1930 5th March (II).
Rangers' Mutiny in India. To the Editor “Irish Independent”.
Sir- it is time that the Free State Government did something to ameliorate
the conditions of the men who, whilst on Foreign Service in India, struck
a manly blow on behalf of Irishmen to rule themselves. We, at a supreme
moment in our country's history protested by throwing down our arms, refused
to be a party to the persecution of our fellow-countrymen and women in
Ireland by the “Black and Tans” and by doing so we showed
the world that we were Irishmen to the core: and still nothing has been
done for us. Some of us are absolutely in want, without work, home, or
We were prepared to face the firing squad in India in order that our country
should be free. Yet it appears now that our sacrifices were in vain. When
our case comes before the Dáil I would appeal to the members of
the different parties to give us their full support.
Joseph Hawes (Moore St. Kilrush) (one of the leaders in the mutiny)
1930 22nd March (II)
The Control of Irish Mills.
Clare Co. Council adopted the Kilrush UC resolution, viewing with consternation,
the efforts being made by English combines to obtain control of the Irish
milling industry and calling on the Executive Council to take immediate
action to prevent the control of the Irish bread supply passing into the
hands of foreigners.
Mr. MacMahon said the people should insist on being supplied with the
products of Irish Mills and thus prevent the decay of Irish milling. The
purchase of Irish milled flour would mean cheaper feeding stuffs for the
farmers' stocks. The control of Irish mills by foreigners would mean a
further retarding of Irish output and industry. ---------.
1930 7th May (II).
Pithy Provincial News. -Munster.
Mr. Thomas F. Twomey, son of Mr. M. Twomey, N.T., P.C., Knock, Co. Clare
passed the Solicitors' Final examination, and intends to practice in Kilrush.
1930 15th July (II).
Creamery Manager wanted by the West Clare Co-Operative Creameries Limited.
Applicants must satisfy the I.A.O.S and D.A.T.I. As to their qualifications
and must have practical experience of the management of a Central creamery
with several auxiliaries. A splendid opportunity for a first-class man.
Full particulars of qualifications, experience, salary, together with
copies of testimonials to be sent to F. J. O'Doherty, Hon. Sec. West Clare
Co-Op. Creameries, Toler Street, Kilrush, to reach him before the 21st
inst. Canvassing members of Committee by or on behalf of candidates will
1930 17th September (II).
Nuncio Visits to Kilrush and Kilkee:
His Excellency Most Rev, Dr. Paschal Robinson, Nuncio Apostolic, received
hearty welcomes on the occasion of his visits to Kilrush and Kilkee on
Monday, Kilrush was artistically decorated with flags and bunting.
When accompanied by Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty,Bishop of Killaloe, and his
Excellency's Secretary,Mgr. Riberi,the Nuncio arrived at the door of St.
Senan's Church,Kilrush,the choir sang “Sacerdos et Pontifex”,and
when he was leaving the church they sang “God Bless the Pope”.
The choir was augmented by the Girls' Convent Choir and the Choir of the
Christian Brothers' Schools. Very Rev. Dean McInerney, P.P., V.G., accompanied
-- Among the clergy also present were Rev. P. O'Dea, P.P., Rev J. Hayes,
C.C., Rev J. Smyth, C.C., and Rev. J. O'Dea, C.C.
1930 4th December (II).
Ambulance Wrecked in Co. Clare.
The driver of the Scariff Hospital ambulance reported to Clare Board of
Health that whilst proceeding to Kilrush with two patients the ambulance
skidded and fell into a bog hole. The patients and driver escaped without
injury, but the ambulance was wrecked.
1930 5th December (IT).
Unemployed Mill Workers: -The Dumping of Foreign Oats.
Mr. McGilligan, Minister for Industry and Commerce, in reply to Mr. de
Valera, said that he understood that imports of flour into Kilrush had
increased, but there did not appear to be any substantial effect on employment.-------.
1930 29th December (IT).
A man named Michael McMahon, of Lisdeen, Carrigaholt, fourteen miles from
Kilrush, was found dead in a neighbour's house on Christmas morning. A
man named Patrick O'Shea was arrested in connection with McMahon's death
and charged with murder. An inquest was opened on Friday, but was adjourned
pending criminal proceedings.
1931 2nd February (IT).
Minister on Success of Kelp Scheme: -Sea Fisheries Association.
Mr. Fionan Lynch, Free State Minister for Fisheries, was accorded a great
reception today when he visited Kilrush. A large and representative gathering
from all parts of Clare assembled in the Courthouse, where the Minister
was presented with an address, which paid tribute to the work accomplished
by the Government.
The Very Rev. Father Breen, P P, presided.
The Minister thanked the reverend chairman and people for their welcome,
and the Kilrush Urban District Council for its address.
Referring to the scheme for the development of the kelp industry, he said:
“Clare led the van in many a national fight in the past, and Clare
last year set a headline for all the kelp-burning areas of the country.
The people of Quilty were wise enough to see the merits of the Government's
scheme, and the advantage to be gained by supporting that scheme. It is
largely due to the Clare kelp-burners that the scheme was an unqualified
success and that the industry is now on a sound basis, with an assured
market in the Galway iodine factory.
We hope to be able to maintain the prices at least at last year's level.
With better methods of burning which will result in greater iodine content,
these prices can be improved. Experiments as you know are being carried
on this year with winter kelp, which besides giving much-needed employment
to those who stood with us last year, will give us a good deal of information
as to the commercial value of the winter weed. An experiment factory for
testing and a new kiln is being established at Kilrush”
“There is one fly in the ointment as far as the Clare kelp industry
is concerned. It is a matter, which I will only just touch on very briefly.
It is the royalty, which certain kelp burners in this neighbourhood are
obliged to pay out of their receipts for kelp. Some of you know already
my personal attitude in this matter. ---------------”.
1931 21st February (CC).
Kilrush Franciscan dies at Drogheda:
We regret to announce the death of Father Francis Ryan, O.F.M., which
took place in the Franciscan convent at Drogheda on Thursday last. The
deceased was the third son of Mrs. Ryan, Henry Street, Kilrush and like
his two elder brothers was a member of the Franciscan Order. –
1931 12th March (II).
Kilrush Mourns for Pastor:
Kilrush is a town of mourning for the late Very Rev. John McInerney, P.P.,
V.G., dean of Killaloe. All amusements are suspended until after Sunday
As a mark of respect to the memory of their pastor, Kilrush U.D.C., adjourned,
a motion expressing their sincere and profound regret having been adopted.
Mr. T. Nagle, Chairmen, said the Dean had worked zealously in the town
for 25 years. He was of a charitable and kindly disposition, and was a
friend to rich and poor alike. Councillor M.J. Carmody said the saintly
pastor was worthy of the highest tribute Kilrush could pay him.
Councillor W. T. O'Brien said that Kilrush Church was a monument to the
Dean's memory, and is second to none in Ireland.
1931 16th March (IT).
Mr. Francis Vandeleur Westby, D L, of Roebuck Castle, Dundrum, County
Dublin, who died on the 16th September last, aged 71 years, left unsettled
personal estate in England and the Irish Free State, valued at £36,113-17s-11d.
Probate of the will dated 25th May 1927,with a codicil, has been granted
to his widow, Mrs. Jeanette Louise Westby, of the same address and Major
Ernest Whitmore Guinness, of St. Thomas, Rathfarnham, County Dublin. The
testator confirmed the provisions of his marriage settlement in favour
of his wife and younger children----- £300 to the Representative
Body of the Church of Ireland for the benefit of the parish churches of
Kilkee, Kilrush and Ennis----.
1931 26th August (IT).
The residence of Captain Thomas Lysaght, Ballymacurtaun, near Kilrush,
was destroyed by fire yesterday. Furniture and books were saved.
1931 14th September (IT).
Outrage in West Clare: -Man shot on his own doorstep: -Spies Beware Notice.
West Clare was shocked today when it became known that Mr. William McInerney,
a prominent citizen of Kilrush, had been fired at in the early hours of
the morning and seriously wounded.
It appears that at 12.40 am. Mr. McInerney was returning to his home in
Vandeleur Street and when about to remove his latch-key from his pocket
saw a piece of white paper pasted on the door. He examined the paper and
found it contained a drawing of a skull and crossbones, with the semi-printed
words,” Spies beware”.
Just then the firing opened.
Five revolvers bullets were discharged by unseen assailants, who made
good their escape on bicycles.
Mr. McInerney had a most remarkable escape from being shot dead. The bullets
struck all round him, and one entered his body below the base of the left
lung and about one inch from the spine.
Before he collapsed he succeeded in opening the door and getting into
Subsequent investigations showed that the shots were discharged at a range
of seven or eight yards.
The injured man was removed to the district hospital where hopes are entertained
for his recovery if complications do not set in.
Mr. McInerney is a building contractor married and about fifty years of
age. He is very popular in the district and the outrage is very widely
Superintendent Casey, Ennis, acting Chief Superintendent, visited Kilrush,
and, in company with Superintendent Feeney made exhaustive inquiries into
the affair but so far no arrests have been made.
1931 29th September (II).
Wanted, for Nov. 2nd, Male Principal Teacher for Kilrush (Co. Clare) three-teacher
boys' National School: Bilingual Certificate and Singing essential. Apply,
with copies of testimonials and inspectors' reports, to Canon Hogan, P.P.
1931 10th October (IT).
Labour Riots in Kilrush: -Knuckledusters and Iron Bars Used.
Serious riots have occurred in Kilrush, County Clare, following the establishment
of a branch of the Irish transport and General Workers Union in the town.
Repeated scuffles have taken place in the streets between members of the
newly formed branch and local workers, who have refused to join it.
Hugh Nevin, of Glen Street, a member of the branch is in St. Joseph's
Hospital seriously injured as the result of a disturbance on Wednesday
night, in which iron bars and “knuckledusters” were used by
some of the combatants.
1931 14th October (IT).
Wild Scene in Kilrush: -Bomb exploded in street, revolver shots to disperse
Scenes of excitement and disorder were witnessed in the streets of Kilrush
last night, when a bomb was thrown and detectives had to fire revolvers
to disperse an excited crowd.
The members of the Irish Transport Workers' Union held a meeting in connection
with the discharge of a 500-ton coal boat at Cappa, Kilrush, at which
the anti-union men are working.
The union men, 300 in number visited the anti-union leaders' houses last
night and cheered and booed outside them.
Later a bomb was thrown on the street.
The Civic Guards were unable to deal with the situation until members
of the Detective Division fired shots, which dispersed the crowd and order
1931 18th November (II)
Clare Explosion Outrage. -Labour Dispute Affair.
When Stephen Honan, an employee of Messrs. A. Ryan and Sons, was passing
up Frances St, Kilrush with a load of maize from the SS Dunleath, which
was being discharged at the docks, a missile was thrown at him by some
persons who had concealed themselves in a side street.
A terrible explosion followed and Honan had a very narrow escape from
1931 24th December (IT).
At a Special Court in Ennis, before Justice Gleeson, Martin Lillis, of
Pound Street, Kilrush, was charged with assaulting Martin Lillis, of Labasheeda
and remanded on bail to the next District Court at Kilrush.
1932 14th January (IT).
Intoxicating Liquor Act, 1927.
Take Notice that I have applied to the Registrar of Clubs for the District
Court Area of Kilrush for a renewal of the Certificate of Registration
of the Hibernian Club, Frances Street, Kilrush, and said application will
be heard and determined by the District Justice at Kilrush on the 19th
day of January 1932.
Francis Meaney, Honorary Secretary.
1932 8th February (IT).
Fianna Fail Campaign: -Mr. de Valera's Policy: -Warm reception in Clare.
--- Mr. de Valera devoted all his time on Saturday to canvassing in the
towns of Ennis and Kilrush, and he wound up by addressing a meeting in
Kilkee, where he had a hearty reception. Shortly after seven o'clock this
morning he resumed his triumphal march through the county, confining his
attentions to the West. Most of the places where he addressed meetings
are situated along the seaboard, but despite the intense cold he was able
on all occasions to hold his audience until the meetings concluded..
His first meeting was at Carrigaholt, after nine o'clock Mass. He spoke
in Irish and then in English. ---. --- on the arrival of Mr. de Valera
at Kilrush. He had a hearty reception. ---------.
1932 9th March (II)
Bank's Claim on Guarantee.
In the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Fitzgibbon and Mr.
Justice Murnaghan reserved judgement on the appeal of the defendants from
part of an order of Mr. Justice Johnston in an action by the Munster and
Leinster Bank against D O'Sullivan, Ballylongford: Daniel Ryan, Kilrush:
Thomas Fitzgerald, Tarbert: W McAuliffe, do, and others, to recover £2,030
on foot of guarantees given to the bank to secure repayments of certain
overdrafts to the Shannon Express Navigation Co. Mr. Justice Johnston
had held that each of the defendants was liable to 1/14th share of the
1932 16th March (IT).
Ex-Gratia Grant: -Discussion about a Clareman.
The Minister for Finance in moving for a supplementary estimate of £1,583
repayments to the Contingency Fund said that they felt that repayments
to the Contingency Fund are of a nature that should be carefully examined
by the Dáil. He referred to the sum of £75 ex-gratia grant
of compensation to Mr. William McInerney, Kilrush, Co. Clare, on the ground
that an attempt was made on his life, as he alleged, because he denounced
an illegal organisation----------.
1932 10th May (IT).
Bomb through Window: Midnight outrage in Clare.
At midnight on Saturday a crude homemade bomb was thrown through the bar
window of William's Hotel, Frances Street, Kilrush, shattering the window
and the iron bar outside. There was no one in the bar at the time.
The outrage is one of a series that have taken place recently.
Mr. William Ryan, the proprietor of the hotel, trades as A. Ryan and Son,
provision merchants and flour importers. Owing to a dispute with the local
branch of the Irish Transport Workers' Union, his premises-in the Square,
Kilrush, opposite the Town Hall-have been picketed for some time past.
Originally another firm, Messrs, O'Doherty and Son timber merchants, were
also involved in the dispute, but three months ago an amicable settlement
was arrived at.
The explosion was heard all over the town, and caused much uneasiness
The Very Rev. Canon P. Hogan, P P, Kilrush, condemned the affair at last
Mass yesterday. He described the occurrence as a dastardly outrage and
said that murder was in the heart of the perpetrator, even though nobody
was hurt, and all the priests and respectable people of the town condemned
the act, and said that people should show a little Christian charity to
Today the Civic Guards arrested a young man, Michael Keane, The Glen,
Kilrush. He was brought before Mr. John Lillis, Peace Commissioner, and
remanded to the next District Court.
1932 22nd June (IT).
Surveyor and Clerk of Works.
Nine tenders for the concreting of a street at Kilrush, County Clare,
ranging from £2,889-14s-9d to £6.036-14s,were received by
the Clare County Council, and the tender of Messrs. J. J. Buttimer and
Co. Ltd. Denny Street, Tralee, County Kerry, £2,889-14s-9d, being
the lowest was accepted. Mr. Healy when informed that the Clerk of Works
would be paid by the Council said that he supposed that Mr. F. Dowling,
County Surveyor would appoint a Kilrush man, “I will not appoint
a Kilrush man”. The County Surveyor said “and as a matter
of fact I have already appointed a man” Mr. Healy- Have you any
faith in Kilrush men? The County Surveyor- In certain places, yes: but
in Kilrush itself I have not. I am satisfied that I have appointed a reliable
man and there should not be any further question about the matter.
1932 8th July (IT).
Labour Dispute: -Serious Position in Kilrush.
The Minister for Justice in answer to Mr. P Hogan (Lab, Clare) said it
would not be in the public interest to give some of the information asked
for concerning a labour dispute in Kilrush.
“There is unfortunately no doubt” he said, “ That a
dispute of some sort is in progress in Kilrush, and that it has been accompanied
by numerous acts of violence, in which firearms and bombs have been used.
Since last October there have been at least ten serious crimes or attempts
at crime, and upwards of fifty civil actions arising out of the dispute.
The position is regarded as very serious, and it has been necessary to
add largely to the number of Gardaí normally stationed in the town.
So far as I am aware the Gardaí are not accommodated on premises
owned by a party to the dispute, but I am not to be understood as giving
any guarantee that they will not be so accommodated if that step be found
necessary or convenient.
1932 16th July (IT).
Writing to Clare Vocational Education Committee, Mr Brian Lowe, Kilrush,
stated that, in consequence of his refusal to sign the Statutory Declaration
of Allegiance to the Free State Government, he had not received any remuneration
for his services as teacher of Irish in 1925-26. He now claimed his salary
for the period he had worked. He also asked the Committee “as a
penalised Irish teacher” to sanction his attendance at the Irish
summer course on the usual conditions. The Rev. Father Scanlon proposed
that the application be granted, subject to the sanction of the Department.
Mr. Doherty seconded and the proposition was adopted unanimously.
1932 23rd July (IT).
Kilrush Matrimonial Suit.
In a matrimonial suit in which Mrs. Anne Fennell, of Cappagh, Kilrush,
petitioned for a divorce from her husband. Patrick Fennell, a farmer,
of Derreen, Tullycrine, Co. Clare, on the ground of alleged cruelty.
Mr. Joseph Healy (instructed by Messrs. M. Killeen and Co. on behalf of
the petitioner, applied for an order fixing alimony pending the hearing
of the petition.
Mr. Justice O'Byrne fixed alimony at 25s a week.
Mr. W. O'B. Fitzgerald (instructed by Mr. Thomas F. Twomey) appeared for
1932 30th July (IT).
The Minister for Local Government has sanctioned the payment of pensions
of £44-8s-2d per year to Mary Duggan (wards-maid), and £20-0s-1d
to Mary Sullivan (attendant), consequent on the abolition of their offices,
as a result of the closing of the Kilrush County Nursery.
1932 16th August (IT).
Strange Affair at Kilrush: -Three men under arrest.
---------- For a considerable time past the private residence of Mr. Daniel
Ryan at Cappa has been under police protection in connection with a labour
dispute, and at night am armed detective guard patrols the vicinity. On
Sunday night Detective Officers Muldowney and Carroll were on duty. At
11.15 pm they saw a body of some twenty men approach and pass Mr. Ryan's
house, the detectives called upon them to halt, whereupon, as alleged
in the official version of the incident, the crowd rushed the detective
and knocked them to the ground. Shots are also alleged to have been fired
by members of the crowd, and answered by the detectives.--------.
Another serious incident in Kilrush was the throwing of a bomb at the
house of Benjamin Butler, High Street,(Burton Street) at 12.40 am on Sunday.
The bomb hit the window frame and rebounded to the flags, where it exploded
doing no damage except the breaking of a pane of glass. A young man named
John Molony, of Burton Street, has been arrested. Butler is an employee
of Mr. Daniel Ryan, of Cappa, who has been involved for some time past
in a labour dispute.------.
1932 6th September (II).
Rev. Wm. Brews, M.A., who has been Episcopal Minister of Dumbarton for
20 years, has accepted the Rectorship of Kilrush. He was born at Annagh
House, Co. Clare, and was educated at Ennis and Dublin University. Prior
to going to Dumbarton he ministered at Tralee, Gorey, and Ballymena.
1932 5th November (IT).
The Kilrush Inquiry: -Decision of the Minister.
The decision of the Free State Minister for Justice on the report and
findings of the Kilrush Commission has been announced.
The Minister is satisfied that three members of the Civic Guard Force
were guilty of violation of duty, and accordingly the necessary disciplinary
action has been taken in respect of each of them.--------.
The Commission was set up after the affray at Kilrush, when it was alleged
that Civic Guards fired shots at a group of men who were walking along
a road outside Kilrush. At first Messrs. Gilmore and Ryan were charged
with attempted murder of Civic Guards, but they were discharged when the
State applied to have the charges withdrawn. -------------.
1932 10th November (IT).
Bomb Outrage Near Kilrush: -Goods Store Damaged.
A goods store near Kilrush, Co. Clare, the property of Mr. Daniel Ryan,
was bombed on Tuesday night. Shortly before the bombing it was discovered
that all the telephone wires in the district had been cut.
Considerable damage was done to the store and its several hundred tons
of flour. The roof was almost completely blown off, and two of the sides
were badly damaged. The explosion was heard in the Town of Kilrush, two
miles away, and people rushed into the streets to see what had happened.
1932 26th November (IT).
Kilrush Dispute Ended.
The prolonged Kilrush trade dispute between the local branch of the Irish
Transport Workers' Union and the Kilrush Dockers' Union has now been settled
through the efforts of the Rev. Father Sammon CC., and the Rev. Father
Smith C, C, Kilrush. Mr. Daniel Ryan, the merchant involved, has come
to an amicable settlement with his employee.
The dispute caused several disturbances including booing and shooting,
which caused court prosecutions, Circuit trials, and a Government inquiry.
After the signing of the agreement all parties knelt down to receive the
blessing of the clergy present and the hope was expressed that Kilrush
had seen the end of strikes.
1933 5th February (II).
Plea for co-operation-hard work for all.
“I have no fears for the future if the people work for four or five
years as they worked during the election”
The above statement was made by President de Valera at a “Victory”
meeting held in Kilrush, Co. Clare last night.
President de Valera was given a rousing reception at Kilrush tonight when
he addressed a large victory meeting.
He spoke during a downpour his speech lasting only six minutes.
From Ennis to Kilrush dozens of bonfires blazed at the crossroads and
on the hillsides, while hundreds of candles illuminated cottage windows
along the roadway.
From outside the town the President was escorted to the platform by about
two score of horsemen and a torchlight procession, in which hundreds of
young men marched. -------.
1933 6th May (CC).
Board of Health.
Extensions to Kilrush Hospital- At a meeting of the County Board of Health
held on Monday Mr J Fahy, Chairman presiding the Secretary said that they
had obtained an estimate of £3,270 for the proposed extension to
the Kilrush Hospital. ----.
1933 19th June (II).
Late Mr. J. O'Dwyer, Kilrush.
At the funeral of Mr. John O'Dwyer, Co .Clare, well-known Nationalist,
in Kilrush, there was a large and representative cortège. President
de Valera was present.
Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Senan's Church, Rev. D. O'Donoghue,
C.C., being celebrant, Rev. J. Smyth, C.C., deacon: Rev. D. Crowe, C.C.,
sub-deacon, and the Very Rev. canon Hogan, P.P., V.G., master of ceremonies.
The coffin was draped with the Tricolour, and was borne by members of
Kilrush F. F., Cumann, A guard of honour was furnished by the old I.R.A.,
West Clare Executive of Fianna Fail, and the Kilrush T. W. U., marched
in processional order.
The chief mourners were: - Dr. Michael O'Dwyer, Rev. M. O'Dwyer, C.S.Sp.
(sons), Nan, Bridgid and Margaret (Maggie May) (daughters), Wm Chambers
(brother-in-law). Patrick and Mrs, Mungovan, M. Mungovan. W. and Mrs.
O’Donnell, Matthew and Mrs. O'Shea. P.J. and Mrs. O'Shea. Andrew
O'Shea. S and Mrs. Crowley, B and Mrs Reidy, Mr and Mrs., T MacMahon,
Mrs. N.K O'Shea, Thos. O’Connor (relations-in-law), R. and E. McGrane,
Mrs Harris, and J. and Mrs Morrissey (Cousin).
Others present were Senator McPartland, Messrs. Sean O'Grady, T.D.: P.
Houlihan, T.D.: S. Brady, Chairman Clare Co. C: J. Fahy, Chairman Clare
Board of Health, and members of the Co. Council, Board of health, and
Kilrush U.D.C., passed a vote of condolence with Mr. O'Dwyer's family,
The prayers at the grave were said by Rev. D. O'Donoghue, C.C., and the
Rosary was said in Irish by Mr. Art O'Donnell.
After the funeral President de Valera visited Mrs. O'Dwyer and family.
1933 10th September (SI).
Strike at Kilrush: Dockers refuse to unload ship.
Because they believed that two of their number were members of the National
Guard, a party of dockers (members of the IT & GWU) who were to discharge
the SS Foynes on its arrival at Kilrush today carried out a lightning
The vessel had arrived at Cappa Pier with a cargo of cement.
Mr. Hughes, Secretary of the Union, came on the scene and did his utmost
to get the men to resume work, but they refused until the two men were
withdrawn from the number employed. Work was then resumed and peace restored.
1933 26th September (IT).
Scenes in Kilrush: -Military arrives in the town.
Shortly after eight o'clock last night a party of twenty Blue Shirts coming
from Lahinch meeting arrived in Burton Street. Immediately afterwards
a number of young men gathered and began to shout “Up the Republic”.
Soon the streets was crowded, and when the Blue Shirts, got off their
lorry the crowd became excited and tried to mob them, and they had to
take refuge in the house of Mr. Michael Butler. Civic Guards were soon
on the scene under Inspector Kelly, and formed a cordon around Mr. Butler’s
Shots were fired on the streets during the night but nobody was injured.
Later the Blue Shirts were conveyed safely home by the Guards. Some of
the Guards and detectives were struck with stones during the excitement.
Two lorries of military arrived in the town later.
1933 7th October (IT).
House Fired into in County Clare.
On 28th September shots were fired into the residence of Patrick Cleary,
in Knock, Co. Clare, a village situated six miles from Kilrush.
The reason, it is alleged, is that Cleary took a postman named John Birrane
to lodge with him. The postman had been transferred on promotion to Kilmurray
Post Office from Limerick Junction, and the people in the district wanted
a local postman to fill the vacancy.
Nobody was wounded, Birrane has returned to Limerick Junction.
1933 21st October (CC).
Kilrush Mills are now working full time with turf substituted for coal-------.
1933 23rd October (II).
Kilrush Council and Judge McElligott:
Kilrush U.D.C., have passed a resolution declaring that they consider
Judge McElligott's statement designating their town as “the blackest
spot in his circuit” as a most unreasonable reflection on the people
of Kilrush and requesting him to withdraw it.
1933 28th October (IT).
Embezzlement Charge: -Clare Bank Manager Arrested.
At Kildysart (Co. Clare) District Court, Timothy J. Curtin, who had been
manager of the Munster and Leinster Bank at Kildysart, was charged with
Superintendent Dawson, Kilrush, who prosecuted, said that the inquiries
into the case were rather protracted, and he would not be able to proceed
with the evidence until the next Court. --.
1933 21st November (IT).
Glass on Football Ground:-Outrage at Kilrush.
The first match here of the Rugby season was arranged to be played at
the Kilrush Rugby ground yesterday, but the field was found to have been
strewn with broken glass, while the goal posts were cut into small pieces.
Fortunately, the outrage was discovered some time before the time fixed
for the match, and the glass was cleared off the field, and the match
played. The outrage is condemned by all classes.
1934 15th January (Irish Press).
Damages for Rugby Club:
Kilrush Rugby Club claimed £10 at Kilrush Circuit Court for damages
to their playing pitch and goal posts on November 18. Five guineas was
Wm. Ryan, Secretary, said a match was to have been played on that date
and on the morning he found the goal posts and cross poles sawn down and
glass strewn all over the playing pitch.—
1934 5th February (Irish Press).
Motor Van held up in Clare;
The driver of a motor delivery van the property of Messrs. A. Ryan and
Son, merchants, Kilrush, Co. Clare was held up between Tarmon and Kilmurray
McMahon, on Saturday night and £25 stolen from him. ---
1934 2nd March (IT).
Mr. de Valera's Reply:
-- He had got a reply from General O'Duffy on the matter that filled 50
pages, and he had got reports from the superintendent of every area of
the Guards. There was no organised Communism in Cork, Carlow or Kildare,
the reports stated, and none in Cavan or Monaghan. In Clare the report
stated that there were about twenty members of the Kilrush branch of the
Irish transport and General Workers' Union belonging to the I.R.A. and
about fifty more supported that organisation, and their outlook could
be said to be more Communistic than national. Reference was made to a
Communistic cell established by T.J. Ryan, local I.R.A. Commandant of
the West Clare battalion. -----.
1934 17th March (CC).
Kilrush Mills Closed.
As announced in the “Champion” last week the well-known Flour
Mills of Messrs. Glynn and Sons closed on Saturday 10th inst. “owing
to increasing stocks and poor demand” as the firm state.
1934 21st April (II).
Bishop receives scouts:
Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty, Bishop of Killaloe, on the occasion of his visit
to Kilrush, received the full Troop (St. Senan's) of Catholic Boy Scouts
and their Scoutmaster, Mr. Noel Ryan.
His Lordship congratulated them on their smart appearance, and said that
the Pope took a deep interest in the movement. He hoped they soon would
have a band, and promised to provide them with a set of pipes when they
were able to start one.
1934 6th June (IT).
Use of a Kilrush Quay: -Action against Steamship Company.
The hearing of an action of Daniel Ryan, of Cappa Lodge, Kilrush, against
the Shannon Steamship Company was begun. The plaintiff seeks a declaration
that as owner of the quay or pier known as Merchants Quay, at Kilrush,
he is entitled to fix and charge reasonable rates by way of quayage and
wharfage for the use of it, that a schedule of rates fixed by him on 1st
August last, is reasonable, and that he is entitled to demand and receive
those rates from the defendants. He also asks for an account of the moneys
alleged to be due him at those rates by the defendants.
In their defence the Shannon Steamship Company admit the right of the
plaintiff to charge reasonable rates, and say that they have always been
willing to pay such rates. But they allege that the rates fixed by the
plaintiff on 1st August last and demanded from them are excessive and
unreasonable, and state that they have applied to the Minister for Industry
and Commerce to direct a local inquiry under the Harbour (Regulation of
Rates) Act, 1934 to be held to fix such rates.
Mr. John A. Costello, K.C., and Mr. A. Newett (instructed by Messrs.,
F. Croskerry and Son) appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Frank Fitzgibbon,
K. C., Mr. E. J. Phelps, K. C. and Mr. G. Cullinan (instructed by Mr.
F. F. Cullinan) for defendants.
Opening the case, Mr. Costello said that Mr. Ryan, an extensive merchant
in Kilrush, was the owner in fee-simple of the quay, and the Shannon Steamship
Company were the owners of two boats plying on the Shannon between Limerick
and Kilrush, and using the quay. Messrs. Glynn and Sons, extensive flour
millers in Kilrush, were the principal shareholders in the Shannon Steamship
Company. Up to 1st August last the rates for quayage and wharfage charged
for the use of Merchants' Quay were based on a schedule made in 1896,and
were obviously inapplicable to present conditions. Mr. Ryan paid £2,200
for the quay and for certain slob land and foreshore adjoining and, under
a decision made in a case which had gone to the House of Lords in 1907
was the absolute owner. Since acquiring the property Mr. Ryan had been
consistently losing by charging only on the 1896 rates. In 1924, it was
true, he had a credit balance between revenue and expenditure of £2-6s-11d,
but in every other year from 1922 to 1933 there had been a heavy loss.
Last year his net loss had been £145-17s-10d and, allowing for the
purchase price his total loss on the quay up to the present was £6,821-16s-2d.
Evidence would be submitted to show that the proposed new charges were
reasonable. They were being paid at present by everyone except by Messrs.
Glynn. The defendants stated that they had applied to the Minister to
have the charges fixed after a local inquiry, but the Minister had not
interfered, and no Ministerial authority could interfere with the right
of the private citizen to come to Court to ask relief unless that right
had been specifically barred by statute.
Evidence regarding Mr. Ryan's losses on the working of the pier was given
by Mr. Heffernan (of Messrs, Purtill, auditors). The witness was cross-examined
at length by Mr. Fitzgibbon, who suggested that several items of expenditure
were charged against the pier, which were properly chargeable to other
branches of Mr. Ryan's business activities, or should not have been charged
at all. For instance, said council, in the accounts for 1922 there is
a salary of £1? a year set down for a harbourmaster. It was increased
in 1923 to £56 a year, and has remained at that figure ever since,
but had anyone ever seen a harbourmaster at Merchant's Quay.
Mr. Heffernan said that, he saw the cheques which had been made payable
to a man named Collins up to1931 when Collins left and was replaced by
Mr. Ryan's son.
Mr. Fitzgibbon: Did you ever inquire from anyone where you could see the
harbourmaster or were you ever told that he spent all his time shovelling
coal in Mr. Ryan's coal yard? - No.
Counsel said that ships' captains could prove that not only was there
no harbourmaster at Kilrush, but that there was not even a fellow on the
quay to catch a rope.
Captain Andrew Wright, master of the Deneside, said that Merchant's Quay
was safe and convenient for vessels of his class and that the charges
even on the new scale were cheaper than elsewhere.
Mr. Phelps said that charges for river traffic and charges for cross Channel
vessels were on an entirely different basis. He asked witness if he would
think it reasonable that Messrs. Glynn should now be asked to pay £23-17s-3d
for services and accommodation which they used to get for £4-15s-6d.
The witness said that he could only speak regarding the charges on his
own vessel. Personally, he considered Merchant's Quay a safe and good
harbour once he got there.
Mr. Phelps- That's just it-once you got there you are as safe as a “bug
on a rug”, on the mud. (Laughter).
The hearing had not concluded when the Court adjourned until today.
1934 19th June (II).
Fine Gael Meeting in Co. Clare: Stones thrown at platform.
An attempt was made to break up a Fine Gael meeting at Kilrush on Sunday.
When the speakers went on to the platform at Martyrs' Square an opposition
crowd started to shout and boo and threw stones and mud at the platform.
--- The Civic Guards fought to keep the crowd back, but eventually had
to draw their batons and disperse it, several people being knocked down
in the stampede.
The meeting then proceeded, there being only an occasional shout of “Up
Dev” or “Traitors”.
--- Those hooligans said they would die for a Republic, but when the dying
was to be done they were under the bed.
1934 20th June (II).
Possession of high explosive alleged: Kilrush man in court.
Unlawful possession of 13 sticks of gelignite was the charge at Kilrush,
against Joseph Hawes, Moore St., Kilrush, who was returned for trial on
Evidence was given that when charged Hawes said, gelignite was easily
got, and could almost be picked up in the streets of Kilrush. He declined
to state where he got the explosive.
(Joe Hawes, barber and Connaught Rangers mutineer, in India July 1920.)
1934 14th July (IT).
Obituary: Mr. James T. Lillis.
Mr. James T. Lillis, a former national teacher, died at his residence,
Querrin, County Clare, on Thursday in his eightieth year. He was appointed
assistant teacher in Kilrush in 1870,and principal teacher of Querrin
national school in November 1875,an office which he filled for forty-two
years, retiring in the year 1917. He was a familiar figure for many years
at the annual Teachers’ Congress. -----
1934 15th December (IT).
Kilrush Quay Charges: Revised Scale Reasonable: -Judgement for Plaintiff.
Reserved judgement in favour of the plaintiff was given in the action
in which Daniel Ryan, Cappagh Lodge, Kilrush, was the plaintiff and the
Shannon Steamship Co. were the defendants. ---.
The weight of evidence was that Merchant's Quay was a perfectly safe haven
for ships, and safer even, than Cappagh Pier, which was owned by the Kilrush
Urban Council. Was there anything unreasonable on the part of Mr. Ryan
in asking Mr. Glynn (who really was the defendant company) to pay 4s per
day for the privilege of berthing two steamers, each of about 54 tons
register: of loading and unloading there: of charging 3d per ton wharfage
for timber, coal, iron, etc.: 1d a ton for turf, hay, sand gravel, and
so on: 2d a head for horses and cattle, and 1s a score for pigs and sheep.
Having regard to the facilities for berthing, for loading and unloading,
and the proximity of the quay to the town of Kilrush, the rise in the
cost of labour, the competition of Cappagh Pier, about a mile away, and
the charges made at other piers on the Shannon, he (Mr. Justice Johnston)
had come to the conclusion that, not only were the charges fixed by Mr.
Ryan reasonable, but they were eminently reasonable. Mr. Ryan was a businessman,
who had embarked capital in this quay, and he was entitled to make such
charges as would give him a reasonable return for his money. He had bought
the quay from the Vandeleurs at £2,200 and had to expend a large
sum on its improvement, and the revenue never met the cost of upkeep.
Judgement in favour of the plaintiff was accordingly entered, and the
declarations sought by him were made. The defendant company were ordered
to pay the costs. -----.
1934 21st December (II).
Kilrush Child Drowned:
A verdict of death from drowning was returned at the inquest at Kilrush
on Ellen Maunsell (2), of Cappa, whose body was recovered from the sea
near her home. Deceased had been missing some time.
1935 9th January (II)
Cases of Diphtheria.
Kilrush: Dr. Daly, M.O. informed the Kilrush UDC that several cases of
diphtheria had occurred in the area during the past few weeks, and the
usual precautions were taken.
1935 9th January (IT).
Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act 1904. Intoxicating Liquor Act 1927:
Take notice that I have applied to the Registrar of Clubs for the District
Court Area of Kilrush, County Clare, for a Renewal of the Certificate
of Registration of the Kilrush Club, Toler Street, Kilrush, and said application
will be heard and determined by the District Justice at Kilrush on the
15th day of January 1935.
Michael Lane, Hon. Secretary, 7th January 1935.
(Michael Lane was manager of the West Clare Creameries)
1935 5th February (IT).
Shots into House: County Clare Outrage.
About midnight last night shots were fired into the house of John Galvin,
Moyasta, Co. Clare, a small village about four miles outside Kilrush.
This district was one of the quietest in West Clare, and an outrage of
this kind never was known to happen before, ------.
1935 9th March (II).
Clare Merchant Wins.
The Court of Appeal in London dismissed, with costs, the appeal of Messrs.
Monroe Brothers Ltd., ship-owners, of Brunswick St., Liverpool, against
the judgement of Mr. Justice Atkinson at Liverpool on November 2 last
in an action they brought against Mr. Daniel Ryan, a merchant, of Kilrush.
The appeal was on a counter-claim by Mr. Ryan for £60-11s damages
for demurrage, etc., relating to the carriage of a cargo of salt and sugar
in the appellants' steamer, Wythburn, from Hamburg to Kilrush.
1935 9th May (Irish Press).
Doctor qualifies in Irish:
The Minister for Local Government informed the Clare Board of Health that
Dr. T. Daly, anaesthetist, Kilrush Hospital, having passed an examination
in Irish, under the Gaeltacht Orders, was now competent to perform his
duties through that medium. ---
1935 18th May (IT).
The Most Rev, Dr. Fogarty, Bishop of Killaloe, at Kilrush on Sunday, administered
Confirmation to 300 children of Kilrush, Moyasta, Monmore and Scattery
Island Schools in St. Senan's Church in the presence of a large congregation.
Warning his hearers to give no room to Communism in their midst, his Lordship
said that there was a Communist agent in every parish in Ireland. There
was Russian money working in the country, working very cleverly, and it
behoved everyone to be on his guard against it.
1935 20th June (Irish Press).
Mr. Frederick W. B. Gubbins, Swalcliffe Park, Banbury (Oxen), son of the
late Jos. Gubbins, Kilrush, Co. Clare? left £298,613 on which £108,722
has been paid in estate duty.
1936 4th January (CC).
Kilrush Disappointed. -Foynes as an Air Base.
As a result of a resolution passed at the last monthly meeting of the
Kilrush Urban Council the members of that body-and particularly the sponsors
of the motion-will be disappointed to learn that Kilrush was been turned
down and a site in the neighbourhood of Foynes has been mentioned as a
base for next year's experimental flight's in connection with the proposed
trans-Atlantic air service.
1936 5th March (II).
Kilrush Flour Mills Closed.
Owing to a large and increasing stock of flour Messrs. M. Glynn and Sons
have closed their Clare flourmills at Kilrush until stocks are reduced.
A large number of men are temporarily idle.
1936 14th March (CC).
Kilrush Flour Mills.
These important mills resumed operations on Monday after a brief spell
during which they had to be closed down to assist in the disposal of surplus
stock. A staff of 100 men are employed when the mills are working---.
1936 27th June (CC).
Miss L Treacy, Postmistress Kilrush for the past 20 years retired on pension
early this month. Prior to her retirement a committee of the townspeople
was formed. Mr. George Brew acting Chairmen, Mr. Gerald O'Doherty, Sec.
and Mr Thomas F Twomey, Treasurer and a fund was opened for the purpose
of making a suitable presentation. The public responded very generously.
1936 8th September (II)
Rescue at Kilrush.
When a four year old child who had been playing at Merchants' Quay, Kilrush,
Co. Clare, fell into the water, Patrick Walshe a workman, jumped fully
dressed into the water and brought the child to safety.
1936 17th October (CC).
Sister Mary Thomasine (Miss Mary Flynn), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Flynn,
Kilrush, Co. Clare made her final vows on Sept 8th in the convent of the
Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas.
1936 17th October (CC).
Vocational Committee; Headmaster for Kilrush.
-- Mr Nagle proposed that Mr. Conway the temporary headmaster be appointed
to the permanent position---- Mr Conway was unanimously elected. ---.
1936 9th December (Irish Press).
The National Provincial Association of Mineral Water Manufactures and
Wholesale Bottlers, Limited:
We, Michael O'Sullivan and Son, of 49-50 Moore Street, Kilrush, in the
County of Clare, Merchants, hereby undertake and agree with the National
Provincial Association of Mineral Water Manufacturers and Wholesale Bottlers,
Limited, as and from this date not to buy, deal, sell or otherwise trade
either directly or indirectly in or with any of the bottles or products
of each or any of the members of the said Association.
Dated this day 25th day of November 1936.
Signed, Michael J. O'Sullivan. Witness: Thos. F. Twomey, Solicitor, Kilrush,
1937 12th April (II)
Death of two Irish priests:
The death occurred at St. John's Hospital, Limerick on Saturday of Very
Rev. Canon P. Hogan, PP, VF, Kilrush aged 70, the late Canon Hogan was
born at Ballythomas, Ardcroney, Co. Tipperary and was educated at St.
Flannan's College, Ennis, and Maynooth, where he was ordained in 1902.
He was appointed curate at Ruan, and subsequently acted as curate at Doonbeg,
Quin, Toomevara, Nenagh and Ennis and was appointed Administrator at the
latter place. For some years he was PP of Kinnetty, and he was transferred
in 1931 to Kilrush.
Canon Hogan in his younger days was well known as a singer. He was also
prominent in sporting circles being a good shot.
The remains were removed to Kilrush Church, where they were received by
the Bishop of Killaloe, Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty and the local priests. Schoolchildren
and members of the men's and women's Confraternities' walked in the procession
through the town. --------.
1937 28th June (IT).
Nest of Intrigue: -Mr. MacEntee on Porter Letter.
Mr. Sean MacEntee, speaking at Kilrush yesterday, dealt principally with
the new Constitution, and said that vile and vicious attacks were made
on it by Fine Gael and Labour candidates, who were envious that they themselves
had not brought it into being. He challenged anyone to find in it reference
to the King or any outside Power. Referring to Mr. Cosgrave's statement
that publication of a letter he had received from Sir W. Haldane Porter
was a matter that required investigation, Mr. MacEntee said that he was
in full agreement. The writer of the letter had, indeed, the right to
know how it had come into possession of An Phoblacht------------.
1937 23rd July (II).
New Doctor's Appointment.
Dr. John G. O’Brien, Cosy Cottage, Kilrush, who received the M.B.B.Ch.,
and B.A.O. Degrees, all with first-class honours, at University College
Galway, on Wednesday, was appointed house surgeon at the Central Hospital,
1937 25th August (IT).
Government Department Criticised: -Letters about footy subjects.
At a meeting of the Clare Board of Health yesterday, Mr M. McMahon, M
C C, said that the Local Government Department had been dealing for about
two years with the question of repair to Kilrush Hospital and the construction
of a maternity ward, yet neither had been brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
The Department had not yet replied to the Board's latest letter on the
subject and he would like to know had the Board any redress? The only
suggestion he could make was to refer the two matters to President de
Valera, with a request that he transmit them to the Local Government Department,
and ask that they be dealt with.
“The Department” he said “are sending out a lot of letters
about footy matters and neglecting the really important questions. They
take too much interest in minor matters that could well be dealt with
by local bodies”.
Mr. Sean Brady, Chairman of the County Council, said that the Department
poked their nose into too many small things.
“Yes,” said Mr. McMahon, “and these should be left to
the local officials, who are quite competent to deal with them. We are
at this meeting all day and have been listening to a number of Department
letters, which do not mean a snap of the fingers. There is too much humbug
about such a system”
The Secretary (Mr. J. Quin) was requested to communicate with the Department
and ask that the matters complained of be dealt with without further delay.
1937 20th September (II)
Kilrush take Clare Title:
At Miltown Malbay, before 4,000 spectators, Kilrush and Quilty met in
the final of the Clare Senior Football Championship, when Kilrush won
by 1-6 to 1-3.
Casey opened the scoring for Quilty and Fitzpatrick replied for Kilrush,
and soon added another. Casey followed with another, but D. Fitzpatrick
came for a great goal.
Casey had a point and Quilty led by 1-2 to 0-2 at the interval.
In the second half scorers for Kilrush were Devers, Quigley. Keane and
Fitzpatrick for Quilty.
1937 29th September (Irish Press).
Kilrush Hospital Chaplain:
Mr. Sean T. O'Kelly, Minister for Local Government, has approved of the
appointment of Very Rev. Canon Meade, P.P., Kilrush, as Chaplin to the
Kilrush Hospital in place of the late Very Rev. Canon Hogan, P.P.
1937 1st December (IT).
Welfare of the Blind: -Clare Entertainment.
The Very Rev. Canon Meade, P P, paid a merited tribute to the work of
the National Council for the Blind in Ireland when, at Kilrush, he thanked
Mrs. C. E. Glynn (hon. Secretary, County Clare Branch of the National
Council) and Mr. W.F. Watt, the organiser of, and the artistes and helpers
who contributed to, a concert in aid of the local funds. ----------.
1937 16th December (IT).
Fever Hospital as Laundry?
Mr. M. McMahon, at the Clare Board of Health, stated that £10,000
had been expended in bringing the General Hospital at Kilrush up to date,
but the next thing they heard was that the Fever Hospital had been converted
into a common laundry. When required for patients it was not available.
That was a scandal. Patients were being turned away from hospital, and
other patients who were admitted when there was room were “cleared
out” before their normal time, to make was for worse cases. In his
opinion the cause of the delay was due to the plethora of inspectors who
came down to report, and probably finished without saying anything. It
was agreed that Mr. Sean O'Grady, T D, be requested to make inquiries
into the matter.
1937 25th December (CC).
The annual meeting of the Kilrush Football Club was held on the 14th inst.
at the Town Hall. The meeting was very well attended especially by the
younger members of the Club. The following were elected to the Committee:
Mr. F. Meaney (Chairman), Mr. M. Carmody (Vice-Chairman), Messrs. J. Griffin
(Secretary), Messrs. P. O'Reilly, J. Keane, B. McGrath, M. Keating, S.
Enright, W.McNamara, J.McDonnell, M. Mahony, M.McMahon, C. Clancy and
J. Griffin (Treasurers), Mr.F.Ronan, P. Darcy, T. Sheehan.
Captains and Vice-Captains were elected as follows: Senior Team: P.O'Reilly,
Intermediate Team: S. Enright, J. Moody. Juvenile Team: M. Clancy, A McNamara.
1938 13th January (IT).
Carpenter is an Agricultural Labourer.
At the Local Government inquiry at Kilrush into the Clare Compulsory Purchase
Order No. 3 in connection with sites for labourers' cottages, Mr. T. A.
Lynch, solicitor for the board, said that the point had been raised that
a carpenter was not an agricultural labourer. There was no doubt that
he was: it was laid down by Act of Parliament. Mr. T. Twomey, solicitor-The
farmers will be interested to learn that.
1938 12th February (CC).
Kilrush Technical School.
Completed at a cost of £5,000 the Technical Schools in Kilrush is
admirably equipped and immensely gratifying reports are being received
as to the splendid education work being done there, the zeal of the staff
and the aptitude of the pupils.
1938 23rd April (CC).
Transfer of Licence.
Mr. M.J. McMahon, Solr. Applied on behalf of Charles Clancy, O’Dea’s
Road, Kilrush for a transfer of a publican's licence in Vandeleur Street
from the name of Martin Haugh, ---,
1938 23rd April (CC).
Kilrush Lawn Tennis Club.
At the annual general meeting of this club the following officers and
committee were elected: President: J.S. Dowling, Cappa House, Hon. Sec.
Mr. M.D. Glynn, Pella House, Hon. Treas. Mr. John Hazel, Provincial Bank.
Committee: President, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer (ex officio) Mrs.
M.D. Glynn,Mrs C. A. Andrews, Mr. C. A. Andrews, Mr. S. Dowling and Mr.
H. P. Brooks.
1938 30th April (CC).
Cycling at Kilrush. -The B.J. Donnelly Cup.
---The last race in the series for this valuable cup will take place on
Sunday next 1st May, starting as usual at Williams' Hotel at 1 o’clock
(summer time). ----.
1938 23rd May (IT).
Mr. de Valera in Kilrush.
In fulfilment of an election promise to his constituents in West Clare,
Mr. De Valera attended a conference of Fianna Fail delegates at Kilrush
The Prime Minister adopted the unusual course of leaving Dublin two days
before this engagement, and spent Saturday, in Bruree, County Limerick,
with his uncle, who has been seriously ill for some time. --------------.
1938 28th May (CC).
The first annual inter-parish sports for the magnificent cup presented
by Mr. Ml. Crotty, The Square, were held in the Sports' Field Kilrush
on Sunday last. -----. The cup was won by Cooraclare with a total of 17
points, Bealaha was second with 11 points, Kilrush third with 6 points
and Killimer fourth with 5 points. ----.
1938 28th May (CC).
Kilrush Traders Association half-holiday on Thursday.
A special meeting of the association was held on Monday, Mr. M. Carmody
(Chairman) presiding, others present were Messrs. M. McMahon, Co. C.,
M.O'Sullivan, S. Dold, J. Fennell, P.J. Clancy, P. Kitson, H. Keller,
F. Ronan and J.C. Clancy Town Clerk. -- It was unanimously agreed that
Thursday would be the early closing day for Kilrush in compliance with
the new regulations----
1938 4th June (CC).
Bishop in Kilrush.
--- Confirmation of 240 children-----.
1938 14th June (II).
Six-day search ends.
After a search lasting six days the body of Mr. Patrick O'Connell (65),
Frances St, Kilrush, was recovered from the Shannon Estuary at Aylevarroo,
Kilrush, 30 yards from the spot where articles of clothing, identified
as his property, were found on Tuesday last.
A verdict of accidental death from drowning was returned at the inquest
Mr. O'Connell was formerly a national teacher, retiring on pension in
March last after 40 years’ service.
1939 23rd January (IT).
Clare Gunman Ran Away: -Scared by woman cyclist.
The arrival of a woman on a bicycle frightened away a gunman near Kilrush,
Co. Clare, on Sunday night.
A small tree across the road caused Simon Hanrahan, a merchandise motor
van driver, to pull up. Immediately a masked man appeared at the side
of the van, and presenting a revolver, ordered Hanrahan to hand over his
Instead of obeying, Hanrahan locked the van door. The masked man shouted
to him to say an Act of Contrition.--- Just then a light appeared some
distance away on the road and the armed man fled. The light proved to
be that of a bicycle ridden by a woman.
1939 4th February (CC).
New Industry for Kilrush- Use of Seaweed Products.
A company with the title of Irish Seaweed Products Ltd. has been formed
to utilise the vast quantities of seaweed thrown up on the West Coast
of Eire, and particularly on the coast of Clare. The Directorate include:
Mr. John A. Kelly, V.S., (Chairman of the Clare Farmers party), Mr. Patrick
Tubridy, C.E., and Dr. W. Shannon, Carrigaholt, with them are M.F.S. Arbuthnot
and Dr. J. Coffman Nicoresti, representing the British scientific and
technical interests. A two-acre site for the establishment of a factory
has been acquired near Merchant's Quay, Kilrush. ------.
1939 1st April (CC).
West Clare Creamery.
----- In the Central Creamery at Kilrush a staff numbering about 25 is
engaged in the busiest season and two men are regularly employed at each
of the 15 auxiliaries (a manager and an engine driver). The entire chain
of creameries is under a general manager Mr. Michael Lane-a recognised
authority in the practical working of the industry- and he has the assistance
of other experts in Messrs. P.R. Woulfe, John O'Connor and Thos. Prendeville
1939 19th May (II)
Kilrush Demands Hospital.
A resolution calling on the L.G.D. To make provision immediately for additional
hospital accommodation in Kilrush so as to meet the needs of the extensive
area in west Clare was unanimously passed by Kilrush U.D.C. Mr J.P. Hughes,
Co.C. Proposing the resolution said that no steps appeared to have been
taken to comply with the wishes of the people of West Clare in this matter
despite repeated representations by the Board of Health and other public
bodies in the county. The transfer of patients from Kilrush to Ennis,
26 miles, inflicted severe hardship, and in many cases was a grave danger.
1939 20th May (CC).
Kilrush Strike Settled.
A short strike by the dockers employed by Messrs. A. Ryan and Sons, Kilrush
was settled on the 11th inst., when the men accepted terms offered by
the firm. These are 1/11 an hour up to the 31st August next and 2/- an
hour on and from that date. The old term was 1/9 an hour--.
1939 29th June (II)
Kilrush Urban Council unanimously decided to present an address of welcome
to Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty, Bishop of Killaloe, when he visits the town
on Sunday next for the centenary celebrations of St Senan's Church.
Solemn High Mass will be celebrated at 1 pm during which Rev P. Ryan,
C.C., Birr, will preach and Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty will impart the Apostolic
Blessing. After Mass a procession will take place to the Convent of Mercy
grounds, where benediction will be given-------.
1939 1st July (CC).
St. Senan's Church-Centenary Celebrations-Big Event in Kilrush.
Order of the procession:
1) Cross Bearers with Acolytes. 2) Schoolboys. 3) Boy Scouts with their
band. 4) Confraternity men
5) Non-Confraternity men. 6) Schoolgirls. 7) Confraternity women. 8) Non-Confraternity
9) Children of Mary. 10) Boherbuoy Brass Band. 11) Church Choir. 12) Cross
Bearers with Acolytes 13) Priests in choral dress. 14) Thurifers and Torchbearers.
15) Sacred ministers carrying the Blessed Sacrament under a golden canopy
borne by the Christian Brothers.
1939 2nd July (SI).
Not as well off as they tell us in Dublin;
“They tell us in Dublin that farmers are well off, but we know down
here that such is not the case” said Most Rev. Dr. Fogarty, Bishop
of Killaloe, in a striking address at Kilrush yesterday, in which he also
referred to “reckless public policy”. --------
1939 30th August (IT).
Labour Dispute Settled:
A dispute between Limerick Dockers' Society, the Shannon Steamship Company,
and Messrs Glynn, flour millers, Kilrush, was settled at a conference
held under the auspices of Limerick Trade and Labour Council.
1939 6th November (II).
Funeral of Clare Nun.
The funeral of Sister Mary Dominick Donnellan (93), Convent of Mercy,
Kilrush (who had spent 65 years in religion), took place at the Convent
burial ground, after Solemn Requiem Mass, celebrated by Rev. T. Sammon,
C.C., Kilrush: Rev D. O'Donohue, C.C., being deacon and Rev T. Brady,
C.C. Carrigaholt, sub-deacon.
Chief mourners: Very Rev J. Donnellan, P.P., Shinrone (brother): Miss
E. Donnellan, Miltown-Malbay and Mrs J. Hurley, do. (sisters): Mr. P.J.
Hurley, Miltown-Malbay (nephew): Dr. T. Daly and Mrs. Daly, Kilrush (cousins)
The clergy present included Very Rev. Canon Meade, P.P., Kilrush: Very
Rev. Canon McMahon, P.P., Carrigaholt: Very Rev. Canon Murphy, P.P., Miltown-Malbay:
Very Rev P. O'Dea, P.P., Kilmihil: Very Rev P. O'Halloran, P.P., Mullagh:
Very Rev. M. Galvin, P.P., Cooraclare: Very Rev. A. J. McNamara, P.P.,
Cross: Rev. T. Neylon, C.C., Miltown-Malbay: Rev. T. Daly, C.C., Shinrone:
Rev. P. O'Donovan, C.C., do.
1939 28th November (Irish Press).
To Withhold Supplies.
Milk producers meeting in Kilrush yesterday decided to withhold supplies
of milk from the West Clare creameries, the stoppage to take place during
This decision, which, it is understood, will apply to the Central Creamery,
Kilrush, as well as the auxiliary creameries in West Clare, was taken
owing to the action of the West Clare Creamery Board in supplying milk
to Dublin while the milk strike was in progress. -----.
1940 8th February (II)
Councillor's Charge against L.G.D.: - Retarding Hospitals.
That the Local Government Department were deliberately retarding the development
of district hospitals was alleged by Mr. M. McMahon at a meeting of Clare
Co. Council. That, he said was part of a definite policy that would ultimately
render the district hospitals redundant.
Some time ago, he went on, the Department refused to sanction the provision
of a shadowless lamp at Kilrush District Hospital on the grounds that
it was not required for work normally done in such a hospital. Owing to
the fact that the lamp was not available, a boy recently admitted could
not be operated on until 12 hours after his admission and, unfortunately,
the boy died.
They had closed the Kilrush Fever Hospital. The result was that fever
cases had to be brought the long distance to Ennis. Yet there was a building
in Kilrush that could not be erected for £12,000 today, and it was
in disuse, even though patients had to be sent out of Kilrush District
Hospital before they were ready in order to make room for others in need
1940 22nd February (Irish Press).
New Irish Companies,
The Kilrush Medical Hall, Ltd. - Nominal capital, £500. To acquire
the business carried on at 45 Frances Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare, under
the style of The Kilrush Medical Hall. Subscribers to articles of association
– Geraldine Slattery, Frances Street, Kilrush, spinster: governing
director, Richard Counihan, Frances Street, Kilrush, medical practitioner:
Mary Silles, 3 Westcliff, West End, Kilkee, householder.
1940 16th March (CC).
Kilrush Red Cross.
Committee: Very Rev. Canon Meade PP patron, Mr M McMahon, Co C Chairman,
Mr J C Clancy Town Clerk, Hon Sec. Mr J Blunden, Hon Treasurer.
Members: Ladies Mrs. G. Glynn, Mrs M Howard, Mrs G O'Doherty, Miss J Glynn,
Miss M Kelly.
Messrs: J Hanson, J P Hughes, Co. C M L Counihan, M J Howard.
1940 25th May (Nenagh Guardian).
Obituaries: Mrs. Una Mary Josephine (Dolly) Reynolds, Kilrush.
It is with deep regret the unexpected death is announced of Mrs. Una Mary
Josephine (Dolly) Reynolds, which took place at her residence, Post Office
House, Kilrush, on the 7th May 1940.Deceased was the wife of Mr. L.J.
Reynolds, postmaster, Kilrush, and leaves a young family to mourn her
demise at a young age. -------.
1940 6th July (Nenagh Guardian)
Kilkee Golf Course.
The annual meeting of the above was held recently and the following officers
were elected: President, Very Rev. Canon Breen PP: vice-president, Mr.
M McMahon, solicitor: captain, Rev. P Barry, CC: hon. treasurer Mr. W
Scott: hon. Secretary Mr. H Culhane. Committee, Messrs. W Glynn, M. Gibson,
J O'Dwyer, R. Murnane, and E. Naughton.
The new links, towards which the people of Kilkee and well-wishers from
Kilrush and Limerick contributed large sums of money, was opened two years
ago and has since made remarkable progress. Ideally situated over the
famous Crescent Bay, it commands a beautiful view of the Bay, the open
sea, and the town. Greens and fairways under the care of Mr. P. Lawlor,
Kildare are in splendid condition this year.
1940 10th July (IT).
Local Security Force.
The Local Security Force is now making rapid progress in County Clare.
In Kilrush some 400 men have joined.
1940 26th August (II).
Canon William Brews.
The funeral of Canon William Brews, Rector, Kilrush, was largely attended.
He graduated at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1891-1892. He became curate
of Tralee, and two years later went to Gorey. After periods at Ballymena
and St. Augustine's, Dunbartonshire, he returned to Ireland as incumbent
Chief mourners: Miss A. Brews (sister), Dr. V. Brews (brother). William
J., George, James and Robert Studdert and Miss A Myles (cousins)
1940 4th September (II).
Kilrush Fire damage.
Gardaí, members of the L. S. F., and civilians assisted the town's
volunteer fire brigade fight a fire for several hours in Breen St.(Vandeleur
St.), Kilrush. A licensed premises and a merchant's shop were destroyed
and two adjoining houses damaged.
The fire fighters cut through the roofs of houses at either side of the
houses involved, and prevented the outbreak from spreading. The premises
destroyed were the property of Messrs. M. Morrissey and P. McMahon, respectively.
1940 24th September (II).
£12,826. - Thomas J. Mahony, Merchant, Market Sq., Kilrush.
1941 1st February (CC)
Clareman's escape from doomed ship;
A Clareman was one of those who escaped from the SS Empire Thunder, sunk
by a German submarine in the North Atlantic last week. He was Mr Ned Brennan
son of Mr J Brennan, Tullycrine, and was chief radio officer on the ship
(Empire Thunder was a 5,965 GRT cargo ship, which was built by William
Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. Launched on 6 August 1940 and
completed in January 1941. Torpedoed on maiden voyage and sunk by U-124
north west of the Hebrides 59°14'N 12°43'W ).(Mr John Brennan,
N.T. Tullycrine and Scattery Island)
1941 10th May (II).
Wanted: Immediately, for two months or longer, substitute male or female
(teacher) for Principal Two-seater School, no singing £3 weekly.
Apply Principal, 60 Frances St., Kilrush, Clare.
1941 21st June (Irish Press).
Dispensary Medical Officer Required: Kilrush Dispensary District.
The above Board invite applications from persons who are legally qualified
for promotion to the position of Medical Officer and Medical Officer of
Health of Kilrush Dispensary District, in accordance with the terms of
Section 5(1) of the Local Authorities (Officers and Employees) Act. 1926,
at a scale salary of £250 -£10 -£325 a year, together
with the usual registration and vaccination fees and £60 a year
as Medical Officer of Health. For the salary of £60 a year as Medical
Officer of Health, the person appointed must discharge without additional
remuneration, any immunisation duties (other than Vaccination and Re-Vaccination
against Smallpox) and such other Public Health duties as may be assigned
to him by the Minister for Local Government and Public Health, and shall
be paid £40 a year for such services in the Urban Area and £20
a year for services in the rural area. ------
1941 4th August (IT).
Mr. Francis Joseph O'Doherty, of Frances Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare, head
of G.O'Doherty and Sons, timber importers, of Kilrush, well-known in racing
and horse-breeding circles who died on 11th December, 1939,left personal
estate in England and Eire valued at £9,781.
1941 17th September (IT).
Fourteen-Year-Old Girl's Bravery.
Assumpta Dawson, the fourteen year old daughter of Superintendent J. Dawson
C G, Kilrush, on seeing a four year old child who was playing on the pier
at Cappagh fall into the water with the tide full in, dived from the top
of the pier and brought the youngster to safety. Steps are being taken
to have the young rescuer's bravery brought to the notice of the Royal
1941 19th September (II).
Obituary: Mr. Charles E. Glynn.
Mr. Charles E. Glynn, who died at Kilrush, was the son of the late Mr.
Michael Glynn, J.P. He was proprietor of the Co. Clare Flour and Meal
Mills, and chairman of the Shannon Steamship Co. Ltd. He was a strong
advocate of the possibilities of the Shannon as an Atlantic port of call,
and was one of the first persons to fully appreciate the value of turf
as an industrial fuel.
The funeral to Shanakyle cemetery was largely attended.
1942 5th December (IT).
Irish Pine Feared Lost: -No News of Crew of 33 Men.
With thirty-two Irishmen and a Scotsman on board the SS Irish Pine is
so considerably overdue that she has been presumed lost. -------.
1945 9th November (IT).
Fianna Fail Selection for Clare.
Kilrush Fianna Fail Cumann has selected Mr. Patrick Shanahan, Doughmore,
Doonbeg, Co. Clare, a candidate for the coming by-election in Clare. His
name will be out before the County Convention at Ennis on Saturday to
be ratified. Mr. de Valera is to preside.
1945 19th November (IT).
Claiming that the election had been forced upon the Government, Mr. Sean
MacEntee, Minister for Local Government and Public Health, speaking at
Kilrush, Co. Clare, declared that while all Europe was at war this country
remained at peace and came out of the conflict with prestige higher than
“No person outside this country” he said “has any doubt
now that we are a sovereign independent people, as free as Great Britain,
the United States, France or any other country. It required a good deal
of statesmanship to bring that position about”
Speaking at Ennistymon, Mr. MacEntee said that Clare had returned Mr.
de Valera not only as representative for Clare but as leader of the Irish
race. On account of that some people might think the by-election was a
walkover. He appealed to them not to get it into their heads that they
could win this by-election without putting their shoulders to the wheel.
1945 26th November (IT).
Deluge of Election Oratory.
At Kilrush, Dr. T. F. O'Higgins, T D, Deputy-Leader of Fine Gael, explained
why the party had withdrawn from four of the by-elections. Its resources,
financial and otherwise, were “so inadequate” he said, that
an attempt to fight in all constituencies would have meant, in practice,
fighting none. ----.
1946 7th January (IT).
Train Crew not to Blame, says Jury.
At the adjourned inquest in Kilrush, Co. Clare, on Simon McNamara (17),
boy porter, whose mutilated body was found at Moyasta when the train from
Ennis to Kilrush, on December 14th passed the level crossing, the Coroner's
jury returned a verdict to the effect that Simon McNamara died as a result
of multiple injuries in the execution of his duty, when he was run over
by the train from Ennis to Kilrush. They exonerated the driver, Michael
O'Donoghue, and the fireman, Christopher Killeen, from all blame, and
recommended that C.I.E. should erect arms signals at Moyasta level crossing
to insure greater safety to C.I.E employees and the general public.
1946 11th January (IT).
Irish Wills .Rev. Samuel Waldron King, M.A. The Rectory, Kilrush, Co.
Clare, £9,528. -----.
1946 2nd February (IT).
Postmasters Transferred: -
Mr. L. Reynolds, postmaster, Kilrush, Co. Clare, has been appointed postmaster
at Enniscorthy, in succession to Mr. D. Barry, transferred to Monaghan.
1946 9th February (CC).
Outbreak of fire: - took place last week at Mr. O'Brien's house, McCarthy
1946 23rd February (CC).
Enjoyable Function: An enjoyable social function took place at Mr. C Buggle's
residence last week, when a presentation was made to Inspector John O'Keeffe
on the occasion of his transfer on promotion from the West Clare section
to Killorglin. Songs were contributed by Messrs Paddy Mullins, Tom McInerney
and Bernard Grogan with Paddy Duhig at the piano ----.
1946 2nd March (CC).
Historic Ceremony in Kilrush: End of L.D.F. Sunday evening last witnessed
a historic ceremony in Kilrush when the L.D.F. from 1941 to 1946 ceased
to exist as such and their functions were taken over by a young body of
men to be known as the New L.D.F. ----.
1946 20th April (CC).
A New Garage: A new garage is in course of erection at Ennis Road, Kilrush.
It is being built on modern lines and will be fitted with the latest equipment.
The directors are Mr. William Hynes and Mr. Michael O'Dea both of Kilrush.
(Now the Aldi supermarket site)
1946 27th April (CC).
How the War affected Kilrush.---- Imports (In tons)
Year Coal Cement Timber Revenue
1934 4893 2133 575 £389-5-5
1935 4878 2492 417 £385-9-1
1936 4781 3436 448 £486-6-6
1937 4744 Nil Nil £430-0-8
1938 5238 £396-8-2
1939 7506 £329-15-3
1940 Nil £334-16-6
---There is no direct cross channel trading with Kilrush at present-----
(The above table was constructed from the figures in the newspaper)
1946 30th April (Sydney Morning Herald).
Marlinspike Attack- Charge of Murder:
Adelaide, Monday: - An allegation that a man's heart had been pierced
with a marlinspike was made in a murder trial, which began in the Supreme
Francis Harris, 65, single, seaman, a native of England, denied that he
had murdered Felix Brennan, 33, seaman, of Mortlake. (N.S.W.)
The Crown Prosecutor, Mr. Chamberlain, said the Crown case was that late
on the night of March 4th Harris suddenly rushed at Brennan, who was standing
talking to another man on board the Echunga and stabbed him twice in the
chest with a marlinspike. An operation was performed on Brennan and stitches
were inserted in a wound in his heart, but he died of his injuries on
Dr. H. D. Sutherland said Brennan's condition had improved immediately
after the operation, which gave him a fighting chance, but he died later.
Dr. R. Greenlees said Brennan was noisy and abusive and smelt of alcohol
on admittance to hospital. He had to be restrained. Shock might have contributed
to his condition.
“Would have killed me”. Harris, on oath, said Brennan came
to his room “well under”. He gave Brennan a drink of wine,
and Brennan left, but returned a quarter of an hour later “like
a madman”. Brennan than knocked him down.
“Then I struck him with the spike” said Harris. “If
I had not used the spike, Brennan would have killed me. My only intention
was to make Brennan knock off belting me”
The hearing was adjourned until tomorrow.
(Sydney Morning Herald, 1st May 1946, Harris was found not guilty. Patrick
Felix Brennan was born in Kilcredaun, West Clare.)
1946 10th July (IT).
Co. Clare Officials Fail in Irish Test.: -
A serious position confronts a number of public officials in Co. Clare
unless the Minister for Local Government and Public Health extends the
period prescribed by the Gaeltacht Order to enable them to acquire knowledge
of the Irish language. Certain officials were given three years to acquire
that knowledge, and in January 1945, were examined as to their proficiency.
The result of the examination is now available, and the County Manager,
Mr. D. O'Keeffe, has received from the Local Government Department a list
showing the names of those who passed the examination and those who failed.
The “failed” list included the names of the Dispensary Medical
Officer for West Clare, the Town Surveyor for Kilrush, an ophthalmic surgeon,
and the rate collector for West Clare, and nurses, midwives and clerks.
No order yet has been made by the County manager, but it was pointed out
yesterday that the operation of the Gaeltacht Order was automatic, and
officials who had failed in Irish automatically would cease to hold office,
unless the Minister extended the time limit to enable them to learn the
1946 3rd August (CC).
Great Kilrush Enterprise: Erection of New Flour Mill: A great development
in the Kilrush flour milling industry on which the welfare of the town
so largely depends -- has been undertaken by Messrs. M Glynn and Sons
it is the erection of a completely new flour mill equipped from top to
bottom in the latest style --------.
1946 10th August (IT).
Engagements: Surg. Lt.-Cmdr. (D) Joseph Ryan, R.N.V.R., Ranibagh, Anniesland
Road, Glasgow, and Nellie Dowling, Cappagh House, Kilrush, Co. Clare.
1946 1st October (Connacht Sentinel)
Dogs and Dog Tracks:
A Striking indication of the still rapidly increasing importance of the
greyhound in the national economy is given by the controversy which seems
fated to divide Kilrush from its natural loyalty to the Banner County
capital over the question of the location of a proposed new greyhound
racing track. The Ennis Coursing Club recently applied to the Irish Coursing
Club for a licence for a track, but the application was opposed by Limerick
and was adjourned. At the same time a licence for a track at Kilrush was
The Kilrush sponsors contend that their town, which they call the greatest
coursing town in Ireland, is entitled to a track of its own, but they
are ready to accept any cooperation of a financial or other kind, which
Ennis is good enough to give. They have a suitable site, as well as the
cash for its development. They point out that Kilrush is a very important
centre for the greyhound breeding industry, and argue that the majority
of the people engaged in it are unable to afford the expense of hiring
cars to bring dogs to Limerick, for trials. -----.
1946 9th November (CC).
School Meals Scheme: The tender of Michael Considine, Frances Street,
Kilrush for the supply of buns, currant or sweetened under the Scheme
Meals Scheme has been accepted at 9½d per doz.
1947 4th January (CC)
Milk and Butter Shortage: Milk production in West Clare has reached a
new “low” the persistently bad weather has gravely aggravated
the normal shortage of this season. As a natural consequence on course
butter is also “short” and many households feel this quite
1947 25th January (CC).
Dear and Scarce: Turf as well as being dear is also very scarce in Kilrush
and many complaints have been heard recently on the quality that is brought
to the town. Small horse creels are at present being sold for 37s-6d the
weight being in the neighbourhood of half-a-ton. Ten years ago a similar
creel was readily bought for 2s-6d-.
1947 10th February (IT).
'Flu Closes Schools.
'Flu has closed the following schools: the national schools at Askeaton
and Banogue, Co. Limerick, and the Convent of Mercy Schools, the Christian
Brothers' secondary schools in Kilrush, Co. Clare, and other schools in
1947 17th May (CC).
Sacred concert in Kilrush: Local Choirs' outstanding performance: On Sunday
evening last a large and enthusiastic audience filled St. Senan's Kilrush
to hear a sacred concert-Instrumental and Vocal-marking the official opening
of the new Church organ. ------.
1947 31st May (CC).
New Racing track: The new greyhound racing track in Kilrush was opened
on Thursday evening last and since then a large number of dogs have had
trials------ conveniently situated beside the town-----.
(On the Cooraclare Road).
1947 8th September (Irish Press).
Died on Holiday in California.
The death has occurred of Mr. Daniel Ryan, senior, Cappa House, Kilrush,
in California, where he was on a holiday with his brother, Mr. Andrew
Ryan, Los Angeles.
He was owner of Messrs. A. Ryan and Son, millers and import merchants:
Williams Hotel, Kilrush, and Merchants' Quay, Kilrush.
In his younger days he took a very active part in athletics particularly
cycling. He contributed generously to charity.
He was brother-in-law of Mr. James O'Regan, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis: uncle
of Rev. J. O'Regan. C.C., Limerick, and of Mr. Brendan O'Regan, Controller,
1947 12th Sept (IT).
Daniel Ryan, late of Kilrush, in the County of Clare, Miller and General
All persons having any claims or demands against the Estate of the above-named
deceased are hereby requested to furnish, as soon as possible, full particulars
of same to the undersigned Solicitors for the Administration of said Deceased.
Frederick Croskerry & Sons, Solicitors, 30 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin.
1947 29th September (IT).
Clann Na Poblachta:
A branch of Clann Na Poblachta has been formed at Kilrush under the chairmanship
of Mr. Michael Whelan.
1947 12th December (CC).
Twenty six tons of turkeys: During the Christmas season 5,000 turkeys
weighing approximately 26 tons were purchased at the Central Creamery,
Kilrush and its fifteen auxiliaries all over the area. The price paid
was 2/3½d per llb. A large number of geese were also purchased.
1947 23rd December (II).
Mr. P. F. Tubridy M.R.C.V.S.
Mr. Patrick F. Tubridy, M.R.C.V.S., Kilrush, who has died unexpectedly
at his residence, enjoyed an extensive practice and was well known in
coursing circles. A prominent greyhound breeder, he owned one of the largest
kennels in the country, and his successes included the Derby, Oaks, International
Cup and Kingdom Cup.
He was father of Lieut. M. J. Tubridy, of the Irish Army jumping team,
and a prominent Gaelic footballer. He is survived by five sons and four
1948 17th January (CC)
Kilrush G A A. The Annual General meeting was held in the Town Hall on
Sunday last, at which there was a big number of players and supporters.
Rev J Clune C C presided and the election of officers for the ensuing
year resulted as follows: President Rev J Clune C C, Chairman Mr M Kehoe,
Vice-Chairman Mr W McNamara U C, Secretary Patrick McGrath, Assistant-Secretary
P Walshe junr, Treasurer J C Clancy, committee members: Michael McMahon
P C, Sean Griffin N T, Michael Mahony, J McGrath, P Scanlan, S Cotter,
P J McNamara, P J O'Reilly, John Shannon----.
1948 31st January (CC).
Kilrush Golf Club Dinner. The first annual Captain's dinner was held during
the week at Williams' Hotel. The Captain (Mr J A Doyle) was complimented
on a most successful year the main features being: Annual Dinner, First
Junior Cup Team and a dance held at the Hydro Hotel, Kilkee. The speakers
included Rev Fr. Conheady, Messrs J Honan B L, M L Counihan B D S, T F
Twomey, solicitor and J Hassett Captain Kilkee Golf Club----.
1948 3rd April (IT).
Mr. J. Guinan and Miss R. Reidy. The wedding has taken place at Adare
Parish Church, Co. Limerick, of Mr. James Guinan, son of Mrs. M. Guinan
and the late Mr. Michael Guinan, Swanson Terrace, O'Connell Street, Limerick,
and Miss Rita Reidy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Reidy, Kilrush, Co.
Clare. The ceremony, with Nuptial Mass, was performed by the Rev. R. O'Sullivan,
CC., St. Michael's Limerick. The bride was attended by Miss Nellie O'Shaughnessy
and the best man was Mr. Declan Slattery. The honeymoon is being spent
1948 15th May (CC).
The Cobweb's Glory. The Kilrush Players last week presented Bryan M O'Connor's
well known comedy at the Palace Theatre where it had a good reception.
Chief parts were filled by Jimmy Doyle, a seasoned player, Tommy Griffin,
Susie Howard, Maura O'Malley-------------.
1948 31st July (CC).
18,000 Egg Incubators. A Robbins electric incubator with a capacity of
18,000 eggs has been shipped from New York for the Central Creamery at
Kilrush and is expected to arrive in Dublin early in August. The present
9,000 egg incubator is to be retained so that production this year is
expected to be three times that of last year. Since January this year
the Creamery has sold 38,000 day old chicks.
1948 25th August (II).
Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904.
Take notice that I have applied to the Register of Clubs for the District
Court Area of Kilrush, County Clare, for the renewal of the Certificate
of Registration of the Kilrush Club, Toler Street, Kilrush, aforesaid
and said application will be heard at Kilrush on Tuesday, the 7th day
of September, 1948.
W.D. Saunders, Hon. Secretary. M. Killeen & Co., Solicitors, Kilrush.
1948 2nd October (CC).
Site for New Post Office. The Department of Posts and Telegraphs has secured
a site for the erection of a new Post Office in Kilrush. The site selected
is in Frances St, opposite William's Hotel and has been purchased from
Messrs G O'Doherty and Sons at a price, which has not been disclosed.
1948 23rd October (CC).
Money in Seaweed. The important enterprise conducted by Irish Marine Products
Ltd, at Kilrush will it is expected soon be restored to its former footing
and the exports resumed of cattle foods etc., manufactured from seaweed.
This export has been temporarily made impossible owing to a British Government
1948 6th November (CC).
Tender for buns. The tender of Mr. Christy Walshe, Moore Street for the
supply of sweetened buns under the School Meals Scheme at 6d? per doz.
has been accepted by the manager. Mr Walshe's tender was the lowest received.
1949 17th February (IT).
M.O. Appointed: -
Dr. Albert M. Flynn has been appointed Medical Officer for Kilrush dispensary
district, Co. Clare.
1949 26th February (Irish Press).
A cow, the property of Mr. D. Ryan, Cappa House, Kilrush, was electrocuted
by a live wire, which fell in the field where she was grazing.
1949 5th March (CC).
Steeplejacks at work. The principal outdoor attraction this week in Kilrush
is witnessed at St. Senan's Church where two steeplejacks are at work
on the 150-foot spire since Monday.
1949 7th March (IT) and 12th March (CC)
Government Challenged to Election: -
Speaking at Kilrush, Co. Clare, on Saturday last, Mr. Eamon de Valera,
T.D. challenged the Government parties to prove their unity by “producing
a coherent policy and presenting it to the electorate for ratification”.
“If they do that and win the election,” he said, “they
then can go honestly into office instead of being in power under the present
basis of deceit”.
Mr. de Valera stated that before the last election he had suggested to
the parties which are elements of the present Government to do their bargaining
before the elections and to go to the polls as a single party and with
a definite policy. They would not do that, preferring to trick the people
with a multiplicity of promises.
Fine Gael had gone to the people on a promise of reduced taxation, whereas
their fellow-coalitionists-the Labour Party-had promised increased social
services, which could only be brought about by increased taxes.
When Fianna Fail had been in office the present Government Parties had
opposed their efforts to secure freedom for Ireland.
“These present-day Republicans even opposed the Constitution, which
they now admit is a Republican Constitution”. --------.
1949 29th March (IT).
Rate Up: - Kilrush urban rate is 31/- in the £, 4/- more than last
1949 30th July (IT).
Irish Wills: -
Daniel Ryan, Cappagh House (Lodge), Kilrush, Co. Clare-£42,654 (estate
1949 5th September (Irish Press).
Kilrush take Clare Football Title after 11 years lapse:
After a lapse of eleven years Kilrush regained the Clare Senior Football
Championship, defeating their old rivals, Miltown Malbay by 1-5 to 0-6
in the final at Cooraclare yesterday.
1949 9th September (IT).
Producers Must Help to Reduce Prices.
The Minister for Industry and Commerce, Mr. Morrissey, speaking yesterday
at the opening of the new flour mill of Messrs. M. Glynn and Sons, Kilrush,
Co. Clare said there was no doubt that there was very substantial room
for a reduction in flour milling costs. He was strongly of the opinion
that if more millers followed the example of the Kilrush firm in installing
modern machinery and discarding cumbersome, out-of-date plant, it would
be possible to relieve the taxpayer of an appreciable part of his burden.
The subsidisation of bread and flour, said the Minister, was costing the
taxpayer almost £7,000,000 in the present year. ---------.
1949 4th November (IT).
Irish Wills: -
William Chambers, Moore Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare-£6,430.
1949 26th November (IT).
Former R.I.C. Man: -
Michael Mescall, a 93-year-old ex-sergeant of the R.I.C., has died at
Vandeleur Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare.
1949 26th November (CC).
Soccer On Sunday next Kilrush Town travel to Caledonian Park, Limerick
to play Aer Lingus in the second round of the F.A.I. Junior cup.
1949 26th November (CC).
Ratepayers Elect Officials. At a large and representative meeting of the
newly formed ratepayers association in the Town Hall, Kilrush on Monday
night. Mr. George Brew PC. was elected chairman,Mr Thomas F. Twomey,solicitor,Hon.
Secretary and Mr. M.D. Glynn, Hon. Treasurer with the following committee.
Messrs W D Saunders, Charles Clancy, Michael O'Sullivan, E M Kirk, solicitor,
Joseph Fennell, Michael Honan, Michael J Flynn, M J Howard, M P S I and
G H O'Doherty. --------.
1950 7th January (CC)
Thousands Came. Never in living memory was there such a crowd for Mass
as that which attended St Senan's Church on New Year's Eve for the midnight
mass at which Very Rev Canon Meade PP VF presided .It is estimated that
about 3000 people were present every inch of space in the commodious church
1950 28th January (CC)
Kilrush Cinemas. Cinemagoers in Kilrush have reason to be pleased that
the new cinema is being completed. This project had to be abandoned during
the war owing to the scarcity of materials -----------.
1950 18th February (CC).
Storm and Flood. During the heavy gales that swept West Clare, Frances
St and the Square, Kilrush felt the full impact. With the exception of
a few broken slates no damage was done. Scattery Islanders who came to
shop in Kilrush were weather bound. Finally three of them decided to brave
the elements and reached the island safely. Mr M Melican and his sister
remained overnight in Kilrush.
1950 24th June (IT).
Death of Kilrush Solicitor Presumed.
An application made by Mr. Owen Keane (instructed by Messrs. M. O'Shea
and Co.) on behalf of Dr. William Noel O'Shea, Henry Street, Kilrush,
Co. Clare for leave to apply for administration of the estate of his brother,
Joseph Kett O'Shea, solicitor, Frances Street, Kilrush, and to state his
death, intestate, to the best of his belief, was allowed by Mr. Justice
Davitt in the High Court, Dublin, yesterday.
Mr. Keane said that Joseph O'Shea left Kilrush with two companions in
a small sailing boat, on November 7th 1946. The next evening the boat
was found overturned, and with her mast broken, off Ballylongford. None
of the men ever had been seen again.
1950 1st July (CC).
A Popular Company. The Geoffrey Kender Company got a great reception in
Kilrush when in the Palace Theatre on Monday night they commenced what
proved to be a splendid week's programme. The Palace Theatre was full
every night and the Shakespearean Plays were thoroughly enjoyed-----------.
1950 23rd September (IT).
Details of local Elections: - Co. Clare Kilrush.
Elected: - D. Greene (FF), M. King (FG), G. Griffin (Lab), J. Daly (FF),
T. Stapleton (FF), G. Brew (FG), T. Lillis (Ind.).
1950 14th October (CC).
Water Scarce. Kilrush people are wondering why the water supply has to
be occasionally cut off. They cannot understand why it is necessary to
do so; this year must be one of the wettest in history.
1950 18th November (IT).
Heinz Rohr, Baltra, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, only son of Herr and Frau Friedrich
Rohr, Iselojn, Westphalia, and Rosaleen, elder daughter of the late Charles
F. Glynn and of Mrs. Glynn, Kilrush, Co. Clare.
1950 2nd December (CC).
Rationing causes trouble. ---- In bygone days there were eleven bakeries
in Kilrush all doing a flourishing trade. Today there are five -----.
1950 2nd December (CC).
Emigration. Another big group mainly girls immigrated to England this
week. Local travel agents state that there is a steady stream of emigrants
to England and America from the Kilrush District.
1950 19th December (IT).
Church of Ireland.
The Rev. Canon A. V. Smyth has been nominated to the Incumbency of Kilrush
and Kilfieragh. ------.
1950 23rd December (CC).
The New Cinema. There was an exceptionally large number of people at the
opening of the New Mars Cinema, at Frances St on Sunday night-------------
and is capable of accommodating 850 persons ---,
1951 9th January (IT).
Irish Wills: Joshua Stephen Dowling, Cappagh House, Kilrush, Co. Clare:
- £12,249 (estate duty £1.248)
1951 13th January (IT).
Kilrush County Clare: Important Sale of Valuable Business and Residential
The owner, the personal representative of the late Peter Dold, offers
for sale the long established and well -known business premises trading
as P. Dold & Sons, Watchmaker, Jewellers and Opticians, situate at
57 Moore Street, Kilrush. Established 1882. The premises are well known
in Clare and the extensive business has been carried on therein. ---
Messrs M. O'Shea & Co. Solicitors, Kilrush.
1951 27th January (IT).
Joined in Death: Mr. James Casey, Moore Street, Kilrush, and his wife,
Bridget Casey, were removed to hospital suffering from influenza and died
within a few hours of each other.
1951 19th February (II).
“Student Prince” to be staged.
I found a lively communal interest in the progress of the rehearsals for
“The Student Prince” which will be staged in the fine new
Mars Cinema for five nights beginning on Wednesday next.
The profit of this spectacular venture-the first of its kind the town
has seen-will go to the Christian Brothers’ and Convent of Mercy
joint building fund.
The Brothers want the money for a new primary school to accommodate 300
boys and the Convent of Mercy have plans for an extension to their present
school. And since both communities have been in the town far longer than
the biblical life-span it is not surprising that Kilrush people have banded
together so enthusiastically to help them raise the money. Last year the
Fund Committee, by concerts, raffles and card drives, made £1,000.
1951 17th March (IT).
“Ma the feather man in coming”:
That's the cry that greets 30-year-old Clareman Martin Casey, from Kilrush,
who has been travelling the south of Ireland for the last ten years collecting
feathers which he sells in Cork for export. ----.
1951 31st July (IT).
34 F.C.A. Platoons in competition:
Shooting: - 1. Kilrush: 2. Killorglin: 3. Bandon: 4.Listowel.
1951 18th August (IT).
Kilrush, Co. Clare is the latest provincial town to start a swimming club.
Man behind this new venture is John Sullivan, of Milltown Malbay, who
gives his 20 members instruction in life saving. When rough seas hold
up practices. John gives his classes lessons in first aid in the local
1951 5th December (IT).
Government Notice: Timber for Sale:
---- Kilrush, Co. Clare.
167 Ash Logs, 28 Oak Logs, 1 Silver Fir Log (Suitable for various commercial
Officer-in-Charge, Mr H. Gavigan, c/o Mrs. Curtin, Henry Street, Kilrush,
1951 29th December (IT).
----- Railway line between Moyasta and Kilrush was washed away. Thirteen
cattle, valued at £300, were drowned at Carrigaholt.
1952 26th January (IT).
After 38 years, -Thomas Rothwell, agent, Bank of Ireland, Kilrush, Co.
Clare, has retired after 38 years' service with the bank.
1952 12th May (IT).
£75,000 plan to reclaim 650 acres under Shannon:
-- of land between Kilkee and Kilrush is being pressed forward by a local
committee. The man behind the project is Mr. T. Lillis of Blackweir, Co.
Clare a local representative on the County Council. ---- Their object
is to have what is known as Poulnasherry Bay reclaimed. ---
1952 23rd December (IT).
Practical help for wheat growers.
At a meeting of the Co. Clare Committee of Agriculture, Mr. T. Stapleton
said that Mr. T. Murphy, Agricultural Instructor, in conjunction with
Messrs. M. Glynn and Sons, Kilrush, had made an analysis of the soil in
West Clare from the point of view of ascertaining the best variety of
wheat to sow. That information was now available for farmers. In addition,
Messrs. Glynn had arranged to supply farmers direct with seeds and fertilisers
1952 27th December (Connacht Tribune).
Extension to Kilrush Technical School: Clerk of Works Required.
Applications are invited for the whole-time temporary position of Clerk
of Works to supervise the extension to the above Schools. ----
1953 22nd January (IT).
---- Pickets were on duty at the central creamery of the West Clare Creameries
Ltd., in Kilrush, but a number of farmers brought supplies to it. ----
1953 14th March (IT).
They won An Tóstal Badges:
The lovely An Tóstal badges that no one may buy were won this week
by boys and girls all over the country. They sent in the neatest correct
answers to Badge competition No. 6.
Section 1 (6-11) ----- Cyril Twomey (7), (Cappa) Kilrush. ------
1953 21st March (IT).
They won An Tóstal Badges: Competition 7 Section 11 (12-16)--Kay
Walshe (15), The Square, Kilrush.
1953 12th June (IT).
Executor's Sale. Cappa House, Kilrush, Co. Clare.(If not previously sold).
For Sale by Public Auction at Kilrush Town Hall, on Thursday June 25th,
at 2 o'clock (ST).
Unusually attractive and commanding two-storey non-basement family residence
standing on 8 acres (approx.), with conservatory, lawn tennis court, garage
and out-offices. The residence is approached by a short drive, is of artistic
structure well away from the main road, with a magnificent view of the
Shannon and Scattery Island, and looking towards Loop Head and the Kerry
coast. The general layout is fascinating, the surrounding scenery being
as charming as it is varied. Accommodation consists of tiled porch entrance,
large hall, spacious and well lighted drawing-room, with conservatory
dining-room with service door, study and morning room with door leading
to tennis court: kitchen and two pantries, servants apartments, easy stairway
leading to six well-proportioned bedrooms, with three other rooms and
linen room, bathroom, h and c, separate toilet: electric light.
Part of the holding has a large frontage to main road, and being situate
a short distance from Kilrush, the property has an enhanced value, as
it affords an opportunity of profitable building development.
There is also on the property a spacious and attractive premise, Ivy Cottage,
let at £3-5/- monthly. Tenure: Held under lease for 99 years from
25th March 1906, subject to rent of £50.
Poor Law Valuation- Cappa House £23, and £8-10/- on land,
and Ivy Cottage £8 and 5/- on garden.
The property is strongly recommended by the Auctioneer as a most desirable
abode, and intending purchases are cordially invited to judge for themselves.
Cards to view by arrangement with the Auctioneer.
Particulars and Conditions of Sale from-
Messrs M Killeen & Co., Solicitors, Kilrush, Co. Clare, or
George McDonnell, Auctioneer and Valuer, Broadford, Co. Clare.
1953 24th November (IT).
Money from Seaweed:
This season over 2,000 tons of seaweed and carrageen moss were sold to
Irish Marine Products, Ltd, Kilrush, Co. Clare, by farmers and labourers,
who were paid between £10 and £15 per lorry load for their
1954 8th May (IT).
Reclamation plan turned down:
The dreams of the people of West Clare seeing some 1,200 acres of land
now under the water of Poulnasherry Bay, an inlet of the River Shannon
between Kilrush and Kilkee, reclaimed and made available for the cultivation
of wheat, beet and root crops, have been shattered by a letter from the
Minister for Agriculture. ----
1954 6th August (IT).
New Postmaster: - Mr. Thomas Griffin, Overseer, G.P.O., Ennis, Co. Clare,
has been appointed postmaster at Kilrush, replacing Mr. J. Kehoe, who
has been transferred to Roscommon.
1954 11th November (IT).
Creamery workers halt production:
As a result of an unofficial action by 46 lorry drivers and dairy hands
employed at the Central Creameries in Kilrush and Ennistymon, butter production
in West and north Clare has been brought to a standstill. Farmers yesterday
fed their milk supplies to pigs and calves, but many who did not use it,
had to spill it down the drains. ----
1954 17th November (IT).
Irish Wills: --Patrick O'Shea, The Square, Kilrush, Co. Clare. -£7,677.
(Gross in Ireland).
1955 6th April (IT).
Kilrush to Celebrate Convents Centenary: The people of west Clare will
next Tuesday join with the Sisters of Mercy in Kilrush in celebrating
the centenary of their Kilrush foundation. The convent and the streets
and houses of the town will be decorated. On Monday evening, the Most
Rev. Dr. Rodgers, Coadjutor Bishop of Killaloe, will be met at the Kilrush
urban boundary by a procession headed by the F.C.A. Pipers' Band and units
of the F.C.A., and the local Catholic Boy Scouts. The Bishop will be escorted
to the Parochial House. ---.
1955 13th April (IT).
Voters deceived by “simple trick”.
Local government was an important part of the government of a country,
said Mr. E. de Valera, T.D., speaking at a Fianna Fail meeting in Kilrush,
Co. Clare, last night, at which candidates were selected for the forthcoming
local government elections. ----
He said that in the general election their opponents had deceived the
people by a simple trick. One section of them told the people that they
would increase social benefits, while another section of them tried to
get votes from the people who provide the money by saying that they would
reduce taxes. Fianna Fail always put its policy to the people before an
election, and virtually all-social benefits existing today were introduced
by Fianna Fail, but they never pretended that these things could be achieved
without being paid for by some section of the people.
1956 9th March (II).
£30,000 Post Office Opened in Kilrush:
A new £30,000 post office, which will set a headline for similar
buildings in Ireland's provincial towns, was officially opened by the
Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, Mr. Keyes in Kilrush yesterday.
With the opening of the new office, 80 telephone subscribers in the town
switched over to a semi-automatic exchange to replace the old manual system.
The Minister announced that Kilrush will have a fully automatic telephone
system with the completion of new telephone exchange in Limerick and Ennis
in the near future. -----.
1956 3rd April (IT).
Former member of “Fighting 69th “dies:
The death has taken place at Great Neck, New York, of Colonel Michael
J. Bowler, 165th Infantry Regiment (formerly the “Fighting 69th),
US. Army, who was native of Kilrush, Co. Clare.
Immigrating to the United States in 1908, he joined the army in April
1915 and rose to the rank of Colonel in what was then the 69th Regiment
of the National Guard. He saw active service in the First World War in
France. He retired in 1952.
1956 11th June (IT).
Ordinations at Carlow: -- James Crotty, Henry Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare
1956 12th September (IT).
Villagers demand value for £1,100 rates:
Because they do not believe that they are getting value for the £1,100
in rates they pay annually to the Kilrush Urban District Council, the
villagers of Cappa (part of the urban area) may seek separation from the
urban council and union with the Clare County Council unless the urban
council provides much better amenities for them in the near future.
At a meeting of the inhabitants of Cappa held in the Kilrush Town Hall
at which the inactivity of the U.D.C., regarding the suggestions put forward,
it was stated that although the village had a population of 157 and an
area of 209 acres with a gross valuation of £581,it had no public
water supply, no sewerage system, no post office, no letter box, no telephone
kiosk, no garbage collection and only roads in such a condition during
the winter that the 69 children walking the two miles to the schools in
Kilrush had to wade knee-deep through roads flooded with slush and water.
---- In opening the meeting, the chairman, Mr. Martin Phillips said the
urban council had not honoured its word to carry out the improvements
suggested to it last April. ----
---- Mr. Barry Howard, Hon. Secretary of the improvements committee said
that he was told that the only way to get the letterbox was to seek somebody
who knew the Minister. ----
1956 17th October (IT).
Rescuer drowned in Shannon:
A 28-year-old lorry driver lost his life in Kilrush, Co. Clare last night
in an effort to save two youths from drowning. He was Martin Francis McMahon
(28), unmarried, of St. Patrick's Terrace, Kilrush, and the two young
men were Frank McAuliffe, of Frances Street, and Gerald McDermott, Market
Square, Kilrush, both 16 years of age, who fell into the river Shannon
while cycling along the quay.
McAuliffe and McDermott were riding the same bicycle along a four-feet-wide
connecting wall between the two sections of Merchants' Quay when the bicycle
swerved and plunged nine feet into the water. McMahon and John Hanson,
aged 16, hearing the cries for help arrived on the scene. But before diving
to the rescue Hanson advised McMahon to remove his heavy boots. He did
not do so stating that he was a strong swimmer.
McAuliffe and McDermott were brought to the quay wall, where they were
assisted from the water. In the excitement of the rescue nobody in the
large crowd of on-lookers missed McMahon, but when he could not be found,
Charles and Harry Glynn and James Doyle began to dive. After a short time
Charles Glynn found the body of McMahon in ten feet of water.
It appears that, after assisting in the rescue his heavy boots got stuck
in the mud and held him fast underwater. ------.
1956 22nd November (IT).
22 cadets to get commissions: - K. P. Griffin, Nagle's Terrace, Kilrush.
1957 25th February (IT).
He worked on the West Clare line:
The death took place on Saturday of Michael Talty, Moore Street, Kilrush,
Co. Clare, who was within seven months of reaching the age of 100 years.
Born in 1857, he was a personal friend of Percy French, who made the West
Clare narrow-gauge railway line famous with his ballads, and it was Michael
who inspired French to write the well-known ballad: “Are you right
there, Michael, are you right?” He worked as a labourer on the narrow-gauge
line from Ennis to Kilrush and when the line was declared open by Charles
Stewart Parnell in 1894 he was appointed head porter and guard in Kilrush.
Mr. Talty resigned his position in 1929, at the age of 72 years. He was
a trustee of the first G.A.A., field in Kilrush and also joint trustee
of the Temperance Hall in Kilrush.
1958 16th January (IT).
Names of the victims: (Carmody's Hotel Ennis)
The eight people who were killed when the floor of the room collapsed
--- Mrs. Bridget Byrne (50), wife of the manager of the National Bank,
Kilrush, and mother of six children:
---- Injured: ----Mrs. Teresa Hearne, Henry Street, Kilrush. ---
1958 16th May (IT).
Oldest Sister of Mercy Dies:
The death has taken place in the Convent of Mercy, Kilrush, Co. Clare,
of Sister Mary Raphael, who was the oldest Sister of Mercy in Ireland.
A native of Kilrush, she was 64 years in religion, all of which were spent
in Kilrush Convent.
1958 9th June (IT).
Ordinations in Carlow: ---- John Lane, Kilrush, Co. Clare (Killaloe).
1960 3rd February (IT).
Kilrush cattle mart: - An £8,000 livestock mart is to be built in
Kilrush, Co. Clare, by the West Clare, Co-operative Livestock Mart Company.
1960 19th April (IT).
Seaweed processing plant expanded:
An up-to date seaweed drying plant is being installed in Kilrush, Co.
Clare, by Marine Products Ltd., and during the week technicians from Holland
will arrive to assemble the elaborate machinery. ---------.
1960 14th May (Irish Press).
West Clare Co-Operative Livestock Mart Limited.
Erection of Mart Buildings, Penning, etc., at Kilrush, Co. Clare.
Tenders are invited from competent Contractors for the erection of:
(a) Mart Building, Penning, Slabs, and all other ancillary works and
(b) Supplying and erection of Tubular Penning in accordance with Plans,
Specifications and Conditions of Contract prepared by Mr. Tadg O'Sullivan,
B.E., A.M.I.C.E.I., Consulting Engineer, Countess Road, Killarney. ----
The Secretary, Toler Street, Kilrush.
1960 15th December (IT).
Elected president of law association:
Mr. Patrick O'Shea, Kilrush, Co. Clare was elected president of the Co.
Clare Law Association at the annual meeting. Mr. O'Shea is one of the
oldest practising solicitors in Clare, having been for 30 years in Kilrush.