Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

December 6, 1878


FYFE – Dec. 1, at Lake View Lodge, Arva, the wife of Mr. George Fyfe, of a son.


STOPFORD – GIBSON – Dec. 4, by special licence, at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. T. Adderly Stopford, rector of Clongill, county Meath, father of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. Dr. HUTCHINSON, Edward George STOPFORD, to Anna Margaret, eldest daughter of Robert Gibson, merchant, Bailieboro.


MONTGOMERY – Dec. 2, at Derrywinny, Cavan, Elizabeth, beloved wife of Mr. Richard Montgomery, aged 32 years.


At the meeting of this Association on Monday next, Dec. 9th, a debate will take place on the question – Is England justified in endeavouring to force a Mission on Afghanistan? Speakers – Affirmative, Mr. A. LOUGH and the Secretary; negative, Messrs. COOKE and A. SIXSMITH.

(Before the Deputy-Master, Mr. BUSHE, and a Jury of Six.)

James SORRAHAN v. Lady LISGAR and Sir Francis F. TULVILLE.

This was an action to recover damages, laid at £800, for injuries sustained by the plaintiff through the alleged negligence of the defendants, Lady Lisgar and her servants.

Sir Francis TURVILLE was a nominal defendant, he having married Lady Lisgar since the proceedings commenced.

Defence was allowed to go by default, interlocutory judgment was marked, and the present investigation was for the purpose of assessing damages.

It appeared that Mr. Sorrahan was a flax buyer, residing at Bailieborough, in the county of Cavan, and that in July last he was traveling through the county on business. When he was returning to Bailieborough, his car was upset by a heap of stones left unprotected on the road. These were being used by workmen employed by Lady Lisgar in the erection of a monument to the memory of her late husband Lord Lisgar. The allegation was, that the workman conducted themselves negligently in leaving the stones heaped on the road without any ropes or light to mark the obstruction. The plaintiff was severely injured and maimed for life by the accident.

The jury found for the plaintiff £100.

Counsel for the plaintiff Messrs. M’LAUGHLIN, Q.E., and MORIARTY (instructed by Messes (sic) FAY, M’GOUGH, and FOWLER). For the defendant – Messrs MONROE, Q.C., and Pakenham Law instructed by Messrs. LENARD, DOBBYN and Co.)

APPOINTMENT OF AN IRISH JUDGE. – The promotion of Mr. Gerald FITZGIBBON, Q.C., from Solicitor-General to be Lord Justice of Appeal in the room of Lord Justice CHRISTIAN, resigned, has received the sanction of the Queen. Mr. Fitzgibbon, who is in his forty-fourth year, took his degree in 1859, was called to the Bar in 1860, rose rapidly in his profession, and was made Queen’s Counsel in 1872. He is a son of Master Fitzgibbon, who before his appointment as a Master in Chancery had enjoyed a very high position at the Irish Bar as a lawyer and Nisi Prius advocate. The moderation of Lord Justice Fitzgibbon’s political views before his removal to the bench and his great legal reputation will render his appointment a most satisfactory one to the public.

A SUB-CONSTABLE SHOT. – The town of Crossmaglen, County Armagh, on Saturday was considerably excited when it became known that Sub-constable M’CABE had been shot while arresting a prisoner. It appears that the constabulary were going through the town, when a fowl dealer named MURPHY, seeing them, took to his heels, hotly pursued by M’Cabe. After a sharp race, and when the man saw that he was about to be captured, he suddenly turned and presented a pistol, which fortunately did not go off. The fowl dealer again fled, followed by M’Cabe, who rapidly gained ground on the fellow, who once more turned and fired a double-barrelled pistol at the sub-constable, who received a portion of the charge in his right eye. The fellow was arrested after a severe struggle.


On Saturday night last, a man named John FAULKNER, residing at Aghaloora, near Kinaleck, was choked by a piece of meat sticking in his throat. This accident is becoming frequent in this neighbourhood, a man named DOWDAL having lost his life the other day at Finea from a similar case. This ought to teach people that good digestion depends very much on proper mastication of our food.

December 13, 1878


KENNY – December 5, at Mountpottinger Cottage, Belfast, the wife of Charles BEATTIE KENNY of a son.


BEATTIE – FOSTER – Dec. 5, at Ballintemple Curch, by the Rev. E. POTTERTON, John, second son of Martin BEATIE, Esq. Corglas House, to Matilda Anne, eldest daughter of John FOSTER, Esq., Garrymore, Ballinagh.


On Monday night, the 2nd inst., as Dr. Mawhinny was driving to the Billises his horse stepped into a large hole in the road over a gullet or water-pipe, pitching him off with great violence, and breaking his thigh bone.

The habit road contractors have of allowing dangerous holes of this kind to remain open sometimes for weeks endangering the lives of the public is very much to be deprecated.

The large sphere of practice which this gentleman enjoyed, will sadly miss the service of so painstaking and skilful a physician.

FIRE AT FORD LODGE. – About four o’clock on yesterday a fire broke out in one of the office houses at Ford Lodge, the residence of Theo THOMPSON, Esq., J.P. The Militia Staff with their fire engine, the Constabulary, and a number of townspeople were quickly on the spot and used every exertion to extinguish it. A range of offices about sixty feet long were completely gutted. The origin of the fire is not known.


A number of persons were summoned by the constabulary for drunkenness, and fined in small sums.

Sub-constable CAMPBELL summoned John BEATTY for walking his horse on the foot path.
Fined 2s and costs.

James BRADY was fined 2s and costs for permitting his goat to wander on the public road.

Mr. John DOWNEY, sen. Summoned Ellen FITZPATRICK for assaulting him.

Defendant keeps an apple standing (sic) opposite Mr. Downey’s house; Mr. Downey was putting out some empty boxes before his door when defendant threw them down and kicked them through the street. One of the boxes struck him in the breast; she gave him great abuse.
She was fined 10s and costs.

Mr. John DOWNEY, jun. charged Francis FITZPATRICK with making use of threatening language towards him.
He was bound to the peace.
The Fitzpatricks had cross-summonses, which were dismissed.

James CULLEN summoned Jane BRADY and Agnes BEATTY for assaulting him.
Brady was sent to gaol for a month and Beatty fined 2s 6d and costs.

POLITICAL “GORE”. – The Dublin Evening Mail of Tuesday night, commenting upon Mr. O’CONNER POWER’s letter, in which he calls Mr. Butts “traitor to the Irish cause,” and denounces the blood stained acts of the Royal butchers who have invaded Afghanistan, says that this language will, doubtless, receive the attention of the House, upon which it places manifest and serious responsibility, which every loyal Irishman will call upon it to discharge.


The new Glebe-house at Tessauran, Moystown, is now nearly completed, and is a model of convenience, cheapness, and elegance. The plans were furnished by J. F. FULLER, Esq., Diocesan Architect, who has been effecting of late years a great improvement in this class of building. Perhaps some particulars may be of use to other parishes where it is contemplated building a clerical residence. The house has been erected by Mr. Hugh HAGUE, of Cavan, for £1,000. It contains on ground floor open porch, outer and inner halls tiled, drawingroom and diningroom with large bow-windows, kitchen, scullery, pantry, larder. The kitchen yard contains ash pit, &c., and coal or turf shed. The out-offices are walled in, and consist of stable for two horses, coach-house, cow-house, dairy, man’s room and lofts. There are two glass screens, one shutting off porch and the other shutting off staircase from hall. The place is arranged that there is access for servants to diningroom and kitchen without passing through hall. The upper floor contains four large bedrooms, a servant’s room, a bathroom, &c. The house is substantially built and finished with red brick quoins; is ornamented in character without being overdone, and is at the same time staunch and watertight. This is a great improvement on the regulation square box, with a door in the middle, a window at each side, and three windows over. The contractor has used the best materials, and Mr. Fuller has succeeded in designing a marvel of cheapness and beauty. – Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette.


Father BURKE has let the cat out of the bag. To many it has been a wonder why poor Ireland remains so Romish. Indeed in his lecture, on the above subject, delivered quite recently in the Roman Catholic University, Father Burke admitted that there was great differences of opinion as to the case of Ireland’s Catholicism: one man saying one thing, another man another, clearly indicating the while, as we think, that to all it seemed a marvel, an unaccountable thing., why Ireland should remain so Romish. And so indeed, it is when the Papal States themselves and Papal kings, and the Pope’s own subjects at home, threw off his yoke. But Father Burke has told us the secret: it was because that in Ireland “the position of Catholics and the relation of the Church and the Holy See were well and clearly understood; in England it was not so. There lay the whole secret. In England there was all along jealousy of Rome, of the Pope’s power and attributes; in Ireland the Pope’s power was acknowledged by all, and lovingly.” Protestants should ponder these words and take action accordingly. Presbyterian Churchman.

December 20, 1878


London, Wednesday Evening.

A demonstration of welcome was accorded tonight to the released political prisoners, CLANCY and AHEARN, from the Irishmen of London, under the auspices of the visiting committee. Several leading Irish Nationalists were present. Mr.GOLDING, Mincinghlane, presided, in the absence of Mr. PARNELL; Mr. O'CONNOR POWER, M.P., and Mr.DELAHUNTY, M.P., being present. Speeches and resolutions of a congratulatory character followed. Mr.CLANCY described his prison experiences. Mr. O'CONNOR POWER proposed a resolution condemning the prison system.


Townley - Dec. 13, at Clonervy, Cavan, the wife of John M. J. Townley, Esq., of a son.


JOHNSTON - Dec. 20th , at Bawnboy House, in the 79th year of his age, William Johnston, Esq., son of late Robert Johnston, Esq., of Swanlinbar, deeply and deservedly regretted - "Mark the perfect man and behold the upright for the end of that man is peace."


At a meeting of the Board of Nomination for the Parish of Abbeylara, in the Diocese of Ardagle, held in the Protestant Hall, Longford, on Tuesday, the 17th inst., the Lord Bishop of Kilmore presiding, the Rev. J. F. COOKE, Curate of Ballymacormack, was unanimously elected.

The Board of Nomination for the Parish of Bromlin, Diocese of Elphin, met on the same day, when the Rev. M. N. KEARNEY, Incumbent of St. Johns', Cloverhill, was unanimously elected.

The Diocesan council of Kilmore as held in the Protestant Hall, Cavan, on Wednesday, the 18th., the Bishop presiding.

(Before T. THOMPSON, and W. BABINGTON, Esqrs.)

Sixteen children were summoned by the constabulary for sliding on the street.
They were fined 1d each and costs.

John HEERY (sp?) summoned a little girl named SMITH for begging and having no visible means of support.
She was sent to Industrial School for ten years.

Terence FLEMING summoned James GALLIGAN for striking him with a stick on the head.
As the assault was unprovoked he was sent to gaol for fourteen days.

A number of persons were fined for drunkenness.


Some of the Town Commissioners, headed by M. CARNEY, Chairman, and accompanied by two of the Protestant inhabitants, have made a collection now amounting to £60 or £70, for relief of the distressed labourers and others of all denominations in this trying season.


Kilbeggan, Wednesday

At the adjourned special meeting of the managing committee of this dispensary district, the recommendation of the Local Government Board that Dr. James B. BARRY, Medical officer, be called on to resign for neglect of duty was again discussed. The charges of negligent

were all in connection with smallpox cases, and at a sworn investigation they were held pro el (?) by Dr. BRODIE, the Local Government Inspector. It was decided by 8 votes to 5 to all on the doctor to send in his resignation by the 10th of January next.


A MEETING, CONVENED BY A CIRCULAR SIGNED BY j. Hamilton, Esq., and others, was held on the 16th inst., in the Court room, Killeshandra, to take into consideration the present distress amongst the working classes in the town and neighbourhood.

James DUIGNAN, Esq., P.L.G., was moved to the chair by acclamation; and Mr. Robert NORTH was appointed secretary and D. H. CRAWFORD, Esq., treasurer. A committee of four - Messrs. ELLIOTT, M'CABE, MEE, and DUIGNAN were appointed to report on all cases of distress.

A considerable sum was subscribed on the spot; and Messrs. Duignan and Crawford were authorized to receive further subscriptions.

Another meeting was held on yesterday (Thursday), when ninety persons were relieved. Relief will also be given on Tuesday next.

(The Subscription List will appear in our next issue).


A meeting, convened at the instance of Moses NETTERFIELD, Esq., Glendoon, was held on Monday in the Court House, Captain G. N. ROE, J. P. Ballyconnell House, presiding, to enter into subscriptions for relief of the poor at this very inclement season. It was resolved that the Revd. Dominic M'BREEN, P.P., Moses NETTERFIELF, Esq., and Mr. M. CORRY, the secretary and treasurer, be appointed a sub-committee to carry out the objects of the meeting generally, and that the several landlords having property in the neighbourhood, be appealed to for their kind aid and assistance in the movement.


On the 30th ult., the remains of the Rev. James ARMSTRONG were interred in the church-yard of Ballyjamesduff. He had attained the patriarchial (sic) age of eighty-five years; being one of the rapidly diminishing band of clergymen who served the Church in the first quarter of the present century.

In the year 1823 he was appointed to the curacy of Castleraghan, and remained in sole charge of the parish during the incumbency of Lord FITZGERALD, who was then Rector. During that time - a period of 35 years - he endeared himself to the people, not only as a clergyman, but as a friend. He and his amiable helpmate, Mrs. Armstrong, became much attached to the parish; they lived and laboured for the good of the people, and they gave largely of their means for the relief of the many poor who resided in the neighbourhood. Upon the death of Lord Fitzgerald it became necessary for Mr. Armstrong to resign his charge, and as soon as the certainty of his leaving became known to the parishioners they were filled with heartfelt sorrow. As they were no longer to have him amongst them they resolved to give some tangible proof of the regret they felt at the separation, and the esteem in which he was held by them, and accordingly a subscription was set on foot which enable them to present him with a valuable piece of plate.

Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong did not forget the people of Castleraghan, amongst whom they had spent the best years of their lives. In many cases kindly intercourse and friendship continued to the last, and many of the poorer members of the congregation received from time to time substantial proof of their regard. It was long since known that Mr. Armstrong expressed a wish to be buried amidst the scene of his lengthened and loving labours in the ministry, and when his funeral was announced to take place a large gathering of people, of all classes and denominations, assembled in the church and grave-yard, to honor the memory of one who 29 years ago, had ceased to have any official connection with the place. Many changes took place in the interim, but the regard in which this dear old clergyman was held seems to have been the same that it ever was. His name is a household word amongst those who knew him, and at least during the life-time of the present generation in Castleraghan it is not likely to be forgotten.


Cavan Division.

Arva - James KEMP.
Ballyconnell - Robt. M'MULLEN, Wm. M'GARVEY.
Ballyhaise - James WINSLOW.
Belturbet - George INGHAM, Thomas ELLIOTT.
Butlersbridge - Henry JONES.
Ballyduff - William WHYTE.
Bawnboy - Bernard DONOHOE.
Blacklion - John NIXON.
Cavan - James M'KEON, Thomas BROWN, and John WILLIS.
Crossdoney - Edward BEATTY.
Killeshandra - Thomas M'AVENUE.
Kilnaleck - Arthur M'CLEAN.
Mountnugent - William FULLAR.
Redhills - Robert FREEMAN.
Stradone - C. KELLY, Thomas MONAGHAN.
Swanlinbar - Hugh KENNEDY.
Scrabby - John KILROY.
Cootehill Division.
Ballyhaise - James WINSLOW.
Bailieboro' - Andrew SMITH and Geo. MAHOOD.
Ballyduff - William WHYTE.
Cootehill - Farrell M'GOVERN, Peter REILLY.
Kingscourt - Thomas ARGUE.
Mullagh - John NUGENT.
Shercock - Adams BEATTY.
Stradone - Christopher KELLY and Thomas MONAGHAN.
Virginia - George M'QUAID.

December 27, 1878


THOMPSON – Dec. 20, at Cavan, the wife of Henry Thompson, Esq., of a son.


FRAZER-CAIRNS – Dec. 19, at Larah Church, by the Rev. Denis KNOX, Rector of Lurgan, Mr. George Frazer, Assistant Col. Surveyor, co. Cavan, to Marion ANDERSON, only daughter of Mr. William Cairns, Stradone.

RUSSELL – BOLTON – Dec. 18th, in the Parish Church of Stackallen, Co. Meath, by the Rev. J. H. FREKE, Rector, John Joseph Russell, Esq., Stackallen House, Navan, eldest son of Joseph Russell, Esq., Ballinalone, Co. Westmeath, and Aughcrea House, Co. Longford to Sydney MASSEY, youngest daughter of John Bolton, Esq., Cullen House, Slane.

M’MANUS – MAGUIRE – Dec. 26, at the Cathedral, Cavan, by the Rev. Edward SHERIDAN, Adm., assisted by the Rev. M. FITZPATRICK, C.C., and the Rev. J. BRADY, C.C., Patrick M’Manus, Esq., T.C., Merchant, Cavan, to Ellie Mary, oldest daughter of Charles Maguire, Esq., Merchant, Cavan.


MAYNE – Dec. 24, at Kingstown, Louisa, widow of the late Richadr Mayne, Esq., of Glynch, Co. Monaghan, and daughter of the late Charles COOTE, Esq., Bellamont Forest, Cootehill.


On Friday evening last, the 20th inst., at the residence of Mr. Patrick MULLIGAN, Lisnalee, Bailieborough, Mr. Owe M’INTYRE died at the advanced age of 106 years. The health of deceased was generally good until October last, when his walk to town became less active. Fifty years ago, when wrestling, ballplaying, and cock-fighting formed part of our Irish accomplishments, deceased kept a spirit store at Market square, town of Bailieborough. On such occasions Owen, assisted by Jameson’s predecessor, thinned the arena, only to refresh the heated players, who resumed the Olympic sports with true Celtic courage. Deceased lived to see most of his great grandchildren marriageable; his granddaughter, Mrs. Mulligan, with those younger ones, cared him in age, and respect his memory. On Sunday last the funeral left for Mcbologue, the ancient resting place of the M’Intyres.


Archdeacon Magenies, P.P., Kilmore, gratefully acknowledges having received from John G. MURPHY, Esq., Lisnamandra, the sum of £10 for the poor of his block.

(Before W. BABINTON and J. FAY, Esqrs.)

Ten persons were fined for drunkenness.

Two children were fined 1d each and costs for sliding on the streets.

(Before G. MOLONEY, Esq., R.M., H. K. SIMPSON, Esq., J.P., and J. SMALL, Esq., J.P.)

Samuel ROGERS, Gartenane, summoned William BELL for the sum of £1 5s due complainant for turnips.
It appeared in evidence that defendant gave complainant some horse work previous to the latter bargain for which he was not paid.
The case was dismissed.

Andrew M’INTYRE summoned William SWAN, Lisball, for 5s lent cash, and also for 18s 8d balance of an account for wages due complainant for flax dressing.
Decreed in both cases with costs.

Peter LYNCH, tailor, summoned Letitia POGUE for 18s due complainant for work.
Defendant said she gave complainant’s mother 5s as a portion of the amount due.
The bench ordered a decree for 5s with costs.


Patrick REILLY was summoned by Constable YOUNG for being drunk at Bexcourt on the 2nd inst.
Fined 5s with costs.

Same against Bernard COYLE, Blackhills, for a similar effence (sic).
Fined 5s with costs.

Patrick CROSSEN for being slightly mellifluent was also fined 5s with costs.

Acting-constable BELL summoned Bernard DONNELLY and Daniel SMITH for drunkenness.
Donnelly was fined 5s, and Dan got off with the costs of the court.

Sub-constable M’KEOWN summoned John FARRELL, James SMITH, Margaret HIGGINS, and Patrick CONWAY for drunkenness.
Defendants were fined 5s each with costs.

Head-constable KELLY summoned Peter McINTYRE for drunkenness.
Fined 5s with costs, or in default seven days imprisonment.

Sub-constable ADAMS summoned Owen COYLE for allowing a calf to wander on the public road on the 10th inst.
Fined 6d with costs.

Terence CAROLAN was summoned by Sub-constable GOLDING for being drunk on the 11th inst. at Tanderagee.
Fined 5s with costs.

Sub-constable SHERWOOD summoned Edward CARROLAN, Kingscourt, for being drunk while in charge of a jennet and cart on the 2nd inst.
Fined 5s with costs.

Same against William WALSH and Hugh FARRELLY for drunkenness.
Walsh was fined 2s 6d with costs, and the case against Farrelly was withdrawn.

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