Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

Pat Purcell Papers
Carlow 1937

Source: Michael Purcell c.2010

Nationalist and Leinster Times, June,1937.

Judge presented with White Gloves.

At Carlow Circuit Court on Tuesday Mr Fitzgerald, County Register, said he had great pleasure in presenting His Lordship, Judge Sealy, with white gloves as a token of the crimeless state of the County of Carlow.

His Lordship said he was very pleased to receive the presentation and he congratulated the people of Carlow on the fact that there was no criminal business to go before him. Carlow, he said, was a very well-behaved County, and it very often happened that there was no criminal business.

He had some doubt about the continuance of this practice of presenting white gloves. In the old days, this pleasure fell on the Sheriff of the County who had a lucrative office, but that office had been abolished, and they had transferred the honour to the County Register, but none of the fees. As the Minister for Justice had refused to pay the expenses of presenting white gloves, His Lordship said that in the circumstances the County Register had his permission to discontinue the practice in future.

Source: Michael Purcell 2013

Up Dev 1937.

Transcribed June 2009 from old newspaper in the PPP.

Nationalist and Leinster Times.

3rd July 1937.

President de Valera at Carlow.

The public meeting at Carlow on Friday evening, the 25th June, when President de Valera addressed a gathering of about 6,000 people at Shamrock Square, was the largest and most enthusiastic held in the constituency during the General Election campaign.

The President was met at he outskirts of the town on the Kilkenny road by members of the Town Council, including the Chairman, Mr J.J. Cuddy, Mr F. Dalton, Mr W Hanlon, Mr Tom Seeley, Mr M.Doyle, together with other public representatives, where he was extended a hearty welcome.

A guard of honour of members of the Old I.R.A. escorted the President along Burrin Street and Tullow Street to the Shamrock.

A body of horsemen accompanied the procession.

As the huge procession passed through the streets the cheering was continuous, and when the President arrived at the platform the scene was a most impressive one.

Hats were waved in the air, and shouts of "Up Dev" could be heard over the general din. It was some minutes before the cheering died down, and the President acknowledged the reception extended to him by raising his hat.

He was looking in excellent health and spirits after his strenuous tour of the West and South. At the platform a guard of honour of the Garda Siochana under Chief Supt. Burke and Supt. Connolly, was drawn up in front of the platform.

An address of welcome from Carlow Town Council was read by Mr J. Smyth, Town Clerk to which the President suitably replied.

Mr M. Behan, Director of the Sugar Company presided.

The President delivered a long and powerful address in which he dealt with criticisms of the new Constitution.

[note added by Michael Purcell, June 2009 -

The previous week one of the Carlow councillors, Mr E. Bermingham objected to an "address of welcome" from the Town Council to President de Valera but the Chairman, J.J. Cuddy overruled the objection.

Councillor Edward Duggan and Councillor Ray McDonnell both declared they would not take part in the meeting with the President!.

J.J. Cuddy declared that we still have good men in our ranks and Mr de Valera tops them all, in a generation or two the times we live in will be called the de Valerian era, such is the power and prestige of this man among men, it is our duty to honour him as Mr de Valera and the President of our State.

The elections were held the following week, Mr de Valera was returned to power and Dr Humphreys F.F., from Myshall was elected to represent Carlow with W. Norton, Labour, topping the poll also elected were T. Harris F.F., S. Minch, F.G., all in the Carlow-Kildare constituency]

1937, Sunday Drinking & Sunday Football

Nationalist and Leinster Times.

November 1937.

Sunday Football.

We understand that, owing to the scenes of drunkenness and disorder of which the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Most Rev. Dr. Foley was himself a witness on Sunday night, at the Bagenalstown and Carlow Railway Stations.

 It is probable that he will issue a strict prohibition against the holding of all competition football and hurling matches on Sundays, and that he will make it a reserved sin to drink in a public-house on these days.

We believe that such a prohibition has already been issued in some of the Northern dioceses, and not long ago it was a reserved sin in this Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin to drink in a public-house on a Sunday.

His Lordship has announced his intention of dealing with the whole subject in the Cathedral on the night of Sunday, the 22nd November 1937.

Source: Michael Purcell 2013

Transcribed June 2009 from old newspaper in the PPP.

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