Ireland Old News

Galway, MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 1824


     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: -
     James Daly, Esq., Mayor.
    James H. Burke, Esq., Deputy Mayor.
    James O'Hara jun, Esq, Recorder
    Nicholas Browne, and _____ Wheatley, Esqrs., Sheriffs.
     James Daly, Esq, Warden.
     John O'Shaughnessy, Esq., Town Clerk.





     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.
     A memorial was handed to the Judge imploring his Lordship to order legal assistance to the prosecutor, whose poverty precluded him from procuring it himself. His Lordship gave the conducting of the case to Mr. M. Greene, with directions to employ Counsel.
     Daniel Rafferty, father to the deceased, sworn.
     I recollect the night of the 18th of February last; I was that night at the house of John Hynes, at new Quay; John Rafferty was also in the house; John Hynes came into the room where we were working and without speaking, he struck John Rafferty with something that I cannot swear to, which knocked him down; I am certain John Hynes had something in his hand; I saw my son dragged on the ground by Hynes after he was down; I was knocked down myself twice by John Hynes; my son was never well since, and he was never in better health than when John Hynes struck him; he never could keep his spittle in his mouth since.
     Cross-examined by Counsellor O'Loughlin.
     I cannot say how long after Christmas this occurred: I am certain, though, it was a week and three days before Candlemas day; it was on the Friday of the last Assizes week that my son died; it was at the New-Quay the occurrence took place, and my son died at Kilfenora, 14 miles distant; he had the ????? of working at Kilfenora, for three days after he was struck, but he could not work; my son was not subject to fits; I don't know what paralytic is; John Boland, my son and I were working as hacklers on the garret at John Hynes house, on the same morning that my don was beat; Mrs. Hynes came in and said she had not sufficient produce from the flock we dressed; I said that it was well and proper dressed, and she thought from what I said that I took her short;- and she was scolding all the evening ,and seemed to be anxious to pick a quarrel; I never offered to settle this business with any person; I would not settle it; I cannot say any thing to Mrs. Haynes's advantage; my son and I slept at a man's named Salmon on the night we were beat; we did not tell at Salmon's that night that we were beat, because they were in bed; had no conversation with Salmon that night; nor did I, or my son, go to Hynes's the next day for our wage; Boland did go, but we did not, for we durst not; Mr. Brew, the Magistrate, did not offer to send a Coroner to hold an Inquest, nor did we refuse him; we sent for a Coroner, and he did not come; my son lay down a few days after, and remained so until he died, which was in about a month.
     By the Court - I don't know with what Hynes struck myself.
     John Boland sworn.
Recollects Rafferty being beat by John Hynes, but does not know with what he struck him; he knocked him down; Rafferty was in good health the day he was struck by Hynes.


     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.
    Mr. William Cannon sworn,
I was at Mr. John Hynes's house on the night stated in the indictment; I was sitting with Mr. Hynes in the parlour; we were drinking punch about nine o'clock, because we dined late, having been at the Bishop's auction; we heard a great noise up stairs; I desired Mr. Hynes to leave it among the women; Hynes then remained some time, but the noise continuing, he went up and remained about a quarter of an hour away; on his return I heard him say, if they were worth his notice he would kick the rascals (meaning the flax-dressers) out; there was no person dragged down stairs, or I would have heard it; the flax-dressers demanded their wages when they were outside the door, and Mr. Hynes said he would not give it to them till next morning; I saw Boland the next morning come for his wages; Mr. Hynes, on my remark, staid below, but on the continuance of the noise, he went up, and turned the flax-dressers outside the door; Mr. Hynes was not in a great passion when he returned; he took no weapon with him; there were no scales or weights in the way.
     Thady Salmon proved that Rafferty and his son came to his house about eleven o'clock at night and asked for lodgings; his wife let them in, and they were talking with witness for some time that night; they told him that they had some little difference with Mrs. Hynes about flax; that Mr. Hynes warned them to go out, and that the old Rafferty fell as he was coming out of the house; they eat potatoes and herrings at his place the next morning; and two of them went to Mr. Hynes's for their wages; John Rafferty eat his breakfast, and carried his hackles on his back; he did not complain at being being beat by Hynes.
     Patrick Minogue sworn.
     John Rafferty and the other two slept at his house the night after they slept at Salmon's; they dressed a quantity of flax for the witness; saw John Rafferty at work; witness's wife asked John Rafferty why he did not come the year before, as she had been waiting for him; the answer he made was that half of him was dead from a paralytic affection; he saw the deceased working at his house, the day after the Bishop's goods were selling off by auction; did not hear them complain of being beat by Mr. Hynes.
     James Picford examined.
     Recollectors when Rafferty was sick at Kilfenora his father said, in witness's defence, that his son was very ill, and that he had a bad chance, as it was the fifth or sixth time he was ill of the falling sickness; never heard Rafferty say that Mr. Hynes beat him, but that Mr. Hynes and he disagreed, and that he was very sorry to lose her custom.
     His Lordship summed up the evidence, and gave it as his opinion that there was not sufficient to substantiate even the charge of Manslaughter, and the issue having been handed to the Jury, they instantly ACQUITED the prisoner, which occasioned general satisfaction.
     [The prosecutor, Daniel Rafferty, (who was an old man, with a northern accent,) whilst under examination by the Grand Jury, was seized with epilepsy, which excited very general commiseration.]
     When the verdict was given in, his Lordship took occasion to remark, with a degree of warmth, on the conduct of the Coroners and Magistrates of the County, who, he conceived, were guilty of a highly culpable dereliction of duty in the present case; the former for not having instituted an inquiry into the circumstances of the deceased's death - and the latter for not having taken greater pains to furnish every assistance to the prosecutor towards the case more fully investigated than it now was.
    Counsellor O'Loghlin said, that he had been prepared to prove, by the most respectable evidence, that the want of an Inquest was in consequence of the declaration of deceased's family, in three days after his death, to a Magistrate, that it was caused by natural circumstances. Mr. O'L. further stated, that he held in his hand documents to shew that the Memorials, from which his Lordship deduced his opinion on those points, and which were false, unfounded and malicious, proceeded from an infamous and malignant source and were made with the view of extracting a trifling sum of money from the accused Gentleman and his friends.
     Tomkins Brew, Esq stated that he was ready to prove his having offered to cause a Coroner's Inquest to be held on the body of the deceased, but it was peremptorily refused by the father and family.



Galway, Thursday, August 6, 1824


     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 instantly died.
     The prisoner was about 30 years of age, rather well looking, with a dark complexion and was neatly dressed.
     Mr. R. Scott and Counsellor Freeman, by desire of the Court, undertook the prisoner's defence.
     Mr. Serjeant Goold stated the case for the Crown in a speech of considerable length, in the course of which he laid down, with great clearness, the principle whereon evidence of confessions of guilt should be received, and the degree of responsibility that lay upon those with whom a person subsequently murdered was last seen in company - The Learned Gentleman passed a high eulogium on the conduct of the Rev. Mr. Murphy, P.P., whose exertions on this occasion were creditable in the highest degree.

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.
     Cross-examined by Counsellor Freeman.
I am a poor woman, and live in a small mud cabin; there is but one room in my house, and another in Honor Concannon's house, with a high cable between them; the door of Concannon's house was broken, and my own was not firm; Darby, Pat, Michael, and James Connell, two children, and Kitty Kinnealy, slept at my place the night the murder was committed; we did not hear the least noise during the night, though the door was broken, and we were so convenient. Higgins, the deceased, was a beggar going about the country.

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 were his.
     Counsellor Freeman shortly cross-examined this witness, but elicited nothing to effect his direct testimony.

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
     Counsellor Freeman, who contended that such evidence was inadmissable, and cited cases in support of his argument. The Learned Judge, after hearing Counsel on both sides, ruled in favour of the prisoner's Counsel, tho' his Lordship thought the decision of Chief Baron Richards, in the case which had been quoted, highly questionable.
     The witness proceeded. - I asked the prisoner for the key of her chest, and when it was opened, a policeman pulled out the quilt now on the table, in which the great coat was so stitched up, that we at first did not know what it contained; I frequently had conversations with the prisoner in gaol; I never held out either hope or fear to her; she charged one Pat O'Connell with committing the murder in her house and presence, by striking the deceased with a large stick on the head, whilst asleep; and she said, that she held the legs and head while Connell was cutting them off; Connell during this was present in the gaol, and stretched on the floor, until Concannon showed us how she held the deceased, and how Connell cut off the legs and head; she persisted in accusing Connell, but after different examinations before Magistrates, we did not think it right to commit Connell, especially as we had reason to suspect why she wished to impeach him; from the description she gave, Connell was between her and the blood, and when we remarked to her that she was full of it, whilst he had not a speck, she had nothing to say; I must suppose the blood sprung on her from the veins and arteries of the deceased, when being cut.
     Mr. Brew was cross-examined, but nothing appeared in favour of the prisoner.

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.
     Cross-examined. - The head was black, and had the appearance of being broken on the right side.
     Serjeant Coffee - I recollect writing to Serjeant Taylor, by order of M. Watkins, directing him to search a stream near John O'Brien's house in Corofin, where he would find the head and legs of the deceased.
     Mr. Watkins - I desired Coffee to write in consequence of information from Doctor Murphy, the Roman Catholic Clergyman.

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.
     The case closed here.
     The Judge recapitulated the evidence, and the Jury, without a moment's delay, handed down a verdict of --Guilty.
The Clerk of the Crown then asked the prisoner, in the general manner, what she had to say why sentenced of death and execution should not be passed upon her. She seemed greatly alarmed, and exclaimed in a loud voice, "Oh! Judge and Jury, my life is in your hands to show me justice - I have no friend nor relation to speak for me - the great God knows I am wronged!" This she repeated twice, and became for a short time apparently insensible. A physician was sent to assist her, who reported that she was in a state of cold perspiration, and her pulse somewhat irregular, but that she was then capable of understanding what might be addressed to her.
     His Lordship then said: "Honora Concannon, I shall be very short in what I will say on this occasion, because you are not in a fit state to profit by anything I could address to you. You have been convicted of a murder of the most foul and abominable description - more dreadful than any of which the annals of human crime can furnish an instance. On considering the circumstances of your crime, it is impossible not to conclude that nothing but (as the language of the indictment expresses it) the instigation of the Devil, the great enemy of mankind, could have so disposed your heart as to render you capable of acting in this barbarous manner. There appears no cause for your having done so - an inducement, save the possession of a very trifling sum of money; and that the desire of a few miserable shillings could have brought a female to deprive a fellow creature of existence, exhibits such a blackness of character  and mind - such a want of natural feeling, as can only be produced by the agency of the Devil. - The cruelty with which you mangled the bleeding body of the poor man exceeds anything I have ever heard or read. How you could look in the face of your unfortunate victim, and deliberately proceed to cut off his limbs, is such an excess of barbarity, that were it not for the uncontradicted and unimpeachable testimony by which it has been proved, it would not, it could not be believed. - I hope, from some symptom, that I have latterly perceived in you, that the short time you have to remain in this world will be employed in endeavours to make peace with your offended God, and that, when removed from this world, for which you are not fit, you will experience some of that compassion you yourself denied. You will have the assistance of the Clergyman of your own persuasion. That Rev. Gentleman, to whom you declared your knowledge of the transaction, will, I am sure, extend his charitable and pious aid to reform your mind, and bring you to a state of religion and repentance. He will tell you that your whole soul should be sincerely and fervently directed to the throne of the Almighty God, who, I trust, will extend to you a portion of his gracious and eternal mercy. It now only remains for me to pronounce the dreadful sentence of the Law, which is, that you, Honor Concannon, be brought from the place where you stand, to the Jail, and from thence, on Saturday next, to the place of execution, where you shall be hanged by the neck until you are dead; and that your body be given for dissection at the County Dispensary."


     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.
     Counsellor Wolfe thought the novelty of the present charge demanded from him some remarks. He then stated the case. The deceased Mrs. Stacpoole was a peculiarly nervous lady, and in great fear of fever. He was instructed that the prisoner being aware of this, took advantage of the absence of her husband and servants to rush into her presence, and demanded money, telling her that the clothes he wore were taken from a house infected with fever; Mrs. Stacpoole ran from him upstairs, but he had the audacity to follow her, using menaces to endeavour to exact money from her; she again escaped into an avenue, where he pursued and seized her, still continuing to threaten her, until the appearance of a third person compelled him to desist. Mrs. Stacpoole immediately took ill, and expired in nine hours after. The Learned Counsel then read legal opinions on offences analogous to the present, which constituted the crime of murder; such as that of firing a shot, or wilfully driving a restive horse amongst a crowd of persons, thereby causing death; and that of the unnatural son who exposed his sick parent, against his will, to the air; and also of the harlot, who placed her infant in an orchard, and a kite struck and killed it. In this case, however, he would not press the charge of murder, but look for a conviction for manslaughter, which, he was sure, could not be denied.
     The evidence was then gone through, and fully supported the statement of the Learned Gentleman. The Jury took about half an hour to consult, when they brought in a verdict of Manslaughter. - To be imprisoned six months.


     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 pleasantry.
     The following persons have been sentenced: - John Hallinan, rape, to be hanged on the 1st of September; George Parker, cow-stealing, James Minogue, sheep-stealing, Thomas Corbett, pig-stealing, Patrick Shaughnessy, sheep-stealing - to be transported for seven years.
     An Inquisition was taken on Saturday morning at Broadford, before Thomas Sampson, Esq. upon the body of Richard Maley, shoemaker, who went to bed the night before apparently in good health. Verdict. - "Died by the visitation of God."
     Yesterday morning, a young woman, named Catherine Griffy, who went to bathe in the lake of Clonlea, near Kilkishen, in company with two other young women was an expert swimmer, and trusting to this circumstance, she ventured beyond her depth. An Inquest was held on her remains by Thomas Sampson, Esq.
     We have heard that a man was murdered in the neighbourhood of Newmarket on Saturday. The particulars, as they reached us, are as follows: - Two young men, in passing thro' a potatoe garden; pulled up a stalk out of curiosity. The owner having observed them, waited the return of the deceased, whose name was Molony, and an altercation arose between them, which ended in the death of the latter, from a single blow of some heavy weapon.
     Wednesday night, about 10 o'clock, a fire was observed, in the direction of Morelands, in this County, about half a mile from Limerick. A party of the Limerick police proceeded immediately to the spot, across the river, and on arriving there, found that an untenanted house in which a man named Gleeson lately lived, and from which he was ejected for non-payment of rent, was burned to the ground, along with a few out-houses adjoining. That his burning was malicious we are sorry to say is not too evident. The annexed Rock Notice was found on the door of a house contiguous:
     "SIR - General John Rock, Commander of and Chief of Ireland, gives warning to John Hute to quit the place; or else if he does not, that he will et a worse death than Ryan; or if he gives his Majesty the trouble of coming any more, that he will consume both houses and cattle to ashes. His Majesty gives orders to James Madden, in like manner, to quit the place from his herding."
     We understand that an invite will be sent by the Stewards of the Ennis Races, to Mr. Livingston, at present in Limerick, to make an ascent in his balloon from this town. We have no doubt but the novelty of the exhibition would attract great numbers, and amply recompense the intrepid adventurer.


     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.
     Her body was subsequently conveyed to the Co. Infirmary, where it remained unclaimed by any friend or relative. She was a native of a remote part of  the County of Galway, and had been in service at many places in this County, which she filled, we understand, with much satisfaction to her employers, until seduced into a course of vice, which too many females have the misfortune to enter upon. She has left one child, a boy, for the hand of charity to preserve from the example of its unhappy parent.


     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.
     On the 17th ultimo, at her Aunts in Brusna, in the King's County, of a decline, Miss Frances Purcell, only daughter of Mrs. Hannah Purcell of said place, and niece to John Lamb Austin, Esq. of Kilcommon. This young lady's mild and conciliating manners endeared her to all those with whom she had been acquainted; and has left her friends inconsolable for her loss.

Extract of a Letter from Enniskillen, dated Aug. 2

    "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 in."
     An interesting trial took place at the Roscommon Assizes, in the prosecution of a young man by the name of Ormsby, a Protestant, against a Roman Catholic Priest, whom the prosecutor had induced privately to marry him to a young Lady of highly respectable connexions. It was proved on the examination of the newly married man, that he was a very unwilling witness, but he had been prevailed on to give evidence on the express condition of obtaining reconciliation with his wife's father, who, it appeared, possesses considerable property. The Chief Baron read the part of the Act of Parliament to the Jurors, which inflicts a penalty of 500 on any Roman Catholic Priest, marrying a Protestant; and in the event of being unable to pay the sum, to be confined to the gaol. The Jury brought in, after a consultation of about an hour, a verdict of Guilty.


     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.


Christopher York



     Sale to commence on THURSDAY next, the 12th instant, and continue each succeeding day until all are sold. -- August 5th, 1824


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.

And Immediate possession given during the Minority of John Burke, Esq., a Minor.

     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.
     Proposals in writing to Thomas Ball, John W. Browne, Esq., Dublin; and Michael Dowdall, Esq. Tyaquin, Monivae.
     August 2, 1824.

And immediate possession given, the following Lands, part of Newtown, the Estate of James Kelly, Esq., viz: -

     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.
     Proposals in writing only to A. Toller, Esq., ?arm-Hill, and Michael Dowdall, Esq. Tyaquin, Monivae.
     August 9, 1824


     RESPECTFULLY informs his Friends and the Public, that he has received this day, direct from the best Manufacturers in Dublin,
     A Large Assortment of HATS.
Which will be sold cheaper than any ever offered for Sale in this Town.
     Terms CASH - and no SECOND PRICE.
     August 9th, 1824

Cheap Linen and Woollen-Drapery Establishment,
COLL KELLY, Proprietor,

HAS Carefully selected, in Dublin, under his own immediate inspection,
     A Fashionable Assortment of every Article in the above Line,
Which he offers for Sale on the most moderate terms.
      Galway, 9th August, 1824.

(From London)

     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.
     N.B.- To be seen at Mr. W. STAUNTON'S, Anchor Tavern, Quay-street.
     Galway, August 9, 1824.


     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.
     A most barbarous outrage was committed on the mountains of Ballygerine, about two miles from Killaloe, on Saturday night last. Some person most cruelly tortured two cows, the property of William Smith, by forcing sticks into their bodies, in consequence of which they died in the greatest agony on Sunday night.
     At the fair of O'Brien's Bridge, on the 26th ult. a man in the employ of John Massy, Esq., was dreadfully beaten, and his skull fractured. He died on Sunday last.
     On Saturday last, Mrs. Hare, widow of Major Hare, who was murdered at Mount Henry, in the county Limerick, arrived in that city from Plymouth, to attend the trial of the person in custody for the foul act. On Monday she had an interview with them in the gaol, when she identified one of them as being concerned; her feelings were much agitated on the occasion; and since the murder she has been in extreme grief.

     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.

War Office, July 30, 1824

     4th Regiment of Dragoon Guards- Captain James Chatterton, from the 7th Dragoon Guards, to be Major, vice D'Este, promoted.
     7th Ditto - Serjeant Major Charles Hickman, from the 15th Light Dragoons, to be Cornet, without purchase, being the Riding Master.
     1st, or Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards- Capt.Hardress Robert Saunderson from half pay 1st Foot to be Lieutenant and Captain, vice Wm  Robert Philimore, who exchanges, receiving the difference.
     1st Regiment of Foot - Ensign James Williamson to be Lieutenant, without purchase, vice M'Combie promoted to the Royal African Colonial Corps.
     John Campbell, Gent., to be Ensign, vice Williamson.
     10th Ditto - Second Lieutenant Frances Davrell, from the Rifle Brigade, to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Birch, who retires.
     18th Ditto - Ensign Robert Latouche, to be Lieutenant by purchase, vice French, promoted.
     Gill Henry Peel, Gent, to be Ensign by purchase, vice Latouche.
     19th Ditto - Brevet Major Edmund Lockyer, to be Major, by purchase, vice Bloomfield, who retires.
     Lieut. Hugh Henry Rose, to be Captain, by purchase, vice Lockyer.
     21st Ditto - Second Lieutenant Charles O'Hara Booth, to be First Lieutenant, without purchases, vice Brady, promoted in the Royal Colonial Corps.
     Ensign John Pentland, from the 1st West India Regiment, to be Second Lieutenant, vice Booth.
     24th Ditto - Captain George Fitzgerald Stack, from half pay 8?th Foot, to be Captain, vice John Cathcart Meacham, who exchanges.
     29th Ditto - Captain Hon. John Hubert Cradock, from half pay, 3d West India Regiment, to be Captain, vice Denis Mahan, who exchanges.
     Quartermaster Serjeant Thomas Knerbone to be Quartermaster, vice Mitchell, deceased.
     32d Ditto - Surgeon Wm Bamfield from half pay De Meruon's Regiment, to be Surgeon, vice J. Harding Walker, M.D., who exchanges.
     48th Ditto - Lieutenant John Marshall to be Capt. without purchase, vice Cuthbertson, deceased.
     Second Lieutenant Alexander Murry Hay, from the 54th Foot, to be Lieutenant, vice Marshall.
     54th Ditto - Charles Warren, Gent, to be Ensign, without purchase, vice Hay, promoted to the 48th Foot.
     57th Ditto - Assistant Surgeon James Doyle, form half pay 95th Foot, to be Surgeon, vice Wm Latham who exchanges.
     65th Ditto - Captain H. Senjor, from half pay 18th Foot, to be Captain, vice Stopford Cane, who exchanges, receiving the difference.
     81st Ditto - Captain Edward Scoones, from half-pay, to be Captain, vice Chas. French, who exchanges.
     82d Ditto - Captain John Brutton, from half pay 75th Foot, to be Captain, vice H.S. Hart, who exchanges.
     Rifle Brigade - Wm. Lloyd, Gent, to be Second Lieut. by purchase, vice Dayrell, promoted to the 10th Foot.
     1st West India Regiment - Eyre ?? Ellis, GEnt, to be Ensign, without purchase, vice Pentland, appointed to the 21st Foot.
     2d Ditto - Ensign John Spence, to be Lieutenant without purchase, vice M'Carthy, deceased.
     Francis William Watson, Gent., to be Ensign, vice Spence.
     Hospital-Assistant Thomas Murray, M.D., to be Assistant Surgeon.
     Royal African Colonial Corps - Lieutenant James Brady, from the 21st Foot, to be Captain, without purchase, vice M'Combie, deceased; Donald Turner, Gent. to be Ensign, without purchase, vice O'Meara, deceased.
     2d Royal Veteran Battalion - Lieutenant William Gray, from half pay 6th Foot, to be Lieutenant, vice George Pope, who retires to his former situation on the Retired List.
     BREVET - Captain John Pudner, of the Honorable East India Company's service, and Paymaster of the Company's Depot at Catham, to have the local rank of Captain while so employed.
     STAFF - Brevet Major Wm Cochrane from half pay 103d Foot to be inspecting Field Officer of Militia to Nova Scotia, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the army.
     HOSPITAL STAFF - Dr. John Arthur, from half-pay to the Physician to the Forces, vice G. Denecke, placed from half pay.
     Assistant Surgeon Thomas Prosser, from half pay 3d Foot, to be Assistant Surgeon to the Forces, vice Wharris, deceased.
     MEMORANDUM - His Majesty has been pleased to approve of the 2d Battalion of the 60th Foot being equipped and trained as a Rifle Corps, and has also been pleased to direct that as both Battalions of that Corps are to be Rifle Battalions, the ensigns shall in future be made Second Lieutenants.




     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.
     Jonathan David Clarke, Esq. stated the case for the Crown with his usual eloquence and legal knowledge. -
     He said, that the pigs had been stolen on the day or night laid to the indictment, out of a certain house, belonging to the prosecutor! that the said two pigs were of a considerable value, and let the Gentlemen of the Jury, who were probably all owners of more or less pigs - let them, he would say, put the matter to their own feelings as men conversant in the pig-trade, what must be the disappointment of the prosecutor when he found that his two excellent pigs had been stolen. This practice of pig-stealing had risen in a most alarming height, and if not checked in its progress by the corrective of legal punishment, there was no saying where it would end- there was no man who could calculate on the safety of his pigs for one hour. He hoped and trusted the Gentlemen of the Jury would give the subject all the consideration which so important a case deserved, and if they clearly saw, by the evidence which should be produced before them on the trial, that they clearly saw, by the evidence which would be produced before them on the trial, that the charge of stealing would be fully brought home to the prisoner at the bar, he must anticipate the conviction of the unfortunate pig-stealer. But, if on the other hand, they should entertain a rational doubt either of the personal identity of the pigs, or of the prisoner's guilt, his Lordship would tell them that the prisoner was entitled to the benefit of that doubt, and, consequently, to acquittal. In their hands he should confidently leave the case, after he should produce the necessary evidence- to Gentlemen of their vigorous minds and enlightened understanding he felt that it was unnecessary to say another word on the subject, and he should not, therefore, trespass further on their time, or on the time of his Lordship.
     After Counsellor Clarke sat down, considerable time was lost in identifying pigs. The most accurate description that could be given was, that they were Connaught pigs with short tails.
     Mr. Hawthorn, a weaver, was produced as an evidence to identify the pigs - he stated that he lived between the Church and the Chapel, and appeared very indignant at being called a mongrel by one of the Lawyers. He proved - Quere, what did he prove?
     On his cross-examination he said he was a loyal Protestant- and a sodger with a good kerecter.
     Isaac B. Bethel, Esq., Barrister at Law, and Mr. Barrett, Attorney, at the same calling, volunteered for pure humanity sake, to defend the prisoner.
     Mr. Bethel showed considerable ingenuity, and a very profound knowledge of law, in his defence of he pig-stealer. He quoted several Statutes both ancient and modern, which made it imperative on the prosecutor to identify the pigs. It had been stated, he said, by Learned Counsel on the opposite side, that the pigs which had been conveyed from and out of the custody of the prosecutor, were Connaught pigs with short tails. Now, with great deference to that Learned Gentleman, he, (Mr. Bethel), would confidently assert that cocked tails were, time immemorial, a characteristic mark of Connaught pigs - and this he could account for by reference to physical causes, were it not that he feared to trespass too long in the attention of the Court.
     After the case had been closed, his Lordship delivered an elaborate charge to the Jury on the manifold mischiefs which the crime of pig-stealing caused in society - and the Jury, after a short consultation, found the prisoner - Guilty.

Cornelius O'Brien, Esq, Attorney v. The Right Hon. Drs. O'Shaughnessy, R.C. Bishop of Killaloe.

     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.
     Mr. Bennett stated the case, and in a very eloquent speech maintained the Defendant's liability, and put in two letters, which he contended constituted Dr. O'Shaughnessy a joint client with Mr. Stenson in the former action.
     The service of the Bill of Costs upon the Defendant was then proved.
     The Plaintiff's Clerk proved that the Bill of Costs was drawn out of the Register's book.
     Two letters, written by the Defendant, were then given in evidence; one of those letters was dated the 15th of February, 1821; it was addressed to the Plaintiff; it stated, that "the virulent enemies of the Rev. Mr. Stenson boasted that Mr. Lloyd and Mr. O'Grady had been retained against him on the apprehending trial, with a view, no doubt, to exercise their usual talents, and to load him with abuse" - (a laugh) - The writer then proceeds to express his regret that these Gentlemen had not been retained by his nephew. He also, heard that Mr. O'Connell had been applied to, but he would have no doubt as to the part M. O'Connell would take - and the letters from the Defendant to the Plaintiff was also given in evidence, in which the writer expressed his satisfaction that Mr.O'Loughlen had been retained, he being a Gentleman upon whose talents and friendship he placed the highest value. He proceeds to say, "I think three Lawyers quite enough -too many of them are ridiculous." - (a laugh.)
      Mr. Anthony Sheehan proved that the Defendant expressed his anxiety to effect a competition between Mr. Canny and Mr. Stenson.
     Mr. W. Kelly proved that Dr. O'Shaughnessy paid him a sum of 50l. to hand to Mr. Canny.
     Charles Studdart, Esq, proved that he had been applied to by the Defendant and by Mr. Canny to prepare a deed of release between Canny and Stenson; Mr. Stenson was himself ill, and not able to got to the office; Dr. O'Shaughnessy paid him the costs of preparing the deed, it was executed between Canny and Stenson.
     Cross-examined - In March, 1823, he had been applied to by Mr. O'Brien, who said to witness that he could do him a service; that he had furnished Stenson with his costs, and that he feared the was in a bad state of health; witness said he did not think that Stenson would live 3 months, in which O'Brien replied, "my costs are in a bad way, I have no time to lose." Witness advised O'Brien, as Easter Sunday was approaching, to come to witness's house at Newmarket, and that when Mr. Stenson received his dues, he (O'Brien) would be able to get some of the money from him; Mr. O'Brien said he would, but he did not come.
     The Plaintiff having closed his case;
     Serjeant Goold stated the Defendant's case, and contended his client's liability from the discrepancies between the two bills of costs, one of which was furnished by Plaintiff to Stenson and the other furnished to D. O'Shaughnessy.
     Mr. O'Loughlin replied at considerable length.
     Justice Vandeleur charged the Jury, who, after almost an hour's deliberation, returned a verdict for the Defendant with costs.

     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.



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.
     On the 1st instant in Bray Church, by the Rev. Mr. H. Hunt, Mr. John Hutchinson, of William-street, Dublin, to Jane, eldest daughter of the late Doctor Spedding, of Kilruddery Bray.
     On the 25th ultimo, in Rathburrin Church, county of Clare, Richard Allen Foley, Esq. to Ellen Amelia, second daughter of the late James Lysaght Cooney, Esq. of Ballyconney, in said county.
     At the Parish Church of Coleby, Lincolnshire, Lieut. Colonel Thornton, of the Grenadier Guards, to Sophia Catherine, youngest daughter of the late Benjamin Burton, Esq. and sister to Wm. F. Burton, of Burton-hall, County Carlow, Esq.
     Friday morning, at Celbridge Church, Annabella, only daughter of the late Captain Juxon, 3d. or Old Buffs, to Frederick Peter Alma, Esq. of Dublin.
     On Wednesday last, in St. Peter's Church, Dublin, Joseph Burke, Esq. M.D. Surgeon 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade, to Jane, second daughter of the late Verney Darby, Esq. of Carn, Co. Fermanagh, and niece of Lieut. -General Darby.
     At St. George's Hanover-square, London, H. Halford, Esq. only son of Sir Henry Halford, Bart of Wistow-hall, Co. Leicester, to Barbara, daughter of Mr. Serjeant Vaughan.
     At Burkeville, on the 4th instant, by the Rev. John Dolan, John Martyn, Esq. of Tuam, to Anne, third daughter of Theobold Burke, Esq., late of Prospect Lodge, in this county.


     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.
     At Batavia, on the 19th March, 1824, J. Thompson, Esq., of the late Joseph Jameson, L.L.D.Kt. Accountant Gen of the Court of Chancery, Ireland.
     At Cheltenham, on the 4th inst., in the 41st year of his age, William Harkness, Esq., late of Dublin.
     On Saturday last, Mrs. Sproule, of Grannan, Co. of Tyrone.
     At his house, in Molesworth street, Dublin, S??mon Williams, Esq. Historical and Portrait Painter, Member of the Clementine Academy, Bologna and the Royal Hibernian Academy.


     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.
     Precisely at 20 minutes after one, a party of the 3d Dragoon Guards, and as small party of Infantry, arrived at the gaol, and shortly after those for the murder of Major Hare walked out of their cells, attended each by two Clergymen. When first they came in sight of the fatal scaffolds, they knelt down and appeared very much absorbed with their devotions. James Minnane walked first and was followed by Greene; the last who came up was Patrick Minane, whose conduct and appearance indicated much fortitude and resignation. They were all dressed in white baize, and the Clergymen who attended them were in their full robes.- When the executioner made his appearance in order to adjust the ropes, &c., a murmur of disapprobation ran throughout the entire multitude.- After they had remained some time on the scaffold at their devotions, in which the voice of Patrick Minnane was audible to all around, from the clearness and distinctness, with which he answered the Clergymen, they kissed each other and bade the Clergymen and the person around them farewell. Pat Minnane, whose demeanor throughout the entire awful scene was that of a person of courage and piety deserving of a different fate, then addressed the crowd in nearly the following words: "My friends, we entrust you to implore that the mercy of God for us, through the merits of his blessed Son and of the Virgin Mary, that he may pardon us our sins and offences and that he may have mercy on our souls. Our advice to you is, to shun all bad advice, to avoid evil company, and not to frequent public-houses, except on necessary occasions- avoid trivial occurrences, which will come, by repetition, to weightier offences. Had we all the devotion and christianity which was recommended to us by our Clergymen, we would not arrive at this fate - had we attended to the directions of our Catholic Clergy, there would have been no occasion for this scaffold and that fatal stake, or for those ropes and the multitude before us- had we abided by their directions at the holy altar, it is evident that this would not be our fatal end- on the other hand, it is not informations, nor indictments, nor capiases, that will be the means of pacifying the county Limerick, but the advice and exhortations of the Clergy. Oh! my friends, avoid whiskey-drinking, and cursing, and swearing - have nothing to do with combinations- be constant in attending the holy Mass- abide by what your Clergy say, and God will assist you all, and may he have mercy on your souls." These words he spoke in a clear, strong, and audible tone of voice, which was heard by the crowd at the foot of the scaffold, on whom, it is to be hoped, that these few sensible remarks form one of themselves, in his final moments, will make a lasting impression. At the conclusion of these sentences, they knelt on the scaffold, and remained in that attitude praying for a few minutes. As the hangman put the rope round the neck of James Minnane, a strong flash of read appeased on his demeanor, while on Patrick, who was next to him, and stood in the centre, it did not make the least visible change.; Green was too great a distance from us, to observe what effect it had upon him. The executioner had descended the scaffold, and the clergymen were about to retire, when Pat Minnane remarked, that from the looseness of the tying round his arms, he feared that he was too much at liberty, and desired to have himself more tightly pinioned, which was accordingly done, and after the most solemn and awful silence for about a minute, the fatal drop fell, and this world closed on the eyes of the unfortunate men for ever. They died without a struggle, except for a very short while a slight convulsive shivering was observable throughout Green's entire frame. After hanging the usual times, their bodies were taken down and removed to a back yard of the gaol.
     The fatal trap was again adjusted, and the ropes arranged, when Murtogh and Daniel Flinn, and Dawley their servant, attended by the same Clergymen, and attired in the same manner as the three former, ascended the scaffold where having remained as short while attending to their devotion, Daniel Flinn, who spoke in Irish, requested the prayers of the people, and declared that he was not present at the murder, but knew before hand of its committal. The other two acknowledged their guilt, and begged of all to pray to God to pardon them. In a minute or two after the ropes being adjusted, the drop again fell, and this world and all its vanities disappeared for ever from their sight. Daniel Flinn died without much pain - but the struggles of Murtogh lasted for a very long while- he continued to thump his breast incessantly for more than four minutes, and kicked very much- altogether he appeared to have died with a great deal of pain. Their bodies having hung the required time, were taken down, and the whole six were removed that evening to the County Hospital, where they were dissected and anatomised. The awful spectacle of this day will, we hope, be productive of the most beneficial results on all who witnessed the melancholy, but absolutely necessary example made of those unfortunate beings, whose fate, had they followed good advice, might have been very different.- The Flinns and Dawley had been attended, since their convictions and at execution, by the Rev. Mr. Fitzgerald, their Parish Priest, with unremitting attention.



     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.



     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.



     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.

Wednesday, August 4


     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.
     After a consultation of some minutes, it was intimated that the Counsel for the Crown would not accede to the postponement.
    Mr. O'Connell - With every respect for the private reasons of the Gentleman opposite, I must say that their refusal is without precedent.
     Judge JOHNSON - The application, Sir, I think, is without precedent.
     John Carroll, Nicholas Wickham, James Devereux, Patrick Parel, Nicholas Corrish, and Walter Scallan - the three latter of whom had surrendered since the previous day, were then placed at the bar.- It was stated that the prisoners would not join in their challenge.
     Mr. Driscoll - Then we must try them separately. The other prisoners were withdrawn from the bar, and the Rev. Mr. Carroll alone allowed to remain.
     The panel was here called over. It consisted of 300 names, 116 of whom answered. There were several challenges, principally on behalf of the prisoners, and at eleven o'clock the Jury was sworn.
     Mr. Dickson, Counsel for the prisoners, said, that the Jury having been sworn, he would not allow all the prisoners to be tried together. The prisoners were then put to the bar, and the indictment having been read, the Rev. Mr. Carroll was then asked in the usual way, "Wheter he was guilty or not guilty;" but he returned no answer. He was then asked had he heard the indictment read; but he continued silent. A second and third time the question of "Are you guilty or not guilty," was put to him, but without obtaining any answers.
     Mr. Bennett- As Counsel for the unfortunate prisoners at bar, a question arises, whether he stands mute from another cause, that of being incapable of comprehending the nature of the indictment. We are prepared to prove that he is utterly unable to understand the meaning of a question put to him, or almost any question that may be asked him.
     It was understood, from an observation made by Mr. Shiel that he pleaded Not Guilty.
     He appears to be a strong man, above the middle size, rather corpulent, and about forty years of age.
     Mr. Driscoll, K.C. stated the case for the Crown - He said that this was one of the most distressing cases that ever came before a Criminal Court of Justice, whether it were viewed in reference to the reverend character of the prisoner at the bar, or as one in which the life of a fellow creature had been forfeited. The King, for whom he prosecuted, had a right to show how one of his subjects came by her death, and the Jury were placed in that box for the purpose of ascertaining the facts. A case of a similar nature  to that which he now was about to state them, never before occurred in Ireland, nor was there a parallel to be found for it in the annals of the British history.- Before, however, his going into the merits of the case, he would call upon the Jury to dismiss from their minds the impressions injurious to the prisoner, whether received through the medium of the newspapers or conveyed by public rumour.
     William Furlong was then called and examined by Mr. Dougherty.
     Lives at Ballysheen, in the parish of Killinick; is acquainted, and was before the 9th of last month; with the Rev. Mr. Carroll; knew him since he was able to walk; lives in the same liberty with him; knows Thomas Sinnot; he lives in Killinick; recollects seeing Father Carroll on the 9th of last month at Sinnot's house; saw him first that day at seven o'clock in the evening at Widow Neal's house, near Sinnot's; was at her house, where there was a great number of people; Father Carroll was at that time walking on the road with his hat off; there were from two to three hundred people there; some were kneeling and some were standing; heard some of the people say, "Jesus strengthen the man;" Father Carroll then came up to where the woman of the name of Moran was lying speechless on the ground; the Priest came up with his hat off, to where Mrs. Moran was lying; he looked at her for some time; he then stamped twice with his foot, and said "begone;" after which he spit upon her; he then threw himself on his back, and rubbed the back of his hand for some time against the gravel, until he cut it; Father Carroll then walked up and down for some time close to Mrs. Moran; he thought when he saw Father Carroll throw himself back that he was mad, and could prove it; witness was first kneeling., but when he saw the priest throw himself back, got up; Mr. Carroll, after a short time, stood over Mrs. Moran's head, and said, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Father, Father, Father, assist me!" and at the same time he kept moving his head round, the then said some words in Latin, which witness did not understand; the majority of the three hundred person present remained kneeling all the time; witness made no observation on the state of Mr. Carroll's mind at that time; the Priest then went away towards Sinnot's house; witness, remained for some time with Mrs. Moran, and then followed Father Carroll to Sinnot's with the  intention of fetching him out; a great number also went down the road after the Priest; Sinnot's house was about forty perches from where Mrs. Moran lay; was so much confused by the conduct of the Priest that he cannot say how soon after the Priest he went to Sinnot's The room, when he arrived at Sinnot's, was crowded; the kitchen door was apparently ajar; Father Carroll was in the room off the kitchen. This room was also so crowded that he could not see the Priest; heard water dashing about the room; saw the Priest afterwards; thought the child was under the tub.- When he first saw the Priest he was in bed; saw a tub then over the child; Mr. Carroll was standing on the bottom of the tub, and he sometimes leaped and pranced upon the tub, and while leaping on the tub he said, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Father, Father, Father;" saw the father and mother of the child in the room where the Priest was; after leaping on the tub, he sat down and expressed some words; sat there from three to three hours and a half; unloosened his gaiter, and took off his stockings, and rubbed his leg with his hand; during this time Father Carroll whistled a hornpipe, the name of which witness forgets, and kept time with  his foot; did not see the child till four o'clock in the morning; the child was then dead; at 4 o'clock he took the Priest away; can't say who took the tub off the child; did not go near the child till he brought Father Carroll away; held the stirrup while the Priest mounted his horse; returned to the house in a bout five minutes after Father Carroll left it; saw Sinnot and his wife; the child was then on the bed, and the tub at the foot of it; the child was at the time dead; heard the child cry when he first went into the house; did not hear the child say anything except "O, daddy, daddy, I mammy, mammy! O, save me!" - [The witness here identified Father Carroll.]- Told a person of the name of Sinnot, that the Priest was deranged; this occurred while Father Carroll was in the room; also told his (witness's) wife of it; sent, while Father John Carroll was sitting on the tub, for Father Keeffe, Father Ennis, and Father Rowe, but the messenger did not to; cannot say who it was he desidered to go; cannot say why, considering that the Priest was mad, he did not go himself; took no step to interfere when he saw Carroll sitting on the tub, though at the time he thought the Priest mad; the child at that time he knew to be under the tub; saw no person at Sinnot's try to prevent the Priest from sitting on the tub; when he (the witness) was going into the room, Parel, one of the prisoners, asked him, whether he was mad or drunk, and desired him to keep out of the way, as the Priest was at that moment going to exercise the Devil, and that he (the Devil) might hurt witness in his passage out of the room; at this time the people had formed a passage to let the Devil pass; this occurred long after he had been first in the room.- [ The witness here identified Parel, one of the prisoners in the dock.] - Saw Wickham, another of the prisoners, at Sinnot's; he (Wickham) had a candle in his hand at the time; and was standing near the Priest, did not see Father Carroll since he rode away that morning, until he saw him in Court yesterday.
     By the COURT - Saw the child dead in the morning; heard it cry when he first entered the house; did not interfere, as he thought the Priest could perform a miracle, although he certainly thought him deranged.
     Mr. Dixon said, it would be his duty, in justice to his clients, to put a few questions to the witness.

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.
     By a Juror - Suffered the Priest to sit upon the child, though he thought him mad.

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.
     Mr. Sheil here interfered, and said, that Counsel on the opposite side had no right to cross-examine one of their own witnesses.
     Mr. Fox- Mr. Shiel must surely be aware of my object. The witness is a very intelligent man, and I only wish, as Counsel for the prisoners have elicited from him, judiciously I think, in his cross-examination, that he believed Mr. Carroll capable of working Miracles, that he should correct himself, and thus prevent a very mischievous fact from going to the world- Mr. Fox then resumed the examination.- Can't account for the way in which the cure of Neal was performed; Neal was bedridden, and exceedingly fit; the Priest came over him, and he immediately recovered. These were facts which came within his own observation, and he therefore could not help believing that a Miracle had been performed.

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.
     Mr. Bennett here remarked that there was such a thing as second sight believed in Scotland, and in the North of Ireland the existence of witches was believed, and it was therefore not at all wonderful that our poor peasantry should have their miracles.

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.
     Mr. Driscoll said that the case for the Crown closed here.
     Mr. Dixon - My Lord, the Counsel for the prisoners consider that the witnesses for the prosecution have proved quite sufficient to warrant a Jury in acquitting the Rev. Gentleman. They  should, however, call one witness, a Medical Gentleman, who had been acquainted with the prisoner for several years.

Dr. Devereux examined by Mr. Dixon

     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 case on both sides being closed.
     Mr. Justice JOHNSON proceeded to charge the Jury. His Lordship stated that in this case the prisoner had been indicted for the wilful murder of Catherine Sinnot, and that the other prisoners had been indicted for being present, and for aiding and assisting in the murder. The fact of the death of the child having taken place, and by that violent means, and by the hand of Mr. Carroll, has been proved beyond the possibility of all doubt; that he is, therefore, guilty of a homicide is quite manifest; but it would be for the Jury to say, whether the prisoner, Carroll, at the time of his so committing the homicide, was in such a state of mind as to enable him to distinguish right from wrong. His Lordship, then, with regard to the other prisoners, desired the Jury to bear in mind the words of the law, which stated, that it was necessary that they should not alone be present at the murder, but that they must be aiding and abetting in the perpetration of it, or they could not be considered guilty  in the eyes of the law. His Lordship then went into a detail of the evidence as given to the Jury and particularly cited the case of Hatfield.
     At two o'clock the Jury retired, and in a few minutes returned with their verdict of Not Guilty against five of the prisoners, and Not Guilty against Carroll, he being at the time insane.
     Some inaccuracy having occurred in the wording of the verdict, his Lordship desired that the exact words of the Act of Parliament should be copied and submitted to the Jury, as according to the 1st and 2d George the 3d, he would not be warranted in detaining the prisoners unless the precise words of the Act were specified in the finding of the Jury. The Jury again retired, and immediately returned the following verdict which was recorded.
     "We find Nicholas Wickham, Jas. Devereux, P. Parrel, Nicholas Carrish and Walter Scallan, Not Guilty, and we further find the said J. Carroll, at the time of the committal of the offence in the said indictment charged, was a person insane, and the said John Carroll has been acquitted by us of the said offence, on account of  the said insanity."
     After the verdict had been delivered, the Jurors addressed the prisoner in nearly the following words:
     John Carroll, you have been indicted in this Court for murder and you pleaded, "Not Guilty" to the charge. From the plea you put in I must suppose that you were not when you pleaded in the state in which the Jury have since found you. The circumstances attending the case have made it necessary for me to comment upon it at some length at the present moment, which I forbore today in my charge, the more especially as a medical gentleman, whose profession naturally brings him in contact with the lower orders, has sworn that the peasantry of this country are prone to believe that Catholic Priests are gifted with supernatural power and capable of performing miracles- Many of the most dreadful facts which stain the pages of history have had their origin in fanaticism, and there cannot be a more melancholy proof to what length fanaticism can be carried, than what has happened this day. A clergyman of the Roman Catholic faith- a faith which embraces the great majority of the inhabitants of this country, and almost exclusively in certain districts the whole of the lower orders -exercises such influence over the minds of his parishioners, that he induces a number of them to remain quiet spectators while the life of a fellow creature is sacrificed! The efficacy of prayer to the Most High, no one can deny, but to say that an individual is capable of usurping the attributes of the Divinity, is blasphemy in the extreme. See what this assumption has led to in the present case- the murder of an innocent child, and that too in a manner which would shed disgrace upon the most brutal savage. You, Sir, and this child ill in bed- you procure a tub and in the most savage manner torture the infant until you at length deprive her of life. That you  were the victim of delusion should have extended to the crowds by whom you were surrounded, and have prevented them from interfering, is a circumstance of too horrifying a nature for the mind to dwell upon. I hope, however, that what has this day transpired in this Court will teach the lower orders to distrust the promises of such professors.





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.
     There were eleven sentenced to transportation for various offences; and nineteen convicted for illicit distillation.


     Denis Kinneavy, for sheep-stealing, 7 years transportation.
     Michael Moran, for attempt to commit a rape on a child of nine years old, two years confinement and hard labour.
     Anne Keary and Margaret Browne, larceny, to be confined twelve months to hard labor.
     Mary Hynes, larceny, to be transported for seven years.
     Patrick Ryan, Michael Devine, and James Hamilton, sturdy vagrants, to be transported for seven years unless in three months they give bail in two sureties each in 2l.
     Basterel Burke, assault, to find bail to stand his trial at Sessions.
     John Reddington, shoemaker, combination, do., do.


     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.



     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.
     Precisely at 20 minutes after one, a party of the 3d Dragoon Guards, and a small party of Infantry, arrived at the gaol, and shortly after those for the murder of Major Hare walked out of their cells, attended each by two Clergymen. When first they came in sight of the fatal scaffold, they knelt down, and appeared very much absorbed with their devotions. James Minnane walked first, and was followed by Greene; the last who came up was Patrick Minane, whose conduct and appearances indicated much fortitude and resignation. They were all dressed in white baize, and the Clergymen, who attended them were in their full robes.- When the executioner made his appearance in order to adjust the ropes, &c., a murmur of disapprobation ran throughout the entire multitude.- After they had remained some time on the scaffold at their devotions, in which the voice of Patrick Minnane was audible to all around, from the clearness and distinctness with which he answered the Clergymen, they kissed each other, and bade the Clergymen and the person around them farewell. Pat Minnane, whose demeanour throughout the entire awful scene was that of a person of courage and piety deserving a different fate, then addressed the crowd in nearly the following words: "My friends, we entreat you to implore the mercy of God for us, through the merits of his blessed Son and of the Virgin Mary, that he may pardon us our sins and offences, and that he may have mercy on our souls. Our advice to you is, to shun all bad advice, to avoid evil company, and not to frequent public-houses, except on necessary occasions- avoid trivial occurrences  which will come, by repetition, to weightier offences. Had we all the devotion and christianity which was recommended to us by our Clergymen, we would not arrive at this fate- had we attended to the directions of our Catholic Clergy, there would have been no occasion for this scaffold and that fatal stake, or for those ropes, and the multitude before us- had we abided by their directions at the holy altar, it is evident that this would not be our fatal end- on the other hand, it is not informations, nor indictments, nor capiases, that will be the means of pacifying the county Limerick, but the advice and exhortations of the Clergy. Oh! my friends, avoid whiskey-drinking, and cursing, and swearing- have nothing to do with combinations- be constant in attending the holy Mass- abide by what your Clergy say, and God will assist you all, and may he have mercy on our souls." These words he spoke in a clear, strong, and audible tone of voice, which was heard by eh crowd at the foot of the scaffold, on whom, it is to be hoped, that these few sensible remarks from one of themselves in his final moments, will make a lasting impression. At the conclusion of these sentences, they knelt on the scaffold, and remained in that attitude praying for a few minutes. As the hangman put the rope round the neck of James Minnane, a strong flash of red appeared on his countenance, while on Patrick, who was next to him, and stood in the centre, it did not make the least visible change; Green was at too great a distance from us, to observe what effect it had upon him. The executioner had descended the scaffold, and the clergymen were about to retire, when Pat Minnane remarked, that from the looseness of the tying round his arms, he feared that he was too much at liberty, and desired to have himself more tightly pinioned, which was accordingly done, and after the most solemn and awful silence for about a minute, the fatal drop fell, and this world closed on the eyes of the unfortunate men for ever. They died without much struggle, except for a very short while a slight convulsive shivering was observable throughout Green's entire frame. After hanging the usual time, their bodies were taken down, and removed to a back yard of the gaol.
     The fatal trap was again adjusted and the ropes arranged, when Murtogh and Daniel Flinn, and Dawley their servant, attended by the same Clergymen, and attired in the same manner as the three former, ascended the scaffold, when having remained a short while attending to their devotion, Daniel Flinn, who spoke in Irish, requested the prayers of the people, and declared that he was not present at the murder, but knew before-hand of its commital. The other two acknowledged their guilt, and begged of all to pray to God to pardon them. In a minute or two after the ropes being adjusted, the drop again fell, and this world and all its vanities disappeared for ever from their sight. Daniel Flinn died without much pain - but the struggles of Murtogh lasted for a very long while- he continued to thump his breast incessantly for more than four minutes, and kicked very much - altogether he appeared to have died with a great deal of pain. Their bodies having hung the required time, were taken down, and the whole six were removed that evening to the County Hospital; where they were dissected and anatomised. The awful spectacle of this day will, we hope, be productive of the most beneficial results on all who witnessed the melancholy, but absolutely necessary example made of those unfortunate beings, whose fate, had they followed good advice, might have been very different.- The Flinns and Dawley had been attended since their conviction and at execution, by the Rev. Mr. Fitzgerald, their Parish Priest, with unremitting attention.

War Office, August 6, 1824

     7th Regiment of Dragoon Guards- Lieutenant G. Nugent, to be Captain, by purchase, vice Chatterton, promoted in the 4th Dragoon Guards.
     Cornet Thos. Unett, to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Nugent.
     7th Regiment of Light Dragoons- Lieutenant Chas. John Hill, to be Captain, by purchase, vice Gordon, who retires.
     Cornet Wm. Augustus Broadhead, to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Hill.
     Arthur Wm. Biggs, Gent, to be Cornet, by purchase, vice Broahdhead.
     17th Ditto - Lieutenant Thos. Nicholson, from half pay 8th Light Dragoons, to be Quartermaster, vice J. Cockburn, who exchanges.
     10th Regiment of Foot- Major Robert Gordon, from the 21st Foot, to be Major, vice Joseph Randall, who retires upon half-pay 3d Ceylon Regiment.
     14th Ditto - Wm. Littlejohn O'Halloran, Gent, to be Ensign, without purchase, vice La Roche, who resigns.
     19th Ditto - Ensign John Stirling, to be Lieutenant by purchase, vice Rose, promoted.
     Richard F. Poore, Gent., to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Stirling.
     21st Ditto - Major Hector M'Laine, from half-pay 3d Ceylon Regiment, to be Major, vice Gordon, appointed to the 10th Foot.
     53d Ditto- Lieutenant Mathew Charles Halcott, from the 87th Foot, to be Lieutenant, vice Digby H. Farwell Austice, who retires upon half-pay 22d Light Dragoons.
     68th Ditto - Wm Smith, Gent. to be Ensign, without purchase, vice Cogan, deceased.
     79th Ditto - Captain W. Marshall, to be Major, by purchase, vice Campbell, promoted.
     87th Ditto - To be Lieutenants Lieut. Fowk Moore, from half pay 104th Foot, vice John E. Heard, who exchanges.
     Lieutenant Edward St. John Midway, from half pay 22d Light Dragoons, vice Halcott, appointed to the 53d Foot.
     88th Ditto - Wm Payne Gallway, Gent, to be Ensign without purchase, vice Boyes, promoted in the 2d West India regiment.
     94th Ditto - Major M.A. Bozon, from half-pay 81st Foot, to be Major, vice Alexander Fisher Mackintosh, who exchanges.
     2d West India Regiment - Ensign Charles John Boyes, from the 88th Foot, to be Lieutenant without purchase.
     BREVET - Captain John Ovens (employed as Chief Engineer in New South Wales) to be Major in the Army.
     UNATTACHED - Major James Campbell, from the 79th Foot, to be Lieutenant- Colonel of Infantry, by purchase, vice Major-General John Lamont, who retires.
     COMMISSARY- To be Deputy Assistant Commissaries- General, Commissariat Clerk Thomas Walker; Commissariat Clerk Thomas Stafford; Commissariat Clerk J. Findlay.

     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.
    On the motion of John Kirwin, Esq. and seconded by John H. Blakeney, Esq.
     Resolved unanimously, That the election of the Police that we are now called on to nominate, be selected from the Police hitherto under Major D'Arcy's command, who have so efficiently discharged their duty, and kept the peace of the County for four years, and that the proper number be handed over therefrom properly qualified to the superintendent, Major Warburton.
     Resolved unanimously, That it is the opinion of this Meeting and that 272 Constables are not sufficient to preserve the peace of this County and that the same should be augmented to 389 being the proportion of Constables hitherto employed for the part of the County placed under the former Police Acts and that it would be eligible to continue so many of the existing Police as the present Establishment will afford, with a view so far to provide for the additional force recommended.
     Resolved unanimously. That the thanks of the Magistrates here assembled be given to Major D'Arcy, for his exemplary conduct while Chief Magistrate of this County.
    Resolved unanimously, That a subscription be entered into for the purpose of presenting some permanent testimony of our high esteem for the valuable services Major D'Arcy has rendered to this County; and in order to meet our general approbation, no more than Our Pound will be received from each individual.
     Resolved unanimously, That Sir John Burke, Bart, Richard D'Arcy, John Kirwan, Richard Rathborne and William M. Burke, be a Committee for receiving Subscriptions and carrying the above Resolution into effect.
     Resolution proposed by R.I.M. St George, That Lord Clancarty, do leave the Chair and that Lord Gort do take the same - Resolved, that the thanks of this Meeting be given to Lord Clancarty for his dignified and proper conduct in the Chair this day.


     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.
                            THOMAS HASTRY
Brown Lodge, 16th August 1824.


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.
     Miss Cox's High-street, August 16, 1824.


     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.
     By Order of Inspector General of Prisons,
          JAMES M'DERMOTT, Gaoler,
          Town and County of Galway.
August 17, 1824.
N.B. This restriction not to extend to Clergy and Law Agents.




     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.
     The Rev. Richard L. Fitzgibbon, A.M. to Sarah Eliza, fourth daughter of the late Rev. Frederick Nehgan, Rector of Kilmastulla, Diocess of Cashel.
     Richard Burke, Esq. of Rusco, Co. Tipperary, to Mary, daughter of William Fennessy, Esq. of the City of Limerick.
     In Bray Church, Mr. Hutchinson, to Jane, eldest daughter of the late Dr. Spedding of Kilruddery.
    John Darlington, Esq., of Budford, Co. Wicklow, to Letitia, eldest daughter of Mr. R. Folds, of Dublin.
     At Dungannon, Thomas Kinley, Esq. to Emilie, only daughter of the late David Coulter, Esq.


     At Summer-hill, on the 11th instant, Eliza, wife of William Curry, Esq., Barrister at Law.
     A few days since, at his house at Killester, County Dublin, Henry Bingham, Esq., late of Capel-street.
     At Ballycorrick, County Clare, the relict of the late Morough O'Brien, Esq.
     In Dublin, Matthew Hancock, Esq. He was Deuty Muster Master General of Ireland for above 50 years.
     At Civerswall, Sister Magdalen, aged 68 years. She had been 48 years a Nun, and came over with that Religious Community from Flanders.
     On the 21st ult., in the 103d year of his age, Fergus Ferrall, Esq. of Ardminan, County Leitrim.


     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 traversers' agent.
     An unusual sensation was visible in the Court, from the great anxiety evinced to watch the progress of the important trial. It was intimated on behalf of the prisoners, that none of them would join in their challenges. The procedure was conducted by the Crown.
     After nearly sixty challenges on behalf of the prisoners, and a few from the Crown, a very respectable Jury was sworn.
     Patrick Minnane, James Minnane and John Green were put to the bar, and indicted for assaulting the late Major Thomas Hare, at his residence, Mount Henry, on the first of February, 1822; Patrick Minnane for giving him a mortal wound in the breast with a gun; and the two others for aiding and assisting in the said murder. There was also a second indictment, charging them with ?aniting the habitation.
     Mr. Serjeant Goold rose to address the Court. He said it became his duty, as Counsel for the Crown, to state a detail of facts connected with his case, without offering any observation upon them; he would not intentionally make a remark that could have a tendency to excite a prejudice in the mind of the Court and Jury; he was not so disposed; he would not call their attention to a simple narrative of facts in reference to this most important transaction. Before he would do so, however, he would like the opportunity of congratulating them on the symptoms of returning peace and order visible in the country. The Judges on the Circuit have seen how little in the way of outrage has been committed since the lapse of the last Assizes; the persons engaged in these heretofore are beginning to fell a sense of their conduct, and evince their duty to the laws by a returning submission to them. The Gentlemen of the Jury are now called  on to investigate into and decide upon as state case that took place on Thursday, the 31st of January, 1822. The late Major Hare resided at a place called Mount Henry, which is within three miles of Rathkeale; at that time, when its disturbed state must be in the recollection of every one who heard him; that particular district of the country was characterised by the perpetration of every crime the most revolting, such as murder, burning, robbery, &c. It would be satisfactorily proved that on the evening mentioned, a party had assembled at a certain place, when it was determined to proceed to the house of a Mr. Copley, a Gentleman well known to be a sporting character, to have had several guns, and possessed a great landed property in the county. On the same night these persons went there in a body and as it will be detailed in evidence, it is sufficient to say they got Mr. Copley's arms; they went from this to the house of a man named Frawley, where they supped, and where they agreed to go on to Major Hare's, who was supposed by them to have had a considerable number of firearms.- They did go there, and on examination they found it difficult to effect an entrance; some of them, however, discovered a small window in the rere of the house, through which they got into the kitchen, leaving a sentinel outside; while groping in the dark, they came over a servant who was in bed, and with whom they placed a guard for fear of alarm. On proceeding farther, they entered a small room in which there was a bed, but no one slept there; they now went up stairs and met a person at the door of the room, in his shirt, with a gun in his hand; he called out, "you rebels, what do you want here?" he snapped the gun at them, and one of the party closed, and struggled with him for the possession of it, during the struggle, Patrick Minnane, one of the prisoners, presented his gun, took a deadly aim, and fired at this unfortunate person; he dropped, and the shot deprived him of life! - it was perfectly unnecessary for the prisoner to have fired, for Major Hare's gun missed fire, and eleven or twelve fellows were fully sufficient to have overpowered him without proceeding to such an extremity. A brother of the prisoner, James Minnane, went to Mrs. Hare's room when she asked him was her husband killed; he said he was not, and out of a desk in the room she gave them powder and ammunition which they had demanded. These persons showed a fidelity to each other unusual in this party of the country, for in other cases of a similar matter wherein convictions have occurred, it has been the evidence of approvers and accomplices- but the Providence of God, which watches over our actions, decreed that the crime of murder should not escape the punishment which it deserves. That man who will come forward this day to prove the statements he had made, fled from his native country, after the murder, and reached the far distant shores of North America - Lieutenant Dillon Massy, of the 37th Regiment of Foot, stationed there, and highly connected in this his native country, who had occasion to know something of its state and of the characters who resided there, had this individual, Officer Fitzgerald, arrested upon suspicion, in consequence of information he had received from home. His conscience, it is to be hoped, struck him with remorse for the outrage he had been concerned in, and he made disclosures; as soon as the news had been received in Limerick that Oliver Fitzgerald had been arrested in America, that their old accomplice was taken, and was returning to this country every one of the three prisoners at the bar fled from their homes- they were not to be found. Green fled to a remote part of the county Clare, where it will be proved he went under an assumed name. Patrick and James Minnane were found concealed under a bed. There could not be a stranger presumption of guilt under such circumstances - they all fled and abandoned their homes. There is a strong confirmation of the detail of facts, which will be deposed to. Other criminals are as yet at large, who have not been apprehended. The Learned Serjeant concluded by observing, that it was one of the most atrocious murders that ever disgraced a civilized country.

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 continued so.
     The case for the Crown then closed.

     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.
     This was the only witness examined on behalf of the prisoners.
     The Learned Judge then summed up the evidence and the Jury retired for about a quarter of an hour, when they returned a verdict of Guilty against all the prisoners.
     His Lordship then pronounced the awful sentence of the law, and ordered them to be hanged on Monday next, and their bodies to be given for dissection.
     The criminals received the sentence with the most penitent resignation, thanked the Judge and Jury, and forgave their prosecutors. The elder Minnane, before he left the bar, said, "I am going to leave a world of misery for that of joy, and the Lord Jesus receive my soul." They all declared the justice of the verdict.
     [The Execution of these unfortunate men will be found in the first page.]


Galway, Thursday, August 19, 1824


     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.
     A number of dog owners were fined on Saturday for non-observance of the Lord Mayor's Proclamation, in the sum of 10s. each.
     CORONER'S INQUEST - Yesterday a quarrel occurred between a private of the 19th Regiment, named James Kenny, and a private of the 22d Regiment named John Constantine, in the barrack-yard, South Great George's street. The parties fought on the spot, and, melancholy to relate, death ensued to the latter. Kenny was immediately taken into custody, and brought to the Head Office of Police. The body of the deceased was conveyed to Mercer's Hospital, where an Inquest was held on it. The Jury returned a verdict, that they would not come to a decision whether the deceased came by his death from the effects of a blow, or in consequence of fits, to which it appeared he had been subject.
     A MAN SHOT - About the hour of one o'clock yesterday morning, a man named Michael Donagh, assisted by a man mob, attacked the house of a publican, named Doolan, situated at Brittas, about eight miles from Dublin, on the Blessington road. He had been turned out of the House a short time previous for rioting and when abut to force an entrance, was fired upon by Mr. Doolan from a window; he was wounded with small shot in the arm and thigh, but not dangerously. The Police from Ballinascorney immediately repaired to that spot and took the parties into custody.
     COLLEGE-STREET - Eleanor Corrigan and Thos. Connolly were charged with being contra-banders, or unlawful dealers in books. Landy Edward Foote, Esq. is the owner of the property, which consisted of "Klopstock's Messiah," "Smith's Wealth of Nations," and "Dr. Priestley's Lectures." The "Messiah" had been extracted by picking the lock of Mr. Foote's study, and the "Wealth of Nations" was discovered at the Four Courts, "Dr. Priestley's Lectures" was found on a shelf in Mass-lane, and "Crooke's Reports" with a news-dealer. Eleanor Corrigan was a servant of Mr. Foote's, in charge of his house, and on Friday morning Connolly was seen coming out of it. Thomas Walsh, a dealer in books, swore that he had purchased the tomes in question from the prisoner Connolly, who has been sent to his present study, Newgate.


     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.
     At Belanagare, county Roscommon, John E. Mapother, of Kiltivin-house, Esq. to Catherine, second daughter of O'Connor Don.


     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.
     On the 6th instant, Mr. George Russell, of Dublin, brother-in-law of the late Alderman Wheeler.
     In Carlow, on Wednesday, Mrs. Elizabeth Browne, for 30 years the hostess of the Lion-Inn.
     On the 28th ult. at the Convent of Athy, the Rev. Walter Brenon, O.S.D.
     At Grove-hill, County of Wicklow, Edward Burke, Esq.
     On the 9th instant, in her 25th year, Mrs. Mills, wife of Mr. William Mills, of Slane.
     In Ardee, on Thursday, Mr. P. Clarke, proprietor of the Bull-Inn, in that town.
     At Mountpleasant, county Waterford, Sam King, Esq, an Alderman and Chamberlain of the Corporation of Waterford.


    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 Insurrection Act has been withdrawn from the Barony of Clonlisk, King's County.
     The Right Honorable William Vesey Fitz-Gerald was canvassing the County Clare Electors resident in Limerick on Wednesday. Whenever a dissolution of Parliament takes place, it is stated there is no doubt that he will almost unanimously be re-elected.
    Sir Edward O'Brien, the other Member, and the Right Hon. J.O. Vandeleur, are also canvassing for the representation of County Clare, which will, it is supposed, be warmly contested.
     Monday, a thunderstorm burst over Fountain's Town, County Cork; five labouring men, who had taken refuge when it commenced in the home of a farmer, were scorched by the fluid in the most dreadful manner, and are since speechless.
     The fair of Limerick on Wednesday last was very dull; there was not many purchases made, except in young horses and strippers. As usual, there was a good deal of drinking, and some petty quarrels on the road among the drunken brawlers.
     Two men, named William Ryan and Patrick Toohilly, have been committed to stand their trial at the Clonmel Assizes, for the murder of the Kinnealy's.
     Melancholy Occurrence - On Friday, a young gentleman, said to be the son of Dr. Brooke, of this city, was proceeding to water his horses at Marline, near the Crescent, when the horse became restive, threw Mr. Brooke, and unfortunately trampled him so furiously as to cause instant death. -- Dublin Paper.
     The Hon. William Brabazon, second son of the Earl of Meath, will be a Candidate for the representation of the County Dublin at the next General Election.

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.
     Sarah Evans (a girl about 14) - Lived as servant in August, 1823, with Hugh Loughbridge; he was married; his wife was now dead; her maiden name was Hannah Houston; she died in August; Witness's Master on Friday morning was not at home; he came home on Friday evening; his wife and he were not on good terms; she died on the Monday after; deceased had been out that day with witness at the bog , footing turf; when witness and deceased came home, witness went out to gather a basket of potatoes; when witness returned, deceased was eating oaten bread and butter; after she took two or three bites, she said it had a bad taste, and she would eat no more of it; Hugh (the prisoner) said she need not complain as they all had eaten of the same bread as she; the old woman (the prisoner) went out; the deceased asked for a drink and got it; she went to spin, but soon returned to the fire saying she wished she had not eaten of the bread, for her heart was burning; Hugh went out, and afterwards the old woman came; Hugh said to his mother upon her coming in, "Hannah blames the bread you gave her for making her bad;" Prisoner said, "that was the thanks people got for giving their kindness!" Hannah said," if it had been for her good she would not have got it," adding, "that they had often striven for her life, and she had gotten it at last;" she then lay down to bed, and said repeatedly from that till she died, that they had poisoned her; the deceased was bad, and vomited a great deal; she was in her proper health before eating the bread; vomited on till she died at twilight.
    Cross-examined - Lives now with Jack Love near Ballymoney; deceased brought home a few turf on her back; she was nursing; she had no complaints before she eat the bread; she eat no dinner, but took ill before it was ready; went to bed about half an hour after eating the bread; the child was in the cradle; it was 20 weeks old; the neighbours came to the house the next day; the old woman (the female prisoner) did not come in when the deceased was so ill; Hugh Loughridge was winding bobbins in the same room; Jane Ramsay (prisoner's brother's wife) attended and gave her milk; her husband had no conversation with the deceased at the time she was so ill; the (prisoner) frequently said she would die.
     Margaret M'Lisler- Knew the deceased; saw her shortly before she died; she was in bed, very ill and moaning; heard from witness's father-in-law that she was ill, and therefore went to see her; witness spoke to her and said, "Hannah, you are very bad;" she said she was; her eyes were shut; witness asked her if she knew who was speaking to her, and she said she did and mentioned witness's name; she said, "I will not be long with you now;" she asked for a drink, and got it from witness; deceased said, when giving her the drink, that "her heart was burning;" witness went to milk her three cows, and before she could get back heard that she was dead, and found her dead when witness came back; could not get her mouth shut; and when she went back about 3 in the morning, was greatly surprised to find froth at the mouth and nose; she was buried on Wednesday; deceased's sister assisted to dress her.
     Jane Huston, sister to the deceased- Did not see her before she died; saw her six or seven hours after; Loughridge's brother came for her; the corpse was dark, and had four black spots on the side of the neck; froth was at her mouth, and water proceeded from her nose and mouth in great quantities.
     Mrs. Jane Johnston - Lives in Ballymoney; her husband is a Surgeon; recollects seeing prisoner, Hugh Loughridge at their shop on Friday, 2d of August, between 11 and 12 o'clock; a little boy was with him, of the name of Irwin; prisoner asked for some poison for the purpose of killing rats; had known him before; gave him three quarters of an ounce of white arsenic; put it up in double paper, marked "poison;" took a memorandum in a book of having sold the poison; witness recognizes the boy who came with prisoner to the shop.
     Robert Irwin (about 12 years of age) - Knows Hugh Loughridge; witness led him to Ballymoney from Folintammy; about four miles; it was a little after breakfast; his (prisoner's) cousin, Sam Pinkerton, brought prisoner to witness's father's, and, because they were good neighbours, witness took him to Ballymoney, to Dr. Johnston's; Hugh Loughridge desired him to take him there; he read the name over the shop door; went into the shop; prisoner got three pence worth of poison which he put in his pocket, and witness let him home to witness's father's; the poison, prisoner said, was to kill rats, who were destroying his butter; prisoner staid about two hours at witness's father's, who led him to prisoner's cousins.
     John Irwin corroborates his son, as to his leading the prisoner away and bringing him back; prisoner staid about an hour; he said he had got three pence worth of poison for Mr. Price, of the Knockagh; witness asked if it was to kill vermin and prisoner said Mr. Price said no; prisoner said his wife was dansy or a little tender; witness asked if she was confined; prisoner replied that she was in the turf bog; prisoner said it run in his mind she would not be long in the fore, and that, when she died, he would send for her relations and give her a decent funeral; he had a piece of cloth for a gown, which he said was for his servant girl, but desired witness to keep it secret, as between the servant and his wife there was a little jealousy; a few days after, heard Hannah Loughridge was dead; witness is a relation of deceased.
     John M'Gowan Surgeon and Physician to the Gaol - Has heard the evidence; the symptoms were the same as produced by acrid poison or arsenic, but the same symptoms might arise from other causes.
     William Houston, father to the deceased, was considerably affected - He said that there had been no inquest, nor any medical men called in; he did not imagine anything about poison, though it was whispered at the funeral; witness did not think the prisoner could be so barbarous.
     The Learned Judge recapitulated the evidence with great minuteness, showing how far it tended to support the charge, or wherein it might be deemed in any way favourable towards exculpating the prisoners; at the same time, telling the Jury, when deliberating on the case, not to consider any observation he might have to make of any weight except in so far as it was fully supported to their satisfaction by the evidence that had come before them.
     The Jury, after some deliberation, and without leaving the bar, returned their verdict; finding both the prisoners Guilty.
     The prisoners were then placed at the front of the bar; the Clerk of the Crown, in the usual terms, announced their conviction, and demanded if they had any thing to say why sentence of death should not be awarded against them according to law.
     Hugh Loughridge, the prisoner, in a firm tone of voice, addressed his Lordship - "I have to say, my Lord, I am not guilty; by the reason, that when I went to Ballymoney for the arsenic, it was for Mr. Price, and on my return I gave it to his servant, as I considered. When I was charged with the murder of my wife, I went to Mr. Price, but he denied having received the poison, desiring me to point out the person I had given it to, but I told him I could not, because  I was blind. The girl makes evidence that she returned from the bog with the deceased; this is wrong; for if she had been present she would have seen that I ate as much of the bread as the deceased. - We (the prisoners) shall submit to any judgment passed on us, but we are wrongly accused by these people, and are not guilty."
     The female prisoner, a Hoary woman, upwards of six [sic] years old, did not evince much feeling on the awful occasion, but asserted her innocence, saying she knew nothing of the poison.
     His Lordship then addressed the prisoners, and during the delivering of it, was so deeply affected as to be almost overpowered by his feelings.- There did not appear to be any individual in the crowded Court who did not appear deeply moved on the awful occasion. His Lordship concluded by ordering the unfortunate wretches for execution the following Monday.


     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:
     "I beg leave to say a few words- I acknowledge the justice of my sentence; I forgive my prosecutors and my enemies and this man here (meaning the executioner) I call upon those assembled to abstain from nightly meetings; it was by attending at these that I am brought to this fate, and if others follow my example they will come to a like end. I beg the prayers of those present and may the Lord have mercy upon me!"
     Having stood up, the rope was finally adjusted, the drop fell, and in a few moments lie had left him, without even a struggle, on his fall there was no exclamation of horror, and the immense multitude fell simultaneously upon their knees, and offered up their prayers to the throne of God, for mercy upon the misguided man.


     TRALEE, AUGUST 10 - The Hon. Mr. Justice JEBB and the Hon. Mr. Justice VANDELEUR arrived here this day, from Limerick.
     Denis Sullivan stood charged with having administered an unlawful oath to James Barrett, and with an assault on the person of Thomas Doherty and James Barrett- committed on the 7th April at Duree, in this County.
     James Barrett swore, that as he and Doherty were on the 7th of April, proceeding to the home of Mr. M'Sweeny, to serve a process, they were met by the prisoner, and a number of other men; they took a number of papers from them by force; tore the seal from some of them, and forced them back on the witness; they then beat him very severely, and pursued him with a branding iron for some distance, when he fell from loss of blood. On coming up they made him go on his knees; gave him a book, and made him swear, never to go to that place again, to which witness replied, "I'll engage - I won't" - they also swore him not to have any more to do with respect to the legal proceedings against Mr. M'Sweeny, and that he would not prosecute any of those present- during all this and while they were beating witness, Sullivan was within 40 or 50 yards of the men, who occasionally carried to him (he being the only one amongst them who could read) the papers of which they had deprived witness; there were others amongst the men, whose names he knows; saw John Curran amongst them, who has a right to know better than witness himself who it was that beat him.
     Thomas Doherty corroborated in part the testimony of the last witness, stating that he saw the prisoner collar Barrett; on being asked whether the beating he got might not prevent his swearing with such accuracy, he replied that if the Counsel himself got such a beating, he would not be able to swear with great accuracy. This witness left the table, saying that he would not answer all their question, for there were too many of them at him.
     John Curran swore that he was present during the assault; is of opinion that Barrett & Doherty got enough of it; saw no paper taken from Barrett.
     Daniel Sullivan stated that on the Monday in question, he went to Mr. M'Sweeny's - the men were not beat at all, as he was in the house with Sullivan all the time.
     Mr. M'Gillicuddy deposed to the general good character of the prisoner, who was found guilty of the assault and riot, and acquitted on the charge of administering the oath; he was sentenced to twelve months hard labour.


     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 circumstances proved were most barbarous. The deceased, in company with his man, had undertaken to convey the Mail from Killarney to Millstreet, on the 24th January, 1824, the coach having been stopped the preceding night, by the insurgents. At Carriganimi, four miles from Killarney, they were met by a number of people armed with scythes, pitchforks, and other weapons, who immediately assailed them, dragging Bryan M'Guire, Mr. Brereton's servant, off his horse, and makign a furious attack upon Brereton himself, who had resolution enough, being mounted on a spirited horse, to drive through an immense crowd of the assailants who surrounded him on all sides. He had partly succeeded, when a stroke of a scythe was made at his horse, which almost cut off the hind quarter of the animal - the horse, urged by the impetus, still advanced for about ten yards, when he fell. Brereton was surrounded and inhumanely butchered. When he was found, one arm was cut off, and the entire body was literally covered with wounds. Bryan M'Guire, Dennis Sullivan, (an approver), and a policeman, were examined on the part of the Crown; Mr. John Kelly, of the police establishment, was also examined, when the circumstances of guilt were clearly proved against the prisoner, who produced one witness, who was wholly insufficient to invalidate the other testimony.
     Mr. Justice Jebb charged the Jury; and Counsellor Walshe, long before the verdict was announced, charitably returned the unhappy man his fee. He seemed to receive it as an earnest of his approaching fate, and though apparently removed during the entire trial, shook his head with melancholy significance upon receiving the money.
    The Jury did not remain long in deliberation, but gave in the expected verdict of "guilty;" and the usual question being put to the prisoner, if he had any thing to say in arrest of the sentence of death, he answered that he would leave it all to God. The Judge then addressed him, in a most impressive and solemn manner, exhorting him to seek mercy from that God, who had never denied it; who would not deny it to him though he (the prisoner) had refused it in the unhappy man who had fallen an innocent and harmless victim to his cruelty and barbarity. His Lordship dwelt with much eloquence upon the atrocity of the crime; the cowardly spirit which could prompt the commission of such a horrid act; and the extreme clearness of the violence upon which the prisoner was found guilty. He then passed upon him the awful sentence of the law, during the entire of which the prisoner behaved with such resolution and composure as to excite the wonder of the entire Court.


     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.
     This was a case, arising out of a trial of two issues, from the Court of Exchequer, which was disposed of before Mr. Serjeant Lefroy, at the last Assizes for this County.
     Many witnesses were examined upon the trial of Mr. Orpen, and after an able charge from Judge Jebb, the Jury having retired for about half an hour, returned with a verdict of Guilty.
     His Lordship then addressed the prisoner, and having, in the course of a severe reproof, dwelt with much eloquence and force upon the unexampled enormity of his crime, sentenced him to transportation for seven years.
     It was near 10 o'clock at night when this trial was over and the following morning was appointed for the trial of Mr. Rice O'Connor, the Agent for the former prosecution, and a party in the cause, charged with further indictment, with a conspiracy against Mr. John Hurley, and a subordination of perjury. This prosecution however id not go on, it was put off by affidavit from the prisoner, stating that he had not sufficient notice of the indictment, and that he would be prepared by the next Assizes. To this measure Mr. Hurley readily consented, stating, through his Counsel, that they were most anxious to allow him every opportunity of preparation, and hoping that he would be able to acquit himself of the charge- He also consented to admit him to bail on his own recognizance.


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."
     The prisoner received an excellent character from three Gentlemen of the highest respectability.
     The Learned Judge summed up the evidence; and the Jury, after half an hour's absence, returned a verdict of "Guilty of Murder."
     The Judge rose under very considerable emotion and said - "You, David Talbot, have been indicted under one of the heavier charges that can affect a human being- you have been indicted for the wilful murder of your fellow-creature." His Lordship sentenced the prisoner, then ordered him for execution on the Monday following.
     The prisoner was recommended to mercy by the Jury - he was respited for ten days.


    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.
     Application to Mr. Rickard Burke, at above.
     August 23d, 1824.


     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.
     The Grand Jurors and Magistrates are already supplied through the Post Office.
                   JOHN O'HARA,
                   Treasurer, Co. Galway.
August 23, 1824


     FROM the 29th September next, FOUR WELL ENCLOSED FIELDS, at Dangan.- Enquire at the Fishery Office.
     Galway, August 23, 1824.


Lesse John Burke }for Six Months, subject to
               a.          } redemption, the Lands of
         Ejector.       } CHURCH-PARK, as lately
-------------------}held by Walter Lambert, Esq. in the Barony of Tyaquin, and County of Galway.
     Proposals to Michael Dowdall, Esq., Tyaquin, Monivea.
     John W. Browne, Esq, Plaintiff's Solicitor.
     August 16, 1824.


     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.
     JAMES JOYCE, and
     JOHN IRELAND, Esqrs.
Galway, August 23, 1824


     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.

Office of the Ordnance.
Dublin, 20th August, 1824.

     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, 1825, viz.-
     Arklow, Armagh, Athlone, Athy, Banagher, Ballyshannon, Ballyghedereen, Belfast, Belturbet, Boyle, Caher, Carlow, Cavan, Cashel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Carrick on Suir, Clare-Castle, Clonmel, Clogheen, Cork, Royal Barracks (Dublin), Portobello (Dublin), Richmond (Dublin), Recruiting Depot (Dublin), Duncannon Fort, Drogheda, Dundalk, Dunmore, Ennis, Enniskillen, Fermoy, Fethard, Foxford, Galway, Gort, Granard, Kinsale, Kilkenny, Loughrea, Limerick, Longford, Monaghan, Mullingar, Naas, Newbridge, Newry, New Ross, Oughterard, Omagh, Parsonstown, Portumna, Philipstown, Roscommon, Youghal, Roscrea, Sligo, Shannonbridge, Templemore, Tralee, Tullamore, Tullagh, Waterford, Wexford.
     Printed Forms of the Tenders, Particulars of the Agreements to be entered into, and Certificates as to Solvency of Security, may be had at this Office, between the hours of Ten and Four o'Clock, or upon application to the Barrack-Masters at the various Stations.
     Tenders to be Sealed up, and addressed to the respective Officers, Ordnance Office, Dublin, endorsed "Tenders for Lighting Lamps." And they request it may be particularly understood that Tenders unaccompanied with the Printed Forms of Agreement and Certificate will not be taken into consideration.
                  (By Order)
                                        MATT. WINTER

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. Post.
     CAUTION TO FARMERS - DEATH OF CATTLE - From Thursday the 12th to the 19th inst., three milch cows, two heifers, and two pigs, have died upon the same farm, the properties of William Donaldson and John Wier, both of Killycarren. These sudden deaths, it is generally believed, were occasioned by allowing flax water to run over the pasture, and thereby noxious weeds were propagated. Two dogs, the properties of the above mentioned persons, have since died, by being allowed to eat of the deceased cattle.
     Mr. Manning, Surveyor-General, and Mr. Price, Assistant, have arrived in Drogheda, for the purpose of ascertaining what reductions can be made in the Customs department of that port. They have been similarly employed at all the sea ports in the North.
     TAX ON IRISHMEN - By the Rolls of Parliament, A.D. 1477, it appears Irishmen residing in London, were subjected to the following scale of taxation:- Irishmen having no lands, twelve pence out of twenty shillings- Irishmen keeping houses, an annual duty of two shillings; and merchants born in Ireland, thirteen and four pence per annum.
    Mr. Kelly, Inspector of Fisheries, has been up the Shannon to Killaloe, placing watchmen in the different parts of the river, and has obtained from the Magistrates their orders to the Police stationed on the banks to afford every assistance in their power to stop all kinds of fishing.
     Thursday night, a field of oats, consisting of five acres, the property of a man named John Nolan, of Ballysimon, near Limerick, was maliciously trampled on, and otherwise injured. The reason assigned for this outrage is, that he had taken the ground for this season, contrary to the laws of Captain Rock.
     Thursday night, a soldier of the 39th Regiment, named Wm M'Kenny, a native of the County Donegal, who was placed sentinel on the Excise Office, forced his way into the office, and attempted to rob the premises. After he was relieved the attempt was discovered; but M'Kenny, in the interval, effected his escape.  

     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 assisting.
     A second indictment charged the prisoners similarly with the death of Patrick Mullally, an inmate in Shea's dwelling-house.
     Mr. Serjeant Lloyd explained the nature of the evidence to be laid before the Jury. The first witness called was -
     John Mullally examined by Mr. Driscoll.
     Witness knew one Patrick Mullally; he is dead, and saw him dead; witness knew Edmund Shea, and saw him dead; Shea's house was burnt all to the shell; witness took notice of the dead bodies; saw in the bodies the hole where balls had entered into the bodies of Edmund Shea and Patrick Mullally; Patrick Mullally was witness's son; Shea was witness's nephew; knew Edward Shea's body because he had a lame leg; the house was burnt in November, 1821; in the morning early, witness saw the bodies; saw the house on the day before; witness could see the house from his own house; witness's house was in the same direction opposite to Shea's.
     This witness was not cross-examined by Counsel for the prisoners.
     Mary Kelly, examined by Counsel, for the prisoners.
     Mary Kelly, examined by Mr. Doherty, K.C.,
     Witness is wife of Peter Kelly, and mother of John Kelly; was born within three fields of Shea's house, and lived there since she was born, until she was married; lived there for 21 years; and lived there at the time of the burning; and recollects the time well; knows William & Darby Maher; William Maher is related to witness's husband; knows both the Mahers a long time; recollects seeing William Maher at her own house, before Shea's house was burnt; saw him on the Sunday night previous to the burning; on Monday night the burning took place; on the Saturday week before the burning, William Maher came to witness's house to make bullets; he asked if any one was within but themselves; and desired John Kelly to be sent into the room to him; witness left the candle on the table, but did not stop in the room with Maher; witness saw William Maher make slugs, and her son was sitting at one table with him; he, Maher, said he wanted to take the arms out of Shea's house; at that time said nothing more particularly; witness saw Maher on the following Saturday previous to the burning on Monday; he came to her house early in the morning, and was in her room; he asked witness could he trust Paddy Mullally with a secret; she, witness, said, that she could tell him any ting; witness is second cousin to Paddy Mullally, and first cousin to the witness just examined; Paddy Mullally lived at Shea's house; Maher told witness to go over to Shea's house to Mullally and ask him if he would sell the house, by giving up, or getting the arms, and that he, Paddy, should get the best piece for himself out of them, and that the boys of Kilesty and Canamanna would be his friends for ever after." This talk took place on Saturday morning, and in the evening of the same day, Maher cam again to her, and said, "Go to Paddy Mullally, and tell him that I cannot meet him for three nights more; " witness took the first message in the morning ,and she took the second given her at night; the first time she (witness) went, Paddy told her that he would not do what Maher wanted, and would not sell Shea's house, but that he (Mullally) would strive to get Maher's mind out;  witness told Maher that Mullally would come to meet him; Maher ten desired her (witness) to to over to Mullally's and to tell him not to come; but that he (Maher) would send witness's son to Mullally, and appointed the following Monday night to meet him; that was the night on which Shea's house was burnt; witness saw Billy Mahon at her own house the next day, Sunday; witness's son and husband were present, and likewise Catherine Mullally, who lived at service at Ned Shea's; Billy Mahon said to Catherine, who was seated on the same chair with Billy (and he courting her in a manner,) "whether the Sheas used to sit up late and were they afraid much of being attacked;" on the same Sunday evening, witness's son went part of the way, to convey Catherine Mullally, when Maher followed them out; witness did not see Maher upon Monday morning. On Monday night witness's husband went to bed, but witness did not, but stopt up expecting Billy Maher, according to appointment; witness looked out of her window two or three times; the last time she looked out she saw three men, amongst them was William Maher; the direction they walked in was toward Sheas; witness's husband was in bed about two hours at the time; Maher was about twice the distance of Counsel's side of the Court from her; witness then took the fastening stick off the door, to let in the three men as she thought because they were passing through her haggard, and she blew up the fire, but as the men had not come in, witness went out again, when she saw the six men going towards Darby Maher's house; amongst them five or six, witness could not take her oath that Billy Maher was actually present, but was quite sure he was amongst the three whom witness had seen first; witness had on her husband's riding coat, when she followed the party up to watch them, for Paddy Mullally; the six went on before witness, and witness stood at the other side of the ditch;  witness saw the six go into Darby Maher's; witness then stopped a while, and saw three men coming in another direction and go into Darby Maher's; when she saw the second party she went towards one Cahill's house, to tell them to  send one of the Cahill's to the Shea's and to tell them a party was gathering at Darby Maher's; did not go all the way to Cahill's house, because she heard voices of men just above Cahill's coming on; this party consisted of vive or six, and passed her; she saw them also going to Darby Maher's;  she remained without proceeding to Cahill's after they passed her, being afraid that others of the party might be coming; waited and saw the parties coming out of Darby Maher's; they were in all 16 or 17; they just faced her; they passed near, that she knew them well; they were about 27 steps from her; William Maher was amongst them; had a blunderbuss; Darby Maher was also amongst them; did not see his arms; the party had fire, which they carried with them; could see the fire which they carried, after she ceased to see themselves; the party went above Cahill's towards Shea's; saw shortly after three different blazes of fire, which soon joined together; she did not think it was the house that was burning, because William Maher had given her his hand and word that they would not burn the house, but merely take arms; heard four shouts together at Shea's house; heard afterwards more; the last she hears was farther off than Shea's house, near Philip Dillon's; saw some of the party after the fire; she moved towards the wall still, and she saw them coming back; they came so near that she could know some of them; saw the two Mahers amongst them; William had the blunderbuss; still heard them cursing, and talking of mercies; heard bawling from Shea's house; the party went to Darby Maher's did not stay long; saw them leave it; she thought it was day light then, but it wanted an hour and a half of it; (the light was near the flames.) Witness next went to, and faced Ned Shea's house, where witness saw four or five bodies, and the house all burnt; the first man was lying dead near the door; witness then ran toward her own home and took off her coat and went into the room; her husband was asleep; witness's son was out digging potatoes at one of Morrissys; she told her son that all the Sheas were burnt, and not to tell any one of it; witness could at all rest, and went over again to Murphy's, and told all the people working in the garden that the Sheas were killed and burnt; witness then got her cloak and Dan and James Murphy, and Lally, when witness was going towards Shea's house, she saw Darby Maher standing close to the wall, near J. Maher's house, "and the colour of death was upon him;" this was the same Darby which witness saw going to Shea's; witness gave him a look, but did not speak to him; witness and sister, and son all went to Edmond Shea's house; saw the dead bodies the second time; saw Ned Shea's body; knew the body as he had a short leg; saw Paddy Mullally's body and knew it; the first time that witness saw Wm. Maher after the burning was on Wednesday; it was the fair day; her son was going to the funeral; Wm. Maher came into her house, and her son was present; witness called Maher a "Murderer!" and "told him that he was the last man in Ireland, she thought, would kill her people"- in answer to this charge Maher said "the devil choak 'em, we were calling 'em out, and to throw the arms out, and they wouldn't throw them out." Maher then desired witness not go to the funeral for fear she would tell any thing; witness did not go to the funeral, but she went to the fair of Fethard; witness went to live in Mullinahone for fear of her life; witness did not tell the burning to any body after; had no wish to inform on Wm. Maher, (being related); witness first told the burning of Shea's house to the Priest, twelve months after it happened; don't know the Priest's name, nor where he is now; after that told it to her Parish Priest; did not tell all that she knew to the Priest, but said that she knew the party who burnt Shea's house; after this she went to Mr. Despard, a Magistrate, the second Chistmas after the fire; it was seven weeks before Christmas, and after being with her Priest, it was not long when she went to Mr. Despard, the Magistrate's-
     [The witness got the rod, and identified the prisoners at the bar, as being the Darby and Wm. Maher, whom she saw going to Shea's house; the witness was very much affected.]
     This witness underwent an able cross-examination by Mr. Hamilton, from which it appeared that she kept a house of no great reputation, frequented by night-walkers; that she went by the name of Cunneen; she was at the inquest of the Sheas; did not tell them what she told now; was asked then, but was not asked the questions which would bring forth the present testimony.
     To an interrogatory by the JUDGE- Witness was first with the Priest before she went to the Magistrate; afterwards the Peelers spoke to her, and said that she would repair again to Mr. Despard; it was about seven weeks before Christmas that witness told Mr. Despard her story, but did not tell every thing she told this day on the table; it is twelve months last May, since witness went to live at Mullanashone; witness told the Magistrate, Mr. Despard, about it, before, she went to live at Mullanashone; witness did not tell the entire truth for fear she would be brought to the Court to give evidence; would not for all the world prosecute Wm. Maher; Mr. Despard told witness he would not ask her to prosecute; when witness could have got a reward she did not look for it, nor did she get any; witness never divulged the case until she had been with the Priest.
     To the Court - On the same day that witness had been with the first Priest, she went to her own Parish Priest, and after being alone with the Parish Priest, she went in a fortnight afterwards to the Magistrate; she told him the whole story; witness went to Mr. Millot, the Magistrate, and had several conversations with Mr. Despard; in the first conversation that witness has with Mr. Despard, she concealed the account of seeing the fire with the party, and of her watching their proceedings; and also, witness kept back one of the names of the six men whom she knew and gave in but the names of five; the reason she kept concealed one man was that she was in terror; the last conversation witness had, she told the entire truth; witness never swore against one Ryan.
     Mr. Hamilton asked the name of the first Priest to whom she had told her story? The witness said she did not wish to mention his name, for if she did, her belief was, that the Priest would be murdered! and witness was sure he would be murdered!
     [ Here a conversation took place between Counsel on both sides, as to the propriety of concealing the Priest's name; Mr. Doherty observed, that his name would be communicated in private to the prisoner's Counsel, for that it was very likely the Priest would be visited with vengeance. The proposition was agreed to.]
     The witness was taken with weakness several times during her examination- and her demeanor on the whole was correct.

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.
     On his cross-examination by Mr. Hamilton, it appeared that witness's father was a carpenter, and his mother carried on a little business in selling spirits and beer. It also appeared that witness and his mother had been in Dublin, from whence they had come a couple of days back to this prosecution; witness had been brought back to Dublin from his regiment at Limerick, by Captain Drought, who also brought witness 's mother in the same coach. Witness had enlisted in Clonmel; after being some time in Limerick, witness was examined by Captain Drought twice, and was soon after his second examination sent to Dublin, where he was again examined, as well as his mother, who had gone after him to Limerick, when his joined the regiment.

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.
     On his cross-examination by Mr. Hatchell, said, that on the night of the burning, witness and other friend had gone to assist the Sheas. Witness lost a brother in the house. Knows John Mullally; he had a son destroyed in that house; witness told Mullally about a fortnight before he told Mr. Despard; it was not Mullally who desired him to go to Mr. Despard; Mr. Despard sent for witness afterwards. Witness had been examined on oath at Cloneen, after the burning, by a bench of Magistrates, and did not tell what he knew, because he was afraid of his life. Witness told Mullally, because he believed Mullally would keep it secret.

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.
     On his cross-examination by Mr. Hatchell, witness said J. Butler did not tell him he knew any of the people concerned in the burning; Butler was his servant.
     Junior Phelan corroborated like evidence regarding the firing and words between Philip Dillon, and the people on the hill; and D. Butler, brother of John, corroborated the same; this witness and he had given informations before a Magistrate six or seven weeks ago, and had not given them before, because he was afraid of being murdered, and because, also, he had been told not to it by his brother and mother.
    Richard Phelan next deposed to the firing and expressions used near the burning house.
     Alice Butler sworn. -  Lived within two or three miles of Sheas; the night of the fire, her son John came and told her the house was burned, and that Darby Maher was concerned; on which she cautioned them not to tell that to any one, or he would be destroyed. In about an hour after the fire, her son asked her if her brother, Mick, was within; when she told him he was out, he said she never would not see any more than his burnt bones! She had another son, Edward.
     Captain Draught of the Police, examined -  Said that he had a conversation with prisoner in gaol; that he cautioned the prisoner, that whatever he said should be entirely optional, as he (Captain Draught) would feel it necessary to give it in evidence; no hopes were held out or threats to the prisoner; the prisoner then said to Captain Drought, that he had a blunderbuss and gave it away to the Priest.
     Francis Despard, Esq. was examined touching the investigation at Clooneen, immediately after the burning; none of the persons there examined, among them were Mary Kelly and John Butler, said they knew any one concerned; the only questions put to Mary Kelly were relative to the persons who had been drinking at her house.
     The case of the prosecution closed here- when Philip Ryan, a tailor, came up and swore that he slept at Darby Maher's the whole of the night of the burning, and in the same bed with him; and that Maher could not go out without his knowledge; the evidence of this witness was very far from sufficient to produce a favourable effect on the jury.
     Philip Burke was next sworn. He was a man of fair repute; for William Maher he deposed that one the night of burning, William Maher left his house to go sleep in an adjoining barn; witness locked the door after Maher went out to the barn. Next to prove that Maher did not leave the barn during the night.
    John Welsh, in the employ of Mr. Burke, was sworn, but his evidence was much like that of the tailor; and between both the alibi was badly sustained. Several other witnesses were examined when
     The LONE CHIEF JUSTICE, at eight o'clock proceeded to charge the Jury. His Lordship dwelt with much force on the enormity of the crime, and was occupied for upwards of two hours in laying the evidence before the Jury, who retired before ten.
     About a quarter past ten o'clock, the CHIEF JUSTICE inquired whether it was likely they would soon agree, as he evidently seemed to be exhausted- his Lordship intimated, that they should not by any means hasten their deliberations- he would come down before twelve o'clock, if they were of opinion that that hour would answer. Should they exceed twelve, in not agreeing, he would delay receiving the verdict until morning.
     The Foreman said it was likely they would agree very soon. - The Jury, retired and in about a quarter of an hour returned. The names being called, the Foreman asked with respect to the distinction of the finding in the two indictments.
     His LORDSHIP said, that the finding in one would establish both - The verdict of Guilty was then announced. William Maher bent his head and covered his face with his hands. Darby's demeanour undertook no alteration.
    His Lordship put on the black cap, and proceeded to pass sentence of death, which he did in the most awful manner. When he had concluded his Lordship turned to the Jury, and observed, Gentlemen of the Jury, I concur, in the most unqualified manner, in the verdict you have returned, If I had a voice capable of communicating to all those who are around, I would tell them what I hope will be remembered by many, that the prisoners at the bar had not a murderous view on their attack on Shea's house. That it was barely in the pursuit of arms. How long will the common people continue to hold a passion for this plunder of arms? So long as they continue to do so, it is impossible to restore tranquility. They stray themselves against laws of their country. They act under vile agitators, who encourage them to crime, and make them their dupes. In the morning of that fated day, you, William and Darby Maher, had no greater crime in view than attacking a house for arms; but, before the rising of the morning sun of the succeeding day, you had committed murder! you had indiscriminately sacrificed so many of your fellow creatures.
     Shortly after sentence the prisoners burst into sobs and tears, in which they indulged for some time. They are both rather well-looking men, very clearly in their appearance, and are cousins. They were removed to gaol under a very strong guard.

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.
     Mary Curtin, a woman apparently over 60 years of age, was charged with stealing 35l. in Bank of Ireland Notes, the property of Patrick Fitzgibbon. The Jury did not consider that the identity of the notes had been satisfactorily established, and the prisoner was therefore acquitted and discharged.
     Honora Reardon was charged with stealing a sum of money, the property of Jeremiah Buckley.
     Richard Lombur and John Sullivan, journeymen bakers, were arraigned for firing a pistol shot, which wounded Patrick Scannel in several places. After the examination of several witnesses, the prisoners were acquitted.


     Michael Dorgan, for the abduction and violation of Ellen Smith, next given in charge.
     Timothy Dorgan was the first witness, and he deposed that in the month of January, 1823, his house was attacked at night, and Ellen Smith, his sister-in-law, forcibly taken away. The prisoner at the bar was of the party. Witness spoke to him at the time of the attack; remonstrated with him, and resisted the carrying away of Ellen Smith.- Being cross-examined by Mr. Freeman, he admitted that this was the second time she had been carried off.
     Ellen Smith was then sworn, and she stated, that in the month of January twelvemonth, her brother-in-law's house was attacked, and she was carried forcibly away to the house of a man named Foley, whose protection she claimed on arriving at his house, but without effect. She was detained at this house for some days, where she was put to bed with Michael Dorgan. Witness was not able to identify the prisoner at the bar.
    Justin McCarthy, Esq. being examined, stated, that, as Magistrate, he took measures for apprehending the prisoner, and made several efforts to have him taken into custody, but without success; at length, however, he surrendered himself a little before the last Assizes.
     Cross-examined - The prisoner is a man of good character; witness has known him long; and has occasionally employed him.
     The prisoner's defence was quite imperfect to rebut the evidence, and while the Jury had retired on the case, Mr. Freeman, Counsel for the prisoner, intimated that the prosecutrix was now willing to marry the prisoner; but on inquiry being made, it turned out that the female was decidedly averse from accepting the prisoner as a husband. - Guilty - to be transported for seven years.

     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.
     The prisoners were found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to be imprisoned six months.

     John Guiry, for the murder of James Hagerty were next placed at the bar.
     John Morrissey being examined, deposed that he was present when the deceased was killed; the men who killed him were tried at a former Assizes, and acquitted; but it was by the present prisoner that the deceased was held while the others inflicted the mortal wound of which he died - the other men who were tried for this offence were acquitted.
     This witness being cross-examined by Mr. O'Connell, stated, that in his first information, he accused six women of having been concerned in this affray; the battle might have been going on for three quarters of an hour, or perhaps more; never asked Guiry to appear as a witness against the men who were tried at the last Assizes. - The prisoner was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment.


     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.

From the 11th of November next,

The following LANDS, part of the Estate of A.J. M'DERMOTT, Esq.                        A.   R.   P.
No. 1- The Lands of Cloughmore,
rich Arable, Pasture and Meadow
Land:                                             260   0   0

No. 2 - The Lands of Mount Ross,
do, do, do, about                           268   0   0
[Those Lands are in the Barony
of Clare and Parish of Killieny, lies
from one to two miles from Headford,
one from Lough Corrib, and nine from
Galway, by the New Road, the greater
part of which is finished]

No. 3 - The Farm of Carrowkeel,
rich Pasture and Meadow                 70   0    0
[ A House and Office lately built
by the Proprietor]

No. 4 - The Farm and Bog Park,
do, do, two Farm Houses, &c. and
a considerable tract of Bog and
Waste, about                                    80   0   0

No. 5 - Part of the Lands of
Loughturke, do, do.                          76   0   0
[ A good House, &c. and a large
tract of Bog and Waste]

No. 6 - The Farm of Loughanbane
do, do.                                             36   0   0

No. 7 - Part of the Lands of
Ballooly, do, do.                               37   0   0

No. 8 - Part of the Lands of
Crossconnel, do, do.                          6   0   0

     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 that Town.
     The above Lands, in order to accommodate the Public, will, if necessary, be sub-divided.
     Proposals will be received, and long Leases and good encouragement given, to solvent and industrious Tenants, by the Proprietor, A.J. M'Dermott, Esq. Ramore, Loughrea.
     N.B. - The above Lands have been in the Landlord's hands for several years.
     Some excellent Old Upland Hay for Sale, and a few Thousand Ash, Elm, Beech, and Oak, from 15 to 20 feet high, fit for hedge-row planting, being strong and well rooted, and out of the reach of the Cattle to be disposed of. The entire Nursery which is a most valuable one, will be Sold at a valuation.
     Michael Broderick, the Gardner at Ramore, will receive proposals.

August 30, 1824


Hobson             }Pursuant to an order made
    v.                  } in these Causes, bearing date
Kelly & others  }the 19th day of December last, I
----------------} will, on Monday, the sixth day of
September next, at the hour of one o'clock in the afternoon, of said day, at my Chambers, on the Inn's-quay, Dublin, set up and let to the highest and fairest bidder, for three years from the first day of May last, pending the said first Cause, ALL THAT AND THOSE, the Towns and Lands of Ahane and Money Gormley, West Carrowntubber, Castletown, Cloonaconore, Corcullen, Curraghmore, and Lehuragh, situate in the Barony of Tiaquan and county of Galway, in the pleadings mentioned. - Dated this 24th day of August, 1824.                     THOMAS ELLIS.


                                       A.  R.  P.       A.  R.  P.

Arable and Pasture        294  3  13
Mountain and Bog           28  1  34 -    323  1  1


Arabable and Pasture    151  0  15
Mountain Pasture            12  3    0 -     173  3  15
Bog                                                      1?8  2   0


Arable and Pasture       250  0  35
Bog                                 9  9  15 -      307  1   0


Arable and Pasture       122  1  20
Bog                              101  1   0 -       223  2 20


Arable and Pasture       140  1  29
Bog                                52  1  26 -      201  3   9


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.
     For particulars, apply to Messrs. Galway at Rockwood, near Galway, and No. 11 Summer-Hill, Dublin, who will show the Maps of the Lands and give every other necessary information on the subject.


     The Board of Education in Ireland are about to erect a School-house and offices in Clonmel, on the site granted by Col Bagwell.
     An order has been issued by the Duke of York to the Commanding Officers of Regiments, directing that no distinction as to religion shall be observed in the enlisting of recruits.
     In the Irish Fisheries last year 49,448 men were engaged, during which a bounty was paid on 27,857 barrels of cured herrings.
     A meeting of the Magistrates of the County of Roscommon is to be held for the purpose of appointing 51 additional Constables.
     The Grand Jury of the County of Kerry have recommended to the next Grand Jury to withhold all Presentments for the Fever Hospital, unless the medical salaries be reduced to their amount at the period of the election of the present officers. The Medical Gentlemen say, however, that their services were offered on the understanding that their present salaries should not be diminished.
     Barrett, the associate of the notorious Captain Cotter, who was executed for the barbarous murder of Mr. Brereton, although acquitted of that offence, has been found guilty at Cork Assizes of a Rape on a married woman, and sentenced to be hanged.
     It is common practice among the lower orders in Peidmont to have their initials, perhaps those of their mistress, or any other capricious symbol, cut in their hair, as children sow their cypher in mustard and cress in England.
     A very well ascertained Mermaid appeared on the coast, quite close to the shore, at Termon-Fechin on Wednesday last, and was most distinctly seen by George Hoey, the parish clerk, by Owen Maguire of Meaghstown, and by Mr. Taffe, a farmer, of the parish of Termon-Fechin. It remained close to them for upwards of a quarter of an hour, and then swam out to sea.-- Drogheda Journal.
     Extraordinary Feat.-
On Saturday last, Robinson, the pedestrian, undertook to walk 20 times round Stephen's-green, outside the railing (i.e. 20 miles) in the short space of two hours, for a wager of 50 guineas. He accomplished his task in one hour 55 minutes and 40 seconds.

Conviction of the Murderers of the Late Mr. Marum

     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.


     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 morning.
     To a question by a Juror - Some of the prisoners were armed; every one of these prisoners was at the muster of the assailants, previous to the attack.

     James Moynehan (another approver) gave testimony to the same effect as Walshe, and identified Doolan, Garret Brown, and Meenan; has had conversations with Walshe, the other informer; not this subject.
     This witness underwent a long cross-examination, much of which would be uninteresting.

     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 that occasion.
     Cross-examined - Flynn was seven or eight yards from his own house during the attack; his house was on fire, for it was under the same roof with the police barrack.

     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.
     Cross-examined - Walshe might have got out without witness's knowledge.

     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 preceding day.
     Cross-examined - They got out of the burning house in their shirts, and went into a neighbour's house.

     James Hogan - Knows the three Flynns; they came into his house while the attack upon the Police was going forward.
     Mr. Milward gave a good character of William Flynn; Mr. Crofts was here last Assizes to give Flynn a character; the Flynns are very decent people.
     Cross-examined - Many men of good character have been implicated in the late disturbances.
     Mr. G.S. Crofts, also gave a good character of the prisoner; but, in cross-examination made the same admission that Mr. Millward had done.
     Mr. Rogers gave a good character of Fleming, with whom he has had many dealings.
     Mr. Wrixon also gave a good character of Fleming, and added, that he had a gun for shooting ducks, which he gave up at the commencement of the disturbance.
     The Rev. Daniel O'Brien, Parish Priest of Churchtown, gave a good character of Flynn and Fleming.
     Mr. Robert Freeman likewise spoke favourably of Flynn, as did Mr. Glover, both of Flynn and Fleming.
     The case being closed on both sides his Lordhship proceeded to charge the Jury, in the course of which he observed, that their verdict must depend upon the opinion as to the guilt or innocence of Flynn.
     The Learned Judge made several other observations, and concluded by observing they had an important duty to discharge, which he was sure they would perform with strict impartiality and justice. The Jury retired, and in a few minutes returned with a verdict of Not Guilty for all the prisoners.
     The Court was crowded and appeared gratified at the verdict.



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