Cavan Observer
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

September 1, 1860

LONGEVITY--On Thursday morning last, a man named Thomas CAREY, who had been sixty years a fisherman on the Suir, died at his residence in Kilsheclan, at the advanced age of 105 years. He retained his perfect senses to the last moment of his life, and notwithstanding that he had been for a few days confined to his bed from illness, he was anxious on the morning previous to his death to rise at an early hour, to gratify his favourite passion for angling--CLONMEL

SERIOUS ACCIDENT FROM FIRE ARMS--Last week a few young gentlemen were amusing themselves shooting wood-pigeons at Glenview, near Belturbet, the residence of Captain PHILLIPS, J.P., when, unfortunately, the gun of young Mr. ALLEN of Croghan (who happened to be of the party) burst, and shattered the two middle fingers of his left hand in a dreadful manner. Fortunately, Dr. THOMPSON, of Ballyconnell, and Dr. PURDON, of Killeshandra, were promptly in attendance, but they found it necessary to amputate the two fingers at the middle joints. Mr. Allen, we are happy to hear, is progressing as favourably as could be expected under the circumstances. He had only just returned from London, where he successfully passed a competitive examination for a writership in India.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT--On Sunday last a young man named DOBSON, who resides near Scrabby, received a kick from a horse by which his leg was fractured. He was brought to the County Infirmary on the following day, where he still remains in a dangerous state, as the fracture is a compound one.


Magistrates present:-- Theophilus Thompson, Esq., Chairman; William Babington, Nathaniel Montgomery, William Smith, and Andrew Carden, Esqrs.

James DORAN was fined 6d and costs for allowing his ass to graze on the public road at Drumavanagh.

Catherine REILLY was fined 6d. and costs for allowing her pig to wander on the Main street of Cavan.

Constable M'AULEY charged Patrick MONTGOMERY with having been drunk and disorderly in this town on the evening of the last fair, and with having made use of language calculated to create a riot. He deposed that he was on duty on the fair night, about half-past nine o'clock, with a small party of men under his command; saw the accused near the Farnham Arms' Hotel; he was very drunk and disorderly; arrested him and was about to bring him to the barracks, when he commenced to shout "to Hell with the Pope;" a mob collected, and followed the police, shouting to have the prisoner delivered up to them that they might wreak their vengeance upon him; they were terribly excited, and followed the police, shouting and yelling, all the way to the barracks; witness's party would not have been able to retain possession of the prisoner but that they were joined by another party of the police.

Sub-Inspector NAPIER said it was the worst mob he had ever seen in this town....MONTGOMERY pleaded that he was drunk on the fair night, and did not recollect what he had done. He handed up two testimonials of good character; one from John WARREN, Esq., Brucehall; the other from Mr. Rob. CAMPBELL, Clerk of Arvagh Petty Sessions.

Sub-Inspector Napier charged Patrick TIERNAY, for whom Mr. E. M'GAURAN appeared, with having been one of those who endeavoured to obstruct the police after the arrest of Montgomery.

The offence having been proved, Montgomery and Tierney (sic) were fine 5s. each, and severely rebuked for their misconduct.

Tierney said he had been only trying to assist the police.

Mr. M'Gauran--Don't assist them again if you take my advice. When they are next in a hobble, leave them there (laughter).

Both fines were paid.

Peter FITZPATRICK, of Glancurren, was fined 6s. and costs for allowing six head of cattle to trespass on John BRIARTY's oat crop.

Bridget and Mary RAHALL summoned Mary M'SHEENY, for having made use of threats and indecent language towards them. The case was of the usual "Half-Acre" pattern, but after a lengthened hearing, the charge was withdrawn, on the recommendation of the Court.

Bartly FLANAGAN, who described himself as a "mason of mud-wall houses," brought a claim for wages earned by constructing a portion of one of these edifices, against Owen THOMPSON, and stated that he employed him to build a house for £1, but after he had worked the great portion of nine days, he told him to desist, and that he would pay him for his time.

Thompson alleged that he did not employ Bartly at all; merely "made a bargain" between him and Anne M'CORMACK, the person for whom the house was intended; told him that if she didn't pay him, he would; the portion built by Bartly had since fallen down.

The Summons-Server stated that the wall shown to him by Thompson as having been built by the plaintiff was now useless, and did not appear to have been properly built. Decree for 5s. and costs.

A summons, under the Towns' Improvement (Ireland) Act, was brought against Mary GALLIGAN, for a nuisance caused by a cesspool on her premises in Bridge street. Defendant did not appear. The Inspector of Nuisances proved the case, and said that defendant was willing to submit to any order of the Court. Fined 10s., not to be enforced if the nuisance is removed by next court day.

John FITZIMONS was fined 2s. 6d. for drunkenness.

William BEATTY was fined 3s. and costs for having allowed three head of cattle to wander on the public road at Kilmore.

Laurence M'MAHON summoned John KEARNS for having refused to give up possession of a portion of a house lately held by him as weekly tenant, which tenancy terminated by notice to quit and demand of possession. Decree for possession given--defendant to be allowed nine days to procure another residence.

Patrick CARROLL summoned Hugh BRADY and John BRADY for trespass and injuring his quicks and fences. Defendants, who are both young lads, did not appear; but service of the summons having been proved, they were each fined 1s., or in default, to be imprisoned for 48 hours.

Peter M'GOVERN summoned Robert WOODS and John CONNELL for having their dogs unlogged and unmuzzled in the public street on the 19th and 20th August. It appeared that the defendants reside in Mudwall row, adjoining which complainant has some land, upon which defendants' dogs were in the habit of trespassing, running through and injuring his hay, and he brought this summons as the only means of putting an end to the nuisance.

The Clerk said he knew Connell to be an industrious man, and that he had given away his dog; but Woods was in the habit of hunting about the country with dogs.

The Chairman said he wished the police had directions to look as sharply after the killing of game as they do after an unfortunate man for making a drop of potheen.

Woods denied that he was addicted to hunting; he merely killed rabbits in the season; he denied that the dog seen with him was his (an assertion which was corroborated by his mother, who stated that she was the owner of the animal); he also denied that Mudwall-row was a "street," and considered that complainant should pay him for his loss of time in attending court.

The charge against Connell was withdrawn, and Woods was fined 2s. 6d. and costs, or, in default, to be imprisoned for 48 hours.

Elizabeth CAFFREY summoned Mr. Peter BRADY for 12s. 6d., wages earned from the 14th of May to the 12th of August. A decree was given for the amount claimed, with costs.

Sub-constable JOYCE summoned Jared GREGG for having allowed a mule to wander on the public road; but as there appeared to have been no neglect on the part of defendant, the summons was nilled.

Patrick LYNCH was fined 6d. and costs for having allowed his pig to wander on the Main-street of this town.

Thomas REILLY, a tinker, was fined 3s. and costs for having allowed three asses to wander on the public road at Ballyhaise.

The Court then rose.

ATTEMPTED SUICIDE IN BANAGHER--On Wednesday a young lady, Miss BROADHEAD, of Banagher, music mistress, in a fit of delirium threw herself over the battlements of the bridge of Banagher into the Shannon, from which she was gallantly rescued, at the risk of his own life, by Mr. William HAUGHTON, who, with difficulty, brought her to the pier under the bridge; she was then taken to the house of Mrs. BIRD, where she met with attention. Having been left alone for the few minutes there, she again tried to kill herself by attempting to cut her throat with a knife, with which she inflicted a severe, but it is hoped, not a fatal wound. Medical attendance was procured.--KING'S COUNTY CHRONICLE

DEATH OF THOMAS BRERETON, ESQ., RESIDENT MAGISTRATE, BOYLE--This old and respected magistrate, after a short illness, died on Thursday night last at Boyle, county Roscommon, to which place he had been recently removed from Parsonstown, King's County. Mr. BRERETON held the commission of the peace for the county of Tipperary as an unpaid magistrate for a long period. Mr. Brereton's efficiency induced the Government to retain his services as a stipendiary, in which capacity he was engaged until his death, which was caused by illness contracted on his removal. Before leaving Parsonstown, Mr. Brereton was presented with an address by Lord Rosse and the magistrates, testifying to the efficient manner in which he discharged his duties and expressing their regret at his departure. Mr. Brereton had reached the mature age of 73 years.

September 8, 1860


Magistrates present:--W. Babington and J. G. Tatlow, Esqrs.

William M'GUINNESS was fined 6d. and costs for having allowed two pigs to wander on the public streets.

John M'CABE, James M'CULLAGH, Edwd. MALLON, Charles M'GINNELL, and James KITCHESON were each fined 6d. and costs for having allowed their dogs to wander unlogged and unmuzzled in the public streets; and the Chairman announced that in future the full penalty will be enforced in all such cases--the great number of dogs in this town being dangerous to the inhabitants, particularly at this season of the year.

Mary REILLY was fined 3s., with 2s. costs, for drunkenness.

Michl. DONOHOE was fined 2s. and costs for having allowed his horse to graze on the public road.

William MAGUIRE brought a claim for 15s. 2d., wages, against Bernard BRADY, which was left to arbitration.

Mr. Thomas REILLY summoned Owen FARRELLY, for 6s. 10½d., and James NULTY, for 8s. 1d., county cess. Defendants did not appear, and decrees were given for the amounts claimed, with 2s. 6d. costs in each case.

Peter SMITH and Patrick M'BRIDE, both publicans, were fined 10s. each--the former for having his house open after nine o'clock on the night of Sunday, the 12th ult., and a number of persons there in who appeared as if they had been recently drinking; the latter for having his house open before two o'clock on Sunday week, and two men therein, one of whom was drinking ale.

Constable CONN charged Mr. MAGUIRE, publican, Bridge street, with a similar offence, and also with having obstructed him in the discharge of his duty.

The constable deposed that he was passing defendant's house about five minutes past one o'clock on Sunday, the 26th ult.; the shop door was open; saw two men in a room off the shop; one of them was drinking a glass of whiskey or cordial; went to go in when one of the men called out, "here's the police;" defendant, who was going into the room with something placed his hand to the door, as if to prevent witness from going in; when he got in, the man's glass was empty; it had not the smell of whiskey; there were six or seven men walking through the house, smoking.

Defendant denied that he had intentionally obstructed the constable, and stated that he only given the two men a glass of lemonade, half-a-glass of ginger cordial, and half-an-ounce of tobacco; the other men received no drink

After considerable discussion, the Chairman said that as defendant had made a candid statement, and as himself and brother magistrates entertained considerable doubt as to whether lemonade and cordial came within the meaning of the Act--the constable being unable to swear that the men had received spirituous drinks, and having no evidence that the cordial sold contained spirits--they would give him the benefit of the doubt, and dismiss the case against him. But he had acted wrongly in even attempting to obstruct the constable, and also in having his house open at an illegal hour.

Defendant acknowledged his error, but referred their Worships to the Sub-Inspector as to his general character. The Chairman said he knew him to be a man of most excellent character; there was not the slightest doubt about that.

The Court then rose.


A "Crest-Book of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland," in two volumes, compiled by James Fairbairn, and revised by Laurence Butlers, is announced by Mr. T. C. Jack, Edinburgh.

Mr. William CARLETON, A.B., M.B., T.C.D., son of Joseph G. CARLETON, Trim, county Meath, having been publicly examined on two several days, obtained letters testimonial, qualifying him to practice surgery.

The late Hugh O'CALLAGHAN. Rosemount, county Dublin, has bequeathed £100 for the relief of the poor of the parish of Upper Creggan; and £30 to the poor of the parish of Booterstown.

The Rev, Mr., N'NAMEE, R.C.C., Coleraine, County Derry, will receive subscription for his wife and child of unfortunate Holden.

September 15, 1860


Magistrates present:--Theophilus Thompson, Chairman; William Babington, and Nathaniel Montgomery, Esqrs.

A poor woman was fined 2s. 6d. and costs for having allowed her dog to wander, unlogged and unmuzzled, on the public streets.

Margaret FARRELLY was fined in the same amount for a similar offence.

Thomas DORAN was fined 6d and costs for having allowed his pig to wander on the public street.

The case of William MAGUIRE against Bernard BRADY, for 15s. 2d, wages earned by breaking stones--referred on last court day to the arbitration of Mr. Joseph TREVOR--was again called; and the arbitrator, plaintiff, and defendant having been examined, was again referred to Mr. Trevor.

John FLANAGAN summoned William WELDON, of Kilmore, for having allowed some horses to trespass on land for the owner of which he is caretaker or herd. It appeared that a wrong name was put in the summons, and the case was nilled.

FLANAGAN had another charge of trespass against a Mr. FINNEGAN, which was dismissed on the ground that it was in his employer's name he should have brought the summons.

Eliza GILLON summoned Rose WOODS for having used indecent and abusive language and threats towards her in Butlersbridge, on the 6th of September; and Rose WOODS, in addition to a charge of using abusive and indecent language and threats, summoned Eliza GILLON for the murder of a duck. Having heard the evidence on both sides--in the course of which it appeared that although neither party allowed the vocal volley of her antagonist to pass unreturned, Mrs. Gillon was guiltless of the "fowl" deed imputed to her--

The Court ordered the model matrons to enter into bail to keep the peace towards each other--themselves in the sum of £5, and two sureties in 50s. each, or in default to be imprisoned for a fortnight. They were allowed a week to procure the bail.

Margaret LYNCH summoned Mary Anne BOYLAN and Elizabeth KELLY for having assaulted her; and Elizabeth Kelly summoned Margaret Lynch and Anne Lynch on a similar charge. The assaults took place late on the night of Thursday, the 6th inst., and early the following morning, and the shrieks, yells and curses of the combatants could be distinctly heard on both occasions, not only in every part of the town, but for a considerable distance beyond it. The police did not interfere on Thursday night, but on Friday morning four of the gang were arrested by Constable SHEALDS, at the Fair Green, in the midst of a fearful riot which, perhaps, might have ended fatally but for his intervention.....The girl Kelly exhibited a black eye, a mass of hair torn from her head, and other evidence of her antagonists' prowess; and Margaret Lynch's face at once established that she had not escaped unscathed......The Chairman said that the Court had listened carefully to the evidence, and it was impossible to decide which of the parties before them had been most in fault. Therefore, for their own sakes--for the sake of the town--....they should each be bound over to keep the peace for twelve months--themselves in £5, and two sureties in 50s. each, or in default, be imprisoned for one months.

Constable SHEALDS had a charge of rioting against Ellen BOYLAN and each of the parties in the previous case. The riot took place on Friday morning. The Constable did not consider Ellen Boylan to have been so riotous as the others. The Court, taking into account the punishment already inflected upon four of the party, did not proceed with the charge against them; and having administered a caution to Ellen Boylan, allowed the charge against her to be withdrawn also.

Sub-Constable William HENRY summoned Mr. Matthew BEATTY for having allowed his dog to wander, unlogged and unmuzzled, on the public street of Stradone. Th Court fined defendant 6d. and costs, and stated that in all future cases of the kind from the same district the full penalty will be imposed.

The Court then rose.


A STRANGE CASE--SLANE, COUNTY MEATH--A strange case has been entertained at the Petty Sessions here. A woman named Mary NEWMAN, residing at the village of Ardcath, where she keeps a small grocery, was summoned by a man named Michael COMISKEY, for having assaulted him on the 24th of August last. The complainant, on being sworn, deposed that the defendant was his wife, whom he had married in the year 1847, at Navan. Complainant produced a marriage certificate, signed by the parish priest. He stated that the last time he had been with her was in the year 1855 when she induced him to hand her 7l. 10s, and forty hanks of yarn; when the assault was committed he went to live with her, and he demanded his money, when she assaulted him by throwing on him nuisance.

Mr. Rowland, solicitor, said that he appeared for defendant,and his defence was briefly that she had served him right. The complainant was a pauper from the Navan Union Workhouse, who, by a most scandalous trick, attempted to obtain possession of the personal property of his client, who was an old maid that had never married complainant, or any other person. It was true that he had a marriage certificate, attesting his union with a person named Mary NEWMAN; but he would show that there was merely a coincidence of names, of which he wanted to take a fraudulent advantage. Three years ago this man made use of like annoyance, and on complaining to Lord Mayo, a magistrate of this court, a constable from Hayestown interfered, requesting his lordship not to punish the man, as he was a perfect lunatic.

Mr. Lambert, one of the presiding magistrates--But how can you get over the certificate, Mr. Rowland?

Mr. Rowland here called the Rev. Mr. CALLARY, parish priest of Slane, who deposed that he had known Mary Newman for many years; he means of course the defendant; about five years ago it became witness's duty to inquire into the circumstances of this alleged marriage, when he found that Comiskey had married a person bearing the same name as defendant, and in his opinion it was downright knavery, and not lunacy, which had prompted the proceedings of complainant; he had absolutely informed witness of the absconding of the other Mary Newman.

The defendant was next examined in support of a complaint preferred by her against Comiskey, for threatening language, tending to provoke to a breach of the peace. She deposed that she had never married Comiskey or any other man......The magistrates dismissed that case at the suit of Comiskey, and warned him that they would hold him in heavy bail should he ever annoy Mary Newman again.

Comiskey appeared to be about sixty-five years of age, having lost one eye, and he retains a remarkably sinister expression in the other. Mary Newman looked about twenty years less than the complainant. Thus ended one of the most extraordinary cases of rural romance, which, if arising in a wealth or order of higher circles, would have attracted universal attention, and probably have obtained a place in the history of "causes celebres."

MELANCHOLY DEATH BY DROWNING--Sunday evening James M'CLEAN, an engine-driver in York-street mill, while at Thompson's Bank, in company with a soldier and a man named Henry M'GINN--all three being under the influence of drink--made a bet with the others that he would swim across the channel to the Queen's Island and back. He undressed to do so, and having gone in and swam about half way over, he returned, and on reaching within about twenty yards of the shore he sank and was drowned. About six o'clock, Chief-Constable DUNLOP, with others, having searched with linehooks, found the body, but not being able to raise it up without disfiguring it, a young man named John M'CANN dived and brought the body to the surface, when it was taken to the General Hospital. The deceased has left a wife and five children to lament their loss.--BELFAST NEWS LETTER


Finlay CHESTER, Esq., M.P., has removed from Stone House, Dunleer, to his new residence at Kilsaran, Castlebellinghan.

Francis M'DONOUGH, Esq., Q.C., M.P., has been appointed a magistrate for the county of Sligo.

James KIDD, Wine-street, Sligo, has been appointed a magistrate for the borough of Sligo, in room of Robert M'BRIDE, Esq., deceased.

September 22, 1860


Before Wm. Babington, Esq., J.P., Chairman; Nathaniel Montgomery, Esq., J.P.; J. G. Tatlow, Esq., J.P.; Andrew Carden, Esq., J.P.; and W. M. Hickson, Esq., R.M.

George ARMSTRONG was fined 6d and costs for having allowed his pig to wander on the public road at Ballyhaise.

Thomas BRADY was fined 6d and costs for having allowed his ass to wander on the public road at Ballyhaise.

Robert ROBERTS was fined 6d. and costs for having allowed two goats to wander on the public road at Lisnashaunagh.

Bernard SHERIDAN was fined 1s. 6d. and costs for having allowed three pigs to wander on the public road at Ballyhaise.

Charles BEIRD was summoned for having allowed two pigs to wander on the public road near Ballyhaise. Defendant pleaded that the road on which his pigs had been found wandering is not a public road; that it is a bye-road--a mere pass for foot passengers--and is not kept in repair by the county. It appeared by the evidence of the Summons-Server and two of the Ballyhaise constabulary that the road in question, which leads into Ballyhaise, was at one time a public road;(illegible) private property, however, and is still used extensively by the public; no presentment was ever passed to close it; there is no ditch or fence across any portion of it....

The Court considered that as the road had been built by the county, and never closed by presentment, it was still a public road, and fined defendant 1s. and costs.

Patrick M'CONNELL summoned John WILDING, of Kilmore, for the trespass of three horses in complainant's oat-crop and after-grass on the 5th and 6th September. Complainant's herd proved that he found the horses on his employer's land on both occasions; but as he had only demanded trespass on the latter occasion, the Court refused to take the first trespass into account, and fined defendant 3s. and costs for the trespass on the 6th inst.

James REILLY, Ellen BOYLAN, Catherine BRACKEN, and Bridget M'CABE appeared to answer the complaint of the Town Commissioners for trespassing and having huts on the Fair Green of Cavan.....The summons against Reilly was dismissed, as he denied the trespass. The other defendants were fined 6d. each, with costs, and allowed a week to pay it, but they were informed that if again found trespassing, the penalty will be much heavier.

A man named OLVANY was brought up in custody, charged with stealing a gun, the property of James COSGRAVE, Innishbeg, on the 11th September. .It appeared from the evidence that Cosgrave, a man named Philip FANIN, Cosgrave's wife, and a labouring man were going home on the last fair night of Cavan, when Cosgrave gave his gun in charge to Fannin, who was sitting by himself in a cart, and went into WALLACE's public-house to get a pipe--his wife and the labouring man being some distance from the cart. During his absence--a space of two or three minutes--some person came behind Fannin, and tried to pull the gun from him. Fannin resisted, but his assailant (assisted, as he thinks, by some other person) succeeded in wresting the gun from him, and in the struggle he fell to the ground. On rising he gave chase toward the Cock-hill, whither he saw a man running. Constable SHEALDS, Acting-Constable KERR, and Sub-Constable SHELLY, who were coming towards the town, turned on hearing the cry "police" and followed the man....There can be no doubt that but for the exertions of Sub-Constable Shelly--a zealous and intelligent officer--and also of Constable Shealds, the prisoner would have escaped. He was sent for trial to the Quarter Sessions.....

Eliza TIMMONS was charged with having been drunk, and using obscene and indecent language, in the public streets of Cavan, on the morning of the 12th inst. The charge was fully proved by the Town Sergeant. The Chairman informed the defendant (who is a person of notoriously bad character) that the Court were fully determined to put an end to the disgraceful annoyance which has increased during the last two or three weeks; and in order to do so, intended in all such cases as the present to impose the full penalty awarded by the Towns' Improvement Act---namely, seven days' imprisonment. The prisoner should, therefore, be committed to gaol for that period.

A case of trespass brought by John BRADY against Robert MORROW was postponed on the application of the defendant, who did not receive the summons until after five o'clock on Saturday evening, and wished to produce witnesses.

Patrick CORCORAN summoned Peter M'GOVERN for allowing seven cows to trespass on his potato ground. Defendant was fined 3s. 6d. and costs.

Richard HICKS was summoned for having placed a quantity of manure on the public street. The Inspector of Nuisances stated that defendant was unable to attend, as he had met with an accident, and that the manure had been removed since the issuing of the summons. The Court imposed a fine of 6d. and costs.

Mrs. Mary Anne KELLY brought a civil bill process for 12s. 6d., balance of £1 17s. 6d., rent of con-acre potato ground let to Patrick and Bridget M'CORMACK in 1858-9. A decree for 10s. 6d. and costs was given.

A man named Terry SMITH came upon the table, and exhibited several wounds in his head and face, upon which, he stated, a neighbour and his family had been experimenting with spades and shoves, in the course of a debate which arose between them as to the right to a certain pass. The Chairman told him to go to a doctor, and get his head dressed, and summon his assailants for next court day.

The Court then rose.


The Rev. Ambrose LAWSON has resigned the curacy of Kilmeaden, in the diocese of Waterford, and has been appointed to the curacy of St. Michael's, in the borough of Liverpool.--WATERFORD MAIL

Appointments--Rev. Charles King IRWIN, A.M., curacy of Derrynoose; Rev. Percy George BENSON, A.B., curacy of Carnteel; Rev. John Maxwell MOUTRAY, A.B., curacy of Errigiekerogue(?); Rev. Ralph Dawson WALSH, A.B., perpetual curacy of Altadesart; Rev. Elliott 'DONNELL, curacy of Clonfert; Rev. Edward ROE, curacy of Kilconnel; Rev. Thomas OLDEN, vicarage of Tullylease; Rev. Horace T. FLEMING, rectory of St. Michael's; Rev. George B. NASH, rectory of Drimoleague; Rev. Arthur W. EDWARDS, rectory of Tamlaghtfinlagan; Rev. Charles GALWAY, rectory of Dunboe and archdeaconry of Derry; Rev. Moses LEATHEM, rectory of Lower Badeney; Rev. Henry KENNEDY, rectory of Upper Lanfield; Rev. Herbert HEATLEY, curacy of St. James; Rev. N. B. WHITE, rectory of Kilkenny West; Rev. D. J. DISNEY, curacy of Slane; Rev. J. CARROLL, curacy of Leney.

Resignations.--Rev. N. Melville ST. GEORGE, curacy of Clonfert; Rev.. T. J. MEARS, treasurer of Cork Cathedral, rectory of Dallinadee; Rev Francis BAKER, vicarage of Balrothery; Rev. F. BARNES, Sligo School; Rev. William COOKE, curacy of Wexford; Rev. W. B. BRYAN, rectory of Kilkenny West; Rev. J. L. IRVINS, curacy of Slane.

September 29, 1860

ATTEMPT AT MUTILATION--A private soldier in the 7th Regiment, named Patrick NUGENT, attempted to maim himself, and thereby obtain his discharge, in the barracks on Wednesday last, by firing his rifle close to the calf of his leg, which is much torn by the shot. He was at once sent to hospital where he progresses favourably.--WESTMEATH INDEPENDENT.


On the 24th instant, at the Cottage, Belturbet, Mrs. Hutchinson G. HUMPHRYS, of a son.

On the 19th instant, at the Workhouse, Cavan, the wife of Mr. Ralph MULLIGAN, master, of a daughter.


During the hearing of several cases of minor importance, there was only one magistrate present, W. Babington, Esq., who stated that he would postpone some serious cases of assault unless he obtained the assistance of another magistrate.--Captain Carden afterwards took his seat upon the Bench, and all the cases, with the exception of two, were heard.

Robert MORROW, of Keadue, summoned John BRADY for having allowed two sows and a litter of pigs to trespass on his potato ground, on the 13th, 14th and 19th of August, and 3rd of September, three times each day, and stated that he drove the pigs to defendant's house, and demanded trespass, on each occasion.

Defendant (on whose application the case was adjourned from last court day) denied that trespass had been asked at all, and stated that complainant's fence was a very bad one--a statement which was corroborated by the Summons-Server.

The Court imposed a fine of 2s. 6d. and costs.

MORROW had another summons against BRADY for an assault committed on the 3rd September; and Brady had a summons against Morrow for injuring his fence. The assault was of a trifling nature, and the other case was proved by complainant's step-son. Morrow and Brady live next to each other, and are connected by marriage, but they appear to be very bad friends.

The Court dismissed the charge of assault, and fined Morrow 6d., with 2s. compensation, for the injury to Brady's fence--recommending both to live on better terms in future.

Mr. Edward FEGAN summoned Mr. Thomas PATTERSON for allowing a soakage from a privy or cess-pool to flow into his yard. The Chairman suggested that as they were both respectable men, and neighbours, the case should be settled by themselves. After some conversation, it was agreed that the case should be left to the decision of the Inspector of Nuisances.

Mr. Fegan had a similar summons against a man named COWAN, which was allowed to stand over for a week--the Chairman having fully explained to defendant and his landlord the section of the Towns' Improvement Act bearing on the case.

Sub-Constable CONNELL summoned Peter M'DONELL for having been drunk in the public street of Ballyhaise. Sub-constable FOSTER gave the defendant an excellent character. Discharged without costs.

Maria REILLY was sentenced to seven days' imprisonment for having been drunk in the streets of Cavan.

Matthew BRADY summoned James M'DONNELL for wilfully damaging his cart. The servants of complainant and defendant were drawing turf from the same bog, and in trying to pass each other, the injury to the cart was effected; but as it appeared complainant's servant was in fault, the case was dismissed.

Rose BRADY, a little girl, but apparently an old offender in the same line, was fined 5s., or in default to be imprisoned for one week, for retaining some muslin, the property of Messrs. R. and W. STUART, given to her by her agent, Mr. Burke, for the purpose of working, in February. She was allowed a week to pay the fine.

A man named M'DERMOTT, one of the "navvies" engaged on the railway works now in progress in the vicinity of this town, was charged with having been drunk and assaulting the police on Sunday night, in Bridge-st. It appeared that a boy named RAHILL complained to Constable MAGUIRE, on the night in question, that he had been assaulted by one of the "navvies," and pointed out M'Dermott as his assailant. The latter refused to tell his name to the constable and he was arrested on a charge of drunkenness. He went quietly with the police until they came to the middle of Bridge-street, when he threw himself on the ground, shouting, and kicking the police in charge of him--one of whom (Sub-constable BELFORE) was much disfigured by a kick in the face. Maria REILLY aided him in his efforts, and struck right and left at the men in charge of him. There were some "navvies" near, who commenced shouting, but, on being cautioned by Constable Maguire, they did not interfere. The police behaved with great moderation.

He was only fined 5s. as it was the first case brought against any of the "navvies."

The charge against Maria REILLY for assaulting the police, and striving to incite others to do so, and rescue M'Dermott, was then gone into, and having been fully proven, she was sentenced to be imprisoned for one month, at the termination of her former sentence.

Anne CONARTY was brought up in custody, charged on the information of James KELLY, of Inishmore, with assaulting him, throwing stones at his window, and threatening to leave her illegitimate child with him.

The prisoner made a long statement to the effect that Kelly was the father of her child, that he refused to give her anything to support it, and that she committed the offences charged against her when in an excited state. She also stated that she had another ichild in a house near Ballyhaise, in a delicate state of health and that if allowed to go to it, she would not annoy Kelly anymore, but proceed against him at the Quarter Sessions.

The court administered a caution, and ordered her to pay a fine of 2s. 6d. or go to jail for 24 hours.

This was the last case heard.

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