St. John’s Parish Heritage Group.

Occasional Publication No. 6

St John’s Parish Heritage Group Newspaper Project
Extracts from The Roscommon Messenger 1890 – 1899.

In 2005 St. John’s Parish Heritage Group commissioned Rural Social Scheme participant Mr. Hugh Tumelty to undertake local newspaper research on its behalf in Roscommon County Library. This booklet was produced from his report.

Original research by Hugh Tumelty 2005 – 2012 Booklet design and text editing by Liam Byrne 2012. © St. John’s Parish Heritage Group 2012. Please note: e & oe. No responsibility accepted for accuracy of transcribed reports. Please check original before use.

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Local extracts from The Roscommon Messenger 1890 – 1899. The Roscommon Weekly Messenger was founded in 1848 by Alexander O'Conor Eccles of Ballingard House and lasted until 1935. It was incorporated into The Roscommon Champion which was founded in 1927 and closed in 2010. ___________________________________ A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger newspaper of January 4th 1890. It stated that rates had been made in the District Electoral Divisions of Roscommon Union. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Lackan, Mote, Roscommon etc. A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of September 20th 1890. It stated that rates were about to be made in the District Electoral Divisions of Roscommon Union. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Lackan, Mote, Roscommon etc. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger. A notice that rates had been made in Roscommon Union appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of November 22nd 1890. The list of District Electoral Divisions that had made rates included Roscommon, Mote, Lackan etc. An advertisement for a yacht appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated August 15th 1889. The yacht named the “Hebe” was a firstclass cruiser of 9.5 tons. A thorough examination of it was permitted and full particulars could be had from the undersigned. It could be seen at Gailey Bay a half mile from Knockcroghery Railway Station. Signed: S. St. Lawrence Burke, Solicitor, Abbey Street, Roscommon A notice for an application for a Magistrates Certificate appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated the 26th of September 1891. It stated that Mr. Patrick Dempsey intended to apply at the annual Licensing Quarter Sessions 3

to be held at Athlone, Athlone Barony, Co. Roscommon for a Magistrates Certificate to sell Beer, Cider and Spirits at his residence and on his business premises in Knockcroghery in the Parish of Killenvoy, Barony of Athlone, Co. Roscommon which house and premises were formerly licensed in his name. Dated 8th day of September 1891. Patrick Dempsey, Applicant. Joseph Burke and Son, Solicitors for Applicant, 19 North Frederick Street, Dublin and Roscommon. A notice that rates were about to be made appeared in the Roscommon Messenger newspaper dated the 10th of October 1891. It stated that rates were about to be made in the District Electoral Divisions of Roscommon Union. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Mote, Lackan, Roscommon etc. A notice that rates had been made in the District Electoral Divisions of Roscommon Union appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of December 5th 1891. A report about the drowning of a man from Lecarrow Co. Roscommon appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of January 2nd 1892. It stated that Mr. Thomas Maguire of Lecarrow Co. Roscommon was last seen at 5 pm on the 24th of December 1891 close to the docks on the river Shannon. A coat and hat believed to the property of the deceased were found at the docks. It is believed the deceased fell into the river. A reward was offered for the recovery of the body. A notice that rates had been made in Roscommon Union appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of January 9th 1892. It stated that rates had been made in the District Electoral Divisions of Roscommon Union. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Roscommon, Mote, Lackan etc. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger newspaper. A report for the election voting in Lecarrow District Electoral Division appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of July 16th 1892. It

was stated that the presiding officer Mr. Hayes commenced business at 8 am. The political groups were separated at the polling station for easy distinction of each one. The Healyites looked very miserable and dejected at the polling station and hundreds of Nationalists were in a solid body around the precincts of the polling station. Mr. Patrick Martin P.L.G. represented Mr. Luke Hayden M.P. and Fr. H.F. Gately represented Dr. Cummins. There were warm discussions and the day was quiet and orderly. An advertisement for the sale of a 9 ton yacht called the “Siren” appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of July 23rd 1892. It was moored in Gaily Bay, Knockcroghery. Particulars could be obtained from S. St. Lawrence Burke, The Abbey, Roscommon. An advertisement for a Regatta at Gaily Bay appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of July 30th 1892. It stated that the Regatta would be held on the 9th, 10th and 11th of August 1892. The program included a large number of items. The advertisement appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger newspaper. A report about the Regatta at Gaily Bay appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of August 13th 1892. The Regatta was held on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the week of the 13th of August. Several yacht races were held. The attendance of spectators was not as large as in previous years due to a lack of entertainment from a band, however there was a larger number of yachts present than in previous years. A notice that an application for a Magistrates Certificate to sell beer, cider and other spirituous products appeared in the Roscommon Messenger newspaper of September 17th 1892. It was stated that Mr. Michael Gately of Knockcroghery intended to apply for a Magistrates Certificate at the Annual Licensing Quarter Sessions in Athlone, Athlone Barony, Co. Roscommon for said Certificate to sell beer, cider and other 4

spirituous products in his house and on his premises in Knockcroghery, Killenvoy parish, Athlone Co. Roscommon. Signed: Michael Gately, Applicant. Joseph Burke & Son Solicitors for applicant, 19 North Frederick Street Dublin and Roscommon. The notice was repeated in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger. A notice for the estimates of rates payable by the District Electoral Divisions in the Roscommon Union appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated October 1st 1892. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Mote 1-7, Lackan 1-3 and Roscommon 2-4. The notice was repeated in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger. A notice about the Knockcroghery Fair appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of October 29th 1892. It stated that the sheep fair was held on the Tuesday and the cattle fair was held on the Wednesday. The supply of sheep was not large and was of poor quality. The supply of cattle on the Wednesday was large, but most cattle were sold at poor prices or at a clear loss. A notice that rates were about to be made appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of October 29 the 1892. It stated that rates were about to be made in the Roscommon Union. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Mote, Lackan, Roscommon etc. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger. A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of December 24th 1892. It stated that rates had been made in Roscommon Union. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Roscommon, Lackan, Mote etc. The notice appeared in several issues of the newspaper. An advertisement for the sale of land and utensils appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of April 1st 1893. It stated that 3 acres of land was for sale with an enclosed yard and four out-buildings. A quantity of

household furniture and utensils were also to be sold. Immediate possession would be given. Applications were to be made out to Mrs. Ellen Galvin, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon. A final notice to claimants and incumbrancers appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of June 24th 1893. It was printed on behalf of the Irish Land Commission under the Land Purchase Acts 1870 to 1891. The notice applied to the estate of Farrell McDonnell continued in the name of Martin McDonnell as grantee of the said Farrell McDonnell, a vendor of land. It stated that claimants take notice that the schedule of incumbrancers affecting the lands of Carrowphadeen and Carnagh East situated in the Barony of Athlone South and County of Roscommon formerly the estate of the said owner, had been lodged in the office of the examiner, and any person having any claim not therein inserted, or objecting thereto either on account of the amount or the priority of any of any charge therein reported as due to him or any other person especially a charge of £3000 to the Hibernian Bank Ltd. On foot of a letter of deposit and in respect of which nothing is admitted by the vendor to be due or for any other reason, is required to lodge an objection thereto, stating the particulars of his demand and duly verified at may office on or before the 14th day of July 1893 and to appear on the following Monday the 17th of July 1893 at 11 o clock before Mr. Commissioner Lynch, at his chamber no. 24 Upper Merion Street, Dublin, when instructions would be given for the final settlement of the schedule. Further take notice that any demand reported by such schedule is liable to be objected to within the time foresaid. Dated 20th of June 1893. Mr. Long Worth-Dames, examiner Farrell McDonnell, Executor for said vendor, 4 Dame Street, Dublin and Roscommon. A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of July 8th 1893. It stated that single fare return tickets for sea bathing in Galway would be issued from the following railway stations: Ballyhaunis, Ballinlough, 5

Castlerea, Roscommon, Knockcroghery etc.

Ballymurry,

A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated July 8th 1893. It stated that the Midland Great Western Railway would operate trains for Sunday excursions during the summer months of 1893. The notice also stated that special trains would leave from Athlone for Killala via Westport on the 2nd of July 1893 and the 3rd of July 1893. and that tickets for return fares would be issued at the following stations: Knockcroghery, Ballymurry, Roscommon etc. The tickets would be available for the special train only. Signed Joseph Tatlow, Manage MGW Railway Co. Dated 26th June 1893. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger newspaper. A notice that the Gailey Bay Regatta was runoff on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the week of August 5th 1893 appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated same. A list of results from the two boat races and handicaps from the Gaily Bay Regatta appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of August 12th 1893. A notice for an application for a Magistrates Certificate appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of September 16th 1893. It stated that Mr. James Connaughton of Churchboro, Killenvoy would apply for a Magistrates Certificate at the Annual Quarter Licensing Sessions in Athlone for the Barony of Athlone to entitle him to receive a transfer of a licence to sell beer, liquor, cider and other spirits from Ms. Ellen Galvin at his house in Knockcroghery, Killenvoy, Athlone South Barony. Dated the 14th of September 1893. James Connaughton, applicant Residence, Churchboro Killenvoy. Joseph Burke and Son, Solicitor for applicant: 64 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin and Roscommon. A notice of intention to apply for a Magistrates Certificate to sell beer, spirits etc. appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated September

16th 1893. It stated that Mr. John Connaughton of Lackan, Co. Roscommon intended to apply at the Annual licensing Quarter Sessions to be held in Athlone in Co. Roscommon on the 11th of October 1893, for a Magistrates Certificate for a licence to sell beer, spirits, cider etc. to be consumed on the premises situated at Lackan, in the Parish of Rahara, Barony of Athlone in Co. Roscommon. Dated 8th of September 1893. Signed: John Connaughton Applicant. A notice for rates in all the District Electoral Divisions in Roscommon Union appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of October 7th 1893. The rates were set at the board meeting of October 1893. The rates were Lackan 11 pence, Mote 1-11, Roscommon 1-11. A notice that rates were about to be made appeared in the Roscommon Union appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of 11th of November 1893. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Lackan, Mote, Roscommon etc. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger Newspaper. A notice that rates had been made in the Roscommon Union appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of December 16th 1893. The list of District Electoral Divisions that made rates included Lackan, Mote and Roscommon etc. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger. A report about a infanticide in Rahara appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of February 3rd 1894. The report read as follows: On Thursday the 25th inst Sergeant Beirne, accompanied by a constable from Lecarrow, visited the house of a girl named Bridget Dixon, at Rahara, and from informations they had received they proceeded to the garden where after some trouble they found the body of a dead infant buried. The remains were at once removed and the coroner J.J. Burke Esq. was communicated with. On the Saturday of that week an inquest was held on the body, when the jury was sworn in. The jurors list 6

included Mr. Thomas Gilligan (Foreman), Mr. Pat Beytagh, Mr. P. Hynes, Mr. B. Doyle, Mr. Pat Morris, Mr. T. Meely, Mr. P. Kelly, Mr. M. Donnelly, Mr. J. Scally, Mr. P. Cunningham and Mr. William Donnelly. Evidence was given by the police and by Dr. Reilly. The following verdict was returned by the Jury. “We find that the death of the aforesaid infant was caused through want and the breaking of the umbilical cord and pressure on the neck, and that the body of the child was found buried at Rahara. District Inspector Pearse, Athlone was present on behalf of the Crown, and when the inquest was over the girl Dixon was placed under arrest, and being in a delicate state of health she was removed to the workhouse hospital in the union van, where she remained, all the time guarded by police. A Magisterial Inquiry was held when the prisoner was strong enough to be removed from the hospital. A report of the Petty Sessions held in Lecarrow on Wednesday 13th of February 1894 appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated 17th of February 1894. The Petty Sessions were held at Lecarrow on the Wednesday of the week in question. The Magistrates present were Captain Preston R.M. and Mr. H. Martin. The Rahara Infanticide Case: In the case of the Queen v Catherine Dixon, the depositions of Dr. J. Reily and Sergt Beirne were taken and she was returned for trial to the Assizes, and in default of her not being able to procure bail, the prisoner was sent to Tullamore Jail. The accused was brought out to the petty sessions in a covered car from the Athlone Union. There was a case at the same Petty Sessions that involved a stabbing incident that appeared in the same issue of the Roscommon Messenger newspaper. In the case of the Queen v Patrick Lyons, Knockcroghery for assault on Ellen Fox, the police having previously reported to the bench as to his character, he was allowed out under the First Offenders Act in his own recognisances in the sum of £10 to come up for judgement when called on. Mr. E.H. Pearson D.I. Athlone

represented the Crown. Mr. Farrell McDonnell, Solicitor, Roscommon appeared for Lyons. A few trespass cases were disposed of and the court adjourned. A report of the death of a prominent IrishAmerican appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated the 26th of May 1894. It stated that Mr. John Coyne formerly of Sandfield Knockcroghery Co. Roscommon died in New York in the 35th year of his life. He had spent several years in the United States. He had earned the respect of all who knew him. He died from pneumonia following a short illness. An advertisement for the sale of pure-bred rams appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of September 8th 1894. They were Shearling Shrop rams. There were also ram lambs for sale. They were to be sold at Mote Park. Prices were said to be moderate. Further Particulars and prices were to be had by applying to Mr. John T. Rattray, Mote Park. The advertisement was dated the 24th of August 1894 and it appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger. A notice that a new rate had been set for all the District Electoral Divisions in the Roscommon Union appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of September 29th 1894. The new rates applied to all the District Electoral Divisions including Lackan 11 pence, Mote 1-11, 1-12, Roscommon 1-11, 10 etc A notice showing the old rates and new rates for the District Electoral Divisions of the Roscommon Union appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of October 6th 1894. The rates for Lackan 0-11, 0- 10, Mote 1-4, 15 and Roscommon 1-11, 1-11 etc. A notice that rates were about to be made in the Roscommon Union appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of November 17th 1894. The rates were to be made in Roscommon Union. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger. 7

A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of November 17th 1894. It stated that the rate books were open for the inspection of rate payers in the Roscommon Union. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Lackan, Roscommon, etc. An advertisement for the sale of a gentleman’s residence and farm appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated December 1st 1894. It was stated that Mr. William Tully, auctioneer was given instructions to sell a residence and farm by Mr. Edward A. Kelly Esq. The farm and residence were located in Ballymurry, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon. Both were to be sold at public auction on the 5th of December 1894. The farm contained 17 acres and was held under a Judicial Lease at a low rent of £17. The house and buildings were in excellent repair. Further particulars could be had in future advertisements and placards. William Tully, Auctioneer and valuer, Main Street, Roscommon. A statutory notice to creditors appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of August 3rd 1895. It concerned the goods of the late James Connaughton of Churchboro, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon. It stated that notice is hereby given that all persons claiming to be creditors of or to have any demand against the Estate of the said James Connaughton, who died on March 2nd 1895, are hereby required to furnish particulars (in writing) of their claims to the undersigned, as solicitors for Bernard Connaughton, of Keoghville House, Brideswell, Co. Roscommon Esq, executor of deceased. The notice appeared in several issues of the newspaper. A advertisement for the sale of rams appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of October 5th 1895. It stated that several very good Shearling Shrop rams were for sale at Mote Park, Roscommon Co. Roscommon. Applications were to be made to Mr. J.T. Rattray. A notice for rates appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of November 30th 1895. It stated

that rates were about to be made in the Roscommon Union. The District Electoral Divisions included Mote 1-9, Roscommon 23, Lackan 1 shilling etc. The notice appeared in several issues of the newspaper. A notice about rates appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of January 4th 1896. It stated that rates had been made in Roscommon Union. The notice included the District Electoral Divisions in the Roscommon Union. The list included Lackan 1 shilling, Mote 1-9 and Roscommon 2-8 etc. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger. An advertisement about a thoroughbred stallion appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated April 11th 1896. It stated that the stallion “Son of York” would stand at Gailey Bay House, near Knockcroghery. Terms: Thoroughbred mares £5, all others were to be paid before November 1st. Grooms fee 2 and 6 to be paid at first service. The pedigree of the stallion would be shown in the following issue of the newspaper. The advertisement appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger. An advertisement for a thoroughbred stallion called “Lord Shannon” appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated April 18th 1896. He was the property of Mr. R. F. Payne, Gaily Bay House, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon. It was stated that he would serve a limited number of mares. A detailed history of his lineage was included in the advertisement. The fees were thoroughbred mares £2, all other mares £1 and the grooms fee was 2 and 6 (to be paid at the first service). The notice was repeated in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger newspaper. A report about the death of Mr. James B. Quinn, St John’s, Lecarrow appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of May 23rd 1896. The deceased was only 18 years old. He was of a quiet unobtrusive disposition. Those who knew him well loved him for his kindness and

genial manner. A large number of people attended his funeral mass. An advertisement for the Knockcroghery Races appeared in the Roscommon Messenger newspaper of August 1st 1896. The races were to be held on the Gaily More Course on the 13th of August 1896. Five races and a consolation race were advertised. A list of stewards and conditions were included. It was stated that a band would attend the races. The advertisement appeared in several issues of the paper. A detailed report of the inaugural Knockcroghery Races appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of August 15th 1896. It included a list of horses and there placing in each race and betting odds. A notice about rates appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated November 14th 1896. It gave a estimate of the rate to paid in each District Electoral Division, the list included Lackan 1 shilling, Mote 1-9, 1-6 and Roscommon 2-3, 2-2 etc. A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated the 21st of November 1896. It stated that notice was hereby given that rates were about to be made in Roscommon Union. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Lackan 1 shilling, Mote 1-6 and Roscommon 2-2. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger. A notice for an application for a Publicans Licence appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of December 12th 1896. It stated that Ms. Ellen Coyne intended to apply for a publicans licence at the Annual Quarter Licensing Sessions at Athlone in the Barony of Athlone Co. Roscommon to sell beer, cider, spirits etc at a public house in Lecarrow, St. John’s parish, Athlone Barony, Co. Roscommon. The notice appeared in several issues of the newspaper. Ellen Coyne, applicant

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A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated January 2nd 1897. It stated that rates had been made an all properties in the District Electoral Divisions of Roscommon Union. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Lackan, Mote and Roscommon. The notice appeared in several issues of the fore mentioned newspaper. A advertisement for a thoroughbred stallion appeared in the Roscommon Messenger newsletter dated April 10th 1897. It stated that “Lord Shannon” the thoroughbred stallion, the property of Mr. R. F. Payne would stand at stud at Gailey Bay House, near Knockcroghery. He would serve a limited number of mares, and the fees were thoroughbred mares £2, all others £1 and the (grooms fee) 2 and 6 was to be paid at the first service. A outline of his pedigree was included in the advertisement, including a Certificate of Soundness. The advertisement appeared in several issues of the newspaper. An advertisement for the thoroughbred stallion “Son of York” appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of May 22nd 1897. It stated that the stallion would stand at stud at Gailey Bay House, Knockcroghery. He was the property of Mr. R. F. Payne. The fees were thoroughbred mares £5, all other mares £2-10 and grooms fee 2 and 6 to be paid at first service. A summary of the pedigree and race performances of the stallion was included in the advertisement and a Certificate of Soundness was also included. The advertisement appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger newspaper. A advertisement for the sale of a farm of land containing 44 acres in Coolafubble, Knockcroghery appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of Saturday 11th of September 1897. It commanded a rent of £36 per annum and all but two acres was in grass. It belonged to Mr. James Beirne and the sale was to include animals and farm implements. It was to be sold at 1 pm on the 15th of September 1887 by Mr. Robert English, auctioneer.

A notice for confirmation of a publicans licence appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated the 18th of September 1897. It stated that Ms. Ellen Coyne intended to apply for a Magistrates Certificate at the Annual Licensing Quarter Sessions to be held at Athlone, in the Barony of Athlone, Co. Roscommon for Said Certificate to entitle her to receive a confirmation of a transfer of a licence to sell beer, liquor, spirits etc. at the house and premises situated in Lecarrow, townland of Lecarrow, St John’s Parish, Athlone Barony, Co. Roscommon. The notice appeared in several issues of the newspaper. Ellen Coyne, Applicant A notice for an application for a Spirit Licence appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of September 18th 1897. It stated that the applicant James Dolan intended to apply for a Certificate at the Annual Licensing Quarter Sessions to be held at Athlone, Barony of Athlone, Co. Roscommon on October 11th 1897. The Certificate would permit the sale of beer, spirits, wine, cider etc. on his premises in Rahara, Barony of Athlone, Co. Roscommon. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger newspaper. James Dolan, Applicant. A notice for an Application for a Certificate for a Publicans Licence appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated September 18th 1897. It stated that Ms. Margaret Gately, Knockcroghery intended to apply for a Certificate for a Publicans Licence at the Annual Licensing Quarter Sessions to be held at Athlone, Barony of Athlone Co. Roscommon on the 11th of October, 1897. The Certificate would entitle her to receive an Excise Licence to sell beer, spirits, cider etc at her house at Knockcroghery in Killenvoy, Athlone Barony, Co. Roscommon. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger. A notice about rates appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of October 23rd 1897. It stated that a new rate for each District Electoral Division in the Roscommon Union 9

had been set. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Lackan 1-1, 1-0 Mote 1-6, 1-4, Roscommon 2-2, 2-1. A advertisement for the sale of 95 acres of land in St John’s, Lecarrow by public auction appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of October 16th 1897. It detailed its location relative to Athlone and Roscommon. It contained a description of the land and contained information about rent etc. The annual rent was £100 and the Poor Law valuation was £95. The auction was to be held on the 28th of October 1897 at 2 pm. For further particulars apply to John Gaynor esq. Solicitor, Athlone or to Robert English, Solicitor, Athlone. The advertisement appeared in several issues of the newspaper. A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated the 18th of November 1897. It stated that rates were about to be made in the District Electoral Divisions of Roscommon Union. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Mote 1-2, Lackan 11 pence, Roscommon 2-1 etc. A Statutory notice to Creditors appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of the 17th of December 1897. It stated that all persons claiming to be creditors or having any claim or demand against the estate or assets of the deceased who died on the 31st of August 1897 should furnish particulars claim or demand in writing to the undersigned solicitor for James Dolan administrator for the deceased not later than the 11th day of January 1898. The deceased was a shopkeeper and farmer and he lived in Rahara, Co. Roscommon. Administration of the estate and effects was granted forth of Tuam District Registry of the Queen’s Bench Division (probate) of the High Court of Justice in Ireland. And in default thereof, the said administrator would proceed to distribute the assets of the deceased having regard only to the claims and demands of which notice had been given as above required. Notice was given pursuant to Statute 22nd and 23rd Victoria, Cap. 35 Dated 8th of December 1897. John M. Whelan Solicitor for 10

said administrator Roscommon and 15 North Frederick Street, Dublin. The notice was repeated in several issues of the newspaper. An advertisement for the sale of a farm, house and licensed premises appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of January 1st 1898. The sale was to take place at 12 am sharp. The farm contained 28 acres held from E. E. Knox Esq. under yearly tenancy at a rent of £29-17. A list of items and fixtures and a description of the land was included. A description of the Licensed Premises was also included along with a list of stock and farm implements for sale. A list of household furniture was included in the advertisement. Particulars and conditions of sale could be had by applying to John M. Whelan esq. Solicitor, Roscommon. The auctioneer was Mr. Robert English, Athlone. A purchaser would have to pay onefourth deposit when declared and five per cent auction fees. A notice about the death of Mr. Jackson from Knockcroghery appeared in the Roscommon Messenger newspaper dated the 8th of January 1898. It stated that the death of Mr. James Jackson an old and respected resident of Knockcroghery took place at his residence on Sunday the 26th of December 1897 after a tedious illness at an advanced age. The internment of his remains took place on the following Tuesday in the ancient burial ground of St. John’s. The funeral cortege which was large and representative testified to the high esteem in which the deceased was held by those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. An advertisement for the Draught Stallion “Lord Shannon” appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of March 19th 1898. He was the property of R. F. Payne of Gailey Bay House, Knockcroghery. He would stand at stud at the stables of his owner. It was stated that he would serve a limited number of mares. The fees were Thoroughbred Mares £2, all others £1 and the grooms fee of 2 and 6 was to be paid at the first service.

A notice about a new Poor Rate appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of August 27th 1898. It stated that a new Poor Rate had been agreed for each District Electoral Division in Roscommon Union. It was set to be in effect from October 1st until September 20th of the following year. The rates were reduced by 1 penny in the pound. The rate was for 6 months. The rates were printed in a table. The rate for Roscommon was 9 pence, Lackan 6 pence and Mote 5 pence. A noticed for an application for the transfer of a Publicans Licence appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated the 17th of September 1898. It stated that Mr. John Beades of Rahara intended to apply for a Magistrates Certificate entitle him receive a transfer of a License to sell beer, spirits and cider in the house and premises situated at Rahara in Rahara parish in Athlone Barony, Co. Roscommon. It was lately licensed for such sale in the name of James Dolan, whose interest in the license and concern was duly assigned to Mr. Beades. Dated 26th day of August 1898. John Beades, Applicant. The notice appeared in several issues of the newspaper. A notice for an application for a Magistrates Certificate to entitle the applicant to receive a confirmation of a license to sell beer, spirits and cider was made at the Annual Quarter Licensing Sessions to be held at Athlone on October 10th 1898. Beer, spirits and cider were to be sold at a house and premises in the townland of Knockcroghery, Parish of Killenvoy, Barony of Athlone, Co. Roscommon. Dated 22nd day of August 1898. Matilda Jackson, Applicant. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger newspaper. A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated September 24th 1898. It stated that Rates were about to be made in the District Electoral Divisions of the Roscommon Union. It also stated that rate books were open for the inspection of rate payers. The list of District Electoral Divisions included Lackan 6 11

pence, Mote 5 pence, Roscommon 9 pence etc. The notice was repeated in several issues of the newspaper. A statutory notice to Creditors appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated October 22nd 1898. It stated that notice was hereby given Pursuant to the Act 22nd and 23rd Vic. Cap 35, that all persons claiming to be Creditors or next-of-kin, or otherwise having any claims against the assets of the late James Kelly, Kilcash, Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon, cattle and sheep dealer, who died on the 4th of September 1898 were hereby required on or before the 1st of December 1898 to furnish all particulars of such claims and demands in writing to the undersigned, as solicitors for Thomas Kelly, to whom letters of administration of the personal estate and effects was granted on the 30th day of September 1898. Notice is further given that after said 1st day of December, 1898, the said administrator would proceed to distribute the assets of the deceased having regard only to the claims or demands of which particulars would have been furnished aforesaid. Dated 14th day of October, 1898. Joseph Burke and Son, Solicitors for said administrator, 19 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin & Roscommon. A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of October 22nd 1898. It stated that rates had been made in the District Electoral Divisions of Roscommon Union. The District Electoral Divisions included Mote, Roscommon, Lackan etc. It was repeated in several issues of the fore mentioned newspaper. A report of a meeting held in Rahara appeared in the Roscommon Messenger newspaper of February 4th 1899. The meeting was called to allow the electors of Caltragh to select two candidates of good character to contest the County Council elections in that area. Every district was represented at the meeting. Mr. J.P. Hayden M.P. was selected chairman for the meeting and the business of the meeting was carried out in a thorough and practical manner.

A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of May 13th 1899. It stated that the Draught stallion “Lord Shannon” would serve mares at Gailey Bay House, Knockcroghery Co. Roscommon. The fees were Thoroughbred mares £2, all others £1 with 2 and 6. Grooms fee to be paid at the first service. All care would be taken to avoid accidents but owner would not be accountable for any accidents. Service money was to be paid on or before November 1st 1899 and the season ended on July 12th 1899. A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated May 13th 1899. It stated that the Thoroughbred Sire “Son of York” would serve Mares at Gailey Bay House, Knockcroghery in 1899. The fees were Thoroughbred mares £5, all others £2-10 to be paid before November 1st. Grooms fee of 2 and 6 to be paid at first service. A history of his lineage and performances in races was included in the notice. The notice appeared in several issues of the newspaper. A report appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated May 13th 1899. It was a report about the prosecution of an evicted tenant. The evicted tenant Mr. James Duffy was prosecuted for 23 cases of trespass at lands of ”Kellybrook” from which the tenant had been evicted. He was prosecuted by Major Francis French. Full details of the proceedings were printed in the newspaper and the proceedings occurred at the Lecarrow Petty Sessions. A notice for the transfer of a Publicans Licence appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of September 16th 1899. It stated that Ms. Jane Dempsey of Knockcroghery intended to apply for a Magistrates Certificate which would entitle her to receive the transfer of a licence at the Annual Quarter Licensing Sessions to be held in Athlone for the division of Athlone on October 9th 1899. The License would enable the applicant to sell beer, spirits and other spirituous drinks by retail at her house and premises in Knockcroghery, Knockcroghery townland, Killenvoy parish 12

Athlone Barony, Co. Roscommon. Dated 13th of September 1899. Jane Dempsey, Applicant. A notice for the letting of a pub in Knockcroghery appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated September 16th 1899. It stated the pub and office required a little repair and the repairs would be carried out by the landlord. The premises could be had at a yearly rent. Applications were to be made to Mr. P. Dempsey, Knockcroghery. A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger newspaper dated September 23rd 1899. It stated that rates had been made in the rural district of Roscommon in Co. Roscommon. The notice was repeated in several issues of the fore mentioned newspaper. A notice of tenders for the maintenance of roads in Co. Roscommon appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated September 23rd 1899. Two roads in Knockcroghery had tenders advertised for them. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger newspaper. A notice about the death of Mr. Peter Fallon, a postman in Knockcroghery appeared in the Roscommon Messenger dated September 30th 1889. He delivered the mail from Roscommon to Knockcroghery each week. He died at his residence in Culleen, Knockcroghery on Sunday 24th September 1889 at 23 years of age. His remains were interred in Killenvoy graveyard the following Tuesday. The postmen from Roscommon post office had a beautiful funeral wreath placed on his coffin. Notice of a meeting to further the movement of the land for the people and to denounce tyrannical Landlordism appeared in the Roscommon Messenger of November 4th 1899. The Meeting was to be held on Sunday the 21st of November 1899. The purpose of the meeting was to promote the cause of the land for the people and to condemn tyrannical landlordism and its principal prop, land grabbing. It was to commence at 2 pm with

speeches from prominent persons in Co. Roscommon. A notice appeared in the Roscommon Messenger newspaper of November 11th 1899. It stated that the business premises in Knockcroghery lately held by Mr. Michael Gately was to be let. Applications could be made to S. St. Lawrence Burke, Roscommon. The notice appeared in several issues of the Roscommon Messenger.

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