Roscommon Herald

The Roscommon Herald was founded by George Tully in 1859 son of Charles Tully the founder of the Roscommon Journal, 1828. George Tully died young, and the paper was continued by his widow, Honoria. Having spent some years in America, Honoria's son, Jasper returned to Ireland to run the Roscommon Herald with his mother.

The Herald had been founded as a liberal paper, but by the 1880s it had become militantly nationalist. He was asked by C. S. Parnell (qv) to work as a Land League organiser, and was imprisoned with Parnell in Kilmainham gaol. After the split in the Irish parliamentary party (1890) he became an anti-Parnellite.

In 1886 Tully was prosecuted with his mother Honoria for publishing an intimidatory article in the Herald, but the jury disagreed on the facts, and in 1887 he was again tried on a charge of intimidation. In 1890 he was charged with publishing an article inciting people to intimidate farmers, and was sentenced to six months with hard labour. Until 1900, when he was arrested for a speech in Sligo, he (like many others) had his defence costs met by the Land League.

Source; Legg, Marie-Louise site

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