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