Fermanagh Herald 1935.
January 3 – An Anglo-Irish Coal-Cattle Pact is signed between the governments of Britain and the Irish Free State.
January 20 – 40 men from the Connemara Gaeltacht travel to County Meath to inspect the area which is to be settled by residents of the Gaeltacht.
January 27 – Relics and souvenirs of the 1916 Easter Rising arrive at the National Museum.
February 19 – Workmen unearth a statue of Jesus during excavations for road making in County Clare.
March 3 – In his Lenten pastoral the Bishop of Galway denounces immodest dress and vulgar films. Membership of Trinity College Dublin is still forbidden for Catholics and membership of the IRA and Communist organizations remain mortal sins.
March 20 – After 17 days the army intervenes in the bus strike at the request of the Minister for Industry and Commerce by providing lorries for transport.
March 26 – 72 republicans are arrested and held at the Bridewell Garda Station.
April 1 – The National Athletics and Cycling Association is suspended from the International Amateur Athletic Federation for refusing to confine its activities to the Free State side of the border.
April 12 – Eleven families from the Connemara Gaeltacht arrive in County Meath to set up the Rath Cairn Gaeltacht.
July 14 – 5 people are killed and 70 are injured as a result of sectarian rioting in Belfast.
July 17 – George William Russell (AE), poet, essayist, artist and economist, dies aged 68.
October 26 – Lord Edward Carson, the Dublin-born unionist leader and barrister, is buried in Belfast.
December 7 – This day is a bad day for Irish sport. The Ireland national rugby union team team is beaten by New Zealand and the Irish soccer team is beaten by the Netherlands.
December 16 – Foynes in County Limerick is chosen to be the European terminal of a tranatlantic air service.
5-1-1935. With the Gaels – Derry Surprise. Two of the most prominent officials of the Derry County Board of the GAA were each suspended for three months at a special meeting of the Board on Sunday. They were Mr. J. Hegarty, (vice-chairman) and Mr W. Hone (secretary). Six other members of clubs were also suspended. These had been reported by the Vigilance Committee which had been set up by Mr. P. Fox, Chairman who had not informed the committee that such a committee had been set up.
26-1-1935. Cattle Seizures at Belleek and Garrison. Constable Hall, Belleek, single-handed made a seizure of 13 head of cattle, after being driven over the Border at Moneendogue, about one mile from Belleek. The drovers escaped back into the Free State. Constable Holmes also of Belleek seized a two-year-old heifer at the Keenaghan Border near Magheramena. Constable Nugent, Garrison, seized two cows in Belleek fair on suspicion of being smuggled and detained one man. All the animals were taken to Enniskillen and impounded.
26-1-1935. Surprise for a Wedding Party on the Fermanagh Border. A wedding breakfast was interrupted two miles from Ballyconnell when a Crossley tender and 17 R.U.C. men from Enniskillen held up seven cars returning from the church. The passengers and also the homes of the bride and groom were searched. It is alleged that two bottles of spirits, a gun and five pints of whisked were seized. The police also searched a bog in the vicinity and found the arm of a “still”, a herring barrel and a creamery can which they took to Enniskillen.
2-2-1935. Recent Cattle-Coal Pact. In the British House of Commons on Monday, Dominions Secretary, Mr J. H. Thomas, said members would have seen with interest the announcement that an informal understanding had been reached between Britain and the Free State regarding the export of coal and the import of Irish cattle. This would result in increased coal exports of 1,250,000 tons a year representing full employment for about 5,500 men.
2-2-1935. Customs Officers Attacked in an Affray near Pettigo. While on patrol duty in company with officers names Peter Macaleer and M. Farrell in the Tievemore district, four miles from Pettigo, late on Tuesday night a savage attack was made on Mr P. J. Denvir, P.O., Customs and Excise, Pettigo, by one of a number of men smuggling meal across the Border from Northern Ireland into the Free State. A short time previously the officers named had seized four donkeys, each loaded with a 2 cwt bag of meal, the owners of which fled at the approach of the customs patrol. As Mr Denvir moved away from his companions to investigate a suspicious looking object he was struck from behind and assaulted. The Civic Guard authorities under Sergt. J. Garvey were busy all day Wednesday making enquiries and an arrest is said to be imminent. On the Wednesday night following a further unprovoked attack was made on Mr M. Horgan of the Pettigo Customs staff at Shaw’s Mill. He was knocked down and kicked on the head and face but his injuries are however not serious.
2-2-1935. Pettigo Assault Case. At a special court in Pettigo, before Senator J. Mc Hugh, P.C., Wm. James Johnston, Sessiaghshielta was charged with assaulting, Mr P. J. Denvir, Customs Prevention Officer. He was remanded on bail to the next District Court. A number of additional police and detectives have taken up duty in Pettigo following the happenings of the past week.
2-2-1935. Pettigo Customs Post Attacked. During the early hours of Thursday morning one of the main windows of the building was smashed. Two stones were found inside when the post was opened at 7 a.m..
2-2-1935. Harbouring Smuggled Cattle. A fine of £270 was imposed by Enniskillen magistrates on Joseph Bracken, The Graan, Enniskillen, on charges of harbouring smuggled cattle. Nine animals were forfeited after a case lasting over seven hours and over 30 witnesses were examined.
2-2-1935. Fermanagh Feis. The syllabus of the competitions for the County Fermanagh Feis has just been issued and has been forwarded to teachers throughout the county. This annual Feis had lapsed since 1918 and is to be revived in Enniskillen on 29th June 1935. The competitions are divided into three sections, literary, music and dancing.
16-2-1935. Whiskey Mixed with Poteen – Supplies for a Wedding Party in the Derrylin District. Police from Enniskillen and Derrylin under Head-Constable Thornton raided the houses of Arthur Clarke, Gortaree, and Hugh Quinn, Gortamullan, on January 16th while Quinn was absent being married to Clarke’s daughter. Each was charged with harbouring illicit spirits alleged to be whiskey mixed with poteen. Clarke said if it was whiskey mixed with poteen it was the first he knew of it as it was sold to him by a ‘Shea publican as whiskey. Constable Trainor tasted the contents of one of the bottles and could swear that it was a mixture of whiskey and poteen. There were eighteen pint bottles displayed in Court and an order of forfeiture was made. Major Dickie said that it would be a pity to destroy it, and suggested that it be given to Enniskillen Workhouse. Capt. Gosselin suggested giving it to the painters as it would be useful taking off varnish. Clarke was fined £10 and Quinn £5.
16-2-1935. The Late Mr John Kerrin – Kinawley. A vote of sympathy was passed at a meeting of Kinawley GFC with the relatives of Mr John Kerrin, Tiravalley, Kinawley who passed away at a ripe old age. The deceased had been an ardent supporter of Gaelic football from its earliest days in the county, and refereed the first game of Kinawley “Brian Boru’s” in 1889. Always impartial and fair his decisions were never questioned.
23-2-1935. Heavy Rains. Old residents in the Ederney area of County Fermanagh say that flooding such as that occurring last week-end has not been experienced for half a century. The Ederney and Kesh River overflowed, and many houses in the valleys were isolated. Low lying areas about Enniskillen were also flooded. Rain fell practically without cessation over the week-end.
2-3-1935. 19 Cattle in Two Days. Four head of cattle were seized on Thursday morning in Ederney, Co., Fermanagh. Two men who were driving the cattle escaped in the darkness. At Drumskinney, near Kesh, three head of cattle were seized. Killeter Customs Patrol on Thursday seized 8 head of cattle. On Friday morning Killeter Customs seized four head of cattle.
9-3-1935. Ex-Policemen as Creamery Inspectors. A strong protest was made against the proposal of the Milk Marketing Board to appoint ex-policemen to the positions of milk inspectors at the AGM of the Ulster Creamery Managers held in Omagh. It was pointed out that there were large numbers of qualified unemployed creamery managers who could fill these positions with the utmost satisfaction.
9-3-1935. Imported Butter – Antrim Creamery Owner Fined. Ellen Johnston, proprietress of the Ahoghill Creamery was fined £5 plus £2 costs for selling imported goods without giving any indication of the country of origin. H. O’Hara O’Neill, an inspector of the ministry described a visit to the creamery where he saw a large quantity of Australian butter being reworked in churns and wrapped in cartons stamped “Empire Produce.” The dairymaids made no attempt to conceal their work from him. A son of the defendant said that they had a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture to re-work Australian butter and selling it when Irish butter was scarce provided it was marked “Empire Produce.”
9-3-1935. Notable Fermanagh Author. Death of Shan F. Bullock. This Fermanagh author died on Wednesday evening of last week in Sutton Hospital, Surrey after a long illness at the age of 69. He was the author of 14 novels of Ulster life and other volumes. His real name was John William Bullock and he was a native of Crom, Co., Fermanagh. He was the eldest son of a large family of Thomas Bullock, J. P., of Killynick House, Fermanagh. His first book was the “Awkward Squads,” published in 1893.
9-3-1935. Served in the Great War – His Uncle Killed at Ladysmith – But he is a Catholic. The Enniskillen Board of Guardians have declined to appoint John Henry Dolan, Derrygonnelly, as caretaker of Derrygonnelly Dispensary despite being the only ex-serviceman applying for the position. He had served in the Great War, had an uncle killed in the Boer War and came from a family who had served as soldiers for generations past. “But the Board chose to forget the claims of the King’s ex-soldier.” (ex-Royal Inniskilling Fusilier) “He is a Catholic.”
9-3-1935. Motor Cyclist collides with Donkey Cart – Fatal Injuries Sustained. A sad tragedy occurred on Monday, near Florencecourt when James Richard Beattie, a shoemaker of Shanra was riding in the direction of Enniskillen. He had been a motor cyclist for about four months. He met a donkey and cart being driven by James Brown, aged 84 of Drumgague whose donkey and cart crossed the road to leave a creamery can at Mr Robert Geddes’ of Drumduff. He collided with a part of the cart and died from a fracture of the base of the skull.
9-3-1935. No Catholic Home Should Be Without the Fermanagh Herald. A striking tribute was paid to the Fermanagh Herald at Irvinestown Catholic Church on Sunday by Rev. P. Trainor, P.P. “They were fortunate to have a fine Catholic newspaper the “Fermanagh Herald” whose strong Catholic attitude they had good reason to admire.” Fr. Trainor strongly urged Catholics to support the “Fermanagh Herald” in preference to some of the filth which, unfortunately was finding its way into a number of Catholic homes.
9-3-1935. Fermanagh Solicitor Fined. At Aughnacloy Petty Sessions. Major J. G. Magrath, solicitor, Clontivern, Newtownbutler was fined five shillings for driving a motor car without a licence on the occasion when the vehicle tumbled over the embankment into Tullywar Quarry on the Aughnacloy to Ballygawley road on January 31st. The defendant in a letter to the police said that he had overlooked having the licence renewed in time.
16-3-1935. Woman Screams In Dock. A distressing scene was witnessed at Down County Assizes at Downpatrick on Tuesday night when Mrs Fanny Barber (49) was found guilty of the murder of her husband, William Barber (79), a retired Sergeant of the RIC at their home Sunnybank, Cultra, Holywood, on Christmas Eve 1933. The jury added a recommendation for mercy. When the verdict was announced the accused woman collapsed and was unable to answer the customary question why sentence of death should not be passed. A doctor hurriedly entered the dock but Mrs Barber’s shrieks rang through the court. After 25 minutes Lord Justice Andrews was able to proceed with the passing of the death sentence although the accused was still struggling in hysteria on the floor of the dock. The execution has been fixed for April 5th.
16-3-1935. Guard Gives Blood Transfusion – Leitrim Man’s Heroic Act at Letterkenny. A native of Ballinamore, Co., Leitrim, Guard Frank Prior, volunteered to give a blood transfusion to a young girl in Letterkenny Hospital whose life was almost despaired of. A number of other Gardai also volunteered and Guard Prior was selected for the operation performed by Dr. J. A. L. Johnston, pathologist, Derry. Guard Prior is a well known and popular member of the force in Letterkenny almost since its inception.
16-3-1935. Fermanagh GAA – The Early Days Recalled. The beginnings of the GAA in Fermanagh occurred c 1888 when stirring 21 aside matches were played. Fermanagh’s first team was Newtownbutler followed by Lisnaskea Grattans, Derrylin’s John Mitchells, Rosslea’s, Faugh-a-Ballaghs, Clonmaulin or Donagh Sons of Erin and there seems to have been a team at Drumlone called The Loughside Leaguers. Such was the successful spread of the GAA in Fermanagh that the Irish Federation of Association Football meeting in Belfast offered the Fermanagh League “The Fermanagh Bribe” of £50 for the combating of Gaelic Football in the county. Later in the month an Enniskillen merchant was offered £10 to establish a soccer club but he refused.
23-3-1935. Cattle On Mountain Road – Police Case Fails. At Donemana Petty Sessions, John Devine, Ballykeery was charged by Constable Creighton with allowing eight head of cattle to wander on the mountain road between Glenmornan and Plumbridge. Evidence was given that the road passed through 1,764 acres of mountain grazing belonging to the Duke of Abercorn and that no fences had ever been erected as people had grazing rights on either side of the road. The magistrates ruled the case “No Jurisdiction” as a question of title was involved.
23-3-1935. Hi-Jacking in Fermanagh in the Kesh Area – Mr Justice Brown does not understand the term. At Fermanagh Spring Assizes John Mc Donagh, Drumcahey, and James Rush of Drumacalara were sentenced to eight months imprisonment with hard labour after pleading guilty to the larceny of four cattle from John Mackey of Drumadraghey between the 21st and the 24th of January last. Joseph Maguire, Derrynacapplereagh, pleaded not guilty. Mr Flanagan pleading for leniency said that in recent years smuggling had demoralised most of the youth of the country and a new element had entered known in America as hi-jacking. Judge Brown said he did not understand the word. Mr Flanagan said that it was a custom among a certain class of smugglers to prey on their colleagues in the nefarious business, and that they succeeded because the people suffering the loss of the cattle could not go to the police. Judge – I thought that was double-crossing. Mr Flanagan said that the Kesh police had come across several cases of hi-jacking recently and although the offenders were technically guilty of larceny in their own misguided and distorted opinion, they would call it reprisals, or getting their own back on their colleagues in the trade. The third defendant was found not guilty.
23-3-1935. Enniskillen Engine Drivers End. An Enniskillen engine driver, Patrick Matthews had a fatal seizure on his way to work to take charge of the 5.10 a.m. train to Clones. He collapsed on the pavement at Orchard Terrace, Enniskillen.
23-3-1935. “It’s No Harm Mammy.” These words were said by young John Leonard, aged 2½ after he fell into a pot oven full of scalding water. The boy from Orabeg, Belcoo, was playing in the family kitchen with his three other siblings when the pot was taken from the open fire. His mother dressed the burns with castor oil and put the child to bed but he died the following day in the Union Hospital from shock.
23-3-1935. Heavy Fine on Rosslea Smuggling Charge. Sergeant Mc Vittie with two constables seized 11 head of cattle valued at £114 and subsequently John Flynn, Derrygaley, Rosslea was charged with smuggling the cattle and of bringing them by an unapproved route. The defendant who was not professionally represented pleaded guilty. On the smuggling charge a fine of £342 was imposed or in default one months imprisonment and fined £25 on the second charge or two months imprisonment.
23-3-1935. Fermanagh Emigrant – His Rise to Fame. The remarkable story of a poor Irish emigrant who rose to fame in Canada as a Professor of Philosophy and Ethics and also a Methodist Minister has ended with the death of Rev. Dr. James Elliott. He was born in Fermanagh in 1852 and went to Canada at the age of 22. He did not have a chance of an elementary education and set about educating himself over a period of twelve years working in the pioneer areas of Ontario by day and studying by night.
6-4-1935. Lough Melvin Fatality – Boatman Drowned – Belfast Doctors’ Terrifying Experience. On Sunday evening there occurred on Lough Melvin the drowning of an aged boatman, James Dolan, of Roskit Island, Lough Melvin who was using his own boat to take two Belfast doctors, Dr. Robert George Kevin, Lisburn Road, and Dr. James Shaw, Malone Road, out fishing on a stormy Lough Melvin. Dolan’s craft had been converted into a motor boat by installing a motor car engine. He was rowing seated in the centre of the boat and got up to go back and start the outboard engine. He may have stepped heavily on the side of the boat for it lurched and turned over and all three ended in the water. Dr. Kevin came up near the boat and held on for a time being periodically washed off. Dr Shaw, aged 70, had hold of a board and eventually made it to land. Dolan had an oar and was also getting towards the shore. He was reputedly the best swimmer in the countryside when he shouted “save me” and went down and never resurfaced. Dr. Kevin discarded an oilskin coat and swam a hundred yards to safety. Dolan’s body was recovered early on Monday morning medical evidence was given that he died of cardiac syncope due to sudden immersion in the water and was not drowned in the ordinary way.
6-4-1935. Fermanagh Seizure Record. Rosslea Customs have seized 58 head of cattle during last month. Constables Morrow, Mc Elvea and Arlow seized 16 last week and four more were seized on Saturday which makes a record for County Fermanagh.
6-4-1935. Pettigo Cattle Seizures. Sergeants Montague and Constables Tennant, Witherow and Jennings of the Pettigo Customs Patrol seized 16 head of cattle on Wednesday of last week. Later in the day the same patrol seized four head of cattle. The total seizure is valued at £200.
6-4-1935. New Irvinestown Priest. The Rev. Joseph F. Mahon, D. Ph., B.D., son of Mr Joseph Mahon, Commercial Hotel, Irvinestown was ordained to the holy priesthood by his Eminence Cardinal Marchetti- Delvaggiani, Cardinal Vicar of Rome. He celebrated his first Mass in the Church of St. Patrick, Rome on the 17th March.
13-4-1935. Game of Thrills – GAA Championship. Newtownbutler win the Fermanagh Senior Football Championship after a replay by defeating Irvinestown in Enniskillen by 3-7 to 1-5.
13-4-1935. Popular Fermanagh Nationalist. Death of Mr. J. Keenan, Enniskillen. Many tributes were paid to Mr J. Keenan, an ardent Nationalist and fervent Catholic noted for his charitable work and organisational ability in and around Enniskillen.
13-4-1935. Pettigo Man Fined £900 for Smuggling. Defendant’s Non-Appearance at Castlederg. A young man James Monaghan, Crilly, Pettigo, Co., Donegal was charged on remand with being concerned in the smuggling of 27 head of cattle at Curraghmacall, Drumquin, on 4th January last. He was also summonsed for a similar offence in respect of 38 head of cattle. A fine of £999 mitigated to £199 with a recommendation to the Customs authorities to accept £100 as penalty was imposed or in default six months imprisonment. The defendant did not appear.
27-4-1935. Lourdes pictures in Enniskillen. A three “houses” showing was given in Enniskillen of “the wonderful story of St. Bernadette and the Miracles of Lourdes.” It was organised by Rev. C. Daly, C.C., with the proceeds in aid of Enniskillen, Abbey St., P.E. School. It was the first showing of these pictures in the Six Counties. They are not moving pictures of the ordinary kind, but of the new colour dissolvograph type, where one picture melds naturally into another with “almost indescribable beauty.” Captain Noel, whose development of artistic photography is making him notable, is of the Bellingham family of County Louth. He has travelled in the remote parts of the world in quest of pictures including the icebound slopes of Everest at 23,000 feet above the sea.
27-4-1935. £300 Bail. At Lisnaskea Petty Sessions, James Reilly and Thomas Maguire, Ummera, will appear on a charge of smuggling five cattle. They were charged at a special court and remanded on £100 with two sureties of £100. At the same court Joseph Shannon Clontalughan, pleaded guilty to a charge of smuggling a bullock from the Free State. He was fined £6-5s-0 and £5 for importing by an unapproved road.
27-4-1935. Fermanagh Smuggling Charges at Kesh; £860 fines. At Kesh Petty Sessions, John Macartan, Tandragee, Sixmilecross, Co., Tyrone, Jack O’Brien, Ballygawley, Edward Maguire and Claude Maguire, Ederney, were charged with dealing in uncustomed cattle. An order for condemnation of 15 head of cattle was sought. The case against Macartan and O’Brien was dismissed and Edward and Claude Maguire fined £360 each which the magistrate recommended be reduced to £60 each and an order made for the forfeiture of the cattle made. Mr Cooper, Crown Solicitor successfully applied for an order for condemnation of five cattle against James Mc Donagh, Sessiagh Kilty, Co., Donegal. Late on the same evening John Elliott of Bar of Drumbadmeen and Patrick Flanagan of Carn were charged at Garrison Court with smuggling 13 head of cattle. Elliott was fined £130 on the first charge and £13 on the second and the charge against Flanagan was dismissed.
27-4-1935. Two on a bicycle. At Lisbellaw Petty Sessions, Terence Mc Manus of Killyrover, Maguiresbridge was fined 10s-6d and 4 shillings costs for carrying a girl (unnamed) as a second person on his pedal cycle. The girl was fined 2 shillings and costs for aiding and abetting. Constable S. Mc Cluney, Tempo said that both gave wrong names and he had a lot of difficulty in discovering their names.
27-4-1935. JOTTINGS. Nine head of cattle were seized by the Kesh police in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Montiaghroe, Kesh, Co., Fermanagh. Pettigo Cattle Seizure. The Pettigo Customs Patrol seized 21 head of cattle in a field at Meenbug (near Lack Co., Fermanagh) in the early hours of Sunday morning. The cattle are valued at £200. Cattle found near Minister of Agriculture’s home. Cattle tracks leading from the Free State to a field at the rear of Colebrook House, the residence of Sir Basil Brooke, Six-County Minister of Agriculture. There they came upon four large bullocks. The cattle were unclaimed and were later impounded by the police. Fermanagh Poteen Capture. A still in full working order was discovered by a police patrol in the townland of Corracrieve, Rosslea, early this morning. The still, together with 12 gallons of wash, were seized by the patrol.
27-4-1935. Ordained in Rome. Rev. James S. Baker, son of Edward Baker, Irvinestown, was ordained in Rome by Archbishop Palica in the Latern Basilica on April 6th inst. He has been ordained for Southwark Diocese.
4-5-1935. Camogie. Fermanagh Championship Final. Kesh V Clonmaulin. Clanmaulin Border Rangers defeated Kesh St. Brigids in the Gaelic Park, Lisnaskea, before a vast crowd on Sunday 28th April by 3 goals to 2 goals. Kesh – May Murphy, Rose Breen, (Captain), Lizzie Mc Cormick, Katie Gleeson, Annie Donnelly, Julia Murphy, Mary A. Gleeson, Maggie Lyttle, Cassie Gleeson, Rose E. Mc Cormick, Agnes Clerkin.
4-5-1935. Tribute to Ovaltine. Miss Jean Batten, the record breaking airwoman, selected ‘Ovaltine’ the well known tonic food beverage, for use during her flight to Australia and New Zealand.
4-5-1935. Mulleek and Enniskillen Gaels. Quite a large crowd assembled at Mulleek Park, on Sunday 28th April to witness the meeting of these teams in the Father Trainor Cup competition. From the throw in Mulleek attacked vigorously. Although the Gaels showed up well and made desperate efforts to score Mulleek played superbly; asserted their superiority and won by a considerable margin. Mr M. Cullen, Belleek, refereed, and gave satisfaction to both teams.
4-5-1935. Forbidden Villages in Germany. “Jews enter this village at their own risk,” is the wording of signs posted at Sollinitz, near Dessau, while Rosdorf, near Goettingen, the signs read, “Jews are not wanted here.”
4-5-1935. Pettigo News. Messrs Crowley and Horgan of the Free State Customs, Pettigo are being transferred. During their two years stay in Pettigo they carried out their duties in a courteous and efficient manner. Mr. Crowley was a prominent Gaelic footballer. A number of Volunteers left for the week-end course of training at Finner Camp. Mr. Frank O’Reilly, stationmaster at Pettigo for three years past has been transferred to Balbriggan. He is being replaced by Mr. Quinn, Newry. The remains of Mrs Mc Hugh, a former resident of Pettigo, were interred in St. Mary’s Cemetery on Friday. She was 90 years of age. The steam-rolling of the Pettigo to Lough Derg road was begun on Thursday of last week under direct labour and upwards of thirty men are engaged in the work.
4-5-1935. Your suit to measure at STEPHENS of Belleek. Cut and fit guaranteed.
25-5-1935. Derrygonnelly Dispensary Caretaker. The Ministry have written to the Enniskillen Board of Guardians sanctioning the appointment of Mrs Edith Hassard as caretaker of Derrygonnelly Dispensary on the strict understanding that only Mrs Hassard and one child will be the occupants of the premises. Mrs Hassard’s husband had been appointed caretaker by the Board but the Ministry refused to sanction the appointment on account of the size of the family. It was stated in the meantime that some of the children were being kept elsewhere.
25-5-1935. Unattended Cart. At Enniskillen Petty Sessions Constable Thompson charged Owen Maguire of Silverhill with leaving a horse and cart unattended. A fine of five shillings and costs was imposed. Constable Magowan summoned John Cassidy, of Bannagher, Enniskillen, for having been such a distance from a horse and cart as to not have it under proper control. A fine of five shillings and costs was imposed.
25-5-1935. An Unlighted Bicycle. Before Major Dickie at Lisbellaw Petty Sessions, William Elliott of Pubble, Tempo was fined 3 shillings with 2 shillings costs for an unlighted bicycle and 5 shillings with 2 shillings cost for refusing to stop when requested to do so by a police constable.
25-5-1935. Fever Hospital Empty. Not a single patient had been treated in the Fever Hospital at Enniskillen Workhouse during the past three weeks. Mr G. Bell suggested that now was a proper time to send a nurse on holidays. Mr J. Clark said that he thought it would be very highhanded to compel a nurse to take holidays except when she wanted them. The matter was referred to the medical officer in charge of the Workhouse.
25-5-1935. A Hen In A Basket. This was the exhibit at Enniskillen Petty Sessions when Mrs Kathleen Abraham, Drumgay, Enniskillen was charged with the larceny of a hen valued at 4 shillings the property of Mrs Elizabeth Pollock, Knockmanowl. Mrs Pollock said that she had 100 hens and identified the hen as her property. Defendant said that she had bought the hen from Mr Greenaway. Miss S. Greenaway said that she had sold the hento the defendant and said that they had hens somewhat similar. The case was dismissed on the merits.
25-5-1935. Pettigo Notes. The fair on Monday 20th was large and about 600 cattle were offered for sale, but trade was almost at a standstill. There was no buying of sheep. There were about 100 young pigs, 8 to 11 weeks old on offer and were in fair demand at prices of 20s to 32s each. Calves of 10 to 12 months fetched £3 to £4-10-0. This was also the summer hiring fair. There was a big influx of labourers but owing to the failure of crops there were very few contracts. Those engaged for the half-year were satisfied with wages ranginf (for boys) from £6 to £9 and men from £10 to £12-10-0. Servant girls were more in demand and obtained employment at wages ranging from £8 to £10-10-0.
25-5-1935. Clones News. Free State Customs officials at Clones have now been supplied with one of the new fast cars for patrolling the border and a few trial runs have been made successfully.
25-5-1935. Story of Cattle Harbouring – £100 fine. A well known farmer and cattle dealer, Joseph Bracken, The Graan, Enniskillen, was charged with harbouring six cattle alleged to have been imported from the free State. The case lasted over three hours. Sergt. Stewart said that he had been on duty on the Belcoo to Garrison road at 6.25 a.m. on Sunday 31st of March and noticed cattle tracks on the road that he followed. The tracks went about a quarter of a mile down the main road and then towards the mountain. Witness concluded where the tracks would come out and went to that neighbourhood and found the tracks at “Devlin’s S” on the Carngreen road. He followed the tracks to Boho Cross where they turned to the right. Witness got Constable Herdman and they followed the tracks which eventually led to the Graan road and Bracken’s farm.
25-5-1935. Two months for stealing cigarettes. A sentence of two months imprisonment with hard labour was passed at Lisbellaw Petty Sessions on Patrick Mc Mahon, Coolcran, for the larceny of one packet of Players cigarettes value one shilling. The cigarettes were allegedly stolen from the shop of John Connolly, Tempo. Defendant said that he was not guilty but it was stated that he had two previous convictions.
25-5-1935. Enniskillen Sunday Golfing. A move is afoot to have the Enniskillen Golf Links open for play on Sunday and an extraordinary general meeting will be held shortly. Those in favour hold strongly that it is the desire of the majority to play Sunday golf and there should be no objection from others who can stay away. The meeting is likely to be lively. Those who object say that many members go to Bundoran to play on Sunday but is this because Enniskillen Golf Club is closed.
25-5-1935. Enniskillen Fair Day Difficulty. “It is almost impossible for a vehicle or even a pedestrian to pass through Enniskillen,” said Major Magrath, solicitor, when at Enniskillen Court, he referred to what he described as the new practice at fairs of leaving cattle trucks on the street. He was defending Michael Corrigan, Clogher, who was charged with causing an obstruction on the Enniskillen Fair Day. A fine of 5 shillings with 4 shillings costs was imposed.
25-5-1935. Basil Brooke Bigotry – The Parrot cry of Mrs Harnett – The Free State Bogey. There were four armed and well-disciplined forces in the Free State, but it only required a rallying-cry to bring them together to launch an attack on the Six Counties, said Mrs D. G. Harnett, Kilkeel, at a Protestant Society meeting in Portadown. They had a Government that they didn’t want, Mrs Harnett added. They were being run raoidly to bankruptcy and they were allowing the Six Counties to become a Soviet State. Until every able-bodied Protestant was in employment there should be no Catholics employed in the Six Counties.
1-6-1935. Pettigo Assault – Customs Officer beaten. A series of outrages at Pettigo in January last in which Customs Officers were assaulted and beaten had a sequel at Pettigo District Court when a young man Mr J. Johnston, Cullion, was charged with assaulting Customs Officer Patrick Denver. The accused had been remanded from a special court on bail. Captain Ramage, solicitor pleaded guilty on behalf of his client and spoke of the accused high character. Mr W. T. Mc Menamin, State Solicitor, said that when a defendant pleaded guilty he never tried to rub it in or give a man a kick when he was pleading for mercy in the court. District Justice O’Hanrahan said that he felt embarrassed by the case both by the attitude of the defendant and his plea being so courteously accepted by the State solicitor. A fine of £5 was imposed and a further £5 doctor’s costs allowed to Dr O’Callaghan, Pettigo.
1-6-1935. Reptile Shoes. We claim to have the best selection of Ladies’ Reptile Shoes in the Trade, including Python, Lizard and Crocodile. FLANAGAN’S, ENNISKILLEN.
1-6-1935. The Late Mr W. H. West, J.P. At the County Fermanagh Committee of Agriculture on Tuesday Senator Porter Porter, proposed a vote of condolence to the relatives of the late Mr W. H. West, J.P. who had been secretary to the committee for 34 years. The motion was passed in silence, all members standing.
1-6-1935. Two Meetings Broken Up In Belfast. Lively incidents marked two Communist meetings in Belfast on Sunday when large numbers of police had to intervene. In the afternoon the usual group met at the Custom House when a band of youths rushed the crowd and the police had to intervene. At 8 p.m. another group of 300 to 400 rushed a meeting being addressed by a Communist in the vicinity of Library Street which again led to police intervention.
1-6-1935. Former Enniskillen Solicitors Death. Deep regret is felt at the death of Arthur W. Devenish Meares, Clerk of the Petty Sessions of Newry, Warrenpoint and Forkhill. His family hailed from Meares Court, Mullingar and at one time he was connected with a legal firm in Enniskillen. He was a well known rugby player in his youth and was capped and played with Ireland in International matches. With an English team he toured South Africa for the purpose of demonstrating and spreading rugby in that county.. He was a prominent oarsman, President of Newry Rugby Club and an enthusiastic member of the former Newry Cricket Club. A few months ago he lost his brother The Devenish who died at Rostrevor.
1-6-1935. Letterbreen Labourer’s Fate. An inquest in the County Hospital, Enniskillen heard how James Cairns, a fireman at Letterbreen auxiliary creamery died after getting a prick on his thumb from a small piece of solder while in the course of his employment.
1-6-1935. Bigoted Outbursts. Amazing statements were heard at a meeting of the “Ulster” Protestant Society in the Ulster Hall, Belfast on Friday night. “Dirty skunks of rebels” from across the Border, Catholic France and Fenian Belgium were some of the phrases used in a meeting presided over by Mr Samuel Thompson. Councillor Gallagher, Derry, said that recently in Derry they had organised a school children’s’ treat in order to celebrate the Kink’s Jubilee. At the last minute the Catholics showed their true colours and refused to allow their children to attend. As a result they could only muster 3,000 children instead of 9,000 children and these 6,00 children will soon grow up and be demanding jobs and votes. He could tell his audience that at this moment a Catholic could get anything he wanted in Derry. If another war in which England were involved occurred then it would be necessary for every young Protestant man to stay at home and defend Northern Ireland. Why, he asked, should they go out and help Catholic France and Fenian Belgium to smash Protestant Germany?
1-6-1935. Beaten With Sticks – Brutal Assault on a Kesh Man. Head Constable Reid who prosecuted intimated that they were pursuing a case of common assault. Thomas Noble said that he declined to prosecute. Before the court were Patrick Gillen (Jun. aged 17), Drumduff, Thomas Mc Goldrick, Gushedymore, Michael Monaghan, Derrynieve and Patrick Gallogly, Drumduff who were charged with assaulting Noble with intent to do him bodily harm. Noble said that on the night of the 17th when I the townland of Montiaghroe he heard the sound of cattle being driven and saw four men and five cattle. He called on them to halt and they ran off. He gathered up the cattle and started to drive them to Kesh to the police when he was attacked by the men with sticks who shouted that he was the man who had given evidence against Terry Maguire. He admitted that he had given evidence against Maguire recently in a smuggling case. He used a flashlight on Gillen and Gallogly but could not be sure of the identification of Monaghan and Mc Goldrick and the case against them was dismissed. About 4.30 Constable Ruddock brought Noble from the house of Mr Woods, where he was employed, to Dr. Johnston who gave evidence regarding the extensive injuries sustained by Noble especially around the head. On their return from Dr. Johnston’s the police car came on Gillen driving the cattle and he was handcuffed and put in the back where he cried and wondered how long he would spend in jail. The chairman of the magistrates said that it was a very brutal assault and sentenced the defendants to a month in prison and bound both defendants to be of good behaviour and keep the peace for 12 months on their own sureties of £20 plus two sureties of £10 each.
8-6-1935. Lisnaskea Hay Burning. Malicious injury claims were lodged seeking compensation from Lisnaskea Rural Council for alleged malicious hay burning. They were lodged on behalf of Jas. Maguire, Mullinahoran, ((5 tons), Patrick Donegan, Killyroo, (6 tons) and John Liddle, Kilturk West, (10 tons). It was unanimously decided to defend all three claims.
8-6-1935.Maguiresbridge without water. The village of Maguiresbridge has been without water for a fortnight according to a report of Dr. Thompson who urges that steps be taken to have the water service put in order. There is an adequate supply in the wells that serve the village but the pipes are so badly worn and corroded that none is being delivered. It was decided to get a surveyor’s report on how to remedy the position.
8-6-1935. Tempo Parochial Hall licence. A refusal by Enniskillen Rural Council to grant a seven day licence to the parish priest of Tempo, Rev E. O’Harte in respect of Tempo Parochial Hall has been challenged as illegal. Mr W. P. Maguire, solicitor, pointed out that the previous decision was based on individual ideas and not on the wording of the relevant act.
8-6-1935. Cots to Continue – Derrylin Bridges do not help many areas. The cots which have for generations served to connect west and east Fermanagh across Upper Lough Erne will not disappear as was feared after the opening of the two bridges between Lisnaskea and Derrylin which were recently opened by Lord Craigavon. The cots are to remain with the present ferrymen. They will no longer be paid by Lisnaskea Rural Council and will depend on the fees paid by the people.
8-6-1935. Tempo doctor in court. Dr. Edward Alpine, medical officer of Tempo dispensary District failed to attend Enniskillen Petty Sessions charged with obtaining large quantities of morphine and cocaine and failing to keep a register of such quantities. He sent in a letter stating that he was suffering from nervous debility.
8-6-1935. Kesh Girl Killed. A Road Fatality near Cavan. Last Thursday night, before ten o’clock Miss Elizabeth Belford, (21 years) a native of Gubaroe, Kesh, Co., Fermanagh, a parlour maid in the Bank of Ireland, Cavan, was fatally injured in a crash at Gortnakesh Cross, near Cavan, on the road to Crosskeys. She had been on a visit to the home of the Bank Porter and was returning home when she was in collision with a car driven bt Mr. Wilfred O’Callaghen, N. T., Main St., Longford. The driver of the car was detained in connection with the affair.
8-6-1935. Glenfarne Hall Licence – Letter from the Parish Priest. At Kiltyclogher Court the adjourned application of John Mc Givern (Mc Govern?), Brockagh Upper, Glenfarne, for a dance hall licence was before the court. At a previous hearing at Manorhamilton the applicant said that the Parish Priest had no objection to the granting of a licence. In a letter from the Parish Pries now with the Judge the priest says that he does not approve of dance halls of this type. “Like myself he is completely opposed to it. I refuse the application for any kind of licence.”
8-6-1935. Fatal Collision with a Bus. Thomas Dickson, Tawley, was instantly killed at Tullaghan, near Bundoran, when he collided with a G.N.R. bus from Derry to Sligo. The driver Thomas Wilson has been arrested by the Guards.
8-6-1935. 58 Inmates. It was reported at Lisnaskea Guardians that there were fifty-eight inmates in the Institution in the month of June, at an average cost of 5 shillings and 4 pence each. The Clerk (Mr R. Irvine) – “It is a very big number for the month.”
8-6-1935. Patrol’s No Seizures. During May the Newtownbutler and Rosslea Customs Patrol, Co., Fermanagh, made no seizures of cattle. This was the first month since smuggling started that there has been no seizures by either patrols, which certainly shows that smuggling is on the wane.
8-6-1935.Cattle and Smugglers Escape. At Lackey, near Clones on the Fermanagh Monaghan Border twelve head of cattle that were being smuggled from the Free State were met in ambush by members of the Newtownbutler Customs Patrol, Constables, R. J. Vogan and J. W. Freeman. The police sprang out to intercept them but the smugglers were on the alert and dashing in front of the cattle succeeded in galloping the cattle back over the Border out of the jurisdiction of the police.
22-6-1935. The Tempo Dispensary doctor. Dr. Mc Alpine has resigned at the request of the Ministry of Health in advance of a court case against him.
29-6-1935. Dangers of Communism. Priests Warning at Aghabog. Preaching on Friday last in the course of a week’s retreat in St. Mary’s Church, Aghabog, Rev. Fr. Manning, C.M. warned the young men of the parish against Communism. He urged them to beware of the wolves who were going around in sheep’s clothing propagating Communistic ideas under the guise of patriotism, and further that Communism was being supported in Ireland by large sums of money coming from pagan countries.
29-6-1935. Lisnarick Annual Sports. These sports should provide a fine day’s entertainment. Notable entrants are B. J. Donnelly (Free State Cycling Champion), H. Burke (English 100yds Champion), S. Sergeant and E. Partridge, one and three mile Champions of Ulster respectively.
29-6-1935. Assault Appeal Successful. An appeal against a sentence of a months imprisonment for a serious assault on Thomas Noble, Drumnagreshil, on 17th May last by Patrick Gillen (Jun.) Drumduff and Patrick Gallogly, Drumduff in relation to cattle smuggling was successful. He ordered them to pay £2-10-0 to Noble in compensation and imposed a suspended sentence of three months on each of the accused and bound them over for two years in personal bail of £10.
29-6-1935. Lisnaskea Poteen Capture. When Constable Geddis and Redpath were on patrol early on Sunday morning near Lisnaskea they saw smoke issuing out of a house in The Knox. Entering the premises at 3 0’clock they discovered Edward Gunn and James Ingram of the Knox, with a still in full working order. They arrested the men, seized two gallon of poteen and fifteen gallons of wash. On Tuesday at a special Court both men were sent to jail for two months.
29-6-1935. Entertainment Licences for Catholic Halls – Successful Appeal. The appeal of Rev. E. O’Harte, P.P., Tempo and Rev. Fr. Mc Caffrey C.C., Derrygonnelly against Enniskillen Rural Council for failing to grant them a seven day licence proved successful at Fermanagh County Court.
29-6-1935. Tempo’s New Doctor. A Meath applicant, Dr. Flannery, was successful by one vote in obtaining the position of Dispensary doctor for Tempo.
29-6-1935. A Fermanagh “House.” The sum of £50 was claimed by Edward Patton, Farncassidy, Belleek for the malicious burning of a house which was stated as having been condemned as unfit for habitation, and had been let for 6 pence per week to Patrick Neelan provided he carried out repairs. It had been condemned as unfit for habitation by the medical officer as a means of getting the claimants father out of the house. The house had been locked up and the windows boarded up when the roof was discovered on fire on May 4th last. The applicant admitted that there was no chimney on the house and that the smoke came out through a hole in the roof. Sergeant Davis said that a large stone kept the gavel wall from falling out and the roof beams were branches and the house was thatched with rushes.. His Honour gave a decree for £6.
29-6-1935.Big Border Cattle Capture. Fines amounting to £375 were imposed at Belleek Petty Sessions Court when Thomas Purdy, Mouggalnagrow; Michael Coyle of the same place and Denis Green of Braad were charged with attempting to evade duty on 14 head of cattle on 14th July last. Major J. G. Magrath pleaded guilty on behalf of Purdy. Constable Nugent gave evidence that along with Sergt. Mc Donald they had set up in ambush at Carn West, a border townland where a gate had aroused their suspicion as the road to it had been carefully swept for some days as if to disguise cattle tracks. They observed 14 cattle being driven by five men. Nugent closed with the men and arrested one who he did not know and recognised two who got away. He visited Coyle’s but did not see him and after fruitlessly visiting Green’s on several occasions took out an arrest warrant and on entering the house found Green under a bed with his head and shoulders protruding. Coyle said that he knew nothing about cattle smuggling. A recommendation that the fine of £375 be reduced to £40 each was made.
29-6-1935. Former Kiltyclogher Merchant’s Claim for Damages Refused. Judge and Fairy Tales. At Manorhamilton Circuit Court, Patrick Sheehy, 12 Artillery St., Derry claimed £764 under the damages to Property Act, 1933. Mr O’Flynn, solicitor said that his client had been in business in Northern Ireland but had to leave under sentence of death. He had started a business in Kiltyclogher and did a big trade from his small store which was only 22ft by 12 feet. He was constantly busy replenishing the store with flour. The goods had been taken away he alleged by the IRA who he said had complete control of the village. The Judge said that he did not believe in fairy stories any more and dismissed the case with costs and £3 expenses.
3-8-1935. Popularising The Telephone. The Fermanagh Regional Educational Committee decided at its last meeting to purchase a telephone demonstration set for the purpose of instructing students at the Enniskillen Technical School in the use of the telephone.
3-8-1935. Fermanagh and the Ulster Senior Football Final. There was a big attendance of Fermanagh supporters at Belturbet on Sunday last as they met Cavan in the Ulster Senior Final. Fermanagh were beaten by five points by the reigning Ulster Champions. Fermanagh’s next game is the National League Final in Castlebar.
24-8-1935. All Ireland Semi-final. Cavan go forward to the All Ireland Football Final by defeating Tipperary by 1-7 to 0-8 due to a last minute goal. Cavan have been Ulster Champions since 1931 snd took their first All Ireland Senior title in 1933.
31-8-1935. Fermanagh J.P. fined £100. A Fermanagh Justice of the Peace, Francis Maguire of Killykeeghan, Marlbank, was fined £100 for harbouring two uncustomed cattle. He said that both calves had been obtained as a result of cows calving while passing through the area. A recommendation that the fine be reduced to £10 was made.
31-8-1935. Daisy Hill, Cattle Sales, Clogher. Daisy Hill, Clogher, is the centre where cattle seized by the Customs authorities are impounded and its merits and demerits as an abode and feeding ground for cattle have long been discussed at many Petty Sessions. Those who have regained possession of their cattle have been definite that their cattle did in fact deteriorate in quality.
7-9-1935. Clones Woman Dies at 103. The death has taken place at her residence at Aghafun, Clones, of Miss Barbara Donaldson at the age of 103. She leaves a brother Bennie who is 99 years old. Up to a week before her demise Miss Donaldson milked three cows morning and evening and always enjoyed excellent health. She drank very little tea and never ate meat. Her chief food was potatoes with buttermilk and in the morning porridge with buttermilk after a cup of warm water. Rev. Mr Egerton, who is 75 years old officiated at the graveside and said that Miss Donaldson taught him his religious lessons at Clough School on Sundays. The funeral was the largest in Clones or Rosslea district for years.
7-9-1935. The Future of the Broad Meadow, Enniskillen. Enniskillen Urban Council has written to the Ministry of Finance turning down their application to lease part of the area as a suggested recreation ground in connection with the new Constabulary Depot at Enniskillen. The application was for a 32 year lease plus an option for renewal for a further period with equipment etc at the Broad Meadow costing c £1,300.
7-9-1935. Motor Boat Damaged. When proceeding past long Island in Lower Lough Erne the motor boat “Enniskillen” struck a rock and damaged her propellers. The twenty-two passengers were not upset but the boat had to return to Enniskillen at a reduced speed. The boat was put in the stocks near the West Bridge.
7-9-1935.Shooting Galleries to Go. Mr J. A. Hamilton, draper, Enniskillen has written to Enniskillen Urban Council stating that shooting galleries were gathering crowds at the Diamond, Enniskillen and obstructing access to his shop and that occasional pellets had struck his window. The Town Clerk (Mr M. Richie, M.A.) said that the shooting galleries had no right on the Diamond any day of the week and explained that no action had been taken pending the possible acquisition of the Diamond property from Mrs Browne by the Council.
7-9-1935. Popular Fermanagh Teacher. The death has occurred Mr Michael McGuire, ex-N.T., Meeniclibawn, Devenish, which has taken place in the Shiel Hospital, Ballyshannon on 17th August, twelve days after undergoing an operation for a stomach complaint.. The late master was the best known and most loved figure in his native parish and his demise, as Rev. Fr. Coyle, P.P., remarked has left a void that will never be filled. He had retired after 44 years teaching in Glen East, School.
7-9-1935. Bishop’s Warning. Dances and Moral Dangers. Obligations of Parents and Guardians. Letter by Most Rev. Dr. Finegan. The Bishop of Kilmore, Dr. Finegan has sent a circular letter to all his priests regarding the recent legislation dealing with the management of public dance halls. All the clergy and responsible people of the locality should make sure that no place should be licenced unless they are sure that it will be properly conducted. “Generally speaking the dance hall, on the occasion of a public dance should close down at 11 pm. Considering that dances are usually held in the wintertime and that the working day (especially in rural areas) is over at nightfall, there is no reason why dancing should not start at 7.30 or even earlier. Dancers would have abundant time in amusement, their parents would know of the hour of their return home, and their strength for work on the following day would not be seriously impaired. There is nothing unreasonable in fixing 11 o’clock as the closing down hour.” “In connection with protracted dances” his Lordship continues, “ dancers often retire to public houses; they sometimes retire to motor cars or other shelters, where they refresh themselves and their partners with intoxicating liquers.”
21-9-1935. At Belleek Petty Sessions. Francis Keenan, auctioneer, Kiltyclogher, was charged with harbouring uncustomed goods viz a heifer on land he owned in Fermanagh. Keenan and his wife gave evidence that they had raised the animal on the farm and that Constable Nugent, Belleek was mistaken in his description of the colour of the animal. The case was dismissed.
Michael Mc Garrigle, Meenatully, Leggs, Co., Fermanagh was prosecuted for selling stale eggs and fined 20s and 12s-6d costs.
John James McGowan, Toam, Blacklion was summonsed in relation to offences involving a motor car. For no licence fined 5s and costs, no insurance 20s and costs and his licence suspended for 12 months?, and an insufficient braking system 10s and costs.
Thomas Curley, Bridge St., Irvinestown, was charged with failing to sound the horn of a motor vehicle he was driving and failing to keep a record of his current hours of employment.
21-9-1935. Big Poteen Seizure on Erne Island. Sergeant Davis, and Constables Davis, Hasson and Mc Keown of Belleek, made an important seizure of poteen on Gravelly Island, near Castle Caldwell. The find consisted of 30 gallons of wash, 30 gallons of singlings, tubs, barrels etc.
21-9-1935.Ballyshannon Harvest Fair. The usual huge throng made its way to the oldest established fair in the North. On Monday traders were fully satisfied with the good business attracted, shopkeepers and stall-holders being kept busy throughout the day.
21-9-1935. New Headmaster of Portora. Mr Ian Malcolm Stuart, M.A. is to be the new headmaster of Portora in succession to Rev. E. G. Seale, M.A.. He is an Irishman of Scottish lineage.. At Malvern College he was heavyweight boxing champion. At Trinity he was a member of the Irish running team in 1923 and capped twice for Ireland in Rugby Internationals and substitute on eight occasions. He toured South Africa with the English Rugby team in 1924.
21-9-1935. Mussolini Attacks Britain. “Many times and in many forms I have given Great Britain assurances that her interests in Abyssinia would be scrupulously safeguarded..” Signor Mussolini makes the threat that if sanctions are invoked against Italy he might be obliged to throw in his lot with revisionist nations of Europe. Signor Mussolini claimed that 10,000,000 Italians could be mobilised in a single day and yet Italy could still hold in reserve enough workmen to supply the army needs. “Today we find it monstrous that that this nation that dominates the world refuses to give us a small part of African territory.”
21-9-1935. Octogenarian to pay £25 for poteen possession at Irvinestown Court. Jas. Gallogly, Doochrock, Ederney, was fined for the possession of a still and still-head on July 14th and keeping or concealing 2¼ pints of illicit spirits.
21-9-1935. Enniskillen has a Bad Name. Council Chairman’s Remarkable Statement. Will the Six County police training depot be transferred to Enniskillen? The reconstruction of the old military barrack in Enniskillen has been going on for several months but there are recurring rumours that the depot may not be transferred to Enniskillen at all. The council is divided on the question of the price of a portion of the Broad Meadow to be offered to the Ministry of Finance for the use of the police as a sports ground. The Finance committee of the Council suggested it be sold for £300 and an amendment was made to sell it for £600. Mr. Robert Proctor then remarked that Enniskillen has a very bad name in the eyes of the police authorities, and he was sorry to say also in the eyes of the military authorities. “It has been told to me on numerous occasions that when Enniskillen got a regiment here they did not know what to charge for their rooms or for anything and the result was the military were taken out of the town because the charges were exorbitant.
21-9-1935. Formerly in Enniskillen. The Rev. Patrick Mc Nulty, CSSR., who was recently ordained in the Redemptorist Order, and is now Professor of Sacred Scripture at the College, Athenry, Galway was once employed in the post Office in Enniskillen from 1917 to 1922. He barely escaped Internment in the great round-up of 22nd May 1922 and could have ended on the “Argenta,” only that he was out of Enniskillen at the time.
28-9-1935. Fermanagh Man Shot Dead in Foul Belfast Murder. On Saturday night, Mr John McKiernan, aged 27, Drumbroughas, Newtownbutler, and proprietor of the Glen Bar, Great George’s St., Belfast was done to death by a gunman who entered his bar and shot him dead as he served behind the counter. Huge crowds turned out for the removal of his body from the Mater Hospital, Belfast, and for his funeral in Newtownbutler. He had only been in business in Belfast for nine months. His bar had been attacked during the July disturbances and his claim for compensation of £80 was listed for hearing this week. It was stated that he was due to be married shortly. He was a quiet type of man and took no part in politics. He had been a prominent member of Lisnaskea Emmet GAA Club.
28-9-1935. Pettigo Smuggling. Mr Patrick Hugh Curran of Tullyhommon, Pettigo was fined £150 with a recommendation that it be mitigated to £100 following his conviction for harbouring five head of cattle allegedly illegally imported from the Free State.
28-9-1935. No More Free Beef in the Free State – Poor People to Pay Two pence per pound of beef. The Ministry of Agriculture has made orders under the slaughter of Cattle and Sheep Acts 1934 and 1935 providing for the sale of beef in lieu of the free beef supply as formerly. Due to a scarcity of fresh beef in certain areas of Donegal a provision for canned beef to be supplied in these areas has been made and recipients will pay four pence per pound here.
28-9-1935. Enniskillen Motorist Fined 40 shillings. At Enniskillen Motor Court, Erick J. Morrison, Westville Terrace, Enniskillen, was charged with speeding in a service vehicle. Sergt. Henderson stated that on the 6th September , in the townland of Drumclea, he found the defendant driving at 40 mph and the maximum allowed for this type of vehicle was 20 miles per hour. The defendant who said that he had nothing to say was fined 40s.
28-9-1935.Saving the Battery. At Letterbreen Petty Sessions a defendant was summonsed for having an unlighted bicycle. Asked by Major Dickie, R.M. to explain his conduct he replied, “I had an electric lamp, but I did not light it because I was saving the battery.” There were hearty peals of laughter in which the magistrate and solicitors joined. He was fined 1 shilling and costs.
28-9-1935. Cavan All Ireland Victory. There was a great exodus from Fermanagh to support Cavan in their victory in the All Ireland Football Final against Kildare by a score of 3-6 to 2-5. Their team was W. Young, W. Connolly, J. Smith, M. Denneny, T. Dolan, T. O’Reilly (Mullahoran), P. Phair, H. O’Reilly, T. O’Reilly, D. Morgan, P. Devlin, J. Smallhorn, P. Boylan, L. Blessing, M. Magee. The excursion trai from Bundoran arrived in good time for Mass in the Pro-Cathedral and most Fermanagh people wore Cavan colours in support of the Ulster champions.
28-9-1935. Lisnaskea in the Eighties. Days of Johnny Patterson Recalled. Alex Booth in the Daily Express. “Have you ever heard of Johnny Patterson, stout, impish clown of the famous travelling circus, which, during the eighties was known from Derry to Cork. He was one of the shrewdest showmen Ireland has ever known. I confess I did not know of his existence until the other day I drove into straggling, sleepy Lisnaskea in County Fermanagh. As you drive along the one street you will notice – in fact you cannot miss it – a weather-beaten stone standing just a few yards from the ever-open door of the forge. To me that stone – an ungainly rather ugly piece of solid rock – seemed to strike an incongruous note. It seemed so out of place, lonely, deserted. Even the children appear to ignore it. Yet it is a stone with a history that has rung around the world. Wherever Irishmen meet it is … the Stone outside Dan Murphy’s door. It is a memorial to laughing Johnny Patterson, the clown and composer, who found in its cold hard face, inspiration for a song that even today tugs at the heart of every Irish exile. In winter Johnny and his circus rested up until their summer season.
19-10-1935. Nurses Must be Indoors at 10.30. A complain by Miss S. A. Williamson, matron of the Fermanagh County Hospital that nurses off-duty failed to return to the hospital before 10.30 p.m. with the result that night staff had to attend to the door up till 12 midnight was considered by the Hospital Committee of Management.. Mrs Verschoyle said that there must be some sort of regulations. They could not have nurses coming in at all hours of the night. The matron suggested that the doors be locked at 10.30 and nurses returning after this hour would have to enter by the emergency stairway, where she could note their entry. Mr J. J. Coulter said that nurses returning from the pictures could not possibly be in before 11.00. The committee supported the matron’s suggestion.
19-10-1935. Too Many Cattle In Lorry. John Seaney, Main St., Kesh, was charged at Donemana Petty Sessions with carrying fifteen animals in such a manner as to cause them unnecessary suffering. Victor A. Loane of Main Street, Kesh, the owner of the lorry was also prosecuted. Constable Grey stated that he stopped the lorry and there were fifteen cattle on it on their way to Derry to be shipped coming from Pettigo Fair. He said that the sides of the lorry were bulging out and one beast was lying down and the others trampling over it. Witness got Seaney to remove three of the cattle and leave them at an adjoining farm. The defendants were allowed off under the Probation of Offenders Act on payment of costs.
26-10-1935. Another Tempo Doctor. Dr. Henrietta Armstrong, Bray, Co., Wicklow, was the successful applicant as medical officer to Tempo Dispensary District. Mr E. Clarke, seconding the proposal said that they had a number of failures in Tempo, unfortunately. The people were up against a lady doctor.
26-10-1935.In The Dardanelles – Enniskillen Ex-Soldiers Still In Dug-outs. On a cold piercing night our correspondent visited houses in the Head St., Strand St., Dame St., Abbey St., and Mary St., areas of Enniskillen where there is only one lavatory for the use of 180 people. The houses are spick and span inside despite eighteen and more people crammed into each house. Most of the heads of the families have shouldered british rifles yet are allowed to live in such cramped conditions.
26-10-1935. The £100 Ford Car. A British Triumph. The £100 car, a four-seater Ford “Popular” saloon has arrived at last and is the biggest sensation of the motor show season. This vehicle was hitherto sold at £115 and is now to be sold at this remarkable price as announced by Sir Percival Perry, K.B.E. chairman of the Ford Company Ltd. He stated that the success of the car and manufacturing economies that followed have made this new low price possible. To produce a car at the “Magic” figure of £100 has been the ambition of car designers for many years. This feat is a triumph for British industry.
26-10-1935. Magistrates Decision Reversed. Maguiresbridge Man’s Appeal. Patrick Hughes Jun., Maguiresbridge appealed against the decision of magistrates at Lisnaskea Petty Sessions fining him £2 and binding him to the peace for two years on a charge of allegedly being drunk and disorderly. His Honour in view of the fact that both doctors (for the prosecution and defence) having pronounced the appellant not drunk, reversed the decision of the magistrates and dismissed the case.
26-10-1935.Pettigo News. Prices at the market on Monday were – eggs on the Free State side of the Border village 1s-1d, butter 1s-2d to 1s-6d per lb. On the Northern side eggs 1s-6d and butter 1s-1d to 1s-3d per lb. On Tuesday morning eleven head of cattle were reported stolen from the lands of Mr Owen Mc Goldrick, Crilly. The Pettigo Gardai and the Northern Police are making enquiries. Customs Officers and Gardai in ambush surprised a number of men carrying flour, meal and other provisions across the Border. One was captured and the others escaped.
26-10-1935.Badly Treated Midwife – 28 years service – £45 salary. With 28 years service Nurse Gertrude Busby, maternity nurse in the Ely dispensary district has applied to Enniskillen Rural Council for an increase in salary and stated that owing to the depression in the farming committee her practice was small and salary inadequate. Mr Elliott, the oldest member of the Council remembered proposing or seconding the lady’s appointment and said that she was very satisfactory and well liked by everyone especially the poor. It was eventually agreed to grant her a £5 increase.
2-11-1935. Castlederg Tragedy – Clergyman’s Suicide. The body of R. W. F. Henderson, Presbyterian Minister, Castlederg, Co., Tyrone was found dead at his residence on Thursday night. It appears that when the maid returned to the manse about 11 o’clock she was unable to gain admission and she heard what she thought as the report of a shot. He had apparently been shot in the head. The deceased was a native of Letterkenny, Co., Donegal.
2-11-1935. Murder Charge – Shooting of John McKiernan in Belfast. Two men have been arrested and remanded in custody in Belfast for the murder of John Mc Kiernan, publican. They were James Hull (33) a motor driver of Isabella St., and Robert Chas. Mc Clure (30) Henry St., a labourer.
2-11-1935. New Boot Factory at Carrickmacross. The first sod on the site of a new boot factory at Carrickmacross which is hoped to employ 200 hands was cut by Rt. Rev. Monsignor Keown, Dean of Clogher. It was said that Dean Keown (a native of Garrison) had given £50 to help the local Industrial Development Association.
2-11-1935. Family’s Terrible Poverty – Mother Desperately Ill. The Judge took a lenient view of a cattle stealing charge at Enniskillen Criminal Sessions after evidence given on behalf of the defendant, James Knox, by Mrs R. O. Hermon, J.P. who had visited the house as a social worker and inspected the conditions. He was charged with stealing two cattle belonging to Cassie Gallagher and had previously been of good character. His wife was desperately ill and he cared for five children and a crippled sister. When Mrs Hermon visited there were only two potatoes and some bread on the table. He was bound over for two years in personal bail of £10.
2-11-1935. Pettigo News. A very pretty marriage was solemnised at St. Mary’s Church, Pettigo, on Wednesday last. Rev. Fr. Patrick mc Cormick, C.C., officiated at the ceremony. The contracting parties were Mr Patrick Flood, Pettigo, and Miss Elizabeth Waters, Main St., Pettigo. Mr M. Flood was best man and Miss Maggie Geelin was bridesmaid.
2-11-1935. Irvinestown News. The first bricks to be manufactured by Irvinestown Brickworks Factory were made last week. The factory which supplements the old mill on the main Irvinestown to Enniskillen road is one of the largest buildings in the district.
2-11-1935.Garrison Playright. A comedy in two acts entitled: “Smuggling on the Border,” written by Mr Alfred G. McGovern, Tullyrosmearn was recently published by Messrs James Duffy, publishers, Dublin. The comedy which aptly depicts present day life on the Border is true to life and possesses a wealth of naïve humour and sparkling dialogue. It will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most popular productions that has come before the public in recent years. The author who is a long way on the sunny side of thirty was for some time a valued member of the R.D.C., a talented amayeur actor and a Gaelic footballer of note.
16-11-1935. Appalling Tragedy of the Sea – Boating Disaster off Donegal Coast – Nineteen Lives Lost. Seven members of one family perish and pitiable scenes are witnessed on Arranmore Island. About 20 people were on a boat returning to Arranmore Island when nearing the island Edward Gallagher, aged about 60, decided to take a shortcut between two large rocks and the boat struck one of them and overturned throwing everyone into the sea in darkness. Only one survived, Patrick Gallagher who clung to the boat for 15 hours. Most of the group were returning from work in Scotland and had arrived that Saturday morning in Derry and then travelled to Burtonport.
7-12-1935. Raiders Amazing Feat – Cattle Driven over Enniskillen Railway Bridge – Big Cattle Raid. Thirty-two cattle are missing from lands at Drumclay owned by Mr F. W. Hart, veterinary surgeon, Enniskillen who grazes his own cattle on the land and the land is also used by the Customs Authorities for hold cattle seized during the course of their duties. Tracks showed that the animals were driven onto the railway line and across the Weirs Bridge, a structure standing over 60 feet high and 120 yards long spanning Lough Erne. Indications show that the cattle reached Lisgoole two miles from Enniskillen in the direction of the Fermanagh Cavan border. Fifteen cattle were left behind and by this circuitous route the raiders avoided going through Enniskillen. One animal fell through the bridge and swam to safety on Holly Island.
28-12-1935. Frost In Enniskillen. Consequent upon the rain which fell in Enniskillen on Saturday, there was a severe frost and on Sunday morning the streetswere in a very slippery condition with the result that the people experienced considerable difficultyon their way to the various charches. There were several minor mishaps but no person was seriously injured. All day on Sunday hundreds were engaged in skating on the Mill Lake, this being the first occasion on which skating has been indulged in the district for a period of eight years.