Irish American Newspaper, NYC June 20 1885 THE CROW-BAR BRIGADE Eviction in the County Clare.
KILRUSH, May 26. Today an eviction took place near Kilkee, in the presence of the priests of that parish, who implored that a woman, who has been bed-ridden for over sixteen years, might be allowed to remain in the house, but the request was refused. The victim is Patrick KEANE,
living at Kilfleragh, who in his lifetime has experienced two evictions. KEANE held about 14 acres, more or less, rent £19, and during the agitation got a reduction of rent, but was processed for it after, and it had to be paid with costs. Keane then sought the protection of the Land Act of 1881, but the defence of being a grazier was advanced against him, and his claim was dismissed. An appeal was
taken to the assizes, and the dismissal there was confirmed, and KEANE and his wife were only allowed by the Judge until the 10th of May just past. No rent was due, and the priests and people of Kilkee asked the landlord to leave KEANE the holding during his own life, being an aged
man with his wife, and that they would get a guarantee of the place being then handed over to them, but the offer was declined. Early this day a force of police, under the charge of Mr. ROBERTSON, District Inspector, Kilrush, appeared on the scene, with the Sheriff's deputy, who carried out the work. The bedridden wife of the tenant, when informed of her position, appeared to be breathing her last.
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