Cavan Observer
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

June 4, 1859


On the 28th ult, at St. Peter's Church, by the Rev. E. GABBETT, brother of the bride, the Rev. John Caillard ERCK, to Hannah, youngest daughter of the late Joseph GABBETT, of lower Mount-street, Dublin, Esq.


On the 29 ultimo, Sarah, the wife of Mr. John LONGMORE, Skeagh, was called from amongst us, leaving a large circle of affectionate friends to lament her loss. Deceased while in this life esteemed religion above all earthly possessions, and died happy in the hope of a blissful eternity.

TRIAL OF THE CO. LONGFORD CONSTABULARY--An investigation (which came to a close on Monday evening) was held in Longford before D. PATTON, A. KERTLAND, and C. D. IRWIN, Esqrs., into the conduct of the following constables, who were charged with riotous and disorderly conduct at Castletowndelvin, on the night of 10th of May:--Robert FITZSIMONS, John STEDMAN, John JENNINGS, William GWYNNE, Bartholomew DROOGAN, and twenty-two sub-constables. The police were defended by A.R. STRITCH, Esq., aided by Mr. WILSON, solicitor. It appeared that the men, who had been ordered to Castletowndelvin on special duty, objected to lodgings provided for them (underground apartments, with a quantity of straw placed on the floors), and expressed their dissatisfaction to the Head-Constable and others. The charge of riotous conduct was preferred by Sub-Inspector LENNON, who commanded the detachment, and a great number of witnesses were examined on both sides. The decision has not yet been published.


Before Theophilus Thompson, Esq., J.P., Chairman; William Babington, Esq., J.P.; Captain Carden, J.P.; and R. Hickson, Esq., R.M.

Francis NIXON summoned John SHIELDS for not fulfilling a bargain entered into by him with complainant, by which, in return for complainant having worked for him, he was to give complainant the use of a horse for three days, whenever called upon to do so.

Defendant and his son proved that he had got ready the horse for complainant when asked to do so, and sent it to him, but that he refused to take it.

The Bench dismissed the case.

John LEE summoned Bridget KOBEE for having unlawfully left his employment.

Complainant stated that his wife had employed defendant on the 17th of May; she entered his service on the following day; two days afterwards she asked permission to go back to the house of her late employer, where some of her clothes were left, and she also said that she owed him a few days work, but that she would give money for those days, and then return to work with complainant; complainant gave her permission to do so; on the following Sunday she came back and tendered complainant's wife the shilling "earnest" she had received, refusing to work any longer for him.

Defendant, on being examined, stated that on the 17th of May she met Mrs. LEE, who asked her would she hire; told her that she did not want to hire as she intended to go back to her old master; Mrs. LEE still persisted.....

The Chairman said that she was evidently a very bad girl and could not be believed. She had engaged with a very decent man, and then refused to fulfill her agreement, and went about the country looking for higher wages. He asked complainant if he was willing to take her back. Complainant said he would do so, rather than have her sent to gaol.

After being reprimanded by the Bench, the girl was allowed to return to her employment.

LEE had also summoned a man named Hugh BRADY for having enticed the girl from his employment, and engaging her for himself. Complainant, however, withdrew the summons, saying he did not wish to keep in spite.


Thomas BULLOCK and Robert KEOWN summoned Mr. B. WALLS for having allowed a large number of sheep, his property, to trespass on some potato ground belonging to complainants.....Mr. Walls applied for a postponement of the case, as he wished to summon the Rev. W. P. MOORE.

The Bench were of opinion that Mr. Moore's evidence could not affect the case and fined defendant 4d per sheep for the trespass (17s 8d.) and costs, with permission to summon the complainants if they did not keep their fences in proper order.


Patrick DONOHUE summoned Catherine M'PHILLIPS for having unlawfully left his employment

Complainant's statement was to the effect that, as his servant girl had left him he was anxious to employ another, and (after some previous negotiations) sent for defendant, who came to his house....offered her £1, which was refused, increased his offer to 30s., but with like result, as defendant demanded 35s.; as they could not agree, defendant went away; sent for her again, and offered to "split the difference" with her, but without success; then said he would give her the other half-crown, and that, perhaps, she'd be better without it; asked her to go out and attend the men, but the defendant should have the bargain ratified first, which was done; defendant then said she would want to go to her mother on Friday, to which he consented, but after staying until Thursday, she took her departure, and refused to return.

Defendant (a fine strapping girl, with a profusion of very brilliant tresses, and a voice which Stentor might have envied) said the complainant had sent for her, but she was not willing to go to him, as she thought he had his old girl, and besides her mother required her;...After some vociferous recriminations between defendant and the witness, defendant's mother was examined, but she merely deposed of her disinclination to allow her daughter to go to service.

The Chairman expressed it as his opinion that the case had been proved, and asked defendant would she go back to her work.

Complainant (sic)--What's the fine? I'll pay it sooner than go back.

Chairman--The fine is £5, or three months in gaol, and I'll not tell you which we'll give....

Chairman (to complainant)--Are you willing to take her back?

Complainant--If I thought she'd behave herself, I would.

Chairman--That's you own look out.

Complainant--Well, as I think she's a middling obedient girl, I don't mind.

Chairman (to defendant)--Will you go back?

Defendant--I suppose I must. Worse than die I can't.

Defendant's mother--Why, it's better than a bad marriage.

Defendant--You know, mother, I could be married in three days if I liked (laughter).

The parties then left the court.


John SHERIDAN (a precocious-looking youth) summoned Paul LYNCH for an assault.

Chairman (to Paul)--Why, I thought you were dead, it's so long since I saw you here..
LYNCH--I don't like to come here until I'm forced, sir.
Complainant, on being sworn, stated that on the 22nd of May he was driving some cows belonging to Mr. GRAHAM out of Mr. BRADY's land; met Paul Lynch, who took on to be "hurd" to Mr. Graham and said to him, "Paul, you're a rascal to let so many cows in on the man's field."
Chairman--Why did you call the man a rascal? Could you not have spoken civilly to him?

The youthful specimen of civility made no reply to the question and continued--Then he said to me "Come out now," says he. When I went out he drew his fist and struck me, and guzzled me, and I picked up a stone to throw at him but I thought it better not....

Lynch stated that on the day in question some cows belonging to Mr. Graham had gone down to their place of drinking, and on their way crossed into Mr. Brady's land; met complainant throwing stones at and harrasing the cows, and told him to desist....

Complainant denied this, but admitted that he had thrown a few stones at the cows, and said they ought to be "made beef of."

Chairman--Well, I think you ought to get a cooling in Cavan Gaol for awhile. You are a great deal too hot altogether; and if Mr. Graham summoned you here for throwing stones at his cows, I'd send you to gaol...We consider this assault has been proved, but will only inflict a penalty of one penny and costs.


John LYNCH summoned Patrick LYONS for allowing some cattle to trespass on his land, and was fined in the usual penalty.

Sub-constable William HENRY, of Stradone, summoned some parties for having pigs, &c., wandering on the street of that town.

The Bench imposed the usual penalties.

A woman and her husband brought up a child alleged to have been found in Castleraghan Chapel. The Bench declined to make any order in the case, but directed the parties to go to a man named SMYTH, a surveyor, who was very likely to give them some interesting information as to its parentage; and if he declined to support it, to summon him.

Mr. Hickson directed the man, should he summon SMYTH, to summon him (Mr. H.) as a witness.

The Court then rose.

MISS NIGHTINGALE A NUN!--The "Cork Examiner says--"We have heard it stated on authority that we have not right to question, that the celebrated Florence Nightingale, of Crimean fame, has entered the convent of Gorey, in the county of Wexford, as a postulent."

SUICIDE--On Wednesday morning the dead body of Captain M'FERRAN, shipowner and coal merchant, of Belfast, was found lying in a field near Bangor, at which place he had been residing for some time. He had been missing since Sunday last. On the body being discovered the throat was found cut in a most horrible manner, and the razor with which the wound was inflicted sticking in it. He had been suffering for some time past from mental derangement, and it is believed that while labouring under more than ordinary severity of the malady he put an end to his own existence as stated.--"Belfast Newsletter."

Mr. William GAMBLE, son of Christopher GAMBLE, Esq., of Enniskillen, has been appointed by the Secretary at War to a clerkship at Woolwich.

June 11, 1859


Before Benjamin S. Adams, J.P., and John Veevers, R.M.


This action was brought by Catherine RUXTON against a man named John LYNCH in consequence of his having entered her house on Easter Sunday and giving her (illegible) in a field of grass which he alleged he purchased from her husband in November last, but who subsequently died in the beginning of last March.

Catherine RUXTON examined--I am the plaintiff in this action; defendant came to my house on Easter Sunday in company with a person named Phill M'KENNA and gave me great annoyance; defendant committed an assault upon my person; had a conversation with my husband, shortly before his death, (illegible) in paying the rent; he told me that there was a good field of clover; worth 1l. that would pay it; he never told me that he sold the grass to LYNCH; he died on the 2nd March; on the day in question Lynch took hold of me by the handkerchief; I threatened to strike him with a shovel.....

Alice DUFFY examined--Was going to Tom TRAYNOR's on Easter Sunday when I met defendant; he told me he had some angry words with plaintiff who is my sister; saw him afterwards in my sister's; he was very violent; she attempted to put him out, and knocked his hat off; he contended that the grass was his; my sister was in a great rage.....

Phill M'KENNA examined--Was with John Lynch going to Mrs. Ruxton's; did not go in till he was a while in the house....

Bridget RUXTON was examined and deposed that she knew the grass the dispute was about; that she knew Lynch to pay 2l. 11s. for it, and that her sister was present when the money was paid.

The evidence having closed, Mr. Swanzy, who was attorney for defendant, made observations to the effect that the case was not one to be decided "at this court," and their worships believing also that it should be referred to the quarter sessions, accordingly dismissed it, at the same time giving either party perfect liberty to bring it to any court they thought proper.


This was an action in which four parties were charged with carrying away cows illegally all the property of Eleanor WARD.

Eleanor WARD examined--Was owner of the cows that were taken away; defendant and some three others brought them away contrary to her wishes in consequence of which she brought this action.....[This witness was an old woman whose answers were so old as to cause much laughter in court. She also spoke a few sentences of Irish which caused much merriment, as they were not understood by their worships or the attorneys.]

Patrick WARD examined--Manager for my mother; bought the cows in question; part of the money was my own and part hers; 6l. of it belonged to me; they were taken away by defendant, who is a younger son of mine.....

Owen M'MAHON examined--Knows defendant; sold him a cow, and he paid for her; he bought her a few weeks before the 1st November last; he gave me the ready money.....Cross-examined--My wife is sister to defendant and a daughter of Patrick WARD; she had to be put under bail to keep the peace; she was very violent in Ward's at the time of the dispute among them.

After commenting upon the contradictory nature of the evidence, Mr. Swanzy proved that the action must be decided in a superior court, upon which their Worships referred it for further investigation to the quarter sessions.


This was an action brought by Walter BOYLE against Robert GAMBLE, a publican, for the recovery of 23s., balance of wages. On being asked to state his case he said that the mistress kept a book and gave him whiskey, &c., that all the money he ever got was 18s at one time, 8s. at another, and 6s. at another, and that his wages was 55s., which left 23s. still due.......

Their Worships gave Boyle a decree for 4s.


In this case Francis DUFFY appeared to give evidence against Andrew M'INTYRE, who did not appear. Plaintiff stated that a few days ago defendant came to his house and asked why he did not give more potato-ground to a cottier of his, (defendant's) named CROSSIN, and upon being told that he gave as much as he could spare, defendant (illegible), "I'll make you give him more," and immediately commenced an assault upon complainant....Defendant was fined 5s. and costs.


In this case Bernard MURRAY, of Drumhills, who was plaintiff, solicited a warrant for the arrest of Catherine MYLES, who he hired on the 25th ult....he hired her, he said, for £2 6s. and gave her 6d. "earnest;" she remained only three days till she left and hired with another person and he heard that she had quitted that place also and went to another

Their Worships granted a warrant for her apprehension.


This was an action for £1 14s. 1½d brought by Jas. CONNELL of Relahan, being the amount of wages which he earned by ploughing for the defendant, Mary FARRELLY.

Their Worships gave a decree for the whole sum, defendant not appearing.


Sub-constable James MEHIN of the Shercock station, brought Matthew FARRELLY charged with being drunk and disorderly on the 22nd ult., being Sunday.

Their Worships imposed a fine of 5s.

The Court then rose.


Before Theophilus Thompson, Esq., J.P., Chairman; William Babington, Esq., J.P., Robert Erskine, Esq., J.P.; and Nathaniel Montgomery, Esq., J.P.


James BRADY summoned Paul LYNCH for (illegible) to a neighbour (Mr. GRAHAM) out of his land when he saw Lynch at a distance coming towards him, with a stick in one hand and a stone in the other; and turned out of the way to avoid a collision with him....

The Chairman asked if defendant had any evidence to produce in order to disprove Brady's testimony. Defendant said he had no witness.

The Chairman said they considered the assault proved, and would impose a fine of 5s. or one week's imprisonment; and in order to make them live in peace together, and give them a (illegible) for law, on the next occasion the came there with a similar case, the Court would inflict treble the penalty. They had been there very often, and he was determined to put a stop to such work.


Thomas MURPHY summoned Thomas M'NALLY for 6s. wages due to him for work done for defendant. The Bench dismissed the case as it was proved the money was stopped by the defendant as an equivalent for some days complainant had absented himself from his employment.

John BRADY summoned Patrick FITZSIMONS for having left his employment without any just cause. He stated that he engaged him on the 26th of May for half-a-year; after working for him for some time he said he wanted to come into Cavan to buy clothes....defendant did go to Cavan, but never came back...

The defendant did not appear, and the bench imposed a fine of £1, or a month's imprisonment, and directed that a warrant should be issued for his apprehension.

_______DOHOHUE summoned Hugh BRADY (a fine little boy of apparently nine or ten years of age, who was crying bitterly) for having left his employment without any just cause.

Complainant said he hired the young lad on the 17th of May for a half-year; made the agreement with the boy's father, and was to give him 12s. 6d., the sum his father asked; the father had expressed a wish to have him with complainant, as he was of opinion that he would be well treated; the boy afterwards left his employment and when complainant went to his father's house, they denied him; as the boy in an inner room and went down to him and asked him why he left his work, and the lad said his father would not let him go back....

The Chairman asked the boy his motive for leaving his master.

The Boy (crying)--Because my hands were blistered, and he sent me to shovel praties, and I couldn't stand the work he put me to.

Mr. Montgomery asked complainant did he put such a little boy to shovel potatoes. Complainant said he never did so...The Chairman asked the boy would he go back, but he refused to do so....The Chairman said he seemed a fine little boy, and they did not wish to punish him, but if his (illegible) persisted they would have to send him to gaol where there was a cat-o-nine tails, with which he would be flogged; and he thought it would be better for him to go with his master, whom he knew to be a decent man...

After some conversation the Court postponed the case until next court day, and directed DONOHUE to summon the boy's father, and also to summon witnesses, if he had any.


Patrick RAHALL summoned James MOLONY for having four head of cattle trespassing on a field of oats, the property of complainant.

Complainant's son proved the trespass. Defendant did not deny the trespass, but said the cattle had been in the ground only a few minutes...

Molony had a cross case against RAHAL for having on sundry times, and on the 19th of May, allowed cattle to trespass on a clover field, the property of the complainant. The case having been proved,

The Chairman said that in the first case--Rahall against Molony--they would impose a fine of 2s., but would give no costs, as Molony had tried to avoid law and arrange the matter. In the second case--Molony against Rahall--they would impose a similar fine, with costs.

Matthew DONOHUE against Catherine M'PHILLIPS again came on for hearing. Our readers may remember that on last court-day Donohue summoned the girl for having left his employment, and on her consenting to go back, withdrew the summons. She had not since gone back to him and he now renewed the charge against her.

The girl's mother was in court, and stated that she did not know where she was at present....His Worship then directed that a warrant should be issued for her, and that she should be imprisoned for a month.


The complainant in this case charged defendant with having stolen three keys, the property of Mr. SMITH, of Lisnasken, who kept an oats store in complainant's house; complainant was in charge of this store, and Mrs. WIDDOWS occupied rooms on the same floor; on the day in question the key of the oats store and two other keys were in the lock; there was a hole in the ceiling of complainant's kitchen, and his wife saw Mrs. Widdows steal the keys out of the door, and called out to him that she had done so; ran upstairs and told Mrs. Widdows that he would disappoint her of stealing the oats out of the store, as he would get another lock to it; when she saw herself detected in stealing the keys she threw them at complainant's feet.....

Mrs. Widdows (to complainant)--Will you tell the reason I took the keys?

Complainant--I told you before--that you wanted to steal the oats.....

Mrs. Widdows then stated that on the day the occurrence, regarding the keys, took place she was in a little room, where she kept potatoes, and had a chain, with which she used to fasten the door of the room, in her hand; this chain slipped out of her hand, and fell through a hole in MAGUIRE's ceiling; she went down to his "depository" or kitchen, where he is supposed to live, and asked for the chain, but Maguire and his wife refused to give it to her, and told her to go look for it herself; Mrs. Maguire tried to put her out of the room, and Maguire himself gripped her and shoved her out; went up stairs then, and Maguire's daughter was present; saw the keys in the door of the oats store and took them out of it, saying at the same time, to Maguire's daughter, "Nanny, I'll keep those keys until I get my chain;" afterwards gave Maguire the keys, as her husband was out, and she was afraid there would be any disturbance on account of her keeping them, when he came home.....

The Chairman said the Bench were of opinion that Maguire had been actuated by the very worst of bad motives in bringing this charge. He had a right to look for Mrs. Widdow's chain, when she lost it, and they had no hesitation whatever in dismissing the case.

A woman named Mary RUDDELL, alias M'MANUS, was brought up in custody of Constable M'CARTHY, of Stradone, on suspicion of having stolen two blankets and two linen chemises found in her possession, and for which she could not satisfactorily account....The Bench remanded her until Monday next, and directed that inquiries should be made in the meantime to discover the owners of the property, if the articles were stolen.

There being no other cases, the Court then adjourned.


On the 7th inst., at St. Mary's Church, John William BUNN, of New York, eldest son of Charles M. BUNN, Esq., Peachmount, Rathgar, to Fanny, daughter of William BORBIDGE, Esq., Cookstown House, Co. Meath.

On the 8th inst., at St. Peter's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. Doctor BAILLIE, assisted by the Rev. John ALCOCK, M.A., the Rev. Richard E. BAILLIE, Assistant-Chaplain of the Free Church, Derry, to Emily Dorcas, only daughter of Richard BAILLIE, Esq., Lower Baggot-street, Dublin.


On the 8th inst., in Bridge-street, Mr. Robert DAVIS, a most amiable and excellent inhabitant of Cavan, aged 74 years. Mr. DAVIS was for many years one of the Church Wardens of this parish, and was most attentive to the duties of that office.

Suddenly, on the 4th inst., at his residence, Corrig Avenue, Kingstown, Henry William TALBOT, Esq., the projector, and for 27 years the editor and proprietor of the "Leinster Express."

On the 5th inst., at his residence, Shean Lodge, near Mortlake, Surrey, Berkley WESTROPP, Esq., Lieutenant H.P. Royal Navy, only surviving son of the late Captain John Berkley WESTROPP, of Limerick.

On the 6th inst., at Blackrock House, Leonora, infant child of Thomas VANCE, Esq.

Early on the morning of the 7th inst., at Salisbury, county of Kildare, after a long illness, Sarah, the beloved wife of Thomas BEASLEY, Esq.

On the 7th inst., Marianne, the beloved daughter of Mr. John BOYLAN, of Moorechurch, Co. Meath.

On Thursday a child named Rose KERRIGAN, aged three years, was run over, and severely injured by a cart horse, in Mill-street. The child is under Dr. BRYCE's case, and is progressing favourably.

Patrick RYAN, a man supposed to be implicated in the murder of Mr. JESSOP, was arrested by the police on Thursday last, and is at present in Mullingar gaol.

June 18, 1859


Magistrates present:--Theophilus Thompson, Esq., chairman; W. Babington, Esq., and R. Hickson, Esq., R.M.

Six fine able young men were sworn in for the constabulary.

Mr. MULLIGAN, the Master of the Cavan Workhouse, and the porter, appeared to prosecute, by order of the Board of Guardians, a man named BIRD, for a half-year's wages, due by him to a young lad named BRADY, at present an inmate of the Workhouse.

BIRD denied that he had engaged to give the boy any wages, and stated that he had told him not to be coming about his house, as he did not require him.

The young lad denied this, as also Bird's assertion that he (Brady) used to absent himself whenever he wished.

In reply to the Bench, Mr. Mulligan stated that he could not distinctly remember hiring the boy to the defendant, as at the time of the hiring large numbers of the paupers used to be hired out, and no hiring book, was kept in the house then, but that one was kept now.

The Chairman said that they thought they could not make any order in the matter, and adjourned the case until next court day, to which Bird consented, and said he would have evidence to disprove the charge at the next hearing.


Thomas BRADY, of Mulnacreeve, summoned John M'IVEE, James M'IVEE, and James MOORE, for having violently assaulted him on the 14th ult.

A warrant had been issued against the defendants, but two of them surrendered on Saturday--the third (John M'IVEE) still being in concealment.

The complainant said he was not prepared to go on with the case, as he had not summoned his witnesses, being unaware that any of the parties were in custody until the previous day (Sunday). The Bench inquired if he wished to postpone the case, but he said he did not care; he would as soon go on with it, as he had already lost a great deal of time about it.

The complainant was then sworn, and stated that on the evening in question he was going home from the fair of Cavan; had a boy along with him, who was tipsy; this boy had been given in charge to him by Sergeant MAGUIRE, on condition that he would see him home; met James M'IVEE, who was shouting, and calling all from his (complainant's) townland "blackguards;" did not like this, and a quarrel took place between them; complainant struck the first blow on this occasion, but was provoked to it; they were separated by some friends; went towards his own home, in company with the boy alluded to at first, and a man named SHERIDAN and his wife; parted with the boy, who went the Newmills road; complainant continued his journey by the Castletara road, in company with Sheridan and his wife, who had an ass and creels with them; at Clonervy an accident occurred to one of the creels; and Sheridan was repairing it; while he was doing so complainant noticed the three defendants coming up the road, armed with whips or sticks; said to Sheridan, "Here's M'Ivee coming with a reinforcement to beat me for what happened in Cavan;" asked Sheridan should they attack him, to try and assist him; hid near the ditch to avoid them, as they were too numerous for him; when they came up, they asked Sheridan who was that hiding, and Sheridan said there was no one; they said he was a liar, and made over to complainant, who immediately prepared to defend himself; they raised their weapons over his head to strike him and complainant struck one of them a blow, when himself was knocked down by a blow of a whip in the head, and severely beaten....

The Bench directed that Sergeant MAGUIRE should be sent for....

The Chairman, after reviewing portions of the evidence said the magistrates were all of opinion that at the time of the occurrence on Cock-hill complainant struck the first blow, after great provocation, but that as regards the assault at Clonervy they were of opinion complainant had been anxious to avoid the defendants, and merely tried to defend himself. He would impose a fine of 10s. each, including costs, on James M'Ivee and James Moore, and in consequence of what had been said in his favour by complainant, they would dismiss the charge against John M'Ivee. He also informed defendants that they might consider themselves very leniently dealt with.

The defendants thanked his worship, and having paid the fine, left court. One third of the fine was given to complainant.


This young lady whose penchant for destroying the property of the union is so well know, was brought up charged with having broken ten panes of glass in the Cavan Workhouse and a lock of a door, and also with having assaulted the porter.....

The Chairman sentenced Susan to a twenty-four hours' change of residence.

Ann CLARKSON summoned Phil BRADY, to whom she is a servant, for an assault.

It being proved, however, that the assault was trifling, and provoked by her own conduct, the Bench ordered defendant to pay the costs, and complainant to return to her work.

A man named STAFFORD was fine 2s and costs for having some cows wandering near Stradone, at which Mr. Stafford was highly displeased, and said the police could catch other cows besides his, for there were roads in the Stradone district which they had never visited, but that, unfortunately there was a public house in his immediate vicinity, to which they (police, not the cows) were fond of paying a visit; hence the extra vigilance.

Margaret MOHAN (who did not appear) was sentenced to a fortnight's imprisonment for begging in the streets of Cavan.

The woman who was brought up on the previous court-day, suspected of having stolen goods in her possession, had the articles returned to her, evidence having been given that they were her own property.

The Court soon after rose.


Magistrates--Captain Corry and M. D. Nixon, Esq.

Sub-Constable GLEESON, of Tempo, prosecuted Eliza CASSIDY, for breaking windows and threatening to burn the town of Tempo, on the 8th inst. It appears that she is an unfortunate wandering girl; and would rather be in gaol than left homeless in a cold world. In default of paying a fine of 10s., committed for 14 days.

Catherine GILLEN, of this town, charged Bryan M'MANUS, James M'MANUS, James CORRIN, and Pat. FARMER, with assault and waylay, near Rossory Bridge on the 22nd instant.

FARMER was not charged at first; but when he appeared as witness for the others was identified--Committed.

Thomas EARLY, charged Ann M'CAFFREY with stoning him, scalding him, and pulling the trowsers off him; and she had a charge against him for beating her, and cutting her with a rope. The parties are both young and neighbours, and there was a most unnatural fight. They were both defended by solicitors, and their charges against each other elicited much laughter in the court. They were both bound in their own recognizances to keep the peace towards each other for 12 months.

Mr. George BLACK, road contractor, appeared against Mr. George MALAM, for injuring the street and the East-bridge of this town by laying down gas pipes. After some recitals of the law on both sides by their respective attorneys, the case was dropped, Mr. MALAM undertaking to repair any injuries he had done.

Sub-Constable SEARS, appeared against John MAGUIRE, alias Thomas LOVE, a ticket-of-leave gentleman who stood in the dock, and was remanded for a week.--Ibid.

On the 10th instant, suddenly, at his residence 107, Stephen's-green, West, Dublin, Mr. Thomas William PARR, State Apothecary, and for many years a medical practitioner, deeply regretted by his sorrowing family and numerous friends.


A LIST of APPLICATIONS received by the Clerk of the Peace from Persons seeking
for the Sale of BEER, SPIRITS, &c., by Retail, wherein said be heard and inquired into at


ON TUESDAY, the 21st day of June, 1859, immediately after the Grand Jury shall have been sworn:--

1. ALWELL, Thomas Oldcastle-street, Ballyduff Castleraghan Castleraghan
2. BREDIN, Oliver Upper Bridge-street, Belturbet Annagh Lower Loughtee
3. CONATY, John Belturbet Do. Do.
4. CARROLL, Bernard Legakelly Do. Tullygarvy
5. HYNCH, Thomas Belturbet Do. Lower Loughtee
6. KEEGAN, Bernard Ballinagh Kilmore Clonmahon
7. M'CAFFREY, James 5, Main-street, Cavan Urney Upper Loughtee
8. M'HUGH, Bridget Belturbet Annagh Lower Loughtee
9. MAGINNE, Mary Anne Ballyconnell Tomregan Tullyhaw
10. M'MAHON, Anne Drumalee Annagh Lower Loughtee
11. QUEALE, Charles 15, Main-street, Cavan Urney Upper Loughtee
12. REYNOLDS, Hugh Ballyconnell Tomregan Tullyhaw

Clerk of the Peace, County Cavan
Cavan, 1st June, 1859


A LIST of APPLICATIONS received by the Clerk of the Peace from Persons seeking
for the Sale of BEER, SPIRITS, &C..., to be heard and inquired into at


On FRIDAY, the 24th day of June, 1859, immediately after the Grand Jury shall have been sworn:--

1. CLARKE, John Mullagh Mullagh Castleraghan
2. CAROLAN, Peter Do. Do. Do.
3. CAROLAN, Peter Do. Do. Do.
4. CAROLAN, James Kingscourt Enniskeen Clonkee
5. CAROLAN, James, sen Do. Do. Do.
6. HEEL, Thomas Market-street, Bailieborough Bailieborough Do.
7. LYNCH, Luke Kingscourt Enniskeen Do.
8. M'NALLY, Peter and
M'NALLY, Terence
Market-street, Cootehill Drumgoon Tullygarvey
9. PLUNKET, John Mullagh Mullagh Castleraghan
10. WILLIAMSON, Isabella Market-street, Bailieborough Bailieborough Clonkee

Clerk of the Peace, County Cavan
Cavan, 4th June, 1859


WESTMEATH RIFLES--The Right Hon. Lord Castlemaine has been pleased to appoint John M'LOUGHLIN, Gent, to be Ensign, vice MORROW, promoted; and Anthony Adams REILLY, Esq., to be Ensign, vice GAMBLE promoted.

ROSCOMMON--The following commission has been signed by Edward King TENISON, Esq., Lieutenant of the county of Roscommon, and approved of by his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, viz:--Thomas William BRENNAN, M.D., to be Assistant-Surgeon, vice Robert TATE, appointed to the line.

The wife of Thomas HEWETT, 4, Farnham place, Waterloo-road, guard on the London and South Western Railway, was on Wednesday safely delivered of two boys and one girl, who are all doing well.

At Kingscourt fair two of the police named KEY and M'VEEL were violently assaulted by a mob, who attempted to rescue a man whom they arrested for being drunk and disorderly. The police, though seriously injured, secured him, and brought him safe to prison.--Correspondent.

Nancy MORONY, an active and industrious vendor of bread at the far-famed watering place of Kilkee, gave birth to three sons upon the occasion of her recent accouchement. They are as hardy little fellows as may be desired and with the mother enjoy excellent health. Nancy is "up and stirring," and following her usual avocation in supplying visitors with the staff of life.

June 25, 1859


(Before W. Babington, Esq., J.P., and R. Erskine, Esq., J.P.)

Michael LEDDY v. Patt HELY

The complainant sought to recover a sum of 14s. 6d., the amount of washing executed by complainant's wife for the defendant (for whom Mr. S. Knipe appeared).


The Porter of the Cavan Workhouse renewed the charge against the man BIRD, for wages due to a boy named BRADY, at present an inmate of the Cavan Workhouse. At last court day no evidence of the contract was produced, but to-day the Porter produced the entry-book, which corresponded with his previous statement.

An order for the amount claimed was given.

A number of parties from the classic region of Mudwall-row--the principals of whom on both sides were two men, named TIMMON and CONNELL, and their spouses--brought charges of assault and abusive language against each other--CONNELL and Co. being represented by Mr. Knipe.

After a lengthened hearing, the Bench bound both parties to keep the peace.

James REILLY summoned ______ M'NALLY for 2s. 7½d, balance of wages due to him by defendant. The Court gave an order for 4½d. and costs, as complainant could not prove the debt of the larger sum.

Washington BELL summoned Peter BRADY for an assault, but at Mr. BRADY's request the case was adjourned to next court day.

The Town Sergeant summoned a man named Thomas COTTENHAM for having ridden a stallion through the streets of this town. A mitigated fine of 1s. and costs was imposed.

The Court adjourned.


The Summer Quarter Sessions of Cavan opened on Tuesday last, before

P. M. Murphy, Esq., Q.C., Chairman of the County of Cavan,

His Worship entered the Court about ten o'clock, and the following magistrates occupied seats on the Bench--T. Thompson, D. F. Jones, M. Phillips, T. Knipe, R. Hickson, R. F. O'Brien, W. Babington, and J. G. Tatlow, Esqrs.

After the usual preliminaries the following were sworn as the


  1. Thomas Hartley,
  2. Edward Fegan,
  3. Mathew Lough,
  4. Francis M'Cabe,
  5. William M. Black,
  6. James Kilroy,
  7. Francis E. Huddleston,
  8. Thomas Maclomson,
  9. John Gannon,
  10. Alexander Kettyle,
  11. James Hartley,
  12. John Murphy,
  13. John Davis,
  14. George Murray,
  15. George Graham,
  16. John Doherty,
  17. John Prunty.

His Worship having briefly informed them of the nature of the cases awaiting their investigation, the Grand Jury retired to their room.

After the Grand Jury had retired, the applications for spirit licenses were heard and disposed of.

The insolvent cases, which were few in number and of no public interest, were next heard, and occupied a short time.


William BURKE appealed from a decision of the Petty Sessions Court, inflicting a penalty on him for having in his house, at Newbliss, a quantity of malt in one of the states of illicit distillation.

Decision confirmed.

A similar appeal was made by a man named James HUTCHINSON, who had been fined at Cavan Petty Sessions for having forty gallons of wash or pot-ale, in a field belonging to him. Hutchinson's appeal was made on the grounds that he was absent from home at the time of the seizure, that he knew nothing of the wash being in his field, and that the field was a considerable distance from his residence.

The appeal was supported by Mr. S. Knipe, who examined Hutchinson and some other witness in support of these statements.

After hearing the evidence on both sides, the Court dismissed the appeal, on the ground that if Hutchinson was not the actual owner of the wash, he was well aware who was, and that it had been put in the field with his concurrence.

One of the witnesses asked would his Worship remit the fine inflicted on Hutchinson if the real culprit came forward. His Worship declined to do so, and recommended the inquirer to be cautious himself, as it was evident that he had "a finger in the pie."


Mary Anne SAUNDERSON v. P. LAWLOR and others.

This was an action brought by the plaintiff, Miss Saunderson, to recover possession of certain holdings held by defendants. The case was brought before the public some eighteen months ago, but had not been decided at the time....

It appeared that the defendants held the land under a demise from a former landlord, and, the term of their lease having expired, Miss Saunderson, who inherited the land from her father, sought to recover possession. Defendants sought to establish a claim to a lease on the ground that the late Mr. Saunderson, father of the present proprietor, had promised their father a lease on condition that he gave up possession of a certain bog regularly demised to him by the original lease. The defendants not being able to prove that such promise had been given by Mr. Saunderson (illegible)...His Worship gave a decree to the plaintiff, with immediate possession.

An appeal has been lodged.


Catharine WILSON, Samuel PICKINS, and James KELLY, charged with having stolen certain sums of money, the property of Mr. LOUGH, of this town, and against whom true bills had been found by the Grand Jury, were about being placed on their trial, when counsel objected, on the part of Wilson, to join in issue, and was placed on trial separately.

Messrs. John Armstrong, M'Gauran and Cochrane appeared for the prisoners.

Mr. Benjamin Armstrong, crown Solicitor, assisted by Mr. S. Knipe, conducted the prosecution.

The panel having been called over, a number of jurymen were objected to on behalf of the prisoners and two on that of the crown. Finally, the following jury were sworn:--James TEEVAN, Patt LEE, W. LAHY, Bernard GAFFNEY, Samuel WILSON, James HEASLIP, Ralph FOSTER, James FOSTER, Thomas GILHOOLY, William PRATT, Gustavus NOBLE, and Peter M'GOVERN.

The Crown Solicitor then stated the case against the prisoners, which was that KELLY, on the 26th of March, did feloniously steal and carry away,the sum of 5s., the property of Mathew LOUGH, and that PICKINS, on the 23rd of March, did steal and carry away the sum of 2s. 6d., the property of same person.

Witnesses: John JOHNSTON, shopboy to Mr. Lough; Thomas LENEY, a shopman of Mr. Lough; William M'MILLAN, a shopman to Mr. Lough.

The next witness called was Patt. M'GOVERN. This witness was arrested at the same time as the other prisoners, and was committed on the same charge, but made some statement while in gaol criminating the other prisoners...The Court ordered him off the table and subsequently directed that he should be taken into custody, and find bail to stand trial at the next Quarter Sessions.

This closed the case for the prosecution; and there being no witnesses on the other side, Mr. John Armstrong proceeded to address the jury on behalf of the prisoners.....The Chairman, in charging the jury, said that the case against the prisoners rested principally on the evidence of the boy Johnston, who was himself a participator in the crime laid to their charge....

The jury then retired...About half an hour afterwards the jury came out, and the Foreman said they wished to ask Johnston some questions. The Clerk said he could not consent to their doing so, as the Court had risen, and the counsel on both sides were absent.

The jury again retired, and after a lengthened deliberation, returned a verdict of guilty in the case of KELLY, and not guilty in that of PICKENS.

Pickens was accordingly discharged, and received the enthusiastic congratulations of his acquaintances....


The Court sat at nine o'clock. Several magistrates occupied seats on the bench with his worship.


Peter M'GOVERN was indicted for assaulting and wounding Cormak LEONARD, and LEONARD for assaulting and wounding M'GAURAN (sic).

Mr. COCHRANE made an application to the Crown to accept a plea of guilty to a common assault from both prisoners. The quarrel arose out of drink....The Crown Solicitor agreed to accept a plea of guilty, on condition that his Worship should investigate the facts, as it was a common thing for parties to try by such means to evade a heavy punishment. This was agreed to, and the facts having been investigated, His Worship sentenced them to one week's imprisonment, and to enter into their own recognizances in £10 each, to keep the peace for seven years.

Hugh M'BRIEN and Edward REILLY were indicted for having, at Ballyconnell, on the 17th of March last, assaulted and inflicted severe injuries on the person of Francis DONOHUE, and with having at the same time and place been guilty of a riot, and also of common assault.

DONOHUE, the prosecutor, swore that on that day he was in the house of a Widow REILLY, with some friends, and that in coming out of the room where he had been with them, M'BRIEN, who was drinking in the room he was passing through, said he "never saw a treacherous DONOHUE he could not whale," and that he (Donohue) answered, "there's none of them here, but if there were, you'd find it's too big a word for you to say;" he was then assaulted and severely wounded by both prisoners....Anne JACKSON and Patt QUINN were examined for the defence, but neither had seen the commencement of the quarrel.

His Worship then charged the jury, who returned a verdict of guilty on two counts.

Catherine WILSON was then placed in the dock, charged with having, on the 2nd of December, 1858, feloniously stolen and carried away the sum of 20s., the property of Matthew LOUGH, of Cavan, and with having stolen a sum of 9s. on the 7th of March, 1859, the property of the same person..

The Crown Solicitor briefly stated the case....The prisoner was the wife of a drummer in the Cavan Militia, and resided somewhere on the Barrack-hill. She frequented Mr. Lough's shop, and was generally attended to by this young JOHNSTON, who was a lad of very tender years, and somewhat simple and childish in his disposition. On the 2nd of December this woman came to Mr. Lough's shop, and told Johnston she had been sent by a servant of Mrs. GOSSELIN's for a £1, which he had made a mistake of on the previous day or so, and threatened if he did not give the money to tell his master of the mistake. The young lad foolishly consented, and by this false step placed himself in the power of this woman, who repeatedly, by similar threats, got goods and money from him to a large amount....

[After examination and cross-examination of witnesses for both sides] His Worship, then charged the jury at some length, recapitulating the evidence, dwelling particularly on the conversation deposed to by Mr. Lough, relative to the 30s. note.

The Jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict of guilty.....

Bridget CUNNINGHAM, for concealing the birth of her child, was sentenced to be imprisoned for two months from the date of her committal.

Catherine BRIARLY, convicted of having a watch, the property of Brian M'CABE, in her possession, knowing it to have been stolen, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment with hard labour.

Catherine SMITH was acquitted of a charge of having stolen a purse, value 6d., and 27s. in silver, from the person of James ROSS, at Mountnugent, in this county. The hearing of this case excited much merriment in court.

Thomas M'GOVERN was acquitted of having stolen a quilt, value 5s., the property of Thomas TAYLOR, near Ballyconnell, in this county, on the 10th of March.

His Worship commented severely on the conduct of Taylor, who, it appeared had brought this charge against M'Govern (a very respectable man) knowing that it was his own daughter stole the quilt.

This terminated the criminal business....Thursday was occupied with the hearing of the civil cases; and his Worship proceeded to Bailieborough, where the Quarter Sessions opened on yesterday morning.


On the 2nd inst., at St. Peter's Church, by the Ven. Archdeacon ROWAN, of Belmont, Co. Kerry, father of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. Thomas WALLACE, Captain William ROWAN, of the Kerry Militia, to Catherine Maria, eldest daughter of Thomas H. THOMPSON, Esq., of Lower Leeson-street, Dublin.

On the 22nd inst., in the Scots church, Mary's abbey, Dublin, by the Rev. H. S. M'KEE, D.D., L.L.D., of Killucan, Mr. Michael BEVERIDGE, Pakenham Hall, Castlepollard, to Elizabeth, only daughter of the late (illegible), Esq., Mount-Devon, Dollar.


On the 15th inst., at Bruges, in the 73rd year of his age, Patrick LYNCH, Esq., late of Tara Hall, Co. Meath, and of Rathtarmon, Co. Sligo.

ACCIDENT--A son of Hamilton WALSH, Esq., of Riverview, near Cootehill, while out shooting rabbits, met with a sad accident on Monday, the 13th instant. Incautiously handling his gun, it exploded, and the contents passed through his right arm, lengthways from the wrist to the elbow, shattering the limb dreadfully. After the arm was bandaged, he was conveyed to Drs. HORAN and M'GAURAN, of Cootehill, to the county Infirmary, where he now lies in a precarious state. The arm has not been amputated, as there is still some hopes left of saving it.

SUICIDE--On Saturday, the 18th inst., as the mid-day train from Enniskillen to Dundalk, was passing through Clenumfrey, near Clones, the engine driver observed a young woman, named Susan HOLDEN, walking off the crossing on to the line; he sounded his whistle but this produced no effect, as she continued to move straight onward in the direction of the train, which, having neared, she (according to the driver's evidence) deliberately threw herself on the rail, and was instantaneously killed--having the right hand and leg severed from the body, besides several contused wounds and fractured bones. Deceased had been seen to linger at the crossing a considerable time before the approach of the train, which strongly corroborated the account given by the driver. Mr. Armstrong held an inquest on the body on Monday. The story runs that this fatal occurrence was owing to what has caused many a death--being "crossed in love."--Ibid.

DEATH OF JUDGE MACAN--We regret to announce the death of Judge MACAN, one of the judges of the Court of Bankruptcy and Insolvency, which took place suddenly at Rathbone's Hotel, Kingstown, where he had been stopping for some time. His lordship presided in his court on Tuesday and appeared to be in excellent health. He was found dead in bed on Thursday morning, and it was subsequently ascertained that disease of the heart was the cause of his death. Judge MACAN had been a scholar of the University of Dublin, and was called to the bar in 1815.

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