!! Ballina Chronicle; Jan 23, 1850 "Mayo Items"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, January 23, 1850
A few nights since William Massy, a blacksmith residing at Castleconnor,
was proceeding home from the market of this town when he was accosted by a man
who had his face concealed by the collar of his great coat and asked some
questions relative to a plough iron the man had in his hand. After giving him
some directions about the iron Massy was about proceeding on his way when the
fellow struck him with the iron and inflicted a severe wound on his head and
robbed him of some money he had in his waistcoat pocket. The perpetrator of this
outrage has not yet been discovered.
On the same night of the above assaults a carman named Lundy from Aclare,
was attacked by four men at the chapel of Bunniconlan, and received two cuts on
the head and one one the lip. Lundy did not know any of the party by whom he was
attacked, but suspects they were in the service of a neighbour in Aclare who
owed him a grudge.
OUTRAGE - On Monday night two houses at Clountha, in the parish of
Kilgarvin, out of which John Cawly and Michael Kelly were ejected a few days
previous, were set on fire and destroyed. A suspicion rests upon the former
tenants as being the incendiaries.
An alarming fire broke out last night in a small stable belonging to Mr.
James Dixon, at the rere of Bridge-street, through the carelessness, and we
believe, intemperance of a servant. For a considerable time it raged with fury,
having soon communicated itself to two other small thatched houses. Fortunately
these houses were constructed only at one end with other buildings which were
higher, so that the flames did not reach their roof, which was also of thatch,
and the sparks, drifted by a slight breeze, fell on the slated house.
Sub-Inspector Fox and all the men of the police parties stationed in the town
and Ardnaree were quickly on the spot, together with a number of townspeople
aroused by the cry of fire. Every exertion was used to keep down the flames and
prevent their extending further. It was impossible to allay the alarm of the
inmates of the surrounding houses, who went to much useless trouble in removing
their furniture, which must have suffered much damage thereby.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News