Sketches from Ireland: Lancers Clearing the Street of Granard at the Longford Election

Sketches from Ireland: Lancers Clearing the Street of Granard at the Longford Election. Illustrated London News 56 (1 June 1870): 553. Click on image to enlarge it.

“The subject of [this]] sketch is the scene in the main street of Granard, a small town in Longford County, on the polling-day of the election in the week before last, contested between Mr. Greville Nugent, the Ministerial candidate, and Captain King Harman, who professed what are called ‘Nationalist’ sentiments, but who had the support of the Tories. Party spirit was indulged with characteristic vehemence; but the magistrates took care to have a large force of police and soldiers collected at all the polling-places, and regularly patrolling the streets. In the town of Longford there were 200 armed constables, 420 soldiers of the 93rd Regiment, and three squadrons of the 14th Hussars. At Granard, too, there was a very large force to maintain order. . . The police took away every man’s shillelagh, stick, or bludgeon, which were at once broken up, chopped to pieces, or burnt. Several small fights, however, took place around the polling-booth and the Lancers had to clear the street” (544).

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“Sketches from Ireland.” Illustrated London News 56 (28 May 1870): 543, 553. Hathi Trust online version of a copy of the Illustrated London News in the University of Princeton Library. Web. 19 June 2021.

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