In 1879, there was an attempted eviction of Anthony Dempsey and his family. On Saturday, November 15th, the sheriff arrived to enforce the eviction. A rally, led by the Fenian leader, PW Nally, from Balla, included many men armed with sticks.
Dempsey’s supporters approached the home but the Royal Irish Constabulary challenged them. Charles Stuart Parnell arrived on the scene and urged the protestors to use peaceful protest only. If news of the Dempsey eviction spread, it would not help the movement.
Therefore it was decided to pay the £26 rent out of Land League funds. Following the payment, the Dempsey family was allowed back into their cottage.