Sligo Ranch War – 1908

Although my maternal grandmother was a Stenson from the Tubbercurry area, I have not found a connection to this John Stenson.

Book sheds light on Riverstown’s ‘Ranch War’

“ON THE outskirts of the village of Riverstown stands a statue, a monument to a 19-year-old man from Tubbercurry named John Stenson.

He was shot at that spot in October 1908 while among those involved in what was known as “a cattle drive”.

Cattle drives were part of an effort at the time to force landlords to relinquish untenanted land for distribution among those in the locality.

Orchestrating this campaign in and around Riverstown was the United Irish League, the activities of which were covered in detail by the local newspapers, including The Sligo Champion.”

John Stenson – Riverstown Martyr

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