27 Sept 2022

This week in history in the Leitrim Observer

This week in history in the Leitrim Observer

We are continuing our look back at what made the headlines at various points in history in the Leitrim Observer. 

100 years ago – 1916

What a woman should be, apparently


1916 may have been a year of great moments historically, but apparently women had their place and this article wasn't shy in telling women where exactly that place should be.

"Every man of sense and refinement admisres a woman as a woman; but, when she steps out of this character, a thousand things that in their appropriate sphere would be admired become disgusting and offensive. The appropriate character of a woman demands a delicacy of appearance and manners, refinement and sentiment, gentleness of speech, modesty in feeling and action and shrinking from notoriety and public gaze, aversion from all that is coarse and rude, and an instinctive abhorrence of all that tends to indelicacy and impurity either in principle or action. These are the traits which are always admired and often sought for in a woman."


75 Years Ago – 1941 

You're never to old to fight about love


Proving that love can send all of us a bit mad, a court report appeared on the front page of the Leitrim Observer in 1941 detailing a fight between two very elderly sisters who both wanted the same man.

The story from Elphin Court, recorded how one of the sisters, aged 74, assaulted her 88 year old sister throwing water on her and "hitting her on the head with a can".

Giving evidence in the court the 88 year old victim, who lived with her sister, detailed how the fight acout the unknown boyfriend developed. "I would not not let her (the sister) have him. I wanted him for myself," she told the court to loud laughter.

The woman had declined to prosecute her sister but a local Seargent had brought the case to court. The justice ruled that the 78 year old defendant was "a boss and bully who had committed a somewhat serious assault", fining her and ordering her to enter a bond to keep the peace for two days.


50 Years Ago – 1966

Sheep trampled vegetables


A widow and he two sons were sued by a neighbour for damages after their sheep caused trespassed on his land on several occasions and trampled and damaged potatoes, onions and cabbage".

The defendants failed to appear at Strokestown Court for the case and the Judge issued a decree for £10-10s with 10/- expenses.


25 years Ago – 1991

Finally someone took a stand in the black shoes-white socks debate


If only someone had listened to the sage words of advice from the Aughawillan notes correspondent in 1991, the country would have been spared many a humiliating image of men sporting black dress shoes and glowingly white socks in the family photo album.

In June 1991 the correspondent bemoaned:

"A few years ago some "fruitcake" appeared on tv wearing those low-cut black shoes and white socks, and nowadays een the best of good, masculine, "he-men" appear in public wearing this despicable, stomach-turning combination of black shoes and white socks." 

Be warned, this appalling trend seems to be trying to make a reappearance in 2016......


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