Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

5 June, 1886  


MP. T. P. O'Connor's proposal in the House of Commons, to bring in a bill to allow the free cultivation of tobacco in Ireland seems to tickle the fancy of some agriculturists. As a matter of fact, tobacco was at one time successfully grown in Ireland, and a bit of 'Lurgan twist' was for a long while considered to be quite a luxury by lovers of the weed in the Ulster counties. Its growth was interdicted in order that colonial tobacco-growers should receive every encouragement; but there seems no reason now why Irish farmers or, for the matter of that, English and Scotch—should not grow anything that is marketable. It is to be hoped that the Irish farmers have not forgotten the art. In a defunct paper called Land, Irish tobacco farming was a subject which was ably discussed three or four years ago.


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