From: Michael Purcell
Clowry & Snoddy 1881.
newspaper cuttings in the Pat Purcell Papers, case relates to my
granduncle, Michael Snoddy.].
an assault by Michael Snoddy on Laurence Rorke, Michael was held in
custody at Carlow Barracks , his wife Margaret Snoddy formerly
Margaret Clowry was
"summoned for a breach of the prison rules, for bringing into Michael
Snoddy a quantity of spirits in tea".
stated that she was bringing her husband his breakfast in jail, she
had tea in a jug and William Colquohean, head warder of Carlow Jail
found that there was whiskey mixed with the tea.
also a case against Anne Clowry, mother of Margaret Snoddy, for
sending in a shirt to Michael Snoddy with a quantity of loose tobacco
stuffed into the collar-band, it was claimed that the tobacco was only
used as wadding to keep the wearers neck warm!.
Magistrates present - Arthur Fitzmaurice, Esquire, Chairman ; Right
Hon. Henry Bruen, Horace Rochfort, and Robert Clayton Browne,
against Michael Snoddy and Francis O' Neill, both respectable young
men, appeared on bail, charged by the police with having violently
assaulted Laurence Rorke at Carlow on the 15th August 1881. The case
was twice adjourned - first in consequence of Rorke not being able to
appear, and on the second occasion owing to the absence of Mr
asked for a further adjournment but further postponement was opposed
as Mr Hickson was going to America.
Rorke ( whose forehead bore traces of bad usage ) stated that on the
night of the 15th of August between 8 and 9 o'clock he was going down
Tullow Street when he met Snoddy and he asked Snoddy what was the
reason he (Rorke) could not get a job on the railway as well as any
grabbed hold of him by the collar and the two of them got into holts.
added by Michael Purcell, June 2009. the remainder of the paper is
faded, will check case on the microfilm in Carlow Library and complete
the report later].
Surnames mentioned: Kane,
Burgess, Lord Rathdonnell & Power
A meeting of the Baltinglass
Union which focused on a motion by Rev. Dr. Kane, PP, Baltinglass, to
offer relief to those who were unable to earn any money due to heavy
William Burgess, guardian of
the Williamstown division, resisted the idea that his area, unlike some
closer to Baltinglass, be considered in 'a distressed state' and thus
requiring government assistance.
'My division, or Rathvilly, did
not want it,' said Mr. Burgess. I made particular inquiries at Lisnavagh
today and I find that Lord Rathdonnell has 38 men in constant
employment, and 27 extra men at 7s 6d. per week, and they have liberty
to take as much firewood as they need.
Any person from Rathvilly has
only to go to Lisnavagh and be employed.
Lord Rathdonnell is fully
taking care of that district.' Mr. Power added, 'I certainly say I don't
know what Rathvilly would do but for Lord Rathdonnell; still there are
some families in Knockevagh who could not get to Lisnavagh, it being too
far away, and they require relief. We would have had an Extraordinary
Sessions long ago, but for the employment at Lisnavagh'.
It was resolved that Rathvilly
division should be added to the list, along with Ticknock, Donard,
Dunlavin and Eadestown.
Carlow County of 1881
Humphreys & Langan, 50 Dublin St
Moore James, 55 Dublin St
Wilson George P. & Co. Club House, Dublin St
Source: M. Purcell c2011&2012. Old newspapers
in the PPP.
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