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The Hendersons will all be there

Pablo Fanque‘s
Circus Royal, Henry-street

TO-MORROW (WEDNESDAY) EVENING, OCT, 23d, 1850, will be repeated, for the last time, the georgeous spectacle of “Mazeppa, or the Wild Horse of Tartary”, which is about to be withdrawn for the production of other novelties.

Positively the last night of the new Comic Pantomime of “Bamfylde Moore Carew, or Harlequin, King of the Beggars”.

Triumphant Success of MR. STEVENS, the Slack Wire Dancer.

Second Week of the Celebrated Negro Melodist, “Yamborini Voy”, who continues to be received with encreased enthusiasm.

Grandest Night of the Season.


Will be produced, for the first and only time here, the Splendid Legendary and Chivalric Spectacle of “St George and the Dragon, or the Seven Champions of Christendom,” being for the benefit of Mr. H. WILLIAMS, the celebrated Double Horseman, on which occasion he will, for the first time here, execute the surprising feat of Throwing a Summerset on Horseback.

The Second of a series of Morning Performances will take place on Saturday, October 26th, at 2 o’Clock, being for the convenience of Families residing in the Country.

Box Office open daily from 11 to 3, under the direction of Mr. T. H. Johns.

From the Limerick Reporter and Tipperary Vindicator of 22 October 1850

Melancholy loss of life on the River Shannon

Last Wednesday we were witness to a most melancholy spectacle. We saw three bodies floating on that part of the river Shannon which lies opposite to Castle Lough, in this county. Having rowed in to shore, we gave notice to some persons there, who, without hesitation, prepared themselves, and joined in the sad task of snatching from the watery element the livid bodies of three unfortunate fellow creatures. When we stretched them on the bank they were recognised by one of the Steam Packet Company to be the bodies of Thomas Minshoe, George Halbert, and Robert Williams, three of the unfortunate five that were drowned some few days ago, while on a party of pleasure. The bodies were far advanced in a state of putrefaction and were a revolting spectacle to look on.

A messenger being despatched to Nenagh for the coroner, James Carroll, Esq, that officer, with his usual promptness, reached here in a short time; and having empanelled a jury, “Accidentally drowned during a squall” was the verdict.

It appeared from evidence that the deceased, with others, left Killaloe on Sunday, the 20th ult, for the purpose of having a day’s amusement on the Upper Shannon. They put in at Castle Lough to take refreshment; during the time they were on shore, the wind freshened and blew a gale, upon which they determined to leave the boat at anchor, and proceed home by land, which they accordingly did. On the following morning they returned and found that the ropes, which were for the purpose of lowering the sails, had been stolen. The day being fine and the weather not likely to change, they made light of the inconvenience, and ventured homeward.

After hoisting sails and reaching the centre of the river (which, at this point, is not two miles broad), a squall came on. Having endeavoured in vain to lower sails, which was completely impracticable, on account of the loss of the ropes, the boat suddenly ducked beneath the weight of canvass, and consigned the poor fellows to an early grave. Thomas Minshoe and George Halbert are natives of Liverpool, and Williams from Wales.

No coffins being convenient, three fishermen were appointed to watch the bodies on the shore until the next day. When we saw them coffined, we observed that the ear had been eaten off Williams by, we suppose, a dog, and a part of Minshoe’s left leg. They were interred at Killaloe on the afternoon of Thursday.

1 September 1837

The Junction Navigation

Here are some pages about the Junction Navigation in the Ballinamore & Ballyconnell drainage district. It later became known as the Ballinamore & Ballyconnell Canal and later still as the Shannon–Erne Waterway.

The role of the cads and bounders of the Ulster Canal Company in getting a canal built at taxpayers’ expense

The construction of the Junction Navigation at Aghoo (Lock 4)

Lock gear old and new

And here’s a reminder of an old page about the Belturbet-built dredger used in constructing the navigation.