1900 1st January (CJ).
A fancy fair in aid of the poor of Kilrush is to be held by the members
of the Vincent de Paul Society on the evening of the 8th and 9 inst. A concert
under the patronage of the Very Rev. Dr. Malone is also to be held early
in the month for the same good purpose.
1900 3rd February (Clare Man).
Grand Concert at Kilrush: In aid of the poor of the town.
On the night of the 25th ult. a fashionable concert was held at the Courthouse,
Kilrush under the auspices of St. Vincent de Paul Society, the proceeds
of which are to be devoted to the relief of the poor. -----.
1900 15th February (CJ).
Departure of the Kilrush Contingent: Kilrush, Tuesday:
On Monday 108 members of the Clare Artillery from Kilrush left by the
11.10 am train in answer to the call for the muster of the regiment at
headquarters. --- For at least half an hour before the scheduled departure
of the train crowds of both sexes wended their way to the station “to
see the boys off”. ---.
1900 5th March (CJ).
Funeral of Mrs. Dowling, Cappagh House, Kilrush.
The remains of Mrs. Dowling, Cappagh, whose demise occasioned general
grief, were laid to rest on Wednesday. --- The funeral arrangements were
satisfactorily carried out by Mr John Madigan, Vandeleur Street, Kilrush.
1900 26th March (CJ).
Sale of Cahircon:
---- Cahircon the property of the late Colonel the Hon. Charles White,
has we understand been purchased by Mr. Vandeleur, Kilrush House. The
noble mansion, woods and deer park face the south bank of the Shannon
and join the Mr. Vandeleur extensive Kilrush estates.
1900 2nd April (CJ).
Sad Fatality at Kilrush:
A painful shock was created in town this evening by a report that a farmer
named Fitzgibbon had died suddenly in the kitchen of the public house
of Mr. Michael Clancy, in the Square. ----
1900 14th June (CJ).
Clare County Council:
-- Unanimous election of Mr. H. R. Glynn as Chairman.—
1900 19th July (CJ).
Kilrush Operatives Bakers Society:
At the weekly meeting -- Mr. D. Mescall in the chair the following resolution
proposed by Mr. Thomas Nagle was seconded by Mr. S. Considine was unanimously
adopted: Resolved “That we the members of the Kilrush Operatives
Bakers Society call upon all the working bakers in Clare and specially
those who suffer from the inhuman and unnecessary system of night work
to form themselves into local societies under the protection of the Irish
National Federal Union”.
1900 26th July (CJ).
Death of Mr. Hugh Borough, Cappagh House (Lodge). Kilrush.
We regret to hear of the death of Mr. Hugh Borough, Cappagh Lodge ,Kilrush,
a member of an old and respectable family in west Clare. ----
1900 3rd August (KH).
Amongst the Kilrush people pleasuring wide afield at present are Mr. B.
Culligan and Mr. J. S. Dowling who have visited the continent with Antwerp,
Brussels and Paris as centres and are now “resting” at Lisdoonvarna.
1900 3rd September (CJ).
It is with regret we hear of the death of Miss Ellen Boland, which took
place at her residence at Cappa, Kilrush on Thursday. ---
1900 4th October (CJ).
Army Medical Service:
-- Dr. Thomas Finucane of Kilrush has joined the Army Medical Service,
and leaves his native town with the best wishes of numerous friends. ---
1900 2nd November (KH).
On Monday the No 1 National School of Kilrush was opened for the first
time, after an eventful period of nearly half a century, in a new building
for itself at the top of Henry Street opposite the fair green.----.
1901 14th January (CJ).
Collapse of a chimney shaft in Kilrush: A narrow escape.
--- During a high wind on Saturday night a chimney shaft on the house
of Miss O’Donnell in Henry Street toppled over and crashed with
great force through the roof of the adjoining house occupied by Mrs. O’Connell,
a milliner. The occupants of the house had a very narrow escape.---
1901 6th February (IT).
Kilrush Presbyterian Church County Clare.
A Memorial Service was conducted in the Presbyterian Church, Kilrush,
on Saturday. The congregation was large, being composed of all classes
and creeds in the town and neighbourhood. The preacher was the Rev. William
Tait. L L D. The service concluded with the Dead March in “Saul”.
Since the death of the Queen the Rev. Dr. Tait has preached three sermons
on the life and reign of Victoria.
1901 14th February (CJ).
---- The members for Clare: Major Jameson and Mr. Wm. Redmond who were
accompanied by Mr. David Sheehy assisted at the immense demonstration
organised by the United Irish League on Sunday in the splendid Market
Square, in the capital of West Clare.---
1901 25th March (IT).
Destructive Fire in Kilrush.
A destructive fire occurred in Henry Street, Kilrush, during the early
hours of Saturday morning, in the public-house of Mr. Batt Crowley and
spread with utmost rapidity and in short time the building was destroyed
as well as the adjoining establishment also in the spirit trade of Patrick
Kitson. The total damage is £1,000 covered by insurance.
1901 27th April (Clare Man and CJ of the 25th).
Success of a Kilrush Merchant.
--- The Ennis guardians – the tea contract--- the result of the
analysis declaring in favour of the sample sent in by an enterprising
Kilrush Merchant, Mr. Andrew Ryan.----.
1901 9th May (CJ).
Sad Drowning Fatality at Kilrush:
-- Inquest Verdict: “ That Frank Roughan of Custom House Road, Kilrush,
aged 14 years was accidently drowned in the creek at Kilrush on the 5th
of May 1901”.
1901 9th May (CJ).
Kilrush Social Cycling Club:
The first general meeting of the members of the above club was held on
Sunday when there was a very fine attendance. --- officers for the coming
season: Captain: J.P. Clancy. Vice-Captain: M. Crehan. Hon. Sec: J.J.
Corry. Hon Treas. D. Ryan.-----
1901 17th May (House of Commons debate @ http://hansard.millbanksystems.)
---- No appointment has yet been made to fill the vacancy for a postmaster
at Kilrush, nor can it yet be stated who will be appointed.
1901 6th June (CJ).
The Lower Shannon steamer Thomond from Liverpool arrived at Merchant’s
Quay, Kilrush on Friday with a cargo of flour and meal for a local enterprising
merchant, Mr. Daniel Ryan, Market Square. ----
1901 19th December (IT).
Extra Police in West Clare.
With reference to the recent resolution passed by the Kilrush Guardians
protesting against the drafting of extra police into several districts
of West Clare, the following correspondence has taken place between Mr.
William Redmond, M P, and the Chief Secretary.
“Wexford, December 5th 1901.
Dear Sir, -I am obliged for your letter. Would you kindly inform me what
are the circumstances, which in your opinion justify the imposition of
extra police in West Clare? I am not aware that the public peace is in
any danger in Clare-Yours truly, Wm Redmond”
“Chief Secretary's Office, Dublin Castle, December 13th 1901.
Dear Sir, -I duly received yours of the 5th inst., enclosing newspaper
cutting on the subject of the despatch of extra police to West Clare.
I have found it necessary to take this measure in the interests of the
public peace. I much regret the necessity for imposing this burden upon
local funds, and it will be removed as soon as the condition of the district
justifies this course, - Yours very truly, George Wyndham”.
1901 21st December (IT).
We regret to announce the death in Steven's Hospital on Sunday, 15th instant,
of Sergeant John Kelly, of Kilrush, County Clare. On Tuesday his remains
were removed to the Church of the Holy Family, Aughrim Street, where Requiem
Mass was celebrated, and from thence to Glasnevin Cemetery for interment.
A funeral party, under the command of District Inspector Heard, of the
Depot, and the band, followed the remains to the grave.
1902 1st February (IT).
R I Constabulary.
Sergeant J. Anderson, of Kilrush County Clare, has re-joined his station
from the Depot.
1902 1st March (IT).
Imperial Parliament: Intimidation in Kilrush.
Major Jameson asked the Chief Secretary whether he would explain under
what authority Mr. O'Donnell was arrested in the streets of Kilrush and
sentenced by the magistrate to three months imprisonment.
Mr. Atkinson (who answered the Irish question in Mr. Wyndham's absence
through indisposition) said this man was arrested by the police for persistently
following an individual in their presence in the market in Kilrush, preventing
him from selling his pigs, and denouncing him as a grabber. Depositions
were made by the police who witnessed the occurrence. The man was taken
before a resident magistrate who ordered him to find security to keep
the peace, and to be of good behaviour, and on his refusal he was sentenced
1902 10th March (IT).
Intimidation and Outrage. Kilrush, Sunday.
At Kilrush, on Saturday, a young man named Michael O'Donnell was sentenced
to a month's imprisonment for endeavouring to prevent a farmer who had
incurred the displeasure of the United Irish League from disposing of
his hay. Two young men were arrested near Kilrush yesterday for firing
into the house of a widow, who is stated to have bought some of the hay.
1902 12th April (The Examiner @ http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/)
Wrecked off Donegal: Terrible experience of a starving crew:
Details recently reached Belfast of the terrible hardships endured by
the crew of the brigantine C.M. Reynolds, which was wrecked on the Donegal
coast while on a voyage from Kilrush to Belfast.
The vessel encountered fearful weather off Achill Island and after the
mast had snapped and brought down all the gear she drifted about in a
helpless condition for several hours. Fortunately however instead of driving
against the cliffs, the brigantine grounded on a shelving beach near Tormore,
and the crew, after much difficulty, succeeded in getting ashore.
They found themselves confronted by a precipitous cliff, up which two
of the men, who were by this time exhausted, had to be hauled by their
companions who then started off to seek for assistance.
During that and the following day they searched in vain for any sign of
human habitation in the bleak, in-hospital country, but at length they
met a man who guided them to the village of Ardara, where their wants
were attended to.
Meanwhile search parties set out to rescue the two men who had been left
One, Dan Morris, of Cardiff, was discovered in a very exhausted state,
but his companion, John Coughlan, of Kilrush, was not found till the following
day. He had been five days without food, and exposed to the bitter winter
weather. He was removed to Ardara, where he lies in a critical condition.
1902 6th June (IT).
Kilrush Horse Fair.
The annual horse fair, which opened on Wednesday evening and continued
yesterday, was of a successful character, the sale totals being on the
big side, although a downward tone in prices militated against extensive
purchasing, as sellers were holding back, causing some hours dullness.
Towards noon the market advanced to certain briskness. In the younger
classes demand was poor, £18 being the average price for some sorts,
but the number that changed hands was small. All the buyers lay principally
in the three year old and upwards section and the quotations ranged from
£35 to £47-10s,and particularly good lots fetched on the tight
side of £50. Class and quality were in advance of previous shows.
Buyers from Belfast, Dublin and other Irish centres attended.
1902 10th June (CJ).
Death of Miss Kathleen Murray, Frances Street , Kilrush:
It is with extreme regret I announce the death of Miss Kathleen Murray
eldest daughter of Captain Edward Murray, Frances Street, Kilrush. ---
The chief mourners were Captain Edward Murray, father: Masters Jas. Murray,
Thos Murray, brothers: Captain Murray (Queenstown), uncle.
1902 2nd July (IT).
Admission to the Enclosure at all times with
Commanding View of the track and also of the finish.
Fully licensed refreshment buffet
By Messrs, Findlater &Co.
1902 13th August (IT).
Desperate Assault on an old Man.
The Constabulary at Kilrush are at present investigating a desperate assault
committed upon an old man named O'Gorman of the farming class who on Tuesday
night was found on the roadside in a dying condition. Close upon midnight
some persons who were going to Kilrush by car, found O'Gorman lying a
short distance from the town and seeing his condition had him transferred
to St. Joseph's Hospital, where it was ascertained that in addition to
sustaining serious injuries to the head, several of his teeth were knocked
out, and, one of his ears almost lopped off. His body was also badly bruised
in various places. He is still unconscious. It is stated that a son of
his was seen with him at 11 o'clock on the night, and the police have
taken him into custody. He denied having assaulted his father, and it
is said, stated to the police that he was obliged to defend his father
from an attack made upon him by another man.
1902 10th November (CJ).
A severe epidemic of measles is prevalent in Kilrush at present and a
number of deaths particularly in the poorer classes of the town have resulted.----.
1902 1st December (CJ).
The members of the Kilrush Abstinence Society have now settled down in
their splendid new quarters.----
1903 12th January (CJ).
Martyrs’ Monument Kilrush.
-- On Sunday a specially convened meeting of the Monument Committee was
held at 3 o’clock pm.---.
1903 7th May (CJ).
Irregular School Attendance:
Mr. Bernard McGrath, School Attendance Officer, had a summons against
Stephen Devers, Burton Street, for failing to regularly send his children
1903 19th November (CJ).
Death of Mrs. McKevitt, Kilrush:
--- I regret to announce the death of Mrs. McKevitt. --- who for many
years owned a large and successful grocery establishment in the town,
belonged to an old and respected west Clare family.---
1903 11th December (IT).
A County Clare Cave-Dweller.
The death this week in the Kilrush Hospital of a remarkable old lady with
the peculiar cognomen of “Biddy Belfast” removes a figure
that during life gained some notoriety in West Clare by reason of the
extraordinary dwelling place she selected and occupied for a number of
years. Her home was a deep recess or burrow-like chamber between two arches
of the bridge in the ancient village of Doonbeg. Ingress and egress to
it was made possible by a rude little embankment on either side of which
the stream swirled as it rushed in its course. There was at all times
an element of danger in the approach to this unusual type of habitation.
The woman and her cave was the chief curiosity of the village, and attracted
much attention from the stranger and tourist. It may be mentioned that
at Doonbeg also there still dwells an extraordinary old woman, Biddy Thunder,
as she is styled locally, who lives high up in the tower of a ruined castle
(Dun Mór) facing the Atlantic.
(The opening to the chamber, under the bridge, is still visible from the
Kilrush road leading into Doonbeg)
1904 4th January (CJ).
Death of Mr. Martin O’Donnell, Grocer, John Street, Kilrush.
--- who carried on an extensive grocery business in John Street for over
30 years. --- Mr O’Shea carried out the funeral arrangements.
The late Michael Hassett, Merchant, Kilrush. Months Mind.
-- at the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday. – Miss Scanlan presided
at the organ.-.
1904 9th January (II).
Of Neglect and Poverty: by D.D. Sheehan, M.P.
A short time ago I spent some weeks amongst the workers of Clare, and
in the hope that my experience and observations may prove of interest
to readers of the “Examiner”, I here record some of them.
I have had from time to time experience of misery, suffering, and want
amongst the workers. I have been brought into contact with conditions
which evoked a burning sense of shame that such things should be: but
never has the utter wretchedness and poverty of the labouring poor been
so insistently and so continuously forced upon my notice as during my
tour through Clare.
The workers are badly off elsewhere-in Clare they touch the lowest level
of want. It is not too strong an expression to use that the public bodies
should be scourged to do their duty, because they have criminally neglected
it hitherto. Considering the terribly urgent necessity which has all along
existed for houses and allotments, will it be believed that in the whole
Union of Kilrush not a single labourer's cottage has been erected? Yet
such is the fact. No doubt soon after the Labourers' Acts came into force
a scheme was started but through some informalities or other causes, it
was never proceeded with beyond the initial stage. Again two years ago
another scheme was started for about 30 cottages, of which 16 have been
sanctioned, but when even this paltry number will be built no one seems
to know. And then the preposterous absurdity of promoting a scheme for
thirty cottages! Everyone who knows anything of the administration of
the Labourers' Acts is aware that it is the preliminary costs-the expenditure
connected with preparing a scheme, holding inquiries and so forth-which
have most grievously interfered with and hampered their effective working
and to all intents and purposes the cost of a small scheme in these matters
is pretty much the same as that of a large one. Hence, when it went to
pains at all, the Union should have boldly grappled with the subject,
and shown an honest desire to house the labourers.
There are hundreds, not mere numerals, requiring houses and allotments
in the Kilrush Rural District. But formerly the labourers were neither
enfranchised nor organised. Now, I am thankful to say they are both, and
they are resolved to have something more than 30 cottages schemes, as
the public authorities concerned will be reminded of in ways they may
not like. All the other Unions in Clare are not quite as bad as Kilrush,
but they are not much better. No single one of them has gone to proper
or even reasonable lengths, to supply housing accommodation for the labourers,
and in no county in Ireland is there greater need. It absolutely appals
one to look upon these eyesores to which they give the title of houses.
The savages of Somaliland could not have more degrading abodes. Indeed,
I have no doubt they are much better off in this respect than those miserable
beings-for whom I have the most sincere and lively pity-who live cooped
up in the fastness of Shragh bog, a little to the west of Kilrush. Here
are hundreds of acres of bog-land on either side of the railway line,
and here are hundreds of poor people huddled together on those acres in
hovels on whose likes I have never looked.
It also baffles the power of imagination to describe them and their situation.
The bog itself presents a dreary prospect, with those depressions where
the bog has been cut away winding in and out amongst those ridges which
have not yet been touched by the turf-cutter. On these ridges, scattered
hither and thither in close proximity, are structures, which could not
be called houses, whilst it would be a sacrilege to term them homes. Yet,
in these, for generations, people have been born, have lived, and have
died, and what is their nature? They are simply walls raised from the
surrounding ridges-walls made of peat mixed with clay, all surmounted
by a rough coat of thatch, only slightly raised from the framework on
which it rests. Chimney and window are the simple devices of native handwork-a
square aperture in the wall, and a hole in the roof. As the traveller
is whirled past he is pointed out one of those structures which has acquired
a notorious interest locally, inasmuch as its walls appear to have been
cut round both on the outer and inner surfaces, and then thatched, the
effect being that the abode-I must not term it house-appears to be an
embodied part of the surrounding bog-land with a little mound of straw
on top. Thus in the heart of this bog these wretched people live as tenants
of certain portions of it, their scant livelihood being obtained by cutting,
saving and selling the turf. How little of happiness, or hope, or comfort
can be theirs! and yet they looked healthy and hardy and I was informed
they were remarkably immune from epidemics of any kind. Nevertheless,
it is a national scandal that these poor people should be compelled, through
dire force of circumstances, to occupy these primitive structures, and
unfortunate is it also that the poverty of the inhabitants corresponds
to the wretchedness of their dwellings.
The con-acre system obtains largely in the county, and in some cases in
a distinctive fashion of its own. For instance, as it now travels from
Kilrush to Kilkee the train passes through four hundred acres of cultivated
land, all marked out into quarter acre plots, which are divided by a narrow
boundary. Here the land has its fullest value set upon it. I was informed
the annual letting value of these quarter acres is from fifteen to thirty
shillings. Another place where I observed though not on such a large scale,
a similar con-acre area is quite close to Lahinch. The landlords of these
tracts assuredly enjoy the extravagant sweetness of ownership. If the
unions in Clare had performed their duty by erecting cottages with allotments
there would be less of those monstrous exactions for con-acre and not
quite so much emigration, from which Clare has suffered more perhaps than
any other county in Ireland. Everywhere I went I met farmers who complained
dolefully of the scarcity of labour. Land is going out of cultivation
owing to their want and is becoming greatly decreased in value, because
most of the land of Clare is of that kind which rapidly deteriorates if
not properly tilled.
The creamery system has so far gained but a meagre foothold in the county.
The agriculturists are tenacious in their belief that the salted butter
pays them best, and certainly they do make excellent butter and get a
good price for it. They are satisfied with the results, but how long they
will hold out against the encroachment of the creameries I cannot say.
As these make inroads a further displacement of labour will follow. The
wages of the Clare labourers are wretchedly small; the wonder to me is
how they manage to sustain existence on so bare a pittance. A farm hand
employed all year round will count himself lucky if he receives four or
five shillings a week, with two meals-breakfast and dinner-a day. They
are poorly fed-here; likewise, they are lowest in the scale of any labourers
I have met in other counties. Breakfast invariably consists of bread,
butter and tea, and dinner of potatoes and butter, with skimmed milk.
Rarely does American pork grace the table. Salted fish is a more frequent,
though not very sustaining diet. The casual labourer receives one shilling
and sixpence, or two shillings per day, according to the season of the
year. Then for these work is intermittent, so that the lot of the labourer
in Clare cannot be described as a happy one. Who can blame those who had
the means or were afforded the opportunity, for emigrating that they did
so? That Clare is perhaps the poorest county especially on the western
seaboard is proved by the fact that distress invariably makes its first
Something must be done in the coming Labourers' Bill to bring relief to
the Congested areas in Clare. There is plenty of land held on the eleven
months grazing system, which, if properly sub-divided would be a boon
of immeasurable value to the working classes and small farmers. I had
ample opportunity of studying the fishermen of west Clare, coming close
into contact with them both at Quilty and Liscannor. In both places they
are a splendid body, but I must say that the Quilty men pleased me best
I suppose it is because they have more dash and enthusiasm in their nature,
qualities which have won them more than a county celebrity. Quilty is
quite a tidy fishing hamlet prettily situated. --------------------.
1904 4th February (CJ).
Kilrush Drapers’ Club Ball.
The Drapers’ Club Ball which took place in the Market House, assembly
rooms, was one of the most successful and brilliant character.---.
1904 15th February (CJ).
Kilrush Blanket Fund Committee:
Have published the statement of their accounts from which it appears that
the good sum of £63-13s-9d was collected and 151 pair of white blankets
were distributed to deserving poor. Miss Florence Glynn, the Hon. Secretary,
deserves every congratulation -- discharged her kindly tasks.
1904 25th February (CJ).
--- from New York announcing the death of Mr. Michael Howard a native
of Kilrush. During the ’67 movement Mr. Howard took an active part
and had to leave Ireland. --- Deceased was a brother of Mr. Stephen Howard,
1904 2nd April (CC).
Christian Brothers' School:
We are glad to be in a position to announce that Master Simon Black, who
has been educated at the Christian Brothers' School, Kilrush has passed
a most creditable examination for sorter in one of the principal post
offices in London. This is not the first time that the good brothers have
been instrumental in having their pupils appointed to important positions.
1904 23rd May (CJ).
Kilrush Operative Baker’s Society:
The weekly meeting of the above society was held on Sunday last in the
Bakers Assembly Rooms. The president Mr. John Considine presided ---.
1904 23rd June (CJ).
The kelp trade is in a state of great activity in west Clare at present
and Mr. M. Carroll and Mr. J. S. Carroll are loading schooners at Kilrush
this week with this article.
1904 28th November (IT).
Fatal Quarrel in West Clare.
At the Boardroom of the Kilrush Workhouse on Friday Coroner Cullinan,
of Ennis, held an inquest touching the death of a young farmer named Edmund
Callinan, who died the previous day at St. Joseph's Hospital, Kilrush,
as a result of injuries alleged to have been received by him in a quarrel
with another young man named Guthrie, also of the farming class. Guthrie
was arrested and remains on remand at Limerick Jail. Dr. J F Counihan,
J P, Dr. Moynihan, and Dr. Healy were examined in the case. ------.
1904 28th November (CJ).
Distress in Kilrush- Public Action Imperative.
The outlook for the poor of the town during the coming winter is of the
gloomiest possible hue. ----
1904 29th December (CJ).
House Breaking in Kilrush.
On Christmas Eve a provision store occupied by Mr. Stephen Howard, Vandeleur
Street, Kilrush was broken into and a sum of £4 abstracted.
1905 2nd January (CJ).
Kilrush Pig Fair:
There was a large supply of pigs at the Kilrush monthly fair on Wednesday
1905 2nd January (CJ).
The Kilrush Barkers’ Ball.
The annual Bakers’ Ball held in the Kilrush Town Hall on St. Stephen’s
night was a successful function ----. Stewards were Messrs. Nagle: Downes:
Considine: Bourke and Rochford -.
1905 25th March (IT).
Death of Patrick Murren.
His numerous friends in Clare, Limerick and his native county (Roscommon),
will regret to hear of the death of Patrick Murren, ex-member of the R
I C, which took place at his residence, Newcastle West, on the 7th inst.
Quiet and unassuming he endeared himself to all with whom he came in touch.
He served a considerable time in Kilrush and on his departure from that
town two years ago had a hearty send off from his many friends. He contacted
a cold, which developed into pneumonia, and proved fatal, notwithstanding
all that could be done for him by medical skill. At his own request, the
remains were removed to Mount Collins, a place associated with his youthful
days, and where he met the partner who shared his joys and sorrows through
life, and is left to mourn his loss.
1905 1st May (II)
Convent of Mercy Kilrush.
The five beautiful stained glass windows recently presented to Kilrush
Convent Chapel have been designed and executed by Earley and Co. Camden
Street, Dublin, who have executed the work with marked ability.
1905 13th May (IT).
New General Dealers' Act.
On Saturday, in King's Bench Division, before the Lord Chief Justice Gibson,
the case of Kelly v Rice came on for hearing. It was a case stated by
the magistrate sitting at Ennis Petty Sessions on the 3rd February, who
adjudicated on summonses taken out by District Inspector Rice against
John Kelly, of Ennis Road, Kilrush, a licensed general dealer in skins,
hair, and metals, for alleged non-compliance with the provisions of the
General Dealers (Ireland) Act, 1903, with regard to the purchase of a
quantity of horse-hair at his business premises, Drumbiggle, Ennis. There
were four summonses in which were embodied complaints that the defendant
failed to enter in the book kept by him the proper and distinctive description
of the hair, the name and place of the person from whom it was purchased,
the date and hour of the day of the purchase or transaction, and the price
paid or agreed to be paid for it. -------.
1905 18th May (II).
The Sisters of Mercy of the Kilrush (Co. Clare) Convent celebrated their
Golden Jubilee this week. The Community was established in Kilrush just
50 years ago. For the occasion the beautiful Convent chapel was recently
renovated. Three novices were received on the day of the celebrations.
Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty, D.D., Bishop of Killaloe, presided at the ceremonies,
which were largely attended.
1905 3rd July (CJ).
Mr. James Patrick Clancy the captain of the well-known Kilrush Shamrocks
Gaelic Club is recipient of numerous congratulations on the occasion of
his marriage to Miss Aggie McMahon daughter of Mr. Patrick McMahon, Vandeleur
1905 12th August (IT).
Kilrush (Co. Clare) Race Meeting-Yesterday.
Stewards-Mr Wm. C V Burton, Major Stopford C Hickman, Mr. James O'G Delmege,
Major Chas. W. Studdert, Captain G W Stackpoole, Mr. Matthew B Kelly,
Mr. Stephen P Dowling. Treasurer-The Provincial Bank, Kilrush. Stakeholder
and Receiver of Entries-Mr. T Brindley, Judge-Mr. W L Waters. Handicapper-Mr.
R M K Waters. Clerk of the Course and Scales-Mr. M J Kenny. Starter-Mr.
A Blennerhasset. Auctioneer-Mr. John B Carroll. Hon. Secretary-Mr. Michael
The Kilrush meeting today brought the Clare racing campaign to a close.
There was an enormous attendance of the country people, and the weather
was all that could be desired though the morning was threatening. The
sport was not of a very interesting type, and the fields were miserable,
two facing the starter in each event, thus beating the recent Scariff
record of eight runners for 5 races. In the opening event, Mr. M J Harty,
after an absence of five years of thereabouts, renewed acquaintance with
the pigskin on Strong Tea, and was greeted with no little cheering, the
stable companion The Parrot, was, however an easy winner. Glen Gate defeated
a more fancied one in Hard to Find in the Kilrush Plate, after an interesting
race, and another favourite in Too Clever failed to concede a stone to
Ireland's Eye 11,which thus recouped his followers for his Miltown-Malbay
1905 22nd August (IT).
Shooting affray in West Clare :-( from our correspondent) Kilrush, Monday.
Yesterday a report was received in Kilrush that a shooting affray had
taken place at a late hour the previous night at a place called Caherfenick,
in the Doonbeg district. It appears that two men named Clune and Boland,
farmers, and who are brothers-in-law, had a dispute at the home of the
latter, after returning from Kilrush in the evening, where they had spent
the day in each other’s company. In the course of a heated argument,
Boland, it is alleged, took down his gun, and refused to put it back,
although implored to do so by his wife. An attempt was then made by his
wife and her brother to take it from him, and in the scuffle the shot
went off and lodged in Clune's thigh above the knee. The wound caused
by the full charge of the shot at close range is of a shocking kind. The
injured man was early yesterday removed to St. Joseph's Hospital, Kilrush,
where he lies in a dangerous condition. Boland, who summoned medical aid
himself, also reported the affair to the police, who took him into custody
and lodged him in Kilrush Bridewell.
1905 28th December (CJ).
Kilrush Temperance Hall:
We are requested to announce that in order to promote a desire to read
healthy literature among the men of Kilrush, the Committee of the Temperance
Hall are anxious to form a first class library ? --- and for this purpose
they request that charitable people – will assist by sending books
and magazines to the following: Rev. James Clune, C.C. Messrs John C.
Mahony, J.P. ----.
1906 11th January (IT).
At a National Convention, held yesterday at Kilrush to select a Parliamentary
representative for West Clare the Rev. Patrick Glynn, P P, Carrigaholt
president of the West Clare Executive of the League, presided. The proceedings
commenced at St. Mary's Christian Schools ?, Toler Street, about half-past
12 o'clock and it was close on five o'clock when a delegate was selected.
There were twenty clergymen present, twenty-six branches of the League
were represented, as well as the Kilrush Urban Council, Kilrush Board
of Guardians and Rural District Council, Kildysart Board of Guardians
and Ennistymon Board of Guardians while the Land and Labour Association
was represented by ten branches in the Parliamentary division. There were
seven candidates for selection -Mr. Richard Barry O'Brien (a Kilrush man),
London: Dr Garry (a West Clare man), Liverpool: Mr. Michael Mescal, J
P, Chairman Kilrush Rural District Council: Mr. Michael McNamara, of Kildysart
(West Clare): Mr. James Halpin, County Council, Newmarket-on-Fergus (East
Clare): Mr. Valentine, Bristol: and Mr. Stephen Gwynn, Dublin. Mr. Wm.
Redmond was present on behalf of the National Directory. The proceedings
were of a most enlivening and protracted character owing to the speeches
of the various delegates in favour of their respective candidates, the
speeches of the candidates themselves, and the polling, which in the final
resulted in the selection of Mr. James Halpin, amid much applause. After
addresses from the Rev. Chairman, Mr. William Redmond, and Mr. Halpin,
the convention closed.
1906 8th February (CJ).
Bazaar at Kilrush: To aid the Christian Brothers.
To raise the necessary funds for the renovation of the local Christian
Brothers Schools a game bazaar was held in Kilrush on the Wednesday and
Thursday nights of last week.---
1906 2nd April (CJ).
A word for Kilrush:
-- Speaking of public houses we have two in Kilrush worthy of record,
Miss McMahon’s in Moore Street, is in continuous existence for over
90 years, without a complaint in that long period. Also Mrs. Hynes’s
for a similar period with the same record.---.
1906 26th April (II).
The condition of Kilrush Harbour is a grievance of long standing. From
its situation so near the mouth of the Shannon it’s utility as a
harbour of refuge for vessels flying before the Atlantic gales should
be apparent to everyone. As a port Kilrush, now supplied with a railway,
would also serve as a distributing centre for a large portion of west
Clare. Yet the harbour is practically useless, being almost filled up
with silt and mud. The Very Rev. Dean White, who has never forgotten his
old connection with Kilrush has laid the case for improving the harbour
before the Chief Secretary, and received a sympathetic reply. The Government
says Mr, Byrne, has a dredger, which is being used at other ports, and
he hopes that it will give Kilrush a turn. It would certainly be time
for the Government to do something in that district, which has become
of late years much impoverished, and has been neglected only too long.
1906 25th June (IT).
Important Auction June 28th 1906 (Mount Pleasant)
Magnificent Residence and Farm.
109 acres fattening land, yearly rent £47; situate mid-way between
Kilrush and Kilkee, Co Clare. Excellent shooting and fishing centre. For
particulars apply to:
John S Carroll, Auctioneer, Kilrush.
(Cox’s in Clarefield, the ruins can still be seen through the trees.)
1906 21st July (IT).
Sale of a Limerick Newspaper.
By direction of the Court of Chancery, the interest in the Munster News,
a tri-weekly Nationalist newspaper, published in Limerick, was put up
for sale in that city on Saturday by Mr. William B. Fitt, at his salerooms,
George Street. The paper was founded more than half a century ago by the
late Mr. Francis Counihan, and some years since was made a tri-weekly
by the then proprietor, the late Alderman Jerome Counihan, J P, who was
twice Mayor, and a very estimable and worthy citizen. The bidding at the
sale was confined to three, and in the result Dr. John Counihan, J P Kilrush,
son of the late Mr. Francis Counihan, was declared the purchaser of the
interest at £650 and auctioneer's fees.
1906 23rd July (CJ).
The bankruptcy was published in the Dublin Gazette of Michael Mulqueen,
grocer and spirit dealer, Moore Street, Kilrush.
A hurling Club has been established in Kilrush, if the members become
as famous as the Kilrush footballers they will be able to hold more than
their own with very many teams.---
1906 29th October (CJ).
A special meeting of the local Technical Education Committee was held
in the Sciences Hall attached to the Christian Brothers Schools in Toler
1906 13th December (IT).
Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act. 1904.
Notice is hereby given that I have lodged with the Clerk of Petty Sessions
for the District of Kilrush an Application for a Renewal of a Certificate
of Registration in pursuance of the above-mentioned Act, on behalf of
the Kilrush Club.
Dated this 10th day of December 1906.
Randal Counihan, Hon. Secretary: To all whom it may concern.
1907 7th January (CJ).
Large parties have been shooting over the Kilrush demesne preserves this
week. There has been large “bags” and the shooting of sportsmen
was good all round.
1907 12th January (IT).
Royal Irish Constabulary.
Constable Francis Owens, who has been for some time temporarily attached
to the Depot, has re-joined his station, Kilrush, County Clare.
1907 15th January (IT).
Costs of a Clare Lawsuit.
Mr. Moriarty, K C, who, with Mr. Richard Maunsell (instructed by Mr. Fitt),
appeared for the appellant said the Messrs. Glynn felt greatly aggrieved
by the taxation of costs. The Taxing Master and plaintiff's solicitor
had, as they submitted, taken exaggerated and preposterous view as to
costs and the bill was £1,898.
In the Court of Appeal yesterday, before the Lord Chancellor, Lord Justice
Fitzgibbon, and Lord Justice Holmes, the case of Vandeleur v Glynn was
heard on an appeal by the defendant, Mr. Glynn, from an order of the Master
of the Rolls, on the matter of the taxed costs. The action was brought
for a declaration that the plaintiff was entitled to the quay at Kilrush,
and to receive from the defendant reasonable rates and charges by was
of quayage, and for an account and an injunction.
Lord Justice Holmes-That does not astonish me at all.
Lord Justice Fitzgibbon-We heard in one case last term that the costs
Mr. Moriarty said the appeal was in respect to the allowances for instructions
for the statement of claim, affidavit of documents, fees allowed on briefs,
and refreshers. The Master of the Rolls had disallowed the costs of a
fourth counsel, and in reference to that the plaintiff had a cross appeal.
Both appeals were dismissed.
Mr. M J Bourke, K.C. and Mr. Phelps (instructed by Mr. John Cullinane)
appeared for the plaintiff.
1907 28th January (CJ).
The death is announced of Mr. Thomas Gould, Clothier, a most respected
inhabitant of Kilrush.
1907 28th February (CJ).
Lloyds of London have opened a principal agency in Kilrush for County
Clare and Messrs. M. Glynn and Sons have been officially appointed agents.
1907 12th March (II).
The Irish Nationalist members were gratified to learn from a telegram
received yesterday by Mr. Halpin from Kilrush that the Vandeleur tenants
are to be reinstated to-day.
1907 14th March (CJ).
Mr. Carroll, auctioneer, Kilrush sold a fine business three-storey house
in the middle of Henry Street, Kilrush last week for £200. It used
to be a licensed grocery establishment but of later it was occupied by
a butcher’s, who became the purchaser at the price stated. There
was only one bid. The rent was £18 per annum.
1907 22nd April (CJ).
“Broom Hill” near the town of Kilrush with about 75 acres
of land has been sold for a sum which , with fees, will total over £800.
Mr. Warren son of the late clerk of the Union was the vender.
1907 4th May (CC).
West Clare Teachers Association:
The quarterly meeting of the above association was in the Market House,
Kilrush on Saturday 20th April, Mr J, F, Collins, Chairman, presiding,
there were also present: Miss O'Dea, Messrs, Irving, Meany, Casserly,
McMahon, Finnucane, Keating, Davis, Murphy, Haugh, Carey, Sullivan, Waters,
Keane, Gorman, Twomey, J. T. Lillis, R. Lillis, Marrinan, O’Dea,
O’Shea, Waters, J. Donnelly, P, Collins, M. J. Keane, M. Donnelly,
P. Collins, M .J. Keane, M. Donnelly and J. Kelly.-------
1907 6th May (CJ).
The death is announced of Mr. Michael McMahon, High Street, Kilrush, sub-sanitary
officer, which took place after a short illness. The deceased who was
an old and respected inhabitant of the town was over 70 years.
1907 17th May (IT).
Workmen's Compensation Act.
Yesterday in the Court of Appeal, constituted of the Lord Chancellor,
Lord Justice Fitzgibbon, and Lord Justice Holmes, in the matter of the
Workmen's Compensation Act; Scanlan, appellant: O'Dea, respondent, an
appeal came before the Court from an order of the County Court Judge of
Clare, of the 8th April last, which admitted the claim of Bridget Scanlan,
Stuart Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare, a widow. The claim was made against
Michael O'Dea, of Henry Street, Kilrush, for the loss of her husband who
had been a slater and plasterer, who died on the 19th May, 1906, from
injury caused to the deceased on the 18th May 1906, by accident arising
out of, and in the course of his employment with O'Dea, while repairing
the latter's house at Kilrush. While doing so he fell from certain scaffolding.
The County Court Judge had directed O'Dea to pay £150 to be apportioned
between the widow and her children. From this order O'Dea now appealed
on the ground that Scanlan was an independent contractor for the work
in question and not an employee.---
The appeal was dismissed without argument. ------
1907 25th May (CC).
Kilrush Gaelic Tournament:
The energetic and painstaking Tournament Committee opened their new athletic
sports ground at Kilrush on Sunday last ----- Committee members: Mr. P.J.
Tubridy V.S., Mr. Keating U.C., Mr. W. McInerney, Mr. O'Donnell and Mr.
T. Lillis. ----
1907 22nd July (CJ).
Presentation to Rev. Canon Hyde, Kilrush.
On Monday Messrs. H.G. Supple, M. Williams and J Brews called on the Rev.
Canon Hyde as a deputation from the parishioners of Kilrush and presented
him with a purse of sovereigns. ---.
1907 31st August (CC).
Land and Labour Association, Kilrush:
A meeting of the above branch was held on Sunday night, Mr. Michael Ronan?
1907 16th September (CJ).
The Kilrush Boat Club premises were on fete on Wednesday in honour of
the marriage of Mr. Batt Culligan J.P., the popular Secretary ? of the
1907 23rd September (CJ).
The ancient house Mary’s View, Kilrush in possession of the Ewart
family for 100 years has been sold by Nash and Son to Mr. J. C. Mahony
J.P., a member of the Kilrush Council, who seem determined to have the
house pulled down or made safe. (Now owned by Carmel Buggle)
1907 4th October (IT).
Another Account: (from our correspondent). Kilrush, Thursday.
Up to the time the train left for Kilrush this evening from Quilty village
most of the crew had been taken ashore. Their suffering during the night
A thrilling incident occurred which caused intense excitement among the
large crowds on shore in the afternoon, when a canoe manned by three fishermen
in attempting to reach the Leon got overturned in the furious tide which
was running at the time. Immediately the lifeboat, with coastguards and
some local volunteers, proceeded to the rescue, and rescued the crew of
the upturned canoe, as well as a sailor who had swum from the wreck.
Afterwards ten of the crew were taken ashore, and were removed to Mr.
P J Talty's at Quilty, where all their wants were attended to.
The mate stated that the crew had been 48 hours without food of any kind
and were drenched and exhausted from the seas occasionally deluging them.
The coastguards and volunteers manning the lifeboat, and several crews
of the fishermen on the coast, with the greatest bravery attempted to
reach the wreck, but were driven back repeatedly. Nothing daunted they
succeeded in taking off the crew one by one. The first canoe that put
out was manned by fishermen named Stack, Connors, and Clancy, and they
were capsized in a heavy swell.
The second canoe to leave was manned by fishermen named Boyle, Michael
McInerney, and Cunneen. They picked up their comrades, and also succeeded
in taking out of the sea a Frenchman who was swimming ashore in an exhausted
state. The crew of the canoe, which had capsized, did not seem the worse
for their immersion and they proceeded again to the rescue amid the encouraging
cheers of the spectators.
At this time the crew of the Leon were going over her side in small numbers
on rafts. They were picked up by the Quilty men, who however could not
take them aboard their own frail crafts, the curraghs or canoes, and they
held them astern until the beach was reached. In this way the ten of the
crew were saved. Nine still remained on board, but it appeared as if the
rescue would be completed at six or seven o'clock.
The vessel is a complete wreck. The mate declined to make a statement
as to the cause of the disaster in the captain's absence.
In an interview one of the survivors stated that the provisions were aft,
and were totally under the water since the ship foundered. When this morning
broke they had determined at all costs to reach the land. They had constructed
a number of rafts, and put some life belts on them. When questioned as
to the captain, the sailors said he had been dashed against some ironwork
by a heavy sea and had received injuries to his thigh. ------.
1907 5th October (CC).
The West Awake: Major Demonstration at Kilrush: The People and the Party:
Important letter from the Lord Bishop of Killaloe: Canon McInerney on
the Irish Question.
Eloquent and Vigorous Speech by Fr. Scanlan: Warm Welcome to our Leaders;
A large and enthusiastic meeting of the Nationalists of the west was held
at Kilrush on Sunday last for the purpose renewing allegiance to the Irish
Party and the cause of Home Rule. ---
1907 12th October (IT).
Wreck on the Irish Coast: Heroism of Irish Fisherman-Gallant Rescues.
A storm of unusual violence, blowing from a south-westerly direction.
and veering round to the west, passed over West Clare last week. and did
great damage. A most serious casualty occurred at Quilty; perhaps the
most dangerous spot on the Western Coast of Clare. The large full-rigged
ship, Leon X111, went ashore in a critical position.
Rescue work commenced the next day. Cries from the ship had been heard
through the night, and as early as seven o'clock a canoe, manned by Quilty
fishermen, went to sea, only to be driven back again. Later on the coastguard
crew put out their boat. One man was swept overboard and when he had been
picked up the boat returned to the shore. Great crowds of people lined
the beach and the rocks watching the French crew constructing a raft,
and at noon it was launched. Almost immediately it was sucked under the
ship, and it was drawn on board again. Soon afterwards it was launched
again with some men on it. It topped every wave and drifted shoreward.
Canoes were then put out from the shore to meet them, and amid a scene
of wild enthusiasm two French sailors were taken into the canoes and were
Then four canoes put off in the hope that other rafts would be launched.
The enterprise almost ended fatally, as one of the canoes, while taking
on board one of the sailors, who was swimming ashore, capsized, and all
were thrown into the surf. They were fortunately rescued.
Captain Lucas, master of the vessel, had his leg broken, having been knocked
down by the heavy sea soon after the vessel got on the rocks. The crew
had been fasting since Tuesday morning, being unable to reach their provisions.
The rescued were attended to at Mr. P J Talty's hotel, and by Mr. and
Mrs. Smith, who supplied blankets, hot coffee, and brandy.
During the evening six more men were brought ashore, making nine in all.
and leaving eleven still on board. While the work of rescue was being
carried out, the French Consul, who was present, offered £5 to any
boatman who would take provisions to those still on board. Three men from
Quilty volunteered, and soon after their boat was seen hovering round
The following day H.M. Cruiser Arrogant, which had arrived from Bantry
during the night, sent off a boat to the Leon, and as the sea had gone
down considerably it was possible to take off the captain whose leg had
been fractured. The other officers and those of the crew, who had remained
nine in all, were safely taken on board the cruiser, which at once steamed
away to sea. It is impossible to do anything like justice to the splendid
bravery of the nineteen Quilty fishermen who risked their lives several
times in their frail coracles and saved thirteen of the crew after a display
of reckless daring. Once safely ashore the men were overwhelmed with kindness.
They were first placed before great fires lit in Mr. Talty's hotel, the
proprietor and Mrs. Talty supplying blankets, hot drinks, stimulants,
and food to the half-famished poor fellows. Mr. R W Smith jun. Cahir and
Mrs. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, London, who are staying at Spanish
Point, Mr. Gould, and Mr. Ernest Ellis, Seaview, rendered valuable assistance,
Mr. Smith bringing blankets and conveying the men from Quilty to the Atlantic
Hotel when they had somewhat recovered. Rev E. Scanlan C C, Mullagh, and
Dr. Healy, Bevoy Lodge, Annagh, were unremitting in their attention. Mr.
R H Glynn, Kilrush, gave the use of his motorcar to convey the men to
the hotel. Great credit is also due to Lieutenant Wigglesworth, of the
gunboat Skipjack, who hurried from Valencia with the rocket apparatus.
He left at 12 o'clock on Wednesday night, and reached Quilty by special
train on Friday night. At daylight the following morning he succeeded
in establishing communication for the first time with the ship, and had
the weather not moderated his services would have been required to save
the nine men on board.
H M cruiser Arrogant arrived at Queenstown on Saturday morning from Quilty,
West Clare, having on board Captain Lucas, chief officer, boatswain, and
six seamen of the Leon X111. On arrival of the Arrogant Mr. J W Scott
J P French Consul at Queenstown proceeded on board to make arrangements
for the landing of the shipwrecked mariners, and found Captain Lucas comfortably
located in a special cabin, and although suffering from a fracture of
the left leg, he did not look badly, considering the terrible ordeal through
which he passed. On the deck the mate, boatswain, and six sailors, were
moving about dressed in the uniform of British Naval seamen, and looking
nothing the worse for the privations which they had passed through, Captain
Lucas, who can speak English fairly well, informed the French Consul that
while he owed his rescue and that of his comrades, to the captain, officers,
and crew of the H M ship Arrogant, and could not ever feel sufficiently
grateful to them for their kindness and hospitality, still he should never
forget the unexampled bravery of the fishermen of Quilty in risking their
lives, times out of number, in gallant endeavours to rescue all on board
the Leon X111. Captain Lucas said that to them on the doomed vessel with
mountainous seas sweeping over her and breaking high up even in the rigging,
it seemed nothing short of madness to see those fishermen in their frail
boats or canoes setting out from the shore to almost certain death, and
in the teeth of a furious gale, to try and save the lives of strangers.
While holding on like grim death, with the ship breaking up about them,
and every moment expecting to be their last, he admired the heroism of
those hardy fishermen.
Through the kindness of the Naval authorities Captain Lucas was sent to
the Royal Naval Hospital at Haulbowline, while the French Consul sent
the chief officer to a hotel in Queenstown, and the seamen to the Royal
sailor's Home. The men lost everything, and when rescued were worn out
from hunger and exposure.
1907 2nd November (CC).
Promotion of Kilrush Clergyman:
We are informed the Rev James Clune for four years curate in Kilrush has
been promoted to be P.P. of Whitegate. ---.
1908 3rd February (CJ).
A Kilrush correspondent informs us that Mr. John S. Carroll, a leading
Kilrush Merchant, who in addition to other successful businesses, is engaged
in the kelp transit and has just purchased a splendidly built brigantine
which he is putting on the cross-channel traffic.
1908 27th April (CJ).
Death of Mr. Percy G. Hickman:
Sincere regret is expressed at the death of Mr. Percy G. Hickman, son
of Mr. F. W. Gore-Hickman, D.L., Kilmore, Knock and brother of Mr. F.
W. Gore Hickman, Solicitor, Ennis, which occurred last week in Dublin
at an early age. Mr. Hickman was a member of the well-known Wanderers’
Football Club for which he played as forward --- he was injured in a match
some time ago and never recovered from its effects.---
1908 11th May (CJ).
Football – Farewell:
Emigration is commencing to do its work in breaking up the “Shamrock”
team of Kilrush, for the past month that famed old club has lost some
of its good players. T. Tubridy left for the metropolis, while last week
Jimmy Meehan took his departure for the greater Ireland o’er the
sea, it being stated in football circles that before the month is gone
the team will suffer the loss of four more of the combination.---.
1908 25th July (CC).
Sale of the Vandeleur Estate:
Purchase negotiations completed on historic property.
1908 22nd August (IT).
By a large circle of our readers, the news of the death of Head Constable
Thompson will be received with feelings of deep regret. For many years
deceased served in Clare, and was a familiar figure in the neighbourhood
of Kilrush, where his genial disposition and that kindness of manner which
helped to soften the asperity of the arduous duties he was occasionally
called on to discharge made him a general favourite.------------.
1908 31st August (CJ).
Death of Mrs. S. McMahon.
With regret we announce the death of Mrs. McMahon wife of the late lamented
Mr. Stephen McMahon, Frances Street, Kilrush which occurred on Friday
after a rather protracted illness. --.
1908 19th October (CJ).
Mr. James Green the respected Post Master at Kilrush has given notice
to the public of the following changes in the hours of collection at the
various wall boxes, which has become necessary for the night mail only
the other collections remaining undisturbed: Railway Station 4.50 pm,
Toler Street 4.55 pm, Henry Street 5 pm, the Cappa Box will be cleared
at 4.25 pm.
1908 19th October (IT).
Fireman Drowned. (From our correspondent) Queenstown, Sunday.
A collision of a very serious nature took place in this harbour last night
between the City of Cork Steam Packet Company's passenger steamer Killarney,
bound from Cork to Plymouth, Southampton, and London, with passengers
and cargo, and the Liverpool steamer Fleswick, bound from Gaston to Cork,
with a cargo of coal, which resulted in the sinking of the Fleswick, and
the drowning of one of her crew, a fireman named John Epps, the remainder
of her crew, eleven in number, being rescued by a steam launch from H
M ship Emerald.
--the crew included Dan Scanlan A B Kilrush, Co Clare and William Moran
A B (Scattery) Kilrush, Co. Clare.
1908 5th November (CJ).
Michael Scanlan (On Monday 26th October name is reported as D Scanlan
-perhaps Daniel aged 13 in 1901 census) of Pound Street, Kilrush and William
Moran of Scattery Island two survivors of the ill-fated collier Fleswick
sunk recently in Cork Harbour as a result of a collision with a passenger
steamer have arrived in Kilrush, and seem none the worse for the terrible
ordeal they passed through.
1909 18th January (CJ).
Death of Mr. M. O’Sullivan, Kilrush:
The death is announced of Mr. M. O’Sullivan an esteemed resident
of Kilrush. He had been son-in-law to Mr. J. O’Mahony, J.P., and
had been for some years on the Urban Council.--
1909 27th January (IT).
Administrator Refuses to pay Costs.
Yesterday, before the Master of the Rolls in the matter of William James
Brew, deceased, John Madigan v Michael J. O'Farrell, and originating summons
was heard. It was at the suit of the plaintiff, who is a merchant in Kilrush,
against the defendant, as executor for the administration of the estate
of Wm. J. Brew, late of Cappagh, Kilrush, Co. Clare. It appeared that
the deceased died in February 1905, having previously made his will, whereby
he appointed the defendant his sole trustee and executor. The deceased
had four sons, and one daughter, all minors. By the schedule of assets
it appeared that the personal estate of the deceased was only £5,
but that his real estate consisted of the townlands of Knocknahoun ?,
consisting about 500 acres, in the occupation of tenants. The claim of
the plaintiff included a sum for funeral expenses, which the executor
alleged he could not pay until the estate was sold. The suit had been
adjourned from time to time and the defendant now offered the amount of
the plaintiff's debt, but refused to pay the costs.
His Lordship ordered the debt and full costs to be paid within ten days
Mr. Comyn (instructed by Mr. Killeen) appeared for the plaintiff.
Mr. W G Jefferson K C (instructed by Mr. J O'Farrell) appeared for the
1909 4th February (CJ).
Having received many requests to do so Mr. O. Meehan, Surgeon Dentist
or his representative Mr. Benson, L.D.S. will in future visit Kilrush
professionally every Friday and may be consulted at Mrs. Hennessy’s
, Frances Street, Kilrush.
1909 4th February (CJ).
Land and Labour Association, Kilrush.
The weekly meeting of the above branch was held on Sunday night, Mr. John
McGarry presiding, Mr. J. Nagle was elected secretary.----.
1909 15th March (CJ).
Mr. Francis Saunders, Kilrush has been appointed Principal Teacher at
the (?) National School near Miltown Malbay.-----.
1909 5th April (CJ).
Death of Miss Veronica Boyle, Kilrush.
--- the death of Miss Veronica Boyle, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
P.J. Boyle, Kilrush which occurred last week, and following so quickly
as it does the death of her beloved brother P.J. Boyle, junr. ---
1909 12th April (IT).
Ennis Inebriate Home.
It was stated in Ennis on Saturday that Dr. Randal Counihan, F R C S I,
Kilrush has been appointed medical officer of the State Inebriate Home,
here, which position became vacant by the appointment of Dr. Thomas A.
Greene to the Medical Superintendent-ship of Carlow Lunatic Asylum.
1909 8th May (CC).
Ordination of a Kilrush Priest:
On Sunday April 24th at St. Joseph’s, Mill Hill, London, Father
Paul (Ryan), O.F.M. was raised to the dignity of the priesthood.---- is
second son of Mrs. Margt Ryan of Henry Street, Kilrush and brother of
Rev. F Felix (Ryan) O.F.M. Now on his mission in the Holy Land. ----.
1909 10th May (CJ).
-- the most successful retreat held in Kilrush for a number of years and
conducted by the Vincentian fathers from Dublin closed on Sunday night
with the usual impressive ceremonies at the Parish Church, Toler Street.
1909 24th June (CJ).
On Sunday the Kilrush Temperance Band gave its first public musical exhibition,
playing through the principal streets of the town.---
1909 28th June (CJ).
A large derrick, with a lifting capacity of five tons has just been erected
at the Merchant’s Quay, Kilrush.
1909 2nd August (IT).
Bridewells are becoming things of the part in Ireland. As it was found
impossible to carry out approved modern system of prison treatment in
three Bridewells, the gradual reforms of such establishments has been
one of the reforms that have been carried out in Ireland during the past
31 years. Out of 95 Bridewells handed over to the Prisons Board under
the Prisons Act, 1877,only six now remain-viz., those at Ballina, Birr,
Kilrush, Loughrea, Mallow and Newry. The 8th February last saw the closing
of Fermoy Bridewell. During the years 457 prisoners were committed to
Bridewells-viz. 185 under sentences of four days or less, and 274 on remand.
This represents a decrease of 21 on the number for the previous year.
146 of those committed on remand were afterwards committed to local prisons.
1909 4th August (IT).
Today a meeting of clergymen of the West Clare Parliamentary constituency
was held in Kilrush in response to a circular letter of the Very Rev.
Canon McInerney P P, V G Kilrush, in which he pointed out that in his
opinion it was neither desirable nor edifying to have priests proposing
different candidates at the Conventions held in connection with Parliamentary
elections, and that in view of the vacancy in the representation of West
Clare it was considered very important if possible to secure unanimity
among the clergy.-------------.
1909 14th August (IT).
Three hundred excursionists who left Limerick on Sunday for Kilkee were
unable to return until Monday, their steamer being detained at Kilrush
on the return journey owing to a dense fog in the River Shannon.
1909 14th August (IT).
R I C.
Head Constable James Murphy, Kilrush, County Clare, has been transferred
to Portadown, County Armagh.
Head Constable W G McDonough has been transferred on promotion from Bray,
County Wicklow, to Kilrush, County Clare.
1909 24th August (IT).
At a convention of the United Irish League, held at Kilrush yesterday
Mr. Arthur Lynch was selected as Parliamentary candidate for the division
of West Clare. Mr. Lynch secured 111 votes to 105 cast for Mr. Valentine,
1909 6th September (CJ).
House Property Sold in Kilrush:
The house property in Frances Street, Kilrush held by the late Mr. Thomas
K. Gould has been sold by auction to Mr. Peter Whelan, Ballincrossig,
county Cork, a relative of the family at £445. It consisted of four
houses held from Mr. Vandeleur at a lease of 999 years at the yearly rent
of £22-16s-6½d the valuation being £35-10s.-----.
1909 23rd October (CC).
The Fancy Stall: --- in this section Mrs James S. Dowling, Cappagh House,
Mrs Batt Culligan, Frances Street, Miss Bridget Culligan has charge assisted
by Miss Butler, Cappagh Lodge-----
Refreshment Stall: --- Miss Glynn, Leadmore House--
Children of Mary Stall: Miss Carmody was in control ---
Mr. John Darcy, Mr. Harry Hanrahan and Mr. Michael Devers were the forces
on the “Casino”.
In the hall set aside for song and music Miss Charlotte Scanlan, Ruin
View ?, Cappagh presided in an accomplished manner. ---
1909 18th November (IT).
Clare Deleted from Congested Counties.
On the motion of the Earl of Crewe, Clare was deleted from the list of
counties held to be congested under the clause, and the following provision
The four rural districts of Ballyvaughan, Ennistymon, Kilrush, and Kildysart,
in the County of Clare, shall together form one congested district county.
1909 27th November (IT).
Irish Land Bill: Commons' amendments accepted; Measures Await the Royal
The amendment was agreed to, as was also another Commons' amendment adding
the rural districts of Scariff and Tulla to the four rural districts of
Ballyvaughan, Ennistymon, Kilrush and Kildysart in the County of Clare,
as forming one congested district county.
1909 20th December (CJ).
Death and Funeral of Mrs. Glynn, Kilrush.
--- death of Mrs. Glynn, Lower Frances Street, widow of the late lamented
Mr. Michael Glynn, J.P., which took place on Saturday morning last . ---
Funeral --- The Clergy --- Kilrush Urban Council. ---- The General Public
----- P. Brennan, Scattery Island, Ml. McMahon, Scattery Island, Michael
Griffin, do. ----
1910 8th January (II).
Our Kilrush correspondent is informed on good authority that should the
Standing Committee of the National Directory fail to summon another Convention
for the selection of a Parliamentary candidate for that division, the
West Clare Executive of the United Irish League will, without further
notice from headquarters, summon a Convention to select an official candidate
for its representation.
1910 24th January (CJ).
The death has just taken place of Miss Johanna McMahon, Moore Street and
old and respected inhabitant of Kilrush at an advanced age.
1910 2nd May (CJ).
In connection with the recent eviction in Frances Street, Kilrush of Miss.
Bridget Culligan, milliner, steps are being taken to erect a mart for
this lady on a site near the Martyr’s monument.
--- We see that from the Kilrush Herald, that six business houses in Moore
Street, a leading commercial thoroughfare, are unoccupied for a considerable
time are now tenanted or in the course of occupation. Four of the six
will seek wealth through drink selling.
--- It is rumoured in Kilrush that the old Wesleyan Methodist Church in
Burton Street disused for a number of years past has been purchased by
the Presbyterian Church Body, for the use of their congregation.---- (Later
became the ESB workshop).
1910 12th May (CJ).
Fire at Kilrush:
--- held an inquest touching the death of an eccentric maiden lady named
Johanna McMahon, who lost her life – as a result of an outbreak
of fire in her premises in Upper Frances Street.
1910 25th May (II).
---- Mr. Mescal (Clare) seconding the motion, desired to know what steps
the Vice-President intended to take with regard to the acquisition of
the demesne and forest of Colonel Vandeleur in the County Clare, who had
sold his estate to the tenants under the Land Purchase Act. Some of the
timber had been sold to a Scottish company, and they were taking the timber
away from Kilrush.
The Chairman said they could, no doubt, buy from anyone or anywhere, but
they had not the money to pay. But this was one of the objects for which
they were going to ask for money from the Development Commissioners.
1910 13th September (II).
Kilrush (Co. Clare)-Flat Races
To be held on the 22nd and 23rd Sept. 1910
Stakes: £15, £10, £6, and £4 each day.
1910 13th October (CJ).
The owner of Merchants’ Quay, Captain A.M. Vandeleur, has caused
to be erected on a piece of waste land adjoining the middle berths a spacious
iron shed 100 feet long and 30 feet wide. When completed it will be leased
out to the Shannon Steamship Co. Ltd., for a merely nominal rental for
the storage of goods. Other improvement facilities in the shape of steam
cranes for loading and unloading purposes are anticipated in the near
1910 18th November (IT).
Drowning Accident at Kilkee.
Three Fishermen Lost. Kilrush, Thursday.
A painful sensation was caused in Kilkee by a sad accident, which occurred
in the early hours of the morning off the coast, which resulted in the
drowning of three fishermen. It appears that Michael McNamara, aged about
40,his brother John McNamara, aged 52, and a deaf mute named Patrick Houlihan,
50 years of age, went out at dusk last evening, mackerel fishing, in a
canoe or canvas covered boat to the fishing grounds outside George's Head
and Bishop's Island. Having made an exceptionally fine haul of seventeen
hundred mackerel, they returned to the shore about 2 o'clock and disposed
of their capture. As the night was so promising they again proceeded seawards
and shot their nets. All went well until shortly before 5 o'clock am,
when the wind came up suddenly from the northwest, accompanied by hail
showers. It is believed that a squall capsized the frail craft, precipitating
the occupants into the sea. Heavily clothed as they were, and with the
tangle of nets, they were absolutely helpless. When the oars drifted in
to the shore a few hours later a number of fishermen put out to make a
search. They found the upturned boat, but there was no trace of the crew.
The nets to which the canoe was moored were cut adrift and sank immediately.
The spot where the craft was found lies inside the point of Duggerna,
on the west, and within the Horseshoe Bay, where it is presumed that the
accident occurred. The sad news quickly spread in the town, and hundreds
crowded the beach, including the wives and children of the lost fishermen.
John McNamara, who was a member of the Town Board, leaves a wife and four
children: Michael McNamara a wife and eight young children, and Houlihan
was the sole support of a widowed mother.
1910 24th November (CJ).
Death and funeral of Mrs. Philip Ryan.
- death of Mrs Ryan the beloved wife of Mr. Philip Ryan, Vandeleur Street,
1910 22nd December (CJ).
The Cycling and Athletic Club will present Captain Vandeleur on the occasion
of his recent marriage with a handsome illuminated address early next
1911 19th January (CJ).
Death of Mr. James Garden O’Connor, Kilrush.
--- he was local manager of the firm Messrs. J.N. Russell and Sons for
a great number of years, carried on a very extensive sugar business and
held many important agencies.—
The chief mourners were Messrs. S. O’Connor son: Michael Killeen
The following firms with which the deceased was connected sent representatives
:- Messrs. J.N. Russell and Sons: G.E. Goodbody: Mr. Wm. Leeson: Messrs
J.J. Murphy and Co., Ladyswell Brewery Cork.---
1911 10th June (CC).
Union and District Elections: Kilrush Electoral Division:
Michael Carey 88, Michael Crotty (outgoing) 83, Michael Brew (outgoing)
1911 17th July (CJ).
Mrs. Mary Parkinson, widow of the late Mr. George Parkinson of Kilrush
a member of a most respected west Clare family has just passed away at
the age of 72 after a short illness.—
1911 24th July (CJ).
Very Rev. canon McInerney P.P., V.G., will receive tenders up tp the end
of the month for repairs and renovations in the Kilrush Catholic Church.
1911 2nd September (CC).
Kilrush Annual Flat Races:
On Thursday and Friday 21st and 22nd September 1911.
1911 4th September (IT).
Church of Ireland.
At a meeting of the Diocesan Council of Killaloe West and Kilfenora in
Ennis on the 30th ult. Resolutions were passed expressing regret at the
death of Canon Hyde, Rector of Kilrush, who was Secretary to the Council-------.
1911 2nd October (CJ).
Death of Mr. D.R. Hilliard, Solr., Kilrush.
-- we regret to hear of the death of Mr. D. R. Hilliard, Solr., Kilrush
which occurred on Wednesday after a brief illness. --- by birth we believe
a native of the Kingdom of Kerry.--
1911 16th October (IT).
Church of Ireland.
------The Rev. Canon Armstrong M A, incumbent of Templederry Diocese of
Killaloe, has been nominated to the Incumbency of Kilrush in the same
diocese in the room of the late Canon Hyde.
1911 27th November (House of Commons debate @ http://hansard.millbanksystems.)
---- asked the Chief Secretary whether his attention has been called to
recent prosecutions of parties in Kilrush, West Clare, for leaving cars
in the street while the drivers are doing business in adjacent houses;
whether he knows that if the traffic were increased fifty-fold there would
still be no congestion nor detriment in the streets of Kilrush; and whether
instructions will be given to cause these prosecutions to cease?
---- The police authorities inform me that no such prosecutions have taken
place. Persons have recently been prosecuted for leaving carts in some
of the public streets at Kilrush without a horse or other animal being
harnessed to them, thereby causing serious inconvenience and obstruction
1911 30th December (IT).
An order by the Lord Lieutenant appears in the Dublin Gazette discontinuing
the use of the Bridewell in Kilrush, Co. Clare, as a Bridewell or prison
after the 31st inst.
1912 11th January (CJ).
The National Telephone Company now absorbed by the Post Office authorities
have extended their ramifications to Kilrush, Messrs M. Glynn and Sons
and the Shannon Steamship Company have joined up throughout.?.
1912 15th January (CC).
Success of Kilrush Medical Student:
-- Mr. Harry Counihan son of Dr. John F. Counihan, J.P., Frances Street,
Kilrush secured his B.A. Degree. The young gentleman is reading medicine.
1912 22nd January (CJ).
We are asked to state that Mrs. Counihan, Kilrush has resigned the presidency
of the Badminton Club in that town.
1912 1st February (CJ).
Elaborate improvements have recently been effected in the Kilrush Parish
church on the initiative of Very Rev. John Canon McInerney. The exterior
works are completed and the contractors are about to turn their attention
internally to seating, ornamentation, tiling, fancy panelling of the organ,
gallery frontage and elaborate entrance door arrangements.
1912 8th May (IT).
Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland.
Shooting To Let: ---- for the Season ending 28th February 1913. ----
Kilrush, Demesne, Co Clare------550 acres.
1912 1st June (IT).
Great damage was done by a fire, which broke out on Friday evening on
the premises of a harness maker named Daly, of Moore Street, Kilrush.
Owing to an inadequate supply of water the work of extinguishing the flames
was much hampered.
1912 1st June (II).
Town Tenants' League in Clare.
Mr. Michael O'Meara, T.C., presiding at a Town Tenants' League meeting
held in Kilrush and addressed by Mr. Coughlan Briscoe, General Secretary
of the League, assured that gentleman that he could depend on the loyal
support of the men of west Clare. They in Kilrush, he added, were determined
to secure the sale of the town, and portion of the demesne that was at
present let for grazing. A resolution was passed calling on Capt. Vandeleur
to consider the question of disposing of the houses and land on his estate
within the urban area of Kilrush to his tenants, and asking the Estates
Commissioners not to vest the holdings on the estate until the town is
included in the sale. Condemnation was declared of the action of the Agricultural
Department in converting the Vandeleur Demesne into a grazing ranch, while
the Local Government Board were called upon to sanction a loan in regard
to slums, and a demand was made for direct representation for the town
tenants under the Home Rule Bill. Mr. M. O'Dea was the mover of the resolution
and Mr. M. Crotty, U.C., the seconder
Following the Clare Convention and the meetings held at Ennistymon and
other centres the Kilrush demonstration, said Mr. Briscoe was ample proof
that the men of Clare were determined to take an effective part in this
important National work-that of abolishing in the towns, as has been done
already in the country, the evil of dual ownership. His advice to the
townsmen of Clare was to hold to their home against all-comers, and the
moment a notice to quit was served to boldly declare that they and their
families would remain in possession until put out by the Sheriff and the
crow-bar brigade. If house-jobbers wanted evictions they would get them:
but the result would be, as shown at Ennis and Kilrush, the houses would
remain idle until the tenants were restored. They all remember the recent
eviction at Kilrush. The evicted tenant had to leave for America, but
the house shutters were still up. The formation of County Executives meant
notice to quit to the landlords, for in future hole-and-corner evictions
would be impossible.
1912 4th June (IT).
On Sunday morning Captain Frederick Hall, a fishery inspector, was found
shot dead in bed at his residence at Cappagh, Kilrush, and by his side
was a six-chambered revolver. The body was discovered, by a little girl
whom he had adopted, and who at once cycled to Kilrush Barracks for assistance.
Three months ago at Ballinacurra, Limerick, Captain Hall's housekeeper
was playfully endeavouring to take a revolver from him, fearing he would
meet with an accident and was accidentally shot dead. He had since suffered
from insomnia. The jury found that death resulted from a gunshot wound,
but whether accidentally or deliberately fired they had no evidence to
1912 22nd July (CJ).
The new race track at Kilrush within the ambit of the Cricket Field has
been inspected and duly passed by Mr. Blennerhasset the inspector of courses.
1912 12th August (CJ).
Canon McInerney opened the proceedings on Sunday last at the Show Grounds
of an Aeridheacht Mór under the auspices of the Kilrush Branch
of the Gaelic League ----
1912 21st December (II).
Defeat of Hidden Smoke.
Judge: Mr. M.F. Davin: Slipper: P. McSweeney.
There were some surprises at the meet of the South Clare Club at Kilrush
yesterday. The principal of these was the defeat, almost pointless, of
the Waterloo Cup dog, Hidden Smoke.
The arrangements throughout were admirable and the various officials are
to be congratulated on the great success of the first meeting of the season.
The judging of Mr. Davin gave entire satisfaction and McSweeney slipped
1912 21st December (CC).
Kilrush Ancient Order of Hibernians:
At the annual meeting of the Kilrush Branch of the A.O.H., held at their
fine hall, Lower Frances, Street on Friday night, Mr Michael Killeen,
Solicitor was again unanimously elected President of the order.-- Vice
President: Mr. P.J. Dillon, Treas. Mr John Saunders, Recording Secretary:
Mr. W.M. McInerney, Fin. Sec. Mr. John Darcy, Grand Marshall, John O'Dea.
Committee of Management: Messrs P. Lillis, P Tubridy, V.S., Bernard O'Reilly,
M.J. Ryan, Michael Barry, J. Lynch, Patt. Carrigg.
1912 30th December (II).
----- Just before Parliament rose for the Christmas holidays the President
of the Board of Agriculture was asked whether, on account of the restrictions
due to foot-and-mouth disease, the export of pressed hay from Kilrush,
Co. Clare, to Cardiff had been stopped, and whether, in view of the fact
that the neighbourhood from which the hay was obtained and the place where
it was pressed were hundreds of miles from any infected area, and that
the stoppage of the trade had thrown various categories of working-men
out of employment, he would take steps to remedy that state of affairs.--------
“ I regret that I am not at present in a position to make any definite
1913 2nd January (CJ).
Kilrush Coursing Club:
President: B. Culligan Esq, J.P.
Treasurer: Michael Killeen Esq, Solr.
Secretary: P.F. Tubridy, V.S.
1913 6th January (CJ).
Capt. A.M. Vandeleur of Cahircon House has been appointed High Sheriff
for Clare for 1913.
1913 18th January (IT).
Daring Outrage in County Clare.
One on the most dastardly outrages committed in Clare for some time was
perpetrated last Thursday in Lissycasey district almost midway between
Ennis and Kilrush, the victim being a well-known and popular Clare member
of the Bar Michael A. MacNamara. His residence is at a place called Leamnaleha.
On Thursday he was alone in the house, and was sitting down to tea when
he heard footsteps coming towards the house. They stopped at the door
and then an effort was made to open the door. It however, had been bolted
by Mr. MacNamara previously.
Having his suspicions aroused, owing to some trouble that he had previously
in connection with his farm. Mr. MacNamara, after removing the light in
the room to the window, went to the parlour for his revolver. Returning
to the door, he asked, “Who was there”. There was a pause,
and a sound as of whispering outside, and then a voice replied. “Liney
Mack”, this being the name of a neighbour. Mr. MacNamara at once
said “That is not Liney Mack's voice”, at the same time unbolting
the door, and stepping back in the shade. Then a man pushed in the door,
and, pointing a gun at him, fired point blank. The contents struck him
on the left arm. The assailant at once turned away, and Mr. MacNamara,
rushing to the door, discharged two revolver shots, but he cannot say
if these had any effect. He was unable to identify the man. -------.
1913 3rd February (CJ).
The afforestation of the Kilrush Demesne has begun and a large staff of
workmen have been engaged for the planting of the forty acre division
known as Brew’s Hill.
1913 17th April (CJ).
Death of well-known Kilrush Magistrate.
--- Mr. John C. Mahony, J.P., one of the oldest and most esteemed public
men in the District. – He was for many years Chairman of the old
Kilrush Town Commissioners and Chairman of the Urban Council. He was the
proprietor of a large commercial business and a generous employer of labour.
1913 24th May (IT).
On Saturday, before the Lord Chancellor, Mr. Patrick Lynch, K C (instructed
by Mr. Michael Killeen, Kilrush), applied on behalf of Mr. Thomas J Blackhall,
Clerk of Petty Sessions, Kilrush, County Clare, that he be appointed commissioner
for taking affidavits. The application was grounded on the usual affidavits
from magistrates, solicitors, and merchants in the district. The Lord
Chancellor granted the application.
1913 21st July (CJ).
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd Convent, Limerick have acknowledged the
receipt of £20 bequest of the late Mr. J.C. Mahony, per his son
Mr. Thos. J. Mahony, The Square, Kilrush.
1913 18th August (IT).
1913 20th September (CC).
The congregation of Kilrush, Co. Clare, vacant through the recent death
of the minister, Rev. William Tautly LL D, is likely in future to be united
with the congregation of Ennis, and the union is under the consideration
of the General Assembly's Committee of Union.
Christian Schools Kilrush: Intermediate Results:
Michael Cushen, Thomas Brazil, Black William J, Burke John, Blunnie Thomas,
Cushen M.J., Cahill Joseph, Downes Michael, Finucane William, Foley T.,
Grogan Michael,?, Grogan D., Glynn W.H., Hayes W., Lyons John, McGrath Laurence,
O’Neill Simon, O'Connor W.J., Ronan Francis, Shannon P,? O'Dea P.,
Williams P., Tubridy Mortimer.
1913 29th September (CJ).
The death of Mr. Michael Finnucane of Chapel Street, Kilrush took place
on Wednesday morning.----
1913 29th September (CJ).
Kilrush Town Surveyor sent to jail.
--- arrest of Mr. Michael Morrissy, Town Surveyor, on information sworn
by Mr. Harry Keller who evicted Mr. Morrissy and family and brother from
their house in Henry Street, on Wednesday.---.
1913 16th December (IT).
The Kilrush Suicide.
An Inquest, (from our correspondent), Kilrush, Monday.
The inquest held by Mr. Thomas Lillis, J P, Coroner for the West Clare.
At Kilrush on Saturday evening touching the death of Mr. Joseph Brews,
a son of Mr. M S Brews, J P, of Ballyerra House, furnished some sensational
evidence. As already reported, his body was found on Friday a short distance
from the rear of his own house, lying on his right side, with a six-chambered
revolver in his left hand. He had been missing since the 1st of December.
Early on that day he drew from the National Bank here £80 ostensibly
to buy some cattle at the fair of Ballykett. He got the money in eight
£10 notes. He did not attend the fair at all. He visited the club
in Toler Street, where it is stated he wrote a letter.
At the inquest it transpired that he was in perfect health. His father
stated he knew no reason why he should commit suicide. He had money of
his own, and was on friendly terms with all the family. He carried a revolver
recently. He was 42 years of age.
To the Foreman-He believed that his son caused his own death.
Mr. Corry, a friend of Mr. Brews, stated that he met him the last day
that he was in Kilrush. He had no sign of drink, but looked a bit dazed,
and did not appear in his usual spirits.
To Mr. O'Shea, a juror, Mr Corry said that Mr. Brews told him he was afraid
of his life, and asked him to procure more cartridges for him, as he should
carry a revolver in future for the protection of his life from the hand
of an enemy who threatened him. Mr. Corry attached no importance to this
Dr. J F Counihan said that he examined Mr. Brews a month ago at his own
request and his health was good. He then detailed the results of the post-mortem
examination, and as to the wound being self-inflicted.
The jury returned a verdict of death from a bullet wound self-inflicted,
whilst Mr. Brews was temporarily insane.
1914 3rd January (IT).
Kilrush Club Meeting Yesterday,
Judge- Mr. M F Davin. Slipper-J J O'Shea. Hon. Sec.-Mr. P E Tubridy?
1914 24th January (IT).
Kilrush Injunction Case.
Decision of U.I.L. Court.
In the Chancery Division yesterday before the Master of the Rolls, the
case of Patrick Francis Tubridy v. John McGrath and Anne McGrath was listed
for hearing. It was an action brought by Mr. Tubridy, a veterinary surgeon,
residing at Kilrush, Co. Clare, for an injunction restraining the defendants
from trespassing upon the lands of Dromellihy Cunningham, near Kilrush.
It appeared that these lands were held by Michael McGrath, a brother of
the defendant, in fee-simple, subject to an annuity to the Irish Lands
Commission and that for non-payment of the annuity the Land Commission
put up for sale the interest of Michael McGrath. The plaintiff and his
mother had a charge on the interest of Michael McGrath and in order to
avoid loss they purchased the lands at the sale by the Land Commission
for £240. Shortly after the sale Michael McGrath handed over to
the plaintiff the quiet and peaceable possession of the lands. After he
had taken possession the defendant and his wife endeavoured to dispute
the plaintiff's title to the land, and it was alleged that complaints
had been lodged against the plaintiff at the United Irish League, but
that the United Irish League, after investigating the case found that
the defendants had no cause of complaint against the plaintiff. Subsequently
on the 16th July 1913, the defendants endeavoured to take forcible possession
of the lands, and assaults resulted between the defendants and workmen
employed by the plaintiff. The plaintiff thereupon issued a writ claiming
an injunction to restrain the defendants from interfering with him in
the enjoyment of the lands. He filed a statement of claim but the defendants
had filed no defence. ---
--The Master of the Rolls refused the application for an adjournment and
granted the injunction in the terms sought with costs against the defendants.
1914 26th January (CJ).
Marriage at Kilrush:
At the Roman Catholic Church, Kilrush on Wednesday morning the 14th inst.
A pretty marriage ceremony was performed by the Very Rev. Canon McInerney,
P.P., V.G., the contracts parties were Mr. P.J. Kitson, draper, eldest
son of Mr. P. Kitson, spirit merchant, Henry Street, and Ellen daughter
of the late Mr. Ml. O’Connell, Carradotia, Killimer, ----.
1914 28th February (IT).
Provincial Bank -promotion of Bank Managers----.
Mr. J F MacFarlane, manager of the Clonmel Branch, has been transferred
to the Omagh Branch, and will be succeeded by Mr. Edward Hamilton, of
1914 5th March (CJ).
Death of Dr. Randal B. Counihan, Ennis:
--- Dr Counihan who was second son of Dr. John F. Counihan, J.P., Kilrush,
was in the summer of his years being only 38.
Interment took place in the family vault at Shanakyle.
Chief mourners: Mrs. Randal Counihan (widow):Dr. H. Counihan: E. Counihan,
Solr.: Maurice Counihan: Miss Counihan: Rev F. Counihan: Rev E. French:
Rev D. French: Miss French.-
1914 6th March (II).
Limerick Fishery Conservators passed a vote of condolence with the family
of the late Dr. Randal Counihan, whose father Dr. John Counihan, Kilrush,
is a member of the Board.
1914 9th March (FJ).
Funeral of late Dr. R. Counihan.
Amid every manifestation of public sorrow the funeral of Dr. Randal Counihan,
F.R.C.S.I., took place on Thursday at 12.30 o’clock from the Kilrush
Roman Catholic Church. The shops were closed shuttered: the blinds drawn
in all the private residences in the town, and the flags stood at half-mast
on the ships in the port and at Coastguard Station at Cappa.
At ten o’clock, a Solemn Requiem High Mass commenced in the parish
church for the repose of his soul. Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty, Lord Bishop
of the Diocese of Killaloe, presided, assisted by Very Rev. Canon McInerney,
P.P., V.G., Kilrush. The Rev. P.J. Scanlan, C.C., Kilrush, officiated
as celebrant: the Rev D. O'Dea, Adm. Ennis, deacon: The Rev.L. O’Brien,
C.C., Kilrush, sub-deacon: and the Rev. J. Carey, C.C., Kilrush, master
The chief mourners were; Mrs. Randal Counihan, wife: Dr. J.F.Counihan.J.P.father:
Mrs.T. Kelly, Mrs Silles and Miss A. Counihan, sisters: Dr. J.H. Counihan,
M.D.: Edward Counihan, solicitor: W.J.Counihan.M. Counihan, Richard Counihan,
and Rev. T. Counihan,S.J.,brothers: Thos.Kelly,solicitor,brother-in-law:
Miss Ffrench,sister-in-law:Ned ,Randal, Will and Richard Behan,Tarmon,cousins:
Rev. Le B.ffrench,Clonfert:and Rev.E. ffrench, London, brothers-in-law:
P. Kelly, Bushy Park: F.W. Gore-Hickman, D.L., Kilmore House: R.O’C
Sills, J.P., Dublin: R. H. Borough.
There was a large attendance of the clergy and the public, whilst many
wreaths were sent.
1914 1st April (II).
The Clare County Council under the Cattle Tuberculosis Order, have appointed
Mr. P.J. Howard, V.S., Ennis, Veterinary Inspector for Ennis, Corofin,
Scariff and Tulla: Mr. J.J. Kelly, V.S., Kilrush, for Kilrush and Ennistymon:
Mr Tubridy, V.S., Kilrush, for Kildysart and Ballyvaughan, and Mr. Ryan,
V.S, Limerick for Limerick No 2 District.
1914 2nd April (CJ).
Messrs. Glynn and Sons, Kilrush have been appointed contractors for flour
to the Glin Board School at 20s-5d per sack.
1914 20th April (CJ).
An old resident of Kilrush, Mrs. Lynch has just passed away after a brief
illness at her residence at Henry Street, at the fine old patriarchal
age of 85 years. She belonged to a respectable family at Knock. ----
1914 29th August (CC).
Christian Schools Kilrush: The following students passed the intermediate
At senior, middle and junior grade;
John Burke, William Black, Michael Cushen, Thomas Foley, William Finucane,
J. J. O'Grady, Michael Grogan, William Hayes, Laurence McGrath, Simon
O’Neill, William O’Connell, Thomas Shannon, Patrick J Shannon,
Joseph Shannon, William Young, Patrick O'Dea. Joseph Behan, Charles Clancy,
Michael Downes, James Finucane, James Finley, Jeremiah Gillick,Hugh Moody,
John J McInerney and Michael O'Dwyer.
1914 23rd November (CJ).
The “Kilrush Herald” says; We are to have a collapse of the
gasworks and public lightening in Christmas – for want of power.—
1914 18th December (IT).
Clare R I C Volunteers. Ennis Thursday.
The following officers and men of the Clare Royal Irish Constabulary have
volunteered for Lord Kitchener's Army: District Inspector Carroll, Kilrush,
who has received a captaincy in the 5th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers:
District Inspector Rodwell, Sixmilebridge: Constables Justin O'Neill,
Carron: Richard Barrett, Corofin, Con Ahern, Newhall: P J Callaghan, Whitegate:
A C Johnston, Kilrush: Matt Tierney, Ballymacloon: James Reilly, Ballymacloon:
Richard Howlett, Quinn: John Mannion and Thomas A Love, Bodyke.
1914 27th December (IT).
General Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny.
General Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny died on Saturday morning at Hove, born
on the 27th of February 1840; General Kelly-Kenny was a son of the late
M Kelly D L, of Kilrush Co. Clare. He entered the Army as an Ensign in
the 2nd Foot (The Queens, Royal West Surrey Regt.) in 1858, He first saw
active service in China in 1860------ Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny was a Deputy
Lieutenant for Co. Clare and his Irish residence was Doolough Lodge-------.
1915 6th January (IT).
New Deputy Lieutenant for County Clare.
Mr. Henry R Glynn, of Leadmore House, Kilrush, County of Clare, J P has
been appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County Clare.
1915 21st January (CJ).
Brave Kilrush Man.
The promotion of a young Clareman for repeated acts of bravery in front
of the enemy is announced, Thomas Lysaght, corporal C Battery, Royal Horse
Artillery, has been given a lieutenant commission in the Royal Field Artillery,
No 2 General Base Reinforcements, British Expeditionary Force. He is 24
--- and a native of Kilrush. (John Street)
1915 26th January (IT).
Irish victims of the Bulwark.
The sixteenth inquest on the victims of the Bulwark disaster was held
at Chatham yesterday. --an able seaman's body proved to be that of John
Griffin, (Pound Street) Kilrush, Co. Clare, The jury returned a verdict
of accidental death------.
(The battleship, H M S Bulwark, accidently blew up on the 26th November
1915 30th January (CC).
Imports in Kilrush: This Week.
SS Fleswick with 700 tons house coals for Messrs. M. Glynn and Sons.
1915 3rd May (IT).
Fulgent Sunk off the Skelligs-Captain killed.
Lloyd's Kilrush agent telegraphs that the trawler Angle arrived at Kilrush
reports that the steamer Fulgent was sunk by a German submarine forty-five
miles northwest of the Skelligs, about 1.30 on Saturday morning. The trawler
picked up and landed here one boat, containing nine survivors and the
body of the captain who had been shot. The trawler could not find the
second boat with the balance of the crew, which left the Fulgent. (Captain
Browne’s remains were landed at Cappa Pier, Kilrush where an inquest
was held at the boathouse of the coastguard station by the Coroner for
West Clare Mr. Thomas Lillis, J.P.)
1915 19th July (CJ).
Death of Mrs. Clancy, Kilrush:
The death is announced of Mrs. Clancy, wife of Mr. James Clancy, Vandeleur
1915 2nd August (CJ).
Death of Mr. C. O’Dea. Kilrush.
Mr. Cornelius O’Dea, building contractor, of Vandeleur Street, Kilrush,
passed away last week.----
1915 23rd August (IT).
Captain J J T Carroll.
In the list of officers wounded at the Dardanelles is the name of Captain
Joseph J T Carroll, 6th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. The War Office
notification gives no particular, but from a telegram from himself there
is good reason for hoping that his wounds are not dangerous. He was District
Inspector of the Royal Irish Constabulary at Kilrush, and at the outbreak
of war volunteered for service in the Army. Two of his brothers hold commissions
in another battalion of the same regiment. They are the sons of a member
of the Irish Bar Redmond F Carroll, of Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin.
1915 21st October (CJ).
Mr. M. A. Hennessy, Manager of the National Bank, Roscrea, has been entertained
at a farewell dinner by his friends, prior to his departure for Kilrush.
1915 4th November (CJ).
The death is announced of Mr. Michael McInerney, John Street, Kilrush
aged 63 years.
1915 4th December (IT).
Four Sons Serving Their Country.
Canon Armstrong, the Rectory, Kilrush, County Clare, has received the
following letter from the King:
Privy Purse Office, 29th November 1915.
Sir: I have the honour to inform you that the King has heard with much
interest that you have at present moment four sons serving in His Majesty's
Forces. I am commanded to express to you the King's congratulations and
to assure you that His Majesty much appreciates the spirit of patriotism
which prompted this example in one family of loyalty and devotion to their
Sovereign and Empire- I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant.
F M Ponsonby, Keeper of Privy Purse.
1916 13th January (CJ).
The Spanish Point Wreck: Salving the Cargo.
Messrs. Glynn and Sons, Merchants, Kilrush with a large number of men
are at present on salvage work on the schooner Kelp on the rocks.----
1916 29th January (IT).
The following cargo from the Falklands Islands.
Is for sale at Kilrush, Co, Clare.
Large quantity Tallow, Tinned Meat, Wool, Hides, Wool, Skins, Guano, Hair--
Particulars on application to; M Glynn & Sons, Lloyd’s Agent,
1916 31st January (CJ).
Sudden death of an old age pensioner in Kilrush:
-- named Bridget Clery – expired in Lower Moore Street, Kilrush
--- originally from the Killimer district.---.
1916 3rd February (CJ).
School of Telegraphy – Kilrush:
The following students of the Western College of Telegraphy, Kilrush have
passed their final examinations and have now all good positions. This
speaks well for the college and their principal instructor, Mr. Sullivan;
T. Murphy, Kilrush: T.O’Dea, do: F. Shannon, do: L. Mescall, do:
J. McNamara, do: J. Kelly, Ballylongford, Kerry: J. Chambers, Cooraclare.
1916 24th July (CJ).
-- Sincere regret has been caused by the passing away of Mrs. Jane Hastings,
wife of Mr. Michael Hastings, Henry Street, Kilrush.--
1916 7th September (CJ).
A quiet and interesting marriage ceremony took place at the Roman Catholic
Church, Kilrush on Thursday between Frederick Harris, Royal Warrant Officer,
R.N., Cappa and Miss May McGrane.—
1916 11th September (CJ).
Mr. M Watson, manager of the Kilrush Gas Works, has resigned his position,
having obtained a more lucrative post in the North.--
1916 15th September (IT).
Roll of Honour.
Wounded. Royal Garrison Artillery: McDonnell, 16853 Gnr. T. (Kilrush).
1916 18th September (CJ).
In a football match at the Kilrush Cricket Field, the Cooraclare team
beat the Kilkee men.
1916 6th October (IT).
Roll of Honour.
Wounded: Royal Irish Regiment: Hogan 18027 P. (Kilrush).
1916 16 October (IT).
Captain J J Carroll:
In the list published on 14th October of officers wounded, there appeared
the name of Captain J J Carroll, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who was a District
Inspector of the Royal Irish Constabulary stationed at Kilrush prior to
the war. His wounds, which are not dangerous, were sustained in the advance
from Salonika. It is the second time that his name has appeared in the
casualties list, as he was wounded at Suvla Bay in August 1915. He is
one of three brothers (sons of a member of the Irish Bar) who are serving
as officers in the Army. One of them, Captain J F Carroll, was wounded
in France some weeks since.
1916 18th October (IT).
Wounded. Royal Munster Fusiliers.
Downes 3654 J (Kilrush), McNamara 3655 S. (Kilrush).
1916 28th December (CJ).
Sergeant-Major Clune, Kilrush who was home with his family lately on short
leave, left on Friday to join his regiment.
1917 27th January (CC).
Kilrush Notes by Aylevaroo:
-- I see Messrs. M Glynn and Son have become possessed of a beautiful
4-ton motor lorry. There is no doubt they will find it a great acquirement
to their business, and the customers will also derive benefit by having
a quicker delivery-----.
-- Still another customer for the gas:
Today I saw the manager putting it into the Hibernian Hall----.
1917 22nd February (CJ).
Mr. W. J. Glynn, J.P., Pella House, Kilrush has been appointed a D.L.
1917 1st March (CJ).
A gallant Kilrush man:
Private T. Devers, R.M.F., of Burton Street, Kilrush has received a parchment
certificate from Major General Hickie, Commanding 16th (Irish), Division
in which tribute is paid to his “gallant conduct and constant devotion
to duty in the field during 1916”. Private Devers is now 16 months
in France and fought throughout with the division having been wounded
four times. He was at the battle of the Somme. He was one of five brothers
serving in the forces.
1917 12th March (CJ).
The death is announced of a brave Kilrush soldier, Pte. J. Keane, of the
1st Royal Munster Fusiliers who was killed in action. He received the
Military Medal and parchment certificate for bravery. Deceased is son
of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Keane, Burton Street.
1917 26th March (CJ).
Clare casualties: At the latest list of casualties the following names
--- Sergt. G. Crowe, Kilrush, Munster’s.
1917 2nd April (CJ).
Fire in Kilrush:
A fire was discovered in Mr. O’Meara’s, boot and shoe warehouse
in Frances Street, Kilrush on Sunday evening about 7 o’clock. It
originated from Mr. McDermott’s house adjoining, where the chimney
was on fire since early in the day. --- the priests of the town gave invaluable
assistance as did also the police under District Inspector Dowling.----
1917 21st April (IT).
Sergeant Joseph Nevin, Co. Armagh force has been promoted to the rank
of head constable, dating from 1st inst, and in consequence is transferred
to Kilrush, Co. Clare.-----.
1917 12th May (IT).
Shooting to Let.
------ Kilrush, County Clare (inclusive of 144 acres of adjoining Lands
over which the Department possess the Sporting Rights) 530 acres.
Further particulars may be obtained on written application to the Secretary,
Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland Dublin.
1917 4th June (IT).
Missing, Believed Drowned.
Connaught Rangers; -Breen 5623 J (Kilrush).
1917 9th July (IT).
----Wounded: Royal Munster Fusiliers: McKnight 3622 S. (Kilrush). ---.
1917 7th July (IT).
---Wounded: Royal Irish Fusiliers: Faulkner 16792 M. (Kilrush). ----
1917 18th September (II).
Mr. T. Nagle, U.C., Kilrush has been sworn a J.P. for Clare.
1917 6th October (CC).
--- Mr. E.de Valera visiting the town on Sunday 7th October 1917, Kilrush
Sports are again postponed to Sunday October 14th. -----.
1917 10th October (II).
Mr. De Valera's Tour.
Kilrush- Mr. De Valera was welcomed with torchlight procession, and presented
with an address by the Casement S.F.C. At a great public meeting attended
by contingents from all surrounding districts. Mr. De Valera said there
might soon be a General Election, and Ireland might be offered Colonial
Home Rule, but he did not believe so. They asked nothing of John Bull,
who tried to fool Ireland all the time. ---------.
1917 27th October (IT).
R I C.
Sergeant Samuel Dougal, Co. Donegal force has been promoted Head Constable
and in transferred to Co. Clare to be stationed at Kilrush. Head Constable
Dougal was formerly on the Reserve at Depot, and joined the Donegal force
about three years ago.
1918 28th January (IT).
Raid for Arms in Clare. “The wrong house this time”.
One-man shot and four arrests.
Our Ennis Correspondent, writing on Saturday says; - Some sensation was
caused by the arrival in Ennis today of several motorcars. With prisoners
and a police escort from Kilrush. They went at once to the police barracks,
and it subsequently transpired that the arrests were the result of a raid
for arms last night in the Kilrush district. One of the raiding party
is at present lying in the Kilrush, suffering from the effects of severe
It appears that about half-past nine o'clock the house of a man named
John Murphy, at Leadmore, near Kilrush, was entered by five men, all of
whom were armed and masked. At the time, Thomas, the eldest son, a powerful
man of over thirty, was sitting at a table writing a letter. His father
was ill in an inner room. The men who entered by lifting the door latch
said:” Hands Up. We want your shot-gun”. “All Right”,
said Thomas, going to where the gun was hanging and taking it down, he
levelled it at the party, saying at the same time: “Ye came to the
wrong house this time boys”. The party precipitately made for the
door, and Murphy followed the latter, one of who fired a revolver shot
back at him. Murphy at once fired at them, and one of the men fell. At
the same time he saw a revolver fall from one of the other men. He rushed
to the spot, and after seizing the revolver, took the wounded back to
the house. He seemed to have been heavily hit in the back. Murphy at once
got a rope rein, and proceeded to truss the prisoner to a chair and then
to the staircase. Then he took the gun again, and said that he would give
him the “other barrel” if he did not disclose who were with
him. The prisoner, seeing the earnestness of Murphy, seems to have yielded
to his fright, and he gave the names of a number of men. Murphy, when
his brother had returned from a neighbour's house, went to Kilrush and
reported the matter at the barrack there.
District Inspector Barrett, Sergeant O'Dwyer, and a number of police at
once accompanied Murphy to his house, and took the injured man into custody,
and later arrested four young men named William Moody and Patrick Green,
of Kilrush, and James Connell and Patrick Corry, of Moyne, near Kilrush.
The last-named four men were driven to Ennis by motorcar today. The injured
man, who proved to be John Mulqueen, of Kilrush, was found to be too severely
wounded to be removed. In the evening Corry was discharged and returned
with the police to Kilrush. At the time of writing the other three men
are still in the barracks.
The affair has created a great stir in West Clare. It has become known
that about the same time, and at no great distance from Murphy's the houses
of farmers named Lyons and Nolan were raided by a masked party, and a
gun was stolen from each house. The revolver recovered by Murphy has been
identified as one, which was taken from a house a few nights previously
in the district. Other arrests are expected.
1918 9th February (IT).
Hunger Strikers in Limerick.
Patrick Green, a prisoner on remand in Limerick Prison, charged with being
concerned in the recent raid for arms near Kilrush, was discharged from
custody on Thursday. Green and a man named O'Connell went on hunger strike
after their arrest, and were removed from prison to the County Limerick
Infirmary; O'Connell on becoming convalescent was recommitted to prison.
Green then resumed the hunger strike in the infirmary, and was without
food for eighty hours. He remains in the infirmary, but as an ordinary
1918 16th February (IT).
Raids for arms in Clare.
The Kilrush Incident Described.
A special Court was held at Ennis on Tuesday by Mr. George McElroy, R
M, at which John Mulqueen was charged with having, with others unknown
attacked with arms the dwelling house of John Murphy, near Kilrush, on
1918 20th March (IT).
Drilling in Clare: Arrests near Kilrush.
Our Kilrush Correspondent telegraphs: -
On Monday evening the police arrested Murty Tubridy, a farmer's son, residing
at Ballykett, outside Kilrush, and charged him with illegal drilling.
1918 23rd March (IT).
Mr. R. Barry O'Brien.
The death has occurred in London of Mr. R. Barry O'Brien, a well-known
Irish writer and author of a number of works relating to Ireland. A son
of the late Mr. Patrick B O’Brien, of Kilrush, Co. Clare, he was
born in 1847, and educated at the Catholic University, Dublin. He was
called to the Irish Bar in 1874, and eleven years later to the English
Bar. After practising his profession for a few years, he turned aside
from the law, and glided into politics and literature. He published a
number of works, chiefly on Irish subjects, but he was probably best known
as the author of the lives of two notable Irishmen-Mr. Charles Stewart
Parnell and Lord Russell of Killowen.
1918 5th April (IT).
County Clare Inquest Resumed.
The military evidence.
In the Courthouse Kilrush, yesterday, the inquest on Thomas Russell, Irish
teacher, and a native of Kerry, was resumed by Mr. Thomas Lillis, J P,
Coroner for the West Clare, and a jury, of which Mr. Luke O'Brien was
foreman. The deceased man received a bayonet wound in the back in the
dispersal by the military of a Sinn Fein meeting in a hall at Carrigaholt
on Sunday, March 24th,from which he died last Wednesday week at St. Joseph's
1918 13th April (IT).
The Kilrush Inquest.: - on Thomas Russell:
After an absence lasting eighty minutes, the jury returned with the following
“We find that Thomas Russell met his death by a deliberate bayonet
thrust received from one of the following soldiers: Sergeant Duff, Ptes.
Hutton, Tait and Kenny, in the reading room at Carrigaholt on Sunday,
The verdict was received with applause in court and Sergeant McSweeney
informed the jury that the verdict would have no legal effect.
1918 6th December (IT).
Sinn Fein at Kilrush.
To the Editor of the Irish Times.
Sir: -All day long Sinn Fein flags have been flying from the tops of some
of the telegraph poles in this town, enfolding the wires in their embrace-a
sinister omen! I really thought that such a use of Government property
was illegal but doubtless I was mistaken, as the authorities did not interfere-
Yours, etc. “Loyalist”, Kilrush, December 4th 1918.
1919 21st March (KH).
St Senan's Bell.
Saturday last marked a red-letter day in the history of the Royal Irish
Academy when Mr. George W Panter M.A. presented that body with the famous
Bell of St Senan which he purchased at Christie's auction for 1,250 guineas.
1919 15th April (IT).
Drilling in West Clare.
Conflict with the police, shots exchanged and six arrests.
On Sunday, after Mass, at Knockerra about four miles from Kilrush, a party
of 40 or 50 young men marched in drilling formation up and down the road
near the church. Constables McDermott and Hanlon, of the R I C were standing
on the roadside with rifles attached to their bicycles and further up
the road was Sergeant Donoghue, who was in charge of the police. A section
of the drilling party then fell on the two constables to overpower them,
and succeeded in depriving them of their rifles and made off with them
into a neighbouring house.
A revolver shot was fired at Sergeant Donoghue who drew his revolver and
returned the fire, and ran to the aid of the two constables.
The drilling party then commenced to run away in all directions the sergeant
and the two constables following them. They went into a house, recovered
the two rifles, and made six arrests. They marched the arrested men into
Kilrush police barracks.
It is stated that nine or ten revolver shots were discharged on both sides.
The police escaped unscratched but whether any of the drilling party received
injuries is not known. The names of the arrested are: Arthur O’Donnell,
Commandant of the local Volunteers: John Grogan, Michael Mahony, Joseph
Sexton, Michael Kelly, and Thomas Howard. The skirmish and fresh conflict
with the police has created great excitement in the district.
Our Ennis Correspondent states that the arrested men were brought to Ennis
on Sunday night, under heavy military and police escort. They were yesterday
afternoon removed to Limerick, under a military force, and it is understood
that they will be court-martialled.
O'Donnell was one of the first arrested in Clare in Easter Week, 1916,and
has since then undergone a term of imprisonment for drilling.
1919 16th August (IT).
Policeman Shot in West Clare.
Our Kilrush Correspondent telegraphed last night: -A report has been received
in Kilrush that a police patrol was attacked by a party of men at Moyfadda,
in the parish of Coolmeen, in the Kildysart district of West Clare, last
night. They fired at the police with guns. The police returned fire, and
several shots were exchanged, when the attackers made off. The police
escaped unhurt and it is supposed that one of the assailants was injured.
The military and police are searching the district today.
At Mass on Sunday, and again today, the recent murders of policemen and
other shooting outrages were denounced by the Rev. Father O'Gorman, C
C, Kilrush, as a grave violation of the law of God. It was awful to think
of sending persons unprepared before their Maker. Nothing could justify
the breaking of God's Commandments.
1919 16th August (IT).
Royal Irish Constabulary.
------ Sergeant John Johnston, Bangor, has been promoted during the week
to the rank of Head Constable, and as a consequence transferred to Kilrush,
1919 14th November (IT).
The attack on a police barracks.
Gallant Defence by three Clare Policemen.
Our Kilrush Correspondent telegraphs further particulars of the attack
on a police barrack in order to secure the release of some men who had
been arrested earlier in the day. He says; -A patrol of the Kilrush policemen
Sergeant O'Reilly and Constables M. Gleeson and J. Horan, while on duty
three miles from Cooraclare, in the Cree direction, met a party of 14
men, whom they supposed to be on a raiding expedition. They challenged
them for their names. Twelve of them gave their names and two refused.
They placed the latter under arrest, and proceeded with the prisoners
in the direction of the disused police barrack at Cooraclare. The authorities
withdrew the police from this station some time ago. When they were entering
the village a crowd that had collected followed them along the road, and
repeatedly demanded the release of the prisoners. The police, seeing the
seriousness of the situation and ascertaining that the telegraph wires
to Kilrush had been cut, made for the disused barracks with the prisoners,
and succeeded in getting inside safely. The crowd outside most of whom
were armed, then attacked the barracks and fired volley after volley into
it. The police returned the fire, the situation looking dangerous for
the police, Constable Gleeson volunteered to cycle to Kilrush, a distance
of over four miles, for reinforcements. He succeeded in escaping the notice
of the attackers, and Mr. D Barrett, District Inspector: Head Constable
Sweeney: and a large force of police were quickly on the way to the scene.
When they entered Cooraclare the fight was still going on, and the attacking
party, on getting word of the arrival of the reinforcements, made off.
The prisoners are Michael Pender and Michael Fitzmartin. When searching
the locality on Thursday the police found concealed in some trees a new
double-barrel gun. There is great excitement in the district. The prisoners
were removed from Kilrush under a military-police escort to Limerick Jail.
1919 15th November (IT).
Police Barrack Demolished. Bombed by a crowd of men.
Our Kilrush correspondent telegraphs: - A report was received in Kilrush
last night that after the police had removed the prisoners from the disused
police barracks at Cooraclare, following the shooting between a crowd
of armed men and a party of policemen, the barracks was again attacked
by a large crowd and bombed. The outside wall was tumbled to the ground,
the ceilings were torn away, and all the furniture was destroyed. The
barrack had previously been tarred and the windows riddled with bullets.
Compensation will be claimed. Owing to all the telegraph wires being cut
on the previous night it was only last night that the police in Kilrush
were informed of the occurrence. There is great excitement in the district.