Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

February 1, 1878


LENNON – At Belfast, Mary Anne, relict of the late Mr. Edward Lennon, and youngest and only surviving daughter of the late Joseph MARTIN, Esq., J.P., D.L. Tullyvin, aged 66 years.

TOPHAM – Jan. 21, at Galgorm Cottage, Ballymena, Martha, the beloved wife of John Topham, aged 29 years.


ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, LONDON. – At the examinations held on January 17th, 18th, and 25th, Mr Jas O’CONNOR, third son of the late Dr O’Connor, of this town, having passed to the satisfaction of the Board received the diploma of Surgeon.


The Rev. Robert BEATTY, M A, Rector of Ballymachugh, in the Diocese of Armagh, has been appointed to the Union of Tarbet and Aghavillan, in the Diocese of Ardfert, vacant by the appointment of the Rev. Ambrose W. LEET, D D, to the Bethesda Church, Dublin.

The Archdeacon of Kilmore most thankfully acknowledges the receipt of the following additional contributions towards the Cavan ____ Vestry. Fund for Relief of the Poor:- Llewellyn SAUNDERSON, J P, £3; John ARMSTRONG (Erskine Terrace), £1; Mrs. William SHONE, £1; Andrew MEASE, M D, 10s; Rev W P Moore, 10s; Mrs ROBERTS, 5s; Miss MOORE, sen (the College), 5s.


(Before Dr. BABINGTON, Captain BURROWES, Wm. A. MOORE, Esq.; C. LESLIE, Esq.; and Captain SAUNDERSON.)

John DOWNEY, jun. summoned James DOWLER for an assault, and Dowler had a cross case against Mr Downey for a similar offence.

The alleged assault took place in consequence of Mr Downey demanding possession of a house occupied by Dowler, and the evidence was of a most contradictory character.

Their Worships retired to consider their decision, and on returning into court Dr. Babington said the majority were in favour of dismissing both complaints.

Philip CAHILL, Reisk, summoned James BRADY, a neighbouring farmer, who had a pass through his land, for neglecting to keep a gate in repair, in consequence of which Cahill’s cattle were liable to stray off his land.

Ordered to have the necessary repairs to the gate executed within a fortnight.

A man named HENDERSON summoned Thomas W SIXSMITH for 7s 6d, alleged balance of wages earned at thatching.

Mr King, on the part of Mr Sixsmith, denied there was any money due for wages, and said it was a dispute about the price of scallops.

The case, which was postponed on last court day, was again postponed.

There were only a few cases of drunkenness, in which the usual fines were inflicted.


(Before the Full Court.)

The Queen v. FAY.

The arguments in this case were resumed. The question involved was whether a surety for a stamp distributor was discharged from his liability owing to the Crow having omitted to re-register a Crown bond entered into by the principal debtor, named Patrick M’GINN, who was stamp distributor for the Counties of Fermanagh and Cavan. It appeared that Patrick M’Ginn died about the year 1860. An administration suit was instituted in Chancery and his lands were sold. There was a balance due to the Crown, and the Crown sought to recover the deficiency from Mr John FAY, of Moyne, Hall, County Cavan, who had been surety for M’Ginn.

The Court reserved judgment.

For Plaintiff – The Attorney-General, the Solicitor-General, Mr. MacDONOGH, Q C; and Mr M’KENNA (instructed by Mr STRONG). For defendant – Mr Edward HOWLEY (instructed by Mr. TURNEY).

(From the Dublin Gazette.)

His Grace the Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint the undernamed gentlemen to the office of High Sheriff of the following counties, counties of cities, and counties of towns in Ireland:-

Cavan County – Edwards SMITH, Esq., Bellamont Forest, Cootehill.
Drogheda County Town – Alderman George KNAGGS, Corderry House, county Louth.
Dublin County – Major Richards Wilson HARTLEY, Beechpark, Clonsilla.
Dublin City – The Hon. J. P. VEREKER, 16 Merrion Square, South.
Fermanagh County – Captain William COLLUM, Bellevue, Enniskillen.
Kildare County – William P. H. Lloyd VAUGHAN, Esq., Golden Grove, Rosecrea.
Longford County – James VOKES MACKEY, Esq., Kilsallagh.
Louth County – John TAAFE, Esq., Smarmore Castle, Ardee.
Meath County – George Augustus ROTHERAM, Esq., Kilbride Castle, Trim.
Monaghan County – The Lord Cremorne, Dartrey.
Westmeath County – William Edward SMYTH, Esq., Glananea, Drumcree.


The annual fete of the Manorhamilton Wesleyan Sunday School came off on Tuesday the 22nd ult. The evening was fine with the exception of a few showers. There were upwards of 250 children and friends present. After doing ample justice to the good things supplied, the tables were cleared, Christopher ARMSTRONG, Esq., was moved to the chair, and after delivering a short address, he called upon Mr. J. J. MOORE for a recitation. There were recitations delivered by the following teachers and children of the Sunday School: - Mr. J. M’CORMACK, Mr. Alex. WILLIAMSON, Mr. Robert TROTTER, Masters Robert JOHNSTON, Harry JOHNSTON, Frank BRITTAIN, Willie CROSBY, and Frank BUCHANAN. I must say here that Master Harry Johnston attracted particular attention in his “Star of Bethlehem,” he was so juvenile-looking and did it so well. After the recitations were gone through, Mr. Brittain exhibited a great many splendid views with his magic lantern, which amused the children very much. After singing the doxology, &c., the meeting was brought to a close at the early hour of nine o’clock, and the children were escorted home by their parents and friends, highly pleased with the evening’s entertainment. There were only three of the sacerdotal order present, namely, Rev. F. DOUGLAS, Rev. Mr. ASHMORE, and Rev. Mr. KENNEDY. – Correspondent.

February 8, 1878

(The following notices were totally illegible from the center of the column to the right edge, so I’ll give you as much information as possible.)


MAHAFFY. – Feb. 6th, at Belturbet, …. Mr. J. Mahaffy of a daughter.

MEE – Feb. 4th, at Killeshandra, … Mr. John J. Mee of a daughter.


KEARNEY and MANBY – Feb. 6, … Church, Merecambe, (sp?), by the Rev. … NASH, Rector of Quedgeley, Glo… cousin of the bride, assisted by the … ROYDS, Rector of Heysham, Lancashire, Michael Neville Kearney, M.A…. St. John’s, Cloverhill, to Edith, second… of the late Rev. E. F. MANBY, Rector … Merecambe.


HILL. – Jan 25th, at Brookvale Cottage… __cargy, the residence of Constable… R.I.C., Lydia, widow of the late… Hill, aged 67 years.

L’ESTRANGE – Feb. 5th, at Har… Dublin, Sir George H. L’Estrange… Lisnamandra, aged 82 years.

POLLOCK – Feb. 3rd, at Bally___... Pollock, Esq., Coroner, son of… James Pollock, aged 89 years.


ERRATUM. – In last week’s report of the “Livingston” lecture in Baillieboro’ the Rev. J. PORTER’s name was incorrectly given as chairman. The Rev. H. BALL occupied the chair on that occasion.

KILMORE YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION. – 1878. – The following have been appointed officers of this society for the present year. President – Rev. Edward F CAMPBELL B.A.; Treasurer – Mr. John SMITH, Secretary – Mr. Charles LYNDON; Librarian – Mr. Robert M’DOWELL. The next meeting of the Society will be held (d.v.,) on Thursday evening, the 14th February, at 7 o’clock, when a paper will be read by Mr. Charles Lyndon on “The Rise of the Dutch Republic,” after which there will be a criticism of the essay.

CAVAN YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION. – The usual meeting will (d.v.) be held in the Protestant Hall on Monday evening, 11th inst., Chair to be taken at quarter past eight o’clock. The Rev. J. T. ARCHER will read a paper in continuation of his former one. Subject – Monuments of Upper Egypt. Final arranements (sic) for the Soiree will be made at the meeting.

THE LATE CONCERT IN THE PROTESTANT HALL. – At the last meeting of the Protestant Hall Provisional Committee the following resolution was passed unanimously: that the best thanks of the Protestant Hall Committee be presented to the Concert Committee, to Dr. Leslie MEASE, and the ladies and gentlemen who lent their valuable assistance to organize and successfully carry out the recent concert which has resulted in adding £40 to the Hall funds.

February 15, 1878


Sloane – February 14, the wife of Mr. J. R. Sloane, Merchant, of a son.


MAGER. – Feb. 10th, at Tully House, Killeshandra, William Magee, Esq., aged 63 years, deeply and deservedly regretted.

M’CABE – Feb. 9, at his residence, Booterstown, Francis M’CABE, Esq., late of Cavan.


(From the Lancaster Observer.)

There was unusual flutter in our midst on Wednesday morning, and throngs of animated and expectant faces wended their way to the old Parish Church of Morecambe at eleven o’clock. The interest no doubt heightened by the remembrance of the kind and genial gentleman, the late Rev. E. F. Manby, who was for so many years the Rector of the parish, and whose second daughter, Miss Edith, was to be united in holy matrimony to the Rev. M. N. Kearney – until last year the respected curate of the same church, and now of St. John’s, Kilmore, Ireland. The walk through the old churchyard had undergone some transformation in the shape of triumphal arches, one of which bore the inscription “Long live the happy pair,” and another “God bless Michael and Edith.” The church was crowded, and the scene on the entry of the bridal party was one which will long live pleasantly in the memory. The fine organ, in the hands of Mr. WILDE, pealed forth some joyous strains including Mendelssohn’s war march of the priests in “Athalie,” and during the entry of the party the “March aux flambeau” of Scotson, and with the close of the ceremony the immortal “Wedding March” by the first-named composer. Five carriages drawn by pairs of splendid greys with liveried attendants, conveyed the bridal party and guests to and from the church, and added much to the general éclat.

The bride was attired becomingly in rich white corded silk, a la princess, and train trimmed with Ch ____ Jade and orange blossom. From the wreath of orange blossom and densia fell a clear tulle veil (the only ornaments being a handsome gold necklace with monogram locket, the gift of the bridegroom, and gold bracelet, the gift of the Rev C MOORE of Birksey Brow (sp?). The bridesmaids were the Misses Clara and Emily MANBY and Miss Lucy NORTON, who were alike attired in dove-coloured silk, and cashmere – with Brussels lace – bibs and cuffs; mo__ caps, surrounded by wreaths of snowdrops and Christmas roses, the whole being known to the initiated as the “Toilette a la Puritan maiden.” The bouquet of the bride was composed of white camellias and double primroses, and those of the bridesmaids of camellias and a variety of choice exotics. The bride was conducted to the altar and given away by her eldest brother, Eardley BLOIS MANBY, Esq. The officiating clergyman was the Rev A Nash, rector of Quedgeley, Gloucester, cousin of the bride, assisted by the Revb C Twemlow Royds, rector of Heysham.


At the meeting of the North Kilmore Clerical Association, held in Belturbet on the 7th instant, the following address of condolence was unanimously adopted:-

To The Rev John Charles Martin, M.A.

Dear Mr. Martin, - We, the members of the North Kilmore Clerical Association, in Clerical meeting assembled, desire to express to you and the other members of your family, our sincere sympathy with you in the loss you have sustained by the death of your father, the late Venerable John Charles Martin, D.D., Archdeacon of Kilmore, and Rector of Killeshandra.

We know that no words of ours can add to the consolation which you derive, in this your hour of bereavement, from the sure hope that your father who died in the love of God and in the faith of Christ, is now rejoicing in the presence of his Lord. But we feel that it will be gratifying to you to receive, as it is agreeable to us to offer, the assurance that we hold our late Archdeacon, in grateful remembrance, for the ability and learning and steadfastness to Protestant principles, with which he served the Church, during his lengthened ministry. – We remain, dear Mr. Martin, your brethren in Christ Jesus,

(For the Association),
Dean of Kilmore, and Chairman of the Association.

James GODLEY, M.A.,
Rector of Carrigallen, and Chairman of the meeting.

Vicar of St. Andrews, and Hon. Sec.


The Lord Bishop of Kilmore has appointed the Rev James GODLEY, A.M., Incumbent of Carrigallen, one of his examining chaplains.

On last Sunday, the Bishop conducted morning service at Cloverhill Church, in the absence of the Rev. M. KEARNEY, and the evening service in the Cathedral; the Rev W H STONE and the Rev E F CAMPBELL taking the service in two of the Schoolhouses.


Cootehill Hilary and June Sessions – Civil Bills only to be heard.


Cavan Division.
Arva – James KEMP.
Ballyconnell - Robt. M’MULLEN, Wm. M’GARVEY.
Ballyhaise – James WINSLOW.
Belturbet – George INGHAM, Thomas ELLIOTT.
Ballinagh – Francis LEE.
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 – Adam BEATTY.
Stradone – Christopher KELLY and Thomas MONAGHAN.
Virginia – George M’QUAID.


(Before W. BABINGTON, L. t. B. SAUNDERSON, and R. J. BURROWES, Esqrs.)

John CULLEVAN summoned Pat FITZPATRICK for £1 16s., wages.

Decree granted.

Acting Constable WALTON summoned Pat M’GAHERN for trespass of cattle on the public road.

Fined 2s. and costs.

Same complainant summoned Mary BREDIN for having an unlicensed dog.

Fined 3s. 6d and costs.

A number of persons were fined for drunkenness.

February 22. 1878


ROGERS – Feb. 16, at Cornacrum, the wife of Andrew Rogers,Esq., of a son.

AUSTIN – Feb. 18, at Markree, Collooney, the wife of R. Austin of a son.


MACKENZIE – DALTON – January 31, at Kells Church, County Meath, by the Right Hon. and Most Rev. Lord PLUNKET, Bishop of Meath, assisted by his chaplain, the Rev. Garret NUGENT, and Dr. BELL, LL.D., Austin, third son of Edward Mackenzie, Fawley Court, Henley-on-Thames, to Lucy TUITE, daughter of Gustavus Tuite Dalton, Fennor, County Meath.

ROGERS – TREVOR – Feb. 20th at Cavan Church, by the Ven the Archdeacon of Kilmore, Mr. Thomas Rogers, jun., Loughnafin, Killeshandra, to Isabella, third daughter of Mr. Joseph Trevor, Eldermon, Cavan.


SLEMON – Jan. 29, at Toronto, Canada, Mr. Francis Slemon, late of Corlespratten, near Arva.

KNIPE – Feb. 21, at Belturbet, Samuel Nixon Knipe, Esq., son of the late George Marshall Knipe, Esq., of Erne Hill, Co. Cavan. Funeral will take place at 2 o’clock, on Monday, the 25th inst.

HOWE – Feb. 13, at the residence of her son, John, Corrarod, Belturbet, Mary, relict of the late William Howe, Redhills, aged 82 years.

PHAIR – Feb. 16, at Killeshandra, Mr. Thomas hair, ex-Head Constable, R.I.C.; he was a consistent member of the Methodist Church for many years; his end was peace, trusting alone on the merits of Jesus; aged 72 years.

DUDGEON – Feb. 17, at Blackrock, Cork, Jane, beloved wife of charles Dudgeon, Esq., Collector of Inland Revenue, and eldest daughter of late Mr George LYNDON, sen. Clonnegonnell, aged 65 years. Her end was peace.


Mr. A. E. HUMPHREYS’ Staghounds will meet Saturday, 23rd Feb., at Crossforts; Monday, 25th, Lisagoan House, Wednesday, 27th, Drumliff; Saturday, 2nd March, at the Kennels. At one o’clock each day.


The next meeting of this Society will (d.v.) be held in the old Cathedral, on Thursday evening, 28th inst., at 7 o’clock, when a paper will be read by Mr. John M’DOWELL, on “The Fall of the Turkish Empire.”


At the Ballinasloe petty sessions on Saturday, before John J. O’SHAUGHNESSY, Birchgrove House (in the chair Major GASCOYNE, MACKNEY, and S. BUTSON, Esq., Clonfert, a country letter-carrier named John MOORE, on the Annaghbeg walk, was charged with the robbery of a letter, the property of the Postmaster-General; also with the forgery of the signature of John M’NEIL to an American bank order for £10, contained in the letter stolen. Mr. M. E. O’BRIEN, solicitor, Ballinasloe, appeared for the Post-office, and the prisoner was not professionally represented. Mr. Michael M’GRATH, Postmaster at Ballinasloe, deposed that Moore was in the service of the Post-office at the time the letter was missed. All communications addressed to Mr. M’Neil in Kilclooney should be delivered by Moore. John M’Neil deposed to having received several letters from America delivered to him by Moore. The letter in question he never received. He expected it, and wrote to his sister in America, from whom he was in the habit of getting money, and received a reply, which was produced, enclosing the duplicate order. The prisoner frequently read letters, which contained American checques for money, at the request of M’Neil. Martin M’Neil, father to the last witness, corroborated the evidence of his son. Mr. Lyons KEVANS, sub-manager of the Bank of Ireland, Banagher branch, deposed that he was in Ballinasloe during the October fair of last year. In the early part of the fair the prisoner, whom he recognized in the dock, presented him with an American cheque, which he cashed. He (Mr Kevans) remembered the transaction well. It was the only American cheque cashed during the fair. The bank book was produced, which showed the item in Mr Kevan’s handwriting. From his (Mr Kevan’s) experience as a banker, which extended over a period of nine years, he would to the best of his belief swear that the signature, “John M’Neil,” on the back of the cheque, was the same handwriting as that admitted to be the handwriting of the prisoner. Head-constable BIGLEY proved to the arrest of the prisoner, and the usual caution not to say anything calculated to injure himself. After some further evidence the despositions (sic) were perfected, and the prisoner formally committed for trial to the coming assizes at Galway.


The inquiry which has been conducted before Mr. Felix M’CARTHY, R.M., at the County Limerick Jail into the circumstances attending the murder of the woman Johanna HOGAN and her child, at Singland, some time since, was brought to a close on Saturday. The prisoner, Thomas CUNEEN, who stands charged with the double crime, was present and on the conclusion of the taking of the depositions he was further remanded, pending, it is stated, a communication with the Solicitor-General as to whether the case expected to be established against him is sufficiently mature so as to warrant Cuneen being sent forward for trial at the forthcoming assizes. The inquiry has been held in private, and rumour has it that the evidence, now that the several witnesses have been examined, is not at all so strong against the prisoner as the authorities were led to believe previous to the holding of the investigation.


O’Donovan Rossa, whose “skirmishing fund” now amounts to 44,372 dollars, hints darkly in the Irish World at the manner in which he will expend it against England. He quotes a description of a body of Russian cavalry who, “in a belt round their waists, carry a few pounds of gun cotton or dynamite, and with this highly destructive explosive they may work incalculable harm” He adds that gun cotton and dynamite are not very dear, and leaves the reader to infer that the fund, thus expended, would destroy a great part of England. He adds – “A small charge of gun cotton placed simply upon a rail and fired with a fusce (sp?) suffices to blow several feet of the iron to a distance of many yards, thus rendering the railway unserviceable on the instant. A trooper may dismount, place a charge at the base of a telegraph pole, fire it, and be in the saddle again within sixty seconds. Even light bridges and well-built stockades may be thrown down by the violent detonisation of compressed gun cotton, and forest roads, considerably obstructed by trees thrown across, which are never so rapidly felled as when a small charge of this explosive is fired at their roots.” Rossa claims the invention of that kid of warfare, and says, jocularly, that Russia ought to pay him a royalty. He also describes a terribly destructive torpedo that has recently been invented, and says he will probably be able to obtain the secret of its construction.

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