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Owen Cummins in 1922!

By kind permission of Michael Purcell  12/2009


Owen Cummins in 1922!

There is mention in documents of an Owen Cummins in the Carlow area since the mid-1700s, I wonder if this Owen is related to the dozen or so other Owen Cummins (Cumminsess!) that we know of?

To the Editor, Nationalist and Leinster Times, Carlow.

January 1st 1922.

Mountneill Manor, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow.

 Sir-- The enclosed letter kindly give space for publication in your paper, which reminds me very much of a weekly journal that I had the pleasure of reading for over twenty years, it being a paper for everyone to read, the New York "American".

Dear Friends --As we are now living under a banner of a Free State which to my way of thinking, means freedom in every sense --free to write, free to express a person's opinion, free to do as you please, so long as you keep within the walls of the law, which is established to keep peace and order in our Free State.

We can all be officers of this law by standing shoulder to shoulder and man to man by expressing our opinion and admonishing any crime or act of injustice done to our fellow man or our country.

I wish to call your attention and especially our ratepayer’s attention to this. Why does any particular body of men use as a cloak the workingman, who, not of his own fault is out of employment?

Nine shillings and sixpence to the pound has been collected from our ratepayers for the purpose of giving employment in repairing our roads, which are a disgrace.

Instead of putting men to work, they create an officers' pension roll amounting to hundreds of pounds to be paid yearly.  This is an act that requires a thorough investigation. Why is our money wasted?  Some readers object to paying one shilling for an honest act performed by an Auctioneer.

They don't realise the fact of the great responsibility that rests on the shoulders on an Auctioneer. He has to satisfy the man who purchases and the man who sells and is ever ready to give justice to each party. He is the poor man's friend --always with a smile to greet you; as a man of honour and profession, he is ready to make any sacrifice when you need him. And yet, a grumble at paying one shilling to the pound to a man of this generous type.

But people don't grumble when they are compelled to pay nine shillings and sixpence to the pound by one of the first brutal Coercion Acts passed against the Irish people--to seize all their belongings, even the beds they lie on, for taxes they must pay. Oh! you Irish people, how soon you forget your little book.

Very respectfully yours,
Owen L. Cummins.

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.

Transcribed by Jean Casey, 2010

Footnote from Sue Cummins Feb 2010

The Owen Cummins who wrote this letter to the editor was Owen Lorcan Cummins, son of Walter Cummins of Busherstown, Killerig and Anne Kehoe of Mount Neil, Rathvilly. Walter was the son of James Cummins and Alicia Cullen (who was the first cousin of Cardinal Cullen). Owen had immigrated to New York City, but returned home in about 1920 when he inherited his uncle Joseph Kehoe's farm in Mount Neil. He was a farmer, and had been a salesman in New York, so perhaps he was an auctioneer as well.

Sue


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