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Castlebar trouble in the 1874 general election

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Posted by Mrsk on August 02, 2004 at 00:19:01:

The Castlebar meeting and its aftermath was described by one of the participants:

"Please observe that the Archbishop came from Tuam accompanied by his cousin, Rev. U. Bourke, to promote the candidature of madman Power, the Fenian. But thanks to the stand made by Dr Conway & all of the priests of the county here, he was obliged to set him aside. He could not conceal his humiliation, by his embarrassed manner, nervous and choking voice. The roughs & all the Phalanxes of Fenians paraded the town, round & round with banners, fife & drum, shouting and hurraing for Power. Father Lavelle was mobbed & hooted, priests & Bishops denounced as traitors... The mob passed backwards and forwards where the Archbishop was, hooting & shouting & groaning and so, on Thursday morning... he fled to Tuam amidst the reproaches and hootings of the mob. Grand times, grand results of Fenian lectures & the coming down of our St Jarlath pupils who daily associate with young candidates for the priesthood."

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