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to use the Irish party much as he. used the Wicklow eleven/ l He was very fond of taking long rides in the country with his sister, Mrs. Dickinson. * Used he ever,' Tasked her, 'to talk polities upon these occasions?' She said : ' No. I To wras completely wrapped up in his family, and our conversations were chiefly about family matters and country life. The only political incident which seemed to affect him was the execution of the Manchester martyrs. lie was very indignant, at that. It first called forth his aversion for Knghuul, and set him thinking of Ireland. '.But he rarely talked polities to any of us. He brooded a great deal, and was always one to keep things to himself.' 4 Did you ever sou him read in those days?' 1 asked another member o[ his family. * The only hook 1 ever saw him read/ he. said, * was thai (pointing to YouaU's u The Horse"), and ho knew that very well/
Within a, few miles of Avomlale was Parncll's shooting - ludtft*, Au^havamiah. Au^havannah was originally a barrack, built in 1708 for the soldiers who scoured that part of the country for rebels. The barrack ultimately fell into the* hands of the Parnells, and was converted into a shoolin^-Iod^o ; hero I'arnell spent several weeks in the autumn of each year. At the back of the barrack was a ^ranito stone1, whore •••-•so runs the. tradition the rebels sharpened their pikes. 1'arwH was very fond of showing this stone to his friends, and would, when in the humour, tell them stories of 'OS, Hem is one. A rebel was seized by the .soldiers. I lo was courl-marliallod, and ordered to be whipped to death. The sontenoo was carried out, but the lashes were inflicted on his belly instead of on his back. The old locl^o-keeper at
* Pall Mull 'nwlget.