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Dublin – Galway – Oranmore – 1927

Connacht Tribune 21st May, 1927 p.14

Bristol F.2B D-8096 (The Shuttleworth Trust) Kogo;Wikimedia Commons

Three Bristol fighter aeroplanes left Dublin at 5.20 p.m. yesterday and flew to Galway, landing at Oranmore aerodrome exactly one hour and ten minutes after their start, having, in addition, encircled Galway Bay and the City. They were in charge of Col. Fitzmaurice and carried a staff photographer. A detachment of men from Renmore guarded the ‘planes last night.

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Dublin to Galway – Flax – 1851

Manchester Guardian 31st May 1851 p8

Flax flowers Photo:  D. Gordon E. Robertson Wikimedia Commons
Flax flowers
Photo: D. Gordon E. Robertson
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Mr James Hill Dickson, for many years connected with the flax manufacture in the north of Ireland, has made a proposal to the chairman and directors of the Midland Great Western Railway, which they have favourably entertained – of erecting a mill on a platform, with wheels to run on the railway, to which will be attached a portable steam engine, of six horse power, with which to work the mill.

The mill, engine and workmen can be transported at the shortest notice to any given point along the line of railway from Dublin to Galway and into the country, to any farm or district along the line, at moderate distances, where flax may be grown, thus doing away with cumbrous and expensive fixed establishments hitherto so necessary to the successful cultivation of the flax plant and, in these depressed times, so difficult to erect and establish

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St John’s Day – 1827


The Monitor 10th December 19 1827


On St.John’s Day, about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, a crowd of men, women and children were observed, rushing down Marlborough-street, near to Thomas Church, shouting and yelling, and tossing something in the air, which was sometimes caught by one, and sometimes. by another, and occasionally fell to the earth, where there was a scramble for it, and it was again passed from one to another amidst the most diabolical yells, which on a nearer approach, were distinguished to be ” A witch ! A witch ! Burn the witch !     Drown the witch!” 

The said witch proved to be a very decently dressed, dwarfish, deformed female, A young gentleman, apparently about 18, appealed to several well-dressed spectators to aid him in saving the poor woman from being torn to pieces.  They, from terror of the mob, declined.  He rushed into the midst of the crowd and courageously bore the helpless female under one arm, while with the other made his way through the crowd, who directed their vengeance against him pushing, pulling, and tripping him, and pelting him with mud; and whatever came to their hands.He was soon bedaubed from head to foot. 

Making his way down Cumberland  street and Mecklenburg street, he appealed to three or   four soldiers who were looking on.  They directly surrounded him, and two gentlemen then aided him.  One  of them took one hand, and her rescuer the other of  the poor sinking dwarf, and pulled her through the increasing crowd, to the Police-office in Henry-street.   

At the Post-Office a few policemen luckily came up, and were compelled to do ample justice with their sticks on the savage crowd, before they got the poor creature into the Police-office. She was  not able to speak for some time, from ill-usage and   terror, and then returned lively thanks to her deliverers. She gave her name, and said she resided with a  relative in Camden-street.  She said that though she had been frequently gazed at, so as to distress her feelings, she had never before met with violence.

She was sent home the back way, after some time, with an escort of police.

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Anxious to vote? – 1933

1922 2/6 value King George V stamp overprinted Saorstát Éireann 1922 for use in the newly independent Irish Free State Irish Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
1922 2/6 value King George V stamp overprinted Saorstát Éireann 1922 for use in the newly independent Irish Free State
Irish Minister for Posts and Telegraphs

Man in Ireland cycles 100 miles to cast his ballot.

Dublin, Ireland – Two centenarians were among the first to case their vote in Donegal as the Irish Free State went to the polls. In Kenmare a husband, a wife, aged 101 and 99 years respectively, voted their preferences.
A Galway man cycled 100 miles to cast his ballot, while an enthusiast in Killarney walked 40 miles to do his bit for his party.