Date: 11 July 1872
Transcription: Jane Halloran Ryan
The Galway Vindication Fund was created by the Catholic
clergy and tenantry in County Galway to assist with the order of costs
made against Captain Nolan.
Captain Nolan was a Galway landlord, a Catholic
and Home Ruler who ran against Captain Trench in the Galway elections
in 1872. He was endorsed by the Catholic clergy. This raised
the ire of the Galway landlords who endorsed their own candidate, Captain
Trench who ran against him. Captain Nolan won the election by a landslide,
but many voters were intimidated by their landlords to either not vote
or to vote for Captain Trench if they wanted to remain on their lands.
In some cases, tenants who did vote for Captain Nolan had their houses
thrown down and were evicted. Others had their rents raised substantially
or had the rent payments due immediately.
Captain Trench brought a case
against Captain Nolan in Galway over the election claiming that the Cathoic
clergy had used undue influence. Judge Keogh heard the case in Galway
and delivered his judgement against Captain Nolan requiring that he pay
all court costs which amounted to at least $15,000. In addition, Judge
Keogh noted in his judgement that the landlord difficulties in Galway
were the result of not only the Catholic priests but also the Roman Catholic
hierarchy in Ireland. His comments caused outrage and he had to leave
Galway with a police escort. As a result of his remarks and the case,
the Galway Vindication Fund was set up to assist Captain Nolan with the
costs made against him. Notices were published in various newspapers
throughout the country and abroad about the fund and the monies raised.
This extract notes the funds and the names of individuals from Tulla
parish who contributed to the local effort.