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 Co Tipperary Independent & Tipperary Free Press 4 August 1900

United Irish league – Ardmore Branch

A public meeting was held in Ardmore on Sunday in furtherance of the objects of the United Irish League. A number of police were present from Cappoquin, Lismore, Dungarvan, etc., under District Inspector Egan, and with them a government note-taker. The D.I. having approached Rev. Father Queally on the subject, the note-taker was accommodated with standing room on the platform. During the day the proceedings were enlivened by the Old Parish and Ardmore fife and drum bands. Mr M. Cunningham, R.D.C., proposed that Father Queally take the chair, seconded by Mr M. Flavin, Co Councilor…the Parish Priest, Father Walsh, was absent through illness…He had a letter from him enclosing 2 towards the General Election Fund, which would be started in the parishes of Grange and Ardmore on the first Sunday of September. It was many years since he [Rev. Queally] had seen such a splendid gathering. Having dwelt on the necessity for unity and organization, the Rev. Chairman exhorted all to work on the lines of the U.I.L. and as a result they would soon have their Parliament in College Green. William Spratt, R.D.C.,proposed the following:

1: Approve the programme adopted at the great convention held recently in Dublin.

2. We hail with delight the existence once more of a United Irish Parliamentary Party…like a solid wall to block the way of the British House of Commons until Legislative Independence is restored to Ireland.

3. Pledge to subscribe to a fund to defray the expenses of the General Election.

4. People of Grange/Ardmore pledge to form a branch of U.I.L…whereby felonious and oppressive landlordism can be swept away…

5. We call on the government to amend the Labourers’ Act to enable labourers to purchase their own holdings.

6. We approve of better housing for the working classes both in town and country.

Mr. Cunningham, R.D.C. seconded the resolutions. Mr. J.J. Shee, M.P., Mr. A Heskin, Tallow, and Col. Fitzgerald supported the resolutions.  


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