News from Ireland - 1857-The Irish-American on Co. Antrim

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News from Ireland - 1857-The Irish-American on Co. Antrim

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NEWS FROM IRELAND - 1857 NEWS FROM IRELAND The following transcriptions are from the New York City newspaper The Irish-American. Spellings are as they appear in the newspaper.

August 15th edition Antrim On Friday, the 17th ult., Mr. George C. HYNDMAN put up for sale two farms, named respectively the Battery farm and Kerney Hill farm, situate in the parish of Glenwherry. Lot 1 contained 29a and over, statute measure, producing a profit rent of 24 pounds, 8s. 2d. Mr. J. McCULLAGH was declared the purchaser at 670 pounds. Lot 2 contained 40a and over, statute measure, and producing a profit rent of 24 pounds. Mr. SAYERS was declared the purchaser at 600 pounds. On Tuesday, the 14th ult., two boys from Ballygarvey, near Ballymena, went to swim off the quay of Portrush, when one of them named BEATTY was drowned.

August 22nd edition Antrim On Monday, 27th ult., a man named David BELL, who resided at Ballee, and who had been employed at Leighlamohr bleach green, adjoining Ballymena, was found to have committed suicide, having suspended himself by the neck with a handkerchief, fastened to a projection in the apartment connected with the engine house in which he was employed. His rash act is implicated to delirium tremens.

September 12th edition Antrim >From the Banner of Ulster: The number of rural laborers crossing the Channel from this port in search of employment at the English and Scottish harvest, is much less than it was some years ago. Indeed, the supply seems smaller than that of last year. The reapers, however, in most cases, evidently belong to a more comfortable and better class than those who formerly "cut the hay and corn" for our neighbors on the other side of the water. They are generally stalwart young men, from Antrim, Down and Armagh, who might obtain plenty of employment at home, but prefer higher wages elsewhere. A large portion of the harvesters emigrating this season travel by rail from the inland counties to Dundalk, Newry and Londonderry. Nearly a thousand left the last-named port yesterday, by the steamer for Glasgow. Fleetwood is also a favorite port of debarkation. The Professorship of Materia Medica in Belfast College, vacant by the death of Dr. Horatio STEWART, has been filled by the appointment of Dr. Seaton REID to the chair.

September 19th edition Antrim More rioting took place in Belfast on Sunday, the 23rd ult., arising out of circumstances somewhat analogous to the street-preaching disturbances in New York. On the day mentioned, no less than two preachers, Mr. MATEER and Mr. HARTRICK, made their appearance on the line of quay extending from the bridge to the Custom House and in the direction of the steamship sheds. It appears that this thoroughfare is much frequented by the Catholics of Belfast, going and returning from the Island, a favorite place of recreation; and the assemblage there of a large body of the opposite party soon led to a collision which might have resulted seriously but for the presence of a strong force of constabulary. As it was, several assaults were committed and three parties were arrested: Neill COLLINS, Economy Place; Francis McCOURT, Millfield, Catholic; and Henry GREGORY, Ballymacarrett, Protestant. McCOURT was charged with encouraging a mob to throw stones in Albert Place, and COLLINS with being disorderly and assaulting persons unknown in the same locality. Several complaints were made by Catholics who had been attacked, but the parties charged were not arrested. On the 20th ult., the steamer Duke of Cambridge, Captain ROBERTS, on her passage from Dublin to Belfast, struck on a low rock off Ballywater, in a heavy fog. Owing to the praiseworthy exertions of the captain and crew she was got off immediately without having sustained any damage.

September 26th edition Antrim The rioting caused by street preaching on each Sunday, in Belfast, was continued on the 30th ult., notwithstanding a promise made in one of the city newspapers that public preaching would be discontinued for the present. Mr. MATTEER endeavored to hold forth from the steps of the Custom House, but was obliged to desist, representations having been made to the Chief Constable of Police of the danger of a riot. Some of the crowd assembled at the Custom House, hearing that there was to be preaching in Eliza Street, proceeded there, and found a ranter about to hold forth; but when he saw the crowd approach somewhat hurriedly, he retreated into a meeting or school house; after which the crowd were attacked by a number of females, respectably dressed, who carried parasols in conunction with their tongues, which they used upon the throng, calling them, "Pound loaning sweeps" and saying it was horrid of them not to hear "the word of God" on Sunday. For this year, the direct emigration from Belfast to any part of the Continent of America, has entirely ceased. It has decreased from year to year, until, at length, it became almost a nullity, as compared with the local emgration statistics of former years. It is not, however, to be understood from this, that the actual emigration from the northern portion of Ireland fell off in the same proportion. The direct ports of departure for emigrations at present are Liverpool and Greencok; and to these ports our northern emigrants proceed (passage free) by steamer, to join their respective ships. Captain McBRIDE has received 2 pounds 4s. 2d., being a collection from the workers in the flax spinning mill belonging to Messrs. McCONNELL and KENNEDY, Falls Road, Belfast, from Mr. John ROBINSON, manager, for the purpose of assisting the poor people landing on the quays of that city in a most deplorable condition, from England and Scotland.
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