Published in Cavan, county Cavan

July 6, 1849

Rule of Court

Anne COOKE, larceny of a cap; one week's hard labour.
John REILLY, larceny of a calf; no bill.
John CARROLL larceny of a duck; six weeks from committal.
Hugh DOLAN, larceny of fowl; twenty-four hours imprisonment.
Felix McCAFFREY, cattle-stealing; six months hard labour.
George JACKSON, larceny of meal; three months' hard labour.
Thomas SMITH, cattle-stealing; six months' hard labour.
Michael FARRELLY, larceny of meal; twenty-four hours imprisonment.
Eliza MAGAGHRAN and John FITZPATRICK, larceny of two geese; twenty-four hours' imprisonment.
Pat MAGUIRE, larceny of fowl; two months' hard labour.
Margaret MAGUIRE, larceny of fowl; not guilty.
Walter BRADY, larceny of fowl; three months from committal.
James GAFFREY, larceny of meal, &c.; two months hard labour and to be whipt.
Michael ADRIAN, larceny from Cavan workhouse; fourteen days' hard labour.
Philip REILLY, like offence; one month's hard labour, and to be whipt.

Anne, Thomas, Patrick, John, and Eliza Martha, larceny of two goats; Patrick, John, and Eliza not guilty; Anne six months imprisonment, and Thomas three months.

Mary REILLY, larceny of a shift; three months from committal.
James REILLY, larceny; twenty-four hours' imprisonment.
Michael REILLY, larceny of turf; no bill.
Bridget HARPER, larceny of two loaves of bread, value 6d. submitted; twenty-four hours' imprisonment.
Bridget MURPHY, stealing hens; three months hard labour.
Michael COYLE, larceny of oats at Ardmagh (sic); two months' hard labour.
James COYLE, stealing clothes from Cavan workhouse; twenty-four hours imprisonment.
James CURRAN, larceny; one month's hard labour.
Patrick HART and James RORAGH, to be imprisoned and whipped.
Owen M'CUSKER, larceny, &c.; not guilty.
Bernard MALARKY, burglary and robbery; six months' hard labour.
Charles JOHNSTON and Hugh MAGAURAN, larceny from Cavan workhouse; one month's hard labour each.
Margaret FLYNN and Catherine ARMSTRONG, larceny from Cavan workhouse; two months' imprisonment each.
Patrick M'CABE, larceny from Cavan workhouse; twenty-four hours' imprisonment.
Owen M'ENRUE, larceny; twenty-four hours; imprisonment.
Eliza QUINN, larceny; one months from committal.
Patrick BRENNAN, stealing a heifer; one month's imprisonment.
Bernard BAXTER, larceny; one week's imprisonment.
Bernard and Laurence BRADY - not guilty.
John and Cor. M'GERTY; prosecution withdrawn.
Michael and John CULLEN; no bill.
Bernard FOY, William FITZPATRICK and John BRADY, sheep-stealing; no bill.
Thomas RODDEN, rape; no bill.
Andrew GILHOOLY, larceny of metal; no bill.
Bernard BOYLE, cattle-stealing; no bill.
Bridget DEIGNAN, larceny; not guilty.
Catherine MORRISSON, larceny from the person of Phellm M'CORRY; three months' hard labour.
James SMITH, larceny from the shop of Henry HAUGHTON; seven years' transportation. This person was transported before, and only a short time in the county after the expiration of his sentence.
Bernard M'DONALD, larceny; one month's hard labour.
Anne AEAN, larceny of fowl; three months' hard labour.
Philip WATERS, larceny; one month's hard labour and whipt.
John MOORE, larceny; not guilty.
William TISDELL, larceny of a goat;; fourteen days' imprisonment.
James, Mary, and Maryanne MALCOMSON, forceable possession; each three months' imprisonment.
Pat MULLIGAN, forceable possession; prosecution withdrawn.
Philip REILLY, assault on Phil CURRY; no bill.
Thomas and Mary MULLIGAN, forceable possession; no bill.
John DONOHOE, assault; no bill.
James M'CABE, having unregistered arms in his possession; twenty-four hours imprisonment.
Anne CLEMENTS, uttering base coin; eight months imprisonment.
Patrick M'CAHILL, having base coin in possession; eight months' imprisonment.
Bridget M'CORMICK, larceny of £5. from Philip BRADY; six months' hard labour.
Mary FAY, larceny of milk; twenty-four hours' imprisonment.
Elizabeth JERMAIN, larceny; two months' from committal.
Michael and Elizabeth M'MURRAY, larceny of fowl; each three months' hard labour.
Thomas KEIRNAN and Thomas MAHON pleaded guilty to stealing a goat; two months hard labour.
Jane WILTON, Samuel WILTON, and James M'EVOY, larceny of chains, &c.; no bill.
Francis GORAN, stealing a ram; not guilty.
John MURTAGH, stealing a calf; three months' hard labour.
Bernard M'HUGH, larceny; twenty-four hours' imprisonment.
Anne CLARKE pleaded guilty to stealing a piece of corduroy; three months' hard labour.
Thomas BANNON, larceny of flour; three months hard labour.
Mary BOYLE, larceny of ducks; three months hard labour.
John HORAN, stealing a gun; one month's hard labour, and to be whipt.
Honora REILLY and Mary WOODS; not guilty.
Mary BANNON and Anne FITZPATRICK, for stealing a cock and twelve hens; Anne three months' hard labour, and Mary seven years' transportation.
Frances THOMPSON, stealing a mantle; six weeks from committal.
Thomas REILLY, stealing a vest from Cavan workhouse; two months' hard labour.
John and Jane WILSON, stealing blankets; two months from committal.
Patrick FITZPATRICK and Patrick SMITH, larceny from Cavan workhouse; Fitzpatrick not guilty; Smith twenty-four hours' imprisonment, and once whipt.
Mary HORAN, stealing an apron, value Is (sic); twenty-four hours' imprisonment.
Sally ELLIOTT, stealing weights; one month's imprisonment.
Peter RYDER, stealing a cow; no bill.
Elizabeth DOOLAN, larceny of hens; one month's hard labour.
Bridget M'CORMICK, larceny of £5 from Philip BRADY; six months' hard labour.
Mary FAY, larceny of milk; twenty-four hours' imprisonment.
Elizabeth JERMAIN, larceny; two months' from committal.
Michael and Elizabeth M'MURRAY, larceny of fowl; each three months' hard labour.
Jane WILTON, Samuel WILTON, and James McEVOY, larceny of chains, &c.; no bill.
Francis GORMAN, stealing a ram; not guilty.
John MURTAGH, stealing a calf; three months' hard labour.
Bernard McHUGH, larceny; twenty-four hours' imprisonment.
Anne CLARKE pleaded guilty to stealing a piece of corduroy; three months' hard labour.
Thomas BANNON, larceny of flour; three months' hard labour.
Mary BOYLE, larceny of ducks; three months' hard labour.
John HORAN, stealing a gun; one month's hard labour, and to be whipt.
Honora REILLY and Mary WOODS; not guilty.
Mary BANNON and Anne FITZPATRICK, for stealing a cock and twelve hens; Anne three months' hard labour, and Mary seven years' transdortation (sic).
Frances THOMPSON, stealing mantle; six weeks from committal.
Thomas REILLY, stealing a vest from Cavan workhouse; two months' hard labour.
John and Jane WILSON, stealing blankets; two months from committal.
Patrick FITZPATRICK and Patrick SMITH, larceny from Cavan workhouse; Fitzpatrick not guilty; Smith twenty-four hours' imprisonment and once whipt.
Mary HORAN, stealing an apron, value 1s; twenty-four hours' imprisonment.
Sally ELLIOTT, stealing weights; one month's imprisonment.
Peter RYDER, stealing a cow; no bill.
Elizabeth DOOLAN, larceny of hens; one month's hard labour.
Patrick M'MANUS alias Patrick MONAGHAN, stealing a heifer; six months' hard labour.
James COSGREVE, larceny of clothes; one month's hard labour, and to be whipt twice.
Walter BRADY; not guilty.
Thomas SMITH; prosecution withdrawn.
Edwards REILLY, Mary M'DADE, and Catherine M'DADE, stealing linen; Mary M'DADE three months' imprisonment; the other two not guilty.
Mary M'CABE, for stealing 10£ from Jas. COLLINS; not guilty.
Catherine MAGUIRE, larceny of hens; not guilty.
Hannah REILLY, larceny of hens; fourteen days' hard labour.
Patrick and James MAGAURAN; prosecution withdrawn.
John CUMMERFORD, Thomas CUMMERFORD, Michael CUMMERFORD, and Patrick KELLY, for rescue and assault on Luke and Owen MOORE at Blackbull on the 27th July; prosecution withdrawn.
Eleanor DRUM, for larceny of a pair of shoes; fourteen of a pair of shoes; fourteen days' hard labour.
Catherine ARMSTRONG, larceny of fowl; two months from committal.


(From our Correspondent.)

A very extraordinary and amusing case, or rather cases (for there were two of them) of breaches of promise of marriage, came on for hearing at the Bailieborough sessions, which terminated on Saturday week. In the first case, William DUNLOP, of Killatee, in the county of Cavan, farmer, was plaintiff; and James WALLACE, farmer, and Elizabeth WALLACE, otherwise EVANS, his wife, of Carrickacreeny, in said county, were defendants. It was a civil bill process for £9, "loss and damage plaintiff sustained by reason of defendant, Elizabeth, having in Spring last agreed to marry the plaintiff, who, consequently, and at her request procured a marriage license, dated 2nd March, 1842; and also procured wedding apparel and many other expensive and necessary things to celebrate said intended wedding, but, notwithstanding which, she refused to marry him and intermarried with said defendant James Wallace, in said month of March last, by reason of all which plaintiff sustained d!

amages to said amount, which he has reasonably a right to recover from the defendants, and therefore he brings his suite" and soforth. And in the second by what is termed 'cross case,' the said James and Elizabeth were plaintiffs, and the said William Dunlop was the defendant, which was an action for the recovery of a like sum of £9, "so much loss and damage the plaintiff Elizabeth sustained by reason of the defendant having in said month of March last agreed with and promised to marry her, she being then sole and unmarried, by reason of which she was put to great cost, loss, and expense in procuring a wedding dinner, and other necessaries preparatory to the solemnization of such marriage, as also for that she (the said Elizabeth) supplied him at his request on fourteen several days in the months of February and March last - during the time he was wooing and paying his addresses to her - with sumptuous dinners, including costly wines, ale, and spirits, together with a desert(sic) of sweet meat and fruit. But notwithstanding all which, he (defendant) without any just cause or reason, refused to declined to fulfil (sic) his agreement, and marry her, after putting her to such cost and expense as aforesaid, and therefore she brings her suit" and soforth.

The following documents (which I give verbatim et literatim) were also read and handed up to P. M. MURPHY, Esq., Q.C., Assistant-Barrister for the county of Cavan, and during the reading of which the court was convulsed with laughter:-

"Killatee, March 18th, 1840.

"My Deer alizabeth - that great obstacle that has gave you and the richeys so much unaisines I mane my girl is gon away and the house is red for you. If you are ready I hope that I will have in my power to disappoint my deer Dagler* Wallach my deer there was sosme attacks made upon me these past days but I have got red of them all there fore my Deer I will be ready to get married on hoosday the 20 instant. I mane to have no wedding and then the Boxing fellows will not cut my head. I can assure my deer I never boed at a wedd, therefore I hope that there will be pase when the parties will not assimble, therefore my love you may hold yourself in readiness on choosday morning, about ghe hour of eight of the clock. I close with every respect to you and mother and that you may be happy in the sin cere wish of your love.



At twelve o'Clock yesterday, the following gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury for the discharge of fiscal business, by Samuel SWANZY, Esq., Clerk of the Crown.-

Robert BURROWES, Esq., J.P., D.L., Stradone House, foreman.
Wm. HUMPHRYS, Esq., J.P., D.L., Ballyhaise House.
Hon. H. CAVENDISH BUTLER, J.P., Lanesboro' Lodge.
Theophilus Lucas CLEMENTS, Esq., J.P., Rakenny.
William H. ENERY, Esq., J.P., Ballyconnell House.
Anthony O'REILLY, Esq., J.P., D.L., Baltrasna.
Richard FOX, Esq., J.P., Aubawn, Killeshandra.
James HAMILTON, Esq., J.P., Castle Hamilton.
Richard NUGENT, Esq., J.P., Farrenconnell House.
Abraham BRUSH, Esq., J.P., Drumbar Lodge.
John E. VERNON, Esq., J.P., Bingfield.
Henry SARGENT, Esq., J.P., Eighter.
Nathaniel MONTGOMERY, Esq., Swanlinbar.
William TATLOW, Esq., Crossdoney.
John GUMLEY, Esq., J.P., Belturbet.
Joseph LYNCH, Esq., J.P., Roebuck.
Charles MORTIMER, Esq., J.P., Lakeview.
Joseph DICKSON, jun., Esq., Drummully House.
William SMITH, Esq., J.P., Drumheel.

On the jury proceeding to discuss the presentments for the County Officer's Salaries, Mr. Masterson asked leave to present an address from the cesspayers, touching the reduction of salaries.

The foreman said, he had not received an answer from Judge TORRENS, on the question submitted to him at last assizes, but hoped to have it to-morrow, when he, (the foreman,) would apprise the cesspayers of the result.

T. I. Clements, Esq., said the Grand Jury were bound to pass the present presentments as they were for services already performed.

J. E. Vernon, Esq., intimated they all knew what Judge Torrens' answer would be.

At the suggestion of the Foreman, the presentments for the salaries of those officers who had been reduced last assizes were postponed until next day.

On coming to the salaries of the governor and subordinate officers of the gaol, Mr. Masterson exclaimed against passing those presentments, on the ground that those officers, particularly the governor, were much overpaid.

The foreman said the last Grand Jury investigated that matter with great patience, and had come to the conclusion that the officers Mr. Masterson referred to were not overpaid.

On the motion of Charles Mortimer, Esq., the Grand Jury unanimously resolved not to reduce the salaries of the officers of the gaol.

Mr. Masterson animadverted on the several presentments as they came before the jury, particularly those for the dispensaries, which he called 'thrashing machines' for beating money out of people's pockets.

The Grand Jury passed a great many presentments during the course of the day.


Judge CRAMPTON has just informed the Grand Jury that they have no power to reduce the salaries of the county officers. This is of little consequence to the cesspayers. The reduction contemplated was so trifling that they would not have felt it. The saving effected would not have amounted to a farthing in the pound on the present cess. But by adopting Mr. SARGENT's plan, the rates may be reduced forty, fifty, and sixty per cent. - a saving worth having.


Several cases of cholera occurred in this town during the week, all of which have proved fatal. Most of the persons died in from two to three hours' illness.


The Commissioners of the Borough of Cavan assembled at the Court-house of Cavan, on Monday, the 2nd July inst. Present - Robert ERSKINE, Esq., J.P., in the chair; Mathew TULLY, Henry HUMPHRYS, John CLEMENGER, Wm. Moore BLACK, Esqrs.

The election of Commissioners for the succeeding three years was proceeded with, when the gentlemen named in the advertisement (which appears in another column) were proposed, seconded, and unanimously elected.

The collector was directed to use all means provided by the act of parliament to enforce payment of outstanding arrears, so that the accounts may be ready to hand over to the new commissioners on the 31st inst. The board adjourned until Friday the 13th, when the new commissioners will be sworn.


On the 4thJuly instant, an inquest was held b John MACFADIN, Esq., coroner, at Drumgreen, Cootehill, on view of the body of a female infant.

Mary WRIGHT deposed that on her way from visiting a friend on the day previous, she discovered a coffin in a boretree bush, which was not opened until net morning, when it was found to contain the body of deceased.

Anne BROWNLEY deposed that a female unknown lodged with her on the night of the 26th ult., and was delivered on the evening of the 27th of a still-born child, in presence of Nancy CAHILLY and Anne M'CANN. After some delay, a rough coffin was procured, when two rag boys, aged 14 and 16, one named SMITH, dressed in the Cootehill poorhouse uniform, called at her house on the 27th, and undertook to bury deceased for 4d. They placed the coffin in a bag and threw it across one of their shoulders, and left for interment, at Drumgoon, two miles distant. Identifies the body.

Thomas HORAN of Cootehill, surgeon, deposed that he had examined deceased - a full grown healthy child - there is a punctured wound on the left temple, apparently inflicted by a nail, owing to the agitation of the body in the coffin; a second wound in the neck inflicted by rats. I am of opinion that death arose from natural causes.

The Coroner explained the law of evidence, founded by writers on medical jurisprudence - that the marks on the body occurred after death, and dissection showed that deceased was still-born.

Verdict in accordance with the above facts.


At a Public Meeting of the ratepayers of this Borough held on MONDAY, the 2nd day of July instant, in the Town Hall, Belturbet (due notice of the same having been given) for the purpose of electing Commissioners for said Borough, under an act passed in the 9th year of the King George the Fourth, chapter 82, for the three years next succeeding, the following persons were duly elected, viz.:-

George Marshal KNIPE.
Charles NEILL.
Thomas PALMER.
Edwards WINSLOW.
Samuel Nixon KNIPE.
William SEED, and
Alexander DICKSON.

I hereby give notice that the first Meeting of the said Commissioners will be held on MONDAY, the 16th day of JULY instant, at the hour of Eleven o'Clock in the Forenoon, in the Town Hall, Belturbet, aforesaid.

Chariman of the Commissioners
for said Borough.
Belturbet, July 6th, 1849.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at a MEETING held in the Court-house of Cavan, on MONDAY, the 2nd instant, pursuant to the provision s9th George 4, chap. 82, the following gentlemen were unanimously elected to fill the office of Commissioners for said Borough for three years, net succeeding, from the 31st instant.

Robert ERSKINE, Esq., J.P.
Samuel SWANZY, Esq.
Mathew TULLY, Esq.
Charles HALPIN, Esq., M.D.
Bernard COYNER, Esq., M.D.
William M. BLACK
Mr. Mathew LOUGH.
Mr. William MOORE.
Mr. James O'BRIEN.
Mr. James FAY.
Mr. Edward KENNEDY.
Mr. John BRADY.
Mr. William JOHNSTON.
Mr. James PARKER.
Mr. James REILLY.
Mr. Peter BRADY.

And that a special Meeting will be held in the Court-house of Cavan, on FRIDAY, the 13th instant, at Twelve o'Clock precisely, for the purpose of the above named gentlemen taking the oath prescribed by said recited Act, of which all persons concerned are hereby required to take notice.

(By order)
Cavan, 3rd July, 1849.


On the night of Saturday last, the 23rd instant, a widow named Peggy GARTLAND, of the advanced age of 82 years, was inhumanly murdered at Allenstown, where she resided for many years past. She lived in the house of a labouring man named Staunton, who was from home at the time of the brutal occurrence. The deceased had been a recipient of out-door relief in the Ardbraccan electoral division. The magistrates at Navan are actively engaged in investigating the matter. - Drogheda Argus.

CATHOLIC CHURCH. - The Rev. Michael HALL, son of Patrick Hall, Esq., of Shercock, is at present temporarily sojourning at his father's residence at Sshercock, after having completed his clerical studies in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, where he has been just admitted to holy orders, before entering on the duties of the sacred ministry. He studied for some years in the Roman Catholic Seminary at Cavan previous to his entering Maynooth, in which, as well as in the latter, he was distinguished not less for the earnestness of his studies than for his unostentatious and exemplary conduct. May he live long to discharge the duties of the sacred calling for which his piety, humility, and urbanity, peculiarly adapt him.

TRIM QUARTER SESSIONS. - Civil bill entries, 131, Catherine DUNLEAVY and John DUFFY, stealing bacon, transportation for ten years. Patrick MULLEN, stealing bread, a fortnight. Margaret MURRAY, stealing a hen, one day. John POOLE, stealing a sheet, one month. Andrew CUNNINGHAM and Jane COYNE, stealing a towel, bag, six caps &c., six weeks. Henry KNOWLES, stealing one wether sheep, twelve months. Patrick TUITE, stealing a coat, one month. Martin CONNOR, stealing plough-traces and sacks, six months. James DONNELLY, stealing turf, eight months. John NICHOLLS and Catherine M'KENNA, stealing a shirt and shift, one week each. Elizabeth BRADY, a pair of stays, one day.


We have read with mingled regret and astonishment in the Cork Reporter of Thursday the following paragraph:-

"We have just learned (one p.m.) that the Elphinstone sailed shortly after eleven o'clock this morning with Messrs. Martin and O'Dogherty on board. We cannot understand why these gentlemen should have been sent out by her, if she was not considered a fit ship for the transmission of the other state prisoners."

The following appears in the "Cork Examiner of Friday:-

"The Mountsteward Elphinstone sailed out of our harbour on Thursday, bearing John MARTIN and Kevin O'DOGHERTY in her infected prison. She was put to sea in spite of the additional fact that another patient, who was removed from her died of cholera on Wednesday. The admiral sent for the coroner to hold an inquest upon the body, and the verdict returned by the jury was, Died of cholera. This being the case, and proved beyond question or doubt, that the ship was infected with the most deadly plague, was it not an inhuman and savage act to send out those two hapless men in what we are justified in describing as a plague ship?

It really does appear to us that the conduct of the government in this matter requires explanation, and we are very certain that, considering the nature of the ministerial statements made in parliament respecting the Elphinstone, that explanation will be a most difficult and perplexing one to those on whom it devolves to make it. - Dublin E. Herald.

UNEQUAL MARRIAGE (from a Correspondent). - On the 23rd June last a marriage was celebrated by the Rev. Mr. ______ in the Church of ______. The Bridegroom, named Patrick DONOHOE, of Druminisklin (commonly called the "sack of gold," from the immense quantity of gold he is supposed to have) is upwards of 80 years of age, the happy bride, named Mary LEDDY, of Ardlany, being only 16. As they were leaving the church after the ceremony was completed an accident occurred which caused great diversion. The Bridegroom, who is unable to walk without the aid of a stick, having proceeded a few paces from the door, stumbled, and came prostrate to the earth; on rising he exclaimed, "Mary, Mary, your devoted husband is undone!" but when he recovered from the shock, he ejaculated, "No, your loving, your devoted, your__ your__ your__ (he could not proceed, but wept like a child) your husband is not undone; thanks to kind Providence, he has been spared to be a happy bliss to you and your offspring hereafter." These observations elicited a laugh from the spectators, who were very numerous. The happy couple were then conducted to a conveyance which awaited them, (gentle reader do not smile when I tell you what it was,) an ass's cart! And they drove off as quick as poor donkey could foot it, followed by the spectators, who lustily cheered them till out of sight. I am informed that they are spending the 'honey-moon' at the residence of her father; the 'dragging home' is to take place next week, when great pleasure is anticipated.

July 13, 1849


(From a Correspondent.)

On Friday the 6th instant an adjourned inquest was held at Ross, county Meath before James SOMERVILLE, Esq., J.P., and Hugh MARTIN, Esq., Coroner, touching the death of Catherine GAFFNEY, which it appeared from the evidence was caused by violence on Tuesday the 19th June, ultimo.

On the body being exhumed, the head presented several marks of blows, inflicted with a blunt weapon sufficient to insure death.

John GAFFNEY (grandson to deceased, a rather intelligent boy bout 14 years of age) sworn, said that on Tuesday the 19th day of June last, about 4 o'clock, p.m.; he came home from the bog for some fire (?) for the men who were making turf, and was surprised to find deceased's door shut; he opened it, and on entering, found deceased lying on the floor, with her head covered with blood, a trunk broken open, a pitchfork and a long pole lying beside her; and on one of the grains of the fork there were some hairs.

Mary REILLY, step-daughter to deceased sworn, stated that, on hearing of her mother's death, she hastened to the house and found her as stated by previous witness - with her hair saturated with blood, and several boxes containing wearing apparel, &c., in different parts of the house broken open and tossed about; and that she instantly exclaimed - 'Oh! Some one has been here and has murdered my mother.

Simon FOX, herd to Mr. Somerville, examined, stated that about three o'clock on the 19th June last, he saw a young man go up the lane to deceased's house, having nothing in his hand; and in about an hour afterwards he saw him return, seemingly in a hurry, carrying a basket, which basket has been since missed from the house of deceased.

Several other persons were examined who corroborated the statements of the first two witnesses, as to the state in which deceased was found.

The jury returned a verdict of "death caused by wounds inflicted by some person or persons unknown."

The deceased had two sons in America, and it was supposed she had money, to get possession of which, instigated some person to commit the crime. The young man seen by Fox entering the house was a distant relative of deceased.

Much praise is due to Mr. Somerville for his unceasing exertions in scrutinizing this affair; and it is an extraordinary fact, that the relatives of the deceased had the body interred with unusual expedition, and never mentioned a word about her sudden death until it accidentally transpired through enquiries made by Mr. Somerville and the police at Oldcastle.

July 20, 1849


The following ample particulars of the melancholy affray between the Orangemen and Roman Catholics at Castlewellan, on the 12th instant, we borrow from different sources:-

(From the Newry Telegraph.)

"The Orangemen, on their return from Tollymore Park, through the pass of Dollys Brae, were fired on by a dense mob of Ribbonmen, who had lined the pass on either side. The great body of the lodges had passed through the defile, when the rebels opened their fire on the men around the last flag, and on the constabulary and military, who were bringing up the rere (sic). Balls were whizzing on all sides. Some of the Orangemen were struck down, but the body at once opened a warm fire in return, and with the police, broke into skirmishing order up the mountain, and dislodged their cowardly assailants from behind the stone walls and ditches where they had taken up position. Mr. HILL, of Rathfriland, constabulary officer; Mr. Edwd. CORRY, S.I.; Capt. FITZMAURICE, R.M., Francis C. BEERS, Esq., J.P., and Capt. SKINNER, J.P., bravely led the police force and in the thick of a very heavy fire dispersed the ribbon party, and took thirty-eight prisoners, most of them armed with pikes, muskets, scythes mounted on poles, and other deadly weapons, who were all conveyed into Rathfriland that night, and were to-day (Friday) FULY COMMITT3ED AT AN INVESTIGATION WHICH WAS HELD BY Capt. Fitzmaurice, R.M., Mr. RABITEAU, R.M., Capt. Skinner, J.P., Thos. SCOTT, Esq., J.P., Frns. . Beers, Esq., J.P., Capt TIGHE, J.P.

As far as we can learn, four of the Orange party are severely wounded, though not killed, and about thirty of the Ribbon party, several of whom were seen lying dead on the roads in the vicinity, and through the mountain, but were conveyed away during the night. Five men and one woman severely wounded, were brought into the infirmary at Castlewellan last night. One of the men has since died, and we understand four persons are lying dead at Maheramayo, awaiting a coroner's inquest. It should be mentioned that, from some houses in the neighbourhood of the pass, shots were fired at the Orangemen. The latter, roused beyond endurance turned upon their assailants, and set fire to six or seven of the houses. The bravery with which Mr. E. CORRY, sub-inspector of the constabulary, brother of I. CORRY, Esq., D.L., rushed into a burning house, and at the hazard of his life, rescued two poor women from the flames, is the theme of every tongue. He was so nearly suffering from his heroic conduct, that the blazing timers fell in on him as he was carrying out the second female, and so exhausted was he, that he fell insensible on the ground. He is quite recovered. A quantity of ammunition was found on the persons of the Ribbon party who were captured; and it is worthy of remark, that a barrel of gunpowder, which a carrier was conveying to a merchant in Castlewellan, was robbed from his cart on Tuesday night, and distributed among the Ribbon party. The number of the attacking party was estimated at one thousand.

(From the Downpatrick Recorder.)

July 13. - Sad work yesterday evening at Dolly's Brae, near Castlewellan. I have been there to-day, and learned the following particulars:- there was, as you know, an evident intention to attack the Orange procession at that place; indeed, an anonymous challenge had been sent to Mr. SHAW, Lord Annesley's agent, a day or two previous, couched in the bitterest language, desiring to meet the RODENS, the KEOWNS, the SKINNERS, the Pig drivers, the police, and the handful of soldiers to protect the last march that they, the Orangemen, shall ever have, in spite of all her Majesty's forces, to protect them; and they should see who would be uppermost. Government, as you know, sent a troop of dragoons, which, with the company of the 13th Light Infantry, and about 50 police, the former under the command of Major WALHOUSE, the latter under M. TABITEAU, R.M. The Major disposed his forces so as to command the pass, and so far all went on quietly. On the Orangemen coming to their place of rendezvous, Tollymore Park Park, though there were numbers of Ribbonmen ant the place armed to the teeth with every kind of weapons, guns, pikes, &c.; nothing, however, took place except an incident that nearly proved fatal to Captain Skinner, Lord Downshire's agent. He had gone on a road to the left towards the townland of Leitrim, and met a large body of Ribbonmen, whom he mistook for Orangemen."

On Thursday an inquest was held on the body of the Rev. Patrick M'ELERNY, late R.C.C. of the parish of Kilmore, which was found in the Ulster Canal early that morning. The deceased got up very early, about three o'clock, and went to take a walk on the canal bank, and upon arriving at a place adjacent to Drumsnatt Bridge where the banks are steep and precipitous, he missed his foot, fell, and was rolled into the water. The noise of his fall was heard by some lads who were going to fish, but their assistance was too late, as the unfortunate gentleman was dead when he was taken from the water. - Monaghan Standard.

On Sunday last, the Right Rev. Dr. William Higgin was consecrated Bishop of Limerick, by his Grace the Archbishop of Dublin, assisted by the Bishops of Down and Cork.

RECEPTION OF FATHER MATHEW IN THE UNITED STATES. - On the 2nd July, 1849, the apostle of temperance was met by the municipal authorities of New York, with a homage which the monarchs or nobles of the earth might have sought in vain. The Sylph steamer was in attendance at Castle Garden to take the Common Council to Staten Island, together with those who were invited to take part in the excursion. The Common Council drew up in the rere (sic) of the procession, preceded by the sergeants at arms, with the insignia of office. Each member wore in his breast a white satin rosette with a golden star in the centre, and appropriate inscriptions on each end of the ribbon. The representatives of the National Division wore sashes of blue, trimmed with gold; and those of the Grand Division, crimson, trimmed with silver. A large number of ladies were on board, with representatives from several temperance societies, and Captain C. S. MILLER, of the 12th ward, had charge of sections of police from the 8th, 12th, 13th, and 17th wards, for the purpose of keeping order during the day. The Signal being given, the steamer bore away amidst the cheers of the assembled multitude at the Battery, when Dingle's celebrated Washington brass band struck up the most enlivening airs. On their arrival at Straten (sic) Island, every eye was in anxious expectation of a glimpse at the reverend gentleman when it was ascertained that the boat put in at the wrong landing, and that the apostle of temperance was in the vicinity of the quarantine landing, whence the Sylph steamed away. Father Mathew was then introduced to Alderman Hawkes, who, shaking hands with him on the part of the Common Council, addressed him at some length, to which he gratefully responded. The entire procession, accompanied by Father Mathew, then got on board for their return, and on their arrival at New York the reverend gentleman was richly entertained by the Common Council, the Mayor presiding. The reverend guest then retired, much gratified with the evening's entertainment, a feeling shared in by all present.


On the 13th, at Kelmir House, county Meath, Mrs. Alexander MONTGOMERY, of a daughter.

On the 10th, at Hampstead Marshall, Berks, Lady Louise OSWALD, of a son, who only lived a few minutes.


In Thomas's Church, Dublin, John B. GREENE, Esq., barrister-at-law, to Ellis Letitia, widow of the late Thomas MacNEVIN, Esq., barrister-at-law.

On the 12th instl, at St. Paula', Knightsbridge, the Rev Wm. Henry GUILLEMARD, B.D., head master of the College, Armagh, to Elizabeth Susanna, eldest daughter of William H. TURNER, Esq., 17, Rutland-gate, Hyde-park.


It is our painful duty to announce to-day the death of a highly esteemed member of the medical profession, Dr. STURDY of Belturbet, which sad event took place at Ballyconnel, on the 12th inst., of pulmonary consumption. The deceased was much respected and admired by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, and his death causes a deplorable blank in the circle in which he moved.

On the 14th inst., at Drumcraw, near Lisnaskes, Margery, the beloved wife of Edward BUSSELL, Esq., aged 48 years.

July 14, in Belfast, after a few hours' illness, in the 79th year of his age, the Rev. Mathew LANKTREE, for fifty-nine years an esteemed and honored minister in the Wesleyan Methodist Connextion.

July 12, in Mobbott-street, Dublin, Thomas SIGGINS, apothecary, late of Granard.

July 14, at Hatach-street, Dublin, after a short illness, Clementina, the beloved wife of John SCHOALES, Esq., Q.C.

On the 20th May at Ballyronan, near Tuam, in giving birth to a still-born child, Mrs. TALBOT, wife of the Irish piper, who is well known in this neighbourhood.


Belturbet, July 18, 1849.

SIR, - In your report on the Cavan union workhouse, it has been stated, that I unnecessarly (sic) interfered with the school-mistress at Cororod in the discharge of her duty - this sir, I deny. And I here positively assert, that I never gave her, directly or indirectly, the least cause of annoyance; the only subject of complaint that can possibly be alleged was, my expressing surprise at the inconsistency of the board, in appointing a Protestant schoolmistress to instruct Catholic children exclusively, whereas in Cavan, they require a Protestant school-mistress to instruct Protestant children; and I furthermore beg leave to state it as my opinion, that the board of guardians have acted unjustly in attempting to pass a censure on my conduct without having first heard my defence. - I remain, sir, your obedient servant. Patrick GILROY, C.C.

The largest salmon taken in the Galway river this season, was killed by James KEANE, one of the fishers, at the west bridge, by a rod and line, with a single casting line of gut. The fish weighed 27 lbs.

July 27, 1849


At Ballieborough, on Saturday the 21st instant, the Lady of Hans FLEMING, Esq., M.D., of a daughter.

At same plabe (sic) on Monday the 23rd instant, Mrs. C. James of a daughter.

On the 19th instant, at Joristown, county Westmeath, the lady of John W. WILLIAMS, Esq., of a son.

On the 17th instant, the Lady Alfred PAGET of a daughter.


At St. George'sChurch, Francis BEGGS, Esq., of Feltrim, county Dublin, to Maria Lucinda, daughter of Thomas Thos. W. WHITE, Esq., Barrister-at-Law.

At Rathdowney Church, Walter ATKINS, Esq., to Martha, second daughter of Dr. HARTE of Church Villa, Rathdowney.

On the 17th instant, at Dunnarry, county Antrim, T. S. MAJOR, Esq., of Belfast, to Isabella, youngest daughter of Richard SITT, Esq., of Dublin.

On the 16th instant, at Newtown-Forbes Church, Wm. HALFPENNY, Esq., to Fanny, second daughter of the late St. George LITTLE, Esq., of Carrick-on-Shannon.


Died at an advanced age on Thursday night, the 19th instant, in the town of Bailieborough, Mrs. REILLY, mother of Mrs. FARRELLY of said town. The sorrow of her family at the sad event was deeply sympathized with by all the inhabitants of the town, without distinction of creed, business of every sort was suspended and every window was closed from her demise became known until after her interment. The large and respectable funeral procession of all religious denominations, which accompanied her remains on Saturday to their final resting place in Teampuil Kealluigh, strongly evidenced the high respect, veneration, and esteem, in which the departed lady and her surviving relatives were held. A large number of clergymen form (sic) the several surrounding parishes were in attendance from an early hour in the morning, and the Divine mysteries of the catholic church were celebrated, at short intervals, offering several prayers for her eternal and happy repose. By her death her afflicted children have lost the best and kindest of parents - her relatives a sincere friend, and society one of its most amiable members. May He whom she served, deal mercifully with his faithful servant and crown her virtues with eternal bliss.

Died in Cootehill, of Erriatic Gout, in the 56th year of his age, Mr. John M'GAHAN, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. In social life he will be great missed in Cootehill; for he was assiduous, practical, intelligent, and devoted much time and money to the forwarding of everything which he considered beneficial to the town, and useful to the poor. By the latter, his loss will be severly (sic) felt, for his charities were liberal, regular, and bountiful. His remains were accompanied to Old Drumgoon, the family place of sepulture, by one of the largest processions of his townsmen and others we ever witnessed.

July 20, after a few days' illness, Drummond ANDERSON, Esq., senior proprietor of the BELFAST COMMERCIAL CHORNICLE, in his 73rd year.

On the 22nd instant at his residence, 9, Botanic Road, Robert HOLDEN, Esq., in the 67th year of his age.

On the 20th instant, at Huntitown House, captain John MAGUIRE.

On the 20th instant, in Bolton-street, Laurence BRANGAN, Esq.

July 21, in Lower Gardiner-street, Joseph LAMPREY, Esq.

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