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

Kilrush Notes 1920-1929


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, Moore Street:
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 The police were withdrawn from Labasheeda some time ago, and the patrolling in the parish has since then been carried out by the Knock police.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 kidnapped.

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 in Kilrush)

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 reprisals.
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 and Kilkee.-----

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 was wounded.

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 station.------

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).
Courts-martial Sentences.
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 weekly---.

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 in Kilrush.
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 been stopped.

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).
Schooner Released.
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).
News Summary.
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 and left.--
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 investigation.

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 Street, Kilrush.
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 that?”
There were cheers and cries of “YES” and Mr. Comyn continued his speech.
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).
Items:
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).
Munster.
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).
Armistice Day:
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).
Moneylender's Action:
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, were heard.
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 Act”
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 subjected.
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 clandestinely.
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 of £270.
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, A. McNally.
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 impossible.

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 it ------.

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 idle.

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 vicinity.
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 there.
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).
Personal: -
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).
Clare Ambush.
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).
Presentation.
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 at Seafield”----------------

1926 7th May (II).
Legal Notices.
Notice of Application for Certificate of Registration of Kilrush Club. Kilrush.
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 members.
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 necessitous household.
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 of distress”.
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 cure.

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 without incident.
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 Treaty.
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 a scythe.

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).
Must-Go-To-Work Order.
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 the sea.
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 premises.-------.

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 fishermen.
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 Grade Superintendent.

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 Councils. --------.

1927 22nd July (IT).
Illegal Fishing.
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, County Clare.
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 p m.----------------.

1927 20th October (IT).
Tenders Wanted.
By Clare County Board of Health, by 27th October, for reconstruction works at Kilrush District Hospital.

1927 10th December (Connacht Tribune).
Doctor's Retirement.
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).
General Exemptions:
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 8 pm.
--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 Storm.
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 boat-man-ship.
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. Glynn's Mills.
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 closets---
--- 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).
Tenders Wanted.
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 complete wreck”.

1928 20th November (IT).
Alleged Embezzlement.
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).
Provincial Matters.
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 Cusack.
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 for burial.---------
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 by him.
---- 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 Fair.
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 poor demand.

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).
Kilrush Notes:
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”---


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