THE TUAM HERALD, SATURDAY, JULY 17, 1909 TUAM, CO GALWAY
- THE TUAM HERALD, SATURDAY, JULY 17, 1909
TUAM, CO GALWAY
KELLY and POWER --- July 2nd, 1909, at St. Richard and Hubert Catholic
Church, Haydon, Droitwich, Worcestershire, by Rev. Clement Gortwaltz, (with Nuptial
Mass), assisted by Rev. Jopseph Dospital; Droitwich; Rev. P. Coleman, P. P.,
Ballyforan, and Rev. P. J. Shanagher, P. P., Ahascragh; D. J. Kelly, Dysart, Co
Roscommon, to Frances Lucy, eldest daughter of William Power, T. C. (late H.
M. Customs), dingle Villa, Droitwich.
SLOYAN --- On Thursday morning, of the effects of measles, James Joseph, aged
10 months, only son of Mr Thomas Sloyan, Bishop street, Tuam. Interment took
place at Claretuam. Deep sympathy is felt for Mr and Mrs Sloyan on the loss
of their dear little boy as evinced by the large and representative funeral
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PITHY PARS - Personal, Parochial, Provincial and Particular
We notice in the "Financial Times" to hand that our townsman, James Blake
Concanon, Esq, presided as chairman of the Anglo Argentine Tramway Co., held in
London last week, and announced to the shareholders a very satisfactory state
of progress in that financially large and well conducted undertaking.
Mr Eraut of the Galway Grammar School has been appointed a member of the
governing body of University College, Galway. Mr Eraut is an experienced and
successful educationalist. He is son-in-law of our neighbour, Charles D. O'Rorke,
Esq, of Clonberne Park.
The solemn profession of Miss Agnes Walsh (in religion, Sister Mary Dymphna)
has taken place at the Presentation Convent, Tuam. The ceremony was performed
by the Most Rev Dr Healy, Archbishop of Tuam, assisted by the Most Rev Dr
Higgins, president of St Jarlath's College. Miss Walsh is the daughter of Mr
James Walsh, builder and contractor, Westport.
Quite recently Mr John Moran, B E, son of Mr James Moran, Ballysteen, Co
Limerick, was appointed County Surveyor, of East Galway. The Rathkeale Guardians
at their meeting last week passed a resolution congratulating Mr Moran and the
Galway Co Council in electing a County Limerick man. The resolution was
moved by Mr John Fitzgibbon, J P, seconded by Mr John Hewson, and supported in a
graceful speech by Mr T B Naughton, Clerk of the Union.
An Irish class, which is free to visitors and others wishing to avail
themselves of it, has been commenced by the Gaelic Organiser, Mr FitzHenry, in the
Industrial School, Salthill, the Superior of the Christian Brothers' having
kindly placed the class-room at his disposal for the purpose.
Though hailing from the Black North, twenty-five years' residence amongst the
people of Galway have convinced the Rev Dr Clarke that folks in this part of
the country are good people to live amongst. Dr Clarke likes Galway, and the
people of Galway like Dr Clarke. During his twenty-five years in the city he
has gained for himself the popularity and respect of the citizens. Besides
being minister of the Presbyterian congregation in Galway, he has held other
important offices in the Church, and at recent General Assembly he was
unanimously nominated to the office of Moderator. Last year he was appointed a member
of the Governing Body of the Galway College, as well as a Commissioner of
National Education. He is also a member of the city Technical Committee, attends
its meetings regularly, and takes the keenest interest in its work.
Mr. Joseph A Glynn, B A, The Chairman of the Galway County Council, was born
in Gort in 1869, and was educated at Blackrock College, Co Dublin, where he
gained prizes and Exhibitions in the Intermediate Examinations. In December,
1886, he was apprenticed to Mr Henry Concanon, solicitor, Tuam, and during his
apprenticeship he took out his degree of B A in the Royal University as a
private student. He gained the gold medal of the Solicitors' Apprentices Debating
Society for composition, and a special certificate for oratory. At the final
examination for solicitors' apprentices in October, 1891, he took third place
and a special certificate for distinguished answering. In the same year he
obtained one of the highest distinctions in the Royal University, the
Chancellor's large gold medal for English prose condensation, the subject of the essay
being "Edmund Burke." Mr. Glynn started practive in Gort in 1892, and was
married in 1894. In November, 1895, on the death of the late Francis J
MacCormack, of Tuam, Mr Glynn purchased the latter's house practice, and went to live
in Tuam, where he has since resided. In 1899 he was elected County Councillor
for Headford, which constituency he has since represented, and in 1902 he was
elected Chairman of the County Council. Mr Glynn has been closely identified
with National politics, and was offered the representation of North Galway on
the death of Mr Thomas Higgins, an honour which he felt compelled to decline
owing to his professional work. He enjoys a large practice at his profession
being specially identified with land sales. Mr Glynn is also a prominent
Gaelic Leaguer, and an antiquarian being one of the county secretaries of the Royal
Society of the Galway Archaeological Society. Mr Glynn has been in great
request as a lecturer, and his papers on Irish historical subjects have had wide
circulation. The Catholic Truth Society published a pamphlet of his, entitled
"The Irish Brigade." Other interesting papers were "A day in an Ancient Irish
Abbey," published in the "Irish Rosary," and "Life in Ancient Ireland."
A gun accident occurred in the vicinity of Cortoon, the victim being a
married man name John Carty. While shooting he was crossing a loosely-built wall,
which fell before him. The gun went off and the shot lodged in his hip. He
was conveyed to the Workhouse, where he lies in a serious condition.
As an instance of the manner is which the Budget proposals will affect
licensed traders, the case of Tuam may be instanced. In Tuam there are at present
about forty-eight licenses paying a duty of about 288p a year. This figure, if
the new licence duty be put on, will be raised to about 480p, an increase of
193p, representing a capitalised value at 4 per cent of 4,790p.
Mr Joseph L Dunne has been appointed Town Surveyor for Ballinasloe, at the
salary of £ per yer, in the room of Mr J Hardiman, resigned, Mr Dunne for the
last few months performed the duties of temporary Surveyor for the East Riding
MATTERS OF MOMENT
There are several candidates for seat in Tuam District Council, vacated by Mr
John Patterson, viz., Mr Oliver Ellis, Kinnickinnella; Mr Phillips,
Carraculleen; Mr John O'Connor, Carrapadden, and though last not least, Mr Martin
Connelly, president U I L Branch, Barnaderg, and a well known veteran in the
National cause. Mr Connelly, we understand, is to be put forward by the Nationalist
party of the Board, and it is the general opinion that he will be coopted by
a considerable majority.
That Tuesday's race meeting has proved a record success financially cannot be
gainsaid considering that the turnstile registered over 4,000 as having
passed --- 1,000 of them to the grand stand enclosure paying 7s 6d each.
Feis Uibh Maine, held at Mountbellew on Saturday and Sunday last was a great
success. The Very Rev Canon Fallon presided. Eloquent speeches in Irish were
delivered by Dr Henry, Mr Patrick O'Malley, and other speakers of the
Another Race Meeting, we understand, will be held at Parkmore this year, on
The Town Commissioners are advertising for the third time for a contractor to
repair the Town Clerk's office, having received but one tender and that
almost double the estimated cost of the work. All tradesmen in the town masons,
carpenters, slaters, plasterers, glaziers, painters evidently have their hands
full of work. This speaks well for the progress of the town. Everywhere about
there are indications of improvement.
A man named Keegan, a native of Cloondarone, Tuam, died recently in America,
unmarried and intestate, leaving 4,000p which his brother, Michael Keegan, and
three sisters, at Cloondarone, received a few days ago in equal shares,
On an adjacent townland, Killelane, a woman named Mary Fury and her daughter
came in, not long since, for a windfall from Australia, close upon 2,000p,
left by her brother who died unmarried and without making a will. The deceased
left Killelane in the early sixties shortly after the clearance of half that
village. If he had remained at "St. Helena" a name given to a quagmire
bordering on the tillage land, on which he and a few others were allowed to locate
themselves, probably he would have died a pauper.
Land Sub-Commissioners Messrs R H Sheil (chairman), and Edward Mitchell, with
Deputy Registrar, Mr R H P Ringwood, sat in the Courthouse, Tuam on Thursday,
to hear some applications (8) listed from the Tuam Union. Messrs Concanon
and Hosty appeared in the cases.
A very regrettable accident occurred the race evening at Toft's swinging
boats at the Potato Market. A young man of the town was precipitated to the
ground from one of the boats sustaining thereby a fracture of the knee
necessitating his removal to a Dublin hospital for surgical treatment.
Michael Walsh and his daughter, residing near the village of Abbey, were
arrested on Sunday last by Sergeant Hanrahan, of Barnaderg, for the larceny of
14p, 15s, the property of one Martin Curley, of same locality, and committed to
Galway gaol on Monday on remand till 20th inst.
The Tuam Town Clerk has received the following note from a Mount Bellew Bill
Porter: "Send me 2s due to me for putting up bills of the Tuam Races. I
think I am worthy of it. If I have not it before Tuesday I will summons you at
once, so don't cause any trouble." Considering the big proceeds of the
turnstiles on Tuesday the Race C. should be in opulence to relieve the Town Clerk of
this urgent demand.
At a special Court held on Wednesday before Mr H P Sheil, R M, three tramps
were prosecuted. One, giving his name and address as John O'Connor, of
Limerick, brought up by Sergeant Cain for being drunk and incapable, was fined 1s and
costs; and two women, prosecuted by Cons. Conefry for begging in the public
streets, giving their respective names and addresses as Ellen Brannigan,
Monaghan, and Margaret Warde, Ballinasloe, were sentenced to seven days'
The St. Jarlath Branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society gratefully
acknowledge the sum of £5 toward their fund from Mr Patrick O'Brien, Merchant, Dublin
James J. Corbett, the famous Irish-American pugilist: - the only boxer that
ever beat John L. Sullivan - passed through Tuam on Monday en route for
Claremorris. By the way, these two erstwhile champions are connected with Tuam
district. Corbett is nephew of the late Town Clerk, Francis Corbett; and 'John L'
is married to a Corofin woman.
Toft's Hobbies have a roaring week of it in town. Coppers are shied in
almost continuously, so that the boats should hardly contain them. Youngsters
"beg, borrow, or steal" to have their ride and swing.
Mr John C. MacDonnell was born on the 12th January, 1850, at Ballygar, Co
Galway, where his father was a merchant farmer. Educated in the first instance
at the local National School, Mr MacDonnell went to Summerhill College in 1874.
Having finished his course there he returned to Ballygar. Subsequently he
went to Dublin to study the law, but he was suddenly recalled owing to the
illness of his late father. He remained at home assisting his eldest brother at
the business. Mr MacDonnell took an active part in politics at the starting of
the Land League, attending meeting every week in Galway, Roscommon, Westmeath
and Longford. When the Land League was suppressed, and the National League
sprang up he acted as secretary of the latter, and he was one of the most
active promoters of the Plan of Campaign. He took part in several operations under
the Plan in Galway and Roscommon with successful results. The Baggott and
Pollock estates, which were bought over by the Estates Commissioners for
distribution, show the good effect the agitation has brought about. In April, 1888,
he married Mis Margaret Ferguson, of Windfield Lodge, Mountbellew, and niece
of the famous Dominican preacher, Father Tom Burke. Mr MacDonnell was for some
years a member of the Mountbellew Board of Guardians and in 1891 he came to
live in Galway. He became a member of the Galway Board of Guardians the
following year, and has remained so ever since. Out of the sixty-eight members now
comprising the Board, only two were members when Mr MacDonnell first became a
member. Mr MacDonnell has been a member of the Galway Board of Guardians
since the Local Government Act came into operation. He is Vice-Chairman of Co.
Council; Chairmane of the Finance and Proposal Committees; Chairman of the
County Hospital Board; Deputy Vice-Chairman of the Ballinasloe Asylum Committee;
vice-Chairman of the Technical Committee and of the Galway Board of Guardians;
representative for Galway on General Council of County Councils; a member of
the Executive Committee of the General Council; and representative for Connacht
on the Standing Committee of Technical Instruction. He was one of the first
to take an active part in connection with the Woollen Factory, in which he is a
considerable shareholder, and no one worked harder than he to make the
Technical Congress a success.
British Isles Family History Society - USA, Newsletter Editor
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