John Gillan Poems 2 -
Sligo Nationalist 17 January 1914
(By John Gillan)
In the Town Hall on last Monday week
Important business was got through,
Returning to the Corporation
Members old and new.
There wasn’t much excitement,
Not even one contest,
In any of the three Wards—
North, East, or West.
No better man there could be got
With such a fine re-
Than Mr B.McTernan
For the great North Ward.
Of course it’s right to give good men
Places on their turns,
And no one could refuse a seat
To Mr. Michael Burns.
Councillor Farrell, for the West Ward,
A decent man is he;
He’s a man of brains and talent—
Well fit for a T.C.
Than the Labour man in Lord Edward Street
’Twould be impossible really,
To find one to take his place—
That’s Councillor Peter Kealey.
Workingmen of Sligo,
Is there one who can
See that you get more justice
Than John Lynch, the Alderman?
As smart a member could not be got—
For his words shall always carry—
As the Trade and Labour Council’s choice,
Mr. D. McSharry.
Now some officers of the Corporation
Their worth I must here mark,
And the first gentleman I wish to praise
Is Mr. McGoveran, the Town Clerk.
Mr. Shea, as Treasurer,
A greater man you couldn’t find;
He is always cheerful, homely,
So courteous and so kind.
If you’ve your yards and houses clean,
Your pots, pans, and tables shinin’
There’s no nicer chap in the world today
Than Town Sergeant “Dannie” Finan.
Let the bon-
And to your band go every player,
For this Home Rule Year we mean to have
Alderman Jinks as our Mayor!
John Gillan celebrated the results of the 1914 Sligo Corporation elections which resulted in a labour majority on that body and he looked forward to the election of John Jinks as Mayor. Jinks, with the support of the labour members, did become mayor. for 1914 The previous mayor, Jink's political adversary Daniel O'Donnell, had been ill during the latter part of 1913 and died in early 1914. Gillan provided a suitable lengthy, detailed account of the funeral.
There were no contested elections for the vacancies on Sligo Corporation in January 1914. "The majority of newly elected members were put forward by the Trades Council and the local branch of the Transport Union so that the Council is now principally composed of Labour representatives", said the Sligo Champion. When Gillan deals with this he naturally gives prominence to the newly-
Sligo Nationalist 28 February 1914.
Lines on the Funeral of Ald. O’Donnell, Ex-
Slowly came the funeral cortege,
While the bands did softly play
The lonesome notes of the sorrowful “Dead March”
To honour one who passed away.
And his loss is mourned by all,
For during his two years of Office
He was always found at duty’s call.
The large numbers of the vehicles,
And the thousands on foot as well,
Silently moved in processional order
While slowly tolled the sad dead bell.
No greater sight was seen in Sligo
(Was said by not a few)
Since the burial of our M.P.–
That brave man– P. A. McHugh.
The Corporation too attended
Accompanied by our worthy Mayor,
And each member on his arm
A badge of crepe did neatly wear.
Many priests of St. Mary’s also
Did in the cortege join,
With our beloved Bishop of Elphin,
The Most Rev. Dr. Coyne.
The monster concourse
Spanned beyond a mile,
To see them march was most pathetic,
The bands playing all the while.
Six A.O.H. Brothers
The remains of this hero brave
Bore on their willing shoulders
Through the streets on to the grave.
At the Cemetery they halted,
And the music lowly played
Till the Brothers at the graveside
The coffin gently laid.
The last prayers were then recited,
As each one listened reverent-
After which the hymn was rendered
“Nearer My God to Thee.”
It’s hard to see from us taken
A gentleman so fine,
For no more greater citizen
Shall live in our time.
A great Catholic, staunch Nationalist,
And Hibernian true was he.
Ah! what a pity he could not live
To see his loved country Free!
He was respected by all people
Of all classes and all creeds.
The hearse being covered over
With numerous beautiful wreaths.
His memory should never fade
For his kindness to the poor,
As never yet was one in need
Turned from his door.
May the soul in Heaven rest!–
Is my humble prayer-
Of Alderman Dan O’Donnell,
Sligo’s brave Ex-