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Carlow Weekly News 1860

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, January 28, 1860

Piano Forte Tuning.

D. McDonnell begs to acquaint his friends and the gentry of Carlow and its vicinity, in general, of his arrival.

Orders left for him at his lodgings, Mrs LEHY, 6 Montgomery-street; or, at Mr KELLY'S Dublin-st, punctually attended to.

Local Intelligence

Carlow Petty Sessions–Monday

Henry Watters, Esq, Chairman;

Other Magistrates present–R. Clayton Browne, William Duckett, William Fishbourne, Richard Burton, and John Nolan Esqrs.

John Carroll v Francis Nolan.

Summons For Wages.

The complainant in this case summoned for thirty-six days' wages; but not being able to give the Court any information regarding the date of those days for which he summoned, the case was dismissed without prejudice.

John Allen, Patrick Doyle, and Mary Nolan, three colliers, were summoned by the police for having their coals for sale, in carts, in the middle of the street, after being directed by the constable to bring them near to the path, so as not to impede the traffic of the street.

The defendants were fined 6d each, with cost of court.

Mr. Richardson was directed by the Bench to apprize the Town Commissioners of the advisability of having large blocks of stone put down into the street, on a level with the road, as a line beyond which no collier was to have his coals.

James Stynes was summoned by Head-constable Johnson for having as ass and car in the public street with anyone to mind it.

A policeman stated to the Bench that he found the ass and car in the street, and not being able to find an owner for it, he took it to the barracks, where he was overtaken by defendant, who tried to drag the ass away, and gave him (the policeman) insolence.

The defendant was ordered to pay a find of 2s 6d, with costs of court. Mr Duckett advised him to keep a civil tongue in his head for the future.

The Court rose at an early hour, no other case being on the books.

Carlow Town Commission.

An adjourned meeting of the Town Commissioners was held at the Corn Exchange, on Wednesday last, when the following members attended:–

Robert Malcomson, Esq, Chairman;

Messrs Thomas Richardson, Robert Lalor, Michael Brophy, Robert Ferrall, George Wilson, and Patrick Lowry.

The Nuisance Inspector reported on the filthy state of some cabins in Hanover.

Mr. Richardson said that there were no back yards or conveniences of any kind attached to the houses, and consequently the tenants three all kinds of filth on the road opposite the door; the place was in a most disgraceful state. James Brennan, who is the agent, was spoken to on former occasions, and he (Mr Richardson) believed that place was cleaned up, but it was as bad as ever in a few days. What was wanted was, that some sort of conveniences should be attached to the houses, and he (Mr Richardson) thought the best plan was to apply to the head landlord, Mr Bruen, who he was sure would have the nuisance abolished.

Some remarks upon the matter having been made by different members of the Board, Mr Richardson's suggestion was agreed to, and Clerk directed to write to the landlord at once.

The Nuisance Inspector also reported on the position of the coping stone of a house in Burrin street, which he stated, was liable to fall at any moment, and kill some person.

The Chairman having read a section of the act bearing on the case,  Mr Richardson was of opinion that the Commissioners should send a man to take down or otherwise secure the stone.
The Clerk read a letter from Mr Haughton, requiring possession of the two rooms in the Corn Exchange occupied by the Carlow Town Commissioners, in September next, as the premises were to be handed over to Mr Bruen.

Mr Lowry said it was the opinion of the ratepayers that the Commissioners should have a room in the Court-house in which they might hold their meetings, and not be incurring unnecessary expense.

Mr Richardson said that even if they were allowed a room in the Court-house, in which to hold their meetings, they were bound by law to have a public office open every day, for which they would have to pay.

After some discussion on the subject, it was agreed that a notice should be put on the books for the next board day, to consider the matter.

Mr Richardson said that he had been requested by the Magistrates on Monday last to draw the attention of the Town Commissioners in regard to the colliers at Barrack street. They were in the habit of drawing their carts almost to the centre of the street and leaving them there, by which the passage was blocked up, and the traffic greatly impeded. Three parties had been fined for that offence on Monday last, and the Magistrates thought it most desirable that the Commissioners should have a line of large stones put down, on a level with the road, beyond which no collier should remain. If the Board would authorize that to be done it would be a great public convenience.

Mr Brophy agreed with what Mr Richardson had just stated, and added that the potato market was also choked in the morning by parties selling buttermilk.

The Nuisance Inspector was directed to keep the market free from all such obstructions, and to have the magistrates' suggestion carried out.

The Clerk read a letter from the Town Commissioners of Passage, Queenstown, enclosing the following resolution, and asking the co-operation of the Carlow Board:–

"Resolved–That considering the heavy impost of county rates levied on house property in towns, and particularly the undue proportion that the baronial cess bears to the benefits received, and the frequent capricious and arbitrary refusals of the magistrates and joint cess-payers at presentment sessions to grant works of improvement commensurate with their taxation, we determine to call on the commissioners of all towns that have adopted the towns' improvement (Ireland) act, and those under the act of 9th Geo. IV, to join us in a petition to parliament for such a change in the grand jury law as will relieve the property within their boundaries from the burden of baronial cess, and will empower the Commissioners to levy such a rate, in lieu thereof as may enable them to execute such works as may be required, and which, under the existing laws, would be made a baronial charge."

Mr Richardson observed that the paragraph in the resolution regarding the arbitrary and capricious refusals of magistrates at presentment sessions did not apply to the magistrates of Carlow, who were always anxious for the improvement of the town.

Mr Brophy thought it would be better to postpone the consideration of the resolution until next board day, in order to obtain a full attendance of Commissioners.

The consideration of the resolution was accordingly postponed, and the Board adjourned.

Poor Law Meeting.

The weekly meeting of the Poor Law Guardians of Carlow Union, was held in their board-room, on Thursday last, when the following guardians attended:–

William R. Leckey, Esq, Chairman;

William R. Fitzmaurice, William Fishbourne, T.G. Mosse, and Thomas Whitney.

A letter (the consideration of which was postponed to next board day, in consequence of the small number of guardians present) was read from the Poor-Law Commissioners, relative to the duties of medical and relieving officers in cases of out-door relief.

State of The House.

Original Building, 368; County Fever Hospital, 1; Bagenalstown do, 8; Tullow do, 7, Total, 384, Remaining on the morning of last board-day, 378; admitted on last board day 17; provisional admission since that date, 17; born 2; discharged since morning of last board-day, 24; died, 6; absconded, 0; remaining, 384. Number in house at corresponding period last year 385. Average cost for hall diet, 1s 5d; general average cost per head, 1s 10d; do in Infirmary, 2s 10d; do in County Fever Hospital, including all expenses 5s 10d; do in Bagenalstown Fever Hospital, including necessaries, 5s 4d; do in Tullow Fever Hospital, including necessaries, 5s 4˝d.

Carlow Amateurs' Ball

On Tuesday evening last the working classes of Carlow were afforded a treat rarely to be obtained in a provincial town–a ball given by the "Carlow Theatrical Amateurs" to a limited number of their friends and fellow-townsmen, in the Assembly Rooms, which were tastefully decorated for the occasion, and the supper was all the could be desired, the refreshments being in abundance, and of first-rate quality. It is superfluous to say that they were done ample justice to. Indeed we could not speak too highly of the arrangements of the stewards– Messrs James C. Fenelon, Alexander McDonald, James Hendrick, James Moore, and Patrick White–in the management of the whole affair; if the enjoyment of those present was what they aimed at, they entirely succeeded, and were well repaid for their trouble, for never did we see a number of people more determined to "leave dull care behind them." They evidently had resolved to make the most of the night, and we think we are only echoing the opinion of all present when we state that they carried out that resolution with spirit. The manner in which the ball passed off reflects the greatest credit on the company present, and after spending a night which will be recollected with please by all, the amusements terminated at an advanced hour in the morning, each person returning home to resume the cares and anxieties of every-day life.

Concert in The Assembly Rooms.

The "Yankee Brothers" gave a second concert in the above rooms on Monday last. the house was literally crammed with people, and the performances were in every way worthy of the support which they obtained. Amongst the songs in the programme (a most extensive one) we would mention as particularly worthy of notice, "Melinda May," "Gentle Annie," and "Willie we have missed you," and Mr Carroll's solo on the concertina–"Tara's halls," was exquisitely rendered. The band of the Carlow Rifles, ably conducted by Mr Kehoe, the bandmaster, was present, and contributed much towards the amusement of the evening.

Markets, &c. Carlow–Thursday, January 26 1860

Wheat, white, per brl, 28s 0d to 29s 0d; do, Red, 25s 0d to 28s 0d, do; Oats, best white 12s 0d to 13s 0d; do, Black Tartary, 12s 0d to 12s 9d; Barley, malting. 19s 6d, 21s; grinding, 14s to 17s; Pollard. 6s 6d per cwt; Bran, 6s 6d per do; Flour, foreign, 32s per bag; do Irish, 31s do; do. Inferiors, 23s do; do 3rds 17s; Oatmeal 15s to 00s per cwt; Indian meal, 8s 0d to 8s 3d per do; Hay 3s 6d to 5s 7˝d per cwt; Straw, 2s to 2s 11d do; Butter 105s to 106s per cwt – from 10d to 1s per lb; Bacon, 58s to 60s per cwt; Mutton 6d to 7d per lb; Beef, 5d to 7d do; veal 7d to 9d; lamb, 7s 6d per quarter; Potatoes, 6s 6d to 7s 6d per barrel; wool 24s 6d to 25s per stone.

Thomas Brennan v Bridget Hayden

Complainant stated that he hired with defendant for a quarter, at the rate of 27s 6d; worked with her from 3d November to the 2nd December, when he got a sore foot, with which he was compelled to go into the Infirmary; he was paid for only three weeks; when he was going into the Infirmary he asked defendant whether he would come back when he recovered; she replied in the affirmative; but when he did go back, after being cured, she told him that she had hired another boy in his place, on which he issued the present summons to recover the balance of the quarter's wages.

Complainant was cross-examined by Mr Malcomson (who appeared for the defendant), but nothing material was elicited.

Patrick Hayden, the defendant's father, deposed that the complainant was in his employment; paid him 6s 4d for three weeks' work, being at the rate of 27s 6d per quarter; complainant was quite satisfied at the time, and asked for a discharge.

The case was dismissed.

Poor Law Meeting

William R. Leckey, Esq, Chairman.

R. Clayton Browne, William R. Fitzmaurice, William Fishbourne, Henry Watters, D. Herring Cooper, H.G. Fletcher, Samuel Haughton, Robert Hanlon, and Thomas Brophy, Esqrs.

The Chairman read to the Board copy of a letter addressed to the Poor-Law Commissioners by Dr Burnett, Tullow medical officer, relating to the duties of a medical officer in cases of permanent out-door relief, and the Commissioners reply. Dr Burnett's letter stated that in those cases the medical officer, in order to have the relief renewed, must furnish the relieving officer with a certificate weekly as to those parties being alive, incapable of removal, &c. This was sometimes impracticable, and h (M.O.) suggested that in such cases, not being strictly medical relief cases, it should be the duty of the relieving officer from time to time to visit those cases, and ascertain their existence, &c. Should circumstances come under his notice to make him think it expedient, then let him request the medical officer to repeat his inspection. The Commissioners, in answer, stated that a medical officer could only be required, under the Commissioners' regulations to give a certificate of the state of health of dispensary patients, and it was no part of his duty to certify as to the state of health of persons receiving out-door relief.

Mr Fishbourne laid on the table the report of the Committee appointed to enquire into the management of the workhouse. It was resolved to issue special summonses to the Board for Thursday the 16th inst, to consider the report, and that it be printed and a copy furnished to each guardian.

University Intelligence–At the late examination in Trinity College, Mr C. Tuckey, a former pupil of Mr Percival Steuart, and for several years educated by him, obtained an Erasmus Smith's Exhibition. Mr Tuckey previously took sixth place at entrance, and a French prize. He was also, at the examination of his class recommended for both classical and science honours. Mr W. Watson of Dublin, who entered College while under Mr Stuart's tuition, was twice recommended for classical and science honours; and at the late honour examination, obtained first of second science honours.

Source: Susie Warren


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