!! Connaught Journal; May 27, 1824 "State of the Country"
- THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, May 27, 1824
STATE OF THE COUNTRY
KILKENNY, May 19- An adjourned Session under the Insurrection Act was held
in the County Court on Tuesday. Serjeant Gould, G.P. Bushe, Esq., Assistant
Barrister, and 31 Magistrates attended. Four prisoners were arraigned for being
absent from their dwellings more than an hour after sun-set. Two of them, John
Day and John M'Kew, postponed their trials until the next sitting of the Court;
John Ryan was acquitted, but William Doheny was found guilty, and sentenced to
be transported for seven years.
On the night of the 11th instant, the house of a man named Thos. Cody,
situate near Ballyspellan Spa, in the Barony of Galmoy, was set fire to by the
incendiaries, and a great part thereof consumed before the family was apprised
of their danger.- Three heifers, the property of Cody, were the same night,
inhumanly slaughtered on his land, doubtless by the same atrocious villains, who
nearly succeeded in consuming him in his dwelling.
LIMERICK, May 22- A large comfortable house, situate on the lands of
Ballysimon, in the Liberties of this city, part of the estate of W.H. Armstrong,
Esq., was maliciously burned to the ground last night. The premises were only
surrendered yesterday, by the defaulting tenants, to whom large arrears are
On Saturday night, a house was burned at Carriganimi, the property of a man
named Shea. It gives us pleasure to state, that it is not considered to have
been malicious- but any circumstance of the kind occurring in that quarter must
excite some degree of suspicion.--Chronicle.
QUEEN'S COUNTY- On Thursday night last, a party of armed men broke into the
house of Wm. Dowling, a farmer, who lives near Castle Fleming, in the Queen's
County, on the borders of the Co. Tipperary. A party of Police, under the
command of Lieutenant Wray, having received previous intimation of their design,
were posted in the house, and succeeded in apprehending three very desperate and
notorious characters, named Ringwood, Maher and Meara. These desperadoes offered
a most determined resistance to the Police, and a sharp fire was kept up on both
sides for some time. One of the prisoners received a wound of a pistol bullet in
the ear, and a ball passed through the cap of the serjeant of the Police party.
TIPPERARY- Shortly after the late attack on the Mail-coach at
Grange-street, a man of the name of D. Fogarty was brought before Lodge, the
coachman, on that night, and identified as one of the prisoners concerned in
that murderous attack; but was discharged in consequence of some doubts the
coachman had respecting the dress he wore that night. The dress was since
discovered, (consisting of a blue coat, flannel waistcoat, and straw hat) and in
it he was brought on Thursday to the County Infirmary (where Lodge has remained
for care ever since the outrage was committed) and presented along wit ha
prisoner from the gaol, before Lodge, who immediately identified him as the
person who shut the gate and fired the first shot. Fogarty is fully committed to
stand his trial at the next Assizes.
ENNISKILLEN, May 24- The County of Fermanagh is in a very disturbed state.
The system of "To Hell or Connaught" is at full work. The poor Islanders who
repulsed the Orangemen have been driven from their homes to God knows where.
On Sunday last, these two highly spirited and active Magistrates, the Rev.
John Auchinleck and J. Spier, Esq. thought it necessary to accompany the Rev. J.
Sheil, P.P. from Enniskillen to the parish Chapel of Lisbellaw, where he was
going to perform service.
A party of the Gang came to the Chapel, under the pretence of apprehending
the prisoners; but the persons whom they said they wanted, gave themselves up,
to prevent the congregation from being disturbed in their devotions. The Gang
did not think proper to return them to gaol.
Up to the hour of one o'clock this day not one of the Gang that fired on
and wounded the Catholics at the Battle of Innishmore had been taken- The Crown
Solicitor is expected down to investigate into the transaction; he will, I am
persuaded take care that his inquiry be not an ex-parte investigation. The gaol
is full of Catholics. You are aware that the Orangemen taken with arms and
committed, were discharged out of custody.
Cathy Joynt Labath
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