Early yesterday morning the residents of Mullingar were alarmed by the report of rifle and revolver shots. Later it was ascertained that the windows of all the Protestants’ houses in the town were riddled with bullets.
It is stated that some days ago an order was received by the Protestants in the town that they were to leave within three days, and their houses were to be given over to alleged refugees from Belfast. The order not being complied with, the houses were attacked yesterday morning at about 1.30. The largest business houses in the town are the property of Protestants.
The Roman Catholic servants in some of the gentlemen’s houses in and about the town have been given three days’ notice to leave in case they would be wounded when storming operations started.
It is asserted that the Protestant young men of the town have been drilling in fields in the neighbourhood, and this is given as a reason for the present attack.
Mr Allen, landsteward of Mullingar Mental Hospital, whose house was attacked a few nights ago on account of his having a son in the ‘B’ Specials, has handed in his resignation, and left Mullingar.
Several country houses in West Meath were burned down during the weekend. In all cases the houses were occupied by Protestants.
Tore House, a splendid mansion in the Elizabethan style of architecture, the property of Colonel Pilkington, was among those destroyed, and there alone the damage is estimated at over forty thousand pounds. When messengers were despatched to secure the services of the Mullingar Asylum Fire Brigade they were told to go to Belfast, and the people in the district, with few exceptions, made no effort to save the building.