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Carlow Weekly News 1859


Source: Susie Warren

The following details have been transcribed from the "Carlow Weekly News" newspaper, which can be found on micro film at County Carlow Library, Tullow Street, Carlow, Co Carlow Ireland.

Saturday, June 18, 1859

Local Intelligence

Carlow Petty Sessions.– Monday

Henry Watters Esq., Chairman;

Other Magistrates present–Robert C. Browne, and William Fishbourne, Esqs.


William Lawlor v John Murphy.

Complainant on being sworn said of the 14th instant he found defendant's pig trespassing on a field of oats, his (complainants) property. Complainant also stated that he frequently found defendant's pig trespassing.

Defendant was fined 6d., and costs.

Summons For Poor Rates.

William Roche v Margaret Kelly.

Margaret Kelly, residing on Castle-hill, was summoned by Mr Roche, poor-rate collector, for the sum of 6s 8d. due on the premises where she resided. Complainant stated that the only reason she assigned for not paying it was that she had not the means.

The defendant not appearing, the service of the summons was proved, and their Worships granted a decree for the amount.

Same v Anne Cahill.

Mrs Cahill was also summoned by Mr Roche, for the sum of 7s 10½d poor-rate due on a house lately occupied by her on Dublin-road.

Mrs Cahill stated that she gave up the lease to the landlady, Mrs Shervington, free of all expenses, and she did not think she (Mrs Cahill) had any right to pay the rates.
Their Worships said they should grant a decree, and defendant could arrange with Mrs Shervington.

Same v Patrick Whelan.

This was a summons for 9s, alleged to be due on the premises occupied by defendant. It appearing on reference to Mr Roche's books, that the greater portion of the sum claimed was arrears due on the premises before defendant became a tenant, their Worships decided to dismissing the case without prejudice, recommending Mr Roche to look to the landlord for the arrears.

Caution To Juvenile Bathers.

Several young boys were summoned by Constable Reynolds for bathing at Hanover bridge, in view of the public road.

In answer to the Bench, Constable Reynolds said if they were dismissed he did not think they would bathe there again.

Their Worships having cautioned the defendants against bathing near any public thoroughfare, dismissed the case.


James Walshe was summoned by Sub-constable Daniel Crilly for allowing his horse to stray on the public road. The trespass having been proved, defendant was fined 6d, and costs.

Caution To Tradesmen.

Lawrence McCaul v James Tierney.

A young man named James Tierney, a Journeyman tailor, was brought up pin custody of the police, he having been arrested in Tullow on a warrant issued by Mr McCaul, a merchant tailor, residing in this town.

From the evidence of Mr. McCaul, it appeared that the defendant had left his employment, leaving his work unfinished, but he (Mr McCaul) was willing to forgive him, if he returned to his work.

The defendant agreed to Mr McCaul's proposal, and their Worships dismissed the case.

Alleged Attempt To Defraud The Crown.

A man named Michael Rourke was brought up in custody of one of the turnkeys of the gaol, charged with by James Moore a bailiff, with being a dangerous lunatic.

Mr. Richardson–Before going into this case, your worships, I think it is my duty to bring under your notice a subject affecting the revenue of the Crown. There is a matter on the face of this information which looks very suspicious. I believe the stamps on this document (holding up the information made in the case) gave been used on a previous occasion. The die is out of use for the last three months, and those stamps were not got from me, and besides, there is evidence, from the appearance of the stamps themselves, that they were taken from other papers. The form itself Moore got from me, he at the same time saying that he would call for the stamps in some time after, and there is the warrant, which is evidently cut from the document. I do not say there is anything wrong in the transaction, but I think it is right for me, as being in charge of the stamps belonging to the Queen, to bring the matter under you notice.

Mr Browne–Is this an old or new form?

Mr Richardson–The form itself is a new one.

Mr Watters–Whose hands did it come out of?

James Moore–It came out of mine sir.

Mr Richardson–I dare say he (Moore) may be able to account for them, but it is right for me to mention the matter to the Magistrates. My duty is discharged in having done so.

Mr Watters (addressing Moore)–From whom did you get them?

James Moore–I got them from Patt Goodlow.

Mr Watters–Who is Patt Goodlaw.

James Moore–He is the son of the summons-server of the court.

Patt Goodlow here took his seat in the witness-box.

Mr Watters–Where did you get them?

Patt Goodlow–I got them at home.

James Moore cautioned Goodlow against answering any question that might possibly criminate himself.

Mr Watters–He nee no do so, if he does not wish.

James Moore–Precisely, sir. I said when they were not used by a Magistrate they were all right. I say they are good until they are initialled.

Mr Browne–This is a matter quite new to us, and really we ought to consult the Law Officer of the Crown as to what course we are to pursue.

James Moore–They can be got in Dublin by me, as well as by Mr Richardson.

Mr Richardson–I beg your pardon, but it is no such thing. I think, your worships, if you give the documents to me. I will forward them to the Castle, in order to have them laid before the Law Adviser of the Crown, and in the meantime you can postpone the case.

Mr Watters–Very well, and let us have an inquiry made into the matter.

Mr Browne–We have the information before us, and we can remand the prisoner to a future day. Where does this man come from?

The Turnkey–He is from the town of Carlow, your Worship. He was in the Lunatic Asylum some years ago.

The case was then postponed, and Mr Richardson was directed to forward the information to the Law Advise: with the view of ascertaining what steps should be pursued in reference to the proceeding that should be adopted against the party or parties attempting, as was alleged, to defraud the Crown by using the stamps in question.

The were no other cases of public interest before the Court

Carlow Town Commission

The Annual Meeting of the Carlow Town Commissions was held at their Board Room, Corn Exchange, on Wednesday last. The following Commissioners were present:–

Robert Ferrall, Esq, Chairman; Messrs Thomas H. Carroll, T.C. Butler, Thomas Richardson, Robert Lawlor, Benjamin Haughton, Mathew Byrne, and Thomas Tynan.

Amongst the rate-payers present were Messrs Hancock Haughton, J.F. Lynch, John Curran, John Comerford, John McQuaide, Alfred Shaw, Edward Tracey, M. Maher, James O'Neill.

The minutes of the last annual meeting and the nuisance inspector's report were read.

Appointment of Auditors

Mr John Curran proposed Mr Hancock Haughton as one of the auditors. Mr J.F. Lynch seconded the proposition, which was carried unanimously. Mr Edward Tracey was unanimously elected as the other auditor. He was proposed by Mr M. Maher, and seconded by Mr H. Haughton.

The New Chairman

In accordance with the notice of motion given at the last meeting, Mr Thomas Richardson proposed that Mr Robert Malcomson be appointed Chairman for the ensuing year. Mr Mathew Byrne seconded the proposition, which was carried unanimously.

Vote of Thanks To The Late Chairman.

After the ordinary routine business of the Board had been disposed of, Mr Robert Lawlor was called to the chair, when Mr T.H. Carroll, in proposing the following resolution, said he felt it his duty to propose a vote of thanks, which he thought was only due to their late worthy chairman for the zeal and attention displayed by him during the past year, and for his uniform kindness in the discharge of the duties of his office–"Resolved, that the thanks of the Commissioners are due to Robert Ferrall Esq, their Chairman for the past year, for his zeal and unremitting attention to the discharge of his duty." Mr Matthew Byrne seconded the resolution, which was carried unanimously.

Mr Ferrall having returned thanks, the meeting soon after adjourned.

Poor Law Meeting

The weekly meeting of the Poor Law Guardians of Carlow Union, was held in their board-room, on Thursday last,

William R. Leckey, Esq, Chairman.

Other Guardians present–Charles H. Doyne, R. Clayton Browne, Henry Waters, Daniel Kinsella, Wm. R. Fitzmaurice, Robert Hanlon, Wm. Carter, Robert Walker, and H.G. Fletcher, Esqrs.
There was no business of public interest before the Board.

Carlow Young Men's Christian Association

The Committee thankfully acknowledge the receipt of a donation of 10s from Mr John Whitton, of Dublin.

They also beg to intimate that the library is now ready for circulation, and any member requiring books should apply to either the librarian or assistant secretary, between the hours of 10 and 12 o'clock, on any day except Sunday.

Source: Susie Warren


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