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The Carlow Morning Post

Previously published in the Carlow Past & Present Vol. 1. No 5 1996



This article appeared in the Carlow Morning Post: 1896

Monday March 30 1829

Bridget and Michael Hennessy, mother and son and Anne Donahoe, were indicted for stealing thirty-four shillings in an old purse, the property of Bartholomew Macassy, at Tullow.

Bartholomew Macassy stated that he went to lodge at Hennessyís on a day when he received the amount of his pension, when the prisoners threw him on the bed and took the money out of his pocket; witness was sober; he slept in the house after he was robbed; the women held him - the man took the money.

Cross examined by Mr. Bethel - Witness was examined at the Petty Sessions and the old woman was bailed; witness never said that he gave the money to one of the ladies as love money. Examined by Mr. Walker (for B. Hennessy) - Witness did not swear at the Tullow sessions, that he was so drunk that he could not tell what he lost, nor who took his money. Marianne Cololough - Heard a noise in the lodging house, and went in and saw prisoners and the prosecutor all on the bed together; saw some papers with Anne Donohoe, which she said she would give to prosecutor in the morning.

Macassy, the prosecutor, when examined at the Petty Sessions distinctly stated that he was sober when he was robbed; Mr. Bethel said he thinks the prosecutor possesses a good deal of cunning; but donít think him exactly as clear in his intellect as other persons.

Mr. Bethel - I believe Captain Whelan, when gentlemen retire from military life, they are generally fond of the ladies? (Laughing). Captain Whelan-I have no doubt but they are but I do know whether this feeling is always confined to gentlemen of the military profession - (Much laughter). Mr. Bethel, was happy that he afforded the gallant captain an opportunity of displaying so much of his wit at his expense - (Laughing.)

Molly Curran was next produced as to the character of Bridget Hennessy; witness knew her a long time to be a struggling honest woman - endeavouring for a heavy charge; she happened to be at the lodging house when the prosecutor came there; saw the prisoners also; the prosecutor was making love to Anne Donohoe; He told her that he thought her the finest pensioners wife that he had ever seen; she replied that she would not be pestered with such a trawneen ('trawneen', a thing of little use or importance) of a husband as him - (laughter) - witness back was turned to them, as their amusement was no delight to her - (roars of laughter) - she had no curiosity to turn about to see how the play was going on - (much laughter) - did not hear the prosecutor say that he lost any money - The jury found the prisoner guilty, Michael Hennessy and Anne Donohoe, to be transported for 7 years Ė Hennessyís mother in consequence of her extreme old age, his Lordship sentenced to 3 months imprisonment.

(No author credited)



Michael Hennessy was born in County Carlow in circa 1810. His parents were Andrew and Bridget Hennessy. Michael Hennessy (or Henesy) was charged, with his mother, of stealing money from a lodger at a lodging house, run by Bridget, in Tullow. He was convicted at the Carlow Assizes on Thursday, 26th March, 1829 and was in August 1829, transported to N.S.W. for seven years. He was sent to Thomas Abel, a farmer at Wilberforce, N.S.W. to serve his sentence, at the completion of which he did not return to Ireland. He acquired his own land at Kurrajong and became a farmer. He married Hannah Sherwood and had eleven children, ten of whom lived to adulthood. Michael died on 11th April 1859 and is buried in the RC Cemetery, Kurrajong. I would be interested to learn what became of Michaelís mother Bridget after imprisonment in Carlow Gaol. Report of trial at Carlow Assizes was published in the Carlow Morning Post (above).

Daniel Hennesy

Born c. 1820. Married Mary Berney. Was Magistrate in C ]arlow c. 1840ís also cattle breeder and small farmer in Kildare. His sister Mary Ann married John Warren em. to U.S. in 1906. Daniel had brothers Michael, Patrick and James. G.H. N.Y.

Source: Carlow Past & Present Vol. 1. No 5 1996



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