The Kilkenny Independent
Wednesday, February 7, 1827
Death of the Countess Dowager of Shannon
We regret to state the death of this venerable Lady, which took place at Castlemartyr, on the 30th ult. She was one of the most humane and charitable characters that ever adorned her station in life, and the regret that is felt in the whole of the district which was the scene of her benevolence, attests the esteem and generation with which she was regarded. The Countess was eldest daughter of the Right Hon. J. Ponsonby, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, and sister of the Earl of Besborough.
COURT OF KING'S BENCH-SATURDAY.
An application was made by Mr.
O'Connell, on the part of the Rev. Mr. O'Keefe, against Messrs. Glynn and
Sheehan, Proprietors of the Evening Mail, on an information for a libel.
The libel was generally against the Roman Catholic Priests of Cork, of which
this gentleman is one, and therefore considered himself libelled.
Westmeath v. Westmeath.- Monday the Arches' Court promounced Lady Westmeath entitled to separation from bed and board. His Lordship intends to appeal to the Court of Delegates.
| The Orange paper
contradicts a statement put forth in one of the biblical placards, namely that a
bounty of five pounds and a blanket will be given to each of those who will
enlist under the banners of the new "reformation".
(Extract of a Letter from Cavan)
"The Rev. Thomas Maguire, the P.P. of Ennismagrath, in a powerful appeal from the altar in Cavan Chapel on last Sunday, took a sarcastic fling at one of those who would feign to appear a reformer of others. "reform" said he 'like charity, should begin at home,' the man who would recommend it to others, should practice it himself. Some of those preachers could lecture on handy capping, or gambling, with more dexterity than on a text of the Sacred Volume, and before they would recommend pure morality to others, they ought to compensate those females whom they ____ and support. Delicacy forbids the detail of the particulars, but every one knew whose quarters he beat about."
DIED- On Sunday night, at his house, Bellevan, near this city, Joseph Flinn, Esq. His death was occasioned by a severe fracture of the skull, which he received the night previous, in consequence of a fall from his horse. He has left a widow, and four infant children, to deplore the loss of a kind husband and most affectionate father.
On Thursday night, a little after ten o'clock, a man belonging to the Nora Creina steam vessel named Alexander Alexander, fell into the river, opposite Quay-lane, and was unfortunately drowned. The watchmen, on hearing of the accident, made diligent search for him with their hooks, &c. but did not succeed in picking him up. The body was yesterday, at low water, found lying on the mud. Mr. Laurence Reynolds, Apothecary, in his anxious efforts to save the poor fellow, also fell into the river, but, being a good swimmer, soon extricated himself. No less than four other persons fell in the same night, all of whom were fortunately saved.--Waterford Chronicle.
The Kilkenny Independent
Saturday, February 10, 1827
ROBBERY & REWARD
Whereas, between the House of One and Two o'Clock, on Morning of Wednesday, the 7th of February instant, the Stores and Offices of JOHN HANDY, Esq. situated in Green-street, in this City, were broken into, by several armed Persons at present unknown, who having severely cut, and wounded Mr. ROBERT M'CONNELL, residing on the Premises, succeeded in robbing the said Office of upwards of £650- about £450 thereof being the Property of the said ROBERT M'CONNELL, and the remaining part thereof, the Property of the said JOHN HANDY. Now, We whose Names are hereunto subscribed, being desirous to bring the Persons concerned in such daring Outrage and Robbery to punishment, do hereby offer to pay the Sums attached to our respective Names, to such Person or Persons as shall, within Twelve Calendar Months from the Date hereof, give such Information as may lead to the Apprehension and Conviction of any one or more of the Persons concerned in said Outrage and Robbery- or the Sum of
to any Person or Persons who will give such private Information
as may lead to their discovery.
The List lies at our Office for further Subscriptons.
John Handy £30 0 0
On Sunday, at Fort Arthur, the
lady of Captain Galway, of a daughter.
On the 2d instant, Peter Henrien, Esq.
Middle Gardiner-street, Dublin, to Sarah Caroline, Eldest daughter of James
Barron of Sarah Ville, Co. Waterford, Esq.
February 1, at Hastings, Mrs. Jones,
relict of the late Right Hon. Theophilus Jones, and sister to the late Countess
of Clermont and Dowager Lady Rossmore.
The Kilkenny Independent
Wednesday, February 21, 1827
RECORDER'S COURT, Friday
The Recorder, accompanied by Sir Robert
Shaw and Alderman Abbott, took his seat on the Bench precisely at 11 o'clock.
Mr. Sheehan appeared at the same time at the traverser's bar.
|and they are not denied in your own affidavit. Here I may be
permitted to observe, that we by no means consider this an ordinary or
every day occurrence. The act on your part appears to have been premeditated and
deliberate. It appears, not only from the affidavit of Mr. O'Connell, but
abundantly from the circumstances of the case as stated by yourself, that in one
of the most exposed and public streets in Dublin, you purposely and
intentionally assailed Mr. O'Connell and gave him one of the greatest insults
one man can receive from another; a blow with an umbrella. The present and
almost inevitable tendency of such violations of the public peace at the moment,
and on the spot. But your there disappeared, and so far as it regards this
transaction, there it terminated. With every disposition to make allowance for
the feelings, frailties, and fallibility incident to our common nature, which
render it very often extremely difficult to restrain ourselves, it is impossible
for the Court not to perceive and to act upon the motives which decidedly
influenced you in violating the public peace. Mr. O'Connell states, that you
never manifested any symptom of any thing like contrition for what had happened.
It appears that you boasted of it, and made it a matter of triumph in one of the
Public Police Offices in this city. Your object certainly was, an in your
address to the Court you unquestionably acknowledged it to be your clear and
undoubted object, that in giving this blow you intended to provoke Mr. O'Connell
to send you a hostile message. This is a feature in the case to which it is
impossible not to look; that in giving the blow you did all in your power to
induce Mr. O'Connell to commit one of the greatest misdemeanours known to the
Criminal Law. You, Sir, addressed the Court, and you appealed to what you called
the laws of honour. It is a barbarous code written in blood, and not known to
the administration of justice in this Country. It is only to be mentioned in
order to be reprobated. Mr. O'Connell in this instance has acted with good
feeling and I will add with true courage. He has sworn on his oath that if he
had given offence, and was convinced of his error, he would make an apology. He
received instead of that a blow, evidently with a design of provoking him to
fight a duel. Mr. O'Connell has had the good feeling and good sense instead of
appealing to what you call the laws of honour, to look to the laws of his
Country for protection and redress. The crime of duelling should not be known,
or if known, it should not be forgotten, what is the opinion respecting it,
given to us by one of the greatest Judges that has ever graced the law Bench- I
mean Judge Foster- "If a duel (he says) death does ensue, in the eyes
of the law it is murder founded upon the deepest revenge. If a person driven to
a duel is activated not by revengeful motives, but by a punetilio of sudden
honour, he is not to be excused. he who deliberately seeks to deprive another of
life, sets in defiance of all laws, human and divine, let his motives be
what they may." Again says the same enlightened Judge- "All cases of
deliberate homicide, founded upon a principle of revenge, are murders." No
man is allowed by the law to redress his own wrongs. The laws of society afford
him the means of redress, and to them he should resort. If his wrongs be of such
a nature that the laws cannot afford him redress, let him bear his lot in
patience and remember that 'vengeance belongeth only to the Most High.' Your
object, Sir, cannot be mistaken; for in your address to this Court, you
frequently avowed it. It does not remain consequently a matter of doubt. We have
it upon your own candid avowal. To make use of words tending to induce a man to
send a hostile message, is an indictable misdeameanour and renders the offender
punishable at law. Men are indicted for the use of mere words- how much more
should they be punished for giving a blow? You may say that you had no other
means of redress, and that you were driven by necessity to the course which you
adopted. You, Sir, appear to have taken no time to deliberate, or to consult
persons competent to inform you whether you could obtain redress at law or not.
If Mr. O'Connell or any other gentleman, no matter how exalted his situation or
character might be, made use of abusive language, an action for libel would be
against the individual. If words were used tending to provoke you to fight a
duel- in that supposition and event you are not without your remedy at law,
which would shield and protect you. But at all events, if you were in such an
unfortunate predicament, that though deeply and personally injured, you could
not obtain redress at law, you should commit an act that might lead to
blood and murder, you should leave your injuries to be redressed by the great
Author of Creation, remembering that vengeance belongs only to the Most High. I
have stated what has occurred to me and the entire Court with regard to this
case. Mr .O'Connell has thrown himself upon the law of his country for
protection, and in my opinion we would be very unworthy of distributing that
justice which we are bound by oath to administer, if we would allow a gentleman
who, avoiding mortal combat, looked for protection to the laws of his country,
to have it to say that he applied in vain. I have said already that the Court
have given you all the benefit of the circumstances in your affidavit. With
respect to the publication, its tendency to provoke is manifest, and the
language has not been denied by Mr. O'Connell. This, therefore, formed a
palliation of the punishment which the Court would otherwise inflict for such an
outrage. Under all the circumstances of the case, the unanimous judgment of the
Court is, that you Remmy Sheehan, be imprisoned for the space of three months in
his Majesty's gaol of Newgate-that you, be fined ten marks, and that you be
further imprisoned till such fine be paid.
Mr. Sheehan was then conducted to Newgate.
MEMORIAL FROM MR. O'CONNELL
We are authorised to state, that Mr. O'Connell, on his return from Court, transmitted a memorial to the Lord Lieutenant praying for a remission of Mr. Sheehan's sentence.--Morning Register.
The Kilkenny Independent
Saturday, February 24, 1827
His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant has been pleased to appoint
the following High Sheriffs for this year:
TO BE LET
TWENTY-FIVE Acres of the Lands of
BELLEVAN, as lately in the possession of Mr. Joseph FLYNN. There is an excellent
DWELLING-HOUSE with Offices and a walled in GARDEN on the premises.
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