Arrival of The Lord Lieutenant
Phoenix Park, Dublin.
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His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant left
Viceregal Lodge, on Thursday last, at one, and arrived by a
special train in Carlow, at 20 minutes past two o'clock, the
journey, 56 miles, being performed in one hour and 29 minutes -
the speed at some parts of the line averaging 50 miles an hour.
His Excellency was accompanied by Sir
John Macneil, Engineer - in-chief, Mr Durance, head of the
locomotive department, who drove the engine himself; and by Mr
Elwin, chief superintendent of the traffic department.
Excellency expressed to Sir John Macneil and the officers of the
company, his marked approval of the entire arrangements, and
observed that hitherto he entertained no idea of the perfection
to which railways had approached in Ireland.
were eight horses from the Carlow Club House in readiness at the
terminus, and his Excellency, without further delay, accompanied
by Ladies Harriett, Emily and Kathleen Ponsonby, the Hon. Gerald
Ponsonby, Captain Henry Ponsonby, and Mr Gerry Connellan, in two
private carriages, proceeded to Bessborough, the family
residence of the noble Earl at Piltown.
We are happy to learn that his
Excellency appeared in the enjoyment of good health.
His Excellency travelled in a strictly private capacity,
and, consequently, there was no guard of honour in waiting to
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Carlow Court 1846.
Pat Purcell Papers.
Report of case tried at Petty Sessions in
Carlow Courthouse, October 1846, before Mr Duckett, Resident
Betty Murphy, a woman far advanced in
years, summoned Bridget Bigley for the committal of a serious
assault on Friday last, by which she suffered serious injury.
Betty Murphy stated that the assault was entirely unprovoked,
Bridget Bigley having unexpectedly attacked her in the public
Addressing the Court, Mrs Bigley (a
comely looking woman) - Your worships I suppose I will be heard.
I found that woman in the house with my husband, and I trashed
her (laughter). - She is a terrible character.
Mr Burgess stated - In this case - a
serious one (laughter) - I am engaged by the defendant, who
claims that she is the aggrieved party.
Mrs Begley - "I'll tell your worships the
case. Betty Murphy has taken up with my husband. I watched her,
and I saw her taking my place in the bed with him (roars of
Betty Murphy was cross-examined by Mr
Burgess. I am not a
married woman now; I was married, but my husband is dead.
Mr Burgess was about to proceed to put
other questions, when the Judge stated that the witness need not
answer if she thought proper.
Mrs Bigley - Is there no justice for
married women (laughter).
There's a woman who has deluded no less, your worship
(addressing the Judge), than six men (great laughter).
It's the truth, and the bishop and clergy can vouch for
it; for her conduct has been brought under their notice.
Is that woman to take my place, and to delude my husband?
Mr Duckett - It is a very delicate
Mr Burgess - Well, I will put an end to
the discussion by calling on the husband; then you will perceive
whether Mrs Bigley was the aggrieved party.
True, she committed the assault, but she got great
Mrs Bigley - "True for you, I did; but
that woman (pointing to Betty Murphy) must be taught a lesson"
Richard Bigley was then called, and, as
the subject of the dispute, it is necessary to observe, that he
was anything but a personification of an ADONIS; his appearance
in the witness box to settle the dispute between the ladies
excited great laughter.
On being sworn, he was examined by Mr
Mr Burgess - Now, as an honest man, I ask
you, on your oath, so far as regards Betty Murphy, had your wife
any cause to be jealous of you?
The witness hesitated.
Mr Burgess-Tell the truth, man.
Witness - Well, if I must, I will.
I think she had (roars of laughter).
Mr Duckett - I think the case is of too
delicate a nature to inquire further (laughter).
The Bench dismissed the case.
Mrs Bigley - I thank your worship for
your proper decision (laughter).
Betty Murphy, on retiring from the
court, was followed by a crowd, principally of women, and hooted
through the town, and but for the constabulary she would be
roughly handled by the fair sex, who took a deep interest in the
injuries inflicted by Mrs Bigley.
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County Carlow December 22d 1846
"I have the honor to transmit a representation from the
Magistrates of Carlow relative to the sale of a large number of fire arms which
is to take place in this Town for the Information of His Excellency The Lord