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Pat Purcell Papers

County Carlow 1881

From: Michael Purcell

Clowry & Snoddy 1881.

[faded newspaper cuttings in the Pat Purcell Papers, case relates to my granduncle, Michael Snoddy.].

Carlow Sentinel.

September 1881.

Following 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".

Margaret 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.

There was 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!.

Both cases were dismissed.

Assault Case.

Magistrates present - Arthur Fitzmaurice, Esquire, Chairman ; Right Hon. Henry Bruen, Horace Rochfort, and Robert Clayton Browne, Esquires.

Case 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 Malcomson.

My Tully asked for a further adjournment but further postponement was opposed as Mr Hickson was going to America.

Laurence 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 other man.

Snoddy grabbed hold of him by the collar and the two of them got into holts.

[note 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].

The Kildare Observer.

Surnames mentioned: Kane, Burgess, Lord Rathdonnell & Power

January 1881.

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 snowfall.

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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