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Claddagh v New Quay – 1844

COLONIAL TIMES (Tasmania) 5th November, 1844

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Photo: A Mac DonnachaWikipedia.org

EXTRAORDINARY OUTRAGE IN THE BAY OF GALWAY

On Tuesday the 25th ult. while Mr. J. H. Hynes of New Quay, and the Rev Mr Fullam, Protestant clergyman, were out traul (sic.) fishing, with a crew of three men, in the Bay of Galway, a fleet consisting of 80 to 100 boats from the Galway Claddagh, bore down on them, and nine or ten of the boats having surrounded the fishing boat, 50 or 60 of the Claddagh fishermen suddenly boarded her, and after cutting away the traul, rushed on Mr Hynes and his party with the most awful imprecations and savage yells, armed with open knives, poles etc., knocked them down, beat them most unmercifully, leaving them apparently lifeless on the deck; they then cut down the sails, which along with the anchor, cables, ropes, poles and oars, they threw overboard.  Finally they tore up the deck, and with the stones that formed the ballast, made many fruitless attempts to scuttle the boat, after which they departed, leaving her a complete wreck to drift along the sea; fortunately, she was rescued from her perilous situation by a New Quay boat, and towed into harbour.

An investigation was held on Monday at Correnrue (sic.), concerning this most daring outrage, before Messrs  Bell and Kernan, stipendiary magistrates, and G. Macnamara, Esq J.P Harbour Hill.  Although the lives of two of the crew and that of Mr Hynes were considered in imminent danger for four or five days, they are now supposed to be convalescent  – Clare Journal.

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