Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)
Pat Purcell Papers
County Carlow 1887
Carlow Sentinel. May 1887. Accidental Drowning - Dr O'Neill, Coroner for County Kildare, held an inquest at Athy on view of the remains of a young man named Conville, a native of Carlow Graigue, who was found drowned in the canal the previous day. Deceased was a driver in the employment of Mr John Kelly, agent to the Grand Canal Company, and was sent to Athy on the Wednesday with a pair of horses to haul a boat to Carlow the next day. The boatman found the horses in the stable, but the driver was missing, and it was thought he had probably gone to the Curragh to enlist in the army. On Sunday, however, the canal level was emptied for the purpose of a search and his remains were found. A verdict of accidental drowning was returned.
At the height of the controversial Bodyke evictions, in Co. Clare, the Guardian reported on 'an interesting incident' which was witnessed when Lord Rathdonnell, headed for Dublin, drove from Lisnavagh to Rathvilly with his wife, and there met '... a large deputation of labouring men who solicited employment.
The poor fellows stated that they were in a state of starvation from the mere want of work, as the farmers were not giving employment.
His lordship listened attentively to their statement and in a most courteous manner expressed his sympathy with their condition.
As to giving them employment, he said he would see about providing them, as far as lay in his power, with work.
He furthermore showed his sympathy in a practical manner by giving them some money to supply their immediate wants.
The deputation left the station after the departure of his lordship for Dublin and her ladyship for Lisnavagh, thankful for the way they were treated, and expressing their earnest wishes that Lisnavagh may not be left empty for much longer.
[Note added 2011 - the Lord Rathdonnell referred to above in the newspaper reports was g.g. grandfather to Turtle Bunbury.]
Source: M. Purcell c2011&2012. Old newspapers in the PPP.