Published in Cavan, county Cavan

November 5, 1857


On the 15th ult., at East Bridge-street, deeply regretted by his family and a numerous circle of friends, John, eldest son of Wm. MULDOON, Esq., Enniskillen, aged 23 years. On the 1st November, in this town, Mr. John DAVIS, Painter, aged 38 years.

November 12, 1857

RIBBONISM. -- A party of four strange men visited the house of Peter RUDDEN, of Gurrymore, near Ballinagh, on the night of the 10th inst., between 7 and 8 o'clock, p.m., who beat him in a cruel and savage manner, and continued to do so until his son, who was in the house, rushed out and threw himself on the top of his nearly murdered father, else they would have killed the poor old man, and on their going away threatened any of the inmates who would follow them with fire arms which they had with them. The only cause that can be assigned for this inhuman and cowardly act is, that old Rudden and his wife prosecuted and convicted a man named CULREAVY, who was transported for housebreaking and robbery about 11 years ago. Surely the hand of the midnight legislature is at work, and the former scenes of long nights and bloody streets are about to be enacted anew. Sub-Inspector NAPIER visited the injured man on the 13th inst., who was still confined to his bed but much better, and the Police are actively engaged in tracing out the perpetrators of this foul deed. ENTERED COLLEGE. -- Mr. William QUINTON, jun, third son of our respected townsman, has entered Trinity College at the late entrance examinations truly highly creditable to his youth and perseverance -- being about two years before the time when such a result might have been expected. -- Fermanagh Mail.

November 19, 1857


On Friday, the 13th instant, at Ballywillin, the wife of Mr. Philip J. VOYLE, of a daughter. Nov. 5, at Kinawley Glebe, County Cavan, the wife of the Rev. Charles M. FOX, of a daughter.


On the 11th instant, in this town, of appolexy(sic), Sophia, eldest daughter of Robert CRICHTON, Esq., late of Kilmore, in this county.

November 26, 1857


On Thursday last, the 19th inst., in Belnaleck (Belnaleek?) Church, County Fermanagh, by the Rev. Wm. A. WILLOCK, ex-F.T.C.D., assisted by the Rev. Mr. SHORT, Wm. WILLIS, Esq., 36, Bride-street, Dublin, and second son of John WILLIS, Esq., Swanlinbar, to Mary Anne, youngest daughter of the late Wm. CARSON, Esq., of this town

THE PRINCE OF WALES AND A PENNY. -- During the voyage of the Prince of Wales from Ostend to Dover, in the Banshee Admiralty steam vessel, on his return from his continental tour, for the purpose of amusement, his royal highness and suite, consisting of Lieut.-General Sir. W. CODRINGTON, Mr. GIBBS, &c., engaged in a game of chance, each person depositing a half franc piece to constitute a fund, which was to be paid over to the winner. Mr. ALLEN, the commander of the Banshee, being fresh from Woolwich, had no foreign money, and therefore contributed a sixpenny piece to the lottery, it being joculary(sic) remarked that the winner would owe Mr. ALLEN a penny. His royal highness was the winner, and after disembarking from the Banshee, at Dover, remarked to the commander, "Mr. Allen, I do not forget that I owe you a penny."

Cavan Observer
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

November 7, 1857


THE REV. WILLIAM WILKINS.--For some weeks past, we have heard it stated that this most exemplary clergyman was about to be removed to another sphere, viz.--to the Rectorship of Killinagh, county Fermanagh; but up to the present we did not know it as a matter of certainty. Mr. WILKINS has exercised the important functions pertaining to the Curacy of this Union, for a period of seventeen years. During this long interval of Ministerial connection with our Town and County, the Reverend gentleman became more and more endeared to the people amongst whom his lot was cast....We believe that the Rev. Edward GABBETT of Denn, succeeds to the senior Curacy of Urney, &c., and the Rev. W. H. STONE succeeds the Rev. W. WILKINS in the office of Treasurer to the County Infirmary.

Mr. O'REILLY, of Ballinagh, has purchased the beautiful farm of Ashgrove, in this county. Not Mr. O'REILLY of Cavan, as stated in some of the Dublin papers.

BELTURBET PRESBYTERIAN CHAPEL--We are glad to perceive that this pretty little chapel is on the way to completion. It was badly needed; and the history of its erection is instructive. The present place of worship is nothing more than a little thatched cabin.


Our fortnightly Petty Sessions were held on Monday last.

Thophilus THOMPSON, Esq., in the Chair.

Other Justices present--Robert BURROWES, Esq., J. BABINGTON, M.D., and C. B. HANCOCK, Esqrs.

A family named GAFNEY summoned James LYONS for a portion of wages alleged to be due for labour done in September last. It appeared that three members of the family were employed as "shearers" for which they demanded a shilling a day--they had worked fifteen days and a half each, and the defendant paid £1 out of the amount alleged to be due. The defendant denied that he engaged the complainants at a shilling a day and averred that he "kept and lodged" them during the period for which they were employed.

Evidence on both sides having been heard the case was adjourned to next court day.


Patrick BRADY summoned Luke COHILLE on a charge of having 30 head of cattle wandering on a portion of a road for which he was contractor, on the 25th, 26th and 27th ult. There was also a charge of assault.

Defendant--Our lands are divided and this "Sconcing" fellow was watching them.

Complainant--He told me he would keep them on the road in spite of me, or the Magistrates.

Chairman--This is the very simple case; BRADY is road contractor and is perfectly entitled to summon you for this trespass; the only thing to excuse you is the fact of showing that you had any person driving them to or from the farm....

The Defendant was fined 2s. 6d.


In this case evidence was adduced on both sides, and the decision of the Bench after fully considering it, was that each party should be placed under a rule of bail, themselves in £25, and two sureties of £12 10s each, to keep the peace and be of good behaviour to each other for seven years.

The Poor Law Guardians v. Mary MOLDOON, and another

This was a case of street begging, or rather arose out of a system of black mail levying which has been carried on for some time in Cavan, to the great annoyance of the respectable inhabitants. The Town Bailiff was the summoner in the case; but the Board of Guardians were the prosecutors, as they have very properly agreed to pay the costs consequent upon the prosecution of the sturdy vagrants who infest the streets of the town.

Mr. Hancock stated that every respectable person in Cavan had been complaining of the annoyance to which they were subjected; the two defendants were married women, their husbands were well able to support them, and yet they were wandering about the town always begging.

One of the prisoners complained that her husband beat and ill-used her, and would not support her. The husband, a decently dressed man, here came forward and said that he did support his wife, but, that do all he could, he was unable to keep her from begging on the streets. He stated in reply to the Court, that he was a sawyer by trade, employed by Mr. Hague of this town, and was earning at the rate of 2s. 6d. a day.

The wife, however, still persisted that she had been ill used by her husband and that since she first saw him, he only gave her 7s. 6d.

Chairman to the husband--If you ill use or beat your wife, recollect the law is open to her; it is an unmanly, cowardly thing, and the man who would do it is unworthy the name of a man.

Husband--She wants to carry out this system of begging.

Chairman--If she go into the Workhouse, the guardians will compel you to support her, and you are liable to a penalty of three months imprisonment. The Court decided upon giving the defendants one more chance, but if they were ever again brought forward the fullest penalty of the law would be inflicted upon them.


Patrick FLOOD v. Hugh REILLY

The summoner in this case charged the defendant with having committed an assault upon him on the 13th ult. and also with using insulting and indecent language.

Complainant sworn--I was going up the street of Cavan when the defendant caught hold of me and challenged me to fight. I called a person to witness the proceeding, and got away with great deal of difficulty from him. It all arose in this way--I had a John SMITH summoned here for striking me after the Elections, and this was the man who volunteered to prove that he did not. I found REILLY in the market-house, and I called my man and asked him if he had had any dealings with him; he said he had not, and I told him not to have any now or hereafter. His wife then abused me, and I went to look for Mr. JOHNSTON to put them out and after that they attacked me in the street.

Defendant--He called me the biggest scoundrel in Cavan, and all the perjured scoundrels that ever existed.

Edward COLTON deposed that he saw Reilly "and the woman" whom he considered to be his wife treat the plaintiff very roughly and heard them call him a "coiner" but he was not at the commencement of the fracas.

Defendant sworn--I went into the market-house with my brother-in-law's wife, who had a 'draft' of butter to get weighed; in the weighing of the butter they were wronging her 3 or 4 lbs. Plaintiff then came forward and said "how durst you go buy butter from the greatest scoundrel in Cavan?" My wife then asked him who he called a scoundrel, and said to him "maybe there was as big." He took "my woman" by the arm to drag her out of the market-house altogether.

The Chairman read a letter from Mr. MONTGOMERY, REILLY's landlord, giving him an excellent character, as a person unlikely to assault any person. After some further evidence similar in its character to the foregoing the Bench considered that an assault had been committed and fined the defendant 2s. 6d.

The other cases were not of general interest.

RUMOURED AGRARIAN MURDER--It is with anguish of hear we have to report progress in assassination. Another murder, a cowardly and savage murder, has just been reported to us. The victim is, or rather was, a farmer of the name of M'DONNELL, near Kells; and the ruffians are six in number. The particulars are few, and the cause is a mystery. All we have learned is that as M'DONNELL was going him from the first mass on Sunday last, he was waylaid by six fellows, who beat him to such a degree that he has since died. The dark deed occurred in the open day, and every hope is expressed that the villains cannot escape. Mr. M'DONNELL was driving his own car at the time, and having met an acquaintance on the road, with whom he chatted a while, he was waylaid soon after the parting. It is thought that this third party can give very important information in identifying the perpetrators. [The foregoing appears in the NEWRY EXAMINER of Tuesday; but from other accounts, there is, happily, reason to believe that death has not followed the savage treatment received by M'DONNELL, or CONNELL (the name given in another report); his condition, however, is believed to be very precarious.]

Nov. 2, at 5, Mansfield-street, London, the wife of W. Seymour V. FITZGERALD, Esq., M.P., of a daughter.

Nov. 1, at 15, Merrion, Dublin, the wife of Edward WADE, Esq., of a daughter.

Nov. 3, at 10, Upper Leeson-street, the wife of George CLIBBORN, Esq., of a son.

Oct. 29, at Brown Hall, the lady of J. A. BROWN, Esq., of a son.

Oct. 31, in the Parish Church, Ennis, by the Rev. A. TATTON, Giles D'ARCY, Esq., to Nannie, eldest daughter of James MAHON, Esq., Old Ground, Ennis.

Oct. 27, at Newtownards, county Down, William, son of the late Hugh FERGUSON, Esq., of Castleavery, to Eliza, daughter of the late George FERGUSON, Esq., of Ballyallcock.

Nov. 1, at his residence, North Great George's-street, W. COSGRAVE, Esq., in his 77th year.

June 1, killed in the mutiny at Cawspore, Lieutenant F. WAINWRIGHT, of the 32d Regiment, son of the late Captain W. WAINWRIGHT, of the 27th Enniskillen Regiment; and at the same time, Isabella, his wife, and their infant child, and his sister, Louisa.

November 14, 1857

COUNTY OF CAVAN SHRIEVALTY FOR 1858--The names of the following gentlemen have been returned from which to select a Sheriff for the County:--Hon. Captain Hugh ANNESLEY, M.P., Canamore, Ballyconnell; James Arthur DEASE, Esq., Turbotstown, Castlepollard; and Henry S. SINGLETON, Esq., Hazeley Heath, Hants.

Mr. John ADAMS, of Ballydevitt House, Aghaboy, and Mr. George Beresford KNOX, have been appointed magistrates for the county Londonderry.

TEA FRAUDS IN BELFAST--An inquisition was held at the Sheriff's office in this city, on Wednesday before Messrs. CASSIDY and WORTHINGTON, Commissioners, to ascertain the amount due to the Crown by John James MOORE, late of Belfast, in respect of the Customs duties. The jury found that MOORE was indebted to her Majesty in the sum of £4,000 the duty on 787 chests.



The Chancellor did not sit until twelve o'clock having been engaged until that hour in the Benchers' Chamber.


The following gentlemen, all of whom are Protestants, were called to the bar at the sitting of the court:--

John Field JOHNSTON, Esq., A.B., T.C.D., second son of William JOHNSTON, Leinster-road, in the county of Dublin, Esq.

Robert SEEDS, Esq., L.L.D., Queen's University, fourth son of Hugh SEEDS, Lisburn, in the county of Antrim.

John Elliot CAIRNES, Esq., M.A., T.C.D., eldest son of William CAIRNES, Drogheda, in the county of the town of Drogheda, Esq.

William French JOHNSON, Esq., S.T.C.D., eldest son of the Venerable John Evans JOHNSTON, Adamstown, in the county of Wexford, Archdeacon of Ferns.

John Morris MAHON, Esq., A.B., T.C.D., second son of John MAHON, Thornfield, in the county of Galway, gentleman.

John William HARRIS, Esq., A.B., T.C.D., only son of Thomas HARRIS, of Rutland-square, in the city of Dublin, Esq., barrister-at-law.

Richard REEVES, Esq., S.T.C.D., eldest son of Richard REEVES, Fitzwilliam-square, in the city of Dublin, Esq., barrister-at-law.


The Chancellor sat at eleven o'clock and heard general cause petitions set down for the present terms.


This was a petition filed by Francis ADAMS, and various other parties, on the 2d of April last, against the Earl of Lanesborough and others, to enforce the renewal of an old lease of the 12 of March, 1784, of about 91 acres of the lands of Cullagh, in the county Fermanagh, held at a rent of £14 per annum.

Messrs. LAWSON, Q.C., and NORMAN were of counsel for the petitioners; and Messrs. F. FITZGERALD, Q.C., LLOYD, Q.C., and E. F. LITTON for the respondents.

The case was the ordinary one to obtain a renewal, but the lease on which the petition was founded peculiar in this respect, that the covenant relied on to entitle the petitioners to relief was to the effect, "that if the tenant in possession married a Protestant of the Established Church, he should be entitled to substitute the life of his wife in his lease for any of the lives then contained in it." The allegation of the petition was, that in the year 1833 a person named John JONES, the tenant in possession of the lands in question, married Jane ALLEN, who was a Protestant, and upon his marriage demanded to have her life added to the lease, but that it was not added, and that she was at present alive and residing at Argyle, near New York, in America. The peculiarity of the petitioner's case was fully equalled by that of the noble respondent, who denied that this person named ALLEN was alive, and relied on a forfeiture under another covenant in the same lease, which was to the effect "that if the tenant of the lands should marry a Roman Catholic his interest should cease and determine." This forfeiture of the lease of 1784 was alleged to have taken place more than fifty years since by the tenant then in possession marrying a Roman Catholic, and the respondent stated that the reasons it was not taken advantage of before was, that the fact had only recently come to his knowledge.

The case has not concluded.

INCAUTIOUS USE OF FIREARMS--An inquest was held on the 5th inst., at Drumboylan, near Leitrim town before T. P. PEYTON, Esq., coroner, on view of the body of Thomas MOFFATT, deceased, aged seventeen years. It appeared from the evidence that the deceased was occasionally in the habit of firing shots at crows to keep them from rooting potatoes, and on the day previous he was in company with his employer's son, Joseph O'BRIEN, aged 30 years. The former was carrying the gun which was loaded with shot which he commenced shouldering in imitation of soldiers on parade. The latter cautioned him against handling the gun so incautiously, which appeared to offend him, and said "take it yourself;" deceased advanced towards O'BRIEN to give him the gun, and when within a few yards of him he caught the gun by the barrel (with the muzzle pointed towards himself) and in the act of stretching the weapon it exploded, the contents passing through the upper part of the left thigh without injuring the bone. The poor boy fell to the ground and was bleeding profusely, and as no effort was made to staunch the would, or send for a doctor, he was permitted to remain in the field where he died in an hour from loss of blood. A verdict was returned that death was occasioned by a gun-shot wound on his left thigh, accidentally inflicted by himself at Drumboylan, on the 4th instant--Boyle Gazette

THE SCULPTOR CRAWFORD--Ballyshannon, November 2--It may interest some of your readers to know that Maria GIBSON, mother of the late Thomas CRAWFORD, the sculptor, was a native of Ballyshannon, county Donegal, Ireland, where her brother and many other relatives are residing; and her father, Aaron CRAWFORD, belonged to the same district. They were Protestants of good character, and humble rank. They emigrated to New York, where Thomas was born, not long after their arrival.--Yours, &c.--W. ALINGHAM.


From the Christian Examiner for November


Diocese of Tuam, Killalla, &c.--Rev. H. TUTHILL, to the curacy of Dromard; patron the Rector. Rev. Henry VEREKER, to curacy of Tuam. Rev. Robert O'CALLAGHAN, to the curacy (missionary) of Achill parish; patron Incumbent of Achill and Irish Church Missions. Rev. Robert LINDSEY, to the curacy of Skreen, county Sligo; patron Incumbent of Skreen. Rev. Edward LOWE, to the rectory of Kilmacshalgan, county Sligo; patron, the Bishop. Rev. R. TYNER, to the rectory of Ross; patron, the Bishop (exchange).

Diocese of Raphoe--Rev. John COCHRANE, B.A., to the perpetual curacy of Kilteevoge; patron rector of Stranorlar.

Diocese of Cashel, Emily, &c.--Rev. J. H. O'CONNOR, to the perpetual curacy of Kappamore, parish of Tough; patron, the Bishop.

Diocese of Armagh--Rev. George FINLAY, to the curacy of Colion; patron, the Rector.

Diocese of Limerick--Rev. E. G. O'GRADY, to the rectory of Mungret; patron, the Bishop (exchanged).

Diocese of Dublin--Rev. T. TOMILSON, to the curacy of St. Mary's, Dublin; patron, the Rector. Rev. Daniel MOONEY, to the vicarage of Naul; patron the Archbishop of Dublin. Rev. George W. F. PATTAN to the assistant curacy of Trinity church, Rathmines; patron, Archdeacon of Dublin. Rev. G. S. MacNEILL, L.L.D., to the assistant curacy of St. Kevin's; patron, Rev. R. ARDILL. Rev. Henry GERTY, to the assistant curate of Booterstown; patron, Rev. B. BLACKER. Rev. Newport B. WHITE, to the curacy of St. Paul's; patron, the Rector. Rev. Edward WHATELY, to the vicarage of Bray; patron, the Archbishop.

Diocese of Meath--Rev. A. DEBOURDIEU, to the curacy of Frankfort; patron the Rector.


Diocese of Raphoe--Rev. James RAMSAY, M.A., the perpetual curacy of Kilteevoge, on account of declining state of his health.

Diocese of Dublin--Rev. Sir James W. KING, Bart., the vicarage of Rathmore. Rev. C. G. HAMILTON, curacy of Trinity Church, Rathmines.

Diocese of Down, Connor, &c.--Rev. G. P. V. PATTON, the chaplaincy of the Mariners' Church, Belfast.

Diocese of Waterford--Rev. J. H. BROWNE, the curacy of St. Patrick's, Waterford.


The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe purposes holding his Ordination in the Cathedral Church of Derry, on Sunday, the 20th of December, the fourth Sunday in Advent.

Candidates for Holy Orders are requested to send in testimonials to the Rev. U. EDWARDS, his lordship's domestic chaplain, at the Palace, Derry.

An Ordination will be held (D.V.) by the Lord Bishop of Meath, on Sunday, December 20th, in Ardbraccan church. Candidates for the diocese of Meath are requested to communicate at least one month previously with the Rev. P. E. SINGER, Ardbraccan House, Navan. Candidates for other dioceses must leave their letters dismissory with the bishop's chaplain at least one week before the ordination, and must appear at Ardbraccan House on the 19th December, at ten o'clock, for examination.

November 21, 1857

RIBBON OUTRAGE.--We have received reports from Ballinagh, to the effect that at Garrymore, near that town, on the evening of the 10th inst., the house of a man named Patt RUDDEN, was visited by a party of four men, who set upon him in a beastly and savage manner, knocking him down, and would in all probability have murdered their victim, had not his son thrown himself between his father and the blows of his fiendish assailants. It appears the parties also had firearms, which they threatened to bring to bear on any of the inmates of the house, who might attempt to give an alarm. Sub-Inspector NAPIER visited the unfortunate man, a few days after the occurrence, who is still in a dangerous state, and, of course, the police are making every effort to discover the perpetrators of so cowardly and diabolical an act. The fact is that Ribbonism is again throwing it hydra head amongst us--thanks to the ukase of the Lord Chancellor.


The usual Court of Petty Sessions was held on Monday, Theophilus THOMPSON, Esq., presiding.

Other Justices present--N. MONTGOMERY, Abraham BRUSH, Dr. BABINGTON, Benjamin H. HOLMES, R.M., and Alexander MONTGOMERY, R.M., Esqrs.

The first business taken up by the Court and disposed of was the Revision of Juror's Lists, which occupied them until nearly 1 o'clock.


Mr. John Armstrong--Your worships, there is a case of informations sworn by Mr. KENNEDY against a person named Pat DONOHOE, in the matter of a bill of Exchange; the money has been paid, and Mr. KENNEDY has no desire to prosecute--the man is most respectable.

Dr. Babington--That would be a compromise of the case.

The Chairman read the informations, and Mr. Armstrong remarked that there was a mistake as to the person who signed the bill. Mr. Kennedy was under the impression that the signature was that of a person known as "big Pat GAFFNEY," whereas, it was another man, but the bill was endorsed by a Pat GAFFNEY.

Chairman--You have been mistaken as to the man.
Mr. Edward KENNEDY--Yes, as to Pat Gaffney.
Dr. Babington--Is it a genuine signature?
Mr. Armstrong--Yes, it is the signature of a Pat Gaffney. Mr. Kennedy heard that DONOHOE was going out of the country, and then it was that he came and laid the informations.
Chairman--There is no case before us; if the man were the right man it would be a different thing.
Mr. Montgomery--If it was a forgery at all, we could not compromise it.
Dr. Babington--You should have brought the party who signed it before us.
Mr. Kennedy was then sworn, and proved the facts as stated by Mr. Armstrong and consequently the case was nilled.


Acting Constable CONN summoned a lad named Jas. SMITH, and two other lads named Joseph MAGEE and Patrick SMITH, for playing at common in the public streets, during the last week. The Constable stated that many gentlemen had complained of this dangerous practice, and the Bench inflicted a fine of 6d. and costs, with a caution to the offenders that if they were again brought before the Court they would be more severely punished.


Alexander M'MANUS was charged by Sub-Constable BEDFORD with being drunk and disorderly in Bridge-street, on the night of the 31st of October last. Mr. Knipe appeared for the defence.

The Constable deposed--On the night of "Holy Eve" I was on patrol at about 11 o'clock, and was standing in company with another man at the head of Bridge-street, when Dr. Babington came up and complained of three men who were standing at Arthur ELLIS's door, who gave him abusive language; we then went down and asked them why they did not go home, and not be stopping out so late. They said they would go home when they liked and that they would do what they liked. I said that they should not, that if they did not go home they should be removed from the street; I immediately arrested the prisoner, and he took hold of me and struck me on the lip two or three times, and tore my great coat.

Chairman--What did you arrest him for?
Constable--For being drunk and disorderly.
Chairman--Was he punished for the Drunkenness?
Constable--He was.
Chairman--Then this charge is for assaulting you in the discharge of your duty?
Constable--It is, sir, and for tearing my uniform......

Defendant (who appeared to be under the influence of intoxicating drink)--I did not know I would want any witnesses, but he "punished" me on the chest.

Defendant then named a witness named John M'CABE, who ascended the witness table, but was so beastly drunk that the Bench ordered him to be removed.....

Catherine READ sworn and examined by Mr. Knipe--I recollect"Holy Eve" night; I was going of "a message" and was coming down home when I saw a couple of police with this "boy" in custody; I thought it was my brother, and went over to see; they were striving to get him away, and he was making "a little debate"; I saw no more of it; I was not brought up for M'MANUS at all, but for "Johnny" M'CABE; I did not see M'MANUS that night; I don't know how many police were taking him; there were four or five.....

Chairman--I think, and I am sure my brother magistrates will agree with me that the police were perfectly justified in arresting the man under the circumstances...

John M'GOWAN who stood charged with a similar offence, he being in fact one of the parties in the case, was then put forward.

Constable M'ILREA being sworn--I was on patrol along with three other men...and I desired Sub-Constables BELFORD and BRYAN to remain at the "Cross" while another man and I went round the streets to prevent parties knocking at the doors; I went to the lower end of town and came back in order to get the other men to clear out the public houses where the people were drinking, but the men had left the place where they had been....I then went down and found them in "hold" with this man and M'Manus.--In coming up to the bridge there was a large stone flung from the crow, and in a very short time after another stone was thrown....

M'GOWAN--On your oath, am I the man that was there at the time?
Constable--Yes, you are the very boy.
Constable to the Bench--As much as I could do was to protect myself for they were inclined to beat KER and I.
Head-Constable MOORE--Will you state why you did not attempt to arrest them?
Witness--Because it was as much as I could do to protect myself.
M'GOWAN--You used sticks to such an extent that you cut my thumb.
Chairman--You said a while ago, that you were not there at all, and now you say they cut your thumb--

(To the Constable)--Will you swear that M'GOWAN struck you in the face without your having interfered with him?
Constable--He did, he is the man; I have not the slightest doubt of it....
M'GOWAN--Your honour these men are only an "imposition" on the police, for they are not able to arrest any man!
Chairman--You had better hold your tongue, sir, we shall let you know by and bye whether they are an imposition or not.

John M'CABE was then brought forward but he was in such a state of intoxication that he was removed by order of the Bench, and the Court sentenced each of them to be imprisoned for one calendar month in Cavan gaol.


Eliza FOSTER summoned Thomas M'MICHAEL on a charge of having on the 3rd October attempted an assault on her, with a criminal intent.....The case having been fully heard, and the witnesses having been examined and cross-examined at considerable length.

The Chairman said--We are all of opinion that you have clearly failed to establish this assault, with a felonious intent, and dismiss the summons accordingly; at the same time, we think he acted incorrectly, but that might have been from overaffection for the girl; but there was no force used; she had an opportunity of going home with Mr. POINTZ (one of the witnesses) if she chose; and we believe that she would be willing to marry the man were it not for the interference of her uncles; at the same time we are of opinion that there is not the slightest blemish on the girl's character.


This old adage was fully verified in the case of a man known in the vicinity of the "half-acre," by the soubriquet of "Sap" MAGAURAN, which came before the magistrates to-day. The case was shortly this. It will be recollected that two notorious characters named BOCADY and WOODS were sentenced to four years penal servitude by the Assistant Barrister at the last Quarter Sessions. These parties, their wives, brothers and sisters, were all of the same gang; but in consequence of some private disagreements, they became divided, greatly to the advantage of the public. Accordingly, the wife of the convict WOODS gave information to the Police that "Sap" MAGAURAN had a stolen watch in his possession, and that she saw him break upon a hole in the wall at the foot of his bed, putting in the watch, rolled up in an old stocking, and plastering over the hole, having, as he thought, cheated time for once.

The Constable who found the watch consequent upon the information of the woman, WOODS, produced and the appanages by which it was surrounded. The defence set up, was that WOODS was the party who stole the watch, and that if he were produced, he would no doubt, admit at once that he did so.

The case was remanded for further investigation.


Margaret REILY stood charged by Mr. HARTLEY, Main-street, with having attempted to steal a shawl from the door of his son's shop, on the last fair day. The case having been fully proved, informations were returned against the prisoner, on the Bench recognised as a notorious thief, just out of gaol.


John BRADY from Corofin, appeared before the Bench, in sustainment of a charge made by the Police, against John MORRIS and Dennis MAHER, for throwing a stone, which struck the complainant on the temple, causing a wound of a dangerous character, by which his life was endangered. The poor man appeared to be extremely weak from loss of blood, and the bandages round his head added to the ghastliness of his appearance. On being sworn, he stated--I have nothing against the men at all, as I do not know who struck me. I was struck going out of Cavan on the fair night, in Church street...When I was struck, I ran a piece, but I don't know whether I fell or not...I was sober; I came up with an uncle's son from Carofin, and was going him when I was struck. John BRADY and a boy named THORNTON were with me...

John BRADY sworn--John BRADY and another boy were coming on, and I was behind them a little; the prisoners were on the side of the road with a girl, and when I came within a few perches of them, I heard that BRADY was struck with a stone; the two prisoners ran up the road, and I rushed after them....I went up and caught this boy (one of the prisoners) by the arm, and brought him to the Police, and said they were the boys that threw the stone, or brick, I don't know which it was....

The poor man (Brady) was then taken to the Infirmary by the Police, and the prisoners were remanded for seven days; if interim a medical certificate shall be had declaring him out of danger, the parties will be sent for trial at Quarter Sessions. If the contrary, the man shall not be so declared, they will be sent for trial at the Assizes.

The witnesses were then, in the usual way, bound over to prosecute, and the Court shortly afterwards adjourned.


November 5th, at Kinawley Glebe, the lady of the Rev. Charles Maxwell FOX, of a daughter.

On the 13th Oct., at Sea View, Malabar Hill, Bombay, the wife of Richard BARTON, Esq., Barrister-at-Law, of a son.

On the 13th instant, at Tiverton, the wife of Colonel H. MORRIS, Royal Artillery, of a son.


Nov. 17, in Taney Church, by the Rev. Frederick S. TRENCH, Rector of Athy, John Edward VERNON, of Ballyhugh, in the county of Cavan, D.L., and of 1, Wilton-place, Dublin, to Maria Esther, eldest daughter of the Hon. George F. COLLEY, of Leopardtown House in the county of Dublin.

On the 12th instant, by the Rev. Dr. DENHAM, Robert MORTON, Esq., Brookville, Ballymena, to Mary, eldest daughter of James SCOTT, Esq., Londonderry.


On the 4th instant, at Lifford, Fanny, eldest daughter of Hugh BRADY, Esq.

On the 14th instant, after a protracted illness, Charlotte August, wife of Major Francis BROWN, of Elm Park, in the county of Dublin, and of Lincolnshire.

On the 28th August at Peshawar, of coup de sole, during the outbreak of his regiment, and while in performance of his duty, Lieut.-Col. John Chamney COOPER, commanding the 51st N.I., aged 47.

November 28, 1857


BEWARE OF CHOLERA--There are, we believe, some back yards in localities in this town in a very filthy state. It is not at all improbable that Cholera may again visit Cavan, before the opening of Spring, and we would urge upon all parties concerned, the necessity which exists for precautionary and sanitary measures. We should all bear in mind that "prevention is better than cure." To the parties having filthy premises we would say, "if you don't have them properly cleansed the Town Commissioners will cleanse them for you, and carry off your manure into the bargain."

DISEASED MEAT--It has been stated that meat unfit for human food is sold to a greater or lesser extent in this town. Nothing can possibly be more deleterious to health than putrid meat. We would strongly urge upon all parties interested in the health of the poor, who are generally the victims in cases of the kind, to make known to Dr. Babington, Chairman of the Town Commission, any cases of diseased or putrid meat being exposed for sale, that may come under their notice, and as the Town's Improvement Act gives him abundant power in this respect, he will no doubt know how to deal with the offenders.


November 21, in Castlebar, the wife of Henry BREWSTER, Esq., County Surveyor, of a daughter.

November 23, at Kilgeffin Glebe, county Roscommon, the wife of the Rev. John BEERE, of a daughter.


Nov. 19, in Balnalck Church, county Fermanagh, by the Rev. Wm. A. WILLOCK, assisted by the Rev. Mr. SHORT, Wm. WILLIS, Esq., 36, Bride-street, Dublin, and second son of John WILLIS, Esq., Swanlinbar, to Mary Anne, youngest daughter of the late Wm. CARSON, Esq., of this town.


Nov. 22, at Lisburn, the Rev. Edward CUPPLES, LL.B., late Vicar-General of the diocese of Down and Connor.

Nov. 23, the Rev. Wm. Newcombe VICKERS, Incumbent of Kilternan, county Dublin, aged 42 years.

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