Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

March 2, 1877

M'MAHON - February 26, at Cavan, the wife of J. M'Mahon, Esq., of a son.

DEERING and CULLEN - Feb. 26th, at St. Mary's Church, Dublin, by the Rev. B. W. ADAMS, D.D., cousin to the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. T. R. S. COLLINS, Charles L. H. Deering, Esq., Captain Royal Dublin Militia, and the late 28th Regiment, eldest son of the late Rev. W. W. Deering, M.A., and grandson of the late Charles S. Adams, J.P., of Shinan House, Shercock, to Anna Louise SODEN, youngest daughter of the late Francis Nesbitt Cullen, Esq., J.P., of Corry Lodge, co. Leitrim.

JOHNSON - February 27th, at 9, Clifton Terrace, Clifton-street, Chorlton Road, Manchester, William Thomas, the beloved child of W. H. Johnson. Deeply regretted.
PERDIEU - Dec. 26, at Rockhampton, Queensland, of consumption, Mr. John Perdieu, late of Mr. Sixsmith's, Cavan.

THE SERMON at the service in Cavan Church, on next Thursday evening, will be preached by the Rev. Joseph POTTER, Incumbent of Drumlease. Subject - "Satan's Devices."

William HUMPHRYS, Esq., High Sheriff, accompanied by John M. J. TOWNSLEY, Esq., his Deputy, sat in the Record Court on Monday, at half-past one o'clock, when the following gentlemen were sworn on the Grand Jury by Edward MAGAURAM (sp?), Esq., Clerk of the Crown: - Edward SAUNDERSON, Esq., D. L. (foreman); Somerset H. MAXWELL, Esq., D.L.; Lieut-Colonel H. T. CLEMENTS, D.L.; Sir George HODSON, Bart.; James HAMILTON, Esq., D.L.; Benjamin Samuel ADAMS, Esq., J.P.; Samuel SANDERSON, Esq., J.P.; Edward W. FLEMING, Esq.; Alexander W. J. SANKEY, Esq., J.P.; John MAY, Esq., J.P.; Edward SMITH, Esq., J.P.; William LESLIE, Esq., J.P.; John F. VERNON, Esq., J.P.; Archibald GODLEY, Esq., D.L.; William A. MOORE, Esq., J.P.; John C. JONES, Esq.; David FINLAY, Esq., J.P.; Armitage E. HUMPHRYS, Esq., J.P.; John B. LYNCH, Esq., J.P.; Edward KENNEDY, Esq., J.P.; William JOHNSTON, Esq., J.P.; James H FAY, Esq., J.P.; and Edward S. TEMER, Esq., J.P.
The Grand Jury having been sworn, the High Sheriff thanked them for their attendance, and announced that the Commission would be opened on Wednesday at two o'clock, when they would require to be in attendance.

DEATH FROM EXPOSURE TO COLD. - On Tuesday a farmer named William M'CRACKON, residing at Cloughogue, near Aboghill, who had been in Ballymens that day, returned to his home somewhat under the influence of drink. He proceeded to visit an adjoining farmer, named WEIR, contrary to the wish of his friends. Whilst at Mr. Weir's, he partook of more drink, and left his house, according to the evidence of Mr. Weir, perfectly able to go home, about twelve o'clock at night. Nothing more was known of him until the next morning, when he was found some twenty perches from Mr. Weir's house, lying in a bog, and quite insensible. He was at once carried to the nearest house, and attended to by Dr. CHESNUTT, of Aboghill, but he never rallied, and died next day. At an inquest, held on Friday afternoon by Ir. TAGGART, the foregoing facts were testified to, and the jury returned a verdict of death from exposure to cold.

HORRIBLE DEATH. - An accident of an extremely melancholy character occurred at Galway on Saturday at the Bag Factory, Earl's Island, whereby a youth named Peter MOLONEY, about 14 years old, came by an awful death. He was engaged in clearing away the bobbins from the weavers, and bringing them to a large box at the end of the establishment. In passing by the finishing carding machine, at which two girls were employed, it is supposed he stopped while passing at the back of it, through some inquisitiveness to inspect the machinery, and being caught between the stripper worker and cylinder, he was dragged in, and ground to atoms, not a recognizable portion remaining but a piece of one leg. He was not observed until the girls employed at the machine went to the see the case of its stopping.

Begs to inform the Gentry and Inhabitants of Cavan and surrounding neighbourhood, that he has
No. 78. to No. 1. MAIN STREET,
Formerly occupied by Messrs. H. DOUGLAS and Co.,
Where he intends carrying on
In all its branches.
By strict attention and moderate charges, he hopes to merit a share of their patronage.
Sold at Moderate Prices.
BEGS to announce that he has become the Tenant of the Premises formerly occupied by Mr. DOWNEY, and which occupy a central position in the Main Street of the Town of Cavan, where he purposes to conduct the SALE of both BEEF AND MUTTON, of Superior Quality, and a t prices so moderate that he hopes they will meet the approval of the Public and lead to a share of their patronage.
Will be received by Mr. LYONS, at
For Painting, Cleaning, and Whitewashing
The Interior of the
Plans and Specifications to be seen at the Hotel up to 17th March, 1877.
Painter, Glazier & Paper Hanger,
College Street, Cavan,
Returns thanks to his numerous kind Patrons for their liberal support since he commenced business, and begs to assure them that nothing shall be wanting on his part to merit a continuance of their support.
Newly done up, and little the worse for wear.
My farms in EONISH, CORDELEA, AND SNACKEEL are Poisoned.
March 1st, 1877
The Townlands of GARTINARDRESS and DRUMGOON are Poisoned.
Nov. 15, 1876
TAKE NOTICE, that my FARM in CLONKEEFY is Poisoned, and all dogs trespassing will be destroyed.
JAMES LOVE, Clonkeefy
February 17th, 1877.


John O'MAHONEY, celebrated or notorious, as the Head Centre of Fenianism, lately departed this life, in New York, the city of his exile. It was immediately resolved by his compatriots there that his remains should be removed to Ireland for interment; and that he should have a public funeral such as Fenian sympathy could give. It is well known that the Fenian movement was efficiently initiated in this country on the occasion of the M'MANUS funeral; and probably it was thought that a similar disloyal display in connection with O'Mahoney's interment might fan into fresh life the smouldering embers of that disloyal conspiracy and probably help to replenish the exhausted Fenian treasury. For so far the results have not afforded much justification for these anticipations.

In one respect the Fenians resemble the Young Ireland party; and we suppose they may be regarded as their legitimate political descendants. All through his life, O'CONNELL was the obedient son of Mother Church; to her was always true in his allegiance; and he seems to have been a Roman Catholic first and a patriot second, so far as he was a patriot at all. His agitation was constantly smiled upon by the Church, and used to obtain such political concessions as she desired and approved and no others; and the Church helped to collect the "Repeal rent;" just as in some places she is now helping to collect the "Butt testimonial." The Young Irelanders became weary of this obsequious serfdom to ecclesiastical power and disgusted with the doctrine of moral force. They proclaimed themselves patriots first; and, while inviting all creeds of their countrymen to unite with them for a common object, appealed to the sword to secure the triumph of their cause. We need hardly say that the result was most disastrous to themselves and to the country; but unwarned by their miserable failure, the Fenians attempted to play the same game only to entail upon themselves a similar fate. Discountenanced by the authorities of the Roman Catholic Church, avoided and repudiated by Protestants of all classes, and opposed by the strong arm of British power they could not but fail, though the ramifications of the conspiracy were extensive, the plans skillfully laid, and the preparations very formidable of their kind. Had the Fenians been content to serve the Church like O'Connell, the Church would have smiled upon them; but as they were bold enough to raise the cry, "no priest in politics," the Church cursed them.

It was part of the plan of the O'MAHONEY funeral, that the remains of the renowned Head Centre should lie in state in one of the Roman Catholic churches, first in Cork and then in Dublin. It is evident that the deputation who accompanied the coffin from America were confident in this anticipation; but they were doomed to bitter disappointment. The Cardinal Archbishop might overlook or forgive disloyalty to the British government, but disloyalty to the authority of the Church is a different matter. Hence when he received an application from the O'Mahony Funeral Committee to allow the deceased Fenian Head Centre to lie in state in the Pro-Cathedral, or some other Roman Catholic Church, before the public funeral, he refused the request; and accompanied the refusal by a very wholesome lecture. The Cardinal states that he was not aware that O'Mahony had ever contributed any great or signal service to his country; that on the contrary he had rather provoked hostile legislation, and by word and example brought unsuspecting young men into breaches of the law and serious trouble; that he was a very lukewarm Christian, and from time to time had written papers in a hostile spirit against the Church or her ministers; that he was a Head Centre of the Fenians and that he had collected large sums to promote their absurd movements in Ireland; and that he had continued to be Head Centre of that body even after it had been condemned by the Church. There are few impartial minds that will not consider the Cardinal's refusal to allow O'Mahoney's remains to lie in state in a Roman Catholic Church, to be perfectly reasonable and the grounds upon which it was based amply sufficient. We are glad that in this instance the Roman Catholic Church is so publicly and authoritatively dissociated from this disloyal and dangerous political conspiracy.

On Friday last, the Fenian deputation from America, with the coffin of the Head Centre in charge, arrived in Queenstown; and they seemed to have been greatly disappointed and mortified that the Roman Catholic Churches were closed against them. One of their number, Mr. Denis DOWLING MULCAHY, stated that if they had anticipated such a proceeding, they would have buried O'Mahony in America; and he seemed to think that the Church was ungrateful to the memory of one who because of his patriotism had died in poverty in a New York garret. We shall leave the Cardinal and Mr. Mulcahy to settle the question of ingratitude as best they can for the satisfaction of all concerned; but we deem the statement that O'Mahony died in poverty and in a garret worthy of some special notice. It will at once occur to most people of common sense, that it would have been far better if the money wasted in bringing his remains from America, in paying the expenses of the deputation, and in a public funeral, had been applied to his support while living, then he need not have died either in poverty or in a garret. But it is the old story repeated - "Seven wealthy towns content for Homer dead, Through which the living Homer begged his bread."

But apart from this, is it not a fact that for many years large sums of money were raised in Ireland by the Irish throughout the world, for Fenian purposes? No satisfactory account of the amount thus received and of the disbursements, has so far as we know ever been given; but it is well known that by means of the funds thus provided, John O'Mahoney and other prominent Fenians lived in splendid style and fared sumptuously every day for a long time. It is also well known that money is still being raised for Fenian purposes; and lately there was quite enough forthcoming to provide for the escape and rescue of certain Fenian prisoners in Australia. How, then, was John O'Mahony allowed to die in poverty in a New York garret? We are persuaded if a correct account could be obtained and published of all the money contributed to promote political agitation and conspiracy in Ireland from the beginning of O'Connell's career until the present moment, and of its appropriation or disbursement, it would be the most effectual remedy ever discovered for the political discontent of this country.

Denied admission to the Roman Catholic churches of Queenstown and Cork, the remains of the Head Centre were removed to the Mechanics' Institute of the latter place. On Sunday there was a funeral demonstration through the principal streets of Cork; and on Monday the remains were brought by rail to Dublin. Their removal from the King's Bridge terminus was delayed until nightfall; and, then accompanied by a torchlight procession, they were brought along the northern quays, through Sackville-street and Lower Abbey street, to the Mechanics' Institute, in the theatre of which they are to lie in state until next Sunday when Dublin is to be favoured with another grand funeral demonstration in honour of the deceased Head Centre, who was allowed to die in poverty in a New York garret. We cannot tell what sort the procession of next Sunday will be; but it is stated that for so far the O'Mahony demonstration, compared with other affairs of the same kind, must be pronounced a failure. We think it is not prudent of the authorities to permit these seditions displays; but we suppose a strong and liberty-loving Government can afford to do what a weak and despotic one dare not venture on.

March 9, 1877

Dublin, Sunday

The funeral of John O'MAHONY took place today, and the programme of the committee was fully carried out. As a "national demonstration" it fell short of the M'MANUS funeral, both in point of numbers and the material of which the procession was composed. The weather was fine, and the people enjoyed the holiday. The committee had a long time to perfect their arrangements, and they went in for the preservation of order and decorum as much as possible and they have in a great measure succeeded. They issued orders that the bands should not play anything but funeral music, an injunction rendered necessary by the fact that, on the occasion of bringing in the body, some of the amateur bands played "Nora Creina" and other unsuitable music. For the past week the "Dead March" has been on rehearsed, and some of the city bands played it to-day with average ability. The processionists marched four deep, wearing mourning badges and laurel leaves. Some of the trades carried their banners. They assembled at ten o'clock in Beresford Place, at the rear of the Custom-house, where the procession was formed, and they traversed the whole city, attracting a large crowd of spectators. The coffin of O'Mahony was placed in a hearse drawn by six horses. The procession started at eleven o'clock, and passed through Abbey-street, from the Mechanics' Institute, through Gardiner-street, Talbot-street, Earl-street, Sackville-street, the northern line of quays, through Steeven's-lane, James's-street, Thomas-street, Corn-market, High-street, Christchurch-place, Castle-street, Cork-hill, Dame-street, College green, Westmoreland-street, Sackville-street, Cavendish-row, Rutland-square East, Frederick-street, Blessington-street, and on to Glasnevin Cemetery. The number of processionists did not exceed 5,000 or 6,0000, but there were thousands of spectators. There were a considerable umber of young men, who seem to have a mania for marching and music whenever they get the chance. Today they had it, and made the best of it. What the use of it all is nobody can see, inasmuch as the sensible portion of the Dublin people unquestionably regard such demonstrations as extremely silly. It is, perhaps, a sort of recreation for the people; but such proceedings have ceased, beyond doubt, to have any political significance. After a long march through the city the cemetery at Glasnevin was at length reached, at half-past five o'clock, and in a newly-made grave, close to the grave of M'Manus, and not far from the memorial cross erected to the memory of the three men executed at Manchester, the body was placed. Charles KICKHAM, who had been one of the Fenian convicts, delivered an address, in which he eulogized O'Mahony as a pure-hearted patriot. The cemetery was, of course, invaded by some thousands of people, who, doubtless, without any disposition to trample upon the grass, could not in some instances avoid do so owning to the pressure, but they were not permitted to bring any bands or flags into the cemetery, or display any emblems. A special notice was posted to this effect. In connection with the whole proceeding there were few incidents to chronicle. The public have by this time a pretty accurate idea of what such processions are, and detailed descriptions of them are needless. The O'Mahony funeral resembled in some measure the M'Manus funeral, but it was not equal in numbers. It was orderly, and the bands in obedience to the committee, did not play passing places of worship. If they had done so it would have brought them into contact with the police, who did not at all interfered with the procession. A large reserve force was in readiness at the several stations throughout the city if occasion had arisen for police interference. The passing of the procession through the city occupied six hours. There was a remarkable absence of some of the principal Dublin trades. No trade banners were displayed, but there were a considerable number of small bannerettes, with the words "God Save Ireland."

GAMBLE - March 5, of bronchitis, Thomas BOYLE, youngest child of the Rev. J. W. Gamble, Cootehill, aged 1 year and 4 months.


Francis NIXON was charged with stealing a pair of trousers the property of Wm. CLARKE.

Sub-Constable LYNCH charged John BRADY with being drunk and assaulting him while in the discharge of his duty.
Fined 5s. for being drunk; and sent to gaol for a month for assault.

Thomas NORTH, Patt DEEGAN, James BRADY, John DONOHOE, Francis M'PHILLIPS, Thomas LITTLE, James GAFFNEY, Cornelius BRADY, Rose Anne MURPHY, and Owen FITZSIMONS, were fined 5s. each for drunkenness.

Henry ARGUE was summoned for not having his name on his cart.
Fined 1s. 6d.

Constable DOLAN summoned Thomas FITZPATRICK for permitting two persons not being lodgers to be on his licensed premises at 20 minutes past ten o'clock at night.
Fined ?1 and costs.

Constable Dolan summoned John NOBLE and Patt FAGAN (carpenter), for being in Mr. Fitzpatrick's within prohibited hours.
Fined 1s. each.

John FARRELLY claimed ?1 2s. 2d. wages from John NAYE.
Decree for ?1 granted.

Mrs. MATCHETT summoned Robert LOWRY for trespass of cattle.
Fined 2s.

Margaret PRATT summoned Eliza PRATT for like.
Fined 6d.

(Before Capt. WARING, R. M. HUGH, K. SIMPSON, and James SMALL, Esqrs.)


Bridget BRADY, Carrickallen, was charged with being helplessly drunk the previous evening. Sub-Constable M'ENTEE, who arrestedher, said he was obliged to hire a cart to convey her to the barracks.
Fined 5s. with costs.

Same witness charged John TRAYNOR, Begliff, with drunkenness.
Defendant, who said he was never "catched" before, was fined 2s. 6d. with costs.

John MONAGHAN, John SMITH, and Simon M'CABE were summoned by Sub-Constable NEVIN for drunkenness on the 5th inst.
Defendants were fined 2s. 6d. with costs.

Head-Constable Kelly charged Peter M'BRIEN, Swanlinbar, with drunkenness and disorderly conduct on the 5th inst.
Defendant, who received a good character from his employer, was fined 7s. 6d. with costs.

Same against James ROCHFORD for drunkenness on the 26th ult.
Fined 2s. 6d. with costs.

Same witness preferred a charge of breaking the windows of Mr. Patrick CLARKE's public house against Bernard DUNNE.
Several witnesses were examined, but although stones were found in defendant's pocket, no person could further identify him as the aggressor.

Sub-Constable M'ENTEE, in an adjourned case, charged James FLUKER with being slightly inebriated on the 4th December last.
Defendant, who is at present on a three months' tour at his Government residence, was pardoned by the Bench, with hopes that after his sojourn in Cavan, his morals would improve with his health.

Sub-Constable M'GEE summoned Thomas REILLY for drunkenness.
Defendant, who has since the offence signed the pledge against drink, was discharged with a caution.

Constable M'DONALD charged Patrick CRAWLEY and Joseph M'MAHON with assaulting each other on the public street.
Fined 10s. each with costs.

Sub-Constable BRADSHAW summoned Bernard DUNNE for drunkenness.
Fined 2s. 6d. with costs.

The queen at the prosecution of Sub-Constable M'ENTEE, Thomas O'BRIEN, and Thomas SMITH, v. Thomas TRAYNOR.
It appeared from the evidence that Traynor knocked O'Brien down and afterwards kicked Smith. The latter gave evidence reluctantly against Traynor.
After hearing the case, the Bench ordered Traynor to be imprisoned for one calendar month for the assault on O'Brien, and 14 days with hard labour for the assault on Smith.
Same witness charged Catherine ROSSAN with drunkenness on the 26th ult.
Fined 2s. 6d. with costs.

Sub-Constable GRIMLEY summoned Luke CAROLAN for drunkenness.
Fined 5s. with costs.

Sub-Constable M'KEOWN charged a cattle driver named M'GRAGH, with being drunk on the 26th ult.
Fined 2s. 6d. with costs.

James BRADY, Cootehill, was summoned by Sub-Constable Nevin for cruelly scoring a pig with a knife after purchase.
Fined 10s. and costs.


Hugh CURTIS, an inmate of the Bailieboro Workhouse, and formerly a United States soldier, was charged with an assault on Thomas CLARKE, a poor disabled inmate.
A man named FLUKER said he saw Curtis strike Clarke a violent box in the eye, the result being a perfect transformation of the optic.
The Workhouse master said defendant had left the house since the assault was committed; on more than one occasion his conduct was disorderly.
Ordered one month's imprisonment with hard labour.

GREAT FIRE IN AMERICA. - One of those great conflagrations which seem peculiar to America, broke out at Sug Harbour on the 18th February. The wind was blowing a gale at the time, and the fire spread rapidly, communication with the houses at the opposite side of the street and destroying property valued at 100,000 dols. Even shops and dwelling-houses were destroyed, together with a chemical works, flour mills, etc. A heavy snow squall prevailed during the burning.

ANOTHER SUDDEN DEATH NEAR BALLINAMALLARD. - On Monday last, Mr. KNIGHT, sub-sheriff, and Alexandra IRVINE, bailiff, proceeded to Mossfield, near Irvinestown, for the purpose of giving possession of a tenant belonging to a man named William M'GARAGHAN to Mr. William ARMSTRONG, of Laragh, Ballinamallard. The latter was at the place awaiting the officials fo the law about noon. The tenant had gone, leaving the door locked, which the sheriff opened, and gave possession in the usual form to Mr. Armstrong. The sheriff and Irvine having got into their "trap," proceeded to the Irvinestown Road about 400 yards, followed by Mr. Armstrong; and having got about 100 yards on the road the sheriff looked behind, when he saw Mr. Armstrong at a short distance prostrate on the ground. Irvine immediately got down and ran to his assistance, followed by Mr. Knight. On lifting him up he was bleeding, and the sheriff immediately ran to a house at some distance, where he obtained water and some restorative, which they applied in the best way they could - Irvine supporting Mr. Armstrong all the time on his knees. A number of the tenantry soon gathered, and Mr. Armstrong was placed in the trap, and driven home by Irvine, during which he was conscious and spoke but vomited twice, while the sheriff hastened over the country taking the shortest way to Laragh, to acquaint his family of what had happened. On reaching home he as brought into the house, and medical assistance sent for, but had ceased to breathe. Mr. Armstrong was a gentleman who was well liked in the locality for many good qualities, and his sudden demise is much regretted by his tenantry and acquaintances. He had attained a good age, and it is thought the excitement occasioned by the duty discharged by the sheriff produced the melancholy event.

March 16, 1877

MAGENNIS and M'CUTCHEON - March 14, at Heaton Norris, near Manchester, by tgheRRev. Richard SHEPPERD, Robert Magennis, Glasdrummond, Co. Monaghan, to Mrs. M'Cutcheon, daughter of the late John Garland, Ballyhaise.
REBURNE and FAULKNER - March 8, at Billis Church, by the Rev. W. C. PEYTON, A.M., assisted by the Rev. Alfred ELLIOTT, rector of Munterconnaught, Mr. William Reburne, of Teveneman, to Matilda, daughter of Mr. David Faulkner, P.L.B., of Lisacopp0le House, same parish.

FLEMING - March 10, at the residence of his brother, 18, Sarah-street, Belfast, John Fleming, compositor, late of Anglo-Celt, Cavan, aged 28 years.
GREGG - March 13, at Derryhoo, Milltown, Belturbet, Mr. Gerard Gregg, aged 66 years. Much regretted.
PALLES - March 12, at 12, Belvidere-place, Dublin, in the 76th year of her age, Elenor, the beloved wife of A. C. Palles, Esq., R.I.P

Persons who have left Guns, Pistols, &c., with the late Mr. Wm. ADAMS for repair, are requested to call for same on any SATURDAY during this month.

Margaret Adams
Cavan, March 9, 1877


The Secretary of the Grand Jury begs to remind the Sanitary Authorities and others whom it may concern, that Dr. CAERON is their County Analyst, paid by fixed salary, who complains that but one case from this County was submitted to him between the Assizes of Summer, 1870, and Spring, 1877.

Rocks, Crossdowney, 11th March, 1877.

19, Main Street

Passages can be secured at the above address by every Steamer or Sailing Ship leaving the United Kingdom for-

NEW YORK and other places in the UNITED STATES.
QUEBEC, MONTREAL, and all parts of CANADA.
AUCKLAND, OTAGO, and the Chief Ports in NEW ZEALAND.

Tourists' tickets will, in the Season, be obtainable for Niagara Falls and numerous places of interest in the United States and Canada.

Apply to
JOHN FEGAN, Steamship
and Passage Agent, 19,
Main-street, Cavan.

PRESENTATION TO MR. A. E. HUMPHREYS, MASTER OF THE LISSAGOAN STAGHOUNDS. - A few days ago, at Mullingar, a presentation was made from the hunting gentlemen of County Westmeath to Mr. A. E. HUMPHREYS, of Lissagoan House, in recognition of the good sport he showed with his staghounds in Westmeath in April, 1876. The presentation was made in graceful terms by Mr. W. S. KELLY, of Mullingar, and Captain BARRYT, R.M., and a deputation of gentlemen on behalf of the subscribers, and consisted of a valuable silver hunting horn, with engraved stages, and the inscription - "Presented to A. E. Humphreys, by his Sporting Friends in Westmeath, as a memento of his visit to that county with his Staghounds in April 1876." A very handsome gold-mounted Hunting Whip and Patent Safety Stirrup were also presented to Mrs. A. E. Humphreys.


On Saturday, at the Kilkenny assizes, an old man named DELAHUNTY was sentenced to several years' penal servitude for killing a man named KENNEDY, his brother-in-law, in the year 1832. The prisoner recently confessed to the crime in Liverpool while under the influence of liquor, and he repeated the statement when sober. Now, however, he denied it. The evidence against Delahunty was that of two old women, who found the dead body of Kennedy when they were girls, and who remembered that it was a man named Delahunty who was charged with the murder.

March 23, 1877


MOORE - March 21, at Farnham-street, Cavan, the wife of Mark Moore, Esq., M.D., of a son.
M'KAY - March 2, at Killykeen, Crossdoney, the wife of Mr. John M'Kay, Organist of Kilmore Cathedral, of twin sons.

BLACK and BULLICK - March 15, in the University Road Wesleyan Church, Belfast, by the Rev. J. W. JONES, Rev. James BLACK, Wesleyan Minister, Belfast, to Miss Sarah Bullick, Lurgan.
BERRY and FINLAY - March 21, in Kildallon Church, by the Rev. Wm. CREEK, assisted the Rev. E. M. Moore, Alexander Berry, Esq., Mullaghmore House, third son of the late Alexander Berry, Esq., J. P., Drumany to Eliza, eldest daughter of the late John Finlay, Esq., The Cottage, Ardlogher.
GARVEY and SHEEHAN - March 15, in the Parish Church, Kinsale, by the Rev. E. B. DENEHY, A. Garvey, R.I.C., to Hannah Sheehan.

FLEMING - March 15, at 18, Sarah-street, Belfast, Peter, only child of Mr. Peter Fleming (late of Cavan), aged 8 months.

APPALLINGLY SUDDEN DEATH . - A respectable man named John NEILL, lately a butcher carrying on business in Carlow, but recently engaged in the export cattle trade, died very suddenly at his residence in the Brown's Hill road, on Sunday. On Saturday he attended the fair of Baltinglass, and appeared in his usual health. On his return in the event he assisted at the slaughter of some cattle here, and appeared still in perfect health. On Sunday morning he complained a little, and after breakfast he suddenly ceased to live. He leaves a helpless young family of seven children, totally unprovided for.


On Saturday, 17th inst. Col. HILLIER, Inspector-General, R.I.C. arrived in Cavan and inspected the district. After putting the men through drill movements and their police discipline, the Colonel expressed himself as well pleased with the result of his inspection.


On Wednesday evening last, the Committee of the above Testimonial met in the Farnham Arms Hotel,
Edward KENNEDY, Esq., J.P., presiding.

There was a large attendance.

Mr. J. WATERS, Treasurer, read the list of subscriptions already received, which amounted to a very considerable sum.

It was stated that several parties who were anxious to join in the tribute of esteem had not yet sent in their subscriptions. As it was not the intention of the Committee to keep the matter open long, it was deemed advisable to name a day for closing the list.

The Chairman, after some complimentary remarks on Mr. Hayes, approved of the suggestion.

On the motion of Mr. GANNON, seconded by Mr. WILLS, it was agreed that the subscription list shall close on Monday, the 2nd of April.

It was moved and carried unanimously that in the absence of the Hon. Sec., Major KERR, who is at present in Carlow, that Mr. Patrick CAFFREY be requested to act as Hon. Sec.

The Committee then adjourned.


Elsewhere in our columns may be found an account of a lamentable accident which occurred on the railway line between Cavan and Clones on last Friday evening. We need not here repeat the circumstances; but we cannot refrain from stating that there is a universal feeling of deep and earnest sympathy with the parents and relatives of the decease. It must be some consolation to them in their bitter sorrow, to know that neighbours, friends, and acquaintances, of all creeds and classes, would willingly enlighten the burden of their affliction if that were possible.

We have much satisfaction in mentioning that in this instance no blame can attach to the Railway Company or their officials. Mr. ARMSTRONG, solicitor, and Mr. ATWELL, station-master attended the inquest of Mrs. PRUNTY's remains; and offered, on behalf of the Railway Company, to produce any of their servants whose presence or testimony might be required by the Coroner or the jury. The evidence given does not impute blame to any one, nor excite suspicion against any one; and it is probable the accident would not have occurred but that the shadows of the evening were rendered denser and darker by the heavy showers of snow then falling.

At the same time we must take this opportunity of warning the public generally against the folly of walking on the Railway line. Those who do so violate the law, and are liable to be prosecuted and fined. The railway companies have adopted all necessary means to make this universally known; and we are persuaded there are very few who can plead ignorance of the law. If the matter could be confined within these limits, we should be quite content to leave it so; but there is the more serious consideration, that those who thus violate the law expose themselves to the danger of instant death. In many instances fatal accidents have resulted from this cause alone. We hope that those who have hitherto indulged the foolish and criminal practice of walking on the railway line will henceforth abandon it; otherwise, the Railway Company should vigorously enforce the law against all offenders without respect of persons.


About seven o'clock on last Friday evening, Mrs. Mary PRUNTY, wife of a farmer living near Redhills was killed by the up-train from Clones, while walking on the line on her way home from Cavan. The accident occurred at Coolbuyogue, about two miles from
Cavan, where there is a sharp curve in a deep cutting. Mr. M'FADDEN, Coroner, opened the inquest at two o'clock on Saturday. A jury having been empannelled (sic).

The first witness examined was Thomas BARTLY, who deposed that he is a milesman in the employment of "The Great Northern Railway;" early on Friday morning Joseph McCREERY, of Ballymacarne told him that while going along the line to a fair he saw a woman lying dead on the line at the entrance to Henry REILLY's cutting in Coolbuyogue; went to the place and found her lying about four feet from the rail on the left hand as you approach Cavan; found the half return ticket - Cavan to Redhills - (produced) in her glove and 16s. 6d. in her pocket; the police came up and they brought the remains to Mr. KENNY's barn in Rahulton; witness passed the place at six o'clock the previous evening and she was not there; believes she was killed by the seven o'clock up-train from Clones.

As no person could identify the body, the inquest was adjourned until the following day.


The inquest was resumed to-day at 12 o'clock.

Mr. John Francis PRUNTY, Rathmulligan, Redhills, identified the body as that of his wife, Mary Prunty, aged about thirty-five; between two and three o'clock on Friday last deceased left his house alone for the purpose of traveling by rail from Redhills station to Cavan to consult Dr. MATHEWS about her health; he expected her to return by the rain leaving Cavan at 5:15 p.m.; she told him when going away that if Dr. Mathews would not be at home she would stop all night with her friend Mrs. CLERKIN; she had ?1 going away; 16s. 6d. was found on her body; she was of strictly temperate habits; about three o'clock on yesterday he heard from a policeman that his wife had met with an accident; came over here and found that she had been killed; deceased left one child who will be six years old in May; doesn't believe she met with foul play; is of opinion he would be a trespasser if he were found walking on the line; but cannot say if deceased had the same knowledge; there is a "public pad" along the line for more than seven years; believes his wife met her death by a railway train passing over her; the half return ticket - Cavan to Redhills (produced) found on her would have been taken up at Redhills if she had traveled in the train all right to Redhills.

Constable DOLAN was on "train duty" that day; when returning to the barracks, after seeing the 5:15 p.m. train off to Clones, he met deceased at the Waterside; she asked him if the Clones train had gone, he said it had, and that there was no other train for Clones that night; she appeared disappointed and said, "My God, what will I do. Must I walk," and hurried off towards the railway station; she was perfectly sober.

To a juror - I never saw her before. I saw her dead body and am sure she is the person.

John BRADY (platform porter at Cavan) saw deceased standing on the platform after the departure of the 5:15 p.m. train for Clones; she asked him if it had been long gone; he said about twenty minutes; she was lamenting having to walk home to Redhills; he told her to go to the Post office and that she could get on the mail car, which leaves at half-past six, to within a mile and a half of her home; witness was sent to Cavan on business and didn't see her any more; they don't allow anyone to walk on the line, but it is impossible to keep them off.

John MAGUIRE (milesman) has charge of the first three miles of the line; he lives at Ballymacarne crossing, about a quarter of a mile from where the body was found; about half an hour before the last train came up from Clones he saw a female walking down the centre of the line from Cavan; he told her a train was coming up from Clones inside half an hour, and ordered her off the line; she went towards the gate and he went into his house; he cannot say whether she went off the line or not; he "warns off" every person he sees walking on the line.

Dr. MALCOMSON deposed that he examined the body of deceased, and found an extensive contused wound of the left arm, about two inches below the shoulder joint, almost severing the arm from the trunk; the wound was sufficient to cause death in a few moments; there were some contusions about her face and lip, which, he believes, were caused by falling on the stones; portion of a train or some other heavy body passing over a person would cause such injuries as she presented; she died from shock to the nervous system combined with hemorrhage.

James TATE drove the engine on every train which passed ovedr the line between the time deceased was seen at the Railway Station and the finding of her body at Coolbuyogue; he did not see any signal or sign, hear any shout, see any person on the line, or feel any hitch or lurch.

To Head-Constable STORY - We passed the place about 7:12 p.m.; it was then quite dark as there was a shower of snow coming on.

To a Juror - It is not my duty to whistle when we are going near a curve.

Mr. ARAMSTRONG (solicitor) and Mr. ATWELL (station-master) offered to produce any servant of the company the coroner or jury might wish to examine.

The enquiry closed, and after deliberating for about half an hour returned a verdict to the effect; "That deceased was killed by a railway train passing over her."

Deceased was eldest daughter of Mr. John LEE, Lattaglohan, Stradone. Her remains were interred in Lavey burying ground on Sunday night.

On Wednesday evening, 14th inst., the members of the Bailieborough Roman Catholic brass band held an amateur “Christy Minstrel” Concert in Bailieborough. Mr. Philip Carroll kindly granted the use of a long upper room for the occasion. The arrangements were carried out by Messrs. T. CARROLL and J. WARD.

A coloured string band attired in full niggar costume took up its position in the centre of the room; the brass band was also in attendance. Messrs. D. and R. DUNCAN conducted the musical programme, the latter performing on the piano-forte. At 8 o’clock the room was crowded to excess, and the youthful darkies commenced the programme.

“Come, Darkies, sing,” was given by “Sam,” and taken up with much spirit by his dusky “brudern.” “So early in de morning,” “Ring, ring, de banjo,” “Cheer up, Sam,” &c., were sung by Mr. Ward not with the shyness of an amateur, but with comic gracefulness. Mr. P. COONEY, in singing “I’ll throw myself away,” elicited hearty applause from the audience, particularly from some of the fair sex, who protested against his suicidal idea. Other negro melodies were executed in good style by Messrs. FARRELL and GLENNON. “Marching through George,” an American song, was well given by Mr. DUFF, Kingscourt. Dr. Ward appeared again and gave a stump speech on “Patent Medicines.” Previous to Mr. Ward’s address there was a “break down” of the flooring, and at its conclusion the company broke up.

March 30, 1877

HUTTON - March 29, at Cavan, the wife of Albert Hutton, Esq., Drummully House, Killeshandra, of a daughter.

CREEN - March 23, at Swellan, Cavan, (the resident of her brother-in-law, Robert FEGAN, Esq.,) Miss Margaret Creen, late of Creenstown, Strangford, Co. Down, aged 73 years.
ERSKINE - March 24, at his residence, The Retreat, Newry, Henry J. Erskine, A.M., Clk., formerly Rector of Kildrumfertin, diocese of Kilmore.


We announce to-day, with sincere regret, the decease of the Rev. Henry J. Erskine, second son of the late Rev. Josiah Erskine, A.M., Rector of Knockbride. He was ordained in the year eighteen hundred and twenty-eight; and the whole of his active ministerial life was spent in the diocese of Kilmore - first at Larah, then at Tomregan, and lastly at Kildrumferton. Some four or five years ago, in consequence of failing health, he resigned his incumbency; and on Saturday last he died at his residence The Retreat, Newry. He was a man of most benevolent disposition and Catholic spirit; faithful and kindly in the discharge of his clerical duties; highly esteemed in every relation of life; distinguished by many excellent qualities of head and heart; and beloved by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. Though removed from this neighbourhood for some time, the news of his decease will be received with sorrow by his former parishioners and a wide circle of acquaintances. We need scarcely remind our readers that the late Mr. Erskine was brother to Captain ERSKINE of this town, one of the most popular of our resident gentlemen. We are sure there will be very general and sincere sympathy with him, in the bereavement which he has now been called to suffer.


The Rev. Thomas W. FUSSELL, curate of Drumgoon, was instituted on Tuesday, the 27th inst., by the Lord Bishop of Kilmore, to the incumbency of Swanlinbar, diocese of Kilmore, vacant by the resignation of the Rev. M. N. LAWDER.

On Sunday next (Easter Day), the annual diocesan sermon will (D.V.) be preached in Kilmore Cathedral, by the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop, and a collection made in aid of the General Diocesan Fund.

A sermon will be preached in Cavan Church on Easter Sunday on behalf of the General Diocesan Fund, for the purpose of aiding the poorer parishes in the Diocese of Kilmore.


The Hon. Judge HARRISON sat to-day, and disposed of arrangement cases.


The bankrupt carried on business in a licensed premises in Ballyjamesduff. He was examined as to the tenure under which he held the premises. His father bought the house in 1864 for ?175, and he held the house from his father, although he paid the head rent in his own name. He said his father was returned as one of his creditors for ?160 for money advanced to him in several instalments. No record existed as to when the moneys were lent to him. He did pass an

I O U to his father, but he could not get it, although he searched for it.

Mr. J. G.RYND appeared for the bankrupt.

In reply to Mr. SCALLAN, the bankrupt said he would give up possession of the premises to the assignees if required.

The further hearing of the case was then adjourned.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - Mr. John WHITTY formerly Major of the 93rd Highlanders, died in the Maison de Santa, Charlemont-street, Dublin, on Monday, from injuries he had received, under the following circumstances: - The deceased, who lodged at Bloomfield, South circular-road, and occasionally stopped at the Portobello Hotel, was going up the stairs of the latter on the afternoon of the 23rd instant, when he accidentally stumbled. Unable to recover himself, he fell over the banisters to the floor below, a depth of some twenty feet. Mr. WARD, of Rathmines, was in immediate attendance, and had him conveyed the hospital, where it was ascertained that his right leg was broken.


Constable HAMILTON summoned Hugh BRADY, of Larah, for selling drink within prohibited hours.
It appeared that a man areapresented to Mrs. Brady that his wife was very ill, and required some spirits.
Their Worships being of opinion that complainant had been imposed on only fined him 5s. and costs.

Patt SMITH v. James M'KIERNAN, James M'DONALD, and James MARTIN.
From the evidence it appeared the parties had been drinking together, on the previous Sunday evening, at the Cross, near Belturbet Junction, and after leaving the public-house a quarrel took place, when Patt Smith received two severe stabs of a penknife in the side, of a severe nature, and James M'Kiernan a stab under the ear. M'Donald, who is accused of using the knife, alleges that the other parties assaulted him first.

The Bench sent the case for trial at Quarter Sessions, but admitted the accused to bail.

Constable FILSON summoned Bernard YOUNG for selling drink to the above persons after seven o'clock on Sunday evening.
As none of the witnesses could say whether the drink was sold before or after seven o'clock, the case was dismissed.

Patt SHERIDAN was sent for trial at the Quarter Sessions for assaulting an old man named FITZPATRICK. There was another charge of assault against him which was postponed.

John WILLIAMS, Patt HUGHES, Ellen FITZPATRICK, and David M'NALLY, were fined for drunkenness.

Samuel DONEGAN was summoned for disorderly conduct.

AN INDULGENT LANDLORD. - On the 22nd inst., Charles PILKINGTON, Sub-Sheriff of the County Clare, by the authority of the Chairman of Quarter Sessions, evicted Thomas KELLY and his family, to the number of eight persons, from his holding at Attyslaney, for non-payment of rent. Henry BUTLER, Esq., of Rhiatorpe, proved himself a kind and indulgent landlord by forgiving Kelly three years' rent, and re-admitted him immediately into his former dwelling, allowing him besides, six acres of land. About six years ago the same man was forgiven three years' rent by Mr. Butler, who is universally beloved in the neighbourhood.

At a meeting of the Limerick Board of Guardians the other day, the fact was brought to light that persons dying in the workhouse - averaging 500 a year - were buried without any funeral service, and this notwithstanding the existence of both a Protestant and a Roman Catholic chaplain. Lord Clarina, a member of the Board, explained this neglect by stating that "it was not the custom for clergymen in the country to attend funerals of the poor," and this again was explained by another member to be the case because there were no "fees, scarfs, and hatbands." Lord Emly said the system was disgraceful, and he should move at the next meeting that it should be put as top to at once.

A Canadian dispatch states that several influential Montreal dcapitalists have applied to the Dominion Parlimanet for an act of incorporation for a company to lay a cable between Canada and Ireland.


The following sensational advertisement appears in a recent issue of the Times: -

"Matrimonial Court, Ireland. - Michael CAHILL, Petr. The Honourable Eliza N. Cahill, Respt. - Pursuant to an order made by the Right Honourable Robert R. WARREN, Judge of the Court for trial of Matrimonial Causes in Ireland, bearing date the 27th day of February, 1877, I, Michael Cahill, the Petr. In the above matter, do hereby command and require you, the Honourable Eliza N. Cahill, to return forthwith to my house, Ballyconra, in the county of Killkenny, Ireland, and Restore unto me Conjugal Rights.- Dated this 5th day of March 1877.

Michael Cahill

"Stephen O'SHAGHNESSY, Solr. For Petr., 73 Dame-st., Dublin."

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