Ireland Old News
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 1824
AN UNSUCCESSFUL SWINDLER
A person travelling under the name of Burke, in the course of last week arrived at Gresham's Hotel as from Cork and sent to one of the most wealthy money houses in town, highly responsible letters of introduction, (with his cards), purporting to be written by Merchants in Cork, where Mr. Burke had lately landed from Barbadoes. He was shortly waited upon by one of the junior partners of the house, and tendering every assistance in their power to bestow. Mr. Burke was indisposed, and obliged to keep his room, but told his visitor he was going down to Connaught in a few days and would want some ready cash, at the same time producing two drafts upon London, one for the sum of £2500 and the other for £2000, drawn by a banking house in Bristol, and requested they might be converted into cash. From the names of the persons in Cork, who were supposed to have given the letters of introduction, there was no hesitation in complying with his request, and the Bank of Ireland Post Bills for the amount were immediately procured, and the Bills forwarded to London for acceptance. By return of post a letter announced that the house they were drawn on refused present acceptance for want of advice: this, from the supposed character of Mr. Burke, was not thought of any serious consequence - but what was their astonishment upon the arrival of the next packet- they got an account that one of the Bristol partners had arrived in London, and upon his being shewn the bills, and requested to give authority for their acceptance, he declared they were forgeries, and the house had no knowledge of any person of the name of Burke. "We are cleaned out," was the word, and instant preparation was made for following Mr. Burke to Galway, where it was supposed, from his own declarations, he had gone. Whilst the preparations were making for the pursuit, the clerk who happened to have been sent to Gresham's with the Post Bills to Burke, was sent upon business to one of the private banks in town, and, while conversing there with one of the clerks, he happened to peep thru the pigeon-hole of one of the private officers of the partners, and what was his astonishment at seeing his friend, Burke, behind the desk, with all the post bills before him; he, in the shortest way possible, told the clerk how his house was in jeopardy with Burke, and requested of him to detain him while he ran down to the police office for a constable. - In a few minutes he returned, and stationed two policemen at the door, and requested that he be admitted into the private office, where Burke was there seen; their recognition of each other, as may be supposed, did not terminate very amicably. Upon his mentioning to Burke that his bills were alleged to be forgeries, he replied, "Oh! that's impossible, I'll go down with you instantly and settle this business." The clerk told him, from the nature of the transaction, he would be obliged to give him into the custody of the police he had at the door, while he went to inform his employers of the caption he had made. The denoument ended by the house recovering their money minus £300 and lodging Mr. Burke in Newgate. When discovered by the clerk he was making up his money to pay for bills upon London, drawn by the Dublin bankers, and had a po? chaise at the door waiting to carry him off.
The works of the new Dungarvan Chapel, which when finished, will be one of the most magnificent places of Catholic worship in Ireland, have recommenced. They have already cost the Inhabitants 2,000. The idea of erecting a Chapel on the scale of this structure was originally suggested by the Lord of the soil. His Grace is shortly to be applied to for a subscription, and there are well-founded expectations that his donation will be a princely one. The style of the architecture of the Chapel is strictly Gothic. The length is no less than 141 feet and 80 in width.
MELANCHOLY OCCURENCE - Tuesday last, a Gentleman named Lafay, of Hendrick street, was proceeding with a friend on a jaunting-car towards Clontarf, for the purpose of shooting, and, when arranging a double barrelled detonating gun in the car, it unfortunately went off, and lodged the contents, a charge of shot, in his side. The unfortunate Gentleman never spoke after the occurrence, and was immediately removed to Jeryl-street Hospital, where, upon his arrival he was discovered to be quite dead. -- Dublin Paper.
The immense estates of the late Marquis of Ormond, the largest in Ireland, are next season to be brought to the hammer.
Yesterday being the first of
August, the following Gentlemen were nominated to fill the Corporate Offices for
the ensuing year: -
ENNIS ASSIZES - JULY 28
ACQUITTAL OF JOHN HYNES
John Hynes was put to the bar, charged
with the murder of John Rafferty, at Kilfenora, by striking him with a metal
weight on the head, and knocking him down, and when down by inflicting several
bruises on his head and body, of which he languished from the 18th of February
until the 14th of March following.
Surgeon Murray was called but
did not answer. A considerable delay arose from his absence, as the prisoner's
Counsel said, they depended, in a great measure, on his evidence, to show, that
the deceased did not come by his death in consequence of a beating or violence
of any kind.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, August 6, 1824
ENNIS ASSIZES - July 29.
Honora Concannon was given in
charge, on three indictments, for the murder of Wm. Higgins, at Corofin, on the
19th of April last - first, by striking him with a hockey stick on the right
side of the head and second by "fixing and fastening her hands in hic
neck," so as to cause strangulation - and third, by having severed the head
and legs from the body of the said Wm. Higgins, of all which wounds, &c., he
Catherine Sheehan worn.
I know the prisoner at the bar; she
took a cabin from me next door to where I live myself, in Corofin, one or two
days before Easter Sunday; on Easter Saturday evening I was passing by the
cabin, and I looked through a broken board in the door, which was locked; I saw
William Higgins in bed; I asked who was that? he said, "what need you care,
go off with yourself;" I asked was he sick? and he said "he was not
nor sore;" I then sent for Honora Concannon to her former lodging, and
asked her why she let Higgins in; she said she always used to give him a
lodging, and it was lucky to have a man with one the first night of going into a
house; I saw Higgins on Easter Sunday and Monday begging about the town; I saw
him return on Monday evening and never saw him since; on Tuesday morning Honora
Concannon came into my house before I was up; she asked did we hear Billy
Higgins going from her that morning? we all said we did not, and she told us he
went very early; she asked me to buy some tea and sugar, as she was sick; I did
so, and she gave me a cup of tea; when I went into Honora Concannon's house I
saw the flour stained with some ugly mark, like rain or soot, and I saw a wet
sheet there, as if it was just washed; Honor came into me on Tuesday evening and
asked me to sleep with her; I refused, as I was in a sickly state; but she took
up my bed and carried it out with her, so that I was obliged to follow
her; I asked her what she would do every other night without someone to
sleep with her? she said she would have some one, as she was afraid of an old
man that died there formerly.
Thomas Guttery sworn.
I was at the river of Corofin on the evening of Easter Monday, and the morning after; I found a dead body there; I was driving 3 pigs by the river, and saw the body floating; I thought it was one of the pigs, and I went nearer to the river; I then saw the body rising and sinking, and I said to myself that it was not a pig, as it had no bristles on it; I was a afraid, and went on to Corofin, and told the people that I saw something in the river; two persons came with me to the place, one of them turned the body with a crook, and saw it was the corpse of a person; the body wanted the head and legs; I know John and Connor Higgins; they were not there when I found the corpse, but I was present when they did see it.
Connor Higgins (an Irish witness) sworn.
[The similarity of this man to the
deceased was generally remarked by all who had seen them both.] - I was baptized
for William Higgins, and he paid the christening money; I saw the corpse that
Guttery found, and am certain that it was the body of William Higgins; the
deceased was a labourer whilst the was able to work; since then he travelled the
world for his livelihood; I can swear to the clothes my father wore; I do not
know how long it is since I saw him last, but he was in good health; (the
witness produced a part of two old stockings;) I found this one in Honor
Concannon's house; it is in it my father always kept whatever money he had; and
I found the fellow of it at home; Concannon's house is next to Catherine
Sheehan's, divided only by a wall; (a great coat was then brought on the table
sewed to a quilt; the witness, who was before seemingly a good deal affected, on
seeing the coat, sighed deeply and shed tears; ) I know the coat; it belonged to
my poor father; I know it by several marks; there are two holes burnt in
it by sparks from a tobacco pipe; (the bag in which the deceased's head and feet
were found was then shown to the witness;) my father had no such bag as that; I
saw a head which belonged to William Higgins; I also saw legs which I suppose
John Higgins was next examined.
He dsposed to the same effect as the last witness; he also was batpized for William Higgins. Both men were reluctant to say in direct terms that they were sons to the deceased.
Tomkins Brew, Esq., was then examined.
I am a Magistrate of this County; I
have seen Honora Concannon, the prisoner at the bar; on Easter Tuesday, an
express came to this town for a Coroner, with an account that a body, deprived
of its head and legs, had been found in the river of Corofin; I thought it my
duty to attend, and went off with Lieutenant Watkins; of the Police; when we
arrived, the Coroner had a Jury sworn, and was examining witnesses; Honora
Conconnan was examined amongst others; she was then not suspected for the
murder, more than having been the last person with whom the deceased was seen; I
went to the prisoner's house, and saw near his bed some straw and a large stone,
underneath which were large masses of clots of blood and brains; the door and
some more stones around were covered with blood; I cannot say whether the blood
may have got on the stones from rolling on it, or from having been used in
dashing out the brains; I also traced blood on two walls of about three feet
high, near the house, as if part of a body touched them on being dragged
through; the blood was on the way towards the river, until the track was lost in
the high meadow grass; I returned to the Inquest and asked the prisoner to
account for the blood being in her house; there was neither threat nor
encouragement held out to her to induce her to make a confession. The witness
was about to tell the prisoner's answer, when he was interrupted by
William Taylor examined.
I am in the Police; I recollect
searching for the head and legs of William Higgins, in April last; I found them
in a bag concealed under a stone in a drain, about 40 perches from Honor
Concannon's house; I searched her house, and found a large quantity of blood
under and near her bed; I also found a sheet and shift stained with blood; and
an old stocking with five shillings and three pence in copper, on the person of
Honora Conconnan; it was on Friday or Saturday in Easter week, that I made the
search; and I did so, in pursuance of a letter from Serjeant Coffee, which
letter I have since lost.
The Rev. John Murphy sworn.
I recollect telling M.Watkins to have the stream searched and that the head and legs of the deceased would be found in the mire; I was enabled to do so from a conversation I that day had with the prisoner.
The communication from the prisoner was
not a confidential one; if it was you should not have seen me here today.
Terence O'Loughlin was indicted for the
murder of Mrs. Ellen Stackpoole, at Moymore, on the 26th of March last, he, the
said Terence O'Loughlin, illegally threatening and demanding money from her, and
so affrighting her, as to cause her death.
ENNIS, AUG 2- On Thursday, at the
conclusion of our Assizes, above thirty persons were charged by proclamation.
Amongst those were the two persons for the murder of O'Callaghan at Scariff.
Since the commission of this crime, every exertion has proved insufficient to
procure evidence against these persons, not withstanding the numbers who
witnessed the transaction. A person in the crowd, when these fellows were
discharged from the dock, remarked, "If things are allowed to pass this
way, we may all expect to be Scarrif-fied before the end of the year." The
gentleman, no doubt, intended a pun, though his countenance did not express much
EXECUTION OF HONORA CONCANNON
This wretched woman, the perpetrator of
a horrid murder, the frightful details of which, as they appeared on the trial,
will be found in another column, suffered the extreme punishment of the law, on
Saturday, in front of the new Jail. However odious the crime may be, we cannot,
without a degree of pity, view a human being in the most awful situation of
life, weighed down by a consciousness of guilt, evincing sorrow for the
depravity by which they had been impelled, and approaching with fear &
trembling, the judgment of the Creator - but, though many thousands were,
assembled to witness the execution of this unfortunate woman, not an exclamation
of sympathy, not a murmur of regret, escaped from a single individual. The vast
crowd was silent and motionless, evidently shocked at the unexampled hardihood
she displayed. - From the time of her sentence being passed, until the instant
she was precipitated from the fatal drop, the Rev. Dean O'Shaugnesssy had been
unremitting in his endeavours to bring her mind to a state of peace; and a short
time before she was removed from her cell, had succeeded so far as to induce her
to conduct herself in somewhat of a becoming manner, and, we believe, to join
him in prayer. Until then, her behaviour was outrageous in the extreme,
blaspheming and screaming incessantly. The momentary calmness she assumed was
however thrown aside, and her screams and resistance renewed with redoubled
violence, when the summons arrived to conduct her to her last earthly scene. The
most dreadful imprecations - the most heart-rending apathy were the only
responses she made to the affecting appeals of the attending Clergyman. No
persuasion - no entreaties availed to bring her to a proper sense of her
situation; and force was at length reluctantly resorted to, to fulfill the
sentence she was so justly merited. -We are really sick at the conclusion.
She was placed (after having severely bit the executioner,) with the rope round
her neck, lying on the platform; but she exerted all her strength and pulled
herself back into the door - in the struggle her cap had fallen off, and her
hair hung loose and disordered. The Rev. Mr. O'Shaughnessy then addressed her,
but without effect. She was again forced out, and, while sitting on the drop,
was once more exhorted and implored to sue for mercy in her Saviour - but she
still refused to listen. The drop then fell: - one of her legs, which was
resting on the frame, remained for a few moments supporting her, until removed
by the executioner; and even in that awful suspension between time and eternity,
she continued to invoke the most horrid curses on all concerned in causing her
conviction and execution. She struggled for considerable time; and thus died the
unrepentant - perpetrator of the most enormous, cruel and cold-blooded murder
that ever disgraced this country.
On Friday night last, in Sligo, at a
very advanced age, deservedly regretted, Mrs. Eleanor Gray, relict of John Gray,
Esq., formerly proprietor of the Sligo Journal.
STATE OF THE COUNTRY
"On the evening of last Sunday
se'nnight, several Catholic young men were returning from the Chapel of
Kennawley to the town of Enniskillen. A party of Orangemen, apprised of the
circumstances of its being a patron-day in that parish, way-laid the Catholics
on their return, near to a place called Ballihaleck, in this county. They
commenced their attack by throwing stones at the Catholics from behind a hedge.
A young man of the name of Constantine Martin, without the slightest colour of
provocation, a tenant of the Earl of Belmore's, had his skull fractured - he was
brought to the County Infirmary where he lingered till Friday last, when he died
of the wounds he had received. On Saturday last an inquest was held on the body,
and several witnesses examined, who identified a person of the name of Scarlett
as being present, aiding and abetting, &c. The verdict of the Jury was,
'That the deceased came by his death in consequence of the fracture of his skull
inflicted by some person or persons unknown.' No exertions have as yet been made
to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime. Scarlett was walking publicly
through the town of Enniskillen on Saturday last and has not yet been taken
MR. FRANCIS BURKE
The person who calls himself by this name, and is confined in Newgate under the accusation of having passed forged Bills of a large amount on Gibbons and Williams, is, we are authorised to say, in no way connected with any of the respectable inhabitants of that name in the county or town of Galway.
WILL SELL BY AUCTION, at his MARBLE SHOP, on the LONG-WALK, a number of HIGHLY POLISHED BLACK MARBLE
Sale to commence on THURSDAY next, the 12th instant, and continue each succeeding day until all are sold. -- August 5th, 1824
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Monday, August 9, 1824
A fine boy, aged 12 years, second son of Mr. Devenish, at the Island of Arran, was unfortunately drowned a few days since while in the act of stepping from a canoe into a sailing boat. - Every exertion was used on finding the body to restore animation, but all efforts proved fruitless.
The lifeless corpse of Mr. Francis O'Flaherty, eldest son of Mr. O'Flaherty, of Garomoe, was found in his room a few days since, in which he had previously retired in perfect health and spirit. The contents of a fowling piece, which lay upon the table, and which, he is supposed, he was preparing for sport, were found discharged into his body - and thus has this promising youth found a premature grave in the very spring time of his life. He was 21 years of age - was universally and deservedly esteemed, and is now regretted by all who knew him.
CHURCH PARK, as lately held by Walter
Lambert, Esq. subject to Reclamation within 6 months, good Meadow and Pasture
Land __ Viso, part of KNOCKBRACK about 100 Acres good Sheep Walk.
PART OF LISS, as lately held by Mr.
Malachy Foy, containing Forty five Acres, subject to Redemption within six
months - Also, the MILLS and STORES of Newtown, with about Nine Acres of Land
and a good Dwelling House.
ELASTIC WATERPROOF HAT WARE-HOUSE
RESPECTFULLY informs his Friends and
the Public, that he has received this day, direct from the best Manufacturers in
HAS Carefully selected, in Dublin, under his own immediate
HAS just arrived, with an Elegant and
Large Assortment of SEAL SKIN CAPS, for Gentlemen and Children, from 4s to 11s
each; and as the Subscriber will remain in Town for a few days only, the Public
are earnestly invited to avail themselves of the present opportunity, as the
entire will be Sold at the above LOW PRICES.
LIMERICK, AUG 4 - On Friday night, two
men were deliberately beaten in the neighbourhood of Askeaton, by a party of
disguised villains; and the reason assigned was, for working on the new line of
road, according to Mr. Griffith's plan, and contrary to the wishes of the
people. It appears that Mr. Griffith insists on having the work performed by
task, in gangs of 12 each, while the labourers require to be paid by the day.
Sunday last, Mr. Griffith laid the foundation stone of the new bridge, over the river Feale, which is to be called Wellesley Bridge, in commemoration of the Viceroyship of his present Excellency, to whom the public are solely indebted for so many important works now going on in that hitherto neglected part of the Country. The three first stones that were laid weighed over seven tons. A quantity of whisky was poured on them when they were put down.
The public will be gratified to learn, that the line of Road between Limerick and Tralee, part of which was executed at the private expense of Mr. Rice, of Mount Trenchard, is nearly complete, and that a Mail Coach will be started in August, to run between Limerick and Tralee.- Mr. Rice will be repaid his expenses by the Grand Jury. It is curious to remark, that Mr. Rice excepted a piece of road for 200l. for which a sum of 2,000l. was demanded for by contract.
ENNIS, AUG 5 - At the fair of O'Brien's Bridge, on Monday week, a bloody engagement occurred between two factions. A young man named Wixred had his skull fractured, of which he died on Monday last. An inquest was held on the body by Thomas Sampson, Esq.,and a verdict returned of wilful murder against persons unknown.
The windows of the Church of Ballybay were demolished in consequence of the Rector, Mr. St. George, preaching to the Orangemen on the 12th of July. The parishioners have offered 500 reward for the perpetrators.
4th Regiment of Dragoon Guards- Captain
James Chatterton, from the 7th Dragoon Guards, to be Major, vice D'Este,
VERY IMPORTANT TRIAL
Thomas Kelly was indicted for stealing
two pigs the property of James Doyle, of Browne's-hill, in the county of Carlow,
which two identical pigs the said Kelly afterwards sold in Newtownbarry, in the
county of Wexford, some Saturday in the month of June last.
ENNIS ASSIZES-RECORD COURT
This was an action to recover from the
Defendant the amount of a Bill of Costs incurred by the Plaintiff in a case
"Canny v. Stenson," amounting to upwards of £300.
DROGHEDA, JULY 31 - We have heard that a horrible murder was committed on Friday, near Dundalk, on a servant of Mr. Henry's, of Ratheskin, who was employed to serve witness on tenants to pay their rents. It appears from the marks on the head and face, this foul deed was perpetrated by the prongs of a pitchfork and other deadly implements.
Doctor Clarke and several other Independents were found guilty at the Ardee Sessions and sentenced to imprisonment for a riot, in which they assumed the title of the New Corporation of Dundalk.
On Friday evening last, Lady Cremorne arrived at the beautiful seat of his Lordship, Dawson's Grove, near Coote-hill, from England after an absence of some years. On that occasion the tenantry vied with each other in testifying by bonfires and every kind of rejoicing, their respect to her Ladyship, and warm attachment to the Noble Family.
Thursday a meeting of the Roman Catholic Clergymen of this Diocese was held in the Donegal-street Chapel, for the purpose of electing a Coadjutor and Successor to the present Bishop of Down and Connor. The Rev. Mr. Crolly and the Rev. Mr. McMullen were put in nomination, when the former gentleman was elected to this elevated state by a large majority. We believe the choice of the Rev. Gentleman to the high station of Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church will give general satisfaction. His conduct in Belfast has ever been marked by an ardent desire to conciliate his fellow townsmen, and to assist, on all occasions, in every work of benevolence and charity.--Whig.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, August 12, 1824
On Saturday last, in Ann's Church, Dublin,
John Darlington, Esq. of Bulford, County of Wicklow, to Letitia, eldest daughter
of Mr. Folds, of Grafton-street.
Suddenly, on Wednesday morning last,
from the effects of water on the chest, Mr. William Murphy, aged thirty-two
years, for some time past connected with the diurnal Press of Dublin. Possessed
of very considerable natural abilities, his habitual industry and thirst for
improvement enabled him to attain as high a professional character as his
private one was justly esteemed. Those who know him best, regret him most.
EXECUTION OF SIX MEN FOR MURDER
Monday, at an early hour, the avenues
leading to the County Gaol were crowded with an immense multitude, assembled to
behold the execution of Greene and the two Minnanes, for the murder of Major
Hare; and of Dawley and the two Flinns, for that of John Hartnet, driver to the
Hon. Col. Fitzgibbons estates near Abbeyfeale.
Chief Baron O'Grady and Mr. Justice Burtos arrived in Town yesterday and proceeded to business. The Town and County Grand Juries were sworn before the Chief Baron.- Our Calendar is extremely light. No Trials of importance has been gone thru since the commencement; and it is supposed that our Assizes will terminate at a very early hour on Saturday.- In our next will shall insert the Convictions.
COUNTY GRAND JURY
James Daly, Esq, M.P. Dunsandle, Foreman; Sir John Blake, Bart., Marble-Hill; Robert Martin, Esq. Ross; Xavarious Blake, Esq, Oran-Castle; Walter Joyce, Esq, Merview; Francis French, Esq, Portcarren; John Cheevers, Esq, Killian; Edward Blake, Esq, Castle-Grove; James Basteroll, Esq, Durass; John Eyre French, Esq, Aughrim; C.D. Bellew, Esq, Mount Bellew; John D'Arcy, Esq, Clifden-Castle; T.B. Martin, Esq, Ballinahinch Castle; Val. Blake, Esq, Menlo Castle; R.I.M. St. George, Esq, Headford-Castle; A.F. St. George, Esq, Tyrone; John Kirwan, Esq, Castle-Hackett; R.J. French, Esq, Rahasane; John H. Blakeney, Esq, Abbert; Thomas Bodkin, Esq. Kilcloony; James H. Burke, Esq, St. Clerens; General John Taylor, Castle-Taylor; J.S. Lambert, Esq, Creg-Clare.
TOWN GRAND JURY
Hon. Martin Ffrench, Foreman; Charles Blake, Esq, Merlinpark; Manus Blake, Esq; Francis Blake Foster, Esq; Walter Blake, Esq; Patrick Burke, Esq; Patt Ma?k Lynch, Esq; Walter Joyce, Esq; Matthew Thomas Smyth, Esq; James Browne, Esq; Andrew William Blake, Esq; William Calcott, Esq; Denis Clarke, Esq; Anthony O'Flaherty, Esq; Edward M'Donnell, Esq; James Burke, Esq; James Lynch, Esq; Taylor D'Arcy, Esq; Anthony Martin, Esq; Samuel Shone, Esq; Charles Browne, Esq; Coll Kelly, Esq; Andrew Blake, Esq.
TRIAL OF THE REV. MR. CARROLL
This morning, Mr. Justice JOHNSTON
entered the court precisely at half-past nine o'clock. On his Lordship taking
his seat, there was an application made by Mr. Shiel for postponing this trial
until the next morning.
Cross-examined by Mr. Dixon.
Knows Father Carroll since he had been
able to walk; has been curate of the parish of Killinick for several years;
always heard he was a pious, good man and that he strove to keep the lower
orders down; the people had great confidence in him as a holy man, and
considered that he could work miracles; was considered to be a kind and humane
man; thought him capable of an act of cruelty - (a laugh)- meant the he was not
capable of an act of cruelty; witness first came up when Mr. Moran was lying on
the ground; heard he people say that Father Carroll had a few minutes before
that cast out a devil from a man at Widow Neal's house; is quite sure the people
said it was the devil, or a serpent, or some such thing; the people implicitly
believed it; witness was somewhat doubtful, as he had not seen it; the people
thought that Father Carroll could work miracles; it was reported in the country
that he had worked a miracle on Miss Browne; that belief was firm; it was also
believed that Father Carroll had been called upon by Neal's family to work a
miracle on Neal, who had been bedridden for a long time, and that the Priest had
effected his cure. Sinnot's child was three and a half years old; the child was
troubled with flu. It was the common belief in the country that when a person
had fits it was caused by the devil.- From all he saw and heard, he believed it
was Father Carroll's intention to cure the child. All the prisoners believed
that he could and would cure the child, but faith he (the witness) did not think
it. None present, as he saw, helped him in his operations. The reason why a
passage was made in the crowd was to allow the devil to pass from the
child - [ The whole of the prisoners here, with the exception of Carroll, burst
out laughing]- The house was at the time crowded; does not know whether the
Priest was at that time under the care of a physician.
Philip Walsh examined by Mr. Fox
Lives in the parish of Killinick; knows Mr. Carroll the Priest; knows Sinnot; he lives near him; knew Catherine Sinnot, the child; recollects seeing Father Carroll at Sinnot's house, went to the house after night fall; thinks it might have been eleven o'clock when he went; went there, and heard a noise inside, and then went in; the house was full of people; saw Father Carroll in the bed; did not see the child at the time; Carroll was sitting in the bed, and was saying something; he then got up on his feet and stood on the tub; hears the child then cry "mammy, mammy, save me;" saw the child for the first time next morning; the child was then dead; saw a tub in the middle of the room; was there before the tub was brought in; could not at this time get near the bed, the crowd was so great, but heard the people say the child was in it; can't say who went for the tub; heard Father Carroll call for some water; a bowl of water was then brought in, and the Priest desired that to be taken away, and a tub of water to be brought. The tub was brought in by witness and James Devereux, one of the prisoners at the bar. Witness carried the tub close to where Father Carroll was, when the Priest desired him to lift it on the bed. The Priest was at that time standing on the bed; when the tub was settled on the bed, Father Carroll said some words over it, and then threw some salt into the water; the Priest then put his foot on the near handle of the tub, and upset the water, some of it on his own feet, and the rest on the bed; the tub was turned upside down; the Priest then said with a loud voice, "Bury him, Jesus, in the dept of the Red Sea," meaning, as witness believed, the devil; he said this while he was overturning the tub; saw the tub after that; the Priest sat upon it first; and then stood and danced on it; the child all this time was under it; the Priest staid in the house till daylight. The Priest ordered the people to go out of the room, and he, the witness, immediately went out; the Priest then desired them in a loud voice not to touch his clothes, on which the people rushed out frightened, as they thought the evil was then escaping; saw the child's leg, and supposes the body was under the tub; saw the child dead in the morning; it was Sinnot's child; looked into the room after the Priest turned the people out, and saw the Priest sitting on the bed. Identifies Carroll, Devereaux, and Wickham.
Cross-examined by Mr. Bennett
Knows Father Carroll a long time; thought he was acting wildly on the day in question; he appeared to witness to be insane; thought it strange that he should throw water on the bed; Mr. Carroll was a humane, mild man; never heard of his having been cruel; was sure he never intended to harm the child; was quite certain that the prisoners at the bar did not intend to aid in murder; saw Neal that night, who had been cured by the Priest; saw a woman of the name of Peg Furlong; she appeared to witness at one time to be dead, and Father Carroll spoke over her, and shook her, and she recovered; saw Neal bed-ridden for several days, and the Priest cured him; Neal can't speak plain; but when witness went to him after the Priest had left him, he went up to the bed, and said, "Phil, I am quite recovered;" did not tell this on the inquest; he was sworn there only to answer such questions as should be put to him, and no question of the kind was asked of him; saw the Priest go from Neal's house, having his arms extended and his hat off; would have interfered at Sinnot's to save the Child, but that he thought the Priest would have cured her.
Re-examined by Mr. Fox
The person cured was Neal; thinks the
cure was a very extraordinary one; will not swear that he does not think Carroll
capable of working Miracles.
Thomas Sinnot, the Father of the Child, examined by Mr. Plunkett
Lives at Killinick; had a daughter named Catherine; she is dead; cannot recollect precisely the day on which she died; it was on the night that Father Carroll came to the house; the child was alive when Father Carroll arrived; when witness came into the house he heard an unusual noise; he stopped, and listened for a while; and heard the child crying; he made up to the child, but was stopped; cannot say by whom he was stopped; saw Father Carroll at the time; saw the head of the child; does not know at what hour the child died; did not see it but once; saw it dead in the bed; when he first came into the room he saw the head of the child; thought the child was frighted by the noise; some people desired him to kneel down, which he did; all the people knelt down and prayed; saw the Priest in the room after the people had departed; the child was then dead; he took the child in his arms, and showed it to the Priest; Father Carroll desired him to lay it down on the bed; did not ask the Priest why he killed the child, as he thought he would return and bring it to life; at four o'clock in the morning the Priest called him into the room, and he remained sitting with him on the bed for about five minutes; Father Carroll made no observation to him on the death of the child, but said the witness, when I asked him what I was to do, he said, resign it to the will of God.
Cross-examined by Mr. Shiel
The child was subject to sickness; had no notion that Father Carroll meant to injure the child; Father Carroll had previously said prayers over the child; it is the opinion of the people, as well as of witness, that persons subject to fits are possessed of evil spirits; witness, while the Priest was sitting on the child, knelt down, and said his prayers, and would not have done so if he thought any mischief were intended; saw Neal that day; Neal had been bed-ridden for some time, but got up that day after the Priest prayed over him; it was the opinion of the people that Carroll had worked a miracle on Neal; the people thought he would have cured the child, as he had done for Neal; Father Carroll was considered by the people to possess superior power to other Priests; heard that Father Carroll had performed a miracle on Miss Browne; it was the universal opinion that numerous miracles had been worked by Father Carroll; witness's wife was in the house when Carroll arrived; she continued in the room all the while the Priest was there.
Re-examined by Mr. Plunkett
Witness's wife is now so unwell that she is unable to leave her bed.
Paul Crowe examined by Mr. Driscoll.
Knows Father Carroll; was at Sinnot's on the night of the 9th July; saw Father Carroll sitting on the bed; the child was in the bed, and the Priest sitting on her; saw the Priest afterwards stand up in the bed on the child, after which the Priest went into the bed; witness also saw him leaping on the bed; heard the child cry while the Priest was sitting upon her; saw a tub brought into the room; there was water in it; Father Carroll was the person who desired the tub to be brought in; he spilled the water on the child; Father Carroll was standing in the bed at the time; witness was near the bed; Father Carroll said some words which witness does not recollect; cannot say how long he remained in the room; does not know whether five minutes or five hours; thinks he was there five minutes; perhaps three hours; remained in the room till the Priest ordered the people out; witness then went home, and did not see Carroll since, until he saw him in the dock.
Cross-examined by Mr. Dixon.
The child's mother was in the room while the Priest was there; every person present expected that Father Carroll would have worked a miracle; knows nothing about Prince Hohenlohe.
Dr. Rennick examined by Mr. Doherty.
Is a physician; was called in to examine the body of a dead child on the morning of the 10th of July; found a contusion on the right temple; there were also some marks of violence on the body; the contusion was the cause of the child's death; cannot say how it was inflicted; it might have been done by a blunt instrument.
Cross-examined by Mr. Bennett
Attended Mr. Carroll professionally;
saw him for the first time on the evening of the 10th July; the circumstance
which is the subject of the present investigation terminated at four o'clock on
the morning of the first day; found him so insane that he was obliged to put him
under restraint; he did not put him in a strait waistcoat; bled him profusely in
the temporal artery; Mr. Carroll removed the dressing, and witness was therefore
obliged to place handcuffs upon him; he was raving, and speaking very
incoherently about the Devils which he had driven out of the people.
Witness re-examined by Mr. Doherty.
After Mr. Carroll had been bled , he
tore off the bandage, and therefore he was obliged to have recourse to
restraint; he considered him perfectly insane.
FOR THE DEFENCE.
Is a physician; knows Father Carroll for the last 14 years; remembers the unfortunate transaction now under discussion; had been for the last three years in attendance on Mr. Carroll, with the exception of two months previously to this transaction; and during that period he had not seen him. To a question of what he thought of Mr. Carroll's state of health, the witness replied that he laboured under a determination of blood to the head, a confusion of ideas, and impaired memory, and he considered him incapable of understanding even simple subjects. He was what medical men call having a predisposition to insanity, not always relieved by medicine. Mr. Carroll had ceased to take medicine for two months previously to this unfortunate act. Witness saw him by accident on the day of the 9th July kneeling in the gripe of a ditch by the rode [sic] side with his hat off, and covered with dust; he was then apparently very much deranged. This occurred between four and five o'clock in the evening, and before any part of the occurrence now before the Court had taken place. He had known the prisoner for 14 years, and during that period he had borne the character of being a most exemplary man, and a most pious clergyman; witness thinks that his having omitted for two months to take his medicine which had been prescribed for him to that state of fanaticism which deluded him into the idea that he could work miracles; knows Miss Browne; attended her; there was to witness's knowledge a delusion among the people as to supernatural powers being vested in Father Carroll as well as in other Roman Catholic Priests; Witness's profession leads him to mingle with the lower orders, and he can therefore swear that he finds a great proneness in them to believe in miracles, and also the people are possessed by the Devil, and that the Priests have the power of banishing him.
Cross-examined by Mr. Fox
Mr. Carroll ceased to take medicine for
two months previously to this transaction; witness believes that his so ceasing
to take medicine occasioned his derangement. About three years ago Mr. Carroll
was affected but had no particular delusions at the time. Witness lives in
Wexford and the prisoner in the parish of Killinick, within four miles of
Wexford, and continued to officiate as a Priest in it up to the period o this
transaction; never apprised Carroll's friends of his tendency to insanity; the
Rector of the parish heard of the circumstance preceding the occurrences for
which the prisoner is now standing his trial, but he did not interfere to
prevent the prisoner from officiating. Witness believes Mr. Carroll a
person incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 1824
Our Assizes terminated on Saturday last. The following is a list of the Convictions which took place: -
Luke Donohoe, for the murder of Bridget
Mannion, a child eleven years old, to be hanged.
Denis Kinneavy, for sheep-stealing, 7
Luke Donohoe, an unfortunate criminal, found guilty of murder at our late Assizes, this day underwent the awful sentence of the law in front of the County Prison. He seemed perfectly resigned to his fate, but made no observations previous to his being launched into eternity.
EXECUTION OF SIX MEN FOR MURDER
Monday at an early hour, the avenues
leading to the County Gaol were crowded with an immense multitude, assembled to
behold the execution of Green and the two Minnanes, for the murder of Major
Hare; and of Dawley and the two Flinns, for that of John Hartnet, driver to the
Hon. Col. Fitzgibbon's estates, near Abbeyfeale.
7th Regiment of Dragoon Guards-
Lieutenant G. Nugent, to be Captain, by purchase, vice Chatterton, promoted in
the 4th Dragoon Guards.
MINUTES of a meeting of the Magistrates in the Commission of the Peace for the County of Galway, assembled in the Grand Jury Room at Galway, on Monday, the 9th day of August, 1824, under the Proclamation of the Lord Lieutenant, warranted by the Act of the 3d of George the 4th, chap. 103, for the appointment of Constables and Sub Constables in and for said County, under the said Act.
The Rt. Hon, Earl Clancarty, Custom Rotulorem; Lord Viscount Gort; Sir John Burke, Bart; Richard D'Arcy, Esq; Robert Persse, Esq; Burton Persse, jun, Esq; William Lopdell, Esq; Rev. J. O'Rorke; Thomas H. O'Flaherty, Esq; Francis French, Esq; Patt Burke, Esq; Walter Joyce, Esq; Michael J Browne, Esq; Anthony O'Flaherty, Esq; Rev. J. Galbraith; Thomas Lancaster, Esq; John Egan, Esq; Hon. Martin Ffrench; Thomas Seymour, Esq; Hon. and Ven. the Archdeacon of Ardagh; Rev. Archdeacon Rutson; Walter Lawrence, Esq; William Persse, Esq; John Kirwan, Esq; James H. Burke, Esq; Richard Rathburne, Esq; Malachy Daly, Esq; Rev. Richard Eyre; Thos. Stradford Eyre, Esq; Rev. J. ? Orr; John H. Blakeney, Esq; Francis Blake, Esq; Christopher Lopdell, Esq; William M. Burke, Esq; Robert Martyn, Esq; James D. B. Morris, Esq; R.I.M. St. George, Esq; Henry Blake, Esq.
Earl of Clancarty in the Chair.
Resolved. That the Act for the
appointment of Constables and to secure the effectual performance of the duties
of their office, and for he appointment of Magistrates in Ireland, be now read
by the Clerk of the Peace.
STOLEN, on the Night of SUNDAY, the
15th of AUGUST instant, off the Lawn of Brown Lodge, within a mile and a half
east of the town of Galway, a small strong made dark bay MARE, without any
mixture of white or spots, but her legs black- about seven years old, and had a
small mark or sore about the size of a tenpenny on her shoulder from the saddle.
Whoever returns her, or prosecutes the Thief to conviction, will be suitably
rewarded by me.
RESPECTFULLY acquaints the Nobility, Gentry and Inhabitants of
Galway and surrounding Neighborhood that she has arrived from London with an
Elegant Assortment of MILLINERY, of English and Parisian Fashion, which she
submits to their Inspection; and trusts, from the Elegance of their Selection,
to merit the favour of their Orders.
THAT no person will be admitted to
visit Prisoners except upon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in each week,
between the hours of eleven and one o'clock, and that no Visitors, even upon
those days be allowed to persons committed to the Correction Wards or Vagrants
without the written order of a Magistrate- and that no commutation of food shall
be allowed to Debtors or other Prisoners while receiving the Gaol Allowance.
In St. Peter's Church, By the Rev.
Jones Hobson, James M'Evoy, Esq., of Tohertinan, County Meath, to Teresa,
daughter of Sir Joshua Meredyth, Bart, and sister of Lady Castlecoote.
At Summer-hill, on the 11th instant,
Eliza, wife of William Curry, Esq., Barrister at Law.
LIMERICK ASSIZES - August 5
The long panel, which occupied a
considerable time, was called over by the Clerk of the Crown, so as to have a
sufficient number of Jurors in attendance for the trial of the murderers of the
lamented Major Hare, on which case numerous challenges were expected from the
Oliver Fitzgerald sworn and examined by Counsellor Quin.
Knows the three prisoners, Patrick Minnane, James Minnane and John Green; has seen them before; recollects the night Major Hare was shot; it was in or about Candelmas, 1822; on that day they all met according to appointment at the lime-kiln, on the race course of Rathkeale; they were armed, and towards evening went from thence, through the fields out by Kilcool-bridge, to Mr. Copley's house, which is some miles from Rathkeale; they went for his arms, and reached there early in the night; they got into the house and saw Mr. Coply, whom they asked for arms and ammunition; they told him they would only keep them for some time and would return them; they went into the parlour, where Mr. Copley and his wife were sitting by the fire; he believes they all demanded the arms; recollects that Pat Minnane the prisoner, Browne, (since dead), David Donovan and himself, were in the room; after some time, Mr. Copley went out with them to give the arms; they were in a pantry, the windows of which James Minnane, one of the prisoners, was after breaking; they distributed the arms they got among each other; they consisted of a long shore-gun, two blunderbusses, one without a lock, and a fowling-piece, with a tin cannister of powder; they left behind a fancy gun belonging to Mr. Copley; Browne had it first and witness took it from him, returned to the house and gave it to Mr. Copley for the blunderbus without the lock; they then went homewards, and on the way it was proposed to go to the house of one Frawley for refreshment, which was agreed to; when they got there one of the party called out, and three Frawleys came outside, and took them into a barn, where they gave them potatoes and meat; they laid by their arms, which the Frawleys took up and examined; they were covetting them and the party said they would take arms for themselves; it was then agreed to go to Major Hare's for arms, and they all proceeded the same night, with the exception of David Donovan, who tired; they were ten in number; one of the Frawleys and two strange boys went with them; when the party reached the house, they found the lower windows were barred, but on going round it, they discovered a window in the rere that was not fastened; this they burst open, and they all went in through it except the two strange boys and John Green, the prisoner, who remained outside as a guard; they got into the kitchen, and from that noticed a small room on the right, where a man was in bed; he cried out, and said he was the servant; they left a guard over him, and the others proceeded up stairs until they came to the second lobby, on each side of which there was a door; they entered the room at the right and said there was nothing there but an empty bed; witness was then after them; he turned round opposite the other door, which was open, when a man came out in his shirt and nightcap, and presented a piece at him; it was a short gun; he called out, "What, ye rebels," and snapped it at witness; it missed fire; he then drew back into the room, and witness threw away his gun and followed him; he did not wish to shoot him, and wanted to prevent him doing so; as he opened the bed chamber door Major Hare struck him with the gun on the forehead and cut him; he bled a great deal; he, whoever, caught him in his arms; Brown, who is dead, came up to assist him; they struggled for the gun, and witness took it from him; finding his face covered with blood, he made a punch of it with his left side, which Major Hare caught, and while wrestling it from him, Patrick Minnane drew back and shot him; witness's hands were round Major Hare's middle, and he received part of the powder on his wrist, the marks of which he partly retains; Major Hare fell, and in falling Minnane struck him again on the head with the gun; the others of the party got whatever arms were in the house; can't tell in what part; they then went down stairs, and he stopped on the lobby after them to wipe away the blood off his forehead; he then went down after them and saw a candle lighting below; he told them his hat was above and asked one of them to return with him for it; James Minnane wnet up with him to the lobby where Major Hare lay stretched; Mrs. Hare was standing at the bed chamber door, and asked them where was her husband- was he dead? one of them said he was not, after which they entered the room and demanded of her ammunition; she thought it was money they asked, and said there was but little of it in the house; they told her it was not money they wanted but ammunition; she then went towards the window to a table and handed James Minnane from the drawer a shot-pouch; they obtained a short gun, a fowling-piece, and another gun with a new rough or home-made stock; he believes Green was outside all this time; he did not see him inside the house; on leaving it they went away to Frawleys.
Cross-examined by Counsellor Jackson.
If his presence at this murder marked him a murderer he admits he is one; allows there is no crime more atrocious than the crime of murder; knows he committed crimes that deserved hanging; he came from America to give evidence on this trial; he might and might not take a man's life to save his own; he carried arms to put down all tyrants, as he considered them; he went to America to avoid what has now occurred, and to avoid becoming an informer if he could. "Is your swearing her today to save your life, on your oath?" He hesitated, and said, "that could not be known until he was tried first." The question was repeated, and he gave an answer in the affirmative, he could not avoid coming forward here, he was so persecuted; it is partly a love of justice that influences him now; he committed crimes enough to hang himself; he never put his story in writing, nor ever made a memorandum of, he stated it all from memory; the prisoners were friends and acquaintances of his, some of them from his infancy; witness would prosecute in a just cause; that he would not damn his soul to save his life; he was not as calm on the night of the murder as he is now, for his life was twice in danger then; saw Major Hare's corpse, but it was not his fault that he became one, he was sorry to see him dead; there was no conspiracy to murder him, it was not intended to do it; it was the occurrence of the moment; it need not be done; witness was charged with other murders; two others; one of them was the post-boy of Shanagolden, and the other was the murder of Gorman; he was also charged with assembling and taking arms; does not know how many occasions; he was in the service of Mr. Lloyd, but cannot say he was charged with robbing his son-in-law; perhaps he ought; was not charged with depredations at Mr. Hewson's, or with pawning his plate; robbed a man on the Commons of Rathkeale; took a gun from Mr. Leake; heard that one Gleason was shot; was never charged with robbing him or his son; heard the prisoners were charged with it, and believes it.
John Copley, Esq., sworn, and examined by Counsellor Lloyd.
Recollects living at Ballyclough on the night of Major Hare's murder; five or six persons came into the parlour after dinner early that evening, and asked him for arms; they took a blunderbuss without a lock, a short gun, and two muskets; they left him his double-barrelled gun, which they took at first, and afterwards said they would let him have it for the blunderbuss without the lock; he said he did not know where it was, and desired them to look for it, which they did, and found it above stairs; they remained for about twenty minutes in the house; all arms were in the pantry; witness could not swear to any of the prisoners as being there.
Cross-examined by Mr. Jackson
Was sitting at the table; Mrs. Copley and her infant were also in the room; there were servants in the house; he did not ring or alarm them; one of the men only went up stairs for the gun.
Mrs. Louisa Hare was sworn, and examined by Mr. Plunkett
This lady is widow to the late lamented Major Hare; she was clad in deep mourning; and her appearance from the recollections it gave rise to, excited universal sympathy in Court; she recollected the attack made on house on the night of the 31st of January, 1822; it commenced between the hours of eleven and twelve o'clock; she had retired to bed, and was a awakened by the noise of people coming up stairs; she awakened Major Hare, who ran to the corner of the room where the arms were kept; he caught up a gun, and ran out; she heard him say, "what do you want, you rascals;" there appeared to be some one outside bursting the door open; distinguished no more until she hears a short struggle, and the report of a gun after it; the arms were taken out of the room; after the shot was fired, one of them entered and asked her how many guns were there, and she said three; there was an old one that had been repaired lately; does not know what part of it; a man called Goubeb, a smith, who lived in the neighbourhood, had been in the habit of repairing their arms; this gun had been missing for some time before; the man who entered the room got the two guns; Major Hare had taken out the other; he seemed angry he did not get the three guns, and asked for a candle, and took it down one stairs with him to light; two other men returned up stairs again after it was lit, and came into the room; one of them was a good deal shorter than the other, who was very pale; they desired her to give them what ammunition was in the house; she handed it to the short man; he took it out of the drawer of the table, which she opened, as well as she recollects; one of them was a very pale, horrid looking wretch, with blood on his face. The witness was moved to tears at this part of the evidence, and was much affected; the examination was resumed when she recovered her composure. After they left the room, she called out that they had murdered her husband; heard one of them tell the other going down, that it was his blood he had on his person; she could not swear to any of the prisoners.
John Creagh, Esq, of Waterville, a Magistrate, sworn.
The line of examinations being objected to by Prisoners' Counsel, his evidence was inadmissible. It was as to some confession made in his presence and that of Major Wilcocks, by the elder Minnane; and no proof of hope or reward being held out to him, the Court could not receive it, Mr. Creagh not being present at the commencement and Major Wilcocks not being now in attendance.
William Smith sworn.
Is Chief Constable; was at Major Hare's
house the morning after the murder; saw the body and mark of blood on the floor,
as if a struggle had been made by a person barefooted; also on the walk and
window of the stairs; the ball entered at the right and came out at the left
side; witness searched the prisoner's houses after the murder and they were at
home; but after the account of Fitzgerald's confession they had been absent and
Patrick Frawley was produced on the defence, merely as to prove that Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, or the prisoners never came or slept at his house on their way to or from Major Hare's; and that Fitzgerald was never in his house; that he never kept company with such sort of people; he holds about forty acres of land from Mr. Studdert, of Bunratty; he was taken up himself about three weeks after Major Hare had been murdered, but was discharged.
Cross-examined by Serjeant Goold.
He lived at Arlemon at this time; his
brothers, Tom and John, have left the place since, and does not know where they
are gone; if he knew he would not tell; they went off about two years and a half
ago; does not know a great leap his brother John made in escaping from the
Guard; did not speak to Oliver Fitzgerald these six years; never heard they kept
company with him; hears there was a charge of Major Hare's murder against them;
but they were resolved to leave the country before it.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, August 19, 1824
DUBLIN, AUGUST 16.
MAD DOGS - A boy was bitten on Friday
by a dog in Townsend-street. He is the son of a coal-factor and the dog belonged
to a Mrs. M'Donald, who resides in the cellar of the came house. The dog has
been destroyed, but we hope not too late. The watchmen of the city should be
instructed to attend to the markets and bye some streets at night where they
will find hundreds of prowling curs feeding on the worst description of offal,
which is calculated to excite hydrophobia.
Robert Day, Esq., late one of the
Judges of the King's Bench, to Mary, daughter of the late B. Fitzgerald, Esq.,
M.D., of Bandon.
In the Franciscan Convent, this
morning, the Rev. John Burke, P.P. It is truly painful to us to have to record
the death of this excellent Ecclesiastic whose short career in the Ministry
proved so beneficial to the Flock committed to his care.
The Magistrates of the County Cork were to
have met on Saturday to consider the expediency of withdrawing the Insurrection
Act from that County.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Monday, August 23, 1824
Esther Loughridge and Hugh Loughridge
(a blind man) were indicted for administering poison to Helen Loughbridge, the
wife of Hugh.
EXECUTION OF COTTER FOR THE MURDER OF MR BRERETON
A Gentleman who was present at the
execution of this unfortunate man, on last Monday, has favoured us with an
account of the arrangements on the occasion - the wretched convict, on this
occasion, was, we are happy to say, very penitent.- The exhortation of the Rev.
Mr. Mahony, one of the curates of Tralee, had succeeded in bringing him to a
sense of his enormity, and of the awful change he was about to enter into; he
evinced a good deal of firmness and acknowledged the justice of his sentence,
and forgave his prosecutors.- He was escorted in a chaise to the place of
execution by the horse and foot police, and two companies of infantry. This
execution took place in a field near the Cross of Sinnagh, nine miles distant
from Killarney, and very near the scene where the unfortunate Mr. Brerton was
found murdered. In consequence of the novelty of an execution in that part of
the country, as well as the extensive acquaintance which Cotter had in the
place, immense crowds were attracted to the spot, but notwithstanding the
arrangements were gone through without the slightest interruption.- The
cavalcade arrived at the spot about two o'clock on Monday. Much time was
consumed in erecting the gallows, during which interval he remained in the
chaise deeply engaged in prayer. After a lapse of three quarters of an hour, the
necessary preparations being complete, he descended from the chaise, and walked
from thence to the foot of the gallows where he knelt, and having said a few
prayers he was about to mount the scaffold when it was discovered that his arms
were not properly tied, in humanity to the unfortunate man, the defect was
remedied, and he pointed to the executioner in which way to adjust the cord. On
reaching the drop, and kneeling, he asked leave to address the assemblage and
spoke as follows:
TRALEE, AUGUST 10 - The Hon. Mr.
Justice JEBB and the Hon. Mr. Justice VANDELEUR arrived here this day, from
CONVICTION OF CAPTAIN COTTER FOR THE MURDER OF MR. BRERETON
On Friday, the 12th, Timothy Cotter was
put to the bar, charged with the murder of William Brerton, committed at
Shannagh, in this county, on the 24th January, 1824.
The next was a trial which
awakened the deepest interest; the Court was crowded to excess; a profound
silence resigned throughout; when Edward Orpen, Esq, late of Island Lodge, in
this County, was put to the bar, charged with most willful and corrupt perjury.
The indictment, which was very long, was formally read through; it contained
several counts, upon each of which the prisoner was accused of the above crime,
committed with the intention of defrauding J. Hurley, Esq. of the benefit of a
mortgage on the property of J. Russell, to the evil example of all others, and
contrary to the King's peace, his Crown & dignity.
Conviction of William and Darby Maher for the Murder and Burning of the Sheas.
CLONMEL, AUGUST 18 - Yesterday morning, at ten o'clock, the trial of William and Darby Maher, for the burning and murder of the Sheas, commenced. It lasted till after nine at night, when the Jury retired. After deliberating for an hour and five minutes in their Jury room, they returned a verdict of guilty against both of those guilty and most unfortunate men. The Lord Chief Justice addressed them in language at once calculated to bring them to a sense of their enormous guilt, by alarming their guilty fears; and of exciting hope of mercy, by pointing them to a most merciful Redeemer, who is ever willing to grant that mercy which they refused or did not show in the victims of their horrid crime - they are to be hanged on Thursday next in this Town, and their bodies to be given over for dissection. [ Herald.
David Talbot, a police
constable, for the murder of Mathew Houlihan, at Mortletstown, last April. It
appeared in evidence that the deceased was to have prosecuted persons at the
last Spring Assizes for the burning of Sheehan's house at St. Johnstown, near
Killenaule; he, however, did not come forward on that occasion, on which the men
were discharged. Some time after, from the doubtful character of Houlihan, the
police of that neighbourhood had received orders to visit his house frequently,
in order, if found absent, to have him prosecuted under the Insurrection Act. On
the night of the 3d of April, a party of the police, consisting of the prisoner,
his father, William Talbot, and another, came to Houlihan's house, and while
they were demanding a candle to be lighted, the deceased endeavoured to escape
through the door at which young Talbot was stationed; old Talbot, who was
inside, perceiving him, called to the son to stop him; but as deceased had got
some distance outside the door, the prisoner, David Talbot, fired, and
immediately exclaimed, "Whoever he is, I have done his business."
REGISTRY OF FREEHOLDERS
A Court for the Registry of County Freeholders commenced this day. Mr. St. George of Tyrone, it is thought, will possess the strongest interest at the close of the Registry.
The American ship Governor Tomkins, which left this place a short time since, has arrived safe at New York (all well), after a passage of fifty days.
Mr. Denis B. Potter, Attorney at Law, son of Lewis Potter, Esq. has been admitted a Proctor of the Consistorial Court of Tuam, after going through the forms necessary on such occasions.
IN the House of Mr. RICKARD BURKE,
Publican, Abbeygate-street, during the late Assizes Week, A BANK NOTE.- Any
person giving the necessary description of said Note, viz, its amount, number,
endorser or endorser's names, &c, paying the expense of advertising, and
giving a suitable Reward to the finder, shall have it restored.
THE EXTENSIVE LANDHOLDERS and FARMERS
in this COUNTY are directed to take Notice, that they will on application to Mr.
JAMES M'DERMOTT, Town Gaol, Galway, receive Printed Returns of the Names of the
Townlands, Parishes, &c, &c, &c, of this County, gratis, together
with the number of Acres in each.
TO BE LET
FROM the 29th September next, FOUR WELL
ENCLOSED FIELDS, at Dangan.- Enquire at the Fishery Office.
TO BE LET
Lesse John Burke }for Six Months, subject to
The Gentlemen appointed to allocate
Shares for the County and Town of Galway, having forwarded the List of
Subscribers to the Directors, beg leave to intimate, that the Undermentioned
Gentlemen, being Subscribers, are nominated as a Committee to forward the
interest of this National Undertaking. In order to give an opportunity for
further Subscriptions, a List will be kept Open by them until the 29th instant.
It is absolutely necessary to pay the First Instalment of 15 per Cent, and 10
shillings per Share for outfit, at the Temporary Office of the Company, 23,
Dame-street, Dublin, prior to the 31st inst.
DONNYBROOK FAIR - We understand that this Fair is likely to become tributary to the Gentlemen of the Long Robe, in consequence of the Lord Mayor being inflexible in his determination of not suffering the Booths to be opened on Sunday before and after the Fair, a custom long condemned as a great violation of the Sabbath. The Law of the case exists in the allegation that by Charter the Corporation have a right to hold a Fair for fifteen days, and as such they leased the Fair Freen [sic - Green?], with all its privileges, many years ago, by which lease the Tenant in possession considers he has a right to hold the Fair as expressed in the Patent. The matter is now before the Attorney-General for his advice and opinion, it being the anxious wish of the Lord Mayor to prevent those scenes of drunkness [sic] and riot so frequent in the neighbourhood of Donnybrook, on Sundays, during the Fair.
The total amount of Presentments applied for in the County Cork at the present Assizes, is 32,497l. 92. 8d.
Edward Bourke, aged 60, in a fit of love, cut his throat near Patrick's Well, Limerick, on Sunday night. He is in the County Hospital, and will recover.
At the King's County Assizes there was no trial of any importance. Three cow-stealers were sentenced to transportation.
The Court of Policy in Demerara has returned thanks to Lieutenant-Colonel Leahy, and the 21st Regiment; to Captain Stewart, and the officers and men of the 1st West India Regiment; to Lieut. Gordon, commanding the Royal Engineers; to Lieutenant Hennis, and the detachment of Artillery, and to the different native Regiments for their eminent services in suppressing the late insurrection of the Slaves there. They have voted 500 guineas for the purchase of plate for the men of the 21st Regiment, and to Colonel Leahy, 200 guineas, for the purchase of a sword. And 200 guineas to purchase plate for the mess of the 1st West India Regiment; and to Lieutenant Brady, of the 21st Fusiliers, who gave an early check in the progress of the revolt, 50 guineas for the purchase of a sword.
On Tuesday- Lord Howth's coming of age was celebrated by a numerous of his Lordship's friends and tenantry. Tables were laid in the law for 500 persons, and ample refreshment provided; the fire-works and bonfires on the surrounding hills gave a very picturesque effect towards the close of the day, and every thing passed off with the utmost harmony and good humour.
Sir John Price was extremely eccentric; he married three wives, and kept the two first, after their demise, embalmed - placing them in his chamber, one on each side of his bed. The third lady refused him the honour of her hand till he had removed the dead rivals and interred them.
Miss Seymour, the beautiful daughter of Major Seymour, of Gower-street, was burnt to death on Thursday evening by her clothes taking fire, just as she was dressed for a ball.
It is reported that Mr. Thomas Burke, one of the Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, is shortly to lead to the hymeneal altar, the beautiful Miss Nanette Phillips, daughter of the wealthy Welch Gentleman of that name. Miss Phillips will bring her husband 20,000l.
Mr. Bond, a Magistrate of the County Longford, has been fined five pounds by the Judges, for giving a warrant to the Police, to execute a common decree.
Lieutenant Ainsworth, of the 13th, was found dead in the Green Park, on Thursday. The verdict on the body was, died from inflammation of the stomach- supposed from taking ardent spirits.
Thursday, John Clery, John Dolan, Patrick Allen, and Thomas Delan were apprehended by Viscount Castlemaine, and committed to Mullingar Gaol, charged with breaking into the house of Jas. Lynch, of Corr; in the Barony of Kilkenny West, County of Westmeath, and beating Lynch in the most inhuman manner on the 9th inst, under the effects of which he still languishes, after threatening him to leave his house under pain of death, because he did not chose to set his ground in a person they had consigned to him.
Several of the Gentlemen in the neighbourhood of Killaloe have been fined 10l. each, for having illegal nets in the river Shannon, for the destruction of fish, at the instance of Mr. Kelly, Inspector of Fisheries.
KILKENNY, AUG 16 - On Wednesday last, Lord Vicount Duncannon, eldest son of the Earl of Bessborough, arrived at Bessborough-house from England. On the following night the people of Pilltown and the surrounding country testified their joy at his Lordship's arrival among them by bonfires and illuminations. On Friday, General Ponsonby, Member for this County, and the Hon. W. Ponsonby, also the Noble Earl's sons, arrived at the ancient family mansion. On Friday and Saturday, a Special Registry Sessions was held at Pilltown, when 350 Freeholders, in the interest of the gallant General, were registered, and we understand 150 more are to be registered soon after the Assizes. The contest, at the next Election for the County, promises to be an arduous one, but no registry has yet taken place in the Clifden or Ormonde interests.
Mr. McDonough, the Police Constable.- A Correspondent has informed us, that this Gentleman is to be liberated from the gaol of Maryboro' in a few days, and that he has been already appointed to an official situation in the town of Naas.--Carlow Morning Post.
The Corporation of Limerick will have to defend their right to tolls in a replevin case at the present Cork Assizes. Mr. Blackburne goes to Cork specially for the Corporation, and Mr. O'Connell is retained specially also for the Citizens.
At the funeral of the murderers of the much lamented Major Hare, which took place on Thursday, there were more than 7000 persons assembled through which, on his way from this city to Killarney, the Right Hon. Secretary and his suite had to pass with a slow motion.--Limerick Paper.
GENERAL ELECTION - The Lord de Clifford, and Captain Russell, of the Navy, who has recently married his Lordship's niece, have been at Kinsale for the last fortnight. Captain Russell is to be the new Member for this ancient town, which is dwindled into a miserable Borough, ready to adopt the Lord's nominee. The present representative for this place is Admiral Sir Josiah Rowley, who is what is called a Tory in his political principles.- The new Representative is what is called a Whig. The Corporation do not appear to suffer deeply on account of the obvious inconsistency of having a modern Whig appointed for them to elect, in the place of his political opposite.
NOTICE is hereby given, that Tenders
will be received at this Office until Twelve o'Clock on TUESDAY, the 7th of next
Month, from such persons as may be disposed to CONTRACT for CLEANING, TRIMMING,
and LIGHTING, with MATERIALS OF GOOD AND SUFFICIENT QUALITY, the exterior LAMPS
at all or any of the under-mentioned BARRACKS, to the 1st day of September,
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, August 26, 1824
We understand that General Orders have
been issued for a Court Martial to be held on Quarter-Master Lawless, of the
4th, or Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, on a charge of having received 5 per cent on
the amount of bread supplied to the Regiment, by a baker in Barrack-street, of
the name of Duffy, in whose premises the Lord Mayor, a short time since,
seized a large quantity of bread, deficient in weight, and of a bad quality. It
will be recollected that the last time this Regiment was quartered in Dublin,
the Quarter-Master, a Captain, and another individual, were tried by a Court
Martial, and that the Captain was ultimately removed from the service.--D.E.
IRISH RIOT IN NEW YORK - On Monday afternoon, it being the anniversary of the battle of the Boyne, a number of Irish Protestants undertook to celebrate the day in this free country, which cares not a rush for King William, the battle of the Boyne, Vinegar-hill, the Stuarts or Plantaganets. They assembled at Greenwich, with drum and fife and flags, and grog, and becoming turbulent and disorderly, they excited the ire and indignation of the Irish Catholic, who hoisted an emblematical flag, obtained a drum and fife, and formed an opposite procession, and the parties having come in contact, a furious fight ensued, which resulted in sundry broken heads and bloody noses, together with many violent and revengeful expressions. Complaints were made against 33 rioters, who were bound over to take their trial for the riot, and assault and battery.--National Advertiser, July 22.
William and Darby Maher were put
forward, charged with having feloniously, &c, on the 19th of November, 1821,
in the second year of the King, at Tubber, in this county, attacked and
assaulted one Edmond Shea; and that a person unknown did then and there consume
the dwelling house of Edmond Shea, by means of which the said Shea died, and
that the prisoners were aiding and assisting in said attack. A second count
stated that the said Edmond had received one mortal wound in the left side from
a gun shot, by a person unknown, and that the prisoners were aiding and
John Kelly, son to the last witness, sworn and examined by Mr. Fox.
Witness is a son to Mary Kelly;
knows William and Darby Maher right well; remembers the time, but not the night,
on which the house was burned; saw William Maher on the Saturday night week
before the burnings took place, at his mother's house; Maher came there about
night fall; he came there in order to make some slugs he (Maher) went into the
room and witness along with him; Maher told witness that he would to make some
slugs, as he intended to go to the hill on the next Monday, to attack Shea's
house for fire arms along with a party; Maher desired witness to work in his
place at Philip Burke's, digging potatoes, on the ensuing Monday, and, if asked
where he (Maher) was, to say that he was courting; witness split two balls for
Maher and slugs were made out of the handle of a spoon; there was nobody in the
room but Maher, and witness; Maher took the spoon from his pocket; the
particular conversation which occurred was about going to make an attack upon
the hill; witness did not tell any body, but he went to Paddy Mullally, at
Shea's, to caution him to take care of himself; the next Monday the Sheas
brought out the fire-arms, and hid them in the garden, and the party, in
consequence, did not go there; witness knows Catherine Mullally, who is his
second cousin; saw Catherine and Maher at his mother's house, on the Sunday
before the attack; witness slept at his father's house the night of the burning
at Sheas; he and his father went to bed, but his mother did not; in the morning,
was informed by his mother of the burning, and ran towards the ruins with
several others. At the funeral of the burnt bodies he did not see Darby or Billy
Maher, but saw William Maher at his mother's house; she was sitting at the fire
when William Maher came to; she said "You villain, now you have the
fire-arms; he said "We could not help it- we were calling and bawling to
them - I went and broke the window, and them to throw out the arms, and nothing
should happen; but they did not, so we could not help it, and they were all
burnt and destroyed!" Witness said that his mother was then crying; witness
went to the funeral but his mother did not; he did not know the reason; witness
is about twenty years of age; is six or seven months in the army; enlisted,
being in dread of his life of the fellows in the country; after the burning,
Darby Maher came to witness's house with a warning; he came outside the door,
and said, if we did not hold our tongues we should be treated like the Sheas.
After that, witness often slept out in the ditches, for fear of being
murdered in the house. He identified the prisoners.
Philip Kelly examined by Mr. Lloyd.
Is husband to Mary, and father of last witness; he corroborated the threats used by Maher to his wife, in presence of himself and his son.
John Butler sworn.
Lived with Philip Dillon when
Shea's house was burnt; brother of witness's was burnt in it; witness lived
within 300 yards of the house of Ned Shea; knew where Mary Kelly's house was; it
was opposite to Shea's; Dillon's at the other side; witness saw the house on
fire, and people going towards it, among whom was Philip Dillon, Richard Phelan,
William Williams and himself; witness then advanced within ten or fifteen yards
of his house; witness knows a man of the name of Darby Maher; saw him about 50
yards distant from himself (witness) behind Shea's house when it was burning;
could positively swear it; Maher had a blunderbuss in his hand; witness heard
shot fired; it was fired by Philip Dillon, who at the same called out in a loud
voice, "Oh, you rascals!," a shot was fired from Shea's yard, another
from behind the house, saw two blunderbusses pointed towards where himself
stood; when Dillon fired the shots, and cried out, "Oh, you rascals,"
a man answered from the yard and said, "Come forward if you dare!"
witness then went back to the ditch and staid there about ten minutes, and when
he saw no more of his party he went back to Dillon's; got a horse, and rode off
for the brother and father of Shea, and went with him as far as Dillon's; did
not tell Nicholas Shea that he was Darby Maher at the burning; nor did he tell
any other person of it but his mother; and he assigned as his reason for not
telling it that his mother and his brother told him that he would certainly be
murdered if he said any thing about it; he told it next day to his brother;
these were the reasons he did not tell any Magistrate till about three months
back; when witness told his brother of it, he did not mention the name of the
persons- but his brother told him whoever the offender was, to say nothing about
it. Witness was now told to look about and after great hesitation, he put the
rod on Darby Maher's head, and said he was the man.
Philip Dillon sworn.
Remembered the night Shea's
house was burnt and saw it; he had been called out by William Williams, and he
sent Williams to call R. Phelan and other neighbours, which he did; they
all got up and dressed; witness went out, and Dick Phelan and his son, and Dan
Butler, and they went up when the house was burning, within about eleven paces
of it; being then with his friends, he fired a shot out of his gun and cried
out, "What's this for, you rascals?" A shot was discharged from near
the house and "Come on, if you dare!" was cried out; witness heard
another shot when he was coming down the hill with Butler, Phelan, &c.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 1824
Margaret Buckley, an ill-looking middle
aged woman, was indicted for stealing away Ann Wiley, a child of only five years
of age, with intent to steal her clothes.
ABDUCTION AND RAPE
Michael Dorgan, for the abduction and
violation of Ellen Smith, next given in charge.
Thomas Barry, for sheep-stealing, was found guilty.
Daniel Corcoran, Jeremiah Linehan, and
Timothy Gronin, for he murder of Michael Kelly, were then given in charge; and
the first witness, Daniel Kelleher, stated that he knew Kelly, the deceased, and
remembers the time and place of his death, in the month of July last, at the
Fair of Cullen; saw the riot at which the deceased lost his life, and saw the
prisoner, Corcoran, strike the deceased, and this is all he knows of the
transaction. It occurred early in the night; witness did not observe Kelly give
Corcoran any provocation; knows the other two prisoners, but cannot allege any
thing against them in reference to Kelly.
John Guiry, for the murder of James
Hagerty were next placed at the bar.
THE REV. THOMAS TIERNEY, O.S.A.
This reverend and inestimable character terminated his career of virtue on the morning of Friday last, at Cregg, the seat of Francis Blake, Esq. In recording the loss of such an individual, we discharge a reluctant duty, and feel obliged to depart from the line of our ordinary obituaries to lament the unexpected death of an Ecclesiastic, the element of whose character were of so pure and perfect a composition, that we are at a loss which to admire in him most, his meekness and urbanity as a Gentleman - his talents and information as a Man, or his peculiarly zealous and conflicting conduct as a Minister of peace. It seemed the very bent and study of his life to administer the truths and the consolations of his Religion, through the most gentle and agreeable channel - and while his station called upon him to take back from the lap of sin the unerring child of mortality, he never forgot to convey the strictures of virtue through the impressive medium of a sweet and eloquent advice. Mr. Tierney at an early period became a member of the Augustinian Order, and has ever since been an inhabitant of this place, if, indeed, we except the many interruptions his residence received from the hospitality and friendship of the Gentry of the County of Galway, to whom his liberal and engaging manners endeared him. His remains were accompanied to the grave by an immense assemblage, composed of all classes without any religious distinction and the Roman Catholics of the 1st Royal Veteran Battalion marched in the procession under the command of Major Faucet.
COUNTY OF GALWAY
The following LANDS, part of the Estate of A.J. M'DERMOTT,
A. R. P.
No. 2 - The Lands of Mount Ross,
No. 3 - The Farm of Carrowkeel,
No. 4 - The Farm and Bog Park,
No. 5 - Part of the Lands of
No. 6 - The Farm of Loughanbane
No. 7 - Part of the Lands of
No. 8 - Part of the Lands of
Those Lands from No. 3 to No. 8 are in
the Parish of Clontouskert and Barony of Clonmacnoon, are of the best
description and lies from three to four miles from Ballinasloe, and from one to
two of the new line of Canal, (now in rapid progress) from Shannon Harbour to
}Pursuant to an order made
AHANE AND MONEY GORMLEY
A. R. P. A. R. P.
Arable and Pasture
294 3 13
Arabable and Pasture 151 0 15
Arable and Pasture 250
Arable and Pasture 122
Arable and Pasture 140
Arable and Pasture 67 3 10
Those Lands are situate near Moylough-
The Grass has been preserved - the Tenant or Tenants will be entitled to charge
the Persons who have Crops on the Lands a fair rent for the soil thereof.
The Board of Education in Ireland are
about to erect a School-house and offices in Clonmel, on the site granted by Col
On Monday, this most important Trial came on before the LORD CHIEF JUSTICE. The persons charged with this most atrocious offence were - Michael Campion, Robert Marshall, Pat Whelan, Thomas Sales, William Sales, William Whelan, and William Delany. They refused to join in their challenges, and Campion was put forward alone. After he had challenged his quantum, and a number had been set aside by the Crown, a very respectful Jury was sworn, by whom the rest of the prisoners then agreed to be tried. The miserable men were given in charge by ten o'clock on Monday morning, and the Jury did not retire till one o'clock on Tuesday morning. The patience and impartiality of the Learned Judge, his anxiety to unravel the mystery and to ascertain the truth during the whole of this protracted and fatiguing trial, was highly honorable to the Irish bench, and though we shall presume to declare it was never equalled, we are sure we can with safety say, it was never surpassed, to any similar case, on the other side of the channel. Every prisoner has his alibi witnesses; and what was to us a novelty, one of them brought forward three witnesses to prove that the informer was innocent of the murder with which he accused himself and the prisoners, and that he was idling at Kilkenny, sixteen miles from the fatal scene, at, and for days before and after the time it was committed. About 11 o'clock, P.M., the Chief Justice began to sum up the evidence.- His preliminary remarks were eloquent, forcible, and lucid. He had gone over the whole of the evidence before one o'clock and he waited on the bench till a quarter past two, when the Jury not being agreed to as to two of the prisoners, he retired. At eight o'clock he returned to the Judgment Seat, and the Jury were called out, when they gave in a verdict of 'Guilty' against all the prisoners.- The scene in the crowded Court now surpassed anything we had ever witnessed. A great number of women and some men began to cry aloud, clapping their hands and tearing their hair at the same time. Campion and Marshall turned about and cast an indignant look on the mourners. When the Chief Justice began his solemn and affecting address, it produced a temporary calm, but when he put on the black cap, to pronounce death, the screeching and loud hysteric sobbing was renewed. The unhappy men are sure to be executed to-morrow, in Galmoy, on the spot where they committed that most dreadful crime which has brought them to a premature and Ignominious end. Their bodies are to be brought back to County Hospital to be dissected and anatomized. Some of them exclaimed "innocent." One called for a "long day," and one of theme threw his hat indignently from him to the ground. The crowd rushed out of Court as the prisoners descended through the dock, and the loud and terrific symptoms of affliction were doubly manifested on the street, and till they passed up James-street (the entrance of which was guarded against the multitude,) to the County Gaol. The only indifferent persons were the prisoners, but we trust their hearts have since been softened, and, through the admonition of the Clergy, turned to Him who delighteth in bestowing mercy to the penitent sinner. The fate of these powerful middle-aged men is an awful but a necessary sacrifice at once to justice and to the character of the country. May it have a salutary effect in restraining their companions and others from shedding blood. It is the ordinance of God that "whosoever sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." - Though murder may for a time be silent, yet, sooner or later it "speaks with most miraculous organ." Again, we pray that this great sacrifice may have a salutary effect on men's minds, and that such scenes as that of the 16th of March may never again disgrace this country, to give the enemies of Ireland arguments against the character of the people.-- Leinster Journal.
Thomas Lannon who stood charged with the murder of John Phelan, steward to Sir Wheeler Cuffe, and whose trial was put off at last Assizes by the Crown, was yesterday tried in the City Court, and acquitted. -- Ibid.
ATTACK ON THE POLICE AT CHURCHTOWN
Timothy Doolan, Garrett Brown, Wm. Flynn, John M'Auliffe, Edmund Fleming, John Meenan, John Boland, and John Brown were given in charge for the attack upon the Police at Churchtown.
William Lumsden examined.
Stated that he commanded the party of Police stationed at Churchtown in the month of January, 1823. Witness then proceeded to detail the particulars of the attack, the whole of which are already known to the public; witness did not identify any of the prisoners.
The prisoner Flynn lived immediately adjoining the Police Barracks. He was taken up, and soon afterwards ????? but did not abscond. There were, he things, thirteen or fourteen Policement stationed at Churchtown at that time. Flynn, he always thought a very industrious man, and a man of good character.
John Walshe (the approver) gave the same account of the occurrences at Churchtown that he had given on the former trial last Assizes, and in the leading facts he was the same that Mr Lumsden had given. The prisoner, William Flynn, whom witness identified, came from Churchtown, and informed the assembled assailants that that was the time to make an attack on the Police, for that Mr. Lumsden was dining at Mr. Crofts, and the rest of the Police had got some whiskey from Innishowen and were drinking. Witness, as before, described the allotment of business, the appointment of sentinels, pass-words, &c. Witness identified all the prisoners, and affirmed he was quite positive of their having been at the attack on the Police.
Mr. Jackson cross-examined this Witness.
Witness was taken under the
Insurrection Act; was charged with being concerned in the attack on Granasheen
and on Mr. Heffernan; it swearing here to save his life; has been a servant to
Thomas Connor; was at the attack at Sallypark, and the destruction of the
barracks at Liscarroll; was always ready to go on any expedition; has been at
several farmer's houses; swears that he never said that he liked to hear the
cries of men, women and children; has taken thirteen oaths, and in breaking one
broke the rest; did not tell all to-day that he told at the last Assizes, the
questions not having been put to him; does not recollect having broke any oath,
but the Whiteboy oath; never took that except three times; never administered
more than three or four oaths; has been allowed ten shillings a week; declares
that the party did not send a spy forward to Churchtown, and he (witness) did
not depose to that effect last Assizes; swears that he left the house of Thomas
Connor to go to the attack at five in the evening, and did not return until
Bryan Carr, a policeman, went over the
general outline of the occurrences, in pretty nearly the same terms as the
preceding witnesses. At the last Assizes, identified a man named Brusnehan, who
has since been executed; now identifies Wm. Flynn as one of the assailants on
Wm. Crowley, chief constable of police; also went over the same ground as the other witnesses. Being cross-examined, he gave a good character of William Flynn.
Dr. M'Fadden was examined as to the wounds and deaths that took place on that occasion.
Thomas Connors, (reputed uncle to
Walshe) - remembers the attack on Churchtown and deposes that Walshe could not
have been there - for he spent the whole night in witness's house.
James Flynn - Knows the prisoner, Wm.
Flynn, and remembers the attack upon the barrack; the prisoner and the witness
went to bed together and when he house was broken into, prisoner and witness got
under the bed; and when the house took fire, they made their escape into the
street; prisoner supped at home; they had been working together during the
James Hogan - Knows the three Flynns;
they came into his house while the attack upon the Police was going forward.
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