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!! Connaught Journal; May 27, 1824 "State of the Country"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 26, 2004
      Galway, Thursday, May 27, 1824

      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
      Ireland Old News
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