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Local Government to Conduct Inquiry on Road Maintenance

Under the direction of the Local Government Board for Ireland, an inquiry led by Chief Engineering Inspector P. C. Cowan, Esq, M. Inst. C E., is scheduled to convene at the County Court House in Limerick. The inquiry, set to take place on Wednesday, the 10th day of December, 1902, starting at 11 o’clock in the morning, will address the final declaration and scheme made by the County Council of Limerick concerning the maintenance of county roads via the direct labour system.

All parties with a vested interest in the matter are cordially invited to attend the inquiry and present their testimony. The announcement, issued by order of the Board, further directs any inquiries to David Roche, County Secretary of Limerick, dated 28th November 1902. M. Swaine, Secretary of the Local Government Board in Dublin, confirms this notice on 27th November 1902.

Council Warns Against Obstructing Public Thoroughfares

Limerick’s County Borough Council has issued a stern warning against the obstruction of public thoroughfares, particularly on busy Saturdays and market days, by those displaying animals for sale. Citing the 10th and 11th Vict., cap. 89, section 28, the Council underscores that such actions contravene the law and will result in prosecution.

The Act outlines severe consequences for those found guilty of willfully causing obstruction or interruption to public crossings or thoroughfares. Offenders may face a fine of Forty Shillings or imprisonment for up to fourteen days. Constables and authorized officers are empowered to apprehend and bring before a Justice anyone observed committing these offences, without requiring a warrant.

The Council’s decision to reinforce these regulations follows numerous complaints from the Corporation, detailing the inconvenience caused by the sale of animals on specific streets. Householders, traders, and residents have expressed their frustration with the hindrances arising from these activities.

To address these concerns, the City High Constable has been tasked with rigorously enforcing the regulations. The strict implementation of these measures is expected to alleviate the disturbances experienced by the public.

W.M. Nolan, the Town Clerk, reiterates the Council’s commitment to maintaining the smooth functioning of public spaces, ensuring the convenience and safety of citizens. The announcement serves as a firm reminder that the Council will not tolerate actions impeding the free flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the city.

The County Borough Council of Limerick calls upon all residents and vendors to acquaint themselves with the relevant legislation and fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities. By adhering to the regulations, individuals can contribute to the preservation of public order and a more harmonious urban environment.

As the Council intensifies its efforts to uphold the law, citizens are encouraged to report incidents of obstruction or other violations, fostering a sense of collective responsibility in maintaining the integrity of Limerick’s thoroughfares. The Council’s unwavering stance sends a clear message that obstructing public spaces will not be tolerated, and those found guilty will face legal consequences. Limerick’s streets are poised to regain their functionality, offering a seamless and enjoyable urban experience for all.

Gaelic Athletic Tournament Ends in Disturbance

A Gaelic Athletic Tournament held at the Limerick Markets Field enclosure took a troubling turn when a serious altercation erupted following an inter-county hurling match. The hurling team from Castleconnell faced defeat at the hands of their counterparts from Tulla, County Clare.

Approximately three hours after the match concluded, a group of men, armed with hurleys, engaged in a quarrel near the head of William Street, prompting police intervention. Subsequently, the brawlers, accompanied by their Castleconnell supporters, paraded through several prominent streets, causing a commotion and displaying disorderly behavior.

The police, closely monitoring the situation, maintained a vigilant watch over the group. As the hurlers reached Catherine Street, a contingent of constables from the William Street police barracks arrived and proceeded to arrest some of the main instigators. At this point, a crowd of about two hundred people had gathered, although the disorderly conduct was predominantly attributed to the rural individuals. Remarkably, the citizens’ sentiment toward the constabulary remained distinctly amicable.

One arrested individual had to be released due to the level of violence exhibited. Sergeant Brenvan of William Street, while attempting to secure a prisoner, sustained a forceful blow to the head from a hurley. Fortunately, his helmet protected him, and his injuries were confined to a scalp wound. Constable Casey also received a head injury from a hurley, though it was not severe.

Ultimately, the police made five arrests, all of whom hailed from the Castleconnell district. The detainees were transported to the William Street barracks and appeared before Mr Ambrose Hall, JP, on Monday morning. The names of the accused are John Carroll, Michael Carroll (brothers), William Galligan, Martin Galligan, and Michael Browne.

As investigations continue, the community eagerly awaits further developments in this case, hoping for a swift resolution and a renewed commitment to sportsmanship and harmony within the local sporting community.

Slander Case Presented in King’s Bench Division

In the King’s Bench Division, the case of O’Connor v. Cavanagh, a slander action, was brought before the Lord Chief Baron and Mr Justice Gibson. Mr Patrick Kelly, representing the defendant, Mrs. Cavanagh, applied to have the action remitted to the County Court Judge of Limerick. Counsel highlighted that the plaintiff appeared to be an overly sensitive pig buyer, and the words in question were: “Charlie O’Connor, you public robber, who stole the timber in my yard.” Counsel argued that the timber, which had been lying in the defendant’s yard for 20 years, held historical significance almost on par with the Treaty Stone. In her affidavit, the defendant denied using those words towards the plaintiff, stating that she was scolding her son at the time and merely requested that the plaintiff not associate with him. Mr Phelps opposed the motion, but the court ultimately granted the remittance.

Irish Party’s Withdrawal from House of Commons Explained

There appears to be a notable amount of misunderstanding regarding the decision of the Irish Party to leave the House of Commons during the discussion of the Education Bill. It is essential to clarify that the Education Bill did not directly affect Ireland; it primarily concerned increased funding for education in Ireland. The version of the Bill that passes in the House of Commons will become the law of England in terms of primary education. The English Episcopacy, including Cardinal Vaughan, expressed concerns about the Bill due to its impact on Catholic schools. They were particularly worried due to an ongoing agitation by a group in England opposing religious teaching in state-assisted schools.

The Irish members were absent from the House of Commons at a time when the Irish and English Episcopacy were appealing for their support in safeguarding the teaching of religion for Irish Catholic children attending Catholic schools in England. The absence of Irish members allowed for the insertion of a clause into the Bill that will have detrimental effects on religious instruction in Catholic schools. The absence of Irish members during those critical weeks will have a lasting impact on Irish parents’ ability to provide religious education to their children in England.

Unfortunately, complex political relationships often obscure the real issues. The Education Bill was a Catholic matter for the Irish people and the Irish members, and the Irish

Party’s absence during critical moments will have long-lasting consequences.

Job Opportunity for Female Attendant

The Guardians of the Limerick Union are seeking applications for the position of Female Attendant (with suitable experience) to work in the Protestant wards of the Workhouse. The successful candidate will receive a salary of £20 per year, along with first-class rations, accommodations, fuel, and lighting. The appointment is subject to approval from the Local Government Board. Interested individuals are requested to submit their applications, along with testimonials, before 12 o’clock noon on Wednesday, the 17th instant.

Calf Mortality Conference in Limerick County

The Council of the Administrative County of Limerick announces a Calf Mortality Conference at the County Court House on Wednesday, the 10th instant, at 1 o’clock. The conference will address the issue of calf mortality in the county, with a representative from the Department of Agriculture expected to provide information on the outcomes of Professor Nocard’s treatment. All individuals interested in this topic are encouraged to attend the conference.

Joseph O’Mara Selected for Prominent Role in Opera

Mr Joseph O’Mara, a beloved and renowned singer from Limerick, has been exclusively chosen for a prominent role in the upcoming opera “The Maid of Cefnydfa” by esteemed composer Dr Joseph Parry. This remarkable production, set to be performed by the Moody-Mauners Opera Company in Cardiff on the 15th instant, promises to be a highlight of the event. O’Mara’s exceptional vocal talents and captivating performances are sure to add an extra touch of brilliance to the production, creating eager anticipation among the audience.

Limerick Echo – Tuesday 09 December 1902

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