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The Gordon Bennett Motor Race 1903 - Leinster Leader June 1903

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Leinster Leader, Saturday 27 June 1903 – Page 3.

An important meeting of the Committee of the Association was held on Thursday, Mr. Edward Kennedy, in the chair; also present: - Messrs Gavin Low, J.P.; R. Wilkinson, J.P.; Wm. Radcliff, J.P.; Wm. P. Delaney, C. Grimes, George H. Lennon, J.P.; Charles Bergin, Co.C.; John Curtis, V.P.; R. K. Tighe, James Ennis, R. Warren, P. O’Connor, John Kennedy, and Lorcan G. Sherlock, Secretary. Letters dealing with Mr. O’Connor’s proposal to change date of Dublin Market during Motor Race week were received from – Messrs Wm. Field, M.P.; W. Russell, J.P.; John T. Byrne, P. Leonard, J.P.; E. Kelly, J.P.; P. Greaves, Co.C.; etc. After hearing the views of quite a number of salesmen and dealers and butchers, the Committee decided by a large majority not to make any effort to have the market-day changed as any alteration would cause enormous inconvenience and possibly great financial loss to many. The Committee were however of opinion that the market might be started early and the Railway Company affording facilities those who liked might transact their business first and then travel to see the race. Mr. Kennedy having left the chair Mr. Delaney was moved thereto.

Edenderry Union

Mr. Richard Burke, vice-chairman, presided at the meeting of the Board of Guardians. In addition to the members of the No. 2 (Kildare) District Council, whose names appear below, there were also present:- Messrs. Mathew Moore, E. B. Peyton, E. J. Beaumont Nesbitt, D.L.; P. Killian and Denis Sheil, C.C.

Dr. Gavin, Rathangan, wrote asking permission to hold his dispensary on Wednesday, 1st July, instead of Thursday, 2nd, the usual day, in order to give him an opportunity of seeing the Motor Race. He would undertake to make the district acquainted with the change.– The Guardians acceded to Dr. Gavin’s request.

Naas Petty Sessions
Before Lieut-Colonel St. Leger Moore, C.B.; Baron de Robeck, D.L.; Lieut-Colonel T. J. de Burgh, D.L.; and Major Hutchinson, R.M.

The Athy magistrates wrote stating that they will grant no occasional licenses for the motor race.– The Bench decided to adopt the same course.