According to the Daily News, a recent meeting of the Limerick County Council saw Mr J. O’Grady Delmege, a seasoned sportsman, rushing into the gathering with a request to expedite their business as he had to participate in a point-to-point race within a couple of hours. Boasting a red coat and boots with spurs, Mr Delmege presided over the meeting, insisting on limiting speeches to thirty seconds; resulting in one of the most rapidly-disposed-of agendas on record. Upon completion of the council business, Mr Delmege caught a train to Knocklong, where he started the race, fell at the last fence, remounted, and ultimately won. This anecdote highlights the impressive capabilities of the Irish people, despite any previous doubts or misconceptions regarding their competence in managing their own affairs.
Coventry Evening Telegraph – Thursday 25 April 1901