Friday, 13 March 2015

1848 - Francis Blake sworn as High Sheriff

Francis Blake, Esq., Cregg Castle, was, on Monday last, sworn as High Sheriff for this county, for the present year. This gentleman's appointment will, we have no doubt, give general satisfaction, as he is deservedly esteemed and respected by all classes. Mr. Blake has nominated J.M. O'Hara, Esq., his under Sheriff, whose conduct in office for the past three years, elicited universal approbation.
Tuam Herald, February 26, 1848.

The High Sheriff
 We have sincere pleasure in informing the numerous friends of Francis Blake, Esq., of Cregg Castle, High Sheriff of this county, on the authority of his Medical attendant, Dr. Prendergast, of this town, that the esteemed gentleman is convalescent from fever, which he contracted in attending the late Assizes of Galway.
We regret to have to announce the death of J. H. Workman, Esq. Barrister, which took place in Dublin, on the evening of Wednesday, of fever, which he took at the Assizes.
Tuam Herald, April 22, 1848

Thursday, 12 March 2015

1844 - Assault, Galway Summer Assizes


William Burke, sen., Thomas Burke, Thomas Shaughnessy, and William Burke, jun., were indicted for an assault on Thomas Casey, near Headford, on the 9th of April last.

Thomas Casey being sworn stated, that he remembered the 9th of April last, and saw the prisoners who are his neighbours on the morning of that day, and he lives opposite them; Thomas Burke came up and asked what made you beat my brother yesterday, and then struck him with a stick on the head; Wm. Burke, jun., then came up and also struck him with a stick above the eye; William Burke, sen., struck him with a stick above the eye; William Burke, sen., struck him with a stone on the back of the head, and Thomas Shaughnessy flung a stone which struck him on top of the head; William Burke, sen., again struck him with a stone over the eyebrow which knocked him down; Drs. Little and Donelan attended him; he is not well even since; it was for beating their brother the day beofre they said they beat him.

Cross-examined by Mr. Concannon - The four prisoners struck him; was going early in the morning to his boat on the lake for turf with a basket on his back; a great many were there when he was beaten; John Lally was by, he was his partner in the boat; Michael Casey, Pat Connelly, and a great many others were present; on his oath there was no fight until they beat him; when he was thrown down, he did not know what happened after, or who brought him home; before thrown down stones were flung at him; there were none at the time flung at the prisoners; his father and sisters were by; did not see his friends interfere, though struck so often, but they could have done so unknown to him; when the prisoners followed him back the road, his own friends got after them seeing them with sticks; he did not beat their brother the day before; heard his friends did but does not know it and is himself indicted for it.

Michael Casey sworn stated, he is brother to the last witness, and is indicted for an assault on the prisoners; he then detailed the circumstances which his brother swore to; was within ten yards of him when beaten; Shaughnessy is step-brother to the Burkes, and William Burke, sen, in uncle to the other two; the blow that old Burke gave his brother was the one that knocked him down; the next that followed was given by Shaughnessy; witness then went up to his brother, but was obliged with his father to run away as two followed them pelting them with stones; he left his brother in the hands of his mother and sister.

Cross-examined - His brother was beaten about 150 yards from his own house; saw only two strike him with stones, when he saw the prisoners follow him with sticks, he followed them as he suspected they were going to beat him; there were not many present when the two first stones struck his brother; when he thought his brother was killed, he then threw stones himself, but not until his brother was knocked down; is not certain whether his sister or any other of his friends were by when his brother was first struck, and they did not interfere until he was knocked down; the knock down blow was by old Burke with a stone; did not interfere himself for he was afraid of them until he got Burke back when he beat him; there was a fight the day before.

John Lally sworn - Was a partner in a boat with Casey, and was present when he was beaten; Tom Burke asked him would be fight and give him satisfaction for the fight of yesterday; Casey said he would not, that he did not want to fight until night - (great laughter) - that means not not fight at all; witness defended him from some blows, and saw him struck by the prisoners and knocked down with three or four blows.

Cross-examined - Himself and another man were the first up; there was a regular fight, after which he was struck with a stick; there could have been no blow struck with a stick; and there was not one until Burke gave it to first witness.

Mary Casey sworn - Is mother to Tom Casey, the first witness, and remembers the day he was beaten; when she heard of it she came out on the toad, and when within 20 or 30 yards, saw Wm. Burke, jun., strike him with a stick; does not know who flung stones, for she could not look here and there; saw no more blows of a stick given him but stones; he was not down but staggering, when Burke struck him; he got insensible, and the blood from his head formed in a pool about him, and covered her shoes; he is ill sixteen weeks; he had two Doctors visiting, and one attending him

Cross-examined - Saw a great number of stones thrown on both sides, but not the persons who threw them; there were none thrown until he was beaten and knocked down.

Dr. William Little being sworn, stated that having gone to attend another person near Casey's, he was requested to come and see him the day after the beating; saw two or three wounds on his head, and one on his moth; the wounds were severe; not very, but he would not certify for a man's life having a wound on the head, for the smallest might be attended with dangerous consequences; he did, not however, think him at any time in danger of his life.

Dr. Charles Donelan being sworn, stated he was attending Casey several times from early April, until the time he got partly well, which was about two months; for about three weeks he considered his life in danger; he is not perfectly well yet; is Dispensary Doctor of the district.

Cross-examined - He was called on by Mr. Blake of Cregg; Dr. Little went there a day or two before him, and had Casey bled; he certainly apprehended immediate danger, for he seemed as if labouring under some affection of the brain; there is a hole in his head yet, and as if the skull was depressed.

Mr. Concannon said he had a certificate from Dr. Hunt to the effect that Casey had not been in danger, but as Dr. Hunt was not present, he would not tender it. He then addressed the Jury and called-

Joseph French, Esq., who being sworn, stated that the prosecutors and the Burkes are his tenants; he never the knew the Burkes and Shaughnessys to quarrel before, but he was not so with the Caseys; is not landlord, but is the same as his brother.

The Judge then charged the Jury, who returned a verdict of not guilty of assault for endangering life, but guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm, and in consequence of the excellent character the prisoners received, strongly recommended them to mercy.

His Lordship said he would pay every attention to the recommendation.

Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser, 7 August 1844.

1852 - Electors, Barony of Clare and more

We, the undersigned, request a Meeting of the Electors of the Baronies of Ballymoe, Dunmore, Tiaquin, and Clare, to be held in the Court House, TUAM, on TUESDAY, 30th instant, for the purpose of considering the most effectual means of securing at the coming election, the return to Parliament of gentlemen who will fairly and honestly represent the feelings of this great county, and of enlisting in favour of the same object the friendly aid and active co-operation of the Electors in the other baronies.

+JOHN, Archbishop of Tuam.
+John, Bishop of Clonfert.
Michael D. Bellew, Bart. Mountbellew
M.J. Blake, M.P., Ballyglunen Park
John J. Bodkin, D.L. J.P., Kilclooney
Martin S. Kirwan, D L. J P., Blindwell
Cornelius J O'Kelly, J.P., Gallagh
James Kirwan, J.P., Gardenfield
Henry Blake, J.P., Ballina
D. Rutledge, J.P. Mountbernard
George Lynch, Rockwell
Michael G. Lynch, Rockwell
James Ronayne, Flaskagh
James Ronayne, jun. do
William Lynskey, Coolickalea
Patrick Conry, R C C, Presbytery, Tuam
Eugene Coyne, R C C, do
Patrick Corcoran, R C C, do
Patrick Duffy, P P, Dunmore
Michael Gibbons, P P, Kilconly
John Burke, P P, Moylough
Patrick Lyons, P P, Spiddal
James O'Rorke, C C, Dunmore
Anthony Mogan, C C, do
Dominick Lynch, Carabeg
James Hanly, Thomastown
Thomas Bodkin, F.R.C.S.I., Tuam
John Prendergast, M.D. do
John F. Butler, M.D. Mountbellew
Patrick Kelly, Grove House, Tuam
Michael Kelly, Mire Hill
Walter Blake, Ross Lodge
Hugh McHugh, Tuam
Michael Fahy, T C, Tuam
Francis Waldron, T C, Tuam
Dominick Tully, Derrymore
Michael Roche, Abbeytown
Charles Grant, Cloonaghmore
Timothy Hanly, Thomastown
Henry Kirwan, Hillsbrook
Thomas Keaveny, P.P. Annadown
Patrick Wade, Cregg Mills
William Cavanagh, Annadown
John Robinson, do
Martin Creaven, do
Patt Collins, do
Richard Sheridan, do
John Cahill, do
James Browne, do
Mathias Curran, do
John Gardner, do
George Commins, do
J. Commins, do
John Cullinane, Mountbrowne
Peter Roche, Castlehackett
Patrick Roche, Caltra
John Loftus, P P, Donaghpatrick
Thomas Curran, C.C. do
Patrick Magauran, P.P., Ahascragh
Ferdinand Waldron, C.C, Mountbellew
John Tully, do
Hugh Mullarkey, do
Michael Moran, do
Michael Fitzpatrick, do
William Bodkin, do
Dominick Bodkin, do
Joseph Kelly, Kinclair
William Gannon, T.C. Tuam
Thomas Bodkin, Tullinadaly
Peter Waldron, P.P., Lackagh
Richard Kearney, do
Richard Burke, do
John McDonagh, do
Thomas Caulfield, do
William Badger, do
Patrick Kearney, do
John Hession, do
Patrick Shaughnessy, do
Luke Shaughnessy, do
Martin Shaughnessy, do
Peter Reynolds, St. Jarlath's College, Tuam
John McEvily, do
Thomas Keilty, do
P.J. O'Brien, do
P.T. Burke, C.T.C., Tuam
Francis Corbett, do
Timothy Geraghty, do
William F. Kelly, T.C., do
M.S. Mitchell, T.C. do
T.E. Miller, do.
James Kyle, do
Peter Burke, do
Patrick Waldron, do
James Dwyer, T.C., do
Charles L. Davis, do
John Ryan, do
Peter O'Flanagan, do
Martin Cloran, do
Michael J. Costello, T.C., do
T. W. Murray, L.C., do
John Moylan, do
John Daly, T.C., do
John Morris, do.
Richard Walsh, P.P., Headford
John Browne, Claran
Joseph Dooly, Cloughanour
Tobias Laffy, P.L.G. do
Morgan Morris, do
Patrick Laffy, do
Patrick McDonagh, Dunmore
John Cavanagh, P.P., Killererin
Thomas Moran, C.C. do
John Moran, C.C., Milltown
John E. Donelan, Prospect
Patrick Commins, Barna
Patrick Hanly, do
Mark Connelly, do
William Murphy, do
William E. Donnellan, Dunmore
William Costello, High-street, Galway
Martin McDonnell, Dunmore
James Loftus, do
John Kelly, do
John Collins, do
Edward GIlmore, do
Patrick Garry, Glanamaddy
F. Blake Foster, Clareview
C.A. Bagot, Ballymoe
John S. Barrett, Ballintava
James French, Waterslade Place
Charles Blake, jun., Thornhill
Thomas Higgins, Attorney, Tuam
Richard Kelly, Proprietor Tuam Herald
Dominick Tully, Mount Telly
P. Duggan, R.C.A, Corofin
Thomas Hughes, do
William Mulloy, Clough
Pat Ryan, Ballykeagh
Coll Rochfort, Galway
Hon. Secs.
Galway Mercury, and Connaught Weekly Advertiser, 27 March 1852.

1848 - Improvement of Lough Corrib

On yesterday (Friday), a most respectable meeting took place at the Town Court House, called by the High Sheriff, for the purpose of memorialising the Lord Lieutenant to forward the contemplated works on Lough Corrib, and, to petition Parliament against granting a bill in the ensuing session, to interested parties in whom the people of the town of Galway have no confidence. At three o'clock the Court House was crowded. In the vicinity of the bench we observed - Michael P. Browne, High Sheriff, Rev. P. Daly, P.P, Rev. John D'Arcy, John Ireland, J.P., John Gunning, T.C., R.A.H. Kirwan, Cregg; Patrick Joyce, James Stephens, T.C., Thos. Palmer, George Cuppadge, James Duggan, T.C., John Harrison, John Redington, John Costello, Patrick J. Broughall, Denis Corcoran, John F. Blake, Galway Vindicator; Thomas Kyne, E.E. Maunsell; L.S. Mangan, Mark A. Lynch, J.P., Phenaes Franklin, M. McNamara, Solicitor; Patrick Commons, T.C., Patrick Clayton, &c., &c.

Upon the motion of the Rev. P. Daly, P.P., Michael P Browne, Esq., High Sheriff, was called to the Chair.
The Chairman read the requisition in pursuance of which he called the meeting, which he was happy to find so respectably attended. The works of improvement upon the Lake was a matter of the utmost importance to have commenced, affording, as it would, considerable employment to the labouring poor of this locality, and at a time when we were surrounded with distress, destitution and misery. He thanked them for the honor they conferred by calling upon him to preside over the meeting, and, he begged to assure them, it was his desire upon every occasion to aid in the improvement of Galway.

Rev. Mr. Daly next proposed that the Rev. John D'Arcy do act as Secretary to this meeting; which was seconded by acclamation.

Rev. Mr. Daly said that he had been honoured with the commission of proposing the first resolution; and he was happy at having the satisfaction of stating, that at length the Lough Corrib works were about being commence, and though the spade had not been yet put in the ground, he might say that a beginning was made, as the engineer had come to town, and had told a deputation, of which he was a member, that the only delay was the few preliminary arrangements of making out the ground, and so on. It would be hard to name the exact day on which the works would commence, but he would say before the end of next week (cheers). As they were all acquainted with the state of the town, he need not tell them how great a blessing it was that these works were about to commence, nor how great an evil that any impediments should be case in the way; yet he had to tell them that an attempt had been made to obstruct them by a company, under a pretended commission, who though they could raise money in England and turn the thing to their own advantage, or, to use an old saying, ``throw a sprat to catch a salmon.'' He would not detain them by detailing the advantages or importance of the work, which would extend to future ages, increase trade and commerce, and would probably be the means of making Galway the Packet Station of the Western World. After some further remarks on the evil of any obstacle being thrown in the way of the works being proceeded with, the rev. gentleman concluded by proposing the first resolution.

James Stephens, Esq., in seconding the resolution, expressed his satisfaction to see that the engineer had arrived in town. At that late hour he would not delay the meeting. The question was, whether they would prefer Exchequer Bills, or bills issuing from Austin Friars; there were £70,000 set apart for these works, and they would not allow Mr. Cahill or any one else to interfere, especially when they had no money but the bills to which he had alluded. 

J. Ireland, Esq., J.P., proposed the next resolution, and entirely concurred with the gentlemen who went before him, that no private company could undertake to carry on these works; they were in the hands of the government, who alone had the means at their disposal.

L.S. Mangan, Esq., seconded the resolution.

Mark Lynch, Esq., J.P., said he had been honoured with the proposing of the third resolution. He hoped that nothing would be done to retard the proceeding of the Board of Works on Lough Corrib, for it would be a very great grievance should any party interfere for that purpose, as the conducting of them was in the hands of those who were best able to carry them on to the advantage of all. He had been speaking to Mr. Roberts, C.E, who told him that he was only waiting to have a staff to commence them. Mr. Lynch then proposed the resolution which was seconded by

John Gunning, Esq, T.C. - He congratulated his fellow-townsmen on the commencement of so useful a work, and one so calculated to relieve the existing distress. He also had waited on Mr. Roberts, C.E., who assured him that the work should proceed without delay.

Richard A.H. Kirwan, Esq., came forward to propose the next resolution, and was received with great applause. He said that the object of the resolution which he had to propose was to petition parliament against the giving of power to any party to carry on the works alluded to. He heartily agreed that no other company could carry out these works as the Board of Works could who had a large sum of money at command for that purpose. It was clear that a private company would look to themselves in the first place, and try to make what profit they could, and the consequence was, if the management was given to them, that the same advantages would not arise to the people, nor the same return for their money (great applause.) He was sure that there was not a man there who was not interested in these works; they would have the lake opened for navigation, and the people would be employed, particularly those on the eastern side of the lake, namely, the parish of Annadown with which his family were interested, and which contained a great number of poor people. Most of the rivers, too, would be made navigable to their sources, so that it was the interest of every one that the management of the works should be entrusted to the government and the Board of Works, and it was their bounden duty to petition against any interference in the matter being permitted to others.

John Redington, Esq., seconded this resolution.

The Rev. Peter Daly moved that the committee be empowered to frame a petition to parliament founded on the resolutions just passed, as it would be inconvenient to assemble the public again for that purpose. He was sure the Town Members would use their influence in support of the petition, of this Mr. O'Flaherty had assured them, and he was confident Mr. Blake would act similarly. He also hoped that the county members would think it for their interest to lend them their assistance.

It was then resolved that the petition be entrusted for presentation in the lower House to Messrs. Blake and O'Flaherty, and to the Earl of Devon and the Marquis of Sligo, in the House of Lords.

The High Sheriff having been moved from the chair, and Richard A.H. Kirwan called thereto, -

The Rev. P. Daly, seconded by M. A. Lynch, Esq., moved that the marked thanks of the meeting be conveyed to the High Sheriff for his dignified conduct in the chair, as well as for the readiness with which he came forward at all times in support of the interests of the public.

The meeting shortly after separated.
Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser, 5 February 1848.

1915 - Promotion of Mr. C.J. Butler, Winterfield

We are glad to see that a Galway man, Mr. C.J. Butler, accountant National Bank, Killorglin, has been appointed manager at Graigue-na-Managh, Co. Kilkenny. Mr Butler is son of the late Mrs. Butler, Winterfield, Drumgriffin. The many Galway friends of him and his family are pleased to hear of his well-merited promotion. Tuam Herald, 10 July 1915.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

1845 - Escape from Drowning, Lydon, Annaghdown

Three young men, from the parish of Annadown, named Lydon, who had been at our market for the purpose of purchasing seaweed, were returning in their boat on Tuesday morning last, and when near the ferry of Knock, a sudden squall came off the land, which had the effect of upsetting the boat, and throwing the men into the water. Fortunately, however, they contrived to cling to the keel of the boat, where they remained for some time until assistance was procured, and they were thus rescued from the imminent danger to which they had been exposed.
Through another merciful interposition of Providence, the lives of several human beings were saved on the night of Thursday last. It appears that, between twelve and one o'clock, that very efficient watchman at the Dock-gate, McCabe, heard a cry of distress from the direction of Renmore Point, and, thereupon, having given the alarm, he was joined by Finerty, a man employed on extra duty by the Coast Guard service, and two others, Salmon and Ward, of that force. They at once broke a boat from her moorings, in which they proceeded to the place where they heard the noise, and on coming up, they found a boat belonging to the Widow King, of Claddagh, which was laden with seaweed, thrown upon a rock. The crew, consisting of three man named Conneely, and Bartly King, the son of the owner, were pitched into the water, and a poor woman from Arran, who appeared to be in the last stage of exhaustion, was under the dock when the party arrived to her assistance, but for which she must have perished, as the boat was fast filling with water. This is the second time McCabe was instrumental, under Providence, in saving the life of a fellow creature, and we trust his exertions will not go unrewarded.
Galway Mercury, and Connaught Weekly Advertiser, 28 June 1845.

1853 - Sale of Carraghy, Thomas Boyse Estate

In the Matter of The Estate of Thomas Boyse, Owner and Petitioner.
TO BE SOLD BY PUBLIC AUCTION, in One Lot, by direction of the Commissioners, on MONDAY, the 5th day of SEPTEMBER, 1853, at the Hour of One o'Clock in the Afternoon, by Mr. EDWARD STAUNTON, at KILROY'S HOTEL in the 

The Lands CARROWREAGH, alias CARRAGHY, situate in the Barony of Clare, and County of Galway, held in Fee Simple, containing, according to a recent Survey thereof, made by order of the Commissioners, 171a, 3r, 16p. Statute Measure. The Annual Rental of said Lands (including £36 10s., as the Annual value put upon the Unlet Portion thereof), is £86 10s. 0d subject to the Quit or Crown Rent of £2 6s. 6d. per Annum, and to the Annual Tithe Rent charge £8 6s. 2d.
          Dated this 29th day of July, 1853,
HENRY CAREY                            
The Bidding will be submitted to the Commissioners on the 1st November next.
This compact little Property lies about midway between the important Market and Post Towns of Galway and Tuam, being within Two Hours drive or less of each of them. It is distant only two Miles from Clare Galway, where there are a Post-office and Police station. For Poor Law purposes it is situate in the Galway Union and Electoral Division of Liscananaun.
For Rentals and further Particulars, apply at the Offices of the Commissioners, No. 14, Henrietta-street, Dublin; or to
          Messrs. NEWMAN and TANDY, Solicitors for said Owner, having Carriage of the Proceedings, 21, Summer-hill, Dublin, and Waterford; or to
          MAURICE COLLIS, Esq., C.E., 3, North Great George's-street, Dublin.
Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser, 20 August 1853.

Monday, 9 March 2015

1858 - Death of Rev. Thomas Keaveney, Parish Priest of Annaghdown

DEATH OF THE REV. T. KEAVENY, P.P. - We regret to have to record the premature death of the zealous and estimable parish priest of Annadown. He was siezed with scarlet fever in the discharge of his missionary duties, and was carried off in the prime of life, after an illness of four days. His remains were interred in the parish church of Annadown on Tuesday last, amid the prayerful tears and lamentations of a grateful devoted flock. Solemn High Mass de requiem was celebrated by the Rev Eugene Coyne, R C A, assisted by the Rev Patrick Corcoran, R C C, as deacon, and the Rev Patrick Corcoran, R C C, as deacon, and the Rev James Waldron, R C C, as sub deacon. Amongst the dignitaries and clergy present at the ceremonies were his Grace the Archbishop, the Right Rev Dr MacEvilly, Bishop of Galway; Rev G Cummins, P P; Rev John Loftus, P P; Rev John O'Grady, P.P.; Rev P Duggan, P P; Rev J McGough, P P; Rev J Cavanagh, P P; Rev T Curran, R C C; Rev James Flannelly, R C C; Rev P Heany, St Jarlath's; Rev J Charles, R C C; Rev James Francis, O S F; Rev J Bourke, O S F; Rev P McLoughlin, R C C; Rev T McDonagh, R C C; Rev P Kearny, R C C; Rev James Cummins, P P, &c. -May he rest in peace. -Tuam Herald.

DEATH OF THE REV. P. CURRAN, P.P. - We have also to chronicle with regret the death of the old and worthy pastor of Athenry. He breathed his last on Wednesday. His remains were interred in the churchyard of the beautiful new church lately erected in that parish. The solemn high mass de requiem was celebrated by the Rev J O'Grady, P P, assisted by the Rev P Duggan, P P, and Rev P Corcoran, R C C, as deacon and sub-deacon. The Very Rev P J O'Brien officiated as master of ceremonies. Amongst the clergy present were - The Rev. George Commons, P P; the Very Rev B J Roche, P P, V G; the Rev T Geraghty, R C C; Rev John Noone, P P; Rev G Burke, R C C; Rev J Waldron, R C C ; Rev T Cahalan, P P; Rev C Galvin, R C C; Very Rev W Gannon, O P; Rev A Blake, O P; Rev J Raftery, R C C; Rev M McCormick, the Rev P McLoughlin, R C A; Rev T Curran, R C C; Rev E King, P P; Rev H Cahill, &c. Resquicat in pace. -Ibid.

Catholic Telegraph, 30 January 1858.

1837 - Corrandulla Church, Notice to Builders

Notice to Builders
PROPOSALS will be received for completing the Roman Catholic Chapel of Annadown, the Walls of which are newly built. None but competent persons need apply, with solvent security as to the fulfilment of the contract.
Tenders to be forwarded Postage free, to the Rev. Thomas Loftus, P.P., Annadown, who will declare the contractor on the 20th day of October instant.
Annadown, October, 12 1837.
Galway Patriot, 18 October 1837.

1848 - Death and Replacement of Dr Charles Donnellan, Annaghdown Dispensary

Deaths by Fever. -It is to-day our melancholy duty to record the deaths of four of our medical friends, who, within a few days, have been sacraficed to fever, with which they were afflicted during the discharge of their professional duties. On the 23d inst., Doctor George Seymour, Surgeon to the Kilconnell Dispensary. -On the 24th inst., Doctor Charles Donnellan, of Winterfield, Medical Attendant to the Annadown Dispensary. On the 25th inst., Francis Bodkin Esq., for many years Apothecary to the Clifden Poor-house. And on the 26th inst., Doctor Edward Lambert, of Oranmore, a gentleman much beloved, leaving a widow, with a young and interesting family, to deplore his loss. Independent of the above, we are sorry to add that serious apprehensions are entertained for the recovery of Dr. Mulville, of Gort, and Dr. Hynes, of Kinvarra. -Galway Vindicator.
Tuam Herald, 1 January 1848.

A MEETING of the SUBSCRIBERS of the ANNADOWN DISPENSARY will be held at CORRUNDULLA, on the 13th JANUARY, instant, for the purpose of Electing a MEDICAL SUPERINTENDANT, in place of the late lamented and respected Charles Donellan, Esq., M.D.
The Medical Gentlemen presenting themselved will present their Certificates of Qualification, and also be prepared to reside in the parish.
                    Annadown, January 7th, 1848.
Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser, 8 January 1848.

1851 - Census in Annaghdown

After famine and its formidable auxiliaries, fever, cholera and extermination, have been five years slaying the people of this country, it is only [?] that the Whigs should set about numbering the dead and taking stock of the living, in order that they may the better ascertain the point where political economy, in the fullness of its wisdom, may step in and bid depopulation cease. The government have been employed, for some months past, in taking the census, but, as it is more than probable that the inhabitants of Ireland have decreased by one half, withing the last few years, it would be more appropriate to say that it was a counting of the dead rather than the numbering of the living that occupied the Census Commissioners.
As the muster roll of every regiment is called over after an engagement, that the extent of its loss may be ascertained and the number of killed wounded and missing discovered, so has the Census of every district in Ireland been taken that the government may learn what reduction has been effected in the rank and file of the people - and a fearful falling off will most decidedly be exhibited.
Through the kindness of Mr. Clancy, of Lough George, we have just been informed that the decrease of population in the parish of Annadown, as evinced by the returns of the present Census, is frightful in the extreme. In the year `41, the population of that rural parish amounted to 7108; in `51, it is reduced to 3662, leaving a decrease of 3445 souls; so that one half of the good people of Annadown, minus 109, are now among the killed, wounded and missing. In `41, there were 864 families living in Annadown, in `51 there are only 454. It will be therefore seen that the branches were not alone lopped off, but the axe of extermination has been most effectually laid to the very roots of the tree itself. In that single parish 410 homes have been destroyed, but when shall they be replaced - when the staff is disbanded, the regiment can never be recruited; many summers shall pass over before those 410 depopulated homesteads shall be restored to the parish of Annadown.
When the returns shall have been completed, we are certain that many other districts in this province will exhibit a still greater decrease in the population, for Annadown suffered less from the effects of famine than many other portions of Connaught.
Nothing can more truly depict the decay of a nation than a falling off in the number of its inhabitants, and we might therfore infer the condition of Ireland from the facts and figures now before us, even if we had not occular demonstration of the state of wretchedness to which the country is reduced; but the fruitful source of all the evils which now afflict this kingdom may be summed up in three words - mis-government, alien legislation.

Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser, 17 May 1851.

1851 - Annaghdown Lodge, Captain William Burke

THOMAS CONNELL has been instructed by CAPTAIN W. BURKE, of Annadown Lodge,
To Sell Unreservedly By Auction
at his Residence, on THURSDAY, the 6th MARCH next, at the hour of One o'Clock a quantity of 
Comprising Three Brass and Iron Camp Bedsteads; Mahogany and Hardwood Bedstead; Mahogany Tables and Chairs; Case Drawers, Dressing, Glasses, Tea Store; Fenders and Fire Irons; Dressing Tables, Chamber Ware, Kitchen Requisites, &c.; also, a PHAETON and Harness; three Strong Work Horses, two Fillies, four Cows, Ploughs, Harrows, Winnowing Machine, Oat Bin, Saddles, Cart and Plough Tackling, Carpenters' and Masons' Tools, Crowbars, spare Axletrees, Scales and Weights, Handbarrows, Ladders, a common Leath, &c., &c.
        Terms - Cash. Purchasers to pay Auction Commission.
                                                                  Galway, February 22, 1851.
Galway Mercury, and Connaught Weekly Advertiser, 1 March 1851.

TO BE LET, with immediate possession, for such terms as may be agreed upon,
Annadown Lodge and Farm,
As lately held by Captain Burke.
There is a good Coach-house, Stables, Barn, &c. The farm contains about 35 Acres (Irish), with a right of Turbary. The house is prettily situated on the shores of Lough Corrib, with good Fishing and Shooting; and there are 70 Acres of Wood adjoining, which would be Let with the above, and is celebrated for its Woodcock shooting - Distant from Galway, by land 12 miles, and by water 7 miles and 5 miles from Headford.
Application to be made to Mr. Hugh Gilligan, Abbeygate-street, Galway.
Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser, 12 April 1851.

1756 - Land to Let by Richard Kirwan, Cregg

TO be LET, from the first Day of May next, for such a term of Years as shall be agreed upon, the following Lands, being Part of the Estate of Richard Kirwan of Cregg in the County of Galway, Esq; Cregg, containing 300 Acres, all well inclosed and subdivided with double Stone Walls and Quickset Ditches, on which there is a good Dwelling House and Offices, with two large Orchards. 102 Acres in one inclosed Park, being Part of the Lands of Liscananane, all in good Heart, and also a Park of 16 Acres, Part of Ditto, all said Lands are in the Barony of Clare and County aforesaid, within 6 Miles of Galway and Tuam, and are good for Fattening or Tillage.
Curroughan, containing 361 Acres, 2 Roods, 23 Perches, down Survey, for the most part choice Arable, Meadow, and Pasture, with a very convenient Dwelling House and Offices, Kitchen Garden and Orchard, also 84 Acres of Cunahter, being good Arable and Pasture; said Lands are situate in the Barony of Dunmore and County aforesaid, within 4 Miles of Tuam and 16 of Galway.

Proposals in Writing to be received by said Richard Kirwan, and by Mr. James Quin, Merchant in Galway.
Pue's Occurrences, 2 March 1756.

1845 - Major Kirwan of Cregg

We have much pleasure in stating that Major Pat Kirwan, of Cregg, in this County, has intimated to his tenantry his anxious desire that they shall keep whatever corn they have in their possession for the support of themselves and of their families during the approaching season, at the same time informing them, through his steward, of his intention to forgive the last half year's rent. This is conduct worthy of imitation, and, if generally adopted, would ensure confidence and security against the threatened calamity. We are the more inclined to record this generous act, as we had to remonstrate against the eviction of tenantry on the estate of Major Kirwan some time ago, but we take it for granted, from the kind liberality now evinced, that ample provision has been made for those then obliged to depart from the homes of their childhood. We would be surprised, as we then expressed, if the fact were otherwise.
Galway Mercury, and Connaught Weekly Advertiser, 20 December 1845.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

1852 - French of Rocklawn, In Chancery

RUSH and PALMER, Petitioners; JAMES FRENCH, Respondent.
GUINNESS and MAHON, Plaintiffs; Same, Defendant.

PURSUANT to my Report made in this Matter and Cause, dated the 10th day of December, 1851, Proposals will be received by THOMAS PALMER, Junior, of Dominick Street, in the Town of Galway, Esq., the Rceiver in this Cause and Matter, up to and including the 1st day of March next, FOR LETTING, for the term of Seven Years pending said Cause and Matter from the 1st day of November last, ALL THAT AND THOSE that part of the 
Lands Of Rocklawn,
lately held by Michael Fahy, Michael Murphy, Michael Forde, John Nohilly and others, containing in the entire 16 Acres, Irish Plantation Measure, or thereabouts, all which said Lands and Premises are situate in the County of Galway.
Dated this 11th day of February, 1852.                
THOMAS M. LYSTER, Solicitor for
         the Receiver, 65, Upper Gardiner
         Street, Dublin.
  N.B. - The above Lands are situate within four miles of the Town of Galway.
Galway Mercury, and Connaught Weekly Advertiser, 14 February 1852.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

1848 - Lands to Let in Annaghdown

The feigned Lessee of Woodcock and others, a. John French.
TO BE LET, for Six Months, from the 23d day of September, 1848, subject to Redemption, All that and Those the Town and Lands of WOODPARK, otherwise BALLYLIE, BARRANA, OLD BERRY, the CASTLE PARK of ANNADOWN; also that part of ANNADOWN and SHANKILL, known as the WING PARK, otherwise the TURRET PARKS, or MRS. ANNE'S PARKS; and likewise the Farm and Lands of LIGAN, MUCKERISH, with the sub denomination thereof, and the Bogs, Members and Appurtenances thereto, respectively appertaining; all situate in the Parish of Annaghdown, Barony of Clare, and County of Galway.
Plaintiff's Attorney, 11, Summer Hill, Dublin.
The Galway Mercury, 28 October 1848.

1862 - Longevity

There lives in the parish of Annadown, an old woman named Mary Trimbleton, who is on the verge of her 104th year. She has been able to provide for herself, and superintended her little home till within the last few days, when she became slightly indisposed. -Mr. Kearney, the relieving officer of the district, has been giving the poor old creature out door relief. It was with reluctance she received the pittance afforded her, and when told that the guardians of the union deemed her age a sufficient claim on them, she replied that the times would soon be better, when her friends would willingly support her, and not allow her to be dependent on the bread of charity!
The Galway Vindictor and Connaught Advertiser, 19 July 1862.

1843 - Inquest, Patrick Greally, Cahermorris, Turloughmore Fair Riot

On the 19th inst., a coroner's inquest as to the cause of the death of Patrick Greally, of Cahermorris, who had died from the effects of a gun-shot wound received on the 1st inst., at the fair of Turloughmore, county Galway, was held in the town of Galway Court-house.,

Thomas Husheon examined - Was about fifteen perches from the fair, and saw deceased on the bridge crossing the fair green about six o'clock in the evening, but nothing the matter with him; in a quarter of an hour after he saw him at the corner of the bridge leading to Corbally, and he appeared very lame, and was bleeding from the hip; deceased stated that he was stooping by the wall of the bridge, when some persons said the police were coming from Qualter's side; he the looked in that direction, and saw a policeman from Aughcloheen, named Horne, who fired at, and wounded him; he said he knew the policeman well, as he was stationed but two miles and a quarter from where deceased resided; did not see him get the shot, but saw two shots fired while on the bridge; did not see deceased in any row or fight that day, but he could have been unknown to witness; saw fighting at the fair late enough that day; when the policeman came up to where it was, witness turned in to a gap at the Turlough, about ten or eleven yards distant, and it was only about fifteen minutes after when he heard the shots; there was no fighting when the firing began, nor while it continued; knows Horne, and saw him at the fair; it was a quarter of an hour between the first and last shot; witness was on the rising to the bridge when the firing commenced, and swears there was no rioting or fighting for a quarter of an hour before; saw the flash from the first shot, but no other; the policemen who fired the shots when he was in it, were out from Qualter's, in front of the gable end; did not see them face the guns in any direction; deceased told him when he saw him that he was shot, and that it was Horne that shot him; witness is married to a cousin of the deceased; heard no orders for firing; saw a person there who he was told was Mr. Brew, but did not see him do anything; deceased said he was going away after the people said the police were coming when he was shot.

Dr. Andrew Veitch, surgeon to the County Infrimary, examined - Recollects deceased being brought to the infirmary, labouring under the effects of a gun shot wound received in the right hip; he died on the eleventh, and was received in on the third; did not extract the ball until after death; has no doubt but he died of the wound.

Eleanor Morris sworn - Lives at Cahermorris; deceased was her son; she was not at the fair; her son informed her that as he was stooped down to protect himself, the grey-headed policeman of Aughclogheen shot him.

The Coroner said had no evidence then beyond what had been tendered, and read it over to the jury. He also said that anything deceased might have stated unless under the conviction he was dying could not be received as evidence on the case. 

The jurors demanded that further exertions be made to procure evidence, and in consequence the coroner ajourned to yesterday, the 22d instant,

The inquest was again resumed at eleven on yesterday. Pat Tigue was examined - Knew Patrick Grearly of Cahermorris; saw him last alive the fair day at Turloughmore; was within five or six yards in front of the deceased on the bridge when he was shot; witness was nearer than the deceased to the police; there was no riot or fighting then; did not see many people near Qualter's, when police went there; saw one of the police fall on going there, but does not now what caused it; did not take notice of any person about the policeman; never knew Grealy to be in a quarrel; when he was wounded he had his back turned to the police; there were not many people on the bridge at all when the firing took place; it was more than half a quarter of an hour after he saw the policeman down when the firing took place; when the firing commenced the fair was quite peaceable, and there was no people near Qualter's except the people on the bridge; thinks the policeman was running when he fell, and does not know but it was the rising of the ground at the place that tripped him; was between twenty and thirty yards from the policeman when he fell, and was the nearest of any person to him.

Patt Burke sworn in Irish - Was at the fair of Turloughmore; did not see Patrick Grealy there, and does not know him; was there near a tent of Andrew Husheon's when the firing commenced; he saw a man fall who he heard was Callaghan; there was a riot shortly before the firing commenced; it was neither a half hour nor a quarter of an hour after when the police came to the gable end of Qualter's house and began to fire across the green; he saw William Horne, whom he knows well, firing in advance of the other police, and the moment witness saw the smoke from Horne's gun he observed Callaghan fall on his back; the police only ran from where they were to Qualter's, when they came out and fired; the people did not follow them out of the fair; the police were beaten at the fair; saw no stones thrown at Qualter's house while the police were there; over twenty shots were fired; others as well as Horne were firing when Callaghan fell, but thinks it was Horne shot him; the man who was shot was wounded in the head; did not go to see him at that time, but saw him afterwards with his uncle.

The case here closed, and the jury retired to deliberate on their verdict. In about three quarters of an hour the following was delivered to the coroner: - 
"That on Wednesday, the 1st day of August, in the year aforesaid, at Turloughmore, in the parish of Lacka, and county of Galway, the said Pat Grealy, then and there being on his lawful business, did receive one mortal gun-shot wound on the right hip, of which he, the said Pat Grealy, from the said first day of August until the 11th of August, did languish, and on latter mentioned day did die; and said jurors further find and say that the said gun-shot wound was inflicted on the said Pat Grealy but one of a party of police engaged in firing on the people at Turloughmore aforesaid, on the said first day of August, and that the said party of police were not then and there justified in firing on the people; and said jurors therefore find that said party of police are guilty of wilful murder." -Galway Vindicator.
The Freeman's Journal, 25 August 1843.

Link to Lackagh Museum's page on the Fair of Turloughmore.

1850 & 1852 - Evictions

THE CLEARANCE SYSTEM GALWAY. -The Sub Sheriff and police went to the townland of Winterfield on Saturday, and Castlecreevan on Monday, and evicted a large number of persons. The poor rate collector was also present, and seized their furniture for the poor rates. -Galway Mercury.
Tuam Herald, 1 June 1850.

B. Canavan, relieving officer, reported at last meeting of the board of guardians that notice had been served upon him of the eviction of two families off the townland of Beaghmore, division of Beaghmore, the property of C. St George, Esq. Also the eviction of ten families off the townlands of Thomastown and Carabeg, the property of James Clarke, Esq. C. O'Brien reported that he was noticed of eviction of one family off the property of M. J. Browne, Esq., in Annadown electoral division.
A respected correspondent from Moylough has sent us a list of evictions on the Annaghmore property in that neighbourhood. The list amounts to thirty-three families, and comprises a population of one-hundred and sixty persons. One correspondent adds that ten of the above families are getting other holdings. We refrain from comment until we are put in possession of the details of a case which, if true, would furnish a deplorable instance of the impulse given by landlords to an emigration which is already threatening to leave the country a wilderness. -Tuam Herald.
The Fermanagh Mail and Enniskillen Chronicle, 19 May 1853.

The Guardians of the Galway union met on yesterday. The following gentlemen were in attendance: -John Redington, Esq., in the chair.
R. N. Somerville, Wm. Clancy, Walter Lambert, Patrick Fitzgerald, Arthur Skilling, W. P. Lambert, H. Griffin, Thomas H. Tierney, John O'Malley, Pierce Joyce, Nicholas Lynch, John Gunning, John Harrison, and John Hall, P.L.L., Esqrs. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed. [...]
A letter was read from Mr. Fynn, the relieving officer, stating that a notice had been served on him that two families, containing nine persons, are to be evicted off the townland of Kennaherny [Rinnaharney], in the Annadown division, the property of Charles O'Rorke.
The Galway Vindicator and Connaught Advertiser, 24 April 1852.

EVICTIONS. - V. Browne, relieving officer, reported that he had notice served upon him of the eviction of 36 persons off the lands of Glanaveel, Cullagh South, and Lisaniska, in the Abbey-West electoral division, and the property of Messrs. Thorngate, who lately purchased those lands in the Incumbered Estates Court. C. O'Brien, relieving officer, reported that two families had been evicted by Marquis Lynch, Esq., at Glanrevagh, in the Annadown division under a barrister's decree, and that such proceeding took place without serving him as relieving officer with the required legal notice. -Tuam Herald.

The Limerick and Clare Examiner, 8 September 1852.

1869 - Farm of Slievefin to be Let

From the 1st of May next, the
In the Parish of Annadown, and Barony of Clare. It is situated half-way between Galway and Tuam, and contains
Applications to be made to
31, Raglan Road, Dublin.
The Galway Vindicator and Connaught Advertiser, 10 April 1869.

1869 - Death of Francis Blake, Cregg Castle

With a regret, in which a very extensive circle, throughout this county sympathise most sincerely, we record the death after a brief illness, of Francis Blake, Esq., J.P., Cregg Castle, on Saturday morning, comforted and fortified by all the last sacraments of the Catholic Church, of which he was, during a lengthened life, an edifying and uncompromising member. The deceased was a type and a model of a Catholic gentleman, in the truest and highest sense of the term. -Genial and affable in his manner to all classes, he was unyielding and firm whenever the maintenance of principle - political or religious- required inflexibility of purpose and action. With the innate politeness and lofty bearing which bespeak the well-bred and polished man of the world, he combined a steadfast adherence to his own convictions, and a tolerance of the views and opinions of those even with whom he differed, which won for him the respect and esteem of all who were capable of appreciating integrity, honesty and worth of character. If evidence was required to show the position held by deceased, in the god will of the aristocracy and gentry of his native county, we could point, without hesitancy to the almost unprecedented array of equipages, occupied by their owners, that followed his remains to the grave.

But, we prefer to refer to his private life, which was characterized, in a singular degree, by munificent but unostentatious kindness to his numerous tenantry and to the suffering poor. His delight was to live amongst his tenantry, to listen to their tales of grief, and to alleviate, if he could not entirely remove their wants. As a magistrate, he tempered justice with mercy, and adjusted differences with due regard to the feelings of the peasantry without prejudice to the merits of their case. His private charities were expended on a most bountiful scale, giving largely without over-rigidly criticising or nicely scrutinising the claims of the recipients of his benevolence.

The funeral took place on Thursday. To say it was almost the largest we have witnessed in our day, would only give a very inadequate idea of the reality. Every day during the interval from Saturday, Masses were celebrated in the private chapel of the house; and on Thursday morning at 8 o'clock, the Holy Sacrifice was offered up by the Most Rev Dr. McEvilly - the Lord Bishop of Galway, and by a large number of clergymen who attended from distant parts to pay their tribute of respect to the deceased. About 11 o'clock, the remains were borne to the parish church, where all was prepared for the solemn High Mass, de requiem. First in order in the procession, nearly 500 of his tenants, moved by the great door of the Castle, in line of three deep, wearing, each a linen scarf and hatband, evidencing by their sorrowful air and deportment, their deep sense of the loss they had sustained in the death of a kind friend and landlord. With difficulty were they restrained from manifesting irritated temper because they were not allowed to bear his remains on their shoulders to the church as the last mark of their grief and respect. This unusually large number, did not represent the immense population on his property, as the heads of families only, arrayed in white, formed this part of the funeral.

After the wreck caused by the great famine and emigration, and the desolation which marks other parts of the country, now turned into sheep walks, here was evidence, conclusive of the fostering and kind care, with which the lamented deceased, cherished and upheld the poor upon his estates. Next, came the long long line of priests, chanting the "Miserere" and suitable psalms. Then came the hearse with the remains, and mourning carriages, occupied by the immediate members and relatives of the family. After followed, the carriages and vehicles of all descriptions. The whole procesion, including a vast crowd from all the adjacent country, which thronged and lined the road, covered the entire way, from the Castle to the public church - a space of nearly two miles in length. At the church door the remains were ushered in by His Grace the Archbishop of Tuam, with his attendant chaplain and clergy. The solemn High Mass was celebrated by the Rev. James Magee, C.A., Tuam, assisted by the Rev. Richard MacHale, Professor, St. Jarlath's, and the Rev Timothy Keville, do. The Very Rev Ulick J. Bourke, President of St Jarlath's, officicated as master of ceremonies.

In the choir were - His Grace the Archbishop of Tuam; the Most Rev. the Lord Bishop of Galway; Rev Peter Waldron, P.P., Annadown; Very Rev. George Commins, P.P, V.G, Galway; Very Rev John O'Grady, P.P., Athenry; Rev. John J. Noone, P.P., Menla; Rev Peter Conway, P.P., Headford; Very Rev Thomas Folan, O.P., Galway; Rev. T. Taylor, O.P; Rev T Slattery, O.P.; Very Rev. Edward Jennings, O.S.A., Galway; Rev Martin Murphy, Carmelite Convent, Loughrea; Rev. James Commins, P.P, Castlegar; Rev. Patrick Duggan, P.P., Cummer; Rev Edward Thomas, C.C., Tuam; Rev. James Stephens, C.C., do; Rev. John McGough, P.P., Lackagh; Rev. P. MacNamara, P.P., Donaghpatrick; Rev. William Joyce, C.C., Belclare; Rev. John Dooley, R.C.A., Galway; Rev. P. Fitzgerald, C.C., Abbeyknockmoy; Rev. John Geraghty, P.P., Oranmore; Rev. Thomas Haddigan, P.P., Abbeyknockmoy; Rev. Peter Dooley, C.A., Galway; Rev. Redmond McDonagh, C.C., do; Rev John Burke, O.S.F., Galway; Rev Daniel Goode, C.C., Rev John Charles, C.C., Rev James Henry, C.C, Rev Michael Joyce, C.C., Rev Patrick Walsh, C.C., Rev. James Henelly, C.C., Headford.

After Mass the obsequial ceremonies were performed by His Grace, assisted by the clergy, in the order prescribed by the ritual of the church. In asking the prayers of the vast congregation for the repose of the soul of the deceased, His Grace, after a few appropriate words in English, addressed the people, at considerable length, in the vernacular tongue, in explanation of the solemn rites they attended on the occasion, during which he paid a just tribute to the virtues of the deceased. The coffin was then borne to the family vault adjacent to the church, where the final prayers were recited by His Grace and the clergy. We have rarely witnessed a scene more solemn and imposing. It was a tribute paid by the Church, and by society in its every grade, from far and near, to worth, which all appreciated, and the sterling qualities which marked the long and honoured career of a truly respectable Catholic gentleman. -May he rest in peace.
Tuam Herald, Saturday March 13, 1869

1908 - Division of Gortatleva & Lydican, Lord Clanmorris

The grass lands of Lord Clanmorris, at Claregalway, have been divided amongst the small tenants on the property, and from accounts to hand, it appears they have been generously dealt with. Adjoining the Lydican property are seven or eight tenants - Thomas McDonagh, John Qualter, Pat Stephens, Thomas Walsh, John Carr, Bartly Walsh, and Pat Murphy, who have small holdings. Adjoining the holdings of these tenants, there lies 48 acres of Gortacleva from which they and their ancestors were evicted, there are also 28 acres of the townland of Lydican.
Tuam Herald, 15 February 1908.

1880 - Attack on Police at Corrandulla

Information reached Galway on Saturday that a night patrol of police had been attacked at a place named Currendulla, in the parish of Annadown, by a large body of men, armed with sticks, stones, &c. The police were severely beaten, and had to take refuge in the house of a woman named Commins. The cause alleged for the outrage is that the police are at present engaged collecting a police tax levied on the parish for the cost of two iron huts, and that the people are unable to pay. No arrests have been made.
Irish Examiner, 22 March 1880.

1857 - Sale of Ardgaineen in the Landed Estates Court

(Before the Chief Commissioner)
 County of Galway
In the matter of the estate of Richard Andrew Hyacinth Kirwan, Esq. owner and petitioner.
All the lots are held in fee, lots 4, 5 and 6 are situate in the barony of Dunmore, and the remaining lots are situate in the Barony of Clare.
Lot 1 - Ardgaineen (part of) containing 292a 3r 21p statute measure; nett rental, 79l 19s 8d; Messrs Hodges, Smith, and Co.'s valuation, 85l 2s 5d. Sold to Mr Nicholas Kirwan at 1600l.
Lot 4 - Quinaltagh (part of) containing 271a 1r 20p statute measure; nett rental, 97l 2s 6d; Messrs Hodges, Smith and Co.'s valuation, 72l 8s 7d. Same purchaser for 1,700l.
Lot 5 - Quinaltagh (part of), 797a 2r 10p statute measure; nett rental, 58l 10s; Messrs Hodges, Smith and Co's valuation 60; 9s 3d. Purchased by Mr Courtney at 1,050l.
Lot 6 - Quinaltagh (part of) 252a 2r 6p statute measure; nett rental, 98l 19s 7 1/2d; Messrs Hodges, Smith and Co's valuation, 90l 16s 9d. Sold to Mr Courtney for 1,900l.
The sale of lots 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9, was adjourned, there being no adequate bidding.
Mr James Henderson, solicitor, had the carriage of the sale.
Freeman's Journal, 22 May 1857.

Newspapers - Births & Marriages in the 19th & early 20th century

At Wood-park, County Galway, the lady of Lieutenant Burke, of a son. Limerick Evening Post, 20 September 1831.


Married, By special license, Ulysses Burke, son of Captain Burke, of Annadown House, to Annette French, daughter of James French, of Rock Lawn, county Galway. Galway Mercury, 2 June 1849.


Jan. 12, at Cregg Castle, county Galway, by the Right Rev. Doctor MacHale, Pierce, son of Walter Joyce, Esq., of Merview, to Jane, daughter of Francis Blake, Esq. Wexford Independent, 22 January 1842.
At Cregg Castle, bty the Most Rev. Dr. MacHale, Pierce, son of Walter Joyce, Esq. of Merview, county Galway, to Jane, daughter of Francis Blake, Esq. of Cregg Castle. Waterford Chronicle, 22 January 1842.


At Belgaum, Lieut. Wm. Coussmaker Anderson, 1st European Fusileers, to Caroline, daughter of Charles S. Cahill, Esq. of Annadown, county Galway. Limerick Chronicle, 4 August 1846.

July 7, at Donaghadee Church, by the Rev. Mr. Hill, rector of Donaghadee, the Rev. John Cather, of Annadown Glebe, county of Galway, to Isabella, only child of the late Samuel Blakeney, Esq., of Belfast. Dublin Evening Mail, 12 July 1847.
At Donaghadee Church, the Rev. John Cather, of Annadown Glebe, in this county, to Isabella, only child of the late Samuel Blakeney, Esq., Belfast. Galway Mercury, 17 July 1847.


On the 15th instant, at the residence of her father, by the Rev. Myles Sheridan, P.P., Annadown, Mr. John Madden, Nurseries Ballinasloe, to Ann, daughter of Mr. John Cavanagh, of Gortroe. Galway Mercury, and Connaught Weekly Advertiser, 20 June 1846.

May 22, at Carra Lodge, Claregalway, the lady of William Clancy, Esq., of a son. Belfast Mercury, 28 May 1855.


May 29, at 24, Richmond-street, South (the residence of her aunt), the lady of John French, of Woodpark, county of Galway, Esq., of a daughter. Dublin Evening Mail, 2 June 1848.


At Bathwick, Henry Brownlow, Esq., Bengal Civil Service, brother of the Right Hon. C. Brownlow, to Louisa, daughter of P. Kirwan, of Cregg, county Galway, Esq. Dublin Evening Mail, 25 April 1838.


February 4, at St. Mary's, Bathwick, George Alfred, eldest son of the Rev. Alfred and the Lady Emily Lawrence, to Mary Anne Georgiana, daughter of the late Patrick Kirwan, Esq., of Cregg, county Galway. The Advocate: or, Irish Industrial Journal, 12 February 1851.


On the 29th ultimo, at St. Mary's, Bathwick, Richard A.H. Kirwan, Esq., eldest son of P. Kirwan, of Cregg, in the county of Galway, Esq., to Agnes Jane, third daughter of John Thompson, Esq., of the Circus, Bath. Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier, 7 May 1839.
At St. Mary's, Bathwick, Richard A. H. Kirwan, Esq., of Cregg, county Galway, to Agnes Jane, third daughter of J. Thomson, Esq., of Bath. Dublin Morning Register, 4 May 1839.


On the 20th of February, at Bath, George Dacres Tyler, Esq., to Henrietta Theresa, eldest daughter of P. Kirwan, Esq., of Cregg, in the county Galway. Freeman's Journal, 27 February 1838.


On the 7th inst., at Bath, the Rev. T. Arthur Voules, B.A., Oxford, and Rector of Beer-Crocombe, in the county of Somerset, to Elizabeth Frances Charlotte, daughter of the late Patrick Kirwan, of Cregg, county of Galway, Esq. Cork Examiner, 15 February 1850.

1910 - Death of Rev. Laurence Ansbro

Death of Rev. Laurence Ansbro, P.P., Annaghdown.

Tuam, Thursday.
With deep regret we announce the death of the Rev. Laurence Ansbro, the venerable pastor of Annaghdown parish, which occurred on Tuesday last at the parochial residence, Annaghdown. The sad news will be deeply deplored by a large circle of friends, to whom Father Ansbro endeared himself during his exercise of the duties of the ministry, extending over a period of fifty years. By his demise the Archdiocese of Tuam is deprived of one of its most devoted and gentle priests. To his parishioners are best known their late pastor's sterling qualities, and by none were they more appreciated. As a true and genial friend, Father Ansbro was unequalled. Whilst he did not actively engage in the political sphere, his aspirations were on the popular side. Amongst his brother clergy he was held in high esteem. Although in delicate health for some time past, his labours for his parishioners had not lessened, and many were the expressions of grief on the sad announcement of his demise. His work for the educational advancement of his flock is to be seen in the excellent National Schools built by him at Annaghdown and Kilgill. The beautiful chapel which overlooks the Corrib waters is a fitting monument to his unfailing zeal and anxiety for the provision of a more suitable place of worship than the schoolhouse, in which formerly the Sacrifice of the Mass was offered.
Father Ansbro was born in Crossboyne, County Mayo, in the year 1831. His early collegiate studies were at St. Jarlath's Tuam and subsequently at Maynooth. He was ordained by the late Archbishop MacHale, in October, 1858. His first labours as curate were in the parish of Killererin, where he remained for twelve months. He was then appointed to Kilmaine, and afterwards to Ross, where for seven years he ministered solely by himself. The parishes of Roundstone and Kiltulla had him as curate for the next nine years. In March, 1877, he was transferred to the important parish of Annaghdown, where the remaining thirty-three years of his life were spent. Over two years have now elapsed since the celebration of his golden jubilee as a priest was celebrated, to the joy of his faithful flock in Annaghdown. Latterly, there was a complete breakdown in his heretofore robust condition, and Dr. Golding, of Headford, his medical adviser, has been constant in his attention to him. He bore his illness with becoming fortitude and besides the religious consolations and ministrations of his beloved priests, he had the care of his nearest lay friends. Death came peacefully on Tuesday morning, after a holy and virtuous career of 79 years.
High Mass and Office for the repose of his soul were chanted on Wednesday morning at Annaghdown Church. His Grace Archbishop Healy presided. The celebrant of the High Mass was the Rev. T. Heaney, C.C., Annaghdown; deacon, Rev. Martin MacEvilly, C C., Headford; sub-deacon, Rev. Alexander Eaton, Profesor, St. Jarlath's College, Tuam. The Very Rev. Michael Canon HIgins, D.D., President, St. Jarlath's College, Tuam, officiated as master of ceremonies.
The following clergy were also present: -
The Very Rev. J. Canon Canton, P.P., Athenry; Very Rev. Canon Macken, Adm., Tuam; Rev. Redmond McHugh, P.P., Claregalway; Rev. James Curran, P.P., Abbey; Rev. Michael Heaney, P.P., Caherlistrane; Rev. J. Burke, P.P., Menlough; Rev. Willie McHugh, P.P., Cummer; Rev. Father Newell, P.P., Castlegar; Rev. Martin Healy, C.C., Kilmaine; Rev. Father D'Alton, C.C., Athenry; Rev. O. Hannon, C.C., Tuam; Rev. M. O'Donnell, C.C., Spiddal; Rev. J. Heaney, C.C., Caherlistrane; Rev. M. Hannon, C.C., Ballinrobe; Rev. P. Faulkiner, C.C., Belclare; Rev. T. O'Connor, Ballinasloe; Rev. J. Heaney, C.C., Headford; Rev. J. Heneghan, C.C., Annaghdown; Rev. C. Cunningham, Professor, St. Jarlath's Colege, Rev. Malachy Eaton, do.
Chief mourners - Miss Carroll (niece), Mr. J. Gill and Mrs. J. Gill, Ballyglass, and Mr. L. Gibbons and Mrs Gibbons (nephews and nieces).
The Freeman's Journal, 26 March 1910.

1922 - Annaghdown Parish Court

At Annaghdown parish court on 9th inst., Messrs. John Hannon, John Burke (Richard), and Michael Burke presiding.
Dispute about a Grave. The case in which Matt Silke, Corrandulla, sued Mrs. Hanrahan, Bunatubber, for £1 for the digging of the grave in which the remains of defendant's sister (the late Mrs. O'Rourke) were interred was first brought forward at the April court, but as the complainant and defendant disagreed as to the date on which the burial took place it was ajourned in order that a death certificate might be produced. - Complainant now got a decree for 15s., without costs, the defendant being ordered to pay the costs of the court.
Poteen Seized. On Sunday about fourteen of the local Volunteers, with guns strapped to their shoulders, made a tour of the parish, on bicycles. It is reported that they seized some poteen (which they found concealed in a bed) at Shankill. They also visited some publichouses.
Connacht Tribune, 24 June 1922.

1895 - Ardgaineen Ratepayers

Tuam Board of Guardians. The usual meeting of the above Guardians was held on Wednesday last, in the Boardroom of the Workhouse. John Nolan, Esq., J P, in the Chair. Other Guardians present - F McDonnell, V C, T Nolan, P Lyons, P Varden, P McDonagh, M Haddican, J Nohilly, J Connolly, Wm Lynsky, Thaddeus Lynsky, Thomas Lynskey, P Whelan, D Flannery, S J McDonagh, J P, and H Kirwan, J P, Esqrs. [...]
The Distress. The following was read:- Gentlemen - We the undersigned ratepayers of Annaghdown Electoral Division, Tuam Union, beg to inform you that amongst the inhabitants of the various townlands here, arising from the failure of the potato crop, which some of the families consumed last Christmas and others have them almost finished, hunger and want look them in the face; credit is refused to many from being in debt for the last three years in many cases. In the face of all this, gentlemen, urgent employment is required to save the people from starving. The road at the church running through Tumnahulla, to come out at the Cummer road near Francis Dowd's, opened at both ends. Begging you will take our case into consideration in this memorable year of famine, and save our dear people from records as happened in 1847. -(Signed)- Ellen Creaven, Ardgaineen; William Malia, do.; Michael Donnelan, do; Pat Burke, do; Honor Scully, do; Margaret Walsh, do; James Lawless, do; Martin O'Neill, do.; Hugh Malia, Cortoon.
"Several others would give their signatures if there was an opportunity of getting them".
Tuam Herald, 9 March 1895.

1792 - Bad Weather in Annaghdown

Galway, March 26. For these several days past we have had very tempestuous weather, attended with very heavy rain, thunder, and lightning, which have done considerable damage in different parts of the country, particularly in the parish of Annadown, where some black cattle, sheep, &c. were killed by lightning, and several cabins burnt to the ground; a part of the castle of Corrindolla was also thrown down. Freeman's Journal, 7 April 1792.

Newspapers - Deaths in the 19th & early 20th century

Died, on the 8th instant, suddenly, at Cregg Castle, where she had been on a visit, Anne, the beloved wife of Henry J. Blake, Esq., of Ardfry. Galway Mercury, and Connaught Weekly Advertiser, 13 November 1847.
A few days ago, at Ower, near Headford, rather suddenly, John Burke, Esq., a gentleman very much regretted for his many virtues both as a husband, a landlord, and a friend, and was one of the oldest Magistrates of this county. Galway Mercury, and Connaught Weekly Advertiser, 6 October 1849.
Right Hon. Mr. Justice Crampton.Mr. Justice Crampton, accompanied by the Rev. Mark Perrin, arrived in town last night by the mail train, and proceeded at once to Cahermorris, the residence of the late Mr. Crampton, a near relative to the Justice, whose death took place on yesterday. Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser, 1 January 1853.
Died. Suddenly, at Cahermorris, Mrs. Crampton, relict of the late J. Crampton, Esq. Galway Mercury, and Connaught Weekly Advertiser, 8 October 1853.
Dec. 23, at his residence, Winterfield, in this county, of fever, aged 41 years, Chas. Donelan, Esq., M.D., sincerely regretted. Tuam Herald, 1 January 1848

Deaths by Fever. -It is to-day our melancholy duty to record the deaths of four of our medical friends, who, within a few days, have been sacraficed to fever, with which they were afflicted during the discharge of their professional duties. On the 23d inst., Doctor George Seymour, Surgeon to the Kilconnell Dispensary. -On the 24th inst., Doctor Charles Donnellan, of Winterfield, Medical Attendant to the Annadown Dispensary. On the 25th inst., Francis Bodkin Esq., for many years Apothecary to the Clifden Poor-house. And on the 26th inst., Doctor Edward Lambert, of Oranmore, a gentleman much beloved, leaving a widow, with a young and interesting family, to deplore his loss. Independent of the above, we are sorry to add that serious apprehensions are entertained for the recovery of Dr. Mulville, of Gort, and Dr. Hynes, of Kinvarra. -Galway Vindicator.

Tuam Herald, 1 January 1848.

In Galway, Robert French, of Ballinduff, in the County of Galway, Esq. one of the oldest Justices of the Peace for said County, and an Alderman of this Corporation. Faulkner's Dublin Journal, December 1765.
At the Market-street Nunnery, Galway, Miss Maria French, of Cork, aunt to Lord Wallscourt. Cork Constitution, 17 February 1831.
Died. On the 17th ult. at his residence, at Woodpark, county of Galway, John Ffrench, Esq., uncle to the Right Honourable Lord Wallscourt. Southern Reporter and Cork Commercial Courier, 2 July 1840.
At Woodpark, county Galway, John Ffrench Esq., uncle to Lord Wallscourt. Freeman's Journal, 30 June 1840.
On the 17th inst. at his residence at Woodpark, in this county, after a very tedious illness, which he endured with the fortitude and resignation of a Christian, John Ffrench, Esq. uncle to the Right Hon. Lord Wallscourt. In his intercourse through life this worthy and respectable gentleman sustained a high and unsullied character and as a humane and kind landlord, his intelligent conduct towards his tenantry is worthy of imitation.- Possessing a cheerful and social disposition, at his hospitable board, he contributed much to the hilarity of society, by the conviviality of his manners, & the courtesy of his disposition. To those who had the pleasure of enjoying his acquaintance, and appreciating the anxiety of his friendship, he was revered and esteemed whilst living, by whom as well as his amiable and respected family, his memory will be long cherished, and his death deeply deplored. Mr. Ffrench's remains were accompanied to the grave by all the surrounding gentry, and were deposited in the family vault in the Parish of Annadown. Connaught Journal, 25 June 1840.
Lord and Lady Wallscourt have been placed in mourning by the death of his lordship's uncle, John Ffrench, Esq., at Woodpark, county Galway, on the 17th ult. Dublin Morning Register, 4 July 1840.
October 7, at Woodpark, county Galway, the lady of FitzJohn Ffrench, Esq. Statesman and Dublin Christian Record, 14 October 1845.
At Woodpark, county Galway, the Lady of FitzJohn French, Esq. and daughter of the late Patrick Burke, Esq. of Danesfield. Tipperary Vindicator, 15 October 1845.
April 24, at Cassino Lodge, Bray, Susan Frances, eldest daughter of John Ffrench, Esq, late of Woodpark, county Galway, aged 16 years. Dublin Evening Post, 25 April 1866.
Ffrench - April 6, 1909, at 15 Sandycove avenue, East, Kingstown, Margaret Jane, widow of John Fitzjohn ffrench, Esq. Woodpark, Co Galway, and daughter of the late William Moore, Esq. Julienstown House, Co Meath, and granddaughter of the late Sir George Moore, Bart. of Ballamoor, Isle of Man. Funeral private. Tuam Herald, 17 April 1909.
Fatal Occurrence at Turloughmore. - The inquest on Patrick Grealy, Cahermorris, whose death on Friday week, at the County Infirmary, from the effets of a gun-shot wound, received in the hip on the 1st instant at the fair of Turloughmore, we announced on Wednesday, was resumed on yesterday, and after the hearing of a few witnesses again postponed at the request of the jury for further evidence, until eleven o'clock, a.m. on Tuesday next. The unfortunate man is the second victim on whom an inquest has been instituted in Galway, in consequence of the tragic affair at Turloughmore. -Galway Vindicator. Dublin Evening Mail, 21 August 1843.
The Rev. Mr. Hardigan, Parish Priest, of Annadown, county of Galway. February 23, 1833.
HOLMES - May 4, Bessie Margaret, the beloved child of John Galway Holmes, Esq., of Summer-hill. 
The Weekly Telegraph, 21 May 1853.

At Bath, Patrick Kirwan, Esq. of Cregg, County Galway, in the 61st year of his age. Tipperary Vindicator, 8 January 1848.

John Long was murdered a few days ago at Cahermorris, Co. Galway, by two men of the name of Burke. Limerick Evening Post, 24 January 1832.
June 25, at Our Lady's Hospice, Haroldscross, Annie McHale, sister of Rev J McHale, C C, Annadown, Galway. Irish Examiner, 28 June 1889.
Coroner's Inquest. Wednesday last, an inquest was held by Andrew Hosty, Esq. Coroner, at Cahermorris, parish of Annadown, on the body of Owen Murphy. It appeared in evidence that the deceased was sitting on his cart; that the horse took fright; and that in endeavouring to get out or being thrown out, he received the wounds that caused his death - as the ribs of his right side were broken, and his elbow fractured. The jury returned the following verdict:- That the said Owen Murphy, came by his death by falling from a cart on the high road at Cahermorris, on Sunday last, the 13th instant.
On Wednesday last an inquest was held at Headford by Andrew Hosty Esq., on the body of John Leary, Sub-constable of Police of the Loughgeorge station. Captain St. George and George Wright, Esq., Sub-inspector, were present. The enquiry excited a great deal of interest, it being generally supposed that the deceased came by his death at the hands of his comrades, they having a row that night and all of them having marks of violence on their persons. The suspicions were further increased in consequence of no report having been made or professional assistance looked for.
The Jury found that, on the night of the 20th instant, at Michael Flynn's public house in Headford, the deceased accidentally fell down stairs, which caused a mortal wound on the left side of his head, of which he died the following morning. 
The deceased was a native of Cavan, and one of the 24 policemen on duty in this town on the memorable night of the 8th of August, 1837.
Another inquest was held by the same Coroner at Oldbury, in the parish of Annaghdown, on the 19th instant, on the body of a young man named Patk. Redington. The jury found that deceased was drowned in about nine feet of water, while crossing a neck of Lough Corrib at Muckrush. Tuam Herald, 25 May 1844.

SEYMOUR - May 9, at Annaghdown-glebe, county Galway, Robert J. Seymour, Esq. The Weekly Telegraph, 21 May 1853.

Died. A few Days ago at Waterdill, Co. Galway, Mrs. Abigal Wemys. Freeman's Journal, 9 April 1771.