Newmarket Era 3rd November, 1922 p2.
Lydican Castle, built in Cromwellian days in County Galway was destroyed by fire set by armed men on Saturday. The men kept the family occupying the castle under armed guard in an outhouse during the fire. The Republican forces who came on the scene helped to save some of the furniture in the castle. The fire is also said to have been due to trouble between agriculturalists and the owners of the estate.
Told to Eileen Fallon, Kinvara by Patrick Fallon (abridged)
It is believed that there is a treasure of gold hidden in Carnamadra, which is a little village situated about three miles form the town of Kinvara. It was supposed to be hidden by a miser during the time of the trouble in Ireland, which was in the year 1922. He was afraid the Black and Tans would take it because they used to take everything the people had. When the miser died the gold was still hidden in the same place.
Some men have tried to unearth it but they did not succeed. According as they were digging the earth was falling in again. No attempts have been made since to unearth it. The value of the hidden treasure is supposed to be about twelve thousand pounds.
There were, it is said, cries heard where it is buried, after the miser died. There was a white form seen there. People used to say the white form was the miser. The people who live in Carnamadra say the treasure is guarded by the fairies and that no one will ever be able to get it. There were often lights seen where the treasure is hidden. A few years after the miser died his ghost was to be seen guarding the gold. Only people traveling the roads at night ever saw the miser’s ghost.
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The National Forces operating from Galway under Commandant-General Austin Brennan have now begun to clear the country of Irregulars in real earnest, writes our Galway correspondent. As a result of an operation just under the valley of Tullira Castle, on the Kinvara road at Coolfin, sixteen prisoners were captured on Monday afternoon and on Tuesday a total of 22 prisoners was brought to Galway and lodged in the local gaol.
Early on Monday afternoon eight motor vehicles containing over thirty riflemen and their officers left Galway for Gort. They were equipped with cross-cut saws and engineering tools, and quickly cleared the roads on their way. They passed through Ardrahan village without incident, and along the road to the west of Tullira Castle, under the shadow of the Skehanagh heights, which have been made famous by the dramas of Lady Gregory and other Irish play-wrights.
To the west of this road lies the Great Southern Railway line to Gort and Ennis, and at the inlet of the sea further west the village of Kinvara. As the lorries passed along they noticed men on the march through the fields about a mile distant. They were evidently coming from Kinvara and making for Tullira Castle. The lorries passed along the road towards a bend in the hope of getting a better view, but here they found that their range of vision was altogether obstructed by trees and undergrowth. The vehicles were thereupon put in charge of a small party, whilst the little company of riflemen was distributed amongst the three officers and a few efficient sergeants, who had seen considerable service in the recent war. A few of the cars moved slowly back along the road that they had come, whenceupon the men dismounted, and one officer proceeded along a boreen towards the north-west, accompanied by half a score of men in extended formation. The first shot was fired when a scout was seen rushing across the fields apparently to warn his comrades in the rearguard. He was called upon to halt, and shots were then discharged at him at a range of over 400 yards. Thereafter shooting became general at long distance range.
The Irregulars replied, firing about 100 shots in all. Lieut. McCarthy, who was in charge of the centre, crossed a wall with a sergeant whilst bullets whizzed past. As the sergeant fell on his knees to take aim in the fields a bullet grazed his knuckles.
The National troops operated in a “V”, seeking what cover they could find, and sniping at the Irregulars as the occasion offered. The latter had splendid positions and excellent cover and they retreated as they fired. The main body was at least 1,000 yards from their adversaries and it was at this range that most of the shooting took place. When the scout had got clear, there was considerable commotion in the rearguard of the Irregulars, whistles were blown loudly and shrilly and a general retreat took place.
Official I.R.A. Galway, issued the following on Monday evening;
Having received information at Galway that post offices were being raided at Kinvara and Ardrahan, five men under Captain Farrelly O’Rourke were dispatched to Kinvara by Motor. Upon arrival they were told that the raiders had left in the direction of Gort. The official party pursued them hotly, and on reaching Gort, were told that the men had gone into the barracks. These men wore uniforms and carried arms, and their names were given to the Official I.R.A. party at Kinvara. Subsequently a man left the barracks, was pursued, and escaped. A sum of one pound ten shillings was taken from Kinvara Post Office.
The fund for the building of a new Cathedral in Galway had its origin in a bequest of 500 pounds made by Mr Murray of Northampton House, Kinvara, in the year 1876. Connacht Tribune 14th January, 1922 p1
NORTHAMPTON HOUSE, KINVARA, CO. GALWAY
This splendid and up to date Mansion contains about 25 apartments, comprising Drawing Room, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Billiard Room, etc., in thorough repair. The woodwork is all pitch pine (nearly new). The fire places are fitted with marble and ornamental mantel pieces. The building is of cut stone, and could be dismantled at a very little outlay.
Northampton is one mile from Kinvara Port and three miles from Ardrahan Railway station (G.S. and W. railway). Offers in writing will be taken and considered up to Monday, 23rd January 1922.
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The following official report was issued yesterday (Thursday) afternoon;
Commandant S. O’Reilly, O.C., National troops, Portumna, surrounded Kinvara, Co. Galway this morning and arrested there Edward E. a qualified engineer, who had been sent from field general headquarters, Irregular forces, Fermoy, as an engineering officer for the west. Included in his instructions was a letter to Mr. Michael K. O.C. 4th Western Division, Irregulars, asking the latter to make him a suitable weekly allowance. Important papers, maps, plans, etc, together with a revolver and ammunition were found upon him. His capture is regarded as important.
Mr. C. F. Kinvara was an irregular who had been active in the district, was also arrested. Two motor cars, from which the numbers have been razed, were found.
A scene, unique in the history of Galway, was witnessed at Eyre Square on Thursday night, 25th inst, when Messrs Stephen J. Cremin, Secretary of the local Transport Workers, and W. J. Larkin, Dublin, headed some hundreds of town tenants, with a fife and drum band, who tore the bronze statue of Lord Dunkellin from its pedestal, and marched in triumph with it to Nimmos Pier, a mile distant. Here, amidst the shouts of the crowd, it was thrown into the sea. On Friday, apparently to prevent its recovery, it was taken up on the beach, and the arms and legs sawn off.
Lord Dunkellin, who was one of the Clanricarde family, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army, was born in 1827 and died in 1873. He was M.P. for Galway City and County and the bronze statue, one of John Henry Foley’s works, was erected in 1873 by public subscription.
Flowers and the railings in the square were injured during the removal of the statue.
At subsequent meetings the Labour leaders declared that they would root out the slums of Galway and rename the Square after the late Father Griffin.
TOMAS MAC EOIN (for Tomás O Conaill): To ask the Minister for Defence what steps have been taken to settle the account due to Mr. Thomas Greene, of the Commercial Hotel, Kinvara, Co. Galway, for the hire of motor cars by the military authority during the period October, 1921, to March, 1922; whether he is aware that, in accordance with the instructions inserted in the local Press, Mr. Greene submitted his account to the Quartermaster, 1st Western Division, at Ennis, and received a reply from that officer, dated 18th March, 1922, to the effect that same was passed on to the Transport officer; whether Mr. Greene has since made several applications for payment without avail; and if he will take steps to see that this long-standing account is immediately settled.
General MULCAHY: I have no information on the matter, but enquiries are being made.