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Kilrush, County Clare: Notes from c 1760 to 1960 by Senan Scanlan

Kilrush Notes 1880-1899

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: -
------Kilrush £25.------.

1880 22nd May (IT).
Dreadful Murder.
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 September 1878.
Judge Warren asked if the petitioner denied connivance or collusion with the respondent?
Mr. Murray said the petitioner did so in an affidavit accompanying the petition.
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.
will attend.

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 largely attended.---

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. Vesey.

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 star brandy.----

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 bills.

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, &c J.O.

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 of Kilrush.

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 ----- people. ---

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 them.
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).
The Excise:
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.
Richard Laracy,
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, Rector.—

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).
Christmas Bounties.
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).?
Land Commission.
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 W. Hickman.
----- 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 (Moyne).---

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).
Kilrush: -
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 refused.

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 son. -----.

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, Tuesday.
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 been named.

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 recently.
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).
Kilrush: -Storm.
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 Exodus.
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 arrived.---

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 Act.
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 were local.

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 Republic”.

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 also strong.

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 school.----

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 Magistrate: -
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 March 1887.
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 Healy? Doonbeg.

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 Querrin House.
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 by him.

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.-----
Kilrush Parish:
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. Dinan.

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 there.

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 &c.---

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 of juveniles

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 yesterday.

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. Malone, Kilrush.

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, Moore Street,Kilrush.----

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 @ http://hansard.millbanksystems.)
--- 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 Saturday.

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 to Ennis.--

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 cleared)

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 Clare. ---.

1895 22nd August (CJ).
Constabulary Intelligence:
Sergeant Matthew Champion has been transferred from Doonbeg Station to Kilrush. –

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).
Kilrush Regatta.
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, Kilrush, Thursday.
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 Street, Kilrush.

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 fire. ---.

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 Rooms, Kilrush.

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 night.
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 destruction. ---------------.

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 30th May)

1898 23rd July (Clare Man).
Quayage Fees:
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 of things:
(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 tariffs.

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).
Naval Appointment:
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 turns. ----

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 --------.

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