Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

October 6, 1876


MALCOMSON and ENGLISH - September 29th, at St. Stephen's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. J. COOPER, A.M., Mr. John Robert Malcomson, Castle Inn, to Lizzie English, both of Kingscourt.

(Before W. BABINGTON, R. ERSKINE, and J. T. DILLON, Esqrs.)

Sub-Inspector HAYES summoned John MERTZ for having arms in a proclaimed district.
Adjourned for a week.

Same to Robert PICKENS for 13s, contribution towards support of two children in Cavan Industrial School.
Adjourned for a week.

Head-Constable STORY, Constables GILLIARD and DOLAN, and Acting, Constable HAMILL summoned several persons for drunkenness.
They were fined from 5s. to 10s. each.

Rose WYNNE summoned Michael REILLY and his brother for assaulting her.
There was a cross case.
Both were dismissed.

Felix M'KEON summoned Phil MAGUIRE for assaulting him.
M'Keon said Maguire's father's cattle were trespassing on him; he drove them home and demanded trespass; defendant followed him and struck him on the back with a stone.
Sent to gaol for fourteen days.

Mr. Thomas W. SIXSMITH summoned a lad named O'BRIEN for striking his son with a stone.

Dublin, Tuesday.

This being the date fixed for the opening of the October Quarter Sessions, the Recorder took his seat on the bench in Green-street Court-house, at eleven o'clock.

Mr. KERNAN, in reply to his Lordship, stated there was no Grand Jury panel, as the Grand Jury had not been summoned.

His Lordship asked Mr. ORMSBY, Sub-sheriff, to explain this extraordinary state of things.

Mr. Ormsby regretted exceedingly having made a great mistake. Being under the impression this was merely an adjourned session he had only summoned a petit jury, and the error arose from that misapprehension.

The recorder fined the Sheriff £100 for the mistake, intimating that he would not remit or lessen the penalty.

The Court was then adjourned to Friday.

Messrs. MOODY and SANKEY inaugurated their evangelistic campaign in Chicago on Sunday. The hall in which the services were held, was densely crowded, eight thousand people being present, and fifteen thousand persons were unable to obtain admission. Arrangements are in progress for holding simultaneous meetings in other large western cities.

ENTRAPPED. - Sergeant GIBBONS, of the 8th Regiment, recently gave evidence in a case of desertion, and was recognized as a deserter himself from the Grenadier Guards. On his trial for the offence, it transpired that in 1871 he stole ?170 from the office of Major PEELE, paymaster, where he was employed as clerk. His terms of imprisonment as a deserter expired a day or two since, when he was again apprehended, and was charged at Westminster Police Court with the felony. He was remanded.

October 13, 1876


On Friday last, the sixth of October, the Right Hon. Sir John YOUNG, Baron LISGAR, died at Bailieborough Castle, Bailieborough, having reached the age of sixty-nine years. We are sure this announcement will be received with very deep regret by an attached and prosperous tenantry, as well as by a wide circle of personal friends.

The deceased Baron was the eldest son of the late Sir W. Young, Bart, by Lucy (?), youngest daughter of Colonel Charles Frederick, and was born August 31st, 1807. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he graduated as BA., in 1829; and was called to the Bar, in 1834. He early entered upon political life; and from 1831 to 1855 represented the County of Cavan in the House of Commons. He was appointed a Lord of the Treasury in the administration of Sir Robert Peel, on the accession of that statesman to power in 1841; and in 1844 he was appointed Secretary to the Treasury, which office he held until the resignation of the Ministry in 1846. He was appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland in December, 1852, when Lord Aberdeen became Prime Minister; and continued to hold that office until March, 1855, when he was appointed Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands, in February, 1858 he retired from that post; and in 1860 was appointed Governor of New South Wales, which he held until 1867. In 1868 he was appointed Governor-General of Canada; on retiring from that office in 1872 he returned home, was raised to the English Peerage, and appointed Lord Lieutenant of the County Cavan. It will thus be seen that during the greater part of his public life he held distinguished office of one kind or another under Her Majesty; and we believe also with credit to himself and advantage to the Crown.

When the deceased Baron first essayed political life, it was as a Conservative; as such he accepted office in the Ministry of 1841; but when Sir Robert Peel adopted the principles of Free Trade, he, like Mr. Gladstone and other rising statesmen of the time, became a Peelite; and afterwards gradually diverged nearer and nearer to the Liberal party in politics. Whatever may have been the merit of certain portions of Sir Robert Peel’s Free Trade policy, we cannot approve of that sudden change of opinion and policy on his part which amounted to political apostacy, and which involved the temporary ruin of the party of which he was the leader. No more can we approve of the later political life of the deceased Baron; but we shall not dwell on this part of the subject now.

It affords us much pleasure, however, to turn to another part of Lord Lisgar’s character and history. He was one of the best landlords in Ireland. He encouraged and promoted the prosperity of Bailieborough, near to which town he resided, by granting building leases for a long term of years, at about one shilling a foot frontage, although the depth from front to rere (sic) in each case was very considerable. He also accommodated the inhabitants with town-parks on most liberal terms. As the result of this wise and generous policy Bailieborough is now a prosperous business town with every necessary accommodation; we believe there is only one thatched house in the whole of it, the houses being generally three stories high and all slated. In short it is a credit to the estate and to the county. Nor ____ we omit to mention the active part which he took in securing for Bailieborough one of the Model Schools under the National Board. Whatever difference of opinion there may be as to the National System of Education itself, it is generally admitted that the Model Schools constitute one of its best features; and we believe the Bailieborough Model School is one of the best in Ireland. It is the only one in this county; in many instances youths have been sent to it from other counties for their education; and its pupils have frequently carried off prizes from other competitors in many departments. In the establishment and progress of this school the late Baron always took a deep and anxious interest.

As we have already intimated, during the greater part of his public life be held distinguished office under the Crown and as a member of successive Governments. Those were the days of patronage, before the reign of useful and useless cramming and of competitive examination had been inaugurated. In the exercise of his patronage, the inhabitants of this county were never either forgotten or overlooked; and during the time he filled the office of Governor in several of the Colonies, he was always glad to recognize and welcome any person belonging to the county, whom accident or purpose brought under his notice. This cannot be said of all public men. To be lavish of smiles, bows, and promises during the progress of a contest election, and then upon the morrow to become suddenly and completely oblivious of those whose support was so eagerly and obsequiously courted the day before, is not a rare phenomenon in political life. But it was not so with the deceased nobleman. He was kind in disposition, courteous in manner, charitable in the use of the wealth entrusted to him; and to all his other virtues there was added the charming grace of a genuine and unaffected humility.

We have already alluded to the generous fostering care which he extended to the town of Bailieborough. In this respect his conduct presents an admirable contrast to that of many other landlords who, when they cannot prevent the prosperity and growth of a town upon their estate regard it with envy and dislike; or else do all in their power to discourage the towns and blot them out of existence. We cannot but consider this mistaken policy. The natural growth of towns and the legitimate extension of manufacturing industry, should promote the general prosperity of the country and benefit all classes without distinction. But Lord Lisgar was just as generous and considerate towards his agricultural tenants as he was to the inhabitants of the town of Bailieborough. His death is now sincerely lamented; and his loss will be long and keenly felt.

We are of opinion that the inhabitants of Bailieborough especially, should do something to give permanent expression to their attachment to him while living, and to their respect for his memory, now that he is no more. It was during the time he was a member of the late Sir Robert Peel’s administration that the Queen’s Colleges were founded. We believe that was one of the greatest boons ever conferred on Ireland by the Imperial Government. And if the Inhabitants of Bailieborough and the late Lord Lisgar’s tenantry generally, now provided the means to found a scholarship in connection with the Queen’s University, it would be an appropriate tribute of respect to the memory of their generous and beloved landlord.

The remains of the deceased nobleman were interred at Bailieborough Church on Wednesday last. He is succeeded in the estates and Baronetcy by his nephew, WILLIAM NEED MUSTON YOUNG, who was born at Calcutta in 1847.

(Before R. ERSKINE, Wm. BABINGTON, and J. FAY, Esqrs.)

Constable ROSS summoned Michael M'DONALD, James PLUNKETT and John REILLY for assaulting Patrick BRADY at Kilmore on the 1st October.
They were bound to keep the peace.

A number of persons were fined for drunkenness.

The Select Vestry of Cavan Church thankfully acknowledge the receipt of 10s. from Mr. Edward FEGAN, for the Repair Fund.


Manchester, Thursday.

At the City Police-court, to-day, William FLANAGAN, a betting man and a native of Clonmel, was charged on remand with the murder of an Irish-woman named Margaret DOGHERTY, with whom he cohabited. On the 9th of September the prisoner murdered the woman after a drunken quarrel by cutting her throat. Six years ago the prisoner nearly murdered his wife, and then cut his own throat, and whilst he had been in prison on the present charge he has attempted to commit suicide by cutting his throat with a piece of tin. He has in consequence been in the hospital for some time, and he appeared in court to-day with his throat bandaged and his hands tied, as they have been whilst he has been an inmate of the hospital to prevent his tearing open the bandage on his throat. Evidence was given that the deceased had said she lived in bodily fear of the prisoner, and that he had frequently abused her. The prisoner was committed to the assizes on the capital charge.


Most people are aware of the fact that a man bearing the name of CODY-BUCKLEY died recently in South Australia, without issue, leaving a fortune of £100,000; but few are aware that he belonged to Limerick, and that there was a strong dash of the romantic in his life-career. The chief claimant on the estate is John BUCKLEY, aged 66, a shoemaker, who lives in a small cabin off Nelson-street, Limerick, and works hard to obtain a livelihood. The deceased Cody-Buckley, he says was his first cousin, and had no brother. He had nine sisters, but he can give no account of what became of them, farther than that they all left Limerick, and heard nothing more about them. Cody's grandfather had held a farm of 100 acres, near Rathkeale, but dying when young, his wife sold out the farm for over £1,500, and came to reside in Limerick. Things did not prosper with her, and Cody's father was apprenticed to a shoemaker, and afterwards carried on business in Roche's-street, where Cody himself learnt the same trade. When Cody was about twenty-three years of age he was employed in Mrs. Gleeson's stage coach office in Roch's-street, where he was detected in the larceny of passengers' parcels. For this he was tried and convicted at assizes in 1833, and sentenced to seven years penal servitude. He put in his time, and on being released went to work vigorously, and amassed the large fortune stated. The claimant says he got one letter from Cody after his penal servitude term had expired. The letter was dated from Wellington Valley, New South Wales, and he (the claimant) heard that other letters had come addressed to him in Limerick from the same place, but as he was then going about working as a journeyman he never received them. This may have led Cody to believe that the claimant was dead, as no doubt the letters were returned to the writer. The claimant says he kept the letter he got from his cousin for fifteen years, and it was taken off by mistake in a box belonging to a friend that emigrated to America. The claimant says that Cody had a "natural" brother some fourteen or fifteen years older than himself. He shared the fate of Cody, having been tried for stealing wheat in 1830, and he was sent into penal servitude for seven years; but previous to his conviction the claimant served three years' apprenticeship to him as a shoemaker in the Pennywell road. After his term was up he sent for his wife, and she sailed for Australia to join him. The claimant says that he had only one brother, who died without issue, and seven sisters, all of whom are dead save one named Biddy, who lives next door to him. His wife died about a year ago. He has a son and two daughters living in Limerick. The son enlisted about five years ago in the 70th Regiment, with which corps he is now serving in Bengal. The Cody-Buckley Estate is now before the Supreme Court in South Australia, and the claimant has an intimation therefrom that it would be well that he should employ some legal person to support his claims on the estate of the relative. This is rather embarrassing to a poor shoemaker; but he is full of expectation that he will obtain the larger portion of the property, as he is the nearest "blood" relation to the deceased Cody-Buckley, with the exception of his sisters, if any of them be alive, which he does not believe.

October 20, 1876


BRABAZON and JAMES - October 12, at Clontarf Church, by the Rev. MACNIVAN BRADSHAW, Wm. Brabazon, Higginstown House, County Longford, to Kate, eldest daughter of the late Henry James, of Bailieborough, County Cavan.

BENNETT and WALLS - October 18, at St. Saviour's Church, Dominick-street, Dublin, byh the Rev. Edward SHERIDAN, Adm., Cavan, assisted by the Rev. J. D. FITZGIBBON, Wm. Bennett, Edenberry, to Mary Anne Josephine, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Bernard Walls, Cavan.

WISEMAN and NUGENT - October 9, at Kilmuckridge, County Wexford, John Francis Wiseman, Esq1., Lieut. Queen's Bays, to Ida Margaret, the daughter of John ROWE, Esq., Ballcross, County Wexford, and widow of Edmond B. Nugent, Esq., of Bobagrove, Mountnugent.


Ganly - October 14, at Castledermot, of consumption after a protracted illness, borne with Christian resignation, and in a full hope of a glorious resurrection, Annabelle BREDIN, aged 24 years, wife of the Rev Charles William Ganly, Rector of Castledermot.

SUDDEN DEATH. - On Wednesday, James LEDDY, a cooper by trade, fell dead in Cavan Market-house while coopering a firkin of butter. Disease of the heart was the cause of death.

ELECTION OF COMMISSIONERS. - On Monday last Messrs. HAGUE, John FEGAN, James MATTHEWS, M.D., James BRADY, John COSGROVE, and Charles STUART, were elected Commissioners for the town of Cavan, for the ensuing three years.


The public opening meeting of this Society will, we understand, be held on November 8th, when a very pleasant gathering is expected. The adoption of the annual report of the Society will be moved by the Rev. Wm. CREEK, M.A., rector of Kildallon, and seconded by the Rev. E. M. MOORE, of Killeshandra. After that there will be a magnificent series of dissolving views which the Society have procured from Dublin. They will consist of view of the East, Constantinople, Moscow, Egypt, and the Holy Land, &c., and at such a time as this cannot fail to be of the deepest interest. A descriptive lecture will accompany the views. On the whole we can assure those who will attend, that they will have a great treat in seeing such a splendid diorama of the land, towards which the eyes of the world are at present turned. The proceeds will be devoted to the Library fund.

Dublin, Wednesday

Sergeant, O'Brien, of the Royal Irish Constabulary, stationed at Crinken, a village near Bray, was shot dead in the police barrack this morning while eating his breakfast. The murderer, who is a sub-constable, has been but a short time in the service. Acting on some sudden impulse he raised his rifle and shot the unfortunate man through the heart. The Evening Mail gives the following account of the occurrence:-

This morning, at half-past nine o'clock, while at his breakfast, at the police station of Crinken, Sergeant O'Brien was shot dead, through the heart, by a sub-constable, who is in custody. O'Brien had been a long time in the service, and many years at Shankill, where he was much respected. This melancholy event has caused great excitement and regret in the neighbourhood. The belief is that the motive to the act was the fact of his having had occasion to report from time to time against the perpetrator as to his conduct in his police duties. Mr. Phineas RIAL and Mr. CALDBECK, J.P.'s, were promptly on the spot, and the necessary information were, no doubt, taken. Crinken police barrack is within a short distance of bray.

The dreadful act was instantaneously committed - the unfortunate victim not having an instant's warning, or the chance of making any attempt to escape from the murderer. The gun which was fired was deliberately taken down by him from the rack in which it had been placed, and immediately directed to the breast of O'Brien and discharged.

Dublin, Wednesday Night.

Sub-Constable Patrick KAVANAGH, who shot Constable O'Brien this morning at Bray, has been fully committed for trial on a charge of wilful murder. He has been lodged in Kilmainham Jail, and will be tried at the next commission in Green-street. The murdered constable was several years in the force, and took an active part in the suppression of the Fenian movement. He had reported Kavanagh for some breaches of discipline. The barrack at which it occurred is Tilleystown, and not Crinkis.

(Before J. J. BENNISON, Esq., and J. T. DILLON, Esq., R.M.)


Constable FEIGHERY summoned Alex M'ALISTER for committing an assault in Mr. Richard SURPLUS's public house.
Fined 2 s. 6d. and costs.

The Queen, at the prosecution of Peter KEARNS v. Michael HASSARD for assaulting him at Munlough.
Defendant said complainant told lies to a girl and that was the cause of the row.
Sent to gaol for a month.


Head-Constable PHELAN summoned James MAGUIRE for being drunk on the 14th inst.
Fined 5s. and costs.

Sub-Constable DOUGLAS summoned same defendant for being drunk on the 15th inst.
Fined 5s. and costs.

Head Constable Phelan summoned Francis HAMILTON for being drunk on the 17th inst.
Fined 2s. 6d. and costs.

Constable FEIGHERY summoned John M'TEAGUE for being drunk on the 29th September.
Fined 10s. and costs.

Same v. Francis M'MANUS for a similar offence.
Fined 2s. 6d. and costs.

Sub-Constable CANTILLON summoned Thos. ROSS for being drunk on the 29th of September.
Fined 2s. 6d. and costs.

Sub-Constable Douglas summoned Peter REILLY for being drunk on the 8th inst.
Fined 5s. and costs.


Constable Feighery summoned James MAGUIRE for desecrating the Sabbath day by digging potatoes.
Defendant said he was only digging his dinner after coming from the chapel.
The Constable said defendant told him it was for pigs he was digging the potatoes.
Fined 2s. 6d. and costs.


Constable ANDREWS summoned James Campbell for allowing his goats to wander on the public road.
Fined 6d. and costs.
Same v. Larry GILLAN for allowing his pig to wander on the public road.
Fined 6d. and costs.


The Queen, at the prosecution of Edward RUDDEN and Charles RUDDEN, v. Pat COYLE for larceny of boots and money.

It appeared that defendant came to complainant's house saying he was asteray, and asked to be allowed to remain until the moon would rise. He was permitted to sleep in the barn, and in the morning when he went away it was found he had taken a pair of boots and 10s. with him.

Sent for trial to the Quarter Sessions.


On Wednesday, the Synod of Meath elected the Right Hon. William CONYNGHAM PLUNKET, fourth Baron Plunket, and Precentor of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, to the Premier See of Meath. The Lord Primate presided, and the Lord Chancellor acted as Assessor. The proceedings were conducted from beginning to end with most becoming solemnity. There were no speeches, no proposing or seconding of candidates, but silent voting. Three times the suffrages were taken, and from the result of the first vote it was clear that Lord Plunket was supported by a large majority of both clergy and laity. At the third and last vote Lord Plunket had the suffrages of all present save five. We congratulate the laity and clergy of the diocese upon the choice they have made. They have a distinguished scholar, an eloquent preacher, a pious and laborious divine, a kindly and courteous gentleman set over them. The place vacated by the lamented death of the late Bishop is worthily filled.


Abut the year 1852 a young man named Collins emigrated from Lahinch, county Clare, determined to try his fortune in the Californian gold fields, and the result of several years' hard work was that he realised over ?18,000. About two years ago a man named John SULLIVAN came over to Limerick from California, and represented to the relatives of Collins, and also to his father, now aged about 97 years, that he had died in a lunatic asylum in California, leaving some property, but alleging that it was worth very little. After cheapening the article upon which his mind was bent, Sullivan offered old Collins ?100 if he would assign him the property, at the same time stating that it was doubtful if it would even realise that amount, but as he was a distant relative he would advance them that sum, and save all further trouble on their part. Old Collins believed Sullivan's statement, and, after some further negotiations, assigned his right to his son's property for £100, which Sullivan paid down in hard cash, and the assignment was witnessed before Alderman TINSLEY, who acts as American consul in Limerick. In the meantime a rumour reached Limerick that the property left by the younger Collins was worth £18,000, and John Collins, a brother of the deceased, who then resided in Australia, hearing of the affair, started for California and made inquiries, the result of which is that he has a lawsuit pending against Sullivan in the California Chancery Court. The Collins as claimants to the estate of the deceased, who never married, contend that Sullivan obtained possession of the property by a friend, in representing to old Collins that the estate was worth only £100, when in reality it amounted to £18,000,; and they further allege that when old John Collins signed the deed of assignment, in presence of the American Consul in Limerick, he was not in a sound state of mind, and that he had been in an imbecile state for fully three years before he signed the document which alienated the £18,000 to which he was legally e

ntitled. A Limerick solicitor has taken evidence as to the claims of Collins' relatives, and returned it to the Court of Chancery, before which the case is still pending. If the Collins succeed, a division of the property will give each of them about £4,000, which would prove most acceptable as they are all in very humble circumstances.

October 27, 1876


M'GAURAN - At Cavan, on the 23rd inst., Mary Agnes, wife of Edward M'Gauran, Esq., Clerk of the Crown; much regretted by all who knew her.

At the last session of Cavan, Mr. Terence O'REILLY of Cromkeys, was granted license for his premises in that village.

Six lady students presented themselves on Saturday last for admission to the Queen's College, Galway, but they were rejected by the Council. This may be a precedent for other colleges to exclude women from universities.

Glasgow, Wednesday.

A return has just been made up by a mercantile firm in town of the number of failures which have taken place in the United States and the Dominion of Canada during the past nine months of this year, and the figures are sufficiently formidable to cause alarm. The total number of failures was 8,306 involving indebtedness to the amount of 174,058,950 dollars. For the same period last year the figures were 6,903 failures and the amount of money involved was 153,084,047 dollars. During the past twenty-one months there have been 14,787 failures, the amount of liabilities being 358,000,000 dollars, showing an average liability for each failure of 24,235 dollars.

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