The Cork Examiner, 1 January 1847

B I R T H S .
   Dec. 26, the lady of Robert Hassard of Cookstown, Esq., of a daughter.
   At Mountjoy-square North, the lady of Theobald M'Kenna, Esq., Q.C., of a daughter, still born.

M A R R I E D .
   Tuesday morning, at Christ Church, by the Rev. Saml. Harman, James Edwards, Esq., merchant, of London, to Susanna, fourth daughter of the late Edward Cotter, Esq., of Bandon, Solicitor.
   On the 21st [ult.], Philip W. S. Miles, Esq., M.P., to Pamela Adelaide, fifth daughter of Major-General W. F. P. Napier.
   At St. Anne's Church, Dublin, on the 29th [ult.], by the Rev. Charles William Wall, D.D.S.F.T.C.D., Samuel S. Hardy, Esq., M.D., to Jemima Mary, only daughter of W. F. Montgomery, Esq., M.D.
   On the 14th inst., at St. Stephen's Church, by the Rev. J. Y. Wilson, Henry Munro, Esq., of the Crawford River-settlers, and son of the present professor Munro, Edinburgh, to Kate, third daughter of the late James Power, Esq., Cork.—Normanby Advertizer, July 17, 1846.

D E A T H S .
   This morning, suddenly, in Brunswick-street Chapel, immediately after receiving the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, Mrs. Connor, of the Grand Parade, in the 81st year of her age.
   On the 24th instant, at her residence in Blennerville, near Tralee, the Hon. Mrs. Blennerhasset, relict of the late Arthur Blennerhasset, Esq., J.P., and daughter of the first Baron Ventry. This lady was in her 73d year when, after a short illness, she fell a victim to dropsy on the chest.
   At the residence of her son, Sir J. Murray, Merrion-square, aged 88, Bridget, relict of Edward Murray, Esq.
   At her residence, Dundrum Castle, aged 74, Sarah, relict of J. Walsh, Esq.
   At Cookstown, aged one year and five months, Fanny, daughter of Robert Hassard, Esq.
   At Crevaghmore, in the co. Limerick, Robert Sandys, Esq., in the 65th year of his age.
   At the Rectory, Raheny (aged three weeks) the infant daughter of the Rev. J. Crampton, Rector.
   At her residence, No. 15, Grafton-street, Dublin, on the 22d, Mary, wife of Anthony Dillon, aged 21 ; and on the 27th [ult], at Mountsadford, Jane White, the beloved daughter of Daniel Dillon, aged 25.
   On Wednesday morning, in Waterford, Ellen, wife of Captain Toole, of the Laurance Forristal.
   On the same morning Michael Ardagh, Esq., of Waterford.
   On Sunday last, at his residence, Brixton-hill, aged 74, Mr. James Calder, a member of the “British Press” for more than half a century.
   On Tuesday evening, in Lower Abbey-street, Tralee, Mrs. John Flynn, Cabinet-maker.
   On the 24th inst., [sic] at Burton Park, near Buttevant, in this county Mrs. Johanna Allen, aged 114 years. She retained full possession of her mental faculties ; she had a clear recollection, and would often relate many remarkable events connected with the history of her country which happened more than 100 years ago—she was animated with most ardent and patriotic sentiments and felt the most lively interest in the career of O'Connell. Her conversation was a correct and complete history of Ireland for the last century, she could vividly relate the state of comfort and prosperity in which her countrymen lived, and the prosperous and thriving state of our woollen and other manufactures before the union, when every rood maintained its man. The remarkable events connected with the American war, the Irish Volunteers, and the disastrous scenes of '98, were all frequently related by her to her neighbours. She was followed to the grave by several great-great- grandchildren.

THIS being the first day of the New Year, Alderman E. Hackett was formally sworn in Mayor, and assumed his office.
IN the course of last week a gentleman residing in the vicinity of Midleton, near Killea, (Mr. Welland) engaged a prize ram for breeding purposes for £20 which, with two sheep, was left out at night to pasture in a field about a mile distant from Midleton. On missing them one morning, information was conveyed to the police, who made every effort to discover their whereabouts, but with no success. The secret, however, soon transpired. A knife, lost by the depredators, was found, and on its being shown by the police to a butcher resident in Middleton he instantly identified it as his property, which on the previous evening he lent to a few of the soldiers of the 47th Regt., a company of which is at present stationed in Middleton, with a view to the protection of property, as well as the preservation of the peace of the country. The constabulary instantly proceeded to Thomas Street, Middleton, where the military are quartered, and on examination discovered portions of the carcasses of the slaughtered animals safely deposited in a coal hole. Suspicion strongly attaching to three of the gallant corps, they were arrested and taken before the sitting magistrates, who decided on receiving informations against them ; and they now await their trial at the ensuing sessions in durance.
   It is to be regretted that the conduct of a few scoundrels should have the effect of bringing into disrepute a gallant body of men, such as unquestionably is the 47th Regt., who, since the unhappy occurrence, are denominated by the people here—“the 47th sheep stealers.”—Middleton Correspondent

IN this season of calamity and distress, when disease and famine, as in rivalry, sweep along, when strong men fall on the roadsides, struck down by the hand of hunger, and when the shadows of future events are borne upon us so ominously and so darkly, it is an agreeable task to record the energetic endeavours of kind hearts to alleviate, at least, the misery of our fellow-men. Our County of Kerry is blessed with a gentry, good and well meaning, but there is one, Lady Headly [sic], with whose name charity and benevolence have ever been synonymous, and whose memory will remain stamped on the hearts of the people. She is giving at present, weekly support to all the poor in her neighbourhood, and has distributed large quantities of bedding and clothing.

KILLARNEY.—I am happy to state for the sake of the distress of this district, that our active townsman, John O'Leary, Esq., having made large purchases of Flour and Meal in Liverpool—a quantity of these very desirable commodities is expected daily in Tralee. It is said that he also holds in bond about 1000 barrels of Western Canal Flour, at a low price ; from all which I anticipate a great lessening of the destitution in this quarter. —Correspondent.

T H A N K S .
   The Treasurer of the North Infirmary has received £1 1s from Denis O'Sullivan, Esq., as a subscription to the Hospital, by the hands of Dr. Finn.
   Mr. J. H. Swanton begs to acknowledge the receipt of £20 through John Gould & Co., Esq., Cork, from a kind and unknown friend in London, for the poor in and about Ballydehob ; and also through John Gould & Co., Esqrs., £5 from Alexander Nisbitt, Esq., London, acknowledged before.
   The following donations from Francis Kreusser, Esq., Jermyn-street, St. James's, London, through the hands of the Right Rev. Dr. Murphy, are gratefully acknowledged—Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, 5l ; South and Middle Parishes Soup Houses, 2l 10s. ; Glanmire and St. Patrick's Soup Houses, £1 5s ; Lee Soup House, £1 5s.

T H E   C A T H O L I C   C H U R C H .
DIED, on Monday the 28th December, the Rev. Patrick Bourke, for 28 years the beloved Parish Priest of Ballyporeen. It would be difficult to express the grief occasioned at the demise of this pious and popular clergyman, endeared to his parishioners by so many ties during a long life spent in their service and in the service of God. The Catholic Clergy, without an exception, are regretted under similar circumstances, but here was lost the good priest, the sincere friend, and the sensible and honest adviser. The lamentations of his people shewed that his death was more than an ordinary bereavement to them.
   The state of his poor parishioners, exposed to starvation since April last—and the toil he underwent and the disappointments he met with in the cause of humanity and charity, helped to break down a weak constitution. If the sorrows and prayers of the poor can give consolation to his relatives and friends, they must feel satisfied how highly prized was the man just called by the will of the Almighty before his throne of mercy.
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The Cork Examiner, 6 January 1847

I N Q U E S T .
AN inquest, according to appointment, was held on last Monday by Mr. Foott, County Coroner, at the Police Barrack, Passage West, on the body of the child found dead on the strand, as reported in the previous number of the Examiner.
   Robert Bowen, the first witness examined, stated that about four o'clock in the afternoon of Friday last he observed the body of the deceased floating at the edge of the strand between Rockenham and Mr. Abbott's cottage ; called another person to his assistance and brought the body on dry land ; communicated the circumstance to the constabulary, on which Head-Constable Hepburne had the remains removed to the Police Barrack, and immediately gave orders for a coffin.
   The Coroner—I have always found Head-Constable Hepburne attentive to his duty.
   The Foreman—He is certainly an excellent police officer.
   Several of the jurors expressed their concurrence in this observation.
   Doctor Johnson deposed that he had examined the body of the deceased child ; it was a male and about three years old ; the arms from the elbows, and the legs from the knees, were disjointed ; it was so denuded of skin, and so decomposed that he could not make a satisfactory examination of any part but the skull, which exhibited no appearance of a fracture ; is of the opinion that the body had been three months in the water, but whether the child had been drowned, or had died previous to immersion he could not, for the reason stated, positively affirm.
   Verdict—“We find that the deceased was found in the river at Passage West on the afternoon of Friday the 1st inst., but whether its death was caused by violence, accident, or natural causes, we are not informed.”
   The remains of the ill-fated child were attired in a purple Orleans frock, ornamented with cording, and lined with white Calico, striped with blue ; and on the head was a Tuscan straw hat, trimmed with a band of pink silk.
   On Saturday evening, about the same hour, and near the same town, died two gentlemen, the oldest, we believe, in the rank of gentry in this county—William Wrixon, of Ballygiblin, Esq., father to Sir William Wrixon Becher, in his 91st year, and the Rev. John Lombard, Rector of Kilshanig, and father of the Rev. J. N. Lombard, Rector of Carrigaline, and the Rev. E. Lombard, Rector of Monaminny, in his 90th. They were old friends and associates, and both retained their faculties to the parting moment, and went off as gently as if they were but sinking into sleep.—Constitution.

Kilcascan, 26th Dec., 1846    
   MY DEAR SIR—Allow me to say one word with reference to the notice of Hugh Talbot, which appeared in your journal of the 22d instant.
   The writer of that notice says that my object was to exhibit the “martial” character of King James the First. He is kind enough to add, that in that object I have “admirably succeeded.”
   Now, this is a species of success to which I did not aspire, and which I am anxious to disclaim. Of all the Monarchs recorded in British history, there is not one less entitled to the epithet “martial” than James. His personal disposition was the very reverse of warlike ; and I am wholly unconscious of having ascribed to him, in Hugh Talbot, any other character than history warrants.
   I, of course, say nothing as to your reviewer's criticism on the merely literary qualities of my work. But I am desirous to exonerate myself, in the estimation of the well-informed readers of the Southern Reporter, from the gross historical inaccuracy of investing with “martial” characteristics a Monarch who could not even bear to look at a drawn sword.
I am, my dear Sir, very faithfully yours,        
W. J. O'N. DAUNT.    
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The Cork Examiner, 8 January 1847

B I R T H S .
   This morning, at his residence, Charlotte-quay, the Lady of Dr. M'Evers, of a daughter.

M A R R I E D .
   On Tuesday morning, at Christ Church, by the Rev. S. T. Harman, William H. Harvey, son of the late Thomas Harvey, Esq., of this city, Merchant, to Williammina Henryetta, daughter of the late Captain W. H. Allen, Paymaster City of Cork Regiment of Militia.
   On the 4th inst., at Ahern Church, by the Rev. George Nason, Vicar of Ahern, John Garde Browne, Esq., Barrister-at-Law, Herbert-place, Dublin, second son of the late John Browne, Coolcower House, in this county, Esq., to Mary Frances, eldest daughter of Major Croker, Lisfinny Castle, co. Waterford.
   Jan. 5, in St. Thomas's Church, Vernon William, son of Marcus Carew Russell, late of Ballydavid, Esq., to Ellen, fourth daughter of Robert Usher, Esq., Cashel.
   At Dublin, Thomas H. Steevens, Rookwood, co. Galway, Esq., to Mary Ann, youngest daughter of the late Henry D'Esterre, of Limerick, Esq., Barrister-at-Law.
   On the 1st inst., at Leamington Priors, Chas. Clements Brooke, late of the 4th Dragoon Guards, Esq., nephew of the late Sir Henry Brooke, Bart., of Colebrooke, co. Fermanagh. to Letitia Catherine, daughter of Thomas Wade, Esq., of Fairfield, co. Galway, and grand-daughter of the late Gustavus Rochfort, Esq., of Rochfort, co. Westmeath.

D E A T H S .
   On the 7th inst., Ann, daughter of Mr. Isaac Bass, Cross-st.
   On the 25th Dec. last, at Vienna, in his 22d year, Richard, second son of Richard Farrell, Esq., of North Great George's-street, Dublin.
   Jan. 2, at her residence, Upper Mount-street, Dublin, Elizabeth, relict of the late Rev. C. Colthurst Rector of Desartmartin, diocese of Derry.
   Jan. 5, at his residence, Kingstown, Mr. Gabriel Murphy, aged 75, for many years an eminent builder of Dublin.
   At Hanover-hall, on the 4th inst., John, son of the Rev. John Smith, curate of Ahabullogue.
   At the residence of her grandfather, James Tarrant, Esq., Mallow, Bessie Ring.
   Jan. 1, at his stepfather's (Mr. Singleton's) residence, Upper Parnell-place, in the 21st year of his age, of consumption, John Tankerville Drew, only son of the late John Drew, Esq., M.D., and nephew of the late Francis Drew, Esq., D.L., of Macollop Castle, co. Waterford.
   On Monday, on Charlotte-quay, Limerick, Mr. Daniel Hogan, in the prime of life.

T H A N K S .
   The Sisters of Charity thankfully acknowledge having received £1 from Mr. Thomas M'Auliff, of Sunday's Well, remitted to him from France to aid the distressed poor of Cork.
   The Community of the North Preservation Convent, Clarence-street, gratefully acknowledges the receipt of two hundred yards of flannel, from an unkown charitable benefactor of the poor little ones. This excellent individual has, for the last four years, exercised similar acts of charity towards their establishment, through Mr. Alexander Nichols, Blackpool ; also, to Mrs. Traynor, Grand Parade, for 6 pieces of calico for the like charitable purpose.—May God requite them an hundred fold.
   The Poor Men of St. John's Asylum, Douglas-street, thankfully acknowledge the receipt of 10s. from Mrs. Daly, of Sullivan's-quay, through Mrs. Riordan, of the South Monastery.
   The Inmates of the Old Men's Asylum, Douglas-street, beg leave to return their best thanks for the following Christmas donations, viz. :—Mrs. O'Connor, Roseview, 1l ; A Charitable Friend, 1l ; Augustine M'Swiney, Esq., 1l ; Messrs. Beamish and Crawford, 1l ; D. Leahy, Esq., Shanakeil, 1l ; John Cotter, Esq., 10s. ; Thomas Lyons, Esq., 10s ; Messrs. Adams and Co., 10s ; Mrs. Daly, Parliament-bridge, by the hands of Mr. Charles Reardon, 10s ; Messrs. Carmichael and Co., 10s ; Denny Lane, Esq., 10s ; Collector Troy, 5s ; Mr. Perrott, Hanover-street, 5s ; Michael Murphy, Esq., 5s ; Mr. Webb, Dunbar-st., 2s 6d, John Cogan, Esq., 2s 6d ; Messrs. Lunham and Co., a load of bacon offal.
   Mr. James H. Swanton thankfully acknowledges the receipt of £10 from a benevolent and unknown friend in London—this is in addition to the 20l. acknowledged before and received from the same friend, also 6l. from two Ladies in London, and 5l. from an English Roman Catholic Clergyman, all through John Gould, Esq., of Cork ; also 1l. from Mr. George Wright, of Cove, and 1l. from a Friend to the poor, in Cork—the entire for the relief of the distress in the neighbourhood of Ballydehob, to be distributed in soup.
   The Rev. R. B. Kirchhoffer, of Ballyvourney, received 10l. from J. H. Kirchhoffer, Esq., State of Texas, 5l. of which he has handed to the Rector, the Rev. J. T. Kyle.

   In the Parish of Kilmoe fourteen die on Sunday. Three of these are buried in coffins—ELEVEN ARE BURIED WITHOUT OTHER COVERING THAN THE RAGS THEY WORE WHILE ALIVE. And one gentleman, a good and charitable man, speaking of this case says—“I would rather give a shilling to a starving man than four-and-sixpence for a coffin.”
   One hundred and forty died in the Skibbereen Workhouse in one month ; eight have died in one day ! And Mr. M'CARTHY DOWNING states that “they came into the house merely and solely for the purpose of getting a coffin.
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The Cork Examiner, 15 January 1847


EXTRAORDINARY BIRTHS.--The wife of a poor labourer at Dromsligo,
within two miles of this Town, was delivered on yesterday of four
children--three sons and a daughter--they lived about an hour.--
The father was so very poor, that he was unable to purchase a
coffin, or pay the usual fee for burial to the Sexton--The babes
had to be interred wrapped in an old flannel petticoat.

Another poor woman was coming to Town on Tuesday, and turned into
a hall, where she was delivered of a daughter.

INQUEST--Mr. Jones (coroner) held an inquest on yesterday, at
Ballymagooly, near this town, on the body of a labourer who had
been employed on the "Public Works."

ROBBERY OF FLOUR.-- As the carrier of Mr. Peter Sheahan, baker,
of this town, was returning from Castletownroche on yesterday,
with a load of flour, he was met by three men near Skennikilla
cross, and two bags of the flour taken from him.  He accompanied
the police this day, and recognised the leader on the "public
works."  He is now in our Bridewell, but the flour has not been

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The Cork Examiner, 18 January 1847

Ballydehob, Jan. 10    
Since my last report, deaths are fearfully on the increase in this locality. Four have died in the immediate vicinity of this village within the last few days. In the mountain districts they die unknown, unpitied and in most instances unburied for weeks. Yesterday a man was discovered half concealed in a pigstye, in such a revolting condition that humanity would shrink at a description of the body. It was rapidly decomposing; but no neighbor has yet offered his services to cover the loathesome remains. Death has taken forcible possession of every cabin. Poor Coughlan, of the Board of Works, was crawling home a few nights ago, when hunger and exhaustion seized him within a few yards of his house, where was found the following morning, a frightening example of road mortality. If the present system of roadmaking be obstinately perservered in, West Carberry may be properly designated a universal grave-yard. I have just learned that in the neighborhood of Crookhaven they are buried within the walls of their huts. They have in most cases forgotten the usual ceremony of interment. The living are so consumed by famine they are unable to remove the dead. The Examiner could scarcely contain the names of all who have perished for the last month. I shall trouble you with no more particulars; but send you the gross number of victims when I write again.
Jeremiah O'Callaghan    

The Cork Examiner, 25 January 1847

At Greenfield, Lancaster, in the 87th year of his age,
John Higgins, Esq., father of the Dean of Limerick.

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