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Connaught Journal; Jan 10, 1825; Provincial News

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Monday, January 10, 1825 PROVINCIAL NEWS Extract of a Letter from Carrickmacross: On the night of Thursday last, about the hour
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 21, 2007
      Galway, Monday, January 10, 1825

      Extract of a Letter from Carrickmacross:
      "On the night of Thursday last, about the hour of twelve o'clock, a
      party of Orangemen entered, with their faces blackened, the house of a widow
      Kelly, near Tempo, in the county Fermanagh, and after committing several
      outrages, they demanded a gun, which they said they knew had been in the
      possession of her late husband; she assured them that the gun had long since
      been delivered to a Yeoman of the name of Leviston, living in the
      neighbourhood; they then insisted on her swearing to the truth of what she
      asserted, they called for her Popish prayer-book, which being produced to
      them, they made the sign of the cross with a sword and bayonet on the book
      and then swore her to the fact. They then, under the threat of instant
      death, if she refused, compelled the widow's son to accompany them to
      Leviston's, from whom they received the gun. No effort has, as yet, been
      made to arrest the offenders.
      "On Saturday last a large party of Orangemen marched into the town of
      Tempo, armed in like manner, and fired several shots through the town; the
      Police Constables who are almost constantly stationed there took no notice
      of the ruffians. On Sunday night the same pranks were played off.
      "In the town of Monaghan, on the same night, the members of several
      Orange Lodges armed themselves (and were supplied by some Yeomen Officers
      with ball cartridges) and assembled near the village of Emyvale, and
      proceeded to Aughnacloy and Clogher; many of the poor people quit their
      houses and fled into the fields; not one of the Orangemen concerned in the
      murder of Keenan, near Fintown, has been as yet taken, and I can assert,
      without fear of contradiction, that notices were sworn on the members of
      several Orange Lodges to assemble in array on the nights above mentioned."

      LIMERICK, JAN 5 - Four men, from the neighbourhood of Bilboa, were
      apprehended by the Police at Bird-hill, at 10 o'clock on Sunday night, after
      entering the house of a man named Sheary, taking away his mare, and
      subsequently assaulting him. On investigation before S. Hastings, Esq., next
      morning, it appeared they came there to execute a decree, and were anxious
      to get at the property under any circumstance. They were sent to Nenagh for
      trial at the Sessions, for the assault.
      This morning, Thos. Collins, of Cappamore, died in the infirmary from
      wounds received at a fair on the 17th ult. This is the fourth of his family
      which have met similar deaths.

      LONDONDERRY, JAN. 4 - We have just seen a letter written from the Fair
      of Fintons, on Saturday last, which mentions that a Mr. Andrew Noble had
      been wantonly attacked in the street there that day, by five fellows, and
      that they had been taken into custody and committed by Mr. Eccles for an
      assault and riot. It was expected that the Fair would be a scene of great
      disturbance in the evening, and from the indications of this which were then
      evident, many of the country people were quitting it, being afraid to return
      home at a late hour. It appears by the same communication, that great alarm
      prevails in that quarter, in so much that persons sit up every night to keep
      guard, fearing to be massacred in their beds. The writer states that another
      gentleman and himself had fallen in with upwards of 100 Ribbonmen near
      Six-mile-cross , who were in the act of exercising, armed with pikes and
      We (Belfast Chronicle) are not alarmists, nor can we see or hear of the
      most distant cause for the apprehensions of any kind in this part of the
      country; yet, that alarm is felt in some of the departments of Government
      may, perhaps be deduced from the fact, taht soldiers go to Church armed, and
      this, we presume is in conformity with general orders. Yesterday, the
      singular spectacle was exhibited of the Rifle Battalion marching to St.
      Anne's Church, Donegal-street, fully accoutred, with their rifles and
      bayonets, and during divine services, a corporal's guard was parading under
      the portico.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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