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1!! Ballina Chronicle; Aug 1, 1849 "Outrage"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    Aug 23 6:29 AM
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, August 1, 1849

      DARING OUTRAGE- GALLANT CONDUCT OF A FEMALE - On Sunday morning, the 22nd
      inst., some persons called at the bed-room window of a farmer, named Gilbert
      Egan, residing near Lisduff, and desired him to get up that all of his property
      was stolen; upon which his wife got out of bed and opened the door; when four
      fellows fiercely rushed in, following her into the bed-room where her husband
      was asleep. One of them had two stones in his hands; and while he was in the act
      of lifting his hand to strike Egan, Mrs. Egan caught him by the breast, knocked
      him down and took one of the stones from him. Another of the party then struck
      her with a large stick on the hands and shoulders, whereupon her husband jumped
      out of bed, seized the fellow by the throat and took the stick from him. Egan
      and his wife then armed themselves and beat the party out of the room, and while
      doing so, Egan received a severe cut in the temple which deprived him of
      strength. Nothing daunted, Mrs. Egan and two of her children encountered three
      of the ruffians in the kitchen, but in the struggle she and her children were
      severely assaulted. She called repeatedly to her servant boy, and a schoolmaster
      named Cleary, who were in the house, to come to her assistance and make
      prisoners of the party. This they very cowardly and disgracefully refused to do,
      alleging they were afraid of being killed! On leaving they told her to make her
      husband give up the land he had lately taken or they would give him a barbarous
      death. Two of the party have been arrested and identified and fully committed to
      Nenagh gaol. --Nenagh Guardian.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/