|FOOT AND DONKEY RACES AT CASTLETOWNROCHE.|
|A SERIES of foot and donkey races took place at Castletownroche on St. Stephen's Day, which gave great amusement to a large number of persons attracted from the town and neighbourhood to witness them. The Castletownroche brass band was on the ground, and, by its efforts added considerably to the liveliness of the scene. The foot races came off first. The first consisted of two heats over about 800 yards, for which ten started. Only two, howeverDaniel Sullivan and John Lombardcontested the race with any closeness, and the prize, 12s. 6d., had to be divided between them. For the second race eight started, and the winner, John Sheppard, received a silk hat. The next was a donkey race, which excited much amusement, the prize being carried off by F. Reynolds. A series of athletic feats followed. At throwing the half-cwt. James Redding carried off the prize10s.
having thrown the weight 16 feet. At a running hop, step and jump, James Roche covered 34 feet of
ground, which was the longest jump ; prize 5s. The pole and leg of mutton concluded the sports of the day ; but as the ascent of the pole proved too difficult for the most expert of the competitors, the leg of mutton had finally to be run for, and was won by John Foley. The sport was altogether very pleasant, and reflected great credit on its organizers.|
| PEDESTRIANISM.A very large concourse of spectators assembled at the West London Cricket Ground yesterday afternoon, for the purpose of witnessing a five-mile walking match between James Miles of Brixton, and William Hatley of the City, for £25 a-side. The men started at twelve minutes past four o'clock, Hatley completing the first quarter of a mile in 1 minute 44 seconds, with a lead of about two yards. The first mile was finished in 7 minutes 45 seconds, Hatley still in the same position. On the completion of the second mile (time 16 minutes 9 seconds), Hatley broke away from his opponent, but they again closed together, and so continued until they entered the straight to complete the third mile, when Miles passed the post with a lead of about a dozen yards (time 24 minutes 37 seconds). Hatley struggled on, but could never get within fifty yards of Miles, and at the conclusion of the fourth mile gave up the contest. The four miles were done in 33 minutes 8 seconds, no time being taken for the last one.|
|THE Cunard extra steamer Sidon, Captain Muir, from Liverpool yesterday, leaves Queenstown to-day for New York. In addition to over 300 from Liverpool, the Sidon will embark at this port upwards of 70 passengers.|
|A PARTY of convicts were yesterday transferred to Spike Island from Mountjoy prison, Dublin, under an escort from the Constabulary depot, Phoenix-park. Another party were removed from Spike Island prison to Mountjoy, to complete their term of imprisonment, now nearly expired.|
|A RATHER novel cargo came yesterday to this port by the Newfoundland steamer Ernest August, 90 tons. In addition to a quantity of oil, she brought 40 barrels of fresh salmon packed in ice, and the quality of the fish is said to be excellent. The schooner made the passage from Harbour Grace to Queenstown in nine days.|
| Sir Robert Peel visited the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy, but, vacation having been given, he could not see the schools. There has been a series of entertainments at Loughcooter Castle during the week.Galway Vindicator.|
| Sir Robert Peel, when passing through Gort, from Loughcooter Castle, visited the workhouse, and was much pleased with the order and regularity of the establishment. He asked if the paupers were ordered a meat dinner on Christmas day. He was told that they were ; he then gave £2 to get them a drink on that day after dinner. On the board meeting later in the day the chair was taken by Arthur Alexander, D.V.C., who ordered that, instead of giving drink on that day, they allowed another meat dinner on some day during the holidays, and that the guardians pay the difference.||
|CORK HARBOURSHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.|
December 29, 1863.
| ARRIVEDTribune, Irvine, Callao, guano ; Atlantic, Williams, Magador, oil ; Budua, Marassa, Ibrail, barley ; Star, Stothard, Alexandria, wheat ; Favourite, Sanderson, New York, wheat ; Edwin, Smith, Quebec, timber ; Balaclava, Callaghan, St. John's, oil ; Edward Oliver, Winter, Callao, guano ; Thomas and Mary, Jobling, Alexandria, wheat ; Lincluder Castle, Hawtor, Callao, guano ; Regent, Hamblin, Callao, guano ; Marienetta, Choizzo, Monte Video, bone ash ; Jane Hackett, collier.
SAILEDMargherita, Cafiero, Cardiff, ballast ; Liberty, Jones, Plymouth, oats ; Infanta, Irvine, Hull, ballast ; Balaclava, Callaghan, London, oil.
|(By Magnetic Telegraph.)|
December 30, Wind N.W. fine, frosty
| ARRIVEDAnnie, Varna ; Ernst August [sic], Harbour Grace.
| On the 29th instant, at Sunday's Well, the wife of Edward Sheil, Esq., of a daughter.
On the 28th instant, at 89, Grand-Parade, the wife of Mr. James Thomas, of a daughter.
December 26, the wife of Patrick R. Norton, Esq., 8, Lower Dominick-street, Dublin, of twin daughters.
December 27, the wife of D. O'Callaghan, solicitor, Dublin, of a son.
December 27, at the Pigeon-house Fort, the wife of Mr. R. Rigny, of a son.
October 12, at Hobart Town, Tasmania, the wife of Lieutenant-Colonel F. R. Chesney, of a son.
| December 27, at Westland-row Chapel, by the Rev. William Mulhall, Hugh Sweeney, Esq., Thomas-street, Sligo, to Mary Josephine Murphy, of 23, Aungier-street, Dublin.
On the 26th inst., at St. Mary's Parish Church, Dublin, Mr. Daniel Sullivan, 27, Marlborough-street, to Lizzie Carleton, only daughter of Hugh M'Donnell, Esq., 52, Mary-street.
| On Tuesday, the 22nd December, at Youghal, Captain Pierce O'Donnell, (late 3rd Buffs), aged 78 years. R.I.P.
On the 25th instant, at Bantry, Miss Frances Symms, formerly of Waterfall Berehaven, in this county.
On the 28th instant, John Swanton, of Brade, Esq., late of Cullinagh, in this county, aged 70 years.
December 27, at Callan, George Cronyn, Esq., M.D.
December 28, after a protracted illness, Mrs. O'Connor, the beloved wife of Edward O'Connor, of 38, Upper Mecklenburgh-street, Dublin, law agent.
December 28, at Nice, Mary, the beloved wife of Charles Kennedy, jun., Esq., Clonsilla, county Dublin.
December 25, at his residence, 8, Cardiff's-lane, Dublin, Mr. Hugh Sheridan.
December 26, at Meadow Brook, Dundrum, county Dublin, Francis Collins, Esq., Commander, R.N., late Inspecting Officer of Coast Guards in Donegal.
December 25, at Upper Leeson-street, Dublin, Elizabeth, widow of Timothy
Turner Hauston, Esq.
On the 21st October, 97, Burke-street, West Melbourne, Arthur O'Mullane, M.D., aged 51 years, son of the late Jeremiah O'Mullane, Buttevant.
| Society of St. Vincent de Paul.To Mrs. Callaghan, Ballymacthomas, for £3 0s. 0d. donation, per Rev. D. M'Swiney.
Coal Fund Committee.To Mrs. Callaghan, Ballymacthomas, for £1 0s. 0d. donation, per Rev. D. M'Swiney.
|THE paddle steamer Advice, tender to the Hawke, has returned from Plymouth. The gunboat Magpie has returned from the Shannon.|
| There is a report of the loss of her Majesty's gunboat Lively on the Dutch coast.|