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Snippets – 1920/21

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Freemans Journal 19th July, 1920 p5
Kinvara police barrack, which was evacuated last week, was demolished shortly afterwards. The courthouse was also demolished and the records burned. The empty barrack at Moy has been burned.

Connacht Tribune 18th September, P8
Compensation claims;
20,000 for the burning of Tyrone House, Kilcolgan
5,000 for the wounding of Head constable Elliott at Ardrahan
2,000 for damage to Kinvara barracks etc

Connacht Tribune February files 1921 – awards printed in the Connacht Sentinal 24th February, 1953, page 2
Mrs Fanny Sharp, 76 Prince of Wales Mansions, Battersea Park, London and Edward J. Moore, Dunstive, Co. Kildare, claimed 2,000 for the burning of Kinvara Court house in August of 1920; award 790.
Elizabeth Nally and Ellen Hynes Kinvara were awarded 925 for the burning of Kinvara police barracks in July, 1920. John Bermingham, Kinvara was awarded 60 for the destruction of a side car and harness. John Killeen Dungora, Kinvara, was awarded 275 for bodily injuries received in April.

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A Visit to Lady Gregory – 1921

The North American Review, Vol. 214, No. 789 (August 1921) pp. 190 – 200

Lady Gregory
Augusta, Lady Gregory Project Gutenberg eText 19028 From Project Gutenberg’s Irish Plays and Playwrights, by Cornelius Weygandt

by Signe Toksvig
To get from Dublin to Coole Park, the home of Lady Gregory, one normally takes a train from Dublin to Athenry, and another from Athenry to Gort, the village nearest to Coole. But times were not exactly normal in Ireland when my husband and I visited it last summer, and when we got to Athenry we were confronted by the blank fact that for two months or so no trains had been running to Gort. Why? This was a rhetorical question. We knew very well that armed policemen must have been trying to travel on that train, and that the engineer had excused himself for an indefinite period, and that we had better find a Ford. We found one. It was very rickety and full of unwieldy first-aid-to-the-injured-auto things, but Gort was twenty miles away, and hope and beauty had long since left Athenry, and so we squeezed in and began to bump over stony Connaught.

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Kinvara – 1921

Thornville Lodge, Kinvara Photo: EO'D
Thornville Lodge, Kinvara
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Seamount College, Kinvara Photo: EO'D
Seamount College, Kinvara
Photo: EO’D

Consisting of Dwelling houses, Shops, Stores and Land, held in Fee-Simple, Free of Rent forever.

Sale at Market Square, Kinvara,
At one o’clock sharp.

Subscriber has been favoured with instructions by Mrs. E. Nally of Thornville, Kinvara, to offer for Sale by Auction all her Property in the Town of Kinvara. The Property consists of 21 Houses, all in perfect repair, and mostly occupied by tenants. This is affording those people an excellent chance of buying and owning their own homes.

All that and those Parts of lands of Dungory West, containing 3a. 1r. 3p., or thereabouts, in the Barony of Kiltartan, Townland of Dungory West, and County of Galway.
There is a beautiful mansion, known as Seamount house, on this portion of the Property. It is in excellent repair, with large out-offices, stables, Hay and Corn Barns, Cow-houses and large closed in yard. There is also two large fruit and vegetable Gardens going with this Mansion.
8a. 1r. 4p (Irish). Part of the Lands of Cartron, in the Barony of Kiltartan, townland of Cartron, and County of Galway.
All these Lands are in suitable laid out fields, and will be sold in lots to suit purchasers. All these Lands are of the best quality and free from all disease. Immediate possession will be given in both Houses and Lands.
Terms- Purchaser to pay half purchase money on the day of the sale, together with five percent auction fees. Remainder when sale is complete.
For further particulars apply to:
Solicitors, Galway

Connacht Tribune April 9th, 1921 p.1 (abridged)

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Kiltartan – 1921

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The Catholic Press 6th January, 1921 p9

Young Mother Shot by uniformed assassins. (abridged)
Mrs. Ellen Quinn, who was shot on November 1 while sitting on the lawn in front of her farmhouse at Kiltartan, Gort, bled to death the same night. She leaves three children, the eldest of whom is not yet four years old. Rev. Father Considine, C.C., Gort, wired Mr. Arthur Griffith, T.C., on November 2:
‘Woman within two months of childbirth,and holding a child in her arms was shot by Galway police here Monday evening. Died few hours afterwards. Have wired Greenwood.”
At the time of the shooting Mr. Quinn, who is a farmer, was away. A messenger, who went for the priest and doctor, broke the painful news to him. Another messenger going to Ardrahan for Dr. Foloy was, it is reported, wounded by a stray bullet. Uniformed men passed into Gort subsequently, firing shots. When the lorry passed the house where the dying woman lay the terror-stricken occupants fled by the back way.

Rev. Father Considine gave a Dublin ‘Freeman’s Journal’ correspondent who called on him a graphic description of Mrs. Quinn ‘s last moments.
“It is too awful, too inhuman, to contemplate.”
These were Father Considine’s opening remarks concerning the tragedy. Pressed to explain what occurred, Father Considine said:
“I have read of Turkish atrocities; I have read of the death of Jean of Arc; I have read of the sufferings of Nurse Cavell, and as I read those things I often felt my blood boil, and I often prayed that the good God might change the minds and the hearts of those cruel monsters. Little did I then dream that I should witness a tragedy, an atrocity more hideous, more revolting, more frightful, more brutal, more cruel than any of those things, and here in our own little peaceful parish of Gort. My God, it is awful!
“About 3 o’clock on Monday, November 1, Malachy Quinn, weeping bitterly, called for me. ‘Father said he, ‘I have just heard that my wife has been shot. Will you run down immediately.’
I procured a motor car, and hurried to the scene. At the gateway there we beheld a large pool of blood. In the yard another pool, and the porch leading to the kitchen was covered with blood.
I entered the room. Oh God! What a sight! There lay the poor woman, the blood oozing out through her clothes. She turned her eyes towards me and said:
‘Oh, Father John, I have been shot.’
‘Shot!’ I exclaimed.
‘Yes,’ she replied.
‘By whom?’ I asked.
‘Police,’ she answered.
‘By police?’ ‘Yes,’ she replied, emphatically.
‘Did you see them?’
‘On a lorry.’
‘How many lorries?’
‘From which lorry did the shot come?’
‘From the first.’

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Photo: Juni
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She then became weaker, Father Considine explained, and on rallying exclaimed:
‘Father John, will you do something for me?’
‘I tried to console her,’ he explained, ‘ and administered the Last Sacrament. When I had finished she whispered to me’:
‘Bring me Malachy, bring him to me, I hear him crying. I have something to tell him.”
I did so. What a scene. Then she became weak and fainted off. Gradually she became worse.
I sent word immediately to the Head Constable at Gort. He arrived with police and military. All seemed shocked at the tragedy. I asked him to go in and see the woman. He and his men felt the trial too much, as he answered, ‘I cannot.’
No trace of the bullet could be found.’
Continuing, Father Considine said Mrs. Quiiin was sitting on the lawn with her child when the lorry passed from which the fatal shot was fired. The bullet pierced the stomach, and the child she was holding fell from her arms. She crawled over the wall into the yard, and then crawled to the porch to tell her servant that she was shot.
‘Take in the little children!’ she exclaimed. ‘I’m Done! I’m Done!’
From 3 o’clock to 10.30 she lingered on in pain. Occasionally she would clasp my hand, pull me towards her, and say, ‘I’m done! I’m done!’ At 10.30 her condition became worse, and we knelt by her bedside to recite the Rosary and Prayers for the Dying, She tried to join, but was too weak. At 10.45 the little children began to cry, and with them the crowded house burst into tears. As I read the last prayer of the Ritual she looked around, then closed her eyes and died.
My God! what Turkish atrocity ever equalled this?
‘That morning,’ said Father Considine, ‘I had a note from her asking me to offer Mass for her deceased friends. Little did she dream tnat prayers for the repose of her soul would be asked for today from the altar?”

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Cahercon – 1921

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THE CATHOLIC PRESS 21ST APRIL, 1921 P16 abridged
A sensational story of the burning of the house of a widow and the stripping and ill-treatment of seven young men who were inside at the time comes from Caheroncen, (Cahercon)Kinvarra.
Mrs. Bridget Quinn was visited in the evening by 14 men, supposed to be members of one of the divisions of Crown forces. They were dressed in civilian clothes and wore false moustaches. They arrived in a motor lorry, and declared that they were looking for the murderers of policemen.
To seven men who were playing cards in the house they shouted ‘hands up,’ and, covering them with rifles and revolvers, took them outside, where they were kept under guard while the house was searched. Then the men were compelled to strip and lie flat on the ground.
They declare that all that was in their clothes was taken, and the clothes burned.The house of Mrs. Quinn was burned to tho ground, and, having implored the raiders, she was permitted to free a team of horses in a stable.
The naked men were told to sing ‘God Save the King.’ They stated that they did not know the words, and the National Anthem was then sung for them, and they were compelled to repeat it, and then told to clear off, shots being discharged after them.
A doctor who attended fhem subsequently told me their bodies bore marks, and, although they had not been seriously hurt, they were in a very nervous condition. No member of the Crown forces has ever been attacked in the district.