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A harsh penalty – 1888

Newark Daily Advocate 29th January, 1888 Yesterday at Galway, as some musicians were returning from serenading the bishop at his house, the police seized their instruments and arrested the musicians. There is intense excitement over this matter.

A man of considerable stature – 1821

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 24th March 1821 p2 (abridged) That there exist men of a stature considerably above the ordinary standard, our own time has afforded ocular demonstration. In the year 1780 a gigantic youth named Byrne, was within two inches of eight feet at his death, and it is thought … Continue reading

Late for work – 1827

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 2nd January, 1827 p3 SATURDAY, DEC. 23. (abridged) James H was charged that he was disobedient, lazy, and insubordinate; he pretended to be sick and went to the hospital, a distance of 4 miles, where they gave him “a dose of stuff”. They would not exempt him. … Continue reading

Population – 1825

The Australian 28th April, 1825 p2 It appears (says an Irish paper) that 110,000 souls are added to the population of Ireland every year. In seventy years the inhabitants have nearly tripled.

Irish homes and Irish hearts p4 – 1868

Freemans Journal 28th March, 1868 p11 (abridged) It is a long dreary drive of nineteen miles to Ennis, through an open limestone country, with low craggy hills. In all this part of Ireland the eye wearies for the pretty villages and comfortable farm-houses which give life and variety to the flat counties of England. The … Continue reading

Irish homes and Irish hearts p3 – 1868

Freeman’s Journal 28th March, 1868 p11 (abridged) Lough Cooter is the largest lake in the south of county Galway, with many wooded islands lying in its bosom, and lovely views between them. The ‘Castle,’ belonging to the Gough family is a modern erection, in the castellated style, standing on the west bank of the lake, … Continue reading

Irish homes and Irish hearts p2 – 1868

Freeman’s Journal 28th March, 1868 p11 (abridged) The See of Kilmacduagh was founded by St Colman in the seventh century. Here the cathedral was built, close behind a round tower and surrounded by six other churches. We explored the ruins well and I was fortunate in having a cicerone who had often visited them before, … Continue reading

Irish Homes and Irish Hearts p1 – 1868

Freeman’s Journal 28th March, 1868 p11 IRISH. HOMES AND IRISH HEARTS. As the sun disappeared it became extremely cold, and I was very thankful when the car drew up at a large house in the main street at Gort, which, proved to be the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy, There I had such a … Continue reading

A Patriot’s Grave – 1850

Freeman’s Journal 5th December, 1850 A PATRIOT’S GRAVE.(abridged) Mr. William Davis departed this life on the 17th of August, 1843, aged 78 years. He was one of the last survivors of those who were exiled without the formality of a trial, for the Irish Political Movement of 1798. He was an upright and honest man … Continue reading

The Piper and the Pooka

The Capricornian 17th May, 1890 Folk-tales for Little Folk by Uncle Will (abridged) Long ago, out of a hill in Leinster there used to emerge, as far as his middle, a plump, sleek, terrible steed, a Pooka, who spoke in human voice to each person about November day, and he was accustomed to give intelligent … Continue reading

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