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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    The Times London, Middlesex, England November 10, 1848 IRELAND (From Our Own Correspondent) DUBLIN, Tuesday Morning. RESISTANCE TO THE POOR-RATE. The following
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      The Times
      London, Middlesex, England
      November 10, 1848

      IRELAND
      (From Our Own Correspondent)
      DUBLIN, Tuesday Morning.

      RESISTANCE TO THE POOR-RATE.

      The following statement from the Galway Vindicator is a foretaste of the
      movement which promises to afford ample employment during the winter to the
      military, police and all others engaged in the preservation of the peace:-
      "We are informed that on Wednesday last a force of military and police,
      greatly superior to those that had been previously called out upon that service,
      and attended by artillery to be used against barricades, &c., proceeded for the
      fourth time to distrain for poor-rate in the neighbourhood of Gort and Kinvarra.
      The people were as usual collected in large numbers to resist them, but this
      time, aware of the presence of artillery, they had recourse to a new rase de
      guerre. Accordingly, when the military came, directed, we are told, by a special
      stipendiary magistrate, to the place where they expected, as usual to find
      barricades, they found them not, nor aught else that their great guns could
      batter, but only a trench something like an Alpine ravine, about 20 feet broad
      and scarcely less deep. Here, then was of necessity a halt and a council of war,
      in consequence of which messengers were despatched in search of planks and other
      material to overlay the chasm. They might as well have sent for Xerxes' bridge
      of boats, at least for any use that could be made of either for that day, as
      night began to close upon the impeded army before their scouts had returned.
      'Right about face' was therefore the word and tramp they went back, but not with
      the trophies of war and victory."
      That such a force should have been foiled by such an obstacle says little
      for the military skill of those in command.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Researching JOYNT, McDERMOTT, NELLY -Gort & Kinvarra.
      See other Galway records from those areas:
      http://www.celticcousins.net/ireland/index.htm
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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