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Central Council Meeting (G.A.A.), November, 1914

Central Council Meeting (G.A.A.)


A special meeting of the Central Council was held on Sunday at 68 Upper O’Connell Street,

Dublin, Ald. James Nowlan, President in the Chair.
Other present :
Messrs. J. J. Hogan, vice-president ; T. Kenny, V.P. ; J. O’Brien, V.P. ; D. Fraher and M. F. Crowe, Trustees.
J. Ward and M. F. Crowe, Leitrim
M. O’Brennan, Roscommon
P. McManus, Mayo
J. O’Kelly, Limerick
J. Lalor, Kilkenny
J. Murphy, Waterford
J. O’Donnell, Tralee
L. J. O’Toole, Secretary and Manager

Croke Cup Championship fixtures were made.

The resolution of the Cork Co. Board with reference to the transfer of Mr. J. J. Walsh, Chairman Cork Co. Board from Cork Post Office to Broadford Post Office was passed unanimously.

The conference relative to a site at Thurles for the proposed memorial to the late Most. Rev. Dr. W. T. Croke, was fixed for Thurles for 15th November.

City Hurling League

On to-morrow(Sunday) two interesting hurling matches will be decided at St. Jame’s Park in connection with the City Hurling League. The Volunteers will cross camana with James Stephens’ and Foulkstown will try conclusions with the Continent. Two good games should result.

Taken from ‘The Kilkenny People‘, November 7th, 1914

Gaelic Athletic Association, April 1887

Gaelic Athletic Association
A meeting of the Clare Co. Committee was held at the Town Hall, Ennis, on Sunday, March 27th, Mr. Edward Bennett in the chair. Also present – The O’Donnellon Blake Foster, Mr. J. Moran, Mr. P. McInerney and Mr. P. Ahern, Hon Sec. At the suggestion of the Chairman it was decided to divide the clubs entered for the County Championship in divisions, in order not to bring two teams too great a distance to meet each other. There were 25 entries, 22 for hurling and 3 for football, which were drawn as follows:
East Clare” :
O’Gonneloe 1st team, v. Scariff Independent H.C.
O’Gonnelloe 2nd team v. Robert Emmet Branch (Tulla)
Smith O’Brien Branch (Killaloe) v. Daniel O’Connell Branch (Feakle)
Wolfe Tone Branch (Bodyke) v. Glenoniera
To hurl at Scariff on Sunday April 17th.


West Clare
Kilkeedy v. Ruan
William O’Brien Branch (Killamona) v. Fionn mac Cumhaille Branch (Kilfenora)
Rath and Kilnaboy v. Canon
To hurl at Corofin April 24th.

Ennis District:
Crusheen v. Davitt Branch, Inch
A. M. Sullivan’s Branch, Ennis v. Barefield
B. Thomas Davis branch, Ennis v. Wolfe Tone branch, Kilmaley
C. Leamb Deargaboo branch, Dysart v. Drumquin
D. To hurl at Ennis, on Sunday May 1st.

Taken from “The Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advocate”,
April 2, 1887

Limerick Amateur, Athletic and Bicycle Club, 1887

Limerick Amateur, Athletic and Bicycle Club
The annual general meeting was held on Monday evening, March 28th, at the Fire Station. The meeting was very large and influential. The annual report read showed the club to be in a sound position, and their sports justly popular. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
President: Alexander W. Shaw, J.P. ;
Vice-Presidents : R. De Ros Rose, J.P. ; Wyndham Gabbett, J.P. ; A. Murray, C. B. Barrington, J.P. ; M. E. Conway, J. Matterson, J.P. ; R. Fry.
Hon Treasurer : W. L. Stokes.
Capt Bicycle Club C. O’Connell
Hon Secretary: W. E. Frost.
Committee: Messrs. C. H. Gubbins, McNamara, Meade, Sterling, McAdam, B. Murray, Rowland, King, T. Ewart, Tidmarsh.
The annual ports were fixed to take place on or about June 6th.


Football
The Star and Shannon Rugby Football Clubs have played off for premiership in a field off Farranshone. The match when decided – as a dispute arose during its progress, will finish the Rugby junior club contests, which went on weekly during the past four or five weeks. The two clubs named have had drawn matches on two occasions, and the result was looked forward to with much interest on Sunday last. The Star were evidently in best form, and played finely throughout, but the spirited opposition of the Shannonites did not permit of any marked play. A try was gained for the Star by O’Shea, but it was disputed owing to his having touched a spectator when passing in to ground the ball. For the Shannon club, Fitzgibbon subsequently gained a try very cleverly, off which a goal was kicked just as time was called. The dispute was referred to the committee of management.

Taken from “The Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advocate”,
April 2, 1887

The Labourer’s Act and Management of Dr. Wilkinson’s Property

The Labourer’s Act
Regarding the application received for the amount of the expenses connected with the enquiry recently held under the Labourer’s Act, the alleged exorbitance of the charge was strongly commented on by the Guardians, particularly the amount claimed by the shorthand writer, £59.10s.10d.
Mr. O’Conor said the Board did not ask shorthand writers to be present.
Mr. Casey – What value did he give us? None.
Mr. Pigott : It seems the Local Government Board Inspector could not do without a shorthand writer.
A Guardian: I think in cases like that, a local shorthand writer ought to be employed. I don’t see why they should be going for strangers, while there are plenty of capable writers in Limerick.
The Board soon afterwards adjourned.
Taken from “The Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advocate”,
April 2, 1887


Rev. J. Ryan CC., and Mr. C. Keays.
To the Editor of the Munster News,
Murroe, Limerick, March 28, 1887
Dear Sir,
I notice a letter over the signature of “Christopher Keays, of Brittas, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick.” This gentleman refers to me in my capacity of chairman of a meeting held at Murroe to consider certain allegations connecting Mr. Keays with the management of Dr. Wilkinson’s property in the parish of Boher. I do not wish to occupy your valuable space by local quarrels ; but you will kindly allow me a reply, as there is a very grave reason for it, inasmuch as a harsh and tyrannical landlord is about oppressing with all the convenient Government appliances an honest, industrious, but rack-rented tenant – Mr. j. Humphreys. Now, some time ago Mr. Humphreys met with Mr. Keays at my house, and the difference between them was fully discussed. It was then decided to leave the matter to the consideration of the local branch of eh I.N.L., at an early date. Being impartial, as I take it, between both parties, I, at Mr. Keays desire, consented to preside on the occasion. The matter was patiently discussed for nearly three hours, and with only one dissident, the committee without any particular direction from me, came to the conclusion that Mr. Keays was connected with the management of Dr. Wilkinson’s property. And now, for the principle. This Dr. Wilkinson resides at present at Cloughton, Scarborough, Yorkshire. It appears that last year, Mr. Humphreys was served with a writ, the outcome being that the sheriff received the rent less 25 per cent. In the present proceedings, Dr. Wilkinson requires the full rent and also the 25%, allowed by the Sheriff. This is the same Dr. Wilkinson who corresponding on this subject in answer to a respected Rev. gentleman who inferred with a view of a settlement, and asked to have the law proceedings withdrawn, writes: “ I beg to state I will not ; preferring as I do to be a loser than samely submit to the machinations of a widespread conspiracy organized to swindle men out of their just dues. “ Later on, he adds “I am determined as long as I have power, and it will give me greater pleasure to thus battle for my inheritance than, craven-like, flee from a monster so vile and insatiable as that which now stalks through the country – I refer to the Plan of campaign as it is so glibly termed.” This precious document rather humourously winds up by stating that “to keep the fair fame of our country ought to be the duty of every Irishman” This same landlord demanded a half year’s rent due on last November, and because it was not forthcoming on the 1st December, Mr. Humphries digestion was improved by an attorney’s letter on the 2nd. As chairman of the meeting in question, I decline to say no what ground the committee came to their decision, or to state what occurred thereat. I can only say I acted impartially. Mr. Keays cousin and the only dissentient from the resolution arrived at, can testify to this. It does not concern me whether Mr. Keays speaks to his brother in law, Dr. Wilkinson, or not, but it was proved that the former transacted business for the latter later than three years ago. In conclusion I have only to say, let Dr. Wilkinson do his worst, he will find that the fine old pluck of Murroe, though by some thought dead, is nevertheless alive and active, and with perseverance and patience will teach our medical maligners over the water, and other maligners patriotism and pointing out “the duty of every true Irishman,” that they at the same time cannot grind down and oppress the tenantry on whose labour and toil they live.
I remain, dear Editor, Yours, &c.,
James Ryan C.C.
Taken from “The Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advocate”,
April 2, 1887

Labourer’s Rent, Rate Collection, Rathkeale, 1887

Rents of Labourer’s Cottages


The Clerk reported that there were some arrears on the rents of labourer’s cottages, generally from one to five weeks, but there are about 12 weeks due on one woman in Iverus, whose uhsband had died. He wished to know would there be proceedings taken against her.
Mr.Naughton said that the woman in question was very poor and had a large family.
Mr. Hewson thought the rule they had made could not be broken. The money had been given them to provide house for the labourers and he thought it their duty to see that the rent was collected. It was agreed to adhere to their usual rule of proceeding against any tenant who owed more than four weeks rent.

Unsatisfactory State of the Rate Collection

The Clerk drew the attention of the Board to the state of the rate collection, which he described as being in a most unsatisfactory condition. As the time would expire in a very short time, there were very many reasons why the rates should be collected. In the first place they were in debt and they could not pay all their bills today. This was the first time they could not meet their liabilities. The Treasurer he believed, would honour their cheques to the extent of four or five hundred pounds., but there were some £500 more
which could not be paid for the present. The collectors had been requested to have a sum collected, but apparently they had disregarded the order of the board.

Mr. Maunsell: How much is outstanding?
The Clerk: There are £4,000 outstanding.
Mr. Hewson: I think the collectors are running about the country in a way I never saw them before.
The Clerk : I think they ought to do much more than they have done.
Mr. Switzer: There are plenty fellows now swaggering around and paying nothing at all, and I don’t see why those fellows should be swaggering around while we pay the rates.
The Clerk : The collectors ought to be requested to collect the rates.
A Guardian said that the people would be better able to pay in a month’s time.
Mr. hewson said he would be in favour of not issuing cheques to these people to whome they owed money, and who were not pressing for payment. Everybody had to wait for money now, and h did no t see why the people there , any of them who could afford to wait, should not wait for a fortnight or a month instead of pressing the ratepayers as they were doing. He would rather do that than increase their indebtedness to the bank.
Mr. Maunsell: I think pressure ought to be put on the collectors.
Mr. Switzer: Of course we are supposed to represent the people in a certain sense, as elected Guardians from the people themselves. Now, there are some of those you know who won’t pay any rates. They are schemers, don’t you see – they will do nothing, and when we represent them I don’t see why we should not compel them to be equal to every other honest man.
The Chairman : How is it they are not compelled to pay rates?
Mr. Switzer: That is what I want to come to. They won’t pay anything. I am full sure that many of them are able to pay, and hey swagger around and won’t pay.
Mr. Hewson said that the persons referred to, though they might have plenty of money in their pockets, might not at the same time possess any goods capable of being seized in satisfaction for the rates.
Mr. Switzer; But idlers and schemers won’t pay anything.
Mr. Maunsell: Are you going to bring any pressure to bear on the collectors?
The Clerk said he had made an order urgently requesting them to collect the outstanding rates.

Taken from “The Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advocate”,
April 2, 1887

Rathkeale Union, The Labourer’s Act, 1887

The Labourer’s Act


Regarding the application received for the amount of the expenses connected with the enquiry recently held under the Labourer’s Act, the alleged exorbitance of the charge was strongly commented on by the Guardians, particularly the amount claimed by the shorthand writer, £59.10s.10d.
Mr. O’Conor said the Board did not ask shorthand writers to be present.
Mr. Casey – What value did he give us? None.
Mr. Pigott : It seems the Local Government Board Inspector could not do without a shorthand writer.
A Guardian: I think in cases like that, a local shorthand writer ought to be employed. I don’t see why they should be going for strangers, while there are plenty of capable writers in Limerick.
The Board soon afterwards adjourned.
Taken from “The Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advocate”,
April 2, 1887

Tithe Rent Charges, National Teachers Act, 1887

Tithe Rent Charges


The Clerk read the resolution of the Nenagh Board asking to have tithe rent charges applied to local rather than to Imperial purposes. Mr. Maunsell proposed the adoption of the resolution. Mr. Hewson said it was a very good and proper resolution. At the time of the dissolution of the Protestant Church in Ireland the tithe rent charge was seized by the Government. They had all to pay it to the Government the same as they did before. It was o be spent in the parishes where the clergymen resided, and the butcher and the baker got their portion of it, but now, it was carried off and they did not know what was done with it.
The resolution was adopted.

The National Teacher’s Act.

A letter was read from the Commissioners of National Education, asking for £70.4s.6d in addition to the £447 already received to complete the payments of the National School Teachers.

Mr. Hewson: I move that the communication be marked read
The Clerk: You might as well say at once that the Board can’t pay it, it is heavily in debt.

Rathkeale Poor Law Union, Election of Chairman, 1887

Once again in this newspaper extraction you will see that the journalist does not use the same spelling for a name in all instances, e.g. Pigott and Piggott


J.P. = Justice of the Peace

Rathkeale Board of Guardians
Election of Chairman
The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of the Rathkeale Union was held on Wednesday, Mr. Patrick Cahill, Chairman, presiding. The other Guardians in attendance were : Messrs. B. Hewson, J.P. ; D. M. Maunsell, J.P. ; Joseph Casey, J. P. ; Carroll Nash, Cornelius Curtain, Robert Pigott, Edward Cussen, John M. Switzer, Thomas Lynch, Patrick Madigan, Edmond O’ Connor, Michael Naughtin, Timothy Foley, Thomas Lyons, Denis Scanlon, Daniel Ranahan, William O’Neill and Thomas Lyons.

Election of Chairman, etc.
The first business taken up was the election of Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Deputy Vice-Chairman for the opening year.
Mr. Joseph Casey proposed the election of Mr. P. Cahill, as Chairman and spoke in high terms of the manner in which he discharged his duty during the last year, and the peace and harmony that prevailed at the Board since he was first elected to the position.
Mr. Casey’s proposition having been duly seconded and there being no opposition.
Mr. Cahill was declared elected unanimously.
Mr. M. Naughton proposed the election of Mr. R. Pigott to the Vice-Chairmanship, and it having been seconded by Mr. T. Foley, the proposition was unanimously agreed to.
Mr. C. Curtin was elected to the position of Deputy Vice Chairman, having been proposed by Mr. T. Lyons and seconded by Mr. Daniel Ranahan.
The three Chairmen are Nationalists, and this is the first year in which no opposition has been shown from the Conservative members of the Board.
Taken from “The Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advocate”,
April 2, 1887

The Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advocate, April 2, 1887

A letter was read from the Mother Superioress of the Sisters of Mercy, Charleville, calling the attention of the Board to the unfinished state of the new building in course of erection, for the Sisters of Mercy, at present occupying an unsanitary dormitory in a part of the house. She considers the work is too long in hands, and threatens to withdraw the nuns from the hospital if they be allowed to pass another winter in their present apartments.


The matter was referred to the Clerk of Works who reported that the work would be finished in a fortnight.

Notice of Eviction
The Right Hon. Wm. Charles Evans Freke, of Glastoe, Uppingham, Rutlandshire, in Englnd, surviving trustee of the estate, plaintiff.
John C(?)amis of Ballygrennan, in the county of Limerick, Defendant.

Mr. O’Gorman : They are getting pluck now. Coercion is coming.

The Election of Medical Officer
The Clerk read a telegram received in the last day from the local Government Board, stating that they would sanction Dr. Clery’s appointment to the Dispensary, provided he resigned that of the Workhouse.
An uninteresting discussion arose as to whether Dr. Clery’s letter on the last day was an absolute resignation of the Workhouse appointment, the condition implied therein having been fulfilled by the telegram from the Local Government Board.
Mr. O’Sullivan looked on it only as a conditional resignation, and also thought the telegram conditional.
Mr. Weldon expected to have a formal resignation from Dr. Clery today.
Mr. Daly thought that Dr. Clery had not yet resigned.
Mr. m. J. Condon asked if Dr. Clery’s resignation were accepted on last Board day, what was to prevent them from accepting it now, and giving an opportunity to the Local Government to sanction it by this day week.
Mr. Hogan held they had not Dr. Clery’s legal resignation or his legal sanction for the other appointment from the Local Government Board.
Mr. Meagher proposed the following resolution:-
That this board respectfully solicit the Local Government Board to refuse to accept the appointment of Dr. Clery to either the Kilmallock Dispensary District or the Workhouse Hospital on account of the utter disregard he has repeatedly shown to the resolutions of the Board.” (some laughter)
Mr. O’Donnell: (ironically) : That is a good sensible one
Mr. Meagher : The new board will have the privilege of electing the officers that will satisfy them for the coming year. I think it is right to make a fair start as we have been kept at bay so long by one individual.
The Chairman: I would never feel myself justified in receiving this resolution even though it had been seconded, because I don’t believe it is a correct element of facts.
Mr. Meagher got no seconder for his resolution, and subsequently withdrew it, but asked the Press to state the fact that the Chairman refused to receive it, the latter again remarking that the facts were incorrectly stated in it.
In reply to some observations of Mr. Weldon’s that Dr. Clery had been badly advised by his friends.
Mr. P. D. Cleary stated that he had no conversation whatever with Dr. Clery as to the course he should pursue. The reason he (Dr. Clery) did not think it necessary to send in a further letter of resignation was owing to the fact that advertisements inviting candidates for the vacant workhouse appointment, having been inserted in “The Munster news” it was naturally supposed that his former letter was regarded as quite sufficient.
Finally, it was decided on one motion of Mr. Clery to accept Dr. Clery’s resignation on his letter of the last day, and to appoint a medical officer to the Workhouse on next Thursday, Dr. Clery acting in that capacity in the meantime.

The concentration of the report of the special committee was postponed to next day and the Board adjourned at a late hour.
Taken from “The Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advocate”,
April 2, 1887

Kilmallock Union Board, April 1887 – Kilmallock Union Financial Management, April 1887 – Arrest of Father Matt Ryan – Miscellaneous Munster, Limerick & Clare News, April 1887

The Arrest of Father Matt Ryan

 The Arrest of Father Matt Ryan


Mr. Edmond Mitchel said that he had a resolution to propose in reference to a military display recently in Hospital for the purpose of dragging away from them their beloved Pastor, or to baton, bludgeon or stab him.

Mr. McGrath : They did not take him away from you.

Mr. Mitchel : No, thank God, we were able to carry him ourselves. The resolution I beg to propose is : “That we the Guardians of the Kilmallock Union, in meeting assembled, tender to the Rev. Father Matt Ryan, the patriotic curate of Hospital, our deepest sympathy in his prison cell, and we at the same time condemn in the strongest possible language the action of the Government in arresting him. We also express our condemnation of the unnecessary display of force on Monday last in Hospital by the police authorities evidently for the purpose of exasperating the people ; we congratulate the latter for the forbearance they exhibited under such provoking circumstances.

Mr. Condon : I think he belonged to Herbertstown more than to Hospital (laughter). Any honours he has gained it was in Herbertstown he gained them.

Mr. Clery: I think Mr. Slattery’s name should be put in that resolution.

Mr. Mitchell : We are in the habit of having such men as Mr. Slattery, but it is a very new thing to have priests taken from us. It is reviving the penal days again.

Mr. Condon: I think , Mr. Chairman, you could amend that a little by putting Herbertstown to the front or Campaign Hill (laughter)

The Chairman: I suppose with Mr. Condon’s suggestion the resolution is passed unanimously. There is very little good in these things, but at the same time we are only doing our duty as a National Board.

Mr. Gubbins: I was saying we should ask the farmers of Kilmallock Union to pay no rent while those Priests are in gaol.

Mr. Mitchell: I think that would be a matter for themselves a great deal. I’d be a great extent in sympathy with that.

Mr. Condon: I believe they are never very fond of paying rent (laughter)

The Chairman: If you like to add it to the resolution I will receive it at any rate, whether it is legal or not.

Mr. M’Grath : Of course it is legal.

Mt. Mitchell: It might do more harm than good under the present circumstances. It might only be made a handle in the House of Commons.

Mr. O’Gorman : It will come to that at any rate. I think there ought to be added to the resolution something about the noble minded man who has thrown up his position rather than do the dirty work of the Government. I am satisfied to give £1 subscription, provided a testimonial is raised to him.

The Chariman: I never saw people more willing to subscribe to a testimonial than they are to one for this policeman.

Mr. Mitchell: What I’d wish to add to the resolution is that on account of the oppression to which the o’Grady tenantry are subjected, a subscription be made throughout Ireland to maintain them during their struggle.

The Chairman: The National League have promised that. I heard Mr. O’Brien is promising.

Mt. Mitchell: It is not right for us to be too hard on Wm. O’Brien and John Dillon.

The resolution as it stood was then adopted.

Taken from “The Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advocate”,
April 2, 1887

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