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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    Norwalk Reporter and Huron Advertiser; November 29, 1828 MARRIAGE EXTRAORDINARY On Sunday evening at Inch Bridge, County Clare, the widow of Kelly, just turned
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      Norwalk Reporter and Huron Advertiser; November 29, 1828

      On Sunday evening at Inch Bridge, County Clare, the widow of Kelly,
      just turned of her 94th year, to a hearty, rattling young fellow, named
      M'Namara, aged 24! Majority in favour of the lady, 70!! A little property
      was the main inducement to the young man's matrimonial adventure, and he
      has, we understand, been a good deal disappointed.-- Dublin Evening Post.

      The Times; London, Middlesex, England; June 24, 1830

      Proverbially quick-minded is the Irish peasant. To sustain this
      reputation, an instance was given of self-possession and contrivance in
      difficulty by a man named Daveen, in the west of the county Clare on Tuesday
      last. The police called at an early hour in the morning, at the house of a
      person named Gorman, against whom they had a warrant. Gorman, aware of the
      object of their visit, ran stark naked out of the back door. A pursuit
      followed, the fugitive flying over field, ditch, and dike, until nearly run
      down, he reached a hamlet, into one of the houses of which, occupied by
      Daveen, he entered quite exhausted. Daveen, who was in bed, having learned
      as instantly as short and rapid sentences could tell, the danger of his
      friend, said he would "run a start" for him, and accordingly sprang out of
      the door as unincumbered as "when on this world's road he entered." The
      police, not aware they were hunting new game, were soon outstripped. But
      their being led on released Gorman, who returned in safety to what, we are
      talking of an Irish peasant's habitation, we may correctly call his
      "earthing." - Clare Sentinel.

      The Times; London, Middlesex, England; July 31, 1830

      A family composed of nine individuals of the name of Wall living in the
      vicinity of Shanagolden, county Limerick, were reduced to a state bordering
      on starvation, previous to the late exertions made in that quarter to
      alleviate the existing distress of the poor. The two elder boys, who had not
      tasted a morsel of food the entire previous day, were employed in trenching
      potatoes, until about noon, when they entered their miserable cabin at the
      accustomed hour of meals, in the anxious expectation that their mother had
      procured some subsistence to enable them to prosecute their work. Being
      disappointed, they wept aloud, exclaiming, "We can stand no longer," and
      sank down quite exhausted. The unfortunate mother could only reply with
      sighs and moans, when the boys beholding their parent's grief, became her
      comforter in their turn. "Mother," said they," have patience, we will rest
      awhile - our strength will soon return. God will help us, have patience."
      After a short respite from labour, they returned to the garden, and resumed
      their spades, when at the very first effort, a valuable gold coin of the
      reign of George II turned up before the delighted eyes of the youths, who
      ran back overwhelmed with joy, and exclaiming "God has sent us relief." This
      singular interposition of Providence made the most lively impression on the
      entire neighbourhood. The gold coin is now in the possession of the Very
      Rev. Dean Macnamara, who made on the next day (being Sunday) a powerful use
      of this affecting and singular incident to tranquillize the highly-excited
      feelings of the half-starved and perishing multitude. We have been assured
      by a gentleman who had the happiness of being one of the worthy Divine's
      bearers on the occasion in question, that he never witnessed such an effect
      as followed the introduction of this incident in the body of his discourse,
      and related in language the most simple, pious and unaffected. The whole
      congregation were affected to tears, and burst into a loud exclamation of
      thanksgiving to the Almighty Giver of every good and perfect gift, for this
      singular interposition of his Providence.-- Limerick Evening Post.

      On Tuesday last, the house of a man named O'Donnel, near Do?len, county
      Clare, was entered by an armed party, who called for Bridget Macnamara, who
      had taken up her abode there for the night, and after severely beating her,
      tendered to her an oath not to father a child, which she then carried, upon
      a man named Pat Doherty. This oath she having refused to take, Doherty
      discharged the contents of a gun at her. Mr. Townsend, chief constable,
      hearing of the outrage, proceeded instantly with his party to the spot, and
      arrested Doherty and two others of the party, who were fully identified by
      the woman. Archdeacon Whitty attended, and swore Bridget Macnamara to her
      information. The poor woman has since died from premature labour, brought on
      by the outrage.

      Elyria Democrat; Elyria, Ohio; December 1, 1887

      Dennis McNamara, a shopkeeper at Ennis, Ireland, has been sentenced to
      twenty weeks' imprisonment for selling copies of United Ireland, William
      O'Brien's paper, the selling of which has been proclaimed. This is the first
      instance in which a person has been prosecuted for selling papers.

      The Daily Northwestern; Oshkosh, Wisconsin; January 9, 1891

      Murdered by Irish Leaguers
      LONDON, Jan 9. - The Irish police claim that they are in possession of
      facts tracing the murder of Bridget Flanagan, in County Claire, last
      October, to certain organizers of the league in that county. The young woman
      was shot dead while in bed by parties who probably mistook the sleeping for
      for that of her father, who occupied an evicted tenant's farm.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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