Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

February 2, 1877


KENNEDY - Jan. 29th, at the Farnham Arms Hotel, James, only son of the late Laurence Kennedy, formerly of Ballyhaise.

M"COLLUM - January 29, at Carrickatean, near Cavan, Mr. Hugh M'Collum, aged 64 years. Deeply regretted by all who knew him.

Mr. Charles MEASE has, as usual, obtained a high Classical honor at the late examinations for Junior Sophisters in Trinity College.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - Gartbratten, near this town, was the scene of a melancholy occurrence on Sunday, whereby a young man named REILLY lost his life. It seems that Reilly was in pursuit of wild fowl, and, having wounded a duck at some distance from the shore, he proceeded in an old rickety "cot" to recover possession of it, when the "cot" suddenly filled with water and sank, and Reilly was drowned in sight of his own door. Deceased was twenty-two years of age. The body was recovered at a late hour.

KILMORE YOUNG MEN'S ASSOCIATION. - The next meeting of this Society will (D.V.) be held on Thursday evening, February 8th, at 7 o'clock p.m. The Scripture subject - Acts xx. Debate: "That the present system of Land Tenure in Ireland needs reform." Speakers: - Affirmative - Messrs. John M'DOWELL, Robert M'DOWELL, George CARMICHAEL, William KELLY, John ACHESON, George TILSON, Robert SEAMAN, Charles LYNDON, and William BANNISTER. Negative - Messrs. William LYNDON, James BENNETT, Richard MONTGOMERY, George WILTON, John BENNETT, James DUFF, John MANNING, and John SEAMAN. After the debate the president, Rev. T. B. WILLSON, M.A., will give a short lecture on the "Land systems of Europe and their origin."

February 9, 1877


LOUGH - February 3rd, at Cavan, the wife of M. Lough, jun., of a daughter.


M'WILLIAM and MORELL - February 1, at the Second Presbyterian Church, Ballybay, by the father of the bride, assisted by the Rev. Charles Lucas MORELL, Dungannon, and the Rev. James Morell, Glenwherry, William M'William, solicitor, Monaghan, to Hessie Maria, daughter of the Rev. John H. Morell, Cumry Lodge, Ballybay, and grand-daughter of the late Rev. James Lowry DICKSON, vicar of Lavey, Co. Cavan.

On Monday the monthly meeting of the Cavan Town Commissioners was adjourned for a week out of respect for the late Mr. James KENNEDY, who was one of their body, and a resolution expressing sympathy with Mrs. Kennedy in her sad bereavement was proposed by Mr. CAFFREY, seconded by Mr. O'HJANLON, and carried unanimously.

Local Government Board,

Dublin, Jan. 31st, 1877.

Rev. Sir - I am directed by the Local Government Board for Ireland to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 24th inst., in reference to the enclosed book, "The Children's Friend," which it appears was found in the hands of one of the Roman Catholic children in the Cavan workhouse; and I am to state that the Local Government Board do not see any objection to this book being given to a Protestant child, but as its perusal by Roman Catholic children has been objected to by the Roman Catholic Chaplain, its distribution should be confined to the Protestant children of the Workhouse.

(By Order of the Board.)

B. Banks, Sec.

CAVAN YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION. - A paper by the Rev. W. S. LITTLE, A.B., Incumbent of Derryheen, on the Life of Luther, will be read at the next meeting of the above Association on Monday evening next. A punctual attendance of the members is requested.


(Before Messrs. BABINGTON, MOORE, and DILLON.)

The Constabulary summoned a number of persons for drunkenness.

They were fined from 5s. to 10s. each.

The board of Guardians of Cavan Union summoned Thomas GALLIGAN, Patt GAFFNEY, MICHAEL GALLIGAN, Thomas HALLIDAY, and David IRETON for neglecting to have their children vaccinated.

As they had complied with the law since proceedings had been taken, they were only fined 6d each and costs.

Mary A. BRADY summoned Luke OLWILL for trespass of cattle.


Anne KANE, a ticket-of-leave woman, was charged with stealing a hen, the property of John REHILL of Cullies.

Rose REHILL said the hen (identified) was stolen from her in the second week of January; she found it with Miss STUART.

Mr. Charles STUART said he heard that Mrs. Rehill had lost a hen; he saw her passing and called her in; showed her the hen his sister had bought; she claimed it.

Miss Stuart proved having bought the hen at 1s 2d from the prisoner.

Sub-Constable HEENAN said he heard Mrs. Rehill had lost a hen; went to her and found it so; Mrs. Rehill told him that it had been offered for sale to Mrs. SHERIDAN before being sold to Miss Stuart; went to Mrs. Sheridan and got a description of the person; arrested the prisoner, who was identified by Miss Stuart and Mrs. Sheridan; the prisoner is a ticket-of-leave woman; she had £4 on her person and £6 with Head Constable STORY at the time.

She was sentenced to six months' imprisonment.

Mr. Babington highly commended Sub-Constable Heenan for his cleverness on this, and several other occasions.

February 16, 1877


GRIFFITH - Feb. 14, at Tomkinroad Hosue, Belturbet, the wife of John Griffith, Esq., of a daughter.

STONE - Feb. 14, at Danesfort, Cavan, the wife of Rev. W. H. Stone, A.M., of a daughter.


BUCHANAN and HUDDLESTON - February 12, at St. Peter's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. M. W. JELLETT, LL.D., Joseph, eldest son of the late Robert Buchanan, Esq., Carrig House, Cavan, to Nannie, only surviving daughter of Francis Edwards Huddleston, Esq., Blackrock, County Dublin.

BARTLEY and PLUNKET - February 8th, at the Church of St. Mary, Castleraghan, by the Rev. James BRADY, C.C., assisted by the Rev. P. BRIODY, C.C., Mountnugent, William Bartley, Esq., youngest son of the late P. Bartley, Esq., of Drumbride House, county Meath, and Prospect House, Mountnugent, to Mary Josephine, only daughter of Patrick Plunkett, Esq., Lismacanakan House, Mountnugent.

GRIFFITH and ASHTON - on the 7th inst., at the Parish Church, Frodsham, Cheshire, by the Rev. W. C. COTTON, M.A., Vicar, Frederick Griffith, of Runcorn, Cheshire, Civil Engineer, to Emily Sophia Ashton, of the Manor House, Newton-by-Frodsham.

Malcomson AND beattie - Feb. 13th, in Cavan Church, by the Rev. S. SHONE, A.M., John R. Malcomson, Irvinestown, county germanagh, to Sarah Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. Martin Beatie, Corglass House, Cavan.


COLLIER - Feb. 11, at the Wesleyan Manse, Cavan, Martha, the beloved wife of the Rev. James Collier, in the 45th year of her age, after a lingering illness, borne with Christian resignation. Her end was peace.

HARTLEY - February 8th, at 5, Hutchinson-street, Belfast, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. George Hartley, late of Cootehill.

KNIPE - February 10, at her residence 39, Morehampton-road, Jane, widow of the late G. M. Knipe, Esq., J.P., Erne Hill, Belturbet, deeply lamented by her children. "Safe in the arms of Jesus."

SMITH - Feb. 4, at College-street, Cavan, Maria Anna, daughter of Mr. James Smith, painter, aged 2 years and 2 months.

WHITELAW - February 5, at Drumsna, of congestion of the lungs, Jane Isabella, widow of the late Wm. Whitelaw, Esq., of Kildallen Cottage, Belturbet. It may be truly saida, she fell asleep in Jesus.


Presbytery of Bailieborough. - The Bailieborough Presbytery met on Tuesday, 6th inst., in the Institute Bailieborough. The Rev. R. T. Simpson presided. The (sic) was a good attendance of the members. The commission in charge of Bellasis reported that they had made out a call from that congregation in favour of Mr. John EAKIN and forwarded it to the Presbytery of Strabane for Mr. Eakin's consideration. Inquiries were made in reference to the sermon on temperance, as ordered by the General Assembly, and it was found that most of the members present had preached on the subject on the first Sabbath in December. The Rev. James MISKELLY and the Rev. T. R. WHYTE were appointed a committee to prepare a letter of sympathy with the widow and family of the late Rev. John KING. William LUNDY, an elder in one of the congregations, having died recently, on the motion of the Rev. T. R. White, Corglass, a record expressive of his character, &c., was put on the Presbytery books. The Rev. P. W. White was chosen clerk of Presbytery in room of the late Rev. John King. The Rev. R. H. CLARKE was appointed licenser of marriages. The financial reports were ordered to be prepared and forwarded to the Rev. James Miskelly on or before the 21st instant, in order that they may be printed before the meeting of the Synod. The Rev. George BELLIS was nominated for the Moderatorship of the General Assembly. The Presbytery appointed their next meeting for the first Tuesday in April. The meeting was closed with the Benediction.

February 23, 1877


BOTHWELL and HEASLIP - February 22nd, in the Presbyterian Church, Cavan, by the Rev. James CARSON, assisted by the Rev. Gabriel COULTER, Mr. Gustavus M. Bothwell, merchant, Killeshandra, to Mary Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. Samuel Heaslip, South Stanley Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


STAFFORD - Feb. 17, at Bridge Street, Cavan, after a short illness, Anne, fourth daughter of Mr. George Stafford, aged 22 years. "Her end was peace."


A sermon will be preached in Cavan Church on Sunday, next, in aid of the funds of the Irish Society, by the Rev. T. O'MAHONY, D.D,, Professor of Irish, T.C.D.

The sermon at the service in Cavan Church on next Thursday evening, will be preached by the Rev. W. P. MOORE. Subject: "The dark hours of Job."

DIOCESE OF KILMORE, ELPHIN, AND ARDAGH. - At a meeting of the Board of Nomination of the parish of Swanlinbar, diocese of Kilmore, the Lord Bishop of the diocese presiding, on the 17th inst., in Cavan, the Rev. Alfred B. BEST, A.B., curate of Aghaderg, diocese of Dromore, was elected to the incumbency.

Mr. Matthew CARROLL has been appointed Petty Sessions Clerk of Ballyconnell.

OUTRAGE NEAR ARVA. - On the night of Monday, 19th inst., a party of armed men entered the house of a man named MURRAY, who lives in Cornaugh, on the road leading from Arva to Carrigallen. The unwelcome visitors roused Murray and family from their beds, presented their arms, ordered them to leave the place, and treated them roughly. The reason assigned for such summary dealing was that Murray's sons were in the habit of playing the fife accompanied with the drum for the "Cullies Lads," who are Protestants. The police are active; many arrests have been made. All parties concerned are Roman Catholics. - Correspondent.



(Before James SMALL, Esq., J.P., Capt. WARING, Esq., R.M., and Hugh K. SIMPSON, Esq., J.P.)

Alleged Larceny of a Heifer.

James O'BRIENS, a miserable-looking fellow, was put forward, charged by Sub-Constable Morris, Kingscourt, with stealing a heifer the property of Michael FARRELL, Tunnyduff.

Witness said he saw defendant on the 6th inst., offering for sale a heifer in Kingscourt fair; arrested him on suspicion; the owner of the heifer afterwards identified the animal as his property.

After hearing the information, the Bench returned the case for trial at next Cavan Assizes.

Workhouse Delinquents.

Thomas SIMPSON and James NULTY, juvenile inmates of the Bailieborough Workhouse, were charged by the Guardians with eloping from the Workhouse with the Union clothing, on the 11th inst. The Master, who appeared in charge of defendants, said it was their first offence.

The youthful runaways were discharged with a caution.

A Groom in Trouble.

Sub-Constable Patrick NOLAN, charged Patrick GARGAN, with being drunk and disorderly while in charge of a dangerous stallion at Bailieborough, on the 8th instant.

Witness said he saw defendant, who was drunk, leading a horse on a long rein, near the Model school gate, defendant seemed incapable of controlling the animal, and on being ordered by witness to go quietly home, he pulled up the horse and gave him some secret command which had the effect of stirring him to action, witness was immediately coiled by the rein, the horse at the same time ready to attach him, with some difficulty witness got released and ran to the barracks for assistance, the horse still following him, Sub-Constable M'GEE came to his assistance, when defendant drove off.

Defendant, who has since taken the pledge against drink, was ordered to pay £2 and costs, or in default, one month's imprisonment.

The liquor department of this court was thinly represented to-day, only a few crowned heads being in attendance. The constabulary are gradually bringing the "Gilbeyites," to a true sense of their position.

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