Enniskillen Chronicle & Erne Packet
April 1, 1824
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
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County of Monaghan Assizes.James Smith for a highway robbery, on the 1st October on a person unknown.
A wretched-looking being, named James Conolly, (who had stated himself to be engaged with the prisoner in robbing an individual on the highway) was brought from the dock to prosecute. On being sworn, he said, ‘he never saw the prisoner do any thing.’ Conolly was instantly sent back to his original situation, and the prisoner acquitted.
Stealing a Cow.James Conolly was then himself indicted for stealing a cow, the property of Simon Reilly.
Hugh Malone--One night in October last, witness was in bed and heard a noise about the house--he looked out of the window and saw Conolly, the prisoner, and two other men, driving away a cow belonging to Sam Reilly, which had been grazing with witness; the three men had fire arms with them; witness was afraid to stop them; knew Conolly, who, with his family, for many years had been engaged in the same ‘business,’ carrying away all the sheep and cattle they could lay their hands on. Conolly, on being apprehended, offered, to save himself, to give information against his accomplices.
The trial of John Brown, who stood indicted for the murder of Patrick Grimley, at Crievekeran, on 12th July, 1822, was put off, on the application of Counsel for the Crown, until next Assizes. It appeared that the prisoner had absconded from the period of the murder until a short time previous to the present Assizes, when he surrendered himself. He had omitted, however, to give due notice of his intention to the Crown Solicitor, who, of course, not being prepared with his witnesses to support the prosecution, lodged an affidavit to that effect with the Court, and therefore the trial was postponed.
The Assizes of the county Sligo terminated on Tuesday last. Many prisoners were arraigned, and some convictions took place; but with the exception of two, they were all for offences of a minor import--this is gratifying. It is as it should be--to all emulous of the peace and tranquillity of the county, it must be a cause of great exultation. Contrasting our calendar with the criminal records of other counties, how trivial does it appear in the scale of guilt.--Sligo Journal.
Armagh Assizes. Seduction.In the record Court, an action came forward, in which Andrew Black was Plaintiff, and the Rev. James Gardner, a Presbyterian Clergyman, Defendant. The Plaintiff in this action sought to recover from the Defendant compensation for the loss of his daughter’s services, she having been seduced by the Defendant.
Baron M’Clelland having called on the Counsel concerned, stated to them, that having considered the case, he would a recommend a reference of it to three of the Jury, who would assess the amount of the damages. His Lordship added, that in doing so he considered he was best serving the interests of religion, and, indeed, of the parties themselves; as thereby the details would be withheld from unprofitable and injurious publicity.
To the recommendation the Counsel on each side agreed; and Mr. Dobbin, of Armagh, with Messrs. Cuppage and Boyd, of Lurgan, were appointed the Assessors. These Gentlemen, with Counsellor Murray presiding, met in the private chamber on Saturday morning; and the witnesses having been examined before them, they, after due deliberation, awarded to the Plaintiff £100 damages, and 6d. costs.
Limerick Assizes.--Saturday, March 20.Unlawful Oaths. Patrick Daniel M’Coy, Thomas Mulvihil, and John Mulcahy, for administering an unlawful oath to Patrick Kelly, on the 27th October last, to give up his farm at Dromada; the former for administering it, and the others for assisting. The Jury returned a verdict of acquittal; but the Judge required the prisoner, M’Coy, to find bail to keep the peace to all his Majesty’s subjects for seven years, himself in £50, and two sureties in £25 each.
(From the Limerick Observer.)
Ribandmen--Processions.In our last number we gave a short account of a procession of Ribandmen, which took place at Toome, on the 17th inst. (St. Patrick’s day). We have now to add, that in various other places there were processions of a similar nature, at the same time. A correspondent informs us, that during the night of the 16th and morning of the 17th, a body of Ribandmen kept sounding horns through the streets of Downpatrick. In the morning about 2000 of them assembled on the Course, about a mile from that town, into which they marched about eleven o’clock, to the music of fifes. In Bridge-street, they assailed some Protestants, who resisted, and after a severe conflict compelled them to retire.—The Ribandmen, however, got round to the Windmill Hill, from which eminence they poured down vollies of stones on Bridge-street, some of which broke Mrs. Millar’s window. Her son, however, fired blank cartridge towards them, to intimidate them—which had in some degree the desired effect. Meanwhile Alexander Millar, Esq., J.P. called out a military force—read the riot act, and dispersed the mob, some of whom he imprisoned. An anonymous correspondent informs us that there was a similar procession at Castlewellan.—Belfast News-Letter.
Drogheda Catholic Meeting.On Thursday last, a numerous meeting was held in Drogheda, at St. Peter’s Chapel, James Gernon, Esq., in the Chair. Dr. Skelton spoke at much length, Mr. Archbold, and Rev. Mr. Tuohy, when Resolutions and a lengthened Petition to the Legislature for Emancipation, &c. were passed.
Submitted by ajk.
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