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Educational equality – 1898

New Zealand Tablet 8th April, 1898 p9 A great meeting was held in Galway to consider the Catholic University question, and as might be expected, the Galway people spoke with no uncertain sound on the just claims of Catholics to educational equality. Professor Pye, MD., J. P., proposed the first resolution which ran as follows … Continue reading

The chant of the fairy – 1900

THE CHANT OF THE FAIRY TO CONNLA OF THE GOLDEN HAIR. A land of youth, a land of rest, A land from sorrow free; It lies far off in the golden west, On the verge of the azure sea. A swift canoe of crystal bright, that never met mortal view We shall reach the land … Continue reading

Gort – 1849

Geelong Advertiser 13th September, 1849 p4 (abridged) On Wednesday last the property of the union in Gort Workhouse was exposed to auction under an execution for debt and the whole knocked down for £28 by one of the creditors. When about to be removed, however, the paupers rose in general insurrection to retain the property … Continue reading

County Clare – 1871

New Zealand Tablet 7th March, 1874 p11 (abridged) Between 1841 and 1871 the population of Clare decreased from 286,394 to 147,864 a loss of 138,530 persons.

Highway robbery – 1911

The Newsletter (Sydney) 16th September, 1911 p11 Masked men recently perpetrated a daring robbery of the car caring the mails from Kilcolgan, Co Galway to Ballyvaughan. The car was held up by a party of masked men, all of whom were armed. A revolver was pointed at the driver who dismounted and fled for safety. … Continue reading

A most extraordinary monster – 1876

Colonist Vol XVII issue 2039 22nd February 1876 p4 The Northern Whig states that a most extraordinary monster was seen a few days ago at Fodera, near Loophead Lighthouse, which is situated on the most western point of the County Clare.  It is thus described:— lts head and neck resemble a horse, and are of … Continue reading

Mr Blake, Ballygireen – 1910

Lake Wakatip Mail Iss 2775, 13th July 1910 p4 A well-authenticated case of extreme old age has been brought to light in connection with the death of Paddy Blake, in the Corofin Union Hospital, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. Paddy was a labourer, but did not work regularly, spending most of his time roving about from … Continue reading

Dunguaire dawn – 2015

The tide of emigration – 1897

New Zealand Tablet 6th August, 1897 (abridged) The correspondent of an Irish-American exchange writing from New York says: From Ireland the tide of emigration has again set toward our shores. At Ellis Island the other day there passed through the Gate of Freedom, as the exit of the little picketed lane is called, 723 Irish … Continue reading

Loughrea – 1899

New Zealand Tablet Vol XXVII Issue 9, 2nd March 1899 p9 In Loughrea shields have been erected bearing the names of each street in Irish. Father Nolan ODC, who is an Irish scholar, is responsible for the idea, and the painting and lettering of the shields was done by Father Thomas ODC, assisted by the … Continue reading

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