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!! Connaught Journal; May 10, 1824 "Attempted Robbery"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Monday, May 10, 1824 ATTEMPTED HOUSE ROBBERY AND GALLANT REPULSE [From the Newry Telegraph] In no part of Ireland have the
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2004
      Galway, Monday, May 10, 1824

      [From the Newry Telegraph]

      In no part of Ireland have the attempts at outrage and plunder been more
      bravely and effectively resisted than in this country, and we have enjoyed in
      consequence a degree of tranquility which has borne all through a strong
      contrast to other parts of Ireland. For more than a year back no attempt at
      outrage in this county has come to our knowledge, until within a few days since.
      On the night of Saturday last, a party of ruffians, eleven or twelve, it appears
      in number attacked some houses at Carrovag, within two miles of this town, for
      the purpose of plunder. They succeeded two or three places, until they came to a
      house of a man named Slattery. Having called themselves Whiteboys, the house was
      opened at their order. As soon as they entered they asked for arms, money and
      powder. Slattery informed them that he never possessed nor used arms. Being thus
      freed from their fears, the ruffians commenced pillaging the house of every
      article, even a frize coat of Slattery's and the cloaks of two maid servants who
      were in the house. Having effected their purpose, they all withdrew excepting
      the fellow who had the cloaks, upon whom the servant maid as soon as she saw an
      opportunity laid hold most resolutely.- Nearly at the same time Slattery sprung
      upon the fellow and knocked him down, and putting his foot upon his neck,
      wrenched from him a bayonet he held in his hand. Slattery then placed himself at
      the door to prevent the return of the rest of the gang to whom the prisoner
      called out for help.- A desperate contest commenced in which Slattery says he is
      sure he slaughtered several of them, and in which he received a number of gashes
      on his hands and arms. At length four fellows broke into the house together, and
      gave Slattery a severe wound in the side, nevertheless, he beat them out again,
      fixing the bayonet so deeply in the hindmost fellow, as almost to loose his hold
      of it. The assailants were fully contented with this effort, and left their
      companion behind. He proves to be a fellow of the name of Quilter, from Cilflin,
      six or seven miles from this town, on the road to Listowel. Slattery threatened
      him with instant death, but spared him on the condition of writing down the
      names of all the persons concerned, which he immediately did, to the number of
      ten or eleven.- Three of them have since been brought into gaol-the others have
      all fled from their houses. It is reported that one has been found dead on the
      Two young lads and members of Slattery's family happened to be in his house
      on this night. They assisted so far as to hold and tie Quilter, while Slattery
      was engaged with the party outside.
      Nothing could be more serviceable to the peace of the county than the
      uncommon bravery and spirit which had thus been evinced. No doubt his Excellency
      the Lord Lieutenant and the County will handsomely mark their sense of it. Had
      this knot of villains gone on in their career with impunity, the heavy expence
      of the Insurrection Act would not be far behind, and the attention of his
      Excellency's Government would be soon called to the disturbed state of this
      Some fears were entertained for the life of Slattery, who lies in the
      County Infirmary, but we are happy to state that no danger now exists.
      It required Slattery's utmost exertions to preserve the life of Quilter,
      after his neighbours became acquainted with the affair. They had a rope round
      his neck, for the purpose of hanging him forthwith. It is a fact that all the
      fellows concerned were in a sphere of life above what might be expected from
      characters united for such proceedings, and their abandoned conduct appears
      principally to have arisen from vicious education.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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