Published in Cavan, county Cavan
January 5, 1849

A. P. P. ROBBED OF £14 CHRISTMAS DUES. - On New Year's Day, while the Rev. Mr. SCANLAN, of Bourns, and his curate, the Rev Mr. MAHER, were attending their chapels at Clonskinny and Corraguneen, two men, armed with pistols and having their faces disguised, entered the house of the former at Bourns, presented a pistol at the servant girl, Bridget TRACEY, the only inmate in the house at the time, and ordered her to go on her knees and hold down her head. Having immediately complied with this threatening mandate, one of the fellows stood over her as a sentinel, while the other proceeded to Father Scanlan's room, and having ransacked every portion of it he came to the object of his search - a box - which he broke open, and robbed of £14 in silver, which Father Scanlan was after receiving as part of his Christmas collection. - Ibid.

FREE-WILL OFFERING. - A few days ago "some person or persons unknown," thought proper to bestow on a worthy parish Priest, the Rev Father MONAGHAN, a very handsome gift, meant we supposed to be a Christmas box, though a little before the time. This was in the shape of a male child, about ten days old, and well stocked with clothing of a decent description, a new single blanket outside, and its bodyclothes of nice swanskin, with a handsome cap on its head. Thus appareled it was placed in the well of his reverence's jaunting car, where it was found next morning, in the arms of Morpheus, and apparently happy with its cradle. His reverence not accepting the compliment, sent for the police, who searched for an owner but without success, and the "free will offering" has been consigned to Brookeboro "workhouse. We should add that in the bosom of the child was found a slip of paper with his name "JOSEPH KANE" and alleging that it had been baptized by a Priest of the diocese. Th! e writing was evidently the production of a respectable female, as none other could have used the pen to such perfection. - Armagh Guardian.

HYMENEAL CHRISTMAS FAVOURS. - Twenty-three fair damsels were led to the altar, at Kingston, the parish church of Portaca, and received husbands as Christmas presents. We wish them a very happy new year!

EXTRAORDINARY BIRTH. - A few days since a poor woman, an inmate of our workhouse, was safely delivered of three male children. The mother is doing well, but the children die3d shortly after having been brought to the world. - Tyrawly Herald. (An industrious lodging-house keeper in Cavan had a similar birth some twelve months ago. All three children died since.)

COOTEHILL UNION. The Vice-Guardians of the Cootehill Union will, on FRIDAY, the 19th JANUARY next, proceed to select a competent person to fill the situation of ASSISTANT MASTER; Salary, Twenty Pounds per Annum and Rations.

His duties will be to assist the Master generally in the management of the House and in his Accounts; also to superintend the Employment of the able-bodied male paupers.

Written Applications with Testimonials to be lodged with me before Eleven o'Clock on the above day. Two Solvent Sureties will be required to enter into a Bond for £100.

(By Order) ROBERT GRAHAM, Clerk of the Union, Board-room, Dec. 22, 1848.

January 12, 1849

(From the Times)

It is a growing expectation in Ireland that we are now about to witness one of the most momentous operations of society - the removal of a people en masse to a different shore. The half million who have got off with no great stir in the course of two years are but an advanced guard to the main body that follows. It must, indeed, be the most furious impulse or the direct necessity that can urge men at this season of this year to cast themselves on the deep, to brave the wide Atlantic, to be thrown on they know not what head-land or shoal, in the storms and the fogs which beset the wished-for shore, in and at the best to land in a country still ribbed with ice and buried in snow. Yet we were told the other day of ten emigrant vessels taking refuge in the Cove of Cork, of crowds waiting at other ports for a change of a passage, and of multitudes ejected from their holdings, and now lodging in towns with no other hope upon earth than once to put their feet on the shore of the New World. We believe it to be even as it is described. The failure of the staple crop, the burden of maintaining the victims of famine, the impossibility of paying rates upon small holdings, and the invincible objection to pay them upon holdings of any size; constitute an expellant force of which the like was never seen. Pauperism in all its bearings is depopulating the island. They who are paupers, and they who expect to be paupers, and they who loathe the thought of contributing their hard earnings to be squandered upon paupers, are equally out of heart and resolved to go elsewhere. When the mind is resolved, the means only are wanting. But among the many redeeming virtues of this intractable and unfortunate race is a strength of family affection which no distance, no tie, no pressure, no prosperity can destroy; and every one of the half million who have safely effected their retreat, consecrated his first earnings to the pious work of rescuing a parent, a brother, or a sister from Ireland.

What most contributes to this result more even than famine or any other actual event, is that the long-cherished dream of Irish nationality has utterly vanished away. That fond delusion is a thing of the past. O'Connell saw it fade away, and his spirit died within him. A few poor misguided creatures have tried to keep up the cause and blow it into life, but they are worse than dead. The impossible vision of a Celtic Republic, consisting of a million or two small but unhappy freeholders, making their own laws, choosing their own lords, and playing fast and loose with her Britannic Majesty, is now a nursery fable, and numbers with those superstitions which abound on St. Patrick's isle. But on that die (?) has the Celt staked all his pride and romance. That hope gone, he feels no other tie to his soil. Forced to give up the poetry of his national ambition, he is now ready to put up with the substance, and seek the solid benefits of land and employment in another soil. The fabulous and empiric nationality of O'Connell once exploded, little else survives of the national tie. Of all people in the world there are none who feel less mutual confidence than the Irish. That quality is the growth of industry, of cultivation, of arts, of institutions, of all that demonstrates the power of organised co-operation, and brings out the virtues that win mutual respect. The Irishman is painfully aware of his national weakness. His hope is now to rise, not on his strength, but on the strength of the thriving Transatlantic community.

And that we believe to be his only hope. Since it must be so - since so large a part of our British fellow-subjects must join a foreign allegiance, or a colony all but independent, we rejoice to see, in this inevitable event, the providential means of a beneficial mixture of races. The history of this island shows by how many invasions, conquests, compromises, and fusions of races the British character has attained its noble though composite excellence. A walk in our villages or streets, the survey of a market, a church, or a dinner table, will bear out the truth of history that Britons, Romans, Saxons, Danes, Normans, Dutch, Flemish, French, and even more races, go to the happy composition of an Englishman and English society. Hence the versatility, hence the enlarged sympathies of the race. It is ascribed to our position in a fluctuating climate, and temperate zone, that we are able to adapt ourselves to any region of the earth, and pass with little injury to extremes of heat and cold. To an unparalleled variety of national ingredients, and the kindred facts of our complex social state and mixed constitution, we owe it that we excel in so many departments of human ambitions, and enjoy so many internal sources of prosperity and happiness. The experience of our own good fortune makes us wish to see the Celtic race allied to more vigorous and fortunate elements. The fates, however, seem to forbid that fusion in these islands. The Celt calls Ireland his own, and is jealous of interlopers, while in England also our superior wealth and cultivation have created an Interval which can seldom be passed. Religion also stands in the way. That part, too, of our industrial system which would otherwise offer the best opening for union and improvement is too full and too fixed to admit a Celtic Immigration. A Connaughtman may bring his family into Manchester and hide them in a cellar, but he could hardly get a night's lodging in an agricultural village, except once a year, for himself and his sickle. Now America supplies the opportunities of national fusion and perfection which are impossible at home. In those vast and thinly-peopled countries labour is precious, has friends and elbow-room, finds openings and opportunities every where, and, what is more, feels itself neither intruder nor exclusive owner, but simply a free citizen on a free soil.

There is no better chance for the Celt than that which he now sees and eagerly grasps, of learning the agricultural and mechanical arts, and the power of self-government, among the enterprising, ingenious, industrious states diffused on the vast surface, and gather the profuse treasures of the new world. Providence at this crisis widens the openings and multiplies the opportunities of Europe's great outlet. The railroads, the river and lake communications of the States and British America have lately increased with unexampled rapidity. Within a few years the union has almost doubled its territory. Besides what it has won by the sword and negotiation from Mexico, it has lately secured by treaty from the Indian tribes an extent of fertile plains watered by the tributaries of Mississippi and Missouri as large as this island. To crown all, California, at this happy moment, reveals her hidden treasures, and invites myriads, who will leave their places to be filled by immigration. For every man who leaves New York, or Boston, or Philadelphia, or Baltimore for the fields of gold, one more is wanted from these islands. If, too, the tide of wealth flows in to the tithe of the expected amount, manufacture, trade, and commerce, will be stimulated to a degree which will readily absorb any amount of labour that we can supply. When such prospects are open, we cannot be blind to the opportunity. It avails little to lament that the States are no longer ours, that our remaining colonies hang over loosely, and that the emigrant loses or imperils the birthright of the British name. Old associations, a common faith, a common language, a common literature, and many common institutions, must supply the place of political union. It may possibly come to pass that the Celt, if he do now begin to disappear as a distinct race, will pass from a bad subject into a good ally.


An inquest was held in the gaol to-day, at one o'clock on view of the body of John FITZPATRICK, who was sentenced to hard labour at the sessions for larceny of clothes from the Cavan workhouse. It appears the poor creature was in a weakly state when committed, and after receiving sentence he grew worse, so much so, that the humane governor of the gaol, Mr. GALLOGLY, thought it better not to put the sentence in force, but treated him kindly. Last night deceased lay in a cell with two other prisoners, William HAUGHTON and James REILLY, who heard him cough several times; they enquired if he were very bad, he replied he was, the (sp) told him he should go to hospital, but he said he would not. They then fell asleep and when they awoke this morning they found the unfortunate man dead. A verdict in accordance with these facts was returned.

Rev. Brent NEVILLE, late Incumbent of Billiss, Co. Cavan, has been collated by the Lord Bishop of Kilmore, to the vicarage of Toomna, diocese of Elphin.

January 19, 1849

Excerpted from an article.

Arva James KEMP
Ballyconnel William MAGIAN, Robert GRAHAM
Ballyhaise Francis MULLIGAN
Bailieborough Andrew SMITH, George MAHOOD
Belturbet George INGHAM, William ANDREWS
Ballyduff Thomas SMITH
Ballinagh Patt RABBIT
Crossdoney Edward BEATTY
Cavan Daniel LEDDY, Edward M'CABE, and Mark PATTERSON
Cootehill Alex. TURNER, Peter REILLY
Killisandra (sp) Graham ROSEMOND, Charles COWAN
Kingscourt Robert ELLIOTT, Thomas ELLIOTT
Kilnaleck Arthur M'CLEAN
Mountnugent John SMITH
Mullagh Michael FARRELY, jun.
Redlion John NIXON
Baunboy Launcelot FIFE
Shercock James BEATTY
Stradone John KELLY, Patt MONAGHAN
Swanlinbar John KENNEDY
Virginia George M'QUADE

Derry, Jann. 17, 1849. - I feel it my painful duty to inform you that our dear bishop, Doctor MAGINN, is dangerously ill since Sunday last. The medical gentlemen think it is a violent attack of typhus fever. They have on this day pronounced their opinion that the symptoms threaten a sudden and fatal result. - Correspondent of the Freeman.

January 15, at 18, Fitswilliam-square, South, the lady of the Rev. John George DIGGES LA TOUCHE, of a daughter.

January 15, at Upper-Marion-street, the lady of M. B. McCAUSLAND, Esq., of a daughter.

January 10, at St. Peter's Church, by the Rev. Dr. SINGER, the Rev. John ALCOCK, of Douglas, Isle of Man, to Jane, eldest daughter the late John M'KENNY, Esq., of Beresford-place.

January 13, at St. Peter's Church, by the Rev. Mr. HERTEGE, H. L. DESIREABODE, Esq. of Grafton-street, to Mary Anne, second daughter of William HODGES, Esq., J. P., Miltown house, county of Dublin.

On the 9th instant, in Clones Church, by the Rev Thomas HAND, Rector, William THOMPSON, Esq., of Bourdautaine, to Martha Jane, eldest daughter of Bernard ARMSTRONG, Esq., both near Clones.

On Tuesday last, of bilious fever, Mr. Walker COCKBURN, of Ballyshannon. His death is justly lamented.

On the 16th instant, at his residence in Fitzwilliam-square, John Coltsmann, of Fleek Castle, in the county of Kerry, Esq., in the 50th (?) year of his age.

January 26, 1849


His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint the undermentioned gentlemen to the office of High Sheriff for the following counties and counties of cities and towns in Ireland, for the year 1849:-

Antrim - James Stewart MOORE, Esq., of Ballydivitty, Dervock.
Armagh - Richard Blackson HOUSTON, Esq., of Orange-field, Belfast.
Carlow - Wiliam F. BURTON, Esq., of Burton Hall, Carlow.
Carrickfergus Town - Stephen Richard RICE, Esq., of Carrickfergus.
Cavan - Henry Thoephilus CLEMENTS, Esq., of Ashfield, Cootehill.
Clare - Sir Edward FITZGERALD, Bart., of Carrigoran, Newmarket-on-Fergus
Cork - The Viscont KILWORTH, of Moore Park, Kilworth.
Cork City - Thomas Ronayne SARSFIELD, Esq., Cork.
Donegal - James HAMILTON, Esq., of St. Ernan's, Donegal.
Down - William KEON, Esq., of Ballydergan House, Downpatrick.
Drogheda Town - Francis W. LEALAND, Esq., of Drogheda.
Dublin - John ENNIS, Esq., of Merrion Square.
Dublin City - William Digges LaTOUCHE, Esq., of Stephen's-green.
Fermanagh - Paul DANE, Esq., of Killyhevlin, Enniskillen.
Galway - John MARTIN, Esq., of Tulllira Castle, Gort.
Galway Town - Michael MORRIS, Esq., Lensboy, Galway.
Kerry - Peter FITZGERALD, Esq., of Knightstown, Valentia.
Kildare - Edward J. BEAUMAN, Esq., of Furnace, Nass.
Kilkenny - William Lloyd FLOOD, Esq., of Farmley Castle, Callan.
Kilkenny City - John Newport GREEN, Esq., of Lakeaview, Kilkenny.
King's County - Thomas Homan MULECK, Esq., of Bellaire, Ballycottier.
Leitrim - William LaTOUCHE, Esq., of Harristown, Kh (?)
Limerick - Samuel F. DICKSON, jun., Esq. of Kilkeadly, Limerick
Limerick City - David Leahey ARTHUR, Esq., of Shanskiel House, Cork.
Londonderry City and County - James Johnson CLARK, Esq., of Lugantogher Maghera.
Longford - Anthony LEFROY, Esq., of Carrighglass, Longford.
Louth - Sir John Stephen ROBINSON, Bart, of Dunleer.
Mayo - Anthony ORMSBY, Esq., of Ballinamore, Ballyglass.
Meath - William Martley BLACKBURNE, Esq., of Tankardstown-Hall, Slane.
Monaghan - Colonel Henry Edward PORTER, of Carrickmacross.
Queen's County - Richard WARBURTON, Esq., of Garrybinch, Portarlington.
Roscommon - John IRWIN, Esq., of Leabeg, Ballimore.
Sligo - Charles Wm. COOPER, Esq., of Cooper Hill, Riverstown.
Tipperary - Sir John Cravan CARDEN, Bart, of the Priory, Templenflore
Tyrone - Robert William LOWRY, jun., Esq., of Pomeroy House, Dungannon.
Waterford - The Hon. S. CAREW, of Woodstown, Waterford.
Waterford City - Robert Thomas CAREW, Esq., of Ballinamonn, Waterford.
Westmeath - Colonel John Caulfield, of Bloomfield, Mullingar.
Wexford - James POWER, Esq., of Edermine, Ennisoorthy.
Wicklow - Robert A. Gun CUNNINGHAM, Esq., of Mountkennedy, Newtownmountkennedy.


At an ordination held in the Cathedral Church of St. Mary, Tuam, on Sunday, the 21st of January, 1849, the following gentlemen were ordained by the Lord Bishop:-

PRIESTS - Rev. John O'CALLAGHAN, Rev. J. T. COFFEY, T.C.D., for the united diocese of Tuam, and Killala, etc.

DEACONS - William JOHNSTON, T.C.D., William KILBRIDE (of Achill), John CONERRY, Patrick MORIARTY, for the united diocese of Tuam, Killala, etc.

PRIESTS - On letters dimissory:- Rev. Christopher ADAMSON, T.C.D., Kilmore; Rev. John Davis, TCD, Derry; Rev. Henry GUBBINS, T.C.D., Limerick.

DEACONS - On letters dimissory:- George R. HANDCOCK, TCD, Killaloe; Jonathan SHORT, TCD, Cork; Edward DAY, TCD, Limerick.


The 8th Hussars and the 17th Lancers are the first light cavalry corps for foreign service. They returned form the East Indies in 1823.

51st Foot - Ensign A. ROBERTSON to be lieutenant, by purchase, vice HARRIS, who retires; Ensign J. W. BATEMAN to be lieutenant, by purchase, vice STEPHENSON, who retires; Wm. James BAILLE, gent., to be ensign, by purchase, vice ROBERTSON; Richard Denniston BUCHANAN, gent., to be ensign, by purchase, vice BATEMAN; Sargeant S. A. Cleave to be ensign, without purchase, vice BUCHANAN, appointed to the 72d Foot.

55th Foot - Capt. C. W. TYNDALE, from half-pay unattached, to be captain, vice C. F. HENRY, who exchanges; Lieut. John George SCHAW, to be captain, by purchase, vice TYNDALE, who retires; Ensign Henry P. FEILDEN to be oieutenant, by purchase, vice SCHAW; Frederick C. ELTON, gent., to be ensign, by purchase, vice FEILDEN.

72nd Foot - Lieut. A. O. LORD to be captain, without purchase, vice RICE, deceased; Ensign Wm. Augustus Hunter Napier KELLET to be Lieutenant, vice LORD; Ensign R. D. BUCHANAN, from the 51st foot, to be ensign vice KELLET.

75th Foot - Lieut. B. DREW, from the 14th Foot, to be lieutenant, vice PAYNE, who exchanges.

82nd Foot - Lieut. O. WEST to be captain, by purchase, vice DIGGIE, who retires, Ensign Herbert Morris to be lieutenant, by purchase vice WEST; R. HAYWOOD, gent., to be ensign, by purchase, vice MORRIS.

92nd. Foot - Lieutenant R. W. DUFF to be paymaster, vice MacDONALD, deceased.

7th Foot - Assistant-Surgeon H. DOWNES, M.D., from the staff, to be surgeon, vice AUSTIN, promoted on the staff.

Brevet - Captain C. W. TYNDALE, of the 55th Foot, to be major in the army.

Hospital Staff - Inspector-General of Hospitals, with local rank, Montague Martin MAHONY, M.D., to be Inspector-general of hospitals; Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals, James FRENCH, M.D., to be Inspector-General of hospitals in Canada only, vice Montague M. MAHONY, M.D., who retires upon half-pay; Staff-Surgeon of the First Class Charles MACLEAN, M.D., to be deputy Inspector-General of hospitals, vice FRENCH, promoted; Surgeon Wm. AUSTIN from the 97th Foot, to be staff-surgeon of the first class, vice MACLEAN, promoted.


(From a correspondent)

Pat Smith of Killabandrick, aged 17 years, died on the 15th instant and was buried on the 17th, at Castletara. After his death some marks of violence were discovered on the lower parts of his body which led to a suspicion that he was kicked by Thomas McGOVERN when at a dance. On the 26th ultimo McGOVERN was arrested and conveyed to Castletara. On the 23rd, J. MacFADDEN, Esq., coroner, had the body exhumed; a respectable jury were sworn, and several witnesses examined. Dr. ATKINS of Ballihaise made a minute dissection - the external marks were not sufficient to cause death. He died from disease of the bladder, arising from natural causes, verdict accordingly. McGOVERN was discharged.

Another inquest was held at Ardlogher, by same Coroner, on the 19th instant, on Peggy WALSH, the wife of an itinerant sweep, who died from the effects of spirits.

Mr. James McAULEY, of Ballieborough (of (?) notoriety) was found dead on the morning of the 24th instant, with his throat cut by a razor - alledged to have been with his own hand - verdict accordingly.

POSTMASTER AT STRADONE. - Mr. Mathew BLEAKELY was appointed this week to the above situation but declined to accept it. A better selection could not be made, and Mr. Bleakeley's refusal to accept the appointment is much regretted by the residents of this town and neighbourhood. There are many reports as to who may be next selected among them. Mr. BURROWE's blacksmith, who has a home in the town, is mentioned; but this is scarcely to be credited. Mr. Christopher MARTIN remains in charge of the office.

We are happy to announce the arrival of Mr. ROSS, as Resident Poor Law Inspector of this Union, in the place of Captain HOTHAN, who has been removed.

An investigation took place at the board-room of the workhouse on Wednesday last, relative to abuses in some of the medical establishments in connection with the workhouse. It resulted in the dismissal of the nursetender to the new fever hospital.

On Thursday evening, between five and six o'clock, the haystack of Mr James FERGUSON, of Dunleady, was discovered to be on fire. Information having reached Dundonald, the police stationed there hastened to the spot, succeeded in putting out the fire. On the same evening, a stack, the property of Miss SIMMS, who resides about a mile out of Holywood, was fired, but the flames, in a short time were got under.

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