!! Times; Nov 10, 1848 "Gort & Kinvarra, Galway"
- The Times
London, Middlesex, England
November 10, 1848
(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:
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