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Pat Purcell Papers
Carlow 1892

By kind permission of Mr. Michael Purcell

Land-Grabbing in 1892.

Mr John Byrne from Tinryland, Carlow, writes to the Carlow Vindicator in 1892 to complain of the taking of his farm by "Hanging-Gale Beresford".

John and his sister had only been evicted when the home-place and all his improvements and those of his forefathers, were taken over by a man described by John as a "land-grabber" without a penny compensation, and the time selected for the eviction was during "Holy Week" 1892.

Carlow Vindicator.

Letter to the Editor.

Tinryland, April 30th, 1892.


Dear Sir, --I wish through the medium of your journal to expose a case of the most barefaced landgrabbing , which I am sure will meet with the condemnation it deserves from all honest men. I was evicted from my home, which was in the possession of my family for generations, by my landlord . Mr. Denis. R. Beresford, for non-payment of a rent which must be admitted to was exorbitant even by his own valuer. He scarcely allowed the clay to settle over his mother's grave when he called in the services of Messrs Moore, Mack and Ryan and Watters (the latter acting as emergency man), and turned myself and my sister out on the road on a cold February morning.

We were not well out when J---?---- (name published in report but I will not publish it in this transcript) comes and takes possession of all my improvements and those of my forefathers, without one penny compensation to me --the time selected by this pious Catholic for doing so being Holy Week. The rent of the farm (if you can call it such) is 12 yearly, the area six acres, including a road all around it about thirty perches. This, with waste of rocks, leaves about five acres tillage land. So you see it was the house and premises built by my predecessors, without one penny from the landlord, and on which I expended during the last ten years over 100, which were coveted.~~

I remain yours,
John Byrne.
The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.
Source: Michael Purcell c.2010

Mrs. Julia Doyle, ~ 1788-1892

Carlow Sentinel 1892.

Mrs Julia Doyle, whose death occurred in Utica, U.S.A. was one of the oldest persons in the State. She would have been 104 years old had she lived until New Years Day. Mrs Doyle was born in the town of Carlow on the 1st day of January 1789. Her father's name was William Whelan. She was one of eight children. She well remembered the rebellion of 1798. One night her mother roused her out of bed and from the window she could see the whole town in flames. When she was 19 she married John Doyle and had 13 children, some of whom came to America. Well the years rolled on , her husband died, and when she was 59 years old she went to her daughter in America. She had three grand daughters and about twenty great-grandchildren in America. Her death was due entirely to old age and had not disease.

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

Transcribed by Jean Casey, 2010

Whiskey and Soda and The Carlow Workhouse

The Carlow Sentinel. Oct. 1892

Sudden death;

A young man named Patrick Browne, labourer, aged 27 years, who died suddenly the previous evening in Mrs. O'Toole's public house, Browne-street, in this town. The deceased, who was employed as a riveter on the railway, and had been at work the day he died, had been complaining for a considerable time of a pain in his left side and arm. He had taken a glass of whiskey and some soda with a friend, suddenly became ill and died before the arrival of priest or doctor.

Carlow Workhouse

October 1892.

Carlow Union Workhouse the quantity of intoxication liquor bought in seems average.

The daily average number of paupers in the house is 414 and the amount of spirits, wine and malt liquors consumed in the workhouse during the year 1891: ---

SPIRTS, 1079 pints 5 ozs.
WINE, 4 pints 5 ozs.
MALT LIQUORS, 538 gallons;

[note added 2010, I think it was around this time that several workhouse employees were fired for drunkenness!]

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

Transcribed by Jean Casey, 2010

James Smith, Little Moyle, Carlow. 1892.

The Carlow Sentinel, October 8th 1892.

Death of Mr. James Smith.

We regret to announce the death of Mr. James Smith, which occurred at his residence, Little Moyle, in this county, after an illness of some month's duration, at the ripe old age of 84.

The deceased gentleman was closely identified with the agricultural interests of the county.

During the existence of the Carlow Agricultural Society he was one of the most successful exhibitors at its annual shows, and rendered good service by introducing the best breeds of stock into the district.

His remains were interred in Kellistown churchyard on Monday, the funeral being attended by a very large number of friends.

The coffin was borne from the house to the hearse by employees at Little Moyle, and into and from the Church by Freemasons, deceased being an old and respected member of the order.

His son, Mr Kane Smith, and his son-in-law, Mr Kennedy, were chief mourners.

The Rev. T.H.Hatchell, rector of the parish, officiated at the Burial Service.


Funeral of the Late Mr. James Smith ----

We have been requested to state that Mr. Breslin, son-in-law of the late Mr. Smith, who was to have been one of the chief mourners, was unable to reach Carlow in time for the funeral, having been on the Continent when he received intelligence of the death.

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

Transcribed by Jean Casey, 2010

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