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Freeman's Journal
Contributed by Mary Heaphy

15th June 1827

At the fair of Borrisoleigh on Saturday when business was just commencing,
two desperate factions named the "Rossoultys" or "Black Hens", and the
"Stapletons" or "Magpies" having met by appointment, rushed upon each other
with fury. Business was at once suspended and the people quitted the town
with their stock, and happy was he who escaped without the tap from the
shillelagh of the "Black Hens" or "Magpies." After a desperate fight, the
"Black Hens" gave way and fled in disorder to the hills, pursued by the
victorious "Magpies", who in turn were pursued by the Thurles police that
had just arrived.