!! Ballina Chronicle; Aug 8, 1849
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, August 8, 1849
Mr. O'Connell has contracted to supply the Limerick union with wool at 13s.
6d per stone.
From a paragraph under this head in the Tyrawly Herald of Thursday last, it
would appear that a woman named Catherine Cunningham deliberately attempted to
destroy herself. The circumstance occurred the night previous to our last
publication, and so closely concealed were the facts connected with it that we
could not venture with accuracy on the details. We did not, however, suffer the
subject to escape our attention, especially as we are doubted the woman would
attempt self-destruction solely from the motive for more strictly speaking the
absence of any motive hinted at by the Herald, and from the little information
we have been able to collect we consider it absolutely necessary that the matter
should be brought under the consideration of a bench of magistrates. Granting
that it was a case of contemplated suicide, with which a second person was not
immediately connected, the guilty party should be arrested and taken before a
magistrate, who, in acting in conformity with law, would be required to order
her detention in custody, unless on her entering into a recognizance with two
sufficient securities, conditioned that she would not attempt again a similar
This is the proper legal course, and this course we call upon the parties
whose duty it is to pursue, and then the real facts of the case will come to
light from the evidence of the Rev. James Cawley, "who was passing at the time,"
and of Constable Phibs, "who was fortunately walking by and immediately plunged
into the water and rescued an erring female from a watery grave." When it is
deserving we are always ready to do our part in rewarding real merit, and
certainly we cannot now withhold our commendation of Constable Phibbs's conduct
on this occasion where a life would have been, in all probability, lost, were it
not for his timely and courageous assistance.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News