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Early Newspaper Items with mention of Ennis, Co Clare

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    Daily Universal Register London, Middlesex, England July 14, 1787 Last week a duel was fought at Ennis in the county of Clare, between Richard Creagh of
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      Daily Universal Register
      London, Middlesex, England
      July 14, 1787

      Last week a duel was fought at Ennis in the county of Clare, between Richard
      Creagh of Dingan, Esq. and a Lieutenant Bourk, an half-pay officer; Mr. Creagh
      received Mr. Bourk's ball in the wrist, upon which the seconds interfered and
      made the matter up.

      Daily Universal Register
      London, Middlesex, England
      Aug 15, 1787

      We hear that on Wednesday last, three Justices of the Peace, who assisted in
      levying church rates, near Kilrush, in the county of Clare, were interrupted in
      the execution of their duty, and some cattle, which they had distrained, were
      rescued; in consequence of which they called upon a party of the 27th regiment,
      quartered in said town; the rioters continuing their resistance with stones, the
      army were ordered to fire, by which two women were killed on the spot, and
      several desperately wounded. Two men, in whose custody were found fire arms,
      were secured and lodged in Ennis jail by George Studdert, Esq.

      Daily Universal Register
      London, Middlesex, England
      Dec 22, 1787
      In a duel fought on the race course of Ennis in Ireland, the 8th instant,
      between Dr. O'Loughlin and Mr. Thynne, the former received a ball in his body
      and died immediately.

      The Times
      London, Middlesex, England
      Aug 20, 1790

      On Saturday, at the Mansion-house, Cork, the Right Worshipful Henry Harding,
      Esq., Mayor of that city.
      Lately in Ireland, Samuel Baggot, Esq, a Captain in the 17th regiment of
      At Clare, in Ireland, Mr. Joseph Parsons, many years the only
      Revenue-Officer of that port. In attempting to stop some corn going on board a
      boat at Clare, he received a push from a soldier, which threw him down, and Mr.
      Parsons, being rather old and infirm, it occasioned his death in a few hours;
      the soldier was tried at Ennis and acquitted.

      Gazette of the United States
      Oct 23, 1794

      Ennis, Ireland (Aug 14)
      On the night of Friday the 8th inst.a number of miscreants led by one
      Fitzgerald, broke into the Salt-Water Lodge at Kelkee [Kilkee], in the west of
      this county, where a lady and her daughter, a child of twelve years of age, were
      for the benefit of the bathing season, and after striking and otherwise abusing
      the mother, feloniously carried away her daughter.- They fired a number of
      shots, on leaving the Lodge, as they proceeded through the country, in order to
      intimidate those who might be inclined to pursue them; but it had a different
      effect, as it served to alarm the neighborhood, when a number of gentlemen led
      on by George Studdard, Esq. our present high Sheriff, (who fortunately happened
      to be in that part of the country) commenced a spirited and diligent pursuit,
      through the most unfrequented and intricate parts of the country, until they
      compelled those villains to abandon the lady, whom they restored to her
      afflicted parents.

      Albany Centinel
      Oct 2, 1798

      Ireland, Dublin, Aug 1.
      Thursday last, a detachment of the Kilkishen cavalry, commanded by Lieut.
      Fitzgerald, brought into Limerick, from Ennis, and lodged in gaol, Wm.
      Pilkington, Wm. Walsh, John Allen, Pat Power, Francis Taylor & John Enright, all
      of whom had been tried and convicted of being defenders and are to be
      transported to the West Indies.

      The Times
      London, Middlesex, England
      Jan 23, 1799
      The following is the news received yesterday, dated Dublin, Jan 18: -
      "By the latest accounts from Ennis we learn, that troops having marched from
      Limerick against the Insurgents in that neighbourhood, a short conflict took
      place, in which the Rebels were totally routed and dispersed; several of their
      Leaders have been taken, amongst others the infamous Burke, who was expelled the
      College of Dublin, for Blasphemy, and O'Gorman, who at the instigation of the
      Editor of the Press, engaged last March in the plan to assassinate Mr.
      Macartney, and was for that and other crimes expelled the College. Burke has
      been hanged at Ennis; O'Gorman is in Limerick gaol. The country is nearly
      quieted by this timely interference of the military power."

      The Times
      London, Middlesex, England
      March 21, 1827

      STEALING NEWSPAPERS - The following conviction took place at the present
      Ennis Assizes: - John Lahiff, mail-driver to the Post-masters-General on the
      line of road from Ennis to Kildysart, was tried for opening the mail bags and
      taking therefrom several numbers of The Limerick Chronicle newspaper, and
      selling them on his route. The prisoner, a boy, was prosecuted by Mr. Thompson,
      solicitor to the General Post-office, and found guilty. - The Secretary to the
      Post-office deserves credit for bring[ing] this culprit to justice. Indeed, it
      is high time that an example should be made. The robbery of newspapers has been
      almost made a system of- the frauds thus practised upon the proprietors and
      subscribers of that Irish newspaper are almost incalculable. It is time that a
      stop, if possible, should be put to this species of plunder.--Clonmell

      The Times
      London, Middlesex, England
      April 12, 1831

      (From the Limerick Evening Post)
      LIMERICK, April 6 - A dreadful affray took place Monday at Listoonvarna
      [Lisdoonvarna], a village about 14 miles north-west of Ennis. There are various
      versions of the story in town, but all concur and confirm the report of one
      countryman being killed by the police, and five police being killed by the
      countrymen. The bodies of the five policemen were brought into Ennis this day.
      It is not known whether more than one countryman was shot; but it is believed
      there must have been havoc amongst them, for the police kept up an unceasing
      fire of ball cartridge upon the multitude while ever they had a bullet or grain
      of powder, and they had a good supply. When the country people found the
      ammunition exhausted, they then rushed in on the constables and massacred them
      in a very cruel manner.
      It is said the police went to the chapel, where the people were all
      assembled at mass (it was a holyday), to arrest some man against whom they had a
      warrant; others say they had a man in custody, who got away from them into the c
      hapel. I believe there is no doubt but the police fired, and with effect, before
      the country people in any manner assailed them. I heard a policeman, who came
      from Ennis with despatchers say so. Others say the country people first attacked
      the police.
      We have it that Sir Edward O'Brien and the Marquis of Anglesey are quite at
      issue as to the measures to be adopted for tranquilizing the country.
      Major Warburton is for the Insurrection Act, martial law, and every violent
      measure of coercion; Mr. Vokes entirely disapproves of such a course, and will
      in consequence be immediately removed from Clare. This is the report, but it may
      be exaggerated, or possibly quite false.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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