100 years ago

Large meeting at Fourmilehouse ‘Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather a largely attended meeting of the Kilbride branch of the UIL was held on Sunday at Four-Mile-House, to protest against the action of the Estates Commissioners in distributing portion of the untenanted land in Kilbride to persons living outside the district. On the motion of Mr. Wm Flanagan, DC; seconded by Mr. John Carlos DC, Rev P. O’Hara PP; was moved to the chair. The Rev Chairman who was received with cheers said; – ‘At the start I must stay we have no objection to migrants coming into the parish after the wants of our people have been supplied (hear, hear). I think, seeing the small lot of land that is to be divided in this parish at present (a voice – ‘Only one little farm’), it should be left to those who have a prior claim to it. I would be glad to know who the two evicted tenants are who are coming from the parish of Strokestown.’ ‘Mr. Wm J. Flanagan DC said that after the people of Kilbride had been supplied they had no objection to outsiders getting what remained, especially if those were evicted tenants (applause). Perhaps it might be thought that they were acting uncharitably, but he was sure there was no man in Kilbride who would wish that the evicted tenants should be left on the roadside.’ The human boy ‘How many Acts of Parliament are passed which become – or are from the start – absolute dead letters in their operation? The Children Bill, now before Parliament, is conceived with the most benevolent intentions and several of its provisions seem to be excellent. But will it be able to stop boys from smoking? Certainly not. All the King’s horses and all the King’s men; all the counsellors and privy councillors and judges and honourables and right honourables cannot alter the human boy, who abides to this day a parliament unto himself. The human boy is the most lawless thing on earth, and is the secret envy of the grown ups who recognise in him the bright example of their steady and respectable and recreant selves. It is absolutely ridiculous to invest juvenile smoking with the terrible attributes some people convey – ‘London Opinion’.’ Late Miss Kate Finner Full of years, there passed away at Ashpark, Ballintubber, on Thursday evening, the 5th inst, a member of one of the oldest families in the county Roscommon in the person of Miss Kate Finner. The deceased lady came of the real old stock – a family which could trace their history back for the past four hundred years in the parish of Ballintubber – and who in days gone by held a leading position as extensive farmers in the county Roscommon; but alas! such are the vicissitudes of life.’ Other deaths reported in the issue of March 14th included Mrs. Mary Moran, Ravigue, Ballintubber (68 years), Mr. John Larkin, Shancough, Ballintubber (88 years) and Lady French, widow of Baron French, daughter of the late Mr. John O’Shaughnessy, Woodgrove, Co. Roscommon and Benjamin Greene Esq., Hill House, Lecarrow (aged 83) and Mr. Patrick F. Rorke, Hillstreet (aged 43). Pub for sale in Tulsk It appears that pub sales are not the preserve of the 21st century. On March 14th 1908 the licensed premises of the late James Tully of Tulsk, was advertised for sale along with a farm of land. The pub was described as ‘one of the oldest established and best patronised Licensed Premises in the rural portion of our county.’ Sale of Pollok estate ‘The tenants on the above estate were informed by the agent, through the Very Rev. Father Geraghty PP, that the sale of the estate to the Estates Commissioners is complete.’ Kenny released ‘On Wednesday last, Mr. Patrick Kenny, on of the Ballintubber prisoners, was released from Castlebar jail after doing a months’ imprisonment. Kenny refused at the petty sessions to give bail, preferring to go to gaol. Three other men, who were tried on the same offence, were sentenced to two months imprisonment each, in default of giving bail are still in prison.’ Popular marriage ‘A popular marriage took place in Kilbegnet Church during the week, when Mr. Luke Mannion, DC, of Frieryland, was united to Miss Mary Grealy of Ballylea. The bride was attended by her cousin Miss Maria Shaughnessy, as bridesmaid and the bridegroom by Mr. M. Lohan, his nephew, as best man. Arches, with suitable mottoes spanned the roads and the Frieryland Fife and Drum Band escorted the happy couple to their home, where a most enjoyable evening was spent.’