The story below details the eviction of Irish farmers in the west of Ireland by the Earl of Clanricarde, a title in the Peerage of Ireland that was first created 1543 and again in 1800. In 1907 the English government evicted Lord Clanricarde from his lands in Ireland.
FIGHTING FOR THEIR HOMES.
New York Times
September 2. 1888
DESPERATE STRUGGLES BETWEEN THE IRISH TENANTS AND EVICTORS.
Lord Clanricarde's evictors today attacked the house of tenant named Tully at Cloncoe, facing the Shannon. A deep trench had been dug around the building by the occupants and the house has been blanked to the roof in with clay stones and slates. Trees had been sunk into the ground parallel with the house walls. The evictors advanced with a battering ram to break down these obstructions but were beaten off by the defenders who fired volleys of stone and poured boiling liquid over their assailants compelling them to frequently retreat..
Some of the constables, in obedience to orders, tried to effect an entrance through the roof. Many or these were hurled into the ditch by the defenders who captured a number of rifles and an officer’s sword. Finally after an hour and a half of hard fighting, the police succeeded in taking possession of the house and capturing the occupants.
Tenant Tuohy's house was next to be attacked. Here an equally determined struggle took place although the occupants were unable to hold out as long as were the defenders at the Tully house. The 18 young men who formed the garrison were arrested. A majority of them had severe sword cuts across their faces, arms and bodies. Three other families were evicted at Domas.