Ireland Old News
Wednesday, February 6, 1850
The largest donors to the Clergy Sons'
school are the Messrs. Guinness of Dublin.
At his residence, Nun's Island,
Galway, the Lady of Professor Hearn of a daughter.
On Sunday last, in this town, at the residence of John M'Hugh, Esq, brother of the bride, M.H. Devlin, Esq., M.D. to Maria, eldest daughter of the late Tullius M'Hugh, Esq., M.D.
APPALLING CATASTROPHE AT CLARE STREET, AUXILIARY WORKHOUSE.- TWENTY-SEVEN FEMALES KILLED.
It is our painful duty to record the
particulars of a fatal and melancholy casualty which took place last night at
Clare-street, auxiliary workhouse, by which 27 human beings lost their lives and
28 were seriously injured. - Between eight and nine o'clock, shortly after the
inmates, 500 females, had retired to rest, on the lofts of the store set apart
for sleeping apartments, a false alarm of fire was given by one of the women,
whether with an idle intention of causing annoyance, or by design, is unknown;
but so electric was the panic created, that almost instantaneously the females
on the first loft leaped from their beds, and in the darkness rushed in a body
to the staircase, or ladder, leading from that portion of the building to the
ground floor. The strenuous efforts of all to gain access to the ladder, upon
which several had crowded together, necessarily caused a crush and confusion,
until ultimately the paupers on the other lofts congregated in the narrow
passage, when the ladder broke and numbers were precipitated to the ground from
a height of more than ten feet.
The Marquis of Waterford has written to
Sir Edward Blakeney, Commander of the Forces, requesting that the 85th Regt.,
now stationed in Waterford, may not be removed to England, as was intended, but
be allowed to remain during the summer.
ATTEMPT TO MURDER
On the evening of Monday last, about four o'clock, as Daniel Bayley, Esq., of Moorock, near Ballcumber, was proceeding alone from Clara to his residence, he narrowly escaped assassination from a man named Digan, one of his tenants. The particulars are as follows: - When Mr. Bayly arrived near Digan's house a shot was fired at him through a hedge, but fortunately missed him, as he was driving in a gig at a smart pace. He at once jumped out and pursued the assassin, who sought safety in flight. After a pursuit of nearly a mile through the fields, he succeeded in overtaking him, though encumbered with a heavy overcoat. The assassin again presented his gun, pretending that he had loaded it during the chase; but his pursuer, nothing daunted, rushed at him, when Digan made a furious stroke of the butt end of the gun at Mr. Bayley, which he guarded with his arm and then closed with his antagonist and succeeded in bringing him to the ground. The assassin being a strong, able-bodied man, seized Mr. Bayley's leg, and upset him, and then seized him by the cravat to choke him, but he by a strong effort, gained his feet and dragged his intended murderer to the public road, when Digan's friends attracted by the cries of "murder," from a girl who saw the struggle, gathered to the place, and Mr. Bayley seeing it fruitless to attempt bringing him any further, was obliged to let him go, but kept the gun as a trophy of his gallant achievements. Before liberating him Mr. Bayley called to the river of a bread cart, which was passing at the time, desiring him to hurry on and send out the police, but they did not come. Mr. Bayley is a most indulgent and kind landlord in every way, and deserved better treatment at the hands of his tenants. The only reason that can be assigned for the present attempt at murder is that Digan was noticed to quit some time previous, being heavy in arrears.-- King's County Chronicle.
MEETING OF GUARDIANS
BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly
meeting of the Guardians of the Union was held on Saturday, Colonel Gore in the
ANNUAL PLOWING MATCH - The annual ploughing match of the Markree Farming Society will be held on the 14th inst on the farm of the Widow Browne, at Liddane. A very spirited competition is expected. We would fain impress on the several classes of farmers (particularly those in good circumstances), the necessity of their taking a lively interest in such Societies, not only for their own benefit, but the great good it may afford thousands who require nothing more than an example to follow. -- Sligo Guardian.
ROBBERY. - On Thursday night last, a party of unknown burglars broke into a barn belonging to John Martin, of Ougham, near Riverstown, and stole a firkin of butter, two sacks of corn, five hundred of onions, and several other valuable articles therefrom. Martin's son married a young woman of mean descent lately, contrary to his father's wishes, for which he discarded him, and it is strongly supposed that the abandoned son was the head of the robbery.
William Flynn, formerly clerk in the office of a solicitor in Clonmel, is committed to gaol, charged with forging the names of the Assistant Barrister, Mr. Sergeant Howley, the Clerk of the Peace, M. Prittie, Esq., and the High Sheriff elect, Colonel Wray Palliser, to a dismiss, and obtained the costs on the forged document. It was the signature of Col. Palliser, not yet sworn into office, that alerted suspicion.
Mr. J.N. Blake, of Eyre-square, Galway, a Roman Catholic, defends the Queen's College against Archbishop M'Hale. He says - As the Lord of Hosts opened the mouth of his ass to warn Balaam when he was coming to anathemise the Israelites, so let my "vox asini" implore your lordship to pause ere you crush the aspiring ardour of youth, and annihilate its energies, which would be useful to itself and mankind, but which might be under different circumstances induced not only to execrate your memory, but as many here done before to fling Pope and Popery to the wind."
The coastal population of Donegal, in the neighborhood of Rutland, and the isle of Arranmore, have taken to the manufacture of kelp, and the past summer has proved very profitable; the demand has been quite equal to the supply; the price has ranged from 50s. to 60s. a ton; and the abundance of that kind of sea weed which yields a large quantity of iodine enable the people employed in its collection to earn good wages. An extensive manufactory has been established at Rathmelton and a good deal of kelp found in the Rosses is bought up by the agents from Scotland.
EMIGRATION OF THE MIDDLE CLASSES - We
are glad to learn that the reputable firm of Sir John Pirie and Co have
chartered several vessels for the purpose of carrying out emigrants of the
middle class to Australia. The numerous complaints of want of punctuality, as to
the time of sailing of the badness and deficiency of provisions, of the absence
of proper accommodations, and of gross disorder during the voyage, have had a
considerable effect in deterring intending emigrants of decent character and
habits from proceeding.-- Manchester Times.
Wednesday, February 13, 1850
At Knockany Glebe, the Lady of Standish
Thomas O'Grady, Esq., of a son.
Rev. Charles Hort, Chaplain to the
Garrison of Dublin, to Alie Carroll, daughter of the late John Egar, Esq.,
Charlotte, widow of Henry C. Carter,
Esq., M.D. of Monswee, Queen's County, and sister of the late Col. W. Neynoe, of
Castle Neynoe, county Sligo, formerly of the 27th Regiment.
THE STORM OF WEDNESDAY
From an early hour yesterday, and
during the entire of last night, it blew a violent gale from N.W. accompanied
with heavy showers of rain and sleet which fell almost without intermission, the
storm increasing in fury towards evening, as the tide rose when the wind became
so powerful, and the gusts so frequent, that shops had to be closed, and
pedestrians were unable to walk the streets. The public lamps were extinguished
in many parts of the city, window glass was broken, house tops stripped of
slates, and a number of chimneys were blown down in the old town. The vessels in
port rode out the gale, but fears are entertained of the shipping at Tarbert,
Scattery and Foynes. The only accident of a fatal character we have to record is
the melancholy fate of Captain Warran, master of the Energy of this port, which
vessel is lying up at the North strand side of the river. It appears that
between ten and eleven o'clock last night as the Captain was going on board, he
was blown off the plank leading form the quay to the shop, into the river and
perished. The body of deceased, who was only lately married, was washed ashore
WRECKS ALONG THE COAST
As was generally anticipated, the gale
of Wednesday morning occasioned a fearful loss of life and property on every
point of the coast. A storm more destructive in its consequences has not visited
this country for many years, and the accounts which have been received furnish a
sad and numerous list of fatal disasters.
PAPAL EMIGRATION - About 1,000 Irish men are at this season of the year on the city of Boston for support. Almost daily emigrants arrive, in the worst possible condition, and in most cases one or more papal priests come out with each load, and have the perfect mastery of the hole concern - commanding the men and caning the children. A visit this week to Ceer [sic-Deer] Island, the place assigned by the city for the reception of this class, revealed some of the practical working of the papacy. Almost to a man those who arrive are ignorant, filthy, and vicious. No confidence can be placed in their word. They are true to nothing but their priests. When asked who sent them and paid their passage, the reply usually is, "The priest paid their passage." When asked, "Where are you going?" the answer is, "Oh, to the best place." On several occasions these priests have attempted to interfere with the arrangement of the island. The books of the children have been removed, and other acts indicating a desire to control the place. But a decisive check has been given to all such efforts. Religious service is held each sabbath, at which all are required to be present. A sabbath school and a day school are in successful operation. Upon the arrival of emigrants they are taken to a house built for that purpose, stripped of all their clothes, scrubbed most thoroughly with soap and water, their hair is cut, old clothes burned, and new suit given - and a ticket for passage to any part of the country; and the whole bill is charged to the ship which brings the person over, and is readily paid by the owners. Some owners have paid four hundred dollars for a single load of emigrants, and yet they find the business profitable. Dr. Monaly, formerly of Brooklin, New York, is at the head of the Deer Island establishment, and is most admirably adapted to the position he fills. As Protestants we begin to feel the power of this papal emigration. In Lowell and some of the older manufacturing cities the foreigner is driving out the native population. A change in morals, Sabbath desecration, and waning religious institutions make the onward march of the Man of Sin. -- New York Evangelist.
On the night of last Wednesday a dwelling house, the property of Maria Fair, on the lands of Cartern, in the parish of Attymass, was malicously set on fire and reduced to ashes. The perpetrators of this outrage have not yet been discovered, nor can any cause be assigned for it.
On Monday night a large quantity of barley and potatoes was stolen from the stores of the Right Rev. Dr. Feeny, Roman Catholic Bishop of this diocese. The depredators effected an entrance after having broken locks and wrenched off iron bars.
REV ARTHUR MOORE
We were glad to find that the Rev. Arthur Moore had so far recovered from his late indisposition as to have been able to take part in the Divine service in the parish church on Sunday, on which occasion he delivered one of his usually instructive and impressive sermons, from the beautiful words of the Psalmist - "How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God."
We are glad to find Mr. Healy and Mr. Shaw doing their duty. The removal of the many strolling beggars which they have affected is very gratifying, and we are confident their exertions will be untiring until the last of them is removed.
MEETING OF THE GUARDIANS
The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this union was held on Saturday, at which the Chairman (Colonel Gore), Mr. T. Jones, Mr. Symes, Mr. Bredin, Mr. A. Knox, Mr. Pratt, Mr. Crofton, Mr. Gardiner, and Mr. Joynt attended. There was no business, beyond the usual routine, brought under consideration. The clerk was absent, being summoned to Dublin on the trial of Malley v. Gurney.
THE STORM - On Tuesday last we were visited with a most tremendous storm, which continued with unabated fury till Wednesday morning. Several houses in town and neighbourhood were completely demolished. Several trees were blown down; exposed portions of the jail and poor house were stripped of slates and tiles, and considerable damage to property has been suffered. The wind still continues and is accompanied by severe showers of hail and rain. We have not experienced such boisterous and cold weather for several years past. On Wednesday morning, during the hurricane, whilst two fine boys, sons of Mr. Russell and Mr. Havelyn, were returning from school, and, whilst passing Mr. Clifford's house, the entire slates fell, crushing them beneath the ruins; and, when rescued from their fearful position, were found to have been severely injured, each having sustained fractures of the limbs, head, and serious other bruises. They were at once removed to the Mayo Infirmary, where they lie in a precarious state. With this exception, we have heard of no other accident. -- Mayo Constitution.
THE NEW SHERIFFS - We understand that Charles Mahon, Esq., is to be sworn in High Sheriff for this county during the ensuing week, and Patrick Glynn, Esq., solicitor, Sub-Sheriff. It is rumoured that Mayo assizes will take place about the 10th March. -- Mayo Constitution.
A large American liner from
London with emigrants is on shore at the North of Ireland.
Lieut. Moore, Depot Paymaster, and
Ensign Lidwell, Depot Adjutant, 19th, will resign their appointments next month
and will embark in April for Canada. Lieuts. Ellerman and Ashworth are on
passage from Canada; the former succeeds Lieut. Moore as Depot Paymaster, and
the latter Ensign Lidwell as Depot Adjutant. Lieutenant Moore will shortly
succeed to a company, by purchase.
The following is the strength of the
Army in Ireland for February: - 10 Dragoon Regiments, 3,300; 2 Troops of Royal
Horse Artillery, and 10 Battalion Companies of Artillery, 1,190; 24 Regiments of
Infantry, 10 Depots of Infantry, and officers of Royal Engineers, 21,200. Total
Rank and File, 25,720. Together with 12,000 Constabulary and 21,800 Enrolled
SACRILEGE - About ten o'clock in
the morning of the 21st instant, a fellow named Tim Dea, supposed to be a native
of Kerry, entered the Church of Newport, through the vestry-room window. He was
seen forcing his way into the sacred edifice by Mr. Langor Carrey, who informed
the police, who immediately proceeded to the church and found the thief crouched
and endeavouring to conceal himself under a table in the vestry-room. He was
instantly arrested and committed for trial. --Nenagh Guardian.
ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE GROWTH OF FLAX IN IRELAND.
The monthly committee meeting was held
in the society's rooms, Belfast, on 30th January. There were present - E.
Grimshaw, Esq, J.P., Mossley, in the Chair; Sir R. Bateson, Bart, Belvoir Park;
J.T. Reilly, D.L., Searva House; W.G. Andrews, Comber; George Greer, J.P.,
Lurgan; John Herdman, Robert M'Kibbin, M.D., William Valentine, John Preston,
William Coates, J.P., R. Hull, R. Niven, Chrome-hill; and James Campbell, Esqrs.
Wednesday, February 20, 1850
ABDUCTION - On the night of Saturday last a
young woman named Catherine
Healy, about nineteen years of age, residing at Mount Nugent, near John's-well,
was seized upon at her house, and forcibly carried off by a man named Reilly,
who had been previously paying his addresses to her, but unsuccessfully. The
young woman, we understand, was daughter to a sergeant-major in the army, who
dying, left her £309 to be held in trust by the Right Rev. Dr. Healy, R.C.
Bishop of Carlow, and this little fortune seems to have tempted the rejected
suitor to the desperate course which he adopted. Assisted by another person,
named Reilly, his cousin, and also accompanied and abetted by a man named
Richard Griffin, he seized the girl, and in spite of the resistance which she
could offer, carried her off in a covered car to the house of a Mr. Edmund
Cronyn, at Stonecarty, near Stoneyford. Here she was detained during the night
and following day, though she was treated with violence; however, in the evening
she found means of sending a message to the Stoneyford constabulary barrack,
requesting the police would go to Stonecarte without delay, but not mentioning
for what they were required. Notwithstanding the vagueness of the communication
Constable Kelly with two of his party promptly proceeded to Cronyn's house, and
the moment they were observed, the Reillys and Griffins rushed out of the back
door and made a precipitate retreat. Miss Healy called on the police to pursue
the runaways, which they immediately did, and Constable Kelly succeeded by
capturing Griffin after a warm run. The other policeman gave chase to the
Reillys for upwards of a mile, but were unable to overtake them. This is the
second case of abduction occurring in our county within a fortnight.--Kilkenny
Twelve died of cholera at Cahirciveen, county Kerry, last week.
Carlotta Grisi has commenced an engagement at the Dublin theatre.
Subscriptions are opened in the different wards in Dublin to sustain Mr.
The mountains on the Clare and Tipperary sides of Limerick are covered with
Not one vessel has arrived in Limerick for the last eight days.
There are a dozen deaths, for want of the necessities of life, reported in
Kilrush union, the last month.
Robberies are very frequent in Cashel that whenever a house becomes vacant
either the windows or doors, or both are stolen.
Lurgan bank was robbed by burglars a few nights ago and they carried off
the iron safe, fortunately, with only a few coppers in it.
Patrick O'Connor at the time of his murder by the Mannings was reported to
have been worth from £7,000 to £8,000. His property of all kinds has scarcely
realised as many hundreds.
A notice is served upon the Treasurer of the borough of Dublin, cautioning
him against paying any moneys during the disputed mayoralty of Mr. Reynolds,
The Court of Exchequer have refused the liberation of Capt. H.M'Mahon,
arrested on a judge's fiat for £350 damages on the affidavit of Miss Devine,
whom he had seduced and taken her money.
The result of the Constabulary investigation at Ballymote, county Sligo, is
that Mr John Stuart, Sub-Inspector of Tubbercurry, has been placed at the foot
of his list, for disrespectful language to George Knox, Esq., the Resident
On Wednesday, a fine young woman, daughter to William Corcoran, who lives
near the canal at Mountmelick, fell into the harbour, while endeavouring to
cross over a style, the night being very dark and stormy, and was unfortunately
The barque Eclipse arrived at the Cape after a passage of 82 days from
Plymouth, brought 187 emigrants. About 20 of the unmarried females are young
girls from Irish workhouses. They are well conducted and most of them obtained
places in respectable families.
At the Belfast police-office, the Commissioners of Inland Revenue
prosecuted Mr. John M'Kenna for sending two gallons of whiskey to Scotland
thereby depriving the revenue of the differential duty. The magistrates had no
alternative but to inflict the most mitigated penalty under the act, £50.
On Monday last the members of the Connaught Bar, entertained their brother,
George John Crawford, Esq., L.L.D. at a sumptuous entertainment at the Bilton
Hotel, prior to his departure for Australia, and presented him with a splendid
pair of silver claret jugs.
An investigation was held in the Dungarvan Workhouse relative to the
attendance of the Roman Catholic Chaplain by Major Bolton, Poor Law Inspector,
and terminated in proving neglect of duty, by the death of Mary Mulgan, a pauper
inmate, without the last rites of religion.
In consequence of a recent application from the magistrates, the police
force in the city of Kilkenny, are to wear brass numbers on their uniform, in
order to their being more easily distinguished one from the other. The numbers,
which extend from 1 to 45 will be worn on the front of the cap.
It appears really disgraceful to the Irish character that we depend on and
buy from England numerous articles which, with very little effort, we could make
ourselves, and thereby increase the profitable employment of our people,
diminish the poor rates and raise the moral character of the peasantry and
labouring classes. The manufacture of these articles has amassed princely
fortunes for enterprising individuals, and is now the means of maintaining whole
communities, nay large towns in England in respectability and independence. The
naming of some of those articles out to make us ashamed, their production is so
simple and the means so available.
1st and 2nd. Sweeping Brush and Mop Handles - Common Walking Sticks. For
these we have the materials in ample abundance, and the quantity imported are
3d. Tobacco Pipes - It appears we have most superior clay for this article,
yet, because we will not take the trouble of following English and Dutch
improvements, our markets are overstocked with the pipes of these countries. We
have the improvements, which secure so extensive a sale before our eyes- yet an
Irish pipe is and has been an Irish pipe without change for the last century.
4th and 5th. Shoe Blacking and Ink. Why should we let our neighbours have
the laugh at us for our sloth and neglect in having to by such trifles instead
of making them?
6th and 7th - Straw Plait and Straw Bonnets. - What immense quantities of
these are imported by our large houses.- Pim at Ferrier's, Todd and Burns,
Cannock and Whites, Harvies, Collis and M'Birnie's, while we have females as
expert and intelligent and straw as excellent as any in Dunstable, or other
English towns, where the article is the source of comfort and independence.
8th- Lucifer Matches.- Strange to say, our townsman, Mr. Bell, commented
the manufacture of this article in Dublin and was so little patronized that he
removed to London, throwing many here out of employment, and now that he employs
Englishmen in London, we purchase the article to at least ten times the extent
we did when he was here, and he has amassed a magnificent fortune by the
extensive demand in which the matches are held, and we have lost all the
advantage derivable from the manufacture of the quantity he dispose of.
9th.- Labels for Grocers and Wine Merchants, &c. Bottle, Apothecaries,
do. - These are imported in millions, solely because our journeyman or master
printers will not arouse themselves to meet weekly in friendly intercourse,
discarding jealousy and interchanging opinion for the benefit of their craft,
and crying why it is they cannot produce the article as cheap as it can be done
10th, Paper - This article, too, can be as well land cheaply made at home
as in England; but our manufacturers will not examine into the cause of the
inferiority of the article now produced, and with tact and energy find out how
that inferiority is avoided in France and England.
11th, Traveling Caps, mechanics' and labourers' caps. - If, instead of
competing with the superfine productions of the Leeds and Yorkshire looms (which
have taken at least a century of care and improvements in these places, to bring
to their present perfection), we tried our hands at these humbler articles,
Kilmanock and other Scotch towns, would not take so much of our cash from
Ireland for these articles, now of almost universal use.
12th, Porcelain - At Howth we have the finest porcelain clay neglected and
13th, Small looking glasses at 3d. per - These, by the energy of
Englishmen, are to be found through every fair and market in Ireland; the
English not only know how to produce, but they know how to push the sale, and
get them off their hands; they are at every man's door, and just where our
country girls congregate; these, our unemployed girls could make with ease.
14th, Leather - We import immense quantities yet we send our hides abroad.
Why send any article of native produce from our shores in a raw state? Every
such production should be put through at least one stage of manufacture. It is
hardly creditable how cheaply these hides are brought from the butcher, and
their tanning would produce a most remunerating profit, and in the shape of a
leather get a ready market elsewhere. Our tanneries are half of them idle and
We have labour- the source of the wealth of all countries; we have the raw
material at first cost. All we want to make us prosperous is industry, coupled
with judicious and energetic combination to devise the best mode of producing
the various articles above enumerated.--Evening Mail.
BALLINA PETTY SESSIONS
These sessions were held on yesterday, Edward Howley, Esq, chairman. The
other magistrates presiding were Wm. Malley, Wm. Gardiner, and John Symes,
James M'Ginty and Myles Durkan were fined 2l. and 15s. respectively, for
fishing in the close season.
Edward Howley was convicted in the penalty of 6l. or three months'
imprisonment for giving signals to parties at work in an illicit still house on
the approach of the Revenue Police at Cloontha, in the parish of Kilgarvin.
Mary Geraghty was fined 6l. or 3 months' imprisonment for having or
harbouring illicit whiskey.
Several decrees were obtained against defaulters for poor rates, labour
rates and county cess, at the suit of George S. Fenton and Oliver V. Jackson,
The Court did not enter into any of the cases in the criminal book.
On Shrove Tuesday, at the usual Spring Commencements of the Dublin
University, Robert MacAndrew, Esq., of this town, was admitted to the Degree of
Bachelor of Arts.
MEETING OF GUARDIANS
Ballina Union - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of the Union was
held in the Board Room on Saturday, Colonel Knox Gore in the chair. Among the
other Guardians present were Mr. Crofton, Mr. Bredin, Mr. J.V. Jackson, Mr.
Howley, Mr. Gardiner, Mr. Symes, Mr. Malley, Mr. E. Orme, Mr. G. Orme, Mr.
Pratt, and Mr. A. Knox.
The Chairman brought under the consideration of the Board the appointment
of a valuator, and wished that before advertising for tenders a maximum sum as
remuneration would be fixed. He said that in Dromore West Mr. Fenton had been
appointed at £95 though there were several tenders lower than his, but it was
considered and very properly, that the work could not be satisfactorily done for
a less sum.
After some consideration on the subject 120l. was decided upon as the
maximum, but they would not bind themselves to this sum or to the lowest tender.
The Rev. Mr. St. George appeared before the Board to request an
investigation into the cause of the death of Widow Morrison, but in the absence
of Captain Hamilton it was postponed to Saturday next. The Rev. gentleman had
appeared on the previous board day and made some inquiries regarding the time
and registry of her death when it was found that she was sent from the Workhouse
to the Fever Hospital on the 18th of last month and died on the 22d.
No other business of any importance beyond the usual routine was transacted
when the Board adjourned at an unusual hour.
On Tuesday, the 12th inst., Thomas J. O'Donovan, Esq., to Miss Ellen Feeny,
both of Sligo. The ceremony was performed by the bride's brother, the Very Rev.
Mr. Feeny, P.P., at his residence Cairn's foot, Sligo, and graced by the
presence of the Right Rev. Dr. Browne, R.C. Bishop, the Mayor, Thomas Kelly,
Esq., and a large number of the clergy and gentry of the town and vicinity.
Wm. D. Power, Esq., High Constable of Shanid, in this county, after having
received payment of Grand Jury cess at Shanagolden, was driving home when four
highwaymen attempted to stop him near Old Abbey-gate. Mr. Power whipped on his
horse and one of the fellows discharged a blunderbuss, the wadding of which
wounded his beast in the neck. Two men are committed by George J. Goold, Esq.,
R.M., for this daring outrage. A steward in the employ of Mr. Hurfory, civil
engineer, was subsequently robbed of a parcel of silver near the same place by
armed men. The other money in bank notes concealed on his person, fortunately
escaped their search. -- Limerick Chronicle.
Wednesday, February 27, 1850
MEETING OF GUARDIANS
BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this Union was
held in the Board room on Saturday, Colonel Knox Gore in the chair. Among the
other guardians present were Mr. Howley, Mr. Paget, Mr. Bredin, Mr. Crofton,
Captain Knox, Mr. Pratt, Mr. E. Orme, Mr. G. Orme, Mr. A. Knox, Mr. J.V.
Jackson, and Mr. Joynt. Richard Bourke, Esq., Assistant Commissioner, and
Captain Hamilton, Inspector, were also present.
A letter from the Poor Law Commissioners was read in which they expressed
their readiness to assist in carrying out the views of the Guardians in
respecting the appointment of a resident magistrate of this union.
Mr. Howley said that Mr. Cruise was directed to reside in Ballina.
Mr. O'Malley, Relieving Officer for Ardnaree, gave notice of his intention
to resign his office.
Mr. Wm. West was declared contractor for white bread at 5d. per 4lb loaf,
and Mr. Grose for brown bread at 3 1/4d. per 4lb loaf.
John Hopkins's tender for supplying 100 stone of wool at 16s. per stone was
The Rev. Richard St. George and the Rev. Arthur Moore, who had come into
the Board room at an early hour, requested Mr. Bourke to go into the
investigation as to the cause of widow Morrison's death.
Mr. Bourke wished another day to be appointed, there not being sufficient
time then to enter upon the investigation. 12 o'clock on Wednesday next was then
agreed to; and Mr. Bourke said he would lay the depositions before the Board at
the next meeting, and that any Guardian who wished it might stand at the
STATE OF THE HOUSE
Remaining on 9th Feb.................................3492
Admitted during the week........................... 183
Discharged ................................................ 125
Remaining on 16th..................................... 3540
STATE OF FUNDS
Received during week.........................£305 1 3
Paid.................................................... 240 11 10
On hand............................................. 32 8 0
In this town, the lady of Thomas Dillon, Esq., Merchant, of a son.
In this town, on yesterday morning, Mrs. P. MacNulty, of a daughter.
On Tuesday, at Carrakelly, by the Rev. Patrick Malone, R.C.C., Mr. Henry
Lochran, of this town, to Mary, daughter of Mr. Boyd of Carrakelly.
On the 16th instant, at Browne-street, Carlow, in her nineteenth year
Bessie, eldest daughter of Rev. John Holmes, Wesleyan Minister.
Monday an inquest was held in the school house of Clendellae
Fermoy, on the body of the Rev. Robert Scott, who since the night of the 13th
ult had been missing. On Saturday last the body was found floating in the water,
and presented a number of wounds and contusions. On his person were found a
bible, prayer and hymn book, a silver pencil case, and a small card with the
following lines, as if the unfortunate gentleman had a presentment of his end:
"So teach us to number our days, that we may supply our hearts unto
"Great God! on what a slender thread
Hang everlasting things:
The eternal state of all the dead
Upon life's feeble strings.
Waken, O Lord, our drowsy sense,
To walk this dangerous road,
And if our souls be hurried hence,
May they be found with God."
The Colonial Emigration Commissioners intend to relieve the Irish
workhouses this year of a large number of young females.
On Wednesday night the parish Church of Ballinaclough, county Tipperary,
was robbed of the pulpit cloth and cushions.
The aggregate amount due to the firm of J.N. Russell & Sons, of Limerick,
for supplies to union workhouses is as much as £57,000.
The peasantry of the county Limerick, like their neighbours of Clare and
Kerry, are making a vigorous effort to prepare the ground for seed potatoes,
hoping in despite of past failures, for the reward of their labour by increased
produce. They have commenced operation thus early in the year, intending to have
the deed down in March.
George Tuthill, Esq., Faha, on Thursday was presented by his gardener with
a dish of new potatoes, very fine, and grown in the open air, never having been
under glass. They are of the species called "Early Man's."
Dr. O'Connor of Cahirsiveen, reports 65 cases of cholera in that union, of
which 30 proved fatal. Dr. Bentley also reports the epidemic at Valentia.
A young man named Boyle, servant to the Rev. Mr. Henry, P.P., is committed
to Roscommon gaol for the murder of Patrick Hall.
FATAL AFFRAY BETWEEN TWO BROTHERS.
We have just received the following from our Ferbane correspondent: - "An
event of a most tragical nature took place between two brothers named John and
Patrick Egan, residing at Ballyduff, parish of Clonmacnoise, in this county, on
Tuesday last. These unfortunate individuals have for some time past been engaged
in a serious of petty altercations, arising out of conflicting claims, and
jarring interests, which have but too often led to the worst species of agrarian
crime; and which in the present instance has caused the fierce and unguarded
collision which eventuated in a catastrophe no less dreadful than that of
fratricide. The brothers Egan held a farm in copartnership, on the property of
A.C. Maggenis, Esq., and on the day in question, John, the younger of the two,
having proceeded to make a ditch, for the purpose of enclosing a strip of waste
land as an addition to his garden at the rere of his house, his ill-fated
brother, as it appears, opposed him in doing so- as there was no person present,
the particulars of the conflicted between them remains a mystery- but the broken
and bloody spade, and the bleeding gashes of the lifeless victim, upon whom they
had been inflicted, bore their silent attestation to the appalling fact that the
mark of Cain had been stamped upon another human brow; and that from the
polluted soil of the earth the blood of a murdered brother was once more crying
to heaven for vengeance. Both the murdered and the murderer were men in the
prime of life, and their united, and now unprotected families amount to
seventeen in number, thirteen of whom are children under twelve years of age;
but by the reckless act of a moment, desolation and ruin have been entailed upon
them all. The Egans were persons of spotless reputation, belonged to a rather
comfortable class, and to all, except each other, were agreeable, obliging, and
excellent neighbors. Yesterday an inquest was held on the body before B. Toy
Midgley, Esq, coroner, when a verdict of wilful murder was returned by the jury.
The coroner issued his warrant for the apprehension of the accused who has
absconded.--King's County Chronicle.
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