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Incitement at Kilrush Pig Fair Leads to Imprisonment in Limerick

In a recent incident that unfolded during the bustling atmosphere of a pig fair in Kilrush, Ireland, a member of the United Irish League found himself on the wrong side of the law. The individual in question was apprehended for his alleged involvement in inciting a boycott against Mr Cunningham, a landowner who held an evicted farm. The ensuing legal proceedings shed light on a tumultuous chapter in Irish history.

The accused, whose identity has not been disclosed, was swiftly taken into custody and brought before a special court presided over by Mr A. M. Harper, the resident magistrate. The authorities wasted no time in presenting their evidence, which painted a picture of the accused as a proponent of the boycott against Cunningham.

In the wake of the evidence presented by the police, the accused was confronted with a consequential choice. On one hand, he could opt for the rule of Bail, which would entail meeting certain conditions and financial obligations to secure his release. On the other hand, the alternative was grim – three months of imprisonment, should he default on bail.

In a decision that likely stirred mixed emotions amongst his supporters, the accused opted for the latter. As the gavel came down, sealing his fate, he was immediately transported to the imposing confines of Limerick prison. The sentence marked the culmination of a trial that had generated significant attention and debate, resonating beyond the immediate boundaries of Kilrush.

This incident serves as a poignant reminder of the complexities and tensions that permeated Irish society during this period. The fervent activism of groups such as the United Irish League and the contentious issue of land ownership and eviction were central themes in the socio-political landscape of the time. The Kilrush pig fair, typically a hub of economic activity and social interaction, bore witness to the collision of these powerful forces.

As the accused now begins his three-month sentence within the walls of Limerick prison, the echoes of this episode reverberate through the annals of history, offering modern readers a glimpse into the challenges and choices faced by individuals and communities in the Ireland of yesteryears.

Manchester Evening News – Thursday 27 February 1902