Published in Cavan, county Cavan
March 1 1855


Where death is, there are grief and terror; for the cold dark hand, that extinguishes the lamp of life, never fails to inflict upon the heart of surviving affection a wound which seldom heals. Did the 'reaper' gather unto himself only those, whom the autumn of time had prepared for his sickle, few would be unwilling to surrender them, in the fulness (sic) of their years into his hands. But God has otherwise ordained it, and to His will, which is always best, man must be obedient. As beneath the mower's scythe there falls together with the ripened grass, many a tender flower, in all the freshness of new-born beauty, so, side by side with the old and feeble, does the sickle of death lay prostrate the noble young in the hour of their vigour, promise and hope. Amongst the latter must now, alas be numbered Mr. James M'Gennis, merchant, Belturbet, brother to the Rev. P. M'Gennis, of Cavan, and grand nephew to the Venerable Archdeacon Brady of Kilmore. He died on the 25th inst., after a short and painful illness, occasioned by biliousness and nervous irritability. He death, almost sudden and unexpected, produced amongst his numerous friends a sensation that will not readily subside; but, if public sympathy and sorrow could take from private grief its poignancy and sting, many eyes, that are now wet with tears, would be dried to weep no more. For, never was there a private individual more generally and deservedly regretted by all ranks and creeds, as the funeral of Wednesday amply proved to all who witnessed it. Shortly after the celebration of High Mass, at which the Rev. John O'Reilly, President of the Kilmore Seminary, officiated as celebrant, the remains of the deceased were borne, on the shoulders of those with whom he was associated from his infancy, to the hearse, and the sad cortege proceeded, amid the tears and sobbings of the assembled multitude, to its destination. The Main Street was almost impassable from the number of cars that waited to take their place in the mournful procession; whilst the footpaths were literally crowded with pedestrians, young and old, who accompanied the corpse to its last resting place in Annagh. About a mile outside the town, the students of the Kilmore Seminary, about fifty in number, met the funeral, and walked in procession to the Cemetery, thus complimenting their amiable and well beloved professor, the Rev. P. M'Gennis, as well as manifesting their esteem for the deceased. It is not every day a person can witness such a scene, and though it be one of sadness and grief, it has its advantages; for it shows that with man's life his virtues do not die, but that they outlive himself, and even speak from amid the silence of the tomb. And it would not be a matter of surprise if, in years to come, the stranger might find some ardent admirer of what is great and good bending over the grave of Mr. James M'Gennis, bedewing it with grateful tears, and petitioning merciful Heaven for the repose of his soul!


By the Rev. Matthew WEBB, Omard House, Ballyheelan, William, son of John MATTHEWS, Esq., of T'nully, county Meath, to Marget, only daughter of Orange WOOD, Esq., of Kilnahard, in this county, permanent sergeant in the late Fortland yomanry (sic) corps.


On Tuesday, the 8th inst., in Cootehill, Mr. Patrick BRADY, of the White Cross Inn, aged 84 years. In Mr. Brady, a worthy member of an old and respectable family has passed away.

On the 8th December last, in March. Chunk, Pennsylvania, U. S. America, Mr. John TREE, a native of Crossdony, in this county.

March 8 1855


The following sums were collected in the parish of Crosserlough in aid of the Patriotic Fund, and lodged in the Ulster Bank, Cavan: --

Richard FOX, Esq., £5

Hon. S. R. MAXWELL, Rev. Wm. E. HEARN, Rev. C. B. JAMIESON, Rev. Thomas O'REILLY, Rev. E. LYNCH, Mr. Thomas STAFFORD, £1 each;

Henry MONTFORT, Esq., Mr. Robert BUCHANAN, Mr. Thomas BUCHANAN, Mr. Pat SMITH, 10s. each;

Mr. Thomas ACHESON, 7s. 6d;

Mr. James HANNA, Mr. W. FOSTER, Mr. James SHERIDAN, 5s. each;

Mr. Wm. SPINKS, 3s.;

Mr. Wm. WHYTE, MR. John STAFFORD, Mr. Benjamin STAFFORD, Doctor ALCOCK, Mr. John M'CAWL, Mr. John ARMSTRONG, Mr. James STAFFORD, Messrs. George and John STAFFORD, Mr. F. STEPHENS, Mr. P. REILLY (Killanure), Mr. P. Reilly (Cullon), Mr. H. SMITH, Mr. F. REILLY, Mr. John LEDDY, MR. Thomas KEOGH, Mr. P. SHERIDAN, Mr. Philip REILLY, Mr. Owen GALLIGAN, 2s. 6d. each;

Mr. Andrew GALLIGAN, Mr. Matthew BOYLAN, jun., Mr. James SHERIDAN, Mr. Robert MAGOVERN, Mr. Henry PICKENS, 2 s. each;

Messrs Alex & Wm. M'CLEAN, 1s. 6d. each;

Mr. Robert MAGOVERN (Lake), Mr. John REILLY, jun., Mr. John SEAMAN, Mr. Samuel PICKENS, Mr. G. FEGAN, Sergeant MORRISON, Mr. Francis SCOTT, Widow REILLY, Mr. Peter M'CANN, Mr. John M'KIERNAN, MR. Joseph GORDON, Mr. Robert CLARKE, Mrs. OWENS, Mr. John STEPHENS, Mr. John TRINEAR, Mr. Owen MURPHY, Mr. Patrick FITZPATRICK, Mr. Thomas BRODY, MR. Bartle GALLIGAN, Mr. James M'DERMOTT, Mr. Philip CALLERY, jun., Mr. Patrick GALLIGAN, Mr. William GALLIGAN, MR. John SMITH, Mr. Farrell FINNEGAN, Mr. Owen BOYLAN, Mr. Phil FITZPATRICK, Mr. J. CONNATY, Mr. Pat BRIODY, Mr. Pat BOYLAN, Mr. Philip SMITH, Mr. Hugh SMITH, Mr. John CONNATY, Mr. Mathew BOYLAN, sen., Mr. Brian CALLAGHAN, Mr. Peter COOKE, Mr. John LOWRY, Mr. Anthony WHYTE, 1s each;

smaller sums, 1£. 16s.

Total collected in the parish of Crosserlough for the Patriotic Fund, 21£; less expenses, 12s. 6d. (20£ 7s. 6d.)

For the Committee, C. B. JAMIESON, Secretary


March 5, at his residence, in this town, in the 77th year of his age, Mr. Patrick GALLAGHER. The deceased was sincerely and deservedly regretted by his numerous friends and acquaintances.

-Our Belturbet Correspondent writes" --

A detachment of this force, consisting of two companies, under the command of Capt. PHILLIPS and Captain RATHBOURNE, accompanied by Lieutenant PHILLIPS and Assistant Surgeon MALCOMSON, marched into this town from headquarters, to occupy the barracks, on Monday, the 26th of February. The soldierly appearance of the men, notwithstanding the short time they had been at drill, excited universal admiration, and it speaks highly to the credit of the regiment that so many men were forward enough to send out a detachment. Nothing can exceed the orderly conduct of the men since their arrival; this is the first regiment of Irish Militia that has sent out a detachment.


The following gentlemen were sworn as a petty jury --

James KELLY, James Brown, James HARTLEY, John WARREN, William NORTON, Alexander BERRY, John PRATT, Peter M'GAURAN , Robert CHRISTY, William YOUNG, sen., Wm. HOGG, and John Alexander FARIS

Mary RORKE, for stealing a piece of silver coin, the property of Hugh CURRY. Guilty - To be imprisoned for six months, and kept to hard labour.


Catherine FARRELLY, for having in her possession money, the property of Connor SMITH.

The prisoner pleaded guilty. Luke SMITH was charged with being her accomplice in the matter.

Connor SMITH examined -- Lost on the 20th Dec. last: £14 10s. in notes silver and gold; and the money in a chest in his sleeping room; the chest was locked and the keys in it; Catherine FARRELLY, his niece, slept in the room; she is eighteen years of age and was reared by witness from her infancy; the money was taken during the night' Catherine and the prisoner were arrested in the county Armagh by Constable GORRY, and money in a purse taken from them.

Constable GORRY -- Arrested the prisoner and Catherine in Derry, county Armagh; they were in the house of Patrick M'KEON; asked Catherine where she came from; she replied from Castleblayney; said she had no money; witness searched her and found no money with her; asked prisoner who was present all the time where he came from; he said from Carrickacrummin, in the county of Cavan, and that Catherine came from the same place; prisoner being interrogated as to whether he had money, said he had two pounds; being asked to show it, and be cautious what he said, he declared he had three pounds, which he hesitated to show; when witness threatened to search him he took the purse out of his pocket and was removing notes from it under the table, when witness seized his hands and took the purse from him; examined the money, and found ten one pound notes and one half sovereign, and three pounds six shillings and six pence in silver; took both to the barrack; next morning, when being brought before the magistrate, Catherine said she took all that was in the purse from her uncle, except three pounds, which prisoner said belonged to himself.

Connor SMITH re-called -- The purse produced is witness's; cannot say, positively, whether the particular money produced is his; but there are the same pieces and kind and number of notes.


Terence REILLY, Prisoner, was witness's servant boy at different times for the last seven years, during which time he bore a good character; saw Catherine FARRELLY give the money to prisoner on a Friday night in witness' house; prisoner was in bed when a rap came to the door, Catherine FARRELLY came in and said she brought the money from her uncle; witness sent her back with the money and she would not go; prisoner then took the money and put three or four pounds to it, handing all to Catherine, who desired him to "come along;" witness desired them to be off as he did not love or like to have them about his house.

Court -- Why did you not hold them when you had them?

Witness -- Sure they'd be taken, your Reverence.

To a Juror Mr BERRY -- There was a bottle of whiskey in question, at which witness got a pull; is a widower but had no design on the girl himself.

To the Court -- There was an uncle of prisoner with Catherine when she came to witness's house, and he went off with the pair when they departed.

To the Court -- The police were at witness's house in a few hours after the occurrence he related 'does not know whether he would have told Connor SMITH if they had called upon him, for he was of opinion that he had got rid of a bad bargain when he got rid of his niece. When witness wanted Catherine to go back to her uncle she said she would not' she had done him no harm as she had been willed a cow by her grandfather, out of which she was kept.

Connor SMITH was re-called, and stated that Catherine's grandfather had obligated him to send her to America, which he promised to do. She often asked him would he send her, and his reply was that he surely would when there was proper company for her.

His Lordship charged the jury at considerable length, who, after a few minutes in session, recommended both to mercy on grounds that it was a love affair, and the girl thought she had a fair claim on her uncle.

His Lordship agreed to mitigate the sentence somewhat on account of the recommendation, and after solemnly addressing the prisoners sentenced them to be imprisoned each for one year, and kept to hard labor.

The Court then Adjourned.




Samuel CORMICK was given in charge for having on the 6th January last stolen a coat, the property of David F. JONES, Esq., at Belturbet.

Joseph MORTON examined -- Lost a big coat belonging to Mr. JONES, in whose employment he is; on the 5th January last the coat was in witness's house; found it afterwards in the pawn office in Belturbet.

To the prisoner -- Brought the coat in question to prisoner's house to put over his feet' this was on the 16th December; it remained in his possession for three weeks.

To a Juror -- Did not caution prisoner not to remove the coat out of the house.

To the Court -- Mr. Jones knew nothing of his lending the coat.

Hugh SMALL -- Is assistant to Terence SMALL, a pawn broker ; prisoner pawned a coat with witness on the 6th January last, and raised eight shillings and six pence on it. The coat produced is the one of which he speaks.

MORTON re-called -- That coat is Mr. JONES's and the one which was lent to the prisoner.

His Lordship charged the jury, and told them that in the eye of the law pawning property belonging to another was not different from selling it, and amounted to a larceny. Guilty -- To be imprisoned for two calendar months and kept to hard labour.


George MOORE was indicted for homicide on the 3rd of August last, at Bailieborough, of Mary Jane MOORE.

Margaret M'MAHON examined by Mr. Smyley -- Lived as servant with prisoner, who was a publican residing in Bailieborough; knew his wife Mary Jane' they had five children' Mrs. Moore died on the 20th August. The eldest child is ten years old, the youngest about 14 months. Prisoner was not given to drink but the deceased was; on the evening

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March 15 1855


At an early hour on Saturday morning last, the 10th inst. this good man, and excellent minister, was called suddenly away from the duties and cares of the church on earth to the enjoyments and rest of that happy world,

where Adieus and farewells are a sound unknown.

Mr. RITCHIE died young, in the 42d year of his life, and in the 15th of his sacred ministry; and few though his days have been, and brief the course of his ministry on earth, he has made friends and left behind him a name which

"His people will not willingly let die."

The Rev. John RITCHIE was born in the parish of Comber, in the county of Down, and was educated in Belfast; we remember him well in his college days -- some twenty years ago -- and we were particularly struck at this time by the gentleness of his manners, and by his kind unassuming behaviour.

He graced a college, in which order still
Is sacred --
Peace to the memory of a man of worth --
A man of letters and of manners too!

The six years of his college curriculum were not spent in vain. It was there he stored his mind with those treasures which science loves to shed over the minds of her favourites. He applied himself with the greatest diligence to the studies of his profession, and carried forth with him from the halls of science those literary tastes and habits which followed him through life, and made him an ornament in the social circle where he lived, and endeared him so much to his friends and people. Humility -- that rare and previous gem -- shone conspicuously in him. He knew and took the way to power over the minds of other men, and by a rare combination of mental and moral powers, he succeeded in uniting into one harmonious congregation a people who were before his ministry much divided and alienated among themselves.

It was in the autumn of the year 1840 that he left his home and his friends in Down. On the 30th of September, in that year, Mr. RITCHIE was ordained as pastor of the old and respectable Presbyterian congregation of Ballyjamesduff, county Cavan. For four or five years before his settlement among them, the patience of the people had been severely tested by a succession of changes among their ministers, some four or five of them having come and gone in so many years.

Nothing discouraged by the desponding tone of the times, Mr. RITCHIE accepted their invitation to become their pastor ; and as soon as he was ordained he girded on his armour, and entered at once on the field of duty.

The field given him to cultivate was the hearts and minds of men ; and as knowledge touches and quickens the understanding, so grace and goodness move and draw the affections of men. This is the secret of a pastor's power ; and in this good work the lamented RITCHIE was eminently successful. He organized the Sabbath school, and conducted it himself, and through the children he reached the parents' feelings, and in a little time had the comfort to see his church crowded by many, who, up to his time, little cared for the duties or enjoyments of the Christian Sabbath.

We remember well the delight we felt on once occasion, when his Sabbath school-children were assembled to meet a deputation of ministers, who were appointed by his Presbytery to conduct the examination of all the children under religious training within the Presbytery's bounds.

Mr. RITCHIE's church was nearly filled with a joyous group of young people, whose happy faces and quick intellectual eyes evinced the depth of thought and feeling that lay within. In the course of that examination we saw vividly the superiority of that training which his gifted mind imparted, and his untiring zeal was carrying onward to maturity. The fruit of that labour he has not lived to see in all its fulness. He is gone to his reward, and assuredly his works will follow him ; the spirit of his patient and laborious ministry will be gathered by his successor ; and we trust that a man of kindred feeling will soon be sent to his afflicted people.

His mortal remains now lie in the cold and silent grave in the front of that house of prayer, where from Sabbath to Sabbath he read, and sang, and prayed, and preached, his people will see, as they go up to worship, his early grave ; that little mound of earth will still serve as a warning and a lesson. The lesson is one which we are slow to learn -- that we are mortal -- and the warning is equally needed -- that in the midst of life and usefulness we are surrounded by the agencies of death -- that terrible necessity which yields to no importunity.

The faithful pastor is gone from the porch and vestibule of the temple of earth, to enjoy the society of the Redeemer in Heaven --

This humble man is gone!
He is gone to his saintly rest,
Where no sorrow can be known,
And no trouble can molest --
For his crown of life is won,
And the dead in the Lord are blest !

March 13, 1865 PHILOS.

County of Cavan
Division of Cavan

A List of applications received by the Clerk of the Peace for the County of Cavan, from Persons seeking EXCISE LICENCES for Sale of Beer, Spirits, &c., by Retail, within said County, pursuant to the Acts 3rd and 4th V.M. IV., ch. 68, 6th and 7th WM. IV., ch. 38, and 17th and 18th VIC., ch. 89, to be heard and inquired into at CAVAN, on THURSDAY, the 29th day of March, 1855, immediately after the Grand Jury is sworn.

Name Residence Barony Sureties
FLOOD, James Ballyjamesduff Castleraghan John CLINTON of Derrylea Mills, and E. CAFFREY of Palleyrea.
GALLAGHER, Letitia Crossdoney Clonmaghon Robt. FOSTER, and Thos. CLERKE, both of Crossdony
JOHNSTON, James Drumliff Up. Loughtee George HENDERSON, Cloverhill, and Joseph JOHNSTON, Drumliff
KENNEDY, Edward Cavan Up. Loughtee Mr. Patrick SMITH, Baker, and Mr. Thomas William MATTHEWS, Painter, both of Cavan
M'DONALD, William Kilconny Lr. Loughtee William COSGROVE of Belturbet, and George STORY of Kilconny.

Clerk of the Peace,
County Cavan Cavan, March 9th, 1855

County of Cavan
Division of Cavan

A List of applications received by the Clerk of the Peace for the County of Cavan, from Persons seeking EXCISE LICENCES for Sale of Beer, Spirits, &c., by Retail, within said County, pursuant to the Acts 3rd and 4th V.M. IV., ch. 68, 6th and 7th WM. IV., ch. 38, and 17th and 18th VIC., ch. 89, to be heard and inquired into at CAVAN, on THURSDAY, the 29th day of March, 1855, immediately after the Grand Jury is sworn.

Name Residence Barony Sureties
KLERAN (M'KLERAN?), Thomas Ballyconnell Tullyhaw Thomas WYNNE of Silverbricken, and Bernard REILLY of Malladuff, farmers.
M'CAFFREY, John Belturbet Lr. Loughtee Cornelius M'CAFFREY, and Thos. M'CAFFREY, both of Killyfana, farmers.
TUBMAN, Henry Swanlinbar Tullyhaw Robert HUMPHRYS, and John HUMPHRYS both of Kinawley, farmers.
YOUNG, Thomas Killeshandra Tullyhunco Jas. M'FADDEN of Killeshandra, Butcher, and John REILLY, Killeshandra, Painter.

Clerk of the Peace,
County Cavan Cavan, March 9th, 1855

March 22 1855

County of Cavan
Division of Cavan

A List of applications received by the Clerk of the Peace for the County of Cavan, from Persons seeking EXCISE LICENCES for Sale of Beer, Spirits, &c., by Retail, within said County, pursuant to the Acts 3rd and 4th V.M. IV., ch. 68, 6th and 7th WM. IV., ch. 38, and 17th and 18th VIC., ch. 89, to be heard and inquired into at CAVAN, on THURSDAY, the 29th day of March, 1855, immediately after the Grand Jury is sworn.

Name Residence Barony Sureties
DUFFY, Matthew Crossmakeelan Clonkee Thomas GIPSON of Lisball, and Charles Carraolan of Crossmakeelan, farmers.
DONOHOE, John Cootehill Tullygarvy Nicholas BRADY of Toneyin, and Walter Roundtree of Drummagress, farmers.
DUNN, Daniel Lisgannon Tullygarvy James SMITH of Lisbree, and Terence M. Estee of Ballyshally, farmers.
FITZIMONS (sic), James Assan Castlerahan (sic) Thomas REILLY of Assan, and Andrew Fitzsimons of Drumesta, farmers.
GARGAN, Patrick Bailieborough Clonkee Murtagh GARGAN, and Bernard BIRD of Coppennys, farmers.
MAGUIRE, John Drung Tullygarvey Moses FANNING of Ballynscargue (sic), and Henry Argue of Cornegall, farmers.

Clerk of the Peace,
County Cavan Cavan, March 6th, 1855


CAUSE PETITION, Under "The Court of Chancery (Ireland) Regulation Act, 1850"

In the Matter of Michael REILLY and Mary REILLY, his wife, which Mary is Administratrix of Felix M'CABE, Petitioners. Catherine SWIFT, Respondent.

I Hereby require all persons claiming to be Creditors or next of Kin of Owen M'CABE, late of Crosskeys, in the County of Cavan, deceased, on or before the 2nd day of April next, to furnish in writing to John M'Namara CANTWELL, of No. 24, Lower Dominick Street, Dublin, Solicitor for the Respondent in this matter, the amount and particulars of their respective demands or a statement of their kindred to the deceased Owen M'CABE (accompanied in case of simple contract debts by a statement of the consideration of such debts,) in order that the Respondent may, without any expense to them, prove in this matter such or so much of their demands, or establish such of their kindred as he shall think just of the allowance or disallowance of which said demands or any part of same or of said claims of kindred said creditors or "next of" kin shall receive due notice. And all such Creditors whose demands shall be disallowed, either wholly or in part, shall at the peril of costs, be at liberty to file Charges in my Office, in respect to the claims or amounts to disallowed, within one fortnight after they shall respectively have received notice of such disallowance.

and all such Creditors, and next of kin of the said Owen M'CABE who shall not avail themselves of this Notice will be precluded from all benefits of the proceedings in this Matter.

Dated this 19th day of March, 1855
Master in Chancery
Andrew Christopher Palles, Solicitor for the Petitioners, No. 53, Summerhill, Dublin

March 29 1855

Meeting in Kilnaleck

At a Meeting of the Electors of the Parish of Crosserlough, held at KILNALECK on the 23rd instant, it was moved by Mr. Peter SHERIDAN, and seconded by Mr. Andrew GALLIGAN -- That the Rev. Thomas O'REILLY be appointed Chairman of the local Committee for this Parish.

The Rev. Mr. O'REILLY having taken the Chair, It was moved by Mr. James CUSACK; and seconded by Mr. Owen SMITH -- That Mr. James SHERIDAN be requested to act as Secretary to the Committee.

It was moved by Mr. Matthew BOYLAN, jun., and seconded by Mr. James MURPHY -- That a Committee be formed in this Parish for the purpose of securing the Election of Henry G. HUGHES, Esq., at the approaching Election, and that it consist of the following gentlemen; -- The Rev. Thomas O'REILLY, Chairman; Rev. Edw. Lynch, Peter SHERIDAN, Pat. SHERIDAN, John SMITH, of Tedeehan ; Andrew GALGAN, Mathew NOYLAN, jun., Peter REILLY, of Druncassidy; John LEDDY, of Creenew ; J. CONATTY, of Kilnaleck; Philip M'GOVILLY, Hugh COYLE, Cornells VICTORY, of Coolkill; Philip SMITH, of Strannow ; Owen FLOOD, of Mullycastle ; H. SMITH, of Kilduagh ; Edward LYNCH, of Kilnacrott ; William FOSTER, of Tedeehan ; John BRADY, of Lara; Patrick TULLY, of Tie(?)many; Patrick REILLY, of Killanure ; Michael Coote(?) and Bryan Callaghan of Derrylogher; Thos. Coote(?), and Hugh M'CABE, of Leherg ; and Peter Ca(?)an, of Coolkill.


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