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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, March 6, 1850 DEATH OF A REBEL CHIEF - We have to record the demise of Mr. Thomas Cloney, of Graigue, in
    Message 1 of 1 , May 14, 2005
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, March 6, 1850

      DEATH OF A REBEL CHIEF - We have to record the demise of Mr. Thomas Cloney,
      of Graigue, in this county, better known to the public as "General Cloney,"
      which event took place on Friday last, in the 76th year of his age. The General
      was born in 1774, and was in his twenty-fourth year when the insurrection of
      1798 broke out, in which he took an active part, commanding a brigade of the
      insurgent army in most of their southern engagements, and leaving behind him in
      his well-known "Personal Narrative" an interesting account of his adventures "by
      flood and field" at that eventful period. Since '98 the Rebel Chief remained in
      the bosom of private life, except that he occasionally emerged to lead a body of
      "Graigue hurlers" at the monster gatherings of the "Liberators." The last
      occasion of his marshaling his forces for the "pride, pomp, and circumstances"
      of a Repeal procession and dinner, being the banquet given the "the martyrs" in
      this city, 1845. Mr. Cloney was generally esteemed during a long life, for many
      amiable and social qualities, and his remains were deposited on Sunday last in
      the cemetery of St. Mullins, by a large following of friends, compatriots, and
      sympthasizers. -- Kilkenny Moderator.

      INCENDIARISM - On Monday se'ennight, the 18th of February, a poor woman
      named Mary Armstrong, who lives near Castledargan, was aroused from her sleep at
      about 8 o'clock in the morning by seeing a strong light in her cabin, and
      finding it full of smoke on getting up she found that the house had been set on
      fire by some diabolical wretches who had quietly walked away, having first
      fastened the door on the out-side to prevent the escape of the inmates who
      consisted of four persons.- Their escape was almost miraculous, for had they not
      succeeded in breaking open the door, pent up in so confined a space, they must
      have inevitably perished in a short time. Our correspondent states, that this
      poor woman - who is a widow- is of the most inoffensive habits, and could have
      in now way provoked so cruel an attempt on the lives of her and her family. --
      Sligo Guardian.
      DETECTION OF A GANG OF ROBBERS - On Saturday night or early on Sunday
      morning last, the sergeant of the night watch, Mr. P. M'Clean, received private
      information of such a nature as led him to suppose that a gang of robbers were
      committing depredations in the suburbs of the town, and immediately he proceeded
      in pursuit of them accompanied by one of the watch. He subsequently succeeded in
      arresting two notorious characters concealed in a hay loft at Larkhill house,
      one of whom had a candle and matches secreted on his person. On searching the
      place the sergeant discovered a quantity of lead and brass concealed which has
      been since identified by Mr. Wm Egan, as stolen from the Soup-house at
      Finisklin. They were brought before T. Kelly, Esq., Mayor, and the above facts
      being deposed to, informations were lodged, and he fully committed them to take
      their trial at the ensuing assizes.--Ibid.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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