!! Ballina Chronicle; May 29, 1850; Mayo Items
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, May 29, 1850
It affords us much pleasure to have to state that Willoughby G. Fox,
Esq., the very efficient officer in charge of the police force in this
district, has been raised to the rank of Second Class Sub-Inspector.
On Monday last in this town a dispute arose between two men, Pat
Naughton and Pat Melody, about some land, but after having been separated by
the police Naughton made charge against Melody, when a crowd of the market
people rushed forward to witness the scene, and in doing so knocked down an
unfortunate man named Thornton, who coming in contact with a stone had his
thigh bone broken. Naughton was arrested and obliged to find bail for his
appearance at the next sessions.
On the night of Saturday last a fine sheep the property of the Rev.
Joseph Verschoyle, was maliciously killed in a field adjoining the Glebe
house, and the carcass removed with the exception of the head, fleece and
Several robberies have been lately effected in and about this town,
notwithstanding the vigilance of the constabulary who are keeping up a
constant nightly patrol, but they are closely watched by the accomplices of
the many idle and plundering persons of all ages both male and female who
are for ever prowling about the streets, so that it is impossible to
entirely prevent outrages and robberies, there are so many engaged in them.
Private individuals must keep a better look out for the protection of their
property, for which there is now double cause, all the paupers from the
rural districts being let loose upon the town by the country poor-law
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News