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Kinvara – 1862 (contd.)

THE IRISH TIMES, Friday, June 13, 1862 – Page 1
Pursuant to previous notice, the inhabitants of Kinvara met in the Courthouse on Sunday, 1st of June, for the purpose of taking into consideration the present destitute condition of the poor in that town and neighbourhood.
On the motion of Mr. Martin Linnane; seconded by Mr. Martin Kerins, the Chair was taken by the Rev. Francis Arthur, P.P. The Chairman having addressed the meeting, and explained to them the object for which it was called.
The following resolutions were unanimously agreed to:-
Proposed by Mr. Thomas Fahy; seconded by Mr. Francis Kilkelly:
Resolved – That Denis Joseph Hynes Esq., M.D. &c, be requested to act as treasurer, and the Rev. Christopher Carroll, R.C.C. as secretary. Dr. Hynes then proposed, and Mr. Henry O’Flanagan seconded the following resolution:
Resolved – That as every resource for the support of the labouring poor of this Parish is now exhaused, and as unfortunately this Parish has suffered seriously from the injury done to the Potato Crop last season, we, this day, form a committee to devise some means whereby we may be able with God’s aid to preserve the lives of the poor, for the next two months, when, we trust, a merciful Providence will relieve their wants with a bountiful harvest.
Proposed by Mr. Peter Linnane: seconded by Mr. Daniel O’Dea:
Resolved – That a subscription list be entered into and that our Secretary be requested to solicit subscriptions from the gentry and others connected with the district by property and otherwise.
Proposed by Mr. William Flatley, and seconded by Mr. John Harney:
Resolved – That the above Resolutions be published in the Galway Vindicator, Evening Freeman and Irish Times Newspapers.

The following subscriptions were then handed in:-

Issac B. Daly, Esq £ 10. 0. 0; Daniel O’Dea £1.0.0; Rev. Mr Moran, Rector, Kilcolgan £2.0.0; Peter Linnane £1.0.0; Rev. Francis Arthur, P.P. Kinvara £3.0.0; Thomas Fahy £1.0.0; John Joyce £1.0.0;   Rev. C. O’Carroll R.C.C. £1.0.0; Michael Healy £1.0.0; John Harney £1.0.0; Denis Joseph Hynes Esq., M.D. £2.0.0; John Nolan £1.0.0; Joseph Salmon £1.0.0;   Dr. McCormick £1.0.0; Mrs Johnston, Maryville £1.0.0; Martin Linnane £2.0.0; Henry O’Flanagan £1.0.0; Peter Kelly £1.0.0; Martin Kerins £1.0.0; Mrs Alexander £0.5.0; Francis Kilkelly £1.0.0.

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Kinvara – 1862

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THE IRISH TIMES, Friday, June 13th, 1862 p.3
Pursuant to previous notice from the Rev. Mr. Arthur, P.P., a meeting was held in the Court house, Kinvara, on the 8th inst., for the purposes of devising some means whereby the labouring poor of the town and its suburbs could be supported for the next month or two, until Providence gave them by a bountiful harvest the means of warding off the present distressing destitute condition of the poor people.
At three o’clock, on the motion of Mr. Martin Linnane, seconded by Mr. Kering,

The Rev. F. Arthur, P.P. was called to the chair. It was then resolved on the motion of Mr. Thomas Fahy, seconded by Mr. Frank Kilkelly, that Dr. Hynes, whose exertions were ever found available in the cause of the poor, should be requested to act as treasurer to our relief fund, and that the Rev. C. O’Carroll, be requested to act as secretary.

The rev. Chairman having observed in the first instance that having passed through the ordeal consequent on the famines of 1947, ’48 and ’49 in this parish, he had hoped that such things as then occurred would never occur again, the rev. gentleman in continuation said – But when I saw on looking around me, even in this potato growing district, that my poor parishioners were many of them on the verge of starvation – and when I remembered how great was their repugnance to seek that relief they so much required at the hands of the Poor Law Guardians – feeling also, that owing to the badness of the times how very ill able the shopkeepers and traders of Kinvara, generous though I know them to be, would be to support the destitution around them, I applied in the first instance to a member of the Mansion House Committee, explaining to him the peculiar circumstances of our cast; and although the committee very kindly then sent us some relief, I was given to understand that unless we established a committee no further funds could be had from that source. Feeling, then, as I thing every man in Ireland ought to feel, that, when every other resource failed, the Government were bound to come to the rescue, and to save the lives of the poor, I addressed a letter to Sir Robert Peel detailing, as well as I could, for it required neither eloquence nor oratorical power to do so, the destitute condition of the labouring poor of my district, and telling him, at the same time, that we wanted no charity – nothing but a loan, as I may say, to get us over the present crisis – a loan which, I felt satisfied, the ratepayers of the district would willingly repay if required to do so, as I wanted no advance except for works which would be beneficial to the barony and the public at large, and I particularly instances the parapet wall along the shore opposite Dr. Hynes’s lawn, as the most useful that could be effected, under the circumstances. You all know, gentlemen, that a man’s life is not safe driving along that road, without almost any protection on the sea side, having a parapet in many places not a foot high, and over which, if a stranger fell, he would precipitated into the deep ever so many feet. Well, to this I drew the Chief Secretary’s attention; and what does he do? He sends an inspector to inquire into the truth of my allegations. That gentleman accordingly came here, but how did he institute his inquiry? Within folded doors, allowing no more than one at a time to appear before him. Even Dr. Hynes, whom he wished to see, and who gave up a pressing engagement in the hope of being enabled to assist me in the inquiry, he told (when he called on him) that he would not want him until evening; but in the evening Dr. Hynes could not attend, and Mr. Bourke (the inspector) returned from the inquiry at Kinvara fully impressed, I am sure, with the applicability in his case to the old proverb of – “veni, vidi, vici” – I came, I saw, I conquered. What you may or have to expect from hiss visit among you, you will hear from Dr. Hynes and as it is noting to give us hope, I have ventured to call you together today in order that you may among yourselves devise some means whereby the poor of our district may be saved for the next two months.

Dr. Hynes then rose to propose the first resolution (which will be found in our advertising columns), and in doing so said – Before I enter on the purport of the resolution entrusted to me, I feel pleasure in being enabled to inform you that I received a very kind and courteous note from our worthy rector, the Rev. James, F. Moran, of Kilcolgan, in which he feelingly speaks of and sympathizes with our present destitute condition in Kinvara. He adds, that he would most willingly have taken a part in our proceedings here today if circumstances, over which he had no control, did not prevent him doing so; but as the sinews of war prove the mainsprings in matters of this kind, he send me what I consider a very handsome subscription from him, on whom there falls so many demands of this nature. I say, therefore, that we should all feel obliged to the Rev. Mr Moran. (Hear, hear.) And now, adverting again to the resolution entrusted to me by our worthy chairman, I do not know whether his recollection of the years 1847, ’48, and ’49, and the part I then took in alleviating the distress of my poorer fellow-townsmen of not which made my respected parish priest so anxious that I should be the mover of this resolution. But, my friends, whatever be his motives, I have felt it my duty to respond to his call. (Hear.) It is melancholy that, in a year like this, when plenty of food can be found in almost every market in the country, our poor should nevertheless be on the point of starvation. What is the cause? Chiefly want of employment. Henceforth, well, then, be it out business – be it our duty to provide employment for the next two months for all such as may require it. (Hear, hear.) I am very sorry that I had not the opportunity of meeting Mr. Bourke here on Friday last, and as I had not, I wrote to him my views of the present destitution, and the means whereby it might be relieved. To that letter, I received a kind and courteous reply, but there was one sentence in it which blasts all our hopes of Governmental aid. He says – “I do not anticipate that any steps whatever will be taken by the Government in consequence of my report”. What, then, are we to do? Let us adopt the good old motto – “Those that help themselves God will help,” and let us this day, and in this Courthouse, enter into a subscription that will enable our poorer townsmen to tide over the present crisis. It may be said that there are too many to be relieved, and that our resources are limited. Granted. But let us divide the responsibility with the poor law authorities. The poor law, even as it stands, empowers the guardians to give outdoor relief to widows, orphans, &c, &c, but denies that relief to the able-bodied labourer, &c. Let it therefore be our province to provide for the latter class, and let the Poor Law Guardians look to the class of persons I have specified. But in order to avoid abuse, we ill give no relief to any person will not give us some work in return for what we give him; in other words, we will provide works of public utility in and about the town, for such as are in the habit of supporting their families by daily labour; to such persons we will give 1s per day, but we will not undertake to maintain those that are entitled to out-door relief from the guardians, and who could not, of course, work for us. I hope the guardians will take care of them – we will take care of the other class, and now, having explained the principle on which we propose to act, I beg leave to propose the following resolution which, being seconded by Mr. Henry Flanagan, passed reni cor.
Mr Peter Linnane then proposed, and Mr. Daniel O’Dea seconded, that a subscription list be opened, and that the secretary be requested to solicit subscriptions from the humane and charitable throughout the country, and a vote of thanks having been passed to the Rev. Mr. Arthur, the meeting separated.

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Kinvara – 1862

Freeman’s Journal 4th December, 1862 p.3

Kinvara c.1950 Cresswell Archives
Kinvara c.1950
Cresswell Archives

Kinvara, December 1.
My Dear Dr. Gray,
I shall feel obliged by your inserting in your next publication the following:
The Rev. Francis Arthur, Kinvara, begs to acknowledge the sum of 35/ from his Grace the Archbishop of Tuam, through the Rev. James Waldron and the Rev. James Magee, for distribution among the priests in the distressed parishes of the diocese of Kilmacduagh, according to the directions of the bishop, the Most Rev. Dr. Fallon.
I remain, my dear Dr. Gray, your much obliged,
Francis Arthur P.P.

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Ghost Castle – 1862

Belfast Newsletter 8th September, 1862 p.4

Photo: EO'D
Photo: EO’D

An islander of the British Isles, and possibly a Highlander, purchased some time ago in the Landed Estates Court, a property in a maritime Irish County, upon which stood what might be described in the words of one of your illustrious bards;
“An old, old monastery once, and now
Still older mansion, of a rich and rare
Mixed Gothic, such as artists all allow
Few precedents are left us to compare

The building did not satisfy the taste of the new proprietor. He scarcely got possession of his title deeds before he commenced improving at once the land and the mansion. The improvements made rapid progress under the special superintendence of the new lord of the soil, who planned and directed early and late. It is his semi-nocturnal predilection for business that raised him to the dignity of a ghost story here.

He was in the habit of remaining about the mansion and grounds long after everyone else had retired, contemplating the progress of improvements or devising fresh ones. While engaged in this manner one evening shortly after twilight, he beheld upon the site of what had been an old out office a luminous figure. It first bore resemblance to the human shape, then gradually assumed the form more and more as twilight deepened. Finally it presented to the gaze of the astonished proprietor the perfect outline of a man, formed of light of a bluish tinge and subdued brilliancy.

Mr—— stood contemplating the apparition till it vanished from his view, owing, as he thought, to some change in the atmosphere, for he felt the air very much colder about the time of the disappearance. He said nothing about the apparition to anyone as he mistrusted his judgement and thought a vivid imagination might have played a trick on him. He resolved however, to discover if possible whether the phantom were reality or illusion. Accordingly he wandered about the scene of the vision every evening after twilight and occasionally his watchfulness was rewarded by a sight of the figure. It sometimes appeared an indistinct mass of still flame, and sometimes presented some outlines of a human form. Seldom did it appear in the complete human shape in which it first presented itself.

Having satisfied himself that his imagination was not trifling with him, the gentleman began to make inquiries of the people about his demesne as to whether any former proprietor of the property or any other person in any way connected with the castle had met an untimely end or disappeared suddenly and mysteriously from the mansion, or, if there were any tale of mystery connected with the place. None was forthcoming.

The lord of the Castle set a considerable number of them to search the spot, the site of the old out offices, where he had so frequently seen the apparitions. At a considerable depth before the surface a skeleton of a man was found. By all appearances he had been a warrior and the place of repose was the cause of the troubled times led by the spirit. The remains were respectfully and decently removed

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Burren Flowers – 1862

Freeman’s Journal 29th April, 1862 p.3 (abridged)

Kinvara, Gateway to the Burren. Photo: BO'Donnell
Kinvara, Gateway to the Burren.
Photo: BO’Donnell

A general meeting of the Royal Irish Academy was held last evening during which Mr F. J. Foot read a paper on the botanical peculiarities of the Burren district, County Clare, illustrated by a botanical map.
He stated that many rare plants grow in great abundance in localities quite different from those usually known as their habitation. He was much struck by this while engaged in a geographical survey in that part of the country. The abnormal position of these plants was alluded to in a very able paper read by Rev. Mr O’Mahony before the meeting of the British Association in Dublin.
Although the barony of Burren was composed chiefly of carboniferous limestone, which sometimes rose in hills 1,000 feet above the level of the sea, the soil nourished plants of a rare and beautiful character. Mr Foot alluded to the peculiarities of the plants, some of which were remarkable for a fresh and beautiful foliage. Handsome drawings of them were exhibited.
A Member inquired whether these plants were scattered over Ireland at large, or whether they were peculiar to the west? There were many such plants as those alluded to by Mr Foot found in Portugal.

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Timber for sale, The Quay, Kinvarra – 1862

The London Gazette, 13th June, 1862 isa 2264 3077

"Mélèze en Automne"  Photo: Antony.sorrento. Wikimedia Commons -
“Mélèze en Automne” Photo: Antony.sorrento. Wikimedia Commons –

RE: Winter, a Bankrupt.
To Timber Merchants, Builders and others.
To be sold by auction by Mr E. Staunton, at the Quay, Kinvarra, near Galway, in the county of Galway, on Thursday the 19th day of June, 1862, the sale to commence at 2 o’clock in the afternoon precisely, in one or more lots to suit purchasers.

A quantity of well seasoned timber, consisting of about 6,000 yards of propwood, and about 400 yards of larch timber. The timber is now lying on the Quay at Kinvarra where it may be viewed, and affords every opportunity for immediate and cheap shipment. The purchaser to pay the usual commission of 5 per cent.

For further particulars apply to the Auctioneer, at Galway or to James Black hurst, Solicitor for the Assignee, No 18 Basnett Street, Liverpool.