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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    The Times London, Middlesex, England 11 June 1817 LIBEL. - On Monday a Dublin Sheriff s Jury assessed 3,000l. damages and costs against THOMAS GRADY, Esq. of
    Message 1 of 1 , May 19, 2005
      The Times
      London, Middlesex, England

      11 June 1817

      LIBEL. - On Monday a Dublin Sheriff's Jury assessed 3,000l. damages and costs
      against THOMAS GRADY, Esq. of Belmount, in this county, for publishing a
      malicious libel in which GEORGE EVANS BRUCE, Esq. of this city, was
      plaintiff. -- Limerick Chronicle.

      Feb. 6, 1818

      Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, at three o'clock, a party of men exceeding 20,
      well armed, knocked at the door of Mr. Christopher Sparling, a respectable
      householder of the village of Patrick's-well in this county (Limerick), and
      demanded a poor stranger, who had taken up his lodging there in the capacity of
      a schoolmaster. The demand was resolutely refused, on which the ruffians broke
      in the windows, entered the house; they then committed every description of
      violence, broke the furniture, beat Sparling, his man-servant, and the
      schoolmaster, in the most cruel manner, and even the females did not escape
      their brutality. A young man, named Samuel Cross, who had been on a visit at
      Sparling's, in endeavouring to keep the door of the room where he slept was shot
      through the head, of which he instantly died. Several magistrates, with Major
      General O'Loghlin, attended at Patrick's Well, where depositions were received,
      which we trust may lead us to the apprehension of the perpetrators.
      Cross was an inhabitant of this city, between 20 and 21 years of age; his
      body was last night brought to his afflicted parents in William-street, where
      they lately commenced business. The wounds which Mr. Sparling has received are
      of an alarming nature. He made a most determined resistance, and finding that a
      yeomanry musket, which he had did not go off, he beat two of his assailants with
      the stock of it, in such a manner that they were taken out of his house by their
      comrades, and blood traced on the road they went for a considerable distance.
      The night of the above outrage, several notices of an illegal tendency were
      posted on farmers' doors in the neighbourhood of Patrick's Well.--Limerick

      Mar 21, 1818

      SHOCKING MURDERS - LIMERICK, March 14 - The bodies of J. Dillane, a
      respectable farmer, his sister, the widow Costelloe, and her daughter, were
      found murdered on the lands of Knockfenish, barony of Upper Connelloe, in this
      county, on Monday last. It appears that these unfortunate persons were at the
      market of Newcastle on Saturday se'nnight, and after disposing of some pigs,
      were returning home, waylaid, and murdered; and from that time though diligent
      search made, no clue could possibly be had to ascertain their fate, until Monday
      last, when they were found as thus described, in an unfrequented part of a
      mountain road. It is clear that robbery was not the object of the murders, as
      all the money which the deceased persons received at the market was found on
      them. The motive of so dreadful an outrage can only be ascribed to revenge, as
      it is said that the widow Costelloe, at our last assizes, very properly
      prosecuted two persons for cow-stealing, who were convicted. Since writing the
      above, we have learned that an inquest was held on the bodies by S. Harding,
      Esq. coroner, when a verdict of wilful murder was returned against persons
      unknown. The necks of the unfortunate sufferers were broken and their bodies not
      only had the appearance of violence, but parts of them were mutilated.--Limerick

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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