June 18, 2008


Some interesting articles from the pages of the Leinster Leader for 5 Feb. 1907
Leinster Leader February 5th 1907
Kildare Petty Sessions.
(From our Reporter)
The usual fortnightly Petty Sessions were held in Kildare on Thursday, before major Thackeray, R.M. (presiding), Mr. Bergin and Mr. Conlan.
Thos. Corcoran was charged by Constable Grady with being drunk on the 17th inst., and was fined 2s. 6d. and costs.
Charged by Constable Sweeney with being drunk, Thom. McDonald was fined 10s. 6d. and costs. It happened to be a fourth offence within twelve months.
Constable Stephenson summoned John Nolan for having on the 22nd ult. left a horse and car on the street without any person in charge. A fine of 2s. and costs was imposed.
The same complainant charged Peter McDonald with being drunk while in charge of an ass and car on the fair day, 22nd ult. According to the evidence of the Constable, McDonald was very drunk and was nearly falling in front of the car. He was fined 5s. and costs.
Joseph Connor was charged by Constable Stephenson with having his horse and car on the street without any person attending it. The defendant during that time was in a public house. A fine of 5s. and costs was imposed.
Eugene Dowdall charged by the same complainant, was fined 2s. and costs for allowing a horse and cart on the public street without anyone in charge.
Constable O’ Brien summoned Patk. Farrington for being drunk on the 24th ult. The defendant said he had not taken a drink for some three months previously, but on that occasion he took “a little sup”. He produced a pledge, and the case was adjourned.
Mr. Thos. K. Hinds, Railways Road, applied for a license for the sale of petrol. The application was adjourned for the purpose of enabling the local inspector to investigate the state of the premises where the storage was suggested to be.
Acting Sergeant Brennan charged John Doyle with being on the premises of Mrs. Butler with fraudulent intent on the night of the 3rd ult. When passing it appeared that Acting Sergeant Brennan heard the striking of a match in a shed which was off the road, but very near the chapel. He immediately went into the place, where he found there was a quantity of hay and some mattresses.-The defendant said he wanted to go in to light his pipe.
Previous convictions were proved against the defendant including one for cattle stealing in Naas. He was now sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour.
 (P.8 from an article on the G.A.A. by 'Thigeen Roe.')
I am going to add to my long list of celestial well-wishers three more, namely, Father Ramsbottom, Jack Fitzgerald, and William Gogarty. The Kildare-Monasterevan match was fixed for Last Sunday at Monasterevan and duly advertised. At the County Committee meeting it was arranged that either Father Ramsbottom or Jack Fitzgerald should referee the match. This precaution was deemed necessary, owing to the fact that the game was being played on the grounds of one of the competing teams. On Sunday both teams turned out punctually to time, and there was no referee. Neither of the gentlemen turned up. Father Ramsbottom was advertised on the posters as the referee. Why did he not turn up? A large crowd had assembled to witness the game and they were disappointed. Such disappointments are too frequent in Gaelic circles, and to them is due the general public apathy towards the Gaelic games.
 (P. 8)
The boys of Cumann Naomh Padraig wish through your columns to thank the people of Kildare for their generous contribution to their new football club. The following is a list of the subscriptions-Rev. Father Campion, P.P., 6s; Christian Brothers, 5s; Dr. Rowan, 7s; Mr. C. Bergin, Co. C., 5s; Mr. J. Nolan, 2s; Mr. H. Buxton, 2s; Mr. Gavin, 2s; Mr. A. Wilberforce, 2s; Mr. J. Cosgrove, 2s; Mr. M. J. Kennedy, 2s; 1s. each- Mr. R. Kingston, Miss Mahon, Mr. G. McNabb, Mr. James Conway, and Mr. E. Heffernan; Mrs. Southwell, Mr. P. Hodgins, Mr. T. Harte, Mr. M. Fox, Miss Lawlor, Mr. J. Hennessy, Miss Bergin, Miss O’ Connor, Mr. T. Ryan, Miss Heffernan, a. Gael, A Friend, A Gael, Mr. P. Burke, Mr. c. Burke, Mr. Dennehy, Mrs. Bratron, Mrs. Fitxpatrick, Mr. J. Moore, junr.; Mr. C. McCann, Mr. W. Keaning, Constable O’ Brien, 6d; Constable Horgan, 6d; Rev. Father Campion, P.P., has honoured the club by accepting the presidency thereof, and it is not less honoured in having as vice-president Dr. Rowan, who is known to all said lover of boys and their sports. Master James Cosgrove acts as secretary to the club, and Master Laurence Ryan as captain of the team with Master Joseph Ryan as vice-captain. The following are members-Laurence Ryan, Joseph Ryan, James Cosgrove, Patrick Hodgins, Thomas O’ Grady, Patrick Noone, James Kelly, James Maher, Ernest Thomas, Thomas Mullally, Frank Mullally, Martin Hyland, Christy Kinsella, Patrick Kelly, Matthew Dooney, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Patrick Ryan. The rules to be followed are those of the G.A.A. The jersey adopted is a uniform green. On the breast is a white shamrock, bearing the initials C.N.P. The whole outfit is of Irish manufacture supplied by an eminent Dublin firm. Further subscriptions to the club will be gratefully acknowledged by Master J. Cosgrove, Market Square, Kildare.

p. 8. ? of same issue

The following letter was read:-Titusville, Naas, 29th January, 1907. Gentlemen,-With reference to your resolution of last Wednesday giving the well-deserved increase of £25 per year each to all the medical officers of your staff except myself I beg to lay before you a few facts which should show you the gross injustice of your exclusion. First, the amount of work to be done in this hospital has almost doubled since my appointment. Compare the numbers for they 1896 and 1907. 1896-In fever hospital, 82; infirmary, 570; total, 652. 1906-In fever hospital, 175; infirmary, 1,016; total, 1,191. Total increase, 539. Second, I have been nearly 23 years in the service of the Board. Third the number of important and serious surgical operations now performed in this hospital and the number of lives saved thereby. All these surgical operations entail an amount of trouble, anxiety, and responsibility on me which, I am sure, if the Board only understood, they would be slow to endorse the statement made by a member last week that the medical officer of the workhouse had not the same responsibility as a dispensary doctor. According to the circular of Dr. Smyth, when he was a candidate for this position, it is ‘the most important and responsible medical appointment in the patronage of the Board.’ No one rejoices more than I do at you recognition of the claims of the other medical officers for their work is hard and their responsibility great, but so is mine, and, as I said before, I have been working for nearly 23 years in your service.-               Yours, etc.,
The Chairman remarked that the number of cases in Dr. Murphy’s district was 1,263, in Dr. Coady’s 1,191, while the next largest, that of Dr. Roantree, was only 725. The serious cases occurring in the other districts, too, were shifted in Dr. Coady’s, and any surgical operations to be performed had to be done by him.
Mr. Foynes said Dr. Coady could save as much as the difference to Union in three or six months.
The Clerk said he thought what was intended to be conveyed by the statement that Dr. Coady had not the same responsibility as the others was that he did not incur the same travelling expenses.
The Chairman said the initial salary in the case of Dr. Coady was £130, and the Guardians had arranged to give him £5 extra from the 1st April next. The initial salaries of the other doctors, except Dr. Ewing, were £125, and the Board arranged to give those doctors and increase of £25 bringing them up to £150, and leaving the medical officer of the workhouse £15 less than any other dispensary doctor except Dr. Ewing, whose salary was a separate and special on. There was at present a dispensary vacant, and they would fill the position next week. The gentleman who would be appointed then would begin at £125, and in a couple of months he would jump to £150, leaving behind after what they might call a few days service, a man who had been 23 years in the service of the Union.
Mr. Foynes: Its’ absurd.
The Chairman said he did not press that view in face of the fact that the Board had unanimously decided by the adoption of a resolution that day week that they would take into consideration any retrospective scheme, but that the doctors should start level from the 1st.

 Some interesting articles from the pages of the Leinster Leader for 5 Feb. 1907

[compiled,  typed and edited by Cill Dara Historical Society]

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