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Assorted Newspaper Accounts from Tipperary - Printed in the London Times
Contributed by Sheryl Zenzerovich

Contributed by Sheryl Zenzerovich


Feb 27, 1840

On Sunday last, a party of men burglarised the house of Mr. Radford of
Riverlawn.  John Ellard, Mr. Radford's steward was shot at... Ellard ran to
Mr. Poe's of Wilton.  Mr. Poe's two brothers repaired to Radford's house
accompanied by the police but were not in time to arrest the robbers. NENAGH

Edward Donahoe, examined by Mr. George Lee, deposed that he is a joint
proprietor of a boat which conveys turf from Galway on the opposite side of
the Shannon to the quay at Garry Kennedy.  On the 14th a number of men
riotously and unlawfully assembled at Garry Kennedy and William Seymour,
Thomas Quigley, Pat M'Namara and John Syms were the principal leaders of the
mob, and that Quigley smashed a cart belonging to John Carty, who was
purchasing turf...  The cause of the outrage is that Donohue was raising the
turf market.  Informations were returned to the quarter sessions.

The house of John Denehy of Tombricane, near Borrisokane was set fire to; he
and his family would have been consumed were it  not for some  men coming
from a dance, who awoke the inmates and helped extinguish the flames.

Tuesday last, five armed men went to the house of Richard Armstrong of
Ballynavin, near Borrisokane and took his gun.  Armstrong had three pistols
and would have fired on the party only his wife prevented him.

March 16, 1840
On Saturday last as Mr. J. Meagher a respectable farmer residing a Ballyanny
within two miles of Nenagh... Was stopped by a number of men and threatened
with death if he did not discharge a steward then in his employment.
On Sunday the house of a respectable protestant gentleman named Hill , in
the neighborhood of Balleymack was broken into by men in search of
Four armed men broke into the dwelling of a widow named Gleeson in the
tranquil neighborhood of Carney about a week since and carried off her
daughter. The cries of the poor girl were heard, and an alarm caused the
police to follow.. The girl was restored to her mother.

Cross examined by Mr. Hatchell, Queen's Counsel - Witness is 40 years old and
his father and mother are living at Kilmore. Had an elder brother who did not live with them.
Had sisters married, and witness expected to get the farm. Did not like Mr. Weyland and 
thought it was a good thing to shoot him.,, After Mr. Weyland set the corn, witness was determined to have his life. Weyland would not leave them the house and acre in a half of land until he got 10 pounds. Witness seldom handled a gun and had not fired a shot in 20 years. Had no arms in his house. Saw none of his family in the gaol but his mother. Was not allowed to speak to her. She used to come with his linen. Witness's brother lives convenient. Never heard he was taken up; his brothers-in-law live beyond Tipperary. Witness was out on the road when he heard that Weyland had been shot by a man named Cleary...First told this story to Constable Stack... Mr. Rennie, surveyor proved that the map produced of the place where Weyland was shot is correct. Mr. Samuel Cooper sworn and examined - Is the brother of Austin Cooper. Was with him when he was shot... Weyland was injured, his brother was killed. Cross examination of the witness by Mr. Costello - Knows Dalton's ground which goes to the river. Widow Dalton holds the land near the bridge. Witness pointed out on the map where Philip Ryan lived... 
Margaret Carroll sworn and examined by Mr. Fogarty; Queen's Counsel - Knows Patrick Hickey; he is her uncle; resided with him; he is uncle to Con also... Remembers the evening before the murder. There was no person in the house but the family. John, Con and Dan Hickey were the sons of Pat, who also had a daughter... Some persons came to the door. Hannah Hickey got up... 
Prisoners were in the kitchen with Ryan Corbett and Ryan Mungo... Hickey's house is a mile from the Multeen, near the river of Donaskeigh... Cross examined by Mr. Hatchell - Witness was in Waterford gaol since Christmas. Saw Catherine Sweeny there and they slept together. Was always fond of her. Was brought by her to Constable Kelly They went in a car the constable between them. Slept with her cousins. They are not very little fellows. Is not going to be married. Would be very much obliged to Mr. Hatchell if he could make it certain. (Laughter.) Believes the oldest of her cousins is near 20 years old. Told all the story to Catherine Sweeney. Constable Kelly was present. He dined with them, and they had plum pudding and plenty of punch... Catherine Sweeny sworn and examined - Lives with her mother. Went to the river to wash clothes, saw four men in disguises... 
Cross examination... Lives with her mother and sister. 
Is unmarried and the people speak badly on account of the intimacy between her and (Constable) Kelly. Worked some time for Dalton. Witness's brother was executed for murder.

Philip Ryan examined by Sgt. Greene - Witness said - I live in Ballinard
near the river Multeen. I know Pat Hickey who lives on the same side of the
river I do... Heard shots and saw four men...

Pat Ryan examined by Mr. Pigott - I know John Patrick Ryan. Saw him at his
brother's public house in Ballinard Sunday before the shooting... I am a
carpenter by trade... I swore information (regarding the defendants) before
Wilcocks, Capt. Nagle and Capt. Vokes at Cashel. I was tried for attacking
Mr. Armstrong, also for demanding arms from Rev. Mr. Wall. Was confined in
the gaol of Cashel since Christmas eve.

Patrick Spearing - Police Constable examined by Mr. Fogarty and Mr. M.
Costello - The Ryans are very troublesome and the last witness is very fond
of his drop.

James Cunningham examined - I live at Ballyvilode in Limerick . Agreed to
work for Hickey who called himself Denny Ryan, stayed with him until he was
arrested by Constable Thomas Connors. Connors asked the prisoner (Hickey)
his name to which he said Denny Ryan; when Kelly, who was present, also
asked his name the reply "My name is Hickey and I'll never deny it."
Cross-examination by Costello "It is customary in the country for people to
call themselves after their mother."

Bridget Cunningham wife to the last witness examined.

Edmond Hickey examined. Lives at Ballinalough Catherine Sweeney is his
sister-in-law and resides with him. I heard of the murder from Tom Callinan
(or Callman) a tenant of Weyland.

Mary Sweeny examined - Lives at Ballinaclough, is the sister of Catherine

Catherine Kehoe examined I live at Grantstown with my father and mother.

Hannah Hickey examined - I am the daughter of Patrick Hickey and cousin of
the prisoner Cornelius Hickey. It was in my father's house that Margaret
Carthy lived as a servant. She is an orphan and has always lived with us.

Thomas Burke of Grange ( within a mile of the town of Tipperary) Pat.
Renshaw, and Pat Brett examined.

Correspondent" I have just heard, but cannot vouch for the fact, that an
express has arrived with an account of the conviction of Hickey and Walsh
for murder."

March 17, 1840
Patrick Collins was given in charge for the murder of Maurice Hanrahan, at
Ahenry near Carrick on Suir. The prisoner was charged with the murder of
his father in law. The case is one of circumstantial evidence...
Jeremiah Hanrahan sworn and examined by Mr. Sausse. I live in Cappagh, in
the direction of Clashmasmuth (?)...
Michael Ryan sworn and examined by Mr. Scott, Queens Counsel - I live at
Ahenry. I knew the prisoner, who was married to the daughter of the
deceased, and lived in the deceased's house... I know where Burke's house at
Ahenry is...I saw the deceased and son in law on the evening of the fair at
Carrick. I was speaking to them and passed them by. I left them near James
Cotter's house. It was between Shea's house and Ahenry I last saw them...
Mary Keating - sworn and examined by Mr. Scott. - I live in Ahenry. I was at
home the night of the fair but my husband was at Carrick. I have two
children one seven years old, the other two. I saw two men pass by me ... I
didn't speak to them... They were arguing in Irish and I didn't know what
they said... When the men had passed I went to Mrs. Heneberry's house (to
look for a lost sow)... My husband is a smith, and keeps a forge the police
station is about a mile from the forge.
(Mary Keating was also called by the name Nancy. No mention of a verdict).

April 14 1840
Case of Gross Superstition - A Fairy
Tipperary Constitution, April 10

Coroner's inquest on John Mahony, aged six or seven,  son of James Mahony
who lived on the demense of Heywood, the property of Charles Riall.

Mr. William Nash stipendiary magistrate took into custody Pierce Whelan,
James and Henry Beresford and James Mahony as being implicated in the death
of the child.  The inquest was held by William Ryan, coroner.
Patrick Pigott sworn... is a servant of Mr. Riall's.  Was told the child was
dying... some of the men were putting questions to the child, asking was he
the real John Mahony...
Andrew Heffernan sworn - I live in Irishtown, in Clonmel.  I am a
carpenter.. I heard James Beresford and Pierce Whelan threaten to put the
child on the shovel.... The child did not appear frightened.  I told the
mother he was dying... When I left the child was in bed.  Ned English and
James Mahony were in the house with Mrs. Tynan and Mrs. Mahony... There was
a great threatening to drive the fairy out of the house.  The mother took
the child in her arms and laid him in the bed.
Matthew Tynan sworn -  Anne Mahony came to me crying on Tuesday... At the
house I heard the father say "For God's sakes, let him alone now".
James Ryan (grandfather to the deceased) sworn -  was at the house the night
the child died.  I did not see a single person injure the child, nor would I
have allowed it.
Dr. John Smith deposed the child had been in a very debilitated state for
some time before his death.
Verdict  Died by the visitation of God.

Oct 6, 1840
On the night of Tuesday last a party of armed men went to the house of a
comfortable farmer named Patrick Gavan, in the parish of Uskana, within
three miles of Borrisokane. Gavan, an aged man and his son were beaten for
no assigned cause. The armed party next went to the house of Joseph
Kitchen, at the other side of the road, a caretaker on the lands of
Drimanure (?) the property of Mr. Samuel Barry, jun. Kitchen was killed,
his wife and son were uninjured. - NENAGH GUARDIAN

London Times
Oct. 6, 1840
Tuesday last a party of armed men went to the house of a comfortable farmer
named Patrick Gavan in the parish of Uskana, within three miles of
Borrisokane.  They knocked down the aged man Gavan;  Gavan's son, on going
to assist his father was also knocked down and beaten.  The assailants next
went to the house of Joseph Kitchen at the other side of the road, a
caretaker of Drimanure the property of Samuel Barry, jun., having broken in
the door, they called for a light.  Kitchen his wife and son were in bed.
Kitchen was beaten and killed.
On the following day an inquest was held at Drimanure by James Carroll,
coroner on the body of Joseph Kitchen.  Sub-inspector Bracken was present.
A jury was empanelled - Mary Kitchen was sworn.  Stated that she and her
husband were asleep and her son Patrick was also there...
The jury then adjourned across the road to the house of Patrick Gavan, where
he and his son John were lying in their beds in a very dangerous state.  The
old man refused to be sworn.  He said he was in a dying state and would not
take an oath.
The wife, Honora Gavan, also refused to be sworn, it was not until she was
ordered into custody by the police that she agreed to give her testimony....
My husband Pat was preparing for bed.  I saw "a grove of men" rushing in and
beating my husband.  My husband got behind the press, my son John was
knocked down...  I swear I don't know any of the men.  One of the men asked
for the "IOU's" that my husband had, but the man was dragged away as the
party left.
John Sheehan, police-constable deposed...
Captain Duff, resident magistrate, issued a reward of 100 pounds. NENAGH

Nov 10, 1840 
Constable Keeney received information which led to the discovery and capture
of four out of five men who on the 11th ult. entered the dwelling of a poor
inoffensive man, named Samuel Hodgins, three miles from Nenagh, rushed at
him with pistols and ordered him to lie down, which he did. They in the
same way, compelled his aged father, wife and children to do likewise. The
house was plundered of the only treasure they could find, a brace of ferrets
and 32 nets.
On the 27th ult, an armed party forcibly entered the house of Michael and
William Fogarty of Moanfin, and threatened them to give up their employment
at the Lisbonny Stone-quarry, over which they are stewards.
On the night of the 30th ult. Constable Foley, of Castle Otway arrested
Michael Boland for an attack on the police at the fair of that place. Nenagh Guardian

Dec. 8, 1840
On the night of the 1st, a party of men entered the dwelling house of an
industrious farmed named Gleeson, near Beechwood. Gleesons daughter was
struck, Gleeson himself received a blow from the butt-end of a gun.. One of
the party swore that if he did not give up some land, and if they had to
come again, he would be shot. They then departed breaking several panes of
On Wednesday last, the fair day, a man of the name of M'Grath was assaulted
by a man named Madden and knocked down. Constable Moran attempted to arrest
Madden and was attacked by the country people.
On Monday, last while Mr. John O'Connel, officer of excise, was attending
some revenue business at Nenagh his house at Ballinderry was entered by a
number of men partially disguised. The entered the room where Mrs. O'Connel
was sitting and took a valuable case of pistols. Capt. Duff has reported
the outrage to the Government - TIPPERARY CONSTITUTION


April 13, 1841
State of the County of  Tipperary, Dublin, April 10.
Accounts have reached town today which represent the northern parts of the
county of Tipperary to be in state bordering on actual insurrection. The
town of Nenagh has the appearance of a place preparing for siege, the streets
being crowded with troops dispatched thither from the garrison of
Two more murders were committed in broad daylight yesterday on the lands of
Curraghmore in the parish of Kilbarron. The unhappy victims of Ribandism
were Tierney and Gleeson.
Major-General Sir Parker Carroll, the commanding officer of the district has
been served with a Rockite notice in consequence of his ejecting a woman
from some land.
Some particulars elicited at the inquest on the body of Hayes. Hayes was
killed within six miles of Nenagh, on the borders of the Shannon.
First witness examined was Bridget Hayes (widow of the deceased). Her
husband was a carpenter. He was employed on Mon., the 5th inst., in
repairing a boat for the Rev. Dean Holmes. Her husband was attacked by a
stranger in their house. Witness assisted by Martin Darmody put the deceased
on his bed. He said he wished to be taken to his brother. He died the
following day.

May 25, 1841
Inquest on the murder of Robert Hall. - (See note below)
On Wednesday, James Carroll, coroner, held an inquest upon the body of the
deceased. Captain Duff and Mr. Bracken were in attendance.
Captain Duff suggested to the coroner the propriety of not putting two of
the men, Kennedy, upon the jury, as they are persons whom the deceased had
recently dispossessed.
John Connell was the first witness examined. Connell was a coachman in
service of the deceased, "..accompanied by my master, we came by Mr.
Robinson's of Cloughkeating, and then by Mr. Pike's of Ballylina; after
arriving at Uskane, when unyoking the horses, I heard a shot... I told a
woman I met that Mr. Hall was shot. I think she is a servant to Mr. Kent,
the tenant of the house.... Two men named Fitzgerald were at work in an
adjoining field..."
Dr. Hobbs, of Borrisokane, deposed that he had examined the deceased.
Mr. Hall was about 56 years of age, and was married to Miss Litton, sister
to Mr. Edward Litton, M.P. for Coleraine. Mr. Hall was a native of Dublin,
and formerly a partner in the firm Hall and Macintyre, distillers. - NENAGH

June 7, 1841
At a meeting of the 35 magistrates of North Riding attended at Nenagh,
convened by the Earl of Donoughmore, on Tuesday 25th of May 1841, in
consequence of the murder of Robert Hall of Merton Hall on the 19th ins, the
following resolutions were agreed upon: -
Resolved - that we consider the increase of crime arises from the defective
administration of laws, by the remission of punishment on persons tried,
convicted and sentenced at recent assizes; and we particularly allude to
the cases of Michael Kennedy and John Cleary, convicted at the last assizes
of Nenagh of highway robbery....

Oct. 16, 1841
A vast deal of ink has been spilt by the Whig-Radical press in recording the
peremptory dismissal of Mr. J. Cahill, the Crown solicitor for Tipperary...
Mr. Blackburne has appointed another gentleman (Mr. Lee) in Cahill's place,
with the express terms that such appointment only hold good as long as the
state of Mr. Cahill's health prevents him from resuming the duties of his

July 30, 1841
On Thursday, as a carman named Doyle, was returning from Golden, he entered
into friendly conversation with a countryman, who stated his name to be
Paddy Fahey of Glanbreeda. Doyle was beaten and robbed and left for dead by
the man... We rejoice to state that the wretch who perpetrated the
foregoing atrocity was arrested by Constable Patrick Fitzgerald, alias, the
"Greyhound", and Sub-Constable Connell. The ruffian's real name is Timothy
Keily (or Kelly?) - NENAGH GUARDIAN
On Friday, the house of Daniel Carty, near Lisronagh, was attacked by eight
armed men. Carty was beaten and ordered to quit the place at once. They
also beat a man named Casey who was also lodged in the house.
On Sunday, three men having their faces blackened, entered the house of
James Corbet, of Grange near Lisronagh, and carried away two guns, in the
absence of Corbet who was at chapel at the time. - TIPPERARY CONSTITUTION
The inquest on the body of a man named Scully, who was shot at Bansha during
the election, lasted six days. Verdict: "That the deceased came by death in
consequence of a gunshot wound received from the police at Bansha, and we
also find Sub-Constable Slattery fired in the direction the deceased was
found, and that Constable Clear gave orders to fire, but whether justified
or not we cannot say." TIPPERARY CONSTITUTION

August 9, 1841
A man by the name Patrick Carthy was killed at Beheglass, County of
Tipperary, within four miles of Nenagh by his nephew John Carthy. The two
were itinerant tinkers. They had quarreled after drinking a large quantity
of whisky...Carthy was arrested by Constable Reily, of the Bourna police.
An inquest was held by Mr. Cormack on the body. LEINSTER EXPRESS

August 14, 1841
At the assizes for North Riding - John Hayes and John Cooney were found
guilty for appearing in arms.
Abraham Dekeliah (an assumed name) was convicted of writing threatening
Patrick Harrington and Thady Kelly were found guilty of appearing in arms
and administering unlawful oaths.
John Needham, John Needham, Jr. and William Needham were found guilty of the manslaughter of John Gleeson and Timothy Tierney.

Aug 14, 1841 - Arrest of fifteen who attacked and drove back the
Conservative Voters near New Birmingham.

On Monday last, the military stationed at Killenaule under Captain Heine
proceeded to Ballynonty, together with Sub-Inspector Roche for the purpose
of meeting Messrs. John and Fergus Langley, J.P.s.... They proceeded to New
Birmingham to secure the arrest of several parties for "having on the 12th
of July last, riotously and tumultuously assembled near the town of New
Birmingham and having obstructed the freeholders under escort from Kilcooley
to Clonmel."...  They succeeded in arresting the following persons.  L.
Duggan, Pat Cormack, Michael Tynan, William Casey, Richard Brennan, Daniel
Connors, John Maher, Lawrence Mahoney, Thomas Fitzgerald, jun.; John Bell,
Nicholas Bell, Pat Duggan, William Duggan, Michael Dunne, and Nicholas
Duggan.  Several of these were arrested in bed with their clothes on, ready
at a moments notice to make off, one fellow exclaimed -  "It was a good deed
to stop the bloody Orangemen from marching on the 12th."  The prisoners
were marched to the  Clonmel Gaol. Tipperary Constitution.


Feb. 5, 1842
Abduction - On Sunday last a party of about 12 men broke into the house of a
comfortable farmer named Tierney, at Glenaguile, about six miles from
Nenagh, broke open his desk and took therefrom the sum of 20 pounds, after
which they forcibly carried off Tierney's daughter, a fine girl of about 20
years of age, who was to have been married on Tuesday (yesterday). Tierney
was to have given his daughter a fortune of 100 pounds. No clue has yet been
obtained... NENAGH GUARDIAN.

April 22, 1842
On Sunday, the 17th inst., as Mr. Michael Roberts and Mrs. Curry of
Moneygall were returning from divine service in Cloughjordan were fired
upon. Mr. Roberts was killed. Mrs. Curry was slightly wounded. No cause
can be assigned for this barbarous act. Mr. Roberts was clerk of petty
sessions at Moneygall. He was an upright and courteous man - highly
esteemed by every person of his acquaintance. - NENAGH GUARDIAN
The TIPPERARY CONSTITUTION records the following attempt to assassinate a
magistrate of the county, a Roman Catholic gentleman of independent fortune.
Mr. Scully of Kilfeacle was fired at by three fellows. There are no fears
entertained for his recovery. Mr. Scully had taken proceedings against
several persons for money due for potato land.
Monday evening - April 18th - Two factions, the Briens and Murphys met on a
disputed turf-bank on the Bird-hill bog armed with pitchforks, slanes &c.
Kennedy Brien (the head of the faction of that name) was mortally wounded
by a blow to the head... Kennedy Brien processed Murphy at the last quarter
sessions of Nenagh about the disputed turf-bank , but the case was dismissed
by Mr. Howley.
On Friday last, the wife of Patrick Cormack of Cool, near Toomevara was
fastening the door of her dwelling when a blunderbuss was discharged through
it. She is in a precarious state. Cormack is caretaker on the lands of
Coole for John Hill of Ollatrim (?). Constable Keevy of Toomevara arrested
a notorious character named Pound on suspicion of this attack.
On the same night a shot was fired through the bedroom window of Mr. B.
Minchin, inspector of weights and measures for this riding. A notice was
also posted threatening death unless he quitted Norwood immediately.
A notice was also posted on the house of Thomas Tracey of Bunacrum (?)
threatening him with a 'bloody end' if he worked for Mr. Dawson.
A body of armed men broke into the house of James Power, of Ballygrague, and
beat him on account of land.
A shot was fired and threatening notice posted on the house of Murty Tierney
of Kilruane.
A notice was posted and shots fired into the house of James Neill, of
A party of men entered the house of Thomas Greeson of Cahiroo, having beaten
him, they said they would 'do his job' the next time, if he worked for
Grace Kennedy of Shangarry.
A party of six armed men entered the house of John Gunn of Boher, and
plundered it of two blunderbussess.. Gunn was absent at his fathers funeral
at the time.
Three men, two armed rapped at the door of a farmer named Clear, living at
Drumrue, representing themselves as police. Entering, they swore him to
give up five acres of land which he had purchased from John Connors.

A notice has been served on Mr. Newton Short of Ballinamona, threatening him
if he attempted to charge more than 7 pounds, 10 shillings an acre for
potato land at Knockalton.
John and Roger Cleary of Old Castle, in the parish of Bournea, were
assaulted and seriously injured by Patrick, William, Cornelius, Timothy, and
Edward Ducy (or Duey), beacuse the Clearys attempted to prevent them from
taking manure which had been seized for rent
Mr. Atkins of Bird-hill having had occasion to make a seizure on a
refractory tenant, placed his bailiff Michael Brien as keeper on the goods.
Three men, one armed, came to Brien and swore him to abandon his charge, and
he accordingly did so.
Five armed men broke into the house of a labouring man named Patrick M'Mahen
who lives at Templebeg, threatened "that if he did not quit the parish in
five days, they would send him out of it as a corpse".
A number of persons went to the property of Mr. Richard Burris on the lands
of Ballintemple, within a half mile of Moneygall and dug up about four

April 23, 1842
A one hundred pound reward has been offered for the apprehension of the
miscreant who attempted the life of Mr. Scully. Details from the WATERFORD
MIRROR:- On Sunday, James Scully, jun., Esq. of Kilfeacle, was wounded in
the jaw. Two men named Patrick Gilfoy and James Mullany from that
neighborhood were arrested but almost immediately discharged, as there was
no evidence against them.... Scully had recently ejected about 30 tenants.

April 29, 1842
Kenedy Brien, one of the sufferers in the murderous affray at Bird-hill,
expired on Saturday. Coroner's inquest returned a verdict 'that deceased
came by his death in consequence of a wound inflicted by Michael Murphy and
that John Murphy sen., John Murphy jun, Terence Murphy, James Murphy and
Marry Murphy were aiding and abetting in the affray.'
The deceased has left a wife and family of six children...his remains were
interred in the burial-ground at Kilmastulla. Three of the Murphy faction
were seriously wounded...
On Sunday last, as Mrs. Gleeson of Grange, was returning home, a man with a
pistol leaped from behind a ditch at Nenagh-Mills and presented the weapon
at her bosom, swearing that if she did not take back Hogan that he would
shoot her. A man named Spain, who was with Mrs. Gleeson, stepped between her
and the ruffian crying 'Shame , are you going to shoot a defenseless
On Sunday the 27th of March, a murderous assault was committed on a lad
named Frank Gleeson aged 13 years, by two fellows of the name Stapleton. On
the evening of that day there was a hurling at a place called Drumminduff in
the parish of Upper Church, and Gleeson and many others attended it... it
terminated in bitter strife... and poor Gleeson became the sufferer.
About 2 o'clock a.m., on Sunday last two armed men broke into the house of
the widow Egan of Loughorna having dragged her son Michael Egan out of bed,
they beat him and swore him to serve a threatening notice on Thomas
Slattery, a blacksmith in that neighborhood...
Last Sunday was frightful in a variety of outrages. A double barreled gun
was taken from Mr. Smith of Ballinlina, near Ballingarry. Mr. Smith was
attending divine services at the time.
About 1 o'clock two men armed with stones entered the house of Mr.
Shoebottom, of Farna (?) M'Brien underagent to Lord Ormond, and succeeded in
taking away a musket and a gun. These two fellows were met afterwards on
the road afterwards by the Rev. Corbett and his man. One of the fellows
exclaimed "These fellows are taking Mr. Shoebottom's guns"... the reverend
gave chase... the robbers crossed the bog at Clermont.
An armed party broke into the house of Benjamin Armitage at Coolroe, and
robbed it of a gun.

June 10, 1842
On Friday, Constable H. Brown and Constable Johnson went to the lands of
Tenerann(?) in the parish of Kilmore, and arrested Tim Quilty otherwise
Wood; for the murder of Michael Laffan. NENAGH GUARDIAN.
On Monday, the Rev. Mr. Nolan parish priest of Dunkerrin, brought into this
town and delivered up to Major Priestly, R.M., 11 stand of arms, which were
given up to him by the peasantry of his parish. - NENAGH GUARDIAN.

*July 5, 1842
In Clonmel, on Saturday July 2nd, Cornelius Flynn and Patrick Dwyer were
indicted, the former for having on the 29th May last a Carrigagoun,
assaulted George M'Donnell by drawing a loaded pistol with intent to disable
him, the later for aiding and abetting. The prisoners pleaded "Not guilty."
Mr John Hagan sworn - I live at Carrigagoun, the prisoners approached him in
his farmyard and said "We don't want to do you an injustice for you are well
liked in the country, but we want to know if have a man of the name Robert
Browne in your employment."... Robert Browne was on a visit to me for some
time previously... he was a native to Tipperary but was residing in King's
County...Two friends of mine Thomas Gribbin and George M'Donnell were also
in the house...
The jury returned a verdict of guilty.
John Pound was indicted for having on the night of the 15th of April, at
Coole, discharged a loaded gun at Bridget and Patrick Cormack. Prisoner
pleaded "Not guilty." A man named Pat Doherty saw the prisoner near
Cormack's house on the night in question. Verdict of guilty.
Daniel Kelly was given in charge for having on the 30th May at Garryglass,
demanded firearms from Rebecca Hodgens and feloniously struck her with a
stick. Rebecca Hodgens deposed that on the evening of the 30th of May, two
men armed with pistols came into her husband's house at Garryglass and
demanded two pistols and a gun which her husband owned... Verdict Guilty.

July 5, 1842
Tipperary Special Commission - Clonmel
Timothy Woods, alias Quilty was charged with the felonious murder of Patrick
Laffan on the 18th of May last. The deceased man had been dragged from the
house of Patrick Commins and shot...
John Gibson MD examined the body of Michael Lafffan in the open street as
his body would not be admitted to any house in Toomevara.
Anne Brown sworn and examined by Mr. Scott - Saw Laffan dying in her yard
and alarmed the neighbors. Laffan's wife came and brought him away into
Biddy Laffan sworn and examined by Mr. Sausse - Michael Laffan was my
husband, he was employed as a herd at the time of his death by Mr. Cole
Brown on the lands of Kilgarten. I lived at Toomevara with my five
children. I had no house of my own, only lodgings.
Patrick Leahy sworn and examined - I am a tailor, and I know a person named
Paddy Commins whose house is near the cross roads of Gart???tanna. I know a
man named John Comerford who has a house by me. I was working in Comerford's
garden when a strange man asked where Billy Commins lived.. I saw Michael
Laffan who herds for Mr. Bowen talking with Paddy Commins. later saw Laffan
going towards Nenagh with his son Rody.... Heard shots fired.
John Comerford examined - Saw two men running after Laffan on the morning of
the murder.
Bridget Leahy examined - I am the wife of Patrick Leahy... Saw two men
running on the Balleymacky road...
James Hopkins proved that he knew the prisoner and saw him with another man
on the day of the murder.
William Bumfield deposed that he was at Commins's house and saw the
The prisoners examination after his arrest was read. 'He was at work all
day on the lands of his master Mr. Gleeson, eight miles away... never knew
Laffan or Commins.
A verdict of guilty was returned.

July 6, 1842
Tipperary Special Commission (Clonmel, July 3)
Michael Hayes was indicted for having, on the 2d of May at Rahernoger (?)
County of Tipperary, fired at John Ryan (Luke), with intent to kill him.
John Ryan (Luke) deposed that he was driver to Hon. Mr. O'Grady, and had
served notices of ejectment to several tenants. On that day, he was going
over the lands to settle the matter with them, in company of Michael Kenna,
Mr. Bradshaw's driver, when shots were fired. John Ryan (Luke) identified
the prisoner. Michael Kenna could not identify him... Relatives of the
prisoner swore that he was at the fair of Silvermines at the time of the
attack. The jury returned a verdict of guilty.
Thomas Stapleton and Thomas Gleeson were respectively indicted for having on
the 27th April, at Lissatuny, fired a loaded gun at Patrick Gleeson.
Patrick Gleeson sworn and examined - Lives at Lisatunny and is a tenant of
Mr. Stafford O'Brien who some time since made some changes in the quantity
of land held by the tenants, in order to square the farms. No one was
dispossessed altogether. I lost five acres and gained two that were
previously held by James Gleeson and Martin Nowlan... Patrick Gleeson
identifies the prisoners as his attackers. He is under the care of Dr.
Dempster. The jury found the prisoners guilty.
Sentences -
The several prisoners convicted of transportable offences - John Pound,
Michael Hayes, Cornelius Flynn, Patrick Dwyer, Thomas Stapleton, and Thomas
Gleeson were addressed by the Lord Chief Justice - "You Michael Hayes, have
been convicted of discharging loaded firearms at John Ryan (Luke) without
cause... you killed his horse. You, John Pound have been guilty of an
attempt on the life of an unoffending female, surrounded by her family...
Ye, Cornelius Flynn and Patrick Dwyer.. with force and menace to Mr. Hogan
to turn his guest from his house..." His Lordship then pronounced sentence
of transportation for life against all prisoners.
The prisoner William Kent, who was acquitted of the charge of being an
accessory before the fact in the murder of the late Mr. Robert Hall, was
discharged from custody.

July 16, 1842
Constable Thomas Connors has succeeded in arresting John Byrnes late of
Ulla, charged with the willful murder and robbery of John Dooley, on the
night of the first of July 1832, at Ballybeg. The deceased had been
returning home to his residence, but entered a shebeen house with the
prisoner Byrnes and others, calling drink to treat them, and when paying for
the same, he took out some bank notes (about 8 pounds) which it appears
excited their cupidity, and he was murdered on his way home... Limerick Chronicle

Aug. 1, 1842
Sub-inspector Comyns stationed at Thurles, having received information that
the house of Richard Purcell of Kill, was to be attacked, proceeded thence
on night of the 25th, with Head-constable Foot. A party of men made off
upon seeing
the police advancing on the house. It appears that a man named Hewit (whose
wife and sister lived on bad terms) wishing for a quiet life, though it was
best to separate them, and for that purpose employed Purcell to build a
house for his sister. This enraged the wife, and this is reason to suppose
she instigated the attack upon Purcell. NENAGH GUARDIAN

Nov. 8, 1842
A fatal accident - William Sullivan (under sentence of transportation for
seven years) and Edmund Burke, charged with the robbery of Mr. Holmes's
fire-arms in the Glen of Aherlow were found lifeless in the gaol. A third
man Gallagher has since died. It seems the fatal occurrence was caused by
an aperture in the flue of a stove, in which coal was burning, and the
deaths were caused by suffocation. An inquest was held before Mr. W. Ryan,

Nov. 9, 1842
At Ballygraigue, in the vicinity of Nenagh, on Monday, a number of men broke
into the house of James and John Power. James, who was in the act of
reading a religious book for his infirm mother, wrung the pistol from the
hand of one of the attackers.
Henry Power, who was in bed came to the assistance of his brother, armed
with a shovel.... Patrick Power, a young man, upon whose sight the Lord was
pleased to set the seal of darkness, seized one of the fellow by the
throat... So desperate was the resistance the Powers gave, that they
cleared the kitchen of their assailants....
The Ballinaclough police and the Ballygraigue boys scoured the
country for the miscreants. - NENAGH GUARDIAN.

December 3, 1842 - LONDON TIMES

On the evening of Wed. last a stout-looking man came to the house of Michael
Hanly of Green-hall and his wife. He discharged a fire-arm at them. Hanlys
wife ran to a neighbor for assistance. Hanly was killed... Hanly met his
dreadful fate on account of land he took from Mr. White of Green-hill from
some refractory tenants who had been ejected... An inquest was held by Mr.
J. Carroll, but nothing further was elicited, a guard was place at the house
to which Hanlys wife had run to for assistance. The owner of this house was
Michael Ryan... Dr. Quin examined the body.
Thursday Mr. John Baxter senior of Kilcoleman was on his way home from
Nenagh when he was met by three men, who first knocked him from his horse
then discharged two pistols...Some country people appeared in view and the
ruffians fled. Mr. Baxter owes his escape, under Providence, to his cloak
in which his head got enveloped when tumbled from his horse. Mr. Baxter
being taken home and his wounds examined by surgeons Langley, Wilkinson and
Firth, they were found not to be of a dangerous nature. Baxter is land
agent to Mr. Finch, and receiver under courts.
Captain Rock in Nenagh - An evening or two ago, three men came to the house
of Mr. John Gleeson Baker of this town. One of them having entered, handed
Mr. Gleeson a notice, which he refused to take, saying it was not for him.
A person standing in the shop began to laugh and was cuffed by the Rockite.
The purpose of the notice was to discharge a man in Gleeson's employment.
On Monday night, three men came to the residence of a man named Slattery,
poundkeeper at Ballywilliam stating the had cattle to impound and fired at
him. Slattery returned fire at them and the fellows retreated.
A few nights ago an unoccupied house belonging to Mr. Blake of Kilebeg near
Modereeny was set fire to and burned to the ground. - NENAGH GUARDIAN

On Monday last, subconstable Thompson proceeded from his station at
Moneygall to the town of Cloughjordan, having obtained assistance from the
police party there, proceeded thence to a place called Killynisbert (?) and
succeeded in capturing James Brennan who had a most ferocious and
forbidden-looking aspect, for an attack on the Bergins at their house at
Cullenwaine. On Tuesday Lord Bloomfield, Mr. Henry Trench, justice of the
peace, Mr. John Minchin, justice of the peace, Major Priestly, R.M., and Mr.
John Veevers R. M. held an inquiry... and committed the ruffian to Tullamore

Dec. 3, 1842
Incendiarism - Cashel, Nov. 27 - From a correspondent of the TIPPERARY FREE
PRESS. - An agrarian outrage was perpetrated at the mile-stone, Caher-road.
A farm lately taken by the Rev. Conway, O.S.D., with the free will of the
late proprietor was burned. Mr. John White is agent of the property (a part
of Mr. Smith Barry's estate). There was no loss of life. The tenants wife
and three young children were in bed when the outrage occurred.


Jan 14, 1843
Agrarian Outrage-
The NENAGH GUARDIAN gives the following fearful catalog-
On Saturday last, two men armed with guns and a sithe (sic) entered the barn
of Richard Coffee of Knockinglass near Balleymackey... They entered the
barn, in which Martin Maher had taken up temporary residence... Maher was
beaten, a gun was kept leveled at Coffee's head... The persons who were in
Coffee's house were five in number, three women and two servant boys...
Coffee's mother an old woman upwards of 70 years was struck. Coffee's wife
was cut with a scythe in the arm. Constable Bourke arrest three of the four
men. Two on the by-roads of Balleymackey, the third at a card table in one
of the houses in the neighborhood... They were fully identified by Richard
Coffee. Arrested are Stephen Gleeson and John Gleeson of Knockinglass
(brother) and Patrick Gleeson of the same place who is first cousin to the
other two men. Coffee was bringing Maher to the place as a cottier tenant
on lands that had been held by friends of the prisoners..
On the night of Friday as the stage car plying between Thurles and Nenagh
was on its return to the latter, about three miles this side of
Borrisoleigh, it passed three men armed with sticks and a pistol. The
driver drew up and asked them what they wanted; "Nothing" they said. There
was only one passenger upon the car at the time, a baker named Healy who was
in the habit of working for Mr. Hayden of this town... One of the fellows
recognizing Healy dragged him from the car and commenced beating him. Healy
broke loose and ran. Head -constable Brown captured three of the fellows.

Feb. 1, 1843
A proclamation has just been issued by the Lord Lieutenant offering a reward
of 100 pounds for the discovery of the murderers of Redmond Slattery, the
unfortunate man who last his life at the hands of an armed party who
surrounded his house in search of decrees on the evening of the 25th inst.

March 11, 1843
Michael Walsh, collector of poor rates in the union of Tipperary, distrained
and impounded for poor rates two cows, the property of Molony at Roseboro.
On the day of the sale, the cows were driven through the streets of
Tipperary, placarded "To be canted for poor rates." but when put up by Mr.
Lamphier, the auctioneor, no bidder could be had though there were 4,000 or
5,000 persons present. Molony drove home his cows in triumph. TIPPERARY

March 25, 1843
Dead Men Tell No Tales - the NENAGH GUARDIAN of Tuesday.
One trial of yesterday occupied the court for a considerable portion of the
day. It was connected with the murder of the late Tierney, who if alive,
would be the only witness against the two men at the bar, named Gleeson and
Larkin for firing a shot at Tierney which perforated his hat. The
unfortunate man was murdered on Monday to prevent his giving evidence.
Counsel for the defense, Messrs. Hassard and Rolleston, a verdict of not
guilty was returned.

March 28, 1843 - Altar Harangues -
At the Assizes from Nenagh just concluded, Michael Larkin and Thomas Gleeson
were acquitted... Among the witnesses called for the defense was the Rev.
Mr. Maher, parish priest of Toomyvara.
The Rev. gentleman testified - I know the prisoners. I have been their
parish priest these 20 years. I know them to be peaceful and industrious.
Mr. Scott - Is it a fact that the neighborhood of your parish has been
disturbed of late?
Rev. Maher - I cannot say it is remarkable....
Mr. Scott - Are you in the habit of speaking of people in your chapel?
Rev. Maher - I am not.. During the time of the assize I caution them to
guard against false swearing.
Mr. Scott - Did you denounce the deceased in your chapel.
Rev. Maher - He came to me to know if I had any notion of making a charge
against him with regard to improper familiarity which he had with a female..
It was the first I had heard of it. I told him it was generally the feeling
that he was swearing falsely against the prisoners....

April 28, 1843
On Saturday last, four men were lodged in the Clonmel Gaol charged with the
murder of Mr. James Scully. At present there are 214 prisoners in the same
gaol, 19 of which are to take their trials for murder.
On the 23d, acting Constable M'Sweeny and party of the Carney station
succeeded in arresting Thomas Cahillan at Moher Nenagh, within two miles of
this town, charged in the murder of Mr. Hardy, of Dolla. NENAGH GUARDIAN

May 5, 1843
The NENAGH GUARDIAN announces that a spirit of mutiny and insubordination
has been latterly exhibiting itself amongst the men employed in the Imperial
Slate quarries.... "The quarrymen have refused to work, and any who attempt
to do so are visited with deadly vengeance. One man, John Gleeson who has a
large family, and could not afford - even if inclined - to join in the
conspiracy, continued to work as usual. He was attacked and beaten, his wife
was also injured..."
Census of Ireland for 1841- Presented to both houses of parliament by Her
Majesty's Command.
Tipperary - No. of families 74,570
Males - 216,650
Females - 218,903
Total no. of persons - 435,553.

May 19, 1843
Connery, a workman at the quarries of the Imperial Slate Company in the
mountain districts between Nenagh and Killaloe was attacked on Saturday.
Connery continued to work at the quarries in opposition of a mandate of
those who required an advance of wages. He bravely defended himself with a
scythe, escaped and made his way to the police station at Corbally, which
was within a quarter of a mile.
About 12 or 14 months ago a man named John Ryan emigrated to America, and
having at the time some small interest in a house and a few acres of land
near Ballintober, within a mile and a half of Nenagh, sold his good will
there-in to his mother-in-law, who divided the same among relatives of her
own. Ryan having failed in speculation returned again to this country. On
Monday he went to the land he had formerly occupied and began erecting a
hut. A struggle ensued between Ryan and the friends and relatives of the widow.
One of the widow's party named Hayes was injured. NENAGH GUARDIAN

July 3, 1843
On the morning of the 17th inst., Constable G. Patterson and a party of the
Thurles police arrested William Macksey, at Ballaghlin, with a pistol in
good repair, loaded with three balls and capped in his possession There
was a party on the previous day who rescued cattle seized by Mr. Cahill, and
beat off his bailiffs. Macksey was convicted of the usual penalty at
Ballynonty petty session, and bailed for trial at the Cashel quarter

August 21, 1843
A murder was committed on a man aged 27, Thomas Hennessy on Monday
last, on the lands of Graffa and parish of Kilpatrick. This unfortunate man
had previously been wounded about a year ago when on his way to Nenagh to
prosecute some ejectment cases. He was in the employment of James Black.
A few days since a man named Richard Mockler was fired at in a place called
Ayle, in this county, by a young woman named Winifred Dwyer. She has since
been committed. The cause assigned for the outrage is that Mockler had bid
for a farm out of which her father was about to be ejected.
A few nights since, a man named Connery on his return home in the parish of
Kilmore was fired upon. Patt Hogan was arrested for the attack, he is the
step-father of Connery with whom he had a dispute respecting some land.
At the petty sessions of Nenagh on Monday last, a man named Gleeson summoned
another named Feehilly for trespassing on a bog in the neighborhood of
Kilriffit (?). The magistrate decided in favour of Gleeson. Gleeson and
two sons went to the bog and commenced throwing the turf made by Feehilly
into the holes and drawing it away. John and Michael Feehilly came to
prevent them. An altercation ensued. The three Gleesons and their workman
are in custody. NENAGH GUARDIAN

September 18, 1843 
On Friday or Saturday last, a number of men, about 400, went to the lands of
Cranagh, the property of Mr. Maurice Meagher, of Nenagh, on which the
distress had been placed for arrears of rent. They cut down the entire of
the growing crop and carried it away...

Just at the dawn of day on Tuesday morning last Constable M'Donough, of the
Bird-hill station, having perceived a number of men and about 50 horses and
cars, pass the door of the police barrack, he aroused his men and followed
for the purpose of watching their movements and to prevent a breach of the
peace. The Irish Rebeccas proceeded to the residence of a widow named
Toohey, at Cool, in the barony of Owney and Arra, at the head of 300
persons, there was a farmer named Gleeson. Timothy Gleeson was the uncle of
the deceased Toohey; and alleges that, prior to Toohey death, he made a will
in favour to his uncle, and to the exclusion of his widow. ... Four months
and two days before this occurrence the widow gave birth to a fatherless
babe... (In the ensuing confrontation)* John Walsh was dangerously wounded,
and of whose recovery there are no hopes. The father of the widow of James
Hassett, an old man, was cruelly beaten, and another relative named John
Hassett also... An investigation took place the same day before Mr. J.
Going, Justice of the Peace and Sub-Inspector Lewis. Nenagh Guardian

Oct 6, 1843
On Saturday night last, in the parish of Templetoohy, a rick of turf was
maliciously set fire to on the property of William Howay. By the timely
assistance of the police and neighbors the fire was extinguished.
The men armed with bludgeons went to the residence of Daniel Hamel, and
having no respect for the honoured Christian name of Hamel (Daniel), they
beat him and took away his game cock.
A schoolmaster of the name Sheppard, being "abroad" on Saturday night in the
streets of Cloughjordan was waylaid and beaten.
A fellow named Thomas Pierce was fully committed for an attempt to
cut...Elizabeth Loughnane in Cloughjordan.
A man named Dennis Needham has been arrested and committed under the warrant
of Mr. James Carroll for the murder of Timothy Tierney of Kilbaron on the
10th of April, 1841.
On Friday last, at the fair-day of Toomevara, a riot of a fearful appearance
commenced near the chapel of that village between the Bourkes and
Guilfoyles. There were about 80 people engaged at each side, and stones
thrown to a frightful extent. MR. Thomas Brereton, Royal Militia and
Sub-Inspector Blake had to interfere. Mr. Brereton read the Riot Act, but
the parties paid no attention - nor until the police were ordered to prime
and load, and actually charge them with bayonet, could the rioters be got to

Dec. 1, 1843
The following from the NENAGH GUARDIAN are a few fresh samples paid by the
wild blood of Tipperary to O'Connell's recent manifestos preaching peace and
obedience to the laws...
"On Saturday last a strange party of men, upwards of 40, all strangers,
assembled on the lands of Ballyveeny near 'The Devil's Bit', the property of
John Meagher of Ballybeg, armed with spades and commenced digging up the
land.... Constable Richard Grainger of the police at Gurthagarry and four
Toomavara policemen, under Constable Tehan, proceeded to the land... and
apprehended 13 men. The names of the police Grainger, Tehan, Sub-constable
Cully, Smith, O'Brien, Sullivan and Hamill. Prisoners arrested for this
outrage - James Maher, John Cantwell, Daniel Lahy, James Devany, Martin
Devany, Martin Doheny, Michael Devany, John Lahy, Patrick Cantwell, William
Connors. Matthew Dooley, John Maher and James Maher. There are now 158
prisoners in the Nenagh gaol.
"As a man named Michael Guilfoyle of Lissemeska (?), Michael Gleeson, James
Flynn and two other were on their way home from the market of Roscrea, they
were way-laid at Loughton-gate, the seat of lord Bloomfield by 12 armed men
and beaten. Constable James Malone of Moneygall station arrested nine
fellows on suspicion.


Jan 27, 1844
Thursday night Sub-constables Adams and Tobin were on their way from
Ballymackey to the station at Cloughjordan on the bog road at Kylemi(?)er,
near the cross of Bantis when they were met by eight or nine men, some with
arms. Adams was knocked down. It appears, Tobin, who is an old man, ran
away and deserted his more valiant comrade. Adams gave up the struggle and
with difficulty made his escape.

Feb 26, 1844
On Saturday last, seven men entered the house of Mullampy near this town,
for the purpose of forcibly carrying away a young woman named Margaret Ryan,
his sister-in-law... They extinguished the lights and attacked the family
consisting of Mullampy, the girl's father, an old man of 70 years, a
servant and the girl herself.... They seized the girl who clung to a bed
post and dragged her away... It appears that a young man named John Ryan,
living at the old turnpike in this town, got some intimation of what was
going on.. Ryan and another attacked the ruffians and put them to flight.
They then conveyed the girl back to her house...

March 25, 1844
Melancholy death - A letter dated Nenagh Wednesday says, "Intelligence
arrived this morning that the lady of Mr. Tuthill of Rapla, and the sister
of Judge Jackson, was found outside the house quite dead. She had fallen
out of an upper window of her husband's residence, situated about two miles
from Nenagh."

April 8, 1844
Tipperary (North Riding) Assizes.
Thursday, April 4.
Right Honorable Judge Ball entered the court at 1 o'clock.
Mr. James Carmichael, Clerk of the Crown then called the prisoners to the
bar for sentencing as follows: -
Joseph Hayes for felonious assault on Elizabeth M'Langhlan (or M'Laughlan)
at Cloghjordan. 15 months imprisonment with hard labour. The prisoner
thanked his lordship.
Philip Cunneen, a wretched looking poor man pleaded guilty to the
manslaughter of Mary Hogan, a little girl. Sentence of 12 months hard
Andrew Phelan, for felonious assault on Nicholas Butler. Sentenced to seven
years' transportation.
Andrew Tierney and Patrick Harte for having attempted to compel John Quin to
leave his place of abode and quit his habitation. Sentenced to seven years'
David Holland, for attempting to compel Michael Herbert to quit his farm,
and for appearing armed. This prisoner was a well looking young man and
seemed somewhat affected by his position. Sentenced to seven years'
transportation. Prisoner cried, "Oh, merciful God".
Patrick Gleeson, a respectable looking farmer, for the abduction of Margaret
Bryan in Nenagh, Feb. last. Gleeson: "My lord, I have a weak family, a
wife a mother and a sister to support. I am not guilty, I gave my word to
the Bryans of what was going on when I came to Nenagh. This prisoner
appeared to be a person of some station in his rank of life, and of some
property. Sentenced to seven years' transportation.
Martin Roughan and William M'Loghlan for felonious assault of Patrick Bryan,
and attempting to compel his to give up his farm. As the judge was about to
pronounce sentence, the prosecutor, from the gallery, said he forgave them
from his heart and hoped his lordship would be lenient as he (the
prosecutor) entertained no malice whatsoever. Sentence of seven years'
John Corkoran, who pleaded guilty of having broken into the house of Mr.
Stephen Egan of Templemore, and stolen many articles. Sentenced to 18
months imprisonment and hard labour.
James Egan, Michael Meagher, and William Gleeson for a burglary and felony
in the house of Daniel Hurley of Portrue. Sentenced to 10 years'
John Hickey for conspiring to murder Michael Hanley. He is what might be
called and ill-favored man... The judge assumed the black cap and passed the
awful sentence on the wretched man.
John Wade and Thomas Wade for the murder of Patrick Ryan Morgan. The
prisoners appeared weak and ill-able to stand. John the smaller but elder,
seemed to labour under great excitement. Thomas did not raise his eyes, but
looked as if wholly absorbed in grief... Both were sentenced to death.

Aug 3, 1844
On the 20th ult., five men armed with pistols entered the house of Pat Hogan
at Fenlough, Hogan's sister saw them come in and ran to the room where her
brothers slept and alarmed them. John Hogan put his shoulder to the door,
a shot was fired which wounded him in the arm. Hogan's brother Pat kept
flinging stones over the room wall, and kept some of the party from getting
over it. Two windows were smashed by the ruffians as they departed. NENAGH

Oct 12, 1844
On Sunday last, David Maxwell, under-agent to Mr. David La Touche, was in
his house in Ikerrin, which is only a mile from Roscrea when he was fired
at. Maxwell was promptly attended to but died a short time later. - Dublin

Oct. 14, 1844
The "moral" and "peaceful" repealers of Tipperary are commencing their
winter campaign in earnest. The Nenagh papers of yesterday publish a
frightful catalogue of crimes...
On Tuesday, the woodranger of Mr. Carden of Barnane was killed. He had been
engaged in serving law processes on the tenantry on the Barnane estate. His
name was Tim Cleary. Another victim was a man named Spillane, a driver or
caretaker on the property of Latouche, near the same locality. Spillane it
appears, was engaged in prayer on his knees, in his own house, when he was
shot and killed. The cause of this murder was similar to that which
instigated the other.
A rumour also prevails that a man of the name Quirke, a Clonmel
process-server was murdered in his own house.
At the fair of Roscrea, on Wednesday... the town was crowded with young men
each armed with an 'alpee,' or fighting stick. A faction fight between the
Fogartys and Gilmartins of Coolaganeen took place . The cause of the
quarrel, a game cock.

Nov. 5, 1844
On Wednesday, as a man named John Ransford, was proceeding from Bird-hill
towards Ballynahinch, he was met by a party of armed men who attacked him.
He escaped and ran to the house of a relative Edmond Ransford who informed
the police at the Muragh station, about a mile and a half distant. Sergeant
Goore and a party of police pursued the ruffians who fled in the direction
of O'Brien's bridge. He succeeded in arresting three men, named Martin
Tracy, James Tracy and Hill. The cause assigned for the attack is a spirit
of revenge, instigated by Ransford having taken some land from which the
Tracy's had been evicted. TIPPERARY VINDICATOR
The agent of the Earl of Orkney, Mr. J.J. Poe, has offered a reward of 50
pounds for information leading to the apprehension of the murderers of
Edward Gleeson of Lattera on the 25th inst. - NENAGH GUARDIAN


January 3, 1845
On the 27th of Dec., William Stapleton, of Lorha heard some persons pulling
off the thatch from his house, he made a stab with a pitchfork, at the same
time ordered his son John to light a candle and proceed to the yard.
Stapleton followed his son immediately and discovered his brother-in-law,
Michael Phelan outside armed with a pistol. Phelan had shot and killed John
Stapleton. Land is the cause. Inquest was held by Mr. Cormack, coroner.
Michael Phelan has been committed.
On Monday, the authorities, heading a large force of the military and police
from Nenagh, scoured that locality - searching every house for unregistered
arms. No discovery of arms was made, nor was it reasonable to expect it.
The stolen arms are concealed in some turf clamp or bog, hedge or ditch,
where no hand can reach them but that which conceals them.
The Repeal paper The TIPPERARY VINDICATOR endeavors to burlesque the above
proceedings: One hundred men, under the command of Inspector Carroll, two
companies of the 35th depot, under command of Major Deedes, Lord Dunally, J.
Bayly J.P., Major Priestly and (?) Walker, J.P., proceeded on this wonderful
excursion. 'The pride pomp and circumstance of glorious war so flauntingly
displayed...' One division went in the direction of Ballywilliam - the
other towards Silvermines. The nature of the expedition at once began to
develop itself to the shrewd minds of the country people, and soon the whole
cohort became an object of irrepressible derision. Nothing could surpass
the merriment of the people. It was positively side-splitting to hear the
observations they made regarding the parade set forth to terrify them...
The results of the day's marching, an old pistol and a scabbard neither of
which is of the slightest use.

Jan. 7, 1845
A daring attack was made on Tuesaday by a gang of ruffians paid for
disturbing the peace, on a house of a humble, industrious, well-conducted
man of the name Flaherty, in the parish of Monsea, within two miles of
Nenagh. Their intention was to steal a gun. They made an entrance, loudly
demanding the prize for which they sought. Much to their astonishment, they
were met with defiance. A young woman, Mary Flaherty, daughter of the owner
of the lowly abode, declared she was determined to die before she would
permit the robbery... She seized a milk pail and fought most bravely,
calling on her brother to aid her. The miscreants were driven off. The
young woman was brought to Nenagh and is under the care of Dr. Kitson.
An outrage was perpetrated on Thursday in the parish of Ballymackey. The
house of an industrious man named Kennedy was fired into by some miscreants.
Three balls were found lodged in the wall beside the bed in which Kennedy
and his wife lay. TIPPERARY VINDICATOR

Jan. 10, 1845
A meeting was held on Sunday in Toomevara to address the suppression of
crime, the respected pastor, Rev. John Meagher, in the chair. The
substantial farmers of the parish were present as well as the clergy who
have at heart the real interests of the people. The bad characters of the
parish were not to be seen on the occasion... TIPPERARY VINDICATOR

Jan 22, 1845
From a Correspondent of the EVENING MAIL -
Moneygall, Sunday, Jan. 19 - "I am just returning from witnessing a dreadful
sight, on the murdered body of poor old Samuel Smith, upon which an inquest
is being held. He rode from Busherstown yesterday to his land at
Ballinverry, passing by Robert White's of Knockinroger... was found dead on
the road between White's house and Borrisnafarny.... His murder was in
consequence of his endeavors to take up some land from a defaulting tenant."

Feb. 14, 1845
Another victim of the Thug system of Tipperary has fallen. John Ryan, a
cooper by trade, left his residence of Foliduve(?) in the mountains to
proceed to the house of a gentleman near Newport to propose for lands that
had been lately evicted. He was attacked within half a mile of Newport and
has since died. An inquest was held on Tuesday by Mr. J. Carroll.

Feb. 20, 1845
Mr. Patrick Fogarty of Cabra Castle, in the county of Tipperary complains in
a letter to the Repeal Association of the progress of extermination in North
Tipperary. -
"Over 20 families have been dispossessed, 10 houses thrown down by the
sheriff since the 1st of Nov. The condition of the poor people who were
turned out is deplorable... Six of the poor people are now recovering from
fever.. A clergyman who gave them the last rites of the Church told me they
were all lying on straw, thrown on the damp floor (their bedsteads being
broken by the bailiffs when taking possession). I have seen an unfortunate
father with his child in his arms, after coming out of the Thurles Fever
Hospital, looking for some place to put his head."

April 4, 1845
On Tuesday, James Ryan, under sentence of transportation for 15 years for
highway robbery, made his escape from out gaol by the most ingenious means.
The prisoner, together with two men named Sheedy and Maher, were locked up
in their cell at the usual hour after having received spiritual admonitions
of the Rev. Mr. Power, Roman Catholic Curate. The guard was doubled by the
governor in consequence of information that the prisoners were planning a
rising. Mr. Smith, the governor, and Mr. Rock the deputy-governor cautioned
the sentries before retiring. Ryan's cell was situate over the privy, he
succeeded in raising some of the flags with which his cell is floored, cut
away some plaster and made an aperture sufficient to admit himself
through.... Ryan had been found guilty at our late assizes, with Timothy
Quilty, for the highway robbery of Hayes. It will be remembered that when
sentenced by Baron Lefroy to 15 years' transportation, the prisoner said he
had a house full of little children, and he would give the Government seven
years more if they would send them out with him. He was a miner and a
native of Doon, Limerick but lately lived at Carrawhale, near Newport with
his wife and four children. Ryan was re-arrested at Carrigatoher Bog by
Sub-inspector Lewis and the Capparoo police. NENAGH GUARDIAN

April 8, 1845
The Late Conflict at Newport
A detachment of Captain Steele's company (30th) left Newport this morning in
search of the remainder of the Rock party. Constable Shanahan was mortally
wounded and is reported dead. The countryman whose body is at Cappamore
police barrack is named Walsh, from near Nenagh. Another prisoner named
Ginnane from Pollogh is severely wounded. Mr. Ryan though beaten, is not in
danger. Three Rockites have been shot dead. To Mr. Carberry Scully, a
magistrate and a Roman Catholic, is credited with having run them to a stand
in a ploughed field. Duffy, the mounted policeman shot one of the Rockites.

May 9, 1845
From the VINDICATOR published Sunday last -
A few months ago, Mr. Henry Going of Riverlawn near Nenagh, brought a
ploughman named Corrigan from the neighborhood of Birr. Corrigan, shortly
thereafter was threatened if he did not quit his employment.
Notwithstanding this threat, Corrigan remained in Mr. Going's service. Some
time since, Mr. Going told a man named Peters that he was dissatisfied with
Corrigan and would discharge him. A few days ago he hired a second
ploughman named John Waters (the deceased). From the NENAGH GUARDIAN: On
Sunday, Corrigan and Waters, who appeared very friendly to each other, went
to a dance-house of John Gleeson's of Lisnamoe near Ballymackey, afterward
proceeding to the house of a man named Quilty, where they bought some
tobacco and stayed smoking for some time. Whilst at the bridge of
Ballinahemery near the style of Going's grove they were attacked.... Dr.
Langley of Nenagh rendered every assistance but Waters died.
On Saturday last, Henzie, steward to Mrs. Bennett of Monaquill was attacked.
Henzie was a prosecutor at the last assizes.
On Sunday, Mr. Adam Scott, the clerk of Monsea church about two and one half
miles from Nenagh was attacked. He however was able to proceed to the
church and perform the duties of his office.
On Thursday, some miscreants set fire to the dwelling house of Judy Cawley
at Kilriffit, within four miles of Nenagh,. whilst the widow and her five
orphans were asleep... Two of the children were scorched. This outrage
occurred in the same locality where the form of a grave was cut on the lands
of Lieutenant Kennedy.
On Sunday, a notice was found posted on Father John Meagher's chapel at
Toomevara, threatening with death anyone who would take the farm from which
the widow Kennedy had been lately evicted. This is the farm which formed
the groundwork of action against our local contemporary, by Mr. Justice
Chinnery, agent of Rev. John Massy Dawson.

June 20, 1845
Tuesday morning last, James Meehan, a farmer of the middling class, residing
not far from Carrigatoher, within five miles of Nenagh was killed. It
appears Meehan left his home on Monday to go some five or six miles up in
the mountains near Newport for lime, taking a boy named Gleeson with him.
He made some delay near Greenhall and got into bad company, who made him
drink and remain out until late. He was killed upon his return home....
Gleeson was taken into custody by Constable Sullivan and was under
examination yesterday.

June 21, 1845
"We learn the Mr. Edward Pennefather, of Marlow, in this county has been
superceded in the commission of the peace on account of certain charges
preferred against him to the Lord-Lieutenant by the Rev. Mr. Mackey parish
priest of Clonaulty. The influence of these rev. gentlemen with the powers
that be is really marvelous." TIPPERARY FREE PRESS

Aug 8, 1845
Under the head of "Astounding Revelations" the TIPPERARY VINDICATOR gives
the particulars of an attempted suicide of Cooney who was a Crown witness at
the recent trial for the murder of Mr. Carden's steward: "On Sat., while
the judge was passing sentence of death on Martin Meagher, Micheal Cooney at
the house in which he lodged in Pound street, Nenagh procured a razor and
cut his throat. He was discovered by a policeman who had been appointed to
watch him... The Rev. Mr. Bowles, Catholic Clergyman was called... This
declaration was taken by the Rev. Nicholas Power after many refusals by
Cooney who feared prosecution for perjury if he recovered: -
"I, Michael Cooney, being now on my death-bed... declare that the evidence I
gave at the trial of the Mahers and Shanahan, for the murder of Timothy
Cleary, was false. I am sorry for it. I ask pardon of God and of them."
Signed, Michael Cooney, in the presence of Colin Macdonald and Frank
Holland, Aug 2, 1845.

Sept. 29, 1845
Monster Demonstration at Thurles on Fri., Sept. 26.
Mr. O'Connell (the Liberator) addressed the crowd of between 90,000 and
100,000 people. "England has given us ignorance, bigotry, starvation, rags,
wretchedness, cabins without beds or night clothing. There is no
employment, no trade, no commerce - is this good government?.. Does this
not call for Repeal?"
The men were all very well clad. The women were decked out in their Sunday
best.... The eternal temperance bands (composed of performers, who, however
temperate in other thing, spare neither breath nor muscle to brass and
sheepskin) paraded the town, making the most horrible musical caricature of
such airs as "Love Not", "The Days we went Gipsying", and "The Night Before
Larry was Stretched"....
Among the attendees were Mr. Maher, M.P., Mr. W. M'Donnell, of
Carrick-on-Suir, the very Rev. Dean M'Donnell, Mr. R. Keating of Garranlee,
Rev. Mr. Morris, parish priest, Borrisoleigh, the Mayor of Clonmel, Mr. J.
Lanigan, Mr. Doheny, Rev. Dr. Bourke, Patrick Fogarty of Cabra Castle, and
Mr. Joseph Rivers.

Nov. 3, 1845 -
Mr. Patrick Clarke, a gentleman of extensive property and late of the firm
of Clarke and Vincent, solicitors and land agents of Merrion-square was
assassinated. Mr. Clarke was shot on his own demense. He was about 55 years
of age, highly esteemed by all, affable and courteous, giving extensive
employment and making improvements. He was brother of Mr. Charles Clarke,
Justice of the Peace, Holycross, and Mr. Robert Clarke, and was the partner
and father-in-law of Mr. John Vincent of Leeson street Dublin.
Sub-Inspector O'Dell and head-constable Hayes dispatched detachments of men.

Nov. 5, 1845
Conditions of the People of Ireland
Roscrea, Tip., Oct. 30
Report of the Land Commission -
".... I saw a respectable-looking man walking about the town guarded by two
armed policemen. I enquired the reason of this. I was informed by the
authorities that he is a schoolmaster named James, whose house was attacked
by men searching for arms. He made some resistance and killed one of the
men... if he were not guarded by the police, he would be murdered.
A farmer named Sheedy of Ballinakill, near this town, some years ago became
tenant of about 10 acres of land under the Court of Chancery, the former
tenant Cummins having been ejected for non-payment of rent. Cummins took it
into his head that he had a right to the land, and Sheedy was threatened
with death unless he gave it up. Sheedy applied for protection and now
ploughs and digs in his fields with two policemen paid by the county to
protect him.
A man named Hooley, the tenant of half an acre of land at Ashmere near this
town, wanted to emigrate to America and sold his "good will", as they call
it, or the right to peaceful possession of the land, for about 20 pounds, to
a small farmer named Jackson. A younger brother of Hooley took it into his
head that he was entitled to the land and his elder brother had no right to
sell it... Jackson was threatened if he did not give up the land, and now
goes about protected by two armed policemen. Hooley has since been sent to
gaol for going about with an unregistered pistol in his pocket.
A farmer named Tracey, of Gertnaskea near this town, took a farm formerly
held by his own brother, who was ejected for non-payment of rent. The
ejected brother had him served with threats and so frightened him that he
too goes about with two armed policemen.
In Feb. last, Mr. Henry Bridge, a landowner at Ashbury within a mile of this
town, dismissed his ploughman, because he was an idle fellow.... Two shots
were fired through the door of his steward.
A gentleman named Mason residing at Clonekenna four miles from this town,
had some property left to him by a relative. The tenant on the property
would not pay any rent for several years and was ejected. After being
threatened Mason is now accompanied by the police.
Jeremiah Wall of Belnaglass, about four miles from this town, took four
acres of land from a gentleman named Griffith. He was threatened... and is
now accompanied by the police.
A gentleman named Downey, of this town, a surgeon and apothecary, is a
manager of a local loan fund. He was beaten one night last week.
A miller named Fitzpatrick, residing two miles from this town, was waylaid
and robbed of 33 pounds.
A gentleman named Hone, an English barrister, has recently had a property
left to him in a neighborhood of this town. He received a threatening notice
that he should quit Old Castle.
Mr. Edward Wall, an extensive grocer in this town and a Poor Law clerk of
the Roscrea Union, received a threatening letter through the post: "This is
to take notice that if you don't bring Johannah Hickey safe out of her trial
on Board-day, you may expect your coffin..."
The same sort of intimidation is going on at Nenagh, a threatening notice
was pasted to the door of Robert Minnitt.

Nov. 8, 1845
Agrarian Warfare -
Three government proclamations were issued this afternoon. The first
offering a reward of 200 pounds for the discovery of Mr. Clarke's assassins,
the second, 100 pounds for the person who fired at, fortunately without
effect, Robert Lloyd of Longford Cottage near Roscrea, on Thursday, and the
third, 80 pounds for a similar offence on Michael Hogan on Nov. 1st.
Pleasant forewarnings of the ensuing winter's campaign in Tipperary.

Nov. 14, 1845
On Monday a meeting of the magistrates was held at the Court-house in Nenagh
to consider the particulars connected with the murder of Mr. Clarke. In
attendance were, Lord Dunally, R. U. Bayly, J.W. Walsh, Sir Thomas Dancer,
Bart., Messrs. Trench, J. Minnett, R. Phillips, J. Garvey, R.W. Gason, John
Carden, Barnane, R. Stoney, Kylepark, (?) Going, Traverston, (?)Going,
Birdhill. A. Walker, J. Tabiteau, R.M., Captain Pollock, R.M., Thomas
Brereton, R.M., Portumna and (?) Roe, Rockwell. Three brothers and the
son-in-law of the deceased were also present... It is said that a man named
Quirke, from the Glen of Aherlow, was arrested in the city of Limerick on
suspicion. Mr. William Roe of Rockwell, son-in-law of the deceased made a
statement rebutting reports that his father-in-law was an unkind and cruel
landlord... John Hill was a tenant and land steward to Mr.Clarke on his
lands a Rapla... Hill subdivided his land between himself and two sons.
When the corn was gathered in the father and sons fought about the crops...
Mr.Clarke seized the crops to protect his own right and prevent the father
from being defrauded...
Several of Mr. Clarke's tenants at Curraheen, near Littleton, when they
heard of the death, came to South-hill a distance of 30 miles to pay

Nov. 14, 1845
The NENAGH GUARDIAN states that the Government has commuted the sentence of
death passed on Martin Maher (Tierney), at the last assizes for the murder
of Timothy Cleary, the bailiff of John Carden of Barnane, and directed that
he be transported for the period of his natural life.

Nov. 19, 1845 -
The Potatoe Disease - From the Rev. John Dalton parish priest of Newport,
Tipperary: "One half of the crop is already lost in this parish, and it is
doubtful whether the rest will hold sound until the time of sowing the next
crop. The prospects of the future are awful...".

Nov. 21 1845
It appears that a large property in the Duarra district, on which there are
many tenants - all of course in arrears for many years rent, and belonging
to Mr. Tuthill, solictor in Dublin, came at last to the sheriff's hands for the
purpose of evicting the defaulters. The sheriff, with a party consisting of
44 police, 50 military (1st Royals) and 12 bailiffs from Nenagh proceeded
to Gortmore to take possession and level the houses. The bailiffs however
refused to level the dwellings and to a man, turned out against the job.
The peasantry cheered them, the sheriff, the military and the police had to
march back again. NENAGH GUARDIAN.

Dec. 1, 1845
A poor man named Guilmartin, at Lateragh was fired at through the window of
his dwelling and has been wounded.
A poor man named Molowney in the parish of Drom, near Templemore took some
land which had been evicted or in dispute, 15 years ago, and had been in
possession ever since. Six months ago was warned to quit, and was driven
from his land. He was attacked and killed in his house on Sunday.

Dec. 12, 1845
The Nenagh papers (Repeal and Conservative) received today furnish some
extraordinary evidence of the boasted efficacy of the 'existing laws" for
the repression of crime in Tipperary. Murders, attacks by armed parties,
incendiarism, and almost every species of "agrarian" outrage appear to be
rife just now as in the halcyon days of the Viceregal General Gaol-deliverer; and yet
 nothing is to be done.
TIPPERARY VINDICATOR - "It is with unspeakable pain we are reluctantly
compelled to say that the state of a portion of this county is such as to
delight the enemies of the people... The truth appears to be that the evils
of misgovernment are acting so tremendously on the social system as to defy
the law, and produce a species of anarchy in certain quarters which threaten
the worst results... The disturbed parts of Tipperary are under a strict
police surveillance... Further taxation, too, the people cannot bear in a
county where the taxes are already enormous beyond those of every county in

"Another Murder - Yesterday (Tuesday) morning police from Borrisokane
brought in the intelligence of another victim of Tipperary law, in the
murder of Darby Hogan (Johnny), one in a humble rank and station... Hogan
was a witness in the case of the prosecution of Dr. Hobbs of Borrisokane,
against two men named John Hogan (Shra) and John Hogan (Ballinderry). He
swore only to the fact of seeing one of them in the neighborhood where Dr.
and Mrs. Hobbs was attacked. The two Hogans were found guilty and sentenced
to transportation. Since then, Darby Hogan (Johnny), had been denounced
from the altar as an informer, a perjurer, and a convicter of innocent men.
In the neighborhood of Youghall on Monday last, a man named Costello and his
son, on their coming into Nenagh were attacked by a party of men. The son's
skull was fractured. Dr. Edward Kittson was in attendance. Constable
Rutledge, stationed at Portroe, has arrested one of the party.
On Sunday last, five men entered the house of John Flynn, steward to Mr.
Richard Gason, of Richmond within one mile and a quarter of Nenagh... Flynn
was beaten.
On the night of the 29th ult, some ruffians went to the house of William
Navin, of Arraghmore, parish of Lougheen, and fired two shots outside the
door. Navin is herd to Mr. Simpson Hackett.
On the night of the 5th inst, four armed men went to the house of John
Gleeson and his son of Garranaclare, parish of Cloughprior and ordered them
to quit the country, and not to act as stewards any longer for Mr. Parker.
Attack on a police patrol - It may not be generally known at a distance that
the custom of police patrols at night throughout a very wide district of
country is general in many parts of Tipperary, particularly in the baronies
of Upper and Lower Ormond, Owney and Arra, Ikerrin, Eliogarty and
Kilnemanagh(?) This custom has been observed even during the day,
particularly during certain hours on Sunday, patrols are everywhere... On
Sunday evening the Killoskully patrol under constable Patrick O'Hara
proceeded in the direction of Ballynahinch. They were fired at by a party
of Terry Alts. A skirmish took place. One of the police, Anthony Cullen,
was shot in the left arm. The scene of this outrage is near the Keeper
Mountain. Capt. Pollock, R.M. proceeded to the scene.
Incendiarism - Two houses were consumed by fire on Friday se'nnight at
Dromagh, near Shinrone, the property of Mr. Dawson Hutchinson Vaughan. It
is alleged that tenants were evicted, and that the lands were lately let to
A Tipperary correspondent of the MAIL, after recounting the circumstances of
the murder of Hogan says- "This John Hogan is brother to Darby Hogan of
Killea part of Mr. Farrer's property, who was fired at last February and his
brother Michael who was fired at a few weeks ago. Both, I must say are in
imminent peril..."

Dec. 15,1845
The Late Murder of John Hogan-
John Hogan of Ballinderry was the brother of Darby Hogan. John became the
victim of murder simply because he was the brother of Darby who prosecuted a
grievous assault case at the last assizes. John Hogan has left a large and
now destitute family, consisting of a wife and eight children. - NENAGH

Dec. 20, 1845
We have seen a statement from the Rev. Walter Cantwell of Kilfeacle, of the
most gloomy description regarding that district which is by far the richest
and most abundant in Tipperary. In the neighborhood of Borrisoleigh, we are
told that the poorer portion of the population are counting the potatoes for
their children, whilst the parents leave the table hungry. A gentleman from
the Silver Mines district tells us the poor are in a very wretched
condition... Fever too, is making its appearance... What is most terrible is
the utter apathy of those in authority... TIPPERARY VINDICATOR


*Just a note: Some of these articles are very lengthy so I've abridged this
one and some of my future postings will also need editing, though I will
make every attempt to provide all the names that are in the original