Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, September 25, 1850
- A special market for the sale of flax is about to be established in
Portadown, the centre of one of the best flax growing districts in the North
- Lord Monteagle and the Rt. Hon. Thomas Wyse, are appointed members of the
senate of the Queen's University in Ireland.
- Sir John Cam Hobhouse, late Secretary-at-War, with his daughter, arrived
at Mallow on way to Killarney, and was heard to say that the once gay but
now deserted Mallow was the best country town he had seen in Ireland.
- The 'Black Nymph', from Limerick, with 180 passengers, arrived at Quebec,
the 30th August, and the 'Jane Howard', with 103 do. on the same day. The
'Bon Accord' arrived on the 20th with 111 passengers.
- James Murphy, Esq., of Kenturk, Dr. Batwell of Charlesville, and Sir
Kenna, of Castlemarty, sailed in the 'Republic' from Cork, on Satuday, with
370 emigrants for New York.
- An Inspector of National Schools in the Limerick district was last week
given in charge to the police of Thomondgate, at the instance of John
Hannan, for indecent conduct with a female named Catherine Madden, on the
public road at Cratloe. The girl had travelled with the inspector in his
gig. Hannan was not forthcoming subsequently to substantiate the charge
before the magistrate, and the accused was liberated.
- Jeremiah Brien, of Ulla, for some time labouring under occasional fits of
derangement, killed his wife on Monday morning by cutting her throat and
breaking her skull, while the family were out of his house at work in the
- Moore's statue of Sir Michael O'Loghlin has been received in Dublin and is
now being erected in the splendid room of the solicitors, at the Four
Courts. It is a seated figure, life size, and clothed in the judicial robes.
- In Wexford harbour 2,000 acres of mud has just been converted into
excellent land, under the management of John E. Redmond, Esq., J.P.
- On Saturday morning the temporary workhouse at Outerard, county Galway,
was burnt to the ground, together with a quantity of the furniture.
- Report states that this monster of the deep, the sea serpent, was on
Tuesday seen outside the heads of the Shannon, west of Kilerdene light
house, and numbers have gone down to Carrigaholt to test the accuracy of
this statement. A fisherman first descried the monster gliding over the
waters, and for sometime imagined it was the hull of a vessel, apparently 60
feet long, keel upwards, and covered with barnacles.
On Saturday last, Meredith Thompson, Esq., Coroner in the County of Sligo,
held an inquest at Ardnaree, on the body of a man named Laurence Gibbons.
From the evidence adduced it appeared the deceased went to bed on Thursday
night last in his usual good health. The following morning the persons with
whom he lodged went to call him to breakfast. On knocking at his door, which
was bolted on the inside, they received no answer, and then sent for
Sergeant Phibbs and his party; who came and forced the door open, when they
found Gibbons quite dead. Dr. Whittaker made a post mortem examination on
the body, and ascertained that death was caused by disease of the heart. The
jury unanimously found a verdict in accordance with the Doctor's evidence.
The erection of flax mills in the vicinity of this town, about two
years since, by the enterprising Messrs. Hay, have considerably increased
the cultivation of flax, while a great number of hands have been employed in
its manufacture. Mr. Halliday is now busily engaged in preparing similar
mills; and although the Messrs. Hay may be somewhat injured by this
competition, yet, looking at it in a public light, it must be gratifying to
find that such establishments are springing up as must ultimately prove
beneficial to a country hitherto neglected and at present much in need of
every little help that can be given it.
After the rains which fell on Wednesday and Thursday the harvest
operations were briskly resumed and continued to the present under very
favourable weather. Not a moment is to be lost, there being yet a large
portion of grain standing, and plenty of work ready for the reapers. A few
small parcels of new oats have been sold in this market at from 12s. to 13s.
per barrel of 24 stone. We hear still fewer complaints about the potatoes,
and there appears to be no great disposition to bringing them into town for
sale, which would be the case were the disease progressing.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News