The Kilkenny Independent
Saturday, Oct 7, 1826


     We the undersigned, request a Meeting of the Roman Catholics of the United Parishes of Clontubrid and Lisdowney, on Sunday next, the 8th inst. for the purpose of Petitioning both Houses of Parliament for the abolition of those laws which aggrieve and degrade our body.
Richard Butler, P.P.; David Murphy; John Kean, R.C.C.; John Fitzpatrick; Michael Delany; Edmund Marum; Richard Marum; Edward Mulhallen; John Murphy; Denis Dowling; Edmond Shortall; William Phelan; Pat. Keefe; John Dowling; Patt Murphy; Paul Murphy; Nicholas Lalor; John Brophy; Martin Maher; Joseph Phelan; Martin Maher; Walter Meaney; Lot Marum; Andrew Brophy; Patrick Meany; Marin Kealy; Francis Coyne; Thos. Maher.
     N.B. Chair to be taken at one o'clock precisely.


     At a numerous and respectable Meeting of the Roman Catholic inhabitants of the united parishes of Ballycallan, Kilmanagh, and Killaloe, held at the Chapel of Ballycallan, on Sunday the 1st inst., the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:
     Moved by the Rev. Mr. Walsh-seconded by Richard Dunphy.

     Resolved-That we feel in common with the rest of our communion, the many harsh and grinding inequities which the penal laws inflict upon us, for no other ostensible reason, than our conscientious adherence to the principles of that faith, which is equally the bulwark as it has been the groundwork of the British constitution, and that we will not rest satisfied, till every vestige of said laws shall be eraced from the Statute-book.
     Resolved- That, in accordance with the advice of our tried friend and patriot, Daniel O'Connell, we, composing a Parochial Aggregate of 4,581 Catholics, do forward a Petition to Parliament, praying for a repeal of those obnoxious and unjust Laws which are as insulting to the constitution of civilized society, as they are destructive of the best interests of the British Empire.
     Moved by Wm. Toothe-seconded by James Laracy.
     Resolved-That the draught of a Petition, as now read, be adopted as the Petition of this Parish, and that the same be confided to Lord Viscount Clifden, to be by him presented in the House of Lords, and to Lord Duncannon to be presented in the House of Commons, and that the Hon. Agar Ellis be respectfully requested to support the prayer of the same.
     Moved by Wm. Fitzgerald- seconded by J. Quigly.
     Resolved-That having viewed with delight the spirit and energy of the Forty-shilling Freeholders of Ireland, and the triumphant success with which they have carried the late elections, we gratefully approve of the creation of a fund for the protection of not only a just ??? the many sacrifices they have adventured ????? [cannot read rest of line].
     Moved by Pat Dunn-seconded by Edm. Dunn.
     Resolved- That we tender the meed of our confidence and gratitude to Daniel O'Connell and Richard Sheil, Esqrs. and those other distinguished Members of the New Association, who, by their talents and their zeal, have aided in acquiring for our cause its present importance and advancement.
     Moved by Pierce Costelloe-seconded by W. Walsh.
     Resolved- That the liberal and independent portion of the Irish Press is entitled to our Thanks, and that the Editor of the Kilkenny Independent do accept the assurance of our esteem for his great talents and for the valuable services he has rendered to our interests and those of the County since his coming among us.
     Moved by the Rev. Mr. Walsh, and seconded by William Roothe.
     That Counsellor Finn possesses the sincere friendship of the Catholics of this parish for his steady devotion to his country, and his uniform advocacy of her wrongs, and that he with those of our friends who have accompanied him here today do accept our grateful acknowledgements.
     W. GRACE, Chairman
     Resolved- That the thanks of this meeting be given to the Rev. Wm. Grace for his uniform exertions in forwarding the interests of his country, and particularly for his patriotic and gentlemanly conduct this day in the Chair.
     -WALSH, Secretary.


     On Thursday and Friday last, the Law Agent of the County Waterford Protecting Association, with two Gentlemen of that body, attended at Stradbally, and received from the tenants of Mr. Uniacke the numerous ejectments with which they have been served. The greater number of those ejectments are of the Court of King's Bench, and some of them brought for rents of the most trifling amount. Mr. Uniacke's Attorney was called on for a return of the rents due, and the costs  at present attending the ejectments. We know not whether such of our readers as are acquainted with the law will be surprised to hear what these costs at present amount to; but certainly with us, who are ignorant of that most "learned profession," we must declare, that the feeling excited in our minds is one of amazement and horror. Let our readers look and wonder at one or two items of the accounts furnished, which, with but one exception, are all of the same stamp.
     Michael Ryan, one year's rent 2 0 0
     Costs                                       5 14 10!
     Pat. McGrath, one year's rent  1 5 0
     Costs                                      5 14 10!
     John Mulcahy, 1 1/2 year's rent, NoRe pence Irish
     Costs                                     5 14 10!
     It is necessary to add one word of comment on this disgraceful document; disgraceful to every individual who in any way concerned in or connected with it, save and except the unfortunate tenants. We cannot avoid saying, that we at least consider this an odious proceeding; but while we do so, we must do Mr. Uniacke the justice of saying that we do not think the entire blame is to be imputed to him, as, while the litigation was going on in Stradbally, he sent for some of his tenantry, and showed a disposition to settle, and actually did settle quietly with some of them. This we conceive it but justice to state. We understand that the ejectments served on the Marquis of Waterford's estates will be defended, and that several actions are about to be commenced for trespass, excessive distress, replevin, &c.
     Such is the state of things at present in Waterford. Such is the situation of the forty-shilling freeholders. On the exertions, the strenuous exertions of their friends for a few weeks depend this most important question. Shall they be protected-shall their enemies, the enemies of their country, and he freedom be punished? Freeholders, do we answer for our fellow countrymen. Both shall be done.--Chronicle.


     The struggles of the Citizens of Kilkenny for the recovery of their emotional rights, are beginning to excite the sympathy of the other Cities of Ireland. The liberal subscriptions of Mr. HACKET of Cork, and Mr. CARRIGAN of Waterford, are we believe, only the forerunners of general contributions from those and other parts.

     We are happy to announce that the Right Rev. Doctor KELLY, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, has bestowed on the exertions of the inhabitants of his native City, to rescue themselves from corporation monopoly, the sanction of his approbation. His Lordship has sent a subscription, as large as his means could afford, exhausted as they have been by the repeated contributions which he has felt it his duty to give to the forty-shilling freeholders of the County of Waterford; a body of men whom his patriotism has roused from a long state of torpor to assert the freedom at once of their country and their religion.


     We are happy to see that the first of our Metropolitan prints, has turned its attention to the subject of Tithes, the greatest practical grievance of which the Irish people have to complain, a grievance which has caused insurrection upon insurrection in time past, and which we fear will excite our wretched peasantry to general rebellion in time to come. The following article appeared in the Dublin Evening Post of Thursday.
TITHE ON APPLES-TITHE ON MILK.- We known not whether the Orchards of Herefordshire pay a Tithe upon Apples, or whether the Milk in Cheshire be liable to this abominable imposition. In respect to Ireland, we thought we were pretty well acquainted with the workings and even the minntia of the system; but until this moment, we were not aware that Tithe was demandable and demanded on Apples and Milk. Thus a man for his Orchard, which is laid down one part of the year for meadow will have to pay a tenth of that, will have to pay another tenth upon the milk of the cow which he sends into graze, after the hay is cut down; and will have a third tenth to pay on the produce of his fruit-bearing trees. The Kilkenny Independent, to which we  are indebted for the facts just referred to, puts the following question to its readers:
     Where are they to end? Beyond all question in the general disruption of the system if means be not adopted quickly to arrest the rapacity of these Parsons. In Irish affairs we have long since adopted the nil admirari maxim; still, we do confess our surprise, that, at such a juncture as this, when against the pamphleteers and the paragraphists of the clerical members of the Established Church is so extreme-when, above all, the public distress in England, and the agricultural distress in Ireland, as already fearfully indicated by the accounts just received from Ballinasloe, we are, we say, surprised that the Clergy of the Protestant Church should choose such a time for new and unheard of exactions, not only on their half dozen communicants, but upon the whole bulk of the struggling and half-starving Catholics of the Country.


     But The Independent need not be alarmed at the happy consummation of having all the fruits of Irish Industry swallowed up by the Protestant Clergy. The proprietary of the country, are still, for the most part, Protestants. Such men as Mr. Colles, will not allow themselves to be "robbed" either by open violence and through the manifold and manifest frauds of a Consistory Court. The Independent may rely upon it, that the time is at hand; that it is already come, when the Tithe Composition Act will begin to work the owners of land, as the old system is now working the occupiers. Let rents but fall to the level of 1820; or rather let rents be Paid as they were at that period, and we shall find the Protestant gentry thinking of something besides the Catholic Association, and the Bible Societies. They will then find that the parson has the first claim, and that he may levy his distress upon the furniture of the drawing-room, as well as upon the pigs of the peasants hovel. Merciful God! we thank thee for the Tithe Composition Act! If the thing could progress as the Americans say, if the next year were a season of what people might call unexampled prosperity; if the Church continued to be in high bottle, bustling, braggart, and insulting, we have not the slightest doubt, that they would demand, and in some case exact a tithe upon colts, calves and poultry; nay, upon honey, pigeons, rabbits, and bees-wax. And why should not gardens, on the same principle, be liable to have a tenth-part of their culinary produce turned over to the kitchen of the parson, and a tenth of the fruit thereof to his desert, and the lilies and roses to the adornment of his parlours and drawing-rooms? Nay, by the same rule he is entitled to every tenth pot of aurieulas; and also of the curious plants in the greenhouse, and to every tenth bunch of grapes which it costs the proprietor so much time to bring to perfection.
     We know not whether a claim has yet been made upon the tenth chair and table in a man's house; upon his tenth bed or blanket; upon his picture or print, or upon the tenth book in his library; but we do know this, that such a demand would be quite as equitable and as just, though perhaps not yet as legal as those which have been made in Kilkenny on Apples and Milk. But even the latter demands may be legal too, and this it is, which delighted us beyond measure. By a short little process which the Constitorial Court and the Quarter Sessions may bring to maturity in a week, the parson may enter the Mansion-house, and cant the chair, the table, the bed, the blanket, the pictures and the library, until the full amount of the tithe is satisfied. The Protestant Clergy, have been long and bitterly opposed to the Catholic People; the great beauty of the Composition Act is that it will put, even next year, the Protestant Clergy, and the Protestant Proprietors in furious and deadly opposition.

Queen's County

     To be Set by the Year or for Six Months, or for such Terms as may be agreed on, the House, furnished as it now is, with the Offices and Garden, and whatever quantity of Land, under Fifty Acres, may be agreed on, situated within Three Miles of Durrow, a good Market and Post Town and in the neighbourhood of the Kilkenny and Dunmore Fox-Hounds. A Coach passes to and from Dublin every day, within half a mile of the place.
     Applications by letter to be made to C.B. Barker, Esq. Kilcooly Abbey-or Mr. John Fitzpatrick, Coolcashin, near Freshford.


     A Farm of Land, containing from 80 to 120 plantation Acres, either with or without a Dwelling-House, situate in the Counties of Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary or Queen's County. A Fine of from 800 to 1,200 will be given, upon getting such Lease as may be agreed on. The tenant must be satisfied as to the title.
     Application to be made to Mr. Martin Hope, King-street, Kilkenny, or No. 9, Mary-street, Dublin.


     This is to give Notice to the Public, that no person will give credit to ELLEN SYNNOT, a Dealing-Woman in the Town of Callan, lately Married to John Byrne, of said town, a very honest and industrious Man. As she has transgressed most erroneously against him, by disobedience and disrespect, and she has also taken away his property several times, these three years past, as he is determined to take no longer with her.
JOHN BYRNE. October 4, 1826


     Thursday, in Waterford, Mr. Richard Allen, to Sarah, daughter of Henry Ridgway, of Blenheim-hill, Esq.
     On the 30th ult. the Rev. John Rowley, of Dublin to Miss Catherine Clarke, second daughter of Joseph Clarke of London.


     John Burne, Esq. K.C.- Mr. Burne was one of the chief ornaments of the Irish Bar, not only by his Professional eminence and integrity but by a love of country and independence of character seldom equaled, even in the olden and golden times of that eminent profession. He was the contemporary of the Currans, the Grattans, and the Ponsonbys, by whom he was respected and loved. But, in proportion as he was esteemed by the honest and the good, so was he obnoxious to the enemies of his country.
     Monday last, in Grenville place, Abraham Chatterton, Esq. Deputy Clerk of the Peace for the Co. Cork.
     On the 29th ult., Mr. Thos. Smyth, woollen-draper, Dublin.
     At Ossett, Yorkshire, Joseph Hewett, and Hannah, his wife. The former died at four o'clock and the latter at half-past four, they were both entered in the grave of the husband's first wife.


     Bombadier William Herbert, of the 3d Battalion of Bengal Artillery, has received sentence of death, for desertion to the enemy during the late campaign. John O'Brien and James Hennesey have been sentenced to transportation, as felons, four fourteen years, for a similar offence.

     We regret to hear that the working of the Castlecomer Colliery has been suspended, in consequence of a refusal on the part of the miners to continue working unless paid in British instead of Irish currency.

     MEETING AT LOUGHREA- A numerous and respectable meeting of the inhabitants of Loughrea and its immediate vicinage took place on Sunday last. The object of the Meeting was to pass Resolutions, condemnatory of the system pursued in a neighbouring parish, where the parishioners are constrained to send their children to a Bible School, and in case of non-compliance treated with the most unrelenting oppression by their Noble Landlord. This Meeting excited intense interest in Loughrea, and was attended by that respected and venerable prelate, Doctor Coen, and Eneas M'Donnell, Esq, who, together with many other Gentlemen, addressed the meeting in a most luminous and able manner.

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