!! Connaught Journal; Mar 25, 1824 "State of Country"
- THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, March 25, 1824
STATE OF THE COUNTRY
KILKENNY, MARCH 20- Little did we (Leinster Journal) imagine, when we
penned the article for our last in reprobation of the protection afforded to an
armed ruffian and an avowed murderer in Galmoy, that a horrible assassination
would be perpetrated in that ill-fated barony before the paragraph was printed
off at Press. The gentlemen to whose melancholy fate we allude, was a Roman
Catholic, and his murder affords a singular illustration of the principles of
Whiteboyism. He dared to extend his possessions in spite of that system of
numerous threatenings, and of several attempts on his life; but the immediate
cause of his assassination is said to have been his having lately taken some
land, formerly held, for more than a century, by a Protestant family, whose
present representative, we are told, is an Orangeman! Will any recreant Irishman
hereafter libel his country by saying that the misguided & infatuated wretches
who hare bringing so much misery into the families and such odium on their
native land, are actuated by a planned proscription of Protestants? No, no; the
murderer regards no religion; and the Rock system, illegal and ferocious as it
is, is perfectly impartial in the distribution of its horrors. The following is
an extract of a letter from Galmoy:
"Galmoy, March 18, 1824.
"About seven o'clock on the evening of Tuesday last, as John Marum, of
Mount Stepford, Esq., accompanied by his son Edmond, (whose marriage you so
lately noticed,) was returning by the Eirke road, from a house he had lately
built at Rathpatrick, to their dwelling at Whiteswall, in this barony, he was,
within half a mile of the latter place, waylaid and fired upon by a party of
ruffians, who were concealed behind a hedge , at a sand-pit. The son, being
nearest the ditch, received most of the charge (which was snipe-shot,) on the
side of his face and head. His horse immediately ran off, by which means, most
probably, his life was saved. He, however, lost his seat on the saddle, and hung
by the stirrup-leather, until he came to a cabin, when he extricated himself,
and went into it for protection. On the shot being fired, the father's horse, it
is supposed, plunged and threw him, or that he was knocked off by the blow of a
stone, on which the sanguinary villains leapt the ditch, and most barbarously
murdered him. He received five desperate bayonet wounds for the region of his
heart, one cut in the back of the neck, and his scull was literally broken to
pieces. Two or three grains of the shot from the blunderbuss were also lodged in
his shoulder. He had not been abroad after sunset before, for several years, nor
during the same period, until that day, had he travelled without pistols.
"On leaving the new house, Mr. Marum directed his servant boy to go to
Whiteswall before him, to announce that they were coming home.- The boy having
observed some persons suspiciously assembled near the road, doubled his speed
towards home, and having arrived there, obtained his master's pistols, and
returned with them, hoping to meet them; but, unfortunately, Mr. M. and his son
had taken another road, although Mr. M. had told his servant he would go home by
that road which the boy had retraced in the hope of meeting his master.
"On the night of the murder, the Police searched several homes in the
immediate neighbourhood of the fatal spot, and in the cabin of a man named
Delany got a blunderbuss, which appeared to have been recently discharged, and
which was broken across the butt end, just at the guard. It answers the
description given by young Mr. Marum, who distinctly saw the piece leveled by
which he was wounded. In another house they apprehended a man named Keeffe, with
whom was found a threatening notice, which he attempted to swallow, but one of
the Police very opportunely gave him a punch in the back with the but end of his
piece, which knocked the paper out of the fellow's mouth. He is at present in
"A few nights since two other most inflammatory threatening notices were
posted on the doors of two houses in this barony.
" On Monday night a home near this town; on the Spa-hill, was maliciously
burned to the ground, and the unfortunate inmates only escaped destruction
through the clemency of one of the incendiaries.
"Unfortunately we have no Magistrates in this turbulent barony, and as for
our well paid and wonderfully efficient Police Magistrate, we have very seldom
the benefit of his presence. An inquest was held yesterday. It was adjourned to
this day, so that I am not able to send you the result.
"The inquest was adjourned to yesterday at John's-town. Several rather
suspicious characters have been arrested by the police; but we have not learned
that the atrocious deed of blood has been brought home to any of them. Under the
skillful attention of Dr.Purcell, of this city, who reached Whiteswall at five
o'clock on the morning of the 17th, Mr. E. Marum, we are happy to say, is in a
fair way of recovery.
"Since writing the above, we have obtained a copy of the verdict. After a
close ...of two days, the Jury, which was highly respectable, returned "wilful
murder against persons unknown."--Leinster Journal.
We are deeply grieved to have to state that another murder was perpetrated
in this county on the same day, and in an adjoining barony. No correspondent has
furnished us with the particulars of this melancholy case, but we learn that
Edwd. Long, a process server, residing in Caligh, went out on that day to
distrain under a decree for tithes obtained nine months ago against a farmer
named Delany, since deceased. He seized some cattle belonging to deceased's son,
but was set upon by a mob who rescued the cattle, compelled him to swallow his
decrees, and bet him so unmercifully, that though he was able to crawl into
Kilmanagh, he expired the next (ie. Thursday) morning.--Idem.
"Captain Barry of the Iverk police sent into the county gaol, yesterday
afternoon, two prisoners, one of whom is committed as an accomplice in the
atrocious butchery of the Sheas, and the other under circumstances which require
silence for the present.--Idem.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News