceased during her illness, officiated at the graveside, and the child mourners were: Thomas Donelan (father), Kate Donelan (mother), Michael, Thomas, Patrick (brothers), Mary (sister), - R.I.P.

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PITH PARS. - Personal, Parochial Provincial and Particular

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We perceive that Part V. of Popular and Patriotic Poetry so carefully compiled by Mr. R. J. Kelly, B.L., has just been issued by the Catholic Truth Society.  It contains a number of excellent pieces, such as Shemus O'Brien, the Boys of Wexford (lately revised by Dr Joyce), Tadhg O'Donoghue, and other rare patriotic poems, which should be better known.

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Second Lieutenant Ivor G. W. Horder, has been appointed to the 3rd Battalion (Galway Militia) to fill a vacancy in the establishment.  The Battalion has vacancies yet for eight lieutenants and six second lieutenants.

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Capt. James McNally, of the Connaught Rangers, who has for a long term of years been stationed at Renmore Barracks, has been promoted to the rank of Major.

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Ex. Head-constable Mack, R I C, who had for years been stationed in Galway West Riding, was found dead in his bedroom on last Monday morning with a bullet wound in his head.  Deceased, who was 69, retired from the force in 1890, and at the time of the sad occurrence was living at 42 Willowbank street, Belfast.

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Ballagh, otherwise Ballagh-na-Brugha, is derived from Brugha, i.e. a palace obscured from the public view.  Within the environs of its picturesque hills, studded with a beautiful growth of hawthorn, are two raths of very large dimensions traditionally said to have been the abode of a Tuatha de Danaan king.  Ballagh West, which is in the vicinity of Dunnmore, is now the oldest family seat in that parish.  It has been transmitted to the Lynch family through lineal descent for several centuries.  It is a branch of the ancient Lynch patrimony of Tobarroe, Kilconly, and Orannagh, Mayo.  The former is in possession of members of the Lynch family to the present day.  Orannagh was sold by Michael Lynch, of Toberroe, over a century ago.  The Lynches originally belonged to Merlin Park, Galway.  That property was confiscated for their having fought for the Stuarts on the Catholic and Irish side in the Confederate army in the wars against the Puritans, 1641-'49.  The Lynches were replaced in Merlin Park by a family of the name of Blake.

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Under the patronage of The Most Rev Dr McCormack D D, the Committee of the Galway Gaelic League have decided to hold their Feis in the County Hall, Galway, on 11th and 12th August next.

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Thomas Carr, who was at the last Ballinasloe Petty Sessions, sentenced to three months' imprisonment for a brutal assault on his wife Mary Anne Carr, absconded from the Workhouse, where he was an inmate, on hearing of the sentence, and has not yet been found, notwithstanding the fact that the police are scouring the country for him.

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The young man, Veldon, who is charged in connection with the robbery from Claremorris railway station is still confined in prison.  The second man implicated in the larceny, and who took to the country when the alarm was raised, is still at large.  Mr. W. J. Devlin, solicitor, Claremorris, has been engaged to defend Veldon.

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The death is very much regretted at Galway of Mother Mary Magdalen Golding, the Superioress of the Presentation Convent, which occurred at an advanced age.  Deceased, who was  a native of Shrule, celebrated her golden jubilee only a few weeks ago.  She had been elected Rev Mother of the Convent no less than seven times.

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Lady Philippe Waithman left Merlin Park for London to present her daughter Mrs. Page Croft, on her marriage, at Court.

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At Ballina Petty Sessions on the 8th instant, the Master of the ss. Ephraim, of Fleetwood, was prosecuted by the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland for trawling in Lacken Bay, in contravention of the Departments'' bye-law.  A fine of 100, with 25, 4s 2d costs was imposed.

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The Very Rev P J Lally, P P, V F, presided at an indignation meeting in Galway to protest against the action of Colonel O'Hara in refusing the citizens permission to re-erect a spring-board for bathing purposes at Blackrock, Salthill.  It was determined to form a Citizens' Committee to fight the matter at law.

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Mr. George Keogh, J P, D L, of Greevagh, Co Sligo, died a  few days ago.

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Mr. W. Pierce, of the Bank of Ireland, Galway, is promoted agent at Boyle, in succession to Mr. Lamphler, who is promoted to Gorey.

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On the occasion of his resignation from the office of Postmaster, Mr. B. J. McDonnell, Loughrea, has received a beautifully illuminated address the work of Miss M. Fitzpatrick, Dublin, from the staff of the Loughrea Post Office and sub-offices in the district.


THE TUAM HERALD, SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 1909
TUAM, CO GALWAY


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BIRTHS

WYNNE - June 13th, 1909, at Main street, Castlebar, the wife of T A Wynne, U D C, of a daughter.

MIDDLETON - At Shanghai, China, May 5th, the wife of W B Osborne Middleton, and daughter of the late Matthew Harris, M P, East Galway, of a daughter.

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MARRIED

CHATTERON and  GIBBONS - On the 17th June, 1909, Old Sardinian Chapel, Lincoln's innfields, by the Rev Father Daniell, Henry Chatterton, eldest son of Bollen Chatterton, Esq., Demerara, to Alicia Kathleen (Lilly), third daughter of the late Thomas James Gibbons, solicitor, formerly of Lodge Park, Kingstown.  (Australian and American papers please copy.)

BOWES and KENNEDY -  June 16, 1909, at the Pro-Cathederal, Marlborough street, Dublin by the Rev Bernard Bowes, P P, Killinadeema, Loughrea (brother of the bridegroom), and Rev Vincent Finerty, O D C, Clarendon street, Dublin, Joseph, youngest son of the late John Bowes and Mrs. Bowes, Loughrea, to Mary Josephine (Eveleen), eldest daughter of Martin Kennedy, T C, Loughrea, and granddaughter of Patrick Kennedy, J P, Loughrea.

FARRAGHER and KEANE - June 17, 1909, at St. Patrick a Roman Catholic Church, Galway, by the Rev Murtagh Farragher, P P, Father Nagle, C C, Lisdoonvarna, Father Lydon, C C, Galway, and Father Cahir. C C, Galway; Thomas Joseph Farragher, Petty Sessions Clerk, Gardenfield House, Hollymount, Co Mayo, to Josephine, daughter of the late Denis Keane, Lisdoonvarna.

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DIED

FLANAGAN - At her residence, Cortoon, Tuam, on June 21st, 1909, at the age of 29 years, Bridget Flanagan, daughter of John Flanagan, fortified by the rites of Holy Church.  Funeral to Cortoon on Wednesday last was largely attended.  Deeply regretted. - R.I.P.

KELLY - At her residence, Cuilmore, Newport, on 10th June, 1909, Mary Kelly, wife of Martin Kelly, aged 62 years.  R.I.P.

CLEARY - June 1oth (Feast of Corpus Christi), at Ballycroy, Edward Constantine Cleary - R. I. P.

NUGENT - June 22, 1909, Sarah Elizabeth (Bessie), sixth daughter of the late Rev William Nugent, Rector of Ardrahan, Co Galway, Chancellor of Kilmacduagh.

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Messrs. MacMillan's popular novels are perhaps the cheapest and best fiction publications.  Amongst their tales we notice "The First Violin" and "Misunderstood," both very favourite works of fiction.  The books are illustrated and beautifully bound in red cloth cost only 7d.  (MacMillan and Co, ST Martin's Street, London, W.C.)

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THE TUAM BON-FIRE OF 1859.

TO THE EDITOR OF TUAM HERALD

DEAR SIR - On or about the night of the 16th June, 1859, the old Monks' School or Monastery, situated on the Ballygaddy Road was destroyed by fire.  It appears the lease was up next day, and Bishop Plunkett would not give a renewal as he wanted the house as Protestant Mission House.  I well remember seeing the desks and furniture being removed early on the day of the fire - now 50 years ago!  A large number of Tuam boys were arrested over the burning but in the words of the old song -

"They were sent to Galway Jail,
But soon released again
By his Lordship Bishop McHale."

I also remember seeing several coffins, containing the remains of dead monks, being exhumed from the garden attached to the old monastery.  The house was built by the Tuam people.  Towards midnight the house was set on fire by the Tuam boys and a sad, but splendid sight it was to us little boys, as we had never seen a house on fire before.  I am sure some of the old inhabitants of Tuam could give you more information about it, as I was only a little boy at the time.

Yours faithfully,

J. E.

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PITHY PARS. - Personal, Parochial Provincial and Particular

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In the POEM competition in this week's "Irish Packet" Mr. P. J. Durkan, of Tuam, gained a distinction, as did Miss Lillian Johnson, of Kinvars, Miss Mary Quinn, of Newtown, Woodlawn, and Michael Heavy, of Moylough.

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The Prize Competition in this week's "Irish Packet" has been awarded Mrs. A K Ruttledge, of Clifden, Co Galway, for a beautiful poem, "The Rose Queen."

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We regret to announce the death of Mr. Denis J. Downing ("Doctor Dick"), the well known Irish sporting journalist, which took place on last week.  The deceased gentleman began his journalistic career in Cork, and went to Dublin to join the staff of "Sport," subsequently, after the death of Mr. J G Furlong, becoming connected with the "Irish Daily Independent."  He along with Mr. M A Hayden, Solr., Ballinasloe, afterwards established the "Sporting Record."  Mr. Downing owned several horses, the best being probably Bushford Lass.  Dr. Dick was well known and liked in Tuam.

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The Galway Archaeological and Historical Society intend holding an excursion to Clonmacnoise on Tuesday, July 13th.  It is arranged to go by rail to Athlone and thence to Clonmacnoise by stream launch, and those who participate in the trip may feel assured of a pleasant outing apart from the fund of interesting researches which Clonmacnoise provides for Archaeologists.

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The annual excursion of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin, attached to the Jesuit Church, Sea Road, Galway, will take place to Hill of Doon, calling at Inchigill on Sunday, June 27th.  The excursion is for members of the Sodality only, and tickets which include luncheons, are provided at an exceedingly moderate figure.  The s.s. "Fairy Queen" has been specifically chartered for the trip, and a string band has also been engaged.  The boat leaves Wood Quay at 9:30 am sharp.

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From a copy of the "Cape Times" we find that Mr. Joseph A Cloherty, formerly of Galway, has carried out the satisfaction of the architects, Messr. Blake and Masey, of Cape Town, the building of a new Catholic church at Paaarl, a district in South Africa.  Mr Cloherty served his apprenticeship as an architect and builder to a leading firm in Dublin, after which he made South Africa the home of his adoption, and is rapidly climbing the ladder of success.  He is the son of the late Mr. Michael Cloherty, a leading merchant of Galway, and brother of Mr. Gerald Cloherty, Clerk of the Crown and Peace, Mr. Michael William Cloherty, of Dominick Street.  The many friends of Mr. Joseph A. Cloherty in Galway will be glad to hear of his success in his profession.

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A marriage is arranged, and will take place early in August, between Professor R Knox McElderry, University College, Galway, and Margaret, daughter of Rev J. Courtney Clarks, DD Moderator of the General Assembly.

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At Maynooth College, Archdeacon Walsh ordained to sub-deaconship the following students: Rev P Garvey, Rev M Carney, Rev J Burke, Tuam ; Rev M. Hyland, Rev J Mitchell, Galway, and Rev. P. Connolly, Clonfert.

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We are pleased to see that Mr. Moran, C E, at present doing duty in Omagh, has been appointed County Surveyor of East Galway.  The election lay between him and Mr. Binns, Borough Surveyor, Galway, being the only candidates proposed.  Both gentlemen had successfully passed the prescribed examination Mr. Moran was strongly recommended by amongst others Mr. John Fitzgibbon, Chairman of the Roscommon Co Council, while it was argued in Mr. Binns' favour that, as a county man, he was entitled to the preference, other conditions being equal.

Mr. A. Patrick Moors, son of Mr. R. A. Moors, of Galway, has recently been ordained to the priesthood at St. Paul's Seminary, Minnesota, by Archbishop Ireland.  Father Moors will remain on the mission at St. Paul's.

Mr. Patrick F. Loftus, the energetic and capable Secretary of the Galway Industrial Development Association, has resigned, having got an appointment in Wexford.  The association has important work in hand at the present time, though not of so arduous a character as the organising of the Industrial Conference and exhibition which formed so large a part of their work in 1908.




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