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!! Ballina Chronicle; March 6, 1850; "Ribbonmen in Leitrim"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, March 6, 1850 THE RIBBONMEN AGAIN. BALLINAMORE, CO. LEITRIM - On Monday night, the 25th February, while a
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, March 6, 1850

      THE RIBBONMEN AGAIN.
      BALLINAMORE, CO. LEITRIM - On Monday night, the 25th February, while a
      number of those secret conspirators were busily engaged at their unlawful work
      in a public-house in this town, kept by a man named Peter Heran, they were
      disagreeably surprised by the entre of S.J. Lodge, of the constabulary, ( a most
      active and efficient officer), and a party of his men, who after a hard struggle
      succeeded in arresting every one of the Ribbon party, to the number of twelve.
      One of them, in particular, made a desperate resistance, and rather than give up
      some of their treasonable papers which he had about his person he swallowed them
      besides almost biting off three of the policeman's fingers who grappled with
      him. The police, however, succeeded in gaining possession of a number of the
      papers and passwords connected with this atrocious system, which will, I hope,
      furnish the government with sufficient evidence to convict the whole party. It
      would be unjust to pass over in silence the praiseworthy conduct of the police
      on the occasion; their whole party consisted of three men, viz. Head constable
      Devine, and Constable Brennan and Wilson and yet with such fearful odds against
      them they succeeded in making prisoners of the whole clique of Ribbonmen. Too
      much cannot be said on behalf of the exertions of that valuable officer, Head
      Constable Devins [as spelled differently from above in newspaper]; if it was
      solely owing to him that this conspiracy was discovered and the conspirators
      seized. He has for a long time been known as one of the most active and
      intelligent men in the police force, and one who has done valuable service in
      this country by crushing illegal associations. -- Correspondent Evening Herald.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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