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A Plucky Woman – 1885

Freeman’s Journal 18th April, 1885


On Saturday, February 28, Mrs. Healy, Loughrea, wife of the evicted tenant, who is undergoing two months’ imprisonment for for forcible possession, was arrested and charged before Major Rogers, J.P., with assaulting two emergency men who were in occupation of the farm from which Healy and his family were evicted on the 2nd January. There was a further charge of being found digging on tho land also preferred against her. Major Rogers thought it was a case for the petty sessions, and ordered the woman’s discharge, summonses to be taken out against her for the next court day.

Later on in the day a cabin which she erected for the shelter of herself and children on the boreen leading to the house was knocked down by the emergency men. Mrs. Healy has applied for a summons against them.

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The rent office, Loughrea – 1937

The Daily News 9th November, 1937 p6

Loughrea lake Photo: Anthony Wikimedia Commons
Loughrea lake
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An infernal machine today partly wrecked the rent-office in Loughrea, County Galway, where the Earl of Harewood’s agent is due tomorrow to collect quarterly rents from the Harewood tenants.

Arrests are expected.

Negotiations are progressing between the Earl of Harewood and tenants for the sale of the town of Loughrea. Court proceedings for the recovery of outstanding rents have been postponed pending an agreement

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A strange discovery near Loughrea – 1876

Northern Argus, 20th October, 1876 p4

Sphagnum Moss  Photo: Wikimol Wikimedia Commons
Sphagnum Moss
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A correspondent of the Freeman has sent the following account of a remarkable discovery in a bog near Loughrea:

Last week the body of a full-grown female was dug up by a young man while cutting turf in Carnagarry bog, about two miles from this town. The body is supposed to be buried over 200 years, as the turf was quite close all round it and cut like soap, having no appearance of being recently disturbed. Some years ago there was a bank cut off this place about six feet deep. This recent cutting of a second bank uncovered the body two feet below the surface. The body must have been buried about eight feet deep. .

An inquest was held, and the jury found a verdict of murder by some person or persons unknown. The body had the appearance of a well-tanned leather bag of a dark brown colour. With the exception of the top of the nose being shrunk, and the under jaw a little to one side, the features were perfect. The top of the nose could be easily lifted back to its place, it being just like the finger of a glove. The throat was evidently cut, as the cut was quite visible. The feet and hands appear, to be quite small; the calf of the leg large as it formed a great empty bag, the two sides of which were clapped or drawn together. The police say that her height was about 5ft 7in. Her teeth were regular and sound. Her hair seemed as fresh and glossy as if only buried yesterday; in the knot of hair at the back of her head was found a beautiful carved wooden comb, with a cord and tassle attached.

The oldest inhabitant here never remembers having seen anything like it. Some say the cord and tassle are silk, while others say it is flax. As silk is an animal matter it would rot away, but the flax would stand. The comb is in the possession of Mr. Reeves, sub-inspector of police.

There was also found round her neck another cord with a purse attached, which seems to have thrown light upon the matter.

Lord Ashton says, I hear, that there is an old story in his family that shortly after the battle of Aughrim two servant maids were sent by one of his ancestors from Woodlawn to Loughrea with a purse of money to pay an account. They never returned. One was a red-haired woman, the other black.

About three years ago, while cutting turf in the same bog and bank, but not so deep, only about six feet before mentioned, the skull of a red-haired woman was dug up. Rumour also has it that the body has been dug up again and sent to either Dublin or Galway.

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Catherine Mahony – Loughrea – 1843

South Australian Register 13th May, 1843 p2

Loughrea Old and New Priory Photo: Andreas F. Borchert  Wikimedia Commons
Loughrea Old and New Priory
Photo: Andreas F. Borchert
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At the petty sessions of Loughrea, Ireland, the master of the Union Workhouse preferred a charge against one of the inmates, named Catherine Mahony, “for having continued to speak when cautioned to be silent.”
The magistrate dismissed the complaint and strongly censured this new mode of burking (hurting?) the paupers.

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The Progress of Temperance – Ballinderreen – 1840

Australasian Chronicle 17th November, 1840

"Theobald Mathew" by Thomas Kelly (fl. 1871-1874)  United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs  Wikimedia Commons
“Theobald Mathew” by Thomas Kelly (fl. 1871-1874) United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs
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The Very Rev. Fr. Mathew, being on a visit at Kilcornan, the hospirable mansion of N. Redington, Esq., M P., administered the total abstinence pledge on the 21st and 22nd ult., to upwards of eight hundred postulants.
Many from the neighbouring parishes of Oranmore, Ballinacourty, Ballinderreen, &c., who lost the opportunity of approaching him while in Galway and Loughrea, took advantage of his propitious visit to Kilcornan. The people of this locality have been extremely fortunate.

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Ennis – 1826

The Monitor (Sydney) 17th November, 1826

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On Friday last, a great number of the trades-people went some distance out of town, with a band and colours, in expectation of meeting Counsellor O’Connell, and intending to draw his carriage into town.
Several of them were tastefully dressed, and carried poles with large loaves of bread on them. They marched in procession through the town, and the orderly manner in which they conducted themselves was very commendable.
After waiting a considerable length of time on the way, they returned about seven o’clock in the evening, when they played a few enlivening airs and retired peaceably to.their homes.

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Sold – 1865

The Freeman’s Journal 3rd May, 1865 p 278

Corcomrue Abbey, The Burren
Corcomrue Abbey, The Burren

The two remaining unsold lots of the Burren estate in the county Clare were purchased by private sale on Friday by Wm Lane Joynt, Esq, agent to Lord Anally for £11,000. Thus the noble lord has become the owner of all the Burren estates.
The noble lord is also the owner of the Duke of Buckingham’s estate at Ballyvaughan, Mr Burton Bindan’s at Currenrue, on which are the famous oyster beds, Mr John B. Scott’s at New Quay, Sir Hugh Dillon Massy’s Broadford estate and Mr John Westropp’s at Kilkeryne. These represent, as a whole, one of the largest territorial possessions in the hands of any peer or commoner in Clare.

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The Rival – Galway – 1833

The Sydney Herald 22nd April 1833

"Anônimo - D. Pedro, Duque de Bragança" by Anon After John Simpson (1782-1847) - Wikimedia Commons -
“Anônimo – D. Pedro, Duque de Bragança” by Anon After John Simpson (1782-1847) – Wikimedia Commons –

We regret to state that by accounts received at Lloyd’s today, the Rival of London, Capt. Wallis from the Clyde to Oporto, carrying troops for the service of Dom Pedro, was totally wrecked near Galway previous to the 4th of December. It is supposed the number on board, with the crew, were about 400 and all drowned. It is much regretted that for the cause of humanity as well as the peace of Europe, some attempts are not made to put an end to the unnatural contest between the notable brothers of the house of Braganza.

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Corofin – 1826

The Monitor (Sydney) 17th November, 1826(abridged)

O'Dea castle near Corofin.
O’Dea castle near Corofin.

Our readers are aware that a Public School has been for a time kept under the patronage of Mr. Synge, of Dysart near the market town of Corofin. It is no less notorious that the School has met with considerable opposition from Mr. Murphy, the Priest of the Parish.

On Thursday night last, a party of diabolical miscreants assembled convenient to the place, and after firing several shots, and calling to the persons who resided in an adjoining house, not to stir out on pain of losing their lives, set fire to the school house.

Satisfied that their demoniac work of darkness was accomplished, they called to the persons in the house to come out and save themselves and their property as well as they could, as the flames were communicating to their dwelling. They then decamped.. We abstain from any further remarks on this subject, until we hear more about it.-Ennis Chronicle.