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

Scattery, Cappa Harbour and the Shannon Estuary 1850 - 1899

1850 (The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review, Volume 22) @
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) @
---- Transatlantic Packet Station Commission: Replies to Queries:
Western packet Station Committee.
Chamber of Commerce Limerick, December 10th, 1850.

My Lord,
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 even less.
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 materials.
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 of water.-----

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 of water.-----

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).
Melancholy accident:
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 Gazette.

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 Ballylongford.

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 above.
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, viz.: -
----- 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 1867.
(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).
Attempted Suicide:
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 bad pilotage.

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 Shannon.

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 voyage. ---.

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 men.
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 liked.
There was a variety of land sports, and the proceedings altogether were most successful.

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 the harbour

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, now rests.

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).
Washed Ashore:
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).
Scattery Regatta:
----- Canoe race – 1st Querrin £2: 2nd Scattery 10/-s.
----- The second race was for open sail-boats there were four competitors viz:
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 boat.

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 27 lots:
--- 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 Fall. R.I.P.

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).
Scattery Lighthouse.
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).
The Storm:-Kilrush.
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 Street, Limerick.
-- 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 ordinary seamen.

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 Newspapers.
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 from Scattery.

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 from drowning.

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).
Kilrush:-Kilrush, Friday.
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 the plantation.

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 outside.—

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 are over.

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 illness)

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 pressing services.

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 was defeated)

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 storms.

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 get out.—
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 boarding station.

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 fisheries.

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.

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