Clare Champion 1929
Heavy Christmas Mails:
Exiled Claremen Send Home: 20,000 Pounds.
The old folks at home in Clare were not forgotten this Christmas by their
exiled sons and daughters in the United States. An exceptional heavy mail
conveyed to them not merely love and good wishes but hard cash to the amount
of at least 20,000 pounds.
Exact figures, of course, are not available, but the estimate, if anything,
is conservative. In Ennis Post Office alone money orders to the value of
about 4,000 pounds were cashed. In Ennistymon the record was almost as high,
whilst in Kilrush, Miltown Malbay, etc., a similar tale is told. In places
like Labasheeda and Lissycasey, even the orders cashed were worth anything
from 300 pound to 500 pounds.
Not less than 15,000 separate letters from the States were dealth with in
Ennis on Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day.