Clare - Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser, 23 February 1837

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(From M. De La Boullaye Le Gouz's Tour in Ireland, A.D. 1644)
Edited by T.C. Croker.

The towns are built in the English fashion, but the houses
in the country are in this manner :- Two stakes are fixed in
the ground, across which is a transverse pole to support two
rows of rafters on the two sides, which are covered with
leaves and straw. The cabins are of another fashion. There
are four walls the height of a man, supporting rafters over
which they thatch with straw and leaves. They are without
chimneys and make the fire in the middle of the hut, which
greatly incommodes those who are not fond of smoke. The
castles or houses of the nobility consist of four walls
extremely high, thatched with straw; but to tell the truth,
they are nothing but square towers without windows, or, at
least, having such small apertures as to give no more light
than there is in a prison. They have little furniture, and
cover their rooms with rushes, of which they make their beds
in summer, and straw in winter. They put the rushes a foot
deep on their floors, and on their windows,and many of them
ornament the ceilings with branches. They are fond of the
harp, on which nearly all play, as the English do on the
fiddle, the French on the lute, the Italian on the guitar,
the Spaniards on the castanets, the Scotch on the bagpipe,
the Swiss on the fife, the German on the trumpet, the Dutch
on the tambourine, and the Turks on the flageolet.

The red-haired are considered the most handsome in Ireland.
The women have hanging breasts, and those which are freckled
like a trout are esteemed the most beautiful. The trade of
Ireland consists in salmon and herrings, which they take in
great numbers. You have one hundred and twenty herrings for
a English penny, equal to a carolus of France, in the
fishing time. They import salt and wine from France, and
sell there strong frieze cloths at good prices. The Irish
are fond of strangers, and its costs little to travel
amongst them. When a traveller of good address enters their
houses with assurance, he has but to draw a box of sinisine,
or snuff, and offer it to them; then these people receive
him with admiration, and give him the best they have to eat.

They love the Spaniards as their brothers, the French as
their friends, the Italians as their allies, the Germans as
their relatives,the English and Scotch as their
irreconcilable enemies. I was surrounded on my journey from
Kilkennick (Kilkenny) to Cachel (Cashel) by a detachment of
twenty Irish soldiers, and when they learned I was Frankard,
(it is thus they call us), they did not molest me in the
least, but made me offers of service, seeing that I was
neither Sazanach (Saxon) nor English.

The Irish, whom the English call savages, have for their
head dress a little blue bonnet, raised two fingers breadth
in front, and behind covering their head and ears. Their
doublet has a long body and four skirts: and their breeches
are a pantaloon of white frieze which they call trowsers.
Their shoes, which are pointed, they call brogues with a
single sole. For cloaks they have five or six yards of
frieze drawn round the neck, the body, and over the head,
and they never quit this mantle, either in sleeping, working
or eating.

Transcribed from the Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser,
Published 1 June 1837


to the Editor of the Limerick Star.

Carrigaholt, Mary 26, 1837

Dear Sir, - The duties I owe to suffering humanity, and my
wish to free myself from blame with all those whom the
subject of this letter may concern, oblige me to appear in
the public prints, and to select a place in the columns of
your invaluable paper. In the district which extends from
the town of Kilrush to the mouth of the river Shannon, over
which I am placed as Catholic Pastor, almost all the crops
failed last year. The potato crop was particularly affected.
This calamity, which did not occur since the harvest of
1821, has brought nearly the entire of the population to the
verge of ruin. Relief has been sought for in various
quarters, principally to cultivate the land all sources have
been closed, with the exception of Messrs. Westby, Burton,
Jonas Studdert, and Thomas Kean, who gave seed oats to their
respective tenants, which in many instances was converted
into food. In this deplorable state of a population, without
money, employment, or credit, necessity imposed the he hard
alternative of pledging, pawning, and selling every article
of domestic comfort, utility, and what under similar
circumstances could be dispensed with. By these means the
land has been in general cultivated; but there are still a
few melancholy exceptions, where a pound of seed could not
be put down.

>From the foregoing statement, which is founded on facts, it
will be clearly perceived how high the distress is at
present for want of food, in a district, comprising from 12
to 13,000 individuals, without a market, and without a
resident gentry, who, by their intelligence and sympathy,
might avert the horror and confusion that seem ready to
burst upon us.

There are some thousands this moment subsisting on the
scanty pittance of food they borrow from the day to day from
the next neighbours. Many hundreds have left their homes and
went to the more plentiful parts of the country to beg, and
where they would not be known. A sullen gloom hangs over the
people, and nothing saves them from becoming victims of
despair, but the confidence they have in a paternal
government to whom application has been made for relief, and
the reliance they have on the generosity of some of their
landlords, who, I am confident, will come forward now to the
relief of the poor sufferers, by employing them on the roads
of the respective estates, the state of which has largely
contributed to bring on the evil complained of.

If any unpleasant consequences should flow from the present
distress, I can say to myself that I have done my duty to
the people and country, by thus laying thought the medium of
the Press, the state of this district before those who are
connected with it by interest, and are its natural

I have the honor to remain, dear Sir, your faithful

Of Moyarta and Kilballyowen.

Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser -
Publication Date: 14 December 1837


On the 15th of August, at Calcutta, the lady of Wm. Brook
O'Shaughnessy, Esq. M.D. of a daughter.


At Meelick, by the Rev. W. Lewis, Mr Robert Ryall, of Ennis,
to Eliza, third daughter of Mr. Joseph Arthur, of this town.

At Kilmurry, Joseph Edward Vize, of Firshill, in this
county, Esq. to Martha Anne, daughter of the late W. Ievers,
Esq. of Ieverstown.

The Rev. Robert Park, of Ballymoney, to Margaret, daughter
of Richard Burriss, Esq. of Ballintemple-house, King's

Stewart Torbett, Esq. Engineer, to Anne, youngest daughter
of the Rev. John Davison, both of Belfast.

Henry James, Esq. of Baillieboro, county Cavan, to Jane,
daughter of the late B. Parr, Esq. of Carnaven Cottage, same

At Carrigrohan, Miah Murphy, Esq. Solicitor, to Ann, eldest
daughter of F. D. Murphy, of Sunday's well, Cork.

At Limerick, Mr. Timothy D. McNamara, of Nelson-street,
grocer, to Jane Sargent Monsell, daughter of Thomas Monsell,

At Liverpool, on Thursday, George G. Williams, Esq. of
Limerick, to Emma, daughter of John Highfield, Esq. of


In Limerick, John Colley, Esq

At the Ursuline Convent, near this town, Mary, daughter of
Patrick Egar, of Tuam, Esq.

William Dillon, Esq. Proctor of the Consistorial Court of
Down and Connor.

Sarah, daughter of Hugh Dickson, Esq. of Clonmellon, Athboy.

At and advanced age, the Rev. Gilbert Austin, Rector of

Roger Adams Grant, so of the late J. Sackville Grant, Esq.
of Tralee.

In Tralee, at an advanced age, Judith, relict of the late
Mr. David Hallinan

In Limerick, of fever, Mr. Jacob McDermott, late of Dublin.

In Limerick, Mrs. Tuthill, widow of Mr. R. Tuthill, of

In Limerick, Margaret, daughter of the late Florence Henchy,
Esq. M.D.

In Limerick, Mr. Edmund Farrell.

At Portebello, Mr. John Sturgeon,

In Lower Sackville-street, Dublin, Mr. J. Kertland.

At the Cove of Cork, Andrew Newton, Esq. M.D, late of

In Dublin, Mrs. Jane McMahon.

Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser
Publication Date: 18 December 1837


At his seat, Firgrove, the Lady of John MacMahon, Esq, High
Sheriff of this county, of a daughter


In Dublin, Frederick Cold (see Note), Esq of Kilbeggan.
county Westmeath, to Serenah (see Note), daughter of Thomas
Howie, Esq, of Dublin

At Aughrim, Thomas Morton, Esq. of Castlenode, to Sarah,
eldest daughter of Robert Devenish, Esq, of Rush-hill

Joseph Smyth, Esq. of Dunmore, to Fanny F. Smith, eldest
daughter of Joseph Smith, Esq. of Springvale.

In Clonmel, George R. Kennedy, Esq. Lieutenant Royal
Artillery, to Kate, second daughter of Charles Riall, Esq.
of Heywood, near Clonmel, and niece of Lieut-Gen. Sir
Phineas Riall

At Bath, William Henry Robinson, Esq. Captain in the 72d
Highlanders, to Georgiana, daughter of Rear Admiral Buckle.

At St. Pancras, the Rev. Charler Popham Miles, B. A. to Mary
Ann, eldest daughter of Brown Collison, Esq.


At Glanduff Castle, county Limerick, Eyre, third son of Eyre
Massy, Esq.

At his residence, Glandore, Cork, Richard Adams, Esq. aged

Letitia, daughter of James Wesley Bond, Esq. of Cartroncard,
county Longford.

At Bushfield Avenue, Abigal, wife of J. Goodwin, Esq. of

At Bantry, W. Watts Mealy, Esq.

At Bell Island, county Wicklow, J. Magee, Esq.

At Claremoris, Mayo, Pat Conway, Esq.

At Kilcock, where he practiced as a physician for nearly 70
years, Edward Quirk, Esq. M.D.

At the Institution, Edgeworthstown, Henry, the infant son of
the Rev. Henry Murphy.

Transcriber Notes.

Spelling is verbatim
The Spelling of COLD and SERENAH are best guess - the entry
is not clear.


Transcribed from the Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser
Published 27 December 1837

Mr. James McGrath, Conductor.

At the Annual Examination held on the 20th and 21st in Mr.
McGrath's School, the following young gentlemen obtained
Premiums in the respective Classes:-

First Class -- Homer, Xenophon, Livy and Juvenal, Greene
first, Casey second.

Second Class -- Livy and Horace, O'Brien (Edward) 1st,
Arthur and Neylan cut for 2nd; Homer, Neyland 1st, Arthur

Third Class - Horace and Sallust, O'Brien, (James) 1st,
O'Brien (Pierce) 2nd: Lucian, Tuohy and O'Brien (Pierce) cut
for 1st

Fourth Class -- Virgil, Cullinan, (Michael) 1st, Lynch and
Barry cut for 2nd; Greek Testament, Barry and Kerin,
(Frederick) cut for 1st

Fifth Class -- Virgil, Powell 1st, Tydd jun. and Power cut
for 2nd

Sixth Class -- Virgil, Haire 1st, Cullinan (Charles) and
Floyd cut for 2nd

Seventh Class -- Swain's Sentences, Molony 1st, Dubourdieu
and Cullinan, sen, cut for 2nd

Roman History, Senior Class - O'Brien(Pierce) and O'Brien
(James) cut for 1st, Donnellan 2nd

Roman History, Junior Class - Cullinan (Michael) 1st, Barry
and Powell cut for 2nd

History of England, Senior Class - Power, 1st, Haire and
Dubourdieu cut for 2nd.

History of England, Junior Class - Molony 1st, Floyd 2nd.

Geography, Ancient and Modern, First Class - Lynch 1st,
Cullinan (Michael) and Barry cut for 2nd

Geography, Ancient and Modern, Second Class - Singleton,
Dubourdieu and Power cut for 1st

Geography, Ancient and Modern, Third Class - Cullinan
(Charles) 1st, Haire and Floyd cut for 2nd

Spelling's - First Class - Powell 1st, Kerin (Frederick) and
Kerin (John) cut for 2nd.

Spelling's - Second Class - (can not read) 1st, Singleton
and Power cut for 2nd,

Spelling's - Third Class - Floyd 1st, O'Brien (Chas.) and
Molony cut for 2nd.

Catechism - First Class - Barry and Powel cut for 1st, Kerin
(Frederick) and Kerin (John) cut for 2nd,

Catechism - Second Class - Haire 1st, Cullinan (Charles) and
Flloyd cut for 2nd,

Catechism - Third Class - Kerin (Edmond) 1st

Writing, Arithmetic, &c, &c. - Tydd, sen. and Powel 1st,
Kerin (John) and Kerin (Frederick) 2nd.

Euclid - Murphy and Green cut for 1st.

Vacation ends on the 15th of January, 1838

December 27, 1837