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Ballinderreen – 1880

Nation 10th July, 1880 p3 (abridged)

Michael Davitt Founder of the Land League Wikimedia Commons
Michael Davitt
Founder of the Land League
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A monster meeting was held on tho 20th ult. at Ballinderreen, a village on the sea-coast, adjacent to Kinvarra. The meeting was convoyed for the purpose of forming a branch of the Land League, and it was in every respect a great success. A deputation from the Athenry branch, with the temperance band, attended.

The little village was handsomely decorated with green bunting. The eye could scarcely rest on anything not tinged with the national colour. Pretty devices spanned the entrance to the village. Conspicuous amongst them was one bearing the words “Cead mile failte to the men of Athenry.”

The proceedings commenced late in the day, owing to the heavy rain prevailing. A Government note-taker occupied a prominent place on the platform. The Rev. Mr. Forde, P.P., occupied the chair, and addressed the meeting at length, counselling them to be prudent in all their actions, and advising all to join in the movement.

Resolutions condemnatory of the present land system, and advocating a peasant proprietary and other changes, were proposed and adopted, and spoken to at great length by Mr. St. George Joyce, Clare Independent; Mr. Peter P, Broderick, Athenry Land League; Mr. P. C, Kelly, do; Rev. P. J. McPhilpin, CC., &c. At the close of the proceedings the rev. chairman, in very complimentary terms, thanked the deputation from Athenry. Most of those present were enrolled in the Land League.