!! Ballina Chronicle; Oct 24, 1849 "Cork Election"
- THE CITY OF CORK ELECTION- A SCENE.
The Southern Reporter of Tuesday contains a report of the proceedings at a
meeting of the Lew ward, Cork, held on Monday, for the purpose of electing a
"trustworthy representative" for the beautiful city, in room of the late Mr. D.
Callaghan. The chair was taken by Alderman Dowdes, who briefly addressed the
Mr. Keneally here entered the meeting accompanied by some friends, when the
people stood up-some cheering for M'Carthy, others for Murphy and others amusing
themselves with catcall and uproar.
The Chairman called for silence.
Voices from the Galleries.- Turn them out-pitch into them- three cheers for
M'Carthy and Repeal- (Loud and prolonged cheering, whistling and screaming.)
The Chairman- I want you to determine-(Cries for
M'Carthy-Kenealy-Murphy-and Repeal) If you do not keep silence-(Here a regular
shindy was got up in the body of the building. Where one party attempted ,by
force, to eject another. Nothing could equal the confusion that
prevailed-whistling, screaming, cheering, groaning and hissing.)
The Chairman.- Be silent now and let us proceed. When the resolutions are
put it is for you to affirm or reject them.
A Voice- Three cheers for Kenneally. (Great uproar and cries of "Put him
out," "Throw him out.")
Mr. O'Flynn was about to propose a resolution when a fight took place in
the body of the building, and created the utmost confusion, which continued for
several moments. At length, through the interference of Mr. J.F. Maguire, who
addressed the meeting upon the disgraceful manner some persons present were
conducting themselves, and called upon them as men for the sake of fair play to
hear every person and then decide like rational beings, silence was restored.
After a short period, Mr. Alex M'Carthy presented himself and addressed the
electors. He was followed by Mr. J.F. Maguire, who spoke in his usual bold and
Mr. Kenneally next addressed the meeting, referring at length to Mr.
M'Carthy's speech by asking. - Is it possible that any true man could one day
advocate the cause of Repeal and the next day dine with the Earl of Clarendon?-
(Uproar, shouting and groaning.) I believe it to be utterly impossible that any
man could be one day advocating the cause of his country and the next be hob-nob
with Lord Clarendon, drinking his champagne and claret, purchased with the blood
of his countrymen. (Groans, shrieking and cheering.) When the Habeas Corpus Act
was suspended, when the idea of freedom was but a delusion and a mockery, when
bribes were given every day to every false and treacherous friend, when the
illustrious patriots were juggled out of the country- am I to be told that that
was the time for Mr M'Carthy to dine with Lord Clarendon?
Mr. Fitzgerald- Mr. M'Carthy says it is not true.
Mr. Kenneally- I am told here by somebody at my back that my assertion is
Mr. Fitzgerald-Mr. M'Carthy says it is not true. (Cries of "Calumny", "Is
it true?" "Perjury" "Lies" "Go down" and groaning.)
Mr. Alexander M'Carthy- I rise to order, Mr. Chairman- (Cries of hear, hear
and "Down with Kenneally.)
Mr. Kenneally-I'm in possession- (Cries of "turn him out. Pull him down."
and great uproar.) Is that fair play? (Continued cries of "Turn him out,
silence," groans and hissing.)
Mr. Maguire-Allow Mr. M'Carthy to say one word (Hear and loud cheering.)
Mr. P. Fitzgerald- Mr. Keneally denies it. He denies it. (Cheering and
Mr. D. O'Flynn-Gross calumny. Its false. (Hear, cheers and hissing.)
Mr. Kenneally again essayed to speak, but was not with groaning, hissing,
and cries of "You wont be heard, sit down, take off the specs;" and counter
cries of "Hear the Counsellor, go on, we'll defend you, and you must be heard.")
Mr. Kenneally- "Will Mr. M'Carthy-(Cries of "Sit down, silence," and cheers
for M'Carthy.") Will, I say, Mr. M'Carthy come forward (Continued interruption.)
Now I will be heard. (Increased uproar which continued for several moments.)
Will Mr. M'Carthy come forward and put his hand upon his heart like an
honourable man and say it is not true that he had dined with Lord Clarendon?
(Hear, hear and cheering.)
Mr. M'Carthy- I rise to order. (Cries of "Come forward.")
Mr. M'Carthy then stood on the table, and was received with most
enthusiastic cheering. However, he was ultimately obliged to come to the front
of the platform where he was greeted with great cheering. Silence being restored
he said- He has (confusion) Mr. Kenneally has had the hardihood to assert to you
that whilst prosecutions were going on against men connected with the popular
party in Ireland I was dining with Lord Clarendon. (Hear, hear and cries of "He
lies.") Now I will content myself by saying that it is simply an untruth. (Loud
cheers, and cries of "Down with Kenneally") I have never but once--
Mr. Kenneally-Listen to that. (Confusion and great uproar.)
Mr. M'Carthy- I have never but once been in the society of Lord Clarendon.
(Hear, hear and cries of "Ha,ha.")
Mr. Kenneally- Do you hear that, free and independent electors of Cork?
(Hear, cheering and groaning.)
Mr. M'Carthy-And that was in the end of August, 1847, on the occasion of
his brother, who was an intimate friend of mine---
Mr. Kenneally- Hear that--"who was an intimate friend"-the brother of
Mitchell's murderer. (Loud cheering and cries of "Groans for Clarendon," uproar
A Voice-Three cheers for John Mitchell. (Enthusiastic cheering,
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, Oct 24, 1849
lasted for several moments, and again and again renewed.)
Mr. M'Carthy proceeded- Lord Clarendon's brother who was an intimate friend
of mine, having come over to Dublin, I-(Increased uproar, and cries of "The man
who murdered Mitchell," "Mitchel's murderer.") He has put himself forward.
(Cries for Kenneally.) Kenneally has put himself forward as the beau ideal of a
patriot, having some extraordinary "divine mission." (Hear, hear and laughter.)
To such a mission I do not pretend. (Hear.) But I pretend to this-that I never
say anything that is not true. (Hear, hear, cheering.) Wherein he,
notwithstanding his "divine mission" has stated that which is not true. (Loud
cheering, and cries of "Out with Kenneally."
Mr. Kenneally again presented himself to address the meeting, and after
several attempts, was obliged to withdraw without being heard.
Mr. M. O'Sullivan was then called to the chair, and the thanks of the
meeting being given to Alderman Dowden, the meeting separated, cheering for Mr.
M'Carthy and Repeal.
Shortly after the commencement of the proceedings, a scene of the utmost
turbulence occurred immediately within the entrance of the building, occasioned
by the unruly and violent conduct of some men of the class known as "collar men
and quay porter," who, it is appeared, endeavoured, by noises and assaults on an
opposite party of their own description, to raise a disturbance and interrupt
the proceedings. The riot at one period was so alarming-it being considered by
many bystanders that the loss of life would be the result-that a body of police,
under the command of Sub-Inspector Walker, was procured. The police remained in
the vicinity of the place of meeting under arms, until the assemblage dispersed.
Cathy Joynt Labath
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