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The Burren – 1829

Freemans Journal 26th February, 1829 p.3

The Burren Photo: Norma Scheibe
The Burren
Photo: Norma Scheibe

The Burren (county Clare) mountains blazed from one extremity to the other a few nights ago, in consequence of a rumour having reached the people’s ears that Mr. O’Connell M.P. had taken his seat. On the bonfires being discerned by the county of Galway peasantry, they immediately followed the example in almost every village, and along the roads. Nothing can equal the intense interest, the laudable anxiety of every class of persons. Two persons cannot speak together for five minutes without alluding in one way or another to Mr. Connell, the Catholics, Wellington, Anglesey, Peel or the Brunswickers. The latter infatuated miscreants are breaking the peace for spite, and God knows we do not think that if they all broke their necks into the bargain, the country would be anything the worse of the accident.

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Banshee – 1829

Freeman’s Journal 12th September, 1829 p 4. (abridged)Kinvara 1939
We went to Lady Honor O’Brien’s; she was the youngest daughter of the Earl of Thomond – there we staid three nights; the first of which I was surprised by being laid in a chamber, when about one o’clock I heard a voice that awakened me, and I drew the curtain. In the casement of the window I saw by the light of the moon a woman leaning into the window, in white, with red hair, and pale and ghostly complexion. She spoke aloud, and in a tone I had never heard, thrice, “a horse” and then she vanished. To me her body looked more like a thick cloud than substance.

I was so much frightened that my hair stood on end and my night-clothes fell off. I pulled and pinched my husband, who never woke during the disorder I was in; but at last was much surprised to see me in this fright; and more so when I related the story and showed him the window opened.

Neither of us slept any more that night, but he entertained me with telling me how much more these apparitions were usual in this country than in England. We concluded the cause to be the great superstition of the Irish and the want of that knowing faith which should defend them from the power of the devil, which he exercises among them very much.

About five o’clock the lady of the house came to see us, saying she had not been in bed all night because a cousin O’Brien of hers, whose ancestors had owned that house, had desired her to stay with him in his chamber and that he died at two o’clock. She said “I wish you to have had no disturbance, for ’tis the custom of the place when any of the family are dying, the shape of a woman appears in the window every night till they be dead. This woman, many ages ago, got with child by the owner of this place. He murdered her in his garden and flung her into the river under the window, but truly, I thought not of it when I lodged you here, it being the best room in the house.”

We made little reply to her speech, but disposed ourselves to be gone suddenly.
Lady Fanshawe’s Memoir

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Kinvarra – expenses – 1849


 excerpt from Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland

Correspondence between Treasury and Poor Law Commissioners for Ireland respecting Advance, Distribution or Expenditure of Amounts raised under Act for General Rate in Aid in Ireland

Under General Rate in Aid Act, Ireland. Enclosure 8, in No. 184. Gort Union


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Guaranteed Irish – Tobacco – 1907

Tobacco Flower, leaf and buds. Photo: William Rafti Wikimedia Commons
Tobacco Flower, leaf and buds.
Photo: William Rafti
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Tobacco culture was introduced in Ireland by Sir Walter Raleigh during the reign of Elizabeth. County Cork can boast of being the first part of the country in which the plant was cultivated. The plant thrived and grew abundantly in the prolific soil of this country for some centuries.
During the reign of Charles II a law was passed prohibiting the culture of tobacco in Ireland. However, in the reign of George III the act was repealed. The people had forgotten all about its culture until some inhabitants of Wexford returned. This state of things continued till 1829. In this year 1,000 acres were under cultivation in Ireland. The industry is now flourishing in County Meath.