Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

20 August, 1909  


Some of us who read about the scrimmage in Lurgan must have felt a desire to be present. At least I did, not as a fighter, but as a looker-on.

It brought back memories of what I saw in Derrytrasna once, a town not far from Lurgan. One day I heard a scream, and on making my way to where the sound came from I saw two men fighting. Three women were trying to separate the men, when two policemen came on the scene. In a second the men and women attacked the policemen, who were soon rolled in the mud. Three more policemen appeared and they were about to share the fate of their companions when half a dozen soldiers and as many militiamen arrived. The militia sided with the civilians and the row became general. It took a large picket of soldiers and a number of policemen to quell the trouble, and when it was over no one could tell what started it.


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