Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

21 August, 1909  


A fierce fight between rival Irish factions took place on August 17 at Lurgan, County Armagh. A band of Protestants, who had been bidding farewell to a party of emigrants, were returning home when they were attacked by a mob of Nationalist. They willingly joined battle, and when not engaged in stoning each other and smashing windows they combined in assailing the police. At length the mayor came out and read the Riot Act. The police made numerous charges with their batons, but the mob stoutly resisted, and honours were almost evenly divided. Twenty-two constables were injured, some receiving broken jaws and ankles. Thirty civilians were wounded.


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