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The Ould Bad Scrawl – 1901

Evening Herald 7th October, 1901, page 4

Morning Light, Kinvara
Photo: EO’D

From “Cloona” (Ballinrobe)
How is our good friend Bartley Hynes, of Kinvara and has he altered the Gaelic inscription on his donkey cart? The Irish class at the Depot has not been started yet, but they are investigating whether the crosses on donkeys’ backs are “legible.” My laureate had dedicated his ballad, “The Ould Bad Scrawl” to the Kinvara “copper,” but so far has not apologised to the authors of the “Ould Plaid Shawl.”

This is how he tears the cloth:-

Not far from ould Kinvara, on a merry August day,
When winds were singing cheerily there came across my way
As if from out the sky above an earthquake chanced to stray
An ass, a cart, a man named Hynes, likewise a load of hay.
He tripped along right joyously, his hat upon three hairs,
And seemed as if this cruel world from him had kept all cares.
His bright eyes glistened ‘neath his brows – he looked so trim and smart,
As he pointed to the name of “Hynes” in Irish on his cart.

I courteously saluted him, “God save you sir,” said I.
“God save you kindly, sir,” said he, and winked the other eye.
“I’ll thank you for your name,” says I, “as well as your address,
I’m a constable of police, and I fear you’re in a mess.
By 12 and 14 Vic.,, you see, and section ninety-two,
Your name must be upon your cart, so I must summon you.”
“Bedad,” says he, “’tis like ‘Lynch’ law, me liable to fines!
For writing in my native tongue the name of Bartley Hynes!”

Some people sigh for riches, some people live for fame,
And some upon their vehicles in Irish put their name.
My aims are not ambitious, though my wishes, don’t you see,
Are to get a quick promotion in the gallant R.I.C.
I’ll summon them through Galway, and I’ll summon them through Clare;
I’ll have no Irish on their carts, but English everywhere,
Else peace of mind I’ll never find, this motto’s next my heart
“When a name is writ in Gaelic, put the owner in the cart.”

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Kinvara – 1901

Kentucky Irish American 15th June, 1901 p4

Photo: EO'D
Photo: EO’D

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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John J. Daly – Dowras – 1901

Tuam Herald 6th July, 1901

In this neighbourhood Acrylic on board EO'D
In this neighbourhood
Acrylic on board

At the international contest between Ireland and Scotland on last Saturday, a wonderful performance was witnessed in the four miles flat, when John J. Daly of Dowras, in this neighbourhood, finished second, minus a shoe. Daly had his man well in hand up to two and a half miles when one of his pumps fell off leaving him at a big disadvantage in his stride as well as having a foot exposed on a hard cinder track. Nevertheless he kept to the shoulder of the leading Scot with a pluck and determination worthy of all praise, and was but beaten by a few yards after a magnificent race. On this event depended the honour of the Emerald Isle, and but for this regrettable mishap Daly would have surely won. His time for that distance at the Irish Championship in Dublin was well inside that returned for the international race.

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Mr. Bartley Hynes – 1901

Tuam Herald 28th September, 1901 p.4

Donkey and Cart, Kinvara c.1950 Cresswell Archives
Donkey and Cart,
Kinvara c.1950
Cresswell Archives

A large and representative meeting of the Gort District Council and Board of Guardians was held on Saturday at which the following resolution was proposed by Mr. Michael Mitchell D.C. and seconded by Mr. M O’Donohoe, D.C.;
That we, the members of the Gort District Council, beg to congratulate Messrs J.W.Brady Murray, J.P. and J.W. French, J.P.(chairman of Galway District Council) for having the courage of their convictions in attending at great personal inconvenience the Kinvarra Petty Sessions and refusing to be a party to the successful attempt made to penalise the Irish language by the recent prosecution of Bartley Hynes for having his name in Irish characters on his cart, and we hope as a result of this prosecution, thousands will follow.
That copies of this resolution be sent to J.W.Brady Murray J.P; J.W.French J.P; the Galway County Council, the Gaelic League, the “Irish Daily Independent and Nation,” and the “Freeman’s Journal.” The resolution was strongly supported by the Ven. Archdeacon Daly M.A. who said it was the greatest pity to let the Irish language die out; every country had its own language – the Welsh had their own language, and every Irishman should have his and not be ashamed of it.

T.P. Corless D.C. followed in support of the resolution, and expressed a hope that in future a preference of appointments in the Gort Union be given to those who would speak the Irish language and not be ashamed of it. The resolution was carried amid loud applause, some of which was expressed in Irish.

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The Kinvarra Prosecution – 1901

Tuam Herald, 28th September, 1901 p.2

Kinvara Quay Photo: EO'D
Kinvara Quay
Photo: EO’D

We understand that as a result of the police prosecution of Bartley Hynes for putting his name in Irish on his cart Mr Edward Martyn has ordered his name to be put in Irish on all his carts and so has Lady Gregory. It is said that the cards in question will be sent at an early date to Kinvarra. We shall see if the English-speaking police of that quarter take any steps to prosecute Lady Gregory and Mr Edward Martyn for what they summoned Bartley Hynes. The end of the matter is that Irish police must learn Irish and if they do they will understand that Irish characters are “legible.”

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Tierneevan – 1901

Photo: Norma Scheibe
Photo: Norma Scheibe

Kentucky Irish American, 22nd June, 1901 p1
A very successful meeting was held at Tierneevan, near Gort, County Galway on Sunday, for the purpose of establishing a branch of the United Irish League.
In the absence of the Rev. Father Sweeny the chair was taken by John Quinn. The Chairman briefly and clearly explained the objects of the meeting, and said that it was gratifying to see the people of the parish supporting the cause of the United Irish League. W. J. Duffy, M.P. and James Lynham, who were received with loud cheers, addressed the meeting. A branch of the United Irish League was then formed and over eighty members enrolled. D. F. Burke was the first to set the example by giving a generous subscription. John Quinn was appointed President; Martin Nestor Treasurer and Michael Mitchell Secretary.

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Stemming the tide – 1901

Vellum From the private collection of Randy Benzie Wikimedia Commons
From the private collection of Randy Benzie
Wikimedia Commons
Freeman’s Journal 23rd November, 1901 p 6 (abridged)
The ‘Anglo Celt’, viewing with alarm the appearance of desolation which the country is beginning to present, announces that to the person who succeeds in keeping the greatest number of would be emigrants from emigrating between September 28 and May 28 next will be presented with a gold medal for patriotism, together with a vellum certificate.

Twenty silver medals will also be given to the 20 who came next, they also securing vellum certificates. A certificate will also be presented to every man, woman, boy or girl who can prove that through their efforts one person was kept in the country.

That there is urgent need of something being done to stop the flow of citizens America-wards will be seen when it is stated that within the last ten years 250,000 have gone and whereas in 1840 Ireland had a population of 8,000,000 she has now only 4,400,000.

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Kinvara Harbour – Tolls – 1901

Kinvara  Harbour Photo: Norma Scheibe
Kinvara Harbour
Photo: Norma Scheibe

HC Deb 13 August 1901 vol 99 cc607-8 607
§ MR. DUFFY (Galway, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that there is no available authority to compel the receiver of tolls at Kinvara Harbour to take such measures as will facilitate the entrance of vessels; and, seeing that the payment of tolls is levied for that purpose, he will institute inquiry as to the manner in which a remedy can be provided.

I have nothing to add to my previous reply except that I will give the matter my personal attention during the recess.