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A True Statement – 1828

The Australian 16th April, 1828 p.4

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On the morning of the 4th Aug. two carriages, were seen driving with great rapidity towards the beach of Kingstown Bay, Dublin, where there lies moored a convict ship. The first was an open carriage, and from the elegance of its appointments, belonged to a person of rank. The travellers in this carriage were an elderly gentlemen and a lady, who, from her age and other circumstances, appeared to be his wife, and both seemed to lavish the most assiduous attentions on a young and lovely female, who sat beside them, holding an infant to her breast her head reclining on the bosom of the lady, and one of her hands clasped fondly by the old man, all apparently buried in profound grief.

The second carriage, which contained two persons, was surrounded by a military party. One of these persons was a young and handsome man, attired in the convict dress, and the other was presumed to be a prison officer. The former appeared to be of the better order of the peasantry, and exhibited in his manner a mind extremely agitated, while his eyes were strained towards the foremost carriage, and his looks appeared to rest entirely on the young female who sat fronting him within it.

As the carriages approached the beach, a boat put off from the convict ship; and reached the shore as they arrived. The travellers in the carriages were conveyed to the ship, from whence, some time after, the old gentleman and his supposed wife returned, much oppressed with grief, and ever and anon looking back to the ship to catch a last glimpse of their young companion, who remained on board with her infant. They almost immediately drove off in their carriage, leaving all the elderly tabbies of the good town of Kingstown quite in a quandary as to the extraordinary scene they had witnessed.

Subsequent inquiries, however, have discovered a solution to the affair by no means improbable to be the truth. It appears that the lady is Miss -—— . from the south of Ireland that she yielded to the secret impulses of her heart, and without the father’s knowledge, married a young tenant on his estate. Her husband, in the mean time, had become involved in the treasonable conspiracies which have kept the southern province of Ireland in a state of disturbance and was visited with the sentence of the law. The extent of his criminality precluded the possibility of pardon, and the affection of his wife would not permit her to remain behind, when the partner of her heart was doomed to perpetual banishment from his country. The elderly couple were of course the parents of the lady, and they had good cause for grief at parting for ever with their only child, whom they loved with all imaginable fondness, and whose loss they may be supposed to deplore with a grief proportionately severe.

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Kinvara – 1901

Kentucky Irish American 15th June, 1901 p4

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A great demonstration was held at Kinvara on Sunday in furtherance of the object of the United Irish League. At an early hour the picturesque little town was thronged by a great concourse of people, and as each contingent arrived from surrounding parishes, ringing cheers greeted them. Clarenbridge and Rooveagh had a splendid turnout, headed by their fife and drum band, followed by an immense procession of horsemen dressed in green sashes and wearing their membership cards on their hats.

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Coole Park – 1846

Boston Pilot 31st January, 1846

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The following communications, have been forwarded to us by the committee for publication. They present the most gratifying prospect yet afforded with respect to the probable consequences and progress of the potato disease. In strictness we should say that one letter presents those gratifying features – that of Mr. Gregory of Coole, father of the representative for Dublin. That gentleman’s station and character are guarantees for the perfect truth of this consoling announcement;
Coole Park,
27th December, 1845
My Lord,
I have to apologise for not replying immediately to your communication, dated the 10th inst. I was, however, unwilling to answer your queries from my own individual judgment, without endeavouring to obtain the best information I could procure from those most able in this neighbourhood to give it. Among such I have carefully considered the evidence I have received from tenant farmers, and now that the panic has ceased, I am more likely to ascertain the truth than when I had last the honor of addressing your lordship.
1st Query – I am happy to be enabled to state that a most favorable change in the potato crop has taken place since my last letter, inasmuch as the disease is not on the increase.
2nd – I wish particularly to make this addition to my former letter – that in the return of the police constable of the Kinvara district, every potato was enumerated as bad in the percentage I had the honor to enclose, which had the last appearance of taint upon it, the greatest portion of these were perfectly available for human food, but from the rapid progress of the disease at that time, I considered it my duty to send you the actual number of the potatoes affected, without note or comment, as we entertained but little hope of the disease being so mercifully averted.
3rd – Presuming the potatoes now in pit to remain as sound as I hear they are at present, I have no reason to dread a deficiency of the potato food in the immediate neighbourhood.
4th – for fear of inaccuracy I must decline replying to this question but as an index to the state of opinion, I have to inform you that the price of potatoes in Gort market on Saturday was 2 1/2d per stone, and that the contract entered into yesterday by the Poor Law Guardians of the Gort Union was for a supply of sound potatoes at 4d per stone, for the next three months.
I have the honor to be, my Lord, your obedient servant,
Robert Gregory

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Missing Friends – 1873/4

The Pilot 19th April, 1873 p5

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Michael Bohanan, a native of Gelha (Geeha?), Kinvara, County Galway, who came to this country 21 years ago; he served some time in the late American War; when last heard from he was in St. Louis, Mo, Information concerning him will be received by his brother Stephen Bohanan, Geneva, Ontario County, N.Y.

24th April, 1874
Michael Kelly, a native of the parish of Kinvara, County Galway; father’s name Patrick Kelly and mother’s name Eilen Cavanagh, who sailed from Londonderry seven years ago last March; he worked in the State of New York; he left there and went to Chester county, Pa., and worked there until January 1981 when he went to Philadelphia and enlisted in the navy. Information of him will be received by his brothers, James and Peter Cavanagh, Address James Cavanagh, Millstone Point, Waterbury, Connecticut

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The old year … and the new – 1861

The Cork Examiner, 31st December, 1861

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The Volume of the Old Year’s ended,
The Volume of the New, begun
To what have all these pages tended?
Mark, what is lost, and what is won.

The opening pages are bright and fair,
Now many a blot appears,
See, here the leaves are bleak and bare,
Further on, they are blurred with tears.

Close the book gently,
Lay it away,
To be opened again,
On the Judgement Day.

Now take the Volume for Sixty-two,
‘Tis all unwritten still,
God grant its blots will be far and few,
Perhaps, ’tis the last we may till.

May each high resolve, each virtuous deed,
Be as picturing’s on the page,
It will bring thee joy, in thy utmost need,
And the sorrows of death assuage.