The Cork Examiner, 16 May 1881

The weekly meeting of the Cork Land League was held at two o'clock on Saturday, Mr. Denis Ahern in the chair. There was a very large attendance.

Mr. John O'Connor, hon. secretary, said:— Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen—I beg to announce to you that I have received £20 as relief money for two evicted tenants. I have just received a telegram from a friend of mine, Timothy Honan, of Castleisland, stating that one Terence Brosnan has been arrested and sent to Limerick prison and that there were three more arrested in the vicinity. I have received a letter from the Rev Michael Walsh, C C, Ballycotton, thanking me for a cheque to pay costs of one Mr O'Brien, on the Penn-Gaskill estate—costs of three abortive sherrif's sales, and one abortive one, amounting to £35. I wish to draw attention of the league also to a meeting that will take place at Midleton to-morrow. This meeting will be a very considerable one; it will be an aggregate meeting of the surrounding leagues of that important district, and it would be desirable that a large deputation from this league would also attend. . . .

Mitchelstown, Saturday.
At the Kildorrery Petty Sessions, a few days ago, Mr Richard Eaton, RM, presiding, a local farmer, named Greene, was charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, at the suit of Mr Patrick Roche, a respectable carpenter in his neighbourhood, under the following circumstances:—It appeard from evidence that Greene, the accused in the case, complained of the trespass of Roche's donkey on his farm.—Last week, having found the animal again on his land, he bound its legs with cords, and set at it his mastiffs. Of course, the latter gratified their ferocity to their heart's content, till the animal was a ghastly sight to look at. The owner sought redress by coming before the Mitchelstown Land League, of whom the farmer referred to was a member, but as he was rather busily engaged with charges against his neighbours of having paid rent, the poor man was put out without a word of sympathy, and, subsequently, narrated the story to the stipendiary of the town, who directed to have a summons issued.

Mr. Richard Eaton said it was a case of very great cruelty. A fine of £3 was inflicted, 10s compensation, and costs, about 2s. — Correspondent.

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The Cork Examiner, 27 May 1881

At Bandon fair yesterday. Mr Bence Jones' steward, Mr Lawe, had some sheep and cattle for sale. The sheep, I am informed, were successfully Boycotted, and were driven away unsold. A cattle dealer from Cork bought three breeding bulls from Mr. Lawe.

ASCENSION THURSDAY.—This festival was observed yesterday in the city churches with the usual holiday services—masses in the morning and vespers in the evening. His lordship the bishop attended at the Cathedral at eight o'clock, and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to over two hundred children.

ACCIDENT.—About midday yesterday a young boy named Coveny fell off one of the slips on Pope's Quay into the river, and was with difficulty rescued. He was taken to the North Infirmary where he was treated. He was discharged from the institution in the evening.

There is a most attractive display of the latest fashions in the Millinery Department this week at Treacy and Co.'s, 56 and 57, Patrick Street. The Ladies' Straw Hats are in great variety. There is also a special sale of Ladie's Kid Gloves.
ARREST AT QUEENSTOWN.—A man named John Synnott, who was en route for New York, per the National steamer Helvetia, which touched at Queenstown yesterday from Liverpool, was arrested and brought on shore to Queenstown, by Head Constable Fogarty, charged with forgery at Dublin. The prisoner had a passage ticket in the name of Samuel Anderson. He was taken before Mr R Starkie, RM, and remanded pending inquiries.

CAUTION TO BICYCLISTS.—At the Police Office yesterday, Mr. W. Harrington referred to the practice of riding bicycles through the streets of the city. He saw a bicycle running through Prince's-street, one of the greatest thoroughfares and one of the most obstructed streets in the city of Cork. He did not know what the law was, or whether there was any law in reference to those machines having bells. If bicycles were to be allowed in the streets they ought not to be allowed to go through the narrow streets. He wished to bring it forward there to see if there were any redress for the danger that the public were exposed to by those machines. Mr. Mitchell opined that after this intimation those gentlemen would give up riding those bicycles through the streets. However, if they did not they would endeavour to take such steps as would prevent them.

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The Cork Examiner, 30 May 1881

The six farmers and two labourers whose dwelling houses and effects were burnt down at Carrigcleena, &c., on Wednesday night, made application for the losses sustained on the occasion. I am informed that they will amount to £800. It appears that there must have been several persons engaged in the acts, for the fires were simultaneous. A farmer and his son living in the immediate locality were, at twilight on the night in question, trying to catch a horse in a field, as they wanted to go some distance, and they say they saw small blazes in Healy's, Sweeney's, and two other houses at the same time. The men whose houses were burnt had paid their rents. The houses of other farmers whose houses were near the burnt ones, and who had not paid their rent were not interfered with at all. Six of the parties whose houses were burnt are living by the side of a ditch, two others are living in their horses' stables. I am informed that a collection has been set on foot for the purpose of roofing the eight houses.

The lands of Lyredane are the property of Mr Hutchins, who, it will be remembered, had such a narrow escape from being shot some months ago when the man who was driving him to Bantry was shot dead. Mr Hutchins not getting his rents from some of his tenants on Lyredane placed the collection in the hands of his solicitor, The writs for recovery of the rents were entrusted to a process server named Foley, from Cork. On Saturday morning he left Cork by the 8 o'clock train for Rathduff. Besides the writs for Mr Hutchins' tenants he had several civil bills for other parties in the neighbourhood of Rathduff. It appears from all that can be learned from the people living there that Foley had served on of Mr Hutchins' tenants with the writ and was on his way to the house of another when he was violently followed by a large body of men who violently assaulted him and took the different writs and civil bills from him and destroyed them. Horns were sounded to call the country people to the scene. The chapel bell was rung, and people came from all directions towards the place where the bailiff was. After beating the bailiff he was stripped of his clothes and thrown into the river. When taken out of this he had to bear the affronts and jeers of all who surrounded him, and was then delivered by the men up to some women who are said to have castigated him with furze. It ius reported that Foley was a native of that part of the country, and that some of the men who knew him begged of the people not to beat him. A telegram came to the authorities at Mallow asking for the assistance of the constabulary to rescue the bailiff. It was reported that he was also covered with tar, and then in a nude state, after all the indignities and violence to which he was subjected, allowed to make the best of his way home. Twelve of the constabulary under Sub-Inspector Creagh proceeded at once to the scene of the outrage. They found a great number of people present, but though they made every inquiry as to the whereabouts of the bailiff, and searched the country, they could not find any trace of him, and they returned to Mallow on Saturday night about half past ten o'clock.

A Lloyd's telegram from St. John's stated that the John Murray British ship from Liverpool was ashore and cannot be saved.
An event of a most lamentable nature occurred at Macroom within the last few days, the victims of the catastrophe being two small children, of ages respectively four and six years. It appears that on last Thursday evening four children, two of whom were the offspring of Mr Murphy, bootmaker, Macroom, and one of them a child of a Mrs Sexton, also of Macroom, whilst at play along the banks of the River Selane, had the misfortune to eat some of the hemlock which grew on the verge of the stream, probably mistaking it for some eatable vegetable, and it appears each one of them partook of the poisonous seed. The effects of their innocent act proved fatal in the cases of two of the children, a son and daughter of Mr Murphy, the poor things expiring a few hours after they ate the deadly weed. The other two, who also ate portion of it, grew violently indisposed, their lives being despaired of, till within the last couple of days, when an improvement in their condition was discernable, and they are likely to recover.

                                          Mallow, Saturday Noon.

On this morning a process server, named Wm. Foley, of Cork, arrived at Rathduff Station by the 8 o'clock train, for the purpose of serving processes on the property of Mr. Emanual N. Hutchins. He having put in an appearance on the platform at Rathduff, several horns were sounded, when the chapel bell commenced to toll, causing a large number of both men and women to assemble at once on the Lyredane lands, the scene of the action. They immediately took from him all the processes in his possession, divested him of his clothes, dragged him along the road and threw him into the river Martin. When last seen he was in the custody of about 100 women taking him in a contrary direction from his home. When deprived of his wearing apparel they beat him with a furze.

Dublin, Sunday Night.
This morning at half-past ten o'clock an agrairan crime of a serious nature was committed in the county Galway. A respectable man, named Peter Dempsey, who lived in a farm belonging to Lord Dunsandle, was the victim. The farm is situate four miles from Athenry. He had been employed for many years by Mr Pierce, of the distillery, Galway, and subsequently as a gardner at Moyode Castle by Mr Pierce. Some months ago he took a farm that had previously been occupied by the celebrated Morthy Hynes. This morning Dempsey went to Mass to a chapel about two miles from his residence, at Kill, near Moyode Castle. He was in sight of the chapel when he was met by a man who fired two shots at him with a gun, inflicting wounds from which the unfortunate man is not expected to recover.

On Saturday notices were posted in Loughrea threatening all farmers with death who did not refuse to buy cattle belonging to a landlord named Flaherty. Documents were also distributed with threats of a similar character against all who bought from a wool dealer at Ballinasloe, named May.

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