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NOTES FROM IRELAND., Issue 7942, 25 June 1889
NOTES FROM IRELAND.
(From (Ji’R Special Cokklsi’OMjknt.] THE DERRY CELEHUATIOXS. Many of your readers will, no doubt, bo interested in a short account of the Derry celebrations. The 200 th anniversary of the shutting of the gates was commemorated on the ISth December amidst enthusiastic and popular manifestations, which had the sympathy of, and were joined in by, the entire Protestant population of the city and by thousands of visitors from the surrounding counties. The morning of the ISth December was ushered in by the customary discharge of cannon, and merry peals from the joy-bells in the old cathedral. As the day wore on crowds of gay holiday-makers might be seen parading the historic walls, and the “ Maiden City ” was fast assuming quite a gay and festive appearance. At eleven o’clock a procession of apprentice boys was formed, headed by their governor —Mr John Guy Ferguson—and marched to the Corporation Hall, where they were joined by the mayor, aldermen, and councillors (wearing their otlicial robes), accompanied by the city officials, and attended by the mace, sword - beai'ors, and acrgeants-at-mace. The entire procession then proceeded to attend Divine Service in the cathedral, passing on their way through dense crowds of spectators, who thronged the streets, and moat of whom wore the colors of the siege, or otherwise showed their sympathy with the proceedings. In the cathedral itself, not the least interesting ceremony was the presenting of two beautiful (lags in the cathedral chancel, on the poles captured from the French outside the walls during thcsiigc, the twobauners similarly presented fifty years ago. These Hags, which are of the richest make of pure white banner silk, bound with heavy military fringe and enriched with tassels and f cords of gold, were the gift of the ladies of Derry, on behalf of whom the mayoress, the
ex-mayoress, and two other ladies presented thorn to the mayor, who, in turn, presented them to the governor of the Apprentice Boys, the governor presenting them to the Dean of Derry, and the Dean depositing them in the chancel on cither side of the reredos. This ceremony ended, divine service was commenced, the preacher on the occasion being the Rev. Canon Dougherty, M.A., rector of Buncrana. The rev. gentleman chose as his text Psalm Ixiv., 9, and whilst he graphically sketched in the most faultless and flowing diction the stirring events of the ago which precipitated the heroic struggle at Derry, he was listened to with rapt attention by the vast assemblage of young and old, who crowded every available portion of the sacred building. A banquet in the Corporation Hall in the evening and a display of fireworks at Walker’s Monument brought the day’s proceedings to a close, which had been conducted throughout in a most orderly and peaceable manner, nothing having occurred to cause the slightest ill-feeling or provoke a conflict with those whoso political leanings are in an opposite direction. COERCION. Coercion is still in force in Ireland, and Mr O’Brien, M.P., is still one of its victims. Although under Mr Balfour’s rule several other Nationalist members have been imprisoned, popular interest seems to centre chiefly in Mr O’Brien, who is at present undergoing six months’ imprisonment for inciting the tenants on the Kenmare estate against paying their rents. His refusal to be clad as a criminal has been
highly approved by his many admirers in Ireland, and as lie now languishes in Tullamore Gaol he lias the heartfelt sympathy of thousands of his countrymen. CONTINCED I'KOSI’EKITV. The depression which for a long time hung like a dark cloud over tho land has now almost disappeared, and the prosperity of the country which your correspondent formerly referred to still continues. Trade is gradually reviving. Tho demand for all kinds of agricultural produce is brisk, The prices realised for cattle, pork, etc., are exceptionally good, and with a mild winter and theprospectof an early spring farmers are now more hopeful than they have been for years. In this state of things it is natural to expect that the land itself would increase in value, and that a brisk competition for unoccupied farms would be the necessary result. That such is the case the following instances abundantly testify A farm, containing 28. 1 , acres, Irish measure, at the annual rent of 1.43 ss, was recently sold by auction in Kilkcel, County Down. The bidding was very spirited, and the farm was ultimately purchased for the sum of Li ,025, being about twenty-four years’ purchase. More recently still a farm of 12 acres, statute measure, situated near Ballyshannon, County Donegal, and held at the yearly rent of LIG 5s (id, was put up for sale. After considerable competition the farm was sold for the sum of L 530, together with the usual fees, THE CWEEDOKK TRACEDV, In your correspondent's last letter an account was given of the imprisonment and release of Father M'Fadden, parish priest of Gwcedorc, and of his subsequent declaration to continue the agitation on behalf of the Irish people. The rev. gentleman’s name is still before the public, and Cwecdore is now more famous than ever. The melancholy events which have recently occurred in that part of Donegal, culminating in the murder of Police-inspector Martin, have sent a thrill of horror throughout the length and breadth of tho land.
Mrs Martin, widow of the murdered district inspector, lias been awarded L 4,000 compensation foi the loss of her husband by the Grand Jury of County Donegal, to bo levied on the county at large. A sum of LI,OOO has been awarded to Sergeant Carey, as compensation for the injuries he sustained in the melt'?, which were so serious as to render him unfit for the farther discharge of his duties. Many people arc disposed to grumble at the prospect of having to pay such a heavy tax, which will be levied on the innocent as well as on the guilty : and it will not be a matter of surprise if the authorities experience some difficulty in collecting the required amount. DISOKIiKULV .SCENIC IN' A CHALLJ.. On Sunday, the .'lrd of March, a number of soldiers of the LSth Royal Irish Regiment attended divine service in the Roman Catholic Church of St. I’eter and St. Raul, Clonmel, under the command of Lieutenant Geoghcgau, The officiating clergyman read a pastoral of the Bishop of Waterford, in which the following passage occurred : “ Something on Pharaoh's plan is now being tried with us. Coercion in the most acute and degrading form is applied unmercifully in order to crush the spirit of a high-minded, generous, and faithful people.” While these words were being read the officer called on the soldiers to leave the building. Two of them obeyed, and a disorderly scene ensued. Lieut. Geoghcgau was afterwards charged at Clonmel Petty Sessions with violent, riotous, and indecent behaviour on the occasion. After hearing the evidence, the magistrates held that the charge was proved, and sentenced tire defendant to pay a line of 1.3, or be imprisoned for a month. The announcement was received with applause in a crowded Court, which shows how little sympathy Irish Roman Catholics have with those who approve of exceptional legislation, and what a high regard they entertain for order and decorum in their places of worship.
NOTES FROM IRELAND., Issue 7942, 25 June 1889
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