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John Lennon – Ballinderreen – 1868

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Photo; Aiden Clarke
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With feelings of deep regret, says the Galway Vindicator, we record the demise of the Rev. John Lennon P.P., which sad event occurred on the 11th ult. at his residence, Ballinderreen. Father Lennon had been for a long period paster of the parish of Ballinderreen, and to his strenuous exertions are due the splendid repairs of the parish chapel, and the erection of a national school in the parish The school and chapel, also the residence of Father Lennon, are on the estate of Charles St. George, Esq., of Tyrone House, and to his unbounded liberality Father Lennon owed the restoration of the chapel, the erection of the national school and numerous other laudable works which have been completed through his instrumentality. We would draw the attention of the public to the friendly relations which existed between Mr St. George and the Rev. Mr Lennon and advise others of our landed proprietors to follow the example so noble set them by this highly popular gentleman. That he is one of the best – if not the best – of our western landlords, the absence of “notices to quit,” evictions, and their concomitant result – emigration – and the flourishing state of his tenantry, amply testify. We understand that the Rev. Mr Geoghegan, R.C.A., Kinvara, succeeds Father Lennon in the parish.

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Kinvara – 2012



Cllr Fahy advised that he and Cllr Feeney attended a meeting of Kinvara Community Council where Deputy Colm Keaveney was also present, concerns were raised regarding the N67 road realignment project, the old road becomes a lay-by and leads to concerns of illegal parking.

Kinvara Sewage Scheme

In reply to Cllr. Fahy’s, query regarding the Kinvara Sewage Scheme, Mr. Cullen advised that the 20% local funding is a local contribution from Galway County Council, he advised that discussions are well advanced regarding attaining a Site for the Treatment plant.

Water Services Investment Programmes

Mr. Cullen advised that site investigation and ecological survey work has commenced, which will lead to contract documents being prepared and moved along to the tender process.

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The Fever Hospital – Kinvara and Killeenavau – 1848

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Galway County Council Archives ‘…to acquire, preserve and make accessible the documentary memory of county Galway’ U:\Archives – Collection Management\Descriptive Lists\Poor Law Unions\G01-12 Gort PLU2, 2009-11.doc ix

By January 1848 temporary fever hospitals were established in Kinvarra and Killeenavau (G01/12/7, p28). In April 1848 the Board accepted the tender of Martin Linnane ‘for the erection of Fever sheds near Kinvarra for one hundred patients at one pound two shillings per foot lineal measurement…’ (G01/12/7, p122). The Board at this time also accepted the tender of Michael Nilan for the erection of fever sheds adjoining the Workhouse, costs divided as follows, Office sheds at £1.1.6 per foot, fever sheds including bedsteads at £1.3.6 per foot, finding and setting boilers at £1.6 pre gallon, and clothes stores £0.12.6 per foot (G01/12/7, p124).

Ar dheis Dé go raibh siad

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Love and the Gaelic League -1902


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Photo: Jeff Belmonte
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The World News – 25 October, 1902


The first marriage solemnised in London ln the Irish language took place recently at Dockhead Catholic Church.

The bridegroom was Mr. John O’Keane, for the past three years the secretary of the Gaelic League of London, the bride Miss Kathleen Dineen, of Forest-gate, a charming young lady whose singing of Irish songs has often stirred Gaelic League gatherings in London.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. M Moloney. Wherever the Catholic Church allows the use of the vernacular Irish only was employed. From this to the solemn and sonorous Latin of the nuptial mass seemed a natural transition.

After the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. O’Keane received the congratulations of a large gathering of friends in Irish. Professional men, civil servants, and general workers were largely to the fore. The young pair drove away for Paddington (for Ireland) amid a chorus of hearty and genial benedictions in their native language.


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Evictions – New Quay – 1898


New Zealand Tablet Vol.XXVI Issue 17  – 2nd September, 1898 P9


There is still a friend left here and there says United Ireland, to the evicted and harassed tenants of Ireland. While the majority of their brethren look on indifferently at eviction and consequent suffering, a few faithful friends, priests and payment, are doing what they can to stem the tide of landlord oppression. Among these must be reckoned Father Newell, the parish priest of New Quay, County Clare, on the southern shore of Galway Bay.  He recently drew attention to some harsh evictions carried out by Lynch, of Renmore galway in his parish, and he has consequently received some private assistance for the poor people.  Father Newell returns to the subject in a public letter published recently.  He says;

I regret to have to add that more ‘processes’ were served a day or two ago on the same island.  In the early days of the Land League, Major Lynch was one of the first to put down his name for $100 (pounds) for the funds of the;Property Defence Association’, got up by the late A McMurrogh Kavanagh.

I wish he would show a like generosity to the poor tenants in these trying times.’ The moral of this and similar pitiful stories is that the people require again a protective organisation, widespread and powerful, to prevent the landlord fro indulging in his pet pastime of harassing legal process and subsequent eviction.


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Kinvara – Dail Eireann – 1978

Kinvara Slipway Photo: Norma Scheibe
Kinvara Slipway
Photo: Norma Scheibe

Houses of the Oireachtas

Dail Eireann Debate Vol. 210 No. 9 – Written Answers – Untreated Sewage

Thursday, 14 December 1978

Mr. Donnellan and Mr. Mannion asked the Minister for the Environment if he is aware that untreated sewage is being discharged into Kinvara Bay, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Barrett):

” I understand that disposal of sewage from Kinvara is by outfall pipe to the sea at Kinvara Bay. I have received no complaints about the discharge. It would be a matter for Galway County Council to investigate any such complaints and, if remedial works were found to be necessary, to arrange for the preparation of a suitable scheme.”

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The Commercial Hotel, Kinvara – 1923

commHouses of the Oireachtas

Ceisteanna – hire of motor cars

Wednesday 31st January 1923

TOMAS MAC EOIN (for Tomás O Conaill):   To ask the Minister for Defence what steps have been taken to settle the account due to Mr. Thomas Greene, of the Commercial Hotel, Kinvara, Co. Galway, for the hire of motor cars by the military authority during the period October, 1921, to March, 1922; whether he is aware that, in accordance with the instructions inserted in the local Press, Mr. Greene submitted his account to the Quartermaster, 1st Western Division, at Ennis, and received a reply from that officer, dated 18th March, 1922, to the effect that same was passed on to the Transport officer; whether Mr. Greene has since made several applications for payment without avail; and if he will take steps to see that this long-standing account is immediately settled.

General MULCAHY:   I have no information on the matter, but enquiries are being made.


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Cahercon – 1890

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Newtown Castle near Gort
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Amongst the applicants for outdoor relief at the Gort Union was Mrs Alice Treacy, wife of Michael Treacy, who was evicted from his holding in Cahercon.  Treacy is at present in prison for taking forcible possession of his old homestead.  This is his second term.  He spent twelve months in gaol for the same alleged offence before.  Now his wife and four children are destitute.
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Elysium via Kinvara – 1875

Photo: Norma Scheibe
Photo: Norma Scheibe

Freeman’s Journal –  29 May 1875, page 4 

Celtic Voyages.

Ua Corra was a Connaught squire, not one of the jolly, fox hunting, rakish, ‘gentleman’ of more modern times, but a professor of the black art, who did not hesitate to hold direct communication with the devil, and to drag his wife into a partnership in  necromancy. Like the three witches in Macbeth, they had their vessels, and spells, and charms, and pit of Acheron.

And now about the caldron sing, 

Like elves and fairies in a ring, 

Enchanting all that you put in. 

These worthy parents had three sons in due time, who also surrendered themselves to the evil spirit. It was not confined to words. The three brothers at the head of a band of desperadoes, burned the churches and monasteries, and murdered their inmates. While their hands were still red with the blood of their victims, God, in a vision gave them a glimpse of the unspeakable torments of hell, which aroused them to a deep sense of their guilt, and to an earnest wish to repent. They entered the Magh Bile, where after expiating their crimes by a long course of penance, they resolved to make restitution, as far possible, for the ruin they had wrought.  Accordingly they set to work to restore the churches they had demolished.

While engaged on the church of St.Cainin at Ceaun Mara, now Kinvara— a little town pleasantly situated on the Bay of Galway – they witnessed a sunset of unusual magnificence. The bright orb, as it descended into the Atlantic, turned it into a stripe of gleaming gold. The gorgeous sight inspired the idea of an Elysium, and the enthusiastic brothers determined to go out under that distant horizon, float over those golden waters and be near the sun as it sank into the wave.

Having fitted up a bark they set sail from Kinvara and roamed over the mighty waters for many years. In their wanderings they came upon islands teeming with nature’s richest and rarest gifts.

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The Great Leveller – 1853

Fred Ott's Sneeze (film by William K.L. Dickson for the Edison laboratory) 1894 Wikimedia Commons
Fred Ott’s Sneeze (film by William K.L. Dickson for the Edison laboratory)
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The Brooklyn Daily 12th March 1853



It’s curious how one snuff-taker will pick out another.  Place two snuff takers in the most crowded room, and before ten minutes are over they will have found out each other and be in earnest conversation together.

A snuff-box is an opening for conversation between two persons, who, without it, would not probably have exchanged a single word.  The English, who are generally so punctilious about introductions, cheerfully dispense with the ceremony if a stranger only advance with a snuff-box in hand.

There is a Freemasonry in snuff taking not enjoyed by the worshippers of any other social vice.  Gamblers are necessarily discontented, scowling, suspicious people.  Smokers are generally dreamers, wandering in the clouds which they themselves have blown.  Drinkers are surly, quarrelsome creatures, who fling insults and bottles about.  But snuff takers are invariably open, communicative souls, who associate with one another all over the world.

Snuff is a great leveller.