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    The Tuam Herald, Saturday, March 27, 1909 Tuam, Co Galway ... In announcing that an Irish sermon would be preached after second Mass on St Patrick s Day in
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      The Tuam Herald, Saturday, March 27, 1909

      Tuam, Co Galway

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      In announcing that an Irish sermon would be preached after second Mass on St
      Patrick's Day in Castlebar, the Very Rev Canon Lyons, P. P., speaking after
      the first Mass on Sunday, said that the Inspector had reported very favourably
      of the way in which Irish was taught in the schools of the parish, and that was
      a thing the parish should be proud of, because the Irish language was the
      native language of the people of Ireland, and to encourage the teaching of Irish
      in the parish it was his (speaker's) intention in July next to give prizes to
      the best pupils in Irish in the several classes in the different schools. If
      the people did not know the Irish language they could not love their country,
      and everybody should make an effort to learn Irish, at all event they could
      learn the salutations and short phrases. The people should be proud of their
      language..

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      We understand that a fortnight ago Mrs. Meagher, the gifted writer, paid a
      visit to the little Convent of the Sisters of Mercy at Achill Sound. She was so
      impressed with the efforts of the good nuns for the pupils attending their
      schools, and for the development of industries in the district, that when she
      returned home she sent to his Grace the Archbishop of Tuam a cheque for £100 to
      help the struggling Convent to continue the good.

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      By the death of Mr. James O'Shaughnessy, which took place in the hospital,
      Galway, on St. Patrick's Day, Galway has lost the last of the old school of
      musicians, for which it was celebrated more than half a century ago. Mr.
      O'Shaughnessy was not alone a celebrity on the violin, but he was also a performer on
      several instruments. He taught several local bands during his time, and by his
      private tuitions sent forth to the world at large a number of high class
      musicians. He was also composer of music and an extensive collector of old Irish
      airs, but was of that retiring disposition that he declined to have his
      compositions and collections published. He was a member of one of Galway's oldest
      and most respectable families, and claimed to have been descended maternally
      from one of the historic tribes of that old city. He lived to a patriarchial
      age, and retained all faculties to within a few days before his death, and just
      as the brain-power began to fail he expressed a desire for his violin in order
      to play one tune for those who were his fellow-patients in hospital, and fell
      into a state of despondency when this his last request was refused him. The
      remains of this humble but celebrated musician were consigned to their last
      resting place in Rahoon cemetery on Thursday. A large circle of friends and
      well-wishers attended the funeral.

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      With regret we have to record the death of Mrs. McDermott of Springfield,
      after a long and painful illness, on Monday, 8th March. Belonging to the ancient
      and historical family of the Bodkins, one of the tribes of Galway. She was
      allied in marriage to a member of an equally renowned stock, the McDermott's, of
      Springfield, who are closely connected with the O'Conors, of regal descent.
      All those who knew her gentle and ladylike manner, will lament the early
      demise of "Miss Minnie," as she was familiarly and affectionately known before her
      marriage and her many amiable qualities will be long remembered in Ballymoe
      and its neighbourhood. Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of her soul was
      celebrated on Thursday, 11th inst. in the presence of a large congregation. The
      celebrant was the Rev O. Donnellan, C.C., Ballymoe; deacon, Very Rev Canon
      Harte, P. P., Castlerea. The funeral which took place after the Mass (the music of
      which was rendered by the Drimatemple school choit), was attended by all the
      principal families of note both in Galway and Roscommon, and the remains,
      enclosed in a massive coffin, were laid to rest in the ancient family vault in
      Ballintubber. The chief mourners were, - F. H. McDermott, J. P. (husband) ; Joe
      and John Bodkin (brothers) ; Owen McDermott, J. P. and J. Bodkin (brothers in
      law) ; Frank McDermott and Wm. Brown (nephews). The last prayers at the were
      recited by Rev. Fathers Martin and Donnellan.

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      District Inspector Egan has been transferred from the Depot to the charge of
      Claremorris district in room of D. I. O'Connor, who was transferred to the
      charge of Kanturk district some months ago. This is Mr. Egan's first station.

      Jim McNamara
      British Isles Family History Society - USA, Newsletter Editor
      http://www.rootsweb.com/~bifhsusa


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