!! Meath Chronicle; Oct 28, 1899; Navan Petty Sessions
- THE MEATH CHRONICLE
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 VACCINATION ACT.
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.
ALL OVER TWO DOGS
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.
HUSBAND AND WIFE
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
THE LADIES AMENITIES
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
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