Ireland Old News
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, August 7, 1850
| THE CONSTABULARY - Constable
M'Donnell, who was stationed here for the last three or four years, and
who was a most efficient and useful officer of this valuable force, has
retired from the service on compensation.
In the House of Commons on Monday, Mr. Higgins took the oaths and his seat for the county of Mayo.
We are sorry to learn that the potato crop in the neighbourhood of Ballinrobe, Hollymount, Westport and Castlebar, is seriously affected with the blight of former years.
We are glad to find that Richard Hamilton, Esq., has returned to take charge of the unions under his inspection previous to his temporary absence from this neighbourhood.
ELECTIONEERING INCIDENT - Numberless odd stories, arising out of the late elections in this county, have reached us, but anything more barefaced or disgraceful than the following we have never heard: At the petty sessions at Castlebar, held on Thursday last, a man named Richard Saunders, one of the "body guards", was brought up for having assaulted a car driver while conveying freeholders from the upper portion of the county to Castlebar. The fellow was convicted, and fined £1 each or one months' imprisonment. The Rev. M. Curley, Roman Catholic Curate - who, we understand is paying off the election bills due on the part of Mr. Higgins - instantly paid the fine and Saunders was liberated. On that very evening he murderously assaulted a private of the 5th Dragoons and finished his day's "amusement" by robbing a poorhouse! Comment on the state of society in Mayo is useless.
On the 3rd inst. the Rev. H.E. Joly, A.M., was installed Archdeacon of Killala, by the Very Rev. the Dean, under a mandate from the Lord Bishop; and on Sunday last he preached his first sermon for the year.
A QUANTITY OF HOUSEHOLD
FURNITURE, consisting of one dozen of Mahogany cane-bottomed Chairs, equal
to new; Mahogany Tables; Sideboard, Bookcases, Dining Tables; Basinstands
and Dressing Glasses, Feather Beds and Bedding.
Mr. J.R. WILLIAMS begs respectfully to acquaint his friends that VACATION will terminate on the 3rd of AUGUST, and that business will be resumed on the following MONDAY, when the punctual attendance of his PUPILS is requested.
Captain Kennedy, Poor Law Inspector, has been removed from Kilrush
to Kilkenny, and Mr. Briscoe, Poor Law Inspector, for the unions of Ennis,
Ennistymon, Kilrush and Kildysart.
CORK, July 31 - The potatoes in the neighbourhood of Passage, Monkstown,
Carrigaloe, and Cove, continue to show a vigour, a healthiness, and entire
absence from disease that is most encouraging.- Although a greater than
ordinary quantity of land has been sown- with this vegetable, in no
instance do our correspondents mention the slightest appearance indicating
the disease.-- Examiner.
| By the death of Mr.
John Schoales, Q.C., the appointment of Assistant Barrister for the
Queen's County is placed at the disposal of the Government.
INDUSTRY AND CHARITY
There is a parish in the barony of Upper Connelloe and county of Limerick, containing by the last census nearly 9,000 inhabitants. The greater number of these have been, for some time past, sunk in the greatest misery. Many causes too numerous to mention, besides the potato blight, have brought about this wretched state of the industrial poor.- To alleviate, in some degree, the sufferings and raise the condition of the female population, the lady of the Rev. G.G. Gubbins, vicar of the parish, has encouraged a large number of girls to knit fancy work of every variety of pattern. The execution of the knitting is of the very best description and includes stockings, collars, cuffs, gloves (silk and cotton), baby caps, fly caps, anti-macassors, doileys, pin covers, insertions, and edgings of every variety, &c. The prices of these articles are remarkably low, leaving a profit to those poor girls of only two pence per day- a price alas! but too indicative of an amount of destitution too painful to describe. These articles are so very light as easily be had by post; and those kind-hearted ladies who can feel, for wretchedness, and sympathize with their Christian brethren and sisters, struggling to alleviate a famine-stricken people, are solicited to extend their patronage to this humble effort in their behalf. It is combining, what never should be separated, unless for special purposes- Industry and Charity.-- Limerick Chronicle.
The Lord Chancellor has been pleased to appoint John Garnett, Rathborne, Esq., of Dunsinea, a Magistrate for the county of Dublin.
A landlord named James Bryne is missing from Kilgarvin, county Galway, and it is supposed he had been murdered.
Mrs. Margaret Kinneally, a former widow, residing near Fiddown, Kilkenny, was robbed of 150l. by her servant, Michael Murphy, who has absconded to America. The money was secreted in a hold in the wall of her house.
Opposition has reduced the fare from Dublin to Liverpool to 10s.
Henry Lloyd, Esq., has been appointed a magistrate of the county Monaghan. He has also been appointed agent of Lord Rassmore's estates in that county.
John Clutterbuck, aged 11 years, son of the late Lorenzo Clutterbuck, Esq., of Caher, when playing near Mr. Going's mill, at Caher, on Monday, was unfortunately caught by some of the machinery and so bruised and lacerated, he died in an hour after.
ANOTHER £5 MEMBER - Dr. Power, M.P., for Cork, is announced by the Tipperary Vindicator as the new Inspector of medical charities for Ireland. Ecod, these Whigs are driving a brisk trade in the Irish cattle. In June the late member for Dundalk and Clonmel bought with a consulship and packed up for exportation for the Brazils. In July the hon. member for Tralee purchased with the collectorship for taxes. And in August the hon. member for Cork hooked with a roving commission! Who comes next? Clear the way, gentlemen for Ouseley Higgins!-- Nation.
SALE OF ENCUMBERED ESTATES
The Commissioners Estates of
Hyacinth D'Arcy Esq. were set up for sale in the Rotundo, Dublin, yesterday.
There were 19 lots of the Killery and Clifden Estates sold; the sale of the
Kylemore Estate was adjourned; the following are the principal lots disposed
The new church of Guileagh, built
at the sole expense of the Marchioness of Waterford, is now completely
furnished, and given up by the architect, Mr. Tinsley. It is expected the
Church will be consecrated immediately by the Lord Bishop at Cashel.
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, August 14, 1850
HORRIBLE EVENT - An event of a most horrifying nature took place in the townland of Kiltyclaugher, about three miles from Cookstown. A poor man, named James Purvis, left home on a begging excursion. A short time after, he was seen returning, when it appears, he had attempted to cross a valley between the leading road and his house, in which was a meadow of very long grass. He was very much afflicted with pains, and walked with two staffs. He had got about half across the meadow, when he was discovered on Tuesday last. There was nothing of his remains but the principal bones, the entire flesh and smaller bones being entirely eaten or carried away. His old hat and shoes and two staffs enabled his wife and daughter to identify him. He could not have been recognized by his garments, as the dogs had torn them to get at the flesh. The coroner was there, but it could not be ascertained whether he died suddenly or whether he might not have been alive for a day or two. When the few bones and hair and skull were piled on the tattered garments, the sight was terrific. A young girl who came to see it was so frightened that she is afflicted with intervals of aberration of mind ever since, laughing outrageously and crying most bitterly in turn, and exclaiming, "the bones!"- Coleraine Chronicle.
- Robert Mullen, Esq., is likely to get the appointment of Assistant Barrister of the Queen's County.
- Mr. James W. Murray, of Lurgan, was drowned while bathing at Lough Neagh, on Monday.
- John White, Esq., of Limerick and Castleconnell, the principal incumbrancer, has purchased the estate of the late Hugh Masey Ryves, Esq, under the Encumbered Estates Court for £22, 920.
- On Sunday Matthew Mulrooney, aged 14 years, was found dead in a dyke on the road side, at Commenbog, near Gowran, and from the marks of contusions on the back of his head and shoulders, it became evident that death was caused by violence.
- Patrick Whelan, son of a poor fisherman, was accidentally killed in Dungarvan, by a horse and cart.
- Informations were ordered at last Ballinrobe petty sessions, against Rev. Mr. O'Malley, R.C.C. for an assault upon a Scripture reader named Connolly.
ASSIZES - RECORD COURT
Such was the public anxiety to hear this very public trial, that at an
early hour the court was densely crowded, and the side box filled with
fashionably dressed ladies. There was also a great number of Roman
Catholic clergymen present, and a good sprinkling of our dissenting
brethren, both lay and clerical.
MELANCHOLY SUICIDE - Yesterday morning about nine o'clock Colonel Beauchamp, a retired officer, put an end to his existence, at a house in Dawson-street, by cutting his throat. An inquest was held on the body soon after the occurrence by Dr. Kirwan, one of the city coroners, when a verdict of "temporary insanity" produced by a severe attack of erratic gout was returned.
ROW - At the fair of Newtown last week a man, named M'Guire, living beyond Crossmolina, after having a rencounter with another from Ballymanagh, whose name we have not heard, was attacked by a party of his opponent's friends, and, though supported by a few of his comrades, was so severely beaten that his life was despaired of for some days. The police who were on the spot interfered with promptness, but so sudden was the assault that they could not effectually save M'Guire.
August 2, at Sligo, the lady of
St. John Purcell, Provincial Bank, of a daughter.
August 1, at Killnein Church, by the Rev. Willa Brown, brother to the bride, William Roycraft, Esq., of Danefort, county of Roscommon, to Emily, daughter of John Brown, Esq, County Inspector of the Leitrim Constabulary, Carrick-on-Shannon.
July 31, Eliza, the beloved and only daughter of Thomas Philips, Esq., J.P., Ahafia, county Monaghan.
THE FEMALE ORPHAN EMIGRATION
The following is a copy of
a letter received at the Colonial Office, from the Emigration Agent at
Sydney, respecting the ship Thomas Arbuthnot, which conveyed upwards of
200 female orphans from the poorhouses of Ireland to new South
DREADFUL MURDER IN KING'S COUNTY
Birr, Tuesday, 6th August - In
yesterday's publication an announcement was made that Robert Pike, Esq.,
agent for Robert Cassidy, Esq., of Monasterevan, had been murdered on
Saturday last near Parsonstown, the place of residence of Lord Rosse. The
statement was unhappily too accurate, and since the assassination of the
late Lord Norbury, thee has not been a murder so deliberate, audacious and
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, August 21, 1850
Pat Hunt, Winifred Garvey, and
two children, all Irish, died on Saturday near Cambridge, of ignorantly
eating poisonous mushrooms.
On the 18th inst., at
Turlough, the lady of Wm. Malley, Esq, of a son.
August 6, in Galway, the Rev.
P.S. Newman, of Arran, to Anne, eldest daughter of James Blake, Esq., of
Tally Castle, both in that county.
On Saturday night, the wine and spirit store in Hill-street, belonging to
Mr. Joseph Purdy, was entered by some persons, doubtless with the
intention of stealing. A mill-race runs past one side of the premises; and
the fellows, crossing the race [ink blot] an entrance at the rere. By
raising up the [ink blot] door step-stone, and creeping underneath the
door. The watchman on the beat, perceiving light in the store, gave the
alarm, and very soon after the house was surrounded by a large crowd. Then
commenced a scene the like of which was never, perhaps, in this or any
other town. The lads inside, seeing escape hopeless, and having partaken
freely of the good things at their command, defended themselves by
throwing bottles out of the windows, so that no one dare approach near the
doors or windows of the house. They kept up a perfect shower of these
dangerous missiles, inflicting sundry wounds and bruises on several of the
police and crowd. At last the police effected an entrance into the lower
part of the store, when they found that the boys had drawn up a ladder
leading to the second story and let down a trap door, thus cutting off
access to them from below. Another ladder was procured and after great
exertions, the trap door was raised, but immediately there came such a
shower of bottles down on the heads of those beneath, that they were glad
to get out of the way. The rascals, thinking to escape by the roof, broke
through it both in front and rere, and flung the slates at the police and
crowd. The people, however, beat them back with stones. Finally, after
several hours had been spent in fruitless efforts to make them prisoners,
the police broke through the wall of the adjoining house, on the same
level with the desperadoes, and arrested them. It was thought there were
three or four prisoners, and if there were any more, they must have
escaped during the battle. Next morning, when day dawned, the house looked
a perfect wreck, and the streets were covered to a considerable distance
with broken bottles.
-- The emigration to New York in the last week of July, amounted to the enormous number of 12,591.
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, August 28, 1850
An inquest was held at Creggan, parish of Kilmore Moy, on yesterday, by Meredith Thompson, Esq., coroner, on the body of a young man named Pat Rafter. From the evidence addressed it appeared the deceased rode his father's horse into a pasture field on Saturday last, when the animal became frightened and ran off violently and threw the boy, who became so entangled in a long rope or halter tied about the neck of the horse that he was dragged through a rocky field, by which he sustained such serious injury as terminated fatally on Monday morning. Dr. Whittaker held a post mortem examination on the body, and ascertained that death was caused by a fracture of the skull. The jury found a verdict in accordance with the Doctor's evidence.
The blight in the potato crop has not advanced so rapidly last week as we apprehended would have been the case from the sudden unfavourable change observed the previous week. We have heard of fresh instances of the disease having attacked fields where the tubers were thought to be perfectly sound up to a few days since, which circumstance renders a large portion of the crop a matter of great uncertainty, and has caused an increase of anxiety. The grain crops are fast ripening, notwithstanding the changeable weather we have experienced during the last fortnight, and the sickle is already at work in a good many fields.
BARBAROUS MURDER IN CLARE
On the evening of Sunday last a revolting murder was committed in the parish of Killofin, Barony of Clonderlaw, County of Clare, under the following horrifying circumstances: A labouring man named Patt Furey, residing in the townland of Slievedooly, resolved to seek employment at harvest work in one of the neighbouring counties, and left home on Saturday evening, giving his wife three for four shillings, which was his all, for her support until his return. His house was in one yard with a man named John Quinlivan, between whom and the deceased there existed some enmity; previous to Furey's departure it was agreed between himself and wife that two children, belonging to a neighbour named Shaughnessy should sleep with her, she having no family of her own. About nightfall on Sunday, when these children came to take up their abode with Mrs. Furey, the door was locked against them and they were terrified to hear groans, as if from some person in distress, insuing from the house, they ran in a fright and told their father, who promptly repaired to the spot, broke open the door, and to his horror found Bridget Furey apparently a corpse, the floor covered with her blood, her clothes and person so besmeared with the crimson flood of life that her identity was for a while doubtful. Shaughnessy asked for some person to accompany him for the police, and the person since accused of the commission of the crime with an effrontery and daring (worthy of a Ryan Puck) said he would go and he did go, to Labasheeda, but on their arrival there the Constable and some of the party were absent on other duty. Sub-Constables Hoye and Hickey went immediately to he spot and found Mrs. Furey not dead but unable to articulate one word, her brain was protruding from two frightful chasm, one in her forehead. The police seeing her perilous position adopted every possible stratagem to cause resuscitation, and as if Heaven willed that the assassin should not go unpunished, she rallied for a time, and declared in the presence of the police that it was John Quinlivan murdered her! The Police placed him at her bedside and asked her a second time to look up, and state who struck her, she opened one of her eyes, the other being broken in her head, looked at her murderer and said, "it was he killed me with a hatchet." She gave a dying shriek, fell back, and after a light tremor soon died of the ghastly wounds.
MURDER IN GALWAY - A barbarous murder was perpetrated on Saturday night last, near Clare, Galway. The name of the victim was Thomas Mullowney, who had a quarrel some time since with the sister of Wm. Glenmane, the person charged with the commission of the crime. Saturday night, at ten o'clock, deceased was met on the road near Clare Galway by Glennane, as he was returning from Galway. An altercation in reference to the quarrel took place, when suddenly Glennane drew out a knife and gave deceased several stabs with it in the abdomen and then fled. The wounded man was conveyed home, but lingered only until Monday evening. An inquest was held upon the body and verdict of wilful murder returned against Glennane, who has not yet been arrested.
It has been reported to us that a man named M'Keon, from Lisaniska, was murderously assaulted on his way home on Monday from the market of this town, by his father-in-law, James Healy, who is bailiff to the Hon. E.S. Perry, Healy's wife, and his two sons, who struck him with some iron instruments in such a manner that Doctor Smith, who is in attendance, entertains but slight hopes of his recovery. The cause of the attack is attributed to some family disputes, M'Keon and his wife not being on good terms for some time past.
SEIZURE OF WORKHOUSE CHATTELS
We thought that such things as seizures of Workhouse goods and chattels were at an end in the Union at least; but these happy imaginings, alas! have been dissipated by the news, bit it good or bad, of keepers having been placed on the Workhouse moveables by the Sheriff, at the suit of Mr. George S. Malley, for the recovery of the balance of a judgment obtained some months ago. Mr. Malley, it may be in the recollection of our readers, had this judgment put in force in October 1849, and bought in the property which he afterwards, at a considerable sacrifice, hired to the Guardians and voluntarily undertook to place the full amount of the sum he received for the hire of the bedding, &c. to the credit of the judgment debt. In this manner the greater part of the debt has been paid off, and the balance of the principal was offered to Mr. Malley out of the money advanced to pay the debts of the Union. This, however, Mr. Malley refused, because the interest and law costs would not be paid, and a receipt in full of all demands was required by the direction of the Poor Law Commissioners to be given on the receipt of the balance of the principal due. We have already commented on the great injustice done to the creditors by the refusal of the payment of the interest and costs incurred wherever judgments were obtained, the circumstance of this Union placing them in the power of the Commissioners, notwithstanding the express stipulation of the Guardians to defray all law expenses. To this Mr. Malley would not submit, and hence the execution laid on at his suit on last Friday and the sale advertised to take place on Friday next.
| RIBBONISM - On Sunday
evening last, Acting Constable Whittaker and one of the party under his
command, found a number of persons drinking in the house of James
Monaghan, a publican at Rathcormack chapel, who has been long suspected
for having a Ribbon Lodge held in his house. On the Acting Constable's
entering the house he observed one Thomas M'Goldrick put a piece of paper
into his pocket, which he suspected to be something connected with the
ribbon system, and therefore endeavoured to secure it. Mr. Monaghan then
shouted to him to put the paper into his mouth and destroy it, but
Whittaker very promptly seized the fellow by the throat, thrust his hand
into his mouth, and succeeded in extracting the paper. On this a
tremendous struggle ensued, in which they broke all the glasses and jugs
on the table, both Monaghan and M'Goldrick holding Whittaker and
endeavouring with all their might to destroy the document, but he still
held it, although the fellow hit his head severely and was near destroying
one of his fingers. The Sub-Constable up to this stood at the door to
prevent any of the party escaping, but seeing the two men use such
violence towards the Acting Constable, he now came to his assistance - on
which the rest of the party made their escape, leaving Monghan and
M'Goldrick in the hands of the police, who succeeded in securing the
document in question and arrested them both. They were brought before
Captain Whelan, R.M., at an early hour the next day, who, on the
informations of the Acting Constable, committed them both for trial at the
next assizes of Sligo. The following is a copy of the document:-
"What is your opinion of this bill? What bill do you mean? I mean the Tenant Right. It will serve the farmer. You are out of order, sir. Yes, when provoked. May the head of our church long reign in his station. Yes, and conquer his enemies through every nation."- Sligo Champion.
MEETING OF GUARDIANS
BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this Union was held in the Board Room on Saturday, Colonel K. Gore in the chair. Among the other Guardians present were Capt. J. Knox, Captain Atkinson, Mr. Jones, Mr. Crofton, Mr. G. Orme, Mr. A. Knox, Major J.J. Knox, M.J. Knox and Mr. Wills. Richard Bourke, Esq., Assistant Commissioner and Captain Hamilton, Inspector, were also in attendance.
... There were two tenders before the Board for the supply
of Potatoes; one from Mr. E. Atkinson at 5d. per stone and the other from
Mr. Wm. West at 3 1/2d. Brown bread being considered cheaper than
potatoes, even at the latter figure, no contract was entered into.
- Anthony Lynch, Esq., eldest son of M.A. Lynch, Esq.,
J.P. of Nile Lodge, is appointed Postmaster of Galway, at the instance of
M.J. Blake, Esq., M.P.
THE EARLDOM OF ROSCOMMON - Another claimant appears, we understand, for the ancient earldom, in the person of Z. Wallace, Esq., proprietor of the Anglo Celt, Cavan newspaper, who, it is said, not only entertains strong hopes of succeeding to the vacant coronet, but also of receiving a portion of the estate once attached thereto, and upon which his family had a rent charge up to the year 1845.
FRUITS OF THE UPAS
On the night of Wednesday some person or persons maliciously levelled to the ground eight large cocks of hay on part of the lands of Cruckawn; occupied by Mr. Campion. As a proof of this appreciation of the conduct of Mr. Campion, who has always given general employment and whose person and purse have always been foremost in all local charities, the people of the neighbourhood assembled on the following day - holiday in the Romish Church - and made up the hay. Mr. Campion is one of those who have been held up to public odium at a late tenant-right meeting in Castlecomer. So much for the "Upas" influence in that locality. This is the second whiteboy offence occurring in that neighbourhood within a few days.-- Kilkenny Moderator.
At the recommendation of the
Right Hon. the Earl of Erne, the Lord Chancellor has appointed the Hon.
Henry Chrichton, of Knockballymore House, to the Commission of the Peace
for the county of Fermanagh.
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