100 years ago

Kelly family buys Tulsk pub ‘The old established and extensive licensed premises at Tulsk, which had been occupied by the late Mr. James Tully, were put up for sale at the Courthouse, Roscommon, on Saturday last by Mr. William Tully, Auctioneer. ‘After some spirited bidding it was bought by Mr. James Kelly, merchant, Ballintubber, for his brothers, Messrs George Kelly (Harlow’s, Roscommon) and Michael Kelly (Shaw’s, Mullingar) for the sum of £645. ‘Mr. James Kelly, whom it is needless to say is so well and popularly known, has been the recipient of many congratulations on his securing these valuable business premises, while his brothers George and Michael, wherever they have been known, in Ballintubber, Roscommon, and Mullingar, they were most popular, and earned for themselves the reputation, of being first class business men, and possessed of those qualities which attract customers – courteous and urbane in their relations with the public. ‘We feel confident that in their new house the Messrs Kelly will win the esteem and friendship of the people of Tulsk, and we join in wishing them every happiness and prosperity in their future career.’  GAA County Convention The 1908 County Convention of Roscommon GAA was held at Roscommon this week 100 years ago. The following officers were elected for the coming year: President, Mr. J Silke, Castlerea; Treasurer, Mr. D Haughey, Athleague; Secretary, Mr Micheál Ó Braonain, Carrowkeel, Fuerty. A good many delegates were in attendance. Elphin man was ‘very handy’ ‘The weekly meeting of Strokestown Union was held on Friday last. Mr. James Neary, JP, CC (chairman) presided. Also present were Messrs John Shanly; W. Kelly, VC; Jos McGuire; Michael Noone; John Shanagher; Peter Shanagher, CC; Francis Caslin; Michael Healy; Matt Donovan; James Carlos; Charles Gunn; John D O’Farrell, CC; D. Owens and JP. Maguire. ‘The Master stated that Thomas Sharkey, of Elphin, who had applied for an outfit the previous Friday and stated that he would hang the new bell, had done so and made a very good job of it. ‘I knew he could do it; he is a very handy man,’ said John Shanly. ‘Certainly,’ agreed Mr. Kelly. ‘Oh, he certainly deserves to be remunerated, as I believe he has done a lot of useful work in the institution,’ said Mr. Shanly.’ A sum of £1 was agreed to provide an outfit. No need for tea-taster in Strokestown Mr. CJ. McHugh, tea-taster, wrote to the Strokestown Union in March 1908 offering to test samples of tea for the guardians. Members of the Union weren’t very interested in his offer when they discussed it at their weekly meeting! ‘Do we ever appoint a tea taster?’ asked the Chairperson, Mr. James Neary. ‘No we do not,’ said the Town Clerk. ‘We are able to taste the tea ourselves,’ said Mr. JP McGuire.  ‘I think so,’ said Mr. W. Kelly. ‘We don’t require his services at all; any tea drinker knows what good tea is like,’ said John Shanly. Ballintubber United Irish League The Ballintubber branch of the United Irish League met this week 100 years ago to discuss the action that it would take on the ranches of Foghenagh, Killer, and Curran. This extremely militant branch of the League also criticised the ‘migrants’ who had been brought into the parish by the Estates Commissioners. ‘A largely attended meeting of this branch was held on Sunday last. Mr. Michael Featherstone, CC, presiding. Others present included Messrs James Igoe, DC; P Durr; Patrick Kenny; Richard Thompson; Michael Quinn; John Doyle; Peter Cooney; John Hoban; John Lyons; P Flanagan. ‘We call on the herdsmen of the ranches of Foghenagh, Killer and Curan, viz: Kelly, Cuttle, Keegan, and Leech, not to bring back stocks to these farms from fairs, markets, or any other place for the grabbers of these ranches, and if they persist in doing so we will look upon these herdsmen in the same obnoxious light as upon the grabbers of those ranches. ‘We protest against the CD Board or Estates Commission bringing migrants into this parish and planting them on the lands purchased by either bodies until the small tenants and the landless people of the parish are first supplied with land, and when this is done we have no objection to giving these migrants any surplus land remaining on their hands, but otherwise we pledge ourselves to follow the same line of action as the brave men of Callow and rout the ‘migrants’ from our midst.’