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Carlow in 1904

Pat Purcell Papers
By kind permission of Michael Purcell
The Land Act
Rathdonnell estate.
Carlow Sentinel 16th January 1904.
The Land Act
The tenants on the Rathdonnell estate, County Fermanagh, some time ago opened negotiations with their landlord, Lord Rathdonnell, and as a result they received a letter in which it was stated that Lord Rathdonnell would sell his property at 25% reduction on first, and 12% on second term rents, reserving sporting and turbary rights.
All rent due up to the 1st November last must be paid. On Friday the tenants agreed to accept the foregoing terms.
[Note added by Michael Purcell - The Irish Land Act better known as Wyndham's Act was passed in 1903, the act was the result of agreement between the landlords and the tenants, once agreement was reached the transaction was approved by the Land Commission. In 2004 I gave Turtle Bunbury a pile of  Land Act "agreement forms" relating to transactions to tenants for the Rathdonnell estates in Carlow.]

 The following items were found in The Intermountain Catholic. (Salt Lake City [Utah] ;) 1899-1920 newspaper.

May 21, 1904

Centenarian Tourist.

John OíReilly has the honor of being the first known centenary to cross the ocean He left Jersey City N J May 7 for Liverpool on the Cunarder Lucania taking with him his 78 year old wife They are going across to visit their old home in Carlow Ireland.

OíReilly was 100 years old April 6 (Born 1804) is 7 feet 7 inches tall walks without a cane and has all his faculties He has a keen appreciation of the importance or America for when asked if he was coming home to die he said Indeed I am not I donít want to be buried in the old country I was born In Ireland but America is my Country and it shall be God willing my last resting place, The aged tourist has ninety living descendants.

August 13, 1904

Memorial to Brave Father Murphy.

Dublin July 24 of the largest most imposing and enthusiastic Nationalist demonstrations which has been witnessed in the country of recent years took place at Tullow County Carlow on Sunday It was the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone of a beautiful memorial which it is proposed to erect in the Market square to the memory of that gallant patriot priest and martyr Father Murphy who paid the penalty of his life in 98 for love of Faith and Fatherland It was on the square the noble sogarth one hundred and six years ago was hanged and then decapitated.

The committee in charge of the memorial for the past two years have been working most energetically to forward the memorial project and up to the present have collected a sum of over two hundred pounds but nearly twice this sum will be required for Ia suitable monument to commemorate the memory of Farther Murphy and his faithful friend Galagher whose loyalty and devotion to his chief are welt known to students of the history of the period

The place selected for the memorial is in the very best and most elevated part of he square and when placed in position will be a decided improvement to the place The town yesterday was en fete From an early hour the different approaches to the town were unusually animated and a continuous stream of contingents headed by bands and banner kept nourish in until eventually the streets were in a very congested state

These contingents came from the surrounding counties while a special from Dublin on which the lord mayor Mr T D Sullivan Alderman Cole and others travelled brought down an enormous gathering on the square a platform was erected from which the gathering numbering about six thousand was addressed by the various speakers Previous to the laying of the foundation stone Mr P. Kavanagh handed Mr Thomas Bolger a silver trowel which bore the following inscription Presented to Mr Thomas Bolger chairman of the Father John Murphy Memorial Committee July 17 1904.

At the Carlow Summer Assizes on Thursday an action for damages by Miss Johanna Murphy of Fair view Bagnalstown against William Fitzpatrick Royal Oak for breach of promise of marriage was settled plaintiff to receive 50 and all costs.

December 31, 1904

The many friends of all denominations in San Jose Cal of the Rev John D Walshe S J of St Josephs church will learn with regret that he has just received information of the death of his mother Mrs Mary Walshe which occurred at her home in Leighlin Bridge County Carlow Ireland at a recent date Mrs Walshe had reached the ripe age of 92 years.


(Thanks to Terry Curran for providing this material)

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