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    The Tuam Herald, Saturday, March 27, 1909 Tuam, Co Galway ... PITHY PARS. - Personal, Parochial Provincial and Particular Canon John J. Brenan is son of the
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      The Tuam Herald, Saturday, March 27, 1909

      Tuam, Co Galway

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      PITHY PARS. - Personal, Parochial Provincial and Particular

      Canon John J. Brenan is son of the late J. Brenan, by Miss Conway, daughter
      of the late Samuel Conway, esq. of Claremorris. His Hon Sec and Treasurer of
      the Associated Catholic Charities of London, and was for 24 years at our Lady
      of the Rosary, Marlebone Road, London. He is a member of the Westminster
      Chapter from 1901, and is now Rector of Our Lady's Grove Toad, since 1908.

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      Dr. John Bligh, J. P., for Liverpool, and one of its leading doctors, was
      born at Castlehackett, near Tuam, in 1840. He was educated at the Queen's
      College, Galway, where he had for fellow-students, Lord MacDonnell, Sir Andrew Reed,
      Dr. John Conway, R. N., and T. P. O'Con- M. P. Dr. Bligh is an M. D. M. Ch.
      Of the Queen's University, and was the first man in Ireland to take the degree
      of Master in Surgery. He is physician to the Mount Pleasant Training
      College, and to the Sisters of Charity. hE is a keen student and reader of Irish.
      In 1876 he married Frances Mary, daughter of Frederick Harris, of Liverpool.
      With his elder brother, Dr. A. M. Bligh, he has been for a generation the
      promoter of Irish and Catholic works in Liverpool, "giving priceless services
      without price" to the clergy and poor. His father was Patrick Bligh, Esq., of
      Castlehackett; and his other brother the late Matthew Bligh, Esq, of
      Castlehackett, was well known in these parts. His widow lives at Castlehackett.

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      His Honour Judge Matthia McDonnell Bodkin, K. C., was born in 1850 at
      Eastland House, Tuam, son of the late Dr. Thomas Bodkin. He was educated at St.
      Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, and at the Catholic University, Stephen's Green. He
      was Gold Medallist of the Dublin Law Students' Debating Society; sat in
      Parliament for North Roscommon in the Nationalist interest retiring in 1901.
      Besides having had a busy practice at the Bar he has contributed largely to
      journalism,; is the author of novels, including "Pat o' Nine Tails," "White Magic,"
      "The Rebels," and in earlier days was a successful athlete. He married in 1885
      Arabella, daughter of Francis Norman, of Dublin.

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      Father William Bodkin, S. J., was born in 1867, educated at Stonyhurst, took
      his Divinity course at St. Brunos; went abroad for a year and then returned to
      Stonyhurst to teach; entered the Society in 1884; established and directed
      the Catholic Grammar School, Leeds, succeeded Father Pedro Gordon as Rector of
      Stonyhurst in 1907. His father was James Bodkin, R. M., son of the late John
      Bodkin, Esq. M.P., of Kilclooney.

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      The "Colleen" is a new claimant for Irish favour, and judging from the
      numbers we have seen, it well deserves support. It is a high class publication,
      containing matters of interest for its readers.

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      In the pages of that pleasant publication, the "Irish Packet" for last week,
      we notice a sweet poem on "The Sea" from the pen of Mrs. Anna K. Ruttledge,
      "Bank" House, Clifden, a well known writer of poems and stories.


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      As we announced some weeeks ago, the County Galway Hunt (The Blazers) point
      to point races have been fixed for the 30th March, over a fine sporting course,
      that of Gurranes, which up to a few years ago was the annual scene of the
      Tuam Races. A light weight, welter, ladies', and a farmers' race for £15, second
      to receive £3 cut of stake presented by the members of the Co. Galway Hunt
      for horses the bona fide property of farmers under £100 valuation residing in
      the hunting district.


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