§ MR. WILLIAM JOHNSTON
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that on the 1st July, when the members of the Clonkeen Loyal Orange Lodge were proceeding to Kildallon Church, they were stopped at the priest's house by the priest, who said he would not allow them to play music past his house or chapel, although the Roman Catholic band had frequently played in passing Kildallon Church during divine service without interference; and that, on the lodge band again commencing to play, the priest caught the drum, and put his foot through it; and whether any action will be taken by the Government to prevent such incitements to a breach of the peace.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. G. W. BALFOUR,) Leeds, Central
It is true that the band referred to in the first part of the question was stopped by the Roman Catholic clergyman, who stated he would not allow it to play when passing his house or the chapel, but it is not the fact that he put his foot through the drum. The Roman Catholic band has frequently played when passing the Protestant church, though I cannot say whether it has done so during divine service. The reverend gentleman has since expressed regret for what he did on the occasion, and has stated that he will not interfere with the band in future.