Ireland Old News

Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, October 2, 1850


     During the famine of 1847 and when nightly depredations were rife in this country, a man living in Coolcarney, a distance of three or four miles from this town, was, after a long vigilance on the part of the sufferers, caught in the act of sheep-stealing, for which he was afterwards transported. It was then considered that the neighbourhood would be free from such thefts, but soon the missing of a sheep proved the fallacy of such hopes. Sheep after sheep disappeared, and no discovery of the robber could be made. At length suspicion fell upon the wife of the convict and a sharp eye was kept upon her, when one night those on watch heard a noise close by. A sheep was gone. It could have been killed and removed by none but the sheep-stealer's wife. She was accordingly followed into her house and diligent search was made, but no sheep was found. - One of the men on watch was positive and the party returned and re-examined the house but with the same fruitless result as before. The men left the house, consulted together, talked over what they had seen and heard, and once more resolved upon a closer search of the woman's house, for the missing sheep must be there. There was a charm in the third trial. The sheep was found in the bed with the children, having on a nightgown and chemise. The more tedious procedure of law was not resorted to. The woman was expelled the neighborhood and her house thrown down. This circumstance was yesterday related to us on undoubted authority.


     THE WHITE QUAKER - At Henry-street, on Friday, Michael Meara (apparently a labourer, who had formerly been a White Quaker), and David Walker, were brought before Mr. Kelly, on a charge of having broken into the house of the above community, at Newlands, on the Naas road, and stolen a quantity of lead, a brass cock, a lantern, &c., therefrom.
     Constantine, a member of the sect, identified the trowsers worn by Walker, as their property; but he could not say that they had been taken by him.
     Mary Neale, a broker, said she purchased from Meara on Monday morning ten pounds of lead, a brass cock and lantern, which she had since disposed of.
     A boy named Duffan, about fourteen years of age, and attired in a rather imperfect uniform, said he as concerned in the robbery with Meara, and was with him when he sold the articles to the last witness.
     Mr. Kelly - Are you a White Quaker?
     Witness - I was; but am not now.
     Mr. Kelly - Who maintained you then?
    Witness - I was fed and clothed by the community free of expense.
     Mr. Kelly - Why did you leave?
     Witness - I was turned out for bad conduct; Meara belonged to them before I did.
     Mr. Kelly - How many are there altogether?
     Witness - There are twenty-six.
     Mr. Kelly - How many men are there among the member?
     Witness - I cannot say.
     Mr. Kelly - Do marriages take place there?
     Witness - Yes.
     Mr. Kelly - Are you married?
     Witness - No.
     Mr. Kelly - Was Meara married then?
     Witness - He was not.
     A Police Constable - Your Worship, I understand that he brought in his wife with him.
     Catherine examined - She was one o f the community, and on last Wednesday night, about twelve o'clock, having heard windows and doors breaking in she got up and saw Meara outside with a candle in his hand, which he was lighting with a match; there were two others with him, who were not then present; and she inquired what they wanted, and they replied, "Go to the d___l;" she then said, "Do not give yourself up to the d___l, but tell me what you want; that I may do it;" they said "We'll let you know when we get in." They afterwards got in through one door, having broken it open with iron bars, but took nothing, because a bell rang and they immediately made off.
     Mr. Kelly - Are you certain that Meara was one of the party?
     Witness - Yes, I know him for he had lived in the place with us.
     Constantine was then examined.
     Mr. Kelly - What age are you?
     Constantine - Turning eighteen years.
     Mr. Kelly - How long are you in White Quaker?
     Constantine - Five years.
     Mr Kelly - Are you married?
     Constantine - Yes, my wife is here.
     Mr. Kelly - By whom were you married?
     Constantine - By consent of the whole community.
     Meara - Sure, your worship, they just hold on their hands and that is the whole ceremony.
     Constantine's wife, in answer to Mr. Kelly, said she was nineteen years of age, and had only joined the White Quakers a fortnight ago, and since then she was married.
     Constantine re-examined.
     Mr. Kelly - Do you pay for your maintenance?
     Constantine - No.
     Mr. Kelly - Who is your head?
     Constantine - We acknowledge no head.
     Mr. Kelly - Who pays for your tea, sugar or milk?
     Constantine - We don't use tea, sugar or milk.
     Mr. Kelly - Then what do you live on?
     Constantine - On the produce of the land; such as wheat, meal and barley.
     Mr. Kelly - Who pays for the land?
     Constantine - No individual person; all is paid for by the produce.
     Meara - Oh! your worship, one woman who lives with them pays 300l. a year for it.
     Mr. Kelly committed Meara, and discharged the other prisoner.


     An inquest was held at the county Cavan Infirmary on Saturday, the 21st instant, by William Pollock, Esq., Coroner, on the body of James Jones, a patient of the infirmary, to whom chloroform had been administered on the previous day, preparatory to an operation for the removal of his left leg, the bones of which were in a state of disease. From the evidence it appeared that the man was aware that there was some preparation of medicine that had the power of "numbing the pain of an operation," and as he was not, as he expressed it, " a good soldier," he begged this medicine might be used with him on this occasion, as he was aware it had been applied to other patients whom he named when undergoing similar operations. Mr. Henry Watty, who prepared the quantity of chloroform used on this occasion, proved that he measured 90 drops with great accuracy. From the evidence of Dr. Halpin, it appeared that Jones had not inhaled the vapour above two-thirds of a minute, until he began to manifest some of the symptoms that follow its administration, and that before a minute had elapsed from its first application to the patient he was fully under its influence. He also stated that whilst the preparatory steps of the operation were being made, and before Doctor Roe could commence the amputation of the limb, it was observed that the patient's respiration and other symptoms were such as to require the application of stimulants to arouse him from the effects of the chloroform, but that although the strongest stimulation was had recourse to, the patient did not rally and that life was extinct in a very short period, from five to six minutes. - From Dr. Roe's evidence it appeared that Jones had been in the hospital for several months, and that his state of health was such as to "forbid an operation, as he had suffered from bowel complaint very severely; that latterly his health having somewhat improved, he considered that the operation would give him a fair chance of recovery, and that it therefore had acceded to the patient's urgent request to have it performed; that Jones was desirous to use the chloroform before the operation, and that as there was no apparent objection to its use in his case, he had determined on administering it. Dr. Roe also proved that the quantity used with Jones was under ninety drops, and that it was not inhaled more than a few minutes by him. He also showed that chloroform from the same bottle which was used with Jones had been previously administered by him to another patient in the hospital with complete success. After hearing some other evidence to the same effect, the jury found the following verdict:-
     "We find that the above named James Jones came by his death in consequence of the administration of chloroform applied at his own request, and in the usual manner, without any blame being attributed to the medical gentlemen who applied it.
          "CHARLES HILL, Barrister, Foreman.
          "Cavan Infirmary, 21st Sept. 1850."



     Head Constable Patterson, stationed in Ballymote for the last twelve years, has been discharged on a pension of 33l. per annum.
     Constable J. Christopher has been promoted by Sir Dunean M'Gregor, to the vacant Head-Constableship, on the recommendation of Capt. Lawson.
     Head-Constable Scott, of Clogher is removed to Ballymote, and will be replaced by Head-Constable Christopher.-- Sligo Chronicle.
     The Ennisnag outrage, Kilkenny, will be attended with fatal results, Constable Kelly's recovery is despaired of. The case of Sub-Constable Reardon is extremely perilous. Sub-Constable Holmes seems to be out of danger. Government has issued a proclamation offering a reward of 100 for information tending to lead to the conviction of the miscreants concerned in the attrocious [sic] outrage on the police.
     Constables Hall and Balfour who were wounded in the conflict with the peasantry at Killoughy when Sub-Constables Gleeson and Mortimer were shot dead, have been awarded by the Inspector-General a chevron each, in addition to which Constable Hall gets 10, and Constable Balfour 6.


     BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this Union was held in the Boardroom on Saturday, Colonel Knox Gore in the chair. There was a large attendance of ex-officio and elected Guardians, among whom was noticed Mr. Pratt, Major J.F. Knox, Mr. Malley, Mr John Walsh, Mr. Paget, Mr. Jones, Mr. A. Knox, Mr. E. Orme, Mr. G. Orme, Mr. H. Joynt, Mr. W. Joynt, Captain Atkinson, Mr. Wills and Mr. Cunningham. Captain Hamilton, the Union Inspector, was also present.
     Mr. Cunningham acted in the capacities of Guardians and reporter for the Tyrawly Herald.
     The Clerk having read the minutes of the proceedings of the last day of meeting, and the communications from the Poor Law Commissioners.
     Mr. Paget and Mr. Malley called the attention of the Board to several robberies of wearing apparel and other articles from the Workhouse which had come under their notice.
     The Master then having been called in, stated that it was impossible for him to prevent these robberies, as he had in the house a set of the greatest robbers in the country and the only way in which they could be checked was by a boundary wall to prevent a communication with accomplices outside. He said that a great quantity of clothing is continually being taken away by absconders who appear to come into the house for no other purpose.
     Mr. Paget then proposed and Mr. Pratt seconded the following resolution which was adopted unanimously- 
     "That in consequence of the repeated acts of robbery of union property, and the impossibility of an efficient check being placed on such robberies without a boundary wall -resolved that an application be made to the Poor Law Commissioners with a view of obtaining a loan of 250l. for the purpose of completing the boundary wall which was commenced last year."
     The Doctor, in making application for medicines, stated that in cases of typhus fever the use of wine was absolutely necessary, and that it was more than probable one or two of his patients would have died last week were it not for wine. He had in his estimate for the week taken off a dozen of porter and 3 lbs of arrowroot, and now asked for only 9 bottles of wine, one for the Fever Hospital and the other for the infirmary.
     Colonel Gore was of opinion that so far as wine was necessary for medical purposes it should be allowed and rather than undo so soon what they had resolved upon last week, he would willingly pay for it out of his own pocket for a fortnight.
     Captain Hamilton said that he would take any three of the Guardians to the Hospital and if they, after seeing some of the patients there, were of opinion that wine should not be allowed, he would not ask for it.
     Captain Atkinson and other Guardians objected to any wine being allowed, and remarked how absurd appear to act contrary to their resolution passed law week.
     Captain Hamilton then desired the Doctor to get wine if required for the week and he would pay for it.
     Mr. Jones, who was the principal person in causing the wine to be discontinued, came into the Board-room at this stage of the proceedings and on the necessity for the use of wine as a medicine being represented to him, he said he would have no objection to one bottle being allowed.
     Colonel Gore then said that it were better to allow the matter to remain as it stood at present and leave the use of wine to the discretion of the Doctor, who would not find the Guardians unreasonable whenever he would have occasion for wine medicinally.
     On the tenders for groceries, &c., being opened, Captain Atkinson proposed the following resolution which was carried without a dissenting voice:-
     "That the weekly rations of the officers of this house form this date be on the following scale, viz: Tea, 2 oz., Sugar, 1lb, Bread, 10 lbs, Meat, 3 1/2 lbs.Milk, 3 1/2 quarts."
     Mr. Cunningham then proposed "That in future the use of tea, sugar, beef and mutton and such luxuries to the officers of this union be discontinued; the Master and Matron excepted, and that they be put no a plain dietary of bread, milk and stirabout." This resolution passed without any opposition from any Guardian.
     Mrs. Bredin was declared contractor for Indian Meal at 7 18s. 6d. per ton for three months. - Tenders were in for the same article from Messrs. Gallagher and Co. at 8 4s. 6d. and from Mr. W. Malley, jun., at 8 per ton.
     Mr. Malley obtained the contract for oatmeal at 9 per ton.
     Mr. Foley got the contract for white bread at 5d. per the 4 lb. loaf and Mr. West for brown bread at 3d. per 4 lbs. loaf.
     The contracts for other articles were as follows: Turf, Daniel O'Connor, at 3 1/2d. per box- Lime, Neaty Holeran, 5d. per barrel - Coffins, Mrs. Bredin, 3s. 5d. each- Beef and Mutton, Bernard Callaghan, at 21/2d. per lb.- Milk, Mr. E. Atkinson, at 15d. per 20 quarts for new, and 8d. per 20 quarts for butter milk, for twelve months.
     Mr. M'Kenzie was appointed Relieving Officer for Crossmolina, North Relief District.
     The tender from Mr. Henry Joynt, on the part of Colonel Gore, for renting 25 statute acres in connexion with the Ardnaree Auxiliary Workhouse for the purpose of being cultivated by the pauper inmates, was accepted at 30s. per statute acre.
     It was agreed to respectfully call the attention of the Poor Law Commissioners to the fact that the schedule of debts up to the 17th of May last, amounting to 1800, lies undischarged till the Commissioners be forced to send funds out of the government advancements pay it off.
     After disposing of the usual routine business the Guardians separated.


Remaining on previous Saturday.....1733
Admitted during the week...............   19
Discharged.................................... 212
Remaining on the above date.........1533



     John Campbell Dicker, Esq., of London, the present proprietor of the Gleneaske property, in the county of Sligo, and not many miles from this town, formerly held by the Irish Waste Land Society, is now at Gleneaske. This gentleman is personally inspecting each farm on the property, and making the most liberal reductions in the rent. In ever instance he was reducing them one half from the 21st of last month; and he has also refunded half the last six months' rent in every case where he thought that too much had been paid, although it is well known that the Society had let their land at a very low rate. Mr. Dicker has purchased flannels and calico for gratuitous distribution amongst the children of the tenantry, and he has handsomely paid the roman Catholic curate for celebrating mass in a small chapel on the property. Any of his tenants who would spare time from their own business have been employed, at a good wages, in making improvements, which the proprietor purposes carrying on more extensively. In consequence of all this the tenants on the estate have become exceedingly attached to their landlord who has made himself personally acquainted with their circumstances, and, with a kindly feeling; set about making them happy and independent.

Carrying Away Crops While Under Seizure

     Thomas Carpenter, Esq., of Cherrymount, county of Waterford, seized on the produce of two acres of wheat and some furniture, &c., which belonged to a defaulting tenant named James Egan, residing at Kilcronin, near Ballinakill, in the Queen's county. the wheat had been removed to the barn, threshed and put into sacks and a bailiff named James Malone was placed in charge of the property. at night several persons with cart came to the premises and removed all the wheat, furniture, &c. While this was being done, Malone states that one of the party, who was armed with a blunderbuss, came into his bed-room, and kept him prisoner there; swearing at the same time that he would blow out his brains if he attempted to give alarm or make any resistance. When the property had been removed from the premises for some time, the armed man departed, leaving the bailiff in charge of bare walls.-- Leinster Express

     The agent of the Right Hon. the Earl of Portarlington, having seized on a quantity of corn belonging to defaulting tenants, named Whelan, Moore, Lalor, and Dalton, at Ballyroan, in the Queen's County, placed two bailiffs in charge thereof, until sale would be made or arrangements otherwise effected. At nightfall, while the bailiffs were at supper, a party of men fastened the doors of their houses on the outside and kept them prisoners until another party had cleared away all the property under seizure. When the bailiffs were released there was no trace of the corn; neither could they tell who were the persons that removed it, or kept them in confinement during its abstraction.-- Ibid.

     On Sunday about four hundred people, men and women, assembled on the lands of Cloneen, near Crettyard, county Kilkenny, and cut down four acres of oats belonging to a tenant on the estate of the Hon. Mr. Wandesford, of Castlecomer. It was threshed and winnowed as rapidly as it fell before the sickle and the produce was sold on the following day, in the Carlow market. This, it will be admitted, was "sharp practice."--Carlow Sentinel.

     CROP LIFTING - On Sunday last a party of fellows collected on the lands of Curraghscarteen, in the possession of Patrick Lahy, a tenant of Thomas P. Lloyd, Esq., and proceeded to cut down and carry away a quantity of oats, a party of nearly 200 persons having previously Sunday the 8th inst. removed the wheat crop. It appears Mr. Lloyd offered to allow Lahy to take away the crops provided he gave up the possession of the land, which he refused to do, although owing 20l. poor rate, which must ultimately fall on the landlord--Clonmel Chronicle.

     A private in the 60th Rifles, quartered in Clonmel, shot himself this week. His name was Falby.

     A fleet of thirty sail with "bread stuffs" arrived at Cork since Friday last.

     The vicarage of Tuam and Kilconly, and the provostship of St. Mary's Cathedral, Tuam, are vacant by the death of the Rev. John Galbraith. - His sons attended as mourners in the funeral procession, also the Lord Bishop. Tuam is value 400l. a year, and in the gift of the Bishop of the diocese.

    Mr. Tilsley, relieving officer of Newcastle, was fined 20s. on Saturday, for not obeying the order of a magistrate to assist a poor family in want.

     John L. Moore, Esq., son of Hugh Moore, Esq, Gloucester-Terrace, Dublin, has been appointed to an Ensigncy in the 24th Regt.


     September 27, at Mountjoy-square, the lady of R.P. Butler, Esq., of a daughter.
     September 25, at Bannow Glebe, county Wexford, the lady of the Rev. Robert Henry Stanley, of a daughter.
     September 22, at Ardfry, county Galway, the lady of Pierce Joyce, Esq., of a son.


     On this morning, in the Cathedral of Killala, by the Very Rev. the Dean, Joshua Bartlet, Esq., of her Majesty's Excise, to Maria, eldest daughter of the late Charles Smith, Esq. of Killala.
     September 24, at the Island of Achill, b y the Rev. W. M'Ilwaine, incumbent of St. George's Church, Belfast; John Wilson, Esq. of Lark Hill, county Dublin, to Frances P., eldest daughter of the Rev. Edward Nangle.
     September 26, in Grangegorman Church, William Griffith, Esq. to Annie Hallam, daughter of the late William George Lanauze, Esq. of Kill, county Cavan.


     September 20, Patrick Joseph, third son of M. Mulvany, Esq., of Breakstown Mills, county Tipperary.


     The non-commissioned officers and privates of the 6th Royals, Nenagh, distribute in charity a large quantity of soup and bread daily to about forty poor creatures.

     Mr. Staunton has ceased publishing the Dublin Weekly Register, on his appointment to the new place of Collector of taxes.

     The ceremony of taking the white veil came off on Monday last, in the church of the convent of St. Catherine of Sienna, at Clifton. The applicant for admission to the sisterhood was Miss Fogg, a young lady of more than ordinary personal attractions. - She was attended by her two sisters, and twelve other bridesmaids, and her father and mother. The mass was celebrated with a sermon preached by a priest of the Dominican order. The num was habited by the abbess of the convent and an assistant nun, the robes having been previously blessed by Bishop Hendren.

     Thomas Byrne, coachman to Philip Bagnel, Esq., of Bennekerry, Carlow, fired at a dog with an old blunderbuss, which exploded and so dreadfully shattered his hand as to render amputation necessary.


     KILBEGGAN, COUNTY OF WESTMEATH,  TUESDAY, Sept. 24 - I hasten to communicate briefly the particulars of a most dreadful murder that was committed on the borders of this county, adjoining the King's at a place called Rathue, situate about five miles from this town, in a peaceable part of the country, on yesterday (Monday) between four and five o'clock in the afternoon, occurring on a public road leading from this to Phillipstown and Edenderry. The gentleman that fell a victim to the assassin was Roger North, Esq. of Kilduff House, King's County, a magistrate and landlord in said county. He was shot dead within one mile of his own house as he was proceeding home on his return from inspecting some cattle, one or two of which was sick, on a farm of his (Garryduff), nearly two miles from his residence, Henry Pilkington, Esq., J.P., Toan Lodge, Tyrrellspass, having paid him a visit on said day as he was going home. He then parted with him, being old and intimate friends. Mr. North remained about an hour at the farm. He then proceeded homewards to Kilduff, walking by himself, unaccompanied by any person. When he got about a quarter of a mile beyond Mr. Arthur Judge's, of Rathue, on a lonesome part of the road near three farm houses, and where several persons were working in the fields, it is supposed that the assassin laid wait for him behind the hedge and fired at him, the shot taking effect in his side and back over the region of his heart and chest. A large number of slugs and pellets, with which the firepiece was loaded went though his body. The firearm must have been extra loaded, and the deceased near to the shot that was fired. From all the wounds he received he must have died instantly. He was discovered dead on the road immediately afterwards. Sub-Inspector Sheil, with a party of police from this town, proceeded early this morning to the place and arrested several persons on suspicion. The coroner, Marcus Kelly, Esq., proceeded on this day to hold an inquest on the body. Every means are being taken by the authorities to get or discover the person or persons who committed the dreadful deed. Up to this no clue or discovery has been made of the guilty. It is considered he was murdered owing to his having lately sued some of his tenants, on his Rathue property, with coersive severity. Such are the rumours here at least, and I give them to you as they reached me.--Correspondent of Freeman.

     FATAL ACCIDENT TO A POLICE CONSTABLE - On Saturday evening Constable Thomas Cahill, of the Slate-quarry police station, near Piltown, met with an accident which almost instantaneously deprived him of his life Having observed John Walsh, Esq., J.P., Fanningtown, ride into the neighbouring yard of a miller named Crolly, the Constable ran out of the barrack to order to make some communication to that gentleman, but whilst turning hastily into Crolly's yard, he slipped and was precipitated forward, his head striking the angle of the gate pier with such force that he never spoke after, and expired in ten minutes. The deceased was a man of excellent character in the force, in which he had served for about 20 years; he was unmarried, and had saved a very considerable sum of money for a person of his station.-- Kilkenny Moderator.

     ANCIENT IRISH HATCHET - A few days ago a fine specimen of the Irish bronze age was dug up at Ballylesson, near that celebrated monument of antiquity, the "Giant's Ring" It is about five inches long, and of the early wedge-like shape; but what makes it interesting is, that on both sides it is covered with long and short strokes, very like those marks that are called the "Ogham" character. It is in the possession of Mr. Corry, of the Post-office. --Belfast News-Letter.


     At an ordination held in the Cathedral Church of St. Mary's Tuam, on the 27th inst., the following gentlemen were ordained for the united dioceses of Tuam and Killala:-
     Deacons - George Welden, A.B., T.C.D.; Henry Galbraith, A.B., T.C.D.; Abraham Jagoe, T.C.D.; Coleman Conolly, A.B., Glasgow.
     Priests - Rev. Richard Dowse, A.B., T.C.D.; Rev. Patrick Foley, A.B., T.C.D.; Rev. Patrick M'Losky, A.B., T.C.D.
     The Lord Bishop of Down and Connor and Dromore held an ordination in the parish church of Holywood, county of Down, on Saturday, the 21st inst.
     Ordination of the Bishop of Worcester- Sunday the Bishop of Worcester held an ordination at the cathedral, Worcester, when the following were admitted into holy orders: -
     Deacon - R.C. Morton, Trinity, Dublin.
     Priests - F.C. Morton, Trinity, Dublin; E.A. Williams, Trinity; T.C. Woods, Trinity, Dublin.


     Patrick Kelly, Esq. of Longford House, Eyrecourt, has been appointed a magistrate for the county of Galway lately, on the recommendation of the Marquis of Clanricarde, the Lieutenant of the county.

Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, October 9, 1850


On Thursday, October 2, at Gravsden, by the Rev. William Briscoe, A.M. Vicar of Coombe Bisset, Wilta, George Spence Fenton, Esq. of Killanduff, County of Sligo, to Harriette Frederica, only daughter of the Rev. Frederic Morris, A.M., Rector of Gravsden, Cambridgeshire.


     At New York on the 5th ultimo, of typhus fever, aged 20 years, Charles, youngest son of Captain John Atkinson, of this town. The deceased was a young gentleman of much promise, and his early death is deeply lamented not only by his family and friends, but by all who had the privilege of his acquaintance.


     On Sunday the Rev. Richard Swayne, late a priest of the Church of Rome and member of the Order of Carmelites, with two other respectable persons, renounced and abjured the errors of popery under the spiritual direction of the Rev. Thomas Scott, and subsequently received holy communion in St. Thomas's Church.
     Mr. Swayne is the author of the letter recently addressed to the Most Rev. Paul Cullen, titular primate of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, entitled "Rome tried by herself and Found Guilty." He is on probation with the Reformed Romanist Priests' Protection Society. -- Evening Herald.


     Charles Kean, the tragedian, was born at Waterford on the 18th of January, 1811. His mother, Mary Chambers, was also a native of Waterford, descended from the respectable family of Cuffe, long settled in that county. - Charles Kean entered Eton as an "Oppidan," his father fixed his allowance for board and education at 300l. per annum. He remained at Eton three years. Edmund Kean might have maintained his family in all the elegancies of life, and left behind him 50,000l. if habits of irregularity and reckless extravagance had not gradually settled upon him. Charles Kean fortunately had contracted no private debts - a rare occurence in an Etonian. He made his way to London, and hastened immediately to his mother's lodgings. He found her in sickness, in sorrow, and in poverty. The young man first made his appearance on any stage in Drury-lane theatre on the 1st October, 1827, in Young Norval. The father and son acted together for the first and only time in London, on the 26th March, 1833. The play was Othello. The Moor, as usual, by Edmund Kean, Iago by Charles Kean and Desdemona by Miss Ellen Tree. After the first scene, Kean observed, 'Charles is getting on very well to-night-he's acting very well; I suppose that's because he's acting with me.' He was very feeble but by the help of brandy and water he went on stoutly till the commencement of the third act. He held up until the celebrated 'Farewell,' which he uttered with all his former pathos; but on concluding it, after making one or two steps towards his son, and attempting his speech, 'Villain!, be sure,' his head sank on his son's shoulder and the tragedian's acting was at an end. His son, assisted by other persons, carried him to his dressing room, and laid him on the sofa. He was removed to Richmond, where he died on the 15th of May, and was buried in the churchyard at Richmond, where his son erected a tablet to his memory. A sliver claret jug valued at 100l. was presented to him in London by a deputation of gentlemen from Waterford, inscribed as follows: - "Presented to Charles Kean, Esq., as a token of esteem for his private character and admiration of his talents, by a few friends, in his native city of Waterford, June 28th, 1838." On the 30th of March, 1838, he received the high compliment of a public dinner in the saloon of Drury-lane theatre, on which occasion, he was also presented with a magnificent silver vase, value 200l. "by the admirers of his distinguished talents." On the 29th of January, 1842, occurred the most auspicious event in his life - he was married in the Church of St. Thomas in Dublin, to Miss Ellen Tree. By this Charles Kean obtained a large addition to his worldly means, and an invaluable co-operator in his theatrical career. This marriage took place on the last day of their Dublin engagement and on that same evening, by an odd coincidence, they performed together in The Honeymoon. On the 30th of March, 1849, the widow of Edmund Kean died at Keydell, in Hampshire, the county residence of her son and where she had found a happy retreat during the closing years of her chequered existence.




- The Leicester Journal says that in some parts of that town soft water is selling at threepence a bucket.
- On Sunday, 22nd inst., during divine service at Templenoe church, within five miles of Kenmare, and shortly after Rev. Mr. Rogers has ascended the pulpit, a most furious and unprovoked attack was made on the church, the rattling of stones being heard on the roof, and the most savage yells rendering the air without.
- Andrew Murphy, a pauper, was killed at Manchester this week, by a blow on the head from Edward Moran, Relieving officer, who is committed for manslaughter.
- Dr. John Gray, of the Freeman Journal and his brother, Mr. W. Wilson Gray, of the Middle Temple, have withdrawn their names from the Tenant League for reasons which show their sense. Mr. Wilson Gray objects to a new organization adopted on the 18th of September, by which the Council institutes, or recommends and indefinite number of social societies, which, being advised by counsel learned in the law, he, Mr. Gray, considers to contain the germs of "possible danger."
- No family in the county of Down has been enobled in the last 60 years, except one, in 1800, namely Lord Dufferin and Claneboy.
- A new great seal for Ireland of gutta percha has just been constructed.
- Major Blackall, M.P. for Longford, is reported as the Colonial Secretary at Ceylon, in place of Sir W. Emerson Tennent.
- The following judicial officers in Ireland are Roman Catholics:- Chief Baron Pigot, Chief Justice Monahan, Judge Ball, Insolvent Commissioner Baldwin, Sergeants Howley and O'Brien, and Solicitor General Hughes. Attorney General Hatchell is not a Roman Catholic, as erroneously supposed by the English press.
- Miss Hayes is to give a charity concert on her arrival in Dublin this month, and another in Limerick for the poor of her native city.
- Thursday night a fellow broke the shop window of Mr. John Dwyer, Castle street, Nenagh, and pulled out two pistols with which he made off.
- Pablo Fanque's troop has moved from Galway to Ballinasloe for the fair. His receipts in Galway exceeded 100l. every night for a fortnight.
- A portion of the dress of Miss Evans, only daughter of Mrs. Evans, Henry-street, the young lady who had been missing from Kilkee the last fortnight, was washed in by the sea on Sunday evening and picked up by a fisherman. The corset and visite bore the name of the unfortunate lady. Her body has not yet been found.
- At an adjourned meeting of the Faculty of the county Clare, at Ennis, on Monday, Dr. George O'Brien in the chair, votes of censure were moved on Drs. Healy, Cullinan and Heir.
- Henry Blacquire Lahiff, Esq., eldest son of Thomas Lahiff, Esq., of Cloone, perished on Thursday last, at Spiddal, Galway, while bathing with the Rev. James M'Cready and his brothers. Mr. Lahiff, a most adventurous and expert swimmer, was struck by a heavy sea, which carried him a considerable distance from the shore, but assistance was out of the question. After some hours the body was found.

Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, October 16, 1850


An iron lighthouse of vast dimensions, is being erected on the Fastnett, a solitary rock in the Atlantic, off the coast of Cork and Kerry.

Patrick Ryne, of Cork, was fined 20 on Saturday by the local magistrates at the prosecution of Lieut. Friend, R.N. for acting as emigration agent without a license.

Mr. Sergeant Shee is certainly an eminent and distinguished member of the English bar, but he is not "a large landed proprietor" or our county. He is in reality a tenant and middleman. No member of his family, for the last two centuries, could be numbered amongst the proprietors of Kilkenny. His father was a respectable merchant, and his grandfather was a worthy tithe proctor, whose life was sacrificed to the rage of the lawless peasantry in the first crusade against the tithe system.-- Kilkenny Moderator.

A recent number of the Nelson newspaper, New Zealand, announcing the arrival out of the 'Lady Nugent,' passenger vessel, observed: - "Her passengers altogether seem to be of a superior class- We have a favourable specimen of the Scotch farmer in Mr. Wm. M'Rea, brother of Mr. G. M'Rea, of Pitfure. Mr. Wm. M'Rea has been for some years farming a considerable property at Bonavaree, county Clare, Ireland, which he abandoned in consequence of the wretched state of that unhappy country, and his doing so caused no small sensation far beyond his own immediate circle.

Anthony Lynch, Esq., has resigned the situation of Post master of Galway, to which office he was inducted on the 15th ult.

On Wednesday the ceremony of a reception took place at the Presentation convent, Tuam. The postulant was Miss O'Connor, Willsbrook, Roscommon. Archbishop M'Hale officiated on the occasion.

John Shouldham, Esq., High Sheriff of Longford, has established a Flax Mill and introduced the manufacture of linen into the town of Ballymahon.

There has been grown this year, on the land surrounding the Nenagh Workhouse, four acres of Flax, and vegetables which are used in soup for the diet of the paupers. There is a Capstan mill, which grinds all the corn into flour necessary for the house; there is also an excellent bakery, weavers, tailors, shoemakers, and carpenters' workshops where the boys are instructed. The women daily engaged in knitting, spinning, combing, washing, and in preparing flax for the weavers' loom.


     At Longford Castle, the Viscountess Felkestone, of a son, which only survived a short time.
     At Rockville, county Roscommon, the Lady of Lieut-Colonel Wm. Lloyd, of a daughter.
     At 16 North Great George's-street, Dublin, the Lady of Hamilton Smyth, Esq., of a daughter.


     On Monday, the 14th instant, in the Parish Church of Kilcommon, Belmullet, by the Rev. Mr. Lees, Jane Adelaide, second daughter of Robert R. Savage, Esq., of Bangor, to Mr. Michael Gallagher, of Coolamore.


     On Friday, 4th inst., at Rose Cottage, Westport, Lieut. Peter O'Malley, aged 67, of the South Mayo Militia, the oungest son of the late Owen O'Malley, Esq., of Burrishoole, and cousin of the late Gen. [?] O'Malley, and Sir Samuel O'Malley of Kilboyne. The deceased has left a widow and a large  family.
     On the 6th inst., at Cullane, Francis Fenell, Esq., for 40 years a J.P. of the county of Mayo.
     At Michael's Grove, Brompton, Elizabeth, wife of Eneas MacDonnell, Esq.


in the Parish of Kilmatigue, Barony of Lyney, and County of Sligo, several FARMS of from TEN to TWENTY ACRES, each, at very reduced rents, each Farm having a good Dwelling House on it, for which no extra rent will be charged.
     Application to be made to Mr. JAMES DONOHOE, Steward, at the Lodge, Gleneaske.
     GLENEASKE, Sept. 30, 1850




     I BEG respectfully to acquaint the numerous friends and patrons of my Establishment, that the period of NICHOLAS FLYNN'S engagement with me, as my waiter, has expired, and that I have dispensed with his services. My principal reason for bringing this subject under notice is to prevent mistakes being made, as I understand it is his intention to open a Hotel convenient to mine.
     I take leave also to assure any old and well-tried supporters that no exertion which I can bring to bear in the furtherance of their comfort shall be wanting, and that all my energies will be exerted in securing that degree of public confidence which I gratefully acknowledge at all times to have received. 
     I have secured the services of an experienced and attentive waiter, whose constant care and study it will be to be attentive and obliging to those who may patronise me. 

                         THOMAS ANDERSON
Royal Mall Hotel, Ballina, October 1st, 1850.


In the matter of the Estate of Martin D'Arcy, Owner, Exparte
John Barton, Thomas Mooney, and Solomon Watson. 

WHEREAS by an absolute Order, bearing date the 28th day of September 1850, it was ordered that the Lands of Ballykine, comprising the denominations of Lower Ballykine, Aghlahard, Lower Drummeen, Middle Drummeen, Upper Drummeen, Cregtoberapotta, Cregtoberapotta and Ballykine, Gurteenroe and Ballykine, situate in the Barony of Kilmain, and


held in fee; the lands of Houndswood, otherwise Kiltemadra, Funshunagh and Clohercartagh, Ballyhall, Woodpark East, Wookpark West and Polawella, Turlogh Village, Lisnamuck North, Lisnamuck South, Nadaneigh, Collaga, Collaga, otherwise Parkroe, and Tonroe, otherwise Thomruagh, situate as aforesaid, half under lease from the Bishop of Tuam; and the lands of Athyquirk, otherwise Castletown, with its several sub-denominations, situate as aforesaid, held in fee, should be sold for the purpose of discharging the incumbrances thereon:
     "Now all persons claiming estates or interests on the said premises, who may object to such order, are hereby informed that the Commissioners will hear any application which any such person may desire to bring before them on notice, to be served a the office, 14, Henrietta street, Dublin, within one calendar month from the date hereof.
     And all persons claiming charges or incumbrances on the said premises, or any part thereof, are required to lodge a brief statement of the particulars thereof at the said office, within two calendar months from the date thereof, and also to send their respective addresses, in order that they may receive notice at what time and in what manner their claims should be established.
     Dated this 8th day of October, 1850.
                               HENRY CAREY,
                                        Assistant Secretary,
RICHARD CATHCART, Solicitor for the Petitioners, 1067 Baggot street, Dublin.



The following are the ex-officio Guardians of this Union [Ballina] for the ensuing year: - 

Colonel F.A.K. Gore- Belleek Manor
Edward Howley, Esq., Belleek Castle
Captain W. Atkinson, Rehins
Captain John Knox, Greenwood Park
William Malley, sen, Esq., Ballina
Henry Wm. Knox, Esq., Netley Park.
Thomas Paget, Esq., Knockglass
William Gardiner, Esq., Cloonagh
John Bourke, Esq, Ballina
William Symes, Esq., Ballina
Arthur Ormsby, Esq., Curimbla
Mervyn Pratt, Esq, Enniscoe
Edward Orme, Esq., Ballycorroen
Thomas G. Bourke, Esq., Richmond
John Walsh, jun, Esq., Castlehill
Major J.F. Knox, Mountfalcon
Annesley Knox, Esq., Rappa Castle
James K. Gore, Esq., Broadlands
T. Jones, Esq., Castletown and Ardnaree
James V. Jackson, Esq., Caramore
Lord Arran, Saunderscourt.

     DIABOLICAL OUTRAGE - On the night of Sunday last, some miscreants posted a threatening notice on the house of Mr. Wood, an English gentleman residing at Tallagh, within a short distance of Belmullet. They afterwards set fire to his haggard, which, we have been informed, was totally consumed. Government has offered a reward of 100 for the apprehension of the ruffians concerned in this wanton and unprovoked attack on an unoffending gentleman. We trust the vigilance of the Constabulary of that remote district will speedily bring the perpetrators to justice.

     CASTLEBAR UNION - At the last meeting of the Guardians of this Union, Ignatius Kelly, Esq., was appointed Solicitor to the Board, having a majority of two over Mr. Myles Jordan, the only other candidate.

     THE HARVEST - Several farmers have sustained very considerable loss in the grain crops which unfortunately they were unable to gather home before the late high winds and rain. The potato blight seems to have been entirely stayed but in many instances the potatoes which were planted late have not grown to the full size.

     THE CONSTABULARY - Constable Phibbs, for some years in charge of the Ardnaree party of Constabulary, has been removed to Coolany, in the county of Sligo. Phibbs has been generally esteemed as a most active and efficient officer while at the Ardnaree station and we believe his removal to Coolany to be a preparatory step towards his promotion, which no man in the service better deserves.


     The consideration of the propriety of closing the Auxiliary Workhouse in this Union was postponed until the Guardians have the benefit of the advice of Captain Hamilton, the Union Inspector, in this matter. The Poor Law Commissioners have suggested, in a letter to the Board of Guardians, which appears in our report of their proceedings on Saturday, "whether it may not be judicious to retain all or some of the auxiliary workhouses as they may be again required during the ensuing winter when largely increased rents might be demanded for them." We wonder were the Commissioners aware of the piece of information on this subject which we laid out before our readers last week when they wrote, or rather directed the writing of the foregoing suggestive sentence? Were they aware that there then were only 493 inmates in the Union Workhouse, which can conveniently accommodate 1800 in case of a temporary pressure, and that in two auxiliaries there were 775, making a total of a third less than the main house could easily contain? Were they aware that of this number 163 belong to other unions, and will soon be removed? And were they aware of the weekly decrease in the number which has been, and is still going on, when they suggested the judiciousness of retaining those expensive and now useless houses? On last Saturday the numbers stood thus: - 
     Union House, .......................490,
     White's Auxiliary...................656,
     Joynt's..................................  89,
     When we deduct this 139 belonging to the West and Killala Unions  we have a number at least 600 less than that which the Union house is capable of accommodating. Then if we allow a further decrease of 200, which is not unreasonable, before the severity of winter sets in, we will have room for 800 when the apprehended pressure comes; and if any one of the guardians can conscientiously say, with the present population of the union, decimated as it has been by famine, sickness, and emigration, that an auxiliary house still be necessary, we at once will submit.


     Sir William Somerville, accompanied by Dr. Toher, arrived in this town on Thursday, on his way from Belmullet, and put up at the Royal Mall Hotel. Sir William visited the Workhouse, and expressed himself highly gratified with the neat and orderly appearance of the entire establishment. He left here for Sligo on Friday.


     It has been very generally stated during the last week that our High Sheriff Bernard O. Cogan, Esq., has been appointed a stipendiary magistrate. We hope the report is true. Mr. Cogan has always been a firm, and a warm friend of the popular cause; his political opinions, although subdued by moderation, were invariably in  favour of the people and their cause. Men like him are the persons we would wish to see selected to fill places of honour and emolument. -- Sligo Champion.


Mr. Thomas O'Brien of Fairfield, county Galway, whose property is in the Encumbered Estates Court, has published an address to his tenantry that he will resist the entrance of any purchaser with parliamentary title, into the possession of his lands and calls on the people to stand by him!

Sale on the 6th Day of December, 1850

In the matter of the Estate of Sir William O'Malley, Knight, Owner, Exparte
Christopher Fitzsimon, Esquire, and others, Petitioners.

PURSUANT to the order of the Commissioners, made in this matter, bearing the date the 20th day of March, 1850, they will on FRIDAY, the 6th day of DECEMBER next, at the hour of twelve o'clock noon, at their Court, No. 14, Henrietta-street Dublin,

Of and in the Towns and hands of 

containing 54A: 2R: 24P, late Irish measure, equal to 88A: 2R: 4P statute measure, situate in the barony of Burrishoole, and County of Mayo.
     Dated this 28th day of September, 1850.
                                 HENRY CAREY,
                                       Assistant Secretary.
     The several tenants on this property are subject to the tithe rent charge, amounting to 2.4s.6d yearly. The lands have been valued, under Ordnance valuation at 56.12s.8d., exclusive of about 23 acres statute measure (in one lot) which are unlet and in possession of the owner. 
     The value of this lot, according to the Ordnance survey, is about 14 per annum.
     The property, a peninsula in Clew Bay, is within about 2 1/2 miles of the town of Westport. There is an oyster bank attached to the property. The bays surrounding it about with almost every description of fish.
     A fishing station, which could not fail to return considerable profit, might be established here, at very trifling expense. The shores yield a sufficient supply of seaweed, not only for the culture of the land, but also for the manufacture of kelp. There is a limestone quarry on the lands, containing the very finest description of stone. There is also spring water noted for its purity. The tenant's cottages are neat and comfortable.
     This is a favourite resort for bathers during the summer season.
     To a nobleman or gentleman desirous to purchase property, to the capitalist seeking a secure investment with a certainty of increase, or to a party desirous of erecting a summer residence, this estate presents an opportunity seldom to be met with.
     The tenants' leases are lodged in court, and will be handed to the respective purchasers.
     For rentals, maps, and all other information, apply at the office of the Commissioners, No. 14, Henrietta-street, Dublin, or to
                    DAVID MAHONEY, Solicitor having the carriage of this order for sale, No. 2, Kildare-street, Dublin; or to
                    NEAL DAVIS, Solicitor for the Owner, No. 45, Upper Rutland-st., Dublin, or Castlebar;
to whom any person wishing to purchase by private contract may make application in writing, which will be submitted to their examinations.


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