Cavan Observer
Published in Cavan, county Cavan
May 4, 1861


Magistrates present:--Theophilus THOMPSON, Esq., Chairman; W. BABINGTON, Esq., and Capt. CARDEN.

James SMITH v. Patrick SMITH, sen., Patrick SMITH, jun., Rev. Terence SMITH, Bridget SMITH, Anne SMITH and Catherine SMITH

This was a charge of assault preferred by a son against his father, mother, brothers, and sisters.

Mr. John Armstrong appeared for complainant, and Mr. S. N. Knipe for defendants.

James SMITH, complainant examined--Is eldest son of Patrick SMITH; is a cooper by trade; I got married in January last year; my father made the match; the fortune was to be £80; my father got £21 of the fortune, which he kept; I remained in my father's house, with my wife, after I got married; I laboured the land, and worked at my trade; just as I did before my marriage; my brother, the priest, and my younger brother, also lived in the house; in December last the priest told me that my wife couldn't be let stop in the house, as she was in the family way, and that she should go home to her father until she got well; my father said the same thing afterwards, but he told me it wasn't his wishes, but by the commands of the priest; my wife was then obliged to leave, and it was agreed that she was to come back when she got well; I remained in the house after her, and after a couple of months they said I'd be to leave, too; I had to go to Mr. BURROWES in consequence of their wanting to turn me out, and keeping my diet away for a whole day; I complained to Mr. Burrowes, and he said Captain CARDEN would investigate it; myself and my father, and my younger brother--all of us but the priest--afterwards went before Captain Carden; after Captain Carden gave his directions, I went back to the house, and I saw my bed and clothes thrown out on the street; I went into the kitchen, and asked my mother what made my bed and clothes be thrown out; she said, "Begone, you scoundrel," and struck me with a potstick on the head; she then told me to leave the house, or the next place she may strike me may be worse; she again struck me with the potstick, and tried to put me out; my brother, the priest, ran into the kitchen, and also caught me, to put me out, but Dr. Matthews dragged him into the parlour, and shut the door on him; the priest did not strike me--only tried to put me out; I had to leave the house, and went round to the workshop, to protect my bed; my mother came after me and struck me several times with the same weapon she had before; she called my father and he beat me also; in the evening when they calmed down, I brought my bed into the workshop, and slept there that night, but I was afraid to do so until they were all in bed; my mother came in the next morning, while I was in bed, and beat me again, and threw me out; on the 19th my mother and two sisters beat me; my father did not strike me that day; my mother gave me two blows; I went to Mrs. CULLEN's to get something to eat, and the next day I went to Cavan; the day the bailiff was at the house my mother, after she struck me with the potstick, fired a stone after me, as I was leaving the house; she missed me with the first stone, so she picked up another, and hit me on the back of the head (complainant here showed a wound on the back of his head, the result of this assault).

Cross-examined by Mr. Knipe--My marriage was not a runaway match; I did run away with my wife unknown to her people, but not unknown to my own; it was my father and mother made the match, and they have the fortune; my father asked my wife for me from her parents; my mother-in-law did not contradict this when we were before Captain Carden; my father-in-law did not contradict it either; I did not run away with my wife in the night; we were married about ten or eleven n the morning, after Mass, at Lavey chapel; the agreement at the marriage was that myself and the wife were to live in my father's house as long as he wished, and that I was to have the place after he died; we all lived fairly together till they desolated my wife away; when I went to Mr. Burrowes, he said the old man was to have the regulating of the place as long as he lived; he said he would send for my farther; he did send for him; my father and myself were not before Mr. Burrowes, but we were before Captain Carden; I did not go shouting into the house, and saying the place was mine, after we were with Captain Carden; I only went into the kitchen, and asked who threw out my bed, when my mother said, "Begone you scoundrel,".....I had to borrow the marriage money; my brother the priest was my father's treasurer; he was treasurer for my hard industry; whenever I got money for butter firkins or anything else, I gave it to my father, and he handed it over to the treasurer.

To Mr. Babington--I got no wages from my father for coopering or working at the farm.

A young lad named M'KEOWN corroborated complainant's account of the assault committed by his mother in the kitchen....

Captain Carden, J.P., was then examined and stated that the account complainant had given of these disputes was perfectly in accordance with the account he had previously given to him; in consequence of what the parties had said before Mr. Burrowes, he wished to have the matter investigated, and he (Capt.. C.) arranged to meet all the parties in Stradone, on the 17th April, the rent day; knew old Pat SMITH to be a respectable tenant of Mr. Burrowes, and questioned him as to his reason for wishing to turn his married son out of the house; Old Smith said there was no room in the house for the young couple--that it was against his will his son married DONOHOE's daughter--that he had a right to wait, &c. One of old Smith's daughter was married into DONOHOE's family, and, as witness understands, there was some arrangement that a daughter of DONOHOE's was to marry a son of SMITH's. After what old SMITH said, witness sent for the DONOHOEs, and they contradicted everything SMITH had stated, and brought so many things to his recollection, that he was forced to acknowledge his previous statements were false, and that both himself and his wife had repeatedly asked DONOHOE to give his daughter to their son. Witness was excessively annoyed at this, and said to old SMITH, "My object is to make peace between you. Your son has married a respectable man's daughter. Under some influence which I don't pretend to understand, you wish to turn your son out of your house, and you have acted most disgracefully towards this man's daughter"--for DONOHOE treated SMITH's daughter well, and even after SMITH refused to let DONOHOE's daughter go back, DONOHOE never made any alteration to his treatment of SMITH's daughter....

After considerable discussion, in the course of which Mr. Knipe threatened to withdraw from the case, in consequence of the unyielding spirit of his clients, it was agreed that all the summonses should be withdrawn except those against the Rev. Terence Smith and his mother, and that Captain Carden, aided by Mr. Knipe and Mr. Armstrong, should try to make some arrangement between complainant and his family. The Rev. Terence SMITH and his mother were then bound over to keep the peace for seven years--themselves in the sum of £10 each, and two sureties in £5 each, or in default, to be imprisoned for one month.


The complainant is Mr. E. O'CONNOR, boot and shoe maker, Bridge-street, and the defendant, Alexander TERRY, his apprentice. The summons was brought to compel TERRY to return to his master's employment, he having lately left him. TERRY was bound to Mr. "O'CONNOR, who received £10 fee in November last, through the agency of the Lord Bishop of Kilmore, and according to Mr. O'CONNOR's statement, has lately got into bad company, and absconded from his work, on pretence of obtaining leave of absence for a few days. TERRY alleged that Mr. O'CONNOR did not give him proper diet and ill treated him, but this was utterly denied by Mr. O'CONNOR and his wife. Mr. Armstrong appeared on behalf of TERRY, having been engaged by some gentlemen who take an interest in him, and both he and the magistrates recommended the lad to go back to his master (who appears to have treated him very kindly), but he refused to do so. The case was postponed for a week in order to give TERRY an opportunity of bringing a counter summons against Mr. O'CONNOR.

The remaining cases were of no general interest.


On the 11th February, by special (illegible), at St. Thomas's Church, Calcutta, by the Rev. F. EVERARD, Bernard O'REILLY, Esq., D.P.V., late of Belturbet, County Cavan, to Annie, daughter of the late John WATTERS, Esq., of Dublin.


April 24, at Bundoran, John M'VITTY, Esq., aged ninety years. At Clonelly, on the 26th April, Mr. Guy ARMSTRONG, aged 87 years. He was familiarly known in the locality as "Protestant Guy," but as much were his neighbourly qualities esteemed, that some six hundred Roman Catholics paid respect to his memory by attending his funeral.

KELLS, MONDAY, APRIL 29.--A description of certain parties who had been carrying on the business of coining and imposing on the public in Galway, having appeared in the "Hue and Cry," the keen eyes of Head Constable KEATING, belonging to the Constabulary of this town, rested on two persons in the garb and carrying the apparatus of travelling tinkers. In company of Sub-Constable MYERS, the Head-Constable followed the party, and felt that they answered the description nearly to the letter. They were at once put under arrest, and afterwards the wife of one of them was taken into custody. On the person of the wife was discovered a half crown piece bearing the impress of those issued in 1816 (the reign of George the Third)....The parties were brought before G. T. DALTON, Esq., J.P., when the circumstances under which the arrest was made were fully explained. The prisoners were remanded in order that the necessary inquiry should be made at Galway....The man's name, it appears, is Martin M'DONAGH, and the head-constable has not a single doubt on the matter. He has also a second charge against one of the prisoner's wives, for having passed base coin some time ago. They are all well known to be part of a gang which was arrested about two years a place called Rantavin, in the County of Cavan, at the house of a poor man who kept lodging beds for travellers of their class. From many circumstances which have transpired in Meath and the County of Cavan, little doubt can be entertained that these are a part of a general gang...The public cannot be too much on their guard in receiving silver pieces.

MELANCHOLY CASE OF FRATRICIDE--On Monday last two young lands, brothers named DONNELL, who reside with their parents in Lackey Road, had an altercation at their home, when the younger DONNELL--aged about 20 years--drew a knife and stabbed his brother David in the abdomen. The latter lingered until Wednesday when--though every care was bestowed on him by Dr. MILLER--he expired from the injuries he received. It is believed that the younger DONNELL is not responsible for his acts.--Belfast Paper.

(Before Judge KEATINGE)


Dr. BALL applied to his lordship to allow this case to stand over. Mr. STANLEY, the solicitor who was conducting it for Mr. DAVIDSON, resided in Armagh, and had certain papers in his possession connected with the property of the deceased--which was very large. He wished to have an opportunity of examining the documents before advising his client.

Judge KEATINGE--I understand the property amounts to £20,000.

Dr. BALL said that there was also a fee simple estate in Armagh worth between £500 and £600 a year. The heir-at-law was not before the Court, and it was very undesirable to have perpetual litigation about the same matter...

Mr. PHILLIPS resisted the application on the part of the widow of the deceased who was opposed to any further delay.

Judge KEATINGE did not think it would be possible to have the case tried at the next after sittings--as there was no Court--and therefore the application for adjournment would cause no delay.

Dr. BALL said it would be as troublesome a case as ever his Lordship had before him.

Mr. PHILLIPS said that Mr. DAVIDSON on the acting trustee was receiving 5 percent, on the £20,000 for managing the property.

Dr. BALL--The sum is small enough. The residuary legatees are two (illegible) gentlemen.

Judge KEATINGE--Let the case stand until Wednesday.

May 11, 1861


In the Matter of the Estates of William ARMSTRONG,
Owner; Samuel FISHER, Petitioner

To be sold, before the Hon Judge DOBBS, on Thursday, the 6th day of June, 1861, at the Landed Estates Court, Dublin, at 12 o'clock noon, that part of the Lands of CLIFFERNAGH, containing 53 acres, 1 rood, and 33 perches, or thereabout, with the MILL, KILN, and BUILDINGS thereon, in the Barony of Tullygarvey and County of Cavan, held under Lease for 3 lives or 31 years, from 1st May, 1853, subject to the yearly Rent of £28 sterling, producing an estimated annual Profit of £82, or thereabouts.

Dated this 3rd day of May, 1861 C. E. DOBBS, Examiner.


On the 3rd instant, in the Presbyterian Church, Cavan, by the Rev. James CARSON, Mr. Henry TELFER, Lakeview Cottage, Blenscup, to Miss Sarah WILTON, Clonluskin, Crossdoney.

May 6, at the Roman Catholic Church, Enniskillen, by the Very Rev. Dean BOYLAN, Mr. Patrick MARTIN, to Bridget Eliza, only daughter of John CREDIN, Esq.


At Nice, on the 1st instant, after a few days' illness, Captain Edward FLEMING, of Belville, in this county, son of the late General FLEMING--deeply and deservedly regretted.


Magistrates present:--T. THOMPSON, Esq., and W. BABINGTON, Esq.

John BRADY had a civil bill process against Bernard SMITH for 5s. 3½d., balance of wages earned as a day labourer. Plaintiff proved to 4s. 4 d. of the debt, and a decree was given for that amount with costs.

Mr. Edward O'CONNOR, boot and shoemaker, Bridge-street, summoned Alexander TERRY, his indentured apprentice, for having unlawfully left his employment. The case had been adjourned from the previous court day in order to give TERRY an opportunity of bringing a cross-summons against his master. TERRY's summons was brought for the purpose of being released from his indentures, and charged his master with having at sundry times, from November 1860 to April 1861, ill-treated him, and with giving him bad and insufficient food. Mr. S. N. Knipe appeared on behalf of Mr. O'CONNOR, and Mr. John ARMSTRONG for Terry.--Evidence having been gone into, the Court considered the charges against Mr. O'CONNOR were without foundation, and therefore dismissed TERRY's summons, recommending him to return to his master's service, which he refused to do, and, in consequence, was sentenced to be imprisoned for one month. The Rev. W. P. MOORE, who has been very kind to the boy, afterwards advised TERRY to go back to his master, but this he sullenly refused to do. He was committed.

Mr. Robert Henry MERVYN summoned a man named LAWSON for having, on the 1st of May, at Crossrea, in this county, wilfully damaged and injured a pass. Mr. John Armstrong appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Knipe for defendant. The case occupied a considerable time; but as a question of title arose, the Court considered they had no jurisdiction, and dismissed the case, without prejudice.


Mr. John Armstrong applied to their Worships to invoke the vengeance of the law on the guilty heads of Bernardo DEMPSY and his wife, Eleanor DEMPSY, popularly known as the "Diver." for unlawfully and unmercifully scalded the pullet, murdered the hen, and nearly broken the head of Mrs. Catherine M'GOVERN, at present acting proprietor and directress of the Travellers' Home, in the classical Half-Acre, during the absence of her husband, Saponaceous M'GOVERN, Esq., R.S.G., at Spike Island, in which thriving colony he holds a distinguished post in the white washing and oakum disintegrating department, obtained through the official patronage of the Assistant-Barrister. Mrs. M'GOVERN told a "round unvarnished tale" in support of her summons, and produced the ghastly corpse of the murdered hen, as well as the stone with which the "Diver" had inflicted a terrific wound upon her occiput. The "Diver" had a cross-summons for assault and battery against the keeper of the model lodging-house, and during her examination asserted that lady's robe, shawl, crinoline, bonnet, flowers and ribbons were the produce of successful robberies. The "Diver" admitted throwing the stone, but alleged that she did so in self-defence, and to prevent Mrs. M'GOVERN stabbing her with a knife. Trustworthy witnesses were examined on both sides, the evidence being couched in delicate and classic language, and an animated interchange of compliments passed between the lady litigants--each of whom thanked her stars that she bore no moral, social or personal resemblance to the other. The "Diver" summons was dismissed, and she was fined 6s. or a week's sojourn in the "jug" for the assault on Mrs. M'GOVERN, to whom the Chairman administered a well deserved rebuke...The "Diver" paid the fine without a murmur; Mrs. M'GOVERN placed a shroud around the mangled body of her slaughtered hen, wrapped up the granite missile of the "Diver," and departed with the bearing of a Roman matron--proud, though patient.

The Court then rose.

CHAPEL OF EASE.--William SMITH, Esq., J.P., has built a chapel of ease at Drumheel, and the Lord Bishop of Kilmore preached in it on Sunday last.

SUDDEN DEATH IN VIRGINIA--On the night of Friday last, the 3rd instant, the wife of a respectable farmer, Richard CARROLL, of Edinbart, near Virginia, suddenly took ill about eleven o'clock.--She at once requested her husband to send for the Rev. Mr. O'REILLY, P.P.. He did so, but before the arrival of the clergyman, the poor woman was speechless, and expired at a little after twelve o'clock. She leaves her husband and a large young family to deplore her loss.

(from the Christian Examiner for May.)

APPOINTMENTS. Diocese of Armagh--Rev. Edward GABBETT, to the curacy of of Collon: patron the Vicar.

Diocese of Down and Connor--Rev. G. V. CHISCHESTER, A.B; T.C.D., to the vicarage of Drummaul; patron Rev. William O'NEILL

Diocese of Meath--Rev. F. BRISCOE the Vicarage of Kilmessan; patron the Marquess of Droghega; Rev. H. GELSTON, the rectory of Kilmainham Wood; patron the Crown; Rev. J. J. DUNCAN the curacy of Drumcorra; patron the Rector, Rev. F. O'MELIA the curacy of Danboyne; patron the Rector.

LOUGHGALL PROTESTANT DEFENCE ASSOCIATION.--A large and highly influential meeting of the gentry and respectable farmers of the neighbourhood of Loughgall was held in the market house of the town on Wednesday evening, for the purpose of forming a Protestant Defence Association in connection with the parent society in Armagh...--Armagh Guardian

May 18, 1861


Magistrates present:--William BABINGTON, Esq., Chairman; and J. G. TATLOW, Esq.


Constable SHEALDS summoned John GAFFNEY for having allowed his pig (influenced, perhaps by a thirst for knowledge and the ambition of emulating the learned "Toby") to wander, unattended, in the immediate vicinity of the "National" (?) school. Mr. GAFFNEY was fined 6d. and costs, and will, doubtless, impress upon his porker that the pursuit of knowledge in that quarter is attended with expense as well as difficulties.

John M'CABE was fined 6d. and costs for having allowed his porker to perambulate the Broad road without an escort.


James PRUNTY and Patrick KELLAGHER were summoned for having (in defiance of Sergeant NEADON and temperance societies) been gloriously drunk in the picturesque and peaceful village of Butlersbridge. The defendants modestly refrained from presenting themselves at Court, and sent in a plea of "guilty" by the Constabulary. As it was their first offence, they were only fined 6d. each and the costs.

Peter FITZPATRICK, a jolly-looking railway navigator, was charged with having committed the same offence in the same place, and laughingly informed the Court that he "hadn't nothing to say, only he was drunk." As Peter had been very noisy and very troublesome, he was fined 5s., or, in default, 48 hours imprisonment. Peter would not consent to invest any portion of his capital in the Consolidated Fund, and adjourned to the reserved seats, where he indulged in some inaudible benedictions on the members of the police force in general, and those of Butlersbridge in particular.


Elliott PRATT summoned Thomas TEEVAN for £4 10s. 2d., balance of amount of 30 days ploughing. Plaintiff had his own horse with him when ploughing; made no agreement with defendant; received £2 19s 10d. as part payment. Mr. John Armstrong appeared for defendant. The defence was that plaintiff only worked 26½ days; that the sum was given to him, with his board, and the "keep" of his horse, was quite sufficient for the work done; that he accepted it as payment in full, and only brought the summons because defendant declined to lend him £2. Defendant and his wife were examined. The Court, after a careful hearing, gave a decree for £1 11s. 2d,--allowing plaintiff (minus the sum previously received) 3s. 6d. a day, for 26 days, he not being able to prove more.--Defendant then handed up a set-off for the support of plaintiff's horse, but the Court refused to allow the sum claimed as defendant had voluntarily kept the horse for his own convenience. Defendant said he would appeal, but Mr. Armstrong advised him not to do so.


Philip BRADY processed John REILLY for £1 17s. 3d., price of shop goods. Defendant did not appear. Service of the civil bill, &c., having been proved, a decree, with costs, was given.


Mr. John MATCHETT, of Poles, summoned Hugh SMITH for having allowed three head of cattle to trespass on his land on the 6th and 7th of May. SMITH did not deny the trespass, but alleged that Mr. MATCHETT's fences were bad. Mr. MATCHETT stated that he had expended a considerable sum in repairing the mearing fence, that SMITH never laid out a penny for that purpose, and that his cattle were always trespassing. On the last occasion Mr. MATCHETT summoned SMITH, the latter promised to prevent his cattle from trespassing on Mr. MATCHETT's land, and was let off without a fine. He was now fined 6s. and costs.


Patk. M'MAHON summoned John COLLINS for having trespassed on and injured a piece of bog rented by him. M'MAHON deposed that COSGRAVE, Mr. WARING's bailiff, let him a piece of the bog on the 1st of May; COSGRAVE marked out the portion of bog, and complainant prepared it in the usual manner for cutting; some days afterwards he heard that COLLINS had some men cutting turf on his portion of the bog; he at once went to the bog, and remonstrated with COLLINS, telling him of his agreement with COSGRAVE, but without effect. COLLINS alleged that on the 23rd of April he agreed with COSGRAVE for the piece of bog claimed by M'MAHON. The Court adjourned the case for the evidence of COSGRAVE, neither party having summoned him.


John HUMPHRYS summoned James KEMP, and James KEMP summoned John HUMPHRYS, relative to some dispute about a pass. Mr. John Armstrong appeared for HUMPHRYS. A number of other persons, apparently interested in the cases, came upon the table, and, at the suggestion of the Chairman, all the litigants consented to refer their dispute to the arbitration of Mr. John LYNDON, assistant agent to Lord Farnham, their landlord.


John GALLIGAN summoned Phillip LEDDY and James LEDDY (father and son)--the former for the trespass of two head of cattle on the 8th inst., and the latter for having challenged complainant and used threats towards him, on the same day.

The elder LEDDY is a fine-looking old man, but totally blind.

Complainant deposed that on the 8th of May he was working in his field, and saw LEDDY's cattle trespassing on his land, as they have been in the habit of doing every day during the last seven or ten years; whistled and shouted to them to leave the field, but they would not do so; ran towards them, and saw James LEDDY and his sister "lying in ambush behind the bush;" asked LEDDY, "Is it hurding your cattle in my field you are?" LEDDY called him a "perjured scoundrel, that thought to transport half the country," took off his coat and challenged him to fight, and notwithstanding that complainant gave him nothing but fair words, he used most violent threats towards him, and would have struck him with a shovel but for the interference of his sister.

An old labouring man, who had been working near the scene of the quarrel, corroborated complainant's evidence, but defendant's sister gave an entirely different version of the occurrence.

James LEDDY had a cross-summons against GALLIGAN for having, at the same time and place, used threats towards him, and challenged him to fight. According to his and his sister's evidence, GALLIGAN had hunted the trespassing cattle with two dogs--"a half-bull and a cur"--and the dogs bit the cattle, and LEDDY only remonstrated with him in the most gentle manner, recommending him to "make up his fences," when GALLIGAN challenged him to fight, and used threats towards him.

The Court, being puzzled how to decide upon such contradictory evidence, referred the case, by consent of the parties, to their agent; if he does not deal with it, they are to appear on next Monday.

There were no other cases.

A GOOD PASTOR Last week a deputation from the Protestant parishioners of Castleterra presented the Rev. Arthur MONYPENNY, Broomfield, Ballyhaise, with a purse containing one hundred and five sovereigns, together with an address, a copy of which, and the Rev. gentleman's reply, will be found in our advertising columns....


May 9th, in hope of a glorious resurrection, Jane, wife of Christopher NIXON, Esq., of Ballyglasson House, Blacklion, sincerely and deservedly regretted.


On the 10th inst., at St. Peter's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. A. M. POLLOCK, assisted by the Rev. W. C. RINGWOOD, brother of the bride, the Rev. Walter V. G. DUDGEON, youngest son of James DUDGEON, Esq., 38 Upper Fitzwilliam-street, to Mary, second daughter of the late William RINGWOOD, Esq., of Lower Leeson-street.

On the 11th inst., at St. Mark's Church, Dublin, by the Ven. the Archdeacon of Meath, assisted by the Rev. Eugene O'MEARA, Benjamin ROBERTS, Esq., Jamestown, county Meath, to Mary, second daughter of the late Colonel William FAIRLOUGH, of Her Majesty's 28th Regiment.

On the 10th inst., by the Rev. Mr. MEANE, Mr. Patrick FOX, of Drogheda, to Anna Ellen, youngest daughter of Mr. John THOMAS BAREBONES, late of Athboy, in the county of Meath.

INFORMATION REQUIRED--Mary GRILLISH, formerly of Ballybot, near Newry, and now residing in Ballybay, County of Monaghan, wishes to obtain information respecting her daughter Mary, by her first husband, Laurence KILLORAN. Mary KILLORAN left this country four years ago, and went to England. She was then sixteen years of age and had light hair. When last heard of she was in Cheshire and is supposed to be living in some part of that county at present....

FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT LONGFORD TERMINUS--LONGFORD, MAY 15--For the last fortnight a train, laden with Connaughtmen, goods and cattle, &c., leaves this town at eleven o'clock, and to-day, after the Strokestown fair on yesterday, it was an unusually large train, and one unfortunate man from Dublin, named Hugh KIERNAN, a jobber, got on the edge of one of the boxes, or waggons, in which he had cattle, and, although desired by the railway people not to sit in that position, her persisted, being a little under the influence of drink, when melancholy to relate KIERNAN fell backwards the moment the train was put in motion, the lower part of his body crossing the rails and the wheels passing over his thighs and abdomen. Although the man was instantly picked up and conveyed to the infirmary by the directions of Mr. H. M. EDGEWORTH....Drs. EDGEWORTH, HYDE, GWYDER, PETERS, &c.,examined..he died in a few minutes....


We notice with much pleasure the appointment of the Rev. Wm. Moore WILKINS, to the Rectory of Killargue, county Leitrim. Mr. WILKINS's abilities as a preacher and usefulness as a parish minister were well known in Cavan before his appointment to Killinagh parish....

May 25, 1861


At Killeevan Rectory, Clones, the wife of the Rev. John FLANAGAN, of a son.


On Thursday, the 16th inst., in Kinawley church, by the Rev. J. J. FOX, Mr. William TAYLOR, Florencecourt, to Miss Hannah ROBINSON, daughter of the late Mr. Joseph ROBINSON, of Derryline.


May 18, at his residence, Miltown Lodge, Mr. S. L. CRAWFORD, solicitor.



Magistrates present--William BABINGTON, Esq., in the chair; Theophilus THOMPSON, Esq., Andrew CARDEN, Esq., Robert ERSKINE, Esq., and Nathaniel MONTGOMERY, Esq.

Bartholomew SODON v. Connor DALY and Jas. PLUNKET, and James PLUNKET and Connor DALY v. Bartholomew SODON, Ellen SODON, Rose SODON and Owen SODON

The first case was a summons for assaulting complainant on the 25th of April and 10 of May.--The cross-summons was for an assault on the 10th of May. DALY and PLUNKET were hired servants of SODON, and conducted themselves in such an improper manner towards SODON both on the days named in the summonses, and almost during the entire time they were with SODON, that the Court, after a very patient hearing of both cases, dismissed the case against SODON and his family, and sentenced Connor DALY to be imprisoned for two months, with hard labour, and PLUNKETT (sic) to find bail to keep the peace for seven years--himself in the sum of £20, and two sureties in £30 each, or to be imprisoned for two months. PLUNKETT, not being able to find the required bail, was committed with his friend DALY.

Michael LYNCH and Ellen BRIARTY were charged with drunken and disorderly conduct, and with having assaulted Sub-Constables BELFORD and KEARNY. Mr. Thompson, J.P., who discovered the defendants drunk on the Workhouse-road, and at considerable trouble, succeeded in having them arrested, and examined, as were also the two Sub-Constables, and the Court sentenced BRIARTY to two months' imprisonment, and LYNCH to a fortnight's imprisonment, the mitigated punishment being in consequence of an appeal for clemency made by him, on the ground that he was a stranger and did not know what he was doing at the time he committed the offence charged against him.

Bridget M'CABE and Margaret CONNOLLY were each sentenced to a week's imprisonment, under the Town's Improvement Act, for drunken and disorderly conduct in the streets of Cavan on the morning of the 16th instant.

Mrs. PATTERSON summoned Robert COWAN and T. TILSON, relative to the oft-tried-nuisance at the Barrack-hill, and after a long discussion, all the parties consented to have the case postponed for a fortnight--Mr. FEGAN (the principal sufferer by the nuisance), to make a sewer for carrying away the nuisance, in the meantime, to the expense of which they are all to contribute.

A light-fingered gentleman who gave his name as Patrick TRACY, was brought up, charged on informations with having stolen a half-sovereign and 17s. 6d. in silver, from the person of Bernard HILL. Mr. TRACY, according to his own statement, was a model of innocence, requested the Court to pay particular attention to his case, had cross-examined HILL with the ability of an Old Bailey lawyer; but HILL, though rather simple-looking, succeeded in convincing the Court that, whether accidentally or otherwise, Mr. TRACY had abstracted the cash from his pocket. The Court accordingly sent Mr. TRACY for trial to the Quarter Sessions, despite the solemn protest of that gentleman that it was a great shame to do so.

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