1880 24th April (IT).
The Citizens Philadelphia Irish Relief Committee, have in their great
charity, remitted to this date £7,000,say 35,000 dollars, to feed
the starving poor in Ireland, without religious distinction and have also
sent 324 packages of provisions, Cheques dispensed: -
1880 22nd May (IT).
A murder was perpetrated on Monday night near Kilmurry, between Kilrush
and Labasheeda. Some difference had for a long time existed between two
families named Molony and Hickey about the right to a bank of turf there.
The upshot of the dispute was a deadly fight, during which Molony finding
he was no match for Hickey drew a knife and stabbed him in the abdomen,
ripping him open, from the effects of which he died the same night. Molony
absconded when he heard of Hickey's death, but the constabulary of the
district, on hearing of the occurrence, went in pursuit of Molony. After
a fatiguing search they succeeded in arresting him on Monday evening,
and conveyed him a considerable distance into Kilrush, and lodged him
in the Bridewell. Next day he was brought a magistrate and returned for
trial to the next assizes. It is stated that the dispute originated at
a hurling match.
1880 24th May (CJ).
Funeral of Mr. Francis N. Keane,J.P.
---- Following the coffin as chief mourners were Messrs. Francis B. Keane,son
of the deceased and Marcus Keane,J.P., Beechpark and Henry Keane,J.P.,
The Cabin,Carrigaholt,brothers. Rev. Charles Ward, Rector Kilmurray,Limerick,John
J. Tweedy,Solicitor,Henry J. Tweedy, Marcus Keane junior, WS. Gubbins,J.P.,Woodsdown,Co.
Limerick, Edward Packenham Pollard, Thomas Pilkington,J.P.,Charles Pilkington,
Thomas Griffin, Thomas Pilkington junior, and F.Weldon Walsh---- M.Martin,Kilrush
– M.S.Brew,Kilrush,M.Finucane and George Taylor, Kilrush.---
1880 13th July (IT).
The Divorce Suit of Joynt v. Joynt.
Yesterday Judge Warren, President of the Probate and Matrimonial Court,
had before him the case of Joynt v. Joynt, which was a petition by the
husband, Mr. Richard Watson Joynt, of Ballina, for a divorce a mensa et
thoro, on the grounds of his wife's adultery. Mr. Murray (instructed by
Mr. McCormick) appeared for the petitioner. There was no appearance for
the respondent, who, it was stated, had gone to America. Counsel, in opening
the case, said that Mr. Joynt had brought an action against Mr. Jackson
for crim.con.with the respondent, and had obtained judgement in the Court
of Exchequer against him for £1,000. The parties were married on
the 8th of August 1867;the respondent being then Miss Charlotte Barker
Sorsby, daughter of the Rev. William Sorsby, Presbyterian minister, at
Kilrush, County Clare, and the alleged adultery took place on the 18th
Judge Warren asked if the petitioner denied connivance or collusion with
Mr. Murray said the petitioner did so in an affidavit accompanying the
Richard Watson Joynt deposed that he was married on the 8th August 1867,to
Charlotte Barker Sorsby, at Kilrush, according to the ceremonies of the
Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. John Harper, the lady's brother-in-law.
My wife and I (continued the witness) lived together at Ballina, and we
had nine children, five of whom are still alive. I brought an action in
the Exchequer Division against James Jackson for damages for criminal
conversation with my wife. I was present in court and heard the defendant
examined. I was not in court when my wife was examined. I recovered £1,000
damages in the action. My wife made no admission to me except in a letter
dated the 19th of January 1880. I did not cohabit with my wife since.
I had a previous communication in November 1879,by which I was made aware
of her guilt. There has been no connivance or collusion between us since.
Judge Warren read a letter dated the 19th January 1880.
Daniel Meara, Head Constable of the Royal Irish Constabulary, stationed
at Ballyshannon, deposed that he gave evidence on the former trial. He
remembered the 18th September 1878 and at a quarter to 11 o'clock at night
he was on patrol duty in Knox Street, Ballina, where Mrs. Joynt lived.
He was then stationed in Ballina. At the hour named he saw Mr. James Jackson,
manager of the Bank of Ireland, and a magistrate of the county Mayo, entering
the bank with Mrs. Joynt, and subsequently he saw her coming out of the
bank at about two o'clock. He followed her, and said to her “Who
is this” at the same time pulling off the dress she had on her head.
She made no answer and he said, “What will Mr. Joynt think of this
when he comes home”. She made some answer that he did not understand.
The witness further deposed that at the trial in the Exchequer Court he
heard Mrs. Joynt admit that she had committed adultery with Mr. Jackson.
She also made other admissions.
Judge Warren did not think it necessary to go into them.
A certificate of the judgement of the Court of Exchequer having been handed
in his Lordship granted a decree for divorce a mensa et thoro.
1880 25th September (Nation).
A Monster Land Meeting:
Will be held at Kilrush on next Sunday, 26th September, 1880.
Charles S. Parnell, M.P.
Lysaght Finigan, M.P.
The O’Gorman Mahon, M.P.
Captain O’Shea, M.P.
T.D. Sullivan, M.P.
1880 27th September (IT).
Meeting at Kilrush.
Today there was held here under the auspices of the Irish National Land
League, a meeting of the tenant farmers of West Clare, the object being
principally to establish in the district a branch of the Land League,
and to denounce “land robbers” and landlordism--------.
1880 2nd October (Nation).
Great Demonstration at Kilrush.
The following is an abridgement of the special telegram of the Freeman
reporter, dated Kilrush, Sunday night: -
Ten thousand of the people of west Clare assembled in the Market Square
of Kilrush today to organise a system of local branches of the Land League.
The meeting in every respect did credit to all who had to do with organising
it. The weather was glorious, the attendance enormous, the speeches excellent,
and the spirit and the orderliness of the people beyond praise. Mr. J.
L. Finnegan, M.P., who represented the Land League, was received with
the most furious enthusiasm. Although the time of his arrival was altogether
uncertain, he was not half an hour landed from the Foynes steamer last
evening when the Kilrush band was out. Tar barrels were burned before
his hotel, illuminations sprang up through the town, and he was escorted
triumphantly through the streets ------,
1880 6th December (CJ).
--- About four o’clock on Friday morning a serious fire broke out
in the extensive flour mills of Mr. Michael Glynn, J.P., Kilrush --- there
been abundance of water the fire was soon got under control but not before
the engine-house was completely destroyed.
1880 10th December (IT).
Preparations for Troops at Kilrush.
Arrangements are being made at Kilrush for the reception of the military
who are ordered there. Contracts have been offered and accepted for the
various supplies, and yesterday an Engineer officer arrived from Ennis
with a special relay of horses. The people in possession of Kilrush Barracks
refuse to leave without compensation.
1881 1st January (CA).
We are pleased to know that the endeavour to obtain employment for labourers
in the reconstruction of the Fisherman’s Pier at the Pauper’s
Quay, Kilrush by Mr. Michael S. Gibson is likely to be crowned with success.
--- we are most sanguine that the appeal to the Mansion House Committee,
made by Mr. M.S. Gibson will be successful and that the pier so much in
use and so dilapidated will be put in order.—
1881 24th January (CJ).
The Creek of Kilrush is frozen over where there is an ebb and flow of
the tide, a circumstance not known for over 50 years.
1881 24th February (CJ).
A man residing at Knock, Kilrush has received a letter threatening him
should he pay the full rent.
1881 19th March (CA).
On Monday Hector Stewart Vandeleur, Esq, D.L., visited Shanakyle Graveyard
to which an additional strip of ground was allotted and marked out for
an extension -----
1881 21st April (CJ).
At a meeting of the Kilrush Branch of the National Land League on Tuesday
the Very Rev Dr. Dinan,V.G.,P.P., President in the chair. D.R. Hilliard
Esq, Solr., and member of the branch was elected as delegate to the National
Land League conference.
1881 5th May (CJ).
The death of Miss Margaret Grogan,daughter of Mr. John Grogan,Market Square,
Kilrush at the early age of 23 years has caused a widespread regret among
the inhabitants of the town. Her funeral took place on Monday and was
1881 7th May (CA).
Lieutenant Vesey, 9th Regiment, Cappa Barracks, Kilrush has left for Aldershot
and is to be replaced by Lieutenant Beauchamp of the Curragh , Kildare.
Twenty of the men under Capt. Baskerville’s charge leave with Lieut.
1881 9th May (CJ).
Sub-Constable O’Sullivan of this town (Ennis) and Sub-Constable
Cavanagh of Kilrush Station have been promoted to the rank of Acting Constables.
1881 16th May (CJ).
On Wednesday last Michael Egan, Kilrush well known on many Land League
platforms left here for America. The Kilrush, Brass Band accompanied him
to the Revenue Quay and played National airs. Mr. Egan was escorted by
nearly all the inhabitants of the town.
1881 28th May (Nation).
Sale at Kilrush:
-- This day an auctioneer attended here to sell under a writ of fi. fa.
a cow seized for rent, belonging to Thomas Chambers of Dunmore, who refused
to pay the landlord, Mr. Scott, more, the Griffith's valuation. The amount
of the rent was £21. The hour of sale was fixed at one o'clock.
Long before that hour large contingents arrived from Doonbeg, Kilmihil,
Tullycrine and Kilkee. A splendid procession was formed, at the head of
which marched upwards of 500 mounted horsemen, wearing green scarf’s
and bearing the American flag, brass band discovered appropriate airs.
Through the line of procession repeated cheers were given for Mr. Parnell,
the Irish Republic, and the incarcerated prisoners. The cattle were set
up in one lot. Mr. Boyle made the first bid – a farthing. This was
accepted, and others followed up to 2s-7d when Mr. Breen, Cooraclare stepped
in and said his friend Mr. Chambers had now done his part and that he
would give on his part the balance of £21.--- The auctioneer of
West Clare refused plumply to sell the cattle.--
1881 1st September (CJ).
A “Soiree” was held at the Market House, Kilrush on Monday
night in aid of the Kilrush Brass Band, which proved a decided success.
1881 10th October (IT).
News of the Day.
The Secretary and Treasurer of the Kilrush Land League have resigned,
owing to a quarrel about a brass band. The vice-president sides with them
but retains office.
1881 12th December (CJ).
A Daring Outrage:
On Friday evening – the premises of Miss O’Neill, Vandeleur
Street, was entered into --- thieves took nine bottles of Hennessy three
1882 5th January (CJ).
Important seizure of Arms in the County Clare: Kilrush, Wednesday:
An extraordinary seizure of arms was made yesterday by the Kilrush Constabulary.
On Tuesday a large box arrived addressed to Michael Glynn, who is a magistrate
of this county, arrived by river steamer from Limerick and was allowed
to lie at the Kilrush landing stage. ---box contained 20 Martini Henry
Rifles. From 14 to 20 sword bayonets and between 300 to 400 rounds of
ball cartridge. --- As may be imagined Mr. Glynn, knew nothing whatever
of the consignment. ----
1882 7th January (IT).
Dispersing Land League Hunts. Kilrush, Friday.
A report having got circulation that Bessborough the picturesque demesne
of Robert Carey Reeves, Esq, D.L.situate on the Lower Shannon, and within
four miles of Kilrush, was to be today the rendezvous for a Land League
Hunt, which is one of the most recent manoeuvres of that organisation,
ample preparations were made by the authorities to put a stop to an illegal
assemblage and for that purpose forty men of the 76th (Duke of Wellington,
West Riding) Regiment, on detachment duty in Kilrush, proceeded to Bessborough,
under command of Lieutenant MacDonald, with an auxiliary force of a dozen
policemen, in charge of Head Constable Fahey,the force being under the
supreme command of Mr. Stipendiary Smith. In view of the eventualities
the Land League deemed it more prudent to change the venue, and give up
the idea of making a raid on Mr. Reeves' preserves. It is said they proceeded
in another direction, through the village of Knock, cheering for Parnell
and the other suspects, and the protection force returned to Kilrush early
in the evening.
1882 2nd February (CJ).
On Monday the 2nd January Patrick William Gibson was installed Mayor of
Jersey City for 1882. Mr. Gibson is second son of Thomas Gibson Esq, Kilrush
and Mary daughter of the late Thomas Studdert Esq, Danganelly House, County
Clare, and is manager at New York of the Williams and Guion (Black Star
Line) fleet of mail steamers between Liverpool and New York.
1882 15th April (CA).
--- The latest wonder discussed among the quidnunc’s of Kilrush
is to ascertain how was the splendid mansion of Major Studdert, J.P.,
L.G.B. Inspector, burnt down at Fort on Wednesday night. --- The building
is said to be insured for £2,500.
1882 17th April (IT).
The Protection Act: -Arrests at Kilrush.
A Kilrush telegram reports two suspects were arrested on Saturday evening
in the town under the Coercion Act. One was a notorious corner boy and
shoemaker, named Corney Costelloe, and the other, his brother-in-law,
Peter J. Boyle. They are accused of being reasonably suspected of having
printed Captain Moonlight's boycotting notices directed against several
trades’ people and others.
Clare Journal of 17th April reported this incident as follows:
Mr. P.J.Boyle, Proprietor of the Kilrush Herald, was arrested on Saturday
evening under the Coercion Act, being reasonably suspected of printing
bills warning the people not to hold any communication with the deal in
the shop of a certain shopkeeper in Kilrush. Cornelius Costello was also
arrested on suspicion of assisting in the printing and placing of the
1882 20th April (CJ).
Over 150 emigrants have left Kilrush during the past week; amongst the
number are thirty whole families.
1882 28th April (IT).
Farmers and Shopkeepers.
Sir, -I wrote to a merchant in Kilrush, County Clare, on business, and
asked him to say what he thought of the future of the West and South of
Ireland. He says- “As to get money from those who honestly owe it,
and to whom I have lent it in hard cash, it is hopeless. The fact is I
am now of opinion that the money is not in the country, either with farmers
or shopkeepers and what the wind-up will be is still a mystery to the
gravest thinker. I attribute the greatest part of this misery to the bad
use that the farmers put the enormous profits they obtained for agricultural
produce about eight or ten years ago. Then the most ignorant and illiterate
became “grandees”. The style and dress indulged in took the
eye of the shopkeeper-so much so that he actually pledged his own, word
for the goods and merchandise he ordered from wholesale merchants, and
trusted farmers who put on those appearances. Hence the wind up is, that
shopkeepers, farmers, and landlords are now on a dead level, and it is
only Providence that can foresee when the three will be separated”-Yours,
1882 4th July (LC).
County Clare Assizes;--
Major Richard Massey Studdert, compensation for Fort House, his property,
maliciously set fire to and burned on the night of Wednesday the 12th
April 1882, in the townland of Cappagh, parish of Kilrush, £3,000.
The notices were proved but the application was rejected by the Road Sessions
on the grounds that it was malicious. There was no appearances before
the grand jury.
1882 31st July (CJ).
H.G. Supple Esq,Cappa,Kilrush has been summoned again to attend at the
official inquiry in London respecting the arms forwarded to Mr. Glynn,J.P.,Kilrush
some time ago.
1882 19th October (CJ).
On Sunday night the 15th inst., a dreadful fire broke out in the premises
of Mr. Thomas Meany, Draper, Moore Street, Kilrush – it was discovered
by two men Mr. John Lynch and Mr. James McInerney at 12 o’clock.
--- Sub-Constables, Johnstone, O’Reilly, Brennan and Normile under
the command of Constable John Brady were at once on the scene. –
They succeeded in extinguishing the flames. It was most fortunate they
did so for quite close was the large powder store of Messrs. Michael McInerney
and son. There was only a partition of a single brick between the powder
and flames. Damages are estimated at £600.
1882 23rd October (CJ).
Mr. Nicholas Smith O’Gorman, J.P., of Belleview, Kilrush has been
appointed as investigator under the Arrears of Rent (Ireland) Act.
1882 16th November (CJ).
Head Constable John Wallace and Acting-Constable John Brady, peace officers,
were transferred from Kilrush to Dublin which tells very well for the
peaceable state of the town and its surroundings.
1883 8th January (CJ).
Distress in Clare:
--- Last week a meeting of the inhabitants of Kilrush was held for the
purpose of devising some means of affording relief to the poor people
of the district. Mr. Reeves who has already with his usual kindness inaugurated
a relief fund. ---
1883 11th January (CJ).
D. Grogan,Esq,P.L.G.,Kilrush has received £25 from Hector Steward
Vandeleur,Esq,Apley Park, Bridgenorth, England for the relief of the poor
1883 13th January (CA).
---- There is sufficient capital to raise several branches of industry
to a healthy state and thus avoid the demoralising scandal which has left
the name of Kilrush a byword of scorn and pity for want of exertion that
has been so long and so lamentably displayed in the West.—
---- It needs but the aid of a --- leading man to take some one of the
many branches of industry in hand and to lead on to victory. There are
idle stores by the water’s edge – half-idle mills at Cooraclare,
there are mills also in Kilrush, which by expenditure of a few thousand
pounds could afford ample scope for the employment of scores of -----
1883 17th January (IT).
Kilrush Butter Market Company.
A meeting of the shareholders of this company was held today, in the rooms
of the Market House, Kilrush, for the purpose of receiving a statement
of the accounts by the committee of last year's buying.
Mr. D S. Bulger, Chairman, presided: -
The Chairman, in submitting the report, dwelt on the success of the company
in promoting early buying, by which farmers were enabled to do their business
and go home early, as the directors knew that late buying was in a few
instances attended with the loss of life. If there was a little pecuniary
loss the achievement of early buying, the service rendered to the trade
of the town more than atoned for it. The number of firkins bought in the
market during the season was 13,045,or an increase of 1,730 and the capital
of the company, after deducting expenses was £230-10s-8d.-----
1883 26th April (CJ).
On Sunday night the lines of telegraph wires between Kilrush and Ennis
were cut down at Moyadda, a short distance from Kilrush. The police are
investigating the matter.
1883 2nd July (CJ).
Alleged fatal assault at Kilrush.
On the 23rd instant., a drunken row occurred between two men named Conway
and Denis Griffin at Kilrush, in which the former received injuries resulting
in his death.---.
1883 12th July (CJ).
There are to be concerts in Kilrush on the 19th and 20th instant., in
support of the Christian Brothers Schools.
1883 4th August (CA).
Mr. Ward, National Bank, Kilrush has arrived at his residence Mrs. Grogan’s
, Frances Street, from Dublin.
1883 13th August (CJ).
The Land Act:
The Clare Sub-Commissioners will sit in the Courthouse, Kilrush ,on the
10th of September to hear applications from tenants to fix judicial rents.
There are considerably over two hundred cases listed for hearing.
1883 9th October (IT).
The Labourers Act.:------------.
Upwards of 200 labourers of this district attended a public meeting of
the Kilrush National League yesterday. Dr. Coote occupied the chair. The
other members of the committee present were-Messrs. John Stephens, Michael
O'Meara, John M. Nagle, James Clancy, hon. Secretary, P. McInerney, P.
L. G., Martin O’Dea, Michael Meade, James Collins, Patrick Keane,
Simon Culligan, &c.
Mr. O'Meara said he was sorry to state that some guardians who often stumped
Nationality and all that sort of thing were actually opposed to have the
labourers provided with some better accommodation than their pigs. He
hoped the League would oust such guardians at the next election.
Mr. Nagle also condemned some of the farmers who had got reductions of
rent and the judicial fixity of tenure for themselves, and who now refused
to sign these schedules to the guardians. Such renegades ought to be ashamed
of their conduct, but he never gave them credit for any patriotism, but
the labourers would get the benefits of the Act in spite of such ingratitude.
Mr. James Kelly advised the labourers to a man to join the League, to
fill the schedules this week, and to gain what Parliament intended for
Mr. McMahon said the power of the League would make those renegades come
to a sense of their duty towards these poor people, who for years were
aiding the farmers to get concessions from the landlords.-------.
1883 11th October (CJ).
Head Constable Fahey,who has been transferred from Kilrush to Sixmilebridge,has
been replaced in Kilrush by Head Constable Downes of the former station.—
1883 12th November (CJ).
Mr. J.J. Lynch, officer of the Inland Revenue, who was stationed at Kilrush
for some time past has been transferred to Ennis.—
1883 12th November (CJ).
The following are the fixtures for the month of November for the Kilrush
Harriers for Tuesdays and Thursdays: Tarmon on the 15th: Moyasta on the
20th: Clonreddan on the 22nd: Burrane on the 27th: Querrin of the 29th.
1884 10th January (CJ).
The Late Bishop of Killaloe.
The Vandeleur (Kilrush) National School. 5th January 1884.
As Secretary of the Select Vestry, I have been directed to forward the
enclosed resolutions of condolences as proposed by Mr. Theobald Taylor
and seconded by Mr. Augustus Warren – passed by the Rev. Canon Wolseley,
1884 7th February (CJ).
During the past eight days in the Parish of Kilrush twelve deaths have
occurred. Mrs Mary Keane the oldest resident in Kilrush breathed her last
on the 30th of January last, at the advanced age of 112 years. The deceased
was in perfect health a week previous to her death.
1884 29th December (CJ).
During the past week the Misses Reeves of Bessborough have been distributing
their usual Christmas gifts of food and clothing to the deserving poor
of the surrounding district. Mr. Reeves had a large ox killed and distributed
among the people.
1885 22nd January (CJ).
Irish National League.
The usual fortnightly meeting of the Kilrush Branch was held at their
room, Vandeleur Street, on Sunday last the 18th inst., Rev James O’Neill
C.C., Vice-President presided. ---- It was decided to nominate Mr. Gibson
and Mr. Grogan for Kilrush and Mr. Thos. Crowley for Cloncoorha. --- At
the coming Poor Law election as candidates to represent them in the Kilrush
Board Room. ---
1885 12th February (CJ).
Mr. Robertson, R.I.C. has been appointed Sub-Inspector at Kilrush District
in room of Mr. Davis transferred to Tralee.—
A meeting of the residents of Kilrush will be held on Monday to inaugurate
a testimonial to be presented to Mr. J.T. Davis, District Inspector of
Police on his departure from Kilrush, the Rev. Father O’Neill C.C.
in the chair, Mr. Fetherston, manager of the National Bank was appointed
Secretary and Mr. O’Ryan, manager of the Provincial Bank Treasurer.
A subscription list being opened a large sum was handed in. ----.
1885 12th February (CJ).?
Mr. John George MacCarthy, Chairman of the Kerry and Clare Land Commission
delivered judgements – recently held in Kilrush.
---- Estate of Garrett Doherty:
The estate lies about four miles from Kilrush in the direction of Miltown
Malbay. In 1856 it was sold in the Encumbered Estates Court. Immediately
afterwards according to the evil custom of the time the new proprietor
considerably increased the rents.—we fix the judicial rents as follows;
Tenant Old Rent New Rent Specified Value
John Quin £15 £10-10s £80
John Lahiff £8 £6-10s £80
Michael McNamara £7-15s £6 £70
Michael Fennel £21-15s £15-5s £120
John Gorman £17 £14 £120
----- Estate of Hector Stewart Vandeleur:
Tenant Old Rent New Rent Specified Value
Sinon Hamilton £35-10s £29-10s £200
John McMahon £8 £6 £70
Sinon Whelan £5-5s £4-10s
Michael Boland £13-5s £9-10s £80
Thomas Neylan £10-15s £8-5s £70
Ellen McMahon £10 £8 £80
John Neylan £9-15 £9-15 £80
Patrick Neylan £11 £8-10 £80
Thomas Egan £18 £13-10s £200
Francis Griffin £40-10s £34 £240
Patrick Flanagan £22 £18-10s £150.
----- Estate of Jonas Studdert. ----- Estate of Francis
----- Estate of Patrick Bourke. ----- Estate of Michael Studdert.
----- Estate of W.J. Stackpoole and others. ----- Estate of Chas. R. MacDonnell.
----- Estate of William Brew.
1885 22nd June (CJ).
Mr. Denis Fetherston has arrived in Clonmel and taken over the post of
manager of the National bank there.--- Mr. Fetherston was involved in
promoting the popular sports of hunting and racing at Kilrush.
1885 3rd December (CJ).
West Clare Election: Return of Mr. Jordan.
The polling in this election took place on Tuesday between Mr. R.W. Carey
Reeves, D.L. , Liberal-Conservative and Mr. J. Jordan, Nationalist and
the scrutiny of votes took place at Kilrush yesterday. A large crowd assembled
at the Court House awaiting the result.
At 12.30 the High Sheriff announced the result as follows:
J.Jordan (N) 6.763 R. Reeves.(C) 289.
1886 10th January (Weekly Dispatch) @ British Library
Online Newspapers. Boycotting a School. The National School at Querrin,
near Kilrush, has been boycotted because the schoolmaster has acquired
by purchase for £100 the management of a local turbary. A meeting
was held, the parish priest presiding, and it was resolved that none of
the children should attend until the master gave up the management, all
the children have been withdrawn.
1886 15th February (CJ).
Sudden death of a Bailiff: Kilrush Sunday.
On this evening an army pensioner named Roche, who was also a Sheriff’s
Bailiff was found dead in a house in High Street,Kilrush.
1886 12th March (IT).
Mysterious Death of a Farmer near Kilrush.
This morning a farmer named James Neenan, from the neighbourhood of Kilrush,
was found dead in a field off the public road near the village of Cree.
Neenan had been at the fair of Miltown, where he sold a cow and heifer,
and was on his way home. Most of the money has been found by the police
on his person. He has slight marks on the face.
1886 19th April (CJ).
Kilrush Dispensary Committee:
At the last meeting of the Kilrush Dispensary Committee held at the Dispensary
House,Ballyerra,Mr. M.S. Gibson, chairman of the Board presided. Other
members present: Messrs. John C. Mahony,J.P.,Andrew Madigan,T.C.,Augustus
Warren, Clerk of the Union, Richard O’Dwyer,T.C.,and James O’Connell
1886 11th May (IT).
Local Government (Ireland) Provisional Orders (Public Health Act) Bill.
Today, in the House of Lords, this bill came before Mr. Campion, one of
the Examiners of Standing Order Proofs, and compliance with the rules
of the House, without opposition. It provides for the ------------------and
it separates the town of Kilrush from the rural sanitary authority and
constitutes it an urban district.
1886 18th May (CJ).
Kilrush House League:
The meeting of this league was held on Friday, the 7th inst.,in the chair
Rev. J.McKenna,C.C. and Rev. W. Courtenay,C.C. other members present:
Patrick Casey, John Egan,J.J. Keatinge, B.Crowley,T.C.,M.S. Gibson,J.Kelly(Henry
Street),E. Griffin,P.Kitson,M.Hastings, M.Enright, J.M.Neagle and W.Ryan,hon.sec.---
-- The reduction in rent allowed by Mr. Daniel Grogan of Derha to Mrs.
Grogan of Frances Street and she said that Mr. Grogan had promised to
repair the house for her. He had not done so yet.----
1886 21st May (IT).
Paying Rent in Clare: -
There was a very large gathering of the tenants of West Clare at Kilrush
today to pay their rents, accompanied by their priests in some cases.------
Mr John Culligan, landed proprietor gave an abatement of 15 per cent--------The
tenants on the estate of Captain Vandeleur around Kilrush were offered
20 per cent---------Mr. Marcus Keane, J.P., refused to give any reduction,
and very few of the tenants paid their rents.
1886 30th July (IT).
Boycotting Captain Vandeleur's Demesne Lands: -
Pursuant to public announcement, Mr. Patrick Considine, C.E., went on
the demesne lands of Captain H.S. Vandeleur, D.L., around Kilrush House,
to sell by public auction about fifty acres of very prime upland meadowing.
Owing to some evictions on the estate some time ago, and the attitude
of one of Captain Vandeleur's bailiffs towards the people, these demesne
lands have for some time been boycotted, the taking of the same being
prohibited by the surrounding branches of the National League as grazing
land, which resolution has been completely carried out to the letter.
In Kilrush Very Rev. Dr. Dinan repudiated such a resolution by the Kilrush
League as unjust and which led to the disruption of the National League
in the town.----------------.
1886 14th August (IT).
The change of weather and the alternate spells of rain during the middle
of July has had a most beneficial effect on all the crops in the western
districts of the County Clare in regard to their maturity. There is a
really splendid crop of potatoes, and promise a most plentiful crop, provided
the blight keeps off a little further. Early potatoes (bloomers) are sold
in the markets at 3½d per stone, and flounders at 4d. First-class
upland meadowing is sold daily in the surrounding localities from £1-10s
to £2 per acre, which in recent years used to realise from £8
to £10 on the same situations. Some account for this by favourable
weather others in the scarcity of stock. Saved hay this year will range
from £1 to £1-10s per ton. Another great source of the plenteousness
of our daily supplies may be found in the herring fishing industry. In
the Kilrush markets daily, beautiful fresh herrings can be bought for
2s per 120,while large quantities of mackerel are now coming in. There
are promising reports of the fruit season.
1886 31st August (IT).
Intimidation in Clare: - Kilrush Monday afternoon.
In connection with the alleged intimidation and riotous attack on John
Pilkington and his sons at Moyasta, midway between Kilrush and Kilkee
on Saturday, in addition to the arrests on Saturday night and yesterday,
the evicted widow, Mrs Murrihy, who was ringing a hand-bell on the occasion
of the disturbance, has just been arrested near Kilkee and lodged by the
police in the Kilrush district Bridewell: also a man named Gorman.-----------
Warrants are out for the arrest of several other persons who were present
during the attacks on the Pilkingtons,who have taken Widow Murrihy's farm.---------.
1886 4th September (IT).
The Late Evictions in West Clare: -Four arrests in Kilrush.
On Saturday, John Pilkington, of Tarmon, and his sons-who are Protestants-who
have taken a farm of land at Tarmon East, near Kilrush, on the property
of Mr. Symons, from which the Widow Murrihy and her four orphans, and
an aged parent have been evicted-who are also Protestants -made information
before the resident magistrate of a riotous attack on them on Saturday
by a large party of men at Moyasta when returning from work. They were
headed by the evicted widow, ringing a large hand-bell. In connection
with this, about 10 o'clock last night the police made arrests in the
town-John Curran, Market Square, a son-in-law to Pilkington: and his son,
and John J. Bradley, of Moore Street and his brother who lives in the
country. The arrests were affected late to avoid excitement, bail being
1886 7th September (IT).
The Kilrush House League.
At the usual monthly meeting of the Kilrush House League, the Rev. John
McKenna, C.C., president, in the chair, the reductions of rents made by
Mr. Michael Glynn, J.P., to his tenants in Henry Street and Moore Street,
were unanimously approved of, and the members approved and endorsed the
exertions of Mr. Kett and other members of the Committee on the matter.
It was likewise unanimously resolved to sustain in every legitimate manner
Mr. James Kelly, Henry Street, who had been served with a writ for rent
by his landlord, who would not allow a penny of abatement in these times
of unparalleled depression.-------.
1886 12th September (News of the World) @ British Library
Online Newspapers. Doings of the Moonlighters. A party of Moonlighters,
some of whom were disguised, visited several houses near Kilrush on Tuesday
night and brought away arms from the owners. The dwelling of Laurence
McDonnell, of Moyne, two miles from Kilrush, was visited, the doors were
forced open with spades, and a gun was taken. McDonnell was cautioned
against making any reports to the police on pain of receiving another
visit. From the house of John Madigan money and arms were taken. Another
band belonging to the same party carried on similar raids around Carnacalla,
west of Kilrush. The farmers are reticent on the matter, owing to the
threats made against them.
1886 25th September (IT).
Evictions in Clare.
On Wednesday, James Brew, of Deerpark Furrow, in the East of Kilmihil,
farmer, and his son, were arrested on information for an assault on Mr.
Michael O'Dea, a shopkeeper of Kilrush who, by consent, took Brew's holding,
from which he was evicted in 1883,and was brought into Ennis before Mr.
Kilkelly, Resident Magistrate, who ordered Mr. O'Dea to prosecute them
himself by summonses in the ordinary course of law, and the father and
son were allowed to go back home. This holding contains about 100 statute
acres: rent, £35: poor law valuation, £31-5s. Brew, who is
Mr. O'Dea's brother-in-law, got into difficulties in 1882,when, by consent
of the landlord and the agent (Mr. Stackpoole) Mr. O'Dea got the holding.
On Wednesday Mr. O'Dea was preparing to erect a house on the farm when
he was attacked by James Brew which led to the latter's arrest with his
1886 2nd October (SR).
The Landlords and their Rents in County Clare. Kilrush Thursday.
Today the tenants on the West Clare estates of the Marquis of Conyngham,
Mr Westby DL,Marcus Keane J P, and (Hector) Stewart Vandeleur prepared
to meet their agent Mr. Keane at Kilrush concerning the rents due. In
all cases applications for reductions of rents were made by tenants owing
to the agricultural depression. The tenants of Mr. Keane at Scattery Island
about twelve in number were given no abatement and only one tenant paid.
Mr Vandeleur gave an abatement of twenty percent and most of his tenants
paid and on the estate of Mr. Westby and Mr. Marcus Keane fifteen percent
abatement was granted and as in the last case the tenants were paying
as long as the agent waited to receive their rents from them. He left
for Ennis at 4 o'clock and the tenants will go to Kilkee on Tuesday to
meet the agent for the remainder to pay.
1886 5th November (IT).
Outrage in West Clare.
On the night before last, as a farmer named John Fitzpatrick, residing
near Kilkee, West Clare, was returning home from Kilrush, after paying
his rent to Mr. Greene, agent to Mr. Rice Henn, D.L., on Lislanihan Estate,
near Kilkee, travelling in company with two other farmers named Connell
and Roughan, and after taking some drink at Keane's public-house at Moyasta,
on the mail line, Roughan and Connell quarrelled with Fitzpatrick, calling
him a “traitor” and a “scoundrel” for paying his
rent to the landlord, struck him and knocked him down on the roadside,
and left him beaten and badly cut about the body. It would appear that
Fitzpatrick proceeded after to Sergeant Mitchell at the Kilkee Constabulary
Barracks and made information in accordance with these facts.-
1886 24th November (IT).
Funeral of Father O'Donoghue, Parish Priest of Carrigaholt: -. Kilrush,
Yesterday the funeral of Father O'Donoghue parish priest, took place at
Carrigaholt when the remains were borne to the church in the village by
the Shannon's banks, followed by a large and respectable a funeral as
was ever witnessed in West Clare.-----------.
1886 29th November (IT).
The Resident Magistrate of West Clare: - Kilrush, Sunday.
Mr. J.W.E. Dunsterville, R.M., Kilrush, has been removed from West Clare
to Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. Mr. Dunsterville has been in Clare
nearly a year, and in his judicial capacity has always acted with sound
discrimination, and tempered justice with good sense, and his removal
is much regretted by all classes, Mr. Dunsterville's successor has not
1886 29th November (IT).
The Rent Question.
The western tenants around Kilbaha and Carrigaholt have been summoned
by the bailiffs to meet their landlord, Mr. Marcus Keane, of Beechpark,
at Dun Dalhin on next Monday, to pay the Michaelmas rents. The tenants
are offered 15 per cent, on old rents, but which has been regarded as
excessive, and unless better and more reasonable abatements be made they
are determined to adopt the United Ireland plan of campaign. The Scattery
Island tenants of the same landlord have been refused any reduction, and
only one or two paid the landlord when collecting the rents at Kilrush
The West Clare tenants on the property of Mr. H.S. Vandeleur have been
ordered to be in Kilrush with their rents on the 10th of December. The
agent, Mr. Hallam Studdert, received any money paid by the tenant on account,
but only 20 per cent reduction on old rents will be given by the agent,
and no abatement on the judicial rents. The latter are to demand a fair
reduction, and in the event of a refusal are about adopting the United
Ireland plan of campaign.
1886 9th December (IT).
For fifty years a more terrific storm has not been experienced in Kilrush
and Kilkee than the one that has raged here since 2 o'clock last night.
The damage sustained by the houses in town is very great, while the Kilrush
Workhouse, especially the hospital and infirmaries, are almost completely
wrecked, and the damage done to the Kilrush Convent is very great. The
streets are quite deserted, as the crashes of chimney stacks, falling
slating, and windows forced in, are incessant, and all the business and
private houses are securely barricaded. Several of the largest trees in
Mr. Vandeleur's demesne around Kilrush House have been torn up by the
roots, The steamers plying to Limerick have ceased, and it is reported
that two large vessels have passed into the Shannon in a completely wrecked
state, but up to the present it is impossible to ascertain anything like
an approximation of the damage or wrecks on the coast. The tide at one
o'clock rose unusually high, and went over the Revenue Pier at Cappa.
1886 11th December (Nation).
The Campaign against Rack-rents: Cutting them down in Clare.
Mr. Marcus Keane, J.P., agent on Mr. Westby's estates in West Clare, was
all last week engaged in collecting the rents of the tenants from Kilkee
to loop Head, at Dundallon. All the tenants from Carrigaholt, Rahona,
Moyarta and Kilclogher were allowed from 20 to 30 per cent on old rents,
and 20 to 30 per cent on their judicial rents. Mr. Marcus Keane's own
tenants were allowed from 30 to 40 per cent on the old and judicial rents,
according to the exigencies or condition of the tenants.
1886 15th December (IT).
The Storm in Kilkee: - To the Editor of the Irish Times.
Sir, -In reference to a report from your Kilrush Correspondent that “The
Royal Marine Hotel, Kilkee, was wrecked during the storm on Wednesday”.
I beg to state such is untrue, and that four gentlemen from other places
sought shelter in the hotel from the storm, -Yours, &c.”
John Falvey, Proprietor.
1886 16th December (IT).
The Plan of Campaign: -The Vandeleur and Burton Estates, Kilrush Wednesday.
Today the tenants on the estate of Mr. Hector S. Vandeleur, D.L.: Mr.
W.C. Burton, J.P.: High Sheriff of County Clare, and Mrs Vandeleur of
London, from the parishes of Kilmacduane, Kilmihil, Coolmeen and Kilkee,
met at Kilrush to consider the demands of 40 per cent, on the old rents
and 25 per cent on judicial rents on the Vandeleur property: 35 per cent
on leasehold rents on the high sheriff's property, and 40 per cent all
round on Mrs. Vandeleur's property.
Very Rev. Dr. Dinan, P.P., V.G., presided.
There were about one thousand of the tenants on these properties in attendance.
If was unanimously resolved to adhere to the reductions demanded and unless
granted to adopt the “Plan of Campaign”.
1886 23rd December (CJ).
The Kilrush Factory:
At the Limerick Lunatic Asylum yesterday the committee decided that Messrs.
M. Glynn and Sons tender should be accepted for frieze and tweed. The
goods are described as of most excellent quality.
1887 16th May (CJ).
At the presentments sessions for the Barony of Moyarta held at Kilrush
---Mr. Benjamin Cox J P presiding with other associated cess payers –an
application was made by the inhabitants of Scattery Island for £250
to repair the pier at the island. Mr. Kelly Solr. Appeared for the islanders.
The presentment was passed Mr. Keane contributed £50.
1887 4th June (Nation).
The tide of emigration from all the towns and districts of West Clare
continues unabated and day after day large processions take place accompanying
the emigrants to the steamer quays at Kilrush. A report received here
that emigration was to be stopped by some of the States of America has
caused some excitement in the district. For years the flow of emigration
was not so great in Clare.
1887 11th June (IT).
Captain Vandeleur offers a Settlement.
A letter has been received from the agent by Charles Martin, bailiff on
the Vandeleur estates, County Clare, on which evictions were about to
be commenced, in which Mr. Studdert now offers the tenants 15 per cent.
On the judicial rents and 25 per cent, on old rents, the tenants demand
under the Plan of Campaign being 25 on judicial and 40 per cent on old
rents. The agent also intimates that he will be in Kilrush on Thursday
to meet the tenants again before the evictions would be commenced.
1887 23rd June (CJ).
At Kilrush there was scarcely any attempt at celebrating the Queen’s
Jubilee in one instance the flagstaff at Ballyerra House,the residence
of Mr. M.S. Brew was gaily dressed and this was taken as a Jubilee celebration.
During the night the flagpole was pulled down by some person and burned.Early
in the morning a large blackboard was found nailed up near the weather
cock on which was painted in white on one side “ Queen’s Jubilee
Moryah”: Bodyke and on the other “ Mary Collins,coercion”
It was taken down by Mr. James Allen and handed to the police.
1887 3rd September (IT).
Royal Marine Hotel, Kilkee: -
The above Hotel is now open for Visitors and Tourists for the Summer Months.
It is the most Central Hotel in Kilkee, and commands a charming view of
the Bay and surrounding Scenery.
An Omnibus from the Hotel meets the boat daily at Kilrush. Terms moderate
John Falvey, Proprietor.
1887 22nd October (IT).
The Kilrush Evictions.
On Tuesday Capt. Croker, Sheriff of Clare, protected by a force of 60
armed policemen, under the command of Mr. Brown, District Inspector of
Constabulary, carried out two evictions at Kilrush.
The first eviction was that of Mr. James Clancy, T.C., Vandeleur Street-------
The eviction of Mrs. Campbell was next proceeded with.----------.
1887 29th October (IT).
Cutting the Telegraph Wires.
The authorities have posted notices in Kilrush, in reference to the cutting
down of the telegraph wires between this town and Ennis on Sunday, that
in future, where the wires are cut or otherwise injured a police hut will
be erected on the scene of such outrage, and that the parish in which
the same occurs will be charged with the cost of the constabulary stationed
in the hut for that district.
1887 3rd November (CJ).
-- attack on a policeman in Kilrush --- he was knocked down in Moore Street—he
managed to crawl into Allender’s the butchers house until a patrol
1887 12th November (Nation).
All Honour to Clare!
Clare is coming boldly to the front in defiance of Balfour and his blood-stained
satraps. All honour to the members of the “suppressed” branches
of the National League in that gallant county! They continue to hold their
meetings just as if Westminster had never forged a Coercion Bill for Ireland.
The men of Barefield, Coolmeen, Doonbeg, Feakle, Killimer, Kilrush, Miltown
Malbay, Tulla and other towns deserve congratulations of the Irish race
all the world over for their unflinching courage and heroic determination
never to bend the knee to the agents or representatives of Dublin Castle.
1887 15th November (IT).
The Kilrush Convictions: -Kilrush, Sunday Evening.
Many of the prisoners sentenced yesterday express their determination
never to allow the jailers to take off their clothes for the prison garb.
The town remained quiet all yesterday. In all eighteen young men, including
Mr. Clancy, T.C., have now been sent to jail from Kilrush under the Crimes
In the baton charges and clearing the streets from the neighbourhood of
the Kilrush Bridewell last night several civilians have received injuries.
The police made four arrests-John Cunningham, Vandeleur Street, John Connors
and two other boys named Culligan and Gorman. There is a heavy fog on
the river, and the steamer has not yet left for Limerick with the prisoners.
The special steamer to convey the seventeen prisoners from Kilrush to
Limerick arrived at the Revenue Pier last evening about four o'clock.
About this time a very large concourse of people were collected in front
of the Bridewell in Frances Street. About one hundred policemen most of
whom were armed, in charge of District Inspector Brown, R.M., came up
in double file to the front of the jail. Cheering followed for the prisoners
and groans for “Balfour's bullies” and caused much excitement.
Some stones were thrown at the police from the opposite side of the street.
Fathers McKenna, Buckley, Courtenay and O'Meara and others exhorted their
influence with the excited crowds with a good deal of success. The prisoners
were then marched out of jail cheering and singing “God Save Ireland”.
The people cheered lustily again for the prisoners, who were then marched
over the bridge towards the quay. The people followed, and when barely
past the bridge stones were again flung at the police. Captain Welch then
read the Riot Act, when the rere baton party fell back and charged several
people being badly beaten on the heads and arms. Five civilians received
severe injuries and one policeman got a severe cut from a blow of a stone
in the jaw, his wound being dressed by Dr. Counihan. Meanwhile the front
file with the prisoners pursued their way towards Cappa Pier, the rere
ranks forming a strong cordon at the bridge, which in a series of skirmishes
kept the people back from following the prisoners. Another police cordon
was formed keeping back the people who reached Cappa earlier in the evening.
Getting the prisoners on board the Vandeleur steamer was the work of a
few minutes, and as the steamer pulled out the prisoners again gave ringing
cheers for William O'Brien and the Plan of Campaign and sang “God
Save Ireland”. The police were again stoned and another baton charge
followed, and after some cheering and groaning the people left for the
town. Some further rioting took place during the night when owing to the
conduct of some who threw stones at a house where a constable had been
living, eight arrests followed.
1887 22nd November (IT).
Demonstration at Kilrush: - Kilrush, Monday.
Yesterday an extraordinary demonstration took place at Kilrush, which
consisted of two hundred cars loaded with turf and one hundred and fifty
cars laden with bags of potatoes, from the farmers of Doonbeg, Shragh,
and Killard, for the families of the seventeen men sent to jail from Kilrush,
last week, under the Crimes Act, owing to their alleged participation
in the recent eviction proceedings in the town. This demonstration extended
over half-a -mile, and was accompanied by the leading Nationalists of
Killard and Doonbeg. No disturbance of any kind took place. Mr. William
Moody, butter merchant, Mr. John Lynch, and others took charge of the
potatoes and turf for the prisoners' families, and all were divided in
a satisfactory manner from Mr. Morrissey's yard, at the head of Henry
Street, which was constituted as a store or provision depot. The prisoners'
families were also supplied with butter, eggs, and fowl by the farmers
of another district.
1887 17th December (IT).
A Captain put in Irons: -
The barque Zula, of London, arrived in the Kilrush Harbour on Sunday,
under extraordinary circumstances, the master, Captain Edward Fowles,
being in irons in his cabin. The Zula had a cargo of sugar and cotton
for Liverpool, and made the Irish coast in thirty days, when the captain
became deranged. The day before yesterday a portion of the ships rigging
was carried away, and on refusing his orders, the captain came on deck
with a revolver and threatened to shoot the mate and crew. A great panic
ensued, and the vessel was going against the rocks outside the heads when
the crew overpowered the captain, and secured him in the cabin, when the
mate whose name is Anstey, brought the ship into the Shannon. The captain
complained of mutiny by his crew against him, and the injury to the ship
on that account. Dr. Counihan, acting on the statement of the mate taken
at the ship, saw the captain, who was, on the result of his examination
before Mr. Glynn, J.P., placed under arrest. ---------. The Captain was
examined by the magistrate minutely and replied intelligently.----- The
Court acquitted the captain, but he had to guarantee that he would not
again go on board the ship.----------.
1887 23rd December (New Zealand Tablet).
The priests of Kilrush Deanery at their conference on September 27th,
under the presidency of Very Rev. Dr. Dinan, P.P., V.G., unanimously passed
the following resolution: - That we, the priests of the Deanery of Kilrush,
regard the attempt of the Tory Government to suppress the National League
in Clare as unjust and tyrannical in presence of the fact that Clare,
for its population is as free from crime as any part of the world, and
we hereby pledge ourselves to aid the people in defeating the iniquitous
design to suppress the right of free speech and public meeting,
1888 28th January (IT).
Today, the Sub-Land Commissioners commenced their sittings at Kilrush.
They are- Messrs. D. Tuckey, B.L. (chairman): O’Keefe. N. Comyn,
C.R. Butler, and H. C. Gregory, with Mr. John Dowling, as Deputy Register.
There are 110 cases listed for hearing in the Kilrush Union district.
Beyond the parties immediately concerned the Commission has engaged but
little public attention.
1888 13th February (CJ).
There were over one hundred firkins of butter in the Kilrush Butter Market
on Wednesday: the highest price paid was £2-2s. The buyers in attendance
1888 17th March (IT).
The Coroner-ship of West Clare: - A stormy election.
The election of a coroner for West Clare, rendered vacant during the past
four weeks by the death of Mr. Francis O'Donoghue, has caused a good deal
of dispute amongst the supporters of the four rival candidates in the
various towns and districts. The gentlemen seeking the office are Dr.
Sexton and Mr. Hilliard, solicitor, both of this town. Dr. Studdert, of
Carrigaholt, and Dr. O’Brien, of Miltown-Malbay. All are Nationalists,
and are individually supported by certain branches of the suppressed National
League and clergymen, so that to all intents and purposes in the face
of such division a desperate struggle seems imminent. ---------------
A force of five hundred police is to be drafted into Kilrush next week
in addition to military (with the detachment of the Berkshire Regiment
already quartered at the Cappa Barracks), for which the Kilrush police
are today making arrangements.----------------.
1888 19th March (CJ).
Mr. James Langan,boat-builder,died at Kilrush on Saturday morning, at
the extraordinary great age of 105 years. Mr, Langan had been prominently
identified in local circles with politics, from the O’Connell era
down to our own times and was much respected by all classes.
1888 16th April (CJ).
The Vandeleur Estate:
There is much commotion in connection with this estate owing to the speedy
appearance of the long rumoured evictions which were some time ago to
be carried out in Kilrush and its locality. ---
1888 21st April (IT).
The Tide of Emigration from the County Clare.
During the past fortnight the flow of the tide of emigration from all
the towns and districts of West Clare has gone on unabated. Three times
a week the people are leaving by Kilrush for Cork, accompanied to the
steamer quay by large concourses of peasantry. On Wednesday this sort
of demonstration was made peculiarly affecting in the heart-rending scenes
witnessed when the steamer pulled out from the pier, having on board about
a hundred passengers who were emigrating to America- all fine young men
and women- none of the broken-down class, but the pride of the country-for
the most part the sons of farmers. The scenes on board the steamer strangely
contrasted with the wailing on the quay. Young men cheered for the Irish
leaders, danced, and sang verses of “God Save Ireland”, while
others cried “Down with coercion”, and cheered for the “Irish
1888 30th April (CJ).
Mr. David Sheehy, M.P. paid a visit to Kilrush and west Clare last week
on business it is said connected with the Plan of Campaign.
1888 24th May (CJ).
It is denied that the H.M.S. Shannon which has arrived in the Shannon
will be in any way employed --- during the long threatened evictions ---
a number of coast guards are undergoing training on the Shannon.
1888 5th July (CJ).
On Tuesday evening Mr. B. Culligan who is about commencing business in
Kilrush on his own account was presented with a gold watch by the buyers
and assistants of Clery and Company, O’Connell Street,Dublin,on
resigning his appointment as hat buyer for that firm.
1888 11th July (IT).
The Vandeleur Estate Evictions.
Preparations for evictions on a large scale are being made on the Vandeleur
estate in West Clare. It was reported in Kilrush last night that all the
stabling attached to Kilrush House, the ancestral home of the Vandeleur
family, have been fitted for the accommodation of a troop of dragoons,
who, with a hundred men of the Berkshire Regiment, will assist the evicting
force. Over fifty tons of coal has been delivered at the house for the
use of the soldiers. A battering ram for the use of the evictors has been
forwarded to Captain Croker, Sheriff of the county. The tenants are resolved
to offer a determined resistance, and strong barricades are being prepared.
Nearly a hundred tenants are under notice of eviction, and operations
will commence next week. The arrears amount to £80.000, no tenant
owing less than three years, while some two twelve years.
1888 19th July (CJ).
The Vandeleur Estate:
The Vandeleur Estate in west Clare comprises about 19,800 acres and the
valuation is £11,216. There are 114 families under notice of eviction
and the arrears of rent owing amount to some £80,000.
--- The Vandeleur evictions begin. ---.
1888 20th July (IT).
The Vandeleur Evictions: - Kilrush, Thursday.
Today the evictions on the Vandeleur estate were resumed---------.
1888 28th July (IT).
The Vandeleur Evictions.
These evictions were resumed on Tuesday. The attendance of the people
from the surrounding towns and parishes was as large as last week, and
included the priests of West Clare, many English and Scotch tourists and
the agent of a leading Conservative association of London, but there were
no members of Parliament.--------.
1888 20th August (IT).
The Vandeleur Evictions: -Kilrush, Saturday.
During the interval that has up to this elapsed since the evictions on
the Vandeleur estate were suspended there has been no attempt on either
side to effect a settlement of the long-standing dispute between Mr. H.
S. Vandeleur and his tenants in West Clare.------------------.
1888 23rd August (IT).
Inquest at Kilrush: -Kilrush, Wednesday.
Last evening Dr. William Sexton, Coroner for West Clare, held an inquest
at Moyasta on the body of Bridget McGrath, aged about 69 years, who had
been recently evicted on the Vandeleur estate with her husband and family.
A jury of twelve farmers, with Mr. Tubridy foreman, was sworn.--------.
The jury found that the cause of death was excitement caused to the deceased
by the evictions by having formed the impression that her son was dead.
1888 30th August (CJ).
Housing the Vandeleur Evicted:
Several cottages for the evicted tenants of the Vandeleur Estate are now
rapidly approaching completion. Sunday the evicted tenants Cleary and
Connell were put in possession of their cottages at Ballymacrinnon
1888 9th October (IT).
Evictions on the Westby Estate in West Clare: - Kilrush, Monday Night.
Today some long-impending evictions were carried out on Mr. P. Westby's
estate at Tullabrack, about five miles from Kilrush, towards Cooraclare.
Captain Edward Croker, Sheriff, of Clare, who carried out the evictions
had a protective force of about thirty police drafted last night from
the surrounding districts, in charge of District Inspector Dunning, of
Kilrush, with a company of the Berkshire Regiment, quartered at Cappa
Barracks, commanded by Captain Debase and Lieutenant Main, all under the
supreme control of Captain Welch, R.M. -------.
1888 29th October (CJ).
There were 950 cars of turf sold in the Kilrush Turf market during the
week, prices varied from 2s-4d to 2s.
1888 5th November (CJ).
A Triple Birth:
The wife of Mr. Thos. Gould, Kilrush has been delivered of three children,
all boys. The children are all living and very healthy. Mrs. Gould is
1889 5th January (Nation).
Educating the Military.
When Colonel Turner went to Clare he made his soldiers wake the echoes
with the strains of “God Save the Queen” and “Rule Britannia”
in order that the disloyal air of Clare might be made vibrate once at
least to the notes of loyal throats.---- On Saturday a party of the Royal
Berks Regiment paraded the streets of Kilrush singing “God Save
Ireland”, Evidently the colonel has not been able to blind the eyes
of these Englishmen to what is going on around them. These soldiers have
been learning something since they came to Ireland, and Clare is a good
1889 8th January (IT).
The Vandeleur Evictions: - Kilrush, Monday Night.
This morning tenants on the Vandeleur estate in the Caherfenick district
and eleven carpenters belonging to Kilrush and Caherfenick were arrested
and conveyed to Limerick Jail under the Crimes Act for barricading the
houses on the Vandeleur estate against the sheriff.---
At three o'clock all the prisoners were marched to the steamer quay, accompanied
by a small force of police in charge of Inspector Otter, followed by large
crowds of people, who cheered for Dillon and O'Brien and the Plan of Campaign.
The Vandeleur tenants have almost unanimously rejected Captain Vandeleur's
final proposals for a settlement.------------.
1889 18th January (IT).
The Vandeleur Estate: -Kilrush, Thursday.
The hearing of applications by tenants on the Vandeleur estate for the
fixing of fair rents, were to be heard today before the Land Commissioners
sitting at Kilrush, but were adjourned until Saturday for the presence
of the agent. Mr. Studdert has been in London in consultation with Captain
Vandeleur relative to the proposals for settlement on this estate arrived
at through the negotiations carried on by Captain Welch, R.M., and Father
Brennan, of Carrigaholt.
1889 26th January (Nation).
The Land War.
A telegram from Kilrush (Clare) states that Captain Vandeleur has rejected
the proposals submitted to him as a basis for a settlement of the long
pending dispute between him and his tenantry. The terms suggested were
those recently adopted at a National League convention.
District Inspector George Hurst has arrived at Kilrush
to take up the charge of the district which was for a considerable time
in temporary charge of District Inspector Otter, Ennistymon owing to Mr.
Dunning’s severe illness.
1889 29th March (IT).
Captain Vandeleur in Kilrush: - Kilrush, Thursday.
Last night Captain Vandeleur, D.L., arrived at Kilrush House after some
years of absence on the Continent, and was accompanied by his agent, Mr.
Hallam Studdert, for the purpose, as reported in town, of settling the
long-standing dispute between himself and the tenants in the Plan of Campaign.
This evening accompanied by his agent and Captain Welch, R.M., Captain
Vandeleur went through Kilrush and had interviews with several of the
inhabitants.------------- It is stated that Captain Vandeleur will leave
again on Saturday, and that if a settlement be not arrived at in the interval
the impending evictions on the estate will immediately take place. Unless
a settlement be now arrived at there will be no crops set this spring
on most of the Vandeleur estate.
1889 13th April (IT).
The Vandeleur Estate.
The following are the full official details of the negotiations for a
settlement of the three years' dispute on the Vandeleur estate since the
conference held at Kilrush on Saturday week, and attended by Captain Vandeleur
himself, with his agent, Mr. Hallam Studdert, and Captain Welch, Resident
The Tenants Proposals at the Conference.
1. That non-judicial tenants be allowed 20? per cent on a year's rent,
with half rates and taxes, and that the judicial tenants pay a full year’s,
less half rates and taxes, as arranged or intended by the court. The above
years' rent to be in full discharge of all rents and arrears due up to
2. That no further call for rent be made before September next.--------------.
The Landlords' Proposals in Reply: -
1. I will accept a year's rent less 20 per cent, from non-judicial tenants
in discharge of all rents and arrears to 25th March 1887.The tenants to
be allowed half rates and taxes for that year.
2. I will accept a year's rent from judicial tenants giving them credit
for half rates and taxes, due in respect of the year 1887, as per court
orders of the Land Commission.---------.
Things have now reached a standstill again, though settlement
is still expected. Captain Vandeleur has now left the county for London.
1889 9th May (CJ).
The annual target practice of the constabulary of Kilrush District took
place during the past week on the Shanakyle strand under the superintendence
of District Inspector. Hurst: the wind been almost a hurricane blowing
from the south during the several days they were engaged, but good results
were obtained. The first prize £2 was won by Head Constable Kennedy:
second prize£1-10s by Sergeant Fletcher and third prize by Sergeant
1889 23rd May (CJ).
The late Michael Glynn Kilrush:
In the Kilrush parish Chapel on Sunday a requiem solemn High Mass was
offered up for the repose of the soul of Mr. Michael Glynn, J.P., who
died on Friday last.
1889 27th May (CJ).
The Kilrush Harbour Board adjourned its last meeting at a mark of respect
to the memory of the late Mr. M. Glynn.
1889 15th July (CJ).
Notices were published in Kilrush and District on Saturday threatening
death to any person holding communication with a local landlady who has
seized her tenant’s cattle.
1889 5th August (KH).
Mr. J. Counihan and family are staying at their picturesque countryseat
Mr Twiss T Peacocke and Mrs Peacocke have arrived at their residence Frances
Street, from Kilkee.
1889 10th August (KH).
Mr W Lane- Joynt, D.L., Crown and Treasury, Solicitor arrived on a short
visit to his respected sister and family, Mrs Michael Glynn, Merchant’s
Quay, on last Saturday evening.
1889 30th September (CJ).
The Rev. George Rees has left Kilrush for County Tyrone. On his return
he will be accompanied by Mrs. Rees and will take up his residence at
the Glebe having been appointed as locum tenens in the absence for some
months of Ven. Archdeacon Wolseley who will be leaving next week for a
continental tour to re-establish his health.
1890 27th January (CJ)
Moyadda Races, Kilrush, will it is said, be revived.----
Concert - Kilrush:
On next Wednesday a concert will be held in the Courthouse, Kilrush in
aid of the Mutual Improvement Society. The Rev. G. Rees, Rector is the
principal promoter and some of the best local talent has been secured
1890 3rd March (CJ).
Major Butler, Royal Berkshire Regiment has arrived at the Military Barracks,Cappa,Kilrush
from France after an absence of three months.-----
The most Rev Dr. McRedmond has appointed the Rev. P. White, P.P. Miltown
Malbay to be P.P. and V.G. at Kilrush in succession to the late Rev. Dr.
1890 23rd March (CJ).
Mr. W. S. Brew, Ballyerra House, Kilrush delivered a lecture on “Schisms
and Schismatics” at the Schoolhouse, Kilrush on Wednesday evening
last. It was largely attended.
1890 24th March (CJ).
Drowning accident at Kilrush:
A young man named Peter Tyrell of the barque “Cintra” of Dublin
was found drowned at Merchant’s Quay on Sunday morning.
1890 3rd April (IT).
One officer and 30 men of the 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment are
ordered from Kilrush to Templemore this day to re-join headquarters.
1890 10th May (KH).
Raiding a Bank:
On Wednesday night a daring robbery took place in Mr. Peacocke's Discount
Bank, Frances Street, Kilrush---- the only money not in the safes was
£11 in a drawer, which the burglars took.----
1890 7th June (Nation).
Kilrush, County Clare: -
Meeting on Sunday-Mr. Luke O'Brien, T.C., P.L.C., in the chair. The gathering
was large and representative, amongst those present were Messrs. Michael
Mulqueen, Michael O'Meara, J.M. Nagle, Patrick Scanlan, J. Curran, James
Waters, Simon O’Neill, John Murphy, James Bourke, Thomas Ryan, William
Ryan, Stephen McMahon, Denis Madigan, J.J. Bradley, &c. The following
resolutions, which were proposed by Mr. Nagle were unanimously passed:
- “That we denounce the brutal ruffianism of Tory law in Tipperary
and throughout Ireland, and that, in spite of Balfour and his police,
we shall cling to the old flag until Messrs, Dillon and O’Brien,
whom they so wickedly assaulted in Tipperary, supersede the before quoted
factitious myrmidons in the administration of the law, and that until
then we claim the right of public meeting in our own country-that which
Englishmen enjoy”. “That we shall take steps to ascertain
the names of the shopkeepers of Kilrush who are aiding and abetting the
land-grabbers of Kilkee: and that we shall fearlessly lay their Judas
villainy before the eyes of the public”-----------.
1890 9th June (CJ).
The members of the Kilrush Workingman’s Club have presented their
president Rev. P. White, P.P., V.G., Kilrush with an address tastefully
printed on white satin trimmed with Irish lace.
1890 26th June (CJ).
The Rev. Thomas Maguire, Methodist Minister, who has been in Kilrush for
the past two years, has been transferred to Warrenpoint, Co. Down. -----
1890 31st July (CJ).
The Kilrush Boat Club will hold boat races on the Creek on tomorrow 1st
of August, winding up the recreations with a pyrotechnic display.
Mr. J.N. Nolan manager of the National Bank, Kilrush has been transferred
on promotion to Clonmel.
1890 1st September (CJ).
Kilrush Federal Debating Society:
A meeting of the above society was held in the rooms of the Young Men’s
Institute, Frances St. on Thursday evening. The president Mr. Stephen
McMahon occupied the chair. ----
1890 8th September (CJ).
The Vandeleur National School was closed for the past twelve months owing
to some local difference, was opened last week.---
1890 17th September (KH).
Retirement of Mr. Trousdell:
-- Mr. J. Trousdell, Head Teacher of No. 1 National School, Kilrush---
will sever a long association ---- nigh on forty years.
(Memorial Inscription from Old Shanakyle graveyard: Erected by grateful
pupils and attached friends to the memory of John Trousdell who was National
Teacher for 38 years, 32 of which were served in Kilrush. The education
office Dublin records this as meritorious service from 1852 to 1890 died
11th Sept 1898 aged 63 years R.I.P.)
1890 29th September (CJ).
Mr. Thomas Brew, Toler Street,Kilrush has been appointed weighmaster at
Kilrush in succession to his father Mr. Michael Brew who held that office
for over 50 years.
1890 4th October (Nation).
The Very Rev. Dr. White, P.P., V.G., Kilrush, has returned to the parochial
residence, Toler Street, Kilrush, after spending his vacation at Rome.
1890 27th October (CJ).
West Clare National Teachers Association.
At a meeting held at the Market House, Kilrush ---- a letter was read
from Mr. Trousdell resigning membership of the association was read. -----
1891 19th January (CJ).
The Kilrush Foresters announce two theatrical performances in the Assembly
Rooms in that town on the 29th and 30th of January next in aid of the
Kilrush Clothing Club, a society which has done much in alleviating the
distress unfortunately so prevalent just now amongst the labouring classes
1891 2nd April (CJ).
Death of Dr. B Madigan, F.R.C.S.I., Kilrush:
---- I have to announce the death of Dr. B. Madigan the popular Medical
Officer of the Kilrush Workhouse which sad event took place at his residence,
Frances Street, Kilrush on Monday evening. The deceased was stricken down
with typhoid fever contacted in the discharge of his duties. -----.
1891 9th April (CJ).
Easter Vestries: Kilrush:
The annual meeting was held in the Lecture Room attached to the Church.
The Rector Ven. Archdeacon Wolseley presided. – others present were:
Mr. Newport,M.S.Brews< George Taylor, John Hollingsworth, J.J. Bradley,
Michael Williams, William B. D’Alton, E. Murphy, W.J. Brew, W. Taylor
1891 11th April (KH).
The Memorial Altar:
The new marble altar in now erected in the Kilrush Roman Catholic Church.
1891 25th April (KH).
Important Notice: New Fairs to be held in the Town of Kilrush;
The farmers &c of the district are called upon to give their assistance
to the establishment of a Pig Market and Cattle Fair to be held on the
last Wednesday of each month.
1891 30th May (IT).
The Kilrush Evictions.
To the Editor of the Irish Times.
Sir, -In your issue of Friday, 22nd May, 1891,a paragraph appeared under
“The Vandeleur Evictions in Kilrush” in which paragraph it
has been stated that I had been evicted for five years non-payment of
rent. This statement is not true, and is calculated to do me great injury.
No such eviction took place on my premises etc. Delia Brew, Cosy Cottage,
Kilrush, May 28th 1891.
1891 23rd July (KH).
Kilrush No. 1 National School:
Mr. D. J. Herlihy, Principal of the Kilrush National School No. 1:
-- We are sorry to learn that Mr. Herlihy has been laid up through illness,
brought on by overwork, for a long spell of nine weeks. This is how teachers
are killed off in the prime of life.--.
1891 27th July (CJ).
Grand Concert at Kilrush:
It is seldom that the people of Kilrush have an opportunity afforded them
of listening to such musical talent as they were fortunate enough to have
in their midst on Wednesday evening last, when Monsieur Nono’s concert
came off. ---
--- The concert was opened by the “Lily of Killarney” beautifully
sung by Mdle. Maria Nono. ----
1891 15th October (CJ)
Harvest Festival at Kilrush:
The Kilrush Church was prettily decorated on Sunday for the harvest thanksgiving
--- The Ven. Archdeacon Wolseley preached an appropriate sermon, many
ladies and gentleman gave fruits and flowers for the occasion, including
the Misses Reeves, Bessborough: Mrs. Studdert,Cooraclare House: Miss Lucas,
Riverview: Mrs. Supple, Cappa: Mr. M.S. Brew, Ballyerra House. ---.
1891 3rd December (CJ).
A Temperance Organisation in Kilrush:
A Temperance Society has been established at Kilrush and about 500 persons
have joined the movement already.
1891 24th December (CJ).
Kilrush Band of Hope:
The opening meeting of the Kilrush Band of Hope was held in the Methodist
Church on Friday night. ---- A service of sacred songs was rendered by
a number of ladies and gentlemen === Miss A and J Brews,Toler Street:
Miss Smith: Mr. Robert Johnston. Miss Fanny Peacocke. A new society was
formed “The Anti-Tobacco League” which secured a fair sample
1892 28th January (CJ).
The members of Kilrush “Clare Dragoons” (G.A.A.) gave their
annual ball at their club rooms, Henry Street, on Saturday night, when
a most enjoyable evening was passed.
Melancholy Accident in Kilrush:
A little boy named Casey about four years was run over on Tuesday evening
by a side car in Henry Street, Kilrush and killed immediately. Dr. Sexton
coroner held an inquest.—
1892 15th February (CJ).
The Very Rev. Dr. Malone the newly appointed parish priest at Kilrush
officiated at first mass in the Roman Catholic Church in that town on
1892 20th February (KH).
The Shannon Clipper:
-- Messrs. M. Glynn and Sons have purchased a first class sailing sloop
--- the John and Thomas-- she will be able to carry large consignments
of the firms manufactured goods to Tralee, Dingle, Kinsale, Cork and Galway.
1892 7th April (CJ).
Mr. J.J. Bradley made a very successful debut as auctioneer in Kilrush
in the sale of Mr. Newport’s effects.
1892 30th April (KH).
A large cargo of culm (coal) consigned to Mr. Theodore Taylor, Kilrush
will be discharged next week at Merchant's Quay. ---
1892 23rd May (CJ).
Mr. Wm. Jonas Brew, Kilrush vacated his old homestead at Leadmore, this
week and has taken up his residence at Ballyerra House, formerly occupied
by Counsellor O’Gorman. This is one of the prettiest houses in country
seat to be found anywhere in Clare. The house has commanding a special
view of the lordly Shannon which flows almost at its base.
1892 9th July (KH).
Masters Francis and Randal Counihan of Clongowes Wood, College, have arrived
at the residence of their esteemed parents Dr. and Mrs. Counihan, Kilrush
on their summer vacation.
1892 15th September (CJ).
The Tolls and Customs of Kilrush:
Through his agent (Mr. H. G. Studdert) Mr. Hector Stewart Vandeleur, D.L.
has given the Kilrush Town Commissioners the control yearly of the tolls
and customs of the town of Kilrush commencing on the 29th inst.
1892 17th September (KH).
Mr. Thomas Lucas, J. P., who had been staying on a visit with his respected
sisters the Misses Lucas of Riverville House, Kilrush – has left
for Ennistymon. -----.
1892 26th September (CJ).
Fire in Kilrush:
On Friday night about one o’clock a fire occurred in the house of
Mr. Martin Scanlan, Chapel Street, Kilrush. It was caused by a child overturning
a lamp. ---
1892 8th October (KH).
The Kilrush Post office:
With commendable enterprise Mrs M. Scanlan and Sons have taken the whole
ground floor of the next house for a new Post Office. ---.
1892 29th October (KH).
A New Boot Shop:
Mr. T Nolan of Kilkee has opened an extensive Boot Shop in Moore Street,
Kilrush with a great cheap sale-- at 40% below cost price.---
1892 28th November (CJ).
The Rev. Dr. W. Tait, L.L.D., is at present the officiating clergyman
at the Presbyterian Church at Kilrush. ---.
1892 1st December (CJ).
Kilrush Gaelic Club: Annual Re-Union:
The members of the Kilrush Gaelic Club will hold their annual re-union
on New Year’s Eve at the club rooms, Henry Street, in celebration
of the fourth anniversary of the establishment of their association.
1893 5th January (CJ).
Kilrush Temperance Society:
--- Meeting with the Rev. John Scanlan in the chair --- The following
resolution was unanimously adopted amid acclamation “That we the
members of the St. Senan Total Abstinence Society beg to thank Mr. R.W.C.
Reeves, D.L. for his generous gift of books to our library”---.
1893 5th January (CJ).
The Kilrush Riots:
As a result of the enquiries made by the police into the riot which occurred
in Kilrush between Parnellites and Federationists on Saturday night several
arrests have been affected. Three men named Morrissy (son of the local
sergeant), Deenahan and Breen --- with a woman named Kenny have been arrested
and lodged in the Bridewell.
1893 26th January (CJ).
The St. Vincent de Paul Society, Kilrush thankfully acknowledge receipt
of five pounds from Captain Hector S. Vandeleur, through Very Rev. S.
A Draper Victimised at Kilrush:
The Kilrush police have during the week effected the arrest of several
people on a charge of being implicated in the larceny of a quantity of
shop goods from the drapery establishment of Messrs. H. and W. Taylor,
1893 18th February (KH).
Mr. Rolleston, District Inspector for Kilrush with his family has taken
up his residence in Lower Frances Street, Kilrush.--
1893 10th June (KH).
The Shannon Steam Saw Mills: Toler Street:
-- The Messrs. O'Doherty and Son are sparing no outlay expense or energy
to make the Shannon Steam Mills the best in the South of Ireland.--.
1893 29th June (House of Commons debate
--- I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware of the great
inconvenience caused at Kilrush by the want of an afternoon postal delivery:
and if he is prepared to give a favourable consideration to the matter?
--- Provision has already been made for an afternoon delivery of letters
at Kilrush during the summer months, and the arrangements will begin on
1893 4th November (KH).
Last Night Rowing Match:
Messrs A Bourke and J Moran -- 1 Messrs P Borough and F Brennan-- 2.
1893 7th December (CJ).
--- Our Kilrush correspondent states the Constable Foley has been removed
1894 6th January (IT).
Destructive Fire in Kilrush: -Kilrush Friday.
This morning about half-past seven o’clock, the hardware establishment
of Messrs. A. Madigan and Sons, in Upper Market Square, was discovered
to be on fire. The alarm at once brought most of the inhabitants to the
scene, when the front premises and gates were burnt open. The constabulary,
under Mr. Rolleston, District Inspector, were promptly on the spot, and
with several of the people at once applied themselves to the work of extinguishing
the fire, which about half past seven had complete possession of the rere
and the stores, which contained oils of all description, and large quantities
of powder in safes close to the shop. The powder and several barrels of
oil, and other dangerous inflammables, were removed to the stores on the
right of the premises, which are separated from the shop by a roadway.
By eight o'clock the fire was kept confined to the kitchen and a little
store to the rere of the establishment, and all its connections cut away
with the neighbouring houses on the square. Most of the goods were also
by this time removed into the street, as well as a good deal of the furniture
and safes and books of the establishment. At 10 o'clock the fire was fairly
got under, but not before considerable damage was done to the property.
The premises are insured.
1894 6th January (KH).
Estimated value of damage to Messrs Madigan's, Hardware establishment
in Market Square said to be £3,000 as per Kilrush Herald (6/1/1894)
--The Irish National Forestry Annual soiree was the
greatest possible success---
1894 11th January (CJ).
On Tuesday evening the many friends of Mr. L.W. Evans, Kilrush entertained
that gentleman at dinner previous to his departure on promotion to Parsonstown
(Birr) ----- present at the dinner were Messrs. T. Kelly, Solr. Chairman,
W,J, Glynn, J.P., J. O’Ryan, manager, P.B.I., S. Hadden, J.J. Mitchel,
Hitchough, G. Doherty, Nichol, Pelly, Weldon, Crowley, Rolleston, D.I.,
D. Fetherstone, Dalton.----.
1894 18th January (CJ).
The Kilrush Young Men’s Club Ball:
On Saturday night a ball was given by the above club in the Market House,
the use of which was kindly given for the occasion by Mr. H.G. Studdert,
J.P. Hazlewood. --- There were over 40 couples present. ---
1894 12th April (CJ).
Kilrush Cycling Club:
The annual meeting of the Kilrush Cycling Club was held on Friday ---
Mr. Batt Culligan presiding --- A committee was elected: President: Mr.
T. Kelly, Solr. Captain Mr. Batt Culligan: Vice-Captain Mr. J. B. Dowling:
Hon. Sec. Mr. J. S. Carroll: Treasurer: Mr. Theobald Taylor: Bugler: Mr.
F. T. Scanlan. --- The club turned out on Saturday last when the members
had a most enjoyable spin to Kilkee.--
1894 28th April (KH).
Mr. William Glynn, J.P., has arrived at his residence in Lower Frances
Street after a two-month cruise on the Mediterranean. ----.
1894 28th April (Anglo-Celt).
Sergeant Francis Kirwan.
The many friends of Sergeant Francis Kirwan who had been stationed for
a number of years in Cavan, and who is now serving at Kilrush in the County
Clare, will be glad to learn that, at a recent examination for Head Constable-ship
held in Dublin, he secured a prominent place for the rank. We have much
pleasure in congratulating the Sergeant upon his creditable examination
and wish him every success in his newly acquired position.
(CJ of the 16th July, states that Sergeant Kirwan has been raised to the
rank of Head Constable)
1894 24th May (CJ).
Kilrush Cycling Club:
The weekly meeting of the above club was postponed last week owing to
the death of Mrs. James Wallace, Moore Street and as a mark of sympathy
with her cousin Mr. J.J. Corry, Henry Street, who is one of the leading
members of the club.
1894 14th July (KH).
Kilrush No. 1 School:
Mr. P.J. O’Shea. Head Teacher –gave the pupils the annual
midsummer vacation on yesterday for a month. -----.
1894 4th August (KH).
The New Bank:
The preliminary works in connection with the building of the new Provincial
Bank in this town have been carried out very rapidly. The old house known
as Bruree Mills with its attendant walls have been pulled down and the
site cleared and the foundations cut.---.
(CJ of the 12th July states that the work is been supervised by Mr. Wm
Morrissy and the adjoining building known as Brunt House is also been
1894 27th September (CJ).
Kilrush Butter Market:
---- The buyers were – Messrs. B. Kenneally, Ennis: Walsh, Booley?
Carmody, Kilrush and O’Neill, Fitzell and McNamara, Limerick.
1894 29th September (KH).
-- Cattle and Horse Show Week in Kilrush-- magnificent success President
Hector S. Vandeleur, Esq, ---.
1895 16th February (KH).
The appointment of Dr. J.F. Counihan and Mr F. J. O'Doherty to the Commission
of Peace has given the greatest satisfaction throughout West Clare.
Within the last 12 months two large ocean liners, a fleet
of ten of Her Majesty cruisers, several of the largest sailing ships afloat,
not to speak of hundreds of smaller craft have anchored without accident
for lengthened periods in our unrivalled harbour.-----.
1895 18th February (CJ).
Concert in aid of the Kilrush Poor:
Our Kilrush correspondent stated that Miss Flora Glynn will organise another
concert to be held in a month’s time, the proceeds of which will
be given to the poor of Kilrush.-----
1895 13th April (KH).
New Drapery Warehouse:
Messrs. J. Dowling and Sons New Woollen Warehouse in Moore Street will
be opened about the end of May.
1895 22nd June (KH).
Sale: Licensed Premises as lately occupied by James Haugh, Henry Street,
-- situate upper part of Henry Street almost adjoining the Fair Green.
1895 27th July (KH).
The West Clare election:
Mr. Westby having declared Major J. F. Jameson duly elected M.P. for West
1895 22nd August (CJ).
Sergeant Matthew Champion has been transferred from Doonbeg Station to
1895 28th August (CJ).
Concert at Kilrush:
After an absence of four years Mr J. C. Cussens’s Concert Company
appeared before a Kilrush Audience in the Market House, Assembly Rooms
on Monday and Tuesday night.---
1895 2nd September (CJ).
Kilkee is unique as a watering place, grand sea, grand cliffs, grand sweep
of the sky all around – nature is splendid. Art alas is rather lame
and deficient. Shabby houses, Shabby shops, Shabby bathing-boxes, they
are a painful contrast to the splendid nature. And yet they give to the
little town a peculiarity which is not without its charm. There is a pleasant
carelessness. --- Everyone seems to know everyone else. The groups of
people perpetually looking out of the windows exchanging pleasantries
with the groups perpetually walking past and looking in. ---
1895 20th September (IT).
Last night several outrages were committed in the harbour, in connection
with the attempt made to boycott the Kilrush Regatta, which takes place
today. Large holes were bored through a packet boat hooker and other small
craft, considerably damaging the same. The fishermen of the locality also
have received letters threatening them with dire penalties should they
compete at this aquatic affair. Personal spite is alleged as the motive
of the hostile actions.
1895 26th September (CJ).
Sad fatality at Kilrush:
-- This evening much excitement was caused in town by a report that a
man named Patrick Cullinan residing in Grace Street, had been killed by
a runaway horse.---
1895 7th November (CJ).
Death of Mr Thomas Gibson, Kilrush.
--- At his residence, Island View aged 84. --- enjoyed to the day of his
death the utmost confidence and esteem of the several steam ship companies
which he represented at Kilrush, for over half a century and was one of
the first elected guardians of the Kilrush Union.
1895 14th December (KH).
A sailor drowned at Merchant's Quay:
--- belonging to the schooner “Claretta” named Robinson from
Ayr, Scotland. ---
(Lack of lighting on the Quay was deemed to have contributed to the death).
1895 20th December (IT).
Destructive Fire at Kilrush: -£2,000 worth of property destroyed,
This morning a fire broke out in the six-storey premises situated on the
Lower Leadmore Quays, Kilrush, and in the short space of an hour from
the commencement of the conflagration the stores were completely gutted.
The damage is estimated at £2,000, which is partially covered by
insurance. On the ground floors of the buildings a steam hay pressing
business was carried on, at which a dozen men were employed. They went
as usual to work at seven o'clock this morning, and up to the hour of
their departure for breakfast nothing was observed that would lead them
to apprehend a conflagration. Mr. O'Shea, the principal teacher of the
Male National Schools, which are adjacent, was the first to discover the
fire. This gentleman saw some smoke rising near the engine shed, but did
not attack much importance to such an ordinary occurrence until it increased
in volume and his suspicion becoming aroused an alarm was raised. Some
of the employees in the meantime had returned after the morning meal to
resume their work, including the superintendent, Mr. James Dunleavy, but
on going to enter the premises they saw that the lofts were one mass of
flame. Crowds flocked to the spot willing to render assistance, but nothing
could be done to save the machinery or effects at this stage, as about
180 tons of hay in bales were on fire. In less than an hour all the floors,
and finally the roof had fallen in, nothing remaining standing but the
four walls, and fears are entertained that they also will collapse.
Mr. H. S. Vandeleur, D L, Kilrush House, is the owner
of the stores, but he had leased them for a term of years to Mr. Simon
McAuliffe, of Knock, a large fishery proprietor. The latter, it is stated,
had the premises fully insured with the Sun Fire Company. The building
was in 1847 an auxiliary to the Kilrush Workhouse and in later years was
converted into a corn store, and used for other purposes also. The other
sufferers by the fire beside Mr. Sheehan of Limerick, who owns the hay
and steam pressing plant, are Mr. John McMahon ship carpenter, who had
his workshops in a portion of the premises, and whose trade implements
of course perished: and Mr. Burton, D L of Carrigaholt Castle, who has
lost the sails and other fittings of his yacht, which were also placed
there after the stripping of the craft. It is not known if the hay was
insured by its owner. It is said that it was to be shipped to England
in a day or two, for which purpose a steamer will arrive in the port today.
Large numbers visited the scene of the fire during the day, including
Mr. H. G. Studdert, J P, agent to Mr Vandeleur: also the local representative
of the Sun Fire Office, Mr. F. Scanlan, and District Inspector Rolleston,
Royal Irish Constabulary.(The Sea-Weed Factory site)
1896 23rd January (CJ).
--- We are informed that Mr. Timothy Joseph Hunt, Solr., son of Mr. John
Hunt, Athea, County Limerick has decided to practice his profession in
Kilrush. --- he has secured suitable offices in Frances Street, Kilrush.
1896 24th February (CJ).
Death: Tuite, February 20th at her daughter’s residence 61 Moore
Street, Kilrush, Susanna relict of the late Jeremiah Tuite Esq, M.D.,
of Kilkee and youngest daughter of Rev Henry Allen of Killaloe.
(CJ of the 27th Feb. stated address as The Square home of Mrs M Scanlan)
1896 23rd March (CJ).
Mr. Carroll, Auctioneer, Kilrush will hold an important auction at Mrs.
Foley’s Kilrush tomorrow. Mrs. Foley is retiring from business and
is disposing of her entire drapery and hardware stock.
1896 13th April (CJ).
Death of Mr. John F. Dowling, Kilrush.
-- We regret to announce the death of Mr John F. Dowling of Cappagh House,
Kilrush which occurred on Friday morning. The deceased was third son of
Mr Jeremiah Dowling and nephew of Mr S. F. Dowling, J.P., of Limerick.
1896 30th April (CJ).
Medical success of a Kilrush student:
-- Mr John F. Bradley, Kilrush secured second place – at a pharmaceutical
examination in London. --- He is the oldest son of Mr J.J. Bradley, Moore
1896 2nd May (KH).
Mrs. Supple has returned to Bleak House, Cappa, from England.
Mrs. Murphy, Cosy Cottage, has left for Dublin on a short visit to her
mother Mrs. Honer of Dargle Road.
1896 9th May (KH).
Great Fire at Kilrush: Mr John Ronan's building yard was destroyed by
1896 28th September (CJ).
Theatricals at Kilrush:
For the past week Mr J Kidger’s Anglo-American Dramatic and Concert
Company have been fulfilling an engagement at the Market House assembly
1896 17th December (CJ).
Lecture at Kilrush:
Last week an interesting lecture was delivered in the Independent Club
Rooms, Frances Street, Kilrush by Professor Guinan who choose for his
subject “ The siege and capture of Drogheda by the Parliamentary
Troops under Cromwell”-----.
1896 21st December (CJ).
A man drops dead in the street:
A fisherman named Carroll Kelly, aged between fifty and sixty years of
age and residing at Leadmore died under circumstances of startling suddenness
--- in Frances Street.---
1897 27th March (IT).
Destructive Fire in County Clare: - Kilrush House Burned. Kilrush Friday
Great excitement prevailed in this town this evening when it was discovered
that Kilrush House, one of the finest mansions in this county, was in
flames. Immediately a vast throng of people rushed to the scene of the
conflagration, but it at once became apparent that the magnificent residence
was doomed to destruction. At what point the fire originated is at present
unknown, for when the flames were first noticed by the attendants they
were bursting through the entire length of the building, fanned by a strong
south-westerly gale, which was blowing at the time. No practical efforts
could be made to save the house, and in about half an hour after the fire
was discovered the place was a mass of ruins, the only portion that escaped
destruction being the billiard room, situated at the northern angle, Mr.
William Morrissey, architect, and a band of volunteers entered this portion
of the mansion before the flames approached it, and after great exertions
and at considerable personal risk succeeded in cutting off the fire. At
the time of writing the fire is almost spent. All the floors and roofs
are now falling in, and nothing but the four walls now stand of the palatial
residence. The place was in charge of a housekeeper and housemaid, as
the Vandeleur family, who own Kilrush House, are at present living at
their London address in Cadogan Square, S. W. Scarcely a piece of the
costly furniture or one of the many heirlooms was saved from the general
1897 15th May (The Queenslander).
A Sailor of a Century Ago: Reminiscence.
The following brief epitome of the career of a gentleman who served in
the British navy nearly a century ago with much distinction will be read
with pride, especially by those who hail from the historic county of Clare.
Such as were adults in the fifties and lived near Kilrush must have known,
the heroic Captain William Borough, of the Royal Navy, whose naval services
are here enumerated. Captain Borough born in 1780 was the son of Colonel
Borough, who commanded a British regiment of the line. He was educated
at a Naval College, and in 1795, at 15 years of age, he joined the navy.
About this time a rich field opened up to feed the aspirations of those
who thirsted for glory, and all who served and survived in the great maritime
events of that time were not disappointed.
On Saturday, the 1st of August 1798, the war cloud burst, and gave view
to the English and French fleets in deadly conflict at the Nile. Captain
Borough, then a young man of 18 years, had the honour to share in that
historic victory, and the frigate he was attached to then chased, and
captured the William Tell, a French ship of the line, which had escaped
from the battle. The scene being changed, Captain Borough was present
on that ever-memorable day, Saturday 21st March, 1801,at the battle of
Alexandria (when General Abercrombie fell), and assisted in the landings
of the troops, a venture in which 400 men fell before a British soldier
gained a footing on Egyptian soil. Subsequently Captain Borough served
in the Penelope, frigate, at the blockade of Malta for two years, and
during that period participated in many acts of bravery. He was engaged
in the Penelope in a “cutting-out” affair in a French port,
when he received a sabre wound across his forehead. Having witnessed the
humiliation of Napoleon at the Nile, and again at Alexandria finally he
saw him in his fallen greatness on board the Bellerophon, when a prisoner
going to St. Helena. On that occasion a great banquet was tendered on
board the Bellerophon to all the officers who had taken part in the great
maritime war. “Boney” showed his fortitude on that occasion
by eating a red herring, at the same time marching up and down before
the assemblage tearing it with his fingers. After peace was proclaimed
in 1815 Captain Borough got his long and distinguished services, of over
twenty years, command of a cruiser in the preventive service on the West
Coast of Ireland, and contiguous to his ancestral possessions at Querrin,
near Kilrush. In this capacity he came in contact with a smuggling vessel,
which fought valiantly for liberty, but had to submit to superior valour,
and the sum of £1,800 was Captain Borough's share of the prize.
Captain Borough was married twice. His youngest daughter is in Brisbane
at present, in the personage of Mrs. Patrick Kearns, wife of Sergeant
Kearns, of Parliament House. He died in 1854 (see note below) at Querrin
House, near Kilrush. Thus passed away to an honourable grave Captain Wm.
Borough, who served his country with distinction and fidelity, leaving
his name enshrined in the bosoms of a faithful and generous people, in
whose midst he dwelt for forty years, in arduous and troublesome times.
“On fame's eternal camping ground
Their silent tents are spread
And glory guards with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead”.
(Buried at Querrin date of death on memorial inscription given as December
27th 1852 aged 72)
1898 13th January (CJ).
Kilrush Shamrocks of Erin Football Club: Presentation of a silver cup
by Major J. E. Jameson, M.P.
---- The cup is a splendid specimen of the silversmiths’ art and
bears a suitable inscription. Naturedly the Kilrush Gaels were much elated
at the thoughtfulness of Major Jameson on their behalf, and last night
assembled in full strength at their rooms in Moore Street. --- The president
Mr M. J. Carmody occupied the chair. ----
1898 26th January (IT).
Distress in West Clare.
The Chief Secretary received a private deputation at 3 o'clock yesterday
afternoon at the Castle in reference to the distress in West Clare. The
deputation was presented by Major J. Eustace Jameson, M P for West Clare,
and consisted of the following: -
The Rev. J Vaughan, P P, Carrigaholt: R W C Reeves, D L, Bessborough:
W E Burton, D L, Carrigaholt Castle: Francis V. Westby, D L, Kilballyowen:
Marcus Keane D L, Beechpark: Chas R A O'Donnell D L, Liscrona: Francis
Coffee, J P, The Retreat: H R Glynn, Leadmore, Kilrush, Baronial Director
South Clare Railway;
The following points were brought before the Chief Secretary: -
1. The great and abnormal distress now prevailing in West Clare in proof
of which it was pointed out that there are now receiving outdoor relief
for five hundred people in excess of last year.
2. We desire to point out the necessity of relief works, and to submit
to you that the extension of the South Clare Railway from Kilkee to Carrigaholt
is a project suitable to the needs of the district and which project would
be of great benefit to the fishing industry.
3. That the dredging of the creek at Kilrush would greatly tend to develop
the resources of the west of Ireland at a small cost, add to the prosperity
of the West and South Clare Railway, thereby making that district self-supporting
and less dependent on the potato crop --------.
1898 24th May (House of Commons debate @ http://hansard.millbanksystems.)
---- On behalf of the honourable and gallant Member for West Clare I beg
to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland: Is he aware
that on Friday, 20th May, at Kilrush, Head Constable Thompson, Sergeant
Wall, and Constable McCullough, of the Police force, Kilrush, without
authority and without invitation intruded into a meeting of Nationalists
at the Assembly Rooms, Kilrush, held for the purpose of forming a branch
of the '98 Club to celebrate the centenary of 1798, and only after considerable
remonstrance these constables were induced to withdraw; and will he forbid
police constables to intrude at meetings in Ireland called for constitutional
and legitimate purposes? (Also reported on by the Clare Journal of the
1898 23rd July (Clare Man).
Mr. Henry Taylor, Harbour Master at Merchant's Quay had a boatman named
Edward Shanahan prosecuted for 13s-6d being the amount of quayage due
for loading and berthing his boat at the quay.
1898 15th August (CJ).
Death of Miss Mary Lernihan, Kilrush:
---- Hospital nurse at the Kilrush Infirmary was reported at the last
meeting of the board.
1898 1st September (Kilrush Herald). Editorial.
Kilkee and the cause of its decline: To what do I attribute this condition
(1) To the residents who are idle, careless and good-for nothing.
(2) To the want of decent houses and decent hotels with moderate and reasonable
1898 19th September (CJ).
Death of Mr John Trousdell, Kilrush.
---- Of the Leadmore National School.
1898 3rd October (CJ).
A marriage has been arranged and will shortly take place between the Rev.
R. Twiss MacLaren, M.A., Kilrush, County Clare only son of Rev. John MacLaren,L.L.D.,
Mullabrack, County Armagh and Maud Dolmege, second daughter of Rev Julius
H. Griffith, D.D., Ennis.
1898 13th October (CJ).
Death of Miss M. O’Donnell, John Street, Kilrush:
-- In this town deep sympathy is felt by all classes with Mr and Mrs O’Donnell,
John Street, in the death of their beloved daughter. -----.
1898 5th November (Southern Star).
Sudden Orders to Irish Coastguards: -Kilrush, Wednesday.
Orders were received by wire from the Admiralty this morning by the chief
officer of her Majesty's Coastguards, Kilrush, to have himself and his
men immediately vacate the station and proceed to Davenport. Similar instructions
were received at Kilkee, Kilcredaun. Seafield, and Liscannor Stations
on the Clare coast. The Coastguard men left by train this evening. On
arrival at headquarters it is expected they will be drafted aboard-ship.
No information is obtainable as to the object of the move, but it is supposed
to indicate the mobilisation for service at sea of the entire squadron.
The stations are left in charge of caretakers.
1898 10th November (CJ).
We are glad to notice that Surgeon George E. Glynn, M.B., Royal Navy,
youngest son of the late Mr. Michael Glynn, J.P., Frances Street, Kilrush
has been appointed to her majesty’s first class armoured cruiser
“Goliath” - Reserve Squadron. Mr Glynn had a brilliant course
at Trinity College.
1898 21st November (CJ).
Mr R Barry O’Brien the writer of the “Life of Charles Stewart
Parnell” just published is a native of Kilrush and formerly resided
in Marine View House, Cappa now occupied by Mr Thomas Roughan T.C.
1898 17th December (Southern Star).
Bribery and Corruption.
At the Cork Assizes on Thursday charges of bribery and corruption were
under investigation. In one case a Poor Law Guardian named Thomas McCarthy,
pleaded guilty to having received the sum of £1-5s-0d as an inducement
to vote for Thomas Lernihan as master of the Kilrush Union. It is sad
reflection on the purity of public administration in the Kilrush district
when an elected representative of the people sells his honour and his
manhood for the paltry sum of twenty-five shillings. In a second case
James O'Dwyer, the schoolmaster in the Kilrush Workhouse, was convicted,
after a protracted trial, on a charge of having offered large sums of
money, (£30 in each case) to a number of Guardians to induce them
to vote for one Augustus Warren at the election of clerk for the Union.
The evidence disclosed a sordid state of feeling in the public life of
the district. The various elections in the Kilrush Union – there
were three within the past six months -were taken advantage of by corrupt,
dishonest, and dishonoured Guardians for enriching themselves. ----.
-- One of the candidates was a Dr. Foley, who has since left the country,
and his mother wrote to the Board of Guardians calling on them to refund
her the sum of £480 which she declared she had expended by giving
bribes of £30 a-piece to each of sixteen elected guardians.------.
1899 3rd January (IT).
Damage at Kilrush.
During yesterday and most of today a terrific storm from the northwest
swept over Clare, which in the rural districts has done much injury. There
was lightning and thunder for most of the night. A large limestone cross
weighing about 5 cwt. was thrown to the ground yesterday
from the gable of the Kilrush Convent of Mercy, and was smashed to pieces.
It was erected about 37 years ago. Fortunately no harm was done.
1899 13th January (IT).
Floods at Kilrush.
A south-westerly gale has been blowing here all day. The incessant rain
has caused serious floods, and large tracts of land are under water. On
the Shannon fearfully heavy seas are running. In the town slates have
been torn down, windows smashed, and property otherwise damaged.
1899 16th February (CJ).
Captain J. F. Wolseley who has just been gazetted to a company of the
Royal Fusiliers is a son of the Venerable W. H. Wolseley, Rector of Kilrush
and a relative of the commander in chief.
1899 1st April (Clare Man).
West Clare Notes:
The works at the pier are going on apace and have afforded considerable
employment, which is badly needed just now in Kilrush.---- a system of
employment by rotation is favoured whereby labourers get employed in their
1899 24th April (CJ).
Mr Henry R. Glynn, County Councillor for the Kilrush Division, received
a hearty ovation on his arrival home on Friday evening. --- At merchant’s
Quay, Mr. Glynn thanked the people for their warm reception. ---
1899 15th June (CJ).
Robbery at Kilrush:
On Monday night the store of Mr. Thomas Kelly, Marine Dealer, Kilrush
and Ennis, was broken into and a large quantity of lead, horse hair and
some hides were stolen.
-- Sergeant D’ O’Connell and Detective Murrin were soon on
the qui vive ----.
1899 26th October (CJ).
Kilrush as a Shipbuilding Centre:
At Saturday’s meeting of the Kilrush Board of Guardians, Mr M. Mescall,
J.P., Chairman presiding --- The petition to Mr Vandeleur to use his influence
with Harland and Wolff to select Kilrush as a centre for their additional
shipbuilding operations, was sent signed by the chairman on behalf of
the Council. ----.
1899 4th November (Clare Man).
Protestant Church: Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service:
-- The Church was beautifully and tastefully decorated for the occasion
by the following: Mrs. Hyde, Mrs Rolleston, Miss Laurence, Miss Soffe,
Miss Ada Brew, Misses Brews, Carnanes and Mr John H Laurence. -----.
1899 14th December (CJ).
Temperance Meeting at Kilrush:
A temperance meeting varied by vocal and musical contributions was held
at the Methodist Church, Kilrush on Monday night, under the presidency
of the Rev. W. Merrick. There was a large attendance Miss Edwards and
Miss Holland? gave fine suitable readings. A duet by Miss Katie Parker
(Burton St.) and Mr. J. Laurence “Saved by grace” was very
nicely rendered and the latter also recited “The Gambler”
in first class style. Miss Violet Brews singing of “The Wanderer’s
Return” was much admired. Mrs Brew Belvue played the accompaniment