Ireland Old News
MR DILLON ARRESTED.
Submitted by #I000525
|CORK, Dec. 10.|
|Five young men, almost all of the farming class, were tried to-day at the Cork Winter Assizes, before Chief Justice Morris, on a charge of having unlawfully assembled, armed with revolvers and other offensive weapons, on the night of the 26th of September, at Castleisland, in county Kerry. The names of the prisoners were Michael Hannifan, Timothy O'Brien, John Hussey [Harvey?], John Buckley, and Michael Ahern. All pleaded not guilty. The evidence against them went to show that on the night of the 26th of September last a party of men were assembled in a back yard at the rear of a publichouse kept by a young woman named Hickey. It was a Sunday evening. About 9 o'clock Sergeant O'Donnell, accompanied by five other policemen, went towards the yard. In the yard they observed five men, and the constabulary immediately rushed towards them, whereupon the moonlighters decamped and ran into Hickey's publichouse. On some of the constables going round to the front of the house they found the front door ajar, and upon entering the house one of the prisoners, named Timothy O'Brien, rushed at them with a sword-bayonet in his hand. The prisoners were all arrested, and some of them were seen throwing away revolvers, which were afterwards found. When the yard was searched afterwards there were found disguises and cartridges. There Buckley also was observed to throw something away out of his pocket, and this was discovered to be a canister of revolver cartridges. The five men were taken into custody on the spot and taken to the barracks. The five constables were all examined and all gave similar testimony for the prosecution. The jury found the five prisoners guilty without leaving the box. Sentence was deferred.|
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