North Street, Newry, County Down

North Street, Newry, County Down
North Street, Newry, County Down

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Daniel Corley Jennings [1818-1896] of Newry, County Down. Part 2.

December 16th 1846

I have the honor to report for the information of the Inspector General with reference to the state of the people of the District that their wants from scarcity of food have increased and are doing so daily to rather an alarming extent. Sheep stealing and larcenies of all kinds have very much increased and many of those employed in the Public works particularly in the Colliery District give expression to their intentions by Publicly Stating that they will not much longer submit to starvation, the Price of Provisions is so very high and the wages which they are able to earn being quite insufficient to supply their wants and those of their families, who appear in the greatest distress add to which there are very few able to earn any wages whatever since the frost set in and should it continue I really do not know how they are to exist nor what unforeseen steps they may take to procure food.
The Relief Committee of this District have since the beginning of the season purchased whole meal which is sold out to the Poor at something less than first cost. Still the wages earned are insufficient to afford even a limited supply.
The foregoing statement I feel called on to make owing to my own observations as also those of the Magistrates and other respectable inhabitants of this District.

D. C. Jennings
2nd S. Insp.

Daniel was transferred to Tuam, County Galway.[1]
His children Ignatius, Daniel, John and Ellen were all born in Tuam.  The baptisms of Ignatius, Daniel and John are recorded in Tuam Cathedral. Charles, the eldest son, had been born in County Tipperary in 1848.
In 1853 his name appears in the Irish Prison Registers Galway, a man arrested ‘having in his possession several articles of clothes property of D.C Jennings Esqr. S. I. Police at Tuam.’
By 1858 he was Sub-Inspector of Constabulary in Tramore.[2] Kate, Mary, Joseph, and possibly Sophia, were born in Tramore.
In 1865 he was transferred to Wexford to replace Inspector Wray.
The Constabulary - First Class Sub-Inspector Daniel Corley Jennings, Tramore, has been promoted to Second-class County Inspector and transferred to County Wexford to occupy the post vacant by the death of the late much-esteemed Inspector, Mr Wray. Mr Jennings comes amongst us preceded by a high reputation, and from what we have heard of him we have no doubt that he will discharge his duties with ability and impartiality.[3]
It was a short appointment. In 1867 he appears in the Clare Electoral Register. The family was living in Church Street, Ennis – a house office yard and small garden in Church Street.[4]
By 1868 he was County Inspector in Ennis, County Clare.[5]
On the 31st January 1870 Daniel’s fifth son Joseph died in Ennis. He had been born in Tramore in 1859. He is buried in Drumcliff Cemetery, Ennis, County Clare.
 Erected by DC Jennings C.I. In memory of his son Joseph who died at Ennis January 31st 1870, aged 10 years. May he rest in peace, Amen. [6]

In 1871 Daniel became the executor for Pierse Ronayne [1791-1871], Beresford Street, Waterford. Pierse Ronayne was his maternal uncle and had left many bequests including one hundred pounds to the Reverend Nicholas Cantwell, Parish Priest at Tramore, as a donation towards the completion of the new Catholic Church there.

By 1873 Daniel was County Inspector in Clontarf.
Letter from D. C. Jennings Esqr, Co. Inspr., Royal Irish Constabulary, Clontarf, 1st July 1873.
The Pump at Blanchardstown is now dry and the little water that comes out of it in the morning is unfit for human use and requesting that directions may be given to have the deficit remedied as soon as possible.
To be informed that the Board are in communication with a Tradesman on the subject.[7]

Letter from D. C. Jennings Esqr, Co. Inspr., Royal Irish Constabulary, Clontarf, dated 17th August 1873.
Stating in reference to his letter of the 1st of July last relative to the defective supply of water to be had from the pump at Blanchardstown which has not yet been remedied and hoping that the Guardians will see the absolute necessity of placing the Pump in working order without further delay.
The Board has taken the necessary means as to this,[8]

Letter from Danl Murphy Pump Borer 123 Coombe dated 19 August 1873
Stating as he had a good deal of trouble and lost time about Blanchardstown and not getting it, he will thank the Guardians for the Amt of his  a/c sent namely 17/8-
Board decline payment.[9]

Letter from D. C. Jennings Esqr, Co. Inspr., Royal Irish Constabulary, Clontarf, dated 18th November 1873.
Stating that the supply of water from the Pump at Blanchardstown is still defective being unfit for use as it becomes quite red after being some time taken from the Pump owing to the old rusty pipes having been again put down.
Inform Co. Inspector that Chairman with Capt. Brinkley y and he on Monday was at Blanchardstown, and they think that on a sufficient quantity of water being pumped out the water supply will then be good.[10]

You have to wonder was it ever fixed!

[1]  RIC History and Directories Constabulary Lists. Vol 3. 1848-50. County of Galway. W. R.
[2]  Post Office Dublin Directory 1858.
[3] Wexford People 8th April 1865
[4] Ireland, Clare Electoral Registers, 1867.
[5]  Thom’s Directory, Clare, 1868.
[6] Grave 905  Memorial ID 80451449.
[7]  PLU Board of Guardians 1873
[8]  Ibid.
[9]  Ibid.
[10] Ibid.

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