Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

January 5, 1877


MONYPENNY and BARNES - On St. Stephen's Day, at Dalkey Parish Church, William Edwin, eldest son of the Rev. Arthur MONYPENNY, Vicar of Lavey, to Elizabeth FERGUSON, eldest daughter of Isaac BARNES, Esq., of Sandycove.


COWLEY - January 2nd, at her residence, 117, Lower Gardiner-street, Dublin, Sarah, relict of the late William B. COWLEY, Esq., and daughter of the late David FINLAY, Esq., county Cavan; sincerely regretted by her family and friends.

FAUSSET 0 Jan. 2nd, at Armagh, Robert FAUSSET, Esq., County Inspector Royal Irish Constabulary.

During Christmas night or St. Stephen's Day, two female inmates escaped from Richmond Asylum, Dublin, dressed in the ordinary asylum clothes, and one of them went to the Lock Hospital, was received there as a patient, allowed to mix with the other patients, and stayed two or three days. The most extraordinary part of the whole affair is, that she continued to wear the lunatic asylum dress. - Dublin Paper.

THE MURDER OF A SOLDIER IN GALWAY. - The body of the soldier, William STRINGER, a private of the 876th Regiment, alleged to have been murdered here on the morning of the 9th December, and for which crime a man named LAFFY and a prostitute are in custody, was yesterday evening found near the lighthouse by some Claddagh fishermen. The body is in an advanced state of decomposition, and was visited on being conveyed ashore by large crowds of people. An inquest will be held to-day. The only evidence, I understand, is that of a prostitute who, it is stated, saw the occurrence take place. Much excitement prevails here.

"Hardening" Children. - A registrar of a parish in the west of Ireland states that the absurd custom still prevails with the peasantry of dipping infants in cold water to harden them, "and (he remarks) so it does, for I registered two or three this quarter, killed, I am sure, by the same thing." - The Sanitary Records.


J. C. RUTHERFORD, Esq., R.M., and Captain WEST, J.P., _____ in the unavoidable absence of Mr. T. PEYTON, one of the coroners for the county Roscommon, held an Inquest ib Saturday on the bodies of two old men named LYONS and MALLON respectively, whose deaths took place some days ago at their residence, Newton, near Tarmonbarry, under very distressing circumstances. For some time past, the two men, who were wretchedly poor, and each upwards of eighty years of age, lived together in a small cabin, trusting chiefly to the charity of their neighbors for sustenance, Lyons receiving the munificent sum of 1s. per week outdoor relief. On Tuesday morning a man named CASEY, passing the way, casually entered the hut and was shocked to discover the body of Mallon apparently lifeless, lying just inside the door; and on taking another look the man saw the body of Lyons close to the fire with the legs, arms and other parts of the body burned in a frightful manner. Poor Lyons was quite dead, and had been so evidently for hours before the discovery was made, but Mallon lingered in an insensible condition for a little time. Nothing by way of explanation could be elicited from him, and so far all is conjecture as to the manner of their melancholy end. The police, accompanied by Sub-Inspector O'LOGHLEN, were quickly on the spot, and made a diligent search in and around the hut. There was nothing discovered, however, to excite suspicion, nor were there any marks of violence on the bodies. Not a single drop of intoxicating liquor, or trace of any, was found on the premises, the only things being some cold bacon and a little tea. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death from injuries by fire in the case of Lyons, and in the case of Mallon of death from exhaustion. During the examination of one of the witnesses it was stated that both men had been in a very weakly state for some days before the sad occurrence, and had been attended by their priest, who administered the last sacrament in anticipation of a fatal termination of their illness.

January 12, 1877


SAUNDERSON - On the 6th January, at Folkestone, Lady Rachel SAUNDERSON, of a daughter.


RAMAGE and ROE - January 8th, at 61, Harcourt-street,

Dublin, by the Rev. W. F. ROE, A.M., Lockhart RAMAGE, Esq., Craddenstown, county Westmeath, to Anne Mary, second daughter of the late George ROE, Esq., M.D., Ballyconnell House.

COX and QUIGLEY - January 9th, at the Wesleyan Church, Lower Abbey-street, by the Rev. William Nicholas HUGH, fifth son of John COX, Esq., Bailieborough, to Mary, eldest daughter of the late John QUIGLEY, Esq., C.E., 99, Seville-place, Dublin.



A neat tablet has been erected in Drumlane Church to the memory of the late Rector. It bears the following inscription:-

To the memory of the
For 58 years the faithful Pastor
Of Drumlane,
And Grand Chaplain
Of the Orange Institution
In this County
Since its re-organization in 1845,
Died February 27, 1874,
In his 80th year.
This tablet is erected
As a mark of affection and esteem
By his Orange brethren
In the County.

The work has been skillfully (sic) executed by Mr. COATES, Great Brunswick-street, Dublin.

DELIBERATE SUICIDE BY DROWNING. - On Sunday forenoon, between ten and eleven o'clock, a man was observed at the water's edge of Ringsend Basin, at Grand Canal quay, in the act of divesting himself of the upper portion of his wearing apparel. This did not attract very much notice, the locality being somewhat out of the way and unfrequented. Presently, however, he was seen to place himself in a half-sitting attitude on the brink of the basin and gradually slide into the water. Before some young men who were in the vicinity could reach the spot he had disappeared. The basin was at once dragged, and after an hour's exertions the body was discovered. Edward O'LOGHLIN, of 53 Townsend-street, recognized it as that of his brother, John O'LOUGHLIN, of No. 1, Shaw's Cottages, aged thirty-four years. No cause has been assigned for the rash act. The body was removed to the Morgue, where an inquest was held on it on Monday, the jury returning a verdict to the effect that the deceased committed suicide while in a state of temporary insanity.


On Friday morning when some of the men engaged in the ballast pit at Loughbrown, near Newbridge, and convenient to the branch line which leads to the Curragh Grand Stand, were proceeding to their work, they discovered the dead body of Private Robert WALSH, 75th Regiment, lying beside the rails, with his head severed from the body. Information was quickly conveyed to the stationmaster at Newbridge, who at once put himself in communication with the constabulary, and also with the military authorities at the Curragh. No opinion can be formed, pending the inquest, as to whether his death was accidental or otherwise. The railway authorities are making all possible inquiries, but up to the present it is not known by what train the deceased met his death, but it has been ascertained that it must have been by an up-train to Dublin.


Armagh, Friday.

I deeply regret that I have to announce the death, at the age of sixty-four, of one of the most esteemed gentlemen that we have had amongst us. Robert FAWCETT, Esq., County Inspector of Armagh, has passed away. In private life he was a genial, hospitable, kind, and sincere friend, while in public life he was the perfection of a good officer. He has left after him seven sons; six followed their father's corpse to the grave, the seventh is in Australia. At half-past nine o'clock precisely this morning, - the hour appointed for the funeral - on the coffin being put in the hearse, at his late residence, the Folly Lodge, Armagh, the cortege moved slowly down the carriageway, and proceeded through the city to the railway terminus. Along the line of route the shops were, out of respect to his memory, closed. After the hearse walked his six sons, and after them one hundred rank and file of the Royal Irish, four deep, followed by detachments of the 89th and the 94th Regiments, at present lying here. Immediately after these came the staff of the Armagh Light Infantry. The intimate friends of the late captain assembled in large numbers, and followed, walking two by two, and very many of the citizens accompanied the mournful cortege. Following the mourning coach and the deceased's own private carriage were those of the following: - His Grace the Lord Primate, Colonel SIMPSON, Mr. Robert BOYD, J.P.; Mrs. COOTE, Mr. Robert M'CRUM, Rev. Mr. MORGAN, &c. Arrived at the train, the coffin was placed in a carriage by four of the deceased's most trusty and oldest sergeants, when they, with the sub-inspectors and the immediate relatives, left very shortly for Enniskillen, the native place of the Fawcett family. The deceased was highly respected in the county, and his death is universally regretted. Messrs. FRIZELLE, of Armagh, had charge of the funeral arrangements. - Cor. Of Belfast News-Letter.


A Jersey correspondent writes that the authorities in that island have a rough-and-ready way of getting rid of any parochial burdens, actual or prospective, when the unfortunate creature who has the ill-luck to fall into a destitute condition happens to be in the language of country, un etranger. The term is of rather wide application, inasmsuch as it includes not only "foreigners" in the usual meaning of the term, but even natives of Great Britain - all in fact not born in Jersey. Nor does the exception hold good in every instance. According to the dictum of the Crown officers of the island, "the child follows the fortune of the father," so that a child born of English or Irish parents on Jersey soil is not entitled to the benefit of the national privileges. A couple of cases have just been brought to public notice. One of them was that of Mary KENNEDY, an Irishwoman, who had been sent to prison thirty-five times by the police magistrate for drunkenness and disturbing the peace, and was sent at last by him before the Royal Court for heavier punishment than he was able to give her. Her husband, who is a few years her senior, has been for some time an inmate of the workhouse, being unable to labour, and a child ten years old is also in that establishment. The husband and child were brought to the bar in company with Mary Kennedy and in reply to his examiners Kennedy stated that he was a native of Wexford, and had been in Jersey thirty-six years, his wife having been there twenty-four years. The Court decided to get rid of the two, and ease the ratepayers of any further trouble on their account, by ordering their "removal to their place of settlement." As this proceeding, however, would cost the ratepayers a considerable sum of money, the "removal" really means simply transporting them to Southampton, and casting them adrift penniless to find their way to Wexford if they can. The chances of reaching that remote locality are very small, and it is very unlikely that they attempt. The probability is that in a short time they will be bundled back to Jersey as their proper place of settlement, to be again flung across the Channel on the chance of finding a settlement somewhere.

January 19, 1877


(Before W. BABINGTON, R. ERSKINE, and John FAY, Esqrs.)

Sub-Constable Woods prosecuted two persons for road nuisance.

They were fined 6d. each.

Constable GILLIARD summoned Patt DEVLIN for drunkenness.

Fined 5s. and costs.

Constable Gilliard also charged Denis BRADY with like.

Mr. ARMSTRONG (who appeared for Brady) applied to their Worships to postpone the case until they would hear three summonses arising out of the same transaction.

Mr. SHERIE urged their Worships to go on with the case.

Mr. Babington (after consulting with the other Justices) - We will hear it now; but not measure the punishment until we hear the other cases.

Mr. Armstrong - Very well.

Constable Gilliard said he found the defendant drunk at the post-office about a quarter past ten o'clock, on the night of the 8th January.

Mr. Babington - We will now hear the case of James GALLIGAN v. Denis BRADY for refusing to leave complainant's licensed public house on the 8th inst.

There was a second summons for assault.

Mr. Galligan said Brady and a man named PRATT came into his house seven or eight minutes before ten o'clock, on the evening of the 8th inst.; Brady was under the influence of drink; told him the "time" was nearly up, and for him to finish what he had and go out; he refused; saw some drunken persons coming across the street, and he shut the door to prevent them from coming in; told Brady and Pratt to go out by the hall door; they went into the kitchen; told Brady to finish his drink and go out as it was nearly ten o'clock; he refused to do so, and said he would get my license broken; at a minute before ten o'clock, witness caught Brady by the hand and spilled his drink; offered him payment for it; ordered him again to leave; he refused to go; he became very noisy; witness was about removing him when he assaulted him.

To Mr. Armstrong - I gave credit to Brady's wife, and he cautioned me against doing so in future. I have no ill-feeling against him.

Edward REILLY and John COONEY corroborated Mr. Galligan.

Mr. Babington said they would hear the cross case of assault against Galligan.

Denis Brady was then sworn, and gave a different version of the affair, which was not fully corroborated by Pratt.

Their Worships fined Brady 5s. and costs for being drunk; £1 for refusing to leave Mr. Galligan's; and £1 and£1 costs for the assault; and dismissed the summons for assaulting Brady.

Michael DONOHOE John CONATY, Bridget M'CANN, James REILLY, and James McCAFFREY were fined for drunkenness.

F. G. DEVERELL, Esq., County Surveyor, summoned John Gaffney and his sureties for neglecting to keep his road in proper repair.

Mr. FRASER proved the case.

Their Worships ordered Gaffney to have the road in repair before the 1st of February, and pay 5s 6d costs.

CAVAN YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION. - The next meeting of this Association will be held (D.V.) on Wednesday evening, 24th instant, when a paper will be read by Mr. STUART on Scripture "Zoology." An essay by Mr. W. E. MERCER on "The Round Towers of Ireland," was read at the last meeting of the Association. A vote of thanks was unanimously passed to Mr. Mercer for his able paper on the subject.

KILMORE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION. - We have much pleasure in announcing that Somerset H. MAXWELL, Esq., D.L., has kindly consented to become one of the Vice-Presidents of this Society. The next ordinary meeting will be held on Thursday, January 25, at 7 o'clock, p.m. Scripture subject - Acts xix. Short essays will be read by Messrs. John ACHESON and James BENNETT, and recitations will be given by several members.

DEAD BODY OF A CHILD FOUND. - A few days ago the dead body of a child was found at Ballyhillan Bridge. The evidence adduced at the inquest went to show that it had been strangled. Some articles of its clothing have been identified as belonging to Mary A. M'DERMOTT, who is in gaol on a charge of concealment of birth.

EMIGATION TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA. - The "British Enterprize," 1,620 tons, Captain John GREIG, chartered by the Agent-General for South Australia, left Plymouth on Friday for Port Adelaide with 440 emigrants under the charge of Dr. T. H. SAWTELL, Surgeon, among whom were 75 single female domestic servants under the care of Mrs. Margaret ROGERS, Matron.


At an important meeting of this Board, held on Tuesday last, in Dublin, the following commissioners were present:- The Rev. Dr. HENRY, President of Queen's College, Belfast (in the chair); his Grace the Duke of Leinster, his Grace the Lord Primate, the Right Hon. Lord O'HAGAN, the Right Hon. Judge LONGFIELD, the Right Hon. Justice FITZGERALD, James W. MURLAND, Esq.; John LENGAIGNE, Esq., the Rev. Charles L. MORELL; the Rev. John H. JELLETT, Sir Dominic CORRIGAN, Bart.; John O'HAGAN, Esq.; Patrick J. KEENAN, Esq.; resident commissioners. The following appointments amongst others were made, in consequence of recent regulations and requirements of the Treasury, namely: - Dr. W. H. NEWELL to be senior secretary; John E. SHERIDAN, Esq., junior secretary; Edwards SHEEHY, Esq., chief of inspection, vice SHERICAN, promoted; Brian MacSHEEHY, Esq., to a head inspectorship; J. Carmichael TAYLOR, Esq., financial assistant secretary; Peter Young, Esq., superintendent of inspection office.

SUDDEN DEATH. - Mary Jane MULCAHY, a handsome-looking woman, 35 years of age, who lived in one of the most fashionable haunts of depravity on the north side of the city, and who passed by the name of Josephine SUTHERLAND, died suddenly at her rooms on Sunday evening. The deceased, who was, it is said, extremely fond of dress and jewellery (sic), and who was possessed of extraordinary personal vanity, was the wife of a medical gentleman in the South of Ireland - the County Limerick is stated as the locality. Her inordinate love of admiration and gaiety was so great that she is said to have abandoned a modest and respectable home in order to enjoy the greater attractions of city life. But her looks began lately to fade, and her health was lately rather delicate. She had, moreover, fallen lower and lower in her abandoned career until she had become the manager in partnership of a house of vice. On Sunday she went to visit her partner or employers, a woman named WILSON, then a patient in the Rotunda Hospital; and on coming home she died suddenly in her room. An inquest was opened on Monday at the Morgue, and adjourned till Friday for the production of some witnesses. - Dublin Paper.

January 26, 1877


During the past month labourers were employed, under the direction of Mr. G. BROWN, head gardener, Baillieborough Castle, planting and decorating the grounds of the Lisgar cemetery at Baillieborough. A splendid selection of yews and other fancy shrubs encircle the grave of the late Lord Lisgar. In a few years the new cemetery will form a very attractive feature in the landscape near town.


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

Hugh FOY and Patt CAVANAGH, were fined £2 each or two months' imprisonment, for absenting themselves from the training of the Cavan Militia.

Thomas CARROLL alias Andrew OWENS, was charged with like from the Louth Militia.


Jane SEXTON was charged with assaulting her step-son.

Fined 10s.

Sarah CRUMLEY, James M'CABE, Thos. CALLAGHAN, and Francis CASEY were fined for drunkenness.

Mr. DEVERELL, County Surveyor, summoned Jas. CONATY for neglecting to keep his contract road in repair.

Ordered to have it in order before 5th of February.

Patt DONOHOE was fined 6d. and costs for permitting his goat to wander on the public road.


The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this Union was held on Monday last in the boardroom of the Workhouse-

B. S. ADAMS, Esq., J.P., in the Chair.


In accordance with a former notice of motion, it was moved by Mr. Kiernans, and seconded by Mr. Keelan, that the salary of Dr. O'HAGAN, medical officer of Kingscourt, be increased £10 per annum.

Mr. Pratt moved as an amendment that Dr. O'Hagan's salary remain without increase.

A poll was then taken, when there appeared for the increase, 6 against it, 10.

Among the sanitary reports read was one from

Dr. BOURKE, sanitary officer, Shercock, calling attention to a defective sewer at the rere (sic) of the Constabulary barracks, town of Shercock.

Dr. Bourke recommended the sewer - which is an open one - to be cleaned out and properly piped.

The consulting sanitary officer was ordered to inspect the sewer and report thereon.

Mr. SIMPSON drew the attention of the Board to the filthy state of the public roads in and about Bailieborough. Surface nuisances continued unabated, particularly on the road leading from "CULLEN's Corner" to the Model School gate.

Sanitary Sub-Officer HIGGINS was ordered to report the matter in the usual way to the sanitary officer.


Dublin, Friday.

The Lord Lieutenant has appointed the following gentlemen High Sheriffs:-

Antrim - Sir Francis Edward M'NAUGHTEN, Bart.
Armach - Colonel Thomas SIMPSON.
Carrickfergus - Robert ALEXANDER, Esq.
Cavan - William HUMPHREYS.
Donegal - Captain Baptist JOHNSTON
Drogheda - Patrick MATHEWS, Esq.
Down - David Alfred KER, Esq.
Fermanagh - Robert Edgeworth JOHNSTONE, Esq.
Londonderry - Robert Lyon MOORE, Esq.
Longford - George Warner SLATOR, Esq.
Louth - Arthur Pemberton LONSDALE, Esq.
Monaghan - William Wood WRIGHT, Esq.
Sligo - Captain Gregory WOOD.
Tyrone - Ancketill MOUTRAY, Esq.


On Thursday, in the Rolls Court, Dublin, the question of the validity of a bequest for Masses for the repose of the souls of deceased persons named was argued and decided in the case of BERESFORD v. JERVIS and another. The testatrix in the case was Mrs. Helen STRONG, of Maryville, near Wexford. She died in March, 1874, being then the widow of the late Dr. Francis P. STRONG, and by her will, made so back as May, 1845, she directed that £19 18s. 41d. being part of the interest of £750 worth of National Bank Shares, shall be paid by the trustees for Masses for the repose of the soul of her "beloved parents, Sarah and Michael O'BRIEN;" for the repose of the soul of her uncle, William O'BRIEN; and for the repose of her own soul - the Masses to be offered on certain specified days of each year, and "always in the Roman Catholic Chapel at Wexford." The Court had now to determine, with other questions arising on the trusts of the will, whether the bequest for Masses as stated above was valid as a charitable bequest.

Mr. JELLETT, Q.C., Mr. JOHNSTON, Q.C., and Mr. J. P. LAW, instructed by Messrs. W. FRY and Son, were for the plaintiff, Emily Sara Beresford, who represents the original executors of the will.

Mr. David FITZGERALD (instructed by Messrs. D and T. FITZGRALD, appeared for the defendant, Jervis; and Mr. DAMES (instructed by Mr. T. LYNCH) was for the Attorney-General.

For the plaintiff it was argued that the case could not be distinguished from the Attorney-General v. DELANY, in which the Court of Exchequer held that a legacy for a certain number of Masses for the repose of the soul of the testator was not a charitable bequest so as to be exempt from payment of legacy duty. That being so, it was contended that the fact that the Masses in this case was to be said in the Catholic chapel of Wexford did not render the bequest a charitable one, other than in respect of the benefit which the testatrix hoped to derive for her own soul, and therefore there being no public or general advantage intended to be given by the legacy in perpetuity, it was void under the statutes. The other interests represented did not contend against the plaintiff's views, but the case of the Attorney-General v. Delany was closely examined for the purpose of seeing whether it could be distinguished in principle from the case before the Court.

His Honor said it was manifest from the terms of the will that the testatrix meant to give a bequest in perpetuity to pay for the Masses as long as the world lasted; and the only distinction that could be drawn between the will in this case and the will in the attorney-General v. Delaney, was that here testatrix directed the Masses to be said in the Roman Catholic Church of Wexford. In his opinion there was no distinction, and to hold it to be a distinction would fritter away and destroy the decisions that had been arrived at in the Exchequer, leaving the distinction to stand on no intelligible ground. The testatrix, a benevolent, religious, and pious lady unquestionably, sought to do what the law would not allow her to do. The law was not directed against the celebration of Mass or anything of that kind, and the sole question for him was whether the object for which this perpetuity was created was a charity. If it was not then the gift was void. When a rule of law was once established - and now-a-days it was difficult to get a rule of law established - it was his duty not to destroy it upon any nice distinction, but to support it in its entirety with broad and wide lines. While he held that there was no difference because in this case the Masses were to be said in Wexford chapel, he held himself perfectly clear, as the Barons of the Exchequer did, to determine the question whenever it was raised, whether, if the Masses were directed to be said in public, in the face of the congregation, the gift would be a charitable one. But that question was not raised here; and confining himself to the question before him, he held that the bequest in this case was void.

SUPPOSED DROWNING OF A SOLDER. - On Friday night, at about a quarter to ten o'clock, a soldier named LAWSON, belong to the 91st Argyleshire Highlanders, at present stationed at Enniskillen, jumped over that part of the barracks wall behind the officers' quarters into Lough Erne. A search was instituted at once, but no signs of him were to be seen. Men of the regiment are making inquiries throughout the town and country to see if he might have escaped, which is not likely, as the water was six feet deep at the place where he jumped over.

SAD GUN ACCIDENT AT RICHHILL. - It is my painful duty to report the untimely death of Master Bobby BEST, youngest son of James Best, Esq., Richhill, which occurred by a gun going off in his hands while passing over a fence on one of his father's farms. This said accident has cast a gloom over the village and surrounding neighbourhood. Much sympathy is manifested for the bereaved family by all classes in the community. This promising youth was a great favourite with his class-fellows at the Royal School, Armagh, and greatly esteemed by all who knew him. Belfast News-Letter.

THE INNY BRIDGE. - A Longford correspondent writes:- During last week the above bridge was finally tested, and now it is open for traffic, and the construction has given general satisfaction. The following gentlemen appeared at the opening: - James PRICE, Esq., Decimus FITT, Esq., and Hamilton SMYTH, Esq., &c. In the face of unexpected difficulties the bridge has proved a perfect success, owing entirely to energy displayed by Mr. Fitt, F.R.G.S.J. The public will be glad to learn that the work so long delayed has at length been successfully carried out.

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