Attack on meeting – 1938

WINDOWS were smashed and several people received minor injuries at Stewartstown when a Nationalist demonstration in celebration of the return of JF Stewart as representative of East Tyrone in the Northern Parliament was attacked and a baton charge was made by police.

While the nationalist meeting was in progress bottles and stones were thrown from a mob which had collected at a street nearby. Then the police made a baton charge, and in the stampede for safety many were hurt.

Mr Stewart, MP, later telephoned the inspector general and complained of the conduct of the police. Prior to the meeting the Stewartstown Pipe Band and the Coalisland Accordion Band were parading in the square, when a number of bottles and stones were thrown.

One of the missiles struck JJ McNally Lisnastrain, a member of the Coalisland band, and he received a bad head wound which had to be medically attended.


THE mystery in connection with the disappearance on January 14 of Thomas Mullan, an aged farmer, of Keenaghan, Cookstown, for whom the police and people of the whole country-side had been searching for the past month, was solved when his dead body was found in a river convenient to the blacksmith’s forge of Mr Cander, at Drumshambo, Cookstown, which was the last house he had visited.

It appears that the woman in the vicinity was working at some sticks along the river edge when she noticed a coat in the water. She immediately brought her husband to the place, and he discovered in a pool the dead body embedded in mud.


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