THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, September 2, 1824
Saturday Thomas Lynch was executed in front of the Waterford County Gaol,
pursuant to sentence at last Assizes, for having, on the 12th of April, at
Crahane, assaulted Anna Geogan, and robbed her of money and wearing apparel.
On Saturday, at three o'clock, Mr. Justices Jebb and Vandeleur left Cork,
under an escort of the 15th Hussars, after terminating the Munster circuit.
A Waterford paper of Saturday, in speaking of the execution of the six
criminals for the murder of Mr. Marum, states - "We have heard of very
unpleasant indications of popular resentment both at Kilkennys and at Galmoy. It
was a melancholy coincidence that very near the temporary gallows, and within
sight, was a similar construction for a like purpose in a neighbouring part of
the Queen's County."
LIMERICK, Aug 28 - An order has been received to commute the sentence of
death on the following, who were convicted at one of our last County Assizes: -
Richard Green and John Armstrong, of the 29th Regiment, for robbery at
Rathkeale, to 12 months' imprisonment; John Kennedy, for robbing the mother of a
soldier of the Rifles, to 18 months; John and Patrick Croneen, sheep-stealing,
At Tralee Assizes - Timothy Foley and Michael Coffey, for robbery, and
Daniel Hanifane for a rape on a girl whom he has since married, are to be
transported for life.
A new barn, near Ballybroad, the property of Wm. Gabbett, of Caherline,
Esq, was maliciously set fire to this morning, by some evil-minded persons. The
only cause that can be assigned for this outrage is, that it has been fitted up
this week for the reception of some of the Constabulary force. This outrage has
taken place in the barony of Clanwilliam, which has been lately relived from the
Insurrection Act, at the instance of the Magistrates.
Wexford, Aug 25 - ABOMINABLE OUTRAGE - Four cows were poisoned on Friday
night, at Red Bog, in this County; they belonged to a man named Kehoe. Two of
the animals were opened by Dr. Bomford, whose inspection of these fully
confirmed the suspicion which had been entertained of the abominable nature of
the outrage. Kehoe had taken his farm against the will of another person.
On Saturday were committed to gaol, by Arch. H. Jacob, Esq., Francis
Jourdan and Bridget Jourdan, his wife, the former charged with having robbed Mr.
James Kenworthy, of London, merchant, of a considerable sum of money - the
latter on suspicion of having aided and assisted him in the robbery. The
prisoners were servants to Mr. Kenworthy, the sum of money stolen from whom
amounted to upwards of two hundred sovereigns. Nearly the whole of the money
has, we believe, been discovered; nine of the sovereigns were found in the
pocket of the female prisoner. They were taken on Friday evening to Enniscorthy,
Jourdan's mother or mother-in-law accompanying them. In the morning, one of the
policemen, hearing her cry with her hands to her face, "Oh, what will I do? what
shall become of me? I shall never see him again!" caught hold of her by the
cloak and pulling her back, exclaimed, "Get out of this you old b--ch" The good
old woman took his advice, and in a short time finding that her clothes were
incommoding her, threw part of them off, which some country people perceiving,
as also the accelerated progress she was making, set up the cry of "a mad
woman," and instantly gave chase. In this they were joined by Mr. Gowan, who was
the first that overtook her, unluckily for himself as she gave him "a tip" that
would not have disgraced the the school of a Langan or a Crib. It measured the
length upon the ground, from which he arose only to be floored a second time
with equal dexterity. But what can science or valour avail against numbers? The
other persons who were in pursuit having come up, they found that their eyes had
deceived them, as much as those of the travellers who were disputing about the
changes of the camelion, for this nimble-footed, science-fisted old woman proved
to be no other than Mr. Jourdan himself.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News