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Foot and Mouth  Disease

Suggestions by 

Local Prize Winner

Mr HD’E Strevens, Castlecoote, a well-known exhibitor of Hererford and Aberdeen-Angus cattle and large black pigs, states: I have not sufficient information at present to offer any suggestions as to what course should be adopted if we are inflicted with a prolonged stoppage to the cattle export trade. The Irish Department of Agriculture are now on their trial, and if they act with energy and determination in enforcing their orders, and receive the assistance they are entitled to from all those interested in the cattle trade, it is to be hoped they will succeed in stamping out this outbreak of disease; but from the manner in which they are working the Prevention of Sheep Scab order (another infectious disease which should have been eradicated long since) I have serious doubts on the matter. 

  Sheep owners in this country are put to the greatest inconvenience having to dip sheep at unsuitable times. If they wish to carry out the Act, and at the same time – knowing that however careful they are their neighbours’ sheep will cross the fence of be driven on to their land, as in 

the Roscommon papers of last week which I enclose – letting offenders off with a fine of a few pence for infecting the countryside with sheep scab, the matter seems to me to be hopeless. As I have referred to sheep scab, I wish to state that in my opinion the Act requires to be made much more stringent and then strictly enforced. A suggestion I might offer with regard to the outbreak of foot and mouth disease is that particular attention should be given to the disinfection of railway wagons. Compare the state of the cattle wagons on our railway lines with those in England, where the wagons are always cleaned and whitewashed thoroughly. Some of the cattle wagons must now be infected in this country.

Mysterious fatality 

at Culleen, 


On yesterday (Friday), a young man of Culleen, a village in the vicinity of Knockcroghery, met with an accident which proved fatal. It appears that the unfortunate young man after eating his breakfast went out to the barn, where he was heard hammering, and after a short time he ran into the house and fainted on the kitchen floor. It was then noticed that blood was flowing very freely from a large cut on the skin of the left leg, but all efforts to stop the flow of blood were fruitless with the result that the young fellow dies within half an hour after he had received the cut. He was attended by Rev. Father Kelly, who administered the last rites of the Church. The doctor was wired for but failed to arrive in time. It is at present unknown what the cause of death was, but we understand a medical investigation is pending.

Cock Fight in 


On Sunday last it was observed there was considerable unrest amongst the members of the RIC in Roscommon, and on inquires as to the cause it was learned that a report had reached them that it was the intention to have a cock fight in the neighbourhood of the town, a field convenient to the barracks being mentioned as the probable scene of battle. The police took special precautions to prevent the programme arranged being carried out, but despite of this fact a couple pf mains were fought in a boreen convenient to the Ballybride bridge. 

  The fight was the result of a challenge between Strokestown and Roscommon, and as soon as the owners of the birds learned that they were under police surveillance, it was decided that they (the owners) should show themselves prominently in another direction while the battle between their birds was proceedings. Consequently they attended the football and hurling matches in the sports ground, where they were constantly kept under the eye of the police. 

  In the meantime the supporters from both Roscommon and Strokestown in charge of the birds proceeded to the place already referred to, where a couple of mains were fought. The odds were on the Strokestown representative, but after a stiffly contested battle the Roscommon bird won, and as its result a considerable amount of money changed hands.

Issue dated: 27 JULY 2012
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