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Sounds familiar – 1822

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The letter below is among the registered papers of the Chief Secretary’s Office; National Archives 1822


Arthur French St George, Oranmore, County Galway: on public works projects in region for alleviation of poor

Letter from Arthur French St George, Tyrone, Oranmore, County Galway, to Henry Goulburn, Chief Secretary, Dublin Castle, indicating strong disappointment at failure to carry out repairs to road from Galway to Kinvarra, considered a worthwhile public works project.

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Ireland in America – 1902

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New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXX, Issue 30, 24 July 1902, Page 20

Ireland in America. (abridged)

In view of the triumphal progress of the Irish delegates in America, it may be interesting to give some figures showing what Irish-America really means:-
The city of New York contains more Irish than Dublin, Cork and Belfast combined.
The city of Brooklyn contains more Irish than Galway and Waterford put together.
There are more Irish in Boston than in Dublin, and more in Philadelphia than there are in Belfast – but it is in the Irish names in America that the greatest proof is evinced of the devotion of the Irish exile to the old land.

There is an Ireland in Alabama, another in West Virginia, another in Indiana and another in Minnesota.
The are three Hibernias situated in Florida, New Jersey, and New York.
There are five Erins scattered throughout the States of Georgia, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
There is an Irishburg in Virginia, an ‘Irish Ridge’ in Ohio, an ‘Irish Ripple in Pennsylvania, an ‘Erina’ in Nebraska, ‘Erin Shades’ in “Virginia, and ‘Erin Spring’s’ in Indian Territory.

The names of Irish provinces are illustrated by Munster in Illinois, and Munster and Ulster in Pennsylvania.
In New York there is an Ulster Park, an Ulsterville, and an Ulster County.
There are 17 Dublins in the States, 18 Waterfords, 9 Tyrones, 7 Limericks, 5 Clares, 4 Mayos, 4 Sligos, 3 Corks, 3 Wexfords, 6 Antrims, 9 Derrys (four of which are called Londonderry), a Roscommon. a King’s County, a Queen’s County, a Galway, a Wicklow, a Longford, Kilkenny, Kildare, Donegal, Carlow, Monaghan and Armagh.

There are 12 places called Avoca, and 6 places called Avondale in honor of Parnell. There are also several places called after Parnell himself. There is a Garryowen in lowa, a Tullamore in Illinois, a Rathdrum in Idaho, an Achill in Roscommon County, Michigan; a Ballina in California, a Doneraile in Kentucky, a Strabane in Dakota, an Ardee in New York and in Tennessee, a Kinsale in Virginia, a Kincora in New Jersey, a Tara in lowa, a Navan in lowa, and another in Michigan, a Queenstown in Maryland and Pennsylvania while there are twelve towns called Westport, four called Newry, thirty called Newport. There’s a Valencia in Kansas and Pennsylvania, four places called Ennis, a Kilmichael, a Kilmanagh, Lismore, Lisburn, and eleven Bangors.

There are ten places called Belfast, a Boyne in Michigan, a Bandon in Minnesota and in Oregon, a Clontarf in Minnesota, a Dungannon in Ohio and twenty-five, Milfords.

Almost every State in the Union has counties called after the famous Irish-Americans of revolutionary fame. There are two counties eight towns, and seven places called after Jack Barry, ‘the father of the American Navy’ who was a County Wexford man. It would be almost impossible to enumerate the towns and places named after ‘Old Ironsides,’ Parnell’s grandfather. The ‘Starktowns are also very numerous, some in honor of General Stark and some in honor of his wife, ‘Irish Molly Stark,’ as she was always lovingly described, who took her husband’s place when he was killed at his gun, and remained in command of the gun till the end of the war. She was created captain for bravery in action, but never lost the title to ‘Irish Molly.’

In honor of O’Brien, of Machias Bay fame, there ia an O’Brien County in lowa, and an O’Brien in Glynn County, Ga. In honor of Patrick Henry we have 10 counties and 18 towns. There are towns and counties ad libitum called M’Donough, Sullivan, M’Cracken, Calhoan, O’Brien, Emmet, Meagher, Dougherty, Murphy, etc. Phil Sheridan has no fewer than 3 counties and 17 towns named in his honor while there are several Colorans, Burkes Shields, Kearney, Clebarn, Mulligan, Moran, Lynch, Kelly Mai one, etc.

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Conflict at Kilbeacanty – 1891

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New Zealand Tablet 24th April, 1891 p9

A conflict took place between two armed police and a number of people at Kilbeacanty. The police, who were protecting an emergency man, entered a public house on their way to Loughgraney, when the party inside, it is alleged, took their rifles and injured them. Assistance having come to the aid of the police, four arrests were made. The names of the prisoners have not yet transpired.

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The Sea-divided Gael – 1903

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View from Dunguaire Castle Kinvara
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Freeman’s Journal 4th Juy, 1903 p9

The Sea-Divided Gael
From the Galway ‘Express’ of May 16th we extract the following :

Mr. M. J. O’Loughlin, Collector of Inland Revenue, Head Distributor of Stamps, and Receiver of Crown Quit Rents for the Counties of Galway, Clare, Mayo, Roscommon. etc., has been appointed to the important Collectorship of Inland Revenue at Manchester.

Mr. O’Loughlin will enter on his new duties on the 26th inst. The many friends of Mr O’Loughlin, while they will be glad to learn of his promotion, will be sorry that it means his removal from Galway. Mr O’Loughlin has been collector here for over three years, and has made himself very popular with all classes of the community. To all public movements of a deserving character he has always been willing to lend a helping hand and to cite only one instance his services in connection with the Claddagh Disaster Fund will not soon be forgotten.

Mr. O’Loughlin is a native of Kinvara . He was educated at Mungret College Limerick, has been 20 years in the Inland Revenue and, during that time, has served in many places in the three Kingdoms. He is one of the best known science men in the service. He is an honorary member of Lord Armstrong’s Ordnance Works at Newcastle-on-Tyne, and in the Royal School of Mines, London, won a scholarship, coming out first of 300 students. In addition to that Mr. O’Loughlin is a recognized authority on taxation, revenue and kindred subjects, having on several occasions taken the first prize offered by the ‘Civilian’ for the best essay on subjects connected with taxation. The best wishes of Mr. O’Loughlin’s many friends and acquaintances in Galway will follow him to Manchester, and his future career will be watched with interest in the City of the Tribes. (Mr. P. O’Loughlin. a brother, is the present District-Secretary of the Hibernian, A. C. B. Society, Sydney.)

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Kinvara – Timbarra – North Queensland – 1917

Townsville, North Queensland c 1870 Richard Daintree (1832-1878) John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Wikimedia Commons
Townsville, North Queensland c 1870
Richard Daintree (1832-1878)
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The World’s News 21st April, 1917 p21

Will you tell me? (abridged)

Adjenda says:

“I see a correspondent (‘Kinvara’, Brisbane) asks, I presume for the meaning f the word Kinvara.

When I was a young man I was among the blacks of North Queensland and New South Wales; also for many years had them working for me. I can speak the language of both, but I never heard the word Kinvara, nor do I know the meaning of it. I think he refers to ‘Timbarra,’ which means ‘track him’. There is very little difference in the pronunciation of the words if uttered quickly.

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Kinvara – 1920

<Kinvara, County Galwaystrong>The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser 13th July, 1920 p4


On Sunday- morning, at. 2 o’clock, the house of John Killeen, a laborer, living near Kinvara, was fired into. One bullet lodged in Killeen’s chest, and tho other fell beside him in tho bed. Dr. Connolly immediately was on the scene and had him removed to the County Infirmary, whore the bullet was extracted. Killeen is a laborer employed by Mr Fergus O’Dea, Kinvara, who held some land at Seamount from Mrs Nally, Kinvara, for the division of whose property a strong agitation has sprung up among the surrounding tenants. Mr. O’Dea surrendered part of his land, and Killeen and others took up an acre or so each. On Monday Killeen walled in his portion.

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A daring attempt – Kinvara – 1876

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Freeman’s Journal 21st October 1876 p 17

A daring robbery was attempted on the 10th of August, at Kinvara, near Ennistymon (sic.). The administrator of the parish, Father Molony, was attending a diocesan retreat of the clergy, and in his absence a burglar entered the oratory and abstracted a beautiful gold cross and silver pedestal, the latter containing a gold box set with precious stones enclosing a piece of the true cross. It was a treasured relic in the parish, being the gift of a French Catholic nobleman, Baron de Bastrot, whose ancestry, in the stormy days of the French Revolution, had acquired property in the locality. It is pleasant to say that the burglar was detected in his midnight depredations by some of the female inmates, who raised shrieks sufficient to awake the dead and appal the living. So terrible was their effect on the burglar that in his hurried exit through the window he dropped the booty in the dark, and did not consider it prudent, with Pandemonium at his heels, to stay and pick it up.

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Kinvara Baptisms – 1843

Cappella brancacci,  Date: from 1424 until 1428 Masaccio (1401–1428)
Cappella brancacci,
Date: from 1424 until 1428
Masaccio (1401–1428)

Kinvara Baptisms June -October 1843

From LDS film #0979692

Civil Parish Kinvarradoorus
Diocese Kilmacduagh

Earliest Record: b.6.1831;m.7.1831
Missing Dates: b.5.1837-6.1843,8.1853-7.1854;m.5.1837-6.1843,8.1853-7.1854

Date          Child            Father           Mother               Sponsor 1          Sponsor 2             Notes     Townland
23-Jun Mary Hynes John Hynes Mary Connelly Michael Hynes Mary Hynes
29-Jun John Jeremiah Bourke Bridget Ryan Matt Feeney Mary Driscole
29-Jun Honor Finn John Finn Bridget Mason Peter McDonnell Libby McDonnell
30-Jun Mary Kelly Bart Kelly Bridget Forde John McInerheny Mary Linnane
2-Jul Pat Kelly Pat Kelly Ellen Groman / GronJohn Kelly Bridget Fahey
2-Jul Catherine Fahey Owen Fahey Catherine Fahey John Fahey Honor Gronan
2-Jul John Joseph Gavin Joseph Mary Fahey John Brady Bridget Rush
6-Jul Thomas Hynes Michael Hynes Mary Kerin Tom Fahey Mary Donelan
6-Jul Ann Finnegan Martin Finnegan Libby Farrell John McGavin Mary Glynn
7-Jul John Langley Michael Langley Mary Mclysaght Pat Grealish Mary Tully
9-Jul Honor Nee Patt Nee Honor Jordan James Nee Honor Carrol
13-Jul Biddy Nelly James Nelly Biddy Nelly John Nee Mary Nelly
13-Jul Catherine Glynn Michael Glynn Biddy (cut off) Matt Grady Mary Grady
14-Jul Charles Rooney Tim Rooney (cut off) (cut off) (faded) (faded)
16-Jul John Tierney John Tierney Mary Fahy Mart Keaney Bridget Fahy
16-Jul William Malley Michael Malley Catherine Fahey Pat O’Shea Mary Larkin
16-Jul Anne Carran Patt Carran Bridget Walshe Pat Forde Peggy Meehan
16-Jul Mary Halloran Laurence Halloran Mary Neelan Morty Glynn Bridget Ward
20-Jul Mary Foundation Michael Foundation Peggy Farrell John Stanton Mary Stanton
20-Jul Michael Lally Michael Lally Mary Ward John (ink blot) Mary Ward
20-Jul Cecelia Fahy Michael Fahy Mary Fahy Pat Duggan Margaret Fahy
23-Jul Biddy Neilan Tom Neilan Biddy Mahon Patt Mullavin (?) Mullavin
27-Jul Mary Long Richard Long Ellen Scanlan Andrew McHugo Honora McHugo
27-Jul William Gallery Thomas Gallery Honora Keating Bryan Gallery Sabina Gallery
27-Jul Patrick Linnane Martin Linnane Mary Douglass John Connole Catherine Douglass
27-Jul John McMahon John McMahon Mary Martin Lissana Turner
27-Jul Michael Conlan David Conlan Mary Nickel Michael Kering Mary Donnellan
27-Jul John Grady Pat Grady Catherine Healy Pat Burn Bridget Healy
3-Aug Peter Linnane Thomas Linnane Mary Healy Michael Fahy Mary Halvey
4-Aug Betty Boland Pat Boland Mary Vigno?? Thomas Walsh Rose Mahon
5-Aug Maria Ryan Thomas Ryan Jane Hynes William Hynes Mary Hynes
6-Aug Michael Casey Michael Casey Bridget O’Loughlin Pat Monaghan Ellen Scanlan poor
6-Aug Pat Linnane Thomas Linnane Ellen Linnane Pat Spellman Mary Divane pd 2.6
6-Aug John Reynolds John Reynolds Biddy Connelly (can’t read) (can’t read) poor
8-Aug Michael Fahy James Fahy Honor Kerins James Neylan Mary Haraward pd 2.6
9-Aug Margaret Gardiner Pat Gardiner Mary Rooney Thomas Nicholson Margaret Lally pd 2.6
10-Aug Honor Walsh Michael Walsh Honor Madden John McGan Ellen Costelloe pd 2.6
10-Aug Mary Craven Michael Craven Ann Ward Michael Leich Catherine (can’t read)pd 2.6
10-Aug Biddy Jordan Frank Jordan Mary Kierse Robert Purcel Mary Kierse pd 2.6 Gortnaglough
13-Aug Margaret Cun???? Thomas Cun???? Mary Neilan John Mellidy Nancy Mellidy pd 2.6
17-Aug Judy Conole Edward Conole Mary Deviny Thomas Brennan Bridget Connole pd 2.6
17-Aug Mary Conole Edward Conole Mary Deviny Thomas Brennan Brigget Connole pd 2.6
17-Aug Mary Hehir Pat Hehir Nance Linnane Pat Rowan Mary Kelly pd 2.6
18-Aug Bartholomew Kerin Darby Kerin Mary Daly Mart Kean Bridget O’Loughlin pd 2.6
18-Aug Michael Green Thomas Green Honor Shaughnessy Thomas Daly Mary King pd 2.6
24-Aug Catherine Killalea Thomas Killalea Biddy Grady John Leich Mary Larkin pd 2.6
2? Aug Michael Lally Michael Lally Bridget Donohue Laurence Finan Mary Burke pd 2.6
2? Aug Bartly Kelly Fardy Kelly Letitia Silk Thomas Nicholson Peggy Kean pd 2.6
31-Aug Michael Keeff Daniel Keeff Mary Shaughnessy John Keeffe Bridget Keeffe pd 2.6
31-Aug Mary Lee Michael Lee Bridget Madden James Jordan (can’t read)
31-Aug Mary Corcoran James Corcoran Mary Morris Martin Kelly Catherine Daly pd 2.6
3-Sep Ann McGrale John McGrale Sarah Joyce Malachy Scanlan Mary Feeny pd 2.6
3-Sep Margaret Joyce John Joyce Mary (can’t read) Betty McGuire (can’t read) pd 2.6
3-Sep Michael Fahy Pat Fahy (can’t read) (can’t read) (can’t read)
7-Sep Thomas Swift John Swift Ellen O’Brien Matt Killeen Catherine Fahy pd 2.6
7-Sep Michael Mannion Pat Mannion Bridget Mullins Colmon Donahue Ellen Mannion pd 2.6 Rue
7-Sep Mary Quinn Patt Quinn Margaret Browne Pat Quinn Mary Kean pd 2.6 Gortskeigh
7-Sep Michael Quinn Michael Quinn Biddy Nee James Feeny Margaret Feeny pd 2.6 Huogera?
7-Sep Brady Moran James Moran Biddy Quinn John Fahy Ann Long pd 2.6 ?elorek
7-Sep Ann Monahan Pat Monahan Catherine Connelly Michael Loughlin Biddy Donahue poor
12-Sep Pat Cavanagh Pat Cavanagh Honor Kilkelly Martin Linane Catherine Kelly pd 2.6 Park More
14-Sep Michael Fahy Pat Fahy Ann Lynch John Nee pd 2.6
14-Sep Michael Kelly Michael Kelly Honor Hehir Peter Kelly Sally Kelly pd 2.6 Capamore
14-Sep Ellen Halvey John Halvey Betty Sullivan Tim Halvey Honor Sullivan pd 2.6
14-Sep Honor Corbet Henry Corbet Mary Fahy Pat Quinn Bridget Quinn pd 2.6
15-Sep Mary Healy Bryan Healy Betty Mahon Michael Healy Betty O’Dea pd 2.6 Millpark
17-Sep Mary Jordan Michael Jordan Bridget Linnane Pat O’Brien Bridget Tuohil pd 2.6
17-Sep Ellen Burke Peter Burke Ellen Dealy Peter O’Mealy Margaret Mahon pd 2.6
17-Sep Mary Donahue Malachy Donahue Mary Gegan Dennis Mahon Ann Mahon pd 2.6
21-Sep Pat Carrig Bartly Carrig Mary Shaughnessy Pat Curly Catherine Curly pd 2.6 Kinvara
21-Sep Thomas Kilkelly Peter Kilkelly Mary Hynes Thomas Hession Sally Kilkelly pd 2.6
21-Sep Honor Quinn Bartly Quinn Mary Moylan Pat Quinn Biddy Quinn pd 2.6 Crushoe
21-Sep Michael Stanton John Stanton Betty Healy Mart Stanton Cecelia Hynes pd 2.6
28-Sep Mary Mullovin John Mullovin Mary Martin Pat Shea Mary Ward pd 2.6
28-Sep Catherine Cooney Michael Cooney Biddy Mannion Paty Hynes Biddy Connellan pd 2.6
28-Sep Catherine Dillon Michael Dillon Babb McDonagh Pat Dillon poor Kinvara
28-Sep Michael Kildea William Kildea Honor Donahue Michael Dillon illegit. Kinvara
28-Sep Catherine Howe Pat Howe Nancy Mack John Brennan Mary Mooris illegit. Park More
5-Oct Michael Lee Michael Lee Mary Joint Pat Joint Mary Lally pd 2.6 Killeen
5-Oct Margaret Connole Michael Connole Bridget Kilkelly Bartly Connors Mary Linnane pd 2.6 Park More
5-Oct Mary Kilkenny John Kilkenny Mary Malony John Burke Catherine Mobry pd 2.6 Knocklera
6-Oct Michael Kilkelly Francis Kilkelly Biddy O’Donnell Michael Connors Mary Connors illegit. Cahercun
8-Oct Winny Fahy Thomas Fahy Bridget Murray Thomas Daly Bridget Kilkelly pd 2.6
8-Oct Bartly Hehir John Hehir Bridget Fleming Michael Comber Betty Fleming pd 2.6 Cloush
12-Oct Mart Parker John Parker Catherine Connole James Parker Mary Parker pd 2.6
12-Oct Honor Murphy Martin Murphy Jane Moran Pat Murphy Bridget Glynn pd 2.6 Lough Curra
12-Oct Catherine Driscole Thomas Driscole Mary Neylan Thomas Neylan Mary Neylan pd 2.6 Nogera
12-Oct John Joseph Burke Pat Burke Ellen Finnane Pat Burke Mrs Finnane pd 2.6 Kinvara
12-Oct Bridget Connelly Laurence Connelly Honor Fihely Fardy Kelly Mary Fihely pd 2.6 Mt. Scribe
18-Oct Michael Corlis Pat Corlis Judy Coen John Feeny Bessy Conlan pd 2.6 Killeen
18-Oct Honor Rock Pat Rock Biddy Cavanagh John Fannian Biddy Burke pd 2.6
22-Oct Catherine Lahy Thomas Lahy Kate O’Brien Thomas Hehir Kate Fahy pd 2.6
22-Oct Frances Helen Taaffe Pat Taaffe Ellen Higgins Charles Higgins Ellen Kilkelly pd 2.6 Kinvara
22-Oct Pat Kelly Laurence Kelly Mary (can’t read) Michael Kelly ? Butler pd 2.6 Kinvara
22-Oct (can’t read entry)
26-Oct Mary Sullivan Pat Sullivan Pen Kilkelly Michael Fahy Bridget Fahy pd 2.6
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Mr Thomas Fahy

The Burren Wikimedia Commons
The Burren
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NEW ZEALAND TABLET VOL XXII IS 6 – 7th June, 1895 p21

Mr Thomas Fahy, one of the oldest, best known, and most esteemed of the Irish residents at Clapham, London, died at 33 Leppoc road, the residence of his son, Mr F. A. Fahy (the popular Irish poet and humourist), on Ash Wednesday. Mr Fahy’s circle of friends extended far beyond Clapham. Indeed, in every part of London the news of the death of this kindly, genial, and most lovable of Irishmen, was heard with the deepest regret. He was born close on 80 years ago at Burren, Clare, but most of his long life was spent in Kinvara a town on an inlet of Galway Bay, famous as the home of The little Irish Colleen,” of his son’s charming and popular ballad, “The ould plaid shawl.” He was emigration agent for the district during the exodus that followed the famine of ’48, and he booked thousands for the land of the Stars and Stripes. He was the medium through which thousands of pounds reached the hands of the lrish emigrants’ relatives. His remains are interred in the Catholic cemetery at Mortlake, on the Upper Thames, and close to the remarkable tomb, in the form of a tent, of that famous Galway man, Sir Frederick Burton, the Eastern explorer and Orientalist. Kilkenny.

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Dear Mr Ford – 1898

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Easter Lily
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New Zealand Tablet, 8th July 1898 P9 (abridged)

Dear Mr Ford,

I send you two dollars for dear Ireland.

I left Doneraile in 1848 with my husband and one child. The visions of the famine victims dying in every caving at that time will ever remain in my mind. I had two children before leaving Ireland. I buried my baby the day before we sailed. The other child was buried at sea.

My husband took to grieving, and died later on, leaving me alone in the world.

I pray night and day for Ireland’s liberty. But I am now 72 years old, and I am afraid I shall not live to see it.

God help dear Ireland

Mary Murray