Ireland Old News

Galway, Thursday, February 3, 1825


Ryan and Ferguson v. Thos. Kell and Jane Dwyer

     Mr. M. Ryan, one of the parties who keeps a respectable wool and drapery establishment in Patrick-street, stated, that on Saturday last, about 4 o'clock, Jane Dwyer came into his shop, and after agreeing for 2 1/2 yards of kersey, gave a 30s. bank of Ireland note in payment; Mr. Ryan asked her particularly about the note, and also her sums, as she had about 14 days before passed him a note that was doubtful; she said her name was J. Dwyer, and she lived in Adair, and had got it at market for a pig she sold, and that the person who gave it wrote his name on the back. Mr. Ryan looked at the name, and saw John Costello, beautifully written, almost to equal copperplate. It seemed extraordinary, that in the hurry of a market, and where the best pens are not always to be had, that the name should be so carefully and elegantly done, and he went out and was told of several that it was a good note; but on his return the woman was gone. A daughter of his pointed to a man standing nearby opposite the door, and said, that he was with the woman when she posted the other note, about a fortnight before. Mr. Ryan brought the man into the shop and asked him about Jane Dwyer; he admitted knowing her, but would not tell where she was to be met with. He was accordingly brought to the Police-office by Mr. Ryan and his son, and searched in their presence by a Policeman. Some cord and a piece of calico were found on him, which Mr. Ryan afterwards discovered were purchased from Mr. Ferguson, in George's-street, a pound note, some silver, and a 30s. note, the very same as that which Jane Dwyer had passed, and also adornment which the public interest required him (Mr. R.) to produce, and of which the following is a copy:

     "To the Magistrate, Rathkeale.,
"The bearer, Thomas Kell, is working for me, secretly, and I think, with sincerity; I trust, he will do some essential service to the public - Jan. 19, 1822.        "T.P. Vokes."

     Sir C. Marrell - This cannot possibly be Mr. Voke's hand-writing. It is, I suppose, another forgery.
     Serjeant-Major (City Police) - No, your Worship, it is Mr. Voke's writing.
     The notes were then handed up to the Bench, and, with the exception of one pound-note, they were all declared by Mr. Roche to be forgeries.
     Mr. W. Ferguson, jun, said, that about three o'clock on Saturday, a woman came into his shop and bought some cord and calico, and gave a 30s. Bank of Ireland, note in payment to his father. The goods came to 4s. 10 1/2 d. and Mr. Ferguson gave her, besides some silver, a pound note, upon which he wrote "John Browne," the name of the person from whom he received it. He afterwards saw the note, and was informed by the Policeman who found it, that it was not on the prisoner Kell's person. The 30s. note which Mr. Ferguson's father received, agreed both in number and date, and was the very same appearance of that which was passed on Mr. Ryan, and that discovered on Kell.
     J. Prendergast was the Policeman who searched the prisoner Kell, and found the notes, pass, &c. on him.
     Sir C. Marrell - Michael Kell, where did you get these notes?
     Prisoner - From C. Adamson, please your Worship.
     Q. - Why did you not send to Mr. Adamson? - I had no person to send.
     Q. - Or to Mr. Vokes? - I did not send to him your Worship, for the same reason.
    Serjeant Sparling - He did not send, your Worship, to Mr. Vokes. He send a man named Connolly, and I saw him rapping at Mr .Voke's door on yesterday.
     The prisoners were ordered to be committed for trial at the Assizes; and Mr. Ryan was informed that he should lodge a separate information, and Mr. Ferguson and his father a joint information, and Police officer Prendergast another.
                  [Limerick Evening Post.



     On Tuesday, the 11th instant, J. M'Cormick, of Monycannon, parish of Donagheady, and county Tryrone, was barbarously murdered by two of his neighbours, Patt and James Lynch, in the face of day, and in the presence of his son, Thos. M'Cormick; who, in making an unavailing effort to save his aged parent, was near sharing the same fate; indeed, he would have been their victim, had he not sought safety in flight, from the consequences of an unequal and desperate contest, he being unarmed. The Lynches, who are brothers, and both young men, were found by deceased trespassing upon his ground; as we have been given to understand, digging earth for the purpose of removing it to enrich their own. Old M'Cormick very naturally forbid them or proceed at their peril, as, if they did, he would appeal to the law for the protection of his property; when, without any provocation, they fell upon him with their spades, and beat him so unmercifully that they broke his skull. After glutting their rage upon him, and as we have observed, severely beating his son, they left him, and he was soon after borne to his own house, a sad spectacle indeed for his afflicted family, covered with blood and his brains protruding. He survived till the Saturday morning following at five o'clock, when he expired. - The Rev. Francis Gouldsbury attended him on the evening he received the beating and took his examinations, when he swore positively against the Lynches; and on Saturday the same Gentleman and another Magistrate, Hugh Lyle, Esq., held an inquest on the body, when Thos. M'Cormick having fully corroborated his father's dying testimony, the Jury returned an unanimous verdict of a "Wilful Murder," against Patrick and James Lynch. They absconded, but their apprehension is certain, from the strict pursuit which has been instituted. They are from 23 tp 25 years of age, about five feet eight inches high; rather slender, but well made. One of them dark complexioned with black hair and whiskers; the other, rather fair, with brown hair. The deceased was 75 years of age; was a member of the Presbyterian connexion, and had ever borne a respectable character; the Lynches are Roman Catholics and, as we have heard, violent party men. -- Derry Paper.


     By special license, in the Parish Church of Athenry, on the 27th instant, by the Rev. Mr. Irwin, John Flemming, Esq., Lieutenant 1st Royal Veteran Battalion, to Margaret Maria, eldest daughter of Dominick Burke, Esq., of said place.


     On Saturday last, at the very advanced age of 91, at Derrinane, Maurice O'Connell, Esq. His landed property, consisting of 4,000 a year, he has bequeathed to his nephew, Counsellor O'Connell, and has divided equally between him and his brothers, John and James O'Connell, Esqrs., 40,000 in cash.
     With feelings of sincere regret, we announce the decease of the Hon. Valentine Lawless, eldest son of Lord Cloncurry, which took place early on Monday morning at the house of Baron Hoelieck [or Hoebeck]. Mr. Lawless was only in his 20th year, and he had distinguished himself by his extensive and various acquirements in literature.

     LIMERICK, JAN 26 - By the exertions of W.H. Pearse, Esq., C.C., Patrick Molony, charged with being the leader of a gang who murdered Connell at Bilboa, was apprehended on Saturday last, in a Glen, near Keeper Mountain, whither he had fled for safety; he was lodged in the county gaol on Sunday last.

     On the evening of Wednesday last, the Police of Ballingarry found a man, named Richard Morrison, lying in a dyke, near Ballinleena, in a wounded state, and speechless. An inquest, which was attended by Surgeon Franklin, jun., has been since held on the body, when it appeared that the side of his head had been beaten in by a stone or some flat substance. A person, named Thomas Roche, who absconded, is charged with the murder.

     On the night of the 8th inst., a person, named Ryan, was found dead in the street of Galbally, in this county [Limerick]. An inquest was held at the time by C.  Bennet, Esq., Coroner, and there did not appear any evidence of violence; but it is now ascertained that he was murdered, and two persons have absconded, and a third is in custody.

     A clue has recently been discovered, leading to all the circumstances of the atrocious and unnatural murder of John Ryan, at Ballyvorneen, near Cahirconlish, in October last. This clue has, within these few days, been rendered more clear and satisfactory, attaching the strongest guilt to four persons, now in prison for the crime, and for whose conviction the fullest proof is in preparation. The details of this horrid murder, when given in evidence, will affect the most callous feeling, more especially when the near relation of one of the parties is considered.

     The Rev. Charles M'Carthy, P.P. of Dromin, has been appointed to the Parish of Ballingarry, in the room of the Rev. Gilbert O'Grady, retired. The Rev. James O'Regan, Chaplain of the County Gaol, and Curate of St. John's, in this City, succeeds Mr. M'Carthy, at Dromin. The Rev. Mr. Tushy succeeds the Rev. Mr. O'Regan as first Curate of St. John's; and the Rev. Mr. Liddy, of Shanagolden, lately removed from Patrick'swell, has been appointed to St. John's.


Galway, Monday, February 7, 1825


ANTRIM - George Hutchinson, of Ballymoney.
ARMAGH - Thomas Atkinson, of Crowhill.
CAVAN - Bedel Stanford, of Carra-cottage.
CARLOW - Wm. Ducket, of Ducket's-grove.
CLARE - John Singleton, of Quinville.
CORK - Jyhn [sic?] Smith Barry of Foaty.
DONEGAL - Sir C. Slyle, of Cloghan-lodge.
DOWN- John M'Cance of Bromlough.
DUBLIN - John D. Latouche, of Malley.
FERMANAGH - John Colpays Bloomfield, of Castle Calwell.
GALWAY - Edward Blake, of Castle-grove.
KERRY - Richard Mahony, of Dunmore.
KILDARE - Edward Connolly, of Castletown.
KILKENNY - Clayton Bayly, of Norelands.
KING'S COUNTY - Lord Tullamore, of Charleville-forest.
LEITRIM - Cairncross Thos. Cullen, of Skreeny.
LIMERICK - The Hon. John Massey of Limerick.
LONGFORD - Thomas Achmuty, of Longford.
LOUTH - Nataniel Manning, of Drakestown.
MAYO - Annesley Knox, of Rappa Castle.
MEATH - John Thompson, of Rithnully
MONAGHAN - James W. Wright, of Gols.
QUEEN'S COUNTY - Edward Henry Walsh, of Ballykilcavan.
ROSCOMMON - Wm. Lloyd, of Richfield.
SLIGO - Robert W. Hillas, Cregg-house.
TIPPERARY - Wm. Barton, of Grove.
TYRONE - Sir. R. Ferguson, of Earm.
WATERFORD - James W. Wall, of Coulnamuck.
WESTMEATH - Anthony Doppling, of Lowtown.
WEXFORD - Robert Doyne, of Wells.
WICKLOW - Sir. R. Hudson, of Hollywood.

     The estate of Menlo, part of which lies in the Counties of Galway and Clare, is about to afford some employment to the Gentlemen of the long robe. Mr. F.B. Foster claims it, he says, as heir-at-law. -- Weekly Register.


     On Thursday night last, the pound of Moycullen, which is situate immediately opposite the pound-keeper's house, was broke open by some persons, and several head of cattle taken therefrom, seized on the lands of Killigaile, the estate of William Martin, Esq., and impounded for a large arrear of rent due to him. The owners of the cattle must, no doubt, have been the perpetrators of this daring outrage; and, strange to say, the pound-keeper nor his sons, who act for him, have not as yet come forward to lodge information against these persons, although they cannot be known to them - nor have they rendered any account to Mr. Martin for the property thus committed to their charge. We understand an investigation of this affair is to take place before P.M. Burke, Esq. a Magistrate of this County.


     About Seven Acres of this Land, being part of the Estate of Thomas H. Royse, Esq., will be Set from the 25th of March next. A Lease of one or two hundred years will be granted. 
     For further particulars apply (if by letter post paid) to A. Royse, Esq., Ougherterard, or Francis Leland, Esq. 6, Fitzwilliam square, Dublin.
     February 3d, 1825


     The Franciscan Nuns having surrendered the Lease of their HOUSE in Market-street, Galway, commonly called the Franciscan Nunnery, Mr. MARTYN, will Set said House from the first to May next, with the large Plot, House and Garden, in the rere of it, for any term of Years that may be agreed on, or will give Lease forever to a solvent Tenant who will engage to Build a good, modern Slate House on it, and will give all the Materials of the Old House, in which there is a considerable quantity, of sound, valuable OAK, and other Materials, that will be a very great assistance to any Person inclining to build thereon.
     Proposals (if by letter, post paid), to Edw. Martyn, Esq., Tillyra, Gort.
     February 3, 1825.

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