On Friday Constable Hodgins and one of the Donnelly's deliberately retired to Kenny's blacksmith shop and for the space of thirty minutes pounded each other in a brutal manner. Probably the most disgraceful part of the proceeding was the fact that nearly one hundred of the villagers attended the fight, and looked in without any effort being made to part the combatants, the fight coming to an end by one of the pugilists crying enough. The Lucanites can hardly expect anything better than rowdy-ism when citizens of all grades hasten to feast their eyes on scenes of brutality and lawlessness.

Source: Unknown, "Fight in Lucan," London Advertiser, April 1, 1878.

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