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St. Coman – 1912

Tuam Herald 26th October, 1912, p4 (abridged).
Another branch of the Magraths had some possessions in the vicinity of Kinvara, in the district of Hy-Fiachra-Aidhne, County of Galway, but a few only of their descendants are to be met with in that county at the present day. Of this branch the church of Kinvara was the burial place, and until late years this sacred edifice, the foundation of St. Coman, of whom mention is made in the ancient tale known as the Imramh, or Expedition of the sons of Ua Corra, was exclusively the place of interment of the Magrather O’Hynes. The possessions of the Hy-Fiachrain Magraths lay around the Bally magrath, near Ardrahan; but the proprietors thereof, having taken an active part in the disturbances of 1641-9, the lands of Balymagrath and Kilteenan were granted by Cromwell to the family of Taylour, or Taylor.

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St. Coman’s – Magrather O’Hynes – 1912

Tuam Herald 26th October, 1912, p4

(abridged).
Another branch of the Magraths had some possessions in the vicinity of Kinvara, in the district of Hy-Fiachra-Aidhne, County of Galway, but a few only of their descendants are to be met with in that county at the present day. Of this branch the church of Kinvara was the burial place, and until late years this sacred edifice, the foundation of St. Coman, of whom mention is made in the ancient tale known as the Imramh, or Expedition of the sons of Ua Corra, was exclusively the place of interment of the Magrather O’Hynes. The possessions of the Hy-Fiachrain Magraths lay around the Bally magrath, near Ardrahan; but the proprietors thereof, having taken an active part in the disturbances of 1641-9, the lands of Balymagrath and Kilteenan were granted by Cromwell to the family of Taylour, or Taylor.

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Caherglissane – 1912

Tuam Herald 14th September, 1912 p2

Mute Swans Photo: Trachemys Wikimedia Commons
Mute Swans
Photo: Trachemys
Wikimedia Commons

Four miles from Kinvara is the fine old castle of Caherglissane, now like all such buildings, in ruins, but the walls are in fair order. Beside the castle is a fine old fort and near it also a chasm or deep opening in the ground – the result of an earthquake or some such disturbance. It is said by old writers to have occurred at the time of the famous earthquake of Lisbon. It is a curious natural feature and shows the wonderful effects of an earthquake. There is also a curious lot of stones forming a very stiff bit of ground and difficult to walk over and a fine lake on which are wild swans. These beautiful creatures breed about the place and are never disturbed or shot. The country people have a reverence for them almost amounting to superstition, and long may it remain, for these birds never do any harm and are an ornament.

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Kilbeacanty – 1912

Connacht Tribune 17th August, 1912 p.2

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Photo: EO’D

A meeting was held on Sunday, Mr. M. Tannian presiding.
Present:
Messrs J.J. Daly
Thos. Higgins
F. Kilcooly
P. Casey
J. Harte
P. Callanan
J. Doyle
P. Lambert.
The following were appointed to attend the Home Rule meeting in Galway;
Messrs P. Lambert; P. Casey; P. Callinan; J. Daly.
The following resolution was proposed by Mr. J. J. Daly, seconded by Mr. J. Harte;
That we condemn the action of any person who will put cattle on any obnoxious land in the parish until all concerned get fair play, as well as the other people of the parish.
The resolution, after a long and heated discussion, was passed, some being of opinion that no one in the parish is violating the rules of the branch, while others thought differently. Next meeting as usual.

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Kinvara – 1912

Connacht Tribune 17th August, 1912 p.2

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

A large and most representative meeting of the people of Kinvara was held on Sunday week under the auspices of the United Irish League in the Temperance Hall, Kinvara. Mr Michael Curtain D.C., was voted to the chair. Amongst some of those present were;
Messrs. B.Quinn, D.C. B. Kilkelly, P. Hanlon, M. Melia,
P. Egan, M. Curtin D.C., J. Connor, P. Halvey, P. Cavanagh,
M. Killeen, J. Ballinger, J. Nilan, J. Cavanagh, D.C.
J. Forde, P. Tracy, B. Tannian, J. Hynes, J. Calnan
P. Calnan, T. Gill,  J. Keane, F. Lally, P. Linnane
Bartly Bermingham, E. Holland, P. Hynes.

The Committee unanimously expressed their strongest condemnation of the communication of the bogus meeting of the Kinvara traders which appeared in the “Tribune,” and which was evidently the work of an inveterate enemy of the National cause. The Chairman said he was glad to see such a large representation from all parts of the parish to lend a helping hand in the project initiated by the friends and well-wishers of their respected president, Mr. T.P.Corless, on Sunday last.   The branch would have started the project months ago if their president allowed them, and they were determined to leave no stone unturned until they would show him and their country at large that they were not unmindful of the invaluable services he had rendered his native parish, nor of the many sacrifices he had made on their behalf, and for the sake of the National cause. They were determined to show their practical appreciation of his work as a Nationalist by making the indemnity fund a great success, and they appealed to their fellow Nationalists in outside parishes to lend them a hand.

Downtown Kinvara Photo: EO'D
Downtown Kinvara
Photo: EO’D

Mr. Jas Cavanagh, D.C., moved that Mr. Bartly Bermingham, merchant, Kinvara, be elected hon. treasurer to the Indemnity Fund. Mr. John Callaghan, Caherglissaun, seconded, and it was carried unanimously. Mr. Edward Holland and Mr. Michael Connolly, Kinvara, were co-opted on the committee with power to add to their number. Mr. John Holland, Kinvara, was elected hon. sec. along with John Hynes, Killina. The following were appointed to solicit subscriptions through the parishes;

Kinvara Town;
B.Bermingham
M. Connolly
James Cavanagh
P. Hynes

Knockaculeen and Cregboy;
Michael Curtin D.C.
Martin Melia

Cloosh and Kinturla
P. Fahy
J. Kelly

Geeha and Aughnish;

Twilight in Tawnagh Photo: EO'D
Twilight in Tawnagh
Photo: EO’D

Michael Mahon
P. Egan
Martin Glynn
B. Curtin

Nogara;
John Keane
Michael Carty

Parkmore;
Michael Fahy
T. Claherty
E. Hynes

New Line, Currenroo, Shanclogh, Carrownamadra;
P. Whelan
M. Kelly
M. Moran

Funshin and Trellick;

Doorus  Photo: EO'D
Doorus
Photo: EO’D

Joe Hynes
Pat Halvey
John Connor
John Carroll
P. Curtin

Moy and Gortskeagh;
Tom Gorman
Pat Healy
Bartly Quinn

Cappamore and Gortnaclogh
Michael Donohoe
John Flaherty
M. Quinn

Newtown, Boherbee, Cappacasheen;
Jas Cavanagh D.C.
J. Nilan
M. Killeen
P. Cavanagh
J. Ballinger

Ballybuck and Killina and Cahercon;

The Burren, and beyond Photo: EO'D
The Burren, and beyond
Photo: EO’D

P. Tracey
B. Tannian
J. Hynes
Jem Joyce
Martin Lynch

Caherglissaun and Carrowmore (Ardrahan)
P. Calnan
J. McNerney
Joe Forde
John Glynn

Cahervoneen, Poulnevia and Cahermore;
P. Lenane
J. Keane
T. Gill
J. Helebert
F. Lally

Loughcurra, Cloonsee, Dungora and Cartron;
Patrick Hynes
Pat Calnan
T. Keane
D. Hanlon.

The following subscriptions were handed in at meeting;
£1 each, John Hynes, John Callanan, Pat Cavanagh (Newtown), Bartly Bermingham, Edward Holand, James Cavanagh, D.C.
10s each – Michael Curtin, D.C.; B. Quinn D.C.
5s each – Martin Melia, Pat Hanlon, P. Hynes, T. Tracey etc.

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At the Quay – Kinvara – 1912

Connacht Tribune 17th February, 1912, p.4

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

A large schooner arrived in Kinvara during the week with a cargo of 200 tons of artificial manure for Mr Martin Coen, merchant, Gort. A large quantity of timber is piled on the quays belonging to Mr Mitchell, Saw Mills, Gort. It has been carried in from Finvara, Co Clare and Derrykeel, Gort. About four cargoes are now awaiting shipment to Liverpool and one ship is loading.
Mr Bartly Bermingham, The Quay, Kinvara, has opened a coal yard where best house coal can be had at moderate prices, which is a great boon to the poor people in the district.

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The largest sheep fair in 50 years – Kinvara – 1912

Connacht Tribune 26th October, 1912 p5

Photo: EO'D
Photo: EO’D

The sheep fair was held on Thursday, October 17th, and was by long odds one of the largest held in Kinvara for over fifty years. Owing to the depression in the sheep trade for a considerable time, people were afraid it would be impossible to dispose of their stock at any price. All doubts on that point were set at rest the evening before the fair by the great influx of buyers to the town from all points of the compass. Tipperary, Roscommon, Clare, Cork, Limerick, Mayo, sent their quota to swell the big contingent of buyers. Hugs flocks of sheep were driven into the town all through the night, and long before day the town was crowded as it was never crowded before, the fair extending far out the Galway and Clare roads.

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Kinvara – turf tax – 1912

Tuam Herald 14th September, 1912 p.2  (abridged)

Kinvara. Photo: BO'D
Kinvara.
Photo: BO’D

The harbour authorities of Kinvara exact three pence for every load of turf coming in from Connemara. During the turf season over 20 boats come and go every day and this season the cost for a boat load of turf was from 45s to 60s.

The men who bring the turf from Connemara are fine specimens of Irishmen. Each puckaun contains three men and they are excellent sailors and navigate their crafts in so expert a way that never an accident occurs. The turf is expensive but most necessary. There is no turf in the immediate neighbourhood of Kinvara or within miles of the town, so the people must depend on the supply from Connemara brought in these boats from over the bay.

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A trip to Kinvara – 1912

Tuam Herald August, 31st 1912 p2 (abridged)

Dunguaire Photo: c.  Norma Scheibe
Dunguaire
Photo: c. Norma Scheibe

Mr Jack Yates and Mrs Yates are staying at Coole Park with Lady Gregory. He is a distinguished artist of the new school of Irish art. On Sunday a party from Coole drove to Dungory Castle – the fine old castle owned by Edward Martyn – and lunched there. It is said Mr Yates will paint a large picture of it.
It is one of the finest ruins in Ireland – kept in excellent preservation by Mr Martyn who pays a caretaker, Mr Hanbury, to look after it. The wall which surrounds it is complete. It overlooks an arm of the little Bay of Kinvara, itself an arm of Galway Bay and around and about are countless springs of fresh water bubbling up from the ground and coming by subterranean ways from the lake of Coole, six miles off as the crow flies.
The water of Coole itself comes from the Devil’s Punch Bowl at Gort, outside Lord Gough’s beautiful demesne, where a seething bottomless pool of water may be seen, one of the wonders of nature. it is never empty, always in motion like a vast cauldron stirred by a giant.

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Gort – 1912

Freeman’s Journal 2nd May, 1912 p7 (abridged)

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“Rosgall”
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Thomas Higgins, Patrick Hughes, John Daly, Fergus Kilcooley, and Tim Reilly from Kilbeacanty served one month’s imprisonment for playing a band in the private grounds of Mr Baggott’s tenants while Mr Baggott was having a shooting party. On their release from Galway Gaol they returned to Gort where they were met by a large crowd of about 300 people who marched in procession playing the same band. The tenants on the Baggott. estate are demanding a sale through the Congested Districts Board, but Mr. Baggott has so far refused to deal with the matter.