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Ardrahan, Russia – 1877

The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer 19th May 1877 p1

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Ardrahan Round Tower
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Erseroum, dated May 15 says that an attack of the Russians on Ardrahan has been bravely repulsed by the Turks.
The Times Vienna correspondent says;
According to the dits of the Russians themselves they intend going down once more to Adrianople, and having got there, to inform the powers that having accomplished their task, they now call on Europe to consult on what should be next.

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Mat Roseingrave, Gort – 1918

Referee (Sydney) 4th December, 1918 p8 (abridged)

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Last week when discussing famous Irish athletes in connection with the running hop, step and jump, the name of Mat. Roseingrave, of Gort, cropped up, and I promised to give some particulars of his career in Australasia.

Roseingrave, as we knew him, was the beau ideal of an athlete — tall and symmetrical in build — and he knew from A to Z all the fine points of athletics,especially in the jumping, hurdling and field game departments. I suppose most people who saw him in action will say he was at his best as a jumper in general and a broad jumper in particular.

M. M. Roseingrave arrived in Sydney early in 1896 — I heard of his coming from Mr. T. M. Malone. At any rate he made his debut here at the St. Patrick’s Day sports in Sydney, on March 17, 1896. He had entered in four events, and it devolved upon the writer to handicap the boy from Galway, although I had but a hazy notion of his athletic capacity.

In those days we had two first-class hurdlers in the late W. G. Cole and B. H. Richards. Roseingrave beat Richards by a yard in 19sec. Later on the Irishman won the running broad jump at 22ft l01/2in (a record for these parts.), the running high jump at 5ft 7m, and was second in the 161b shot putt handicap, his actual putt being 30ft 9in. It was quite a sensational start.

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Timber for sale, The Quay, Kinvarra – 1862

The London Gazette, 13th June, 1862 isa 2264 3077

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RE: Winter, a Bankrupt.
To Timber Merchants, Builders and others.
To be sold by auction by Mr E. Staunton, at the Quay, Kinvarra, near Galway, in the county of Galway, on Thursday the 19th day of June, 1862, the sale to commence at 2 o’clock in the afternoon precisely, in one or more lots to suit purchasers.

A quantity of well seasoned timber, consisting of about 6,000 yards of propwood, and about 400 yards of larch timber. The timber is now lying on the Quay at Kinvarra where it may be viewed, and affords every opportunity for immediate and cheap shipment. The purchaser to pay the usual commission of 5 per cent.

For further particulars apply to the Auctioneer, at Galway or to James Black hurst, Solicitor for the Assignee, No 18 Basnett Street, Liverpool.

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The Tans – 1920

New York Tribune 29th September 1920 p1

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The Black and Tans fired indiscriminately through the streets of Conakilty Sunday, smashing windows and causing considerable damage. At Moycullen a lorry filled with armed police rounded up the townspeople coming from mass, separated the men from the woman and drove the former into a field. A man, apparently the leader of the police, addressed them. He announced that a local land agent who had been forced to leave town was about to return home and that if a hair of his head was touched, six Republicans would fall in revenge.

After an attack on a police escort at Ardrahan, County Galway the local town hall was burned down by the police.

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Unlawful arrest – 1823

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Galway Gaol

Connaught Journal
5th May, 1823

To the Editor of the Connaught Journal
I beg leave, through the medium of your valuable and independent Paper, to reply to a paragraph that appeared in the Advertiser of Saturday last, tending to traduce my character. On Friday last, at about nine o’clock, I had been hurried to the Town Gaol by order of the Mayor, without his making a single inquiry relative to my business, or reference in Galway. This, without the liberty of vindicating myself from even suspicion, and unconscious of a crime, I had to remain in prison until Saturday morning, about twelve o’clock, when I had been liberated on the satisfactory proof of the legality of my visit to Galway.

The assertion in the latter part of the paragraph is erroneous. I had been arraigned for Ribbonism, but my acquittal, without prosecution, in this town, is a proof of my innocence on the occasion; and in further support of my conduct and reputation, I have taken legal advice in seeking redress for so wanton an attempt on my character, and outrage on my body.

John B
Galway, May 5, 1822

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The Titanic Disaster – 1912

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“RMS Titanic 3”
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The Clare Journal, 22nd April 1912

Young Clare Man Lost
A telegram received in Ennis during the week confirmed the worst fears that had been entertained as to the safety of a young man named Martin McMahon, from the Craigbrien district, about five miles from Ennis. It was known that he was a passenger on the ill fated boat, and though his name did not appear in the list of survivors, it was hoped he might have been rescued, but it is now definitely stated he has been lost. He was a fine athletic young man and very popular in his native district.
It is said that some West Clare people were on board, but our enquiries failed to trace their names and addresses.

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Scandalous – 1909


14th August, 1909

It is scandalous to find that when returning from the Galway Races, Patrick Conlon, of Kilcolgan, when approaching Clarenbridge was actually fired at. Conlon was wounded in both legs, and the horse was struck in the neck. The animal became restive and proceeded along the road at a rapid pace. A police patrol in the vicinity soon afterwards came across the injured man and had him surgically treated. The local Constabulary authorities are investigating the occurrences with the usual results. The injured man is at present under treatment in Galway County Hospital.

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Lady Gregory – 1909

The Tuam Herald, 6th March, 1909

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Augusta, Lady Gregory Wikimedia Commons – Project Gutenberg_

Lady Gregory, who has been ill the last fortnight is, we are very pleased to say, now wholly convalescent. She is devoting her spare time to planting trees of which she has put down a very large quantity already in her beautiful and picturesque demesne.