The Land League was organised in each parish to support those who were in prison. The leader in Gurteen was James Griffin and he alongside John McGann, Mike Ward, John and James Coen. They were put into prison with the intention of starving them to death, but the money collected by the Land League fed them. Anyone not in the Land League was called a “Blackfoot”.
Collector: Julia Cloonan, Clogh, Co. Galway
Informant: Honoria Cloonan, Clogh, Co. Galway (grandparent)
Place: Newcastle, Co. Galway
Footnote: Duchas, ‘The Schools’ Collection’, www.duchas.ie