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Halloween – 1902

The Houston Daily Post 26th October, 1902 p34 Cupid’s Cake Halloween when goblins walk, And Cupid laughs and spookies stalk All pretty maids their sports forsake, To bake themselves a nice big cake. Within this cake a circlet lies, A ring that’s hidden from all eyes. Secure, deeply implanted there, It lies concealed with every … Continue reading

Gort – 1790

Berrow’s Worcester Journal 28th January, 1790 (abridged) Friday night a desperate gang of eight or ten fellows, well armed, and with their faces covered, entered the dwelling house of Colonel Blaquiere, near Gort, and after tying the family, plundered the house of what valuable articles they could get at. They entered at the window of … Continue reading

Loughrea – 1905

THE TUAM HERALD, TUAM, CO GALWAY 7th  August, 1909 A gentleman, a resident of Loughrea living in England, thus writes about the changes time has wrought there: – “There was a Pawn Office – a Mont de Piete – established in my day in a house once occupied by Mr Smyth, in Main Street. Behind was … Continue reading

Census Report – 1851

New York Daily Tribune 17th July, 1851 p4 (abridged) We publish this morning the details of the Irish Census of 1851. Facts more startling were never contained in figures, and yet they are little more than we have expected. They are what the causes long in operation have tended to make them. While other countries … Continue reading

Dr Barry – 1826

The Australian 30th August, 1826 p2 (abridged) The Newspapers notice a discovery made by an Irish Physician in Paris, Dr. Barry. His doctrine is that the reflux of blood to the heart is occasioned by the pressure of the atmosphere. Consequently the cupping-glass is the remedy to be applied to a bite by a rapid … Continue reading

Lecture – 1910

The Jackson Herald, 27th October, 1910 p1 Irish Slave Traffic (abridged) For the next three Sundays at Robert schoolhouse Father Collins will lecture on ‘Irish Slaves and their Descendants.’ Over 6000 children of Catholic Irish were transported to the West Indies, to Carolina and Georgia, and raised as strangers to all they believed or knew. … Continue reading

Travel Notes – 1917

The Register, Adelaide, South Australia 18th June, 1917 p 6 XX By the Hon P McM. Glynn K.C. Minister for Home and Territories (abridged) Gort, August 12, 1916. I arrived here on August 10. Names, not much else, have changed. Some old people, some middle-aged, knew me; their faces are not those of the past. … Continue reading

A Ballad of Galway – 1908

The intermountain Catholic, 29th February, 1908 p6 A Ballad of Galway The market place is all astir, The sombre streets are grey. And lo! a stately galleon Lies anchored in the bay The colleens shy, and sturdy lads, Are swiftly trooping down, To greet the Spanish sailors, On the quay of Galway town. But Nora, … Continue reading

Gorumna Island – 1914

The Spanish American, 29th August 1914 p16 The County Galway police have made a large capture of ‘potheen’ barrels, tubs, and a fully working still at Gorumna Island. They left the mainland in the middle of the night and concealed themselves on the Island until they discovered smoke rising from the still, when they rushed … Continue reading

The many uses of Peat – 1917

The Minneapolis journal, 6th April 1901 p 7 Many uses of Irish Peat A large Dublin manufacturer has a room entirely furnished with irish peat. The carpets on the floors, the curtains at the windows and paper on the wall are made from this substance. For years he has experimented with the material, which is … Continue reading

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