Ballina Chronicle; 28 Aug 1850
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, August 28, 1850
An inquest was held at Creggan, parish of Kilmore Moy, on yesterday, by
Meredith Thompson, Esq., coroner, on the body of a young man named Pat
Rafter. From the evidence addressed it appeared the deceased rode his
father's horse into a pasture field on Saturday last, when the animal became
frightened and ran off violently and threw the boy, who became so entangled
in a long rope or halter tied about the neck of the horse that he was
dragged through a rocky field, by which he sustained such serious injury as
terminated fatally on Monday morning. Dr. Whittaker held a post mortem
examination on the body, and ascertained that death was caused by a fracture
of the skull. The jury found a verdict in accordance with the Doctor's
The blight in the potato crop has not advanced so rapidly last week as
we apprehended would have been the case from the sudden unfavourable change
observed the previous week. We have heard of fresh instances of the disease
having attacked fields where the tubers were thought to be perfectly sound
up to a few days since, which circumstance renders a large portion of the
crop a matter of great uncertainty, and has caused an increase of anxiety.
The grain crops are fast ripening, notwithstanding the changeable weather we
have experienced during the last fortnight, and the sickle is already at
work in a good many fields.
BARBAROUS MURDER IN CLARE
On the evening of Sunday last a revolting murder was committed in the
parish of Killofin, Barony of Clonderlaw, County of Clare, under the
following horrifying circumstances: A labouring man named Patt Furey,
residing in the townland of Slievedooly, resolved to seek employment at
harvest work in one of the neighbouring counties, and left home on Saturday
evening, giving his wife three for four shillings, which was his all, for
her support until his return. His house was in one yard with a man named
John Quinlivan, between whom and the deceased there existed some enmity;
previous to Furey's departure it was agreed between himself and wife that
two children, belonging to a neighbour named Shaughnessy should sleep with
her, she having no family of her own. About nightfall on Sunday, when these
children came to take up their abode with Mrs. Furey, the door was locked
against them and they were terrified to hear groans, as if from some person
in distress, insuing from the house, they ran in a fright and told their
father, who promptly repaired to the spot, broke open the door, and to his
horror found Bridget Furey apparently a corpse, the floor covered with her
blood, her clothes and person so besmeared with the crimson flood of life
that her identity was for a while doubtful. Shaughnessy asked for some
person to accompany him for the police, and the person since accused of the
commission of the crime with an effrontery and daring (worthy of a Ryan
Puck) said he would go and he did go, to Labasheeda, but on their arrival
there the Constable and some of the party were absent on other duty.
Sub-Constables Hoye and Hickey went immediately to he spot and found Mrs.
Furey not dead but unable to articulate one word, her brain was protruding
from two frightful chasm, one in her forehead. The police seeing her
perilous position adopted every possible stratagem to cause resuscitation,
and as if Heaven willed that the assassin should not go unpunished, she
rallied for a time, and declared in the presence of the police that it was
John Quinlivan murdered her! The Police placed him at her bedside and asked
her a second time to look up, and state who struck her, she opened one of
her eyes, the other being broken in her head, looked at her murderer and
said, "it was he killed me with a hatchet." She gave a dying shriek, fell
back, and after a light tremor soon died of the ghastly wounds.
MURDER IN GALWAY - A barbarous murder was perpetrated on Saturday night
last, near Clare, Galway. The name of the victim was Thomas Mullowney, who
had a quarrel some time since with the sister of Wm. Glenmane, the person
charged with the commission of the crime. Saturday night, at ten o'clock,
deceased was met on the road near Clare Galway by Glennane, as he was
returning from Galway. An altercation in reference to the quarrel took
place, when suddenly Glennane drew out a knife and gave deceased several
stabs with it in the abdomen and then fled. The wounded man was conveyed
home, but lingered only until Monday evening. An inquest was held upon the
body and verdict of wilful murder returned against Glennane, who has not yet
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Ireland Old News
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, August 28, 1850
RIBBONISM - On Sunday evening last, Acting Constable Whittaker and one
of the party under his command, found a number of persons drinking in the
house of James Monaghan, a publican at Rathcormack chapel, who has been long
suspected for having a Ribbon Lodge held in his house. On the Acting
Constable's entering the house he observed one Thomas M'Goldrick put a piece
of paper into his pocket, which he suspected to be something connected with
the ribbon system, and therefore endeavoured to secure it. Mr. Monaghan then
shouted to him to put the paper into his mouth and destroy it, but Whittaker
very promptly seized the fellow by the throat, thrust his hand into his
mouth, and succeeded in extracting the paper. On this a tremendous struggle
ensued, in which they broke all the glasses and jugs on the table, both
Monaghan and M'Goldrick holding Whittaker and endeavouring with all their
might to destroy the document, but he still held it, although the fellow hit
his head severely and was near destroying one of his fingers. The
Sub-Constable up to this stood at the door to prevent any of the party
escaping, but seeing the two men use such violence towards the Acting
Constable, he now came to his assistance - on which the rest of the party
made their escape, leaving Monghan and M'Goldrick in the hands of the
police, who succeeded in securing the document in question and arrested them
both. They were brought before Captain Whelan, R.M., at an early hour the
next day, who, on the informations of the Acting Constable, committed them
both for trial at the next assizes of Sligo. The following is a copy of the
"What is your opinion of this bill? What bill do you mean? I mean the
Tenant Right. It will serve the farmer. You are out of order, sir. Yes, when
provoked. May the head of our church long reign in his station. Yes, and
conquer his enemies through every nation."- Sligo Champion.
MEETING OF GUARDIANS
BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this Union
was held in the Board Room on Saturday, Colonel K. Gore in the chair. Among
the other Guardians present were Capt. J. Knox, Captain Atkinson, Mr. Jones,
Mr. Crofton, Mr. G. Orme, Mr. A. Knox, Major J.J. Knox, M.J. Knox and Mr.
Wills. Richard Bourke, Esq., Assistant Commissioner and Captain Hamilton,
Inspector, were also in attendance.
... There were two tenders before the Board for the supply of Potatoes; one
from Mr. E. Atkinson at 5d. per stone and the other from Mr. Wm. West at 3
1/2d. Brown bread being considered cheaper than potatoes, even at the latter
figure, no contract was entered into.
Mr. West was declared contractor for brown bread at 3 1/2d. per 4 lbs.,
and Mr. West and Mr. Duffy for white bread at 5 1/2d. per 4 lbs.
James Callaghan got the contract for beef and mutton at 3d. per lb.
Mr. Burke [sic] called the attention of the Guardians to a
classification of the paupers which appeared to him calculated to secure
greater regularity and economy in the working of the union. He supposed that
two of the auxiliary houses would be retained - that in Ardnare, known as
White's, and Casement's store. The main Workhouse (in which 1,300 paupers
can be conveniently accommodated) he suggested to be appropriated to the
infirm men and women, able-bodied men, nurses and infants and children from
two to five years of age. In Casement's store he proposed to place all the
able-bodied women; and White's, as the most suitable, to be set apart for
schools and the training of the boys, at 16 years and under, in agriculture,
for which purpose the Commissioners would sanction the taking of twenty-five
acres of land in the vicinity of the schools on a memorial to that effect.
The Guardians fully concurred with Mr. Bourke in his suggestions, and
named Colonel Gore, Capt. John Knox, Mr. Gardiner, Mr. A. Knox, Mr. G. Orme
and Mr. W. Joynt, as a committee to make enquiries and report to the Board
on the next day for the giving agricultural instruction to the orphan and
other boys of 16 years and under who may be inmates of the Workhouse...
State of Workhouse Week ending August 17.
No. in Workhouse as per last return..........3199
Remaining on above date...........................2870
- Anthony Lynch, Esq., eldest son of M.A. Lynch, Esq., J.P. of Nile Lodge,
is appointed Postmaster of Galway, at the instance of M.J. Blake, Esq., M.P.
- Mr. Dargan, the railway contractor, is getting a powerful flax mill fitted
up on his flax farm near Rathcormack.
- The new carriages of the Great Northern Railway are so lofty that a man
six feet high can stand upright in them.
- A correspondent in Cincinnati states that "Irishmen never work till they
go to America." And he says: - "You'll never see a rosy cheek here."
THE EARLDOM OF ROSCOMMON - Another claimant appears, we understand, for
the ancient earldom, in the person of Z. Wallace, Esq., proprietor of the
Anglo Celt, Cavan newspaper, who, it is said, not only entertains strong
hopes of succeeding to the vacant coronet, but also of receiving a portion
of the estate once attached thereto, and upon which his family had a rent
charge up to the year 1845.
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