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Irish News.

Antrim. — Thirty-five tenant* on the estate of M^jor Rowan, near Ballymena, have unanirnou-ly decide 1 to accept their lmdlord's proposal to sell them thiir h.>l lings at 20 years' purchase at Government valuation, exclusive ot h 'uses.

At a meeting of the t< nan»iy of Sir Richard W illaee, in Lisburn, a depu'atinn wis appointed t > confer with th: age^r, Mr CiDrou. H<; reci-iv< d the dcpu* tti. n. and iv lnp'v to their qu-siion w e her Sir ichard would prefer a private re-valuation ot tb>> le lseh -Id lands, or that the tenants a oul.l appeal to the Land 0 >ur<, aii 1 that Sir Richard would be happy to nar-et the n, as on a former occasion, and try to arrive at an amicaole settlement.

CAYAW — A Belturbe' correspondent says the special tran from the Nationalist meeting at Enmskillen to lones win attacked there by Orangemen, stones being; thrown and shots fired ; also tbat at Ba'linamallird the Orangemen stopped a car of people going to the same meeting, rendering them late for the train.

At a special court held under the Crimes Act at Clonlara, befoie J. B. Irwin, R.M., and Major Rilleston. Thomas O'Grady and his wife, and Michael Lane were committed to prison for one month each, for an alleged assault oa Cap'ain Croker, Slieiiff of Clare, a 1 1 an assault on the police at the recent evicion at Arduacrusha, The fact is they were simply resisting the evictors.

Cork.— Father Collins, CO., Castlemagner, anl Father O'Ke* 0.C., Kilbrin, felt it their duty, to warn the Nationalists of Duhallow of the presence there of a visitor who represented himself in gushing sympathy with their ciuse, an 1 as a r- j s:ionsi ble South An;ricin inquirer into th°ir grievances. The circuins'anccs of his pre^'nc'' at and sudden disappearance from Fa h^r C >llins' house nave created a distinct impression that he is Balfour's em'sstry.

Donegal. — The announcm *nt th it the Government grant of £1000 towards the extension of the technical teaching of the D neg tl Industrial Fund passed the House of Commons unopposed cloi'd a controversy which has been too long 1 protected, bur whicb is not without utility and has an ob.'ious moral. Th > triliry of th* discussion lies in the demonstration whijn it has one-; more afihrded, that the peasantry and the Catholic priesthood of Donegal are alike anxious to support any well-conceived t Sorts at pi -nnng indu-tries however moderately remunerative, in their midst ; that the people are labourious, industrious, and honest.

A crowded meeting of the Donaghmore Natio al League was held recently, Father Morris in the chair. The rev gentleman congratulated the members on having turned out in snch large numbers. Such meetings plainly showed how imp >ss ble it was for the Government to suppress the organisation. Tbe following resolution was passed : — "That we condemn and denounce the Govemm-nt in thdr attempt' to suppress the National League, and we off t our congratulations to those branches who hive mm fully held their meetings despite the Balfour proclamation and police. 1 '

Dowx.— A young man named James McNeill was sent forward for trial at the next Quarter Sessions, charged with firing shots at a Protestant band near Rathfnland.

At a Nationalist demonstration, Portafery. this County. Captain Lestrange, R.M., and about 30 constables were piesent. An altercation took place between the priest of the parish, Rev. Mr. McEvory, and the Resident Magistrate, as to allowing a G iverumcnt leporter on the platform, the priest stating that if the police entered his private grounds he would shut the gates on them. He, however, undertook to protect a shorthand writer if placd under his protection. This was agreed to, and the police retired from the meeting. There was no disturbance.

Dublin.— The Organising Committee of the Irish National League held a meeting recently in Leinster Hi'l, Dublin, to protect against the a'fack on the liberty of the Pres*. implied iv tbe prosecution of Mr. O'Brien and the Lord Mayor of Dubtm.

The offices of the Irish Land Commission in Upper Merrion street, Dublin, were kept open until midnight o . the last day of filing notices, to afford the latest moment to those team s to theii originating notices who desired by coming in before the 29th to huve their judicial rents date from that gale day. Oa September 28 there were 5,150 applications served by leaseholders under form 79, and 1,361 applications from the ordinary yearly tenants under form 27, seeking to have a fair rent fixed, making a total received on the day of 6,511. From September 1 to the 29th inclusive, there were received at the offices 9,fi56 applications under form 79, miking a total for that period of 15,177. The Land Commissioners u*vd submitted to the Lord Lieutenant for approval the names of six'y-two gentlemen who are to a .it as court valuers under the new Act. There are already seventeen investigators at work in the country.

A Dublin correspondent writes :— " Forty years ago Ir land shipped to England on an average during twenty years, 20,00>>.0i)0 bushels of wheat a year — enough to feed England and Scotland for three months in each year. Had iielaiid not been a wheat-growing country hhe could not nave arcompli-hed such a work hs that. Wh.n Irish agriculture was protected Ir. land prospered. Under so-called Freetrace she is ruined, and all the remedial legislation England can give her will not bring back financial prosperity in the absence of import dunes. lielaud iv 1821 not o1o 1 ly grew food sufficii-ut to feed three times the population thai she did in 1725, but she «xported abuve thiny times the value of giain and six times the valur of catile. In the piesence < f s eh evidence as this Leland can surely oe again established as a wheat-growing country. The cvidei cc .ils-o justifies the answer to those who preach up emigratioa as a remedy ior present evils that the man must be wilfully blind who says that Ireland must be depopulated to be enriched !"

GAI/WAY. — At Loughrea the licenses of eight publicans, including that of Mr. Sweeney, secretary of the local branch of the National League, were refused for declining to supply refreshment to policemen on the occasion of the evictions last February. Licenses were gi anted to two young men who promised t& supply everybody in future.

A m st heartless proceeding was enacted ah the instigation of the agert of the Ma-qms of cla'incarde. Immedi-ite'y after the fuueral ot young Lirkin, one of tne Woo dord prisuuers, and whea the father of the ie e,is d was returning fiora Kilke mv, ne wis served with a notice of ej ctm^nt. A brief penod might have been allowed to elap-e beiwe;n the funeral of. the jouug mau an I thu service ot the ejectment no ice.

Tne n.imu>g of the new bridge over the Claddagh, at Gal way, appe-ud to exercise the minds of the local To-vn Commissioners. At a special meeting held recently, to cmsider the q wstion of nomenclature, one member sugge-^te 1 t lat it should be ctlled " Gia Istoue " Bridge, a-uoiher " Parneli " Budge, a thir i, •' Grattau " Budge, a fourth, " Wiu. O'Brien" Biidge ; but to all of these a fifth cjmmissioner objected, insisting that it should be named " the Campbell" Bridge, after the gentleman who bad bjen so largely instrumental in bringing its construction about. He added that if " Gladstjne "or any other English name were inscribed on the bulge, he would go and break it off with a hatchet. The meeting separated without arriving at any decision.

Kik«'s County. — After a lapse of seven years the Bannagber distillery has reopened ; nearly luO men are employed. O.i account of thi^ aud other works there is some talk of running a line of steamers trom Baun gher down the Shannon. Several meetings have already been hel 1 by men of influence.

Leituim — A man, about 45, close' y shaven, and who describes himseit as a Freuch doctor, has bean trying recently to wire his way into the conri iencd ot S)moof tue Leitrtm mjmbjrs of the L a^uu.

LiMriKtCK — The result of the iniermadiate examination in the extensive -cv iols of th j Curistian Brothers in Lunericti, Lias bde i a brilliant success ia every depaitm^ntot science, cUssics, languages, etc. The result is creditable to all concerned.

Six of the H^rbertsto-vn tenants who had been imprisoned under the Crimes Act toi reststiug eviotio i were release t trom tue Oouuty G<t<jl, Limerick. They were met by a large crowd and two bands, and a procession was formed wnicu paraded the streets. lv Ca hedral Square, Limerick, Rev. Matthew Ryaa addressed the people and deuouueed ihe Government for the AlitcheUtown massacre, saying tuat the blood of the victims cried to Heaven for vengeance. The piocession then proceeded to Herbertstown. A i.eague meeting was held at Abbeyteale, near Castleisland, at which Rev. Mr. Casey (Aboeyfeale), Professor Stuart, Mecsrs. Mahony ajd Rowntree, M.,P.'s. Miss Cobbett, Rev. Mr. Harrington (Listowel), aud Rev. Mr. Walsh delivered addresses. The Chairman told the people that he would couuuue to hold the mee;ings of tne League in spite of Balfour's Coercion Act. Mr. Matuny exported them 10 abstain from outrages, as tLeir only means ot obtaining legislative independence. Professor Stuart proposed a resulutiou ttunkmg the Buiisn democracy for their efforts to cement a real uuiou between Gre«t Britain aud Irelaud, an.l called on the people to stick, to the principles ot the L a/ue, and then they would eveutually succeed in obtaiuing a national self-government for Ireland. Miss Cobbett, and Revs, Harrington and Walsh also spjke.

Louth.— A fojtball match was played recently at Tallanstown between tne home team aud th-j Inniskeen. Tne ball was thrown m by Edward Ciaik, Reagnstown, aud tne visitois immediately Oa-hed off with it, but tne admirable defence of their adversaries prevented a soore. Ten miautes later TalUustown made a puint. Alter this play was " all over the stup," and a well-susiainoi game resulted in a win for the home t< am by 3 points (2 forfeits; to nil. i'he Inuiskeen men werecaptaiued by Pat Fmuegau and the home team by Matt Malhn.

Evicuons took place on the property of Lord Massereene, and the proceedings were remaikablj loi tue c^re. which was taken by Captain .xeogh, R.M., andanu her magistrate to prevent an, thing in the way of a meeting b.ing neld. Professor Siuait, wh) wished to spo-ak to the people, was very ru icly addressei by Captain Keogh. A meeting was, however, held outside the banned district at wtneb Prolfssor Stuari counselled the pa >ple to be patient and assured them of the near approach of victory.

Mayo. — The Earl of Lucan was recently waited on at Castlebar by a deputation of his tenauts regarding a reduction of their rents. The Earl, after carefully considering their circumstances, gave 20 per cent, reduction on tne lent due in November. This concession has given great satisfaction, and his efforts to improve the condition of his tenantry on all occasions has met with general approval. A. Na ional League me/niug was held at Ballyhauun at whifh speeches w>. re delivered by Messrs. Couyoeare, M.f., and J. F. X. 0 Biien. M,P. Amongst those present were : — R';v. (Ja ion Waidrou, P.P. ; Very Rh.v. Prior Doiao, O S.A.; Father O'Malley, C.C.; Father Mc^lpi.e, CO., Hugbamore ; Father (ileesoo,, C.C , Armagh ; Rev. F. Kearney, (J.U., etc. Tne chair was taken by the Key. Canon Waldion. P.P., A series of lesulutions was adoptid as>seiting the right of liibh people to an independmt legislature, cundemmrjg the brutal conuuet ot the police at Mnchel town and elsewlieie, expres - 1 .g the giatnude of the lush people to William U'Brun tor hi- gi. at services to the country, and pledging firm adhesion to the National League.

Tykoxk — \t Aughnacloy fair a large stock of cattle, pork, flax, and otiiLi taim pro< luce was exhiwted for wale. Great companion amongst buyers was evident, as everv*hiug changed baiid^ at an early iioui at a rate rather above maiktt price. As this w, s ihe fiist pork market since ihe ope. iug of the (Jlogher Valley Railway aa exceedingly large number of killed pigs were sold at fioin 40s to 43s 6d ptr cwt. .Numerous large dealeis were present who hitherto never ventured into the locality, and created no small stir. Flax

was turned out m large quantities, and rold at prices equal to any onerea in any of the sunouuaing market towus. Oats, butter, eggs t< ii ?l!? l! Werti dis P° s ed of at. fair pnees As this was formerly one or the best market towns in the North of Ireland, it is evident from tne rectnt fan that no small amount of its former fade has returned. Wixford.— A. J. Cliffe, of Bellevue, placed hinuelf on the distinguished rile of evictors— tbe Bioi ks, llamiltons, etc.,— recently, in cons qutnee of which his bunting will in future be strictly confiued to nis ovm demebne. James lit-dmond, a blacksmith, residing in iJaiJjnogoe, who was evicted, was induced by Mr. Cliffe and his managers smeloor 11 years k KO to leave his iwd h iuse and forge and go live i n (he place fom where he has now been evicted. Notices have been issued to several tenants on the Ely property to pay up a year's rent with ,0s 6 I cost of notice, or proceeding for Us recovery will be instituted. Possibly a more lame aud impotent tdreat could not be made. It appears the rent or anything to maKe it is not there. Cattle cinnot be sold, corn is not in it, and if ah the arrears on the estate were to be wiped out for a half year's rent, the chances are it could not be had. WICKLOW.— At Arklow recen'ly the funeral took place of John JjLinseJla, who was. shot in the affiay with the Emergency bailiffs, lnere was an immei se concourse of people present, including about a doaen Catholic clergymen.

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Irish News. New Zealand Tablet, Volume XV, Issue 36, 30 December 1887

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