1850 (The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review,
Volume 22) @ books.google.ie
Scattery Roads – Port of Limerick.
The Commissioners of Her Majesty's Customs have appointed Scattery Roads
on the east side of Scattery Island, to be the proper station within the
port of Limerick for all vessels coming up or departing out of said port
to bring to for the boarding or landing of officers of the customs in
lieu of Tarbert. The master of any vessel failing to comply will render
himself liable to a penalty of £100.
1850 27th November (Nenagh Guardian).
--- The storm was severely felt at Kilrush. The Ferret, Revenue Cruiser,
parted from her moorings and was driven on shore. The crew had a narrow
escape of being washed overhead.
1851 (The Sessional Papers) @ books.google.ie
---- Transatlantic Packet Station Commission: Replies to Queries:
Western packet Station Committee.
Chamber of Commerce Limerick, December 10th, 1850.
Having received through our representative, Mr. John O'Brien, M.P., your
Lordship's letter of the 6th instant with the queries which accompanied
it, we have now the honour to transmit the required information in reply
to these queries, as also a map and tracing, showing the position and
details of a ship dock now in progress of construction here.
This dock will afford a float-age accommodation of over
7½ acres: and the tideway from the sea to the port, a distance
of about 60 miles, is navigable for ships drawing 25 feet at ordinary
spring tides, and 21 feet at ordinary neaps.
The Committee will be happy to afford any additional
information your Commission may require in this matter with reference
to the Shannon and Port of Limerick.
We have &c William Randall. William Carroll, Honorary Secretaries.
The Lord Hobart, Secretary, Western Packet Station Commission, London.
--- Replies to Queries:
Two tracings herewith forwarded – A: showing the site, &c, with
reference to the city and river: and B: a detailed tracing of the dock
now in course of construction. The main wall at the river front is completed,
and the dock ready to be closed in, and a quantity of heavy cut stone
prepared for the inside work.
Area of float-age within docks 7½ acres, length
about 800 feet, and breadth 410 feet.
18 feet 6 inches, being the height of ordinary neap tides above intended
bottom of dock.
The entrance, as at present designed, is 50 feet width: but the work is
still in such a position as that any alteration in the width or depth
can be made before the spring of next year.
At the different periods of the tides, the depths will be as follows:-
At ordinary springs 22ft.-6ins.
At extraordinary springs 25ft -0
At ordinary neaps 18ft -0
The river way approaching the harbour and docks affords several feet more
depth than the above.
The wharfage around the dock will be 2,240 feet in length, and a varying
breadth from 80 to 140 feet – one side being parallel, and joined
to the western main road to the city and quays.
A tidal dock, with single gates.
The works are in active progress under the Government and expected to
be completed in a couple of years.
The Limerick Committee.
The Admiralty Chart of the Lower Shannon, by Capt. Wolfe, is the best
document from which this information can be derived. It will be seen that
there is, in the channel entering Foynes Harbour, a depth, at low water,
of from 23 feet to 55 feet, and therefore affords ample depth of water
for a steamer drawing 19½ feet to enter at all times of tide and
in the night.
A new pier is now being completed, alongside which, a
steamer of this draft can lay at all times of tide, both day and night.
At high-water springs 36 feet.
At low-water springs 20.
The dimensions of the pier are as follows:
Length 350 feet.
Width at pier-head. 40.
No cranes have yet been erected, but any cranes required could be provided
at very short notice.
At both high and low water, passengers may step from
the vessel to the pier.
No scale of charges is yet fixed for this pier: but at Kilrush pier, lower
down on the river, the charge for the river steamers in 2s per day.
The charge on transatlantic steamers would, no doubt, be settled by special
arrangement, and it is supposed would not exceed 1d per ton on the registered
tonnage for each voyage. Foynes pier, as well as the piers on the Lower
Shannon, are under the management of the Board of Works, who regulate
the scale of charges.
The pier is on the mainland, and, as will be seen by
the chart, immediately abuts upon the mail road to Limerick.
There is no connection between the island and the mainland.
The pier at Foynes is 24 English miles distance from the railway terminus
at Limerick, by the post-road
This road is one of the leading Government roads constructed in the south
of Ireland by Mr. Griffith, present chairman of the Board of Works, and
is one of the finest and most level roads in Ireland. It is always kept
in perfect repair by the Government, and the distance may be travelled
in two hours and a half.
The mail is at present conveyed between Limerick and Foynes, at about
£5 per mile per annum, and passengers at 2s-6d per head: and. no
doubt, these rates are less than will be demanded when the railway is
completed to Foynes.
The distance by river, from Foynes to Limerick Dock, is 21 English miles.
Steamers ply daily between these two places, and perform
the distance with the tide in two hours, and against the tide in two hours
and a half. They are old vessels of moderate power: but steamers of improved
construction would easily perform the trip in one hour and a half, or
By suitable arrangements the trip can be made at night and at all times,
except in dense fogs, which are very rare on the Shannon.
One day during the last year: and one or two days in the year may be considered
a full average: but with improved steamers and active seamen the Committee
see no reason to apprehend any interruption to the regular traffic from
either of these causes.
A sharp, swift vessel, of moderate construction, drawing about 5 feet
or 6 feet of water, and 120 horse-powers, would be the most suitable for
this service; and a vessel of this draft might easily lie alongside the
new docks at Limerick at low water, the outer wharf of which is now completed,
and provided with stone landing-steps, &c.
She may lay alongside at all times of the tide.
The landing place is distant about half a mile from the present temporary
railway terminus, but this terminus is intended to be brought nearer to
the town, and might easily be erected alongside the dock, in a most convenient
position for the passenger trade of the city and transatlantic steamers,
as well as for the goods traffic of the docks, besides being in the direction
for the extension railway to Foynes.
The charge at Limerick, according to present rates, would be 8s per trip,
and would not be more at Foynes.
There is no existing accommodation of this nature: but
any extent of site required can be easily obtained close to the pier from
the proprietor, Lord Monteagle, who has contributed largely to the erection
of the pier, and the immediate locality abounds with superior building
Richard Griffiths, Esq.
There is ample water for a steamer drawing 19½ feet, to enter the
harbour at all times. The Admiralty chart furnishes an excellent plan
of the harbour,
Lieutenant O'Connell (Coast Guard Service).
----- I know of no pilot boats in the Shannon fit to keep to sea in a
gale of wind but small boats, called curraghs board vessels in very severe
weather, between Loop Head and Kilcredaun light.
Yes. Vessels have Loop Head light and Kilcredaun light until inside the
Bar of Beale, then Tarbert light is seen distinctly, except in very thick
weather: in fact, I consider but a very slight knowledge of the river
necessary to reach Tarbert. During the time (nine years) that I was in
charge of the coast-guard station at Tarbert, vessels of every description
arrived at all hours in the worst weather and darkest night: nor can I
bring to my recollection any accident having occurred in consequence.
Outside Kilcredaun, I am aware of no safe anchorage: inside at Carrigaholt
there is good anchorage: from thence to Kilrush (about 9 miles) there
is a road, but no regular mode of conveyance. ------
Inspecting Commander Montague Pasco (Coast Guard Service)
Brandon by day: the Skelligs or Loop Head lights at night. ---
Can get a pilot, in a gale of wind, before she would reach the intricate
parts of the river
Beale Bar is not marled, but keeping Kilcredaun light about west will
take you clear of it. --------------.
Inspector Commander Triphook (Coast Guard Service)
I would endeavour to make the Blaskets Islands or Brandon Mountain by
day, and Loop head light by night. -----------.
--- When blowing a heavy gale from the westward of N.W., it would be impossible
to get a pilot off the mouth of the Shannon: but at Kilbaha, two miles
inside, it is practicable to get a pilot at any time, as I have seen the
pilot canoes board vessels in the hardest gales of wind, when it could
not be attempted by any boats belonging to this service. ----
Nothing to prevent a steamer from passing Tarbert in
the darkest night ,and running up to Foynes Harbour, which can be entered
at any time of tide in the darkest night. It is capable of containing
8 to 10 first-class steamers in its present state, when they would have
6 to 8 fathoms of water: muddy bottom. The harbour of Foynes might be
made one of the most beautiful docks or basins in the world, and would
then contain as many, if not more, vessels than the Southampton Docks,
which could be done at less expense than in most places, as the materials
are of the best and finest description, and all on the spot.----
I am of opinion that a steamer stationed at Tarbert or
Foynes to convey the mails and passengers to Limerick should be about
100 horse power, and that she should not draw more than 3½ feet
Mr. Jonathan Aylen, Master Attendant, Sheerness Dockyard.
---The pilot vessels are invariably to be found cruising off Loop Head,
while the weather will permit .In bad weather pilot vessels will be found
at anchor in Carrigaholt Roads. ----
During the period I commanded the Alban, I went up to Limerick from Tarbert
upwards of 30 times, loaded with meal,&c,on the Relief Service, and
always took the first of the flood as the Alban drew from up to 11 feet
William Randall, Esq, examined.
You are Harbour-Master of Limerick? I am. ---
Which of the ports of the Shannon do you recommend for this purpose? If
the Shannon were to be selected for this purpose, I should, by all means,
say the harbour of Foynes, not only as offering every facility for at
once setting to work, but as offering the most direct accommodation for
the landing of passengers and for the safety of the steam-packets.-----
1851 10th February (CJ).
Kilrush, February 6, 1851:
With regret, I inform you of a melancholy accident, which occurred here
on last night by which three poor men were lost each having behind them
families to deplore their loss.
It appears that the captain of a schooner named the Breeze lying in Scattery
Roads South was brought on shore on Wednesday evening by the three men,
who requested to wait for him on the beach until he would transact some
business in the town. In the meantime the captain fell in with a pilot
named Boland by whom he was influenced much to be dissuaded to employ
another boat to take him on board. Boland having provided for him a curragh
with four men they proceeded to the vessel at about 9 o’clock pm
the wind blowing fresh at the time. They put the captain on board and
had just returned from the steamer a short distance when the canoe upset
and melancholy to relate three men were lost. Two brothers named Walsh
and a person named Mahony. The fourth man (McInerney) fortunately got
on the bottom of the curragh and held on till the boat from the steamer
rescued him from his dangerous situation. ---.
1851 28th June (Nation).
The Jane Watson, emigrant vessel, from Galway, which put into Kilrush,
in distress, having 112 passengers on board for New York, has been inspected
by the government emigration agent at Limerick, Captain Ellis, R.N., who
reports that her berths and bread-stuffs on board were not fit for human
use, and that the supply was deficient over 2,000 lbs., for the number
of passengers.--Clare Journal.
1851 3rd July (CJ).
The ship Victoria of Limerick chartered by Mr. John Sidley to transport
the passengers from the Jane Watson emigrant vessel from Galway lying
at Kilrush was maliciously bored before leaving Limerick by some diabolical
ruffians at present unknown. ---.
The vile act was discovered at Kilrush where the vessel had to run ashore
in consequence of making water the entire passage. ---
1851 28th August (CJ).
We understand that efforts are now being made to obtain Scattery Island
at Kilrush for a convict depot as Spike Island cannot afford the requisite
amount of accommodation.---.
1852 30th December (CJ).
At Kilrush eleven sail boats were swamped and their cargoes of turf drifted
away. At Islevaroo cliff a schooner was totally wrecked. ---
Extract of a letter from Kilrush: We have been visited here with a terrible
gale which has I feel done much mischief. It commenced blowing at twelve
o’clock on Friday night, the wind from the SW it lasted until three
in the morning when the wind changed round to the NW. There are several
houses tumbled, others unroofed, with windows demolished. The shore is
strewed with pieces of timber &c--. There are several turf boats on
shore, some much damaged, others completely knocked to pieces. The Eliza
of Porthmadog laden with feeding stuff from Sligo to London got on the
rock at Islevaroo Christmas morning she lost both masts. ---.
1853 1st January (Nation).
The Storm in the Provinces. --- The Kilrush steamer Garryowen arrived
this afternoon, brought tidings that the Asia, of Shields, drifted from
her moorings at Tarbert, and is ashore at the Red Gap, inside Boland's
Rock. The Eliza, of Porthmadog, from Sligo to London, with oats, is ashore
at Scattery Island, and a total wreck. An Austrian barque lies at Grass
Island – bottom uppermost – name yet unknown. A Norwegian
and Greek ship ashore at same place. Thirty sail of turf boats were cast
ashore over banks of the river at Grass Island and Carrigaholt –
crews saved. The entire country, for miles around, is inundated to such
an extent as to prevent coaches and passenger-cars from travelling. (Freeman).
1853 25th August (CJ).
Lower Shannon Regatta:
--- Turf Boat race from the pier to Carrigaholt and to the south end of
Hog and Scattery:
First: Harriet of Limerick: Second: Venus of Limerick.
---Fishing Boat race:
First: Ocean Wave. Second: Sarah Ann. Third; St Austin.
--- Canoe race between Scattery canoes and Kilrush and Querrin men. The
prise after a terrible struggle was won by William Scanlon of Kilkee who
pulled with his three sons.
--- Scattery girls won (This was also a canoe race) ------------.
1853 31st October (CJ).
The “Ariel” from St John’s with a cargo of timber and
beams is daily expected to Charles McDonnell, Kilrush.
1853 14th November (CJ).
Kilrush: The brigantine Victoria since Thursday morning has been a total
wreck. A considerable share of the corn has been removed by canoes but
the quantity lost is still greater.
1853 21st November (CJ).
The auction of the rigging and a portion that remained of the wreck of
the brigantine Victoria took place near Carrigaholt on Thursday the 17th
inst. John McInerney of that village purchased the deck and the rigging.
Anchors &c were purchased by parties from Limerick.
1854 9th February (CJ).
The “Anne Harley” barque has come into Scattery Roads laden
with iron. She left Glasgow for New York about a month ago and from the
severity of the weather, she has been obliged to take shelter here. One
of the crew was lost and the others present the appearance of parties
who have suffered great hardships. One of the men being without shoes
had his legs frostbitten. The poor fellow has been removed to Smyth’s
Hotel, (Vandeleur’s) Kilrush. ----
1854 13th February (CJ).
On Tuesday, a warrant was issued by Mr. McCullagh, R.M., Kilrush on the
information of Andrew Swanny, master of the Anne Harley of Glasgow against
7 of the crew for disobedience of orders and refusing to work. They are
committed to Ennis jail for one month. ---.
1854 23rd February (CJ).
Thursday afternoon the barque Anne Harley of Glasgow was towed by the
“Erin go Bragh” from her anchorage in Scattery Roads to Kilrush
Pier, to be refitted and undergo repairs. ---.
1854 13th September (Nenagh Guardian).
Intelligence has reached Limerick of the unexpected arrival at Scattery,
of the Prince of the Seas, of and from Glasgow, bound for Melbourne with
emigrants. She was 7 days at sea when cholera broke out amongst the passengers,
and had to run for the nearest land, the malady having made dreadful ravages.
The account states that the Captain Francis Brown died of the disease
on Friday night. Captain Ellis, Government emigration officer of Limerick
port, on being apprised of the circumstances, applied to Lieut. General
Fleming for a supply of camp equipage, with which he proceeded to Scattery,
and at Hog Island had tents pitched for the accommodation of 250 persons,
to separate the healthy from those effected with the epidemic.
(Clare Journal of the 11th September stated that Captain Brown was buried
at Kilrush and that his wife and family were on board)
1856 18th February (CJ).
The Augusta of Bristol was towed into Kilrush last week much damaged.
She got on shore near the Revenue Quay. It is believed she will be repaired
on the slip at Kilrush previous to proceeding on her voyage. ---
-- Active exertions are being used by the inhabitants of Kilrush to establish
public markets on a larger scale in this town and to increase the number
of fairs here throughout the year.
1856 14th April (CJ).
A melancholy accident attended with loss of life occurred on Tuesday night
last in the neighbourhood of the island of Scattery. A turf boat called
the Speedwell from Carrigaholt to Limerick, heavily laden was upset in
a squall and went down with three men on board. She belonged to Mr. Murphy,
Arthur’s Quay, Limerick, and was in charge of Michael McGrath of
Querrin, John Hanrahan and P. Behan. Several boats have been engaged in
the attempt to float the sunken vessel but yet without success.
1857 21st March (Nenagh Guardian).
The Late Storm. The barque” Duke of Bronte” of Alloa, bound
from Ardrossan to Demerara which put into Scattery Roads some time since
with loss of rudder head, drove from her anchors during the gale of Saturday
morning, and went on shore inside Hog Island, with loss of main and mizzen
masts (cut away) and ship very much injured, but is expected to be got
off. The schooner “My Choice” of and from Limerick belonging
to John McDonnell, Esq, for Penzance drove from same roadstead on shore
to the westward of Islevaroo, with loss of foremast and other damage to
ship, but will be got off. The schooner “Brothers” of Kenmare,
from Askeaton for Kenmare, drove on shore to the eastward of Islevaroo
Point, and is likely to become a total wreck. The schooner “Elizabeth”
of Milford, went on shore to the eastward of Kilrush Pier, but will be
got off without sustaining much injury.
1857 25th May (CJ).
The auction at Carrigaholt Castle came off on Thursday. The lawn presented
an appearance more like the attendance at a race than an auction. About
half-past twelve luncheon was announced, when the rooms were quickly filled
by gentlemen from Ennis, Limerick, Miltown, Kilkee and surrounding country.
Never was a knife and fork unveiled in more superior sight than on this
occasion by T. Kean Esq who headed the table, his attention to those in
attendance was courteous and kind the wines which were of a superior quality
were supplied in abundance as also the mountain dew, porter, ale and no
lack of beverage. The auction commenced after luncheon and terminated
just at four o’clock. ---- Within three hours, property to the value
of £1,130 was sold. ---
1857 7th December (CJ).
A sergeant and a private of the Royal Artillery with a boatman named Martin
Mahony were accidentally drowned at 12 o'clock noon on Thursday last within
500 yards of the shore at Scattery Island on their way from that station
to Kilrush. Mahony's body was found but the others have not yet been recovered.
1858 1st April (CJ).
Major McIntosh has been engaged for the last few days at Scattery Island
upon an Ordinance inquiry respecting the drowning of two artillerymen
in a canoe some months since between that Island and Kilrush.
1859 30th May (CJ).
Fatal Accident: On Monday last, Pat Brennan, pilot of Kilbaha was drowned
a little beyond Scough Point,(near Old Shanakyle graveyard), by the upsetting
of a canoe, up to this point the body has not been found.
1859 20th June (CJ).
On Monday last the coastguards of Bayle (Beal) dragged to shore what they
at first considered to be a bundle of rags floating but on examination
proved to be the body of Pat Brennan the Kilbaha pilot who was drowned
on Monday 23rd May just three weeks in the water from day to day. The
face was downwards in the water and shockingly mutilated. An inquest was
held at Kilbaha and a verdict returned “Found Drowned”. Kilrush
1859 31st August (Nenagh Guardian).
We have it on excellent authority that the Island of Scattery, on the
Shannon, is to be further fortified by three additional batteries. On
Carrig Island, there will be also additional batteries: - the present
fort at Scattery will be rendered bomb-proof: - and both sides of the
Shannon, will be further defended with men and rifled canon, but why not
build a Naval Arsenal at Kilrush---.
1860 7th April (Nenagh Guardians).
The battery at Scattery, on the Lower Shannon is to be mounted with all
possible despatch by six 68 pounders: a new battery of six 68 pounders
will be formed at Carrig: six 68 pounders are to be mounted at Tarbert:
and the same at Kilkerrin.
1860 2nd May (Nenagh Guardian).
Mr. Michael Walsh, of Foynes has been declared contractor by the Admiralty
for erecting the Batteries at Carrig and Scattery Island, on the Lower
Shannon. Carrig, where the new battery is to be constructed, is opposite
1860 3rd December (CJ).
The Carrigaholt Pier:
The plan of the new pier at Carrigaholt has been submitted to H, S, Burton,
D.L. we are glad that this most useful work is now to be brought to a
speedy close. ---
1861 6th May (CJ).
The Royal Artillery at Kilrush- A detachment of No.5 Battery 8th Brigade
Royal Artillery consisting of one officer Lieutenant Dickens, 1 Sergeant,
1 non-commissioned officer and 18 Gunners arrived in Kilrush on Thursday
from Limerick for the purpose of disembarking and mounting ordinance at
Scattery and Carrig Forts in the Shannon.
1861 13th May (CJ).
The Battery at Scattery and Carrig are now fortified by Armstrong guns
of the long range. Portable moulds have also arrived for casting shells
and charging them with molten lead capable when fired of burning the rigging
of vessels and dealing deadly destruction on board. The projectile can
be cast so thin that it will burst and scatter the scalding contents on
meeting the slightest opposition.
1862-63 Directory of Port Charges @
Kilrush, a Sub-port to Limerick.
Pilotage:-In and out, as may be agreed on, say about £1: or as may
be agreed on, as far as Scattery Roads, when a pilot can be had to the
pier for about 10s.
Boats or vessels under 50 tons register, 6d for loading, and 6d for discharging.
Vessels over 50, and not exceeding 100 tons, 3s loading and discharging.
Vessels over 100 tons register, 5s, for loading or discharging.
Steam-boats, 1s for loading or discharging.
Boats landing passengers only are exempt.
Vessels or boats taking shelter, or making use of the pier, by making
fast thereunto, or to any vessel attached to the pier, to pay half the
Additional quayage to be charged for every week more than one week a vessel
or boat remains alongside the pier.
Broken periods to be considered a full week after the first.
Fishing and pleasure boats exempt from quayage.
Ballast: For the carting.
There is also a creek, with three quays, which is a safe harbour, with
a mud bottom. At springs, there are 15 feet: Neaps, 10 feet water.
Harbour Dues: - 5s per week.
Depth of water: - There is an excellent pier, the depth of water at which
is about 16 feet. Government is at present extending it, and when finished,
there will be about 20 feet water at Spring Tides
1863 3rd January (FJ).
Providential Escape: On Monday last about the hour of two pm, as Captain
Walter Pollard, R.M., inspecting commander of the coast guards, Kilrush
district, was proceeding to board the coast guard tender Margaret, under
weigh in the race between Hog Island and the Main, the tide running rapidly
at the time, the coast guards' boat in which the inspecting-commander
was unfortunately struck amid ships by the tender and cut in two. The
tender's boat was instantly lowered, and a boat from the pier put off
and pulled vigorously to the scene of the disaster, when the entire crew
and respected officers were providentially rescued from their perilous
situation, after having been nearly fifteen minutes in the water. On coming
to shore, both officers and men were in a weak and exhausted state but,
we are happy to say, they are now convalescent. --Clare Journal.
1863 7th September (CJ).
The hulk of the “Ranger” wrecked at Farrihy, Kilkee has been
sold as it lay amidst the breakers for £91 to Mr. Studdert, Kilkee.
The sails and other gear were sold for £260 making in all £350.
1865 6th February (CJ).
The new steamer “Limerick” belonging to the Limerick Steam
Shipping Company arrived in the docks on Saturday night. This splendid
vessel was built in Newcastle-on-Tyne. --- her berths and cabins are roomy
and furnished in what may be truly called first class style.
1865 13th November (CJ).
Captain Stone the popular inspector of Coast Guards, Kilrush for the last
three years is succeeded by Lieutenant Porch, who has arrived at Tarbert.
1866 23rd September (CJ).
Laying the foundation stone of Carrigaholt Pier:
The interesting ceremony of the laying of the first stone of the Carrigaholt
Pier was performed on Thursday by Lieutenant Francis N. Burton of the
18th Royal Irish. ---.
1866 17th September (IT).
Melancholy Accident at Kilrush Harbour.
On yesterday evening at 4.30, Capt. Jones, of this Coastguard district,
his brother, and a coastguard named Newman, took one of their boats to
have a cruise on the Shannon, between Hog Island and the Kerry Coast.
There was a very heavy sea at the time, the wind blowing very severe,
squally gales. Scarcely had they made the middle of the river when the
boat upset, precipitating the three into the river. Capt. Jones and his
brother held on by the boat until their condition was observed from the
shore, and they were rescued in a state of sheer exhaustion and semi-nudity.
Poor Newman was rapidly swept away by the sweeping sea and, no doubt,
has perished. He leaves a motherless family of six children to lament
his untimely end. This morning the boat, several articles of Capt. Jones,
the coat and hat of the missing man were found.
1866 21st December (Nenagh Guardian on the 21st
Dec 1946 This week 80 years ago)
Batteries on the Shannon.
During the last two days, General Bloomfield has been on a tour of inspection
of the batteries on the lower Shannon from Tarbert to the mouth of the
river at Carrigaholt. Additional marines are to be sent to every station
as an augmentation to the present force, and another ship of war is to
anchor within the roadsteads, near Scattery or Kilrush. The General found
all the batteries in the highest state of efficiency.
1867 10th January (FJ).
War Department Contracts: Notice to Builders.
(Office of Commanding Royal Engineer in Ireland, Dublin, 1st January 1867).
Tenders are required from persons desirous of entering into Contracts
(from 1st April, 1867 to 31st March, 1870, inclusive), for the performance
of such Artificers' Work as may be required at the under mentioned Stations,
----- Limerick District:-
Forts on the Lower Shannon: - Carrig Island, Doonaha, Kilcredaun, Kilkerrin,
Scattery Island and Tarbert.
1867 20th June (CJ).
The New Pier at Carrigaholt: We are glad to perceive that this pier----
in nearly completed.
1867 15th October (IT).
The Lower Shannon-The Crops-The Country: - Kilrush, Co. Clare, October
(From a special correspondent)
When writing from Limerick some time since, I stated that in case I should
return to that city before the close of my mission, I would come down
the Shannon in Peter Tait's boat, and visit this part of the county Clare,
which is about fifty miles from Limerick. I got on board the Elroy at
the Quay of Limerick, at half past ten on the morning of my last visit.
The first object that meets the eye as you look across the river is the
tall chimney of Russell's steam mills that stand on the opposite side,
in the county Clare. We were immediately under way, with a strong head
breeze, which instead of retarding our progress, seemed to give an additional
impetus to this most powerful riverboat. On looking at the Shannon a little
below Limerick one is surprised to think that an island like Ireland could
give birth to such a river. Even above Limerick near Killaloe, where the
tide ceases to flow, the Shannon is as large as the Rhine at Coblenz,
or the Danube at Lintz.
Below Limerick the expanse of water is immense. The country,
both on the Limerick and Clare side is for the most part flat and uninteresting.
The first objects that meet the eye worthy of notice are the wood of Cratloe,
and the Castle of Bunratty on the right hand side, and Carrigogunnel,
or the Candle Rock on the left or Limerick side. A little lower down on
the same side is Beigh Castle and Foynes, which appeared to me to be a
splendid harbour, sheltered by an island, and in which ships of the largest
tonnage could ride in safety in any storm. This place was spoken of as
an American packet station, and beyond all doubt it seems a most appropriate
place for such a purpose. On the opposite side near the Clare coast is
the Beeves Lighthouse, counted about half way between Limerick and Kilrush.
A little below Foynes Island was her Majesty's screw steamer the Frederick
William.68 guns, lying quietly at anchor within a few fathoms of the Limerick
coast. A little lower down you pass the Tarbert light and then skirt the
coast of Kerry until you come within view of Inniscattery, with its round
tower and the ruins of Seven Churches on one side, Vandeleur’s House,
the pier of Kilrush and the village of Cappagh on the other. The distance
from the quay of Limerick, to the pier at Cappagh, or Kilrush, as it is
called, is fifty miles, and the Elroy boat performed the journey in two
hours and thirty-five minutes.
The town of Kilrush is something more than a mile from the harbour or
pier where the boat stops, and it certainly has the appearance of a stirring
and prosperous place, but Kilkee, which is six or seven miles beyond it,
is, on account of its celebrity as a watering place, still more prosperous
-the cheap swift boats on the Shannon from Limerick bringing down the
past season, have made a little fortune for the hotels and lodging house
keepers in Kilkee.
There is a pier at the village of Cappagh, called the pier of Kilrush
that deserves to be noticed. It is the most perfect specimen of pier building
I ever saw, and I could heartily wish that a pier like it was erected
at Cleggan or Innisboffin, in the county of Galway. It answers to some
extent not only as a harbour of refuge, but there seems to be considerable
trade on it. There were several boxes of eggs, firkins of butter, and
sacks of corn on the quay, waiting to be put on board the steamer to be
brought up the river to Limerick, Notwithstanding the remote position
of the place, upwards of one hundred and fifty miles from Dublin, upon
the shore of the Atlantic, I was surprised and pleased to see such evident
signs of improvement, and of a social condition of the inhabitants that
I wish was universal!
The land in this part of the County Clare is of average quality, but it
produces good crops of oats and barley, and some small quantities of wheat.
On account of its close proximity to the Atlantic, a vast quantity of
rain falls here, and were it not for the most glorious weather, great
injury would have been done to the crops: but they are all safe and sound,
and in no other places amount to so good averages. I was in the field
when potato diggers were at work, and there is no doubt that blight has
fallen on a portion of the crop, but I will have more to say on the subject
in my next --.
1868 6th January (CJ).
The Defence of the Shannon:
It would seem by movement of troops that the Government has at last resolved
to set a guard against surprise, by placing an armed vessel in the vicinity
of Scattery Island at the mouth of the Shannon near Kilrush.
1868 18th January (Nenagh Guardian).
Military in Tarbert:-
About a week ago upwards of a dozen soldiers arrived in Tarbert fort.
A similar force arrived to guard Kilkerrin, and Carrigafoyle Castle, and
a party of eighteen men commanded by a captain are located in Scattery
Island, on the Shannon. The three detachments have received orders to
be in readiness to proceed to Limerick, when they will be replaced by
a stronger force of fifty men who are to be distributed amongst the forts.
1868 19th January (CJ).
A Vessel in Distress:
On Saturday last a homeward bound vessel from the Indies named “Matheran”
had owing to a want of provisions to put into shore close to Scattery
Island. Some of the crew debarred and moved inland towards Kilrush intent
upon procuring provisions. But as they returned to the vessel owing to
a gale --- the vessel had to run to sea leaving them on shore.
1868 27th January (CJ).
The effect of the recent storm at Kilrush: – the Brigantine “Lilly”
which went ashore at Connell’s strand near Ballynote last week it
is hoped will be got off afloat again at the spring tide—
1868 3rd February (CJ).
On Thursday the master of the “Matheran” Captain Ellis lying
at Scattery Roads attempted to commit suicide. The Matheran is a splendid
East Indiaman laden with a valuable cargo from Bombay and was forced to
make for the Shannon some days ago. ---- Captain Ellis having received
intelligence of his having sustained heavy pecuniary losses amounting
to several thousand pounds--- Dr. O’Driscoll reached the ship with
all speed ---- Ship’s colours today are half-mast – and it
is feared that Captain Ellis is no more. ---
1869 8th February (CJ).
Effects of the tide at Kilrush and Carrigaholt:
In this town, the tide rose unusually high on Sunday morning the wind
blowing strong from the SW and did considerable damage along the shore.
The sea wall at Cappa from the coastguard station to Counsellor’s
O’Gorman’s residence was torn up. ----- The road was also
fearfully torn up. ---- The Kilrush and Railway embankment has been almost
completely washed away and one of the bridges knocked down, --- The roads
from Reinvilla to Kilcredaun were covered with one immense sheet of water.
1869 19th July (CJ).
Rejoicing at Carrigaholt:
A general warm-hearted Irish welcome was given on Monday evening to Francis
N. Burton Esq, Mrs. Burton, the Duchess de Rovige and Mrs. Stamer by the
tenantry and people of Carrigaholt on the arrival of the distinguished
party at the Castle. --.
1870 16th May (CJ).
The ship “May Flower” from Belfast to Clare with coals sustained
considerable damage when coming up the river on Thursday last owing to
1870 23rd May (CJ).
The forts of Kilcredaun and Doonaha near the mouth of the Shannon have
been just dismantled under the superintendence of Mr Commissary-General
Elmes of the Limerick District. The guns with which these forts were mounted
are of very large dimensions and of the old pattern: and though of the
oldern very serviceable. They have been placed on the pier at Carrigaholt
where they await one of her Majesty's ships of war to convey them to Chatham.
The forts at Scattery Island and Tarbert are to remain to protect the
river, which has also the advantage of war ships at Foynes. It is said
by the Engineers that the forts just dismantled were of no material utility.
1870 20th June (CJ).
General Lord Strathnairn, Commander in Chief of the forces in Ireland
accompanied by his aide-de-camp arrived in Ennis on Saturday night and
left yesterday morning to inspect the forts and batteries upon the Lower
1872 22nd July (CJ).
Pleasant weather just now travelling on --- projected trips by the worthy
and eminent agent of the Lower Shannon Steam Ship Company. Pelissier Esq.
On Tuesday next there will be a general turn out along the whole line
from Foynes to Kilrush and from Kilrush to Tarbert and Foynes --.
1872 30th October (FJ).
Notice to Mariners: Ireland West Coast:
Fixed Light on Scattery Island, River Shannon, County Clare. Office of
Irish Lights, Dublin.
The Commissioners of Irish Lights hereby give Notice that lighthouse has
been built on the South end of Scattery Island, River Shannon, West Coast
of Ireland, the Light of which will be exhibited on the night of the 1st
of December, 1872, and every night thereafter from sunset to sunrise.
The Tower is White, and the Light is elevated 50 feet above sea level---.
The lighthouse is placed N.N.E. 100 yards from the extreme South Point
of the Island, and 20 yards east of the Gun Battery, which must be borne
in mind when running for it from seaward. -
For every vessel, whether British or Foreign, which may pass or derive
benefit there-from, the Toll of three-sixteenths of a penny per ton, of
the burthen of every such vessel for each time passing or deriving benefit
there-from if on overseas voyage, and one-sixteenth of a penny per ton
for each time of passing or deriving benefit there-from, if on a coasting
1873 24th May (FJ).
The Pilot Relief Fund.
(To the Editor of the Freeman) Carrigaholt.
Sir-- Will you be kind enough to acknowledge the receipt of £5 for
the relief of the bereaved families of the poor pilots lost at Kilbaha,from
Reuben Hughes,Esq, of Paris--- Yours &c
Thomas Pegum, M.D.
(Five Pilots were drowned of Kilbaha Harbour on the 8th May 1873)
1873 26th May (CJ).
The late melancholy loss of life at Loophead;
Letter to Alderman Quinlivan, Limerick Harbour Board.
Carrigaholt; 15th May 1873:
My Dear Lawrence.
Never did I see the effects of practical sympathy more strikingly manifested
that on yesterday in Kilbaha when I went to distribute the £20 so
timely and charitably sent to the relief of the widows and orphans. It
was really needful: They had nothing: but the grand relief was the soothing
effect it had on their bitter anguish and sorrow. Oh if you saw them down
at once on their knees and shouting out in gushing prayer for every blessing
on yourself and the charitable Harbour Board of Limerick. Father Smyth
was with me and we went on the rule of allowing £2 for each widow
in the first place. I now give you the list of the men lost their families
and sum given. 1 Michael Brennan, 9 family, £5-10s: 2 Pat Carmody,
4 do, £4-0s: 3 Thomas Brennan, 3 do, £3-10s: 4 John McNamara
jun., 4 do, £4-0s: 5 James Crotty, 1 do, £3.
About 14 years ago pilot Patt Brennan was drowned, he
was brother to Michael and father to Thomas drowned last week. About 40
years ago Stephen Brennan pilot was drowned, he was uncle to Thomas. Thomas
Brennan was married only last year to the daughter of Pat Carmody so there
were two drowned out of one house for he resided with his father-in-law.
Stephen Brennan’s widow never married those 40 years she is a feeble
old woman and is trying to support an invalided daughter.
In making arrangements for the future safety of these
poor pilots it is absolutely necessary that all of them on the Lower Shannon
be formed into one cooperative. I would respectively suggest to the Harbour
Board to put themselves in communication with Mr. Marcus Keane, Beech
Park, Ennis and Mr. Randal Borough, Querrin whose advice and experience
would be most useful in the formation of a code of pilot rules and I am
sure they would be glad to assist in any way they can.
M. Meehan (Parish Priest)
(Note placed in the Limerick Harbour Commissioners Pilot
Committee’s Book of the 24th May relating to the drowning states:
The Western Pilots in the last century would row as far
as the Blasket Islands to board ships for bringing up the river. In May
1873, five pilots from Kilbaha, Co. Clare were drowned when their boat
was upset in a gale while boarding the “Nico”, an Austrian
ship, off Loop Head. Insurance on the lives of pilots against drowning
was introduced the following year)
1873 15th September (CJ).
Case of Drowning in Limerick:
A young man named Simon Neil, a native of Kilrush was accidently drowned
on Friday morning in the river. – While engaged in unloading one
of the vessels on Arthur’s Quay, Limerick. He fell between the slip
and the quay ----.
1873 2nd October (IT).
Wreck of a Brig:
Last night the brig Wentworth Beaumont, four hundred tons burden, Captain
Eskdall owner and commander went ashore near Carrigaholt, ten miles within
the mouth of the Shannon, and became a total wreck. It was blowing very
hard, with a heavy sea on. One seaman was lost, all others got on shore.
1874 14th May (CJ).
On Wednesday last J C Taylor Esq, Education Office Dublin visited the
Shrine of Saint Senanus and the school at Scattery Island, Kilrush.
1874 18th June (CJ).
“The Queen” The beautiful yacht the property of James Spaight
Esq, J.P., Limerick is laying at her moorings in the Kilrush harbour near
Hog Island. The crew at present consist of three men James Lawless, Captain,
Peter Lawless and John Blair. We understand the yacht will remain there
until the regatta which it is rumoured will come off in July.
1874 18th July (Nation).
Her Majesty's war-ship Defence lay anchored at Hog Island, Kilrush Harbour,
for about thirty-six hours this week. This splendid vessel left on Thursday
evening with a large contingent of coastguards, or Naval Brigade, for
training at Plymouth.
1874 26th August (IT).
Aquatics: Kilrush Regatta: - Kilrush Tuesday night.
This Regatta continued today. There was an enormous attendance some ten
thousand spectators being present.
The First Race was for Hookers under twenty tons, won by the Temperance
belonging to Wm. Hayes of Ballylongford.
Second Race was for four-oared canoes and was won by the Scattery Island
Third Race was for yachts and coastguard men, won by the Cappa coastguards.
The next race was the race of the day; it was for four-oared first class
gigs. The competing crews were the Limerick Boat Club, the Kilrush Boat
Club, and the Glin Rowing Club. The Limerick and Glin crews held together
for three hundred yards, when the Limerick headed them, and won, as they
There was a variety of land sports, and the proceedings altogether were
1874 22nd September (FJ).
The Limerick Pilots: Special Telegram: Limerick, Monday.
At a meeting of the Limerick Harbour Commissioners today, Mr. James Spaight,
J.P., presiding: A letter was read from the officer of the Coastguards,
at Ballyheigue, County Kerry, stating that a large waterlogged vessel,
apparently held by her anchors, was riding about three miles west from
the Kerry coast. Owing to the heavy sea that was raging off the coast,
coastguard authorities were unable to board the vessel or ascertain her
name, but a small part of her keel was visible above the water, and as
she was right in the line of vessels making for the Shannon it would be
advisable for the commissioners to give publicity to the matter. Mr. Mullock
stated that several schooners had arrived in port today, and the masters
of the vessels were puzzled to account for the phenomenon, which they
had witnessed while making for the port.
It was agreed to carry out the suggestion contained in
the communication from the coastguard authorities.
Mr. Cronin said something ought to be done by the commissioners
with a view to putting a stop to the loss which was likely to occur through
reason of the reckless manner in which the pilots at Loophead, Kilcredaun,
and at the mouth of the Shannon generally, were in the habit of boarding
vessels waiting their services. Owing to the spirit of competition which
existed amongst the men, they frequently attempted to board the vessels
while under full sail, and it was only last week (year) that five of them
were reported being drowned through having their boats sunk by a vessel
which they were endeavouring to get the pilotage of.
After some discussion, it was agreed that for the ensuing
year the pilots should not be allowed to board vessels beyond Carrigaholt,
and that the board should erect a station in the locality for them.
1874 12th October (CJ).
Gallant rescue from drowning:
On Sunday while three young men from Kilrush: Messrs S. Fox, P. Fitzgerald
and J. Walsh were sailing in a pleasure boat between Scattery Island and
Bornehard, a sudden squall upset the boat and its occupants would have
met an untimely fate but for the gallant and prompt efforts of Mr. T.B.
O’Brien son of P.B.O’Brien Esq, and old and universally respectable
inhabitant of Kilrush. This young gentleman took the lifeboat belonging
to Mr. Hickie, D.L., and went to the rescue of the unfortunate men with
Messrs. Hickie, J. Boland, G. Searle and T .McGrane, a gallant crew, -----
in about twenty minutes reached the scene of the disaster and rescued
the young men.---
1875 25th January (CJ).
--- The “Thomas Blythe” is at present in the Roads undergoing
some repairs. ----Some of the crew are sick and one of them is removed
to hospital. ----The Blythe had a Kilbaha pilot on board when coming into
1875 18th May (IT).
Advertisement: Desirable Fee-Simple Estate:
---- The lands of Killocalla, the property of the late Charles Humphrey
Minchin, Esq, with the several fishery in the River Shannon, attached
to the said lands.
-- The estate is beautifully situate on the Estuary of the River Shannon,
just above the Man of War Roads, at Tarbert.
-- The mail coach road from Limerick to Tarbert, Listowel and Tralee,
passes through the lands. A steamer plies to and from Limerick and Kilrush,
daily during the summer and alternate days in the winter and stops at
Foynes and Glin, each voyage.
1875 30th September (CJ).
Death by Drowning: Kilrush Wednesday:
--- A young man named Martin Scanlan from Carrigaholt--- was drowned at
the pier at Cappa.
1875 27th November (Nation).
Porpoises in the Shannon: - Passengers by the Rosa steamer from Kilrush
to Limerick on Saturday were surprised and amazed at the sight of over
one hundred porpoises between Cahircon and Grass Island. They were tumbling
“head over heels” in the tideway, and frequently they rose
and dived within a few feet of the steamer. The seamen on board inferred
from their appearance so far up the river that there was “hard weather”
in the Atlantic.
1877 30th April (CJ).
Fishery Enquiry at Kilrush:
--Application made by Mr. Marcus Keane,J.P.,Beechpark,Ennis to erect stake
weirs for the capture of salmon on the shore near Scattery Island.—
--- In 1823 the corporation of Limerick made a lease for ever of Scattery
Island, at a rent of £34-2-6 to Sir Christopher Marrett who was
connected with the Keane family and having again established that connection
with that ancient right Mr. Keane seeks to rebuild those weirs.
-- Sir Christopher Marrett leased his interest in Scattery Island in 1830
to Francis N. Keane and at that time both Mr. Francis Keane and Mr. Marrett
took an active part in the construction of the fishing apparatus. Subsequently
Mr. M. Keane purchased Scattery. Mr. Keane received rent from the tenants
and let these weirs to several parties since. ---
1880 2nd February (IT).
Queen's Bench Division:-(before the Lord Chief Justice, Mr. Justice O'Brien
and Mr. Justice Barry.) Borough v, Borough and Place.
This case came before the court upon an appeal from an order of the Inspector
of Fisheries refusing a certificate for a fixed engine in the River Shannon
on the property of the late Mr. Randal Borough on the townland of Querrin,
near Kilrush. The application was made by Mr. Borough's widow and opposed
by a nephew of the deceased, Mr. Randal Borough who also claimed a net
at or near the same loci in quo. The engine in question was alleged to
have been erected off a peninsula, the property of both Borough families,
the respondents alleging it was off that portion which was clearly within
the ambit of their estate. Major Hayes and Mr. Blake held an inquiry and
in the result they refused the application on ground that there was no
evidence that the net had been legally erected and appeal was taken. Meanwhile
an amended report was sent in, signed by Major Hayes only, his former
colleague, Mr. Blake having resigned. This second report, in which Mr.
Hayes purported to speak for a majority of the inspectors, found that
there was no net at the situation indicted, in the year 1862,and therefore
no question of law arose.
After some argument, the Court referred the matter back for a further
inquiry, not being satisfied that the amended report represented the views
of Mr. Blake.-----------------.
1880 21st July (Nenagh Guardian).
Fight on Scattery Island:-
The Clare Journal says: - “On Sunday evening at about seven o'clock
the vicinity of the Fort was the scene of a drunken fight such as would
by regarded creditable to a pack of South Sea savages. A hooker from Saleen
with a large contingent of Beale and Ballylongford boys, and a fair sprinkling
of the softer sex, accompanied by a blind fiddler and drummer, landed
at the Government Quay about four. pm. After playing Lannigan's Ball and
other inspiring airs on the wheezy instruments, the party retired to the
canteen, where a number of young men from Querrin were drinking. After
the bona fide travellers had partaken of refreshments, warm words passed
between the Clare and Kerry-men as to the merits of their respective friends
who were shaping to the poetry of motion on the light fantastic toe. Blows
were exchanged sticks and stones being chiefly used, blood flowed freely
from the denizens of either side of the lordly Shannon. The melee lasted
over an hour – but that was only one of the free fights, which frequently
take place on the saintly isle – by way of respect to the memory
of the pious St. Senanus. (Also Clare Journal of the 10th July 1880)
1881 29th January (CA).
Coaling the SS Italia
Mr. Glynn, J.P., Kilrush, Lloyd’s Agent supplied the SS Italia with
coal on Saturday and had it placed on board the steamer outside Hog Island
by boats. Here is another instance on the want of a pier at Cappa. ---
Much credit is due to Mr. M. S. Gibson the agent of the Anchor Line who
acted as ship’s husband to the Italia.—
1881 14th February (CJ).
Mr. Forster has forwarded Captain O’Shea’s memorials and correspondence
with reference to a grant for the extension of the Cappa Pier, Kilrush,
to the Treasury with whom the final decision, which may be shortly expected,
1881 10th February (Sydney Morning Herald).
Seizure of a Ship Loaded with Arms:
It is reported that the customs authorities, on December 23rd, took possession
of the ship Juno, in the Clare River, near the mouth of the Shannon. She
had on board a cargo of American arms, and three wagonloads have already
been removed from her. A force of marines now has charge of the vessel,
and a body of artillery have been sent from Scattery Battery to accompany
the vessel up the river. A number of young men who have recently arrived
in the district from America are under surveillance of the police. There
is great excitement in the district.
1881 25th April (CJ).
On last week Mr. Felix Brennan, Master Pilot of the Lower Shannon district
while looking for some vessels in the direction of Carrigaholt found the
body of a sailor whom he believes to be the mate of a vessel that left
Clare Castle on the 8th of February last loaded with “Pit wood”.
The body which was in a very mutilated condition was respectfully clothed.
1881 30th June (CJ).
----- Canoe race – 1st Querrin £2: 2nd Scattery 10/-s.
----- The second race was for open sail-boats there were four competitors
Mr. Doyle’s (Tarbert) “Hold the Grip”: Mr. Moloney’s
(Ryan) “Ryan Lass”: Mr. Kennedy’s (Scattery) “Light
Keeper”: and Mr. Cahill’s (Kilrush) “Niagra”.
Result: “Hold the Grip” 1st: “Ryan Lass” 2nd:
“Niagra” 3rd: and “Light Keeper” 4th.
1881 3rd October (CJ).
We have great pleasure in stating that the fine barque “Alfred”,
at 600 tons burden, Captain Martin, Kilrush, the property of Mr. William
Carroll, Timber Merchant, Ennis, has arrived at Clare Castle laden with
a cargo of deal, from St. John’s.
1882 24th January (LC).
Limerick Harbour Board:
--- Mr. Carroll read a letter from the pilot master at Carrigaholt stating
that the pilot boat required to be repaired. Another letter signed by
a number of pilots was also read stating that they endangered their lives
by going into the boat as she was in bad condition and worse than ever
she was before. They recommended the Board to sell her (laughter) and
get them a smaller boat instead.
-- Alderman Phillips:- I think shows the necessity for the Harbour Master
to go down and examine the boat. I think that is a gross exaggeration
. They only want to get into the old system again. – The Western
men were always getting into collision with the Scattery men about this
1882 16th February (CJ).
Fatal Boat Accident: Two Men Drowned:
Early on Monday morning as Mr. Thomas Boland, Cappa, Kilrush and two other
men named Lillis and Hanrahan were engaged at a weir situated at Islevaroo
they were suddenly seized by the storm which was blowing rather hard at
that time. --- Boland and Lillis sank to rise no more – and Hanrahan
swam to the shore.—
1882 27th June (LC).
Limerick Harbour Board:
The Harbour Master reported that the pilots on Scattery Island had made
frequent complaints to him that the pilot master had not called there
for the past six months. The pilot boat, it was stated, was going to decay
in consequence of the pilot master’s conduct.
The Board --- directing the pilot master to give an explanation immediately
to Mr. Carroll.---.
1882 11th July (LC).
Limerick Harbour Board: Dismissal of an Officer:
--- Owing to the unsatisfactory manner in which the duties of the pilot
master were being discharged Mr. Harris moved the dismissal of Mr. Broderick,
he being the person holding the appointment. Alderman Cronin:- seconded
it and it was agreed.---
1882 12th July (IT).
Land Judges Court: Limerick Corporation property, estate of the Mayor,
Alderman, and Burgess of the Borough of Limerick was put up for sale in
--- Lot 27: - Inniscattery, or Scattery Island, in the River Shannon,
County Clare: rent, £28 -19s-6d: valuation, £123-6s: 172a-2r-13½p.
Sold to Mr. S. O'Meara at £660. --- (see LC 13/7/1882)
1882 13th July (LC).
Sale of Corporation Property.
On Tuesday last the property of the Limerick Corporation, which was mortgaged
to Mr. James Stephens for £27,000, was set-up for sale in the Landed
Estates Court, Dublin
--- Lot 27 (details as above) sold for £660 to Mr. Steine and Mr.
Stephen O’Meara. ---
1883 20th January (CA).
Death: In Scattery Island at an advanced age on the 16th inst. Mr. John
1883 27th March (IT).
Attempt to run down a pilot boat: Kilrush Monday:
Yesterday evening, while the St. Patrick with the Lower Shannon pilots
on board was running free under a mizzen and jib, between Beale Bar and
Kilcredaun Lighthouse, at the mouth of the Shannon, a desperate attempt
was made to run down their craft by the crew of a French fishing smack.
The pilots were on the lookout for vessels needing their services, when
they noticed the French smack following close in their wake, and apparently
with the intention of running them down. No matter what course the pilots
took they were still pursued until at last the St. Patrick was overhauled,
resulting in a collision causing her serious damage. One of the pilots,
named Patrick Brennan, at once signalled for help when one of the French
crew presented a gun at him, but was pounced upon and secured by two of
his own crew before he could fire. The French smack bore the official
number F 908. . The pilots have today lodged information to the authorities,
as well as to the Limerick Harbour Board.
1883 15th June (IT).
Prosecution against Pilots: Kilrush, Thursday:
At the Carrigaholt Petty Sessions on yesterday, before Mr. Benjamin Cox
(in the chair) and Mr. Richard B. Silles, a man named Patrick Sullivan
was prosecuted by the Limerick Harbour Commissioners for flying the pilot's
flag on the 16th of May, near Loop Head, to a foreign ship, and not having
the pilot's license for doing so. ------.
James Keating, a licensed pilot, was examined – He said on the day
this offence was committed he was coming from Limerick, and he saw Sullivan
and three others with him, in a boat flying the pilot's “Jack”
to a South American steamer entering the Shannon, near Loop Head. He was
positive it was red and white. These parties were in the habit of taking
charge of vessels until the pilot came up. They were called “hobblers”.
1883 5th July (CJ).
Death of Mrs Keane, Hermitage, Ennis:
--- at her residence,Hermitage,Ennis,Mrs. Keane was widow of the late
Francis Nathanial Keane,Esq,J.P., and daughter of Sir. Christopher Marrett,Corbally,Limerick.
1883 15th October (CJ).
Mr. G. W. Kennedy, keeper of the lighthouse at Scattery Island, during
the past three years has been transferred to the Beeves Light Rock, in
the Shannon. While stationed at Scattery, Mr. Kennedy became favourite
with all classes and leaves the district deservedly regretted.
1883 29th October (CJ).
Death of Marcus Keane,Esq.
Very many of our readers will hear with regret of the rather unexpected
death of Marcus Keane,Esq, Beechpark,Ennis.---
1884 20th March (CJ).
Mr. John Kelly, boatman of this town has been appointed by the Limerick
Harbour Commissioners, as pilot for Kilrush Creek and Cappa Quay. ------
1884 29th November (IT).
Three Fishermen Drowned:-
The sad intelligence of the drowning of three fishermen named Gorman,
Ganey, and Liddane, belonging to the neighbourhood of Carrigaholt was
reported in Kilrush. The crew in question were at the fair of Carrigaholt
on Tuesday, and on that night went out to fish near Loop Head. Early on
Wednesday, the canoe was washed ashore, bottom upwards, and the nets -----.
1884 4th December (IT).
A severe storm, blowing W.N.W., was experienced here last night, commencing
a little after midnight, and continuing until five in the morning. Some
houses have suffered damage in the district, and such a high tide has
not been experienced in the Kilrush Harbour these four years. The brig
Endeavour, Captain Walker, with a crew of six men, from Limerick, outward
bound, in ballast, for some coal-loading port, dragged her anchors in
the roads, and was driven ashore at Moyne, near Kilrush.
1884 10th December (IT).
Terrible storm in the Atlantic: Kilrush, Tuesday:
Last evening a foreign barque carrying only foresail and jib came into
the Shannon flying a pilot flag. She came to anchor at the west of Scattery
Island, in the harbour of Kilrush. The pilots, who boarded her at 9 o'clock
last night, were not allowed to leave her until this evening, when the
master also landed, and supplied me with the following; - The name of
the barque is the Woodlark, of Dundee, Captain John Young. The Woodlark
is loaded with 1,159 tons of preserved salmon for Liverpool, and sailed
from Astoria, district of Oregon near San Francisco, on the 18th of July
without touching any port since, and was 143 days on the voyage. ---
-- on entering the Shannon, the storm was so severe that the pilots at
Loop Head or Kilcredaun could not come alongside to render assistance
until late last night, when the Scattery men boarded her. There is no
damage done, and the crew are all well.
The brig Endeavour that went ashore at Moyne, near Kilrush, on Tuesday
last, is not likely to be got off.
1886 4th February (CJ).
Supposed Loss of a Steamer off Loop Head:
--- Coast Guards at Kilkee stated that a life-buoy picked up there marked
“SS Fulmer of London” --- “Fulmer” was a screw
vessel of 418 tons register and was built in Middlesboro in 1868. Her
owners are Messrs Harris and Dixon of Gracechurch Street, London. She
had a crew of 16 and was on a voyage from Troon to Limerick with a cargo
of about 800 tons of coal consigned to Messrs. Mullock and Sons of Henry
-- Three hookers were driven ashore on Sunday night at Cappa and Hogg
Island in Kilrush Harbour, on their way from Kilrush to Ballylongford.
1886 8th March (CJ).
Loss of five lives:
-- Their fishing boat was stationed off Tarbert --- while returning to
the boat the punt overturned and five men were drowned. ---Two of the
men were from Limerick John Murray and Patrick Kinerick; the others were
natives of Wexford: Lawrence Ryan, skipper, and John Murphy and John Doyle
1886 11th March (House of Commons debate
--- What is the reason for the delay in vesting the Cappa(Kilrush) Pier,
in the Town Commissioners of Kilrush, West Clare, under the Shannon Act
of last year: and if steps will be taken to hasten the action of the Irish
Board of Works in this matter?.
-- The Board of Works had been in correspondence with the Town Commissioners
of Kilrush about the Cappa Pier, and they were now awaiting a reply from
the Commissioners to their last communication. There would be no delay
in the matter.
1886 1st April (Daily News)@British Library Online
Gale and Loss of Life. ----- A telegram from Kilrush, County Clare, near
the mouth of the Shannon, states that a wreck is coming ashore off Kilkee,
and that a French fishing smack was lost off Loophead, three of the men
being drowned, while three of the others swam ashore. The despatch adds
that the full-rigged ship Phases, of Greenock,1,500 tons register, Captain
Crystal, has put into the Shannon, with cargo of wheat for Limerick,104
days from California, with all canvas and topsails torn away.-
1886 8th April (CJ).
A severe gale in the Shannon: Kilrush Wednesday:
During the past twelve hours a severe gale has raged in the Shannon. Three
French Sloops have been stranded near Cappa. The iron barque Primera of
Liverpool, Captain Christian has arrived at the Revenue Pier, Cappa with
900 tons of wheat for Messrs Glynn and Sons.--- The river steamer Vandeleur
was unable to discharge at the pier.---
1886 25th May (IT).
Drowning Cases in the Shannon:-
A report has been received at Kilrush of the drowning of a man named Hickey
at Kiltrellig, near Loop Head. Hickey was bringing a load of seaweed to
Carrigaholt when the boat sunk under him. Some people on the mainland
observing the occurrence rowed out in a canoe, but the unfortunate man
was drowned long before they reached the spot. The sad affair has excited
a painful sensation in the district. A boatman named Crawford, from Carrigaholt,
was also drowned at Beigh Castle last week.
1886 28th July (IT).
A Sailor drowned at Kilrush:-
About half-past eleven o'clock last night a sailor named Michael Browne
of the brig, Endeavour, lying in the Kilrush Harbour, was drowned at Cappa,
near Kilrush. The deceased was leaving the pier to board his vessel when
he fell over, and was lost. His body was found this morning near the quay.
An inquest will be held today.
1886 11th December (IT).
Disaster in the Shannon:-Kilrush, Friday.
The real extent of the disasters of Wednesday's storm is now only realised.
At Tarbert, Foynes, and Boland's Rock schooners have been driven ashore,
sustaining great injury. The Bella, of Kilrush, has sunk with a cargo
of Indian corn, and the Jesse packet has been driven against the rocks
at Foynes. The Marine Hotel, Kilkee, is wrecked, and the sea wall destroyed.
In trying to recover the wreckage of some large vessel, unknown coming
ashore at Kilkee, a fisherman named Lacy was drowned yesterday. At Kilbaha,
a schooner has come ashore keel upwards, and on towards Malbay wrecks
are coming ashore.
1886 29th December (IT).
Gale and casualties in the Shannon: Kilrush, Tuesday night:
During this afternoon very severs gales swept over the Shannon, blowing
from the north-west, at intervals accompanied by rain and lightning. Some
vessels and schooners outward bound have remained in the Scattery Roads
until the weather moderates. Four Carrigaholt men, whose boat was capsized
lately near Kilrush, were rescued from drowning by a crew of artillery-men
1887 6th January (CJ).
In the recent gale a sheet of forked lightning struck Kilcredaun Lighthouse,
sweeping off its dome and doing the structure other injuries.
1887 2nd November (IT).
Severe Weather in the Atlantic: Kilrush, Thursday Night:
During the past 24 hours very severe weather has been experienced in the
Atlantic, which has caused several large vessels to put into the Shannon
wind-bound, while the outward Glasgow steamer from Limerick has been detained
in the harbour. The Norwegian barque Alice, from Quebec, with timber,
has just passed into the Shannon having sustained much damage. Her chain
plates all gave and in boarding her off Loop Head the Shannon pilots broke
their canoe in pieces when coming alongside, having a very close escape
1888 1st March (CJ).
A Kilrush telegram states: A new fishing house belonging to Mr. S. McAuliffe
an extensive weir owner on the Shannon, was burned some night ago at Querrin.
1888 6th August (CJ).
The Fisheries Inspectors have granted a certificate to Captain Vandeleur
for the Bornehard salmon-weir on the Lower Shannon.
1888 17th November (IT).
A terrific storm. blowing from the south-west aged in West Clare last
night, causing great destruction of property, and, it is feared much loss
of life at sea. It commenced after one o'clock and continued unabated
until four o'clock. A Norwegian barque and a Dublin schooner put in the
Shannon after two o'clock without a shred of canvas and anchored in the
Kilrush Harbour, and a vessel is reported to have passed Loop Head flying
signals of distress and some wreckage is coming ashore off towards Malbay.
At Moyasta Bay, a hooker was driven ashore, and several others of the
same class were driven into the Revenue Quay. Boats having a number of
persons on board, going into Ballylongford, were driven to sea, and made
the Clare coast in almost a helpless state. Around the country, the destruction
of hay has been very great, in this town the slating has been knocked
off the houses in several streets, and a portion of the demesne wall surrounding
Kilrush House has been likewise knocked down, as well as some trees in
1889 14th January (CJ).
Anxiety is felt for a missing vessel commanded by Captain McKevitt of
Kilrush laden with coals, which was expected in the Shannon on Christmas
Day. Some of the hands on board have families in Kilrush. ----
1889 13th June (CJ).
About a dozen Manx fishing boats were obliged to take refuge at Cappa
Quay, Kilrush on Sunday after having withstood the storm that prevailed
1889 18th July (CJ).
Regatta at Kilrush:
-- On Tuesday evening a regatta took place in the Shannon near Kilrush.
– The event was contested by crews from Kilrush, Scattery, Querrin
and Kilkee. ---
1889 16th December (CJ).
Mr. Synan McAuliffe has at considerable expense constructed an Ice House
at Kelvin Grove, Kilrush and the curing of fish under his management has
already been a source of remunerable employment up to the present.
1890 16th January (IT).
Court of Admiralty:
Felix Brennan and others v The Cashen River Drainage Board: This was a
cause for salvage. It appeared that on the 28th January 1889, the captain
and crew of the pilot boat St. Patrick, the property of the Limerick Harbour
Commissioners were cruising in the Shannon off Reinvilla Bay, when they
fell in with a dredging barge, the property of the defendants, which plaintiffs
allege was drifting derelict.----- The crew of the St. Patrick, after
considerable exertion made fast the warp of their boat to the Gretta and
towed the latter to Carrigaholt Bay, where she was ultimately moored in
safety. The defendants' case was that the barge was not derelict at all:
that the man who was in charge of it left the boat to go to Carrigaholt----.
1890 30th September (IT).
Kilkee and Tarbert Races: -Steamboat Arrangements
Kilkee: Steamer leaves Limerick at 8 o'clock am, on October 2nd and 3rd
returning from Kilrush at 3 o'clock pm on 3rd and 4th. Steamers also leave
Foynes for Kilrush on arrival of 7.40 am mail from Dublin, and leaves
Kilrush for Foynes at 10.30 am each morning.
Tarbert: Steamers leaves Limerick at 8 am on October 6th and from Foynes
sane as Kilkee each day. Steamer leaves Kilrush for Tarbert at 10.30 am
on October 6th. Returning boats from Tarbert immediately after the races
1890 18th October (IT).
A pilot boat swamped: Kilrush Tuesday:
A report has been received here of the swamping of the Lower Shannon pilot
boat St. Patrick off Kerry Head yesterday. The pilots were returning into
the Shannon after passing Kerry Head, when the boat sprung a leak, and
sunk immediately. The crew took to a canoe and escaped.
(The Clare Journal of the 16th October stated that their names were Sinon
Griffin, Michael Brennan and James Keating and the Journal of the 30th
October stated that the Limerick Harbour Board Commissioners have privately
investigated the case of the pilot boat and its understood that they have
decided to deprive the three men, who were on board the time she sank,
of their pilot licenses.)
1891 16th February (CJ).
Wreck of a vessel in the Shannon:
The Hero brigantine while on her way to Limerick laden with coal ran ashore
at Kilclogher Strand, near Carrigaholt, County Clare on Friday. The crew
landed safely but it is feared the vessel will become a total wreck.
1891 2nd April (CJ).
Sad drowning at Kilrush:
-- At Cappa --- a young man named Aitken, second mate on board a vessel
at anchor in the harbour, was drowned
1891 13th November (New Zealand Tablet)
Irish News: Clare:
Patrick Fall died in the Kilrush Infirmary recently at the age of 100
years. The deceased resided on Scattery Island and had been a pilot for
many years. He had a vivid recollection of the rebellion of '98 and the
construction of the fort in Scattery Island in 1813.
(Clare Journal of the 13th August stated that he was well over 100 years
old and he remembered the “Rising of ‘98”. and that
he was drawing sand and building material for the construction of the
fort on Scattery Island. --- and he passed away without any struggle or
A number of ladies and gentlemen of the Antiquarian
Society accompanied by members of the Cambrian Archaeological Association,
arrived at Kilrush Pier a few days ago en route for Scattery Island picturesquely
situated on the Lower Shannon. They were conveyed down the river by the
Lower Shannon Company's (special) steamer Vandeleur and were joined by
a fashionable gathering, which included Very Rev. Doctor White, D. Fetherstone,
manager National Bank: W.J. Glynn, M.S.Brews, Ballyerra House: H.C. Supple,
and W.S. Irwin, whom they were accompanied to the island. The visitors
spent some hours on the island, on which there is an ancient round tower
and other antiquities.
1892 1st February (IT).
Fatal Accidents near Kilrush: Kilrush, Sunday Morning:
Painful excitement prevailed yesterday at Querrin, midway between Kilrush
and Carrigaholt, in the Shannon, caused by the drowning of a man named
Carroll. He was rowing in a canoe off old Querrin Head, looking for wreckage
which he saw floating on the sea. His boat was upset by a large wave.
Carroll sank and was drowned. ----.
1892 11th April (CJ).
The Fort on Scattery Island:
In Parliament on Thursday, Mr. Jordan asked the Secretary of State for
War if he would state the grounds on which the authorities dismantled
the fort on Scattery Island at the mouth of the Shannon and if they will
not erect new forts west of Kilrush, will they restore the old fort with
modern and efficient armaments on Scattery. Mr. Stanhope said he answered
the Hon. Member question on the 11th May of last year, his answer then
being to the effect that the works on Scattery Island are obsolete and
it was not considered necessary to recommission them in view of far more
1893 19th August (Southern Star).
On Wednesday at 11 o'clock, the saddest boating accident ever recorded
on the Shannon occurred at Carrig Island, resulting in the loss of the
entire party on board, numbering seventeen residents of Tarbert. All that
is known is that the party of excursionists were returning from Kilkee,
and embarked in an open boat from the Clare side to cross over to Kerry.
All appears to have gone on well until near the shore, as cries were heard
distinctly at nine o’clock, over two miles from where they were
last heard of. All along the shore, the cries were listened to by anxious
friends and one boat put out to their assistance, but owing to the darkness
of the night and the strong ebb, they were unsuccessful. At half-past
ten two girls on Carrig Island heard the screams quite close to their
house: but as the sailors have recently been removed from the place no
assistance could be rendered to the unfortunate drowning people, and all
night long their anxious friends heard searched about, but there was no
intelligence until a telegram from the postmaster at Carrigaholt, told
the sad news of the finding of the boat, bottom upwards, with the owner's
name and address.
The greatest sympathy is felt for the relatives of the
unfortunate people, and a search party has been organised to look for
the bodies. The following is a list of the ill-fated people, many of whom
were the sole support of their families:- Maurice Murphy and son, owners
of the boat: Mary Scanlan, Michael Scanlan, and two sisters: Richard Allen,
Young, Glazier, two Bovenizers, Pat Lyndon and sister, Norah Fitzgerald,
Hannah Sullivan, Johanna McGrath, and two others not known yet.
It seems that a party of seventeen persons from the neighbourhood of Tarbert,
young men and women, crossed the Shannon to Moyne, near Kilrush, in a
four-oared gig, where they left the boat, walking into Kilrush, and proceeding
by rail to Kilkee. Having spent the evening at this famous watering resort,
they returned to their boat at Moyne, and proceeded on their journey across
the Shannon, when it is surmised that, through some mismanagement or the
breaking of an oar, the boat capsized, and the whole party are supposed
to have drowned.
It is stated that their cries were heard at Scattery, at Saleen, near
Ballylongford, and along the Kerry Coast. The craft was found bottom upwards
at Kilcredaun, near Carrigaholt---.
1893 26th August (KH).
The Kilrush Harbour Regatta has been postponed to this the 7th September
owing to the recent melancholy catastrophe in the Shannon. ----
1893 18th September (CJ).
The well-known yacht the Galatea with Mrs. William Henn on board arrived
in the Shannon from England on Friday and is now lying at her winter moorings
in the anchorage off Paradise House.
(The Galatea competed in the 1886 America’s Cup in New York, but
1894 1st February (CJ).
The Greek vessel which has been lying for some time near Cappa Pier, Kilrush
has become a wreck ---- The cargo of coal has we understand been bought
by a local merchant.
(CJ of the 8th February says ship name was the Nicholas and the coal was
bought by Mr. Matthew Kennedy, Coal Merchant, Ennis)
1894 3rd February (IT).
An Allan Line Liner takes shelter in the Shannon: Kilrush Friday:
The Allan Line steamship Corean (Capt. Main), which left Glasgow for New
York, with 100 passengers on board, seven days ago, put into the Shannon
today, disabled, having experienced dreadful weather, the heavy seas which
washed over her carrying away several of her boats. She is also making
water. Owing to the severe weather a portion of her cargo shifted to the
port side, which caused her to list and ship a quantity of water into
her stoke hold. The pumps are chocked. A steam pump will be procured from
Liverpool, and after her cargo has been replaced, she will proceed on
her journey to New York. This evening Messrs. M. Glynn and Sons, Lloyd’s
agents for West Clare, sent a score of men on board the Corean to shift
the cargo, which the captain expects to be accomplished early tomorrow.
There are about 100 passengers on board, but no one is permitted to go
ashore, nor is anyone allowed on board the liner, which is now lying in
the Scattery Roadstead, with the exception of the men who are engaged
in shifting the cargo and the coastguard officials. The captain and some
of the chief officers are in town, and their instructions to the responsible
officers remaining on board are that should any of the passengers not
conform to the instructions laid down while the captain is ashore, to
hoist the Allan Flag from the foremast. The sea is running heavy and a
good many people have gone to Cappa Pier to see the liner in Kilrush Harbour.
Captain Main and the chief officers are at the Vandeleur Arms Hotel, but
the former absolutely refuses any particulars beyond the statement that
everything was all right, and that he expected to get away on his passage
very soon. He also stated there was no cause for any alarm. As far as
can be ascertained at present the Corean has sustained no serious injuries.
1894 19th February (CJ).
Lieut. W. Henn, R.N., has arrived on board his yacht “Galatea”,
now lying off Paradise Hill, from yachting and fishing cruise off the
coasts of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.
1894 19th March (CJ).
While the Limerick tugboat Flying Huntsman was passing near Brandon Head
recently en route for Cardiff with a large vessel in tow a quantity of
wreckage, spars etc., was noticed by officers. Several dead bodies were
also passed quite close. It is supposed they belong to the ill-fated vessel
Port Yarrock which was wrecked in Brandon Bay during one of the recent
1894 21st July (KH).
A Postal Service for Scattery Island.
We are glad to learn that through the powerful influence of Mr Thomas
Sexton M.P, it is possible that the inhabitants of Scattery Island will
obtain the long-needed postal service. An able letter on the claims of
the Islanders to the postal service was published in these columns recently.
1894 28th July (IT).
The Naval Manoeuvres.
The Admiralty have now made all the necessary arrangements for the arrival
of Rear-Admiral Drummond's Fleet, which is expected in the Shannon tonight
or tomorrow, in connection with the naval manoeuvres. Contracts for supplies
have been entered into with people in Kilrush and Tarbert. The Admiralty
signal station now erected and equipped at Loophead is to be connected
by telephone with the Carrigaholt Telegraph Office. The fleet for the
Shannon will number about six ships, including the flagship Warspite,
and the coastguard ship Aurora. I understand that the flagship, which
is provided with powerful electric equipment, will throw the “search
light” over the town of Kilrush. The railway and steamship companies
are to give excursions to Kilrush while the fleet are in the Shannon,
which, it is stated, will be about four days. ------.
1894 31st December (CJ).
The Storm: -- in the Shannon:
The weather in the Shannon beyond Kilrush has been something terrific
within the past eight to ten days. There have been occasions when the
pilots at Scattery have found it impossible to board a vessel. --- Several
vessels have been at Scattery –one of them for ten days-unable to
The iron barque “Helene” bound for Limerick with grain from
San Francisco which entered the Shannon on Friday night went ashore on
Scattery Island early next morning. The vessel will not be got off without
the assistance of a tug.
1895 21st March (CJ).
The Limerick Steamship Company has added another new steamer to its fleet
she is called the Kincora and was built at Newcastle-on-Tyne at an expense
of from £25,000 to £30,000 and is fitted with all modern appliances
specially for the live cattle trade. She is 230 feet in length and her
cargo will be from 1,000 to 1,200 tons.
1896 6th January (CJ).
Boarding Station for ships at the Scattery Roadstead.
---- The Admiralty are making arrangements for the establishment of a
boarding station for all vessels at the Scattery Roadstead, instead of
Tarbert Roadstead as heretofore. ---where in most cases, ships had to
wait in the harbour for tidal purposes. ----- It is understood that additional
coastguards are to be stationed at Cappa and Scattery Island for the new
1896 27th April (CJ).
The ship Condor of Christiana is discharging a cargo of Norwegian block
ice at Knock consigned to Messrs. S. McAuliffe and Son for their salmon
1896 30th April (CJ).
A man named Martin Molony, who is in charge of Mr S. McAuliffe’s
salmon weir at Islevaroo, near Kilrush has been arrested by the police
for discharging a shot gun at three drift net fishermen named Hynes, Bluney
and Loughlin who were fishing --- in close proximity to the weir.
1897 22nd February (IT).
Sad Boating Accident on the Shannon:-Three lives lost.
A most melancholy case of drowning, involving the loss of three lives,
occurred last night about 10 0'clock in Kilrush Harbour close to Scattery
Island on the north side. A pilot belonging to Scattery Island, named
Michael Melican, aged about 50 years, who was accompanied by his wife
and his eldest son, aged about 17 years, was out in Kilrush during the
day on market business and proceeded homewards from the Merchants' Quay,
Kilrush, about 5 o’clock, in a canoe. In addition to Melican, his
wife and son, the frail boat had also a heavy load, having four bags of
potatoes, a bag of flour, a bag of wheat, and other commodities estimated
to weigh 90 stone. As there was a heavy sea running at the time, accompanied
by a light gale from S.W., several seamen who were looking on endeavoured
to dissuade Melican from crossing over that night as it was too dangerous,
but the unfortunate man persisted in carrying out his intention, even
refusing to put his potatoes ashore, and could not believe that the Curragh
was over-freighted for the trip in such weather.
Melican and his son took to the oars, but put in at Cappa
Pier, nearly a mile from Merchants' Quay, where they remained until half-past
9 o’clock, when Melican again started for the island. The weather
at this time had moderated a little, but there was a strong ebb tide running,
while the weather was also hazy. Mrs. Harris, Melican’s sister,
who lives at Cappa, and her husband entreated of him to stay for the night
as the weather was too bad. Mr. Andrew Bourke, Harbour Master, also spoke
to Melican to desist, but the unfortunate man would not listen to anyone,
as he wanted to get back to his children, and he expected he would get
into the island in half an hour. He would not permit his wife to remain
ashore at his sister's. Nothing further was heard of the ill-fated party
till this morning when some Scattery people came ashore to report that
the Melicans had not arrived but that screams were heard about 11 o'clock
on Saturday night off the Maul Point, on the western side of Scattery
Island. The worst fears were only too well founded, as the upturned canoe,
identified as Melican’s was found floating near Hog Island this
morning. Within the canoe were the four oars, one of which was broken
at the thole pin. It was then fully established that Melican, his wife
and son were drowned. The circumstances are of the most heart-rending
character, as a young, helpless family of eight children have been deprived
of father and mother. The disaster has caused the greatest grief in Scattery
Island where Melican was respected for his honesty and industry. The occurrence
has cast a gloom over this town, where the deceased was also highly respected.
In addition to being, a pilot Melican also farmed the island. Up to the
time of writing, none of the bodies has been recovered. Search parties
from the island were out this evening. The canoe was holed in the bottom.
The prevailing opinion is that the frail craft foundered.
1898 13th August (Clare Man).
A Row at Cappa:
Andrew Burke, Harbour Master, charged Owen McCabe master of a vessel lying
at Cappa with assault and there was a similar complaint at the Captain's
suit against Burke. ---.
1898 14th September (IT).
Drowned at Kilrush.
This morning the body of Owen Thomas, master of the schooner Camborne,
was found floating in the Kilrush Harbour. This vessel lies in the Scattery
Roadstead. The deceased was in town until a late hour last evening, and
it is supposed that he fell off Cappa Pier, when about proceeding to his
craft. His late address was Recilian Road, Amlwch, Port Anglesey, North
Wales. An inquest will be held this afternoon.
1899 28th August (CJ).
An interesting yacht race took place the other day from Cappa pier, Kilrush
to round Foynes Island and back, between the “Rose” the property
of Mr W. J. Glynn, J.P., Kilrush and the “Nelly” owned by
Mr W. V. Burton, D.L., of Carrigaholt Castle. The day was far too fine
for either yacht to show their “going”. Rounding Foynes Island
the "Rose” had gained 11 minutes which she increased to half
an hour at the finish at Cappa.