IMA Source Catalog

Gathering all the sources for historical Irish martial culture in one place.

Wake poem and artwork 1825

Found by Maxime Chouinard

Drinking, dancing, fighting and carrying on at an Irish wake! Looks to have the rare image of a woman holding a shillelagh…and smoking a pipe.


December 15, 2009 Posted by | Faction fight descriptions, grip, Historical descriptions, Period illustration | , , , , | Leave a comment

New York Times December 5, 1857

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000168 EndHTML:0000001857 StartFragment:0000000489 EndFragment:0000001840ERIE RAILROAD STRIKE. Two Hundred Men Discharged at Peirmont – They Drive Off New Employees. Twenty-Five Metroploitan Volunteers Dispatched to the Scene of Riot. THE RIOTERS ARMED WITH MUSKETS AND CANNONS.


…Heedless of their threats, however, the Superintendent came to the city and hired two hundred laborers, who were got together and sent ip to Piermont on Thursday. They found upon their arrival the whole place up in arms and ready to give them a warm reception. They attempted to land but were warned off, but being placed alongside the dock by the steamboat there was bo alternative but to land and vindicate their claim to hold the place against the rebels. Clubs, stones, and missles of all kinds were now put in requisition, adnt he invanding and repelling forces were joined in a fierce contest. The new comers were seized and pitched into the dock, they were pummeled with shillelaghs and fists until they were obliged to beat a retreat. They entrenched themselves on board the boat, put their wounded under the care of the surgeon, (the cook,) and waited for thte steamer to carry them back to the City…

January 28, 2009 Posted by | as crime, Faction fight descriptions, Old Newspaper clippings, pugilism | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Cork Examiner, 1 October 1856

   Laurence Daly was charged with a grievous assault on James Bowden and John Henry Colvin, both members of the society of Friends, on the 21st August last, at Ballinure.    John H. Colvin and James Bowden were examined by Mr. P. O’Connell, Crown-solicitor, and proved that they were walking towards the Douglas Post-office, about 6½ oclock, on the evening in question, when between Mr. Crawford’s gate and Douglas, they perceived a man shouting towards them ; he appeared in a sailor’s dress, and had a bag or something in his hands ; when he came up to them, he accused them of throwing stones at him, which they denied, whereupon he struck Colvin with his clenched fist on the side of the head, and then took Mr. Bowden’s stick from him, and struck him with great force on the head, and cut his head in two places throught [sic] his hat ; they then struggled with him and got him down, calling loudly for help, when finding no one coming to their assistance, they thought it best to run away ; they had come to arrange the affairs of a deceased friend of theirs, who had been a tutor at Mr. Pike’s. Mr. Colvin was from Dublin, and Mr. Bowden from Surrey. 
   Mr. O’Hea, with Mr., Gillman, defended the prisoner, and called Mr. Denis Murpy as to character. The defense was, that the prisoner was under the impression that the prosecutors had been throwing stones at him. 
   The jury found him guilty of an assault occasioning actual bodily harm, one of the jurors in answer to his Worship amidst much laughter, stating that they had come to that decision without being influenced either by Mr. O’Hea’s eloquent speeches or his worship’s able charge. 
   The Court sentenced the prisoner to twelve months imprisonment at hard labour, observing that in his experience as Assistant Barrister for 20 years in this and the adjoining County he had never heard of a more unprovoked assault. Previous to that case he could assert that it was as safe to walk the roads of this county at night as the high streets of London in the day time, and that it was his duty, by the sentence in this case, to prevent such a thing occurring again.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | as crime, court, Old Newspaper clippings, pugilism, wrestling | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Cork Examiner, 25 January 1882

Limerick, Tuesday.     
   Last night, some soldiers of the 76th Regiment paid a visit to the old town, and for some cause or other, not as yet well explained, they came into collision with a number of civilians, with the result that something like a riot occurred. The military were outnumbered, and had, considerably, the worst of it, the Rifles in the end having to seek shelter in the Castle Barracks from their assailants. Stones and bricks were seen flying after the Rifles, and matters at one time became so serious that the military guard had to turn out at the barracks to keep back the crowd. An officer, who was passing up at the time, received a stroke of a stick in the leg, and some of the soldiers were also cut and scratched. No arrests have been made in connection with the occurrence.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | as crime, Faction fight descriptions, Old Newspaper clippings | , , , , , | Leave a comment

L’opinion publique, Vol. 8, no. 30, pp. 354 (26 juillet 1877)


January 27, 2009 Posted by | as crime, Faction fight descriptions, Old Newspaper clippings, Period illustration | , , , , | Leave a comment

Burlington Weekly Hawkeye April 4, 1863

Burlington Weekly Hawkeye
Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa
April 4, 1863

London Correspondence of the N.Y. Tribune.]

     From Cork and Dublin, too, we get news of actual riots attendant upon the wedding festivities [of Prince of Wales]. The following is an authentic narrative of the scenes which occurred in Cork on Tuesday: About 10 o’clock in the evening a stone was hurled at the windows of a chemist in Winthrop street, which was immediately followed by several others, breaking a quantity of glass. When the crash of the windows was heard, the crowd set up a cheer, which drew the constabulary towards them. At their approach they were assailed with stones and sticks and groans given for them. Stone throwing continuing the police charged and cleared the street at the point of the bayonet, in doing which several persons were knocked down in the rush and injured.
     When driven out of Winthrop the mob ran on to Pembroke street, where they took up a position opposite the Commercial Hotel, and stretched from the Hibernian on one hand to the Post office on the other. Here stone throwing again commenced and the place had to be cleared by the mounted constabulary.- After they had passed on, however, the mob again returned and battered in the window of the Hibernian Hotel, and the illuminated devices outside the house.
     The Commercial Hotel was next turned on, and in less than ten minutes almost every pane of glass in the front, facing Pembroke street was broken. At times the showers of stones thrown from hundreds of hands were really terrifying, breaking in as they frequently did at one volley, the entire sashes of the window, while others of the stones rebounded off the walls of the house, fell among the people, inflicting in many instances severe cuts and bruises.
     A scene of utmost disorder here prevailed. Numbers of people fled terror stricken, while the ruffians who remained only redoubled their efforts on beholding the consternation and destruction they were causing. Such was the determination of the mob that scarcely any force could quell them. Although they ran at the charges of the constabulary, they returned and did not stop until they had made almost a complete wreck of the windows of those who illuminated.
     The organization of the rioters seemed complete. In one of the rows the Mayor received some rough usage. At midnight the military was sent for and one company soon arrived, but their services were not required. After they had retired, however, a set of ruffians broke in the windows of the Crown-Solicitor.- Two arrests have been made. The city is now tranquil.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | as crime, Faction fight descriptions, Old Newspaper clippings | , , | Leave a comment