!! Connaught Journal; May 20, 1824; "Co Fermanagh"
- THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, May 20, 1824
The state of this County is frightful. The following letter comes from a
quarter which never yet deceived us in the slightest particulars:-
"On Sunday evening last, a party of about twenty in number of the Lisbellan
Peeler's (as they call themselves) attacked two men of the name of Michael and
Owen M'Caffrey, assaulted and severely beat them without having received the
least provocation. On the following day (Monday) a challenge was given, and an
Orangeman and a Catholic was to fight in the island of Innishmore-but, instead
of deciding the affair by single combat, a general engagement took place been
the parties. The Orange party was beaten-one of them so dangerously wounded that
his life is despaired of. The defeated party retired, as usual, to their depot
of arms, and, having supplied themselves with ammunition, &c., &c., returned to
the field of battle, and shot several persons. Whether any homicide was
committed, I have not yet learned.- The state of society in this County is, at
present, most alarming. The source of the evil, however, may be traced to the
impunity given to the crimes of on party and a denial of justice to the wrongs
of the other. The most humble Catholic present residing on our mountains
despairs of receiving redress for any Orange outrage committed against him, from
an Orange Jury."
EXTRACT FROM ANOTHER LETTER
Enniskillen, May 19.
"Yesterday some active Magistrates assisted by the Military, made prisoners
of several of each party, and lodged them in the gaol of Enniskillen. They (the
Magistrates) gave particular orders to the goaler to retain the prisoners until
after an investigation of the affair should have taken place on this morning.
"This morning the Magistrates assembled to inquire into the circumstances,
when, to their great surprise, they found that on yesterday evening all the
Orange prisoners were discharged out of custody by one of the Magistrates of the
'The result of this act, as might be expected, produced the fatal effects.
Last night, the Catholic inhabitants residing in the island of Innismore were
driven from their houses, their property destroyed, and several of them
desperately wounded. The Lisbellan Peelers kept up a constant fire into the
island from the shores adjacent.
"The Catholics of Fermanagh took to the Government for protection, and
entreat the Lord Lieutenant to direct an impartial investigation into this
Cathy Joynt Labath
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