THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, September 13, 1824
(From the Dublin Evening Post)
The rumour, that Parliament will be dissolved next Spring, gains ground
daily. There will be several severe contests in this county. We shall set
down a few:
Master Ellis must retire from political life, and confine himself, in
future, to the duties of his office, which, as he swore before the
Commissioners, occupied the greatest part of his valuable time. - Alderman
Shaw will offer himself again, refusing, it is said, to coalesce with
Alderman King, the other Corporation candidate. The former, we believe, is
not in great odour with the party just now; and the latter, some of the
graver folks amongst them affect to regard as too violent! Certain it is,
that, even from the Freemen, neither of these persons appear so sanguine as
might be expected. Mr. Henry Grattan will also stand, upon the independent
interest, and, besides the Freeholders, will be supported, it is thought, by
a very respectable show of Freemen, with Alderman Nugent as their head. We
are sorry that we cannot yet mention the name of Mr. Robinson as a
COUNTY OF DUBLIN
There is talk of five Candidates for the County, Talbot, White,
Domville, Brabazon, and Hamilton. The latter, however, will not be of age,
if the Election takes place in Spring, nor if he were, do we think he would
stand any chance. Sir Compton Domville, we believe, is sick from the last
Election and we are afraid he will not be sufficiently recovered to come to
the Poll in time. But the two Sitting Members, and the son of the resident
Earl of Meath, will fight it out.
COUNTY OF WEXFORD
There will be a contest, we are told, in this County. We really should
not be surprised, if Lord Stopford was put out. We are quite aware of the
dominant interest he possesses, but we are not equally satisfied, that he
cannot calculate on his Roman Catholic tenantry. He should recollect the
counties of Sligo and Dublin. If Mr. Calclough could be brought to the
Hustings, we should have strong hopes of success in the present feeling of
the county. That the Valentia interest will again appear in the field there
is no doubt. Carew is said to be secure.
COUNTY OF KILKENNY
This County, owing to the compact between the Besborough and Ormonde
families, has long been in the situation of a close borough. Efforts, beyond
all doubt, will be made to open it at the ensuing Election. Whether these
will be directed against the Butler or the Ponsonby interest, we cannot
say - possibly against both.
CITY OF KILKENNY
Our old friend, Denis Browne, we think, must march. The Son of Colonel
Pierce Butler stands upon the independent interest, and will break thro the
Corporate rights of the Ormonde family, without question.
COUNTY OF TIPPERARY
There is some talk of a contest in the County of Tipperary. The
Candidates are said to be the present Members Bagnall and Prellie and
Messrs. Lidwill and Trant. Lidwill is supported by the Glengall, and, we
believe, by the Llandaff interest. He is, besides, extremely popular. We
should certainly like to see him in Parliament.
COUNTY OF ARMAGH
Mr. Brownlow will certainly have to stand a contest for this County.
Lord Mandeville will offer himself - his Lordship is a Liberal. It would be
curious to see this County returning two friends to Catholic Emancipation.
There is no danger of Caulfield.
COUNTY OF CLARE
There will be a contest in this County. Sir Edward O'Brien, or his Son,
and Mr. Vesey Fitzgerald, will stand. Mr. Vandeleur, brother to the Judge,
has also decided his intention of officiating himself. Other names have been
mentioned but it would be premature to state them. Mr. Vesey Fitzgerald is
certain of his return.
COUNTY OF LIMERICK
Sir Vere Hunt starts again, we understand, for this County. He will be
supported by the Limerick and Independent Interest. O'Grady and Fitzgibbon
will struggle hard. Every thing, in short, promises a severe and protracted
CITY OF LIMERICK
This City will be contested between the Independents and Lord Gort. We
have no doubt of the success of the former; and we shall have, we are
certain, to congratulate the Citizens of Limerick on the return of one of
the few efficient Members of Parliament that Ireland sends to the
Legislature. We need not name Mr. Spring Rice.
COUNTY OF GALWAY
There will be infallibly a hot contest in this County. The sitting
Members are Daly and Martin; one of the new Candidates is Lambert; he is
said to enter the field under the auspices of Lord Clanricarde, and is
called his man. We own we do not like to see a Peer take so prominent a part
in a popular Election. Mr. Daly is said to be the man in danger.
TOWN OF GALWAY
This town will also be contested with the Corporation. Mr. Thomas
Martin, of Ballinahinch Castle, will endeavour to open the Borough. -
Knowing, as we do, the man, and quite satisfied of his political and
personal integrity, we wish him success; and we think, if the cards are well
played, he will have it.
Cathy Joynt Labath
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