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THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1,1840



To the Editor of the Connaught Journal.
Newborough, Sept. 26th, 1840.

SIR,
I beg you will give insertion to the following statement of an occurrence which has taken place in Tuam between Mr. Thomas French of Frenchgrove and me on Saturday, the 19th instant.
Miss French having circulated a report among some young men in Tuam, that I said they were not fit society for me or my family which I denied having ever mentioned to her, Mr. French spoke to me on the subject, and asked me if I called his sister a liar; I said I would be very sorry to call any Lady a liar, but was confident she must have misconceived me, or misconstrued any thing I could have said to her, to warrant such an idea.
The conversation referred to was, Miss French said to me, had she met Mr.___, in Dublin, she should cut him in her own defence, but for want of better society in Tuam, she was obliged to know him there. This was the purport of the conversation that occurred between Miss French and me. 
Mr. French persisted in saying I had given his sister the lie, and struck me with his whip. I then followed my brother James, who was on his way to Achill, and did not overtake him till Monday morning, 12 miles the Achill side of Westport, which accounts for some little delay in sending to Mr.French. 
Having procured a friend, I sent my brother, James, in the first
instance to request a reference to a friend on Mr. French's part, which reference was promised in half an hour at Daly's Hotel. Instead of a friend his Father came there, and said he was his most natural friend, on which my brother declined having an conversation with him. My brother still waited for the friend as promised to be sent, until obliged to fly from arrest, as the Police had been made acquainted with the transaction. The next morning my friend, Mr. Joyce went for the purpose of trying to arrange all preliminary maters with Mr. French or his friend, when he ascertained that Mr. French had been bound over to keep the peace at the solicitation of a member of his own family. I now leave the public to draw their own
conclusion on this most strange affair, being continually remarking that he who shields himself from the responsibility of an ungentlemanly act is beneath all further notice of mine.

I am, Sir, &c., &c.
ROBERT BLAKE.


BALLINA CHRONICLE: Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, June 27, 1849


THE WORKING OF THE IRISH POOR LAW.
To the Editor of the Times.
SIR- Since I last addressed you I have visited the unions of Tuam, Ballinrobe, Castlebar and Ballina.- A reference of the map of Ireland will show you the extent of ground I have passed over. In returning here I only travelled about 35 miles of ground, purposely having chosen my route so as to see the most I could of the country and the people. I made it a rule to go into every department of every unionhouse. I believe, with the exception of a few auxiliary
houses, I have been in almost every ward and dormitory tenanted by these unions.
In every instance of inspection since I last wrote, I have been accompanied by the resident poor law inspector; and I cannot express myself too strongly on the kind way in which these gentlemen and the vice-guardians extended to me every facility which could aid me in my object, I was allowed and encouraged to ask any questions I chose-to take copies of any documents in their possession.
To give you some idea of the extent of pauperism which a journey of six days brought me in contact with, I will here state the number of in-door paupers I so far saw with my own eyes. I will then add the number of out-door paupers receiving relief from each union at the time of my visit, as given to me from the books of each union.
In-door paupers in the union of -
Ballinasloe..................3,441
Tuam......................... 2,380
Ballinrobe.................. 1,734
Castlebar....................1,490
Ballina.........................3,675
Being a total of.....................12,719 paupers under roof, to be daily fed, clothed and doctored.

Out-door paupers in the union of-
Ballinasloe................. 4,446
Tuam........................15,308
Ballinrobe.................40,938
Castlebar..................20,006
Ballina...................... 24,503
Being a total of 105201 paupers supposed to be destitute,and fed daily by the above union.From the above tables it then appears that at this time, in only five of the unions of Galway and Mayo, there are 117,920 individuals dependent on the poor rate; of which number 12,719 are actually under the poor law roof. To give you a still further insight into what an Irish union has to encounter, I will
analyse the condition of the 40,000 paupers receiving out-door relief at
Ballinarobe:-
As heads of families:11,000 706 were included 
Dependent upon them....29,000 231
40,000 938 Of the above 3,000 987 were impotent cases;
Having dependent on them 9,000 308
There were ablebodied 7,000 721
Dependent upon them 19,000 923
40,000 938
From the general appearance of the population, from the actual circumstances at this moment of those districts, I am satisfied the above numbers will yet fearfully increase, and that still, then, as now, the traveller's eye will have almost every mile to be shocked with the sight of vast numbers of the peasantry, with famine unmistakable marked on their brows. With regard to the workhouse generally, I can say of them, as I said of Ballinasloe, their cleanliness and order under all circumstances are most praiseworthy.

...to be continued...

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THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
GALWAY, MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 1824


CHARITY SERMON
A Charity Sermon will be preached in the Chapel of Tuam, on Sunday, the
18th of January instant, at the hour of Two o'Clock, by the Rev. Joseph Kirwan,
in support of the Funds of the TUAM MALE and FEMALE FREE-SCHOOLS; an Institution
which, although entirely supported by voluntary subscriptions, has since its
establishment in the year 1816, besides affording Moral and Religious Education,
and instruction in various Branches of useful and domestic Industry, annually
contributed to the Clothing of upwards of Four Hundred destitute Children.
The Funds of this Institution, owing to the pressure of the times, being
now completely exhausted, and the Inhabitants, from the very liberal
contributions they have already made towards the erection of a new School House,
being unable to replenish them, the Managing Committee have felt it unavoidably
unnecessary to make this appeal to the Gentlemen of the County at large, which
they hope will be successful, and will enable them to constitute the advantages
which the Community has already derived from this Establishment.
A selection of Sacred Music will be performed on this occasion.
Donations, from those who cannot attend, will be most thankfully received
by the Most Rev. Dr. Kelly; the Clergymen of the Parish; the Reverend Preacher;
Mr. John F. Browne, President; and by the Gentlemen of the Managing Committee.

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Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, June 27, 1849


Very great attempts are making in most of the union houses to turn the
in-door labour to some account. At Tuam they are introducing a great many youths
as shoemakers. the active vice-guardian, Mr. Bell, has set every hand he can to
some work or another-the lace pillow, the spinning wheel, cutting out and making
articles of linen for the use of the house; wherever he can invent or promote
work, in contradistinction to the stone-breaking farce, he has done it. At
Ballina they showed me sheeting and bedding to a large amount which they had on
the premises. I was glad to see in several of these unions the pains taken in
the education of the children; the schools at Tuam and at Ballina, at the latter
especially, would have done no discredit to the best of our English
establishments.

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THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
GALWAY, THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 1824


CHARITY SERMON
The Managing Committee of the Tuam Free School, have to return their
heartfelt thanks to the Public for the liberal contributions they received at
the eloquent and impressive Sermon preached in the Chapel of Tuam, on Sunday,
the 18th January instant, by the Rev. Joseph Kirwan, in support of the
Institution under their care.
The Most Rev. Dr. Kelly and John F. Browne, acknowledge to have received
the following donations-
Christopher Redington, Esq...............£5 0 0
Right Rev. James Fitzgerald............... 1 2 2
J Kelly, Esq (Clerk of the Peace)....... 0 2 6
Michael J Browne, Esq. Moyne......... 1 0 0
Rev. Mr. R. Rochfort........................ 1 0 0
Miss Burke, Curles........................... 1 0 0
A Protestant Lady............................ 1 0 0
Jas Robinson, Esq (per Mr. Blake)... 2 0 0
Stanley & Co, Dublin....................... 2 0 6
Captain William Burke..................... 1 0 0
Patrick O'Connor, Esq.................... 1 0 0
Henry O'Loughlin, Esq..................... 1 0 0
Joseph Bath, Esq............................. 1 0 0
____ Toole, Esq.............................. 0 5 0
Mr. Rob. Hicks............................... 0 5 0
Mr. Thomas Hicks.......................... 0 7 8
Samuel Potter, Esq......................... 0 2 6
Mr. Davis........................................ 0 1 8
Mr. Evans....................................... 0 0 10
A Friend to the Institution................ 0 4 5
Per Doctor Clarke.......................... 0 10 3
Robin Potter, Esq........................... 0 1 8
Collections at the Sermons.............. 46 1 3
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£66 15 6
N.B.- All future donations will be thankfully received and publicly
acknowledged.
January 22, 1824.
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Galway, Thursday, February 19, 1824


MARRIAGES
On the 22d ult., in this Town, John Prendergast, Esq. of Tuam, M.D., to Alicia, youngest daughter of Thomas Cuffe, Esq. of Creagh, County Mayo.
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THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1840


MARRIED.
In Tuam, Robert Devere Hunt, Esq. Surgeon to Margaret Anne Bridget,
daughter of the late Captain Loch, of Youghal.

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THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Thursday, November 19, 1840


DIED
In Tuam, on Monday last, at an advanced age, Margaret, relict of the
late Mr. T. Burke, of said town. She was kind and charitable to the poor,
and died very much regretted.

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Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, June 6, 1849


DIED.
In Tuam, on the evening of the 20th ult. of fever, consequent upon an
attack of Cholera, James Blake, Esq.


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BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, July 4, 1849


THE RATE IN AID
In pursuance of an order from Mr. Power, Poor Law Commissioner, a sum of
£322,552 is to be assessed upon the several unions in Ireland, in proportion to
the annual value of property rateable to the relief of the poor, according to the present valuation. We subjoin the amount in each union in this province:-
Ballina, £2,228.; Ballinrobe, £2,130; Ballinasloe, £3,384.; Boyle, £1,983;
Carrick-on-Shannon, 1,425l.; Castlebar, 1,249l; Clifden, 499l; Galway, 2,272l;
Gort, 1,162l; Mohil, 1,451l; Roscommon, 1,838l; Swindord, 1,154l; Sligo, 3,705l;
Sligo, 3,705l; £Tuam, 2,114; Westport, 975l.

Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Newspaper Abstracts

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THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
GALWAY, Monday, January 26, 1824


TO BE LET 
Two Hundred and Fifty Acres of the Lands of Grange, lately enclosed, and now in
the possession of Mr. FitzGerald; - As also another part therof containing about
Fifty Acres, called "Read's Park." Proposals (post paid) to be received by the Right Hon James FitzGerald, Dublin,
and John Egan, Esq., Tuam.
January 26, 1824
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THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, February 5, 1824


DEATHS
On Saturday morning, at his seat within a few miles of Tuam, Dominick
Bodkin, Esq. of Castletown.

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THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, February 5, 1824


MARRIED
In Tuam, on Monday last, Mr. Michael Dowling, of this Town, to Miss
Haddican, eldest daughter of Mr. Michael Haddican of said place.

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