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Connaught Journal; Jan 17, 1825; Trial of Hanly Pt III

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    [continued...] THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Monday, January 17, 1825 James Ryan sworn and examined by Counsellor O Gorman - Recollects the 29th December last;
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 27, 2007

      Galway, Monday, January 17, 1825

      James Ryan sworn and examined by Counsellor O'Gorman - Recollects the
      29th December last; saw Hanly that night at the house of George Ryan -
      witness was coming down from a room in the house where he was taking some
      porter, and met Hanly, who asked him "was he a man!" witness asked him what
      he meant by that? prisoner replied, "I mean a sworn man;" "I am not," said
      witness; Hanly replied he had been informed he was; witness asked who has
      told him so! Hanly replied, it was Henry O'Brien, and continued to repeat
      that, if witness was not one already, he should then become a sworn man, as
      he was himself; witness said he would not, when Hanly said he should, and an
      altercation ensued, and he and Hanly boxed; witness then went to his
      lodgings at Mat. Molony's, whither Hanly followed him, and called for two
      points of porter; Hanly's wife was with him, and a witness handed her the
      porter, which they drank, and called for two more; the woman of the house
      asked, who was to pay for it? to which witness replied, he would not be
      accountable for the entire; nothing more occurred that night; but next
      morning , before witness arose from bed, Hanly came to his bed-side and
      asked him, did he recollect the conversation of the previous night, and said
      that, as he had opened his mind to him, he (witness) should be the same as
      himself, "a sworn man;" witness then got up, dressed himself and went into
      the kitchen, Hanly continuing to follow him all through; soon after he met
      Wm. George at the house of Molony; George asked witness to accompany him to
      Mountpelier to by some hay; witness desired George go first, as he wanted to
      get rid of Hanly, who was always leeching about him; they then went into
      George Ryan's house, where the prisoner followed them, and also H. O'Brien;
      Hanly wanted liquor on treat, but the waiter refused to give it to him;
      witness then tapped with his heel on the floor and called for some liquor,
      which came up; witness was then called own by the woman of the house, who
      asked him if he were to pay for the liquor, to which he answered, that he
      was not; William George soon after followed him down stairs, and the party
      separated; witness met the prisoner afterwards that day at Mat. Molony's,
      but does not recollect the hour; Edward Moore, William George, and a man
      named Kinne, were there also; when Hanly came in he said witness was no man;
      witness not liking the company of Hanly, who, he felt convinced, wanted to
      corrupt him, stood up, pushed him out, and desired the woman of the house
      not to admit him again; Hanly forged himself in, and was again turned out,
      and when outside the window, he began to make signs, intimating that they
      (the company within) were no men; saw Hanly at George Ryan's house after
      night fall, but does not know the precise hour, but it had been dark for
      some time; Bill Rourke, George, Mat. Molony, John Ryan, witness, and Hanly,
      were together at George Ryan's house; witness was not long in the room as he
      was put outside by the company; he does not know whey they put him out; in
      consequence of what had passed in the morning, he told George that he would
      lodge informations against Hanly; George replied, that it was right to do
      so; in consequence of that conversation, George said he would go and report
      the matter to his Parish Priest and to a Magistrate; saw George set out for
      the Parish Priest's and did not see him again until he met him at Ryan's
      house in the evening; never had a boxing match with Hanly before the night
      of Tuesday.
      Cross-examined by Mr. Green - Knew Hanly some time before the 28th
      December, while he was quartered in O'Brien's bridge, was put in the
      Bridewell there by a policeman named Robert Johnson; while confined did not
      to his knowledge say anything against Hanly, not did he say he would have
      revenge on him; Hanly gave him a beating the night of the 28th; does not
      know who had the best of it; next morning Hanly was not uncivil to him, but
      said that as he had opened his mind to him, he should be a sworn man, as
      Hanly himself was; witness spoke to no one about meeting Hanly that night at
      George Ryan's and picking something out of him; witness said he would lodge
      informations against Hanly from what he had said to him, and not for what he
      had done to him; witness would sooner endure a beating than comply with what
      Hanly asked of him; heard that William George had sent for Hanly to come to
      Ryan's; George wanted him, as he stated to witness, in consequence of Major
      Bouchier having desired him to get two or three smart fellows to pick
      something out of Hanly; witness drank that day, and has no doubt that he was
      tipsey; dined that day at Molony's, who has four daughters; but witness does
      not know whether they dined at the same table with him; nor does he
      recollect what he eat for supper.
      To questions from the Court - Thinks he went to drink liquor in Ryan's
      and drank porter there; neither Hanly nor Molony was there before him; does
      not recollect Bourke's going out of the room; prisoner was turned out of the
      room twice or three times; did not see a book, but heard some talk about it;
      knows nothing of what happened there that night; heard from Matt. Molony
      after he came home, as he thinks, that he threw a book into the fire; it
      might be burned without his seeing it; ...[cannot read two lines]
      To questions from the Magistrates - Had not dined before he went to
      Ryan's; the day he was in the guard-house he was a little drunk, and while
      there, he drank more; had never a dispute with Hanly to his knowledge;
      Molony told him it was himself that burned the book.

      [to be continued...]

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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