Published in Cavan, county Cavan
March 2, 1849


An inquest was held on the body of a man named Patt BRADY, before Dr. MacFADIN, Coroner, on Wednesday, the 28th day of February, in the town of Ballyduff. Deceased resided near Mountnugent, aged 26 years.

Mary MAGOVERN of Ballyduff being duly sworn, deposed that the deceased was carried into her house on the evening of the 27th February, by four men acting under the directions of Mr. Peter MURPHY, relieving-officer of Ballyduff division; was desired to take care of deceased, who was then insensible; I placed him on a bed of straw near to the fire, and covered him; Mr. Murphy, who had left for a few minutes, then returned, and gave her money to get some relief; while the nourishment was preparing deceased got into convulsions, and immediately died; he had neither shoes nor hat; was in a wretched state as to wearing apparel; I have known deceased for years past; he was of unsound mind; I believe the relieving officer amply did his duty towards deceased.

Peter MURPHY, relieving-officer, deposed that having, on the 27th instant, received information that a man was lying on the road, near William HANNA's of Cladagh, about half a mile distant, hastened there, accompanied by Mr. John MORROW, when he found the deceased lying upon the side of the road, with his head leaned on his knees, insensible and speechless; he immediately had him removed to the widow MAGOVERN's; knew deceased for the last three or four years as an itinerant pauper through Ballyjamesduff; never made application for relief.

Doctor William COOTE examined the body, but did not find any external marks of violence; it presented the appearance of emaciation, consequently in extreme destitution, the lower extremities exhibiting evidence of chronic disease, which was sufficient to have paralyzed the man's endeavors, to have saved himself - under the influence of fatigue and poverty.

The jury were unanimous in returning the following verdict:-

"That deceased was idiotic for many years, and that his death was caused by insufficiency of food and exposure to cold, and we are unanimously of opinion that Mr. Peter MURPHY, relieving-officer, amply did his duty towards deceased.

SUDDEN DEATH. - On Wednesday evening, the 28th February, a man named Peter LEE was found lying on the side of the road in the townland of Edendeclare (?), within two miles of this town. Some time ago deceased made his escape from the Cavan workhouse, and has ever since been loitering abut the neighbourhood where he died.


In Cootehill, on the 27th ult., Mr. Samuel MACFADIN, Merchant.

In Cootehilll, on the 28th ult., Meda (?) WALSH, Esq., M.D.


Dr. COYNE has resigned his situation in the workhouse at the instance of the Commissioners. This gentleman is the victim of as foul a conspiracy as ever came under our cognizance.

The Master has also resigned.

THE MILITARY. - The detachment of the 57th Regiment lately stationed in this town marched for Enniskillen on the 28th of February ult., to re-join Head Quarters, having been relieved by another detachment of the same Corps., under the command of Captain DAWSON, Lieutenant LAW, and Ensign FORSYTHE.

Mr. Thomas REILLY's premises at Butlersbridge were broken into on Tuesday night, and robbed of a considerable sum of money.

We are sorry to find our townsman, Mr. Robert FITZGERALD, is about leaving this neighbourhood. He is selling off his large and very valuable stock with that intention.

March 9, 1849


At Drumallis, near Cavan, on the 7th instant, much regretted by his numerous relatives and friends, in the 56th year of his age, Captain William BRADY, late of the 60th Foot, after a protracted illness which he bore with Christian patience and resignation. At a very early age he entered the army as Ensign, served many years abroad with his regiment, and was much respected by his brother officers, for his frank and gentlemanly manner. Upon his retirement from the army on half-pay, he was presented by the inhabitants of the Colony of Barbice (?) with an address, accompanied by a handsome piece of plate " - as a small token of their lasting esteem and friendship."


The Vice-Guardians of the above Union, will, on THURSDAY the 15th MARCH, appoint an ASSISANT SCHOOLMISTRESS for the Workhouse at a Salary of £10 a year with Rations.

Applications in Applicant's own hand-writing to be lodged with me before Eleven o'clock on the above-named day, when Candidates will be expected to attend with their Testimonials.

(By order.)

W. KILPATRICK, Clerk of the Union.

Board-room, March 1, 1849.

March 16, 1849


Charles CREIGHTON (a most notorious character, and known by the name of "Cuddhan") was put forward to receive his sentence. The judge (addressing the prisoner, who is about 18 years of age) said - Charles Creighton, you this day pleased guilty of robbing from the person of Pat ROGERS the sum of 5s., and I thought proper; before passing the sentence of the law upon you, to examine Rogers as to the circumstances under which he was robbed. I find that he was a stranger, and that you pulled him into a hall, where you rifled his pockets of their contents, he being a weak man. I am led to believe that you make it a practice to waylay passengers coming through this town - and if they be not able to overcome your attack you rob them. There can be no mitigation in your plea of guilty, as you are one of the worst characters - a street robber. The sentence of the court is that you be imprisoned for nine calendar months, kept at hard labour, and be kept in solitary confinement the last week of the third, sixth and ninth months.

Prisoner - I do not care a d__n for you. The prisoner also made use of an obscene expression.

Judge - Is this the person about whom I asked the governor of the jail as to how often before he had been committed?

Governor - It is, my lord.

Judge - Bring him back (to the governor). Have you made out for me the number of convictions?

Prisoner - My lord, you cannot alter your sentence.

Judge - But I will show you I have the power to do so.

The book of the entry of the judgments was handed to his lordship, and after looking it over, it was found that he had been six times previously sentenced for robbery and larceny.

The Judge (addressing the prisoner) said - In the month of July, in the year before last, you stood before me, and pleaded guilty of a larceny, when I sentenced you to six months' imprisonment; in the following July, before the Lord Chief Baron, you pleaded guilty, and received sentence of six months' imprisonment; when I sat here, a year and a half ago, at the assizes held then, there was an entry put in the book that it was your fourth offence within the range of a year and a half. I shall make an example of you to all incorrigible offenders; you are to be transported beyond the seas for ten years.


From the demands of our columns we had not time to notice the Meath assizes last week. The calendar was very light, and no case of importance. The most interesting was that of Patrick CLARKE, aged 52, indicted for having embezzled a large sum of money, which came into his hands as collector of poor rates in the Drogheda union. This prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced to fifteen months' imprisonment. Messrs. Patrick MARRON, Patrick HART, and Michael DUFF, who appeared to answer a charge of training and drilling, said to have taken place at Bettystown last July, were discharged without trial, on their own recognizance in 200l. each.


The Crown business was comparatively light. No serious case.

John FOX was found guilty of admiring oriental fashions in matrimony - namely, taking a plurality of wives. We have not heard the amorous wight's sentence.


The only case worth noting is that of John STEEL convicted of bigamy.


The only important case was that of James COMMONS, who was indicted for having conspired with others to murder the late Major MAHON. The Solicitor-General prosecuted for the crown. The principal witnesses against the accused, were in the character of approvers. The prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced to be executed on the 21st March.

Michael GARDNER and Martin BRENNAN pleaded guilty of conspiring to murder Major Mahon, and sentenced of death was recorded against them.


The number of persons for trial at this assizes - Murder 22; assaulting habitation in arms at night 70; rape 2; robbery 14; burglary 18; arson 11; embezzlement 4; attempting to shoot 1; cow stealing 60; sheep stealing 29; goat stealing 15; larceny of wearing apparel ; plundering meal 4; larceny of fowl 12; petty larceny 50; robbing her Majesty's mail 3; highway robbery 9; stealing turnips 16; stealing potatoes 11; receiving stolen goods 12; rescuing corn distrained for rent (being armed) 5; posting threatening notices 8; uttering base case 7; feloniously milking cows 3; horse stealing 1; obtaining money under false pretences 1; perjury 2; being possessed of a seditious document 1; assault with intent to rob 1; common assault 6; vagrants 6. - Total 430 - presenting the greatest catalogue of crime ever before known in any county in Ireland. Exclusive of the prisoners for trial, there are 362 in custody, under rule, making a gross total of 801 confined in the prison this day.


We last week recorded the acquittal of Mary REYNOLDS and Hugh QUINN, charged with the murder of the Rev. Thomas MAGUIRE. No doubt the reverend gentleman was poisoned, but the evidence failed to conclusively establish the guilt of the prisoners.

Next morning (March 6), Mary Reynolds, John and Peter REILLY, were put on their trial, for the murder of Terence MAGUIRE, brother of the Rev. T. Maguire. A number of witnesses were examined for the prosecution who substantiated the statement of the unfortunate man having been poisoned. The jury found a verdict of guilty against John and Peter Reilly, and acquitted Mary Reynolds. Judge MOORE sentenced the wretched men to be hanged, but did not name a day for their execution.


On Wednesday week, a Roman Catholic clergyman, the Rev. John O'NEIL, was found guilty of a common assault on several persons, in a kind of street row. The rev. gentleman was sentenced by Baron LEFROY, to nine months' imprisonment, and after that to give in bail, himself in 100l. and two securities in 50l. each, to keep the peace.


At Ennis, Matthew KILKELLY, who was convicted of firing a loaded pistol at Joseph WALPLATE, Esq., between Castleconnel and Donan, in the month of April, 1847, was sentenced to be hanged. There were upwards of 100 sentenced to transportation, the majority, however, for a period of only seven years.

March 23, 1849


In Cavan, on Tuesday the 20th inst., the lady of Mr. William HAGUE, Market-square, of a son.

March 19, at Moorehill, County Waterford, the lady of Perceval MAXWELL, Esq., of a son.


March 20, at York-street Chapel, Dublin, by the Rev. Dr. URWICK, Mr. William MATHEWSON, to Miss Eliza GOODSHAW.


On Monday, the 12th inst., of typhus fever, in Behy, near this town, Mr. Michael KEOGAN, aged 39 years. A better neighbour, a kinder person, a more loving and affectionate husband never existed; admired and esteemed through life but now, also lamented and regretted in death, not only by a bereaved widow and four orphans, but by a highly respectable circle of friends.

March 30, 1849


A Calendar of Prisoners committed to the Jail of Cavan, for trial, at the above Sessions.

Peter CONNER and James CONNER, entering the house of Bridget BRADY, and taking thereout two shifts and a cap.

Thomas LYNCH and Mary SMITH, rescuing cattle seized for rent due John Augustin CLARKE, Esq.

James SMITH, stealing turnips, the property of Sir John YOUNG.

Patrick BRADY, larceny of Bread from Thomas CHAMBERS.

Michael BRADY, larceny of bread from John BRADY.

William COULTER, stealing oats, the property of Wm. JONES.

John VEINS, stealing carrots, the property of Pat DUFFY.

Hugh TRAYNOR, larceny from Baillieboro workhouse.

Patrick FITZPATRICK, having a stolen ass in his possession.

Bernard MAGUIRE, stealing an ass from James CHERRY.

John HENRY, committed on a bench warrant for larceny from Cootehill workhouse.

James, FARRELL, ditto.

Patrick FLEMING, ditto.

Catherine CLARKE, larceny of a quilt from James PARR.

Anna ROE, having a cow in her possession that was stolen from Thomas TULLY.

John WARNER, having a calf in his possession that was stolen from Robert SCOTT, of Enagh.

Anne CARY, stealing a blanket and cap, the property of Elizabeth BONES. (sp?)

Bridget SMITH, stealing turf, the property of Michl. LYNCH.

Wm. FLEMING, larceny from Cootehilll workhouse.

Patrick REILLY, stealing a mare fromHugh REILLY.

Nicholas BOYLAN, cow stealing.


Pernicious Effect of the Out-Door Relief System.

Dr. MACFADEN, one of the coroners of the county of Cavan, held an inquest at Kingscourt on Wednesday, March 21, on the body of a little girl - Margaret TULLY, aged four years, whom it was alleged had died on the day previous in consequence of ill-treatment. The following are briefly the facts of the case as they were elicited in evidence. It appears that the father and mother of deceased - James and Ellen TULLY, (the former of whom is a brogue-maker), resided in the pound-row Kingscourt, with their family, which consisted of four children, including deceased - their ages being 17, 11, 8 and 4 years respectively, and were receiving 21 lbs. of meal weekly as out-door relief from Patrick M'MAHON the relieving officer for that district, but that did not include any relief for their eldest girl, aged 17 years, who it appeared by the rules of the poor-law commissioners, was ineligible to receive same or any other unless in the workhouse, into which she refused to go; and being in delicate health, in consequence of destitution, her mother shared the pittance of relief which she was receiving for herself and the rest of the family with her - hence the death of the deceased for lack of a sufficiency of food accrued, as will appear by the following evidence of Dr. SHEILS: -

"Wm. Sheils of Kingscourt, deposeth - that I have examined the body of deceased, which was unhealthy from aedematous swelling in consequence of an insufficient quantity of nutriment, and that her death was accelerated from that cause." The jury then returned the following verdict - "We find that the deceased - Margaret Tully, aged four years, died at Kingscourt on the 20th of March, 1849; and her death was accelerated by an insufficiency of food, although her parents, James and Ellen Tully were getting out-door relief.

"We are of opinion that her parents acting from ignorance, had divided a portion of the relief given them to their eldest daughter, aged seventeen years - she being sick and weak, by means of which the remainder of the family were curtailed in their food, including deceased."

The coroner expressed his opinion that the lives of the entire family are placed in great jeopardy by the course pursued, in sub-dividing the relief administered to them.


We are to have elected Guardians in this union after all. The Commissioners' answer to the letter of the ex-officio Guardians has come down, in which they state they will not continue paid Guardians in Cavan. We are not in the least surprised at this decision, considering the worrying they have had by investigations. The elected board will come into office on Thursday next.

ELECTED GUARDIANS.- The following are the Guardians for the coming year: Cavan - James REILLY, Cavan; Samuel Swanzey, Cavan. Ballyhaise - James M'LENAHAN, Lisagoan; George NESBIT, Ballyhaise. Butlersbridge - Henry MEE, Ennishmore. Belturbet - John ROGERS, Belturbet, Thomas CLARKE, Belturbet. Redhills - Theo THOMPSON, Cavan. Drumlane - Patrick COLLINS, Derryhick; Thomas REILLY, Derryerahan. Kilconey - Owen DONEGAN, Aughalane; James Berry, Sandville. Kildallen - John BRADY, Ardlogher. Killeshandra - Joseph DIXON, Drumally. Derryland - Alex. BERRY, Drumany. Avungh - Blaney GRIER, Coroncany. Balintemple - John DOGHERTY, Derryland. Kill - Thomas STAFFORD, Pollers. Kilanleck - William SMITH, Drumheel. Ballymachugh - Anthony KILROY, Omard. Crosskeys - Patt GAFNEY, Lonoga. New-Inn - Patt DONOHOE, Tiershand. Stradone - Thomas HARTLEY, Countenan. Killycrone - John E. VERNON, Bingfield. Denn - Samuel MOORE, Cavan. Crossdoney - John E. Vernon, Castle Cosby. Killykeen - William A. MOORE, Arnmore Lodge. Ballyconnel - None.

CAVAN AND GRANARD. - Mr. BIANCONI starts a four horse car from Cavan on Monday next, for the first time, to Granard. It leaves Cavan at 7 o'clock in the morning, going through Crossdoney, Scrabby, and Castlepollard; will reach Mullingard in time for the 12 o'clock train to the metropolis, arriving in Dublin at half past two. The return car will leave Mullingar on the arrival of the ___ a.m. train, and reach Cavan at half-past six in the evening. He has lately taken 180 horses off different times in the south of Ireland, for which, it is supposed, he will find employment in the north.

Died at his residence, on Wednesday, the 28th inst., the Very Rev. T. O'REILLY, P.P. of Killeshandra, of typhus fever, contracted in the discharge of his clerical duties. The rev. gentleman was remarkable for humility and benevolence, and his decease is deeply deplored by all classes, Protestant as well as Catholic, who came within the sphere of his influence.

Died in Cootehill, on the morning of the 27th inst., Mr. Charles O'CONNELL, aged 50 years, much and deservedly regretted by his sorrowing family, and a large circle of friends, to whom he was much endeared for his amiable disposition and probity of character.

(From a Correspondent.)

On St. Patrick's day, a man named John DEAGAN, from near Arlas, Queen's County, was taken in Athy by the police. Deagan was in a state of intoxication at the time of his arrest; he was brought to the constabulary barracks, and n the course of the evening was found dead in the place where he was confined.

Some time past, as a man named Terence BYRNE was removing a very large stone on his land, in the townland of Aughoany, Queen's County, he found under it a perfect pavement; when he removed the pavement he found a black, rich earth; and when he removed the earth, he discovered an urn containing small bones. Many such discoveries have, from time to time, been made in this townland and on the commons of Ferry, which are adjoining it.


March 17, at Bath, the lady of Major J. D. O'BRIEN, of a daughter.

March 21, at Castleblayney, the lady of the Rev. H. M. ARCHDALL, of a daughter.

March 21, at Warrenpoint, the widow of the late J. M. RUTLEDGE, Esq., Civil Engineer, of a son.


Jan. 26, at Natches, Maria, second daughter of the late Chidley COOTE, Esq., of Richmond, Drumcondra, to John J. DeLaHUNT of that city.

March 20, at the first Presbyterian Church, Monaghan, the Rev. James HAWHINNY, to Jemima, third daughter of Alexander KING, Esq, of Monaghan.

March 22, In St. George's Church, Hanover-square, by the Rev. Jeffrey LEFROY, David Carrick BUCHANAN, Esq., of Drumpellar, Lanarkshire, to Frances Jane, eldest daughter of Anthony LEFROY, Esq., and grand-daughter of Viscount LORTON, and the Right Hon. Baron Lefroy.

March 22, in Kells Church, by the Rev. W. A. KANIPATOR, Ellen, second daughter of the late Joseph DOUGHTY, Esq., of Moats, to John HOOKER, Esq., of Clonlleson, near Athboy.


March 12, at Craig, near Bushmills, Henry BATHURST, Esq., late of the Royal Meath Militia, after a lingering illness; and on the 13th, Anne, his wife, of inflammation of the chest. Both were interred on same day and in one grave.

March 22, at Stephens-green, Miss Anne DOHERTY, sister of the Chief Justice of the Common Please.

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