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Pat Purcell Papers

County Carlow 1886

From:  M. Purcell 2013

Lord Rathdonnell 1886.

Nationalist and Leinster Times

 Jan. 1886.

Lord Rathdonnell's  Rathvilly Tenantry.

A letter has been received from Lord Rathdonnell, who is at present staying at Bowden Hall, Market Hallors, England, intimating that he has written instructions to his agent, Mr William Johnson, Prumplestown, Carlow, to allow the tenants on that portion of his estate situate in Rathvilly, county Carlow, a reduction of 15 per cent on their present rents, what they have already demanded through memorial submitted to his lordship.

[Note added by Michael Purcell 2012 - should read "Great Bowden Hall, Market Harborough", this letter led to a debate in the columns of the Nationalist during the following weeks, with Father John Phelan, the newly appointed parish priest of Rathvilly leading the way and attempting to stir up trouble, it appears he was ignored.]


From Mr. Michael Purcell <>

Mathew McGrath, 1857 - 1886.

Nationalist and Leinster Times.

March 1886.

Death of Mr Mathew S. McGrath.

We deeply regret to announce the untimely demise of Mr Mathew McGrath, eldest son of Mr Daniel McGrath, Dublin Street, Carlow.

Mr McGrath, aged 29, died at his residence, 36 North Great George's Street, Dublin, from acute inflammation of the lungs on the 19th March, 1886.

The deceased gentleman, early in life attached himself to literary pursuits, and very soon attained a high position as a sporting writer. His articles on turf matters were models of cultured English in a graphic style.

Mr McGrath was for many years on the staff of the Irish Sportsman. He was also connected with the English sporting Press, He was personally very popular, and he will be mourned by numerous friends.

On Sunday morning, shortly after 10. o' clock, his remains were removed from George's Street for interment at Glasnevin. As might have been expected there was a very large attendance, those present including many prominent citizens, as well as a numerous gathering of those indentified with various forms of sport.

Mathew, it may be truly said enjoyed a very wide popularity, and by his brethren of the sporting Press was very warmly esteemed.

For his young widow the utmost sympathy is felt. The cortege was of considerable dimensions.

The chief mourners were -- Daniel McGrath, father; D. J. McGrath and James McGrath, brothers; L. Dunbar, V. J. R. Dunbar, and Lionel Dunbar (brothers-in-law), Rev. M. Brennan, and Pat Brennan, (uncles), John Bolger, Joe McGrath, B.A., Mathew McGrath, and Edward McGrath, (cousins).

Among those present we noticed [the article then goes on to name 70 attendees]

Source: M. Purcell 2013.


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