28 Sept 2022

Looking back at the Leitrim Observer

Looking back at the Leitrim Observer

It is always interesting and often amusing to look back at some of the things that made the news in the past. Here are some snippets published in the Leitrim Observer in times gone past.



100 years ago - 1916


The price of underwear was astronomical


"In spite of all the economies that have constantly been preached during the past eighteen months, the lover of dainty underwear has, I think, never been so sorely tempted to extravagance as this year, when the best shops seem to have doubled the flimsy daintiness and trebled the prices of the undies show in their windows."



75 years ago - 1941


Rural schools were closed early to harvest turf


"To enable children to work at turf and assist with the harvest, Mr Derrig, Minister for Education, has decided that the Managers may close rural national schools for ten school days in addition to the 40 school ordinary vacation. The ten days will be available only for the purposes mentioned and that the customary Christmas vacation is not to be exceeded."



50 years ago - 1966


Reading the Leitrim Observer leads to obstruction of traffic


"Allowing his donkey and cart to wander on the road while he read the 'Leitrim Observer' was not the wisest thing to do said Justice JP Gilvarry at Mohill Court when he imposed fines totalling 1-10s on a Mohill man for allowing the donkey and cart to wander in front of him (while reading the newspaper) causing obstruction to traffic".



25 years ago  - 1991


Horse Chestnuts attacked in Cortober


"A number of trees in the Cortober area were maliciously vandalised over the Bank Holiday weekend and Roscommon County Council are now doing all they can to save them. Four mature horse chestnuts were attacked on Monday, 3rd June when the bark near the ground was cut. Last weekend, a number of tree surgeons visited the area, across from Glancy's supermarket and attempted remedial work on the trees. However it is not certain at this point if the trees can be saved."

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