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Ballina Chronicle; 28 Aug 1850

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Co. Mayo Wednesday, August 28, 1850 INQUEST An inquest was held at Creggan, parish of Kilmore Moy, on yesterday, by Meredith
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 24, 2006
      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.

      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
      been arrested.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
    • Cathy Joynt Labath
      BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Co. Mayo Wednesday, August 28, 1850 RIBBONISM - On Sunday evening last, Acting Constable Whittaker and one of the party under his
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 6, 2007
        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.

        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
        Admitted................................................... 27
        Discharged................................................ 338
        Died.......................................................... 16
        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.

        Cathy Joynt Labath
        Ireland Old News
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