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Posted by Mrsk on August 04, 2004 at 03:04:58:
Excerpts from the Ballinrobe Chronicle, Ballinrobe's local newspaper from 1866 to 1903. For more snippets click on the link.
April 6, 1867
The Guardians of the Workhouse passed a resolution authorizing the doctor
"to issue tobacco to such inmates as the doctor may consider to be in want of same, as being necessary to their health such being done in other unions (workhouses) in Ireland."
November 19, 1870
"a report by the constabulary of some Kilmaine men singing Fenian songs in Islandmore".
July 3rd, 1880
On Tuesday June 29, David Feerick, age 29, an agent for the Browne estate of Brownstown was shot ten times at Carnalecka while he was walking home. He said he had passed three men he did not know. They shot him from behind and then came around and shot him in the face and upper body. Each man had a revolver.
November 6, 1880
On Monday November 1 when Captain Boycott, a local landlord left the Court in Ballinrobe, where he was a magistrate, a crowd followed him "shouting and groaning". He became so threatened that he took refuge in the infantry barracks. A servant trying to get to Boycott with a car was unable to do so because he was also "shouted" away. Eventually the military was called out to clear the street. Stones were thrown at the military and police and "the Riot Art" was read. Eventually the servant was able to get to Boycott and they left for Castlebar.
November 20, 1880
The harvesting operations at Lough Mask continued despite the rain, snow and frost which hampered the work. The volunteers were guarded at all times by the military and police. Some of the soldiers were hospitalized as a result of the difficulty of being housed in tents in the freezing cold. Lady Louisa Knox supplied large quantities of timber to make fires for the souldiers bivouac. The local merchants supplied "stores" for the military and the Calvary horses.
Mrs. Boycott was "unwell" and confined to her room for several days.
Some of Boycott's cattle, horses and carts were driven though Ballinrobe under military escort to the train in Claremorris.
October 23 1897
Pat Duffy appealed against a three month jail sentence for hitting his wife over the head with tongs. She had been drinking whiskey with another women and hadn't gotten his supper.
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