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An average harvest – 1835

The Sydney Gazette 7th May, 1835 p.4 (abridged)

Burren walls Photo: EO'D
Burren walls
Photo: EO’D

The harvest promises to be an average one, and all the misgivings that were felt during the course of the summer, as to the prospects of the potato crop, have, we are much gratified in stating, altogether given way. That crop will, perhaps, be more abundant this year than it has for several seasons previously. Public works are progressing in many places. The Shannon navigation, under the superintendence of that active, talented, and highly intelligent gentleman, Mr. Charles Williams, is advancing rapidly to a completion, thus opening the heart of the finest corn country in the world to the markets of England, and introducing the blessings of industry and civilization to what has been considered hitherto among the wildest districts of Ireland. In the west of Ireland, particularly in the counties of Mayo and Galway, an equal activity is shown in laying down roads through the mountainous districts, in building bridges and erecting piers. There can be no just complaint against government for want of aid.

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Cruinniú na mBád – New Quay – 1835

Freeman’s Journal 14th December, 1835 P4

Galway Hooker  Photo: Anne Burgess.   Wikimedia Commons
Galway Hooker
Photo: Anne Burgess.
Wikimedia Commons

A few days ago a regatta took place at New Quay. Mr O’Connell Esq., M.P. acted as commodore, and he and John Scott, of Cahercon, Esq., both subscribed 10/s towards the amusements. The sailing and rowing matches were excellent.
The chief race for hookers was won by a Connemara boat, in consequence of Flaherty’s boat from the Claddagh having stranded. There was a private match between Mr Scott and Mr J. Hynes with their canoes, which was won by Mr Hynes. Mr O’Connell and Mr Scott remained a week and enjoyed the hospitality of Mr J. Hynes.

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A singular occurrence – Galway – 1835

Welshman 2nd October 1835.

Photo: EO'D
Photo: EO’D

In 1830 a lady came to reside in Galway bringing with her a very interesting daughter about eight years of age. The husband of the lady had deserted her, and no tidings of him could be had. Whilst in Galway she married again, and died in childbed of her first child by the second marriage.
Upon coming to Galway she was engaged by a most respectable lady in town to give lessons to her children, and the lady was so struck with the child of the visiting governess that she took it into her house and generously afforded her a home. All this time the poor child knew nothing of her father; she supposed him to be dead, and the second husband of the mother had left the town.
Suddenly and quite unexpectedly, a great change came across the views of the doubly orphaned object of the benevolent lady’s care. A few days ago the first husband of the visiting governess – the child’s father – who was considered dead, arrived in Galway from India, with a considerable sum of money, the fruit of his industry. He inquired for his wife and found that she had been the wife of another, and had gone to the grave.
He then inquired for his child. He discovered her abode and claimed her as his own. The lady, beneath whose roof she had been nurtured, was most anxious to retain her, but the returned parent could not be prevailed upon, and after pouring out his grateful acknowledgments to the humane lady who had been a mother to the reputed orphan, he left with his young charge for the county of Cavan.

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Herring tithe – 1835

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 8th October, 1835

Blueback herring fish  Photo:  Duane Raver, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Blueback herring fish
Photo: Duane Raver, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Herrings – 1835
One of the most remarkable objections to the continuance of the tithe system was stated the other night in the House of Commons;

A clergyman, having obtained a post on the coast of Ireland, decided to take a tithe of the fish. His plan was short-lived. Not a single herring has ever since visited that part of the shore.

**a tithe was a tax of one tenth of annual produce or earnings. .