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PITHY PARS. - Personal, Parachial, Provincial and Particular
Last week a young man named Moran, son of a herd in the employment of Mr. M.
McDonogh, Galway, was fired at from behind a wall on the public road at
Ballinderreen, near Gort. Moran was in company with two other cyclists who were
returning from Kinyara. There were, it is stated, about 200 pellets lodged in
his left arm and back. He was treated by Dr. Foley, Ardrahan, and his injuries
are not considered serious. The police are investigating the affair, but up
to the present no clue has been obtained.
The fishing season is now in full swing and anglers are anticipating a busy
time. The May fly is doing good work and at Oughterard the average catches
have been from 12 to 15 per day. Similar results were achieved on the Galway
There is to be seen at Mr. Simmons' studio in Galway, a very beautiful
coloured plane size portrait of the new Bishop. The delicate tints of the robes and
details in the lace are very fine indeed. It shows his Lordship in full
length. We understand photographic copies of this portrait can be had in all
sizes from Mr. Simmons at 1/- each. The large one is to be drawn for at the
forthcoming Spanish-Celtic Bazaar to which it is being presented by the artist.
While on his way home from the fair of Galway, a farmer named Thomas Davan,
of Waterfield, Annaghdown, met with a very serious accident. Sitting on his
cart, passing a place in front of the horse, which caused the latter to swerve,
and Davan losing his balance fell off the vehicle, which was heavily loaded.
The wheel passed over his leg literally grinding it into a mass of pulp.
The Mount Bellew roller-skating club rink is open on Wednesday and Saturday
in each week from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in St. Mary's Temperance Hall. Since its
establishment, some seven or eight week's ago, it has been regularly attended by
energetic skaters from Ahascragh, Ballinasloe, Tuam and Mountbellew, and the
Near Athenry on the Persse estate recently a distribution of 800 or 900 acres
of grazing land took place ; but the tenants have yet a serious grievance
with the manner in which these grass lands have been temporarily settled. From
what can be learned from the Estates Committee, it appears that the fundamental
principle of giving the first strips to the tenants already on the property
has been totally disregarded, and the tenants with small holdings of 3 or 4
acres have got none of the lands, which have been given to tenants on adjoining
properties, and to others who have large farms.
An old citizen of Galway, in the person of the late Mr. Denis Duvalle, died
last week. He had for many years held a high position in H.M. Customs, but had
retired on pension, and resided with his family at Sea Road. He was a
familiar figure in Galway.
For the fortnight ending 28th May the consignment of trout to the English
market was 882 lbs., bringing the total for the four months to 4 ¾ tons. All the
trout referred to in this and former reports are caught by fair fishing,
trolling, casting or dapping, and are not netted, as lately stated through some
mistake by a contemporary. Up to the 28th May there had been no run of "peal"
reported in the Galway river, and none have been as yet caught at Oughterard.
A pike was killed on the troll on 20th May which weighed 33 ¼ lbs., of the
following dimensions: length 45 ins.; extreme girth, 23 ins.
The salary of the incoming secretary of Mayo Co Council, has been fixed at
50p a year and 100p a year under the Cattle Diseases Act, and sometimes over
140p more for franchise work of Claremorris and Castlebar unions, together with
fees under various heads that may shape out into a tidy sum at the end of the
year. Compared with Galway, where the county secretary's salary and emoluments
reach to close on 1,200p a year (Mr. Gordon Seymour being taken over from the
Grand Jury, and with Roscommon, where the standing salary, without
emoluments, is 170p a year, it may be said that the salary offered in Mayo errs on the
small side, but as against this great possibilities have to be reckoned with,
as in any scheme of poor law reform - and the scheme cannot be delayed beyond a
few years - it is certain that a number of workhouses in the county will be
done away with, and the sums received by the clerks of the unions for franchise
work, etc., will then go to supplement the county secretary's salary. It has
been decided, and we think very properly, to increase the staff of clerks and
to make all the appointments direct from the Council.
Father O'Flaherty's promotion to the pastoral charge of the ancient parish of
Keelogues is, says a correspondent, most warmly welcomed, though the people
of Castlebar naturally feel sorry at losing a rev. gentleman who has been such
a long time with them, and whose zeal in the duties of the Sacred Ministry
have only been surpassed, if we may so use the word, by his extreme humility and
exalted charity. Not literally but actually he gave all he had to the poor;
they were ever with him in his thoughts, and we may be sure that their prayers
will go with him in his thoughts, and we may be sure that their prayers will
go with him out from their hearts that he may be given many long years of
health and happiness with the good people of Keelogues, and every blessing that can
attend his work for their spiritual welfare.
A learned correspondent says that among the old churches and graveyards
mentioned in the State papers, he finds Cloondalgan Che. G., which still are
clearly defined. This old relic of antiquity is now surrounded by a ring fence of
very old trees, and local tradition says that clay was brought from the old
graveyard to be used in the consecration of Addergoole burial ground, a few miles
more southward. The last survivor of the De Bermingham family died in this
place. The foundations of a church, associated in local history with St.
Patrick, are to be clearly seen at Carrownaseer, near Dunmore, and a bullaun (?),
i.e. a hollow stone, beside this ancient church is marked in the Ordinance
Survey maps as St. Patrick's Stone. Tradition says it was used by the Saint as a
baptismal font. Like Cloondalgan, this place is surrounded by trees, and it
is said that clay was taken from the church grounds for the consecration of
Dunmore graveyard. It would, therefore, seem that Cloondalgan and Carrownaseer
were the primitive ancient churches in this locality.
On the occasion of his retirement from Gort, where he had been stationed for
33 years, Mr. James G. Grubb, local manager of the National Bank was presented
by his admirers with an address and purse of sovereigns. At the same time
Miss Grubb was presented by Archdeacon Daly on behalf of the church choir with a
number of dainty silver gifts. Mr. Grubb has recently removed to Dalkey.
A special meeting of the Claremorris National Teachers' Association was held
in the Boy's School, Claremorris, on the 15th. inst. The meeting was called
to discuss the best means of having the compulsory clause of the Education Act
put in force in the Claremorris Union. The following letter was read from his
Grace the Archbishop of Tuam: - St. Jarlath's, Tuam, 30th April, 1909. Dear
Sir - your letter of the 27th inst. was duly submitted to me after my return
from visitation last evening. In reference thereto I have only to repeat most
emphatically what I have already said so often, that the teachers have my
entire sympathy and approval in their efforts to secure the enforcement of the
compulsory clause of the Education Act, I earnestly hope that the Claremorris
Council will accede to the very proper request of the local Teachers Association
to have the change (?) put into operation as soon as possible in the district
under their control - I am, dear sir, yours very faithfully, John Beaty, D.
D., Archbishop of Tuam.
The Gort Horse Show will be held on the Horse Show Grounds on Tuesday, July
20th, 1909, under the patronage of their lordships, the Most Rev. Dr. McCormack
and the Most Rev. Dr. O'Dea, and under the Chairmanship of the Right Rev.
British Isles Family History Society - USA, Newsletter Editor
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