The Cork Examiner, 25 October 1847

D A R I N G   H I G H W A Y   R O B B E R Y .
AN outrage of this description took place on Saturday evening as early as 6 o'clock, on a road or lane connecting the Douglas and Evergreen roads, at Seahabeg. The victim of the daring deed is a Mr. O'Driscoll, a Law clerk in the chambers of Mr. J. J. O'Brien, Solicitor, South Mall, who was proceeding homeward in that direction when he was encountered by a stalwart ruffian who first passed him, but immediately after wheeled round, and coming up with Mr. O'Driscoll thrust a brace of pistols into his face, commanding him at the same time to “stand and deliver.” The spot being a lonesome one, and no assistance at hand, Mr. O'Driscoll was compelled to deliver up whatever money he had on his person, which fortunately did not amount to more than a shilling, having pocketed which, and assured himself, by examination, that he had received all, the scoundrel decamped, but not before he threatened to “dispatch” his victim “if he made the least noise about the affair.” The Capwell Police station is not quite a mile from the spot ; but, as is the invariable case, no patrol was to be had till the affair was over ; the authorities of that force doubtless thinking, in their current of philosophy, that care is preferable to prevention. However, it is to be hoped that the scoundrel will speedily be apprehended.

   A man named John M'Grath charged with the murder of a young man named Mergin in the Glen of Aherlow on Sunday evening the 10th inst. whom he shot dead—was arrested on the 10th inst. by the Galbally police near Kilfinan, and committed to Clonmel gaol for trial at next assizes.—Tipperary Free Press
   ARREST OF A MURDERER.—A notorious character named Hayden, charged with the murder of Sub Constable Crowley and the attack on Mr. Wayland, Pay clerk, near Dundrum, in January last, was arrested by Sub Inspector Fitzgerald, of Cappawhite, and a party of police, on Wednesday night, in a cave which he had dug under the floor of his own dwelling where it is supposed he slept for some time past—the remainder of the party concerned in this murder were long since arrested—two of whom suffered the extreme penalty of the law at our county gaol on the 24th Sept. Hayden is also charged with another murder which occured near Cappawhite about a month since, under circumstances of peculiar barbarity, the victim, a fine young man, being merely suspected of informing the police of Hayden's whereabouts. The arrest of this person is a source of gratification to the well-disposed in that neighbourhood—who were intimidated to afford him succour and pecuniary aid.—Tipperary Free Press

ON Sunday the 17th inst., while a farmer, named John Hyde, living at Ballycotton, and his family were at Mass, his servant, Patrick Daly, broke open his box and stole therefrom thirty-four pounds in notes and gold, which the poor man had to pay his rent. Information being given on Monday evening to the Midleton police, that active officer Constable William Lewis immediately proceeded in search of Daly, and succeeded in arresting him about ten o'clock that night, with the greater portion of the money on his person. He then, from private information, proceeded to the mountain near Fortrichard where Daly's mother lives, and found nearly the remainder of the money concealed under a bed in her house.
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The Cork Examiner, 27 October 1847

   REWARD OF BRAVERY.—The Lord Lieutenant has presented a purse of fifty guineas to Sub-Inspector Heard, of the Castle Connell station, for the bravery and activity he evinced in arresting the notorious William Ryan (Puck), and those who secreted him from justice. Rewards—An alteration has been made of late in the terms upon which rewards are offered by proclamation for information and evidence with respect to outrages. Hitherto the sum when claimed (a case more frequently the exception than the rule) was divided among those who had come forward and given evidence that led to the conviction—at present the reward is offered for such evidence as will lead to the arrest of the party who committed the deed—but is payable only on his conviction. In this manner it is possible that many may be induced to give information which will lead to the arrest of the disturbers of the public peace, as they will be enabled to secure the reward without appearing publicly as prosecutors. If rewards are to operate as an inducement to give information, we think the probability of obtaining it will be much increased by the terms upon which they are now offered.— Evening Post.

   Mr. Fonblanque, for many years connected with the weekly press, has been appointed to the office in the Statistical Department of the Board of Trade, vacant by the promotion of Mr. Porter to the place formerly held by Mr. Lefevre.
   “There is no harm, (says the Rev. Mr. Montgomery) in smoking tobacco, except that it leads to drinking— drinking to intoxication—intoxication to bile—bile to indigestion—indigestion to consumption—consumption to death—that is all.”
(From the Free Press of this Day.)
   We have been just informed that a large military force under the civil authority has seized upon the produce of such farms in Boytonrath, as owed rent and arrears to the late landlord, Mr. Roe, and that the same will be removed to Dublin and sold there, if not redeemed within fourteen days. There are 200 soldiers and their officers garrisoned in the mansion house at Rockwell.
   On Sunday evening as Patrick Ryan, steward to John Dalton Kellet, Esq., was returning home, about eleven o'clock, p.m., he was fired at from behind a wall at Perryville cross, and shot dead. The ball entered the brain, and a boy who was walking with the deceased received abother bullet in the arm. An inquest was held on Monday by Wm. Ryan, Esq., Coroner, assisted by the Hon. M. J. French, R.M., John Millett, Esq., J.P., and several gentlemen of the neighbourhood, when the jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown. Deceased was a man of uniform good character, and has left a wife and three young children to deplore his loss.
   Our Clonmel correspondent, in a letter just received, says “I have heard, this evening, that Mr. Keily, of Strancally Castle, has been shot at. Can this be true?” We hope the rumour is unfounded—EDITOR.
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