I come from quite the Irish line of ancestors as my sister has discovered over several years of doing the family history. What is astonishing at this moment in time is the amount of information that can be obtained through modern technology. In any event Kathy was able to get in touch with another of the ancestors who we never knew existed and this person sent her a pdf copy of an article found in the Freemans Journal 1763-1924. This story happened in the 1880's and rarely has reading anything made me more proud of our Irish ancestors. And, the way the priests in those days took the side of the British pretty much explains why when the Barry's got to this country, one of our great grandmothers told the family, "Never again will we set foot in a Catholic church or have anything to do with priests." I've never forgotten that family story and this excerpt below explains why very well.
This pertains to the Barry side of our family from which our grandmother Irene Barry descended. Seems there was a move on to evict Irish from some land and homes and the sub sheriff, Mr. Hobson, had the duty to remove a Miss Barry from her farm. Here's what happened.
"On arrival of the sheriff at Miss Barry's house the premises were found barricaded with wood and stones. Boards had been nailed up against the windows, and everything around the domicile betokened that a stubborn resistance was to be anticipated. A crowd of some three hundred people had collected and they cheered and groaned with such vigour that Capt Seagrave intimated that if they did not desist he would have them dispersed by the policemen with staves.
The sheriff's men then commenced to ply their tools on the barricaded window and gable wall at the end of the house. Gradually at each blow of the sledge hatchet the masonry began to give way, and the boarding to split into fragments, until at length an aperature was made.
No sooner had an opening been made in the wall than the woman Julia Barry presented herself to the gaze of the onlookers, shouting defiance at the police, telling them to come on, and that she would give them and the bailiffs plenty of it. The hoarse cries of the men were heard shouting and cheering inside and after a wild scene of this sort which lasted some minutes, a series of violent incidents followed. The aperatures through the window and end of the house had been betimes forced wide until forms of those within were discernable. They threw stones at the police and bailiffs, two of the latter being struck, and several of the missiles, which, small at first, rained fast in all directions, struck even some of the onlookers. The stoning went on vigorously, and then large boulders were flung through the window by the occupants of the house and the sheriff and bailiffs were driven back.
The party in the house numbered four men with Julia Barry, two of her brothers, Thomas and William Barry and the others, John Fitzgibbon and John Dennehy. The latter brandished huge hay forks in their hands and Dennehy stood in the breach, crying that he had but one life to lose, and was prepared to lose it for his home. Hot water was also thrown out, and affairs reached such a pitch that Captain Seagrave ordered District Inspector Rice to bring up a detachment of police, some twenty going to fix bayonets and preceed to the support of the bailiffs.
Th police marched into the house with fixed bayonets but were repulsed by the men with the hay forks, Mr. Rice being stabbed in the jaw and bleeding, while constables and bailiffs were more or less bruised and mauled."
Then along came the priest, a Father Ryan who told the police he wanted to "interfere with a view to allaying the passions of those in the house." More hot water and stones were flung out. Father Ryan was asked to try again and after talking with the Barry's through the window, the police were let in and those inside were taken prisoner after more of a struggle which included kicking and hitting the police.
"Father Ryan shouted out to the people not to throw stones at the police against whom cries of "shame" were raised when some of the spectators considered the woman was not being treated fairly. Her sister, Alice Barry, made a rush at a constable and dealt him a blow whereat there was a cheer. Dennehy fought like a maniac, and police had to knock him on his head and chest before they could handcuff him. The four men and Julia Barry were subsequently brought before Captain Seagrave and remanded, bail for their appearance being refused.
Father Ryan expressed a hope to District Inspector Rice that he had not been hurt." Yes, be very solicitous toward your British overlords.
I can picture all this stone and hot water throwing, hay forks at the ready, kicking and screaming while trying to get the police from taking their home. I admire their fight.