1920 10th January (CC).
Kilrush Urban Elections: List of nominations for the 12 seats:
East Ward: John Morrissey, Grace Street: Wm Copley, Chapel Street: Thomas
Nagle, Moore Street: Michael Reidy, The Glen: Wm Carmody, Vandeleur Street:
Thos Mahony, Market Square George Brew, Henry Street: Ml. McNamara, The
Glen: Thomas Galvin, Vandeleur Street: Thomas Ryan, Market Square: Patrick
Connell, Henry Street: Ml. J. Carmody, jun. Henry Street: John Lynch,
West Ward: Ml. Brassil? Martin Moroney,Leadmore: Patrick Shannon, Pound
Street: Joseph P. Hughes, Moore Street: Thomas Lillis, Market Square:
John O’Dwyer, Market Square: Joseph Kett, Henry Street:
1920 4th March (IT).
Police Patrol Attacked. Shots on a West Clare road.
Our Kilrush Correspondent telegraphs: - A report has been received at
Kilrush of an attack by a party of armed men on a police patrol between
Knock and Labasheeda, at a place named Clonross. The attackers fired on
the police who returned the fire. Constable Nagle fell off his bicycle,
and his gun was seized, while Sergeant Daly received some pellets wounds
in the face.
Later Colonel Murray White, in charge of a force of soldiers and policemen,
arrived on the scene, and a man named O'Connor was arrested. Last night
the Labasheeda district was patrolled by soldiers and policemen with armoured
cars. The police were withdrawn from Labasheeda some time ago, and the
patrolling in the parish has since then been carried out by the Knock
police. The attack on the patrol took place in the evening.
1920 12th June (IT).
Marines in the County Clare.
A warship arrived off Quilty, West Clare coast on Monday morning, and
disembarked a considerable number of Marines at Seafield Pier. It is understood
that they are to be stationed at Miltown-Malbay, Kilkee and Kilrush.
1920 15th July (IT).
Outrages Officially Reported.
Co. Clare. - On the morning of the 13th Mr. Alexander Hickman, Kilrush
district was dangerously wounded by masked men.
1920 16th July (IT).
The Shooting of Clare Land Agent.
Sequel to agrarian dispute: - Crown witness kidnapped.
Our Kilrush Correspondent telegraphs: - An alarming report was received
in Kilrush early on Wednesday morning that Mr. Martin, agent on the Hickman
property, Kilmore, Knock, West Clare, was attacked by a party of armed
men, fired upon, and seriously injured.-----.
---- it should be mentioned that the principal witness has since been
1920 19th July (IT).
Mails and Military Equipment taken.
Our Ennis Correspondent telegraphing on Saturday, says: - This morning
the outgoing mail train for the West was held up by a large party of armed
men at Moy, about half a mile outside Lahinch, at a point where the line
crosses the public road. The train, which is what is called a “mixed”
train-goods and passengers-carried a large quantity of military luggage
and equipment which was being carried to Kilrush, at which port it was
to be placed on a warship. It is stated that there was no ammunition in
the luggage, which belonged to troops who were being removed from Ennis,
the men travelling by road. When the train was brought to a stop, it was
boarded by the raiders, who proceeded to transfer the goods and mail bags,
which were examined for official correspondence, to several motorcars
in waiting on the road. No violence was offered to the driver or guard,
and the party then disappeared with their booty. The train then went on
to the West.
1920 11th August (FJ).
The bodies of three soldiers, Privates McIlroy, Browne and McClintock,
drowned at Carrigaholt, Co. Clare have been recovered and buried in the
local cemetery. (All three are buried in Old Shanakyle, Kilrush. A Private
Stokes was also accidentally drowned on July the 14th)
1920 21st August (IT).
Catalogue of Crime in Ireland.
Co. Clare-On the 12th a Royal Irish Constabulary lorry was held up by
20 armed men between Kilrush and Ennis. About fourteen shots were fired
at the van, apparently from revolvers. The fire was returned, and it is
believed that one of the attackers was wounded.
1920 23rd August (IT).
Constable killed in Kilrush.
Telegraphing on Saturday morning, our Kilrush Correspondent says: - This
afternoon about five o'clock, Constable John O'Hanlon, R I C, a native
of Kerry, of the Kilrush detective department, was shot dead in a house
(Walsh’s pub) in Moore Street, Kilrush, by an unknown man, who had
followed him into the premises.
-- his assailant shot him through the right eye the bullet passing through
the skull. The constable lived only for a few minutes. He was a married
man, and leaves a wife and two children.
1920 27th August (IT).
Trains held up in County Clare.
Our Miltown-Malbay Correspondent states: - The down mail train from Ennis
to Kilrush was stopped yesterday morning, and the up mail train from Kilrush
to Ennis was also stopped yesterday evening. Both trains were intercepted
at Clouna, a cutting between Craggaknock and Doonbeg, by a party of armed
men. It is stated that official letters and documents were taken.
1920 2nd September (II).
Hon. John Meagher-famous Co. Clare man dead.
The Hon. John Meagher, Bathurst, N.S.W., who has died in his 83rd year,
was for years the leader of the Catholic Irish in Australia. He was born
in Kilrush, arrived in Bathurst in 1863 and commenced business on his
own account 3 years later and the firm which he founded has branches at
Temora, Forbes, Wyalong and Barmedman. His sons are now interested in
the business. He became a member of the Upper House of the Legislature
in 1903? ---- He was honoured by Pope Leo X111 with the dignity of Knight
Commandership of St. Gregory the Great ------ (His mother Kate died 11th
August 1876 and is buried on Scattery Island and his father-in-law Francis
Byrne died 27th December 1874 and is buried in the Church of Ireland Graveyard
1920 4th September (IT).
Military limber burned in County Clare.
An official statement issued at Dublin Castle on Sunday states that a
military limber conveying rations for troops, was held up at Burrane,
County Clare, at noon on Saturday by 30 armed men. The horses were taken
out, the driver turned back to Kilrush, and the limber burned.- -
1920 18th September (IT).
Courts-Martial Trials: - Sentences and Acquittals.
John Brown and John Mulqueen, both of Kilrush, Co. Clare, civilians, were
charged under Regulation 43 A of the D.R.R. before a district court-martial
which assembled at Limerick on the 10th September, 1920. The charge against
the accused was that they, with certain other persons, on the 27th August,
1920,about six miles from Kilrush, assembled and, being armed, unlawfully
waylaid and “held up” two private soldiers who were conveying
a limber containing rations from Kilrush to Knock, and detained two soldiers.
The accused were found not guilty and were released from custody.
1920 24th September (IT).
Captain Lendrum, R.M. Reported Dead.
An official message received from Limerick states that Captain Lendrum,
Resident Magistrate, Kilrush, is missing and is believed to have been
murdered on Wednesday.
1920 28th September (IT).
The Disappearance of Captain Lendrum: - Threat to burn Clare towns.
Telegraphing last night our Ennis Correspondent states: - There is still
no trace of the missing Resident Magistrate, Captain Lendrum. Though the
search through a large part of West Clare has continued. Fears are now
entertained as to his personal safety. Yesterday there were exciting scenes
in Kilkee, where notices were posted on the houses stating that if he
is not returned to Kilkee within forty-eight hours Kilkee, Kilrush, Carrigaholt,
Doonbeg, Kilmihil, and towns in the West would be burned. The notices,
which date from 12 o'clock today, caused intense alarm, and several visitors
to the town at once arranged to leave the place.
1920 2nd October (IT).
Ambushed and Shot.
Our Kilrush Correspondent telegraphs: - The remains of Captain Lendrum,
the missing Resident Magistrate of West Clare, were found today in a rude
box on the West Clare railway line at Cloonadrum, about 8 or 9 miles from
Kilrush. It would appear that Captain Lendrum had been held up and shot
by a party of armed men beyond Doonbeg while motoring alone on the morning
of the horrible tragedies near Ennistymon, and his body was hidden away
somewhere, in the locality.
The box containing the remains was labelled for Kilkee, where Captain
Lendrum resided, with a statement in blue pencil that he died for a foreign
Hunnish Government, and that his body was given up regardless of threatened
The remains were taken to Kilkee, where a procession took place, which
was joined in by several of the inhabitants, and the Roman Catholic and
Protestant clergy. The body was afterwards taken to the Kilrush military
quarters accompanied by lorries of policeman and soldiers.----
1920 23rd December (IT).
Attempt to escape: - Clareman shot dead.
Telegraphing last night, our Ennis Correspondent states: - This evening
the dead body of a man, said to be Michael MacNamara, from Doonbeg, West
Clare, was conveyed to the Clare County Infirmary, by the military who
stated that, while he was being brought from Kilrush in custody, he attempted
to escape and was shot dead. The body remains at the Infirmary, and an
inquiry will probably be held by the military.
1920 24th December (II).
Mysterious Tragedy. -Clareman Shot dead.
On Wednesday evening the dead body of a man stated to be Ml. MacNamara,
Doonbeg, was conveyed to the County infirmary in Ennis by Crown forces.
It was stated that while being brought from Kilrush in custody he attempted
to escape and was then shot dead.
Yesterday morning it was learnt that another West Clare prisoner named
Shanahan had been shot dead while it is alleged, attempting to escape
from military headquarters, where he had been in custody in Ennis Jail.
1921 14th April (II).
Clare Town Isolated.
Trenches have been cut and bridges demolished on all roads around Miltown
Malbay, and the town is isolated, traffic being impossible. It is reported
that bridges have also been destroyed on the main roads near Ennis, Kilrush
1921 20th April (CC).
Three attacks at Kilrush:
-- The Military Barracks ( the Workhouse), Police Barracks (Toler Street)
and the Coastguard Station (Cappa) at Kilrush were simultaneously and
unsuccessfully attacked about midnight last night.
--- A Sergeant of the Royal Scots was wounded during a counter-attack.
A Sergeant of the R.I.C. was shot dead in Kilrush street and three marines
and a soldier of the Royal Scots were captured unarmed in the town.---
1921 25th April (IT).
A policeman was killed in Kilrush on Friday night and a military sergeant
1921 25th April (II).
R.I.C. Sergeant Killed.
Sergt. McFadden, R.I.C, was shot dead on Friday night at Kilrush, where
armed onslaughts were made on the military and police barracks and coastguard
1921 28th April (IT).
The Kilrush Murder:-Two Houses Destroyed.
General Headquarters, Dublin, reports that in view of the murder of Sergeant
McFadden and an attack on Crown forces at Kilrush, County Clare, on the
night of the 22nd inst., the following houses were destroyed as a military
operation, viz.-John Leedy's, Cooraclare: and William Lough's (Bill Hough)
of Monmore. (Bill Hough’s house was subsequently rebuilt by the
Free State and he made a career in the Free State army)
1921 29th April (KH).
A night of terror in Kilrush.
---A shocking and unexpected occurrence took place in Kilrush on Friday
night or in the early hours of Saturday morning in which Sergeant McFadden
R I C was killed and Sergeant Claperton, Royal Scots was wounded------.
1921 4th May (IT).
Thomas Mescall, Doonbeg, Kilrush, Co. Clare, who was charged with others
with having assaulted at Moyarta, Constable O'Dea, was sentenced to eighteen
months with hard labour.
1921 10th June (KH).
The Kilrush Monument ---figure broken.
On Thursday night the Maid of Erin monument erected to the memory of the
Manchester Martyrs was greatly destroyed. The figure of the Maid of Erin
with the wolf dog was knocked down and the arm broken. The column stands
but is considerably damaged with the railings around the base.---
1921 24th September (CC).
Ratepayers in Action:
The tender of Mr. Thomas Reidy, Henry Street, Kilrush was accepted at
£6 by the Kilrush Ratepayers Association for cleaning the town street
1921 2nd December (II).
Mr. de. Valera's Tribute.
Mr. de Valera resumed yesterday the inspection of the Clare units of the
1st Western Division of the I.R.A. At Kilmurry, 5 miles from Kilrush,
he reviewed 2,and at Doonbeg 3 Batts.of the West Clare Brigade. He was
accompanied by Mr. R. Mulcahy, Chief-of Staff, and Divisional officers.---
1921 16th December (KH).
A Kilrush Golf Club.
We are pleased to hear that a golf club is about to be started in Kilrush.
1922 13th January (KH).
The Peace Treaty.
How the peace news was received in Kilrush.
On receipt of a phone message by Mr. Charles E Glynn about 10 o'clock
on Sunday morning the steam whistle and the sirens on Messrs Glynn's steamers
at Merchants Quay loudly proclaimed the news of peace and the ratification
of the treaty to the people of Kilrush.
1922 28th January (CC).
Kilrush News: Electric Light:
A representative meeting traders of Kilrush was held on Sunday last for
the purpose of promoting a lighting scheme for the town. Having examined
and approved of an electric lighting scheme one merchant promised £1,000
towards the project and another £500. In all a sum of over £2,000
was realised. It is expected that the full amount will be forthcoming
at the next meeting and work will begin immediately
1922 24th June (CC).
Religious Procession in Kilrush.
The annual procession of the Blessed Sacrament took place at Kilrush on
Sunday and was the largest yet seen in the town. A large body of the I.R.A.
stationed in the town marched in the procession. ---.
1922 31st July (II).
Review of the position.-Gen. O'Duffy pleased.
The following statement by Gen. O'Duffy, G.O.C., South-Western Division
Command, was issued on Saturday night by Publicity Department, Field G.H.Q.:
“I am pleased with the progress made by the troops. In this Command
the best fighting material the irregulars can muster is ranged against
us. Having concentrated all their forces from Munster on the Kilmallock
frontier, they have the advantage in quantity, but in quality the advantage
is very much with us. --”
“In Co. Clare the irregulars' only post is Kilrush. Corofin, the
headquarters of the 1st Western Division of the irregulars, was evacuated
on our troops concentrating in Gort, Ennis and Ennistymon. Their leader
is Frank Barrett whose despatch to Simon McInerney, leader of the West
Clare irregulars was published yesterday-----”
1922 1st August (II).
--- For the past fortnight Kilrush was completely isolated. No trains
or any communication whatever with the outside world was available the
little news that was coming through having been stopped when the boats
ceased to trade with Limerick.----
1922 3rd August (IT).
Kilrush and Kilkee.
Hearty welcome for troops.
A Clare officer who served with Colonel Hogan (a brother of the Minister
of Education) in the capture of Kilrush and Kilkee gave our Galway Correspondent
an account of the welcome that was accorded the soldiers by the civilian
population. About 150 men were engaged in the movement, and they entered
Kilrush by two roads. The irregulars had been making feverish preparations
for a defence of the place, and it had been stated abroad that their leader
would make a great stand.
But when the national troops arrived they found that the irregulars, who
had seized great quantities of goods the day before, had vanished. Bags
of flour and flitches of bacon were found in ditches for miles around.
The soldiers captured one of the leaders, Brody Lillis, in a bog hole,
with his head just above a clump of rushes. He had two revolvers, 45 rounds
of .45 ammunition, and bombs. He fled when he saw the armoured car coming,
and was surrounded in the bog hole. The soldiers took five other prisoners
As the lorries entered the town the people clung on to them and cheered
wildly: they feted the troops and were lavish in their hospitality. The
welcome that the troops got in Kilkee was even greater.
1922 5th August (IT).
Progress of National Troops.
--- In Co. Clare the irregulars only post is Kilrush, Corofin, the H,
Q. of the 1st Western Division of the irregulars was evacuated on our
troops concentrating in Gort, Ennis and Ennistymon. Their leader is Frank
Barrett, whose despatch to Simon McInerney leader of the West Clare irregulars
was published yesterday. The H.Q. Is now on the bleak Carrow Mountains,
and the majority of the leaders are in Galway Jail.
1922 14th August (IT).
Irregular Prisoners:-Incident in a Jail.
Thirteen Irregular prisoners were landed in Galway from Kilrush at six
am. Yesterday. Their names are: - Andrew O'Brien, Quin: John O'Brien,
do: Patrick Sherry, Listowel: Co. Kerry: Michael Roche, Dunsea, Co. Clare:
John A McGrath, Moyasta, Co. Clare; James MacMahon, Listowel: Stephen
Barrett, Listowel: Michael Mullally, do: John Brown, do: Daniel O’Neill,
Killarney: John J Hayes, Listowel: Patrick Loughran and John Harrington,
do: They were taken to Galway.
A number of irregular prisoners in Galway Jail broke into the rooms occupied
by the military guards on Friday night took certain articles of food,
etc., there-from, and afterwards when they were put back into their cells
damaged them slightly. In consequence of the outbreak, all visits have
1922 18th August (IT).
Afloat on the Luimneach: - With the Dublin Guards to Cork.
(from our special correspondent) Monday-On board the SS Luimneach.
I tried to get by motor to Cork from Limerick but motorcars are precious
and profitable in the area of the South-Western Command, and the road
to Cork is rough and dangerous. The Shannon is smooth and seductive, and
so, by the courtesy of Generals Murphy and MacManus, I find myself on
the Limerick Steamship Company's good ship Luimneach in charge of Captain
Hanrahan: who modestly wears his decorations for gallant war service in
the mercantile marine. Like its captain, the vessel is a Limerick product.
But it has another claim to fame. It was the first vessel to be registered
under the Free State Government ----------------.
We quickly transhipped to his vessel, and then the Garryowen steamed off
to Kilrush to pick up a further detachment of troops. -----. The Kilrush
troops joined their comrades from Clare and Tipperary along with a detachment
of the Dublin Guards-------.
1922 19th August (IT).
The auxiliary schooner Venturer, of Arklow, which was towed into Kingstown
Harbour on the Monday under arrest, has been released. She left Kingstown
last night for her destination. The Venturer was bound from Kilrush, County
Clare, to Queenstown on Sunday, but was intercepted off the Cork coast.
It is stated that the schooner was suspected of conveying ammunition.
On her arrival at Kingstown a guard of national troops was put aboard,
and she was examined by Captain Farrell, who found only butter and eggs
in her hold. It is stated that the butter was packed in cases shaped like
ammunition boxes-hence the suspicion.
1922 2nd September (IT).
Fighting in the Country.
Official Reports: -National Successes.
The following official bulletin was issued from the Publicity Department,
Field G.H.Q, South-Western Command, at 9.45 on Monday night. -
“Clare: - Thomas Keating, Bernard Lowe, and Willie O’Connell,
three irregulars were arrested at the home of Patrick Keating, Kilcarroll,
near Kilrush, on the 25th inst. A revolver and irregular propaganda literature
were found on O'Connell”.
1922 9th September (IT).
Military funerals in Dublin.
The bodies of Lieutenant Lee, a native of Kilrush, County Clare, who died
as a result of injuries received at Clondrohid, County Cork, and Sergeant
Cottle, who was killed in a land mine explosion on the Cork-Fermoy road
were buried on Saturday in Glasnevin Cemetery, after Requiem Mass in the
Church of Our Lady of Refuge Rathmines.--------------.
1922 3rd November (IT).
Three persons-apparently women-entered the National Bank, Kilrush, on
Thursday morning, imprisoned the clerks in a safe, and stole £1,600.
1922 3rd November (IT).
Masonry Demolished to save Captives.
A daring bank robbery took place in Kilrush on Wednesday morning, when
cash estimated at £1,600 was taken from the National Bank.
The coup was carried out by three women, armed with revolvers, who walked
into the premises as the bank had opened for the day.
The staff consisted of Messrs. Harding, who was in charge, Roche, and
O’Connell. Presenting revolvers the women demanded the keys, which
Mr. Harding refused to give even at the point of the revolver. He and
his assistants were driven into a strong room and locked in.
The raiders then collected all the available cash, estimated at £1,600
A motorcar was despatched to Miltown 18 miles away, to procure a duplicate
key, but it was realised that to await the return of the car might have
serious consequences for the prisoners.
Workmen from Messrs. Glynn and Sons were summoned, and, after a time they
broke away some of the stonework, thus improving the ventilation. Bellows
were applied through the opening, and feeding-tubes were also requisitioned.
The imprisoned men were eventually released in an exhausted condition.
The refusal of Mr. Harding to hand over the keys prevented the raiders
getting at the main funds in the bank, which amounted to about £30,000,
Inspector Cronin, Civic Guard, and the military are making a thorough
1922 27th November (II).
West Clare Train Burned.
The down night mail, Ennis to Kilrush and Kilkee, is reported to have
been held up at Cragaknock, 7 miles from Milltown Malbay, by armed men,
who took the passengers out and burned the train. Details are lacking.
1922 30th November (IT).
Items: It is proposed to erect a butter-blending factory of Kilrush.
1923 19th March (II)
Sir-Take notice that it is the intention of the undersigned to apply to
the District Justice's Court to be held at Kilrush on the 27th March 1923
for a Certificate of Registration of the Hibernian Club, Kilrush. The
object of the said club is the promotion of social intercourse between
its members. The address of the premises occupied by said Club is Moore
Dated this 13th day of March 1923
(Signed) Alfred J. MacNally, Hon Sec, Hibernian Club, Kilrush
To the Registrar of Clubs for District. (A.J. MacNally was the engineer
at Glynn’s Mills)
Notice of Application for Certificate of Registration of Kilrush Club,
Kilrush, County Clare.
Sir, - Take Notice --------- The address of the premises occupied by said
Club is The Clubhouse, Kilrush, and County Clare. ----- (Signed) Joshua
Stephen Dowling, Hon. Sec.—
1923 13th July (IT).
Seized Buildings: -Terms of Compensation.
----- Answering a question by Alderman O’Brien, General Mulcahy
said that no claim had been received on behalf of the Kilrush Branch of
the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union in respect of their premises,
which had been taken over as a military necessity on July 31, 1922,and
were still occupied by troops: but a claim made on behalf of the owner
was being dealt with by the Office of Public Works.------.
1923 24th August (IT).
Alarm at Republican Meetings.
A Republican meeting at Kilrush last night did not pass without incident.
While Mr. Comyn K C was addressing a pretty large gathering of people
he was interrupted occasionally by a man in the crowd.
At the invitation of Mr. Comyn, the interrupter came to the front of the
platform. His first question was: What are your objections to the Treaty?
Mr. Comyn answered that the four principal reasons against acceptance
of the Treaty were (1) That it provided for the partition of the country:
(2) That it contained an oath of allegiance to a foreign Monarch: (3)
That it gave them a subordinate Parliament and (4) That it provided for
an annual contribution to the British Treasury.
These reasons having been further explained and debated upon by Mr. Comyn,
the interrupter turning to the crowd asked; “Are you satisfied with
There were cheers and cries of “YES” and Mr. Comyn continued
Mrs. T. Clarke followed. In the middle of her speech sounds like rifle
shots were heard. Immediately portion of the crowd scattered and fled
helter-skelter in different directions. There was considerable excitement.
“We stood up against bullets before”, declared Mrs. Clarke,”
and we are not afraid to face them now”. She appealed to her audience
not to be cowed by such tactics.
After a few minutes the section of the crowd that had stampeded returned
to the platform, and Mrs Clarke went on with her address.
Other speakers having been heard, the crowd dispersed quietly.
1923 17th November (IT).
Saorstat Eireann: -Registered Authorised Dealers in Firearms and Ammunition.
County Clare: -Michael O'Sullivan, Moore Street, Kilrush.
1924 5th February (IT).
Kilrush Shopkeeper's Estate.
Chancery Division-Before the Master of the Rolls.
In the matter of the estate of Patrick Reidy, deceased, -John J. Kelly
v. Mary Anne Murray-an application was made on behalf of the plaintiff,
John J. Kelly, civil servant, of 33 York Street, London, for an order
for the administration of the estate of the deceased, Patrick Reidy, shopkeeper,
of Kilrush, Co. Clare, his uncle, who died unmarried and intestate on
the 3rd October, 1922,aged about 71 years, leaving personal property,
valued for the purpose of estate Duty at £937 odd.-------.
1924 21st March (IT).
Kilrush Hospital: -Statement at an Inquiry.
The affairs of the Kilrush District Hospital were investigated by Mr.
J MacLysaght, Local Government Inspector, on Wednesday.
Mr. Timothy Kelly, Clerk, stated in the course of his evidence that the
committee consisted of thirty-one members and the average attendance at
meetings was four.
Inspector; - We hear a good deal about the right of public representation,
but Kilrush does not seem to want representing much.
Dr. Richard Counihan, medical officer, stated that 159 operations had
been performed in the hospital in 1923, but less than 50 per cent would
be major operations. The operating theatre was not suitable for major
operations. For operations at night an oil lamp supplied light, and they
had no running water. The sanitary arrangements were very imperfect. Drinking
water had to be brought in a barrel from a pump in the town. The general
discipline in the hospital was good.
1924 21st July (II).
Fifty Years in Kilrush.
The Christian Brothers this year celebrate the golden jubilee of their
arrival in Kilrush. Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty, Bishop of Killaloe, states
that their presence “has proved an immense boon not only to the
town, but to West Clare for many miles around”. With justifiable
pride the Brothers have brought out a handsome printed souvenir of the
occasion, which contains the letter from Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty from which
the foregoing is quoted.
Many of the articles in the souvenir are of remarkable interest. The most
interesting, perhaps is a very informative article on the life and death
of Ellen Hanly immortalised as the Colleen Bawn in “The Lily of
Killarney” and an account of the trial of her murderers. Another
interesting article describes the founder of the Order. Mr. Edmund Ignatius
Rice, of Callan, and relates the history of this famous Brotherhood. Other
articles deal with “The Church and Education” “The Christian
Brothers and China” “The Glories of the Banner County”
“Cahircon” “Daniel O'Connell” “ Eugene O'Curry”.
1924 25th July (IT).
The Sodden Country: -Crops ruined and peat rotting.
---Our Kilrush Correspondent writes:-Owing to the bad weather in West
Clare, the crops are ruined, and turf the main support of the small farmer,
is rotting, as it cannot be collected. This will inflict great suffering
on the poor next winter.
1924 14th August (IT).
County Clare Board of Health has decided to install a plant for the lighting
of public institutions in Kilrush by electricity at a total cost of £3,480,
of which £2,680 will be machinery.
1924 4th September (IT).
Things that matter.
Three acres of meadow at Kilrush, Co. Clare, have been sold for £20-10s.
1924 27th September (IT).
Kilrush Water Supply scheme: -A plebiscite has been taken of the ratepayers
of Kilrush, Co. Clare, for or against a water supply scheme for the town.
Only thirty opposed the proposal.
1924 13th November (IT).
West Clare: - The silence was heralded in Kilrush by the hooter at Messrs.
Glynn's works and all work ceased in the town for two minutes.
1924 21st November (IT).
Two actions brought by Joshua S. Dowling, money lender, of Kilrush, against
John Walsh and his wife, Tessie Walsh, of Kilrush, in respect of two sums
of £20 and £25 due on foot of promissory notes made in April,
1920, and March, 1921,with £15-16s-8d interest to 30th April last,
The defence was that the plaintiff was not a registered moneylender, and
it did not so appear on the writ: that the interest was excessive, being
at the rate of about 20 per cent: that the money had been paid: and further,
that the two actions should have been consolidated.
The plaintiff stated that he was a registered moneylender: that the money
was due only a sum of £10 paid for interest.
Mr. Justice O'Shaughnessy consolidated both actions, and gave judgement
for £55. He allowed the costs of one action and writ in the proceedings.
Mr. J. Costelloe (instructed by Messrs. O'Shea and Son). Appeared for
the plaintiff, and Mr. J. Comyn (instructed by Mr. James A. Doyle). Appeared
for the defendants.
1925 3rd January (IT).
Irish Police: New Superintendents:
The recently promoted Third Class Superintendents have been allocated
to the stations shown below: - M.A.J. O'Reilly, Kilrush, and Clare.-----.
1925 19th January (IT).
Sun-Treatment in Kilrush:
Clare county Surveyor, reporting on improvements that can be made at Kilrush
Hospital, states that as most of the leading doctors recommend sun treatment
for nearly all forms of disease, he proposes to erect a veranda along
the entire front of the hospital.
1925 22nd January (IT).
Travelling Expenses and Income Tax: - Teacher's Claim Disallowed.
The special case stated on the Revenue side of Phillips, Inspector of
Taxes, appellant: Keane, respondent, raised the question of the deduction
of travelling expenses for the purpose of income tax.
The case was before the Special Commissioners at Kilrush, when Michael
J. Keane appealed against assessments on the ground that travelling expenses
incurred and defrayed by him had not been deducted from the emoluments
to be assessed. Mr. Keane is principal teacher of the Corbally National
School, Kilkee,Co. Clare. According to the case stated, he resides five
or six miles from the school, and could not procure a suitable residence
nearer. He is obliged to keep a pony and trap and employ a man for the
purpose of conveying him from his residence to the school and back, for
which he claimed a deduction.---- They were of the opinion that the sum
was not liable to be deducted.
1925 7th February (IT).
Dirty and Insanitary Town: -
An inquiry into the necessity or otherwise of providing Kilrush, Co. Clare,
with a proper water supply was held by a Local Government inspector on
the 27th ult. The medical officer stated that the town was in an abominably
dirty and insanitary condition. There were frequent outbreaks of scarlatina,
typhoid and typhus. The town has a population of 3,000. One objection
to the provision of a supply was made.
1925 9th February (II)
A Clare Dockers' Soviet.
“The workmen had constituted themselves a Soviet, and by their own
action had deprived themselves of all Benefits under the Workmen's Compensation
This observation was made by Judge McElligott at Kilrush in dismissing
an action by Francis McTigue against Francis Doherty, Merchant, and the
I.T.G.W.U. for injuries received whilst unloading the SS Kilclogher. It
was stated the dockers' section of the union undertook the discharge of
cargoes at a certain rate per hour. -------.
1925 16th February (IT).
Captain J. D. Moloney.
Captain J. D. Moloney, Chairman of Clare County Council, died suddenly
at Kilrush, where he had gone to attend a meeting on Saturday. As Chairman
of the Urban Council Committee Captain Moloney was Chairman of all the
public boards of the county. He had arrived at Kilrush from Ennis by motorcar
and was entering the Courthouse when suddenly he was taken ill. A doctor
had him removed to the local hotel, where, within two hours, he died.
1925 21st February (IT).
A Cow's Pint.
Our Kilrush, Co. Clare, Correspondent writes: - A cow which fell in the
street of Kilrush, and refused to get up even when lifted, on getting
a pint of porter got up herself and walked home.
1925 9th April (IT).
Motor Tax Prosecutions: -
At Kilrush, Co. Clare, on Thursday, twenty-five motor vehicle owners were
charged with failing to have licence discs affixed to their cars. The
magistrate said that he was tired of imposing fines for this class of
offence, and he proposed to make an end of it. It was useless for the
Guards to detect defaulters when the County Council, which was losing
revenue, did not prosecute. The Council could recover penalties amounting
to three times the amount of the tax. He intended to report the matter
to the Local Government Department.
1925 18th April (IT).
Kilrush Doctor's Estate.
(Before Mr. Justice Sullivan).
Timothy Kelly, clerk of the Kilrush Rural District Council, and Patrick
Kelly, deputy clerk to the same body, claimed probate of the will, dated
2nd December 1920,of Dr. John J. Callinan, late of Kilrush, who died on
July 16th 1922. Mrs. Callinan, testator’s widow, counter-claimed
in respect of an earlier will dated July 8th 1913.----- Under the will
of July 1913 the testator left all his property to his widow, and probate
of this document was decreed by the Court.
(Doctor Callinan was buried on Scattery Island).
1925 9th May (IT).
Confiscation in Clare.
Remarkable Story of Persecution -Valuable Property Ruined: -
Mr. Commissioner R J Doyle, sitting at Ennis yesterday, reserved judgement
in the appeal of Mr. F W Gore-Hickman, solicitor, against the award of
the County Court Judge of £17,777 and a report for a further sum
of £3,286,on his application for £40,000 compensation for
the seizing and destruction of the family mansion at Kilmore, damage to
two weirs on the Shannon, the destruction of woods and the loss of stock.
Mr. T J O'Donnell stated that the Hickman family had lived uninterruptedly
in Clare for nearly 300 years, and their mansion at Kilmore was one of
the most picturesque in the county. It was about six miles from Kilrush,
on the banks of the Shannon, and its amenities included woods, 500 acres
of land, and an extremely valuable fishery. Six sons served in the British
Army during the Great War, one being killed, and their action in enlisting
possibly had something to do with the persecution to which they had been
The trouble started in 1916, grew worse in 1917, when the appellant's
father died, and gradually became so violent that the family had to withdraw
entirely from Kilmore. In 1918 the appellant had to remove his mother
and sisters, and a steward he installed had scarcely taken up duty before
he was attacked by a band of armed men. He was riddled with shot, and
got a rifle bullet through the lungs, while one of his assailants was
killed by the crossfire of the attackers. The steward dragged himself
to the house, which was surrounded by the raiders, who refused to permit
a doctor to be fetched. It was not for some time that Mr. Hickman heard
of the affair, and succeeded in bringing him assistance. In 1920 the Clare
Asylum Committee dismissed Mr. Hickman from his position as their solicitor
simply because he did his duty as a professional man, and acted in a compensation
claim for the British Officer Commanding in Ennis. His wife's house at
Hazelwood, near Ennis, was burned down by armed men. In July 1921 Mrs.
Hickman had to go to live in London, and Mr. Hickman himself had to live
in a room over his offices in Ennis, where he still was.
Meantime things in Kilmore had gone to appalling lengths. The woods were
denuded of timber, no less than 1,900 trees, worth about 35s each, being
cut down and taken away. All the valuable fruit trees in the orchard were
rooted up and taken, while the others were destroyed just as the Germans
had acted during their retreats. The fishery which produced as much as
£1,000 a year for Mr. Hickman was worked by people from the surrounding
districts: the cattle were taken off the land and sold, but the proceeds
were not paid to Mr. Hickman. Herds of cattle were put in to graze by
the people around, and he could not go near the place.
The climax was reached when, on 27th April 1922,he was served with a notice
by an officer of the I R A, headed “Oglaigh na hEireann, H Q 1st
Western Division” giving him notice to leave his house, as it was
required for men and women who were being driven out of Northern towns
by Orange-men. Mr. Hickman was notified that his house and entire property
had been confiscated.
Counsel, in concluding said that since some semblance of order had been
restored Mr. Hickman had made repeated applications to the Free State
Government for protection. On the 7th April 1923, he received a letter
signed by Mr. John Collins, one of the Land Settlement Commissioners,
telling him that protection could not be provided until he repaired his
boundary fences. Counsel thought that a very remarkable attitude for a
Government department to take up, in view of the fact that Mr. Hickman
could not even venture to Kilmore, and that the lands were being grazed
illegally up to the present date.
Mr. Hickman in evidence said that even now he could only go to Kilmore
Mr. Joseph Healy, counsel for the State said that their valuation of the
house, as a house, was £4,050.
Mr. Hugh Woods, C E, Dublin, estimated the value of the house as £12,000.
Mr. Arthur Barraclough, of the firm of Messrs, Battersby, said his estimate
of £4,050 was based of 15 years' purchase of a net letting value
The Commissioner reserved his decision.
1925 4th July (IT).
Free State Elections: -Munster.
Kilrush: -West- M. McMahon, M Crotty, J. Lillis, J. Darcy, J. Clancy,
East: - M. Carmody, T. Moore, T. Nagle, T. Ryan, J. Clancy, P. Fleming.
1925 6th July (IT).
Local Chairmen: -
Kilrush: -Mr. J. Darcy, chairman: Mr. T. Nagle, vice-chairman.
1925 28th July (IT).
Motoring Accident in Clare: -Six persons injured.
By a motoring accident late on Sunday night about a mile and a half from
Miltown Malbay, on the main road to Kilrush, six persons, including four
women, were injured, two seriously.
It appears that in winding a sharp bend the car toppled down a bank three
feet deep, the occupants being pinned beneath the car.
The injured are detained in Kilrush Hospital.
1925 30th July (IT).
Graveyards in Clare: -
The Clare graveyards are a disgrace to civilisation, said Mr. McMahon,
at a meeting of the Committee of the Clare County Board of Health at Kilrush
on Tuesday. If you attend a funeral you have to walk through brambles,
grass, and all sorts of weeds. To find a grave he said, it was almost
1925 14th August (IT).
Fever in Kilrush: -Town Without Water or Sanitation.
It was reported to last Wednesday's meeting of the Clare County Board
of Health that for years past Kilrush had been visited annually by an
outbreak of fever, the direct result of the want of a water supply and
the most elementary public sanitation. It has broken out in a more virulent
form than ever this year.
A doctor told the Board that the conditions in the town could be paralleled
only in Russia or the Far East. In each of the last four years, to his
knowledge, Kilrush had been visited by typhus, typhoid, diphtheria, scarlet
fever and measles. There are now six cases of typhoid in the Fever Hospital,
and he feared that there may be an epidemic.----------------.
1925 14th August (II).
Kilrush Scandal-Russia the only parallel.
Dr. R. Counihan told the Clare Co. Board of Health that conditions in
Kilrush could only be paralleled in Russia or the Far East.
For the past four years, to his own knowledge, Kilrush had been visited
each year by typhus, typhoid, diphtheria, scarlet fever and measles.----------------.
1925 29th August (CC).
Health of Kilrush.
At Wednesday meeting of the County Board of Health the results were submitted
of the analyses of water forwarded to the Public Analyst by Dr. Daly,
Medical Officer of Health, Kilrush. -
Market Square, Pump: This water is suffering from sewage contamination
and is unfit for domestic use.
Toler Street Pump: -- It is therefore suffering from contamination and
I cannot recommend it for public use.
Grace Street Pump: suffers from slight contamination and I cannot recommend
1925 3rd October (IT).
Unemployed in Kilrush:
At a meeting of the Kilrush Branch of the Irish Transport and General
Workers Union, a resolution was passed calling for the immediate assembling
of Dáil Eireann to deal with the problem of the unemployed. It
was pointed out that in Kilrush alone there were over 300 willing workers
1925 7th November (IT).
Guard found shot dead: -
Civic Guard John Lynch, who hailed from the Kilrush district of the County
Clare, was found shot dead in his bedroom at Farnaught Barracks, near
Mohill, on Monday evening, with an automatic revolver lying beside him.
He had been somewhat morose for the last couple of weeks.
A verdict of “suicide while of unsound mind” was returned
at the inquest yesterday.
1925 7th November (IT).
A farm of thirty acres was sold at Kilrush on 28th October for £1,200
and fees. The purchaser was Mr. McMahon, farmer, Kilmurry. This is a record
price for land in Clare.
1926 20 January (IT).
Wild Scenes in Clare: - Shots fired over attackers heads.
Wild scenes were enacted in the little fishing village of Doonbeg, West
Clare, on last Monday morning.
When Mr. McCarthy, the newly appointed local teacher, arrived at the school
he was accorded a warm ? reception by a crowd which had gathered in the
Superintendent Kelly, Kilrush, and about eight Guards were on the scene,
and they were attacked by a crowd with stones, bottles and other missiles.
Superintendent Kelly ordered a baton charge so threatening was the attitude
of the mob.
Previous to the arrival of the Guards stone walls were torn down and placed
across the road as barricades. Matters had reached a grave state when
an armed force of C.I.D men arrived. They fired shots over the attacker’s
heads, and succeeded in scattering them.
Some arrests have been made.
It appears that for a considerable time past a dispute has been in progress
in the Doonbeg district as to the appointment of a schoolmaster. Mr. Lennon,
the previous teacher, resigned, apparently on the assumption that his
son would succeed him. Later. Father Vaughan, Parish Priest of the place,
obtained a decree against Mr. Lennon for possession of his residence,
which was intended for any teacher who would be in the school. Since that
date different outrages of a minor character have been committed in the
district at intervals.
When it became known that a Mr. McCarthy was appointed to the position,
he was met on his arrival by a large crowd armed with sticks, stones and
bottles, and beaten out of the place.
The trouble has now spread outside the district. Hay, the property of
some friends of Mr. McCarthy, was burned at Carrigaholt a few nights ago.
Armed detectives are engaged in and around Doonbeg.
1926 21st January (IT).
Sequel to West Clare Scenes: -Three men charged.
There was a sequel to the scenes enacted at Doonbeg, when John Lennon,
son of the retired schoolmaster: Patrick Mescall, brother-in-law of Lennon,
and James Reidy were charged with preventing, with others, Mr. McCarthy,
National School teacher, from opening the school at Bansha and teaching
The accused men were remanded in custody.
Mr. McCarthy, who is a native of Galway, has moved into the residence
attached to the school.
1926 28th January (IT).
Restoring County Clare Courthouses: -
To Clare County Council for executing repairs to Ennistymon Courthouse,
Mr. Michael Linnane, Ennistymon, tendered at £282-5s-6d, and Mr.
William McInerney, Kilrush at £259.
Mr. McInerney tender was accepted.
Three tenders were received for executing repairs to Kilrush Courthouse.
Mr. William McInerney, Kilrush, tendered at £267: Mr. P. Flanagan,
Kilrush at £294: and Mr. Simon Cusack, Kilrush, at £297-10s.
Mr. Dowling considered the tenders were altogether out of the question
and should be rejected. About £100,he said, would do all that was
required in Kilrush.
Mr. O'Dwyer suggested that the repairs be done by direct labour, and it
was decided to leave the matter in the hands of the County Surveyor.
1926 27th March (IT).
The death of the Rev. Jeremiah Alexander Donovan, after a long illness,
removes the oldest beneficed clergyman in the Deanery of South Holderness.
Mr. Donovan, who was 77 years of age, had been Vicar of Garton (East Yorkshire)
for 35 years. He was a native of Kilrush, Co. Clare, and the grandson
of a naval officer, who took part in the stirring events of the war with
France at the close of the eighteenth century. A graduate of Trinity College,
Dublin, he was in early life for some time curate of Kileavy, Co Armagh.
1926 31st March (IT).
Farmer and Motor Driver Wounded.
When returning in a motor car from Ennis on Monday night, Mr Joseph Daly,
an ex-captain of the National Army, who holds a farm at Tullycrine, over
which there has been a dispute of long standing, was ambushed and fired
at, receiving several pellets in the face and body. The driver of the
car, Michael Gorman, Kilrush, was wounded more seriously, and had to be
taken to hospital. Having abandoned the car, the windscreen of which was
smashed the two men were staggering towards Kilrush, when another motorist
appeared on the road and took them into the town.
A year ago Mr. Daly was fired at in his own house and so badly wounded
that it was thought that he would never recover. Cattle and horses were
driven off his farm on several occasions, and for these and other outrages
he later received compensation.
1926 3rd April (IT).
The Kilrush, (County Clare) Club presented Dr. Richard Counihan with a
valuable piece of plate on the occasion of his marriage.
1926 10th April (IT).
County Clare “ Terror” Club: -Woman's story of persecution.
A tale of persecution continued over seven years, was told in Kilrush
District Court by Miss Doris Brew, of Ballyerra, when she was sued by
Collector Jeremiah Kett for £165-12s rates due on her holding at
Seafield, near, Quilty. The defence was that, even up to the present,
she was not able to enjoy the full use of the place.
Miss Brew stated that up to 1919 she held the rights to the seaweed on
the shore bounding her land at Seafield, and enjoyed annual revenue from
this source of £200. Since then she had not got a penny out of it,
the people of Quilty having seized her property by proclamation. Her cattle
were driven repeatedly off the farm, the hay crop was removed, the grazing
was taken by trespassers, several attempts were made to murder the herd
? (who had eventually to flee to England) and the lodge was burned. The
persecution continued even during recent years and from October 1923,
to July 1924,she had not been able to do anything with the place. Last
year, by sending a man from Ballyerra, she got one field of hay cut, and
sold it by auction, but the buyers fixed their own price.----------------------------------.
Miss Brew said “There is a club in Quilty” --”which
is a terror to the county and only the other day a place was burned out
1926 7th May (II).
Notice of Application for Certificate of Registration of Kilrush Club.
Sir- Take Notice that it is the intention of the undersigned to apply
to the District Justice's Court to be held at Kilrush, on the 18th May
1926 for a Certificate of Registration of the Kilrush Club, Kilrush. The
object of said Club is the promotion of social intercourse between its
The address of the premises occupied by the said Club is – Toler
Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare
Dated this 4th day of May 1926.
(Signed) Thomas Daly. Hon. Secretary. Kilrush Club. County Clare.
To the Register of Clubs for the District.
1926 17th May (IT).
Distress in Clare. 1,070 home assistance grants in one week.
Grave statements as to destitution in Co. Clare were made at a meeting
of the Board of Health last week, when figures were submitted showing
that the cost of home assistance totalled £316,000 a year. For last
week alone the number of cases relieved was 1,071,and the cost £285.
As compared with the corresponding week of 1925.the number of cases relieved
showed an increase of 41: but the cost was less, as the Board had reduced
the weekly allowance. At present the general average is only 5s for each
A report was read from Mr. Stephen Hanrahan, home assistance officer for
the Kilrush district, in which he said that there were over 250 men idle
in Kilrush town alone. Similar conditions existed in the rural district.
He had reduced the amount of relief granted in some cases and struck off
others in order to effect economies: but he had been requested by priests,
doctors, Christian Brothers, and ratepayers to reinstate the cases which
he had struck off, as they were all claimed to “a genuine cases
In one case a family of ten, which included eight children under 15 years
of age, was living in a mud hut twelve feet square. The father was out
of work, the mother and children were almost without clothing, and all
presented a most emaciated appearance. Other cases almost as bad could
be cited in the locality. The provision of employment was the only effective
1926 29th May (CC).
Confirmation at Kilrush.
His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty paid his triennial visit to West Clare
and at Kilrush administered confirmation to about 240 children and a number
of adults including one convert.
1926 21st July (II).
Clare T.O.W. Champions.
The Kilrush Guards, trained by Supt. Guirey, won the Championship of Clare
at Kilrush by defeating five other teams for a valuable silver cup. The
team were: - Sergt. O'Reilly, Guards Kavanagh, Fitzgerald, Lee, Chatten,
Furlong, Reidy and Murphy.
1926 31st July (IT).
Grant for Kilrush Water Scheme: -
Mr. Patrick Hogan, T D Clare has written to Mr. Michael McMahon, Kilrush,
informing him that the Finance Department has agreed to sanction a special
grant of £5,000 out of the Relief Scheme vote towards the cost of
the proposed water scheme for Kilrush, and that there should be no difficulty
in obtaining an advance of £5,000 from the Local Loans Funds repayable
probably over a period of 25 years. Any remaining capital cost would have
to be borne by the Clare Board of Health.
1926 10th August (II).
Fianna Fail in Clare; Series of meetings opened.
Mr. De Valera began a series of meetings and conventions in Clare with
a meeting in Kilrush on Sunday night. There was a good attendance. One
man who interrupted was forcibly ejected. Otherwise the meeting passed
Mr. J. Dwyer, who presided, asked support for the new party whose policy
Mr. De Valera would propound.
Mr. De Valera said it was the policy of Fianna Fail to bring the people
back and give them a rallying centre for their reunion which was so vitally
necessary in the national interest. They believe there was a large section
of the people in the country who accepted the Treaty and were misled by
it. Fianna Fail was opening its ranks so that these people would come
back to the fight for independence.
The acceptance of the Treaty, he said, was a mistake of the type that
he believed would be made in other countries. The electors should see
to it that at the next election no matter what party their representative
belonged to, they would take no oath of allegiance.
If the talk that the Treaty had given them freedom had any worth the people
should act as if they were free and form a free assembly in which the
members would be pledged to look after the people's interests and not
sub-serve them to any foreign power.
1926 15th September (II).
The death has occurred of Mother Magdalen, of the Sacred Heart Convent
of Mercy, Kilrush. She was a native of Woodfield, Monaghan. She was 60
years attached to the Kilrush Convent and for 57 years was in charge of
the Sodality of the Children of Mary.
1926 5th October (IT).
Tyres Cut Off With Scythe: -Superintendent's car dismantled in Clare.
A report has just been received that a motorcar in which Superintendent
Guirey, Civic Guard, travelled from Kilrush to the village of Knock, six
miles distant, late last Saturday night, was dismantled while the Superintendent
was in the Knock Barracks.
The Superintendent, in the discharge of his duties, visited Knock at about
11 o'clock. Leaving his car some distance from the barracks, he proceeded
on foot. After being detained for some time with the local Guards he returned
to his car, to find that the tyres and tubes had been cut off the wheels
completely with some sharp instrument, which is now supposed to have been
1926 25th October (IT).
Plenty of turf in Clare.
Plentiful supplies of good turf at prices ranging from 16s to 23s reach
Ennis daily, and no shortage is likely. The increase in price no shortage
is likely. The increase in price falls most heavily on those who have
to buy in small quantities. In Kilrush and Ennistymon a similar state
of things prevails, but in the former town it is feared that Messrs. Glynn's
flour mills may have to close if adequate supplies of coal are not forthcoming
at an early date.
1926 29th October (IT).
Loan Office Raided in Clare: -Books Carried Away.
(From our correspondent) Kilrush, Thursday.
A sensation was caused in Kilrush today when it became known that the
loan office of Mr. J.S. Dowling, Moore Street, Kilrush, had been raided
by armed and masked men.
Owing to the meeting of the Kilrush and Killimer Coursing Club many of
the residents were out of the town, while the Civic Guards were occupied
with the regulation of the traffic along the roads.
The raiders entering the premises “held up” Mr. Dowling, and
his clerk, and getting possession of the keys, locked the doors and seized
the books and all the available documents, and carried them off. A young
woman who was standing in an adjoining door was ordered away.
The Civic Guards were quickly on the scene, and had all the stations in
Clare notified of the robbery. Later in the day a man was detained.
It is believed that the raiders came to the town in a motorcar.
1926 2nd November (IT).
Turf used in a Mill.
Messrs. Glynn's West Clare flour mills Kilrush, are using turf for steam
raising owing to the shortage of coal.
1926 9th November (II).
Healthy Clare Townspeople.
For seven months no death has taken place in Kilrush. This is a record,
1926 18th November (IT).
Offer to Technical Committee: -
The old Protestant school at Kilrush has been offered to the County Clare
Technical Committee by the trustees of the Vandeleur estate for £300,to
be used as a centre for agricultural and technical classes. The Committee
adjourned final consideration of the offer pending the report of the Government
Commission on Technical Education in the Free State.
1926 3rd December (IT).
Messrs. Glynn and Sons, flour millers, Kilrush, who have been unable to
get their usual supplies of coal, have been using turf at the rate of
100 tons per week during the past month. The result has been satisfactory.
1927 10th January (IT).
Coal at Last: -
For the first time since the coal strike, a cargo of coal arrived at Kilrush,
West Clare, last Saturday. It sold rapidly at £3-5s per ton.
1927 14th January (IT).
Kilrush Milk Supply.
Veterinary Inspector's Indictment.
In view of the increased recognition of the value of milk as a food, and
the necessity of strict enforcement of the Dairies and Cowsheds Order,
the Clare County Board of Health requested from veterinary inspectors
as to the working of the Order in the county.
Reports received up to the present relate to Ennis, Kildysart and Kilrush.
The Order appears to be observed fairly well in the two former districts,
but Mr. J.A. Kelly, V. S., makes a grave indictment against the manner
in which the Order is ignored in the Kilrush rural district.
In his report, he states that it is very desirable that every person selling
milk should be registered. In the Kilrush district one would hardly find
a dozen properly conducted, well-kept, hygienic cow-houses. In the matter
of ventilation, the efforts of most people seemed to be directed against
keeping the fresh air out, instead of allowing it in. What was termed
“dry milking” was not much practised, and the other method-namely,”
wet milking” as carried out in this area, was a most insanitary
performance, to say the least of it.
In only a few places is there anything that might be called a dairy, and
in the majority of places the kitchen, shop, pantry, etc.; all serve as
a so-called dairy. Milk is distributed in open vessels, which may also
accommodate any foreign matter that happens to blow along. Grooming of
cows, washing of udders, teats, tubercular testing of cows, etc., are
things unknown. It seemed to be a general rule that manure should be piled
just outside doors and windows. He had made a number of recommendations
to the owners, which he hoped would be put into effect.
1927 29th January (CC).
Presentation at Kilrush.
At a meeting under the auspices of the G.A.A. Held at the Club House,
Vandeleur Street, Kilrush on Friday night and presided over by Mr. Francis
O'Dea a well-known Gael it was unanimously decided to call on Mt. Michael
Moloney of football fame to present the beautiful gold medals awarded
to the “Shamrocks” for the League Championship and the County
Championship for 1924.
--- He regretted the absence through emigration of three of their prominent
players namely: Noel McNamara, Captain, and the “Shamrocks”
Michael Curtin and John Garrihy,-----.
1927 23rd February (IT).
Up to 70 labourers in receipt of the “dole” at Kilrush were
informed at the Labour Exchange on Monday that they should go to work
on the Shannon Scheme where work was available as they would receive no
more “dole” if they declined.
1927 15th March (IT).
Contaminated Water: Kilrush in danger of losing a grant.
“I am a fairly tough individual, but I would not water a glass of
whiskey with Kilrush water without first boiling the water”
This remark was made over a year ago by a medical inspector of the Local
Government Department as a result of the finding by an analyst that the
water supplied from the public pumps was contaminated with sewage matter,
and following it an inscription was put on the pumps warning the public
that they should not attempt to use the water unless they boiled it. The
conditions which made this precaution necessary still obtain. It is true
that a contract for the provision of a supply from Knockerra Lake at a
cost of about £11,000 was signed long since, but as only the merest
preliminaries have yet been undertaken, there is no likelihood that a
pure supply will be available before the end of the current year.
Meantime, there is no sewage system, and the arrangements for the removal
of offensive matter are of the most primitive kind. The Local Government
Department offered a free grant of £5,000 towards the cost of the
scheme, but they gave it to be understood that this would not be issued
if it could not be claimed before the 31st March 1927.
It is now reported that some trouble has arisen in respect of the selection
of workers for employment on this scheme, and there is a risk that the
Department will take a very serious view of the prolonged delay, which
has occurred in the undertaking of a most essential public service.
1927 3rd May (IT).
Creameries for West Clare.
As a result of a meeting held at Kilrush, it has been decided to establish
co-operative creameries at Kilrush, Doonbeg, Mullagh, Kilmihil and Tarmon.
It was stated that there were over 1,600 cows within the neighbourhood
of the town of Kilrush, and it was suggested that the central creamery
should be at Kilrush, auxiliaries to be erected at the other places mentioned.
The Very Rev. Dean McInerney, P P, Kilrush, presided at the meeting.
1927 11th May (IT).
Search for Captain Nungesser: -Last seen off the Shannon.
The mystery of the White Bird with Captain Nungesser and Captain Coli
on board is still unsolved.
---Subsequently the aeroplane was observed at Glin (Co' Limerick) and
at Kilrush and Carrigaholt, on the Shannon. It was last seen leaving the
Irish coast by Father Madden of Carrigaholt, Co. Clare. At eleven o'clock
on Sunday morning he saw the machine flying on a northwest course towards
Ten minutes earlier Mr. Glynn, of the Kilrush Flour and Meal Mills, saw
the White Bird flying over the River Shannon, going, as he thought, due
west. She was well up and flying steadily.
Later Mr. Glynn telephoned to the coastguards at Loop Head to inquire
whether they had noticed the machine, but owing to the haze at the time
she apparently went out to sea unobserved.
1927 19th May (IT).
A Priest's Advice.
Speaking at a meeting in support of the Cumann Na nGaedheal, the Very
Rev. Dean McInerney, P. P, V.G, said that he had made very few political
speeches in his lifetime, and would have preferred to remain silent now,
but his silence might be misunderstood, He meant to vote for the Government
candidates. The Treaty was accepted by the majority of the people, and
the majority should now vote. He had been 58 years a priest and had never
asked a vote for anybody. On this occasion he earnestly appealed to the
people to exercise the franchise. If he had the power he would take away
the vote from those who refused to use it.
1927 26th May (IT).
A West Clare Society.
In the matter of the Companies Act and the West Clare Co-Operative Producers
Ltd, in liquidation.
Mr. George R. O'Connor (instructed by Mr. M. Killeen) on behalf of Mr.
John Darcy, Kilrush, official liquidator, applied for directions on matters
referred to in the liquidator's affidavit. The company, it appeared had
been ordered voluntarily to be wound up, and out of the sum of £2,734
the liquidator had collected £1,640 and paid out £105. The
liquidator required directions as to dealing with outstanding debts and
negotiating with the landlord with reference to the restoration of the
1927 26th May (II)
A Wound-up Company.
Companies Act and the West Clare Co-operative Producers Ltd., in liquidation.
Application by official liquidator Mr. J. Darcy, Kilrush, for directions
on certain matters in liquidator's affidavit, before the Master.
The company had been ordered voluntary to be wound up, and out of £2,734
the liquidator had collected £1,610 and paid out £105,------.
1927 2nd June (IT).
Clare Fishermen's Grievances.
Mr. Greene, Inspector under the Department of Fisheries, held an inquiry
at Kilrush Courthouse last Tuesday into grievances of Clare drift net
Mr. M. Killeen, solicitor, said that the Kilrush men's contention was
that the nets should be lengthened to at least 250 yards.
Mr Michael Keane, Corbally, a member of the Board of Conservators, and
general secretary, to the Clare Fishermen's Association, said that he
received no notice from the Board that they had passed a resolution opposing
the alteration of the present existing by-laws.
Mr. Hickman, solicitor (for the weir owners and rod-men), asked that the
inquiry be adjourned to give his clients a chance of giving evidence.
The inspector said that they had no evidence as to catches by the different
parties. The Minister did not want to regulate the catches for anyone
but was out for the general interest of the whole fishing industry,
The inquiry was then adjourned.
1927 25th June (IT).
Garda Siochana: -Transfers and Promotions.
---- Superintendent W. Guirey, Kilrush, promoted from 3rd Grade to 2nd
1927 30th June (IT).
Boat Burned in Bonfire.
On St. John’s Eve a small boat lying at Leadmore Quay, Kilrush,
was taken away and broken up and burned in a bonfire. It is stated that
a compensation claim has been lodged by the owner.
1927 2nd July (IT).
Slump in Pig Prices: - 150 out of 200 taken home at Kilrush.
Out of 200 pigs taken to the Kilrush monthly pig fair on Wednesday, 150
were taken home unsold owing to the small price paid-74s.per cwt., 10s
less than at the previous fair. Bonham's sold at 31s each.-------.
1927 19th July (IT).
Highest Birth Rate in Free State: -Kilrush's Distinction.
---- Of the urban districts in the Free State, Monaghan has the lowest
birth rate with 10.4 per thousand of the population. Killiney comes next
with 11.6 per thousand, and then comes Bundoran, followed by Howth with
12.0. Kilrush, with 39.5, has the highest birth rate of all the Urban
1927 22nd July (IT).
Patrick Finnegan, Thomas and Sinon Bluney, brothers, were fined £6
and costs each for illegal fishing at Kilrush. For obstructing the Guards
on the same occasion: fined £2 and costs each.
1927 27th July (IT).
Incendiary outrage in West Clare. -Farming stock and offices destroyed.
News was received in Kilrush yesterday of an incendiary outrage committed
at about five o'clock on Monday morning at the farm of Mr. Patrick Ryan,
Knockalough, Kilmihil, West Clare.
Shortly before five o'clock a motorcar was seen standing on the road near
Mr. Ryan's farm. At five o'clock a fire broke out which destroyed the
out-houses, all the farming implements, a large quantity of hay, a separator,
churns, and several tons of feeding stuffs. ------.
1927 6th August (CC).
Kilrush Water Works.
It is pleasing to note that this undertaking is making good progress and
that work on the Knockerra end is well advanced. The works at Ballyerra
consist of a large reservoir excavated on the side of the hill to a level
of 15 feet, together with an inlet well of the same depth and capable
of containing nearly 200,000 gallons of water. The pipeline is continued
out to the lake in Knockerra and this is now nearly completed and the
pipes laid and jointed for half the distance out to Moyadda. ----.
1927 13th August (IT).
Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act. 1904.
Take Notice that it is the intention of me, the undersigned, to apply
to the District Justice at next sitting of the District Justice at Kilrush
on Tuesday, the 16th day of August 1927 for a Certificate of Registration
of the Kilrush Club. The name of said club is the Kilrush Club. The object
of said Club is the promotion of social intercourse between its members.
The address of the premises occupied by said Club is Toler Street, Kilrush,
Dated this 11th day of August 1927.
M D Glynn. Honorary Secretary of the said Club. Kilrush, County Clare.
1927 17th September (IT).
The Log: - Why the airmen returned.
The first hint that the flight had not been successful was contained in
the following telegram from Lloyd's agent at Kilrush: - “Large aeroplane
plainly seen: circled two or three times over Quilty, County Clare, and
proceeded over Mutton Island, seawards, at 5.40 p m this evening”.
------At 6.20 p m Captain McIntosh and Commandant Fitzmaurice reached
the coast, but owing to the very low clouds it was impossible to get in
over the land. They followed the coast to the South flying only thirty
feet above water.
Rounding Loop Head they flew into the estuary of the Shannon, and after
thirty-five minutes landed on a stretch of sand near Ballybunion at 6.55
1927 20th October (IT).
By Clare County Board of Health, by 27th October, for reconstruction works
at Kilrush District Hospital.
1927 10th December (Connacht Tribune).
The retirement of Dr. M. J. Studdert, Carrigaholt, removes from public
life one of the best-known and highly esteemed officials in County Clare.
Indeed his name was a household one in the West of the county, where he
laboured as medical officer for over a period of 51 years with unflinching
fidelity and devotion. ------ he never spared any trouble or inconvenience
to alleviate the suffering of the people in his locality. He was the real
type of what has been so well known as the amiable country doctor. His
resignation will be universally regretted, especially as it has been brought
about by reasons of ill health. He was always kind, generous and affable.
1928 17th February (II).
Clare Institutions Crumbling-appalling conditions.
The conditions of hospitals and homes in Clare is causing the County Council
grave concern. For almost two years the Board have been making representations
without effect to the L.G.D. In connection with the buildings.
At the last meeting of the Board, Sister Loyola, matron Kilrush District
Hospital, reported that the roof of the maids' dormitory was “like
a sieve” and that the Convent and Hospital roof was not much better.
Sister M Benignus, matron of the Co. Nursery, reported that the roof leakage
was past description. ---------.
1928 13th April (IT).
A Kilrush Strike: -Satisfactory Settlement.
A conference took place yesterday at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce,
between the Ministry, represented by Mr. R. C. Ferguson: Messrs. Glynn
and Sons, flour and meal mill owners, Kilrush, Co. Clare, represented
by Mr. C. E. Glynn, and the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union,
represented by Messrs. Kennedy, Foran and Robins, with reference to a
dispute between the milling firm and its employees. The latter have been
on strike for the past fortnight, involving the holding up of the steamship
service between Kilrush and Limerick.
The outcome of the conference was that a settlement was arrived at by
which work will be resumed immediately in the flour mills and in the steamship
service on the old terms. The 43 men who went on strike will be reinstated
on Tuesday next. This settlement has given general satisfaction to traders
in Limerick, West Clare, North Kerry, and all interested in the business
interests of the estuary of the Shannon district.
1928 30th April (II)
Statutory Notice to Creditors.
Rose Zillah Smith, formerly of the Vandeleur Arms Hotel, Kilrush and late
of Bleak House, Kilrush, County Clare, Spinster, Deceased.
All persons claiming to be creditors of or otherwise having any claims
against the Assets of the Deceased, who died on the 15th day of September
1926 are hereby required to furnish particulars (in writing) of such claims
to the undersigned Solicitor for Mrs Jemima Supple the administratrix
of the estate----------------- F F Cullinan, Bindon Street, Ennis.
1928 9th June (CC).
Supt. Guirey applied for a general exemption order for the public houses
in Kilrush on Sunday next on the occasion of a championship match between
Kerry and Clare. He said he anticipated a big influx of people and as
there were only a few restaurants for their accommodation it would be
for the convenience of the visitors and of the supervision by the guards
if all houses were allowed to serve anyone between the hours of 5 pm and
--the order was granted (16th June: Result of Match: Kerry 3 goals 4 points
- - Clare 5 points)
1928 30th June (IT).
Gallantry of Clare men: -Major-General Hickie's Tribute, Echo of Big February
Today at Quilty, Co. Clare, Major-General and Senator Sir W.B. Hickie,
K C B, publicly presented on behalf of the Royal Human Society awards
made to Thomas Boyle, Michael Crehan and John Kelleher for life saving
on the 11th February last. Boyle was awarded the bronze medal of the Institution
and a sum of £6 to make good the damage to his boat. Crehan and
Kelleher received £3 each and the thanks of the Association on vellum.
Three fishermen had been wrecked in a storm, and having lost their boat,
were marooned upon Mutton Island. The storm raged without intermission
all those eight days. It was absolutely necessary that they should be
rescued and at the greatest possible risk, Thomas Boyle, Michael Crehan
and John Kelleher set out in a 24-foot canoe in the teeth of the gale.
It was a very fine performance, which not only called for great daring
and personal disregard of danger, but also required great skill and fine
Those heroes were successful in saving the lives of their three comrades-------.
“I want to take this opportunity,” continued Sir William,
“of greeting my many old war comrades who are here today. I think
that this is the first meeting in this part of Clare at which ex-Service
men have taken part. Clare men, whatever may be said to the contrary,
took a very prominent part in the Great War. The men who joined up did
so from the highest of motives. I have not the statistics for the whole
county, but through the kindness of Mr. Charles Glynn of Kilrush, I have
got those for that district.
The population of Kilrush was in 1914 3,660 souls of whom half were women.
Of the 1,800 males half again were either too old or too young to join
up. From the 900 remaining males of military age must be deducted the
physically unfit and the members of professions which could not spare
their followers. And so in Kilrush there were available some 800 men at
most, of these no less than 416 went to fight for the integrity of Belgium,
and of these 416 one in six or 70 men exactly never came back.
“I ask you now to stand for a short while in memory of those men
of Clare who fell in battle. I can never forget that over fifty per cent
of her sons joined up voluntarily, and I cannot refrain from pointing
out to those who have tried in the past to belittle our effort, that if
the whole of the British Isles had volunteered in the same proportion
as did the men of Kilrush we should have had a voluntary Army of over
five million men, a number which I doubt was reached even with conscription”----------.
1928 4th August (II).
Erroneous Impression Corrected.
The wording of the Irish Independent poster: “Co. Clare Mills Burned
Down” announcing the recent fire at Mr. O'Doherty's Sawmills, Kilrush,
might convey the impression that the fire occurred at the premises of
Messrs, M. Glynn and Sons, Kilrush, whose mills are called the Co. Clare
Flour and Meal Mills. This is not so. The fire did not occur at Messrs.
Mr. M. Morrissy, Town Surveyor, Kilrush, writes: “The sergeant of
the Guards with three of his men and two brothers, Daly, clambered up
a plank to the slated roof and over to the roof of the boiler house: whence
the fire was fast spreading to a shed stored with valuable light timber
and building materials-and off which the main office and the clerks' offices
were situate as well as the large dwelling house of Mr. John Culligan.
“Meantime, I scrambled on the roof, provided with a saw and with
the assistance of Sergt. O'Reilly and three of his men, together with
the two brothers Daly, C. Bulger, Thos. O'Shea, and Patk Scanlan (Swanie)
succeeded in cutting away two bays of roofing which was actually lighting
at the time. Minimax fire extinguishers kept the timbers, well wetted.
Several traders, professional gentlemen the clergy, as well as Guard Corbett,
superintended by the owner (Mr. O'Doherty) and his secretary (Mr. McDonnell)
kept us well supplied with buckets of water to throw on the flames. Mr.
O'Doherty's full staff worked in keeping the supply of water from neighbouring
sources, including the public pumps.
1928 20th August (IT).
Coast Life-Saving Companies: - Kilrush Presentation.
At the quarterly inspection of the Coast Life-Saving Company, at Kilrush,
Superintendent McQuillan, of Renmore, Galway, presented Mr. John Clancy,
U C with a framed certificate from the Free State Ministry of Industry
and Commerce, as a mark of their appreciation of his twenty years' service
in the Kilrush Life-Saving Company.
Referring to the work of the Life-Saving Companies, Superintendent McQuillan
said that the Companies were established in the year 1870 to rescue the
crews of shipwrecked vessels by means of the rocket apparatus. The number
of lives that have been saved by this means in Ireland and Great Britain
is between twelve and thirteen thousand. Also assistance has been rendered
to a large number of vessels in distress. During the year 1927, 168 lives
were saved by means of the rocket apparatus in Ireland and Great Britain.
When the disaster to the fishing fleet took place at Cleggan, in Galway,
last October, the local company of the volunteers immediately proceeded
to search the coast in order to render assistance. They supplied lanterns,
lifebelts and lifelines from their equipment to the people engaged in
the search, and they themselves patrolled the coast for three nights following
the disaster in an endeavour to recover the bodies. The first body washed
ashore was recovered by one of these men. -------------.
1928 8th September (CC).
Kilrush Schools: Letter to the Editor Kilrush 3rd September.
---- In your August 18th under the heading “Kilrush” you note
“All dry closets but badly kept” In the Clare Champion of
the same date I read “ N.S. Kilrush very good internally and externally.
I wrote to the worthy medical officer last week asking him to say which
of these statements fairly represent his report----- There are no dry
--- Of Scattery Island School I will say nothing except this that when
certain projected improvements have been made -----
Yours Very Faithfully, J McInerney, P.P., V.G.
1928 26th September (IT).
Defaulting Rate Collectors: - Measures for Control of Officers.
At the monthly meeting of the Clare County Council a letter was read from
the Free State Minister for Local Government approving of the suspension
from office of Rate Collector Matthew Lyons, Kilrush district, whose present
whereabouts are unknown. To complete the collection of rates in this district
a temporary appointment was made by the Council. --------------.
1928 18th October (IT).
By Clare County Board of Health, by 25th October, for reconstruction works
at the District and Fever Hospital, Kilrush.
1928 27th October (IT).
Storm Damage in Clare.
According to a report made by the Matron of the Kilrush County Nursery
to the Clare County Board of Health, “indescribable damage was done
by the recent storm to the institution. The provision pantry had been
partially unroofed and two women's sleeping wards had to be abandoned.
The chapel roof had been stripped, windows blown in, and damage done in
all parts of the house. The whole place”, she added, “is a
1928 20th November (IT).
When John Daly, ex-Bailiff of Kilrush, was put forward on remand at Ennis
District Court on a charge of embezzlement of about £160 the property
of the Sheriff for County Clare. Superintendent William O’Brien,
who prosecuted applied for a further remand, stating that he had not yet
completed his inquiries. He had about one hundred decrees for investigation
all over the district and time would be required to ascertain if the accused
man had got any payments in respect of them.
Daly was remanded to the District Court at Kilrush on December 4th next.
1929 7th January (IT).
Motor Collides with Milk Cart: -Accident on the Ennis Road.
In the Limerick District Court Patrick Binnie, (?) Kilrush, County Clare,
was fined £2 and 21s costs for driving a motorcar in a negligent
manner on the Ennis Road.
Patrick Nash stated that he saw a man named Grimes driving a milk car
on his right side of the road. Defendant's motorcar, which only had one
light, crashed into it and upset the horse and milk cart.
1929 2nd March (CC).
Census Figures: Kilrush:
Total: 1608 males and 1737 females
of those 1594 males and 1711 females were Catholic: 11 males and 26 females
Protestants with one Presbyterian and 2 others. Of the total population
1454 males and 1549 females were born in the Co. Clare. -----.
1929 6th March (IT).
Kilrush 14: Newcastle West 6.
This match in the first round of the Garryowen Cup was played at Kilrush.
1929 14th March (IT).
Prison for Woman Assailant.
In the Ennis District Court Bridget Savage, an inmate of the Kilrush County
Nursery, was convicted on a charge of assaulting the matron, Miss A. O’Donnell,
and sentenced to one month's imprisonment with hard labour.
Defendant admitted the charge, and said that she had struck the matron
because she had asked for supper and had not been supplied with it.
1929 6th April (IT).
Kilrush Flour Mill Dispute: Holiday Question Leads to Strikes.
Members of the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union employed by
Messrs, Glynn and Sons, flour-millers, Kilrush, County Clare, have gone
on strike on the ground that the firm has refused to grant holidays on
Good Friday and other church and national holidays. They claim that, in
accordance with an arbitration award of 1920, they are entitled to six
continuous holidays and six general holidays every year, and that Good
Friday, is one of the holidays observed customarily in the mills.
On Wednesday morning employees of Messrs. Goodbody, Limerick, refused
to pack supplies for despatch to Messrs. Glynn and Sons, Kilrush, and
they went on strike by way of supporting Messrs. Glynn's employees...------------.
1929 4th May (CC).
Board of Health Meeting: Kilrush Hospital Reconstruction:
Serious complaint by Clerk of Works. --Demand for Sworn Inquiry.
--After a lengthy and at times rather heated discussion the board decided
unanimously to make a demand for a sworn inquiry into the manner in which
the work of reconstruction has been carried out up to the present -----.
1929 3rd June (IT).
Hurling and Football at Kilrush.
Before about 6,000 spectators at Kilrush Gaelic Grounds yesterday Clare
met Cork in senior hurling and football. Great interest was centred in
the hurling contest. Cork defeated Clare in the All-Ireland Final last
year, and Clare beat them recently at Limerick. From start to finish both
matches were well contested. In the hurling Cork were unlucky two of their
men getting knocked out after a few minutes play. On resuming play in
the second half the referee had to remove two goal umpires, both failing
to agree as to scores, Clare being disallowed 2 goals, Final Score
Clare - 4 goals 5 points. Cork – 2 goals 3 points.
In the football match after a good fast game, which resulted in a draw,
the score was: -
Clare -7 points. Cork – 1 goal 4 points.
1929 13th June (IT).
Detective Killed by a Mine: -Shocking Affair Near Kilrush.
Detective O'Sullivan, of the Clare Force, lost his life on Tuesday night,
near Kilrush, when he tried to open a box, which contained high explosive.
Another detective and a Civic Guard were injured by the explosion, and
are in hospital.
It appears that Detective Driscoll who is stationed at Knock, received
a letter signed “Farmer” on Tuesday morning, stating that
a box containing ammunition and treasonable papers would be found in a
field at Tullycrine, near Kilrush.
Leaving Knock Barrack at ten o'clock on Tuesday night, Detective Driscoll
cycled to the spot indicated in the letter, and found the box. When returning
to the barrack with it he met Detective Timothy O'Sullivan and Civic Guard
After a time it was decided to open the box in order to examine its contents.
Detective O'Sullivan placed the box in a field and tried to open it with
a piece of strong fence wire.
He failed and then tried to force it open with his hands. While he was
pulling open the lid the contents of the box exploded, killing him instantly.
His body was flung some distance away, and some of his limbs were torn
from the trunk.
Guard Cusack and Detective Driscoll were rendered unconscious for a time.
Guard Driscoll was afterwards found to be seriously injured, and he is
at present under treatment in St. Joseph's Hospital, Kilrush.
Guard Cusack is suffering from shock.
When the news became known in Kilrush yesterday the shops were kept shuttered
for the day.
1929 14th June (IT).
Fianna Fail and the Fatal Explosion in Clare.
References to the death of Detective O’Sullivan, who was killed
by the explosion of a mysterious box near Kilrush, County Clare, on Tuesday
evening, were made in Dáil Eireann yesterday during the debate
on the final stage of the Juries (Protection) Bill.
The Minister for Justice described it as a murder-”one of the most
cold-blooded in its calculation and diabolical in its execution”
that had ever been perpetrated in this country-but members of the opposition
declared that there was nothing to prove that it was not an accident.
1929 14th June (IT).
The Clare Bomb Explosion: -Detective's Funeral in Kilrush.
The body of Detective Timothy Sullivan who lost his life on Tuesday night
last by the explosion of a trap mine which had been discovered in a field
near Kilrush, was removed from Ennis yesterday to his native town of Skibbereen
When the body was removed to the parish church in Kilrush yesterday morning
Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated, in the presence of a very large congregation.
The celebrant was Dean McInerney and the assistants were the Rev. Father
Smyth and the Rev. Father Meagher.
Among the mourners were the deceased Guard's parents and sister, and there
were also present Chief Superintendent Duffy, Ennis: Superintendent Finnegan,
Detective Sergeant Harman, Sergeant O'Reilly, and a large party of the
Guards from stations in County Clare. ----
1929 18th July (IT).
Clare Trap Mine Sequel: -£400 for wounded detective.
Detective Officer John Driscoll (27) hobbled into Ennis Circuit Court
today to tell Judge McElligott his experiences in connection with the
explosion of the trap box at Tullycrine on the night of June 11 last.
He was claiming £1,000 compensation for the injuries then received
---- Recalled by the Judge, Chief Superintendent O'Duffy said that the
secret anti-Government organisation to which he had alluded was confined
to the electoral divisions of Coolmeen, Kilmihil, Tullycrine, Killimer,
Kilmurray McMahon and Kilfiddane. Outside of these six electoral divisions
the conditions in Clare were thoroughly satisfactory. ----
The Court would award him £400 to be levied, with costs, and £21
expenses, on the six electoral divisions mentioned by the Chief Superintendent.
It would be a grave injustice to the general body if they were compelled
to pay for injuries inflicted by a secret organisation confined to one
small slice of West Clare.
Judgement was entered accordingly.
1929 24th July (IT).
In the early hours of Monday morning the Hibernian Club, Kilrush, was
broken into. £42 in cash, some bottles of whiskey and a quantity
of cigarettes were taken.
1929 5th August (IT).
Clare County Registrar.
Mr. Michael Killeen, solicitor, Kilrush, has been appointed County Registrar
for Clare, in succession to Mr. Healy, Ennis, who has resigned on pension.
1929 12th August (II).
Mr. Sean Walshe, principal, Kilrush N.S., has been admitted Fellow of
the Royal Horticultural Society, London.
1929 21st October (IT).
Kilrush October cattle fair showed a slight improvement on past fairs.
The Kilrush fairs now are the foremost ones in West Clare, due to the
improvement in the breed of cattle, and their coming up in suitable condition.
Prices: - Three-year-olds, £15 to £16: two-year-olds, £13
to £14: good yearlings, £10 to £11. Smaller cattle in
1929 16th November (IT).
Kilrush: -Armistice Day.
Despite harsh weather Armistice Day was celebrated in Kilrush by over
200 ex-servicemen. After a solemn Requiem High Mass at the parish church,
a parade took place in the Market Square, where the two minutes' silence
was observed. Afterwards, bearing wreaths, the men marched to the Shanakyle
Cemetery, where a large cross has been erected. There were present Mrs.
F. J. O'Doherty, representative British Legion in West Clare, and the
Rev. Canon King, Rector of Kilrush.
1929 7th December (CC).
The Hibernian Club held their opening dance on Wednesday 27th November;
there were over 70 couples present---.
1929 7th December (CC).
Kilrush Pierott Troupe:
--presented their fifth programme before packed audiences at Kilrush on
the 19th and 20th of November-- the show was “The Talk of the Town”---