Ireland Old News

Wednesday, Sept 5, 1849


     Magistrates present- Edward Orme and Thomas E Bourke, Esqrs.
     Summonses were issued by the vice guardians against several persons for obstructing the occupancy of the cholera hospital, &c. The summonses being informal, the case was dismissed.
     Informations were received against Thos. and James Gallagher, for stealing 15s. worth of meal and 4s. worth of turnip seed, the property of the Rev. Michael Conway.
     Honor M'Kenna of Clonkee, charged Patrick M'Hugh with using violent and abusive language towards her and putting her in fear and terror of her life. Dismissed.
     John and James Larkin were sentenced to one month's imprisonment for violently assaulting Rosa Killeen on the 19th ult.

SEIZURE OF WORKHOUSE CHATTELS- The Vice-Guardians of this Union being unable to complete their arrangements with Mr. William Malley, jun., for supplies furnished by him, an execution at the suit of this gentleman for a sum amounting to about 4500 was laid on the furniture of the Workhouse on Monday last. The sub-sheriff was engaged for the greater part of that day making an inventory of the property, which is advertised to be sold on the 10th inst.


WILLIAM MALLEY, JUN.} By Virtue of Her Ma-
               v.                  } jesty's Writ of Fiere
The Guardians of the        } Facias, in this cause to
Poor of the Ballina Union   } me directed. I will on
_________________  }MONDAY next, the 10th inst., and on the following days,


     At the Workhouses in the Towns of Ballina, Belmullet, and Binghampton, the Entire Stock of Household Furniture and other effects,
Consisting of Bedsteads and Bedding, Tables, Cupboards, Forms, Presses, Chairs, Desks, Buckets, Tubs, Keelers, Kettles, Tins, Boilers, Steaming Apparatus, Troughs, Trays, Barrows, Ladders, Turf-Bins, Plate Strainers, Boxes, Brushes, Fenders and Irons, Flax and Scuthing Blocks, Reels and Spinning Wheels, some Dyed Wool, Looms, Warping Frames, together with a great quantity of Turnips, Onions, Parsnips and Carrots, and sundry other articles usually found in Union Workhouses.
     Terms-Cash. The Purchaser to pay Auction Fees.
                   ANTHONY ORMSBY, Sheriff.
Sheriff's Office, Castlebar.
  4th September, 1849.
                   HIGGINS & JONES, Auctioneers.
     The above sale will take place in Ballina on Monday the 10th; in Belmullet, on Wednesday, the 12th, in Bingamstown, on Thursday, the 13th inst., at the hour of 12 o'clock on each of said days.

War Office, Aug. 28

     4th Light Dragoons- Lieut. H.D. Slade to be Captain by purchase, vice Purefoy, who retires; Cornet H. Mallet to be Lieutenant by purchase, vice Slade.
     21st Foot- Acting Assistant Surgeon A. Edge to be Assistant Surgeon, vice Summers, promoted to the 3d West India Regiment.
     33d Foot- Ensign C.C. Barrett to be Adjutant, vice Pretyman, who resigns the Adjutancy only.
     36th Foot- Surgeon G.D. Dods, M.D., from the 3d West India Regiment to be Surgeon, vice Russell, deceased.
     40th Foot-Ensign T.G. Gardiner to be Lieutenant, without purchase, vice Snelling  deceased.
     53d Foot-Ensign M.A. Waters, from 41st Foot, to be Lieutenant, vice Shiffner, promoted.
     67th Foot-Lieutenant R.H. Wood to be Captain by purchase, vice Coape, who retires; Ensign E. Daubeney to be Lieutenant by purchase, vice Murray, who retires; Ensign A.A. Jones, to be Lieutenant by purchase, vice Wood.
     98th Foot- Lieutenant T.F. Giffard, from half-pay 18th Foot, to be Lieutenant, vice Riordan, appointed Quartermaster; Ensign D. M. Farrington to be Lieutenant by purchase, vice Giffard, who retires.
     2d West India Regiment-Ensign J.D. Reece to be Lieutenant by purchase, vice Cox who retires; J. Hill, Gent, to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Reece.
     3d West India Regiment-Assistant Surgeon J. Summers, M.D. from 21st Foot to be Surgeon, vice Dods, appointed to the 36th Foot.





     At Johnville Cottage, near Sligo, the lady of Robert Whitaker, Esq., of a son.
     Mrs. William Frew, of Jail-street, Sligo, of a daughter.


     James Walker, Esq., Solicitor of Sligo, to Mary Frances eldest daughter of Peter Murphy, Esq., of Harold's-cross, Dublin.


     On yesterday, in this town, at the residence of his father, of cholera, Walter, fourth son of John Bourke, Esq., J.P. , aged 22 years. He was a young gentleman very much esteemed by his acquaintances.
     At Killala, on Wednesday last, aged 26, Kate, sister of Dr. Neilson. She was a young lady much esteemed by her acquaintances and her death is generally and sincerely regretted.
     At the Hibernian Hotel, Sligo, on Wednesday, Mr. Charles Davis, of bilious fever.
     In Jail-street, Sligo, on Tuesday evening, Mr. Hart, of cholera.

     RAIN THE BEST CLEANER- It is stated from accurate calculations that one-half hour's heavy rain removed from the sewers of London more deposit and detritus than 100,000 men could remove, working ten hours.

     During the last three months, 99,941 emigrants arrived at New York from Europe, being nearly 1,070 per diem average.

     Mrs. Trollope has been sojourning these last few days in Dublin. It is supposed that Paddy's Land is to be "done" by her in another book.

     Barring the casualties of war and climate, soldiers appear to be rather a long-lived class of men, there being no less than 500 claimants for medals of the battle of Maide, fought in 1806.

    During the past week 476 paupers left the Carlow workhouse.

    Her Majesty sent 40 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Cork, for relief of the poor.

     The Cork Dispensary received 40, the Lying-in Hospital 50, and the Indigent room-keepers society 40, from her Majesty, through the Lord Bishop.

     Sir Timothy O'Brien, M.P., Lord Mayor of Dublin, appears in the late London Gazette as a Baronet, with right of descent of the dignity to his heirs male.

     Michael John Browne, Esq. of Castlemoyle, late Sheriff of Galway died on Monday night of cholera, while on a visit of Castlederry, at which place he arrived on Saturday from Dublin where it is supposed he contracted the disease.

     The Lord Bishop of Salisbury has appointed Friday next to be set apart as a day of humiliation and prayer in consequence of the national visitation with which this country has been afflicted by the presence of cholera. A special service will be held at the cathedral and in the parish churches on that day.

     Mrs. Wall, of Marlboro' street, who, it is alleged, absconded with 1800 belonging to the creditors of her husband, was yesterday lodged in gaol at Belfast.

     All the hotels in Killarney, as well as private lodgings continued crowded to excess with visitors to the lakes.


     We had sanguine hopes towards the close of the last week that the cholera had altogether disappeared from our neighbourhood. A few cases have, however, occurred since, which indicates that the disease still lingers amongst us. The following appear to be medical statistics of the Ballina and Killala districts:-

Ballina Dis Ballina Hos Killala Dis Killala Hos
Remaining under treatment on the 28th Aug 82 68 4 9
New Cases since up to 3d September 38 12 2 4
Deaths within that period 2 3 2 2
Recovering in same period 25 26 __ 3
Remaining under treatment on 3d September 84 51 4 7
Total cases during the existence of the epidemic 345 223 49 59
Total deaths during same 109 93 24 24

     We have not heard that any cases have arisen in the Crossmolina district for some days past, so that we hope the visitation has ceased entirely in that locality. A slight tendency towards an increase of the disease in Ballina was manifested yesterday, but we trust this has been only an expiring effort previous to its final cessation. The cases occurring now are not generally of a malignant type, and of the number in the Ballina hospital but a small proportion are in the active stages of the malady.

     CHOLERA IN SLIGO- By a private letter from Sligo, which reached our office yesterday, we are gratified to learn that this malady is considerably on the decrease; and as might be expected, that the occupants of low, filthy houses are the principal sufferers.

     SLIGO COUNTY INFIRMARY- The election of a physician for this institution takes place on the 18th instant. Four candidates-Doctors Little, Armstrong, Knott, and Lynn-are already in the field. The former gentleman has been appointed pro. tem. to perform the duties of his deeply lamented father.



Wednesday, Sept 12, 1849

    CHOLERA AT SEA- The ship "Sheridan," Captain Cornish, arrived at quarantine from Liverpool. She lost thirty-one of her steerage passengers and seamen by cholera. The following are their names: - Mr. Simmons, of New York, second officers of the ship; J. Anderson, of Liverpool, carpenter of ditto; Wm. Ogden, seaman, of Liverpool; Frank Conklin, ditto of Rouin, France; Walter Riely, of Weatherfield, Connecticut; George Simmons, ditto, of Dantzig.- The steerage passengers- John Grimes, of Sligo; Frank and Ellen Dalton, of ditto; W. Hollyridge and Martha, his wife (who have left four children on board the ship, without relatives or friends;) Mary, Catherine, Sarah and Charles Barnes, of Craxton, England (all of the same family and mother on board;) John Mickleworth, of Leeds, England; Sarah Pratt, of Oxford, Ireland; John and Edward Richards, of Leeds, England; Catherine Doyle of Ireland; Michael Breen, of Tipperary; James and Richard Smith of Ireland; Martha Farrell of Longford; Wm. and Dorothea Oldman, of Cornwall, England; Sarah and Morris and Edward Lloyd, mother and two children, of Kidderminster, England; John Shannon, of Roscommon, Ireland; Joseph Kavanagh of Dublin, fell overboard and was drowned. Captain Cornish had a very serious and trying time the first week out. The cholera broke out among the crew on the 7th of August; for the first eight days there were eight to ten new cases, and from three to five deaths daily for eight days in succession. Out of twenty-two seamen, only four could be mustered in a watch. Eight cases and thirty-one deaths occurred since the ship sailed. All that could be done for the sick was done by Captain Cornish and his officers. Several were ill when she reached Staten Island; they were taken to the hospital. The vessel has been detained in quarantine.--New York Herald.


     On Wednesday morning, in Sligo, of cholera, Captain Reid, Postmaster.
     On Thursday morning, in Sligo, of cholera, William Christian, Esq., for many years Deputy Weigh Master under the Corporation.
     On Sunday, in Sligo, of cholera, the lady of John Hacket, Esq. Excise officer.
     On Thursday, in Sligo, of cholera, Mr. James Duncan.
     On Friday, in Sligo, of cholera, Mr. Edward Costello, of the Provincial Bank of Ireland.
     On Monday morning, in Sligo, of cholera, James Gibson, Esq. Excise Officer.

     A COFFIN-MAKER'S BILL- James Meara, coffin-maker for the Nenagh union workhouse, on Thursday sent in a bill to the Nenagh board of guardians for 1130 coffins, furnished by him from the 25th of last March to the 25th of July!- just four months.--Liverpool Standard.

     ARREST ON A CHARGE OF ABDUCTION- On Sunday night John O'Neill, charged with being the principal in the abduction of Miss Cleary, from her sister's house, at Toomevara, about six months ago, was arrested while in bed at his father's house, near Ballinaclough, by Constable Wallace, of the Killkeary station, and on Monday he was conveyed to our jail to abide his trial at the assizes for the offence. Three persons were sentenced at the last assizes to two years' imprisonment for aiding in the abduction--Nenagh Guardian.

     AWFUL RESULT OF INTEMPERANCE- A Coroner's inquest was held yesterday, in the General Hospital, Frederick-street, on view of the body of Daniel Keane, a flax buyer, who came to his death under the following circumstances:- It appears that at about seven o'clock on Saturday night, deceased came home to his house, in Institution place, in a state of intoxication. His wife put him to bed, with his clothes on, and laid their two little children in bed beside him. Being worn out with fatigue, she threw herself across the bed and fell asleep forgetting to extinguish a candle which she had stuck on the bed post. After the candle had burned down a piece it fell upon the bed and set the clothes on fire. About two o'clock on Sunday morning she was awoke out of her sleep by the fire, and found the bed enveloped in flames. She immediately pulled deceased out of bed and caught up the two little children and carried them to the neighbouring house. She then returned to assist deceased, but on going to the door of the rooms she was almost suffocated, and found herself unable to enter.- The neighbours, in the meantime, were alarmed by her cries, and coming to her assistance they got deceased out, but before they effected this, his clothes were completely consumed and his body dreadfully burned. He was taken to the hospital where he expired about one o'clock on Sunday. The jury on the inquest returned a verdict of "casual death."--Belfast News Letter.


     We are most happy to find that our work house is now in a most healthy and promising state, we have had but one case of cholera in the hospital for the last eight days. In contrasting the report of the house this morning with our report eight weeks ago- we find that we have 2,451 paupers less now than we had then, and 2,739 less on the relief list. This is not, at least so far as the house is concerned, no doubt on account of the cholera having broken out there first, but this, of course, would affect the number on out-door relief. This desirable reduction of the number of paupers in this union, is mainly attributable to a plentiful harvest, and the ususual cheapness of potatoes.
     THE CHOLERA- During the past week cholera has marked for its victims some of the most respectable portion of our fellow townsmen. Alhtough mortality on the whole is not on the increase in the town generally, yet the circumstance of a few respectable persons having been fatally attacked by it has created unusual alarm, and several persons during the week have closed their shops and left the town. The hospital return for the week is not marked by any particular mortality. We have had rather more cases perhaps this week than last.--Sligo Guardian.


     THE HARVEST- The harvest operations, which were progressing rapidly, have been somewhat retarded by the unfavorable change in the weather since Sunday; however, the crops which yet remain in the fields have sustained no material injury. We have been particular in our inquiries relative to the potato, and are happy to find that the disease is not extending itself, and that in some localities it has not appeared. It is the opinion of every one that the potatoes are better flavored, firmer, and larger than they have been for ten or fifteen years.

     Robert Christian, Esq., had been appointed Sub-Sheriff for the county of Sligo, vacant by the death of Montgomery Blair, Esq.

     Mr. Patrick Byrne, the Irish harper, from Dublin, performs every evening on the national instrument before the Loyal party at Balmoral.

     Mr. Randall, the engineer, is daily expected in Cork to report on the most suitable spot for wet docks, and the Lords of the Admirals are to visit Queenstown on their tour of inspection next week.

     Jamaica is glutted with Irish and American butter, and half the quantity will not, it is feared, keep sound.

     A conspiracy entered into by the convicts of Kilkenny gaol to effect and escape, was disclosed on Thursday morning to the governor, Mr. Robbins, by one of the gang, and immediate steps were taken to prevent the execution of the plot.

     Quarter-master Sergeant D. Smith, 1st Coldstream Guards, hung himself at John's Ward Barracks, on Sunday.

      EXECUTION OF JOHN RYAN (JACK)- On Thursday John Ryan (Jack) convicted of the murder of Mary Brien, underwent the extreme penalty of the law for that offence in front of the county jail. Shortly before 12 o'clock a detachment of the 92nd Highlanders and a few dragoons, with the local constabulary force, arrived and took up a position in front of the jail; in a short time after the wretched culprit, accompanied by the Roman Catholic Clergyman, approached the fatal spot. The executioner having adjusted the rope, the bolt was withdrawn, and in a few minutes the unfortunate man ceased to exist. After hanging for the usual time, the body was taken in for interment within the precincts of the county jail.

     EXECUTION OF THE CONVICT CORMACK- The unfortunate man Cormack, who was convicted at the last assizes for the murder of Miss Prendergast, suffered the extreme penalty of the law in front of our county jail on last Monday. There was a vast multitude present at the tragic scene, but the people exhibited a degree of perfect indifference on the occasion, which was rather surprising to those who are acquainted with the Celtic temperament, so remarkable for its outbursts of pity and passion-its grief and joy. There was scarcely a murmur from the assembled thousands until the unfortunate victim was launched into eternity, when a deep sudden grief arose with a muttered prayer, as the unnatural scene sent a thrill of horror through the vast mass of human beings that lined the street and bridge, under and opposite the "drop". He confessed his guilt.-- Galway Vindicator.

     BRIEN'S EXECUTION- The unfortunate man whose earthly career will terminate on Friday, by the hand of the "headman" on the ignominious gallows, for the cruel, deliberate and unnatural murder of his wife, has at length confessed his guilt, having up to a few days past maintained a dogged silence on the subject. He has resigned himself to his fate, and is receiving with every appearance of great penitence the consolation of religion from the Roman Catholic chaplain of the prison.--Waterford Mail.

     SALE OF A LANDED IRISH PROPERTY- An estate consisting of 1534 acres of land, reclaimed from Lough Foyle, near Newtownlimavady, now in cultivation held from the Irish society for 100 years from 1837, at 150l. per annum till 1851, 400l. till 1887, and for 500l. till 1937, renewable at 100 years at a fine one years' improved rent, at 750l. per annum ground-rent, and for a third term of 100 years, on payment of the like fine, at the yearly rent of 1000l. was put up for sale by order of the Court of Chancery. This estate was the property of John Robinson, Esq., deceased, and was sold for 35,000l.

     THE O'CONNELLS- On Tuesday, Mr. Maurice O'Connell, the first born of the late Liberator, arrived in his yacht in the Suir. He was accompanied by his brother "Dan." They promenaded our quays for some time on Tuesday, accompanied by a young gentleman, probably a nephew or relative, and passed along without a cheer or scarcely a recognition by any of the serfs who kissed the dust at the footstool of their father.-- Waterford Mail.


     The monthly meeting of committee was held at the Society's Rooms, Commercial Buildings, Belfast. There were present, John Sherman Crawford, Esq., in the chair: Richard Hull, John Hancock, James Campbell, Richard Niven, S.K. Mulholland, Robert M'Kibben, M.D., C.G.M., Skinner, John Charters, and John Herdman, Esqrs., Arthur Marshall Esq. of the firm of Messrs. Marshall and Co. Leeds, who was present.
     A report was made by the Secretary of the distribution of the society's agriculturists, for the superintendence of flax-pulling, &c., in the following districts:- Ballina and Newport, county Mayo, Dromore West, county Sligo; Moyaver, county Antrim; Ballybay, county Monaghan; Celbridge, County Kildare; Abbeyleix, Queen's county; Gorey, county Wexford; Skibbereen Dunmanway, Drimoleague and Bantry, county Cork; Kenmare, county Kerry; Kilfinagh, county Limerick; Ballinacourty and Newport, county Tipperary. Some of the late sown flax in Mayo and Cork was an indifferent crop; but generally throughout all hose districts, the reports are favourable as to yield, while the quality of such as has been already scutched appears very good and affords grounds for believing that the general produce will be much superior to last year's. Some experiments had been made in growing hemp, with satisfactory results; that sown at Kilfinane, county Limerick, having attained a height of seven feet. Small portions of turnip seed, of the late varieties, had been sent with the agriculturists to some of the remote southern districts, to be sown after the earliest pulled flax, with a view of showing farmers that a second crop may thus be raised in the same year, which though off course, not equal to one sown in May or June, would, at least, leave a surplus after all expenses of labor, seed and manure.

Wednesday, Sept 19, 1849


     In this town, on the morning of Thursday last, the lady of Thomas McAndrew, Esq., Solicitor, of a son and heir.
     On the 6th, instant, the lady of the Rev. Richard Stack, of a son.


     On the 6th instant, in Dublin, John H. Vize, Esq., of Ballinasloe to Isabella Margaret, daughter of William Mills, Esq., of Slane.


     On the 10th instant, at Easkey Vicarage, the residence of his brother, the Rev. William Paul Dawson, Rector of Kilmore, Erris, in this county, in the 44th year of his age.
     On the evening of 13th inst., in Castlebar, Miss Mary Collins, aged 30 years, eldest daughter of Mr. William Collins, Westport, deceased.
     At Tubbercurry, on the 10th inst. at the residence of her son, after a short illness of cholera, Jane, relict of the late William Vernon, of Marino, Esq.


     The Mayor of Waterford has issued a proclamation against any further burials in two church yards of that city, which are crowded with dead bodies.

     A FEMALE ASSASSIN- A girl named Margaret M'Connell was brought before the bench on Saturday, charged with having inflicted 19 wounds on the head of another young female named Mary Hamilton, with a table fork. The prisoner's ire had been excited by the prosecutrix accusing her of stealing and pawning some articles of dress.- The latter was so weak from the loss of blood that she could scarcely stand. Her assailant was committed for two months.--Banner of Ulster.
A WIFE IN DISPUTE- On Friday last, at the Police-court, David Evans, a well-known civil bill officer, but who formerly served the crown in a military capacity, and has been rewarded for his valour with a shilling per diem, charged another old campaigner, named Sprouss, who has been but lately discharged, with having broken open his door, assaulted him, and put him in bodily terror.- Evans candidly admitted that the cause of his annoyance was his wife, to whom Sprouss preferred a prior claim. The defendant stated that he had been married to the woman nineteen years ago; he had, however, deserted her, and never sent her either money or letters. The complainant was "lawfully" married to her twelve years since, at which time represented and believed herself to be a widow; and they had a family of four children. The defendant, he said, had frequently assaulted him, and was in the habit of threatening to tear his entreals out and to burn them in the fire. He (complainant) had given his wife full permission to make her election between herself and Sprouss, and she had decided in his (Evan's) favour. The lady in dispute was in court, and the police took good care that the spectators should have a full view of her, which seemed to convince most of them that she was scarcely so fair a cause of war as Helen. The defendant, who remained mute, was fined 10s. and costs.--Banner of Ulster.


     There is not an able-bodied pauper in Mullingar workhouse, where there is room for 1000.

     Prime flour has fallen in price 3s per bag this week in the Limerick market.

     It is understood that the dismissal of Commander Pitman of the "Childers" for cruelty and oppression will restore Lieut. Graham and Mr. Elliott, late of that ship, to their commissions in the service.

     In consequence of the threatening aspect of affairs in the neighbourhood of Carrick-on-Suir, Major-General M'Donald's leave of absence has been countermanded by an order from the Horse Guards.

     Lord Kenyon has transmitted through Dr. O'Sullivan, 100 as a donation to the Church Education Society.

    THE POOR LAWS- At a numerous and respectably attended meeting of the rate-payers of the Ballinrobe union, held on Friday, it was agreed to address the Commissioners requesting them to reconsider the subject of a ruinous rate of 5s. 6d., noticed be struck in the union.

     It has been the practice among the humbler classes in this as in may small towns in Ireland, to announce the time of removal of a corpse for interment by means of a bell-man or public crier. This was hitherto overlooked, but latterly it has become intolerable and very injurious in its effects. Could anything be more offensive, during the existence of cholera, than to hear the constant noise of the crier's bell publishing the hour funerals are to take place and adding the cause of death? It is well known that excessive fear is a predisposer to cholera, and the other day, when many were under the impression that it had altogether disappeared from the town, it was rather startling to hear the bellman announce a funeral, and that the deceased had died of cholera. The  consequence was, that a lady and one or two others, not having nerves so strong as Mr. Healy, became suddenly unwell and caused not a little alarm to their friends. We trust that the magistrates will give directions to the constables to prevent a recurrance of this nuisance.


     The stopping of the discussion, that was fixed for the 9th and 10th of last month, between the Rev. James Rogers and the priest Ahern, near Kenmare, suggests several matters worthy of consideration at the present time. It is plain that he government will not allow any procedure that tends to the confusion of Poppery to be carried on unmolested-that the exposure of the weakness and wickedness of that system of darkness and delusion is a good unwelcome to the policy and feelings of our present rulers- that the behests of the Popish priests are to be strictly adhered to, and disgrace and encouragement to be cast upon all Protestants who are fearless, forward, honest, and and true to their principles!- and that any effort to rescue Ireland from mental and moral degradation must be carried in despite of priest-ridden officials and Popery-fostering governments.
     There can be little doubt that the truculent conduct of Father John O'Sullivan, the pet witness of Lord Lansdown, has done good, much good in exhibiting the real character of the priests; and the issues of the day are likely to do more for the progress of inquiry among the people, than if the government and the priests had allowed the discussion to proceed quietly, as the people plainly wished, and as had been arranged. Great praise is justly due to Mr. Rogers for his admirable discretion, mildness, and cool demeanour throughout the whole affair.
     The truth is, the priests did not wish for the discussion at all, as is clear from their refusal of Mr. Roger's second challenge.--Christian Examiner.


     On yesterday at half-past twelve o'clock the extreme sentence of the law was carried into effect on the scaffold in front of our county jail on the unfortunate culprit, John Tierney, who, with a respectable young man, named Harrington, was tried at the late assizes of Nenagh, for the murder of Burke, a tailor, who resided in Thurles, and appeared to have been of active habits and industriously followed his trade. At 12 o'clock a strong detachment of the 79th Highlanders, under command of Captain M'Call, together with Captain Hodgson, Lieut. Harrison, Ensign Boothby and Assistant Surgeon Fowler, drew up in a field opposite the drop; while 60 of the constabulary, under Mr. Sub.-Inspector O'Dell and Head Constable Hayes, were stationed in the area surrounding it.
     A few minutes after twelve,  the Sub-Sheriff arrived with the death warrant, and the culprit at half-past 12 was led pinioned out of his cell, from which he walked to the scaffold with a firm step, accompanied by the Rev. Mr. Spain, R.C.C. and holding in his right hand a crucifix, and in his left a handkerchief. He fervently and loudly repeated, "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, have mercy on me!" The executioner, who was not in the least disguised, and who with the utmost sang froid and apathetic indifference gazed on the military, police and spectators underneath him, immediately made his appearance, placed the rope on the wretched man's neck, put on his head a white cap which he drew on his face, "Jack Ketch," whose undisguised appearance created much sensation and loud murmurs among  those present, then drew the fatal bolt, and Tierney's existence in a few moments was at an end. In consequence of the rope either not being placed properly on his neck, or from its thickness, the unfortunate man suffered strangulation for two minutes during which time his body writhed and he plunged his legs. The knot came under his chin instead of being at the butt of the ear. After the body suspending the usual length of time, it was cut down, placed in a coffin, and interred in the burial ground of the jail. There were but few persons who witnessed the horrible and demoralizing spectacle, and who, we regret to say, for the most part were composed of women, with children in their arms, and boys and girls. The following is the declaration:
     "Nenagh Prison, Tuesday night, Sept. 11
     "I most solemnly declare in the presence of God, before whom I am about to appear, that neither Patrick Bloomfield nor Philip Harrington had hand, act or part in the murder of Thomas Burke, of Graigue, in the parish of Drum, nor had they nor any other person any knowledge whatever of it. I declare and acknowledge that I committed that dreadful murder without the aid, presence, or assistance of any other person. May the Lord, in his infinite mercy, grant me pardon, which I have most earnestly implored every moment, night and day since my conviction.
     "In the presence of Nicholas Power, Roman Catholic chaplain, Thomas Rock, governor; and James Going, head turnkey."
   "John x Tierney"
---Nenagh Guardian.

Wednesday, Sept 26, 1849

    FIRING INTO MILFORT-HOUSE- Shortly after the family had retired to bed on Monday night, a shot was fired through the parlour window of the residence of Ralph Smith, Esq., of Milfort-house, near Borrisokane. The ball passed through a strong shutter and directly over a chair where Mr. Smith had been sitting a short time previous. The bullet broke the plastering on the opposite wall and was flattened against it. It was most providential that Mr. Smith and his family had retired earlier than usual, as the ball must have passed through the part of the room where they had been sitting. The cause assigned for this cowardly attack is in consequence of Mr. Smith having lately taken an active part in preventing crops being carried off a property belonging to a friend for whom he acted as agent.--King's County Chronicle.


     Constable Hosford placed and elderly female, named Ellen Riordan, better known as "Kerry Nell," before the Bench, for "raising the wind" under the following curious circumstances.
     Mr. E. Newsom informed the bench that he had the honour of being, unfortunately for himself, church-warden of the parish of St. Finn Barr. Being aware of the various modes that parties adopted to plunder the citizens, by obtaining money from church-wardens for foundlings, he was determined, as far as lay within his power, to prevent it, the children were put on the parish for support, who should have been supported by their parents; the parish also plundered by getting money for children who were dead; and, as in the present case, plunder was obtained by interments though foundlings had not died. The prisoner now before the bench had obtained a parish coffin for a foundling, which of course the citizens had to pay for. This coffin she carried to St. Finn Barr's church-yard and interred there, which entitled her to a certificate from the clergyman of the burial of the foundling. On the production of that certificate to him, the prisoner would be entitled to the expenses of interment, and what nursing money was due. This the prisoner had done, but he (Mr. Newsom) thinking that all was not right, went to the churchyard and had the coffin dug up, when, to his surprise, on its being opened, he found it to be filled with stones, which
     Captain White remarked jocosely was deserving of antiquarian inquiry.
     Mr. Newsom said the best of the story was, that the prisoner, when overlooking the interment of the coffin, appeared, as he was informed, deeply affected for the dead child; and so desirous was she that it should be deposited in its final resting place with every care and affection that she would not allow any person to touch it, and actually placed the coffin in the grave herself.
     Captain White inquired what the prisoner had to say in defence?
     Constable Hosford- She has made a voluntary confession that she had buried the coffin, but the reason she gave was, that Mr. Newsom had refused to pay her for another child because she was unable to obtain a certificate from the clergyman.
     Mr. Newsom- When the proper time comes I'll prove that the child was interred in Carrignaver churchyard, the certificates for which I hold in my hand. As Mr. Hodder, the law agent to the church-wardens, is absent, for the present remand the prisoner, against whom information shall be sworn."
     Captain White-That shall be done.

     The non-commissioned officers of the 3d Buffs entertained to a farewell dinner the non-commissioned officers of the King's Dragoon Guards, stationed in this garrison who left on Thursday, for head quarters at Caher.--Limerick Chronicle.
     Intelligence has been received from the service companies of the 59th Regt., which were embarked at Cork for Hong Kong, that cholera had broken out in the ships conveying them to their destination; a number of the men had died. Quartermaster M'Donald fell a victim to the malady. When the disease first appeared they were about fourteen bays sail from Rio Janeiro into which they intended to put.
    An English contractor of large capital has undertaken to complete the whole line of Railway from Tipperary to Waterford, for the Waterford and Tipperary Company.

     DOLLY'S BRAE- Query- What took J.B. Quin, Esq. J.P. of Dromore-house, all the way to Castlewellan petty sessions, on the very day that some terrible Orangemen were dragged before the magistrates because they would not let themselves be slaughtered by a band of pious, innocent, and harmless Ribbonmen? People will talk; but if Dromore-house gossip be true a certain official letter of T.N.R. sanctioned if not required, his assistance. It is wondered if D. Linlay and R. Magennis, Esqrs., his coadjutors, were influenced by a similar missive. This certainly can be the case, or are they all so bursting with justice that neither time nor place is an object?--Belfast News-Letter.


     1st Regiment of Dragoons-Cornet Henry Fraser Dimsdale, from the 10th Light Dragoons to be Cornet, vice Campbell, promoted Sept. 18.
     2d Dragoons-William Allan Woddrop, Gent., to be Cornet by purchase, vice Cockburn, who retires, September 18.
     10th Light Dragoons- Frederick Marshall, Gent., to be Cornet, by purchase, vice Dimsdale, appointed to the 1st Dragoons.
     2d Regiment of Foot-Richard Sherrard Tarrant, Gent., to be ensign, by purchase, vice Gollop, promoted.
     6th.- Edward Villiers Briscoe, Gent. to be Ensign, without purchase, vice M'Pherson, appointed to the 17th foot; Surgeon Duncan Menzies, from the 45th foot, to be surgeon, vice Robertson, promoted on the Staff, Sept. 18.
     12th.- Julius Henry Strike, Gent. to be Ensign, without purchase, vice Bagnell, promoted Sept. 18.
     16th- Dunbar James Massy, Gent., to be Ensign by purchase, vice Armstrong, promoted Sept. 18.
     19th- Ensign George Varnham Macdonald to be Lieutenant, by purchase vice Lee Warner, who retires; George Clay, Gent., to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Macdonald, Sept. 18.
     23d-Henry D'Oyley Torrens, Gent., to be Second Lieutenant, without purchase, Sept. 18.
     25th- Ensign John Richard Harvey, from 77th foot, to be Ensign, vice Maunsell, who retires, Sept. 18.
     27th- Lieutenant Frederick Charles Herring to be Captain by purchase, vice Tunnard, who retires; Ensign Charles Warren, to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Herring; Frederick Rhodes, Gent., to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Warren, Sept. 18.
     28th- William Hamilton Thompson, Gent., to be Ensign, without purchase, vice Baxter, promoted to 17th foot, Sept. 18.
     31st.- William Henry Barry, Gent. to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Christian, promoted Sept. 18.
     34th- George Byng Harman, Gent., to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Thorold, who retires, Sept. 18.
     40th- Ensign George Owen Bowdler, to be Lieutenant by purchase, vice Hibbert, who retires, Sept. 18; John Edward Broadhurst, Gent., to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Wise, promoted, Sept. 17; William O'Hara, Gent., to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Pinckney, promoted, Sept. 18.
     45th-Assistant Staff Surgeon Alexander Gibb, M.D., to be Surgeon, vice Menzies, appointed to the 6th foot, Sept. 18.
     47th- James Armar Lowry, Gent. to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Lawrence, promoted, Sept. 18.
     48th- Francis Constantine Trent, Gent., to be Ensign by purchase, vice Bushe, promoted, Sept. 28.
     50th- Edward Marcus Armstrong, Gent. to be Ensign, by purchase, Sept. 18.
     51st- Francis Charlesworth Kennedy, Gent., to be Ensign, without purchase, vice Mason, promoted, Sept. 18.
     55th- Gentleman Cadet Richard England, from the Royal Military College, to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Sheill, who retires, Sept. 18.
     56th- Edwin William Philips, Gent, to be Ensign by purchase, vice Eden, promoted, Sept. 18.
     67th- Charles William Pearson, Gent., to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Daubeney, promoted, Sept. 18.
     69th- Lieutenant the Honourable Alfred Bury, from the 82d foot, to be Lieutenant, vice M'Gregor, who exchanges, Sept. 18.
     72d- Robert Whigham, Gent, to be Ensign , by purchase, vice Alison, promoted, Sept. 18.
     77th- Robert Walmesley, Gent to be Ensign by purchase, vice Harvey, appointed to the 25th foot, Sept. 18.
     80th- Lieutenant John Cumming to be Captain, without purchase, vice Tyler, deceased; Ensign Donald Maclean Fraser to be Lieutenant, vice Cumming, June 10; Ensign William Whitehead, from the 62d foot, to be Ensign, vice Fraser, Sept. 18.
     82d.- Lieutenant Alexander Edgard M'Gregor, from the 69th foot, to be Lieutenant, vice Bury, who exchanges; Robert Maule, Gent., to be Ensign, without purchase, vice Baillie, promoted, Sept. 18.
     98th- William Henry Lance, Gent, to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Farrington, promoted Sept. 18.
     Hospital Staff- Surgeon Peter Roberton, M.D., from the 6th foot, to be Staff Surgeon of the First Class, vice Robert Stilltry, M.D., who retires upon half pay; Acting Assistant Surgeon Charles Walter Poulton, to be Assistant Surgeon to the Forces, vice Gibbs, promoted to the 45th foot, Sept. 18.


     According to announcement, a meeting of the Governors of the County Infirmary was held in the Infirmary on Wednesday last, for the purpose of electing a Medical Officer in the room of the late Doctor Thomas Little. The following are the names of the Governors who attended:- John Wynne, Esq., William Phibbs, Esq., Jeremiah Jones, Esq., Robert Jones, Esq., Col. Perceval, Sir Robert Gore Booth, Abraham Martin, Esq., Captain Slade, Rev. Edward Day, Miss Irwin, Rev. H. Dawson, Sir William Parke, John Moffett, Esq., Counsellor Ramsay.
     Abraham Martin, Esq., was called upon to preside, after which Colonel Perceval, in very appropriate and respectful terms, proposed William Swaine Little, Esq., M.D., as a fit and proper person to succeed his father, Doctor Thomas Little, in the office of Surgeon to the County Infirmary. The honourable gentleman referred to the many obligations under which the public generally were laid by the services of the gentleman's late father, whose name he had introduced to them, and he hoped W.S. Little would that day have the proud distinction of being placed in his father's situation.
     Sir Wm. Parke seconded the nomination, and observed that Colonel Perceval had so favourably and justly put forth the merits of Dr. Little, he would only say he felt it his first duty to be fully satisfied, as to the competency and merits of the candidate, ere he would give any person his vote. As regards Dr. Little he had no doubt he would, if returned, realize the expectation of his friends-he (Sir William Parke) would admit that the merits of the father served as an additional impulse to the interest he feels for the son, who, as a surgeon, stands high in public estimation-equally so as a physician.
     John Moffett, Esq., proposed Robert Lynn, Esq., M.D., of this town, and spoke at considerable length on the claims of Dr Lynn, who had been many years amongst us, which in connexion with his standing as a physician gives him a claim which gratitude could not recind, and which he hoped justifies itself would ratify in a successfull competition for the office of  Surgon to the County Infirmary.
     Counsellor Ramsey, seconded the proposal in favour of Dr. Lynn.
     William Phibbs, Esq., Seafield, then rose and proposed the nomination of ____ Knott, Esq., M.D., also of this town. Mr. Phibbs, in a very becoming manner spoke of Dr. Knott's professional services in connexion with the public institutions committed to his charge, of which he had been a constant observer. From the many offices which he (Mr. Phibbs) filled, connected with the interests of the county, he was capable of forming a just estimate of Dr. Knott's professional abilities, and therefore felt great pleasure in proposing him as a candidate for the present situation.
     Dr. Homan, at this stage of the business came forward and handed in his qualifications but declined being put in nomination and stated that he only wished to have the fact of his doing so recorded. Dr. Homan, was, however, afterwards proposed by Robert Jones, Esq., Fortland.
     Dr. William Armstrong was next proposed by Jeremiah Jones, Esq., Tubberpatrick. Mr. Jones said Mr. Armstrong's character was so generally known as to need neither commentary or recommendation from him. He had ably conducted the Colooney Dispensary for many years, and without further remarks begged leave to propose Dr. Wm. Armstrong as a fit candidate and proper person to be nominated to the vacant situation.
     No other candidates having been proposed, the names of the Governors were read over and the canvass proceeded with, accordingly at the conclusion of which it was decided that William Swaine Little, was unanimously elected.
     Mr. Little, in a brief but comprehensive speech returned his warmest thanks to the gentlemen who had returned him, and hoped he would ever use his best skill and exertions to sustain the high character which his lamented father sustained for that institution. He begged in conclusion to get leave of absence for four weeks which was granted to him, leaving in charge his brother, Francis Little, Esq., who we have pleasure in stating has filled the situation most effectually since his father's death, and who is an excellent Surgeon-Sligo Guardian.


     Magistrates present-Wm. Malley, Esq., chairman, and Captain Wm. Atkinson.
     Informations were ordered against Michl. Jennings for illegally taking possession of a house tenanted by Michael M'Keone.


     Mr. Thomas M'Andrew, on the part of the guardians of the poor of this union, applied to the court to have two warrants for poor rates signed. He stated that the decrees had been pronounced so far back as the month of March last, but that for some reason which he did not think necessary to advert to, the warrants had still remained unsigned. He further said that he had been instructed to present them for signatures and to report the result.
     Mr. Malley, the chairman, said in reply that he had a conversation with Mr. Waters, one of the vice-guardians, on the subject and requested Mr. M'Andrew to mention the matter to the court on the next sessions day.
     Mr. M'Andrew expressed himself satisfied.


     Sub-Constables Cullen and Hunter having been sworn, it appeared from their evidence that on the last fair day of this town they were on duty, when they perceived a riot in Hill-street, opposite the Wesleyan chapel, and proceeded to arrest some of the rioters. Sub-Constable Cullen was in the act of removing one of them, John Hesneen, when another, named Melvin, ran into a house, from which he brought an iron bar or crook with which he inflicted two severe wounds on Cullen's head and was in the act of striking him a third time when the blow was arrested by James Lyons, who was attracted to the place by the crowd and noise. Sub-Constable Hunter did not see the blows given to Cullen, he being then engaged with Hesneen who became very violent and offered every resistance to his removal and kicked the policeman several times.
     James Lyons, who gave his testimony with considerable reluctance, stated that he saw the iron in Melvin's hands before and after the policeman was cut, and though he saw the weapon held over his head, and caught hold of it, he wound not positively swear that Melvin struck him. Being urged to give his opinion, this witness at length stated that he had no doubt that Melvin struck Cullen.
     Melvin was then fined 2l. and costs, or in default of payment to be imprisoned for two months.
     Hesneen was fined 2s. 6d. and costs.


     The inquiry into the conduct of Commander Pitman, of her Majesty's ship Childers, terminated on Wednesday last, after continuing 12 days. The following is the result:-
     The Judge Advocate read the decision of the court on the following charges:
"General cruelty from the 4th September, 1848, until the 20th May, 1849; and for false statements in the log of her Majesty's ship Childers on the 9th day of October, 1848. General cruelty and oppression during the period commencing the 4th September, 1846, and ending the 20th May, 1849. False expenditure of stores, viz., a hammock cloth represented to have been washed away on the 14th October, 1836; and a main-top sail to have been lost on the 9th October, 1848. False statements in the log book of her Majesty's ship Childers, from Sept., 1846 to 28th May, 1840."
     "The Court having heard the evidence in support of the charges, as well as what the prisoner has offered in his behalf, and very maturely and deliberately weighted and considered the same, is opinion that the charges of general cruelty and oppression has been in part proved against the prisoner, Commander J.C. Pitman; and the court is further of opinion that the charge of false expenditures in stores and the charge of false statements in the log book of her Majesty's ship Childers, have been proved against the prisoner Commander J.C. Pitman to be dismissed from her Majesty's service."
     The court then broke up.

     THE CHURCH- On Thursday the Lord Bishop of Tuam laid the foundation stone of the parish church at Achil Sound, on which occasion his lordship delivered an impressive address. The Rev. Charles Seymour read the service, and the Rev. Mr. Stoney preached, after which the rev. Edward Nangle addressed an immense assemblage in the Irish language. On the previous day his lordship performed the ceremony of confirmation on four hundred persons at the colony.

     On Thursday last twenty-young females left the Castlebar workhouse for Australia.


     Pursuant to public advertisement a meeting of Fishery Commissioners was held on Saturday, in the Court House of Westport, at which the following conservators attended:- Sir Richard O'Donnell, Bart., General Thompson, William Plunket, Esq., D. Plunket, Esq., Edward Atkinson, Esq., Mr. Nixon, Mr. Eastwood, W.J. Ffennell, Esq. Inspecting Commissioner, also attended.
     Sir Richard O'Donnell being called to the chair, it was resolved-
    "That the office of the Bank of Ireland be appointed Treasurer for the funds of the district, and that the chairman notify the same to the commissioners, in order that the funds be lodged to the credit of the conservators."
    Twenty-seven pounds were voted to be expended to the Killery portion of the district, tin the employment of nine water-keepers, to be appointed by the conservators; and 30 to be expended for the same purpose in the Newport side of the district.
     Patrick Caulfield was appointed clerk for the district and inspector of the Killery division, at a salary of 15.
     It was then resolved that application to be made to the Commissioner of Fisheries to divide the district, it being at present too large.

Corrected for the Limerick Chronicle
[Where two places are mentioned, the second is that at which the depot is stationed.]


34th-Gibraltar; Boyle
1st LifeGuards-Windsor 35th-Mullingar
2nd ditto-London 36th; 1st bat-Corfu; Portsmouth
Royal Horse Guards-ditto Ditto, Res. Bat; Cephalonia
1st Dragoon Guards-Cahir 37th-Ceylon; Chatham
2nd do.- Edinburgh 38th-Halifax, N.S.; Castlebar
3d do.-Nottingham 39th-Preston
4th do.- Manchester 40th-Dublin
5th do-Birmingham 41st-Cork
6th do-Dublin 42d, 1st bat-Bermuda; Isle of Wight
7th do-Brighton Ditto, Res. bat-Bermuda
1st Dragoons- York 43d-Kilkenny
2d (Greys) - Longford 44th, 1st bat-Malta; Isle of Wight
3d Light Dragoons-Bengal; Maidstone Ditto, res bat-Malta; Isle of Wight
4th do-Athlone 45th, 1st bat-Cape; Isle of Wt.
6th Dragoons-Dublin Ditto, res bat-Cape
7th Hussars-Newbridge 46th-Liverpool
8th do-Newbridge 47th-Buttevant
9th Lancers-Bengal; Maidstone 48th-Dublin
10th Hussars-Bombay; ditto 49th-Templemore
11th do-Hounslow 50th-Dover
12th Lancers-Cork 51st-Madras; Chatham
13th Lt Dragoons-Dundalk 52d-Preston
14th do-Bengal; Maidstone 53d-Bengal; Chatham
15th Hussars-Bengal; Maidstone 54d-Antigua; Jersey
16th Lancers-Norwich 55th-Dublin
17th do-Dublin 56th, 1st bat-Gibraltar; Gosport


Ditto, 2nd bat-Gibraltar


Grenadier Guards-1st Battalion-London 58th-New Zealand; Chatham
2nd. Bat.- London 66th-Barbadoes; Tralee
3rd Bat- Windsor 67th, 1st bat-Isle of Wight
Coldstream Guards, 1 battalion, London Ditto, res bat-Malta
2nd Battalion-Chichester 70th-Bengal; Chatham
Scots Fusilier Guards-1st Battalion-London 71st, 1st bat-Naas
Ditto, 2nd Bat.- London Ditto, res bat-Canada


72d-Barbadoes; Sheerness
1st Foot, 1st Battalion-New Brunswick; Aberdeen 73d-Cape; Templemore
Ditto, 2nd Bat.-Dublin 74th-Cape; Templemore
2nd-Dublin 75th-Bengal; Chatham
3d-Limerick 76th,1st aat-Corfu; Gosport
4th-Portsmouth Ditto, Res bat-Zante
5th, 1st Bat.-Mauritius, Isle of Wight 77th-Portsmouth
Ditto, reserve bat-Mauritius 78th-Bombay; Chatham
6th, 1st bat.- Capt 79th-Canada; Nenagh
Ditto, reserve bat-Fermoy 80th-Bengal; Chatham
7th-Halifax, N.S.; Youghal 81st-Hull
8th-Bombay; Chatham 82d-Devonport
11th-New South Wales; Chatham 83d-Bombay; Chatham
12th, 1st bat-Weedon Ditto, Res. bat-Mauritius 84th-Madras; Chatham
13th-Belfast 85th-Waterford
14th- Newport, S.W. 86th-Bombay; Chatham
15th-Ceylon; Brecon 87th-Bengal; Chatham
16th-Cephalonia, Gurensey 88th-St. Vincent; Kinsale
17th-Chatham 89th-Birr
18th-Bengal; Chatham 90th-Ashton
19th-Canada; Mullingar 91st, 1st bat-Portsmouth
20th-1st Bat Canada, Isle of Wight Ditto, res bat-Cape
Ditto, res bat-Canada 92d-Clonmel
21st-Edinburgh 93d-Stirling
22d-Bombay; Chatham 94th-Madras; Chatham
23d-1st bat-Winchester 95th-Hong Kong; Londonderry
Ditto, Res. bat-Canada 96th-Bengal; Chatham
24th-Bengal; Chatham 97th, 1st bat-Halifax, N.S.; Isle of Wight
25th-Madras; Chatham Ditto, res bat-Jamaica
26th-Cork 98th-Bengal; Chatham
27th-Glasgow 99th-N.S. Wales; Chatham
28th-Plymouth Rifle Brigade,1st bat-Cape; Bristol
29th-Bengal; Chatham Ditto, 2nd bat-Canada; Isle of Wight
30th-Manchester Ditto, res bat-Canada
31st-Athlone 1st West India Regt-Jamaica
32d-Bengal; Chatham 2d ditto-Nassau
33d-Berwick 3d ditto-Demerara


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