down?  --

she has a yellow tial.

     Is the tip of that heifer's tail white?  -- There

are some white


in it.  It is not white, but there is a little mixture

I think.

     Did you ask Roger Tansey to go with you to the

farm?  -- I did

not.  I

asked the herd [sic] which of the gray calves was


     Did you say to Cryan in going over to the farm -

"If you took that

heifer I would take the other one?" - No.

     Did Queenan suggest to you that the two heifers

be put on the farm


let them out, to see what road they would take?  -- He

did, but I

refused to

do so.

*    When did you first speak about the wart?  -- In


     Has the heifer now on the farm a wart?  -- No.

     How much difference do you think in the value of

the heifers?  --



     Cross-examined -- I spoke to the herd, Mulligan,

about the wart


     To His Lordship -- This wart was only about the

size of a pea in


I first noticed the wart in May.  I would say my

heifer is of a darker


colour than the other one.

     Mrs. Wynne deposed she knew the heifer, and it

had a wart on its


before it went to graze.

     Miss Hannah Baker deposed the two men ___ before

her at Redhill


She heard ___ about a white tail, but heard Cryan say

something about


spots.  She said it would be better for them, as

neighbours, to settle



     James Mulligan, the herd on the farm, deposed he

saw Wynne several


on the farm.  Wynne asked him did he notice any wart

on his heifer in


before there was any dispute at all.

     Cross-examined - Did Wynne ask you about the grey

heifers?  -- He


     He did not know them, and asked you about them?

-- He did.

     To His Lordship - I had 32 cattle under my

charge.  Wynne asked me


the wart, and he said it was not much larger than a

pea.  I said I had

another animal with a wart.  I tied a hair on it.  I

thought it was


off.  Wynne make a mistake about the grey heifer.

Part of the tail of


heifer on Mr. Baker's farm is white.  I never remarked

a wart on the


presently on the farm.

     Pat Mulligan deposed Cryan came down and asked

him where was his


and he told him she was in the bull paddock.  Cryan

saw some cattle


to Miss Baker and mistook one of them for his own.  He

told him it was


and he said no, that his heifer had a white spot on

her tail.  He

brought him

down to the paddock, and Cryan and the one there was

not his heifer at


He was there when Cryan brought his cattle there but

he could not say

is the

one there now his.  He could never detect any wart on

the heifer's eye.

     Cryan ___ in reply to his lordship, stated that

on the 24th June

he had

a conversation with Michael Mulligan about the wart.

     His Lordship - I could not doubt the evidence of

the woman.  I

will give

a decree for £8.


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Roscommon Herald Articles No 44

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October 27, 1900




     Pat Cawley, Carrigeens Upper, prosecuted John


Knockadalteen, for

trespass on the lands of Mary Cryan, of Carrigeens

Upper, with dogs in

pursuit of game, on the 6th October.

     Mr. Fitzgerald appeared for the Game Preservation

Society to


and Mr. R. K. Tamplin defended.

     Cawley deposed that on the 6th October he saw the

defendant, who

is a

labourer, with another man in Upper Carrigeens.  He

was on the lands of


Cryan with two greyhounds.  The other person had a dog

also.  They ran


when they saw him, but he ran after them.  The

defendant had a hare and


rabbit under his arm, and threw them away when he saw


     Mr. Tamplin said he would plead guilty to the

charge.  His client


give a personal undertaking not to interfere with the

lands in future,


not be the means of allowing his dogs to trespass

there.  He would ask


Bench to deal leniently with the case, as Cairns was a

poor boy.

     Mr. Fitzgerald said if he were a very poor boy he

did not see how


could afford to keep two greyhounds without intending

to make profit by


 One point in his favour was that he never appeared in

court before.

     Mr. Henn said the majority of the magistrates

decided to fine him


6d. and costs, or in default, seven days imprisonment.

 He was sorry he


not agree with the decision of the magistrates, as he

would be inclined


impose a heavier penalty.


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Subject: [Cryan et al.] Roscommon Herald Articles No 45


Roscommon Herald Articles No 45

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September 18, 1897


Telling What They Did


     T. Hennigan charged T. Cryan with assaulting him

on the 16th July.

     Hennigan deposed - He came into the house and

caught me by the

neck, and

tried to choke me.  He also tore my neck with his


     Defendant - Did you tell the mistress that I

kicked the cow?

     Complainant - I did.

     Defendant - I only gave her a slap, and he went

and told Mrs.


that I kicked her.

     Hennigan had Cryan charged with assault - him on

the 16th August,

because he told Mrs. Goulding that Cryan drowned her

dog.  He took him

by the

shoulder and shook him, and threatened to cut the head

off him with the


     Chairman - We will take a lenient view of the

case, as this is


first time to be up here.  You are fined 2s. 6d. and

2s. costs for the


offence and 2s. 6d. for the second.


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Roscommon Herald Articles No 46

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26 August 1899




 On Thursday morning the news of a tragedy of some

dire description reached Longford as having been

enacted the previous day at Ballinalee, and our

representative set forth immediately to investigate

the matter.  The details of the occurrence are sad,

and of such a nature as happily very rarely occurs in


 A man named John Crane, aged 45 years, a respectable

farmer of independent means, residing at Soran, about

a mile from the village of Ballinalee, committed

suicide on Wednesday by cutting his throat. The act

was a most determined one, as when Sergeat Tierney,

who arrived on the scene some time after the

occurrence, went to take the razor from the dead man’s

hand, he found it clutched so firmly that it took

considerable effort to remove it; and the unfortunate

man’s head was severed almost completely from the

body.  The news of the affair spread like wildfire

throughout the district, and in its circulation

assumed various aspects tending to make it more

gruesome still.  Father Connolly, C.C., Ballinalee,

was summoned, and proceeded to the place with all

possible haste, but the man was dead before his


 On Thursday an inquest was held by Dr. M. D. Gray,

Drumlish, coroner for North Longford, and the

following jury – James Trapp (foreman), Michl Lee,

James Archibald, John Gilnagh, sen.; Myles McGill,

John Gilnagh, jun.; John Scanlan, Peter Maguire,

Thomas Reynolds, John Reynolds, William McLoughlin and

James McLoughlin.

 Joseph Cosgrove did not answer, and Edwd Coyle was


Coroner (to the jury) – Gentlemen, you will now have

to view the body.  It is a sad case, but not a

difficult one to inquire into the cause and

circumstances of the death of poor Crane.

The jury then went out to another room to view the

body, and on their return,  

John Gorman was first sworn as follows – I live in

Kiltycrovagh, and I am a brother-in-law of the

deceased.  I was working with him at the time of his

death.  I was the first to see him after his death. 

It was about 11 o’clock on yesterday.  I was over in

the fields reaping on Wednesday morning, and his

brother-in-law – his wife’s brother, was with me.  His

name is John Smyth.  I came over about 10”30 o’clock

in the morning from the field for a drink and I asked

Mrs. Crane where was John, and she told me he was

after digging some potatoes, and he came in along with

her, and came up to the room and ‘threw’ himself on

the bed.  She told me then that he came down again,

and was after walking out to the garden and she told

me to go out and see if he was in the garden.  I went

into the garden and looked up and down both sides of

the ditch and could not see him.  I then came back to

the cock of hay, and got him at the cock of hay.  He

was sitting up against the cock of hay, where the

sergeant saw him later on.  The life was only in him

when I found him at the time.

Coroner – How did you know the life was in him?

Witness – Well I found him breathing.

Coroner – Was it out on his throat he was breathing?

Witness – I only found the “draw” on him.

Continuing – He was lying back against the cock of hay

and his throat was cut, and I thought I would be able

to bring the priest before he would die, and I ran for

the priest.  I saw nothing in his hand at the time,

but there was blood on his clothes.  I saw his throat

cut.  I ran into the house first, and told his wife

not to go into the garden till I and the priest would

come back.  I told her “he was all as one as dead” and

I told her brother to come over and keep her from

going into the garden.  By what they tell me I

consider he was dead before I was at Ned Coyle’s.   I

came back to the garden, and saw his head hanging down

on his side.  He was not then the same as I saw him at

first, because when the life went out of him his head

fell down.  I then came in and got a towel and put it

over him.  I then saw a razor in his hand – in his

right hand.  I didn’t take the razor out of his hand. 

I didn’t go near him again though I was in the garden

until the police came.  The priest came before the

police, and he said he was with the deceased some

weeks before that.  He pronounced Crane dead at the

time.  He was ailing for some time before that – he

was complaining of a ‘beating’ on his heart.  He was

at the sea and when he came back, he complained of a

pain in his head.  He was attended by Dr. Mayne in

Longford or Dr. Cochrane, I am not sure which, but he

was with some doctore anyway.  He was with the doctor

a week before his death, and he have him a bottle, and

told him to go back that day – that was the day of his

death.  I saw him that morning and I noticed nothing

strange about him, and he was in his usual nature.  I

assisted to remove him into the house from the cock of

hay, where he was found. 

Mary Crane, wife of the deceased was next sworn, and

deposed – I saw my husband alive about 10 o’clock on

Wednesday morning.  He had been complaining for some

time of his stomach, and later it turned to a

“beating” on his heart.  He went to the sea, and after

he came back he complained of his head.  He went on

Wednesday week – the 16th August – to Dr. Cochrane in

Longford.  He was to go the day of his death again. 

Dr. Cochrane gave him a prescription and he got the

medicine in Wilson’s Medical Hall.  I did not notice

anything peculiar about him on that morning, or since

he went to the doctor; there was no change in him on

the days previous to his death.  He used to tell me

from time to time that he was suffering, and I thought

it was more imagination than real disease.  He used to

smoke a great deal, and used to drink a great deal of

tea.  They also said he was suffering from


Coroner – Did he not go to five or six doctors?

Witness – He went to four.

Coroner – Well, that was enough to kill him!

Witness continuing – I was with him at the sea, and he

always ate heartily there.  We were back about two

weeks from the sea, and he was as well from that time

up to the time of his death.  On Wednesday morning he

went out and dug some potatoes for me, and I picked

them.  He came into the house then, and went up to the

room, and rested a while on the bed, and walked out

again, and that was the last of him I saw ‘till I saw

him dead.  When my brother-in-law came in for a drink

I asked him, “Did you see John out there?” and he said

he did not, so I told him see if he was out about the

garden, while I was getting the drink for him.

District Inspector Padwell, Granarl (who watched the

proceedings on behalf of the Crown) – Why did you tell

him to look for him?

Mrs. Crane – I wanted him to come to Longford to the


-         What did he tell you when he came back?

-         He said John was nearly dead, and for me not

to go into the garden till he came back.  That is


Sergeant John Tierney, Ballinalee, was next sworn, and

deposed as follows: -  This occurrence was reported to

me at a quarter to one o’clock on yesterday by Tom

Murphy, of Soran.  I met him on the road, and heard

that the man had cut his throat.  Murphy told me that

John Crane was after cutting his throat, and was

dead.  Constable Muldoon immediately came on here, and

found him in the garden lying on his left side, and a

razor case at his right side, and about a foot or two

from his right hand, and his hat was on the ditch a

few feet away.  I told the people not to remove the

body till I got the permission of the Coroner.  I

wired to the Coroner, and he gave permission to let

the relatives remove the deceased into the house.  I

afterwards saw the body removed into the house.  When

I took the razor out of his hand, I took possession of

it, and I had it here – it is covered with blood.

Coroner – I don’t want it – it is a dangerous weapon!

Sergeant Tierney – It is, sir.

Coroner – I don’t know what you will do with it – I

don’t suppose there are many of the relative would

wish to keep it as an heirloom. 

Here some of the jurors began to chat in audible tones

in the corner of the room on some engrossing subject,

such as the weather, when the Coroner interposed –

“That will do! You are terrible fellows on the jury to

being to chat in this manner!” 

Dr. Maguire here started to write out the result of

his examination of the body, and while so engaged, the

Coroner, addressing Sergeant Tierney, said – “Who is

that man who did not appear?”

Sergeant Tierney – The man who served the summons is

here, and he has just told me it was not served


Coroner – It is not necessary to serve it personally

when it was served two hours previous to the inquest.

Sergeant Tierney – Well the man was not at home – he

was away at the forge, and they thought he would be


Coroner – No matter – he should be here!

Sergeant Tierney – I would respectfully ask you not to

fine him, as he is a poor man.

Coroner – It would be better to fine him, and make him

jump at the tune of 2 pounds.

Sergeant Tierney – He is a poor man.

A Juror – He is a widow’s son, and his mother and

other brother are away in Longford and there is no one

at home but himself.

Coroner – No matter. If every one of you could get off

that way we would get no jury.

The same juror – Well, he is a poor man.

Coroner – He would be poorer when he would pay 2

pounds.  I will let him off this time with a caution,

but if we had only enough with him, we might be kept

until another day to proceed with the inquest.  

Dr. Maguire then handed in his written statement as to

what he found on examination of the body, and in it he

said – “ I have this day examined the body of John

Crane, who was apparently about 45 year of age.  The

body was fairly well nourished.  On the neck I found

an incised wound, which severed the windpipe and all

the arteries.  There were not other marks of

violence.  I am of the opinion that death was caused

by hemorrhage, due to the bleeding from the wound on

his  neck, which was caused by some sharp instrument.”

Coroner – Have any of the jurors any questions to ask?

Several Jurors – No.

Coroner – Well gentlemen, I suppose it is plain you

will find a verdict in accordance with the medical


A Juror – Yes, we agree with that.

Coroner – Will you add that the wound was

self-inflicted while suffering from temporary


Dr. Maguire – Yes, that would be necessary.

Several jurors said they believed the deceased was

temporarily insane when he committed the act, and the

Coroner wrote out a verdict in accordance, which was

signed by all the jurors, and the inquest terminated.


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Roscommon Herald Articles No 47

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Roscommon Herald 15 Sept 1900



District Inspector Fitzsimmons prosecuted Mr. Martin

Cryan, Keash, for a breach of the Sunday Closing Act,

on Sunday 2nd September.  Patrick Regan,

Treanmacmurtagh, and Dominick Sheerin, Tully, were

also summoned for being found on the premises on the


Sergeant Conry deposed that on Sunday, 2nd September,

he was on duty at 3:15 p.m.  Before he entered the

premises of Mr. Cryan, he saw Pat McDermott, Mr.

Cryan’s servant, standing on the road in front of the

house, looking in every direction.  He was concealed,

and McDermott could not see him.  While McDermott was

standing on the road he closed on him.  As he

approached, McDermott made a burst across the road in

the direction of the public house.  He called on him

to stand, and asked him if there were any parties

inside, and he said no, that Mr. Cryan was in bed. 

When going to the door he saw Patrick Regan and

Dominick Sheerin at the bar through the window.  He

entered hurriedly, and met Sheerin rushing into the

kitchen.  Sheerin, when questioned as to his presence,

said he came there for sweets, and Regan said he came

for tobacco.  As he entered he saw Mrs. Cryan take

some glasses off the top rail of the counter, and put

them on a lower rail.

Constable Brennan gave corroborative evidence.

Mrs. Margaret Cryan, the wife of the publican, deposed

the two boys, Sheerin and Regan, came to the front

door, and she asked them what did they want.  Regan

said he wanted tobacco, and Sheerin said he came for

some groceries.  They were in the house only a few

minutes when the sergeant came in.  They asked for no

drink or got no drink.

Regan gave evidence as to having come for tobacco, and

Sheering as to having come for groceries.

Mr. Fitzsimmons, D.I., said there was another case

against Mr. Cryan for the same date, and perhaps they

would hear all the cases together.

Mr. Cryan was then prosecuted for supplying drink to

Joseph Walsh, Greenane, and another man from

Carrowkeel, on Sunday evening, 2nd September.

Sergeant Conroy deposed that on the same evening he

went, along with Constable Mulvey, to Cryan’s at about

9 o’clock.  They concealed themselves close to the

front door.  At 9:30 Walsh came to the door and

knocked.  He heard a voice, which he knew was the

publican’s inquire from the inside “who was there.” 

Walsh said he was a traveler, and was immediately

admitted.  About five minutes elapsed until the other

man came up.  He went to the front door, and went to

push it in.  Mrs. Cryan came and opened it, and bid

him “good night” and allowed him in.  He was only a

few minutes inside when he came out accompanied by

Walsh.  Mr. Cryan came to the door, and stood outside

for about two or three minutes, and the man who was

along with Walsh asked Mr. Cryan for the loan of his

horse to draw hay.  Mr. Cryan said he would give him

the horse, hands down.  He saw Mrs. Cryan go in and

draw some porter, which she handed in a gallon to her

husband, across the counter.  Mr. Cryan carried it out

to the door and called Paddy (meaning the servant boy,

Pat McDermott). “Here” said Mr. Cryan, “take that, and

be careful.” He saw McDermott take the gallon to the

road, and stand between Walsh and the other man.  They

got into a group, and as they (the police) jumped

across the wall, the person who was holding the can of

porter threw it up, and it fell on the hedge beside

them.  Walsh ran into the house, and he followed him,

and when questioned, denied he was outside at all.  He

asked the other man why he was drinking porter on the

road, and he said he was not drinking porter at all,

or saw not drink.  McDermott denied he took out the

gallon at all.  He (sergeant) showed the gallon to

McDermot, and asked him was it his, and he said it was


In reply to Mr. Tamplin, who defended, he said Walsh

is a nephew to Mr. Cryan.

Constable Mulvey gave corroborative evidence.

Mr. Cryan was examined and deposed that Walsh is a

relative of his, and is every day in his house.  The

men did not ask for drink that night, or he did not

sent out any.  He was in the habit of lending his

horse to the other man, who, on this day asked him for

the loan of the horse, which he gave him.  He (Mr.

Cryan) asked him to have a drink, but he refused to

take it.  No porter left his house that night.

Similar evidence was given by Walsh and the other men.

Mr. Tamplin having addressed the bench, Mr. Henn said

as regards the first case, the magistrates had not the

slightest doubt there was a breach of the law


Sergeant Conry, in reply to Mr. Henn, said there were

two previous convictions against the house.

Mr. Henn said that in the first case they would fine

Mr. Cryan 1 pound and costs, and Regan and Sheering,

who were found on the premises, would be finds 2s, 6d.

each and costs.  As regards the second case, they

would fine Mr. Cryan 1 pound and costs, and order the

conviction to be endorsed on the license.  The two men

who were there on the occasion would be fined 2s 6d.

each and costs. He must say if he were trying the case

himself he would endorse both convictions on the license.


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Roscommon Herald Articles No 48

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April 4, 1896

Boyle Quarter Sessions


Damages for Seduction


     John Cryan, Culthacreighton, sued John M'Elroe

for the sum of £20,

damages for the seduction of his daughter, Catherine


     Mr. P.C.P. MacDermot appeared for plaintiff, and

Mr. W. J.

Robinson for

the defendant.

     Catherine Cryan deposed that he seduced her on

the 7th January,


and she became a mother on the 7th October, 1894.  She

denied having


been seduced by any other person.  When she complained

to him, he

advised her

to jump off a wall.

     John Cryan, the plaintiff, said the defendant was

almost every day


his house - at least, four evenings in the week -

after coming from

Ballinameen with the post.  He first heard about his

seducing his

daughter a

few months before the child was born.  He then spoke

to him and asked


what he was going to do.  M'Enroe said he did not

know.  He met him


shortly afterwards when coming to the market, and

again he said he did


know what to do.

     Mrs. Cryan, mother of Catherine Cryan, said she

asked him what he


going to do about it one day when coming to Boyle.  He

said that he

knew what

he was going to do, and that was what he would do.

Her daughter told


that he said she should go in to the workhouse for

twelve months, and

that he

would then pay her way to America.

     Several other witnesses were examined for the


     The defendant was called.  He admitted seducing

the girl, but


the time.  He did not care whether a decree was

granted against him or


he would never pay a penny on it.  He would resign his


Furthermore, if the decree were granted against him on

the process, he


proceed against Cryan for defamation of character


     His Honor said he was a dare-devil character,

and, from the manner


which he gave his evidence, an impertinent one.  He

would grant a

decree for

£10 against him.


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Subject: [Cryan et al.] Roscommon Herald Articles No 49



Roscommon Herald Articles No 49

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July 4, 1896


Outdoor Relief in Breedogue


     The Local Government Board wrote forwarding a

letter which they


received from John Higgins, Ballinvoher, Frenchpark,

relative to the

administration of outdoor relief in the Breedogue

electoral division:

-- "I

must respectfully beg leave to write to you regarding

the greatest


that has been used in the electoral division of

Breedogue for the last


years by giving Pat Cryan Ballinvoher, money at the

expense of the rate

payers of the division.  We beg to protest against

such being allowed

be the

division, Pat Cryan holds 18 acres 1 rood 7 perches

statute of the


land on the estate.  By the allowance of reduction he

is getting, he is

paying yearly only £3 15s 3d for all that of land.  I

have known Cryan


present year to get £5 10s from Edward Neary, money in

hand for grazing


part of the grass.  I have known him to get £2 10s for

oats from Tom


and before this in January £6 0s 9d for con-acre, both

money in hand

and on

the 1st May he got £5 for young pigs Cryan also keeps

an entire pig,

and I

calculate he makes £20 a year by that means.  He has

also a car, and

his son

and himself are earning 2s a day.  Pat Cryan had got

£3 8s some time


unaware of the ratepayers for his wife.  She framed

herself sick at the


and kept so for a considerable time in hopes to be

bringing the money

off the

division.  Pat Cryan had at that time two stacks of

corn in his haggard


he wanted to eat his neighbour's share before his own,

and I say,


he has a right to be make pay it back again.  I hope,

gentlemen you


caution the guardians of the Boyle workhouse to put a

restraint to

this, and

also caution the relieving-officer not to give money

to a landholder

such as

Pat Cryan.  He has applied now at present for £3 to

clothe his

daughter, I

supose for America.  I have known this girl could have

earned £5 for

the last

12 months at her serivce.  I was present when she was

offered £1 5s a

quarter.  She is at home with her idle mother during

that time.  Now


want the ratepayers of the division to give her

demands, which we

object to. 

I can state all this before the board of guardians in


     R.O. Banahan was called before the board, and

stated that, by the

direction of Dr. Coen, Pat Cryan's wife received l2

14s in provisional


about four years ago, after her confinement.

     Mr. Cox said that the sum of l1 was lately

applied for by him,

with the

approval of a number of the ratepayers, of whom

Higgins was one, to


Cryan's daughter to emigrate to America.  Higgins even

wanted to make

it 30s.

 Some John Higgins applied for relief some time ago,

and he thought it

extraordinary.  He must have had little to do, to sit

down and write

such a

tissue of statements.

     Relieving-officer Banahan said that the Cryans

never got any

relief but

the £2 14s.

     The chairman made a note to this effect on

Higgins' letter, and


discussion ceased.


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Subject: [Cryan et al.] Roscommon Herald Articles No 50



Roscommon Herald Articles No 50

Thanks to Leslie Poche for the typing


March 25, 1899


The Identity of a Grave


     Mary Kilmartin prosecuted Laurence McDermott,

Ballinultha, for

trespassing on a plot, her property, in a certain


     Mary Kilmartin deposed the last member of her

family who was

buried in

the plot was her brother, who died eight or nine years

ago.  This was


same grave in which McDermott buried his wife.  She

never gave him any

permission to use the plot.

     Laurence McDermott applied for an adjournment for

the attendance

of a

man named Hugh Rorke, but the case was proceeded with.

     James Cryan, Ballinultha, deposed he was one of

the men that made


grave for Mrs. McDermott's remains.  He could not

prove that it was the


grave Mrs. Kilmartin complained of now.

     Mr. Jones - Did you point out to this man the

place his wife is


     Complainant - No.  I did not, sir.

     Mr. Jones - Did you ask Cryan to go to the

graveyard and show you


grave in which Larry McDermott buried his wife?

     Complainant - No, sir.

     Mr. Jones told her to bring Cryan with her to the

graveyard, and

get him

to show here the grave he dug and in which Larry

McDermott's wife was


and if she could prove that was the grave her family

was buried, that

was all

they (the bench) required.

     The case was accordingly adjourned until next

court day.




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Subject: [Cryan et al.] Roscommon Herald Articles No 51



Roscommon Herald Articles No 51

Thanks to Leslie Poche for the typing




December 18, 1897


Mullaghroe Petty Sessions (Co. Sligo)


A Row Returning from Ballaghaderreen




     Patrick Casey, Shroof [sic], charged James

Flaherty (father),


Flaherty (son), and John Cryan, of Clogher, with

assaulting him on the



     Mr. P.C.P. MacDermot, solicitor, Boyle, appeared

for the


     Patrick Casey deposed - I was coming home from

the fair of

Ballaghaderreen, and when I was passing Thomas Casey's

public house in

Monasteredan those men attacked me.  James Flaherty

was the first one


knock me down, and while I was on the ground, John

Cryan kicked me. 


would life me up and knock me down against the road.

Young Flaherty

hit me,

too.  John Sharkey came to my relief, and took me

away.  Both Cryan and

Flaherty kicked me while I was on the ground.

     To Mr. MacDermot - Sharkey is my brother-in-law.

I was at the

last fair

of Ballaghaderreen.  I had pigs at it.  I did not go

into the yard to

look at

Flaherty's pigs.  We were friends up to that day.  I

did not assault

him that

morning, but we had a little difference.  I had some

drink taken, but I


able to walk.  Monasteredan is about four miles from


It is

my road home, but it is not theirs.  There is a public

house there. 


never said a word but knocked me down.  I was in jail

for an assault,

but it

was in the wrong.  I was also in jail for assaulting a


     John Sharkey, a witness, deposed - About 6

o'clock on the night in

question I came out on the road from my own house.  At

Tom Carey's


house I heard the sound of a scrimmage and the

shuffling of feet.  I


over, and I found Pat Casey on the broad of his back,

and John Cryan


him and James Flaherty was striking him.  I went over

to make peace,


Flaherty took up a stone in his hand, and said he

would scatter my

brains if

I did not go away.  I took hold of Casey and lifted

him up.  I put my


under his arm and brought him away four or five yards.

 He told me to

let him

out, and I said, "Casey, you will get killed here."

He then threw off

my arm

and rushed back, and he said, "James Flaherty, you are

duly a coward,

and you

are no man."  Flaherty struck him again and knocked

him down.  I

brought him

away again, and Flaherty's son came up and struck him

with his fist.

     To Mr. MacDermot - It was the noise of the

scrimmage drew my


I took no drink that day.  I did not even take as much

as would go into


midge's eye.  I am Casey's brother-in-law.  Cryan and

Flaherty go home

by a

different way.

     James Flaherty deposed in reply to Mr. MacDermot

- I was at the

fair of

Ballaghaderreen.  Cryan carried my pigs for me.  I was

to pay him.  I

did not

sell the pigs, but I left them in Mrs. Mulligan's

yard.  I went into

the yard

to see the pigs, and I met Casey.  He had drink taken.

 He began

arguing with

me, and I told him to go away.  He caught hold of me

by a handkerchief

I had

round my neck and knocked me down, and he kept choking

me until I got


in the face.  The handkerchief had to be cut with a

knife for fear I


suffocate.  There were men in the yard who kept him

away.  He is always


when he can get the chance.  When I got home I was to

pay Cryan for


the pigs, but he would not take any money.  I brought

him out to treat

him at

Casey's public house, and I met Casey then.  I knew he

was going to

strike me

after what happened in the morning.  He ran up and

struck me a blow


knocked me down.  His brother-in-law tried to bring

him away, and

struck me

again.  Casey struck me several times.  I did not see

Cryan kicking


That is all I know about it.

     To complainant - I did not strike you first.

     Chairman - Did you see Cryan kicking him?

     Defendant - I did not.

     Chairman - Do you swear it?

     Defendant - I won't swear it.

     Bernard Flaherty deposed - I did not see the

beginning of this

transaction.  I was at the Ballagh fair.  Casey

knocked down my father


Mulligan's yard, and was choking him until he got

black in the face. 


handkerchief had to be cut off his neck.  After we

came from the fair


father brought Cryan in the public house to treat him.

 After they were


I went out on the road, and I heard shouting.  I went

down, and I found


assaulting my father.  I went over and I struck Casey.

 The two were


each other with their fists.

     Chairman - How far is your house from where the

row took place?

     Witness - About a quarter of a mile.

     Did you hear the row going on at that distance?

-- I did, your


     John Cryan deposed - When I went out to take the

treat along with

Flaherty, we found Casey standing in the middle of the

road.  The

minute he

saw us he made a blow at Flaherty, and knocked him

down.  The row


then.  Casey flung a stick at me.  John Sharkey

brought him away, but


broke back four times.  Flaherty was sober.  I had

some drink taken. 

That is

all I know about it.

     Chairman - This is a very serious row, and it is

a disgrace to the

locality.  There were three against one.  You will

have to go to jail

for a

month each with hard labour.

     Mr. MacDermot said it was all Casey's fault and

it was he who


the row in Ballaghaderreen.  Flaherty is a very

respectable farmer.  He


a letter from the MacDermot stating that Flaherty was

a very

respectable man.

     Chairman - Well, I will take a fine for the old

man, and as there

is not

use in making fish of one and flesh of another, I will

take a fine for


also.  They are both fined £1 each, and the case

against Bernard

Flaherty is



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Subject: [Cryan et al.] MA. death index MA achives 1911-15


                surname, first name , int.  death city, death year,

Vol., Page

1911-15    CREAN    Catherine        Collins    Canton        1915  

 13    29

    CREAN    Cornelius    J.        Worchester        1914    110   


    CREAN    Dennis            Beverly        1911    5    180

    CREAN    Helen            Holyoke        1911    49    470

    CREAN    Hugh            Holyoke        1915    34    14

    CREAN    John            Montague        1911    70    234

    CREAN    John    H.        Peabody        1912    80    217

    CREAN    Marcus            Holyoke        1914    50    467

    CREAN    Margaret            Holyoke        1913    50    354

    CREAN    Margaret            Northhampton        1913    78    452

    CREAN    Margaret    L.        Salem        1911    87    37

    CREAN    Mary        Lehan    Canton        1911    29    10

    CREAN    Mary        Sullivan    Montague        1914    70    171

    CREAN    Mary        Collins    Springfield        1911    92   


    CREAN    Mary    L.    Wilmot    South Hadley        1915    73   


    CREAN    Nellie            Holyoke        1911    49    470

    CREAN    William            Canton        1914    29    175

Date:      Wed, 24 Oct 2001 20:52:48 -0400

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Subject: [Cryan et al.] 1916-20 MA. death index State Achives


surname,     given,  middle,  (maiden)  death city, death year,



1916-20    CREAN    Bridget (Callahan)    Beverly        1920    5   


    CREAN    Cornelius    P.                      Chicopee      1918  

 20    453

    CREAN    Ellen        (Freeman )                 Lynn        1916  

 49    314

    CREAN    Ellen                                     Peabody     

 1919    84    123

    CREAN    James    J.                            Holyoke      

 1919    54    332

    CREAN    Jeremiah                   West Springfield        1918  

 127    72

    CREAN    Mary        (Caldon)    West Springfield      1917    93   


    CREAN    Mary                                  Westfield      

 1918    128    365

    CREAN    Mary    Elizabeth        West Springfield      1918  

 127    108

    CREAN    Mary    M.                               Salem      

 1920    90    179

    CREAN    Patrick                                 Holyoke      

 1917    36    225

    CREAN    Virginia                              Stoughton      

 1916    84    224