Stories from Old Newspapers

Dungarvan Observer 2 March 1918

Sinn Féin Branch Formed in Ballyduff and Macollop    By E. A. Murphy

On Sunday, February 24th…. a public meeting was held in Ballyduff to organise a Sinn Féin Club in the combined parishes of Ballyduff and Macollop.  Mr P. O’Sullivan, President of Kent Sinn Féin Club, Lismore; Mr. J. O’Gorman, Lismore; and Captain James Madden of the Irish Volunteers, Lismore were the speakers.

The large crowd….gave the speakers an enthusiastic reception.  Mr. O’Sullivan….explained the objects for which the meeting was called, and explained what Sinn Féin stands for.  Mr. O’Gorman…. In his handling of the subject proved himself to be a very able speaker.

Captain James Madden…..treated on the industrial side of Sinn Féin in an able manner.  The meeting was brought to a close by Mr. O’Gorman’s fine rendering of “The Soldier’s Song”, in which the crowd joined.  After the meeting sixty people handed in their names as members.  Mr. John Daly was elected President; Mr. John Cashin, Hon. Sec., and Mr. James Quirke, Treasurer.  The Ballyduff and Macollop Corps of Volunteers attended in full strength.