A document found in the PPP concerning the finding in May 1670 of a
Treasure-trove of gold at Ballymorris in Queen's County.
The treasure was found on land granted to the Dempseys by Queen
Elizabeth in 1571.
A deposition made before John Watson, Magistrate in January,
Carlow to wit.
The examination of Kate Molony, alias Oulaghan, sworn upon the
Holy Evangelist taken before John Watson, Magistrate, the 15th
day of January, 1673.
Kate Molony, alias Oulaghan, being duly sworn saith that at or
about the last of May 1670, she and her son Edmond Molony came
to the house of Earel McMorris at Ballymorish, in the evening,
and there stayed all night.
After supper the said Edmond Moloney spoke to the
McMorris and told him that he was sent by his father
Moylony to see some brass that the said Earell found.
After a good while the said Earel McMorris answered and said it
was not brass and whispered in the ear to his own son - upon
which the son went into a chamber, and unlocked a chest, and
brought with him a yard of pure gold etc. etc.
[Note by Pat Purcell 1947. "For Carlovina History Journal 1947.
The complete text published in the Proceedings of The Royal
Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. Jan 1900"].
Note: In this case the spelling is relevant ...Oulaghan at times
spelt Oulehan, Oelihan, the family are recorded at Leighlin and
elsewhere in Carlow in Church registers and the PPP. I think one
of our Listers is researching the family. This surname is
sometimes spelt Wholhan / Holohan in error.