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Five centuries of local news from various printed sources

 

(Compiled by Declan Quaile)


(First published in our 2009 & 2010 journals)

 

Introduction:

While spending a decade compiling various articles and searching for information on Termonfeckin and surrounding locality a substantial collection of news items concerning local deaths, robberies, public notices and other events, all relating to Termonfeckin area, was accumulated. While not essential to any particular story or article I was working on, I felt that placing them in chronological order would make an interesting pout-pourri of local news through the centuries. Most of the stories emanate from local and national newspapers, the remainder being culled from various publications located in libraries and discovered on internet search engines.   

 

 

c.1571

A total of eighty-four persons were named as co-defendants at the Star Chamber Court in Dublin on charges of riot and plundering of a shipwreck on the Termonfeckin coast. The principal litigant was a Patrick Plunkett of Termonfeckin together with an Edward Plunkett. Other local names listed were, ‘…Barnabe Comiske of Tarmonfekin…Meghell Durnan of Baltra…Wm McGenett of Tarmonfekon…Thomas McCartan of Bewley…’

(Jon G. Crawford, A Star Chamber Court in Ireland (Dublin, 2005), pgs 92, 135, 200 & 422n)

 

1588

“An Inventorie of the goodes of the late Lo[rd] Primate, "mowable and unmowable [movable and unmovable], taken at Termonfeighan" the 19th daie of Januarie 1588, as followeth :-

“In the haggard ...            Item of wheate one ricke of ix feathem de.

                                      Item of oates two rickes of ix feathem, about 40s. ster.

                                      Item of pease one smale longe ricke, 13s. 4d.

                                      Item, one smale ricke of haie, Is.

“Sowen in the grounde...  Item of wheate 15 acres, £1.10s.

                                      Item of beare 3 acres, 20s.

“Garrans1 and cows...       Item of garrans 4, 20s.

                                      Item of cowes 1, 10s. And nether shepe nor other cattell. 
“Beddinge...                     Item, one fetherbedd, 2 flocke beddes, 10s.
                                      Item, two canebies, 5s.
                                      Item, four bedsteddes, 4s.

“Brasse ...                       Item, one smale pott, one kettell, 5s.

“Pewter ...                       Item of platters 8, saucers 4, 5s.

                                      Item, two trounkes emptie, hordes, forms and stooles, 5s.
                                                                                      Henry Moore


(William Lynch, A view of the legal institutions, honorary hereditary offices, and feudal baronies established in Ireland during the reign of Henry II (London, 1830), p176.)

 

c.1590

George Duff of Drogheda, gent. versus Evan Williams and Roger Williams. Concerning a lease of the tithes of Termonfeckin. Interesting details: complainant’s servant was assaulted with a pitchfork while counting the tithe-sheaves, and the defendants, when it was late in the evening and raining, ‘most maliciously dyd forke the same (corn) over the haggard walls into the open street.’

(K.W. Nicholls - A Calendar of Salved Chancery Pleadings concerning County Louth, Journal of the Co. Louth Archaeological & Historical Society (JCLAHS), Vol. XVII Number 4 (1972), p252.)

 

1642

A Party of Horse and Foot of the Garrison of Tradath (Drogheda), kill'd and burnt in the Firs (furze), above one hundred and sixty Men, Women, and Children, of the Inhabitants of Termonfeighin, within three Miles of Tredath.

(Edward, Earl of Clarendon, The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in Ireland… (London, 1740), p351.)

 

1645

Worsley Batten of the towne of Drogheda Esqre. Sworne, examined, deposeth and saith: that about the last daie of October 1641, Hee, this depont, was forcibly deprived and driven from his farme of Ballintragh als. Baltrae in the Countie of Lowth … and that his howses thereof afterwards burned and spoiled… and about the said last daie of October…was also forcibly deprived, robbed and despoiled of corne…cowes and oxen, horses, mares, geldings (and) colts.

(Thomas Gogarty, County Louth Depositions, JCLAHS, Vol. III Number 2 (1913), pgs 167-177)

 

1687

Nov. 16. Drogheda. ...You had need to keep good watch and guard about your house, for they have lately turned out a company of Irishmen out of the Guards, that people are afraid will do much hurt. Parson Barry of Terpheghin (Termonfeckin) was robbed last night and as good as £200 taken from him. They bound him and all the rest in the house. There were six of the robbers with black faces.

(From a Report on the Manuscripts of the Late Reginald Rawdon Hastings, Esq., of the Manor House, Ashby de la Zouch (1947), p398)

 

1724

At a Vestry held at the Parish Church of Terfeckin, October ye 23rd, 1724.

By the consent of the Minister, Church Wardens and Parishioners, it is agreed that a tax of four pounds be raised of the Parishes of Terfeckin, Clogher and Main, for providing bread and wine for ye sacrament and for paying the slaters yearly sallery for keeping the roof of the Church in repaire and for other uses of the Church and Mr, John ffisher and Mr. Thos. White are appointed to applot ye same. Wittness our hands the day and year above written.

Row: Singleton, Rector.

William Hirst, Peter Randall, Churchwardens

Char. Barry, James Brabazon.

(Rev. Diarmuid MacIomhair - Clergy and Churchwardens of Termonfeckin Parish, JCLAHS, Vol. XVII Number 2 (1970), pgs 84-86.)

 

1746

October 1746 - The road from Callystown to Termonfeckin to be repaired by Six Day Labour2 of the parishes of Terfechan, Mayne & Clogher. Wallop Brabazon of Rath to oversee the work.

(Termonfeckin Vestry Book)

 

1766

Pier at Clogherhead.

As an application is to be made to Parliament for a grant of money to construct an Asylum Harbour at Clogher Head in the county of Louth, we insert a list of the ships that have been lost in sight of that promontory, most of which would have been saved had the proposed pier been in existence:

In 1769 (the actual year was 1766 per Lloyds List, no.3142) a large West Indiaman, name unknown, was lost near Rath, and forty seamen buried in Termonfechin churchyard. In the same year, the ‘Tiger’ of Liverpool, of 500 tons - eighteen seamen buried in Termonfechin churchyard.3

(Drogheda Journal, 21st December 1825)

 

1776

In 1776 a large sloop, with wheat, near Rath. Every man on board lost.

(DJ, 21st December 1825)

 

1780

15th May 1780 - Confirmation in the chaple of Terfecken.

(This is the earliest recorded reference of a post-Penal Catholic church in Termonfeckin.)

(Extract from Flanagan Ledgers, Tobertoby, Termonfeckin)

 

1788

Letter written in June 1788 from Spenser Huey of Drogheda to John Forbes, M.P, of Kildare St, Dublin.

Drogheda

1st July 1788

My dear Sir,

As I know you are interested in everything which happens in this place… I sit down to write you a hasty line. You must know then that the spirit of the party which are called the Defenders has made its appearance in this town and neighbourhood, so much so, as to create a very general alarm. This day week at a pattern at Morningtown a party of a hundred who had been sworn passed over to Queensberry [Queensboro] in boats and paraded there for a considerable time, and every night since.

(Moira Corcoran, Three Eighteenth Century Drogheda Letters, JCLAHS, Vol. XXII Number 1,(1989), pgs 29-35.)

 

1792

…Newtown House, a spacious old place and park, which about the year 1798 (the actual date was 25th December 1792) stood a night-long siege, under the direction of Mr. Alexander McClintock, its gallant owner, who beat the beleaguering rebels off at morning light, having shot a great number of them in his lawn; while a lath and plaster closet, where he had locked up all the ladies of his household at the beginning of the fray, was pierced with many bullets…

(Wanderings in Ireland - The Dublin University Magazine (1860), p680.

 

1793

The Catholic Committee of this town (Drogheda) have formed a resolution of visiting during the holidays the several chapels in the neighbourhood to exhort peace and good order.

Wednesday 2nd January 1793.

On receipt of letters from the Dublin committee two of the delegates of this town went to the chapel of Termonfeckin where the priest4 in a pathetic exertoration in Irish impressed the duty of peaceable demeanour and obedience to the laws, when the delegates enforced the same doctrine in English. The congregation were greatly affected and assured the priest and men they would not join in riotous assembly.

(Aspects of the History of Drogheda-No. 2, Drogheda and 1798, p22. Information sourced from the Hibernian Journal) 

 

1796

Deserted-

From his Majesty’s 24th or Drogheda Regiment of Militia, on Sunday night the 19th or Monday morning the 20th of June inst. from Ballyshannon, Christopher Dillon, who had surrendered himself, the 31st of May last to Philip Brabazon, Esq. …He seduced with him James Cavennagh, who had deserted in September last, from Loughlin’s town camp; 22 years of age, five feet six and a half inches high; sallow complexion; round visage; sandy hair; smooth face; sore gray eyes, with a round lump, or stye on his eye, and reddish under it; born at Termanfecan, in the county of Louth; both weavers. …It is thought they took the road to Derry, to sail with a vessel taking passengers to America or that they are gone for Belfast or Newry with like intention. …Whoever secures either of said deserters in any of his Majesty’s jails, shall be paid one guinea over the allowance by law on applying to the commanding officer at Ballyshannon.

(Drogheda Journal (DJ), 6th August 1796)

 

1797

Drogheda, May 25

Sunday evening last a party of the Termonfeckin Yeoman Cavalry apprehended a man of the name of O’Kelly5 (who stiled himself a travelling poet) on suspicion of his being a United Irishman; he underwent an examination before Mr. Mayor…and some papers found on him were sealed up…On Monday morning he was conveyed a prisoner to Dublin.

(Finn’s Leinster Journal, 27th- 31st May 1797)

 

1801

Termonfeckan Charity-

At a meeting of the Protestant and Roman Catholic land-holders of the Parish of Termonfeckan, held in the church of Termonfeckan, pursuant to public notice on the 29th day of April 1801 for the purpose of taking into consideration the distresses of the poor and the most effective means of relieving them.

It was unanimously resolved:

The existing relief to the travelling beggar of whose real necessities we cannot judge, is productive of many evils, encouraging idleness and highly injurious to the poor resident in the parish, whose distresses we lament, and, as the best means of alleviating them, we pledge ourselves to each other to discourage, by every means in our power, the admission  of the travelling beggar into this parish and that we will not, individually or collectively, extend relief to them.

Resolved, that twelve gentlemen be appointed collectors for the parish, and they are requested to exert themselves in collecting what relief they are able for the poor, many of whom are absolutely perishing for want.6

Resolved, that we adjourn this meeting to the 10th of May.

 

May 10th 1801

At an adjournment of our last meeting held this day.

Resolved, that Mr. Peter Flinn be appointed store-keeper, the Rev. Arthur Ellis, treasurer and secretary and that our committee do consist of the following gentlemen:

Rev. Mr Maguire        Thomas Kelly

Rev. Mr. Corigan       Lawrence Reynolds

Philip Brabazon         Mat. Kieran

John Blacker             Peter Martin

Richard Flanagan

Resolved, that relief shall be given gratis from this charity to those poor families of the parish, who from infirmity or sickness, are not able to earn anything, and that those poor families who are able to earn something but not sufficient for their support, shall get provisions at a price to be regulated by the committee, who will meet every Sunday at the hour of two o’clock.

Resolved, that for the encouragement of industry and for the purpose of employing the poor females of the parish our treasurer shall purchase ten guineas worth of flax, which when spun shall be sold and more flax purchased and that the spinners shall get provisions in payment for their work.

Resolved, that our treasurer do apply to all persons possessing property in the parish (and not residing therein) for their subscription, and if the landlords will not subscribe, their tenantry cannot be relieved from this charity.

Resolved, that our thanks be returned to Mr. Thomas Coleman for his liberal subscription.

Arthur Ellis, Treas. and Sec.

(Drogheda Newsletter (DN), 19th - 23rd May 1801)

 

1803

The following extract was recorded as part of an agricultural tour conducted by Daniel Beaufort for the Dublin Agricultural Survey of Co. Louth:

May 23, 1803. Rode about 18 miles through Terficcan with Mr. Ph. Brabazon - observed nice husbandry and fine crops of McGuirk's near the Boyne - his mode of potatoes well dunged, wheat, barley, all amazingly fine. Manure about Rath and Glaspistil etc., with sea sand, from 200 to 300 loads per acre on fallows. Mr. Brabazon manures his fallows with mooring and scrapings - uses a scotch plow of late, 6 horses before - uses horse rake in haymaking and a sledge 6ft. by 8ft. for carrying small cocks to be tramped.

(JCLAHS 1974, p122)  

   

1804

1804…the William of Salcoats,7 lost near Rath, nine men saved, two lost. …she had passengers on board.

The Charlotte, Captain Wilson, lost near Termonfechin, crew saved. The Mary, lost at same place. Capt. Dawson drowned, crew saved. The Denio of Wales, lost near Termonfechin, crew saved.

(Drogheda Journal, 21st December 1825)

Corporation of Drogheda…Resolved that the thanks of this assembly be given to Wallop Brabazon of Rath, Esq. for his humane and generous conduct to the crew of the ship William of Salcoats who was wrecked in the neighbourhood of his house in the late tempestuous weather and also for his conduct on former occasions of the like nature…

(DN, 17th - 21st January 1804)

 

1806

Robbery-

Whereas some person or persons did, on the night of the 16th, or early on the morning of the 17th inst., feloniously enter my Bleach-green at Carstown, and take therefrom one piece of Diaper, containing 31 yards, and 1¼ yrds wide, marked on one end No. 30;  one piece Bird-eye, containing 32 yards, and 1¼ wide, No. 31; one piece of callico, containing 10 yards, No. 39; and one containing six yards and 3-quarters. The callicos are high white, and the other pieces half bleached.

Now I do hereby offer a reward of TWENTY GUINEAS to any person or persons who will, within the space of six calendar months from the date hereof, give such information as will lead to a discovery, and prosecute to conviction the perpetrator or perpetrators of the above robbery; of FIVE GUINEAS for such private information as will lead to a discovery.

W.P. Brabazon

Carstown Bleach-green,8 25th Sept. 1806.

(DN, 7th - 11th October 1806)                

 

1807

As some labourers were digging in a field of Mr. Maguire in the parish of Termonfeckan, on Tuesday last (26th May 1807) they found nine urns containing calcined human bones9 and metal ornaments. They are curious specimens of the sepulchral rites of the ancient pagan inhabitants of Ireland. One completely perfect (urn) is left in the belfry of Termonfeckan church for the inspection of the curious.

(DN, 6th June 1807)

 

In the dreadful storm of Saturday last (5th September 1807) a brig, name unknown, but supposed to be from this port, with bran and glue for Liverpool, was seen going down to the south-ward of Clogherhead, and every soul on board perished. A few feet of her mast appears at low water. It is reported she is the ‘Glasgow’, Capt. McIevers.

(Subsequent reports suggested around forty men from the Glasgow drowned and possibly more from another ship wrecked at Dunany on the same day.)

(DN, 12th September 1807+Drogheda Journal, 21st December 1825)

 

Saturday night last (24th October), Mr. Wright, on his return to Beaulieu from Drogheda, was stopped by four villains armed with bludgeons and a bayonet on a pole, under Mr. Sinnott’s wall, on the strand road, who knocked him off his pony and rifled his pockets of forty guineas, his watch and hat. The villain who had the bayonet struck him on the head and mouth and broke one of his teeth, stabbed him in the back and otherwise cruelly treated him. This industrious man is the father of eight sons and a daughter, all living.

(Freeman’s Journal, 29th October 1807) 

 

1810

Murder, Robbery and Reward-

Whereas, on Friday evening, the 19th of January instant, (1810) about four o’clock, Patrick Taaffe, of Termonfeckan, (a poor industrious inoffensive man) on his return from Drogheda, where he had been purchasing some oatmeal, was waylaid on the road within half a mile of Termonfeckan, and most barbarously and inhumanely murdered and robbed by some person or persons unknown.

(Though a substantial reward was offered for information leading to the arrest of Mr. Taaffe’s assailants subsequent newspapers failed to record whether the culprits were ever brought to justice.)

(DN, 23rd January 1810) 

 

1811

To Francis Bellew Esq. and William Magill, to lower the hill and fill up the hollow…between Patrick McQuillen’s house and Sandpit chapel - £13:0:0.

(Extract from Louth Grand Jury presentments (dated 11/3/1811), Barmeath papers, courtesy of Noel Ross).

 

1813

You are hereby required to take notice that I have planted, or caused to be planted, on part of the lands of Beltichbourne, near Drogheda, in the County of Louth, within the last six months, the following number of trees, which I am determined to register according to law: -

1895 Ash                     100 Balsam Poplar

1600 Oak                     100 laurel

1512 Beech                    50 Lauristinus

1375 Sycamore              25 Holly

1050 Scotch Fir              25 Euonimus

1025 Spruce Fir              25 Lilach

 600 Dutch Alder            25 Laburnum

 355 Larch                     12 Portugal Laurel

 305 Elm                        12 Juniper

 150 Mountain Ash           6  Vs Dogwood

 150 Birch                       3  Honeycomb

 100 Chesnut

 

Drogheda, April 27th 1813.

RICHARD TWISS

(DN, 1st May 1813)

 

1823

Thursday night (13th March) the house of Mrs. Heeny, publican in Termonfeckin, was accidentally burnt by some seeds and brambles being placed too near the fire. A few articles of furniture were saved through the exertions of her neighbours and were it not that there was a wake in the village on that night the mischief would have extended to the adjoining houses.

(DJ, 15th March 1823)

 

Mr. Tattam's Report upon the Waterguard Department at the Port of Drogheda. Drogheda, August 1823.

Sir,

I Find upon my inspection of the waterguard department of this port, that it has the following establishment of officers, (namely):

1 Tidesurveyor, 7 Boatmen, 1 Coxswain, and 5 Tidewaiters.

Of the above officers, one tidewaiter and two boatmen are stationed at Drogheda, and the remainder at Queensborough, which is the boarding station of the port, situated on the north bank of the river Boyne, about two miles and a half from the Custom-house, and one mile from the sea.

The principal duty of the surveyor stationed at Queensborough, is to place tidewaiters on board vessels of charge bound to Drogheda, as soon as practicable after their arrival in the bay, and to rummage all suspicious vessels that come into the harbour.

The extent of the foreign trade for this port for the two last years, has been very limited, the number of vessels from foreign parts during that period, having been only seven in the first year, and eight only in the last; the whole of which were laden principally with wood, iron and barilla.

I am of opinion, it is not necessary to continue the present boarding establishment at Queensborough, and particularly so, as there is an establishment of preventive waterguard officers stationed at that place, by whom I am informed, all suspicious vessels are carefully rummaged upon their arrival in the bay.

I would therefore submit, that the officers at present stationed at Queensborough be discontinued, and that the tidewaiters be placed on board the vessels upon their arrival at the quays, except they should bring up in the river, in which case, it is submitted, that the officers may be put on board as soon as practicable.

(House of Lords-The Sessional papers 1801-1833, Vol. 180 1825, p217)

 

1824

Melancholy Accident-

A melancholy accident occurred in the village of Termonfechin near this town on Wednesday last (18th February) when a poor woman, the wife of William Flinn a labourer, left their two little boys in a house by themselves whilst she went a short distance for medicine for one of them. The elder boy, but two years old, was charged to take care of the other, only two months old. On the return of the mother the house was full of smoke and she found the child in the cradle burnt to death. The elder boy is supposed to have set fire to some straw on which the infant lay but it was impossible to obtain from him any account of the accident. The agonized feelings of the wretched parents cannot be described.

(DJ, 21st February 1824)  

 

Lamentable Accident-

Saturday morning last (5th June) a Baltray fishing yawl was swamped opposite Neptune house (off Bettystown, Co Meath?), a heavy sea being on the bar and the wind blowing fresh from the south-east, when the entire crew consisting of three brothers named Rorke and a man named Smith were drowned. The body of Thomas Rorke was thrown ashore on Sunday morning, the others have not yet been found. They had all wives and large families who are deprived by this deplorable event of their sole protectors.

(DJ, 9th June 1824)

 

The declaration of George Hoey, parish clerk of Termonfechin, in the county of Louth, and of Owen Maguire and Patrick Taaffe, of the said parish, farmers, states, that on Wednesday last, the 18th inst (August), as they were on the sea shore, on the lands of Meagh’s farm (Meaghsland), in said parish, about half past three in the afternoon, the tide being nearly in, they saw a mermaid (as they believed from having seen it described in books) of the full human size, swimming in the sea, and directing its course towards the river Boyne: that it was only  about 15 perches from them, and that they and several other persons saw it quite plain, and that they could not be mistaken; that its body was remarkably white, with long arms, which it frequently used to drive away the seagulls, which were hovering over it: that its hair was very dark, and that its tail , which it frequently showed when plunging, was of a dark colour, and shaped like the tail of a fish. The body of the animal, which from the waist upwards was completely of the human form and size, was generally about three feet above the water. They state that they saw it for more than a quarter of an hour, and when they were leaving the place it was still above the surface of the water.

(The Times of London, 1st September 1824)  

 

1825

A Bristol sailing ship, Swallow of Bristol, carrying a cargo of tobacco, turpentine and palm oil, was wrecked near Rath in December 1825. The following are two contemporary reports of the event:

The Swallow of Bristol, Captain Wm. Adams, with twelve passengers, for Waterford, lost near Clogherhead, all perished.

(DJ, 21st December 1825) 

A vessel of about 100 tons burden was totally wrecked on the south side of Clogherhead, about five miles from Drogheda. One body with several sovereigns in its pocket was washed ashore. A more complete wreck was never seen; splinters and fragments were scattered along the shore for three-quarters of a mile; the name ‘Swallow of Bristol’ being on one of them.

(Henry Boyle - Chronology of the 18th and 19th Centuries, p674)

 

A tombstone with the following inscription was subsequently erected in Termonfeckin graveyard: Captn William Adams of the Swallow drowned on the 2nd of December 1825.

 

1827

On Monday morning last (31st December 1827), about two o’clock, an attempt was made to steal a cart from Mr. Markey, of Glasspystle, near Clogher, by two men, who brought a horse ready harnessed to take it away; but an alarm being given, they ran off, leaving the horse on the road. It is supposed they had stolen the horse, and any person having lost one lately, would do well to apply to Serjeant Kelly, at the Police Barracks, Termonfechin.

(Newry Commercial Telegraph, 4th January 1828)

 

1828

Serious Accident

A most serious accident occurred on Saturday last to the lady of the Rev. Thomas Forster, Bart. Lady Forster, who is on a visit at Beaulieu, the seat of the Rev. Alexander Montgomery, was driving in an open carriage, accompanied by Miss Montgomery, on the Termonfechin road, when the horses took fright, and precipitated the vehicle down a precipice, by which her Ladyship suffered a fracture of the left shoulder, and several severe bruises in different parts of her body. She was conveyed on a litter, in a state of great suffering to Beaulieu and was soon after attended by Surgeon Pentland. We regret to hear that her Ladyship remains in a precarious state. Miss Montgomery was slightly hurt, as were also the servants.

(DJ, 15th October 1828)

 

1833

(The first mention of horse-racing at Termonfeckin strand was a report in the Drogheda Journal newspaper in August 1833):

Termonfechin Strand Races.

These races took place on Thursday last (15th August 1833) and were attended by all the rank and fashion of the surrounding neighbourhood. The first race was for a sweepstake of 3 sovereigns each, 1 mile heats, 11st 7lb and came off as follows:-


Mr. Henry Osborne’s b.h. Rembrandt, 2 1 1 (rode by owner)

Mr. Brabazon’s b.h. Welcome             1 2 2

Mr. Bird’s m. Coquet                         3 3 3

Mr. Pentland’s g.h. Devil-May-Care    4...dist

(DJ, 17th August 1833)

 

1835

Post Office.

We understand that on the 6th inst, his Lordship, the Postmaster general established a daily penny post between this town and the village of Termonfeckin, in addition to those already established between Drogheda, Julianstown and Duleek.

(DJ, 8th August 1835)

 

Return of Mr and Mrs Pentland.

We are happy to announce the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Pentland at their delightful residence on the 29th instant (29th September 1835), after an absence of some months in the north of Germany - and it gives us pleasure to add that they have returned in perfect health.

The occasion was very properly deemed one for rejoicing by the tenantry of their estate, as well as by the numerous persons who receive constant and extensive employment at Blackhall. The neighbouring hills were illuminated with bonfires in token of the joyous event. … we understand the tenantry … repaired to the barn at Blackhall, which had been cleared out for the occasion, where they were refreshed with everything the usual hospitality of the place could afford. The steward (Mr. Henderson) seeing so many merry faces assembled, proposed a dance, which was unanimously acceded to and kept up with unabated spirit until the approach of morning prompted an unwilling separation after all the festivities of the past evening.

(DJ, 3rd October 1835)

 

1839

Late Awful Hurricane.

Newtown, the residence of A. McClintock Bird, Esq., has suffered severely. The entire servants house is a heap of ruins, owing to the kitchen chimney coming down. All escaped with life but some were severely bruised. The old and venerable demesne presents a truly heart-rending sight. Beautiful trees of immense size lying in all directions and the ornamental grounds and greenhouse. The houses of the tenantry have likewise suffered much injury. It is much to be regretted that a good and resident landlord should have suffered so heavily. £2,000 will not cover the damage done. The family had to fly from the house into the range of out offices and it is feared from Mrs. A. McClintock Bird’s weak state of health that she may suffer severely from the fright, cold, &c.

(Drogheda Conservative Journal (DCJ), 12th January 1839)

 

At Beaulieu, the seat of the Rev. A.J. Montgomery, 140 fine trees have been blown down, which, together with the injuries inflicted on the house, may be estimated at £500.

(DJ, 12th January 1839)

 

Incendiarism.

On the night of Sunday last (24th February) some person or persons unknown, maliciously set fire to the barn and stable of a man named Patrick Maguire, residing at Tubertoby, near Termonfechin, when the houses were totally consumed together with a horse and all his corn that he had ready to sell on Monday to pay his rent. Poor Maguire is an industrious and most inoffensive man but he has somehow or other incurred the displeasure of the Ribbon conspirators, who it seems are determined to wreck their vengeance on the peaceable and well disposed.

(DCJ, 2nd March 1839)   

 

The National Fund - (for Daniel) O’Connell.

Termonfecken, Louth, 12l 7s (12 pound, 7 shillings), per Rev Thomas Callan, Catholic rector, a valued friend of the fund, comprising 1l (1 shilling), his personal subscription and a similar sum each from Rev Thomas Corrigan, CC, Pat Brennan, Nicholas Garvey, Patrick Corrigan Esqrs and Captain P. Reynolds; 10l (10 shillings) each from Patrick Flanagan, Hugh Clarke, Anthony Brodigan and Neil Goodwin Esqrs...

(The Freeman’s Journal, 13th December 1839)

 

1840

A Good Landlord

On yesterday evening, Captain McClintock of Newtown House, County Louth, gave a most splendid entertainment to about 200 persons, principally his tenantry, to celebrate the birthday of his son and heir, George Perry McClintock. The utmost harmony prevailed and dancing was kept up till 3 o’clock this morning. The Captain and his lady, with her brother, Capt Knox and Mr Olpherts, danced with the tenantry and seemed most anxious to promote the comfort and happiness of everyone present.

(DCJ, 7th November 1840)

 

1841

The Weather

The incessant rain which has fallen in this neighbourhood since Monday evening (4th September) has seriously injured the corn remaining in stooks and stacks in the field - the greater part of the harvest remaining unhoused. On Wednesday evening the rain fell in torrents, accompanied by loud and repeated peals of thunder, which we regret to state has done much mischief.

At Blackhall, the seat of George H. Pentland, the lightning struck the cow house and killed two fine milch cows. Most providentially the girls left from milking but a moment before and escaped unhurt. The cow house is nearly destroyed and several panes of glass broken in the mansion house. Many persons have been injured, more or less by the lightening, but no lives have been lost.

(DCJ, 9th September 1841)

   

1842

Died, on Tuesday last, (22nd February) at Blackhall, in the 80th year of his age, in full possession of his mental and bodily faculties, Mr. William Martin, gardener. Through life he was respected and esteemed, and assisted in planting the beautiful demesne at Mount Oriel, Collon, and latterly Blackhall, the residence of George Henry Pentland, Esq.

(DCJ, 26th February 1842) 

 

Termonfechin Petty Sessions

These sessions were held on Wednesday last before H Chester and F. Donagh, Esqrs.

Patrick Reynolds was charged with inoculating the children of John Norris, Catherine McDonough and James McEvoy, not being duly qualified by law for practising the same.

Doctor Drew was examined and proved that the children were inoculated with variolous matter,10 but recommended Reynolds to the mercy of the bench as he was a very old man and had promised to desist from the practice in future. The magistrates, after consulting for a short time, committed him to Dundalk gaol for one week.

The above conviction was mainly due to the exertions of Dr. Drew of the Termonfechin Dispensary, whose attention to the poor of that district is highly laudatory. Dr. Drew has used every exertion to induce the poor to bring their children to him, in order to have them vaccinated; which advice was generally acted upon and we are assured that few, if any, children, in this district have not been vaccinated by him.

(DCJ, 10th December 1842)

 

1844

Shipwreck near Clogherhead.

During the awful gale of Saturday the 16th inst (April) the schooner Active of Leith, but last from Belfast, laden with wheat for Drogheda, was driven on shore about two miles to the south of Clogher Head, in a most disabled state, having encountered for the three preceding days, the whole violence of the storm. The flag of distress was flying and the vessel bumping so heavily on the strand that she was expected every moment to go to pieces. The Clogher fishermen, seeing the dangerous state of the vessel, hastened to the relief of the crew, and succeeded at the imminent peril of their lives in bringing the crew, consisting of three men, to shore, where they were most humanely taken care of and treated with the greatest kindness by Mrs. Brabazon of Rath, to whom the Captain begs to return his most sincere and heartfelt thanks.

(Newry Examiner, 27th April 1844) 

 

The Storm.

The entire eastern coast was visited by a heavy storm on Wednesday night (9th October). Happily, we have no serious injury to report in this immediate locality. At the fishing village of Baltray the tide flowed up to and around the houses, so that the people had to be taken off in boats, but no lives were lost.

(Drogheda Argus (DA), 12th October 1844)

 

Melancholy Occurrence - Loss of Life.

On this morning as Mr. Loftus Codd, Post-Master at Termonfechin, was proceeding on a jaunting car, with some other persons, to meet Mrs. Pentland’s funeral,11 the horse in the car became restive near a hill at Mornington. Mr. Codd leaped off and being somewhat in years he stumbled and fell, a chaise and pair of horses, which were closely following, passed over his body, and injured him so severely that he died in a couple of hours afterwards. Mr. Codd was much respected in the locality in which he resided.

(DA, 26th October 1844)

 

1845

Bequests Act - Termonfechin

On Sunday last (26th January) a meeting of the Catholic inhabitants of the parish of Termonfechin and Sandpit was held to petition for a Repeal of the nefarious Charitable Bequests Act.12  The place selected for holding the meeting was the hillock upon which the ancient remains of the palace of the Primate of All Ireland stands, once the residence of the ‘learned Usher’, Protestant Archbishop of this diocese.13 So large a meeting we have not seen for some time. At least 10,000 persons of both sexes were present. Many of these came a considerable distance.

(DA, 1st February 1845)

 

1846

A Good Landlord.

We have great pleasure in stating that Henry Chester, Esq. has made a very liberal reduction in the rents of all his tenantry on his estates of Cartown and Shallon, in consequence of the failure of the potato crop.

(DA, 31st October 1846)

 

1847

22nd January 1847, at Presentment Sessions for the Barony of Ferrard, held at Dunleer:

...The Rev. Mr. McKeown said that in his parish (Termonfeckin) no number less than 500 could be safely stated. They were destitute in the extreme.

(NE, 27th January 1847)

 

8th Feby 1847. Paid in the Termonfeckin Subscription Poor Fund - £2.

Paid a Sandpit man to assist him to go to America.

Paid M Comisky to bury his daughter - 6d.

(Accounts Extract from The Flanagans of Tobertoby, D. Murphy)

 

Attempted Robbery.

On Tuesday morning (9th February) at half past two o’clock, a daring attempt was made to rob the house of Laurence Steele, Esq., Banktown, by a gang of ruffians. They effected an entrance by tearing away some of the thatch and descending into a room in which there was some lumber, when the servant girl gave the alarm, and on Mr. Steele calling out for his gun, they fled. Mr. Steele, on looking out of the window, saw three men running across the field.

On Thursday morning a similar attack was made on the house of Lieutenant Bedford of Island Cottage, Termonfechin. They attempted to enter by stripping the slates off the roof, when, on hearing that gentleman preparing to intercept them, they fled.

(DCJ, 13th February 1847)

 

1848

On Friday (yesterday), the children of Beaulieu school were regaled with tea, coffee and sweet cakes, in the schoolroom by the Rev Mr. Groome. The treat was given them in consequence of their superior answering at the last inspection, when they displayed a proficiency creditable to their teacher, Mr. L. Clarke.

(DCJ, 13th May 1848)

 

1849

Mr. Pentland, a member of the Society, residing at Black Hall, Drogheda, Ireland, informed the council that the crops in that district looked most promising, no potato disease having, at the date of his communication (8th June 1849) made its appearance.

(The British Farmers Magazine, Vol. XX (London 1849), p76. 

 

1850

Vessel on shore at Termonfechin - Humane Conduct of Mr. James Sheridan.

On Sunday night (1st April 1850), at ten o’clock p.m., the brigantine Lance, of Dublin, John Coombes master from Newport, south Wales, to Liverpool, with a cargo of iron, went onshore at Termonfechin strand. Too much praise cannot be given to Mr. James Sheridan of Termonfechin, for the kindly assistance rendered by him to Captain Coombes and his crew of four persons. He proceeded down from his house, when a light was seen from the distressed vessel and guns of distress were fired by the exhausted mariners. He remained for three hours watching her movements and when he found that they were taking to the boat he held up a lantern to guide them safe to a proper landing place, which they succeeded in arriving at half past one o’clock on Monday morning, all well. When they got on shore the boat was half full of water. Mr Sheridan’s kindness did not stop here. He brought the fatigued seamen up to his house, where he provided them with substantial refreshments and warm and comfortable bedding. The vessel is expected to be got off (the beach) after discharging her cargo.

(DA, 6th April 1850) 

 

Restitution.

A few weeks ago it will be recollected that we noticed an inquest held on John Kane, a superannuated (pensioned) water-guard, found drowned on the Termonfechin strand. His watch and money were stolen, by whom it was not known. Since then the watch and £5, the property of the deceased, have been restored to his relatives, through the confessional by the Rev. Mr. P. McKone, P.P. Termonfechin.

(DA, 27th April 1850)

 

Auctions

Termonfeckin, Co. Louth - Eligible Investment. To be sold at Auction on Wednesday, the 9th October, 1850, on the premises of Mr. John Markey’s Grocery & Spirit Establishment in the village of Termonfeckin, the interest in the lease of a comfortable house and out offices, with a large garden attached, for a term of 18 years, from May 1845, at the yearly rent of £7 10s.

Also, the house furniture, &c, of this concern, comprising-mahogany tables and chairs, bedsteads, feather beds and bedding, chest of drawers, deal tables and forms, kitchen and dairy requisites, &c.

The Stock in Trade consist of teas and sugars, spirits, &c, shop fixtures, beams, scales and weights, casks, kegs and barrels, jugs and glasses, pewter measures, meal and oat bins, &c.

(DCJ, 5th October 1850)

 

1855

The Crops in Louth.

A correspondent writing to us on this morning, states that the oats, wheat and barley in the district from Monasterboice to the sea by Ballymakenny show appearances of blight. The potato crop looks well. A field of seven acres belonging to Mr. James Maguire of Sheetland is one of the best he has seen for many years.

(DA, 28th July 1855)

 

1857

Large Sturgeon.

A very large sturgeon, weighing 350 lbs, was caught on Thursday night near Baltray, at the mouth of the river, by the fishermen of that place. It was nearly 10 feet long and one of the finest ever caught here. This is the second fish of the kind caught within the past six weeks. It was forwarded to Dublin yesterday morning, and we have no doubt, fetched a large sum.

(DA, 30th May 1857)

 

1863

The stone containing the Irish inscription in the Protestant church of Termonfeckin was discovered in the church when they were excavating the floor in the month of May 1863. The discovery caused much commotion amongst all the seanachies of the parish and every effort was made by them to unravel the meaning of the mysterious characters. Had poor Ultan and Duffy themselves come back to Earth they would scarcely occasioned such commotion.

(Fr. Thomas Gogarty’s notes on Termonfeckin parish, c1905)

 

1870

Thomas Healy was charged with burglariously entering the national school of Termonfeckin on the 22nd January 1870 and stealing therefrom two mahogany boxes containing mathematical instruments, the property of Thomas Carron (headmaster). The prisoner pleaded not guilty and a petty jury being empanelled, the prisoner was acquitted.

(DA, 12th March 1870)

 

1871

Termonfeckin Petty Sessions.

A man who gave his name as John White, and who was clothed in the garb of a rustic beggar man, was charged by Constable Cassidy, under the following circumstances: - The constable stated that he arrested the prisoner in the village of Termonfeckin, on the 13th instant (13th March) On searching him he found in his pocket a spent percussion cartridge and a black and white piece of calico (produced). The constable said that he was inclined to think that the black rag was intended as a disguise for the prisoners face; inasmuch as he found two small holes on it which would answer for his eyes. He asked the prisoner where he came from, and what he was, and he replied that he was from Cavan and was on his way to Belfast (and) that he followed the calling of a blacksmith.

The Court said he did not see that they could do anything in the case.

Constable Cassidy - We have no direct proof against him.

The prisoner was discharged.

(DA, 18th March 1871)

 

1875

St. Patrick’s Day in Drogheda. There was no attempt at anything like a regular procession (in Drogheda). The band of the Roman Catholic Young Men’s Society marched several times through the streets, playing national airs. At twelve o’clock a body of sailors assembled in Peter Street, and preceded by a beautifully worked banner (with a smaller one in green bearing the harp without the crown) and the band, they marched to the village of Baltray. There were but very few cases of drunkenness to be met with as the night advanced, and only three prisoners were brought before his worship on the following morning.

(DCJ, 20th March 1875)

 

1876

Eviction in County Louth.

On Wednesday last (26th January) the Sub Sheriff of Louth, accompanied by his officers, proceeded to Cartown, to put into execution the decree obtained by Miss Chester, the landlady of Cartown estate, against Mr. Edward Norris, at the late quarter sessions held in Drogheda. The proceedings were of the usual character and were carried out without opposition.

(DA, 29th January 1876)

 

1878

Transfer.

Sirs, You will please take notice that I, Mary Horan of Termonfeckin, Parish of Termonfeckin, Barony of Ferrard in the county of Louth, intend to apply at the next General Sessions of the Peace, to be held at Ardee on the 29th April 1878, for said county, for Licence to sell beer, cider and spirits, by retail, at my house, situate at above, and that I propose as sureties Mr. Peter Moore of Ganderstown and Mr. John Byrne of Termonfeckin. Dated this 1st day of April 1878. Mary Horan

(DA, 6th April 1878)

 

Local Government Board Inspector Dr. Roughan…visited the dispensaries of the Termonfeckin District on 22nd inst (22nd June) and …reports as follows:-

Termonfeckin Dispensary is quite destitute of medicines, some bottles without labels, others quite illegible; a waiting room unprovided with fireplace or stove. Hours of attendance, Tuesdays 9 to 10 o’clock.

Dr. Roughan suggests that a sufficient supply of medicines be kept in small quantities at the depots of Termonfeckin and Togher.

(DA, 29th June 1878)

 

 

 

1881

The New Church at Termonfeckin.

January 22nd

To the Editor of the Drogheda Argus.

Dear Sir,

May I appeal to your charitable readers for some help towards our new church? The building is familiar to many of them, and, I believe, is much admired, but very few are familiar with the low state of our finances. However I am confident that when our case is known many will assist us.

The contract for the mere shell is £3000, of this sum the good people of the parish had, before my appointment, made up £1500. So you perceive we require as much more to meet the builder’s claim, not to speak of flooring, plastering, slating, etc. I am quite aware of the many and pressing calls on the people of Drogheda, but I am sure they will admit that there is not a single charity in Drogheda to which the people of this parish have not repeatedly and generously subscribed. It is the first appeal we have ever made and we look forward to a hearty and generous response.

To enable me to meet part at least of our heavy debt I propose holding a bazaar on the 28th, 29th and 30th of June. Donations of articles for prizes will be most gratefully received.

I am, dear Sir, faithfully yours,

J. Segrave P.P.

(DA, 22nd January 1881)

 

A Sheriff’s Sale Abandoned.

A few weeks ago an abortive effort was made at Almondstown, county Louth, near Termonfeckin,14 to sell the leasehold interest of a tenant named Patrick Heeney, on the property of Mrs. Alicia Brabazon. The Land Leagues of the districts around called out their reserves and there was a large attendance of the people, whose dissatisfaction at the proceedings was so pronounced that the auctioneer, who was announced for the sale, seeing the display, directed his horse’s head to be turned and drove back the road he came.

Heeney’s land is light, poor soil, from which only unremitting toil could wring a livelihood, were it even rent free. All the poor man looked for was an abatement of the rack rent. He was ready to pay £13 for the £19 claimed on the day, but it would not be accepted.

Second thoughts it appears were best, so that after incurring additional cost the terms offered by the tenant were accepted by the owner of the property.

(DA, 14th May 1881)

 

 

1882

Ploughing the Lands of Suspects at Tullyard and Sandpit.

On Thursday (19th January) at Tullyard about 60 well appointed ploughs were set to work by the farmers of the surrounding district on the land of Mr. Peter Woods, now a suspect in Armagh Jail, and also on the lands of Mr. John McKeon, of Sandpit, who is deprived of the services of his son Patrick McKeon, lying in Dundalk Jail under the operation of the Coercion Act.15 Nearly 25 acres were turned over in first class style. The horses were decorated with evergreens during the entire day. The ploughing took place on both sides of the railway at Tullyard. As the trains passed the ploughmen took their hands from the plough for a moment and gave hearty cheers for the suspects.

(DA, 21st January 1882)

 

1886

On Sunday next a football match will take place in Termonfeckin between the Termonfeckin team, Patrick Clinton captain and the Sandpit team, James McQuillen captain. Play will commence at three o’clock.

(Unfortunately no record exists of the outcome of this very early parochial football match played under the recently established GAA rules.)

(DA, 4th December 1886)

 

1887

The Volunteers (Mell) (Drogheda) and Termonfeckin tried conclusions on Sunday (10th April) on the grounds of the latter. Play was fast and furious and vigorously contested by both teams. The match resulted in favour of Termonfeckin, on which side Maguire and Brodigan put in some effective work. Mr J. Walsh, Ninch, was satisfactory as referee.

(DA, 16th April 1887)

 

The Davitts (Drogheda) and Termonfeckin played a rattling match on Sunday (24th April) at Ballydonnell. Play was fast and furious all over the ground, and vigorously sustained on both sides. Coyle, in gallant style, captained the Davitts, who seem to be improving every match they play. After a closely contested tussle the match resulted in a draw; the Davitts scoring one kicked point, and Termonfeckin one forfeit point.16

The Davitts play Sandpit on Sunday at Townrath, at three o’clock - First and Second teams.

(DA, 30th April 1887)

 

Togher and Termonfeckin clubs met on Sunday (5th June) to play a return match on the lands of that sporting gentleman, P.F. Collier, Esq. Togher, having won the toss, played with the wind, notwithstanding which Termonfeckin made first score by a point cleverly kicked by Brodigan straight over his opponents goal bar. Togher was more fortunate next time. One of the Termonfeckin backs, breaking the rules, the referee gave a free kick to the Togherites, who easily scored a point. Play remained so until half time was called by one of the umpires, but on a comparison of watches it wanted some minutes of the half hour, seeing which the referee again threw up the ball and the Togher men, within the time, scored a goal. Sides being changed Termonfeckin scored a few points. For a foul of the goalkeeper the referee ruled a free kick against Togher, to which the Togherites would not agree and marched off the field some seventeen minutes before time, leaving victory to be claimed by Termonfeckin. Mr. Denis Rath, Dreadnought team, acted as referee.

(DA, 11th June 1887)

 

At Drybridge (7th Aug), in the glen of the Dell of Tullyallen  - Gaelic v T. P. Gills (Sandpit).17

This was the swiftest match of the day. It was stiff, stout and stubbornly contested by both teams. Play in the first half, the T P Gills holding possession of hill and wind, extended from goal to goal. Nothing was scored on either side. The Gills, who were loudly harangued by their captain, several times threatened the Gaelic goal, which was admirably defended. The Gills worked the ball time after time into close and dangerous proximity to the Gaelic lines and put the Gaelics on their mettle. It was a great game for the first half hour; both teams showing up splendid. When the Gaelics got the fall of the ground the game wasn’t worth looking at, as the Gaelics, who completely hemmed in the T P Gills, played for close on quarter of an hour, in a reckless, wild, unscientific way in which there was not the slightest particle of judgement. In the last quarter of an hour they made all the scores and within two minutes of time goaled the ball. The Gills never had a look in at any time during the last half hour. Time up the score was as follows: - Gaelic 1 goal 4 points (2 forfeits), T P Gills nil. 

Sandpit (T P Gills) team (21 players): Hugh Woods, Captain, P. Levins, P. McKeon, P. Dillon, J. McCullen, P. Clinton, P. Farrell, P.F. McKeon, L. Kenny, T. McQuillan, T. Kenny, J. McQuillan, J. Whearty, M. Clinton, J. Dolan, T. Sheils, M. Woods, M. Morgan, M. McQuillan, J. McEvoy, P. McDonnell.

(DA, 13th August 1887)

 

1888      

Gaelic Items.

Football matches will be played on tomorrow (5th February) in the Brickfield, Termonfeckin, between the first and second teams of the Dreadnoughts and Donacarney, at one o’clock sharp.18

(DA, 4th February 1888)

 

1889

Cycling.

On Sunday last (19th May) at the hour announced in the local papers of last Saturday the Commercial Club held their three mile road race handicap. The day being very fine it favoured those competing and also the spectators who were down in great numbers to witness the first I hope of a series of road races which were got up by the above club. The race, which started from Braughan,19 was very good, and only for an accident the finish would have been better.

(Drogheda Independent (DI), 25th May 1889)

 

1890

The state of the courthouse at Termonfeckin20 is a standing disgrace to the Grand Jury of the County Louth, and the magistrates in the district should certainly take some steps to bring the matter under the attention of the Lords of the Treasury. At present it is in the most filthy and dilapidated state. There is hardly a whole pane in any of the windows, and the magistrates, solicitors, and others, whose business compels them to be there, suffer the greatest amount of discomfort. On entering the building the smell of damp is such that one would encounter on descending into a vault, and the various law books which lie upon a shelf on the side of the bench, are covered with blue mould; and if requisitioned for the enlightenment of the magistrates they would have to be fingered very gingerly or they would drop asunder.

(DCJ, 19th April 1890)

 

Handball

On Thursday evening last (15th May) the commencement of a series of handball matches arranged between Drogheda and Termonfeckin took place in the ball alley of the latter;21 the players being Messrs Patrick Mangan and Joseph Joyce, Drogheda and Messrs John Drew and James Moore, Termonfeckin. There were five games played, out of which Termonfeckin won three, and Drogheda two. A large crowd witnessed the matches with great interest.

(DI, 17th May 1890)

 

1891

Termonfeckin Petty Sessions (Wednesday).

Licensing Application. Mr. Daly, Solicitor, Dublin, applied on behalf of the Casey Brewery Company for a transfer of the licence held by Mrs. Butterly of Baltray, to a man named James Carroll.

(DI, 18th April 1891)

 

1893

A Visit to Rome.

The parishioners of the Rev. J. Segrave, P.P., Termonfeckin, on hearing of his desire to visit the Eternal City, presented him with a purse of one hundred sovereigns to pay his expenses, as a mark of their esteem and regard. The people of the united parishes of Sandpit and Termonfeckin were the donors of this gift to their pastor.

(Dundalk Democrat (DD), March 1893)

 

County Louth Golf Club.22

The second monthly competition for the medal presented by Mr. Gilroy, of Mornington House, took place on Thursday, the 17th inst, (August) on the club links at Baltray. The day was fine, and there was a large attendance, including many ladies, and the ‘gallery’ at the green was quite large enough to try the nerves of timid players. Mr. Gilroy’s score of 85 is the best yet recorded for the links. Results:

                        Gross Score    HCP      Net

T. Gilroy                  85        scratch      85

N. Gilroy                 101          13          88

H. Searanke            121          30          91

R. Gilroy                   94           2           92

G. H. Pentland         103           9           94   

J.V. Byrne M.D.       117          14         103

J.B. Kelly M.D.         133          30         103

(DCJ, 26th August 1893)

 

1894

Sandpit Sports.

Sandpit Sports - cycling and athletic - were held on Sunday, under the constitution. The day was unfavourable, consequently what otherwise would have proved a most successful and enjoyable reunion was considerably marred, both in attendance and competitions. The surprise of the meeting was the fine style in which Jem Leech of Termonfeckin showed a clean pair of heels to some of the metropolitan cracks. Mrs. Branigan of Balgathern distributed the prizes.

(DA, 1st September 1894)

 

1895

Alleged Overcrowding of Termonfeckin cemetery.

Local Government Board Enquiry.

On Saturday last (8th June) Dr. Stafford, L.G.B. Inspector, held an inquiry in the board rooms of the workhouse as to the alleged overcrowding of the Termonfeckin churchyard. Amongst those present were Rev. J. Segrave P.P., Capt and Mrs. Smyth, R. Smyth Jun.., J. Lindsay C.P.S., Termonfeckin, J. Feehan P.L.G., P. Flinn P.L.G., etc. Mr. P. Dowdall read from the minutes a report from Dr. Callan dated 12th November that a burial had recently taken place in Termonfeckin churchyard, and over the coffin there was only 16 inches of ground.

Dr. Callan deposed that he was medical officer of Termonfeckin Dispensary District since ‘87. He knew the burial ground which is attached to the Protestant church, built in the centre. It is a mixed burial ground. He made an examination of the churchyard on the 3rd June last. He had a man with him to take the soundings of ten graves. There was no supervision of the Catholic side as far as he knew. He knew people could bury there at any depth they wished. At present there was a luxurious growth of nettles and weeds three and a half feet high in the Catholic side and it is almost impossible to walk through it. It is all covered with mounds and therefore there is not much space between them. He did not think any interments could take place between the mounds, nor did he think there was a square yard unoccupied. On the other side there was plenty of space. He knew that since the Chord cemetery had been closed people who had been refused interment there went to Termonfeckin.

Fr. Segrave deposed that he was P.P. of Termonfeckin since ‘79. If the graveyard was closed they would be obliged to procure a new one, as there would not be sufficient room in the surrounding cemeteries for interments. He thought he attended the funerals of at least 95% of his own people. There were 160 families more in the parish now than in ‘49. There had been no complaints of overcrowding up to that time. There are now 380 families in the parish and about 55 of those have burial places outside the parish. There are a few people in Drogheda who have the right of burial in Termonfeckin. There were 19 interments of Catholics in ‘94, which he thought would be about the average. He had a list of 30 or 40 families who had gone away and whose names were barely remembered in the parish. Speaking on behalf of the people he said they were quite willing to come to an agreement with the Church Body to keep the place in decent order.

Mr. Pat Carolan deposed that he was in the habit of assisting neighbours at digging graves free of charge. He had sometimes seen them five feet deep and sometimes less. There are some graves that have not been opened for 60 or 70 years.

(DA, 15th June 1895)   

 

1900

Termonfeckin Strand Races.

This important local meeting took place yesterday (10th August) on the Termonfeckin strand and attracted a large assemblage. There was nothing in the weather conditions to mar the pleasant progress of the day’s proceedings and with a respectable number of entries in each event some very fine running was witnessed. The first event was, however, disappointing as, out of the seven runners, only Shallon and Martello presented themselves to the starter, and the refusal of the latter to negotiate the second hurdle withdrew all interest in the race. The three events which followed produced large fields, and form of no mean order being shown, and very exciting finishes resulted.

(DI, 11th August 1900)

 

1902

Fatality to a Police Officer.

On Friday (7th March) a (Royal Irish) Constabulary pensioner named Browne McCauley,23 residing at Termonfeckin, died from the result of injuries accidentally received on Tuesday night last. It appears that on the evening named he had been in Drogheda transacting business, and when night came on he engaged a hackney car to leave him home. After arriving at Termonfeckin the car turned down a narrow road (the Strand Road) towards the residence of the deceased, when, by some cause or other at present unexplained, he fell off the seat of the car, his head coming in contact with the wall alongside the road, and fractured his skull. He was removed to his house but he never regained speech or consciousness. Deceased had lived for many years in Termonfeckin, where he served in the police force, after his discharge he settled down and lived almost the life of a recluse. He was unmarried and lived alone.

(DD, 8th March 1902)  

 

1903

A Curious Coincidence.

The severe storm of February 2824 blew down the wooden steeple of the Protestant church of Termonfeckin. This steeple, the only one of its kind in Ireland, stood storm and shine for the last 90 years until the visitation of the late storm. However, the day before the storm, an old lady died and by her will she left a large bequest for the purpose of erecting a cut stone spire to the church, and her generous aid will now be availed of in replacing the old wooden spire with a beautiful one of cut stone.25

(Freeman’s Journal, March 1903)

 

1905

Action Against the Drogheda (Louth) Rural District Council.

Mr G.H. Pentland, Black Hall, Drogheda, sued the Drogheda (Louth) Rural District Council for £2 for the alleged malicious injury to his mother’s tomb in Termonfeckin graveyard. Mr. Pentland said - On the 7th July last I went into the Termonfeckin churchyard and went to look at my family tombstone there. I found that the inscription on my mother’s grave was defaced and injured.26 The grave is surrounded by a granite low curbing (sic) and at the head was the marble slab with the inscription on it. The slab was not at right angles or horizontal but at an angle of 45 degrees. The lettering is in lead, let into the marble in grooves. It is the most permanent form I could find for the inscription. About 11 or 12 of the letters of my mother’s name were torn out and others had fragments of the lead lying around here or there. I was greatly horrified. A new steeple is being built (on the church) in the graveyard and I went to the head mason to know if he knew anything about the matter as the graveyard was open some time but he could tell me nothing of the occurrence. This man tried to repair the lettering by hammering but he could not succeed. I then went and reported the matter to the police sergeant and I offered a reward of £5 to anyone who could tell me who perpetrated the deed. (Then) I had the tombstone repaired at a cost of £2.

There were repairs being carried out in this churchyard and the gates were open. There was plenty of blackguards in the village quite capable of doing anything. I am bringing this forward to expose them although I have been approached by men of the County Council who said, by bringing it forward I would spoil the name of the villagers, and who wished to have the matter hushed up. The stonecutter charged me £2 for repairs and it is for that I sue.

His Honour, having read the section of the Act dealing with the case said that according to the words of the section of the Act he was entitled to give a decree for £2 and 10 shillings costs.

(DI, 7th October 1905)    

 

1906

The National Movement in Louth. Successful Meeting at Sandpit, Termonfeckin. Address by Mr. Denis Johnston.

On Sunday last (12th August) Mr. Denis Johnston, representing the National Directory of the United Irish League addressed a large and enthusiastic meeting outside the Catholic church, Sandpit, after last Mass there. The meeting was called by poster to give support to the Irish Party and United Irish League in their advocacy for Home Rule, town tenants and labourers claims and other matters pertaining to the national welfare of the country.

Amongst those present were: Patrick Flinn, John Connor, Jas Cunningham, Patk McQuillan, George Donough, Thos Maguire, Patk Tiernan, Denis McKeown, Michael McEvoy, Patrick J McKeown, Thomas McGuinness, John Savage, Jas Shiels, Michael Wogan, John Connolly, John Finlay, George Tiernan, Laurence Kenny, Frank McQuillan, John Magrane, Michael McQuillan, Ed Pentony, Patrick Turtle, Peter Corrigan, Peter Levins, Patrick Flinn, Richard Wogan, Mick Quinn, John Holmes, John Dolan, Nicholas Myles, L McKeon - Co C, Patrick Devin, James Carroll, Patrick Flanagan, Denis McKeown, James Allen, Peter Flynn, Thomas Carroll.

(DI, 18th August 1906)     

 

Drogheda Board of Guardians.

A Sad case.

Mrs J. Pentland, Blackhall, Drogheda, wrote (to the Drogheda Board of Guardians) calling the attention of the Guardians to a very sad case, that of W. Byrne, son of a small farmer, near Termonfeckin, who was going blind. He had already lost the sight of one eye and the loss of the other was only a matter of time. She had been trying to get him into St. Joseph’s Catholic Blind Asylum, Drumcondrath [Drumcondra, Dublin], so that he could learn basket working, which would keep his support off the rates. But a fee of £1 has to be paid, and she asked that the Guardians pay this amount. On the motion of Mr. McKeown, seconded by Mrs. Branigan, it was decided to comply with the request.

(DI, 24th November 1906)

 

1908

Discontinuance of Xmas Boxes.

Now that the Corrupt Practices Act has come into force, we the undersigned traders are obliged to abolish Xmas Boxes, New Year’s Gifts, and bonuses from this date 27th August, ‘07:-

…John Morgan, Newtown; James McGrane, Baltray; Nicholas Carroll, Termonfeckin; Mary Brodigan, Termonfeckin…

(DI, 11th January 1908)

 

County Surveyor’s Report.

A member of council renews the application for £600 to make 518 perches of new road through Tullyard and Milltown, in Termonfeckin division…

A new road must not be made less than sixteen feet in width, and such a road would cost about £1,000. The existing stop-end (cul-de-sac) lanes in Tullyard and Milltown might perhaps be required as fourth class roads, if they were first connected by about half a mile of new road, so as to provide for through traffic from one county road to another…

A deputation from Milltown including Messrs. Devan, Levins and Woods (owners of land through which the lane or roadway leading from John Collin’s house, Ballymakenny, by Tullyard and Milltown to chapel of Sandpit, cost not to exceed £600, proposed by Mr. McKeon to be opened up and repaired) attended at the meeting and consented to give up the portion of their lands required by the Council for this road.

(DI, 18th January 1908)

 

1909

Drogheda (Louth) Rural Council. Alleged Poisoning of Termonfeckin Wells.

Mr. Thos. Kearney, S.S.O. reported that in consequence of information received to the effect that wells at Termonfeckin were supposed to have been poisoned on Friday night, he immediately inspected same and reported the matter to Dr. Callan, who also inspected them and found them contaminated. By the doctor’s instructions he took a sample of the water with the object of having it sent to Sir Charles Cameron for analysis.27 A dog and two cats were found dead on the morning after the occurrence, and the wells interfered with were those known locally as Trinity, Casal (Castle), Pass, Horans, Mooney’s pumphole, and Conlon’s well of Sunhill, about a mile from Termonfeckin.

Dr. Callan reported: “I regret to have to report that on the night of the 5th inst (5th November) some evil-disposed person or persons committed an offence of poisoning and polluting the public wells that supply the public with water in the village of Termonfeckin. The offence was apparently maliciously planned, as, in all, six wells were tampered with - five in Termonfeckin and one near Molynagrena, or Sunhill. The water was of a sanguinary tint, and quite unfit for human use. I examined one well which had not been disturbed and found what appeared to be a quantity of a brown oily substance, smelling like brown paint and turpentine, floating on top of the water, and a quantity of brown stuff which, when the well was stirred up, gave the water a brownish and somewhat sanguinary hue.

I may add that owing to the kindness of Fr. Segrave, P.P. Capt. H DeVere Perry R.M. and Thomas Maguire, the people are enabled to obtain a plentiful supply of water as these gentlemen have placed their private pumps at the disposal of the villagers.”    

(DI, 20th November 1909)

 

1911

Drogheda Harbour Board.

Military at Baltray.

The Commanding Officer, Royal Engineers, 5th Division, stationed at the Curragh camp, wrote, stating that with reference to the Board’s communication of the 13th April 1910, he proposed to carry out the pontoon training of the Royal Engineer companies at Baltray between 10th June and 26th July this year. He presumed that the Board would not raise any objection, and that their decision would still hold good. Mr. Drew asked what were the conditions upon which the military got permission for these operations last year.

The Secretary - That the pontoon bridges will not interfere with the river traffic in any way.

Chairman - I understand that what it really means is putting a temporary bridge across the river and getting it away in the quickest possible time after the soldiers have passed over it, and the whole operation will not exceed ten minutes or a quarter of an hour. There will be a great number of those Royal Engineers stopping here, and they will bring business to the town. I move that permission be given on the same terms as last year.

Mr. Drew seconded, and the motion was adopted.

(DI, 29th April 1911)  

 

Drogheda (Louth) Rural Council.

New Road Wanted.

The following petition was read:

We the undersigned ratepayers of Clogher and Termonfeckin Electoral Divisions respectfully ask the above Board to make a new road from Balls Cross in Termonfeckin, by Almondstown, to Callystown in Clogher. Those (existing) lanes are in a very bad state with ruts and water most of the year, and as we are agricultural farmers we suffer great hardship with our horses drawing loads on them. If this (new) road is open we can get to Clogher to sell milk and butter and farm produce, and also to get seaweed and manure for our land. And last but not least, we will have a good road to go to church (at Hacketts Cross), for, as presently situated, a good many large families on one side have to go out by Balls Cross, going four miles round to get to their parish chapel at Clogher. Hoping, gentlemen, you will give this your kind consideration, and remedy this long-standing grievance. Signed: - Thomas Cunningham, James Conlon, Thomas Lawless, Patrick Murphy, Michael Moore, Alice Moore, Patrick Heeney, Richard Murphy, Luke Conlon, Peter Murphy Snr., Peter Murphy Jnr., Mary Quail, Rosanne Lawless, John King, Denis Gargan, Mary Gargan, John Marry, John Byrne, Bridget Whearty, James McLeer, Mary McLeer, William Johnson and Patrick Reynolds.

(DI, 15th July 1911)

 

1912

At midnight on the 2nd April 1912 the largest, and now one of the most famous ships in the world quietly steamed past Drogheda Port at a speed of over 20 knots. The RMS TITANIC was en route from her home port of Belfast to Southampton to begin her ill-fated maiden voyage having just completed her sea trials. Earlier in the evening she had been issued with her certificate of sea worthiness by the board of trade and deemed fit to ply her trade when she completed a day of sea trials in Belfast Lough. 
The sea trials had been delayed due to bad weather and this now put the vessel under severe time pressure in meeting its departure schedule from Southampton.                                                                                                
At 2000 hrs on the 2nd of April, now fully certified and sea trials complete, the vessel left Belfast Lough for the last time and turned due south to commence her 600 mile passage to Southampton to prepare for her maiden voyage to New York. The lights of the majestic vessel with her nine decks, standing over 60 feet above the waterline, would have been visible from Mornington beach as she glided her way down the Irish Sea. The vessel left Southampton on the 10th of April calling at Cherburg and Cobh to pick up its remaining passengers before setting out into the Atlantic Ocean where on the 14th of April she struck an iceberg and was lost.
(Letter submitted to Drogheda Independent of 28th March 2012 by Paul Fleming, Chief Executive, Drogheda Port Company.)

 

1914

Irish National Volunteers. Muster of Drogheda Corps. Battalion Drill and Inspection.

On Sunday last (30th August) a large muster of the Drogheda, Tullyallen, Clogherhead and Termonfeckin Corps of the Irish National Volunteers took place at Mr. Ledwith’s field, Newtown Cross, where the various companies were put through battalion drill. The men were inspected by Sergeant Major McGrory, Chief Inspector of the Volunteers for County Meath. The Drogheda battalion with the Tullyallen contingent assembled at the Mall, Drogheda, at 3 o’clock, where they were soon got into marching order, and headed by the Drogheda Brass and Reed and the Colonel Leonard Fife and Drum Band proceeded via Shop Street, Laurence Street and the Chord road to Newtown Cross, where they were joined by the corps from Termonfeckin and Clogherhead. Forming up on the Mall and marching through the town the men attracted a considerable amount of attention, and there was much favourable comment on their military bearing and the speedy manner in which the preliminary portion of the day’s evolutions were carried out.

At the ground the entire company, numbering some 1,100, were put through the various phases of battalion drill by Sergeant Major McGrory, and the subordinate officers and the various companies and their officers desire much credit for the manner in which the drill was carried out. After some two hours battalion drill the contingent marched back showing but little fatigue after a hard afternoon’s work, and the ranks were dismissed at the Mall. The Volunteers were followed to Newtown by a very large crowd of the townspeople, who watched the proceedings with much interest.

(DI, 5th September 1914)

 

1915

Private Peter McDonnell of Termonfeckin,28 a member of the 88th Connaught Rangers, has returned to his native home from the front wounded. He was in the fighting at Ypres and went through several hard fought fights. His hands were all scarred with bayonet thrusts. On 2nd December (1914) he was in the trenches (and) being anxious to know how matters were proceeding he took a look over the brow of the trench. No sooner had he done so than a German sniper fired at him. The bullet struck him in front of his cap from which it was directed by the brass badge of his regiment, and glancing off it, passed down his forehead and face, making an ugly wound. Poor Peter fell unconscious, and there he lay from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. the same day, when he was picked up and carried to a field hospital at the rere. He is fast recovering strength and hopes to rejoin his regiment in a few days.

(DD, 20th January 1915)   

 

1920

Termonfeckin’s Turn.

It is reported that Termonfeckin police barrack, vacated some time ago, has been burned down, together with the dispensary building adjoining the barrack and the stock of medicines therein.29

(DD, 10th July 1920)

"While in County Louth I was informed of a proposed plan to burn all the coastguard stations on the coast, as it was rumoured they were to be occupied by the Black and Tans. A man was sent specially down from I.R.A. Headquarters to direct the operations of the I.R.A., while I took charge of the Cumann na mBan co-operation. 
The stations at Blackrock, Clogherhead, Glasslough(?) and Termonfeckin were successfully burnt to the ground. 
At the last mentioned place [Termonfeckin] we were surprised by the Black and Tans who arrived in lorries just as the building was alight. I was present, and the volunteers and myself, realising the danger, made a getaway from the fire which was opened by the Tans. Not knowing any house in the vicinity, I sought refuge in the presbytery. It was very late at night. I said to the priest who answered my knock that, as a Catholic, I sought refuge. He brought me in, called his housekeeper out of bed and I was allowed to stay there until the danger was passed. 
...I felt that the priest associated me with the orgy of firing that was going on outside and although he did not seem too sympathetic he gave me refuge and saved my life. At that time I had no contact in Termonfeckin and, accordingly, had no friendly house to go to."
(From Bureau of Military History's Statement of Witness held in Military Archives (Cathal Brugha Barracks), the above statement was given in 1950 by Ms Brighid O'Mullane, who was Organiser for Cumann na mBan from 1917 and member of Executive of G.H.Q., Cumann na mBan from 1918. 
The files can be viewed at www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie.) 
Note 1: As there was no coastguard station at Termonfeckin it is more than likely the burning of the courthouse, or possibly the R.I.C. barracks in the village which Ms. O'Mullane was referring to. Both events occurred in July 1920. 
Note 2: The coastguard station at Queensboro was burned in June 1921.
Note 3  The priest mentioned was Fr. Thomas McCulla, parish priest of Termonfeckin from 1910 to 1946.
Note 4: It is unclear as to why she includes Glasslough in the Co. Louth list.

 

1921

Sensational Round-up in Drogheda.

Drogheda was the scene of a round-up of a rather sensational character on Sunday evening last (23rd January) when a number of lorries of Crown forces descended on a party of youthful merry-makers and made several arrests. It appears that at about 4 o’clock a cross-roads dance was in progress at Beaulieu bridge and the sweet strains of a melodian and some mouth organs attracted a large crowd. It is presumed that the gathering was observed from the far side of the river at Mornington by a party of Crown forces out on patrol and was mistaken for a party of young men drilling. At any rate, it is stated that several lorries of military and auxiliary police proceeded up the Marsh Road, crossed Mary’s bridge and went down the Boyne road (towards Baltray). The merry-making of the dancers and onlookers alike was rudely interrupted by the appearance of these troops and the peremptory order ‘Hands up!’ The party, which include several children, was divided and female members and the children ordered home, while the males were subjected to a thorough search. When the search was concluded the prisoners were marched to Millmount barracks, where they are still confined. Reports differ as to the exact number of the prisoners, some saying thirty-eight and others twenty-five, but at any rate it is in the vicinity of thirty.

(DI, 29th January 1921)

 

On Monday (30th May) Crown forces visited the Termonfeckin and Clogherhead districts and seized bicycles from several residents. The usual official receipt was given for the machines taken..

(DI, 4th June 1921)

   

On Wednesday 22nd June, Queensboro coastguard station was held up by armed men. The occupants were ordered to leave before the building was set on fire. The raiders, it is stated ,were most courteous and assisted the coastguards to carry out practically all their furniture and other belongings to a place of safety before setting fire to the place.30

(DI, 25th June 1921)

 

Trees Felled near Drogheda.

On Saturday night or Sunday morning (9th/10th July) a huge tree was felled and flung across the road at Cannonstown, about half way between Drogheda and Termonfeckin. A similar obstruction was placed on the road from Termonfeckin to Baltray and a telegraph pole was cut and the wires deranged also in the vicinity. This caused considerable inconvenience to the hundreds of people who were making for the seaside and only those on bicycles succeeded in getting through. On Sunday night, a number of men were commandeered in Drogheda by Crown Forces and compelled to remove the obstruction.

(DI, 16th July 1921) 

1922
On Sunday night (9th/10th July) the railway bridge at Galroostown was partly blown up, the down line being rendered useless and no trains ran to or from Dundalk on Monday. A breakdown gang was rushed to the scene and the damage temporarily repaired, so that by Tuesday the usual trains were run on a single line.
(DI, 15th July 1922)

About 2 o'clock on Tuesday morning (24th October) a loud explosion was heard by many people... and as the day advanced it was learned that during the night the bridge over the stream at Termonfeckin was blown up. The bridge is almost completely destroyed, two arches being blown away, and the main road from Drogheda to Termonfeckin and Clogherhead rendered impassable for all except cyclists and pedestrians.
It was also learned on Tuesday that the road bridge at Blackstaff, Sandpit had been destroyed during the previous night. This means that the wide district of Sandpit, Termonfeckin, Clogherhead and Togher are practically isolated as far as vehicular traffic is concerned , and this at the very season when the year's harvest would be brought into Drogheda for sale.
(DI, 28th October 1922)

Margaret Carroll's house was damaged on 24th October when Irregular forces set off a bomb to destroy the bridge at Termonfeckin. A month later her house was raided and goods taken by Irregulars.
(www.nationalarchives.ie)

Also on 24th October James Patton's public house was damaged by the same explosion and his property entered and looted. Cigarettes and other goods were carried off while a receipt was given by 'the South louth I.R.A.'!
(DD, 15th December 1923) 

24th October. The much vaunted 'Napper' McVeigh was at last caught. Along with a youth named Winters he was captured by national troops in a farmhouse at Sandpit. After his bomb-throwing incident at Donor's Green, Drogheda in July he had swam the river Boyne to escape capture and was high on the list of wanted men.
(DI, October 1922) 

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1.  Garrans is an ancient word used to describe work horses.

2.  An Act passed in 1613 placed responsibility for road maintenance on the civil parish. The legislation required all landowners, tenants, labourers and cottiers to give six days free labour annually for road repair and building, using equipment supplied by the parish through the parish vestry, which in turn levied the parish for funds. From 1710 the labour season ran from Easter to 1st August. Six day labour was discontinued after 1760 when Grand Juries assumed responsibility for funding road maintenance through the collection of a County Cess. (from Byrne’s Dictionary of Irish Local History)

3.  Regarding the shipwrecks, the following information was noted in Edward J. Bourke’s, Shipwrecks of the Irish Coast -Vol. 2 (1998), p43:‘The Tyger was wrecked at Drogheda bar on 24/2/1766. The ship and eleven men aboard were lost. Some cargo was saved. The voyage was Jamaica to Liverpool. Her captain was Amery.’

4.  The parish priest of Termonfeckin in 1793 was Fr. James Corrigan.

5.  Possibly Patrick O’Kelly, born in 1754 in Loughrea, Co. Galway, who published some volumes of English verse, including - Killarney (1791) and Giant’s Causeway (1808).

6.  Famine conditions (including a partial potato famine) prevailed throughout much of Ireland in the years from 1799 to 1801. Some editions of the Drogheda Newsletter from 1801 indicate that Indian meal (maize) was being imported into Drogheda, with the newspaper even offering suggestions on how to prepare it for consumption.

7.  Saltcoats is a port in Ayrshire on the western coast of Scotland.

8.  A bleach green was an area where linen was bleached. ‘Bleachers operated in a special workplace called a bleach green or a bleach yard. The brown linen was mixed with chemicals and then boiled in water. It was then placed out on the grass slopes of the bleach green to dry in the sun before the process was repeated until the cloth was pure white.’ (www.linenireland.org)

9.   Bones that have been burned to ashes. These urns were probably from Neolithic times and were usually discovered upside down and underneath a large stone.

10. Of, relating to, or affected with smallpox.

11. Rebecca, wife of George H. Pentland of Blackhall, died at Cowslip Lodge, Mornington, on 22nd October 1844.

12. The Charitable Bequests Act (1844) was part of the programme of reforms by which Robert Peel's government attempted to win over moderate Catholic support. It sought to facilitate legacies for Catholic religious or charitable purposes, previously subject to control by an overwhelmingly Protestant board.

13. As the Primate’s Castle was situated to the south of the Ballywater river it is likely the crowd congregated at Thunderhill, close to where the present day castle is situated.  

14. Patrick and Lizzie Heeney are recorded at Curstown townland on the 1911 Census. They lived at the south end of Curstown Lane where Mike and Eileen Gargan lived up to recent times. Almondstown, the adjacent townland, would appear to be listed in the report in error.

15. The Protection of Person and Property Act 1881. Land League members resisted evictions during the Land War (1879-1882), resulting in enforcement of evictions by court judgements for possession that were carried out by the R.I.C. Murders of some landlords, their agents and policemen, as well as attacks on witnesses and on their property and animals, all occurred as reprisals for evictions. After the Coercion Acts were passed Crown forces  were often deployed to back up the police, restore law and order and enforce evictions. Peter Woods was released from Armagh Jail on 27th March 1882.

16. A forfeit point was awarded to the opposition when a defender kicked the ball over his own end line. Forfeit points were counted when the scores were level at the end of the game.

17. The Sandpit team was named after Thomas Patrick (T. P.) Gill (1858 1931). Born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary he was a prominent member of the Irish Parliamentary Party in the late 19th and early 20th century and an MP  in the British House of Commons representing the south Louth constituency unopposed from 1885 to 1892.

18. The Brickfield was a large field at Tobertoby, to the east of Rath House.

19. At the promenade at Baltray, where the 20th Store was situated.

20. This building is now the residence of the Hynes family.

21. The handball alley was situated in what is now the car park of The Waterside (formally Pattons) adjacent to the bridge.

22. The Irish Golfer journal of 21st February 1900 noted: In the Spring of 1892 G. H. Pentland discovered the present links and invoked the aid of Tom Gilroy, who at once realized their capabilities, a meeting was called in Drogheda on 11th October 1892 and Co. Louth Golf Club was established. Mr. Tom Gilroy was elected Captain and G. H. Pentland was elected Hon. Secretary and Treasurer.

23. The 1901 census records him as John Brown McCauley, aged 60, a Roman Catholic born in Co. Antrim. 

24. The storm actually occurred on the early morning of 27th February per details from Drogheda Independent.

25. The old lady was Elizabeth Jane Brabazon of Rath House who died in Nice, France on 18th March 1903, nearly three weeks after the storm! However her will did provide £3,500 for the building of a stone tower and spire for St. Fechins church.

26. The inscription read: Sophia Mabella Pentland died Aug. 17 1897 aged 81 years.  

27. Sir Charles Alexander Cameron (1830 - 1921) was an Irish physician, chemist and writer prominent in the adoption of medical hygiene. He was in charge of the Public Health Department of Dublin Corporation for over fifty years .

28. Son of  Marianne McDonnell of Canonstown, Termonfeckin and aged seven in the 1901 census, he appears to have survived the Great War as he is not included in Donal Halls The Unreturned Army - County Louth Dead in the Great War 1914 - 1918 (Dundalk, 2005). He was the younger brother of John McDonnell, who was killed in action, also at Ypres, on 31st October 1914. 

29. The burnt building was the courthouse and dispensary building on Big Street, now the residence of the Hynes family. The incident occurred on the night of the 6th July 1920.

30. In October 1921, the Lord High Admiral claimed £5,100 for the burning of the Station at Queensboro. The judge reserved his decision on payment, as sufficient evidence had not been produced that The Admiralty intended to rebuild the station.

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