Connaught Journal; 16 Dec 1824
- 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
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, December 16, 1824
TEN POUNDS REWARD,
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
ANCIENT IRELAND MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN THE CASTLE OF LISMORE
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