Assorted Newspaper Accounts from Tipperary - Printed in the
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LONDON TIMES 1700-1829

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Edmund Grady was tried for rape at the Spring assize, 1776,
and hanged on the 27th April. He was duly carried away for
interment but revived during the wake.

May 5, 1777 Edmund Grady who was hanged last year and came
to life again was on Saturday executed in the street facing
the jail door.


Dec 2, 1786 London Times

Clonmel Nov. 20, On Sunday the 19th as Rev. Patrick Hare was
returning from his church parish of Templeton(), he
discovered of a sudden Michael Bohan and Thomas Dawson (two
persons of that parish who had waylaid him and attempted to
shoot him)... They pulled their triggers but providentially
burned priming and did not go off. These men ran away...
having laid aside their coats and shoes and stockings.

They were pursued by Mr. Hare. Michael Bohan was taken with
his gun in his hand and Thomas Dawson escaped. The said
Bohan was carried to Thurles. His gun was found to contain a
large charge of powder and four bullets. Bohan is now in the
jail of Clonmel.


April 19 1798 Clonmel, April 7.

Andrew Phelan of Annicarty, charged with being an United
Irishman, and having an Officer's Commission in the Barony
of Kilnemana(), has been committed to the County Jail.

Also Committed to the County Jail, Thomas Tynan, Michael
Tynan, Michael Purcell, and Wm. Purcell, charged with
burglariously entering the house of Thomas Fogarty of Drom
on the 28th of March last and taking thereout cash and
several articles of value.

May 10, 1798

Letter of the High Sheriff of Tipperary ... thinks it is his
duty to praise Mrs. Bunbury who so gallantly defended her
house and compelled the rebels to retire.. such heroic
conduct should raise the crimson blush of shame on those
heroes who disgracefully and cowardly surrendered large
quantities of arms to the rebels on their first approach
without having fired a single shot. Done at Lisheen April
20, 1798.

Aug 2, 1798

"Innocent Cahil, James Heran, and Matthew Ryan, were on the
18th inst. convicted before a General Court Martial at
Cashel, of Treason and Rebellion. On the 19th inst. they
were taken to the lands of Bayrohrath () and executed, they
were brought to Cashel where they were decapitated and their
heads placed at the highest pinnacle of Cashel."

Sept. 8 1798 House of Commons -

The right Hon. Attorney General moved that the names of
Harvey Morris, Cornelius Egan, William Burke, James Burke,
John O'Brien and Michael Delaney be included in the bill for
compelling certain persons engaged in the late rebellion to
surrender themselves for trial on pain of attainder....
Harvey Morris was considered as the principal person in
carrying on rebellious correspondence between Lord Edward
Fitzgerald and the Rebels of County Tipperary.


April 12, 1799 House of Commons

Lord Matthew presented a petition from Judkin Fitzgerald
late High Sheriff of the Co. of Tipperary, praying that an
investigation of his conduct in putting down the rebellion
be conducted, and offering to prove to the Bar the guilt of
the persons he had summarily punished, and praying for a
measure of protection against vexatious suits..." Petition
seconded by Holmes and strenuously opposed by Mr. Yelverton
who stated he should not consent to the indemnification or
protection of a bloody tyrant, who under the pretense of
supporting the laws and constitution had tyrannically
trampled both.

Sep 19 1799 Letter from Clonmel, Sept 11.

Yesterday by order of Sir Chas. Asgill, Capt. Jones and the
Clonmel Infantry, made a general search for concealed arms
in the neighbourhoood of this town, pikes and a considerable
amount of pike handles were found buried in various places.

Sept 21, 1799

The expiring embers of treason have lately gleamed forth in
Tipperary where some traitorous desperadoes had flattered
themselves that their infernal cause might yet inspire a few
wretches like themselves to disturb the public
tranquility.... It is reported that some characters,
somewhat above the common class, were taken into custody in
Clonmell to be brought for trial.

Sept 24, 1799

A meeting of the Magistracy of the towns of Feathard and
Clonmel was held to consider effectual means to check the
growing spirit of insurrection... A resolution was entered
to grand a reward of 200l. to any person who shall give
information of any meeting of armed insurgents.

Oct 2, 1799 - Dublin, Sept. 27.

On Wednesday the 25th ult. a man named Timothy M'Carthy was
executed in Clonmel pursuant to sentence of Court Martial,
charged with having stolen a yeoman's pistol and ammunition
for the purpose of joining the rebels on Friday the 6th,
with the intention of attacking the town of Clonmel... A
baker of the same town named O'Hara was also convicted of
actually joining the rebels, and with having mounted pikes -
sentenced to transportation.

Nov. 12 1799

At petty Sessions held in Clonmel on the 1st of this month,
Mr. Mulcahy, of Haywood, farmer, was tried for attempting to
seduce a private of the Lancashire volunteers from his
allegiance. He was convicted and ordered to serve in his
Majesty's Army. William Leonard of Clonmel, brogue-maker, on
Thursday last was tried and convicted for being a United
Irishman, a similar sentence was passed on him.


May 8, 1800

Dublin, May 3 - By letters from Tipperary, dated Sunday
last, we learn that a detachment of Essex Fencibles,
quartered at Cappagh, under orders of Sir James Duff
apprehended eight notorious rebels. On the way to Limerick
with the prisoners, they were attacked by an immense
multitude of country people from the surrounding mountains
who attempted to effect a rescue. The assailants were
unsuccessful. Four rebels were killed.


March 27, 1801

Dublin, March 22 - On Wednesday, an armed banditti of
ruffians 40 or 50, came to the house of Mr. Flannery an
industrious farmer near New Inn, in the county of Tipperary
where he an his son were killed.

Oct. 7, 1801

Cork, Sept. 29 - As the Rev. Mr. Quinlan, of Bansagh()
county of Tippperary was officiating at his chapel on Sunday
the 20th, six armed men broke into his house and on
searching his bedchamber, took therefrom, three guns and a
pistol. Captain Ryan, immediately dispatched his corps in
pursuit. Sunday night, Terrace (sic) Brien, butcher, having
an altercation with his father Daniel Brien, in the county
of Tipperary, stabbed him. The unfortunate old man has died.

Oct. 16, 1801

Colonel Bagwell of Marlfield, Representative in Parliament
for Tipperary, was sworn into the office of Mayor, and
Solomon Watson of Somerville, and John Howell, Esqrs.
Bailiffs of the Corporation of Clonmel, for the ensuing

James Murray a Serjeant in the 56th Regiment of Foot, lately
tried by a General Court-Martial, was sentenced to 1,000
lashes; his punishment was humanely mitigated to 300 lashes,
which he yesterday received.

Dec. 28, 1801

Cork, Dec. 17. - Meehan, who had for some years been a
terror to the neighborhood of Tipperary, and so often eluded
the vigilance of the Army and Yeomanry, has been lately
apprehended by six countrymen and is now lodged in the
Bridewell of that town. There was found upon him a
blunderbuss, ammunition and part of a rebel song.


Dec. 23, 1802

Dublin, Dec. 13 - A party of ruffians attacked the house of
a man named Devereux, an industrious farmer in the Glen of
Aherlow, and plundered it of a considerable amount of cash.
Devereux's two sons made a gallant defense with two salmon
spears, the only weapons they had.


Aug 8, 1803

Mr. O'Neil, the former parish priest in Youghall, who in
1798, received 300 lashes at a drum-head tribunal, to force
him to confess treasonable plots, supposed to be revealed to
him by his parishoners in confession, and who was afterwards
transported with a number of rebels to Botany Bay, has
procured his restoration, through the interest of the
Marquis of Thomond()

Oct 4, 1803 - Dublin, Sept. 29

Henry Howley was executed at the Front of New Prison for the
murder of Col. Browne of the 21st Regiment on the night of
the rebellion... The wretched man seemed to have somewhat of
a better education that any of the former traitors (except
Emmett) he was a native of Roscrea in Co. Tipperary, and had
been active in the rebellion of 1798.

Nov. 16, 1803

The following persons have been committed to the Clonmell
Gaol - William Kelly of Donohill, charged on the oath of
Mary Kelly of Gurtnacoola with attacking her in a violent
manner and taking from her a pocket-book. C. Haran, alias
Coody, who stands indicted in the Crown Office, for the
murder of Richard Buckley of Garrivine on the 6th of
November last, and for, with others, setting fire to the
dwelling house of John Treacy of Garrivine. Edward Brien of
Glasdrom, charged on the oath of Johanna Dwyer of Lisduff,
with feloniously having broken into the house of her
husband, Michael Dwyer, demanding arms, ammunition &c.

Hugh Wholahan, mason and John Butler, carpenter charged with
the murder of William Quinlan, and wounding of Anne Russell
on the turnpike road near Ballypatrick. Wholohan was brought
into Clonmel on Monday se'night by a party of Eastern (Capt.
Perry's) Iffa and Offa Cavalry. Butler was taken Wed., by
the active exertions of Lieut. Elliot.


Jan 10, 1804

By Dublin mail, dated the 4th. - "a fellow named Cullinan,
who had under various names, been an active agent of France
since the year 1797, and who was particularly notorious and
mischievous in the South of Ireland by the title 'General
Clarke', was taken near Cashel Tipperary and transmitted to
Dublin Castle. Last night he attempted escape but was
discovered and struck by a sentinel. His skull was
fractured. The body, with scarcely a vestige of life, has
been carried to an hospital.

The following anecdote is in circulation - Thomas Emmett and
Arthur O'Connor... hired a small vessel at Kinsale, by
promises of great reward, induced three stout seamen to
carry them to France... They effected their escape, and were
put on shore near St. Maloes...

July 3, 1804

Old Bailey Sessions - July 2. Michael Sullivan was brought
to the bar, charged with adhering to his Majesty's enemies
on board 'Le Jeune Henri' a French Privateer... The
prisoner, on being taken by the 'Tartar', English privateer,
alleged he was American, but it was soon discovered by his
brogue that he was an Irishman, born in Tipperary. He said
he had been taken prisoner by the French, made his escape
and entered as a seaman on board Le Jeune Henri supposing it
to be a Spanish vessel and did not discover his mistake till
the engagement took place when the French Colours were
hoisted. - Verdict: Not Guilty.


July 25, 1806

The last fair of Kilsiacle (), in the county of Tipperary
was disgraced by one of those riots which, day after day,
continue to impede the public business of that county.
Several persons were inhumanly mangled, amongst whom was a
woman in an advanced state of pregnancy; and one man, of the
name Cummins, a resident of Cordangan, in the above county
was killed on the spot.


Oct. 7, 1807

On Sunday last during the time of divine service, a party of
ruffians entered the house of the miller at Kilmainham()
Edmond Collins and plundered it of its arms.

The last fair of Holycross was the scene of a savage murder.
One John Neale, a peaceable, unoffending man was driving
some stock from the fair-place when he was attacked by a
large party, headed by two fellows named Edmund Devane and
William Rahill. He died a few hours after.

Oct. 27, 1807 - Clonmel

A few nights since, the house of Darby Cullin in Kilmore,
was attacked by a number of ruffians who demanded his horse,
on Cullin's refusing, they broke his door and taking him
from his house, flogged him heartily for his admonition.

On Wednesday night, a party of seven, attacked the house of
Daniel, on the lands of Kilnenack... Daniel and his
companions, fired on the assailants who as suddenly fled.


Oct. 11, 1811

Clonmel - On the 25th ult. a most wanton and unprovoked
murder was committed on Thomas Connors, a weaver residing on
the lands of Ballykeeveen near Cappaghwhite. Mr. Crotty, one
of the coroners, held an inquest when the following
circumstances appeared into evidence. The deceased was
attacked by two brothers Daniel and Timothy Crough and James
Fleming. The above men have absconded. The deceased was
about 22 years of age and has left a wife and two children
destitute of support.


Jan 28, 1812

We are sorry to announce the disturbed state of the country
between Clogheen and Ballyporeen, in the county of
Tipperary. Several respectable farmers' houses were attacked
last week, stacks of corn burned, horses taken, &c. the
property of Messrs. Branihan, Prendergast, Coghlan, Walsh,
Cloghesy, Gorman, Flyn, Ryan, Mulrey, Keating Kennedy, Wall,
James, &c. A general muster of the villains took place on
Monday, se'nnight, near Ballyporeen, which consisted of no
less than two hundred; and after parading for an hour with
vollies firing, and horns blowing, they were dismissed,
every man taking his horse and arms with him.


Oct 5, 1815

In Clonmel Sept. 27 the mansion of Denis M'Cathy, Esq. of
Springhouse was assailed by a number of armed desperadoes.
At the time there were but two women and a boy in the house.
Mr. M'Carthy who is much advanced in years and totally
blind.. leveled his piece in the direction from whence he
heard the voices proceed and shot one assailant... Mr.
M'Carthy was slighly wounded. M'Carthy's victim was a young
man of the name Hackett who lived no great distance from

A house of a family named Wallis, lying between Burrisoleigh
and Silver-mines was attacked. Wallis shot the ringleader
dead. An attack on the house of a smith named Golden at Drom
in the neighborhood of Templemore. Mr. Wilson accompanying
the police to the scene was mistakenly shot by Golden's son.

Nov. 18, 1815 IRELAND

Now, when the avenging laws have taken their course; now
when the policy of Peele and Grattan has been tried surely
it is not now too soon to inquire into the causes which have
produced so much affliction to the poor and so much
satisfaction to others....As the County of Tipperary has
been the principal object of the complaint among the present
race of strong-measure men, we prefer selecting it as the
basis of inquiry, in order that the patrons of the present
measures may be the better able to judge of the efficacy of
their favorite system, by ascertaining its effects in that
quarter, to which it was applied and for the improvement of
which it was in a principal degree intended.

CASHEL, Oct. 9

Edward Dwyer, charged with having concealed arms, convicted
and sentenced to immediate transportation; the circumstances
of this case were very peculiar. (Note: there is no mention
of what the circumstances were in the article) Michael Finn
and William Finn, charged with being out of their
dwelling-house at an improper hour, Sun Oct. 1 acquitted.
Francis and John Ryan, charged with being out of their
houses at an improper hour Sun, Oct 1 acquitted.

John Redding and William Vaughan, charged with being out of
their houses at an improper hour on Sun, Oct 1 - acquitted.
Denis and Roger Corcoran() the first with being charged with
being out of his dwelling house, the second with having
concealed arms - Denis acquitted. Roger adjourned to Thurles

Flanagan --- Hectrop () charged with being out at an
improper hour - acquitted.

THURLES, Oct. 16

John Stapleton charged with being a disorderly person, and
with having concealed ammunition - convicted and

Mathew Ryan, charged with being found out of his dwelling
house at an improper hour - convicted and transported.

Michael Dargan, found out of his house at an improper hour -
instantly acquitted.

Thomas Salmon, charged with being out of his house at an
improper hour - instantly acquitted.

Corcoran, whose case had been adjourned from Cashel -
acquitted. John Spoilane (Spillane), charged with tumultuous
assembly - acquitted. Oct.17

Thomas Mara,charged with being out of his dwelling house -
acquitted. John Morony, charged with being an idle and
disorderly person and having concealed ammunition -
convicted and transported.

James Flannery, Cornelius Flannery, William Bonnicum,
Patrick Mahon, Cornelius Mahon and Edward Lanigan charged
with being idle and disorderly persons, out of their
dwelling houses at an improper hour on 11th Oct.; and Edward
Fannin, Joseph Triby, and D. Triby charged with a similar
offence on the 8th, referred to the Quarter Session.

Stephen Burke, charged with being out of his dwelling house
at an improper hour - prosecution dismissed by the Bench.

Edward Magrath, Patrick Flinn, James Gilligan charged with
being out of their residences at improper hours - acquitted.

End of Part 1 *Attributed to the DUBLIN CHRONICLE

Nov. 18, 1815

Clonmel Oct. 23

James Slattery charged with being out of his dwelling-house
at an improper hour - acquitted.

Michael Condon and John Maher, charged with being out of
their dwelling houses at an improper hour - acquitted.

Patrick Harney, Thomas Whelan (or Wholan) and James Cuddihy,
charged with being out of their dwelling houses at improper
hours on the night of Oct. 14 - acquitted.

James Kelly, charged with being out of his dwelling house at
improper hours, on the Saturday - acquitted.

Oct 24

James Griffin, John Griffin and John Maher,charged with
being out of houses at improper hours and having concealed
arms. James Griffin - acquitted. John Griffin - case
postponed. John Maher detained in custody under charge of
capital offence.

John Murphy charged with being out of his house at improper
hours; instantly convicted and transported from the dock.

J. Sullivan, charged with being out of his house at improper
hours acquitted.


Thomas Fox and James Ryan charged with being out of their
dwelling houses &c. on the night of Oct. 20th - convicted
and transported.

Thomas Bryan, charged with being out of his house at
improper hours - immediately acquitted.

William White, charged with having concealed arms -
immediately acquitted. Ed. Magrath, charged with having
concealed arms acquitted.

Oct. 31

Patrick Ryan, Michael Fogarty, Thomas M'Dermot, Michael
Heffernan and William Joy, charged with being out of their
houses at improper hours on the fair day of Golden - all
acquitted except Heffernan whose case was adjourned.

David Gorman, charged with having concealed balls

Nov. 3

Margaret Hennesssy, an old woman of excellent character
charged with having arms and ammunition in her possession on
the 18th Oct. Convicted, but not sentenced, owing to her
disturbed state of mind - to be brought up for sentence on
the 20th inst.

Mary Bryan, a woman very recently confined in child-bed,
charged with having concealed arms, viz. an old rusty gun -
instantly acquitted.

Heffernan from last Sessions, brought up and discharged.

Nov. 4

Michael Ryan, charged with being out of his dwelling house
at unreasonable hours - acquitted.

John Barry the elder, and John Barry the younger, 13 years
old, charged with having concealed arms, the father
convicted and transported - the son acquitted.

John Morony and Michael Moran, charged with being out of
their dwelling house at improper hours - acquitted.

William Gleason, James Donovan, and Denis Donovan, charged
with having concealed arms - acquitted.

Mary Gleeson, charged with having concealed arms. Oliver
Latham was the Magistrate who arrested her. On giving his
evidence he swore that "Gleeson, the prisoner's husband, is
a man of good character; he believed Gleeson had registered
his arms; that if Gleeson had been at home, he would not
have denied them - and that the prisoner had no knowledge of
the place of their confinement." It was afterwards admitted
that this Oliver Latham had himself signed the certificate
authorizing Gleeson to keep the gun, and that King, the
constable of Latham and joint prosecutor with him, was the
only other person living who knew where it was concealed -

Thus it appears, that during the nine days of Sessions no
less than seventy person were charged with transportable
felonies; out of whom thirteen were convicted, leaving
fifty-seven tried but not convicted! - (Dublin Chronicle)


Feb 9, 1816

Abstract of the Convictions and Acquittals at the late
Special Commission in Clonmel: Thomas Neal and Andrew Ahearn
were found guilty of robbing Mr. James Dudley of a gun, and
snapping a pistol at him with intent to kill. Executed at
Cahir Friday last.

Patrick Keogh was convicted of destroying the dispensary at
Ballagh together with the adjoining house.

Thomas Mahoney was found guilty of robbing the house of
Thomas O'Meagher near Clogheen of fire-arms.

John Barron was tried and convicted for attacking and
breaking into the dwelling-house of Edmund Regan, a farmer
near Cordangon.

John Sullivan and James Walsh were acquitted upon the charge
of attacking and burning the house of Cornelius Ryan on the
21st of June 1815.

Patrick Neal, Daniel Neal, Francis Royan, C. Wade, Michael
M'Coy, Patrick Ryan, Edward Fogarty, Thomas Coggan, Wm.
Corcoran, John Ryan, and Darby Corcoran were acquitted on a
charge of assembling in arms and administering and unlawful

Michael Stack was convicted of the murder of William Meany
on the 1st of August 1814. Executed at Camas Friday last.

Daniel Doyle was convicted of attacking the dwelling house
and destroying the property of William Reddy.

Edward Meagher, Thomas Hurley, Michael Kearney, Thomas
Fitzgerald, and William Maher, were convicted of setting
fire to and consuming the house of William Burke of Cappagh.
These persons were apprehended by the late William Baker,
Esq. who was murdered shortly after their apprehension.
Patrick Meara was convicted of attacking the house of Henry
Blackmore at Rathcoole, robbing it of fire-arms and money
and firing a pistol at Mr. Blackmore in his bed.

Patrick Gleeson, Wm. Carroll, and Jas. Bowen were acquitted
for attempting to compel Wm. Foran to quit his farm.

John Dwyer, John Murphy, Wm. Ryan, Roger Murphy, Jas. Ryan,
Thos. Hackett, John Magrane(), Edmond Ryan, Roger Corcoran,
Joseph Costello, Denis Dwyer, Michael Murphy and Michael
Lahy withdrew their pleas of Not Guilty on several

William O'Donnel, charged with the murder of Mr. George
Robins, postponed his trial to the next assizes.

Thomas Quinlan, John Quinlan, Daniel Herrick, and Stephen
Egan were acquitted for conspiring to murder the Rev. John
Hamilton. Richard Ekins, Thomas Ekins and James Ekins were
acquitted for attempting to compel Denis Heffernan to quit
his place of abode and shooting him with intent to murder.

William Pollard was convicted of attempting to compel Honor
Mars, a servant to William Ryan of Moyalif, to quit her
employment. The jury recommended him to mercy.

Patrick Keogh was taken from the gaol at Clonmel to Ballagh
where the Dispensary formerly stood, and there executed.


Jan 15 1817

Michael Brown, John Hurly and Michael Ryan were flogged at
Cashel on Thursday for appearing in arms at the fair of


July 11 1818 Clonmel, July 4. Duel

Yesterday in consequence of some words in the Eliogarty
booth between Daniel Falkner and John Hunt of Thurles, they
met in a short time at Thakincor in Waterford, where at the
first fire Mr. Hunt received a ball in the leg. Mr. Hunt's
ball passed through the whiskers of Mr. Falkner. Hunt was
seconded by Nicholas Meagher, Esq. of Thurles. Falkner by
Capt. Robins. - Clonmel Advertiser.


Mar 07, 1820

Clonmel Feb. 28 - On Sat. last, Mr. Russell officer of
Excise, under the direction of Mr. Holmes, surveyor,
assisted by Lieut. Hartley and a party of the 57th regiment,
repaired to the lands of Kedea () between Cashel and Caher,
where they detected a private distillery at full work.....
Such were the secrecy and despatch used by Mr. Russell on
the occasion, that six men, namely, James Prendergast,
Michael Prendergast, Luke Colclough, Denis Doherty, E. Burke
and James Maher were commanded to gaol.


Nov. 27, 1821 Clonmel, from the HERALD, Nov. 21.

On Monday, at or near "The Seven Acres' a farm so called
between Thorny-bridge and Cloneen, at the foot of the
Slievenamon a horrible burning occurred. It was the
residence of a better kind of farmer named Shea who had
recently put out some under-tenants. He was served with a
notice that unless he restored the old occupants he would
suffer... His house was fired and every soul was burnt to
death. Mr. Thomson the coroner held an inquest on the

From the CLONMEL ADVERTISER Wed. 21 The following
particulars -

The house of Edmond Shea , an opulent farmer at Gurtnapish,
near Cloneen, between Fethard and Mullinahone, barony of
Middlethird, at the northwest foot of the Slievenamon
mountains was destroyed by fire. Shea his wife, seven
children, three female servants and five laborers were all

Nov. 28, 1821

The Burning of the Sheas - An inquest was held on Wed., the
following jurors were sworn - John Sellito, Matthew Barron,
Basil Bryan, Richard Chadwick, John Cooke, Edmund Tobin,
Thomas Heffernan, Adam Douglas, Pierce Butler, R.C. Jackson,
K. Butler and K. Hensilett().

The jury proceeded to the house of the deceased, Shea. The
victims were 16 in number, their names as follows: - Edmund
Shea, Mary Shea, Edmund Shea, jun., Mary Shea , jun.(),
Nicholas Shea, jun., Margaret Shea, Michael Butler, P.
Mullaly, Michael Mulcahy, Catherine Mullaly, Margaret Shea,
Mary Power, Wm. Rice and three men unknown.


Jan 2 1822

Letter from our correspondent - Borrisokane, Dec. 26. "The
times here are dreadful; last Monday a great number of
Orangemen of this town (who are the only persons that have
arms) rushed on the Catholics with muskets and bayonets,
swearing they would destroy every Papist in the place; their
Minister, Mr. Studdart, went amongst them, at the risk of
his life, but they would not give up their arms either to
him or the magistrates; nothing could equal the forebearance
of the Catholics, which may be attributed to their exemplary
priest, Mr. Spain..."

Jan. 18, 1822 From the CLONMEL HERALD

An outrage was committed by some daring banditti on
Wednesday, near Ardfinnan, on the house of Mr. Francis
William Burke, for the purpose of taking firearms. Mr. Burke
was absent in Clonmel, and the house was occupied only by
his daughter and a Mr. A. Burke from near Borrisoleigh.

Jan. 30, 1822 From Tipperary, says the DUBLIN EVENING POST -

Nenagh, Jan. 25. This town is in a dreadful state at
present... A party of yeomen went to the turnpike to take
Horan, he was secured by two yeomen but shook himself from
one and whipped the bayonet off the gun, and with it stabbed
Rea, one of the yeomen, and made off. Horan's father, a man
of about 80 years of age, hearing some noise in the street,
put his head out and was shot by the yeomanry... The wounded
yeoman was taken to the house of Gason, and taken care of,
but certain persons being inclined to think they were
ill-disposed people, arrested old Gason and his daughter and
lodged them in gaol without a warrant. The people in general
are now driven to desperation, and we expect a general
engagement with the yeomanry..... What a town to live in!
P.S. The old man is mortally wounded.

We would only impress upon the government the necessity of
disbanding the corps. Nenagh, containing nearly 7,000
inhabitants, was one of the most peaceable in the kingdom,
till arms were put into the hands of these people. If we are
to have the insurrection act, let it be executed by the
regular military.

Feb 8, 1822

At a village named Terryglass, near Borrisokane, county
Tipperary, in a district hitherto peaceable, the cattle of a
farmer named Boland were driven under a decree. The
constables were attacked by the peasantry, the cattle
rescued, and one of the men named Larkin was killed!

April 11, 1822

Timothy Dwyer was tried at the Clonmel assizes for forcibly
carrying away Honora Ryan, with the intent that she should
marry one James Coffey. This is the young woman who was
lately forcibly taken off the Limerick coach. Her evidence
was entirely in favour of the prisoner, she giving it as her
opinion that he accompanied the party rather to protect her
than offer her any violence. The prisoner was acquitted.

April 16 1822

Clonmel Assizes - On Friday, James Gallaghan was indicted
for having uttered seditious expressions in the town of
Cahir on the 20th of Jan last. A soldier of the Rifle
Brigade, named Neale swore that while at the public-house
where he was billeted, he heard the prisoner say " that if
he ever went to England, he would assist in pulling down the
King and crown and burn them in hell." Gallaghan was
arrested by Austin and found guilty.

April 20 1822

A farmer of the name Morris, at Killenry() near Nine-mile
House, having become (illegible) to the public disturbers
received a threatening notice, having lately come to reside

July 4 1822 Old Bailey

Tobias Burke for intermarying with Marian Bruce, his first
wife Mary Butler being then living.

Elizabeth Butler, sister of Mary testified she resided in
Cashel and was at the marriage in May 1815. Dr. Wright
performed the ceremony. Both prisoner and witness's sister
were both Roman Catholics. Prisoner had said to her he had a
brother Thomas who was a Catholic priest at Maynooth. Her
father was a leather merchant.

Julia Butler, sister of last witness was present at
prisoner's house in Clonmel for the birth of one of her
sister Mary's two children. Tobias Burke testified he was
made drunk and entrapped into the first marriage.

Thomas Maher of Munro, County Tipperary, farmer, Roman
Catholic testified that he was a sponsor at the christening
of the prisoner by Edward Jordan, Protestant Minister of
Templederry in 1794.

Edmund Burke, brother of the prisoner testified he lives at
Springfield, Tipperary and that his brother was brought up
Protestant. Has a brother Tom who went off to America and
two brothers, Denis and John who were Protestants, though
John was known to attend mass he was in principle a
Protestant. Was in Cashel the day of the marriage, drank
hard and played cards with James Butler, father of Mary.
They were all stupidly drunk. Did not witness any
marriage.... Verdict of guilty.

Oct. 8, 1822

On Sunday night last a swelling house on the lands of
Rossestown, near Thurles, together with a quantity of wheat,
was burned, we have reason to suppose maliciously. the house
was occupied by on Miles HOUGH, who as well as his wife and
son, and a man named Carroll, narrowly escaped. Clonmel

Oct. 10 1822

Lord Clonbrock, now on a visit to Beechmount on Saturday
rode through his estates in the neighborhood of Shanagolden
and viewed each tenant's farm; to some he forgave large
arrears, and reduced the rent to what it had been 30 years
ago, to others he gave a second reduction of a fifth,
forgiving arrears also.

Dec. 26, 1822

Clonmel Dec. 11, On Wednesday last, an inquest was held on
the body of Mary Ryan who was found murdered near Thurles. A
verdict of willful murder was returned against John
Fitzpatrick and William Gorman, who have been committed to


April 2, 1823 Clonmel Assizes Tuesday, March 25. From the
CLONMEL HERALD - The Abduction of Honora Ryan.

James Coffee was indicted for that he, on the 9th of March,
in the 3d year of the King, at Clonbonny, did feloniously
assault Honora Ryan and with others, did carry her away with
intent to marry or defile her.. Honora Ryan deposed that a
party came to her mother's house and began breaking in the
door with a sledge. She dressed herself in her brother's
clothes and attempted to elude them. She was caught and
taken to Cragg. At Cragg many of the men got drunk... They
then brought her to Castlenock... There she influenced a
woman of the house to try and get her some assistance for
her release. The woman went to Mr. Parker, a magistrate at
Castlelough who succeeded in a rescue ... All but one of the
men escaped capture. Fortnight afterwards, the witness, on
her return from the Clonmel assizes, on the Limerick Coach,
where she had been to prosecute the man taken by Parker, was
stopped near Mount Catherine by Coffee and four others who
dragged her off the coach. Coffee said to the coachman, "I
ventured my life for her once before, and it's the least I
can have her now." Told the witness that he would not take
her if he was rich, but would have her on account of her
money.... Her brother, who was in the coach, ran off and
brought the military and she was rescued yet again.

After this, the witness, for security, went to live at
Lackland, near Newport the residence of Rev. Pennefather.
Here she was taken by Coffee yet again....Mr. Ryan of
Ballymackeough came upon them and Coffee and his friends ran
off. Witness stated that she would sooner suffer being torn
to pieces than marry Coffee. Catherine Ryan, mother of
Honora was sworn and corroborated her daughter's testimony.

Thomas Ryan, son of the last witness, and brother of Honora
deposed that he knew Coffee. Prisoner had come into his
cow-house... Mr. Hatchell, prisoner's advocate called no
witnesses. Prisoner was convicted on one indictment, but as
both are capital, that sufficed to determine his fate.

Aug 3 1823 Clonmel Record Court

Action brought by plaintiff, Patrick Carroll against Richard
Falkiner, defendant, for false imprisonment.

... Plaintiff became possessed of the bill of Mr. Charles
Walsh of Walsh-Park which he passed to a Mr.Madden; the bill
was dishonored and a writ was sent down to plaintiff to have
served on Mr. Walsh. The attempt to serve the writ was
repulsed.. . Plaintiff went to Mr. Dexter and desired him to
take the three police stationed at Carrigahorig to effect an
arrest... Once at Walsh-park, defendant, who was then in the
house, called on the plaintiff to remove his hat which
plaintiff refused to do; this so angered the defendant that
he declared he would commit them all under the Insurrection
Act, and gave the constable the following committal: "To wit
- You are hereby directed to take the bodies of the
following persons: - Pat Carroll, of Birr; William Meara and
Michael Carroll, of Firmount; Thomas Hemsworth of Lorha, and
John Meara of Cloren,...  for coming in a riotous and
disorderly manner to the house of Mr. Walsh of Walsh-park. I
command you, in his Majesty's name, to commit the above
named parties to gaol, to stand their trial at Nenagh under
the Insurrection Act. Given under my hand this 28th Nov.
1822" - Richard Falkiner. "To John M'Cullogh and the
police". The reading of this committal excited considerable
laughter in the court.

Aug 8 1823 - Insurrection Act. Thomas Laurence v. James

(Note: Dempster is described as both Physician, Magistrate
and Scottish). An action for false imprisonment by the
plaintiff with damages laid at 1,000 pounds.

Mr. Doherty for the plaintiff.  Both plaintiff and defendant
reside in Nenagh as does Mr. Flinn, barrack-master...
Defendant applied to the plaintiff for the key to the
barrack-field to get grass for his horse, he was refused.
Defendant seeing plaintiff in the street on the evening of
June 13, 1822, called the police and desired the plaintiff
to be taken to the Bridewell. Never, said the learned
gentleman, did he hear so much of Bridewells as since he
came to this county. There was not a village in it without a
Bridewell. The defendant, resolved on revenge, wrote the
laconic prescription, "Receive the body of Thomas Laurence
as idle and disorderly" signed, James Dempster. Plaintiff
awarded 75 pounds damages.

Aug. 29 1823

From the CLONMEL ADVERTISER of Saturday - John Stewart Esq.,
of Dundrom, agent to Lord Harwarden, was attacked by four
assassin, who fired at him without effect... Mr. John Scott,
of Rossmore, was with Mr. Stewart at the time of the attack,
and a man named Jerry Quinlan, also had a narrow escape at
being shot.

On the same day, Mr. Michael Dwyer of Coolascosane, was
fired upon near Mandemount, it is supposed in consequence of
having taken some land last May from Lord Hawarden.

Clonmel - Aug. 23 - A King's messenger arrived in this town
yesterday with a respite from the Castle of Dublin, staying
the execution of Michael Mara (who was to be hanged this
day) until the 1st of September. The other unfortunate man,
Thomas Casey, will be executed today at the usual hour. -

CLONMEL HERALD. A special session under the Insurrection Act
was held at Nenagh on Sat. se'nnight. Mr. Gleeson, attorney
at law, who practices in the court presented himself to the
bench and made a serious complaint against the police of
Nenagh for having arrested him and for having treated him
with unnecessary harshness during his arrest.

The arrest of Mr. Gleeson was occasioned by his being out
after the hour prescribed by the act... It appears that
unnecessary severity had been used by one of the police
named Fox, who has been dismissed. The following magistrates
were on the bench. Sir Robert Waller; Lord Dunally, Anthony
Parker, George Finch, Major-General Head, Rev. J. Connolly,
R. W. Gason, Thomas Ryder Pepper, Morgan O'Meara, Captain
Wilson, James Willington, James Dempster, Thomas Brereton,
and Richard Falkiner.


Nov. 16, 1824

About one o'clock on Wed. morning last, a large party of
miscreants, as yet unknown, broke into the house of one
Morrisy, who lives on the lands of Derryclony, County
Tipperary, part of the estate of George Robbins, Esq., of
Hymenstown and carried off his daughter, a very young girl.
This outrage took place within a mile of the police station


Feb. 26, 1825

Thursday night the dwelling house and out-offices at Grague,
near Ballynatten, the property of R. Trench, Esq., were
leveled to the ground. This house waslately in the
possession of Callanan and Crotty, who about ten days ago,
were disposed in consequence of owing a heavy arrear of
rent. Clonmel Herald

Sept. 24 1825

On Tuesday last a Ballynamona () within a mile and a half of
Cashel on the road to Golden, a young woman named Heffernan,
daughter to the herdsman William Murphy Esq., was struck by
lightening. She now lies in the county Infirmary at Cashel.
- Clonmel Herald.

Oct. 4, 1825

A man named Purcell was killed on Saturday in a fight
between two parties at Thurles.

On Sunday last a vagabond beggar, of the name of Mary
Harris, stole Judy Purcell, a child of about three years
old, from the door of her parents in the western suburb of
this town; the child was found with her by accident, she
(Harris) was seized and committed to the gaol by the Mayor.
The people were so indignant at the wretch who had stolen
the child, but for the interference of the parents, she
would have been roughly handled. - CLONMEL


Aug. 1, 1826 - Irish Assizes Clonmel July, 25.

Mary Cassidy pleaded guilty to theft, which she said she
committed with the hope of being transported to Botany Bay
to join her husband, to whom that fate was assigned last
year. "I will submit I am guilty, if you let me bring my
poor children to my husband... We have neither bit nor a
sup, nor can we get it from our kith and kin".

M. Fitzgerald was indicted for stealing a cloak Mary Bowler
swore she saw the prisoner with the cloak... Verdict -


April 12 1827 - Irish Assizes. Clonmel, April 3

Michael M'Namara, John Frahan, Edward M'Cann, James Maher
(of Sallymount), John Maher, Patrick Ryan, and James Maher
(of Rush-island) , were indicted for carrying away Margaret
Ryan of Ballymackeough on the 29th of Sept. with the intent
that James Maher Paddy should marry her.

Margaret Ryan sworn - On the 29th was asleep in the house
with her father, mother, a spinner, and a little servant
girl.... Witness mentions two other men involved Paddy and
Jack Trans... was abducted on horseback, called out to
Michael M'Namara her next door neighbor... Arrived at a
cabin near Castle Troy, in the house was witness's cousin,
Mrs. Hinds, her two daughters and son. Mrs. Hinds sent for
her son from Ballyvarra who arrived armed with a scithe and
swore to protect the witness and bring her safe to her
uncle's house at Ballyvarra... All prisoners found guilty
except James Maher of Rushy Island. Sentences were not

July 30 1827

On the 21st, a party of well-armed ruffians attacked the
village of Glennahon, near the Keeper Mountains and set fire
to five dwelling-houses. They then retreated across the
mountains toward Lord Bloomfield's estate shooting several
head of cattle as they passed. The police at Silvermines
went in pursuit. Mr. Laurence and Mr. Bournes, two gentlemen
residing at Silvermines, joined in the search. The only
provocation for this atrocity was that some of the villagers
named Clifford, Kelly and Halloran had presumed to take
farms from Edmond Power Esq., of Gurteen. It has been more
than ten years since the former tenants were ejected. -

Oct 9 1827

The late murder of Mr. Chadwyck - It was rumored that after
his conviction, the guilty man Grace, said that before
May-day every person that had a hand in his conviction would
be shot. If he made this declaration, his prediction is
being fulfilled. As three brothers of Philip Mara, who had
the honesty to prosecute one of the murderers of Chadwyck,
were returning from work as masons employed in building the
ominous Police station at Rathcannon, they were fired at by
ruffians near Bournacroossne. Two brothers took off in the
direction of Holy Cross, unfortunately Daniel Mara, the
third brother took refuge in the house of one Kennedy, which
was close by. Daniel Mara was killed by the ruffians. - CORK

Dec. 19 1827

A disgraceful hoax was practiced on Mr. Jullian coachman of
this town (Clonmel). He received a letter requiring him to
send a hearse to convey the body of Henry Ryan, till
recently an inhabitant of this town but now of Carrick on
Suir, where it was stated he died.... When the driver of the
hearse stopped at Mr. Ryan's house in Carrick on Suir the
first person he saw was Mr. Ryan who asked the driver where
he was going. "For you, to take you to your long home, and
several of your friends are just behind to perform the same
office." Mr. Ryan's father-in-law put a good face on the
business and ordered dinner to be prepared for the mourners.
- Clonmel Herald


Jan 23, 1828

On Sunday, the house of a tolerably comfortable farmer John
Tierney, residing at Lismacrory in the parish of
Ballingarry, was attacked by a large party of men, some of
whom were armed. They knocked at the door saying "they came
to search for Connaught men." The fellows smashed in the
door and seized Jane Tierney, the daughter of the occupant,
declaring their intention to compel her to marry one of
their party named Leahy... John Tierney ran to the house of
a neighboring clergyman and magistrate, the Rev. Mr.
Conolly. The Rev gentleman's son-in-law (Captain Doolan, a
chief constable of police) pursued the aggressors on foot
through the mountains of Lower Ormond... Leahy was
apprehended... trial to take place next Clonmel assizes.

Aug 5, 1828

Toomevara Riot- Severe complaints are made in many of the
papers of the intemperate conduct of the police,
investigations are now pending in the south. The following
statement is from a witness upon the investigation: - There
was fair here and a man sung ballads in praise of Mr.
O'Connell. All was quiet when two policemen named Hill and
Kelly, sallied out of the barracks and ordered the
ballad-singers off. Some persons said their was no treason
in the song and the singers should be permitted to go on.
The police returned with bayonets and charged the populace.
This occurred before a single stone was thrown.. Kelly shot
and killed a fine young man named Gleeson. Another man
employed by Mr. Bourne was shot. The windows of policeman
Butler were broken as were those of an apothecary named
Borne. Captain Wilson is here at the investigation. A
servant boy of H. Ryan was examined and proved
satisfactorily that Kelly shot the man. It was likewise
proved that the police were the aggressors."

Signed, Robert Mann Certified that the above was true and
correct. Signed, Con. O'Brien, C.C. Toomevara

Aug 20 1828

At the Tipperary assizes on Wednesday, Philip Gorman and
Richard Browne were tried and acquitted upon a charge of
aiding and assisting in the burning of the Sheas.

The trial of Patrick Kelly, the policeman charged with the
murder of Patrick Gleeson, at the fair of Toomyvara on the
28th of July took place on Friday. The policeman was found
guilty of manslaughter, and recommended in the strongest
manner to the merciful consideration of the Court. Thomas
Dorney, William Leamy and Michael Lonergan were then put
forward to plead, being charged with the robbery of Mr.
Palmer of Tubrid, a month since. They pleaded guilty.

Aug 22 1828 Trial of Patrick Kelly - Clonmel Paper.

Patrick Kelly was placed at the bar for the murder of
Patrick Gleeson at the fair of Toomyvara. The names of the
jurors were then called. Every Catholic that was called was
set aside by Mr. Kemmis, the Crown Solicitor. When the name
of William Baker, jun., had been called, it was suggested by
Mr. O'Brien Dillon (agent for the relatives of the
deceased), that he should be set aside. The suggestion was
unattended to and he was sworn. The following gentlemen were
then sworn on the jury: - James Miller, William Markham,
Anthony Guy Luther, T. Quin, Henry Rice, Avory Jordan,
William B. Armstrong, Wm. Baker, jun., Anthony Lampheir,
Robert Shaw, jun., George Lloyd and Vernor Russell, Esqs.

Upon Mr. Sheil perceiving that there was not even one
Catholic sworn upon the jury, and that several respectable
Catholics were challenged by the Crown, he threw up his
brief and said, I shall have nothing to do with the case...
The trial proceeded. Mr. Bennett was counsel for the
prisoner. Verdict - guilty.

Sept. 8, 1828

The Magpies and the Black Hens -  On Sunday last, upwards of
5,000 people assembled on the fair-green of Borrisoleigh.
The leaders of each faction, Patrick Ryan, better known by
the name Paddy Fotherig and Thomas Kelly, came forward and
after embracing one another, walked round the fair-green arm
and arm, followed by their respective parties, they
unanimously resolved to live in peace and concord with each

On Sunday last large bodies of people, convened by special
messengers, marched through the country to Ardmayle and
Clonoulty, where there was a grand exhibition of the
party-coloured mummers... Some of the party that came from
Lowes-green and Knockgraffon, cried out for lights when they
came into Cashel.  Some of the public houses and the
chandlers exhibited, at the word of command, a few candles.

Oct. 10 1828

The Magistrates yesterday assembled in the Petty Sessions,
recommended the dismissal of Constable Daly (at the instance
of his officer, Mr. Perse) having been proved to be
intoxicated at the fair of Clonmel. - Clonmel Advertiser.

Committed to Clonmel gaol by G. Fitzgerald, Esq., Cornelius
O'Neil charged on a warrant of Lord Kingston, for having,
with others calling themselves Liberators, assembled in
Clogheen on the 28th Sept.; the said O'Neil appearing to
have command over the tumultuous meeting. - Dublin paper.


May 2, 1829 Fatal Affair at Ballina -

On Thursday last, Mr. Carroll, coroner, who had arrived from
Nenagh, proceeded to hold inquests on the bodies of Stephen
Hinchy, Patrick Minogue and Timothy Malony, three young men
of the class of working farmers, who as stated by us on
Friday, were shot in Ballina, by the police, on the Tuesday
previous... The jury returned a verdict of willful murder
against Serjeant William Browne.... The attack on the police
barracks, the tons of stones found on the floor, and the
destruction of the gable end... could not screen the
murderer. Limerick Evening Post

June 18, 1829 I regret to state that some outrages occurred
in Limerick and Tipperary. At Kilenane the tithe proctor,
Rev. Mr. Going was barbarously abused and robbed of his
valuation books. At Borrisoleigh a party of the police were
attacked by the country people...

July 25, 1829 Investigation of the Affray at Borrisokane -

The Solicitor General and Mr. Blacker, K.C. presided on the
bench. Patrick Nowlan of Ballyarnassy sworn - Was in the
Fair of Borris-o-kane on the 26th of June last, saw a crowd
of people go into the brewery gate, saw Captain Dobyn come
up to the gateway and say 'that was a grand retreat of
O'Connell's rebels... I will let O'Connell know that I
command the police, and he commands the rebels, and that
while powder and ball stands I will drop them.'

Denis Mulcahy sworn - Was in Borris-o-kane and was going
home in the evening with his father; when opposite Denis
Heenan's house beyond the bridge, was met by James Cavanagh,
a Protestant, who without provocation struck the witness; a
man named Stephen Liffey leaned over witness and saved him;
witness swears this was the only disturbance or riot before
shots were fired...

Mary Meara of Ballycasey sworn - was in Borrisokane and saw
the scuffle between Cavanagh and Mulcahy which was quashed
and everything peaceable, when she saw a horse-policeman
ride over the bridge towards Denis Heenan, with his sword
drawn and beastly drunk, gallop through the people; saw
Captain Dobyn and the police come down, when one of the
police asked him would they fire through the women Dobyn
replied "Spare neither man, woman or child, and give them
plenty of powder and ball.."

Witness neared John Ledger's house between Henry Wood's and
Merritt's, heard shots fired, saw the smoke of the shots out
of Leger's house, saw James Carroll of Egglish drop at
witness's side having been shot in the leg. John Foot of
Feighmoor, custom-man, sworn...

John Leeson of Borissokane, shopkeeper sworn...after the
firing, saw John Leger come down from the direction of his
own house toward the army, with a pistol in hand; Captain
Dobyn asked him how many did he shoot Leger said as many as
he could, but by God he made them fly at any rate. James
Ralph, of Borrisokane, miller, sworn...

Sat. July 18th -

Investigation resumed Solicitor General, Mr. Doherty, Mr.
Blacker and the following magistrates present - Thomas
Hemsworth, Richard Falkiner, Richard Uniacke Bayley, Joshua
Minnuet and Richard Storey, Esqrs. Mrs. Bridget Egan of
Borrisokane, Robert Nash, Esq. of Borrisokane and Rev. Mr.
Spain also examined.

Oct. 22, 1829

On Sunday last, a party of Rockites, came to the house of a
farmer named John Hogan of Tiermoyle, about three miles from
Toomavara, and to gain admittance, forced his herdsman John
Kennedy to go with them... An altercation ensued at the
house, and Kennedy was killed. Hogans wife was injured and
two of the Rockites wounded. Next day, the police of Nenagh
found the two Rockites who had died of their wounds. In the
pocket of one (whose name we have heard to be Meara, a
blacksmith from Ballycahill, near Thurles) was a Rockite
notice for another farmer of Tiermoyle, threatening the
death of Hogan if he did not quit his land. - CLONMEL