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Connaught Journal; 16 Dec 1824

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    Any corrections to the Antiquities Item cheerfully accepted! Article was hard to read - it was very dark - and I m not really up on early Irish history. THE
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 28, 2006
      Any corrections to the "Antiquities" Item cheerfully accepted! Article was
      hard to read - it was very dark - and I'm not really up on early Irish

      Galway, Thursday, December 16, 1824

      FOR the Apprehension of THOMAS CONNOLLY, late Master of the Sloop
      Dunmore, of the Port of Galway, against whom there are Informations for
      Scuttling, and Sinking, and Disposing of part of her Cargo.
      THOMAS CONNOLLY is about 5 feet 6 inches, aged about 25 years, slender
      made, dark featured; wore a blue body coat, with gilt buttons, blue coarse
      trowsers, black silk handkerchief and a glazed hat.
      Application for said Reward to be made to the Directors of the St.
      Patrick Insurance Company, Dublin; or to Messrs. Denis and H. Clarke,
      December 16, 1824

      A poor man, named William Croghan had just erected a cabin at
      Ballinserney, which he intended to remove with his family, but on appearing
      on Thursday morning, he discovered that it was levelled to the earth. This
      poor fellow had formerly been in the Royal Navy and was discharged at the
      last peace.

      In the year 1816, the Duke of Devonshire, the present noble proprietor
      of the ancient Castle of Lismore, in the County of Waterford, gave
      directions, that that venerable edifice should be repaired and restored to
      its pristine state and splendour. In pursuance of his Grace's command,
      workmen were employed on the building; and, on taking down a wall that had
      been built in the place of a door; [can't read line] they discovered an
      Ancient Manuscript Book, beautifully written in the Irish Character and
      Language, on vellum of the largest size. Some parts of the beginning and
      latter end of the book were entirely decayed. There are also some leaves
      wanting in different places in the middle; and , in some other places, the
      mice have eaten away a part of the upper margin, which leaves a few lines
      defective on some of the pages. The folios of the book were originally
      numbered with Arabic figures. The last folio, now legible, is marked 293,
      which would, if the book were perfect, be equal to 473 pages. The number of
      the pages now remaining are only 260.
      This precious relic of Irish genius contains a variety of Tracts, both
      curious and interesting.- As it stands at present, it begins with the life
      of St. Patrick, which is followed by those of St. Columbhill, St. Brigid,
      St. Sean??, St. Finin, of Clonard, and St. Fionaches of Brigoone. These are
      followed by an account of the establishment of the festival of All Saints; a
      treatise on King David; the history of Charlemagne; the history of the
      Lombards; the history of Al?trisson of Cashal; son of Fiongaine, King of
      Munster; Adventures and Wars of Callaghan of Cashel, King of Munster;
      History of Teigne, son of Kian, son of O??oll Olum, King of Munster;
      Historical Poem on Finin M'Carthy, the M'Carthy reign, the battle of
      Calonan, Story of Crimthan Cas, King of Connaught; the victory of
      Drom-dumhghoire; a long Tract on Dispersion and Destruction of the Finian
      Host, or famous Irish Militia; and some other Tracts of Minor importance.
      The last named Tract is extremely curious, and is most interesting in
      the Irish Antiquity. It commences at the original folio 201, a sol. 1, now
      page 185, and continues to folio 239 or present page 260 where it is left
      imperfect by the loss of the concluding leaves of the book. It is carried on
      by way of dialogue between various persons; the principal speakers of whom
      are St. Patrick and Coolte Mac Ronan. The chief subjects treated of are, the
      unities of the Feal or Irish Militia, in which the great actions of Fionn
      Mac Cubball (Finn Mac-Coo-all), the Fingal of Mac-Pherian Ossian; Coll
      Mac-Moran, and his brother, Conan the bold; the Thereafter of the Irish
      Nisin; Desmond O'Dabhan, and other famous heroes are recited- in the course
      of this Tract are introduced many popular tales of the Irish, and the origin
      of many ancient customs is accounted for; and, what is most important to the
      ancient Irish Topographer, the names of innumerable places remarkable in the
      History of Ireland, but the scites of which are almost totally unknown to
      the modern Historian, are given; together with the names by which they are
      called in latter times.
      There is nothing in the book, that served to ascertain the period at
      which it was written, but it contains a poem in the M'Carthy rough, which
      helps to throw some light on the subject and shows that it could not be
      written earlier than the 15th century. The hero of the poem is Fineen
      M'Carthy-reagh and his marriage with Cathalin, or Catherine, daughter of
      Tomas Earl of Desmond, the King's Lieutenant in Ireland, is mentioned more
      than once in the poem. On an examination of the pedigrees of the M'Carthies,
      and of the Desmonian Fitzgeralds, contained in Irish manuscripts, and in the
      records of the Herald's Office, there will be found a record of the marriage
      of Fineen M'Carthy-reagh, with Catherine, the daughter of Thomas Earl of
      Desmond, who was unjustly beheaded in the Drogheda, 15th of February, 1467,
      mentioned in the poem. The book, therefore, could not be written before that
      period, and there are internal proofs in the writing that lend to show that
      it must have been written about that time, or very shortly after.
      Through the kindness of Colonel Curry, the Duke of Devonshire's agent
      in Ireland, who wished to know the contents of the book, and, if possible,
      to ascertain the period at which it was written, it was lent to Mr.
      O'Reilly, author of the Irish Dictionary, &c, &c. from whose communication
      this article is supplied. Whilst the Book was in the custody of Mr.
      O'Rielly, he made copious extracts from it, by which he has been enabled to
      make considerable addition to his "Ancient Topography of Ireland," a work
      upon which he has spent so much time and labour, collecting and arranging
      materials, and which he expects very soon to lay before the public.


      The Lord Chancellor has been pleased to appoint John Shea Lawlor, Esq,
      a Magistrate for the County of Kerry.

      A number of masons, quarry men and labourers, have been hired in
      Limerick for the Canal works, now carrying on between Gloucester and
      Berkley- they left Limerick on Wednesday last.

      Thursday, about twelve o'clock, an air-gun or cane, was discharged at
      the dining-room window, of the house No. 14, Digges-street, three doors from
      French-street, Dublin, by which a pane of glass was perforated in the same
      manner as if by a pistol shot. It appeared to have been charged with a hard
      paper pellet, which was found in the room, and it was very near hitting a
      lady, Mrs. Codd, who was sitting at the fire; and from the peculiar force
      with which it passed through the glass, there can be no doubt of its being
      capable of inflicting a serious wound on the face, on on any part
      unprotected by clothes. This cowardly attempt must have been made from a
      window, as no person was passing at the time it occurred, and the direction
      of the paper bail was horizontal.- There is here ,and indeed in almost every
      civilized country, a strict prohibition respecting air-guns or similar
      contrivances- nothing being more fatally united for secret assassination.
      Yet air-canes, which are equally dangerous as guns on that principle, are
      openly sold in our shops! The police have, no doubt, the power of seizing
      all such prohibited arms, and punishing the possessors and it were well that
      they directed their attention to the subject.
      The attempt which we have mentioned was probably intended but for
      slight injury, and not for direct assassination-otherwise a leaden bullet
      would have been used. But this only proves the danger of their murderous
      weapons. --Dublin Paper.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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