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This week I am going have a look at the Shamrock Club, which was situated in Silver Street (Connolly Street), Nenagh. As was previously mentioned in a previous post, this well-known establishment from a bygone era was the building where the Nenagh Branch of the ITGWU was founded in 1918. So what about the history of this former Nenagh landmark?

According to Nenagh and it’s Neighbourhood (1948) by E. H. electricity cost per kwh south africa Sheehan: “ the Shamrock Club, the premises of [this] Labour Club, was occupied for many years by Doctor Neil Quin, who was a well-known medic of the 1800’s. He had there an elegant and commodious residence. It later acquired the name ‘Silverton’. Also residing in the premises was Rev. lafayette la gas prices Maurice Studdart, who was a native of Clare.” This entrant on E. H. Sheehan’s book then states that: “ Doctor Quin had married Miss Harriet Harding of Beechwood, Nenagh in 1826, and the doctor passed away in 1880 at the age of 84. Miss Harding herself was related to the Holmes family and to Sir Francis Osbourne, Bart.”

To understand how much a socialist community the Nenagh area has traditionally been for generations, it maybe an idea to look at the different factions which were deeply rooted across North Tipperary. As is stated on grantonline.com: “Agrarian unrest first appeared around 1760. electricity voltage in china And essentially occupied the period until 1805 as a non-political organization responding to particular grievances by the lowest classes. It was said that these groupings were organized to defend common interests.”

Some of the factions which were known to exist in the area were the Whiteboys – 1761-65, Oakboys – 1763, Houghers – 1778-79, Rightboys – 1785-88, Defenders – 1795, Threshers – 1806-07, Caravat Whiteboys 1813-16. Ribbonmen 1819-20 and the Rockites – 1821-24. electricity outage houston According to Lossening the Chains (2003) by Ger Lewis, there was also the Shanavests, whose foundation is traced to 1805. According to an entrant in Ger Lewis’s book, they were ‘ a vast trade union for the protection of the peasantry‘.

Faction fighting was a phenomenon unique to nineteenth century Ireland. gas laws worksheet answers chemistry Factions were armies of country people, numbering hundreds or even thousands, armed with sticks and stones, and, occasionally, with swords and guns. Their battle grounds were fair greens, market places, race courses and frequently streets of towns and villages. Many people were killed and scores wounded in the most famous encounters. The fighting was first reported … in Tipperary and quickly spread to all parts of the country except the North-East. No fair, market, pattern-day or any public gathering was complete without its faction fight. wd gaster cosplay tutorial In 1836 alone, over 100 faction fights were reported in a single county — Tipperary.

In a further entrant in Breaking the Chains it is reported that in 1824, matters became so serious that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Ireland ordered that a Select Committee of the House of Commons to hold an enquiry into the phenomenon. On completion the report detailed the number of factions in the Nenagh area as The Cummins, the Darrigs, the Kellys, the Kilmartins from Toomevara, the Bogboys from Capparoe, and the Dingers, which comprised the Kennedy’s of Kilmore, the Ryan’s of Ballinaclough and the Gleesons (possibly of Benedine according to the publication). The book goes onto state the there was also the Dawsons faction, which comprised of the Seymours and Breens, who were assisted by the mob from Nenagh. Other surnames mentioned were the O’Brien’s of Ballywilliam and Carrigatoher and the O’Kennedy’s fought the decendents of the the Ulstermen who were left behind when the Ulster Earls made their way through the Tipperary hills during the seventeenth century on their way to and from the Battle of Kinsale; the names here included the Carey’s, Quigley’s, Doherty’s, Carrs, Nolan’s, Farrells and O’Tooles. electricity invented timeline It is stated in Breaking the Chains that: “ there is scarcely a surname of all those listed above that does not appear on the register of the Nenagh Branch to the year of publication.”

“What emerges from the relatively scanty records of the early years of the Nenagh Branch is that the members were a determined, clever, courageous, energetic lot, who favoured direct action, but were quite prepared to negotiate and argue their case in any forum. Within a year they had declared May Day 1919 a public holiday and held a 1,500 strong public parade through the streets of Nenagh. A few months later they had organised a General Strike during the Christmas period in 1919, which closed most shops and left the town without a power supply as workers in the gas works joined the strike. They helped to form up to nineteen other branches in North Tipperary. A two-day strike was organised in 1920 in sympathy with Sinn Féin hunger strikers in Mountjoy. Over 800 members paraded in Nenagh at the height of the Civil War in April 1922 during a one-day strike of protest against military dictatorship from any quarter and in any form.”

Now I wonder if that last parade, as is mentioned in Breaking the Chains, is also the one and the same march which was suggested to me was organised during the War of Independence/Civil War period against a military law which forbid planned marches. electricity transmission efficiency It was said to me that a parade of Branch members was organised to march from the Shamrock Club through the streets of Nenagh. As the crowds gathered and swelled, the local Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) sergeant arrived and to warn the organisers that their actions was against a law which banned marches or gatherings like they were planning. The sergeant explained the position he was in if the march went ahead and turned to leave the organisers decide what they were going to do next, however, as the sergeant left he turned to utter one more comment on the matter. He said: “Walking in lines of three does not constitute a march.”

And there you have it. The founding of the ITGWU on Nenagh and it’s strength, support and boldness at the time. If you would like to add to this, or even correct me on anything, please comment to this post or contact us at our Facebook page. My next post will have a quick look at the Shamrock Club, so if anyone has any information or images on it please contact us at the Nenagh James Connolly Branch.