Cavan Observer
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

June 6, 1863



(Before Theophilus Thompson, J.P., Chairman; Captain Erskine, J.P.; and William Babington, J.P.)


A most violent and troublesome fellow named ROONEY, who has frequently figured before the Court on various charges, was brought up at the suit of the Guardians of the Cavan union, charged with refractory conduct, and attempting to assault a pauper named CURRAN. Curran deposed that he was sent by the master at nine o'clock on that morning to tell Rooney to get up out of bed; Rooney said he had no right to disturb him, and flung a bucket at him; only he stooped the bucket would have hit him in the head; told the matter of his conduct, and when he came down to the ward Rooney said he would not be disturbed by either the master or witness.

FINLEY, the Porter of the Workhouse, said Rooney put the master out of the room at nine o'clock in the morning, and refused to get out of bed.........

Mr. Thompson--We commit him to gaol for two months.

Rooney--If you send me to gaol for this, you'll see how it will be.

Rooney attempted to strike the witness Curran in the presence of the Court, and two policemen had enough to do to prevent him committing violence.


Mr. William FINLEY, of Cavan, charged Rose DEMPSEY with being concealed in his back premises, and having in her possession some turf, his property.

Mr. Finely deposed that about three o'clock on the morning of the 23rd ult. he caught the prisoner concealed in the back house with a bag full of turf; the door of the out-house was fastened on the previous night, and the prisoner must have effected an entrance at the rere by getting over a wall six feet high; had a suspicion of some person, as turf had been take out of the same place before.

The prisoner was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.


Mr. Slyvester (sic) WALLACE sued Peter M'CABE for 13s 2d for shop goods. Mr. Wallace's shopboy proved the debt, and a decree was granted.



Estate of Patrick KEARNEY and others, Owners; Rev. John BARLOW, Petitioner.

Lot 1--Part of the lands of Lower Cormeen, held in fee, 252a; net yearly rent, £141 13s. Sold to Mr. P. SMITH, the tenant, at £2,833. Messrs. REEVES and Son, solicitors.

NEW ROSS ELECTION--The election of a member for the borough of New Ross commenced on Thursday, when Mr. Joseph M'KENNA and Colonel TOTTENHAM were nominated. The polling takes place on Saturday (this day.)

ROMANCE IN RURAL LIFE--A Northern contemporary is responsible for the following:--An event came off on Monday last which has caused no small sensation in the townland of Knock, county Fermanagh, viz., the elopement of a simple rustic with a confiding young lady not long emerged from her teens. Alexander KEENAN, for such is the name of the hero, conjoins with his pastoral employment the profession of a miller. About two o'clock on the above morning, the fugitives took their departure on the post car, the lady having provided herself with sufficient apparel for a bride, and £50, the property of her brother, a respectable farmer, with whom she lived. In their journey they went through Clones and Monaghan, arriving in the primatial city about one o'clock in the afternoon of Monday. Unfortunately for them it was past the canonical hour, and the marriage ceremony must be delayed; but more unfortunate still, the appliances of science had placed speedier means of locomotion at the disposal of the brother, whom the train delivered in Armagh one hour later than the eloped ones. He lost no time in presenting himself at the police barracks, repeated the story of his woes, and besought the help which this valuable house can afford. Acting Constable DWYER and Sub-Constable SMITH set out in quest of the missing pair, and very soon made acquaintance with them in a public-house in Scotch-street, where the young lady was relieved of £47 of her brother's abstracted cash. They were then brought before John D. WINDER, Esq., J.P., and as the guardian of the girl peremptorily forbade the banns, but agreed to become reconciled to her if she returned home, she adopted this course in preference to a prosecution for theft. KEENAN not having any of the property, there was no charge against him, and he was sent adrift. His religion was an insuperable bar, indeed the only bar against his union with a daughter of Fermanagh, and he was left to chose some more fitting spouse; while Sylvia, grown less sprightly, returned rather unwillingly to her home in Knock, and there, like "sad Philomel, her song in tears doth steep."

The Right Hon. the Earl of Granard, K.P., her Majesty's Lieutenant for the county Leitrim, has made the following appointment to the Leitrim Rifle Regiment of Militia:--John Calcutt BEATTY, late Lieutenant, 4th Royal Lancashire Regiment, to be Lieutenant Supernumerary, vice LAMBERT, promoted.


June 2, at St. James's, Westminster, by the Rev. Stanley LEATHES, M.A., George William, second son of Edmund Floyd CUPPAGE, of Clare Grove, county Dublin, Esq., to Louisa Emily, only daughter of John E.V. VERNON, D.L., of Clontarf Castle, county Dublin, Esq.

June 13, 1863


A LIST of Applications received by the Clerk of the Peace from persons seeking
for the Sale of BEER, SPIRITS, &c., by Retail within said County.....

No Name Residence Parish Barony
1. BOYD, Robert Main-street, Arva Killeshandra Tullyhunco
2. COMMONS, James do. do. do.
3. DONAGAN, John do. do. do.
4. KING, Mary Main-street, Cavan Urney Upper Loughtee
5. M'DONALD, Terrence Main-street, Belturbet Drumlane Lower Loughtee
6. WALPOLE, Elizabeth Town of Arva Killeshandra Tullyhunco  

Clerk of the Peace, County Cavan
Cavan, 2nd June, 1863

A LIST of Applications received by the Clerk of the Peace from persons seeking
for the Sale of BEER, SPIRITS, &c., by Retail within said County.....

No. Name Residence Parish Barony
1. ARMSTRONG, Elizabeth Kingscourt Enniskeen Clonkee  
2. CARROLL, Philip William-street, Bailieborough Bailieborough do.  
3. FLUKER, John Market-street, Bailieborough do do  
4. HANRATTY, Bridget Market-street, Bailieborough do do  

Clerk of the Peace, County Cavan
Cavan, 5th June, 1863


(Before William Babington, J.P., Chairman; W. M. Hickson, R.M., and William Smith, J.P., Esqrs.)


Four comfortable-looking young countrymen were brought before the Court, charged on the information of Michael BRENNAN, of Drumbucklis, with having assaulted him with sticks and whips at the fair of Ballinagh on the 5th inst.

A certificate was read from Dr. O'REILLY, of Ballinagh, stating that Brennan was unable to attend from the effects of the injuries he had received..Mr. Napier, Sub-Inspector, said he understood Brennan was in a dangerous state. The assault was a most daring one, having occurred almost in the presence of the police.

The prisoners applied to be admitted to bail, stating that they could obtain security to any amount. The Court said they could not entertain the question of bail until the man was declared out of danger. The prisoners were remanded for a week.

Michael DONOHOE, of Corraneal, charged Michael CAHILL, on an information, with having struck him on the head with a whip or stick, at the fair of Ballinagh, on the 5th inst. Donohoe proved that he was in the public house of a man named SMITH at Ballinagh on the day in question; received a blow from behind, and when I turned round the prisoner, Cahill, was the person next me, and I made a blow at him; I will not swear it was Cahill struck me; there were plenty of men who could have struck me as well as Cahill; when I made the blow at Cahill, I can't say if he had any weapon in his hand; the reason I said it was Cahill struck me, because he was next to me at the time. Mr. Napier, Sub-Inspector, said the Doctor had not certified that Donohoe was out of danger, and he would, therefore, ask the Court to remand the prisoner.

Mr. Smith said it should be first shown that it was the prisoner who struck the blow.....The Constable of the Ballinagh station said that when he arrested Cahill he had a stick in his possession, and he at first resisted going with the police....Donohoe, in reply to the Court, said he was not drunk on the day in question......Mr.. Napier understood there was evidence to show that it was Cahill who struck the blow.

Court (to the Constable)--Do you think you can have sufficient evidence on next Court day to show that it was Cahill who struck Donohoe. The Constable could not swear that he would be able to fix the guilt on Cahill.

Mr. Smith-I know Cahill to be a respectable man, and he can be found whenever he is required. We have no evidence to justify us in either remanding the prisoner or placing him under a rule of bail.

The prisoner was discharged.

There were no other cases of any public interest.


June 4, at Woodlawn, Lewes, Near Mainstone, the wife of Lieutenant Colonel F. M. BAKER, late of her Majesty's Indian Army, of a daughter.

June 7, the wife of Charles O'HARA, Esq., M.P., of a son.


June 9, at St. George's, Hanover-square, London, by the Rev. Rowley HILL, M.A., Sir John HILL, Bart., of St. Columbs, County Londonderry, Major 19th Hussars, to Charlotte Isabella, only daughter of Henry D. BLYTH, Esq., of Hamil-place, Piccadilly.

June 4, at St. Anne's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. John O'ROUKE, A.M., Vicar of Killascobe, county Galway, Christopher JOYNT, Esq., M.D., L.K.Q.C.P., of the Indian Army, and late of the Scinde House, to Lilly Anna, daughter of William Noble HOLTON, Esq., J.P., of Woodberry House, Athlone, county Roscommon.


April 8, at Craig, Ayrshire, N.B., Randall St. Leger, second son of the Late Edward FLEMING, Esq., Belville. Friends will please accept this intimation.

June 8, at her residence, Laxton, Bray, Frances Maria, eldest daughter of the late Wm. PRESTON, Esq., Judge of Appeals, and the Hon. F.D. PRESTON, and granddaughter of John EVANS, Lord Carbery.

MARRIAGE IN HIGH LIFE--Thursday, in Clontarf Protestant Church, a marriage was solemnized between the Rev. W. C. PLUNKET, nephew of the Lord Bishop of Tuam, and Anne Lee, only daughter of Benjamin Lee G(illegible)., Esq.

June 20, 1863


CAVAN MILITIA--The general embodiment of this fine regiment took place in the barrack square of this town on Monday. The attendance of the volunteers was remarkably punctual, and there were much fewer absences than was anticipated...Nealy 200 recruits have been under training for the previous 14 days....The following officers are at present with the regiment.--Majors SAUNDERSON and MOORE; Captains PHILLIPS, DEASE, CUMING, BERRY, SAUNDERSON, NUGENT and GOSSELIN; Lieutenants KERR, TWIGG, LAFFERE, BOOTH, and GOSSELIN.


June 9, at Castletown, Berehaven, the wife of M. G. DOWNING, Esq., of a son.

June 12, in Main-street, Cavan, the wife of Edward BLAKE, Esq., Merchant, of a son.

June 13, at Ashfield, county Dublin, the wife of Richard Bermingham KIRWAN, Esq., of a daughter.

June 15, the Countess of Antrim, of a daughter.


June 11, at Woodlands, county Meath, James LANG., Esq., aged 60 years.

May 27, at New York, Thomas MURRAY, aged 25 years, of the parish of Larah, county Cavan.

May 27, at New York, James MAGAURAN, a native of Crosserlough, county Cavan.

May 27, at New York, Peter M'DERMOTT, of Ballyhais, county Cavan, aged 35 years.



(Before William Babington, J.P. Chairman; Wm. Hickson, R.M., Robert Edward Nugent, J.P., and David Finley, J.P., Esqrs.)


The Town Constable brought up four unfortunate girls at the suit of the Town Commissioners, for trespassing on the Gallow's-hill by erecting of infamous huts there. The case was adjourned from the last Court day, in order that the parties might remove the huts complained of.

The Town Constable proved that the huts were not removed; saw Margaret REILLY and Ann LEMON in the huts on Gallow's hill on that morning. The Court fined Reilly and Lemon 10s each, or a week's imprisonment.


Edward CORCORAN sued James BRADY for 1s 6d, for the execution of a decree. Corcoran proved that he was employed by Brady to execute a decree; was to have got 2s 6d for his trouble; only got 1s and the balance remains due. Decree granted.


Sub-Constable James ROSS summoned Margaret BRADY, better know as the "Spider," for having her ass trespassing on the public road. The sub-Constable proved the offence. The "Spider" said the ass was a quiet, inoffensive beast that used to be working in the day time, and only let out on the road at night.

Mr. Napier, Sub-Inspector, remarked that the defendant was an industrious poor woman.

Mr. Babington--In consequence of the character give of you by Mr. Napier, I shall only fine you the costs.

Constable M'CALL summoned a man named SHERIDAN for having two horses wandering on the public road. The Constable proved the offence, and the defendant was fined the costs.


Sub-Constable HAMILTON charged a well known character belonging to the town, named FITZPATRICK, with resisting and assaulting him in the execution of his duty. He was also charged with assaulting Dr. Matthews....The prisoner said he was drunk and did not know what he was doing. While in gaol he promised the clergyman to refrain from drink in the future....He said he resided in Cavan since the "big election," and had never been charged with a disgraceful crime.....

Prisoner--I have a wife and family without any means of support, and if your honours let me go this time I'll never trouble you again.

The prisoner was discharged on entering into his own recognizance to keep the peace in future


The Rev. J. CARSON summoned a man named Edward SMITH, for stealing hay from the front of the Presbyterian house in Farnham-street. A servant boy of the reverend gentleman's proved that his master lost some hay....Constable M'CALL deposed to having discovered within a few yards of Smith's residence a bag containing grass.....Mr. GALLOGLY remarked that Smith was frequently before charged with larceny.

The Rev. Mr. Carson thought it right to mention that his servant had been threatened by some friend of Smith's....The servant boy proved that he was met by a person in Mr. FAY's shop who threatened to beat him for giving information against Smith.

Mr. Babington--There is not a shadow of doubt that the accused stole the hay. If again brought before the Court for a like offence the present conviction will most assuredly toll against him.

Smith was fined 5s., together with 10s as compensation, and 5s costs, or a month's imprisonment.


Mary CONNELLY was charged by Catherine BRACKEN with striking her with some blunt weapon on the head and inflicting serious injury. Both parties are unfortunate girls on town, and Bracken was so severely injured by the blow she received that she had been undergoing medical treatment in the workhouse hospital since the occurrence....

CONNELLY said it was whiskey did it all. She was so drunk at the time of the occurrence that she did not know what she was doing.....She was sentenced to one month's imprisonment.

Owen O'HARA, Pat LYNCH, Thomas GIBNEY, and John HALLAGAN, the four young men who were remanded from last Court day, on the charge of having dangerously assaulted Patrick BRENNAN, at the fair of Ballinagh, on the 5th inst., were again brought up.

Patrick Brennan proved that he was at the fair of Ballinagh on the day in question; got a blow on the head in the public street, and when he turned round saw O'Hara next to him; Lynch and Gibney were in the crowd; cannot positively swear that it was the prisoners who struck him. One of the Ballinagh Constabulary who arrested the prisoners stated that Brennan then said it was O'Hara struck him.

Brennan--I only said I though it was O'Hara.....

Thomas Brennan, a brother of the prosecutor, deposed that he heard a girl named Bridget KEOGAN say, "Lynch, you did it," after his brother was struck.....Bridget KOEGAN was the next witness produced, and she gave her evidence with evident reluctance. She said she saw her cousin, Patrick Brennan, get a blow of a stick or a ship on the head; can't say who struck him; saw a whip in Pat Lynch's hand, and thinks he struck a blow--......

Patt KOEGAN proved that he was going home with the prosecutor from the fair....witness went into a house where his father was purchasing a pair of shoes, and while there heard a sharp blow outside; when he came into the street he saw a crowd around Brennan and hear he had been beaten; saw Lynch with a whip....cannot say who else was there as it was dark at the time.....

Mr. Hickson--Ballinagh is the only town in the county where rows of this kind occur...

The Court took informations against O'Hara, Lynch, and Gibney, and returned the case for trial to the Quarter Sessions. Halligan was discharged. Both the prosecutor and the witnesses manifested the greatest unwillingness to bind themselves to prosecute, and it was only when threatened with the alternative of going to gaol that they did so.

The Court then rose.


(From our own Reporter)

(Before the Lord Chief Baron and a Special Jury.)


This was an action for assault and false imprisonment. The plaintiff is a cattle dealer, residing in Lavey, in the county of Cavan, and the defendant a gentleman residing at Belvue, in the county of Meath. It was alleged that in consequence of certain treatment which the plaintiff received at the hands and at the instigation of the defendant, that he caught "pleura pneumonia," by which his life was endangered. Damages were laid at £500. The defence was that the defendant did not assault the plaintiff, as alleged; that he did not beat or have the plaintiff arrested, as alleged; and he did not keep the plaintiff in prison, as alleged; and that on the night of the 14 of December last, the house of workmen of the defendant's was feloniously broken and entered by four persons, and the workmen were beaten and received grievous bodily harm, and the defendant being informed of this he proceeded on horseback to the house, and found his workmen beaten, wounded and besmeared with blood, one of them being in fear of immediate death. The defendant having got a description of the persons who committed the alleged felony proceeded in pursuit of them, and having met the plaintiff and another person on the road who were both unknown to him; he was let to suspect that the plaintiff and his companion were two of the persons who had committed the assault...and acting in such suspicion he arrested the plaintiff and the other person and gave them in charge on suspicion to be dealt with according to law, to certain constables who had them come up to the place.....

The Chief Baron having summed up the evidence and stated the law, the jury, after an absence of nearly an hour, found a verdict for the plaintiff--£50 damages and 6d costs.

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT--We regret to record the particulars of a most melancholy accident which occurred on Friday morning, just below the Culmore State of the Northern Counties Railway, and which resulted in the death of Mr. Andrew M'KIM, of Pennyburn, near this city. The deceased, who was a carpenter by trade, had been engaged in repairing the light-houses on the Foyle. He had, we believe, completed his work, and was finishing the Culmore lighthouse, the last of those which he had to repair, on the morning in question. The lighthouse at Culmore is, perhaps, fifty or sixty feet in height, and Mr. M'Kim, while removing some scaffolding from the top of this building, upset one of the planks, lost his footing and fell to the bottom. He made an effort to grasp the scaffold as he fell but to no purpose. He came heavily down on the stone abutment at the foundation, and was killed instantaneously......This horrible accident took place in the presence of his son, whom, with his father and some other workman, had left Derry early in the morning to go down to the lighthouse. The deceased was a man of the highest character in the rank of life, and by his industry was able comfortably to support a wife and six children, who are now mourning his untimely end.--"Derry Journal."

June 27, 1863


In the Matter of the Estate of
Ex Parte

TO BE SOLD before the Honorable Judge Dobbs, at the Landed Estates Court, in the City of Dublin on THURSDAY, the 2nd day of JULY, 1863, at the hour of Twelve o'Clock noon, the Lands of KNOCKARAVAN, situate in the barony of Clonkelly, and


Held in fee in three Lots, viz:--

Lot 1, containing 15 a. 2r. 15p. statute measure. Yearly rent £11 4s. 4d.

Lot 2, containing 22a. 3r. 25p. like measure. Yearly rent, £18

Lot 3, containing 52a. 3. 6p. Yearly rent, £14.

Dated 5th day of June, 1863.



(Before Joshua Clarke, Esq., Q.C., Chairman of the County)

The summer Quarter Sessions of this town commenced on Monday. At ten o'clock his Worship came into court, when Mr. CAFFREY, Deputy Clerk of the Peace, called over the jury panel. On the first calling of the panel very few jurors answered to their names, and Mr. HARMAN, the Sub-Sheriff, said it was a great shame for persons living in the vicinity of the court not to attend, and they ought certainly be fined.

The Court proceeded with the hearing of insolvent debtors, of whom there were three, John WALKER, whose case had been adjourned from two previous sessions, at the instance of Alderman ROONEY, of Dublin, the detaining creditor, was now unopposed, and was discharged.

Bryan FITZPATRICK was unopposed, and discharged.

John Armstrong DOWLER was unopposed, and discharged.

Mr. Caffrey again read over the grand panel, when the following jury were empannelled:--Messrs. Thomas HARTLEY, foreman; Wm. Moore BLACK, James KILROY, James MORROW, F. E. HUDDLESON, Henry DOUGLAS, Samuel KENNEDY, Wm. NORTON, Philip SMITH, George GRAHAM, Hugh PORTER, Alexander KETTYLE, P. M'CANN, James KENNEDY, James HARTLEY, James MECKLE and Francis M'CABE.

His Worship then addressed the grand jury, and said he was sorry he could not congratulate them on the lightness of the calendar. There are twenty-four cases, and although some of them are of a trivial character, yet on the whole it discloses a very bad state of things.....

During the Session the following magistrates were on the Bench:--Captain Phillips, Captain Cuming, Capt. Nugent, W. M. Hickson, R.M., William Babington, Captain Erskine.


John TUITE and William TUITE v. the Trustees of the Commissioners of Drainage

This was an appeal from the decision of the Belturbet bench of magistrates, ordering the removal of certain obstructions in the river Erne, at Belturbet, caused by the appellants erecting a fish-house and other impediments by which the drainage works in the locality were interfered with, and a quantity of land flooded. The case created much interest, it being alleged that upwards of 2,000 acres of land along the banks of the river Erne were flooded by the obstruction and the same matter has been for many years a subject of litigation....His Worship considered it was quite clear the wall had been raised, and as it had been shown that the raising of it impeded the flow of water he would affirm the decision of the Court below, which imposed a penalty of £2, and involved the removal of the obstruction.....His Worship said in the present case it was quite clear that the appellants had acted wrong, while in the former one it was by no means clear that they had acted right, but the court gave them the benefit of whatever doubt the evidence suggested. He would give £ costs.


The Grand Jury having returned into Court with their finding of the several bills of indictment, the arraignment of prisoners were proceeded with.

Joseph OWENS was indicted for a rescue. He pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month's imprisonment.

Eleanor DEMPSEY was arraigned for stealing turf the property of Wm. FINLAY, of Cavan. She pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month's imprisonment.


Mary FARRELL was indicted for stealing a dress cap from the shop of Mr. CURRAN, of Arvagh, on the 8th June.

Constable M'FADDEN, of the Arvagh station proved to having got in the prisoner's possession the dress cap now produced; the cap was concealed under her apron; Mrs. Curran identified the cap as one of those stolen from her husband's shop.

Ellen CURRAN, sworn, and examined by Mr. B. Armstrong, Sessional Crown Solicitor--Lives at Arvagh, and recollected the 8th of June; it was the fair day; two dress caps and a black felt hat were stolen from her husband's shop on that day; the cap now produced is part of the property....

The Chairman briefly summed up the evidence, and the jury, without leaving the box, found the prisoner guilty.

Chairman--You have been three times convicted for offences of this kind and the punishment awarded you seems to have had no effect in correcting your evil habits.......the Court now sentences you to three years penal servitude.

Farrell KEEGAN was indicted for stealing a cow on the 25th March, at Bruce, the property of Thomas MASTERSON.....

Constable Richard COURTNEY sworn, and examined by the Crown Solicitor--went to the house of the prisoner on the 10th April, and asked him had he any stray cattle; he said he had not; witness then search the house, and in one of the rooms found two cows, one of which Masterson identified as his property; took the prisoner and the cow to Arvagh, when the latter was given up to the prosecutor...

Thomas Masterson sworn--Lives at Bruce in this county, and lost a cow on the 24th of March; the cow was in the byer on that night, and we were up watching her to calve till late......

Thomas REILLY sworn--Heard Masterson lost a cow the night before the March fair of Arvagh....saw the prisoner between 7 and 8 o'clock on that evening leaning across the ditch near Masterson's house; he walked away when witness came up.....walked with the prisoner three or four perches of the road when they parted.

Philip MASTERSON deposed to having met the prisoner near the prosecutor's house on the evening of the 24th of was before the cow was found that he identified the prisoner.......

The Chairman briefly recapitulated the evidence, when the jury, after a short consultation, found the prisoner guilty. The prisoner was indicted for another offence of a similar kind; but the Crown did not deem it advisable to proceed with it.

Chairman--Farrell Keegan, you have been found guilty of a very serious offence.....I shall deem it my duty to recommend penal servitude in every case of conviction.


James REILLY and James SMITH were indicted for assaulting the police in the execution of their duty. Both prisoners pleaded guilty.

The Chairman sentenced Reilly to two months imprisonment from the date of committal; and Smith--who had been out on bail--to two months from the present date. He warned the prisoners that if again brought before him for a like offence they would be severely dealt with.


Mary LARNY was indicted for stealing a rug, the property of James GILLESPY. Mr. KIERNAN proved that he was a pawnbroker in the town of Cavan; the prisoner came to his office on the 17th of June to pawn a rug; knew the rug from Mr. Gillespy's description of it, and gave the prisoner into custody.

Sub-Constable John HAMILTON proved to having got the rug produced from Mr. Kiernan, who gave the prisoner into custody.....

The prisoner was found guilty, and she having been previously convicted of larceny, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour.


James DRUM was indicted for stealing a cow, the property of Arthur DRUM. The prisoner pleaded guilty. He said the prosecutor was his brother, and that he was driven to the crime by want and hunger.

The prosecutor said the prisoner was very poor and had a large family. It was his first offence, and he hoped the Court would deal leniently with him.

Chairman--There may be extenuating circumstances in the case, but it is impossible to allow such offences to escape with a slight punishment.

The prisoner was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour.



Mary Ann LEDDY was indicted for the larceny of wearing apparel. She pleaded guilty. The Chairman said she had been four times convicted, and sentenced her to three years penal servitude.

James HOSEY was indicted for stealing three heifers, the property of James FEGAN. The prisoner pleaded guilty....Mr. Fegan, the prosecutor, was examined as to the prisoner's character. He proved that up to the present charge he never heard anything alleged against him, and considered him an honest man.

The Chairman observed that it was one of the safeguards against crime that the punishment of the guilty often entails misery upon the innocent......The sentence is--giving due weight to character--one years' imprisonment with hard labour.


Owen O'HARA, Patrick LYNCH, and Thomas GIBNEY were indicted for an assault on Patrick BRENNAN at Ballynagh on the 5th June; also for a riot, and a common assault on Thomas BRENNAN.....The Chairman charged the jury at considerable length, who retired, and after a short consultation found Lynch and Gibney guilty, but acquitted O'Hara. The foreman said it was the wish of the jury to recommend the prisoners to mercy, on account of their previous good character.

Lynch was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, and Gibney to two.

His Worship sat till nine o'clock, at which hour the criminal business concluded. The Sessions stand adjourned to the 1st July.


June 12, at Belturbet, the wife of Malcolm M'LEOD, Esq., of a daughter


June 21, at Newgrove, Cootehill, in the 20th year of his age, Samuel, third and dearly beloved son of Charles MURPHY, Esq. His many virtues endeared him to all who knew him, which was testified by the very large and most respectable attendance at his interment. "To him to die was gain."

On Wednesday last, a cow, the property of Mr. Joseph BRENNAN, Lancaster-street, Belfast, gave birth to a calf with two necks and two heads.

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