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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.

June 17th, 1859.

Destructive Fire–Caution To Farm Servants.

On Sunday night last a destructive fire broke out in the out-premises of Mr. John Kehoe, a respectable farmer living at a place called Castleroe, in the county Kildare, through the carelessness, it is supposed, of one of the farm servants, who is so seriously injured by the fire that little hopes are entertained of his recovery. It appears that the man slept in an out-house, and retired to rest, as usual, on Sunday evening last, when, it is though, he either commenced smoking or neglected to extinguish the candle properly, as the barn in which he slept was soon after enveloped in flames, which spread to such an extent before morning that all the out-offices and a large rich of hay was burned to the ground, Mr. Kehoe's dwelling-house, which is close to the barn, being saved solely by the exertions of the assembled neighbours, who were supplied with an unlimited supply of water from a pump close by. I understand the place was not insured, and the value of the property destroyed is considerable. it appears that a donkey which was in one of the stables was burned to death, but I have not heard whether any of the other cattle were injured or not.–Correspondent of the Daily Express.

Fairs For The Ensuing Week.

MONDAY–Naas, co Kildare.
TUESDAY–Redcross, co Wicklow; Togher, co Wicklow.
WEDNESDAY–Carlow Town.
FRIDAY–Ashford, co Wicklow; Borris-in-Ossory, Queen's co; Rathvilly, co Carlow; Waterford City.

A Hint For The Ladies.–In making your purchases always see that you get value for your money; it is doubtful economy to purchase an inferior article at any time, even although it may be offered at an apparently low price, and positive thriftlessness to pay as much for an inferior article as you can obtain a superior article for. Dealers are now beginning to find that it is more profitable in the end to sell superior articles at moderate prices, and in illustration of this we have much pleasure in informing you, that the Glenfield Patent Starch, which has been exclusively used in Her Majesty's Laundry for many years, can now be obtained from your grocer almost as cheap as the most common kinds made; for although it costs him more, the large quantity of it which he sells yields him a larger profit in the aggregate, than the inferior kinds which are little in demand, and he has the satisfaction of giving his customers an article which he has every reason to believe will please them, seeing that the Queen's Laundress uses it exclusively in getting up the Laces, Linens, &c, of Her Majesty and the Royal Family.

Markets &c. Carlow–Thursday, June 16

Wheat, white, per brl, 26s 0d to 28s 0d; do, Red, 24s 0d to 26s 0d, do; Oats, best white 12s 6d to 14s 0d; do, Black Tartary, 12s 0d to 13s 6d; Barley malting. -s to -s; grinding. 14s to 16s; Pollard. 6s 8d per cwt; Bran 6s 0d per do; Flour, foreign, 36s per Bag; do. Irish 33s do; do. Inferiors, 25s do; 3rds 20s; Oatmeal 15s to 00s per cwt; Indian meal, 7s 9d per do; Hay 2s 0d to 3s 6d per do; Straw, 1s 3d to 1s 10d do; Butter 90s to 96s per cwt – from 9d to 10d per pound; Bacon, 57s to – per cwt; Mutton 6d to 7d per lb; Beef, 5d to 7d do; veal 7d to 8d; lamb, per qr, 5s 0d to 6s 0d per qr; Potatoes, 7s 0d to 7s 9d per brl.

Source: Susie Warren

Carlow Weekly News 19th Feb. 1863.

Insubordination in The Workhouse.

Michael Walshe, Mary Helighan, Mary Costello and Ellen Esmonde , all inmates of the Workhouse were brought up charged with insubordination.

Mr. Kerr, Master of the Workhouse, when sworn deposed. ---At about seven o'clock on Friday night I was informed that there were some of the inmates outside the Workhouse wall.

On going out with the schoolmaster, I found Michael Walshe and Mary Helighan outside the gate. On enquiring how they got out, the gate-man told me that Walshe had forced his way out, and then the girl got out.

They would not return, although he (the gate-man) desired them frequently. I thought it my duty to lock them up in separate cells to punish them. At nine o'clock, I gave directions to send over a bed to Mary Helighan, and she would not take it. She threw out the bed clothes. On going over to the cells, these girls, Foster and Esmonde, put their heads out of the window of their dormitory, and commenced to curse in a most frightful manner. I desired them to go to their beds and cease.

In a few minutes I was going around the house, when I heard Foster encouraging Heligan to sing, and told her to sing so loud, so she would be heard in Dublin Street. I desired her to stop, and she did, but when pressed by Walshe she commenced again, and finished the song.

Several of the old women complained to me that they got no sleep.

Several people were congregated about the gate in consequence of the noise.

When Walshe heard the noise of the women he commenced battering the cell door with stones. There was no other person in the cell but himself.

I attribute the whole blame to the girl Foster. She is out of jail only a week, and when she was coming in the Guardians gave her a great caution.

Walshe---On the virture of your oath was it with a stone that I knocked the door?

Mr. Kerr---There were stones in the cell the next morning. In justice to him, I must say, that he stopped when I asked him, but he made use of very impertinent expressions.

Esmonde ---I have nothing to say only I made noise, and it was I who cursed.

Judge---Mary Foster, it appears that you are an old offender, and a person who has raised great disturbance in the Workhouse. You may depend upon it, we will not allow this to go any further. We will put you into prison for a month, with hard labour.

Walshe, you have been before the barrister, and this is not your first or second offence. We will give you a fortnight in prison with hard labour.

Helighan and Esmonde, it is your first offence, and we will send you to prison for a week with hard labour.


Carlow Weekly News 19th Feb. 1863.


John    ? was summoned for being drunk on the 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th of the present month and was fined 5 shillings with costs of £1 four shillings, or 48 hours imprisonment.



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