‘The death of the aged Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria, took place shortly after nine o’clock on Tuesday evening at the Castle of Schoenbrunn. He was one of the two men responsible for this calamitious war. He was 86 years of age.’
Extract from East Galway Democrat, 25 November 1916
‘Labourers, cottages and plots fulfilling their obligations under the Letting Regulations made by the Council and confirmed by the Local G[overnment] Board as regards the cultivation of the plots, whereby the tenant is found to till at least one-half of his plot every year and to keep it free from weeds and well-manured and otherwise maintain it in a proper state of cultivation, especially now, in view of the prolongation of the War and the largely increased prices of food supplies. The tenants should be informed at the same time that the Council will dispossess any tenant who fails to fulfil his obligation in regard to the tilling of his plot, and the Rent Collectors should be instructed to report all such cases to the Council.
Tenants to called upon to fulfil their obligations in regard to tilling their plots.’
From the Tuam Rural District Council Minutes, (25 November 1916), GO/I/II/15, p. 541