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Connaught Journal; Jan 17, 1825; Special Sessions

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Monday, January 17, 1825 SPECIAL SESSIONS Under the Insurrection Act at Six-Mile Bridge (From the Limerick Observer) The Sessions
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      Galway, Monday, January 17, 1825

      Under the Insurrection Act at Six-Mile Bridge
      (From the Limerick Observer)

      The Sessions under the Insurrection Act were held at Six-mile-Bridge on
      Monday, and Francis Blackburne, Esq., K.C. presided, assisted by a Bench of
      Magistrates, unquestionably the most numerous ever observed sitting the in
      the County Clare on any similar occasion, there being 45 Magistrates


      John and Michael Corbett were put forward, charged with having
      ammunition concealed in their dwelling, and with denying the same to the

      John Grey, a Police Constable, Sworn

      Knows John Corbett for some time; he lived in the parish of Ogonello,
      barony of Tulla; he searched his house on the 5th January; found the
      prisoner Michael there, who John said was his brother; had a deputation to
      search, which he had with him when he searched prisoner's house; had a
      military party of the 35th Foot with him; sent one of the soldiers round the
      house to the window, where, as he had been informed, the ammunition was;
      witness asked John had he arms or ammunition in the house; and asked the
      same question of Michael, to which both replied in the negative; the hour
      was then about nine o'clock at night; he next proceeded to the window, from
      which, as soon as opened, a parcel containing powder and some shot fell; the
      window was only a wooden shutter, kept close by a truss of straw; when
      witness pulled out the truss the powder fell down; was sent to search the
      house by Captain Warburton; was told the precise spot where the ammunition

      Cross-examined by Mr. Scott

      Is stationed about four miles from prisoner's house; there is a Police
      station within a mile of prisoner's house; the ammunition which witness
      found is very like the police ammunition; saw no difference between them; he
      received a private information from a certain person (whose name Mr.
      Blackburne would not allow him to divulge); witness got information that
      there were arms in several houses in Ogonelloe, and among the rest in the
      house of Corbett; received information that he would find this powder either
      in the window or the thatch; a person might have hidden the powder from
      outside; the man who gave the information lives on the same townland with
      prisoners, and accompanied witness to the house; believes the informer was
      outside the window at the time he (witness) found the powder; a soldier
      named Denham was one of the party; the window was in an uninhabited part of
      the house, and was the only window in the room; if any person had opened the
      window during that day the powder would have fallen down.

      Alexander Denham, 25th Regt., Sworn

      Was one of the party who searched the house of the prisoners; was
      stationed at the back window, the shutter of which was opened by Constable
      Grey, the last witness; noticed something fall; the man who was with him
      outside told witness the powder was in a hole over the window; he searched
      and found nothing there; witness saw the informer throw the powder in the
      window, as soon as it was opened by Constable Grey; witness told the Police
      Serjeant on his return, and mentioned to him what he had seen; the whole
      party was present at the time; the reason why he did not mention this at the
      moment was, that he did not wish to tell it before the prisoners; witness,
      at the time he saw the parcel thrown in, was between the informer and the
      window; the informer wore one of the police watch-coats; the Serjeant of the
      party reported the affair to Mr. M'Sweeney, his commanding officer, next
      day, who reported the transaction, as he (the witness) had been informed, to
      Captain Warburton, the Police Magistrate.
      Here Mr. Blackburne stopped the trial, and told the prisoners they were
      clearly entitled to their acquittal, nor was it necessary at present to
      proceed further; but enough (continued the Learned Gentleman) has occurred
      to justify me in saying, that so far as regards the conduct of the soldier,
      the serjeant and the Police Constable, it is highly necessary to probe this
      matter to the bottom.
      Captain Warburton said, that the matter ought instantly to be
      investigated, as there were persons present that day who had heard part of
      the statement, and might not become acquainted with any further proceedings
      on an investigation; and, as three or four questions would elucidate the
      affair, it could not occupy much of the attention of the Court.
      Mr. Scott, the respectable Agent who conducted the defense, said that he
      was ready at any moment Mr. Warburton pleased to enter into the inquiry,
      provided he obtained a reasonable time to take defence.
      It was then settled that the inquiry should take place this day or
      to-morrow in Ennis and the prisoners were immediately discharged.

      [to be continued]

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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