This week, using the online Irish Newspaper Archive,  we have again been looking back into the archives of The Kerryman from a century ago, when the country was embroiled in the War of Independence against the British*. As it still does to this day, the paper carried small articles from many towns and villages in the county, including Glenbeigh. Below are the “Glenbeigh Notes” from the edition printed on July 17 1920.

You will see that the author was particularly concerned about emigration at the time. While being sympathetic to the reasons for folk seeking to emigrate, he could see that the potential loss of a significant proportion of the younger generation, particularly at such a time of crisis, would be very damaging to the country.  The Irish Volunteers clearly agreed, and the article describes how action was taken to “discourage” the emigration of young men.

The further extract below is also from the same edition of the newspaper, and recounts further  activities of the Irish Volunteers, this time in a perhaps more surprising area, that of enforcing the local licensing laws. You will see that it wasn’t only the humble farmer who fell foul of the regulations, though it did help to have friends in high places!

In the coming weeks, we will continue to review historic editions of The Kerryman and will publish any items which we think may be of interest.

* The Irish Newspaper Archive (https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/) contains a vast database of newspapers and journals. The Local History and Archives Department in Tralee Library, although closed at the moment due to the current health situation, also holds an extensive range of historic Kerry newspapers and journals, including The Kerryman, on microfilm.

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