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The Tuam Herald, Saturday, April 3, 1909, Part 1

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    The Tuam Herald, Saturday, April 3, 1909 Tuam, Co Galway PITHY PARS. - Personal Parochial Provincial and Particular The Galway April fair will be held on
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 7, 2005
      The Tuam Herald, Saturday, April 3, 1909

      Tuam, Co Galway

      PITHY PARS. - Personal Parochial Provincial and Particular

      The Galway April fair will be held on Wednesday, 7th April. This is a very
      important fair and a large supply of stock will be shown. Prices of cattle in
      particular have a decided upward tendency lately, and as these fairs are well
      advertised a large number of buyers are expected to attend.


      From the returns of the Registrar General for the week ending 20th March, it
      appears that the death rate in Galway has reached the exceptionally small
      figure of 15.5 [?] per 1,000, the smallest but one of the 22 principal provincial
      urban districts of Ireland. The average for the whole of Ireland in the same
      period was 26.1[?]


      While quarrying in the Kilmovee, Co Mayo, district a man named Callaghan hit
      upon a piece of ore one and a half pounds' weight which is believed to be
      gold. This is the second "find" of a similar nature in this quarry within the
      past few years.


      At Co Mayo Assizes, in Castlebar, before Mr Justice Andrews, Patrick Lyons
      (Insurance agent) charged with obtaining money under false pretenses, was
      acquitted. At Castlebar Quarter Sessions County Court Judge Morphy was presented
      with white gloves. His Honor, in acknowledgement, said he had very little
      business to do since he came to Mayo six years ago.


      Two youths, Thomas Kelly, 17, and Laurence Curley, 16, in a spirit of play,
      started to throw potatoes at each other in a Galway potato field. The first
      named chanced to hit Curley on the back of the head, from the effects of which
      he died. Kelly, who was brought up at the Galway Assizes charged with his
      companion's death, was released by Judge Johnson after five minutes' detention.


      Investigations are being conducted in Claremorris by the Somerset House
      Inspectors into the general administration of the Old Age Pensions Act in that
      district. The Inspectors are apparently satisfied with the statement of every
      pensioner from the point of view of means, but without exception, they are having
      a search made in the census papers of the years 1841 and 1851 for the age of
      every successful claimant who in his application form stated that he was 75
      years old or under. They instructed the Postmaster of Claremorris not to cash
      any paying orders except for those who had come before them and had given the
      requisite information. The local offices of the authorities were filled all
      day with the old people, and as each was dealt with he or she was given back the
      cheque book and a slip of paper with direction to the Postmaster to pay.
      This process was slow, and many of the old people had to remain in the town
      longer than they expected. It appears that on the question of determining the age,
      the pension authorities are guided entirely by the census returns, and
      although proofs are every day forthcoming of the unreliability of these records, yet
      they will not deviate from the rule, except on the production of baptismal
      certificates, which receive precedence. As the district is now the seat of
      operations, it may be interesting to cite some cases, which go to show the
      unreliability of census returns. Martin Regan, Cultybo, lost his pension on a return
      made from the census of 1851, which showed him to be only 68 years old, but
      his book was soon afterwards restored on a certificate from the 1841 census,
      according to which he was 74 years old. Patrick Flaherty, of Corskeogh, was
      refused a pension on the ground that, according to the 1851 census, he was only 68
      years old, but later his application was passed on a return from the 1841
      census, which showed him to be 71 years old. The same applies to a Mrs. Anne
      Kerrone, of Newtown, who was 68 according to the 1851 census, and 70 according to
      the 1841 returns.

      Jim McNamara
      British Isles Family History Society - USA, Newsletter Editor

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