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!! Meath Chronicle; Oct 28, 1899; Navan Petty Sessions

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE MEATH CHRONICLE Saturday, October 28, 1899 NAVAN PETTY SESSIONS - Wednesday Before Mr. Burke-Irwin, R M (presiding) Others present were: - Sir John Dillon,
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 13, 2006
      Saturday, October 28, 1899

      NAVAN PETTY SESSIONS - Wednesday
      Before Mr. Burke-Irwin, R M (presiding)
      Others present were: - Sir John Dillon, Messrs T. Gerrard, F Sheridan, H
      Cullen and W N Waller.

      The Navan Board of Guardians prosecuted John Clarke, Patrick Coyle,
      Thomas Kennedy, and Terence Newman for failing to have their respective
      children vaccinated as required by the Act of Parliament.- Mr. Sullivan
      prosecuted.- Dr. Ryan, registrar, examined by Mr. Sullivan, stated that in
      these cases there was no registration of vaccination. In the case of the boy
      Henry Newman, Mr. Davis, C P S mentioned that since the issue of the summons
      a certificate from Dr. Finnegan had been handed in.- Chairman: In the case
      of vaccination by an outside practitioner should not notice of it be given
      to the registrar.- Mr. Davis: Yes.- Mr. Sullivan said he would ask for costs
      of 10s in each of those cases and £1 is the Doctor's fee. He did not think
      the guardians should be put to expense in the matter.- The Chairman said
      those people should be taught that they should comply with the law; John
      Clarke would be fined 1s 6d and 6s 6d costs; Patrick Coyle, 5s and 15s
      costs; Thomas Kennedy, 1s and 5s costs; Terence Newman, 3s and 17s costs.

      The Navan Urban District Council prosecuted Mr. Keappock for breach of
      the Public Health Act in not providing proper sanitary accommodation in the
      billiard room, situated in Trimgate street.- Mr. J Taylor appeared for the
      Board.- MR. J M'Donnell S S Officer deposed that he visited the premises and
      in consequence of what he saw he drew the attention of Dr. Ryan to it.- Dr.
      Ryan deposed to having examined the house in question. It was kept as a
      Billiard room. There was no sanitary accommodation in the place, and thus it
      caused a nuisance. There was no water closet or ash pit.- Mr. James Lawler,
      Town Clerk deposed that he was executive sanitary officer, this case had
      been reported to him and he caused the notice dated the 10th July to be
      served. Six weeks would be a reasonable time to make the sanitary
      accommodation. The usual order was made with £1 costs.
      The same Authority summoned Mr. E. Sclater in respect of a house
      occupied by Mrs. Meleady, in Watergate street. - Dr. Ryan stated that his
      attention was directed to this house, and he found a nuisance in the yard
      by reason of there being no drain, but there was a nice channel outside.-
      Mr. Sclater: Are there not two water closets in drain into the channel.- I
      am not aware.- Mr. Clarke: Is there any proper water supply to the house?
      No.- Mr. Sclater mentioned that he had written asking a committee of the
      Commissioners should meet him and discuss the matter, and he was actually in
      consideration of the four of them when the notices were served on him.- Mr.
      Lawler: The instructions to the Solicitor to proceed were issued long
      before.- Dr. Ryan replying to further questions stated that there was no
      nuisance in the house and in his opinion a channel would be better than an
      underground pipe.- The Bench dismissed the case.
      Mr. R H Metge was summoned at the instance of the same Authority for a
      like offense in connection with two houses his property situated in Trimgate
      street. The summons server stated that when he served the summons he was
      informed that Mr. Metge was away from home, and the cases were accordingly

      Constable Crotty summoned Michael Finnegan for being drunk and
      disorderly on the 18th October. Compainant stated that defendant was making
      use of very bad language and was a common nuisance. The defendant was sent
      to jail for one month.

      Constable M'Cabe summoned Patrick Brien for being drunk on the public
      street of Navan. Fined 7s. 6d. Mary Goff at the instance of the same
      complainant was fined 5s for a like offence. Joseph Goff was fined 5s, the
      Bench intimating that if he came up again he would be sent to jail.

      Constable Joynt summoned a man named Peter M'Govern for interfering
      with him in the discharge of his duty.- Complainant deposed that on the day
      in question he had occasion to go to Mrs. Turner's about dogs which were
      fighting on the street. Defendant was present and asked what right he had to
      interfere, stating at the same time that witness had as much to drink as
      three men. He also caught him by the tunic. The latter part of the statement
      was denied, but the bench convicted and fined defendant 7s 6d.

      Head Constable Henderson prosecuted James Clarke for being guilty of
      cruelty to a horse yoked to a cart, loaded with coal at Academy street, on
      the 21st October. Mr. Magee defended. The Head Constable stated that on the
      date mentioned in the summons he was coming from the railway and he saw
      defendant in the hollow of the road at Academy street in charge of a horse
      and cart, which was loaded with coal. Defendant's back was towards the
      witness and he saw him rise his foot and give the animal two fearful kicks.
      It was one of the most brutal things he had ever seen.- Mr. Magee: Was not
      this the second attempt that was made to get the horse up the hill?- I can't
      say. He was just starting when I saw him. He was not aware it was the second
      time defendant attempted to get the horse up the hill.- Mr. Magee said he
      would not deny the fact the man kicked the horse, but he wished to point out
      that a certain amount of punishment was allowable-- The bench convicted and
      fined defendant 7s 6d. The chairman remarked this was a serious offence and
      rendered the offender liable to two months' imprisonment.
      Constable Michael Beirne summoned Thomas Fitzsimons for being guilty of
      cruelty to a number of cattle in his charge on last Monday at Navan Fair
      Green. The Constable stated that on the day in question he found defendant
      in charge of a lot of cattle, the property of Mr. Sheridan. He was beating
      them with an ash plant (produced) without the slightest apparent cause.
      Defendant was fined 2s 6d. Before leaving the court defendant demanded the
      plant and on obtaining it asked the bench if he could hurt cattle with such
      a light stick.- Mr. Gerrard: If you got it laid across your own back you
      might not think it so light (laughter).

      Sergeant Sullivan summoned two men named Christopher Clarke and Patrick
      Sherlock for being found in possession of 12 rabbits and 9 nets on the 20th
      of the present month.-- Mr. Magee defended,- The Sergeant stated that on the
      date in question he found the defendants coming from the direction of
      Lismullen demesne, which was Sir John Dillon's place. He asked them if they
      had permission to go on any land, and they stated they had liberty from Mr.
      Joe Kelly. He sent a constable to Kelly, who informed him that he had given
      no permission. Mr. Magee: Where did you take the nets? On the public road
      opposite the barracks. You asked them for the permission to kill ground
      game? Yes. Did they tell you they were coming from any particular place?
      Yes, from Kelly's. He might also mention that the men said Kelly had been
      with them that morning. Witness said he had never seen the men passing the
      barrack before-- Patrick Sherlock deposed, in reply to Mr. Magee, that on
      the morning the sergeant met them they were coming from catching rabbits on
      Kelly's land. He had permission from Miss Kelly (produced) to do so.--
      Chairman: This will not do; it is not evidence. The lady should be here.--
      Mr. Magee: Her brother is here and will verify the letter. By the Game Act
      of 1880 written authority is quite sufficient authority for anyone to kill
      ground game.-- Chairman: Yes, but that should be proved on oath.-- Mr.
      Magee: We have her brother here. I may mention that there is an arrangement
      with Miss Kelly by which my clients give a certain percentage of the rabbits
      they catch to the owner.-- Mr. J Kelly stated that he never objected to
      anyone going on his land to kill game. The written permission produced was
      in the handwriting of his sister. The rabbits damaged his property.--
      Constable Trimble stated that he had a conversation with Kelly on the 21st
      and he then told him he had not given permission.-- Mr. Kelly, recalled,
      stated that he had not given permission in this particular case, but he had
      not objection to anyone hunting over it.-- The Bench dismissed the case and
      ordered the nets and rabbits to be returned to the men.

      A man named Carr summoned his wife for assaulting him at their
      residence in Navan. There was a cross case in which Mrs. Carr, who was
      ornamented on each side of the face, charged her husband in a similar
      way.-- Mr. Sullivan appeared for Carr.--Carr stated that after the fair of
      Kells he had given his wife £1 and after Navan, 6s. He went to her for
      something to eat the day after the latter fair, but she told him to go to
      his bad company and get it. He again returned about one o'clock but there
      was nothing for him, and his wife got hold of a jug out of the dresser and
      only he pushed her aside she would have knocked the brains out of
      him. --Mrs. Carr ,in her evidence, stated that she was in dread of her life
      of her husband and claimed the protection of the law.-- Both cases were

      Lizzie Masterson summoned a woman named Kate Ryan for assaulting her.--
      The defendant stated that she could easily bring rebutting evidence and the
      case was adjourned to enable her to do so.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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