The Kerry Sentinel, 2 January 1904
The first woman relieving officer in Ireland is a success and it is not improbable that this field of employment will be thrown open to women candidates in future as well as to men. The officer in question is Mrs. O'Donovan, whose husband had been relieving officer in Skibbereen Union up to the time of his death. Necessity, perhaps, suggested to the widow that she herself could, if appointed, fill the post just as satisfactorily as her husband, and the Board of Guardians appointed her to the position. The Local Government Board were induced to give their consent, and now the Chairman of the Board of Guardians reports that Mrs. O'Donovan does her work extremely well, and that “her books are kept in a most accurate and satisfactory manner.”
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The Kerry Sentinel, 9 January 1904
Drowning in Kenmare River.
Kenmare, Wednesday.    
It is reported in Kenmare that a farmer's daughter named Mary Lovett, of Brackross, has been found drowned in the pool not far distant from where she lived. It appears that the deceased girl resided with her parents in the island of Brackross, on the north shore of Kenmare River, and was sent to fetch some spring water in a bucket. In order to get to the spring well, it was necessary to cross a rudely-constructed bridge, which connects the island with the mainland. The deceased being absent for an unreasonable period of time, a search was made for her, and the bucket, which she had carried with her when leaving home was found on the bridge. No trace of the girl could be seen, and it was not till several hours had elapsed that her dead body was found in the salt water, some fifty yards from the bridge. It is surmised that the deceased, who was subject to getting fits, was looking into the water from the bridge and staggered over it, with the sad result stated.
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The Kerry Sentinel, 16 January 1904

We hope that steps will be taken immediately to ensure that St. Patrick's Day will be observed as a National Holiday. The efforts of the Gaelic League in Dublin, Limerick, Cork and other towns in Ireland last year made the observance of St. Patrick's Day in their places such as did honour to our country and its Patron Saint. Since then the Feast has been made a Bank Holiday, and we hope that it will be fittingly celebrated in Tralee this year.
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The Kerry Sentinel, 27 January 1904

Listowel Petty Sessions
The Listowel Board of Guardians summoned two able bodied inmates of the workhouse, viz. Thomas Lynch, and James Kissane with being guilty of insubordination to officers by refusing to work on the 13th January.
   Mr M. J. Byrne solr represented the Guardians.
   Mr Daniel Hickey, Master, and Matthew Riordan, a wardsman, were examined and proved the refusal.
   Lynch's case was adjourned for a month to see how he would conduct himself in the meantime, and Kissane was sentenced to one month in jail with hard labour.
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The Kerry Sentinel, 30 January 1904

Death of Centenarians, Near Listowel
The death recently took place of Patrick M'Elligott, Lybes, parish of Duagh, at the age of 103 years, and of John O'Sullivan, Islandanny, at the age of 104 years.
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