IRELAND OLD NEWS



The Tuam Herald, March 6, 1909

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Married

Broderick and Kelly - February 22, 1909, at the Church of St John the
Baptist, Blackrock, with Nuptial Mass, by the Right Rev Monsignor O'Donnell, DD, PP
VG, assisted by the Very Rev M J Butler, DD, PP, Roundwood, the Rev C O N
Lawless, CC; the Rev A Moynihan, CM, and the Rev H M Vice-Consul, youngest son of
the late Michael Broderick, Ryebill, Athenry, Co Galway, to Marjorie, eldest
daughter of Edward Kelly, Prince Edward terrace, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

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Died

Hosty - On 22nd February, 1909, at Sheepwalk, Tuam, Winifred Hosty, after a
brief illness, deeply regretted.  Interment took place at Cortoon Cemetery on
24th ult, and was largely attended. - R.I.P.

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Alleged Larceny.

A little girl named Philomena Crosbie was charged with larceny of a shawl
from another little girl named Murray on Jan. 11th.

Mr Hosty appeared for the child, Crosbie, and the Bench, after careful
consideration, dismissed the case.

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False Pretences.

A charge of obtaining a pair of boots under false pretences from the drapery
establishment of Mr. Francis Meagher. Preferred against a man named Patrick
Joyce, was adjourned to to that day fortnight, and the court rose.

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A Marriage.

Burke and O'Connor.

On Thursday, 18th February, took place at Dunmore parish church, the
marriage, by Rev Paul McLoughlin, CC, of Mr Michael Burke, son of Mr Walter Burke, of
Sylane, Tuam, to Miss Julia O'Connor, daughter of Mr Luke O'Connor, Knock,
Milltown, and granddaughter of the late Mr Anthony Hyland, Ballymartin, Kilmaine,
Co Mayo.

The bride, dressed in white satin trimmed with Irish crochet, was given away
by her brother, the bridesmaid being Miss Mary Ellen O'Connor (sister).  Mr
Walter Burke, brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man.

The happy couple returning home were accorded hearty congratulations, the
road being illuminated with torchlights, the like of which has rarely if at all
been witnessed in the district.

Amongst other presents to the Bride were - Bridegroom, a mahogany cabinet;
bridegroom's father, a 5 note; bride's father, an outfit, &c; James O Connor, a
handsome cheque; Anthony O'Connor, a silver mounted silk umbrella; Mr and Mrs
E Burke, a table lamp; P O Connor, dress  lengths to order; Mr and Mrs
Concanon, a lady's purse and pictures; Mrs McLean, a tortoise shell comb, set with
brilliants.

To the Bridegroom: - Jas O'Connor, silver albert chain and pendant; Miss M
Donoghne, silver-mounted Connemara marble dish; Miss Katie O'Connor, scarves,
etc.

Pithy Pars. - Personal, Parochial Provincial and Particular

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Major Napoleon Joseph Blake, DSO, late of the Middlesex Regiment, was born in
1852 son of Captain Maurice Lynch Blake, second son of Maurice Blake, of
Ballinafad, and Margaret, daughter of Captain Wallis.  He entered the army in 1873
and served in the Zulu war in 1879, and was made a captain in 1881, and major
in 1890.  He was second in command of the Middlesex Regiment in the South
African war, and being mentioned in despatches was awarded the D S O.  He has
retired since 1901, and is married to Alice, daughter of Robert Page Henderson,
of Oswaldkirk, Yorkshire.

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Thomas Joseph Blake, B L, fifth son of Valentine O'Conor Blake, of Towerhill,
Co Mayo, is a member of the Connaught Bar.  He was educated at Trinity
College, Dublin, and B. A.  He was called to the Irish Bar in 1873 and is a member
of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

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Charles Joseph Blake, J P for Queen's Co and Co Galway, who was born in 1840,
is the second son of Valentine O'Connor Blake, of Towerhill, and was educated
at Stonyhurst College and at Trinity Collage and B A in 1860.  He was called
to the Irish Bar in 1862 but never practised, and was High Sheriff for Queen's
Co in 1895.  He refused to stand in the Nationalist interest for Mayo in 1880
and would have been elected. He is a member of the Jockey Club and a great
authority on racing, having bred some of the best race horses in Ireland.

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Father John Hughes, S J, who some few years ago was the popular and
distinguished rector at St Ignatius, Galway, has, we regret to say, been very ill, but
is, we are pleased to learn, entirely recovered.

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His countless friends, lay and clerical, in the County Galway, will be glad
to know that his Grace the Archbishop of Melbourne has completely recovered
from his recent indisposition.

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Count Llewellyn Blake, Colonel 3rd Connaught Rangers, J P for Co Galway and D
L for Co Mayo, was born in 1842.  He is the only surviving son of Maurice
Blake, of Ballinafad, by Anne, daughter and heir of Marcus Lynch, at
Cloghballymore.  He gave over his estate at Ballinafad to a French religious order.  He
was made a Count of the Papal Court in 1895.

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Robert ffrench Blake, of Ballyglunin Park, by Adelaide, daughter of Robert
Ffrench. Of Monivca Castle.  He succeeded his brother, Walter, in Ballyglunin
Park in 1891.  Mr Blake was High Sheriff for Galway town in 1892.  He is the
owner of extensive estates in the neighbourhood of Ballyglunin, and at Kilbannon,
near Tuam.

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The Most Rev Dr MacCormack, Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh, in his Lenten
message, says: - As this is my last Lenten instruction to my flock, I take
occasion to convey to you a Father's blessing.  It has been my sacred duty, as
your Chief Pastor, to guide you for the past two-and-twenty years, and now I
shall be soon surrendering my spiritual charge into the hands of my successor;
meantime, I take this opportunity to thank you, my beloved flock - both priests
and laity - for your invariable kindness and unfaltering docility and
submission.  One favour I beg of you: I ask the charity of your prayers that the
evening of my life may be blessed by God, that I may finish my earthly course in his
holy love.  And rest assured, dearly beloved, that I shall faithfully
remember you in the Holy Mass as long as the Lord is pleased to give me strength to
stand at His Altar.

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Lord Gough left Coutra Park last week for London.  He attended the King's
Levee on Friday.

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Lady Gregory, who has been ill the last fortnight is, we are very pleased to
say, now wholly convalescent.  She is devoting her spare time to planting
trees of which she has put down a very large quantity already in her beautiful and
picturesque demesne.

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In the year 1837 Ireland's population was 8,024,000; taxation, 5,175,000, or
about 12s 11d per head; in 1901, the population had fallen to 4,479,175, and
taxation had risen to 9,505,000, or 43s per head.  23.1 per 1,000 were
receiving workhouse relief in 1907, which throws a still greater burden on the
taxable ratepayer.

Tuam Herald, Saturday, March 13, 1909

Tuam, Co Galway

Pithy Pars, - Personal Parochial Provincial and Particular

Captain Valentine Joseph Blake, J P for Co Roscommon and Mayo, was born in
1840, and is the third son of the late Valentine O'Connor Blake, Esq., D L of
Towerhill, Co Mayo.  We was educated at Stonyhurst, and married in 1880 the Hon
Mary Josephine ffrench, only daughter of Lord de Freyne.  He was efficient and
popular Secretary of the Mayo Grand Jury for many years.  He now resides in
Dublin.

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Colonel Maurice Blake, C. B., of Towerhill, Co Mayo, was born in 1837.  He is
the eldest son of Valentine O'Conor Blake, Esq, D.L., by Margaret, daughter
of Lord ffrench.  He was educated at Stonyhurst, and was Lieutenant commanding
the 6th Battalion of the Connaught Rangers from 1885 to 1897, when he retired,
getting a Companionship of the Bath.  He is J P for Galway and Mayo, and D.
J. for Mayo, where he was High Sheriff in 1864. He married Jeannette daughter
of Surgeon Pearce O'Reilly, of Sans Souci, Co Dublin.

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Dr Alexander Murray Bligh, an Alderman of Liverpool, was born at
Castlehackett, Tuam, and educated at St Jarlath's College, and Queen's University, Dublin.
 He has been for 28 years a member of the Liverpool City Council, being
Alderman for eight years, and the whole period on the Health and Hospital
Committees.  He married Mary Agnes, daughter of Philip Brady, of Kenilworth Square,
Dublin.  His son, Dr J Murray Bligh, is a Fellow of the University of Liverpool.

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Martin Joseph Blake, B.L., whose name is so familiar to the readers of the
Herald, and the Journal of the Galway Society of Antiquaries, is a well known
writer and archaeologist.  He also is Editor of a legal publication in London,
and is Revising Barrister for one of the London divisions.  He is the sixth son
of the late Valentine O'Conor Blake, Esq, D.L., of Towerhill, Co Mayo.  He
was educated at Downside and Trinity College, Dublin, of which he is a B.A.  He
compiled the "Blake Family Records," a monumental work of deep industry and
research and an authoritative work on the Blake Family.  He is an authority on
Irish family pedigrees, particularly those connected with Galway and Mayo.

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We have received the annual report of Dwyer and Company, of Cork, one of the
most prosperous, popular and well directed establishments in Ireland.  The net
profits last year amounted to 10,819, which enabled the Directors to pay a
dividend of seven per cent.  The Secretary is Mr James J. Gallagher, of Tuam -
one of our many townsmen who has won distinction in the commercial world.

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There was a very pathetic occurrence in Spiddal recently, when a Mrs Folad,
Spiddal, whose daughter had been married to a man named O'Brien, of Carranmore,
only a fortnight before, died suddenly as the remains of her husband were
being placed in the coffin, prior to the funeral.  Distracted with grief at the
death of her husband, the unfortunate woman fell dead on the ground just as the
lid was being placed on the coffin, and the husband and wife were buried with
two days.

Costable J Costello, R I C, Galway, who was recently transferred to Oranmore
on special duty, has been granted a first-class favourable record for
courageous conduct, and a third-class record, with 1, for good police duty

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Mr. Henry Doran, Mr. F T C Gahan, and Mr Mitchell, of the Congested Districts
Board, last week accompanied by the Rev P Canon Lyons, P P, V F, Castlebar,
met a number of the tenants on the Kilmaine estate at Snugboro, and discussed
with them the best means by which the Brewaster farm might be divided up. 
Alternative offers of holdings and plots were made, and the tenants were given
until Thursday to decide as to which offer the majority of them were willing to
accept.

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The M G W Railway have a staff of men at work covering in the up platform of
Claremorris station, and it is also thought that they will carry out a similar
improvement at the down platform.

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His Grace the Archbishop of Tuam administered the Sacrament of Confirmation
to over 400 children in Claremorris last week.  He preached a very useful
sermon exhorting the people to listen to the preachers and to stand faithfully by
the Church.  He complained of some papers in Dublin which were trying to
undermine the faith and morals of the people; also of the excessive use of bad cheap
tea, which was one of the causes why the asylums were full.  He also
complained of bickering, disputes, and wrangling in public life, and said that
Irishmen were not fit to get Home Rule as they had not that patience and moderation
so necessary for the proper control of public business.  On Friday evening the
first great solemnity of this mission took place in honour of the Most Holy
Sacrament of the Blessed Eucharist.

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Mr. Timothy Gilmartin, son of the late Mr Richard Gilmartin, of New York, is
at present on a visit to his uncle, Mr Michael Gilmartin, Rinshiona,
Castelebar, father of the Very Rev Dr Gilmartin, Vice-President of Maynooth College. 
Mr Gilmartin is an American born, but always looked forward to a visit to the
land of his ancestors.  He arrived in Castlebar on Wednesday week, and has
since been visiting numerous relatives, including his cousin, Mr  Joseph
Gilmartin, R.D.C.  He speaks highly of the Irish in America, and takes a deep interest
in the great struggle of the Irish people for their independence.  He is a
staunch supporter of the Irish Revival Movement.

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Athlone is one of the few places in Ireland where, we are told, a castle
(caislen or caistel) was erected in pre Norman times.  The Four Masters, in the
year 1120, say" "The Castle of Athlone and the bridge were erected by Turlough
O'Connor, in the summer of this year, i.e., the summer of the drought."  The
other per-Norman Castles, as far as known, were at Balliasloe, Galway, and
Collooney, all erected in 1124; Cuileanntrach (unidentitified), demolished in 1155;
Tuam erected in 1164; and Ferns, demolished in 1166.  What sort of structures
these pre-Norman castles were we are nowhere directly told, but we may
perhaps, infer that the one at Athlone, at any rate, was of wood, as it "burned by a
thunderbolt" two years later.

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A process-server named Kilroe was forced to beat a hasty retreat from the
Kelly-Manon estate at Mount Talbot last week where he attended for the purpose of
serving processes.  The local police assisted in protecting a bailiff while
engaged in the same duty on the Potts next day.  There was no disturbance.

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With the passing of the Queen's College, now University College, Galway,
there has also passed away a prominent figure in the College, an old soldier of
the Queen, in the person of the Assistant in Natural History, Sergeant Brady. 
For upwards of twenty years Sergeant Brady has been known to visitors to the
museums, and especially to students, for his knowledge and never-failing
courtesy.  Formerly he served in the 88th for over twenty years, largely in India;
the effects of his various campaigns, the heat of the Indian plains and the cold
of the Himalays could be seen inhis soldier's physique and unmistakeable
bearing.   He was taken ill a few weeks ago, but returned to his duty; which,
however, he had to relinquish, and went home to die.  He died on Thursday, the
25th February.

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In Dunmore last week a horse the property of Mr P Donlon, Carramane, Dunmore,
taking fright dashed through the town and made its way into the wholesale and
retail store of Mr. C J Kennedy, Co C, whose premises were well filled with
customers at the time. No panic ensued, though some had marvellous escapes.  
Two of Mr. Kennedy's customers, Messrs. Rodger Kelly and James Mitchell,
pounced upon the animal and succeeded, after some careful handling in removing him. 
Credit is also due to Constable Summers, R I C, for his promptitude and pluck
in cooling down the wild animal.

The Tuam Herald, Saturday, March 20, 1909

To the Editor Tuam Herald
Birchfield, Kilkenny, March 15, 1909.

Dear Sir - Would you be kind enough through the medium of your widely-read
newspaper to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for the beautiful
trophy which was presented to me on March 9th at Athenry.  I need hardly say that
it will always make me remember the hospitality and kindness which I received
during my Mastership from sports-loving inhabitants of that county, as well
as recalling many a glorious day's sport.

Yours very truly,
Isaac Bell

POTATOE STEALING

James Moran, a tramp, was remanded for fourteen days on a charge of stealing
potatoes from a man named James Bryne. 

Defendant, who was arrested on Monday morning, pleaded not guilty.

Mr. O'Rorke, D I, in his application for the remand, said that the police had
not completed their inquiries.

The court then rose.

The Tuam Herald, Saturday, March 27, 1909

Tuam, Co Galway

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PITHY PARS. - Personal, Parochial Provincial and Particular

Canon John J. Brenan is son of the late J. Brenan, by Miss Conway, daughter
of the late Samuel Conway, esq. of Claremorris.  His Hon Sec and Treasurer of
the Associated Catholic Charities of London, and was for 24 years at our Lady
of the Rosary, Marlebone Road, London.  He is a member of the Westminster
Chapter from 1901, and is now Rector of Our Lady's Grove Toad, since 1908.

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Dr. John Bligh, J. P., for Liverpool, and one of its leading doctors, was
born at Castlehackett, near Tuam, in 1840.  He was educated at the Queen's
College, Galway, where he had for fellow-students, Lord MacDonnell, Sir Andrew Reed,
Dr. John Conway, R. N., and T. P. O'Con- M. P.  Dr. Bligh is an M. D. M. Ch.
Of the Queen's University, and was the first man in Ireland to take the degree
of Master in Surgery.  He is physician to the Mount Pleasant Training
College, and to the Sisters of Charity.  hE is a keen student and reader of Irish. 
In 1876 he married Frances Mary, daughter of Frederick Harris, of Liverpool.  
With his elder brother, Dr. A. M. Bligh, he has been for a generation the
promoter of Irish and Catholic works in Liverpool, "giving priceless services
without price" to the clergy and poor.  His father was Patrick Bligh, Esq., of
Castlehackett; and his other brother the late Matthew Bligh, Esq, of
Castlehackett, was well known in these parts.  His widow lives at Castlehackett.

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His Honour Judge Matthia McDonnell Bodkin, K. C., was born in 1850 at
Eastland House, Tuam, son of the late Dr. Thomas Bodkin.  He was educated at St.
Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, and at the Catholic University, Stephen's Green.  He
was Gold Medallist of the Dublin Law Students' Debating Society; sat in
Parliament for North Roscommon in the Nationalist interest retiring in 1901. 
Besides having had a busy practice at the Bar he has contributed largely to
journalism,; is the author of novels, including "Pat o' Nine Tails," "White Magic,"
"The Rebels," and in earlier days was a successful athlete.  He married in 1885
Arabella, daughter of Francis Norman, of Dublin.

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Father William Bodkin, S. J., was born in 1867, educated at Stonyhurst, took
his Divinity course at St. Brunos; went abroad for a year and then returned to
Stonyhurst to teach; entered the Society in 1884; established and directed
the Catholic Grammar School, Leeds, succeeded Father Pedro Gordon as Rector of
Stonyhurst in 1907.  His father was James Bodkin, R. M., son of the late John
Bodkin, Esq. M.P., of Kilclooney.

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The "Colleen" is a new claimant for Irish favour, and judging from the
numbers we have seen, it well deserves support.  It is a high class publication,
containing matters of interest for its readers.

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In the pages of that pleasant publication, the "Irish Packet" for last week,
we notice a sweet poem on "The Sea" from the pen of Mrs. Anna K. Ruttledge,
"Bank" House, Clifden, a well known writer of poems and stories.


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As we announced some weeks ago, the County Galway Hunt (The Blazers) point
to point races have been fixed for the 30th March, over a fine sporting course,
that of Gurranes, which up to a few years ago was the annual scene of the
Tuam Races.  A light weight, welter, ladies', and a farmers' race for 15, second
to receive 3 cut of stake presented by the members of the Co. Galway Hunt
for horses the bona fide property of farmers under 100 valuation residing in
the hunting district.

DEATH OF MR. MICHAEL MURPHY
CARHEENS.

We regret to record the death of Mr Michael Murphy, of Carheens, parish of
Belclare, brother of Mr. Martin Murphy, D.C., yesterday (Friday) morning. 
Interment will take place at Cummer on Saturday next.

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DEATH OF MRS CREAVEN, CLOONKEEN

At her residence, Cloonkeen, died on Wednesday morning last, at the fine old
age of 93 years. Mrs Bridget Creavan, relict of the late Mr. Walter Creaven,
and mother of Mr. Owen Creaven, Cloonkeen; Rev Bro. James Oreaven, Belfast; and
Mr. Patrick Creaven, the National Bank, Tuam.  The deceased was during her
long life-span highly and deservedly respected in the locality, and her demise
is now deeply regretted by all who knew her.  The remains were interred at
Cummer on Thursday, attended by a vast cortege, including a host of relatives and
friends of the deceased.  May she rest in peace.

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JOHN DENNIS

John Dennis was perhaps the most famous and fearless rider that even the
County Galway has ever known.  The Galway Blazers were too slow for him, so he
hunted a pack of his own.  He is famous for his great saying: "Throw your heart
over, and your horse will follow."  Another saying was - "No man can be called
a good rider till he knows how to fall."

In announcing that an Irish sermon would be preached after second Mass on St
Patrick's Day in Castlebar, the Very Rev Canon Lyons, P. P., speaking after
the first Mass on Sunday, said that the Inspector had reported very favourably
of the way in which Irish was taught in the schools of the parish, and that was
a thing the parish should be proud of, because the Irish language was the
native language of the people of Ireland, and to encourage the teaching of Irish
in the parish it was his (speaker's) intention in July next to give prizes to
the best pupils in Irish in the several classes in the different schools.  If
the people did not know the Irish language they could not love their country,
and everybody should make an effort to learn Irish, at all event they could
learn the salutations and short phrases.  The people should be proud of their
language..

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We understand that a fortnight ago Mrs. Meagher, the gifted writer, paid a
visit to the little Convent of the Sisters of Mercy at Achill Sound.  She was so
impressed with the efforts of the good nuns for the pupils attending their
schools, and for the development of industries in the district, that when she
returned home she sent to his Grace the Archbishop of Tuam a cheque for 100 to
help the struggling Convent to continue the good.

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By the death of Mr. James O'Shaughnessy, which took place in the hospital,
Galway, on St. Patrick's Day, Galway has lost the last of the old school of
musicians, for which it was celebrated more than half a century ago.  Mr.
O'Shaughnessy was not alone a celebrity on the violin, but he was also a performer on
several instruments. He taught several local bands during his time, and by his
private tuitions sent forth to the world at large a number of high class
musicians.  He was also composer of music and an extensive collector of old Irish
airs, but was of that retiring disposition that he declined to have his
compositions and collections published.  He was a member of one of Galway's oldest
and most respectable families, and claimed to have been descended maternally
from one of the historic tribes of that old city.  He lived to a patriarchial
age, and retained all faculties to within a few days before his death, and just
as the brain-power began to fail he expressed a desire for his violin in order
to play one tune for those who were his fellow-patients in hospital, and fell
into a state of despondency when this his last request was refused him.  The
remains of this humble but celebrated musician were consigned to their last
resting place in Rahoon cemetery on Thursday.  A large circle of friends and
well-wishers attended the funeral.

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With regret we have to record the death of Mrs. McDermott of Springfield,
after a long and painful illness, on Monday, 8th March.  Belonging to the ancient
and historical family of the Bodkins, one of the tribes of Galway. She was
allied in marriage to a member of an equally renowned stock, the McDermott's, of
Springfield, who are closely connected with the O'Conors, of regal descent. 
All those who knew her gentle and ladylike manner, will lament the early
demise of "Miss Minnie," as she was familiarly and affectionately known before her
marriage and her many amiable qualities will be long remembered in Ballymoe
and its neighbourhood.  Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of her soul was
celebrated on Thursday, 11th inst. in the presence of a large congregation.  The
celebrant was the Rev O. Donnellan, C.C., Ballymoe; deacon, Very Rev Canon
Harte, P. P., Castlerea.  The funeral which took place after the Mass (the music of
which was rendered by the Drimatemple school choit), was attended by all the
principal families of note both in Galway and Roscommon, and the remains,
enclosed in a massive coffin, were laid to rest in the ancient family vault in
Ballintubber.  The chief mourners were, - F. H. McDermott, J. P. (husband) ; Joe
and John Bodkin (brothers) ; Owen McDermott, J. P. and J. Bodkin (brothers in
law) ; Frank McDermott and Wm. Brown (nephews).  The last prayers at the were
recited by Rev. Fathers Martin and Donnellan.

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District Inspector Egan has been transferred from the Depot to the charge of
Claremorris district in room of D. I. O'Connor, who was transferred to the
charge of Kanturk district some months ago.  This is Mr. Egan's first station.

THE CRAUGHWELL TRAGEDY

Early on Sunday morning a large force of police under Mr. Leathan, District
Inspector R.I.C., arrested five men - farmers' sons - in the Craughwell, Co
Galway district, in connection with the murder of Constable Martin Goldrick at
Grinnoge, in that locality, on January 22nd.  About a fortnight ago two of the
men now in custody (Hynes and Dermody) were discharged after a detention of
five weeks in Galway Jail.

The re-arrests, coupled with the inclusion of other suspects, threw the
entire neighbourhood into a condition of the most intense excitement.  The names of
the prisoners, who were brought to Athenry, are -
     James Cahill, Michael Dermody, Thomas Hynes, Michael Conway, Thomas
Callanan.

Besides being charged with the murder of Goldrick, the prisoners are accused
of wounding two emergencymen.

County Inspector Smyth, since the fatal shooting affray, has been practically
living in the Craughwell district, and a large force of police has of late
been employed in the locality.

The prisoners on Sunday morning were taken into the Athenry Constabulary
barrack yard, and the two men from the town placed amongst them.  By the morning
train from Ballinasloe there had arrived in Athenry a labourer in charge of a
large escort of police.  This man was conducted to the barrack yard, and
confronted with the group of five prisoners and the tow local men.  Having examined
all of these, he placed his hand on two of them.  One of the men so
identified is said to have got angry, and there was a scene of much excitement. 
Shortly after the other prisoners were released, and two retained in custody.  The latter
 are: - Thomas Hynes and Michael Dermody.

In a short time the two, both handcuffed, were brought in charge of a large
body of police to the railway station and conveyed to Galway along with the man
who had identified them.  There the accused were brought before Mr. A. C.
Newell, R. M., Ballinasloe, and, after the production of some startling evidence
were remanded in custody.

AN EYE WITNESS' STORY.

When Hynes and Dermody were placed in the dock in Galway Courthouse, charged
with the murder of Constable Goldrick, the chamber became quickly thronged
with spectators.

Mr. J. W. Blake, Crown Solicitor, at once placed the man who had identified
them in the witness chair.  Then it became known that his name is Bartley
Naughton.

The Crown Solicitor read a deposition made by Naughton on March 20th before
Mr. Newell, R. M.  In this he stated that he is a labourer who works from place
to place where he got jobs.  On the night before the Craughwell murder, he
said, he slept in Athenry, in Chapel street, leaving the town early next morning
without breakfasting, and without obtaining a drink, which he tried to get,
as the publichouses were not then opened.

"As I came close to the railway bridge near Craughwell," the deposition
proceeded, "I heard some shots.  I saw a man running to the bridge from the
Craughwell side.  The man went back again towards Craughwell; he did not come as far
as me.

"I looked into then crags where the bushes were on my right hand side.  I saw
a policeman there.  He was running after three fellows.  I did not see any
gun with him.  The three fellows had guns.  When I saw the policeman he was a
good bit from them. When he was very close to them the three men turned back.

"One of them fired a shot, and I saw the policeman fall.  After he fell I
could not see him on the ground.  There were bushes between me and him.  The
third man was walking on at this time.

"The two men went about three or four yards towards the third man after the
policeman fell, and then turned and shouted at me to wait for them.  They were
running towards me.  I stayed at the bridge, and they ran up and came on to
the road.

"One of these men was bigger than the other.  The big man pointed the rifle
straight at my body and told me he would have my own life if I said anything.

"I told him I would not, that I was the same as themselves.  They then ran
back the way they came, until they were about half way to where I saw the
policeman fall.  They charged the guns there, and two of them ran on to the place
where I saw the policeman fall, and the big man straightened the gun down on the
spot where I saw the policeman fall and let off another shot (sensation).

"The two then ran away from the crags.  When I first saw the policeman
running after the three men I saw five other fellows running from the crags.  They
were a good bit away from me.  I noticed the two men who came up to me had
their faces blackened.  The taller man, who presented a gun at me, was not as
blackened as the other.  I left the bridge after the last shot and went into
Craughwell."

Witness went on to say that he met two policemen cycling very fast on
bicycles, and a man whom he knew by his face to be a blacksmith.

The deposition went on to relate -
"I was in Craughwell the evening the prisoners came out there.  I saw a
number of people coming out from the train together.  Amongst them I saw the man
who pointed the rifle at me the morning the policeman was shot.  I heard people
calling him by the name of Dermody."

Witness proceeded to narrate that he again saw this man drinking on St.
Patrick's Day, and was quite sure he was the man who had pointed the gun at him,
and who went back and fired the shot at the place where the policeman lay. 
Naughton added that he had been in the militia, and knew the difference between a
rifle and a revolver.

The reading of the deposition having been completed, Naughton confirmed it.

Asked by Mr. Blake if he saw the man in court who had pointed the rifle at
him on the morning of the murder, Naughton turned to the dock and pointed out
Dermody, saying it was he who had fired the second shot at the place where the
policeman lay.

Witness also identified Hynes as the man who came up to him with Dermody. 
Hynes had then a double-barrelled gun. 
The prisoners were asked if they had anything to say.  Dermody replied in the
negative, and Hynes that he would say nothing for the present. 

Both the accused were then removed to prison heavily guarded.




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Submitted by: Jim
British Isles Family History Society - USA, Newsletter Editor
http://www.rootsweb.com/~bifhsusa

 


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