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Connaught Journal; Jan 17, 1825; Trial of Hanly Finale

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    [continued...] THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Monday, January 17, 1825 Henry O Brien sworn and examined by Mr. O Gorman - Recollects the 29th of last December;
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      Galway, Monday, January 17, 1825

      Henry O'Brien sworn and examined by Mr. O'Gorman - Recollects the 29th of
      last December; saw prisoner that day in Mat Moloney's house; he was there
      when witness went in, and was asking James Ryan to drink whiskey; they went
      out, and in a short time after Hanly came to witness, and desired him
      (witness) to say that he (witness) had told Hanly that James Ryan was a
      sworn man; this witness refused to do; Hanly, witness George, and Ryan, went
      into Moloney's house, and had some liquor to drink; after George and Ryan
      had gone away, and left Hanly and witness alone, prisoner asked witness if
      the table at which they were sitting was square and whether a knife, which
      he held in his hand, was straight?
      Cross-examined by Mr. Green - Swore informations immediately after the
      transaction; and swore that every thing that he now swears; suspected Hanly
      had a meaning in the questions he put; told the Magistrates at O'Brien's
      bridge the story as he now tells it; told about the table and knife; knew
      Hanly some time while he was quartered at O'Brien's bridge; while Hanly was
      there, witness was put into bridewell by the police on the fair night; does
      not know if Hanly had been assisting.
      William Bourke sworn and examined by Counsellor O'Gorman - Recollects
      the night of the 28th December, 1824; was that evening in company with
      Hanly; Hanly said he was going to swear them and make men of them; when he
      first came late into the room, he brought Hanly to give him a glass of
      whiskey; he took a glass of porter, held it up to the light, and said it was
      not clear; Hanly then said they were not men; when Mat Moloney said, any one
      that had a daughter was a man; he then wanted to swear them in, and said,
      that if he had a book he would swear them in; - to what? they asked - he
      replied, " to kill all Orangemen and Protestants, and murder all attachments
      of army;" witness went out and brought in a little bit of a book, when Mat
      Moloney snatched it from him and burned it; it was George who desired the
      witness to go out for the book, when Hanly wanted it; recollects nothing
      more that happened; it was witness went for Hanly at Wm. George's request;
      they had drink, as witness called for a glass for Hanly, who drank it;
      witness was not in the room the whole time; nobody came into the room after
      him but Molony.
      Cross-examined by Mr. Green - Lives at the county Limerick side of
      O'Brien's bridge; Wm. George went with him to Ryan's that night; John Ryan
      was only there before him; William George did not tell him before or after
      what he wanted of Hanly; witness went for Hanly to his mother-in-law's
      house, where he found him seated at the fire with his shoes off; witness
      desired him to come with him, which he did; often offered Hanly liquor
      before that night but he did not take it; often walked with Hanly in
      O'Brien's bridge; they used to be talking about nothing at all; William
      George is not married to a relation of witness's; Molony was in the room
      while they were talking about the swearing; but witness does not remember
      how long he was there; they were sitting near the fire, and drank a few
      tumblers of porter.
      To questions from the Court - Witness and Hanly came to Ryan's
      together; when they came into the room John and James Ryan, and Wm. George
      were there; witness went for a book, and found it in a window in George
      Ryan's house; did not expect to find it there; it had no cover, as the
      leather was entirely torn off; Hanly desired William George to send for the
      book, and George desired witness to go for it; witness heard Hanly desire
      George send for it, but does not know if Molony heard it; did not hear from
      any one to-day what any other witness had sworn; they all left Ryan's house
      In answer to questions put by the Magistrates - He and the person who
      sat next him were talking separately; they were all talking to and fro;
      Molony might not have heard what Hanly wsaid that night to George; the book
      was one with large print; Hanly came with his coat on, and threw it off in
      the room; it was a good while after he came in that he threw it off, he said
      something which witness cannot rightly recollect; heard Hanly say that he
      wanted to swear them, and lest they should have any objections to him, he
      threw off his coat; when witness went for the book, he had his coat off.
      To the Magistrates - At the time Hanly mentioned the 'attachment,'
      witness did not consider him drunk, but a little hearty; before witness left
      the room, Ryan was turned out once or twice, and returned again; Ryan was
      tipsey while in the room and was a little noisy; Hanly got him turned out;
      when Hanly threw off his coat, witness does not know whether he said any
      thing; Molony was in the room when Ryan was turned out.
      Mr. Michael Guerin sworn - It was remarked by one of the Magistrates
      and some other Gentlemen, that when putting the book to his mouth, he
      omitted to kiss it. He was again sworn, and examined by Counsellor
      O'Gorman - Witness kissed the book when it was first rendered to him, and
      had not the least intention of evading the oath; prisoner came into
      witness's house in December last; he asked for some spirits, and wanted
      witness to drink with him; witness refused his assent, when Hanly went in to
      drink alone; and asked witness on his return to the shop, why he had not
      made himself known to him (prisoner) these 12 or 14 months back, while he
      had been at O'Brien's bridge; Hanly went on to state that on his way from
      Ennis to O'Brien's bridge, he had been informed at Callaghan's Mills, that
      witness was a man; witness said he always acted like a man; "that's not what
      I mean," said Hanly, "but if the moon were dark, how would you know a man?"
      witness answered, he did not know; Hanly ceased then, as another man came
      Cross-examined by Mr. Green - Hanly called for spirits immediately
      after he came in; did swear in his informations that he called for spirits
      immediately before he went away; this he explained by stating that Hanly had
      called for spirits three several times while in witness's house.
      Major Bouchier sworn and examined by Mr. O'Gorman. - Took two of the
      informations, and too George's in Petty Sessions; the nature of George's
      communication to him on the evening of the 29th of December was, that he
      had been sent to witness by his Parish Priest, and told him there was a
      soldier of the 25th Foot in O'Brien's bridge, who was endeavouring to
      administer unlawful oaths to several persons; witness asked him the nature
      of the oath, to which George replied he did not know, but stated that Hanly
      had said he was sent by Dean O'Shaughness to enlighten the people; witness
      desired him, if possible, to ascertain the nature of the oath from Hanly,
      and bring two or three smart fellows with him for that purpose.
      To a question from the Court, Mr. Bouchier replied, that, at the time
      George communicated with him, he said that Hanly had mentioned the name of
      Dean O'Shaughnessy - when the Learned Judge remarked that the introduction
      of that respectable Dignitary was the most flagitious part of that
      transaction, whether the charges against Hanly were substantiated or not -
      (Loud expressions of assent in the truth of this remark were heard from
      every part of the crowded Court.)
      Here the prosecution closed, and Mr. Blackburne asked Mr. Greene if he
      would address the Court, which the latter Gentleman declined doing in
      consequence of the lateness of the hour, it being then after six o'clock.
      For the defence - William Kelly, a private of the 25th foot, sworn and
      examined by Mr. Green. - Deposed that James Ryan while confined in the
      Bridewell at O'Brien's bridge, witness, who was placed sentinel over him,
      overheard him say that he would be revenged of Hanly, if it were twelve
      months' time.
      On the cross-examination of the witness by Mr. O'Gorman, he stated that
      he had never mentioned the evidence he gave on the table to any one; never
      gave the slightest hint of threat to Hanly; he first told it to Mr. Green, a
      few days before in Ennis, who sent for him; did not know how Mr. G. found
      out he had the evidence he gave this day, as he never told it to any one;
      Ryan spoke thro' the window of the prison, and threatened to beat any
      soldier who would take Hanly's part.
      Lieutenant Thomas Lynch, of the 25th Foot, gave Hanly, whom he knew
      about a year and a half, a good character. Prisoner was married with the
      consent of his Commanding Officer; Hanly is a Catholic, and from the County
      of Kildare.
      Paymaster M'Cloud of the 25th, concurred in the testimony of the last
      witness as to Hanly's good character; he besides added, that Hanly had been
      13 years and six months in the army, and in six month's more would, in the
      event of being discharged, be entitled to a pension of 6d. per diem.
      Colonel Farquharson, of the 25th has known Hanly of and on for seven
      years; he is a very drunken character, and has been exceedingly troublesome
      to witness as his Commanding Officer, but he is an honest man, and a good
      soldier; nothing will come out of a man drunk which is not in him while
      The Magistrates retired to their chambers, and having remained there
      about two hours and a half, great part of which was occupied, we understand,
      in the discussion of the propriety of memoraling for the removal of the
      Insurrection Act from the baronies of Tulla and Bunratty, which was
      unanimously agreed to. Mr. Blackburne returned into Court, and thanked Mr.
      O'Gorman for the temperate manner in which he had conducted the prosecution,
      and for the humane and praiseworthy feelings which regulated the entire
      The Learned Judge addressed the prisoner and said that it had been the
      unanimous decision of forty-three Magistrates, who investigated the charges
      preferred against him, that he should be acquitted. A large majority of the
      same Magistrates had decided, that the evidence was wholly unworthy of
      The prisoner, who seemed quite unmoved during the entire trial,
      received this declaration of his innocence with the same composure.
      The Court then adjourned to Thursday, when about eleven prisoners are
      to be tried.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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