Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, May 15, 1850
Numbers of the more independent of the farming class and of our artisans are
daily seen wending their way alongside a baggage cart in the seaport from
whence the emigrant ship is about to sail, leaving their homesteads and
their friends, to seek in a foreign clime that which they despaired of
finding in their native land. These are the class of people we want at home.
They possess industry and capital, which we can badly spare, and they leave
behind them the idle and indigent. Their departure is not alone the
withdrawal of the resources of a country's stronghold, but is the infliction
of a positive evil upon those who remain and have to endure the burden of
the poor rates. We do not now allude to the landlords, through they must
suffer from the loss of a good tenant, and the payment of rates for waste
lands, but to the rate-payer generally. It is a well known fact that the
small comfortable farmers so assist hundreds of poor family connections in
some way or other that they are not forced by object poverty to seek
workhouse relief. When those are gone their dependents have none to look to
but the Relieving Officers. However, how much this or any other injury a
country must sustain by the emigration of the most valued of its inhabitants
may be regretted, no remedy remains for the evil but a legislation that will
afford the inducements sufficient to counter balance those which now draw
them off to a foreign land.
-A cricket club was formed at Ballinasloe on Saturday, under the patronage
of Lord Clancarty.
- Dr. West has resigned his situation in the Longford Infirmary.
- Two young women of the name of Ashe, sisters, were drowned on Friday near
- Several bottle-nose whales have gone ashore at Glanders, county Kerry.
- There are four screw steamers now laid on between Waterford, Dublin,
Belfast and London.
- Tuesday night a cow, the property of William Fisher, Esq., of Charleville,
was cut across the throat with a knife on the lands of that gentleman.
- The Professors of the Queen's College, Galway, have contributed £25 toward
the Packet Station there.
- The City Dublin Steam Packet Company have a fleet of 27 steamers exceeding
100 tons each, beside several smaller vessels, on the Upper Shannon.
- Wednesday last a man named John Coughlin, of Esker, near Banagher, died at
the great age of 100 years.
- Three thousand crates of window glass were imported to Dublin last week,
to reduce the market price of that article, which had risen enormously since
the late hurricane.
- The Portadown Orangemen have dissolved their lodge, and agreed to burn
their banners, conceiving themselves relieved from all obligation to the
Crown and government.
- Mrs. Eliza Byrne, of Camden-street, Dublin, died on Monday of fright and
exhaustion from what she saw and suffered at Whitefriars-st. chapel, on
Sunday, when the lunatic attacked the officiating priests.
-The total number of petitions presented to the Commissioners for sale of
Encumbered Estates, from the opening of the commission to the 3d May inst.,
was 668, and the number of sales to the 3d. inst. being 24. Aggregate amount
of sales £70,085.
- The largest vessel ever built in Ireland will be launched this month, from
the building yard of the Cork Steam Ship Company, on the Glanmire road. She
is to be called the "Pelican" and is to be propelled by the screw. She is
over 800 tons burden.
- Many Poor Law Boards of Guardians in many parts of Ireland have sown flax
on part of the lands attached to the workhouse. Among others flax seed had
been procured from Belfast for the Galway, Roscrea, Longford and Ennis
unions, and the printed instructions of the society, for the management of
the crop, had been sent to each.
- The South Dublin Union Guardians have passed a resolution "That Mr. Byrne,
a member of this Board, having said of the Rev. Thomas Kingston, Protestant
Chaplain, that if he could he would kick out of the house the Roman Catholic
members of this board - that Mr. Byrne be required to adduce evidence of his
assertion, in order, if proved, to ulterior proceedings."
- In the Galway division of Annadown, the Sub-Sheriff had cattle seized for
rent due to Horace Rochford, Esq. by Captain Burke, and the day of sale was
fixed on Saturday, when it was adjourned, and the stock sent to grass in
Annadown. They were not there many minutes when the poor-rate collector had
them re-seized, and advertised for £12 poor rates, due by Mr. Rochford,
which sum the Sheriff had to pay.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News