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Freeman's Journal
Contributed by Mary Heaphy

31 Aug

On Sunday 31st August 1828. a vast number of persons amounting to upwards of
5,000, some on horseback, others on foot, came into Borrisoleigh and
assembled on the Fair Green, when the leaders, Patrick Ryan, or "Paddy
Fotherig" and Thomas Kelly, came forward and embraced each other, walked
round the Fair Green arm in arm followed by their respective parties and all
declared they were resolved to live in future in peace and concord with each
other. The Fair Green for some years had been the scene of much rioting and
bloody encounters.