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Local pet owner speaks of vicious park attack that left terrier dead Calls for tougher laws and penalties
A Lucan resident has spoken of her recent terrifying ordeal which resulted in the death of her beloved pet dog. The woman who wishes to remain anonymous was out walking in the Hermitage Park area of Lucan when the vicious attack took place. Speaking to the Informer, the By Paul O'Connell woman recounted how just as herself and her little dog Oscar were prize the jaws of this determined nearing the end of their routine pitbull,” she said. Oscar's brave owner received stroll, they were attacked by what she described as an American bites and bruises herself when she tried in vain to bring the attack to a Pitbull terrier. “We were on our last lap of halt, and she insists if it weren't for Hermitage Park and heading back a bracelet she was wearing her home when we came across the injuries would have been much American Pitbull Terrier dog which more severe. “I was covered in deep bites and I thought was a stray, as it had no owner present at first, no collar, bruises trying to save Oscar, punchlead or muzzle, within moments it ing and kicking the other dog which would not let go. I was attacked my dog unprovoked. "I just felt so helpless and just wearing a scalar energy bracelet wanted it to stop but nothing would which was snapped off my arm, I
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believe this bracelet prevented my arm from being severely bitten. She added that even the intervention of a number of locals in the area could not prevent the attack from continuing. “Several people arrived at the scene to help but nothing would make this dog stop, not even hitting it with golf sticks. The pitbull only stopped when he thought my dog was dead as he was lifeless.” The local vet informed Oscar's owner that he had never seen injuries from a dog attack as severe in his whole career, and at first Oscars chances of survival were extremely slim. “Liam Moriarty from Hermitage Vet followed procedures they needed to follow in order to
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This is the fall in value in Dublin houses from 2007 to 2012. We can now say that this was the total fall because prices have started to rise again. The CSO publishes an index based on house prices at January 2005. So house prices went from 100 in January 2005 to 137.8 in April 2007 to 60.8 in August 2012. Since then the index hasn't fallen. It hasn't risen much either, currently standing at 63.5. The fall gives an indicator of the loss in value for those who bought at the toip of the market.
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save him, he had 5% chance on the Friday, within a few days that jumped up to 50%. We thought our dog was going to cheat death, but unfortunately not this time, he managed to hang on for his dear life for 10 days until he finally passed away“ Recounting how Oscar had entered and enriched her family and friends life, she recalls: “We rescued Oscar from Ashtown pound back in 2005, at the time Ireland was putting down on average 60,000 dogs per year. If we didn't choose Oscar that day, he would've certainly been put to sleep the following day, and what a gem Oscar turned out to be. "He was a Cairn Terrier cross, and was surrendered by his previous owner. He was so adored by everyone who met him & only recently he was the star of my Godchild's 7th birthday party. Oscar was the reason so many of our friends would admit they have dogs
with Paul O'Connell today, he touched so many people's lives.” “Hard pill for us to swallow...”
The devastated dog lover went on to agonisingly explain how much pain and suffering the whole traumatic incident has had on her life, saying: “This is not the what we had envisioned how our little fella would end his days, he did not deserve this ending. We cherished Oscar so much & it's a hard pill for us to swallow knowing he will never come home. Everything is a reminder even going out for a night and dreading not being greeted at the front door on our return home, our house is so much quieter without him.” The American Pitbull Terrier involved in the attack has since been destroyed and Oscar's distraught owner finished by calling for stronger laws and punishments when it comes to dog ownership.” n The main picture here shows Oscar a day after the attack, and below before the incident. The inset picture shows injuries to Oscar's owner's hand in the attack. We couldn't use most of the pictures taken after the attack.
Family Fitness at Farmleigh September 1st
Family Fitness Weekend runs from 11am until 5pm. An action-packed weekend at Farmleigh is promised with Archery, Wall-Climbing, Mountain Biking, Zorbing and much more for all the family to enjoy. Food Markets will also be present in the Farmyard from 10am-5pm, and a selection of superb food produce by artisans from around Ireland will be available. Music will be provided in the Bandstand with Cold Comfort in the Pleasure Grounds from 2pm – 4pm. Cold Comfort's music has been described as 'a cocktail of blues, rock & roll and country' and the band has cultivated a dedicated cult following. Their influences range from Neil Young and The Velvet Underground to Rory Gallagher, but they go beyond these influences to create a unique and eclectic sound scape. All are welcome. For more information log onto Farmleigh.ie.
Lucan Festival 2013 23rd ~ 29th September
(near the Credit Union) on our Village Day 29th September. From Tues 24th there will be an exhibition about Lucan House and Demesne in the back Lounge of Kenny's. This will run until lunchtime Friday 27th. Each day the exhibition will be open from 11.30 am until late evening. There will also be 3 historical walks around the Village. These will take place on Tues, Thurs and Saturday mornings at 11 am. Details of starting locations will be announced at a later date.
Drugs worth €500,000 seized and man held at Lucan Garda Station
Gardai have seized cocaine with an estimated street value of €500,000 (pending analysis) following a search operation in Ronanstown. The discovery was made when Gardai attached to Ronanstown Drugs Unit and Detective Unit recently searched a house in the Ronanstown. A male aged in his late 30s was arrested at the scene and was detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996, at Lucan Garda Station.
If you have talent either as an individual or a group we would like to hear from you . This years covered outdoor stage will be available on Sunday 29th September to showcase your talents. Please contact lucan-festival.com Remember the Lucan Tram will be coming back to pay us a visit. You will be able to board it and go up the stairs to the open top deck. There will be panels about the 1913 Lockout and also the history of the Lucan Tram Company. We also hope to have a 1940s double decker bus (remember being able to run after it and jump onto the open platform). Both of these will be on display in Main Street
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We have to pay for our water...
In a country where most of us have seen our incomes drastically cut over the last few years, while taxation and prices steadily rise, yet another new tax seems like a stop too far for many of us. But next year we will all have to pay directly for the water we use. As I write a couple of weeks of fine weather has come to a dramatic end and the news is showing water flowing through the front gate of Trinity College. So why should we be paying for stuff that we tend to feel we have far too much of here in Ireland. Shouldn’t it be free like the air we breath? A simple answer is that the air we breath doesn’t have to be cleaned to make it safe, piped to our homes, or piped away again after we’ve finished with it. Yes, we need it as much as we need air, but it needs treatment and delivery systems to make it useable – ask those in third world countries who don’t have access to clean water about this if you don’t believe me. And think about whether you want to die young of water born disease. So it has to be paid for one way or another – either through new household taxation or existing taxes. At the moment it comes out of general taxation – that is from income tax and from indirect taxes such as VAT.
...but is it our water?
The question is, is this a sensible way to pay for it? Not in my book it isn’t and to explain why I want to talk more about our water supplies and how we use them. Here in Ireland we each use a little over 1300 cubic metres a year, of which 30% is Irish water and 70% is used by us in other countries – mostly countries that are short of water. By comparison people in the UK use 1285 cubic metres, but three quarters of that comes
from elsewhere, while Americans use nearly 3000 cubic metres, with only 20% originating elsewhere. Kenyans, use 1100 cubic metres, Peruvians 1000 cu metres, Egyptians 1300 and Palestinians 1000 cu metres. Why did I pick those countries as examples? If you go down to your local supermarket you will see that many of our vegetables come from those poor countries. They are irrigating their land with fossil water that has collected over millenia in order to get income by selling the vegetables to us – in other words they are selling us their future water supplies. You didn’t see Palestine on the labels? Israel diverts the water from Palestine to irrigate it’s own fruit and vegetable production.
Where will we get the water?
But back to basics. Our population is growing, which means we are using more water. Where is it going to come from? There are lots of options. First and foremost we have enormous wastage of water in this country. Depending on where you live in Ireland somewhere between 40% and 60% of the water that leaves the reservoir won’t reach the taps, being lost through leaks. And before you scream about the public water supply, check that it isn’t being lost in your own system – many of us have leaks between the mains and the house, or actually in or under the house. A water meter would spot that so that repairs could be made. It also costs money to trace and repair all the leaks in the public part of the system. The alternative is to build more reservoirs, losing agricultural land and scenic valleys to increase water storage, and paying out for land and construction. Or to build the suggested massive water diversion scheme to pipe the contents of the Shannon to Dublin.
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A 'right' to free water?
And all this because we, in the Dublin area, feel that we have a 'right' to use as much water as we want without paying for it. Lets look at this in more detail. How much water does it take to clean you teeth? Think back to the last time you were at the dentist’s. They did all that work in your mouth and you had your teeth professionally cleaned and just how much water did you need to rinse with afterwards? Half a glassful? A glassful? Did you need to have the tap running all the time the cleaning was going on? Of course not – and at home it only takes a glassful too. Likewise think about what you do in the shower. How many of my readers turn on the power shower full blast and then apply shower gel or shampoo with the water running? It is quicker and easier to get clean if you turn the water off. Most cars can actually be washed using two buckets of water – I have a car van and even that can be cleaned with two buckets full. And the dirty water can be used to water the garden. I’ve got water butts on all the down pipes of my house too, and those can be used for cleaning the car as well as watering the garden. The thunder storm that got me thinking about this was enough to refill them all after the July heatwave.
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Even without those water butts a mixture of home saving and thinking about what is in the products we buy has me and my family well under the average figure for Ireland. So why should we pay for other people to be irresponsible with the water supply? Of course there is a basic minimum we all need. I’m not suggesting anyone in Ireland should stop drinking the stuff or washing themselves, the dishes, or their clothes. Or that we should stop eating because of the water that is used, both here in Ireland and in other countries to produce our food. But it is certainly a fact that when metering and separate bills have been introduced in other countries consumption has immediately fallen, and it is also a fact that Ireland is the only country in the OECD where we don’t pay separately for water. Surely it isn’t beyond the wit of the Department of Environment to devise a scheme whereby we all get a basic allowance to cover what we actually need, as against what we would like to have, and pay for the rest? There are lots of on line water footprint calculators out there if you want to work out what you are actually using and how easy it would be to cut it back. My favourite is this one http://www.waterfootprintkemira. com/meter - though it takes a while to load. So maybe those taxes would actually pay for us to fix the leaks in the system and save us all the cost of building new collection, storage and delivery systems.
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And whether the rain is pouring or the sun is splitting the stones as you read this – and I really wouldn’t be wanting to work for Met Éireann at the moment – enjoy the summer. I’m off outside to pick the raspberries which have grown without any watering at all.
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Lough fishing for salmon Satellite spotting from your garden I’m back from a super two days fishing lough fish head and tail on my boat partners top fishing for salmon in Mayo with friends. There dropper and absolutely empty his reel of line in is nothing like a fishing trip with the lads as it is 10 seconds flat. Unfortunately this ended in a an opportunity for endless entertainment when slack line before we even had the engine started belittling a friend’s angling prowess and the size to chase the fish. A well rested 'Springer' is an of his fish! incredible fish and in such a shallow lake it Such jesting is essential when salmon angling requires a bit of luck and coordination between as if weather conditions are not on your side it the people on board to land one of these fish on can be long days of no fish. This time however the fishing gods smile on us! Between our two a single handed trout rod! All fish were released boats we had ten salmon over two days and we without harm. hooked and lost a few more. I managed to boat Keith McDonnell is a fly fishing guide and four fish and had one amazing drift where I rose instructor and big trout nut based in Dublin. four fish, hooked three of them and landed www.fluffchucker.com two. Sounds like a numbers game? In reality, on the second day we left the taking salmon to try for some sea trout as it was starting to get too easy with the salmon and we aren’t a greedy bunch. We were fishing flies close to the surface, so we could see the salmon coming up to take the fly with an explosion! A few of the fish we got were coloured Spring Salmon that looked to have been in the lake for a couple of months. One of the highlights for me was seeing a very large n Alan Cahill hooks a big Salmon
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Our recent great weather has meant that we often enjoyed many clear nights to view the sky. I spent a few evenings outside stargazing and was taken aback by how many things we could see from Dublin! First of all, I noticed several satellites passing through the sky. These can be recognised as objects moving through the sky at a steady speed with no flashing lights (satellites don’t use lights, so if you do see any flashing or coloured light on the object, you can immediately discount it as being something other than a satellite). Some satellites rotate in the space, meaning that the satellite can fade in and out as light is reflected from their solar panels and antennae. One particularly well-known type of satellite that lights up is called an Iridium Flare. There are 66 active Iridium satellites in orbit (with some spares), and are owned by Iridium Communications Inc. When they flare up, their highly reflective, door-sized antennae catch the Sun’s light and ‘beam’ it down onto a relatively small area approximately 10km across. If an observer is in this region, the satellite can be seen to flare up magnificently, and can often be the brightest thing in the sky. This time of year is great for satellitespotting, as the sun doesn’t go too far below the horizon, meaning that some of the lower altitude satellites will be lit up from our viewpoint. A great website to help you with
your satellite spotting is www.heavensabove.com. Simply select your location from the map (the option is near the top of the homepage), and then you can get predictions for a host of satellites in the menus further down. Many of the satellites you will see are, in fact, space junk: namely leftover rocket farings from launches in the 70s and 80s. However, spotting the satellites and learning a bit about their history is truly fascinating and rewarding! You can get your equipment to scan the Dublin sky at nightskyoptics.com.
n The image above gives an idea of just how many satellites are in orbit around Earth
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Garden Growing With Gerry Norton The sun finally comes out to play In last month's edition I wondered if the nice weather that we enjoyed in early June would continue. Following a spell of awful weather in late June the sun has 'come out to play' and if any of the long range forecasters are to be believed we may have sun and warmth up to September. What an amazing effect a real summer has on us all, physically and mentally. It helps us to forget about stuff like the Troika and all the other pressures that we have to deal with on a daily basis. Insect attack
The hot weather has resulted in vast amounts of Aphids amongst other winged creatures and cleaning up Black fly, Green fly or White fly has become a daily chore. As I’ve mentioned before the best way to eradicate these pests is to squish them using rubber gloves. Sprays only work up to a
point and are not at all good for the environment. Water!
When we experience unusual hot weather it’s vital to water container grown plants every day. Containers dry out quickly unlike plants that are in the ground which can manage to find moisture via their large root system, plants in containers need a good drenching everyday in this hot weather. If you are planning a holiday why not ask a neighbour to do some watering for you. Otherwise an irrigation system should be considered. They cost about €80 and are simple to set up and operate. They come complete with a timer which can be set for whatever time and frequency that you want. Move your butt
With water charges going to hit us next year it’s time we started to get serious about collecting rain water. I already have one water butt which holds 100 ltrs.
n An irrigation system should be considered. They cost about €80 and are simple to set up and operate.
This is long since empty due to the drought and I plan on getting 2 or 3 more butts in a few months. Like the timer mentioned about water butts are not expensive, you can expect to pay less than €100 for a good size. On the veg front
The veg plot has started to produce gorgeous lettuce and will
continue to do so as I reseeded rocket and lettuce a few weeks ago to ensure a good supply over the next few months. It’s not too late to reseed if you haven’t done so. The first early potatoes 'Orla' are now being harvested and are fantastic as usual. As I mentioned last month dig them up as you want them, they will not deterio-
rate if left in the ground. My main crop 'Cara' which I have in containers are in flower now and we can look forward to these later in the year. Keep dead heading flowers in hanging baskets and window boxes. You can pinch off the dead flower or better still if you have time use a scissors and remove the stem as well.
Finally folks, if you need any information on gardening or if you have any tips or suggestions which I can pass on, please send them to me at email@example.com. I would be delighted to quote for any/all of your garden requirements from set-up organic vegetable plots to restoration of neglected gardens, design, planting and maintenance. No charge for initial visit and I will travel within reason.
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I think I learned to fake confidence until it became real. When I was in my early teens I would get very nervous before going on stage I would fake being confident during my performances What do you think has been the greatest success in your career? Being awarded 'magician of the year' in Las Vegas and receiving the Merlin Award for Mentalist of the year would be my fondest memories. What are you most proud of in your career or personal life? I'm very proud of my wife and kids - they are amazing and very supportive of everything I do. Career wise I'm still really proud that I headlined in Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas - a childhood dream come true. You come across as a very confident person, has that always been the case? No. I think I learned to fake confidence until it became real. When I was in my early teens I would get very nervous before going on stage - I would fake being confident during my performances. Now I'm pretty confident, but that comes with years of experience I guess. What can people expect from your new show, ‘The Dark Side’? I explore the World of the Occult and the Dark Side of our psyche. Expect to laugh one moment and be scared the next. Expect ouija boards, voodoo, witchcraft, and of course, demonic possessions. What makes ‘The Dark Side’, different from, ‘8 Deadly Sins’ & ‘The Asylum’? The whole show is completely different from start to finish and overall would be darker and more sinister than previous shows. What’s the funniest thing that’s happened during a live show? Someone in the audience fell into hypnosis and started doing a striptease - I stopped her just before she took her bra off! What’s been the toughest act to master? It took me 4 years of practise to eventually be able to memorise a shuffled deck of cards in order, in less than 20 seconds
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A Place in the City Of the history of Booterstown (Baile an Bhothar - the town of the road) we know little before the coming of the Normans - though the Slighe Cualan, one of the five great roads of ancient Ireland, ran through the area. The first Norman owner was Walter de Ridelsford (1173). His granddaughter, Christiana, eventually exchanged her estate at Booterstown for land in England. A later owner was William Fitzwilliam who, in 1348, was given a pardon for any crime he may have committed while fighting the Irish. Thomas Fitzwilliam was knighted (1566) for his exploits against Shane O’Neill and some say he was bribed to help Hugh O’Donnell and his companions escape from Dublin Castle. The Fitzwilliams eventually moved to England and Merrion Castle was taken down in the mid19th century. In 1826 the Rev. George Wogan, for 26 years a curate at St. Mary’s, Donnybrook, was murdered during a robbery at his home at Spafield Place. A servant, Kelly who was beaten, was initially suspected but Michael Hynes and George Stanley of Grotto Place, arrested for a highway robbery the same night on Blackrock Road, confessed during their trial
Booterstown - the town of the road
The events of July 10, 1927, rocked Ireland. Kevin O’Higgins, Vice-President of the Government, became the first, and so far, only Minister to be assassinated. No one was ever tried but decades later the killers were identified as IRA members, however their motives remain unclear. Most likely it was the bitter residue of the Civil War in which O’Higgins had played a leading part, defending the executions of 77 Republicans - including that of Rory O’Connor who, a year before, had been best man at his wedding. That Sunday morning O’Higgins left his home, Dunamase, in Cross Avenue, and walked alone towards
Booterstown Church. On Booterstown Avenue three gunmen (now known to have been Archie Doyle, Tim Murphy and Bill Gannon) opened fire and O’Higgins, after staggering a few steps, fell to the ground. The gunmen continued firing, and then escaped in a car. O’Higgins, though mortally wounded, lasted another five hours, during which he repeatedly forgave his killers. He was just 35. An excerpt from Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey - along the coast from Booterstown to Killiney,' with Paintings by Tom Roche and Text by Ken Finlay. It is published by Cottage Publications and costs around e22.
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John Meares John Meares, born in 1756 in Dublin, joined the Royal Navy as a captain's servant at the age of 16. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant within seven years. In 1783 he became a merchant sailor and, two years later, formed the Northwest American Company, based in Undia, which intended to trade sea otter furs from the Pacific NW to China. British trade in the Pacific was controlled by the East India Company, but Meares decided to opt out by registering his ship, the 200-ton Nootka, in Macau, a Portuguese enclave. That way, he reckoned, he wouldn't have to pay licence fees and duties. His first trip was a disaster. He spent the winter of 1786/7 in Prince Albert Suond, Alaska. Poorly supplied, ten of his men died from scurvy, the remaining ten were saved only by the arrival of a British ship. Meares promised to give up trading in the Pacific NW again and, on his return to India, promptly sued his saviour for allegedly overcharging him for the supplies that had saved him and his crew. For his next expedition Meares took two ships, again Portuguese registered, and headed to Vancouver Sound, arriving in May 1788. His claim that a local chieftain had sold him some land, and that he had erected some buildings there, later almost led to war between Britain and Spain. Before winter drew in Meares left for China. Meantime the Russians announced that they were
to build fortifications in Vancouver Sound and the Spanish, who had property-grabbing intentions of their own, sent a fleet to make the area theirs. Meares' property was seized, as were two ships he had left there to continue trading. By April 1790 Meares was back in Britain and kicking up a fuss over the seizure of British property by the Spaniards - conveniently forgetting that he had been trading under the Portuguese flag all the time. As Britain also had trading and strategic interests in Alaska the Royal Navy was ordered to prepare for hostilities. The crisis was solved through a series of agreements which basically allowed both countries to build 'temporary' structures for fishing and trade, with neither claiming sovereignty. In 1790, Meares published Voyages Made in the Years 1788 and 1789, from China to the North West Coast of America. It was popular for as long as the controversy between Spain and Britain lasted. After that little is known for certain about John Meares. He was promoted to the rank of Commander in the Royal Navy in 1795 and married Mary Anne Guilleband in July the following year. He died in Bath on January 29 1809, leaving an estate valued at £7,500. Cape Meares in Oregan is named after him as are Meares Point and Bluff, in British Columbia, Glacier, Passage, Island, Point and Port Meares, in Alaska.
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A Different Dublin
LETTER FROM IRELAND. Extract of a letter from an American gentleman now travelling in Europe, dated Dublin, June 12, 1824. This city presents the most extraordinary contrast of poverty and magnificence to be met with in Europe. As you approach it you find the suburbs composed of hovels, the sides of which are partly stone and partly earth, the roofs of turf, the entrances about four and a half feet high, the whole dimensions of each not exceeding 12 to 14 feet square. These miserable caves, may or may not have a hole for a window, and an aperture on the top to let out the smoke, if the luxury of fire can be afforded. Around the door the dirty children are huddled - not one half are decently clad. I am here giving you no high-coloured picture, nor am I selecting a few rare instances. I restrain myself within the bounds of veritable accuracy - I am talking of what composes the whole environs of Dublin, and embraces a very large portion of its 200,000 inhabitants. There is nothing in France, Germany, or Holland, and I think nothing in Italy, that approaches the spectacles of raggedness, poverty and wretchedness which swarm in Dublin. Having passed the suburbs, the dwellings improve, and on reaching Sackville-street, you
imagine yourself in one of the most elegant cities of Europe. But in turning the eye from the architectural splendour which surrounds him, upon the crowds which flow along the streets, the stranger will be struck with the motley nature of the throng. Here is a lass almost buoyant with satin and feathers; there is a trembling girl of 18, purple from cold, and drawing around her the poor rags, which, with all her care, scarce cover her body; here is an exquisite, perfuming the air as he passes, with rings on his fingers, diamonds in his broach, and a gemmed quizzing glass at his side; there is an honest fellow who cannot afford a hat, whose feet, summer or winter, know not the luxury of shoe or stocking, and whose whole wardrobe consists of but two articles, viz. a tattered jacket and about half a pair of small-clothes; and not to multiply pictures, while the Lord Lieutenant dashes by in a coach and four, the stranger gazes at the gallant and costly pageant, while he empties his pockets to satisfy the throng of beggars who pray him in the name of God to give them a penny. From my own observation, and the uniform testimony of intelligent people here, I think I may safely affirm that there is not so wretched a community on the globe as that of a great portion of Ireland. How indeed can it be otherwise? All the lands in this Island belong to rich proprietors, who live out of the kingdom, and spend abroad all that they can scrape out of the soil. What else than
n The Archiepiscopal Palace: One the residence of the Archbishop of Dublin it is now Kevin Street Garda Station (some parts of the original structure still remain. The drawing is by Gabriel Beranger, an artist descended of Huguenot parents, who was born in Rotterdam. In 1750, when about 21, he came to Ireland where he kept an artist's warehouse at 5, South Great George's-street, Dublin, from 1766 to 1779. His business did not succeed, and General Vallancey procured him a situation in the Exchequer Office. In his old age a fortune was bequeathed him by a relative. He died 18th February 1817.
poverty can be the lot of a country thus situated! And when you examine the subject more in detail, you find things still worse than, from a general statement, could have been imagined. (Extracted from The Telescope, New York, Saturday, June 25, 1825 - which seems to show a remarkably fast delivery of the letter!)
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