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The Carlow Sentinal

Source: Pat Purcell Papers & Michael Purcell plus Turtle Bunbury.

Carlow Sentinel.

Attack On William Drury 1850

On 5th January 1850, The Carlow Sentinel reported on a meeting of Magistrates at the Tullow Courthouse that took place on December 15th 1849, with Sir Thomas Butler, Bart, in the chair. The magistrates in attendance were Captain McClintock Bunbury, MP; the Hon Somerset R Maxwell, James Butler, John James Lecky, John Whelan, William Duckett, Clement Wolseley, Hugh Faulkner, James H Eustace and CH Tuckey, RM, Esq. The meeting concerned an incident at 9pm on the evening of the 9th when some unknown person or persons fired a shot through the window of the residence of William Drury of Raheen, Forth, Co. Carlow, and wounded his daughter severely in the face.

The magistrates expressed their abhorrence at ‘such a diabolical outrage in our hitherto peaceable county’ and gathered together with the county’s gentlemen and landholders to procure money to distribute to anyone who came forward in the next six months with information leading to the arrest of the guilty party. The Earl of Bessborough led proceedings with a £10 donation, a sum echoed by all the magistrates, while the gentlemen pitched in between £5 and £10 and the landholders between £1 and £5.

Source: Turtle Bunbury <>


From: Michael Purcell <>

Wesleyan Chapel 1850.

The Carlow Sentinel.

May 1850.

ANNIVERSARY SERMONS on Sunday next. (D.V.)

The Rev. William Reilly, of Dublin, will preach THE ANNIVERSARY SERMONS of the Opening of the Wesleyan Chapel, Charlotte-Street, Carlow.

Services commence at 12oc, Noon, and 7oc, p.m.

The Trustees appeal to their king Christian Friends, who so generously came forward to their assistance on the occasion of opening their Chapel, on behalf of the Debt yet remaining on the Premises, and they confidently trust they will meet with a renewal of that liberal support for which, in the past, they feel deeply grateful.

Your presence and Contributions are earnestly and respectfully solicited.

Donations from Friends, unable to attend, will be thankfully received by Mr Banks, Tullow Street; Mr Rowe, and Mr M'Clelland, Dublin Street, etc. etc.


From: Michael Purcell <>

Haughton 1850. Greenbank, Carlow.

Carlow Sentinel.

July 1850.



Residence of the late Joshua Haughton.

The situation is one of the best in the County, on the Palatine Road and adjoining Burton Hall Demesne, two and a half miles from Carlow town. The House is in excellent order, standing on 12 Acres.

Apply to Thomas Haughton, Justice of the Peace, Greenbank, Carlow.

[note added by Michael Purcell 2014. - Knockarda is the old name for Palatine.]


Carlow Sentinel.

August, 1852

 On Monday August 9th 1852, The Times published the following piece ... "extracted from the Carlow Sentinel of this day, is another illustration of "freedom of election", as it is understood at this side of the Channel:-

   "On Thursday last, one of the most murderous attacks it was our painful duty to record after a contested election was made on a respectable Roman Catholic, the son of a freeholder of this county, near Lisnevagh, the residence of Captain M'Clintock Bunbury. At an early hour Mr. John Regan, an extensive road contractor, proceeded with two men to raise some gravel from a pit in the neighborhood. On his arrival at the pit, about 20 men pounced on their victim, whom they designated a 'bloody Bruenite'. He was knocked down, brutally maltreated with stones and shovels, and finally left in a state of insensibility. Intelligence having reached Lisnevagh, Captain Bunbury ordered his carriage, proceeded to the spot where this outrage was committed, and conveyed Mr. Regan to the County Infirmary, where he now lies in a dangerous state under the care of Dr. Rawson.

We may judge of the savage character of his assailants, when we inform the reader that Mr. Regan sustained a compound fracture of the arm, had eleven wounds on the head, one of which, it is feared, is accompanied by a fracture, as a splinter from the skull was taken off, and that his body, from head to foot, was covered with bruises, the effects of kicks and blows while lying on the ground.

Mr. Regan's father voted for Colonel Bruen and Captain Bunbury; and the son is thus punished because his father exercised the privilege of an elector in a county governed by British law. Here are some of the fruits of those fanatical harangues delivered during the last month, when we were told in the public streets that the contest was one between 'God and the devil'. Five of the parties concerned in this inhuman outrage have been arrested, and committed to the County Gaol for trial at the assizes. Their names are Hugh Carty, John Carty, James Carty (three brothers), James Walsh, and Patrick Bryan. We regret to state that the life of Mr. Regan is in imminent peril".

Extract by  "Turtle Bunbury", 2008.

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