Cavan Weekly News
Published in Cavan, county Cavan

March 1, 1878

CAVAN SPRING ASSIZES. The Grand Jury will be empanelled at one o'clock to-morrow (Saturday), before Edward Smith, Esq., High Sheriff. The Commission will open on Tuesday, at three o'clock. The following cases are for trial:- Custody cases - Patt M'CABE and George BOWES - forgery of a will; Bernard LYNCH - assault on his wife and son; Margaret M'KENNA - passing bad money; Michael MADDEN - attempt to commit a rape; James BYRNE - do; and Bernard GOLDRICK - do. Bailed cases - Anne M'GOURTY - murder of Patt M'Gourty; John FLOOD, Andrew TRAYNOR, Thomas CLARKE and John CLARKE - murder of John REILLY; Simon BRADY - passing bad money; Thomas PATTERSON - assault on Matthew SMITH; James LYNCH, Thomas GILLICK, Daniel KING, Pat M'NAMEE, and Michael SHERIDAN - assault on Thomas CLARKE; Thomas CARTY James CARTY and Margaret MAGUIRE - assault on Sheriff's Officers; James LYNCH, Patrick LYNCH and Michaela FITZPATRICK - assault on Philip COYLE and John BYRNE; Patrick GARGAN - assault on Bartley CLARKE. CAVAN WORKHOUSE. - On yesterday (Thursday) the children of the Cavan Workhouse were entertained at the expense of Lord Farnham to a dinner of roast beef, pudding, fruit, &c; also to tea and cake. After enjoying a very pleasant evening, the children gave three hearty cheers for Lord Farnham, &c., and retired to their sleeping apartments. The school room was neatly decorated with arches of evergreens, &c., and along the beams were the words: "God bless Lord Farnham; may he live long and enjoy good health." About ninety children were present.

March 8, 1878


JONES – March 6, of Brech Hill, Armagh, ____ Georgina, widow of the late David ____ Jones, Esq., J.P., Nahillah, Belturbet, aged 57 years and 6 months.

BLEAKLEY – Feb. 28, at Portlongfield, Killeshandra, Richard, eldest son of Mr. William Bleakley, aged 26 years.


The second Lent lecture will be held (d.v.) in St. John’s Church, on Wednesday evening next at 7 o’clock. Preacher: Rev. W. H. HUTCHINSON, LL.D.

The Rev. J. MAYNE was instituted to the incumbency of Ki_la_nett (illegible) on Monday last.

CAVAN MILITIA. - Mr. Henry G. ARMSTRONG, Farnhham-street, Cavan, has been appointed a Sub-lieutenant; and Sub-lieutenant SANDERS has been appointed to a commission in the line.

LEGAL APPOINTMENT. – Mr. F. W. DARLEY, Q.C., has been appointed County Court Judge of Cavan and Leitrim. We understand that the Quarter Sessions appointed to commence in Cavan on the 1st of April are about to be postponed.

CAVAN YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION. – The usual weekly meeting will be held on Monday evening, the 11th inst.; chair to be taken at 8:15 p.m. Essay on “Peace” by Mr. D. LUDLOW. There will be a meeting of the committee at the conclusion of the meeting.


At two o’clock on Saturday, Edward SMITH, Esq., High Sheriff, accompanied by John M. J. TOWNLEY, Esq., Under-sheriff, entered the Record Court, when the following gentlemen were sworn by Edward M’GAURAN, Esq., Clerk of the Crown:-

Somerset H. MAXWELL, Esq., D.L. (foreman); Lewellyn T. B. SAUNDERSON, Esq., J.P.; Robert J. BURROWES, Esq., J.P.; John Winter HUMPHREYS, Esq., Benjamin S. ADAMS, Esq., J.P.; Samuel SANDERSON, Esq., D.L.; Alexander W. J. SANKEY, Esq., J.P.; John FAY, Esq., J.P.; John F. VERNON, Esq., J.P.; Archibald GODLEY, Esq., D.L.; William A. MOORE, Esq., J.P.; John C. JONES, Esq.; Edward KENNEDY, Esq., J.P.; Frederick WRENCH, Esq., J.P.; William JOHNSTON, Esq., J.P.; James H. GARRETT, Esq., J.P.; James H. FAY, Esq., J.P.; John NIXON, Esq., J.P.; Moses NETTERFIELD, Esq.

The High Sheriff thanked the Grand Jury for their punctual attendance, and reminded them that the Commission would be opened at three o’clock on Tuesday, by Mr. Justice BARRY.

The Grand Jury then proceeded with the fiscal business.


A communication was read from the General Prisons’ Board, Dublin Castle, to the effect that it is intended after the 1st of April next to alter the status and character of Cavan County Gaol, by converting it into a district bridewell, which will cause certain offices to be abolished.

Mr. THOMPSON, who held the office of Local Inspector for the last thirty years at a salary of £100 per annum, applied for superannuation, and the Grand Jury unanimously granted him £66 13s. 4d. – two-thirds of his former salary.

We understand the bridewells of Cootehill, Ballyconnell and Bailieboro’ will be closed, and only untried prisoners and those sentenced to less than three months’ imprisonment detained in Cavan bridewell.


Mr. Richard LEVISTON was granted £14, compensation for malicious injury to a cow, at Drumacon, barony of Lower Loughtee, on the night of the 11th August last.

There were other applications but the parties did not appear.


The Judges of Assize arrived shortly before ten o’clock, on Tuesday, and were met by the High Sheriff, with his carriage, at the railway station, and escorted to their lodgings by a detachment of the 4th Dragoon Guards.

Mr. Justice Barry, accompained (sic) by the High Sheriff, entered the Crown Court at three o’clock, when the Grand Jury were re-sworn.

His Lordship, addressing the Grand Jury, said that he was glad to be able to congratulate them upon the satisfactory condition of the county. The criminal business was not of such a nature as to call for any particular observation from him. He believed there were eight or nine cases, and from their great experience as grand jurors he did not anticipate they would have any difficulty with the bills to be sent before them. There was, however, one case of a rather unusual character ,viz., the forging of a will, or a conspiracy to forge a will, the details of which he (his lordship) was not acquainted with, but which would be laid before them. He regretted to find by the returns supplied him by the County Inspector that the crime of intoxication had increased in their county – the increase, however, was very slight, and theirs was no worse than the neighbouring counties. He would detain them no longer.

The Grand Jury then retired to consider bills.

Bernard LYNCH appeared and pleaded guilty to an assault upon his wife and son. He was discharged on entering into a recognizance to keep the peace for two years.



Michael MADDEN who was found guilty last night of indecently assaulting an old woman named Anne MULVANY, on the 5th ultimo, was sentenced to be imprisoned for 7 months, with hard labour, from the date of his committal.


Patrick McCABE and George BOWES were indicted for having forged the will of Pat M’Cabe.

It appeared from the evidence that the deceased had been for some time living in America, where he acquired some property. On his return to Ireland, he resided with the prisoner M’Cabe, a relative of his, at whose house he died. Before his death he expressed his intention of leaving his money to his son, a deaf mute, and his daughter, who were in America. While he was lying in bed unconscious, a few minutes before his death, the prisoners, accompanied by two neighbours, entered the room. M’Cabe held a written document, bequeathing him the property of the deceased in front of his relative, while Bowes “guided” the dying man’s hand to trace his signature on the paper. The document was then brought over to a table at which the two neighbours had been left standing, and they attached their names to it as witnesses. The prisoner M’Cabe, having obtained letters of administration at the district probate office, drew out of the Ulster Bank £150 left by the deceased. He was subsequently charged with forgery, but managed to escape to America, where he remained for nine months. On his return he was arrested, and, together with Bowes committed for trial.

The prisoners were found guilty.

Mr.Justice Barry, addressing them, said they had been convicted of a most serious offence. It was as bad as if they had broken open the deceased’s box and stolen the money he had intended for his son and daughter. Referring to the manner in which the “will” had been signed, his lordship said the condition of the law which allowed probate to be obtained in such a manner was startling. A form of affidavit was prepared which simply said that the man who took it saw the testator execute the will, and that was in the present case true in one sense, because the hand of the testator was guided over the paper. Upon that deposition probate was granted, the only inquiry being that the Registrar sent to the Registrar in Dublin to ascertain if there was any other claim. By the extraordinary state of the law the present fraud had been carried out and the money secured. It was a very startling state of the law, indeed. M’Cabe might have the punishment reduced which was about being imposed on him by appealing to the Executive, and restoring some of his ill-gotten gains to HONORA M’CABE, whom he had robbed. If that were done, no doubt he (the judge) would be applied to, and he would recommend some remission of the sentence. The sentence of the court was that M’Cabe should be imprisoned for 18 months from the date of his committal and be kept to hard labour. He was inclined to believe that there was some truth in the suggestion that Bowes had acted as the tool of M’Cabe, by whom he had been deceived into believing that there was no criminality in what had been done, and that they were merely carrying out the intentions of the deceased. Under these circumstances Bowes would be sentenced to be imprisoned for six months, with hard labour, from the date of his committal.

James Lynch, Patrick Lynch, and Michael Fitzpatrick surrendered to answer a charge of having at Ballyjamesduff, on the 6th of January last, assaulted Philip _OYLE and John BYRNE. As it is believed one of the prosecutors will die from the effects of the beating he received.

His Lordship ordered the case to be adjourned to next Assizes – prisoners to remain in custody.

Thomas CARTY, James CARTY and Margaret MAGUIRE were charged with assaulting the Sheriff’s bailiffs while executing a Civil Bill Decree.

They pleaded guilty and were discharged on their own recognizances.


Five young men, named Thomas BILLICK, Daniel KING, James LYNCH, Patrick M’NAMEE, and Michael SHERIDAN, were indicted for having at about six o’clock on the evening of the 24th of December, waylaid and assaulted Thomas CLARKE, on the road between Bailieborough and Virginia.

The Jury found all the prisoners guilty, with the exception of Sheridan, who was consequently discharged from custody.

Mr. Justice Barry, in passing sentence, said he did not know what motive could have actuated the prisoners to commit the offence, unless, as had been suggested in some of the official documents, it had some connection with some of those secret societies which brought so much ruin and disgrace upon the individuals belonging to them. He was not alluding to Orangeism or Popery, but to another class of organization which had already led them to commit the brutal assault. Nothing led them to commit the brutal assault. Nothing could be more cowardly that four or five pursuing one man, throwing stones at him, and assaulting him. Supposing one of those stones had struck him on the head and killed him, they would be standing at the charged with murder, and, if convicted, would have been sentenced to be hanged. It was a terrible thing. They had received good characters, and no doubt they deserved them. He did not know what motive they had unless, as had been suggested, they had been engaged with some secret society, but he did not mean a political one. Lynch, who appeared to be the ring-leader, would be sentenced to six months’ imprisonment with hard labour, and the others to four months with hard labour.

There were no prosecution in the following cases:-

Anne MAGOURTY charged with the murder (by poison) of her stepson, Patrick Magourty at Teebane, on the 16th of February 1877.

James BYRNE charged with rape on Maria DORRIS.

John FLOOD, Andrew TRAYNOR, Thomas CLARKE, and John CLARKE charged with being concerned in an affray in Bailieborough, on the 28th of November last, in which John REILLY received wounds from which he has since died.

The Grand Jury ignored the Bills in the cases of Simon BRADY charged with uttering a counterfeit note; Bernard GOLDRICK charged with rape on Susan MEEHAN.


The Right Hon. Mr. Justice KEOGH sat in the Record Court on Tuesday, and there being no appeals, proceeded to hear the only record which was for these assizes.

John REILLY v. John M’MAHON.

This was an action brought to recover £500 damages for trespass and assault.

The plaintiff resides in Cavan, and is the lessee of the market-house and tolls; the defendant resides next the market yard, and a dispute having arisen between them relative to a right of way for a cow through a portion of the market yard claimed by the defendant, the latter forced his way through a gate by means of a sledge-hammer, and during the altercation which ensued the plaintiff alleged he was assaulted by the defendant.

The jury found for the plaintiff – damges £5.

Counsel for the plaintiff – Messrs. M’LAUGHLIN, Q.C., and IRVINE. Attorney – Mr. J. ARMSTRONG.

Counsel for defendant – Messrs. CARSON, Q.C., and DRUMMOND. Attorney – Mr. H. P. KENNEDY.

Margaret M’KENNA pleaded guilty of uttering a counterfeit shilling and was sentenced to three months imprisonment.


The Right Hon. Mr. Justice Keogh sat in the Record Court and disposed of the following criminal cases:-

Patrick GARGAN was indicted that he, on the 5th day of November, last, in the town of Bailieborough, did assault one Bartley CLARKE, causing him bodily harm.

Mr. COLQUHOUN, who defended the prisoner, said he had advised him to plead guilty.

The Judge said he had been well advised; he must, however, sentence him to one month’s imprisonment with hard labour.

Thomas PATTERSON was indicted for an assault on one Matthew SMITH in the town of Bailieborough on the 29th October last.

Mr. Colquhoun, defended the prisoner and sought to prove an alibi.

The jury after some deliberation found the prisoner guilty, and his lordship said the ends of justice would be met by sentencing him to one week’s imprisonment with hard labour.


The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians was held on Tuesday last:

Samuel SANDERSON, Esq., J.P., in the Chair.


A Letter was read from the Secretary of the Belturbet Dispensary Committee informing the Board that they had granted Dr. THOMSON two weeks’ leave and appointed Dr. DUIGNAN to do his duty at £4 per week.

Mr. Lee – That is very high.

Mr. Martin – Dr. Thomson seldom asks leave. He wouldn’t do so now only he is sick.

Mr. Howe enquired if they hadn’t passed a resolution that each doctor must pay his substitute.

Clerk – Yes; but the Local Government Board over-ruled it.

It was then proposed by Mr. Faris, seconded by Mr. Duignan, and unanimously resolved to refuse to pay Dr. Duignan.

A letter was read from Dr. Moore, Consulting Sanitary Officer, approving of the sewer made in Belturbet by Mr. MARTIN.

Mr. Martin said he wouldn’t take £30 and undergo the same annoyance again.

Mr. Rogers said the sewer was greatly required and Mr. Martin had it properly done.

A cheque for £63 was ordered to Mr. Martin.

Mr. John LYNCH was appointed to keep the public pumps in the Union in repair for one year at £23.

Mr. Tatlow objected to giving the contract to any person except a plumber.

Mr. Nesbitt said Lynch made a good job of the Ballyhaise pump.


Mr. Tatlow moved that Mrs. Anne SPINKS, who for twenty six years filled the office of matron of the house, be granted a superannuation allowance of £16 a year. He appealed to them on behalf of a pauper who, after spending twenty-six years in their service, honourably resigned when no longer able to discharge her duties, and had to become an inmate. Not only the charity but the honour of the Board was concerned in the matter.

Mr. Knipe second the motion.

Mr. Moore was entirely opposed to giving superannuation allowance to public officers. The late matron received during her twenty-six years service about £1,300. She should be sent for and questioned as to how she spent that sum; and also asked what reason she could give to show that she is entitled to a pension.

Mr. Tatlow said her salary during the twenty-six years amounted to only £780.

Mr. Moore – And rations.

Mr. Tatlow – Is there another instance of a person being refused a pension who had served twenty-six years?

Mr. Howe – Yes. Mrs. Moore.

The clerk stated in reply to a Guardyn (sic) that it takes about 13 a year to support Mrs. Spinks in the house.

Mr. L. t. B. Saunderson – Mr. Tatlow only asked £3 a year more.

Mr. Moore would give nothing at all.

Mr. Duignan said they were in a peculiar year and should not saddle the ratepayers with a pension. They should not be heaping burdens on their constituents they were not able to bear. He moved as an amendment that no pension be granted.

Mr. M’Givney would second the amendment.

Mr. Tener looked upon superannuation allowance as a deferred annuity for long and faithful service. Now in all civilized countries superannuation existed and should exist. He had traveled a good deal in America, and went through almost every state with the object amongst others, of enquiring into the class of persons who filled the various public offices. His enquiries resulted in discovering that the greatest corruption prevailed in all the minor offices and that no respectable man would compete for them. In this country a different state of things prevailed. In his opinion the hope of obtaining a superannuation allowance made an officer faithful.

A poll was taken when there voted –

For Mt. Tatlow’s motion – Messrs. Maxwell, L. T. B. Saunderson, Beresford, Godley, Tatlow, Knipe, Tener, Vernon, Nesbitt, Fegan, Humphrys, and Lyndon – 12.

For Mr. Duignan’s amendment – Messrs. Moore, Telfer, Martin, Rogers, Grier, M’Cann, Rehill, Newman, Telfer, Lee, Gaffney, Reilly, Murphy, Duignan, M’Givney, Howe, and Faris – 17.

The amendment was declared carried.

March 15, 1878


BENNETT – March 5, at 15, Main-street, Cavan, the wife of Mr. William Bennett, of a son.



Hugh KELLY, of Portadown, was charged with assaulting Margaret FLYNN with whom he was lodging.

Sent to gaol for two months.

After disposing of a number of unimportant cases their Worships rose..


Dublin, Saturday.

At the Dublin Police Court to-day, before Mr. O’DONEL, Blackwood Joseph CLELLAND, a painter, 103, Patrick-street, Kingstown, was brought up in custody of Acting-Inspectors RONAN and MITCHELL, charged with having committed bigamy by inter-marrying with Anne REID, of 92, Patrick-street, Kingstown, in September last, in the Catholic church in that place, his first wife, Emily SHAW CLELLAND, being alive, and staying at 12, Murphy-street, Belfast. Martha Shaw, of Belfast, the wife of a carpenter, identified the prisoner, as the husband of her daughter, Emily Shaw Clelland. Witness was not present at the marriage, but knew prisoner and her daughter to have been living in Belfast, as man and wife, and that after about a year and a half her daughter became an invalid and had to go into hospital, and the prisoner then left Belfast. Both her daughter and the prisoner professed to be members of the Irish Church. The clerk of St. Michael’s Church, Kingstown, produced the register, and proved the marriage of the prisoner in last September to Anne Reid. An acting-inspector asked that the prisoner should be put back to get proofs of the first marriage. The prisoner was remanded till next Friday.


(Before Judge WARREN.)


Mr. HOUSTON (instructed by Mr. SAMUELS) applied to fix the time and mode of trial. An order had been made fixing the trial for the 30th April, but the parties at the time were not aware that the quarter sessions for the County of Cavan, where the parties reside, had been fixed for the 29th April. The solicitors in the case practiced at these sessions, and it would be more convenient for the parties to have a later day fixed.

Judge Warren said he could not take that into consideration, and if he made an order changing the time of trial it would be without taking the quarter sessions arrangements into account. The proceedings in that court should be in no way subordinate to arrangements of county courts or courts of assize. The business of the court was so much increasing that if parties did not accept the present plan he should be obliged to set down causes generally, without fixing any special day. For the convenience of the parties he changed the day of trial from the 30th to the 26th April.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT AT NEWRY. – During some blasting operations on Wednesday, at a Newry quarry, one of the workmen, Terry M’CONVILLE, sustained a compound comminuted fracture of both hands and part of left arm. Amputation was performed, and the patient progresses favourably.

FATAL EFFECTS OF AUCTION COMPETITION. – Dr. Murphy held an inquest on Tuesday at Hospital, county Limerick, on the body of a woman named REAL, who died suddenly on Monday at her residence. The deceased attended an auction of cattle on Monday, and having bought some stock at exceedingly high figures, owing to the competition of another person, she became affected on her way home. Mrs. Real was seized with a fit of apoplexy later in the day, which resulted fatally. The deceased and the woman who competed with her for the purchase of the stock are said to belong to rival factions, and hence the competition between them, which would appear to have resulted so fatally. The jury having heard medical testimony, returned a verdict of death from apoplexy.

IRISH STEAMER COMPETITION. – A keen rivalry has arisen between two steam-packet companies running from the Clyde to Dublin. Some years ago during a similar rivalry passengers were carried from Scotland to Ireland free, and further provided with refreshment. This week the fares have been reduced to 2s single and 3s return by Messrs. LAIRD’s line, and the Steamboat Company to 3s single and 4s 6d return. These rates are likely to fall lower if the competition continues


Another buried city has been accidentally discovered in the neighbourhood of Mount Gargano, near Manfredonia. There were found an ancient temple of Diana, a magnificent portico about twenty metres long, with an underground necropolis of great extent. A large number of important inscriptions have been forwarded to, and exhibited by, the National Museum of Naples. The discovered city is the ancient Sipuntum, near Arpinum, mentioned by Strabo and Titus and Livius. The houses were nearly twenty feet beneath the cultivated soil. The town was engulfed in consequence of a terrible earthquake. The Italian Government has ordered researches to be made on a large scale.


A meeting, chiefly of Irishmen, was held on Saturday evening at St. James’s Hall, London, upon the subject of the treatment of the Irish political prisoners. Mr. O’CONNER POWER, M.P., presided. Mr. CHAMBERLAIN, M.P., wrote that he heartily sympathized with the effort to obtain a complete amnesty for all political prisoners. He wished that the English Government had shown long ago a similar magnanimity to that displayed by the Government of the United States after the great civil war. On the motion of Mr. E. D. GRAY, M.P., a resolution was passed to the effect that the time had come when an unconditional amnesty might be advantageously extended to all persons undergoing imprisonment for offences arising out of insurrectionary movements in Ireland and England. Mr. Michael DAVITT, one of the lately released prisoners, read an account of his treatment at Newgate, Millbank, and Dartmoor.

March 22, 1878


CLEMENGER – Feb. 5, at Toronto, Ontaria (sic), the wife of Mr. John Clemenger, of a son.



In the Matter of Richard EGAN, of Cootehill, in the County of Cavan, Grocer and spirit dealer, a Bankrupt.

A PUBLIC SITTING will be held before the Chief Registrar, at the said Court, at the Four Courts, Dublin, on TUESDAY, the 9th day of APRIL, 1878, at the hour of 11 o’clock, forenoon, for the Proof and Admission of Debts. The Account of the Official Assignee and the Vouchers for the same will also be examined.

A Creditor may prove his Debt at the Sitting, or send his Affidavit of Debt in the prescribed form to the under-named Official Assignee, four days previously to the Sitting, in order to have the same admitted as a Proof.

Dated this 19th day of March, 1878.

W. PERRIN, Chief Registrar.
CHARLES H. JAMES, Official Assignee
16, Merchants’ Quay, Dublin

HAMILTON & CRAIG, Solicitors for the
Assignees, 30, South Frederick-street, Dublin


(Before W. BABINGTON, W. A. MOORE, and C. LESLIE, Esqrs.)

Michael MURRAY and wife summoned Philip MURRAY and others for assaulting them.

As Mr. BENNISON, the Agent, was bout to visit the parties,

The case was adjourned for a fortnight.

A number of persons were fined for drunkenness.


Clonmel, Monday.

Information has reached the authorities that an outrageous murder was committed on Sunday at a place called Killenaule, near Drangan anad Mullinshone, County Tipperary. A man named Michael HAYES gave himself up to the constabulary, stating he had killed his wife Catherine Hayes. The police went to the locality indicated and found the unfortunate woman’s body in a field off the road, covered over with furze, and quite dead. Several deep wounds were on the body. It appears the deceased had been working in a neighbouring house as a servant, and was in the habit of meeting her husband at their own place. She met him on Sunday to go home as usual, but they quarreled on the road, with the dreadful consequences stated. It is said Hayes had been jealous of her. The coroner of North Tipperary has been communicated with.

Several of the Old Catholic priests of Germany have married recently. This will probably compel the synod next year to decide the celibacy question.


On Wednesday evening, a public Entertainment, consisting of Dissolving Views, Reading, Recitaitions (sic), and Instrumental Music, came off in the Protestant Hall here. Dr. A. MEASE was called to the chair.

The Dissolving Views were exhibited by Mr. Chancellor of Dublin, and embraced views of Irish Scenery, the Overland route, places in connexion with the Russo-Turkish War. They were much admired. The Rev. Mr. ARCHER explained the Irish views and Overland route; and Mr. M. LOUGH, jun., the Turkish and Russian views.

Messrs. H. G. KELLY, J. COOKE, and J. HOGAN delighted the audience with readings and rectations (sic), and the performance of the Farnham Flute Band added much to the pleasure of the evening.

After singing the National Anthem the meeting dispersed.


At the inquest on Monday on the body of John M’GRATH who was fatally stabbed, the jury returned the following verdict: - “That the said deceased died on Saturday night, the 16th March, 1878, at Coleraine, in the County of Londonderry, from loss of blood caused by a wound inflicted on the right side of his neck by a sharp pointed instrument on said night at Coleraine, and we find that William M’INTYRE and Alexander M’INTYRE and Matthew M’CREADY all of Coleraine, were present when the wound was inflicted, but who inflicted said wound we have not sufficient evidence before us to enable us to determine.

DROWNED WHILE STEALING. – Mr. HUMPHREYS held an inquiry at the Grove Maurice Taver, St. Leonard’s-road, Bromley-by-Bow, as to the death of Charles TURNER, 26, a labourer. He was an expert swimmer, and a short time ago eluded capture by the police, who found him stealing coal from a barge in the Lea Cut, by diving into the water and swimming to the opposite bank. On the 14th ult. he was discovered with a number of lads engaged in stealing coal from a barge at Bow Creek by two policemen, who made efforts to take him and his companions into custody. Several of the lads were captured and convicted, but Turner by jumping into the water, got beyond their reach. He got drawn beneath some barges, however, and was heard crying out several times, “Oh, save me.” An attempt was made to rescue him, but without avail, his body not being recovered until the 4th inst. A verdict of “Accidental death” was recorded.


Before Hugh K. SIMPSON, Esq., J.P.,)


George MAHOOD, Sheriff’s Officer, charged Pat DONOLAN, LEITRIM, with assaulting him while in the discharge of his duty.

Defendant pleaded guilty and said he was extremely sorry for his conduct. Complainant said he forgave him.

His worship said it was a serious offence to assault or obstruct a public officer in the discharge of his duty, still under the circumstances he would discharge the defendant with a caution.

Sub-Constable EAKINS, summoned Edward FARRELLY, and James TINNELLY, for quarrelling on the street of Bailieborough. The row originated at the sale of a pig. Defendants admitted their error and were fined 2s 6d each with costs.

Sub-Constable ROONEY, charged John BROWN, and Edward CLARKE, with assaulting each other on the 2nd inst.

A witness named M’FADDEN said he was in Brown’s company when the quarrel commenced; Clarke gave the first offence and struck Brown. Mr. O’DOWDE said the parties were in his shop on the night in question, M’Fadden and Brown were transacting some business with him when Clarke came in for a light for his pipe, heard the latter make use of some expressions toward Brown, but witness could not tell who commenced the quarrel. His worship ordered Clarke to pay a fine of 10s with costs or in default 14 days imprisonment. Brown was discharged.

The Queen at the prosecution of Head-Constable KELLY against James M’DONALD for assaulting James CLARKE. The case was dismissed.


The Queen at the prosecution of Head-Constable KELLY v. Bridget SMITH for having illicit spirits on her premises.

His worship had no jurisdiction in the case.

A similar rule was made in Matthew LEDDY’s case for the sale of illicit spirits.


Constable M’DONALD, charged Patrick BRADY, Pat SMITH, Michael CLARKE, and Michael MARTIN, with being drunk on the public street of Bailieborough. Defendants were fined 2s 6d with costs.

James BALLARD, a poor shoemaker appeared to answer charges preferred by Sub-Constable BRADSHAW. His worship adjourned the case for one month in order to let James stick to his last and give up stimulants.

Sub-Constable ROONEY charged John HAND with being helplessly drunk on the 4th inst. Hand appeared in court with his left optic bandaged the result of a fall. A fine of 2s 6d with costs was imposed. Of course the hand felt for his pocket.

Sub-Constable GOLDING summoned Michael BURNS for drunkenness. Burns was discharged with a caution. The latter word sounded like costs in defendants ears, he told the clerk he would pay it immediately.

Head-Constable KELLY summoned Pat MAGUINESS for being drunk. Fined 5s with costs.

Several police cases stand adjourned until next court day, the constabulary being at present employed at Poor Law Election duty.

March 29, 1878


SWAN and M’COLLUM – March 28, in Ballyhaise Church, by the Rev Thomas GLOSTER, Mr James Swan, saddler, Cavan, to Mary A eldest daughter of the late Mr Hugh M”Collum, Carickateane, Drung.

FOSTER and FOSTER – March 28, in Kilmore Cathedral, By Rev W H STONE, Mr Samuel Foster, Arvagh, to Mary Jane, youngest daughter of Mr James Foser, Lisduff, Cavan.


BOTHWELL – March 26, at Dereskitt, Killeshandra, Mr Thomas Bothwell, aged 71 years. “In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life.”

KIRK – March 22, at Greenock, Scotland, Robert Kirk, druggist, late of Cavan, aged 48 years.

“MOLLY MAGUIRES” IN AMERICA. – Two men, named KEHOE and DONNELLY, have, according to advices from Pottsville, been sentenced to death for murders. Keheo (sic) was a leader of the “Molly Maguires” in the Schuylkill district, and when the death sentence was read over to him he callously remarked, “These things happen once in a while.” He was implicated in several murders carried out by order of the secret society. The men are to be hanged on the 18th April next.

Statutory notice to creditors.

In the Goods of
late of Cavan, in the County of Cavan, Spirit Merchant, deceased.

NOTICE is here by given, pursuant to the statute 22nd and 23d Vic, cap 35, entitled “An Act to further amend the law of property and relieve trustees,” that Administration to the goods and chattels of said DAVID REID, who died on the 25th of October, 1877, at Cavan, in the county of Cavan, has been granted forth of the Cavan District Registry of her Majesty’s Court of Probate in Ireland, to MARY REID, of Cavan aforesaid, and all persons claiming to be Creditors, or to have any claim or demand against the Estate or Effects of said deceased – are hereby required, on or before the 1st day June next, to furnish the particulars thereof (in writing), to the said Administratrix. And Notice is hereby also given, that after the said 1st day of June next, the said Administratrix will proceed to distribute the Assets of said deceased according to the rights of the parties interested, having regard only to the debts, claims, or demands of which she shall have received notice (in writing), within the time aforesaid.

MARY REID, Administratrix, Wesley-street, Cavan
Dated March 28, 1878.


The Rev C. J. GRAHAM, B.D., deputation secretary of the Irish Society will, (d.v.) on Sunday next, the 31st inst. advocate its claims in Kilmore Cathedral. It is hoped there will be a liberal response to the appeal about to be made in aid of the funds of this truly valuable society.


ACCIDENT. – On Tuesday morning, Andrew KANE was sweeping a chimney at the Rev. Dr. HUTCHISON’s, Farnham-street, Cavan. While doing so he induced Patt SMITH to assend (sic) the roof by a sky-light for the purpose of cleaning a chimney pot. As soon as Smith got on the ridge tile he lost his balance and fell to the ground. He was at once carried to the County Infirmary where he lies in a precarious state.

BOROUGH COURT. – Wednesday.

(Before Edward KENNEDY, Esq., J.P.)

Constable DOLAN summoned Henry EBBET for being drunk on the 26th inst. on the streets of Cavan.

Defendant, who did not appear, was fined 5s. and costs.

Edward MURTAGH v. same defendant for abusive language on same day, at Bridge-street. Complainant did not put in an appearance and the case was dismissed.

Sub-Constable DONAGHY summoned Patrick MAGUIRE for being drunk on the public street on the 19th inst.

The case was postponed for a fortnight.

Mary A. WEIR v. Catherine GAFFNEY for abusive language on the public street.

Fined 2s. 6d. and costs.


Nenagh, Monday.

On Sunday morning a shot was fired into the dwelling of Patrick CONNORS, on the roadside, at Gurtnahila, near Nenagh. The shot (swan drops) perforated a wooden pane, and lodged in a dresser and a cake of bread on the opposite side. CONWAY, who is herd to Mr George KAYES, of Newtown, had been directed by his master to replace on Monday a dismissed herd named Stephen MAHER, at Beechwood, where he rents a grass farm. Suspicion having rested on Maher, and it being supposed the shot was fired for the purpose of intimidation, he was arrested by the Beechwood police and brought into Nenagh for exmamination.


The New Cathedral of Kilmore is likewise the Parish Church. The first stone was laid on the 20th, June, 1858. The Church was consecrated July, 17, 1800. The parish is indebted for this “Holy and beautiful House of God” to the exertions of the Most Rev M G BERESFORD, Archbishop of Amagh, and Primate of all Ireland, who was then Bishop of the Diocese. The vestry is on the north side of the chancel, in which is introducted (sic) the Norman doorway of the old Cathedral. The stalls for the clergy and choir are placed under the tower, the Bishop’s throne being on the south side. The chapel is left unencumbered with seats, so as to be available for visitations, ordinations, and such like.

There are six mural tablets in the interior; four of these are in the south transept, and bear inscriptions commemorative of various members of the NESBITT family. On the north side of the chancel there is a tablet to the memory of the late William MAGENIS, Dean of Kilmore from 1802 to 1825. On the south side of the chancel there is another tablet to the memory of “Mary, the beloved wife of Marcus G BERESFORD” who died December 31, 1845.

In the chancel there is a fine widow of stained glass the gift of the late Bishop VERSCHOYLE in 1869. It is illustrative of the Parables of the Ten Virgins, the Good Samaritan, and the Prodigal Son.

In the south transept there is a single lancet with three coats of arms; and a beautiful window with two figures – “a youth sowing seed,” and “an old man bearing a sheaf.”

In the south aisle there is a window to the memory of Cosby YOUNG, Esq., and Mabella, his wife, and next it one to the memory of the Rev Thomas BOURCHIER, Curate of Kilmore, who died April 20, 1866.

The entire west widow was filled in 1876 with stained glass in memory of the late Bishop, the Right Rev Thomas CARSON LL.D.

In the upper compartments the subjcets (sic) are – “Separating the Sheep from the Goats,” and the “Wedding Garment”; while in the lower the following are brought out: - “Giving Bread,” “Giving Drink,” “Stranger taken in,” “Clothing the Naked,” “Visiting in Prison,” “The Sower,” “The Reaper,” “The Lost Sheep,” “The Lost Piece of Money,” “The Draw Well,” “The Barren Fig tree.”

The organ, erected by BRINDLEY, of Sheffield, was the gift of the present Primate.

The reredos is handsome, of Caen stone, with pilasters of Kilkenny and Galway marbles. The cost was defrayed by the Trustees of Marshall Beresford’s Fund.

We append the form of words used at the laying of the foundation stone of the Cathedeal (sic):-

“Forasmuch as Almighty God accepted the purpose of His servants, David and Solomon, to build His temple at Jerusalem, and nothing doubting but that He favourably alloweth this pious design of ours to erect this Church to His glory, as a memorial of His servant William BEDELL, Bishop of Kilmore, to be the Cathedral of these united dioceses, we therefore lay this Stone as a foundation, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.



Mr. Martin BEATTY summoned three men in the employment of Mr. SMITH, of Butlersbridge for removing a gate which he had erected to prevent trespass of cattle.

A question of title arose, and the case was nilled.


The Queen at the prosecution of Head-Constable STORY v. George GORDON, Joseph HEWITT, and John SAVAGE, for “That on the morning of 14th of March, inst., the defendants did willfully and maliciously damage and injure divers panes of glass in the dwelling-house of John HEERY, of Keadue; Andrew BELL, of Kennypottle; and did also break the windows of the Catholic Presbytery at Cavan, and likewise did wrench and take off the knockers of the doors of the dwelling-houses of Edward KENNEDY, Esq., J. P., Dr. Leslie MEASE, Rev. John T. ARCHER, and did injury the knocker of the Protestant Hall and the knockers belong to John FOSTER, Charles STUART and others.”

Mr. John R. SLOANE, Merchant, Cavan, was the first witness examined – He said Savage and Hewitt were in his employment as assistants; they were absent on the night of the 13th inst.; they left shortly before nine o’clock for the purpose of going to the “wake” of a relative of Hewitt’s; does not know of his own knowledge what time they returned.

Head-Constable Story – What time did they return to your house on the 11th?

Mr. ARMSTRONG – I object to your answering this. They are charged with committing an offence on the 14th.

Head-Constable Story produced a walking stick found in the knocker of the Protestant Hall.

Mr. Sloane – I don’t believe I ever seen this stick unless with Constable GILLIARD the morning after the occurrence.

To Mr. Armstrong – Hewitt and Savage are twelve months in my employment, and to the best of knowledge are young men of good character.

To Mr. Babington – They had the key of the outer door with them; they asked and got my leave to go to the “wake.”

Thomas KING said he went to the wake” with George BUCHANAN; the accused overtook them a mile and a half out of town; it is four miles from Cavan to the “wake house;” witness came home with the accused; Buchanan remained behind; they came home by the Bullock Yard; they left the “wake” for home about 2:15 a.m.; they walked fast; when they came to Clemenger’s-bridge witness asked them to accompany him to Mr. SMYTH’s corner at the Infirmary; they did so, and parted there; witness went down Church-street, and turned up the Cock Hill for home; the accused went up the Main-street towards Mr. Sloane’s; the night was as clear as noon day and there wasn’t a breath of air; he heard their footsteps going along Main-street for a considerable time after they had parted; he was at home at 3:30 a.m.

To Mr. Babington – It takes me ten minutes to go home from Cavan; Gordon lives in Church-lane; I saw no other persons in the street; I know nothing of the transactions.

Mr. Armstrong – I hope it will be ditto ditto to the end.

To Mr. Armstrong – I believe they went to the “wake” because the deceased was a relative of Hewitt; I was in their company all the time; the “wake house” is four Irish miles from Cavan; it was bout 3:20 a.m. when we got into Cavan; we had no talk about breaking windows or wrenching knockers; I heard their footsteps until they were about Mr. Sloane’s.

John WYNNE said on the morning of the 14th two panes of glass were broken in his windows; they only got a slight “tip;” he did not “show” out as he didn’t want to do so. (Laughter).

Andrew BELL, who lives next door to Wynne said a pane of glass was broken in his window too; there was a slight knock at the door and the dog commenced to bark and awoke him; he got up and went out and seen a man turning the corner; could not identify him as one of the accused; he was about thirty-five yards off, and was running at full speed towards the chapel gate; he was a middle-sized man; the dog ran after him.

To Mr. Saunderson – He heard the Church clock strike three shortly after he returned into his house.

John Heery said five panes were broken in his house (the gate lodge at the Catholic Cathedral); looked at his watch and found it occurred exactly at 2:30 a.m.; he got up but his wife would not let him go out.

Mr. Armstrong – It is well for the man who has a wife to give him such good advice.

The Rev. Edwards SHERIDAN, C.C., said a pane of glass was broken in the Catholic Presbytery; a stone (produced) was thrown through the window; it seemed to have been thrown with great force as it made an indentation in a mahogany table.

Head-Constable Story – Did anything occur on a former occasion?

Mr. Armstrong objected to the question.

The Rev. John T. ARCHER, Protestant Curate, said his door knocker was taken off too; heard some noise; and witness and his brother went down stairs; he looked out of a window and saw two persons going up Wesley-street; he could not identify them.

To Mr. Babington – I know Gordon and Hewitt very well.

To Mr. Saunderson – I cannot say what time I heard the noise; but I think I heard two o’clock strike shortly afterwards.

William YATES said he was caretaker of the Protestant Hall; got up in consequence of hearing a noise in the house or about it; asked if anyone was there; got no reply; he then examined every room and found nothing wrong; when he came to the Hall door he found a blackthorn stick (produced) in the knocker; the knocker had been wrenched; this might have caused the noise which he hard; he did not look out of the window before coming down; when he got to the door he did not see anyone; some people were in the hall the night before but they left at twenty minutes before ten; he would be very glad to know who twisted the knocker of the Hall.

To Mr. Armstrong – When I was going back to bed it wanted a quarter to two o’clock.

John NEIL said he was employed at the Gas Works; he heard Mr. John Foster’s dog barking at 1:20 a.m. and went to the gate and looked through a split; when he saw three men standing in Church-lane; they were about forty yards from him; they had their backs to him; he knew Gordon intimately; doesn’t know if the accused are the three men he saw in Church-lane.

Mr. John Foster said his knocker was taken off.

Mr. Charles STUART and Mr. John DOWNEY gave similar evidence.

Mr. Armstrong said he never held instructions in a case so destitute of evidence. Ten witnesses had been examined by the Crown, and not one of them had in the slightest degree implicated his clients in the affair. It was a monstrous case and should not have been brought into court at all. He was prepared to go into evidence to prove that they were four miles away when the offence charged was committed. It was unnecessary for Mr. Armstrong concluded by censuring the Anglo-Celt for an article which appeared in a recent number of that journal.

Their Worships unanimously dismissed the case on the merits.

Same v. Same.

This was a second summons for breaking a pane of glass in Miss MAGUIRE’s window, in Main-street, on the night of the 21st inst.

Miss Maguire proved a large stone was thrown through her window about 9:45 p.m. on the 21st; gave the stone to a policeman.

Constable Dolan said about 9:15 p.m. he was concealed between the Railway Bridge and Mr. Babington’s gate and saw the defendants pass towards Cavan; followed them; they turned towards the gaol and he lost sight of them; he then returned to barracks.

To Mr. Armstrong – I was on special duty between the Railway Bridge and Mr. Babington’s gate.

Mr. Armstrong – What was the nature of the special duty?

Mr. Babington – He is not bound to tell you.

To Mr. Armstrong – I am not quite sure of Gordon being one of the three who passed into town.

Mr. Armstrong – But you said the three defendants passed into town.

Constable Dolan – Yes, but I didn’t intend it.

Mr. Armstrong – But you swore it which is more than saying it.

Acting-Constable HAMILL saw the defendants on the street about 9:30 p.m.; Gordon met Hewitt and Savage about Mr. Lough’s and they then went down the street past Miss Maguire’s; he heard no noise, nor didn’t see them break the window.

Mr. Armstrong said this was another monstrous case and called upon their worships to dismiss it on the merits also.

Their Worships granted Mr. Armstrong’s request.

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