Ireland Old News
Wednesday, June 5, 1850
Friday last Messrs. Young and Bond, of the 85th at Mullingar, became rivals for the winning of a large sum, under the following circumstances.- The race was for three miles, a portion of which was to swim across the Royal Canal, afterwards to cross a river almost as wide as the canal, and then on through town to the "Cat and Bagpipes." Mr. Bond met with an accident, by striking his breast against a ditch, by which Mr. Young came in victor.
Stephen Butt, a pensioner at 5d. per day, who is committed to Maryboro gaol for robbery in the mills of John Dugdale, Esq., Dunamore, lately got his Peninsular medals with seven clasps.
On Sunday at Tallanstown, County Louth, a policeman named James Clyde, who had after seventeen years service received intimation of his dismissal for intemperance, committed suicide by drowning himself. He has left a wife and five children.
HORRIBLE DEATH - PORTSMOUTH, MONDAY.- A deplorable accident happened on Southern Commons this morning, by which a private soldier of the 28th regiment, named W. Bruton, a very fine young man, lost his life. A fatigue party from that regiment went out this morning from their barracks in Portsmouth for the purpose of rolling the exercise ground and road. The roller was a large iron one, and heavily loaded. The men were being fast with it and the unfortunate deceased had hold of the shaft. He is supposed to have stumbled and let go his hold of the shaft, for he fell, and the roller passed immediately over him, literally crushing the body into the earth, and completely flattening it. The corpse was immediately conveyed to the hospital by his distressed comrades.
PROGRESS OF THE TENANT RIGHT
MOVEMENT - The tenant right movement progressed bravely in this county,
and we have in every publication to chronicle some of the practical
results. The following is the latest. Early in the morning of the 25th
inst. a threatening notice, of which we subjoin a copy, and having a pen
and ink sketch of a very ferocious looking pike, with a Mitchel hatchet
and crook attached, as well as two capacious coffins neatly figured
beneath, was posted on the door of the house of George Sparling,
rentwarner to J. Minchin, Esq. at Boggan, in the parish of Tullaroan:-
Neptune B. Conway, an old and respectable inhabitant of Thomondgate, was found drowned in the river near Barrington's-quay, yesterday morning. It is thought reverse of fortune induced him to commit suicide. His wife died within the last two months.--Limerick Chronicle.
We feel great pleasure in announcing that our talented schoolfellow Francis G. Joynt, only son of Anthony Joynt, Esq., of this town, and formerly Sub-Sheriff of this county, has been admitted a member of the College of Surgeons of England.
CASTLEBAR POOR HOUSE - On last Saturday the Castlebar guardians unanimously elected Doctor Barrett as medical superintendent of this establishment, and a better or more judicious selection could not have been made. - Mayo Constitution.
THE CHURCH - The Rev. Mr. Lynch has been appointed by the Bishop of Tuam to that portion of the living of Ballyhean, in the parishes of Burriscarra and Ballyhean. We understand that the remaining parish, Ballyvovey, has been conferred on the Rev. Mr. Townsend. This living was enjoyed by the late Rev. Mr. Pasley but has been divided by Bishop Plunket.-- Mayo Constitution.
A fleet of 23 ships with bread stuffs arrived in Cork in two days of last week.
Mr. Edward Kennedy, the barrister, and late candidate for Cork city, was last week brought up for judgment in the Queen's bench and sentenced his illegitimate son, a boy of tender years. Sergeant Murphy addressed the bench in mitigation for the prisoner.
At Belmullet, the wife of Head
Constable Morell, of a son.
At Donnybrook Church, on
Wednesday last, by the Rev. Wm De Burgh, assisted by the Rev. Mark Perrin,
Rector of Athenry, Giles Eyre Lambert, of Moore Park, second son of Walter
Lambert, Esq., of Castle Lambert, county Galway, to Mary Jane, only child
of F. Rea, Esq., of Rich View, county Dublin.
In this town, on yesterday, of Consumption in the 22d year of her age, Charlotte, youngest daughter of the late Charles Atkinson, Esq. The deceased was a young lady of the most amiable and endearing disposition and her early death has cast a gloom over a large and respectable circle of admiring friends by whom she was deservedly beloved in life and deeply regretted in death. Her remains will be interred in the family burying ground, Ardnaron, at 12 o'clock to-morrow.
- Mr. Marcus Babbington, the owner of the premises in
Derry, in which the recent gunpowder explosion occurred, died on Monday in
consequence of the injuries he received.
DISTURBANCES AT LIMERICK WORKHOUSE
In our last we gave the
investigation at the workhouses, consequent upon the charges of neglect
brought forward and substantiated by Mr. Thomas Browne, guardian for Patrick
st. ward, against the officers, in connexion with the supply of clothing
requisites, and accounts for same. The result of that inquiry, as our
readers are aware, led to the resignation of Mr. Scott, master of the
establishment. We also published the melee that occurred on Wednesday when
the paupers of the central workhouse, with those of the William st.,
Boherbuoy and Mountkennett auxiliaries "turned out," with a view
of demonstrating their regret," with at Mr. Scott's departure, or, we
might say, to compel the board, vi et armis, to retain him in a situation,
the duties of which he had discharged since the introduction of the Poor-law
into Limerick, and the opening of the workhouse in this union. Owing to the
outrageous conduct that took place on Wednesday the authorities were obliged
to call in the aid of Military and Police to disperse the turbulent rioters,
who that evening retired to their respective quarters.
BELLMULLET PETTY SESSIONS
Mr. Conway attempted several
times to address the Bench, but in each instance was interrupted by Mr.
Savage, who insisted that he (Mr. Conway) should be sworn. This he refused,
and called John Gallagher, who was sworn.
Wednesday, June 12, 1850
| VERDICT OF MANSLAUGHTER AGAINST A
FATHER. - On Friday last an inquest was held by T. Izod, Esq., coroner
at Piltown, on the body of a boy, seven years old, named John Moylan. It
appeared that the father of the deceased, who is an itinerant mendicant,
and a native of the county of Limerick, called at Piltown police barrack
on the previous Wednesday to ask for alms. Mr. Levalle, S.I., observing
a bundle on his back, lifted off the covering to see what was stowed
away there and found to his horror that it was a dead child. It was
proved that the fellow carried the child about whilst in fever, for the
purpose of exciting charity, and the jury having evidence that death
resulted from exposure and wilful neglect on the part of the unnatural
parent, found a verdict against him of manslaughter. The prisoner is
committed to our county jail for trial.--Kilkenny Moderator.
MYSTERIOUS DEATH - On Sunday morning a party of the constabulary from Ballyconnell, being on duty about a mile from that place, and having occasion to cross the canal on a raft, one of the men, named John Healy, observed, on looking into the water, what he at first considered to be a dead dog. On applying the end of his carbine, he ascertained it to be a human body, perfectly naked, which was then removed to the bank, and left in charge of the watchman employed under the Commissioners of Public Works. No doubt is entertained as to the fate of the deceased; he was a young person, scarcely attained to manhood, and must have been a stranger, as no man answering the description is missing from the neighborhood, nor have any been of late accidentally drowned. The most probable conjecture, that he was a hawker or other travelling dealer, who was murdered for his money.- Decomposition to a considerable extent prevailing, the coroner, J. Armstrong, Esq., was under the necessity of ordering a coffin, the body, not being claimed, and no person residing convenient being willing to interfere with the interment, unless paid for so doing.--Fermanagh Reporter.
DEATHS FROM DROWNING.- A melancholy occurrence took place at Cappoquin on Friday last, the 31st inst., by which two lives were unfortunately lost. The particulars appear to have been these: A private of the 55th regt. named Dunne, went into the river to bathe, whilst in the water, he lost his depth, and was drowning. He was seen in this situation by a sergeant of the same regiment named Lee, who instantly jumped in, and swam to his rescue; but, melancholy to state, the courageous sergeant failed in effecting his object, and both men were unfortunately drowned. After an inquest had been held on the bodies - a verdict of accidental death by drowning having been returned - the bodies were buried with military honours, and were followed to the churchyard by a large number of the townspeople, who thus paid a last tribute to unfortunate but heroic bravery.--Clonmel Chronicle.
INTERESTING LETTER FROM AN EMIGRANT
The following extracts are from a
letter addressed to his relations by an emigrant who went out to settle on
the land belonging to the Potters' Emigrant Society:-
| ROBBERY OF ARMS - We
are sorry to perceive that the desire to possess themselves of arms has
not completely disappeared from among the peasantry, even of our own
county, where it indeed but very rarely shows itself. At midday on
the 30th of May, 3 men, one of them armed with 2 pistols, walked boldly
into the house of a man named Philip Coyne, who lives in a thinly
populated part of the country between Ballymote and the county of
Roscommon, about 7 miles from the town, and commenced searching for
arms; they found a pistol which they possessed themselves of; they also
broke open a box with a loy and took a few shillings out of it; also
some I.O.U's of considerable value, which they also carried away. The
same party then went towards the house of a man named Pat Kilmartin, who
lives in that neighbourhood and demanded a gun which was on the top of
the dresser in the kitchen; Kilmartin's son instantly seized the gun and
bravely told them he would fire at them, as he would lose his life
sooner than part with the gun. No trace can be at all found to the
persons who committed the outrage.--Sligo Guardian.
ROBBERY - On Wednesday last, while Mr. Conry, merchant, and his family were at prayers, a servant girl named Mary M'Gowan, left in charge of the house, was discovered in the wareroom, by a gentleman who happened to be on a visit with Mr. Conry- she had effected an entrance by means of a skeleton key. On being informed of the circumstances, Mr. Conry examined his goods and found that he had been plundered to a considerable extent, having lost a valuable watch, silks, &c. The girl on being questioned by Mr. Conry, made some disclosures and returned some of the articles which she had stolen. She named a smith, as an accomplice, who had made the false key, and received and disposed of the goods which she had from time to time purloined. She was given in charge to the police who lost no time in searching several suspected places, in one of which they succeeded in finding an umbrella and a valuable shawl.--Sligo Guardian.
The Waterloo ball at the Royal
Hospital, Dublin, will be on the grandest scale possible on the 18th. The
number invited will exceed even those of former anniversaries.
Bets are made at Dublin, Cork,
Limerick and Galway, between the Viceroy and Canada steamers, both
having sailed on Saturday, the one from Liverpool and the other from
Galway, as to which shall first touch at Halifax.
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, June 19, 1850
Sunday last as Dan Clare, servant to H.
Drought, Esq., of Oaklawn, near Kennitty, was driving cows to pasture,
he was waylaid and left for dead by five men.
THE REV. DR. COOKE
This highly-gifted divine preached in the Wesleyan chapel of this town on the evening of Friday last to a most numerous, respectable, and attentive audience. He also preached at the Ballyglen, near Ballycastle, on Sunday, on the occasion of the opening of the new Presbyterian chapel lately erected in that district; and so intense was the desire to hear this great pulpit orator that persons from distances of 12 and 15 miles flocked to the little chapel. The Rev. Dr. preached at Muillifarry in the evening at six o'clock. Collections were taken up towards the completing of the meeting-houses of Dromore West and Ballyglen, which, we understand, exceeded the expectations of the most sanguine. We do not think it is too much to say that all those whose privilege it was to hear this good and great man went away both delighted and edified. On Monday morning Dr. Cooke laid the foundation stone of an agricultural school at Ballyglen and proceeded to Belmullet.
OUTRAGE- A short time since a labouring man named Gillard, from the Crossmolina portion of this Union, went with a process server to effect the service of a law paper on Mr. Coyne of Heath Lodge, near Bangor, in Erris, when he was attacked by several men and so disabled that he and his family have been thrown upon the rates of this Union. The case came before the Guardians at their meeting on Saturday.
KILLALA PETTY SESSIONS- June 14, '50
Magistrates present- D.J. Cruise, Esq., R.M., Chairman, John Perkins and
Robert Kirkwood, Esqrs.
[Article transcribed as printed- although article mentions first case is suit of John Rielly the suit was presented by John Regan.]
In this town, on Saturday last,
the lady of John H. Thompson, Esq. of a daughter.
June 6, in St. Peter's Church,
Dublin, by the Rev. Wm. Meter of Bambridge, county Down, Richard Ussher,
Esq. of Landscape, New Ross, county Wexford, to Charlotte, relict of
Robert Levington, Esq., of Westport, in this county, and daughter of the
late Rev. James Metge.
June 11, at Lower-street,
Dublin, Miss Pasley.
THE RIVER MOY FISHERY
A case will be tried at the approaching Quarter Sessions of this town in which Grehan, an angler, is plaintiff and the Proprietors of the River Moy Fishery is defendant. The complaint has arisen out of a salmon rod having been seized by a water-bailiff from Grehan, who, it appears, had no authority from the proprietors of the Fishery to angle on that part of the river in which they have an established right of fishing. It is not our intention, while this trial is pending, to enter upon any discussion on the merits of the case, a similar one having been already tried before the Assistant Barrister and disposed of favorably to the defendants, but we make it the occasion of a few observations to show that it is necessary for public advantage, and not alone for the maintenance of private rights which all should respect, that the better disposed members of society should uphold, wherever practicable, the vested rights of this Fishery. Had we in the neighbourhood a factory which gave employment to SEVENTEEN HUNDRED people we would consider it a great blessing to give it every encouragement.- Here we have an establishment equally as beneficial to the country, that number of poor people being supported by the Moy Fishery. Two hundred and eighty water keepers and forty fishermen are employed, whose families, allowing on an average five to each, amount to the number above stated, at a yearly expenditure of £2000. In addition to this distribution of money through the country the Fishery has paid this year £230 poor rates, which not long since amounted to as much as £487 for one assessment. Notwithstanding this the proprietors have been very liberal in their permission to angle on their property without any charge, as is the case on other rivers. They have given permission to every one who has applied for it, provided they were sure the privilege would not be abused; and at present there are here for the purpose of angling several gentlemen whose stay must in a great degree be beneficial to the town. For these reasons this Fishery should have the sympathies of a discerning public and the utmost support the law can afford. The Act of 1842 was deficient in its provisions for the prevention of trespass, a penalty for which could not be obtained except by expensive records. The law in this respect is now different and water-bailiffs have now the right of seizing legal instruments used illegally, and the Magistrates at petty sessions have the power to adjudicate summarily in a case of trespass on a several fishery. The chartered fisheries of Ireland have no to contend again laws not only injurious to the lessees but which, not being framed by practical men, are defeating the very object for which they were ostensibly enacted. It is therefore of importance that advantage should be taken of every section of the Acts favorable to the interests of the Moy Salmon Fishery, which we have shown to be a great public utility, and that in the open season as well as in the close it should be afforded every possible legal and friendly assistance.
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, June 26, 1850
| Mrs. Hannah
Sparling, a widow, on Monday was awarded 100l. damages against Mr.
Thomas Paul of Blackhall-place, Dublin for breach of promise of
We have just learned with much regret, that the potato blight has exhibited itself in the vicinity of Dingle and at Glenbeigh, and other parts of Ireragh.--Tralee Chronicle.
The Tuam Guardians have obtained 1000l. from the Treasury to erect additional pauper accommodation.
All the pauper girls sent from Galway union to Sydney obtained good situations there, with one exception, and the character of that unfortunate girl was the objection.
True bills were found by the grand jury
against Francis M'Mahon, for the desperate assault committed on the
Rev. Edward O'Rorke, and the Rev. Richard Colgan, in the Carmelite
chapel, White-friar-street, Dublin. On trial he was found to be insane
and therefore acquitted.
With sorrow and alarm we have
received from a correspondent upon whose accuracy we can implicitly rely
the following announcement of what is but too probably the first
appearance of the dreaded blight upon this year's potato crop.-
DARING ROBBERY - While Mr. G. Davison, of Holywood, was in Belfast, on Tuesday evening, his wife, and an old femal servant went to bed about eleven o'clock. Mrs. Davison was awakened by the opening of her bedroom door. She immediately started up, when to her alarm she saw a young lad with a carving knife in one hand, and a candlestick on the other. He had also a bag strung around his shoulders, which was afterwards found to contain knives and forks, silver spoons, and some table linen, all of which he had got out of the sideboard. He walked over to the bed side and demanded Mrs. Davison's keys. She as so much alarmed that she would not speak, but pointed to a basket on the table, which contained them. He then locked the door after him. He came back in a short time and pointing to a small dressing room, off the bedroom, he said the he must not leave that without a visit. When he entered, Mrs. Davison had recovered her alarm, and rose, and shutting the door after her, locked it. Half dressed she ran to the police station, and two of the men having come with her, they secured the prisoner as he was climbing over the wall, he having dropped from the window of the dressing-room with the booty.
NARROW ESCAPE FROM DROWNING.-BANTRY. - On Wednesday last, as Mr. Gallagher, practical instructor, was on his way in an open boat to Boresland, in Bantry Bay, accompanied by T.O 'Dwyer, Esq., and a young man named Dunn, from Berchaven, the boat in a sudden squall upset. The two former mutually succeeded in floating the latter, to the vessel, on the lower helm, pivot of which they gave him a secure hold, and then in a desperate sea struck out for land, about an English mile distant, which they had just reached by swimming when taken up by a boat from the island. They then rescued Dunn from his perilous situation.
At Wolmer, Kent, the Lady of
Captain Fisher, R.N., of a daughter.
June 20, in Monkstown Church,
the Rev. William Bourke, of Heathfield, in this county, to Henriette
Sarah, fourth daughter of Jacob West, Esq., J.P. of Loughlinstown House,
At Barley-hill, in this county,
Margaret, relict of J. Shower, Esq., apothecary to the forces at Malta.
AN EXTRAORDINARY CHALLENGE - A Randalstown correspondent humorously asks us to say - "Mr. Thomas Houston, farmer of Lisnevanagh, Upper Half Barony of Toome, and county of Antrim, who attained his hundred and third year last February, will run, leap, dig or dance any man in Ireland of his own weight and age for any sum!" "This," he says, "is the identical 'ould Tom Houston, whose history appeared in your journal about a year ago. I and others had a conversation with him a few days since, when he said that his health had never been better, and he skipped before us like peas in a frying pan!- Banner of Ulster.
James Weston, a night workman
in the cloth manufactory of Mr. Joseph Harrison, of Rossbrien, was
killed on Sunday night, having been dragged under the water-wheel, by
his dress entangling in the machinery, while at full work, and he was
ground to almost fragments.
MYSTERIOUS CASE - CASTLEISLAND
You are probably aware that Horan, who was married to the Widow Kenny, has, as stated in the papers, disappeared from this neighbourhood; and that owing to previous events the suspicion has arisen the he was murdered. Having been a person in inferior station, his marriage produced much discontent amongst the wife's family, and it was said that one or tow attempts were made on Horan's life. The whole of the widow's family are now in custody on a charge of having made away with him, and the most active searches have been instituted by the police to discover his body. An additional number of constables have arrived from Tralee to give assistance; and the magistrates are to sit again on Thursday to investigate the subject further. The police proceeded on Monday to Ballincuslane, where it is conjectured Horan met his death. They were accompanied by a woman who said she saw him on the day he was missed in the house where he and his wife lived; that she came there again in the evening about nightfall and she saw four men beating a sheet in which, was something dropping blood; and that two other men were following her. She pointed out a spot where there were marks of footsteps and some signs of blood; but the story is generally considered unworthy of credence, and the witness's character is particularly bad. Her name is Mary Connell, besides which she is known by the nickname of "Moll Last." She is in charge of the police. This neighbourhood abounds in natural limestone excavations, through some of which flow the sources of the river Maine; and in all that could be examined searches have been made without effect by the police. They tried Bailey's Caves, and the Dog's Hole, in Mr. Thompson's land, but found no body. It is quite possible that the man is not murdered at all; but suspicions are entertained strong enough to prevent the magistrates from taking bail for the Kennys, eight or nine of whom are in Bridewell. "Moll Last's" story, certainly does not look like truth, for it is not probable that murder would be done as described by her, in the evening or twilight.--Limerick Examiner.
MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT - TWO MEN DROWNED
On Friday last three of the Revenue party stationed at Crossmolina, with two other men named Knox and Clarke, were fishing in a boat on Lough Conn, opposite Gortnorabbey, when one of them, Mossgrave, having ?oked a salmon, incautiously placed his foot on the planks of the boat which, being unable from their decayed state to resist the pressure, gave way. From Knox's statement it appears that he was the only person who had sufficient presence of mind to work an oar, but not being assisted, which would, in all probability have saved the lives of all, as they were only a short distance from shore, and seeing the boat fast sinking he jumped out and with difficulty reached a rock from which he was a assisted to land by a woman. Mosgrave, with the help of an oar, succeeded in saving himself and one of his comrades. He also held on by his rod and brought it and the salmon to shore. Clarke and Moloy, the other policemen, were unfortunately drowned. They did not know how to swim and the others could not tell what exertions they made to save themselves. The bodies were found on Monday, and we believe, an inquest was held on yesterday at which we suppose more particulars were elicited. It is but just to add that the officer, Mr. Smith, in charge of the party was on leave of absence, otherwise the accident might not have occurred.
The royal mail steam ship Asia arrived in Liverpool on Saturday
morning from Boston. She left that port on the 12th inst., and Halifax
on the 14th, consequently making the voyage in the shortest time ever
yet performed from the same port to Liverpool, the time occupied in
the passage, including the call and detention at Halifax, being nine
days, eighteen hours. A New York paper of the 11th gives the following
summary of the news of the week-
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