The Anglo-Celt, Cavan, county Cavan
Feb 5 1847


We take the opportunity of this--the first anniversary of the ANGLO-CELT--to tender our grateful tanks to the public for their past support.

The following are the grounds on which we solicit a continuance of their favour:-- The ANGLO-CELT is not a party paper. It has been started to meet a want generally felt within the area of its circulation, the want of an Independent journal of moderate and practical views--a faithful and dispassionate record of the politics of the day and a vehicle of useful local information. While many of its contemporaries are eagerly directing attention to those points about which--constituted as society is in this country--Irishmen must differ, the object of THE ANGLO-CELT is to show that there are subjects upon which it is not only easy, but--at this momentous crisis-- absolutely necessary, for them to agree.

On Thursday night last, Mr. Patrick BALFE, poor-law collector, was fired at near Moate, but providentially without effect, the ball passing through his hat. Mr. BALFE was returning home on his car, accompanied by his daughter, at the time of the outrage. Two men have been arrested--one of them has been identified as the man who fired the shot--Westmeath Independent.

POOR LAW COMMISSION -- We understand that Chas. CRAWFORD, Esq., barrister-at-law, and third son of W. S. CRAWFORD, Esq., M.P. -- has been appointed Assistant Poor Law Commissioner -- Freeman.


The following appears in the Meath Herald of Saturday, last:

"LANDS OF BALREASK -- On Friday last a party of police, under the command of Sub inspector CLARKE, proceeded to the lands of Balreask for the purpose of preventing a breach of the peace, which it was feared might take place between several persons sent there for the purpose of driving cattle off the lands, which have been on them for some time as grazing cattle. On arriving at the ground the owners of the cattle appeared determined not to allow them to be removed, and to resist the drivers should they attempt it. Such of the parties, therefore, as had sticks, were obliged to deposit them with the police, who remained for a short time waiting further proceedings. After a short time Mr. Henry SMITH, of Kells,presented a letter (as we understand from the Rev. Nicholas M'EVOY) to Mr. CLARKE, authorizing him (the said SMITH) to drive the cattle off the lands. SMITH immediately proceeded with his assistants for that purpose, followed by the police, who halted in a field next to that in which the cattle were. In a few minutes the cattle, about 25 in number, moved towards the entrance of the field, on approaching which the owners presented themselves as a barrier to their further progress, and succeeded in driving them back again through the field at the extremity of which (adjoining a gate) they came to a stand-still, where they remained for nearly an hour, the drivers and their owners surrounding them. Amongst the latter were a few women, whose heroic and affectionate conduct was admireable, as they hung on the horns of their dear colleens, determined not to part with them. After some time spent in parleying, the drivers considering further attempts useless, took their departure, followed by the police.

It appears that these lands with others were the property of the late Miss DEMSEY (sic), and left by her will for charitable purposes, under the care and management of three trustees--namely, Dr. CANTWELL, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Meath, the Rev. N. M'EVOY, and Philip O'REILLY, Esq., who determined to let the lands in three divisions, and for the purpose of getting up the free possession adopted the above method.

"The cause or resistance by the owners of the cattle appears to be-- that if new tenants came into possession of the land, the accommodation of grazing and con-acre afforded to them and their fathers before them for a lengthened period as neighbours would cease, and that they could not get similar accommodation on any other lands in the neighbourhood. They likewise seem to feel that they have not been treated well by the trustees, and asserted that as the property was left for charitble purposes, they, as poor people living in the neighbourhood, had best right to be accommodated, especially as they had always paid their rents, which amounted to a higher sum than the trustees would get by letting the lands in larger farms."

On this the Mail of Monday remarks:--

"A remarkable case of clearance on the one hand, and of forcible possession on the other, has just occurred in the county of Meath between parties hitherto not publicly in contact on these subject."

The Mail then proceeds:-- "Now, we have no doubt at all that Dr. CANTWELL and his co-trustees were perfectly right in their proceedings, and that if they be not supported against this popular invasion of their rights, the law will suffer an irreparable outrage. No matter by whom exercised the rights of property must be respected, and whether the claimant be a Roman Catholic Bishop or a Protestant Clergyman, a proprietor in fee, or the trustee of a charity whatsoever force of ublic opinion can be wielded in his favour through our columns shall help to vindicate his rights. We cannot, however, but recollect that on the part of the "Liberal" and especially of the Roman Catholic press, no such respect is paid to the rights of Conservative landlords, though enforced with the utmost forbearance, resisted sometimes to the death, and always to the intimidation of the claimant; and we now wait with some curiosity to see how the Freeman and those journals which affect the popular side of the question will deal with a matter which differs in no respect from the ordinary run of cases, save in the religion and station of the party exercising the landlord right."

If the Mail be sincere--as we are bound to believe it is--in its professed wish to assist the trustees of the DEMPSEY charity in the vindication of their rights, its manner of doing so is singularly unfortunate. The paragraph we have quoted is calculated--of course unintentionally--to give a most invidious colouring to the step taken by the trustees,--a step which, as far as we understand the case, is not only justifiable, but laudable. The whole transaction is very different, indeed, from "the ordinary run of cases" to which the Mail compares it. In the "ordinary run of cases"--thank God! they are not "ordinary" but of rare occurence, now--it is human beings who are ejected; here it was merely grazing cattle that the trustees sought to remove.

We had written thus far, when the Mail of Wednesday was put into our hands. It contains the following letter from the Rev. Mr. M'EVOY:--

"Parochal House, Kells, February 2, 1847.

"Sir--As the last number of your widely circulated journal connects my humble name with the odious "clearance system" and extermination of tenantry, in the case of the Balreask lands, may I express a respectful request, that in the spirit of fair play you will give insertion to the following plain statement of facts:

"During the entire period of the late Miss DEMPSEY's (the testatrix), proprietorship, or since the trustees to her will came into possession of the lands in question, no tenants, not even one, held or occupied any portion thereof. No person, except the gatekeeper and herd lived on these grounds. Miss DEMPSEY always managed them through her agent, as have the trustees to the present time through theirs. The parties opposing giving possession to the tenants now adopted by the trustees are persons to whom grazing for their cattle was let by the agent of the trustees to the 1st of November last only. So far were the trustees from ejecting tenantry, or expelling any single human being from his habitation, that for the creation of a comfortable tenantry, the lands were let in small but convenient farms, and a guarantee was expressly given even to the herd, that he would be continued during his life in his residence and situation.

"May I, under these circumstances, be allowed to express an earnest, and I will add confident hope, that the next number of your gifted journal will contain editorial reparation to the injured trustees, and a reiterated call on the authorities to speedily vindicate the grossly outraged rights of property.--I have the honour to remain, Sir, your obedient humble servant,

"N M'EVOY, C.R."

The Mail prefaces the letter by a few remarks, in which we look in vain for the "editorial reparation" sought by Mr. M'EVOY, for having been held up to public odium as an exterminator.

"We cheerfully admit the Rev. Mr. M'EVOY's claim on our candour, and print his letter--we even comply with his request, and reiterate our call for a speedy vindication of the outraged rights of property. We are free also to re-assert, that in the case before us, the Roman Catholic trustees were perfectly right to drive the cattle of the over- holding occupants--if they could. But we cannot help saying, that of all men, the Roman Catholic clergy have the least right to complain, when in such matters

"The even hand of 'wild injustice'
Commends the ingredients of the poisoned chalice
Thine own lips."

"Had they discountenanced, as the ought, the passive resistance to tithes, and the system of over-holding possession by intimidation and violence, they would not now have had reason to complain of this outrage. Was not Doctor DOYLE the remote author of this agrarian outrage?"

If Mr. M'EVOY find any balm for his wounded spirit in the above reparation, he must be very easily consolded. The Mail is quite of opinion that "the rights of property must be vindicated," only if they are not, it serves Mr. M'EVOY right, because he is a Roman Catholic Priest, and Dr. DOYLE another Roman Catholic Priest, agitated against tithe some twenty years back.

We are sorry to see this rancorous tone against the Roman Catholic Clergy making its reappearance in the columns of our clever contemporary, more particularly as we were beginning to observe that a change for the better had lately come over the spirit of its dreamings. Certainly, this not the time, when the Priests are as a body exerting themselves at this momentous crisis so as to command the unqualified approval of all parties, and of every honest journal in the empire, that their former sins of political agitation should be cast in their teeth. We have as great a dislike to Clerical agitators-- be they of what creed they may--as the Mail; but the Priests are not agitators now; their time is engrossed by duties more suited to their calling.

We are the more surprised at the tone of the remarks we have quoted from the Mail, characterised as they are by the old sectarian leaven for which that journal was once so remarkable, that in the same number we find an article headed "Famine and Controversy," written in a very opposite and a truly admirable spirit.

The Rev. F. FITZPATRICK, thankfully acknowledges the receipt of Three Pounds, from Henry THOMAS, Esq., of Lincoln'sinn-fields, London, to the Shercock Poor Relief Committee.


(From our Navan Correspondent.)

On Tuesday, the 2nd inst., Bridget LEONARD, aged three years, during about ten minutes absence of her mother, who was taking home water from a country well, fell into the fire said to have been made up by the mother before she left the house. In consequence of the injuries she received, the poor child expired, after enduring the utmost agony in the County Meath Infirmary, on the following day. The dwelling is contiguous to the Moat of Navan, and unfortunately stands so far apart from those of their neighbours, that the screams of the child could not be heard. LEONARD is an honest, hard-working man--his wife an excellent woman and affectionate parent--both respected by their neighbours. This is the or fourth such lamentable occurrence in this neighbourhood within as many years, which may serve as a warning to tender mothers to take precautions against the recurrence of such afflicting disasters to their children.


A poor man named REILLY, who was employed on one of the public works, in the parish of Castleterra, died on Tuesday last, at the house of widow GORMAN, of Drumbow. He was employed in breaking stones, and complained to the overseer of a giddiness in his head, saying he supposed that it was because he had ate nothing since the previous morning. He was recommended to go to the widow's house, where he would probably get some food. He did so, and some stirabout was put before him, of which, after eating a few mouthfuls with difficulty, he fell off his chair, and expired in about half an hour afterwards.

CAVAN SOUP FUND--The Cavan South Committee gratefully acknowledges the receipt of 1cwt pea-meal from Mr. M'DOWALL of Liverpool, for the use of the charity. This is the third contribution whch has been received from this respected townsman of ours since its opening.

REDUCTION OF RENTS--The Rev. H. M. WINDER, Vicar of Killinkere, has granted to all deserving tenants the following reduction on the half-year's rent, payable the 25th of March, 1847, to all tenants whose rents are under £5 per annum, 50 percent, for the half year; from £5 and under £10, 30 per cent; from £10 and under £15, 20 per cent; from £15 and under £20, 15 per cent; from £20 and under £30, 10 per cent.


(From Our Own Correspondent)

The Assistant Commissioner, Mr. BALL, attended the meeting of our board on Monday last. He expressed himself much concerned at the prevalence of sickness, and at the statement of the chairman, C. ADAMS, Esq., J.P., that upwards of 50 paupers had died since the 1st of January. Mr. BALL advised a change in the dietary, and strongly urged on the board the adoption of a soup-diet, recommending a receipt (sic) for which he had introduced into most of the workhouses under his charge with the happiest effect. The soup-diet had also the advantage of superior economy. In some of the unions the saving, consequent upon its adoption amounted to fifteen hundred a year. The average cost of a pauper in the Bailieborough Union for the past week, 2s 7d., he considered much too high.

The guardians unanimously decided to adopt the dietary recommended by Mr. BALL...


County of Cavan, to wit:

A SPECIAL SESSIONS will be held at the COURTHOUSE, CAVAN, on WEDNESDAY, the 10th of FEBRUARY Next, at 12 O'Clock, Noon, for the purpose of Dividing this County into DISTRICTS, pursuant to the Act 9th and 10th Victoria, chap.37, commonly called, "The Coroners Amendment Act."


Clerk of the Peace

Cavan, Jan. 29, 1847


At Beauparc, on Thursday, the lady of Robert HALL DARE, Esq. of a son.

MARRIED Feb 2, at St. Peter's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. J. H. MACSORLEY, Edward HEASTIE, Esq., to Jane, Daughter of the late John BROWN, Esq., M.D., of Liverpool. ___________________________________________________ DIED Feb. 2, at Prospect Cemetry Road, Glasnevin, Ralph Henry CRAWFORD, Esq., solicitor, aged 67, for many years an officer of the Court of Error.

Feb 12 1847

MURDER IN CO. LEITRIM--On Wednesday last, a party of lawless ruffians, supposed to be about twelve in number, surrounded the dwelling of an industrious farmer named DUFFY, on the lands of Drumshambo, in the Parish of Cloone. DUFFY and family were in the act of repeating the rosary, according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church, when the degraded villains arrived to perpetrate their nefarious purposes, and (as given in evidence) remained quietly outside till this religious ceremony terminated. Three of the gang immediately broke into DUFFY's house, one of whom carried a gun, demanded arms, and struck him violently. A severe and unequal contest ensued in which Brian DUFFY, son of the farmer, eighteen years of age, received a blow of a loaded cudgel on the side of the head, which caused his death in the course of a few hours. Intelligence of this tragedy having been reported, Alexander PERCY, Esq., coroner, repaired to the spot and empannelled a respectable jury, when after a most infinite i nvestigation, a verdict of wilful murder was unanimously recorded against a certain person aided and assisted by other persons yet unknown. DUFFY and family bear excellent character-- Northern Standard.

THE CHURCH--Our Bailieborough friends will be rejoiced to hear that the Rev. J. PENTLAND who has been for eight and twenty years a curate in the diocese of Kilmore, has been appointed by the Bishop of Kilmore, to the living of Drumreilly in the county of Leitrim, vacant by he death of the Rev. Mr. WALKER. The Rev. Mr. PENTLAND was universally beloved and respected, and this appointment conferred solely on account of his long and faithful service, has given the greatest satisfaction.

We have the greatest pleasure in giving insertion to the following letter, and also in expressing our satisfaction at the explanation it conveys of the lapses plumae in the letter to which it refers, and at which, we confess, we felt not a little hurt; coming, as it did, from a gentleman so universally respected as the Rev. Mr. LEWIS. We fully concur, too, in the warm testimony which Mr. MORTON bears to the wonderful resignation under the intense suffering of the population of the relief district of Ballyjamesduff:


My Dear Sir--Will you oblige me by giving insertion to a line of explanation and apology, with reference to the objectionable word on which you so justly, if not rather too severely, comment, in a letter addressed to you by the Rev. Mr. LEWIS, and which appeared in last week's Anglo-Celt.

You will perceive by the resolution I now forward, that the members of the Ballyjamesduff relief committee were equally parties to the letter in question, and therefore equally criminal with the Rev. writer; at the same time that the idea of imputing a 'slanderous' purpose to the Editor of the Anglo-Celt, never for a moment entered the imagination of any one amongst us. A copy of this resolution would have been forwarded to you at the time, had not Mr. LEWIS himself considered it unnecessary to do so. I send it to you as it appears upon our minutes.

"Resolved--That the thanks of the committee are hereby given to the Rev. S. H. LEWIS, for the pains he has taken to disabuse the public mind of the erroneous impression conveyed by the remarks o which he refers in his letter to the Editor of the Anglo-Celt just read to the committee, every word of which letter has the entire approval of the committee."

I need hardly say that the word complained of escaped observation, as there can be no doubt it was inadvertently used also by the writer himself, whose character, for all that is most becoming and estimable in a clergyman is so widely known and appreciated, that it would be quite impertinent in me to dwell upon that part of the subject. But who, my dear Sir, after witnessing such examplary endurance as I must conclude by bearing testimony to sufferings unprecedented even in sad annals of our country, who would not have been betrayed into unusual warmth of expression, on seeing a report to the contrary circulated with the authority your paper has so deservedly acquired....... The other offences imputed to us, and which you rightly stated to have been committed within the Ballyjamesduff Police District-- might with equal propriety have been stated as committed within the Mountnugent and Virginia Police Districts--the Police District, which is of unusual extent, embracing those parts, while the Ballyjamesduff Relief District is confined to the Parish of Castleraghan, and such portions of Crosserlough and Denn as lie in the Barony of Castlereghan.

Believe me, my dear Sir, always faithfully yours,

Pierce MORTON, Chairman of the
Ballyjamesduff Relief District

Kin(/)serott House, 11th Feb., 1847


We are happy o be able to report a diminution in the amount of crime this week, which speaks well for the people, as there is no diminution, but a great increase in their suffereings. Fever and dysentery are on the increase, particularly in the neighbourhoods of Ballyhaise, Bailieboro', and Cavan. We are sorry to say that Mr. DEVINE the highly respectable chemist of Oldcastle, where a bad type of fever prevails, has fallen a victim to his attendance on the sick. He was buried last week and his attendance is universally regretted.

THREATENING NOTICE--William MAJOR of Cavan-acoulter, received this week a threatening notice through the office of Mountnugent couched as follows--

"Billy MAJOR, you old dog, will be caut in the fog and shot like dog. Here's your coffin."

Here follows a sketch of a coffin and a pistol.

William MAJOR had been employed in the Public Works, as assistant-overseer, from which situation he was dismissed a short time ago for having used obscene language before some women employed in the works.

CATTLE-STEALING-- Mr. Wm. SIMPSON, of Garbally, near Bailieborough, had a heifer stolen from an out-house, on the 6th instant, by some person or persons unknown.

INCENDIARY FIRE-- A turf stack belonging to Geo. ELLIS, of Rockfield, in the parish of Killisandra(sic), was maliciously set fire to and consumed, by some person or persons unknown.

ROBBERY WITH ARMS-- One the night of the 6th inst. a party of ten or twelve men entered the house of Robert FLACK, and threatened to shoot him, if he offered to stir; while the rest proceeded to rob the house. They got possession of nine or ten shillings in cash and some oatmeal. FLACK confesses that he knows some of them, but positively refuses to inform against them.


On the night of Saturday, the 6th instant, a large rick of hay, the property of Rev. Mr. DURDEN, was maliciously set fire to and burned to ashes.


The Committee thankfully acknowledge the receipt of the following sums in aid of the Relief fund:-- (NOTE: Amounts of donations range from £20 down to 4d. Transcriber did not think the that listing amount given by each donor was critical.)

Directors of the Provincial Bank
Abraham BRUSH, Esq.
John BRADY, Esq.
Mr. William HAGUE, jun.
Mr. James FAY
Mr. William JOHNSTON
Mrs. William JOHNSTON
Cavan Masonic Lodge, No. 90, per its Master, D. BABINGTON
Rev. Dr. P. O'REILLY
Rev. Thos. O'REILLY
William ANDERSON, Esq.
(?) BUROWES, Esq.
Mr. James O'BRIEN
Mr. William BANNON
Mr. James M'GAURAN
Mr. Thomas HINDS
George GALLOGLY, Esq.
Mr. James REILLY
Mr. Francis CLINTON
William BLACK, Esq.
Mr. Charles MAGUIRE
Mr. James PARKE
Mr. John BRADY
Mr. Charles STEWART
Mr. John PRIOR
Mr. Patt. SMITH
Mr. Thomas M'MANUS
Mr. James SMITH
Surgeon CARSON
Mr. James SIMONS
Mr. Thomas RUXTON
Mr. John HAYES
Mr. George ROARKE
Mr. William TOOLE
Mr. Stephen BRADY
Mrs. Abbey SMITH
Mr. Robert DAVIS
Mr. Charles MAGUIRE
Mrs. Robert BEATTY
Mr. Jones MERVYN
Mr. O'BRIEN's Servants
Should the names of any contributors have been inadvertently omitted in the above list, they will be published in future numbers of of the Anglo-Celt.


Attractive Peemptory and Unreserved


Adjourned in consequence of the severity of the day, from Monday the 8th till MONDAY, the 15th INSTANT, The Sale to commence at 12 o;clock precisely.

The Subscriber pledges himself for the accuracy of the undermentioned, having carelly examine them all:--

No.1, the Farm on which the owner, Edward SMITH, resides is situated at Kilnacross, Parish of Drung, nearly adjoining Parsonage, held under Lord ANNESLY, who as a Landlord or for encouragement to his Tenantry needs no comment.......


Auctioneer, Valuator, and Appraiser Cavan

February 10, 1847


On the 4th inst., at Upper Sackville-st., the lady of Valentine O'C BLAKE, Esq., of a son.


On the 8th inst., at the residence of her month, Whitehall, Blackrock, Susan, fifth daughter of the late Philip HUGHES, Esq., of Newry to Charles GAVAN DUFFY, Esq.

On the 2nd inst., at Belturbet, Edmond SHELTON WINSLOW, Esq., to Miss Elizabeth FITZPATRICK, both of said town.


On the 5th instant, at Killeshandra, in the 81st year of his age, Mr. Robert O'REILLY, father of the Very Rev. Thomas O'REILLY, P.P., of Killeshandra. His charitable and kind disposition endeared him, during his short residence at Killeshandra, to a large circle of acquaintances; and the numerous procession which accompanied his remains to the grave fully attested the people's love for his memory, and their deep grief for his loss.

On the 3rd instant, at Oldcastle, Mr. Bernard DEVINE, Apothecary greatly regretted.

Feb 19 1847


On Friday night last, an attempt was made to throw the last down-train off the line, by laying an iron rail upon the line. The weight and momentum of the engine snapped the rail, and the train proceeded without injury. The nature of the attempt was not the less fiendish.

ENNISKILLEN, FEB. 15 -- The Enniskillen Chronicle says:--"The state of the peasantry in several districts in this county is truly appalling. There are now upwards of two hundred families, representing a thousand individuals, who obtain relief daily at he soup kitchen in our town. The numerous cases of theft every day in our town are beyond calculation. There are upwards of 250 prisoners in our gaol, and every day escorts of the constabulary from the country stations are adding to the number.

SLIGO, FEBRUARY 13 -- The Sligo Champion contains the particulars of an inquest on the body of a man named Owen MULROONEY, who died of starvation at Clooneen on the 2d inst. It appeared from the evidence that the poor man some days previous to his death had subsisted on the flesh of an ass!


We have this week to record two murders--one them of a most brutal nature, of which we give the particulars, as we have received them, below. We also subjoin accounts of some robberies, one or two of them of a desperate character, which have been perpetrated within the last week.

ATROCIOUS MURDER--An industrious man of the name of William LANG, who resided between Belturbet and Ballyconnell, went to the fair of the latter town, which was held on the 13th inst., to sell a cow, and having been observed to return home in the evening without the cow, it was supposed that he had sold her and had the produce of the sale in his possession. In consequence of which, a party of three persons; armed with the stone hammers used on the public works for breaking stones, entered the poor man's house during the night and demanded the money which he had received for the cow. On his refusing to comply with their request, they attacked and beat him so desperately about the head with their hammers as to render him insensible; and thinking the life was extinct, they made a precipitate retreat. The poor man was conveyed to the infirmary of the town, where he died, on Monday morning from the injuries he had received. Three persons have been arrested, and identified by the wife of the deceased, and committed to Cavan gaol to stand their trial at the ensuing assizes: their names are Philip, Pat, and Owen REILLY.

MURDER OF A WIFE BY HER HUSBAND--About four o'clock on the morning of Sunday last, the 14th instant, a man of the name of James DENAHAR, who resides in the townland of Moate, in the parish of Ballymachugh (who is supposed to be labouring under an aberration of mind for some time past), rose from his bed and went apparently in the most cool and deliberate manner to where he kept his razors, and having procured one, returned to bed to his unsuspecting and ill-fated wife, who was in a sound sleep at the time, and nearly severed her head from her body. He was shortly afterwards arrested by the police of the station of Capragh, and lodged in Cavan gaol.

DARING ROBBERIES--In the early part of the week the inhabitants of Belturbet and vicinity were shocked by the barbarous murder of William LANG; they had only partially recovered from the terror caused there, when on last night (the 17th inst.) two robberies of a most daring character occurred in the same parish, accompanied in each instance by burglary. About twelve o'clock at night the house of a poor man was broken into by a gang, who, having caused great alarm to him and family, robbed him of one pound, and went off. Later in the night a party attacked and broke into the house of another man in the same parish (Drumlane), and robbed him of £4, a large quantity of linen, and a gun. (The latter seemed to be the chief object of their search.) Next morning Mr. GIBBONS, chief constable, proceeded to the spot and made every exertion, but as yet has been unable to arrest any of them. These seemingly systematic outrages, occuring in one night, and in a few days after the perpetration of a brutal murder, have greatly alarmed to the peaceable and well-disposed inhabitants, and calls for the adoption of some rigorous measures on the part of the authorities to prevent a recurrence of such disgraceful outrages.

HIGHWAY ROBBERY--As a man named John BLAKELY was returning from the fair of Ballyconnel on the 15th inst. two men unknown (one of them armed with a pistol, the other with a dagger) came up to him and demanded his money or his life. They afterwards robbed him of his pocket-book and £5.

BURGLARY--On the night of the 15th, a large party of men broke into the house of Martha Anne FERGUSON, a respectable unmarried woman, who holds a large farm in the parish of Scrabby, and robbed her of £2 12s. 6d. in money, a large quantity of bacon and about cwt. of oatmeal, which they carried away on an ass which they took from the stall. Information was immediately given to the police, who were promptly in pursuit. They soon came up with the ass and meal, which, the robbers finding themselves pursued, left behind--but none of the offenders have as yet been made amenable.



Sir--Having heard on last Sunday evening that one of those phenomena called "earthquakes" had occurred at one of the beautiful lakes surrounding this town, I walked out there with a friend to satisfy my curiosity; and as I presume that the shock it created was not felt to such an extent in Cavan as to cause your own reporter to repair to the scene, I will endeavour to give you some account of it.

The spot were the earthquake took place is northwest of the Green-Lake, just were the Ballinagh road passes it by. Indeed, it was not only a tremour of the earth, but a great breach herein; for about half a rood of the verdant sward that surrounds the Lake (and from which, I suppose it derives its name) separated from the adjoining ground, causing the water to flow around it, and thereby forming a small island in the Lake. But this was not all, for about forty yards of the road lately raised and repaired under the Labour Rate Act fell in. Fortunately, it was at night this extraordinary change happened, and no further injury beyond what I have stated has resulted from it....

I remain, Sir, respectfully yours,

February 18, 1847 A CAVANEER

PRISONERS FOR TRIAL AT CAVAN SPRING ASSIZES, 1847-- Burglary, 13; cattle-stealing, 4; concealing birth, 1; horse-stealing, 1; larceny, 7; malicious injury to property, 1; murder, 12; rape, 1; receiving and having in possession stolen goods, 9; shooting at with intent to murder, 1; sheep-stealing, 6; serving threatening notice, 1; total 57.

The deaths in the union work house alone amounted to nearly 500 in the last week of January! But of these establishments no record of mortality is kept. The coroners are totally unable to hold inquests on the numbers who died daily of starvation and cold. In fine, as a letter from Leitrim expresses it, "the peasantry are fading away from the face of the earth."

REPRESENTATION OF NEW ROSS--It is stated that Mr. J. H. TALBOT, the former member of this borough, will be a candidate in the case of the retirment of Honourable Captain GORE.

February 26 1847


Laurence Harman KING HARMAN, foreman;
Michard Maxwell FOX,
Frederick T. GESSOP,
Willoughby BOND,
George LEFROY,
William Shirley BALL,
Henry BEVAN,
Francis Barry FOX,
Alex. P. BONE,
Ambrose BOYLE,
James POWER,
Edwin M. SANDYS, and
Joseph KINCAID, Esqrs.

At the Examinations in Trinity College, Mr. George FINLAY, son of Dr. FINLY Killishandra, obtained a First Honor. This is the fourth First Honor obtained by this young gentleman, in succession. Mr. AUCHENLECK also obtained a First Honor on the same occasion. Both these young gentlemen were Educated at Croghan-house school.


The following are the most important of the outrages of which we have received accounts since our last:

GALLANT CONDUCT OF A MAN AND HIS WIFE--On the morning of the 20th inst. five or six men came to the home of James COFFEY, of Cornalara, in the parish of Shercock, and endeavoured to break in through a back window, from which they removed some stones and mortar. Upon hearing the noise, COFFEY's wife, who was lying awake with her infant child, called her husband, telling him that there were men attacking the house. COFFEY got up, and the robbers, upon hearing him stir, desisted from their attempt, and called on COFFEY to send out his money--but on receiving no answer, almost immediately renewed their attack, and broke in the window with entrance through the bedroom window, first thrustling in his arm, with a thick bludgeon in his hand. DUFFEY's wife, almost in the state of nudity, had stationed herself here, and struck him with a cooper's branding-iron on the wrist with such force, that he instantly withdraew his arm, exclaiming that it was broken.--Her husband meantime was occupied in defending the door, which had been driven in with stones. Here also some of the party made an effort to enter, but were bravely repulsed by COFFEY, who gave one of them a thrust with a bayonet, which caused him to fall back, crying out, "He's got a deadly weapon inside." In the melee COFFEY got a blow of a stone over he eye. The cowardly villains, deterred by the gallant resistance opposed to them, at last beat a retreat--not, however, without vowing vengeneance against COFFEY.--Two men have since been arrested on suspicion, and brought before Dean ADAMS; but COFFEY not being able to identify them, they were discharged. One of the men had his wrist blackened as if from a blow, and moaned when the handcuffs were put on him.

It is hoped tht the authorities will reward COFFEY and his stout-hearted wife for their gallant conduct. We understand that Dean ADAMS and Mr. WILCOCKS have forwarded a recommendation to that effect.

ROBBERIES, &c.,--On the 23rd inst., James M'DERMOTT, a cattle jobber, was stopped by two men (one of them armed with a pistol) on the road between Killeshandra and Belturbet, and robbed of £111!--M'DERMOTT does not know the men.

On the night of the 22nd inst. two persons unknown came to the house of Mathew DRUM, in the parish of Drumlummon. They were admitted by a man named J. REILLY, who helped them to rob DRUM of nineteen pounds, and some shillings. DRUM made some resistance, upon which he was knocked down by REILLY, and stabbed with pitchforks by the other two. His life is not in danger, but he is still too weak to leave his bed. The offenders have not been made amenable.

ROBBERIES--On the night of Saturday, the 13th instant, two pigs, the property of Mr. YOUNG, of Longberew were stolen off his farm, at Ratogh. The party killed the pigs before carrying them off. On the same night, four fat sheep, the property of Edward REILLY, of Finner, were stolen off the lands of Moylagh


To the Editor of the Anglo-Celt Sir--Having read an advertisement which eminated from the Guardians of the Cavan Union, that in consequence of the low state of the finances of the house, a number, if not the whole of the paupers, would be obliged to be turned out at large, unless rates would be immediately paid in, I would now beg to inform the Guardians, through you, that if they direct the Collector of this division to come here, the rate being a large one, he will collect as much money in one day as will pay the expenses of the house for a month.-- I am Sir, your obedient servant,


Belturbet, Feb. 24, 1857(sic)


Miss ELLIS, Westbourne-terrace, London, per Henry T. IILBEE, Esq.
Trustees of Lord ANNESLEY, per William A. MOORE, Esq.
Mrs. John Reilly, Main-street Constabulary, Cavan
Rev. Francis KEIRNAN
Mathew TULLY, Esq.
Mrs. BATTERSBY (sale of fancy work)
Samuel SWANZY, Esq.
Mrs. ROE
Mrs. MOORE, sen. Royal College, Cavan

The committee of Ballyjamesduff Relief District thankfully acknowledge the following contributions to the District Fund received by their treasurer: --

The Right Hon. Lord Farnham The Hon. Somerset MAXWELL,
Richard SCOTT,Esq.
The Very Rev. and Right Hon. Lord FITZGERALD and VESCI
Miss SCOTT, Ham Common Surrey
William HUMPHREYS, Esq.
Lloyd THOMAS, Esq.
Rev. Terence O'REILLY
Edward PLUNKETT, Esq
J. T. IRVINE, Esq.
Rev. S. H. LEWIS
Rev. John O'REILLY
J. ATKIN, Esq., M.R.C.S.L.
Joshua TRIMMER, esq.
Rev. James COLLINS
Miss More
Mr. Thomas MORROW
Mr. William LOVE
Mr. Michael CONNELL
Mr. James SMYTHE the constabulary of Ballyjamesduff
Mr. William COOTE

The Rev. James ADAMS, Treasurer to the Mountnugent Relief Committee, has received the following additional subscriptions for the poor of the parish of Kilbride:--
His Grace, The Lord Pimate (per Geo. L'ESTRANGE, Esq.)
Samuel WEBB, Esq., Hilltown
William A. REILLY, Esq., Bellmont
Thomas E. WHITNEY, Esq.
Miss RATHBOWNE (the last three name, per Joseph LYNCH, Esq.

The House of Assembly of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has voted £1000 for relief of the famine in Scotland and Ireland


A man name James MALONE, was fully committed on Monday last, from Ballickmoyler, by Wm. C. COOPER, and Wm. R. FITZMAURICE, Esqrs., charge with the wilful murder of Patrick BRENNAN, better known as Patrick NELLY, at the fair of Mayo, Queen's County, in the year 1811. The particulars of the case are as follows: MALONE was at that period, at the head of a faction who want to pull down BRENNAN's tent on the fair green. On the apearance of BRENNAN he was stabbed in the abdomen with a large knife, and killed on the spot. MALONE, after the committal of the murder, as alleged, fled to America, but returned to Ireland and settled in he county Meath, about eighteen year since, where he resided until (on private information) he was arrested and brought back to Queen's County. On Monday last he was fully identified, after an absence of thirty-six years, by persons who know the prisoner and were present at the murder. The prisoner, who is about seventy years of age, was dressed in the ordinary garb of a county Meath labourer, and on being removed from the court-house to the police-barrack, after being identified, he fainted in the street. After some time he recovered his self-possession, and was escorted on a car to the gaol of Maryborough.--Carlow Sentinel.

THE MAGDALEN ASYLUM--It was mentioned by the Rev. Mr. FITZGERALD of Clontarf, in his able and eloquent appeal in behalf of this institution on Sunday last, that its inmates had offered to relinquish one of ther meals in order to withdraw as little food as possible from the common stock at the crisis. This as interesting an exemplifcation of the "haud ignara mali," &c., as any on record.


Feb. 19, at Fitzwilliam-place, the lady of Ewd.PENNEFATHER, Esq., of a son. At Tullyvin House, County of Cavan, the lady of Maxwell H. BOYLE, Esq., of a daughter


Feb. 16, W. MURPHY, Esq., of Ballyshannon House, County Tipperary, to Mary Agenes, youngest daughter of the last Thomas KENNEDY, Esq.


On the 18th instant, at his seat, Rallahan, in the county of Cavan, George BELL, Esq., deeply and sincerly regretted by his family and a very numerous circle of friends for his various suitable qualities. He was frank hospitable, sincere and earnest in his friendship-- a good neighbour, and the warm and generous patron and friend of the poor and destitute; and by his death a vacuum has been created in the sphere of society in which he moved that will not be easily filled up.

On the 14th inst., at Navan, Mr. Jerome MORRISSY, T.C., cloth merchant, leaving a widow and six young children to deplore the loss of an honest man, an affectionate husband, a fond parent, and a warm-hearted friend-- aged 35 years.

On the 19th inst., at her residence at Portuliff, Eliz, the beloved wife of Wm. S. MONYPENY, Esq.

On the 24th inst., the Rev. John FITZSIMONS, P.P. Killenkere.

At Lower Mount-street, Dublin, Moore ECHLIN, aged 18, eldest child of the Rev. Charles Moore ECHLIN, Vicar of Killnagh, County Cavan.

Feb. 18, at Blackheath Park, aged 74, Sir Willoughby Thos. LAKE, K.C.R., Admiral of the White.

At Cahernahena Park, co. Galway, Anthony B. DALY, Esq.

Feb 16, at Rath Lodge, Longford, Godfrey SHAW, Esq.

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