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Nenagh Guardian
Contributed by Mary Heaphy


January 14th 1881

On Christmas night three farmers named Bannan, Butler and Laughlin, living
near the Ragg, Thurles, were visited by an armed party. Bannan and Butler's
houses were riddled with balls, slugs etc, both windows and door open, and
some clothes that were hanging up in rooms opposite the doors and windows
were riddled from the shot etc fired into the houses. Laughlin's house was
not so furiously attacked, as the door and window were only broken with some
blunt instrument, and a hay cock and a couple of pits of champions in the
haggard tossed about. The cause of these outrages is for paying their rents
over Griffith's valuation, which in the whole amounted to only a few
shillings over the standard (Griffith's). Of course the affrighted parties
say they do not know the visitors, and hence no arrests are made.