London, Middlesex, England
Oct 1, 1822
(From the Limerick Chronicle)
On Friday night last, Messrs. Kelly and
Smith, of Captain Wilcock's Police, succeeded in apprehending the noted James
Fitzgibbon, Patrick Carty, John Molony and Thomas Collins, all of whom are
charged with the wilful murder of Ulick Burke, Esq., in Feb. last near Cappa;
they are lodged in Rathkeale Bridewell.
On the next morning at ten o'clock, a female, who had
been seen the day before at Rathkeale, and who was conceived to have given
information which led to the apprehension of the four fellows, proceeding to the
well of Cappa, near where she resided, for a can of water, was seized upon by a
man with his face blackened, who instantly dragged her into the grove, and in
the most savage manner attempted to cut her throat. The approach of some persons
prevented the miscreant carrying his intention into effect, as he only gave her
some scars under the chin, and by the humane directions of Mr. Kelly of Captain
Wilcock's Police, she is placed under surgical care in Rathkeale, and hopes are
entertained of her speedy recovery. The most prompt exertions were made by the
police, accompanied by Robert Peppard, Esq. and his son, to apprehend the
perpetrator, who has for the present escaped.
Since writing the above we have received the following
from a respectable magistrate:-
"SIR, - I have to acquaint you with one of the
most daring attempts at assassination which perhaps has ever been recorded in
the late, I fear, I may add present, rebellion.
"As a girl of the name of Catherine Hickie was
walking on the avenue leading to Cappa-house, on Saturday last, about the hour
of 11 in the forenoon, a man, whose face was blackened, seized her, and dragged
her into a grove that stands by the avenue, and there with a razor cut her
throat across, but providentially the design of the ruffian is frustrated, as
there are sanguine hopes of the girl's recovery.
"This scene took place within from twenty to sixty
yards of a cluster of houses, one of them a forge, the door of which opened
towards the spot to which the assassin drew her, and in that forge were four men
at the moment. I must state that no suspicion of collusion rests against these
four men, as the noise in the forge prevented the girl's cries from being heard.
There are two police-men stationed at Cappa, and Mr. Peppard was walking within
sight of, and not more than two or three hundred yards from, the girl at the
time the transaction occurred; one of the most public roads in the county runs
beside the place where she was attacked.
"This outrageous attempt on the life of an
innocent young woman, caused by a suspicion of her having given information
against murderers, is a clear evidence that the spirit of desolation has only
lain smothered during the few months of doubtful tranquility that has reigned in
this county, and the man's face being blackened is a well-known symptom of
"P.S.- I have opened my letter to inform you that
one of Mr. Raymond's offices, at Hollywood, lately occupied as a barrack, was
burnt last night (Monday) by White Boys."
Within the last few nights parties of
ruffians visited several houses between Clarina and Adare in this county. They
flogged a farmer, named Lynch, at Briskee; and the dwelling of Mr. C. Parker was
attacked by an unarmed party, who beat him for not sending out his servant to be
flogged by them.
Monday night, John Frayley received a flogging, near
Rathkeale, from a party of ruffians. He was suspected of giving information.
At an early hour on Monday morning, a communication
reached the Police-office of Captain Drought, in his city, that at six o'clock
on the preceding evening, two men of his infantry corps, named Gunnell and
Armstrong, returning from Castle Connell to their quarters at Bird-hill, were
attacked on the Gouigg-road, and that the former was murdered, and the body
supposed to have been thrown into a bog-hole, as no trace could be found of it.
At three o'clock, however, a messenger arrived who stated that Gunnell has been
found in the corner of a ditch, at some distance from where the attack was made
upon him; and that, though wounded and stabbed in several parts of the body, he
was likely to recover. Various causes are assigned for this outrage; but as an
inquiry is about to take place, we abstain from noticing any of the rumours.
On Friday night, the Rev. Sir Wm. Reade, Bart,
returning to his glebe at Tomgrany, county Clare, was attempted to be
assassinated by a fellow who darted from behind a wall, and discharged a musket
at him, the contents of which-two balls-struck the opposite wall; and Sir
William happily escaped by the fleetness of his horse. This active Magistrate
was after apprehending two men on information and had given them in charge to be
conveyed to Tomgrany bridewell. Every exertion to apprehend the delinquent who
fired was promptly made, but without effect.
On Saturday night some villains threw stones at Captain
Middleton, 42d, when visiting the guards near the Square.
Major Nicholson has lodged in Kilkenny gaol three
brothers, named Ryan, for murdering James Egan, at Hathlogan, on the 11th Sept.
A gang of robbers who broke into Captain Morgan's and
Mr. Homan's houses, on the Glanmire road, last week, have been apprehended by
the High Constable of Cork, after a desperate resistance.