100 years ago

Gallowstown men struggle to hold their land  ‘A meeting of the above was held in the Market House, Roscommon, on Sunday. Mr. W. McCrann was in the chair. ‘The following resolution was proposed by the chairman, seconded by Mr. Charles Baxter, and passed unanimously: ‘That we, the members of the Roscommon Trade and Labour Association congratulate Mr. Patrick Leonard for his plucky action in taking possession of his evicted house and land in Gallowstown, and pledge him our strong support and sympathy at all times.’ ‘I wish they would give me the land the have belonging to me too,’ said Mr. B. Hoare. ‘Mr. Leonard is bound to keep the house and land. There is no law to put him out. From what I hear the place originally belonged to Leonard’s father. When he died the mother took over the place, but she took out no administration. If Leonard sticks to the place he cannot be put out,’ said the chairman. ‘My father was put out of a farm that Mr. Hayden has at the present time,’ said Mr. Hoare. ‘You should have applied for a labourer’s cottage on the land,’ said the chairman. Mr. Hoare responded that he would build a house on the land himself if he had the land. ‘It is fifty years since my father had the land,’ he said. The Secretary commented that it looked very bad for a brother (Mr. Hayden) of a Nationalist member of Parliament to try to knock men out of their places. Death of Mr. Bernard Flynn of Castlerea ‘We deeply regret to have to chronicle this week the death of an old and respected resident of Castlerea in the person of Mr. Bernard Flynn of Castlerea, merchant and contractor, St. Patrick Street, which occurred at his residence on Wednesday, at the age of 65 years. ‘The deceased had been in failing health for some time past, and despite the best medical aid his constitution generally broke down, and he gradually sank. ‘The deceased was of a gentle, kind, and hospitable nature, combined with straightforward principles. He was an ardent and devout Catholic, and died a holy and happy death. ‘The announcement of his death caused sincere regret, not alone in Castlerea, but in the adjoining districts, where he was so well and favourably known. ‘On Friday morning at eleven o’clock Solemn Requiem High Mass was celebrated for the happy repose of his soul in the presence of a large congregation of sorrowing relatives and friends. The chief mourners were Mrs. Flynn (wife), Mrs. Susan Coyne and Mrs. Sarah Reilly (daughters).’ Boxing contests in Roscommon ‘On Sunday night an interesting boxing tournament, organised by the Roscommon Gaelic Club, was held in St. Coman’s Hall, Roscommon. Considerable interest was manifested in the contests by local votaries of the art, and they appear to be numerous judging by the crowded house which witnessed the various encounters, all of which were well fought from every point of view.’ There were contests between Bob Gavin and J. Darling, T. Burke and J. Doran, and D. Harrington and H. Hession. ‘The promoters of the tournament are to be congratulated on the success which has attended their efforts to revive this manly sport in Roscommon. The first event was a six round encounter between Bob Gavin and J Darling.’ Death and Funeral of Very Rev. John O’Brien, PP Tulsk ‘We regret to have to announce the death of the Very Rev. John O’Brien, PP, Tulsk, which took place at the Parochial House, Tulsk, on Saturday evening last, after a brief illness fortified by the rites of the Holy Church of which he was a zealous and holy priest. ‘The sad news of his death caused general and widespread regret. His kind and amiable disposition had won for him a host of friends through the country, and by none was he more loved than by his brother, priests of the diocese of Elphin. ‘During his missionary labours he was curate at Four Roads, Lisacull, Strokestown, Glynsk, and Ballymoe, and in 1880 he was appointed PP of Kilglass. In 1888 he was appointed PP of the extensive parish of Tulsk, where he laboured zealously for 20 years. ‘The funeral obsequies took place on Tuesday in the Catholic Church, Tulsk. Solemn office and Requiem Mass commenced at eleven o’clock. His Lordship Most Rev Dr. Clancy, Lord Bishop of Elphin, presided.’