Roscommon Herald Articles (86-132)


Roscommon Herald Articles No. 86

Typed by Jill Devito

15 March 1902


On Sunday last, the long-expected and eagerly looked forward to match between the Boyle "Freebooters" and the Castlerea "Leos" took place in Boyle. More than ordinary interest was taken in the match, as the standing of both teams in football circles is something higher than is usually attained by provincial teams. Expectations and predictions that a close contest would be the inevitable result, and if the match did not end in a draw, the victors would have a very narrow margin to congratulate themselves on, were certainly justified, and rarely have we witnessed such an excellent exposition of the Association game as was seen at Sunday's match. A phenomenally large crowd watched the game, and seemed to take the deepest interest in its progress, and although their inclinations were as could only be expected, in favour of the home team, yet their conduct was above reproach, the victors being cheered as enthusiastically as if the victory fell to the lot of Boyle. The result of the game ended in a "mishap" for the "Freebooters," who were defeated by one goal--as flukey a goal as was ever scored. To a great extent the defeat, if it is one, can be accounted for owing to the absence of the captain (Dooley) through illness, who certainly has contributed in no small degree to the victories secured by the Boyle club during the season. The Castlerea team are as strong an eleven as played Boyle since the opening of the season, but although they played with vigour, yet, they lacked the dash, combination and scientific play of the "Freebooters," who on more than one occasion had the goal of the "Leos" in serious peril. play was evenly divided, if anything the home team having the best of it, the "Freebooters" practically forcing the game from the start. For the "Leos" McDermott, Flanagan and McDonagh were prominent. We refrain from singling out for special mention any member of the "Freebooters" as we could not very well do so, each member of the team played a magnificent game. Mr. S. O'Hara, Castlerea, acted as referee, and his decisions gave every satisfaction. The Game. Boyle won the choice of sides, and elected to play with a considerable breeze in their favour. For sometime there was nothing worth recording, each team seeming to test the other's strength. Eventually Rice got away, by a pass from Levingstone, but could not succeed in passing the splendid back line of Castlerea, although heroic efforts were made by the Boyle forwards to break through. Castlerea next threatened, but the pressure was relieved by Cryan and O'Keeffe. The play at this stage of Conaton, D. Cunningham, Cregg and A. O'Connor was especially noticeable. In midfield play was for a lengthy period confined, when Gibbons, from a pass sent on by M. Connor, made a dangerous swoop on the "Leos" goal, which it took the back line all their time to repel. Castlerea now took up the running, and made things hum, and decidedly unpleasant for the Boyle goal-keeper, who cleverly, however, saved his post. In warding off these attacks, Cregg, M. Connor and Cryan took a leading part. At this period there was a considerable number of penalties given by the referee, the fouls being evenly divided between both teams, and the play until the close of the first half was fast and furious. Several gallant attempts were made by the Boyle forwards and when the whistle blew for half time a dangerous attempt was being made at the "Leos" goal. On resuming, the Castlerea team set to work with a will, their forwards carrying all before them, and for sometime a short scrimmage took place, resulting in Castlerea placing a very easy goal to their credit. After the cheers subsided, considerable laughter was created in the crowd by a Castlerea man yelling at the top of his voice "That was done by a '67 man." Until the close the play can be summed up in a few words. The "Leos" goal was continually in danger, and it seemed on innumerable occasions that the game would result in a draw. However, the Castlerea team made a dogged resistance, until the whistle blew for full time, leaving the score:-- Castlerea 1 goal. Boyle Nil. The following are the teams:--Boyle--Goal--F. Cunningham. Full backs--J. O'Keefe and John Cryan. Half backs--M. Connor, R. Levingstone, B. Cregg (captain "pro tem"). Forwards--D. Cunningham, A. O'Connor, R. Rice, J. Gibbons, and J. Conaton. Castlerea:--Goal--E.J. McDermott. Full backs--H. Lenehan and McDonagh. Half backs--M. Flanagan, P. Hannelly, T. McDermott. Forwards--Cregg, Nolan, McDonnell, Callaghan, and Hawthorne. The Boyle "Freebooters" travel to Sligo on St. Patrick's Day to play the return match with the Sligo Temperance Football Club. The following is the team selected to represent the club:--Goal--M. Connor. Full backs--Cryan and Levingstone. Half backs--J. O'Keefe, A. O'Connor, and Cregg. Forwards--Moraghan, Rice, D. Cunningham, Gibbons, and J. Conaton.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 87

Typed by Jill Devito

Saturday, June 14, 1902

Shocking Accident Near Boyle.

Schoolmaster's Awful Death. Falls from a Car And Receives Fatal Injuries. Inquest and Verdict. On last Saturday evening a terrible accident occurred near Boyle, which resulted in the death of a schoolmaster named John Naylor. It appears the deceased came into Boyle on that day, and in the afternoon was returning home by car, and when some short distance outside the town, in some unaccountable manner, fell from the car, and coming heavily on his head, received shocking injuries. Medical aid was promptly summoned, and the injured man was conveyed in an unconscious condition to Boyle workhouse infirmary. No hopes were entertained for his recovery, and he died on Tuesday morning without having recovered consciousness. Deceased, who was a native of Longford, was teacher of Errona school, and although only this locality for a short time, was exceedingly popular with all who knew him. He came from Wicklow to Errona. The greatest sympathy is expressed with his bereaved wife and family in their awful affliction. On Wednesday an inquest was held in the Board-room of the Workhouse by Mr. J.J. Burke, J.P., Coroner, touching his death. The following gentlemen were sworn on the jury--Messrs. James Lindsay, foreman; Mchl. Drury, Michael Cunningham, Michael F. Tomkins, John Cryan, John Nolan, Matthew M'Manus, Robert Johnston, Patrick M'Nally, Joseph Dowd, John Leyland, James Ritchie, John Callaghan, Daniel Moore. After being sworn the jury retired to view the body. Mr. Henry Naylor identified the body as that of his brother, James Naylor, whom he last saw alive four years ago. Mr. Jarvis deposed he remembered Saturday last, and at about twenty minutes to two on that date he met deceased in Mr. Cryan's. Deceased asked him to have a drink, but he refused. Deceased then called him and asked him for a seat on the car and he gave it to him. They went upstairs and had a drink with Mr. Cryan. They came down again and deceased asked him to have a drink in the hotel, and he said "No." He afterwards went, and they had a drink, and after going out again, they went on the car for home. He also had Miss White on the car, but she was not on it when he fell off. They met the garden cart coming up, and Miss White got off the car and went back in the cart. In the meantime the deceased went asleep and fell off the car, and after deceased fell from the car, he (witness) got a boy to hold the pony until he would send for Dr. White, who came on the scene about twenty minutes after it happened. He (witness) asked was it better to send deceased to the hospital or to his own home, and Dr. White suggested that he be sent to the infirmary, where care would be taken of him. Mr. Lindsay (foreman)--Was there any stand or turning? Witness--No, sir; the car was not going on at what we call "full shot." Mr. Lindsay--Did you remark him in any way uncontrollable? Witness--The man was rather sleepy, and I noticed him falling off, and made an effort to grasp him, but all to no purpose. It was about 40 yards from Rev. Mr. Watson's. On a side car I had no power, and it never entered my mind that the man would have lost his seat on the car. If so I would have used precautions. Mr. Cunningham--He fell off his side, I suppose? Witness--There was no possibility of saving him. Of course had I thought that the man would not have been safe on the car, I would have tied him on it. I don't think he was so bad when I took him on as when he lost control of himself. Coroner--Where did this happen? Head Constable Gallagher--About a mile and a half outside the town, at Rev. Mr. Watson's. Mr. Cunningham--I think this is quite sufficient. Miss Margaret White deposed--I remember Saturday evening. I was on the car with Mr. Jarvis and the deceased. Nothing occurred during my being on the car. I was coming back again and didn't see the deceased man falling off the car. Mr. Cunningham--Miss White can throw no light on the subject. Mr. Lindsay (foreman)--There is no occasion to ask questions. Head Constable--We have another witness here. Dr. White deposed--I saw deceased immediately after the accident. I found he was suffering from a bad fracture at the base of the skull. I recommended him to be brought to the hospital, and he died on yesterday morning, not having recovered consciousness. Mr. Lindsay (foreman)--He was properly attended to here by the doctor. Coroner--You have been occupied here to find a verdict by what means John Naylor came by his death. In the first place you will have very little difficulty in finding that the death took place in this Union hospital yesterday. The medical evidence says it was brought on by a fall off the car on Saturday last in Drum, near Boyle. I don't want to occupy your time at very great length. You have to discharge your duty. Mr. Lindsay--This was accidentally. Mr. Cunningham--I would like to add that there is no blame attached to anybody. The jury returned the following verdict:--"That the said John Naylor's death was caused by fracture of the base of the skull, brought on by his having accidentally fallen off a car on the road in Drum on Saturday last, from the effects of which he lingered and died in the Boyle Union hospital, in the County of Roscommon, on the 18th day of June, 1902, and we hereby believe there is no blame attached to anybody." The following riders were added--"That we, the jury, hereby convey to Mrs. Naylor and her family our deep sympathy on the death of her husband from the accident which caused his death." "And that we recommend the case of the widow and orphans to the consideration of the Commissioners of National Education." Mr. Henry Naylor--I very sincerely thank you for your kindness. Coroner--It is a very sad accident, indeed. Mr. Lindsay (foreman)--Indeed it is a very sad affair, which I regret very much. Coroner--You have all agreed that this man's death was caused by a fall off the car? The jury agreed. Coroner--You are discharged now, gentlemen, and I am very thankful to you for your attendance. The proceedings then terminated.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 88

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Dawnboy Union (Co. Cavan)


Medical and Surgical Appliances. Dr. Crean, Newtowngore, sent in a requisition for medical and surgical appliances. Clerk---All new tradesmen require new tools. Mr. Shannon---Has he applied already for appliances? Clerk---Yes. Mr. Shannon---You had a fair idea that there was a sufficient supply of appliances there? Clerk---Oh, that is not for me. There was a lot of very old appliances there. Mr. Shannon---Dr. McGovern, while he was there, got all the appliances that were necessary ,and I think it is really too bad when one doctor leaves a dispensary for the next doctor to requisition appliances so soon. Dr. Crean should furnish the Board with a list of all the appliances there. I certainly object to allowing him appliances until we get a full account of what was there when Dr. McGovern left. Clerk---I took an inventory of what was there when Dr. McGovern left, and when Dr. Crean came to the place I went there, but he was absent. Mr. Shannon---Had he any knowledge of your going there? Clerk---I told him the day before. Mr. Shannon---A dispensary doctor has no right to be absent from his dispensary. Clerk---He was absent when I went there, and I had no alternative, but to turn back. A Guardian---He might be away on a call. Mr. Shannon---If he was on a call, Mr. McGovern would be informed of it. Mr. Shannon---I object to any appliances being given until we see the list of appliances that were there in Dr. McGovern's time. Mr. Lynch---I quite agree with you, Mr. Shannon. Clerk---Medical appliances are a different thing from surgical appliances altogether. The former are frequently required, while the latter last for a long time. Dr. Crean's application was refused.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 89

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Saturday August 8, 1903

A Cregane Dispute

Martin Cryan, Cregane, charged Michael Coen, of same locality, with trespass of cattle on various dates. Mr. E. J. M'Morrow, solicitor, Boyle, appeared for Cryan, and Mr. Dermot MacDermot for Coen. From the evidence it appeared that a river divided the holdings of the litigants, and in consequence of this there was trespass on more occasions than were desirable. After looking at the Land Commission map, Mr. Holmes said Coen was probably in the right. Mr. M'Morrow said there was a similar case tried at the Boyle Quarter Sessions some years ago, where a Mr. Judge, who had a farm on one side of the Boyle river, sued Captain Robertson, who was then the estate agent for the trespass of cattle. The magistrates dismissed the case on the grounds that Mr. Judge had no fence on his side of the river. There was a process brought, and the chairman of Quarter Sessions, with a similar result, but the Judge of As__ize reversed the decree. Mr. Holmes adjourned the case, in the hope that a settlement would be arrived at. The court then adjourned.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 90

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Saturday September 5,1903


A PECULIAR MEARING FENCE. "WANTS TO KEEP HIS CATTLE OUT." These petty sessions were held on Tuesday before Mr. W. Holmes, R.M._______W. Clark, J.P. CONT. PAGE 37 River as Moaring. Martin Cryan of Creggane, sued Michael Coleman, of the same place, for damages to a boundary fence. Mr. E. J. M_Morrow appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. H. MacDermot, LL.B., was for the defendant. Mr. M'Morrow said the case was adjourned from the last court to ascertain the position of a boundary fence. The litigants held land on the opposite sides of a stream. Coleman's case was that he, was entitled to the use of the whole of the stream, and that his client had no right to it. He (Mr. M'Morrow) applied to have the case adjourned to give an opportunity to his client of producing a map, and he wrote to the Registrar of Titles for a certified copy of the map, from which their worships would see that the red line on the map runs with the stream, showing distinctly that if the stream belonged to Coleman, as he alleges, it would not be in that position. Mr. Holmes---This is merely a case of trespass. Mr. M'Morrow explained that it was set up as a defense at the last court that his client would not allow a fence to be erected, which would have the effect of shutting out his client's cattle from the stream. Mr. Holmes said they would have to refer the case to the County Court Judge, as there was a question of title, involved. Cryan deposed that the stream or river runs between John Coleman's land and his own. He found five cattle belonging to Coleman on his land on the 23rd and 26th of July. He demanded trespass in the ordinary way. Cross-examined by Mr. MacDermot----Are you disputing about where the fence is to be? ---Yes. Mr. Holmes---Have you any fence on your land to prevent cattle coming in? ---We have a fence made from the road down until it meets the red line on the map. I suppose cattle came across the stream? ---Yes. Is there any thing on your land to prevent them coming in? ---No. Mr. Holmes--- Well, I will give you no trespass. Mr. M'Morrow said they had summoned several witnesses, and he expected before they would decide the case they would hear them. Mr. Holmes said he would give no trespass for cattle trespassing on plaintiff's land, as he had nothing to prevent them. Mr. M'Morrow said in cases like this the usual thing is for the people concerned to make half the fence. Mr. MacDermot said the point was purely a question of title, which he had no doubt his client could clearly establish. Mr. Holmes---It is merely a fight about the ownership of a stream. Mr. MacDermot---Yes. Mr. M'Morrow said his client had witnesses who hold land adjoining that half the stream belongs to both parties. Mr. Holmes said the court had not the smallest power to decide or even consider who the stream belongs to. Mr. M'Morrow asked the bench if they would, hold, irrespective of that question; if Coleman was responsible for the trespass of his cattle on his client's land. Mr. Holmes said he would not. Mr. MacDermot asked how could they if there was no fence to prevent the cattle trespassing? Mr. Holmes said they would mark the case "no jurisdiction," as a question of title was involved, which could be fought out at Quarter Sessions. Mr. M'Morrow---We will have to go to a higher court, Mr. Cryan.


Roscommon Herald Articles No. 91

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October 18 1902


DEATH AND FUNERAL OF MR. MICHAEL CRYAN, BALLYMOTE (CO. SLIGO). It is with regret we record the rather sudden death of Mr. Michael Cryan, which took place at his residence, Ballymote, on the 3rd inst. The deceased was in failing health for some months past, but it was only on Thursday night, 2nd inst., he showed any signs of collapse, and he quietly passed away on Friday morning at 2 o'clock, during which period he received all the consolations of the Holy Catholic Church, of which he was a devout member, as well as the kind attentions of a loving wife and affectionate children. Deceased was one of the best known and most highly respected gentlemen in the neighbourhood and his sad end occasioned the keenest regret amongst all his acquaintances. He had reached the age of 54 years, and leaves a wife and family of ten to mourn his loss, and though their sorrow must be bitter, still it makes it somewhat easier borne to know that they have the cordial sympathy of every person who in life had the pleasure and privilege of the acquaintance of the deceased. On Saturday the remains were interred in the family burial ground in the old Abbey, Ballymote, and the cortege that followed the bier was, without exception, the largest and most respectable ever witnessed in the locality. The chief mourners were - Mrs. M. Cryan (wife), P., J., M.J., B.T., and J. Cryan (sons), M., M.E., and A.E. Cryan (daughters), Mr. P. Cryan, Newtownforbes, and Mr. B. Cryan, Ballinamore (brothers); Mr. P. Kerins, Ballymote (uncle); Mr. J. Dennedy (nephew); M. Dennedy, Dublin (niece); J. Kerins, J. Davey, A. Flynn, J. Benson, J. Flanagan, P. Davey, A. Walsh, P. Cosgrove, B. Flynn (cousins). Rev. Canon Loftus officiated at the grave. - R.I.P.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 92

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January 18 1902

Boyle Race Committee

AN APPEAL TO THE TOWN. A meeting of the Boyle Race Committee was held in the Royal Hotel, Boyle, on Saturday evening. Mr. E. S. Robinson, Master of the Rockingham Harriers, presided. The others present were: - Mr. J. McDrury, J.P.; Mr. P. O. Connor, Co.C.; Mr. J. Cox, Mr. J. Cryan. The chairman read correspondence from Mr. Brindly, Dublin, stating that although the 12th May had been announced as the date for the meeting, he would have to bring the matter before the stewards, as Kilbeggan had also secured that day previously. He also stated that the Inspector complained of the fences. The chairman said if it was a question between the two meetings Kilbeggan would have to go down. Mr. Cox said the 12th did not clash with any other fixture. Mr. McDrury said they had got their date, and should stick to it. If there were any of the meetings to be killed it should be Kilbeggan (laughter). The chairman said if they were to make the meeting a financial success they should have it on some day to suit the people of Boyle. Mr. Cryan - On a Tuesday. The chairman said no doubt every gentleman there worked hard for the success of the races last year, and as for himself, he never worked as hard, even in his own interests. He thought it should be put to the people of Boyle whether they want a race meeting or not. If they want a race meeting they will have to put their hands in their pockets much better than last year. He would suggest that some of them go around - he would not take money from them at present - and ask them what they are going to give. Mr. McDrury said there was nothing else for them to do, and if they found the people were backward in supporting it all they could do was let it drop. If they get a reasonable show from the townspeople they would do all they could. Mr. Cryan - Strokestown was better supported than us. They got 11 here. Mr. McDrury - And the first night out we only got 11. Mr. O'Connor - A go-ahead town with our electric light should not be put down by Strokestown. Mr. McDrury - They beat us by a few "strokes" (laughter). It was then decided that they call on the people on Tuesday to ascertain how they will support the meeting as its taking place will depend on the financial support guaranteed.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 93

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10 August 1901


At the meeting on Saturday, Mr. Michael Gray presided. The others present were: Messrs. J. Lindsay, John Cryan, J.P., T. Kelly, O. Queenan Keadue Pump The following was read. "Stonepark, Keadue "2nd August, 1901 "Mr. Chairman and gentlemen - I have been asked by several of the inhabitants of Keadue to report upon the condition of the pump, and to request the Board to put it in proper repair as soon as possible. This is necessary as the inhabitants have to draw water a quarter of a mile, not only for domestic purposes, but also for the cattle which creates an enormous amount of labour on them. I also beg to state that the pump is in this condition for the last month. - I am yours sincerely, "PATRICK TANSEY (D.C.)" Mr. Lindsay there was a letter before the Board from a plumber the last day, who lives in Carrick-on-Shannon, proposing to put the pump in repair. The plumber was passing through Keadue when some Councillor drew his attention to it. He is a Mr. Dunne, a very good man, and his price was very moderate. If the Board had the power to appoint him, they should do so. He (Mr. Lindsay) inquired if it were a district charge. The master said it was, and also read a tender from the man referred to by Mr. Lindsay, in which he stated he would put the pump in repair for the sum of 3, and supply all the necessary material, and also keep it in repair afterwards for any responsible length of time. Mr. Lindsay - He is willing to keep it in repair for twelve months or so afterwards. The master did not think the man would keep it in repair for such a length of time without payment. Chairman - Were there any tenders called for? Mr. Lindsay - No, but the pump is out of order, and several complaints were made about it. Mr. Cryan - I don't think it would be advisable to appoint anyone at the present time, as you have a very small Board. The chairman said if there was notice of motion given, it would be fortnight before they could get tenders. Mr. Queenan - The whole country is full of water now. Mr. Lindsay asked what sum they could allow without advertising. The master said 2. Mr. Lindsay - Well offer him 2 to repair it. Chairman - Of course, it is a very dry summer, and people are very badly off for water. Master- If Mr. Dunne accepts 2 and does it to the satisfaction of a committee of the two councillors, I think it is very fair. Mr. Cryan - But perhaps 5s would put the pump in order. There may be only a small thing wrong with it. Chairman - Is it legal to do this today? Mr. Cryan - Refer it to a future Board. The master said he thought it was too serious to cause any delay. Mr. Lindsay - Is there any person taking care of the pump? Master - No. Mr. Lindsay - I propose you allow him the sum of 2 to put the pump in repair, and that he keep it in order for six months. Master - Properly speaking, this is District Council business. Mr. Cryan - Well refer it to the District Council. It does not belong to this Board at all. Chairman - We would not like to see them without water, but at the same time, we have no power to deal with it today. The further consideration of the matter was adjourned.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 94

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10 August 1901


A meeting of the Boyle Creamery Society was held on Wednesday, Mr. E. S. Robinson presided, and the others present were - Messrs. J. M'Williams, A. McElroy, J. Bruen, B. Spellman, J. Anderson, J. Cryan, J.P., E. Goldrick, T. Gallagher, A. Healy, P. M'Donagh, J. Walsh, T. M'Elligott. Mr. J. Quinn, secretary, and Mr. T. Gleeson, manager, were also present. Carrowcrory Auxiliary Mr. Cryan said at their last meeting it was decided that the Carrowcrory Committee come before them in proper form. Mr. Cryan then produced the minutes of the last meeting of the Carrowcrory Provisional Committee, from which it appeared that the meeting was held on Monday, 5th August. Mr. Cryan, J.P., presided and there was a large attendance of the Committee. After the accounts were audited and found satisfactory, it was decided to appoint a representative on the Boyle Society from each townland. It was proposed by Mr. Cryan, and seconded by Mr. P. Gormely, that Mr. D. Crofton, C.C., be appointed and it was passed unanimously. The following were also appointed - Mr. Gormely, who was proposed by Mr. Killoran and seconded by Mr. M'Gowan; Mr. Cryan who was proposed by Mr. P. Duignan and seconded by Mr. Lydon; Mr. P. Horan, who was proposed by Mr. M'Gowan and seconded by Mr. Gray, D.C., and Mr. O. Breheny, who was proposed by Mr. Lydon and seconded by Mr. P. Breheny. Mr. Cryan said that he was informed by the Manager (Mr. Gleeson) that they were only entitled to three representatives. He asked if there was anything in the rules to debar them. Mr. Gleeson said that according to the rules laid down by the Irish Agricultural Organization Society, they were only entitled to three representatives. Mr. Cryan - Major Murphy told me we would be entitled to have one from each townland. Mr. M'Donagh said that they could be allowed one for each townland on the Provisional Committee, but not on the Central. Mr. Cryan - We have two from each townland on the Provisional Committee. Mr. M'Goldrick said he had great pleasure in proposing that Messrs. D. Crofton, Patrick Gormely and John Cryan be co-opted on the Central Committee as representatives of the Carrowcrory auxiliary. Mr. M'Williams seconded the proposition, and it was passed unanimously. This was all the business before the meeting.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 95

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December 14 1901

Terrific Blaze in Boyle

BIG PREMISES GUTTED - THE MAIN STREET THREATENED - FURNITURE BROUGHT TO THE STREET - GREAT LOSS OF PROPERTY. - DAMAGES ESTIMATED AT OVER 4,000. One of the most disastrous conflagrations ever witnessed in Boyle took place at an early hour on last Sunday morning, when the extensive business establishment of Mr. W. J. Sloan, one of the leading merchants in these parts, was completely gutted and destroyed. Mr. Sloan, who carries on a large grocery, hardware, etc., business, held two houses in Main-st. [sic], and it was in the principal one of these that the fire occurred. From the information which can be gleaned in connection with the regrettable occurrence, it appears the first person to notice the outbreak was Mrs. Sloan, who found the odour of the fire in her bed-room at about three o'clock in the morning. She, along with the rest of the family, resided in the house adjoining the business premises, which is practically part and parcel of the business establishment, and on feeling the smoke promptly went downstairs, fearing that something serious had occurred. On proceeding to the shop she found it filled with large volumes of smoke, and at once concluded the place was on fire. With the most commendable promptitude she gave the alarm, and inside the space of a very short time all the family were got out on to the street. But this was not got through without experiencing some difficulty, for suffice it to say that some narrow escapes were witnessed during this trying period. By this time the cry "fire" rang out through the town, and a large crowd hurried to the scene of the conflagration. The fire engine from the military barracks was called into requisition, and the expedite manner in which it arrived certainly reflected the greatest credit on the military, especially those in command, Color Sergeants M'Cawley and Johnston, both of whom got it under weigh [sic] with marvelous dexterity and quickness. Of the others, the first to arrive was Mr. Tully, M.P., who took charge of the civilians, and had two lines drawn up from the river, who fetched buckets of water. The morning being extremely dark, Mr. G. W. Tully, D.C., hastened to Mr. Hugh Stewart's electric lighting depot and awakened the staff, with the fortunate result that the street lamps were turned on immediately, and greater facilities offered to those engaged in the labourious working of fighting the flames. A great number of people were now on the scene, all the available military and police being called out, the latter under the command of District Commander T. L. M'Clelland, whilst a large number of civilians anxious to give every assistance were also present. Attention was first directed to the office of Mr. Sloan's shop where it is supposed the fire originated, and from which position emanated the greatest signals of danger. Colour-Sergeant M'Cawley had possession of the hose, which he used in blinding, sickening atmosphere, but despite all the efforts of himself and the police, military, and civilians, the flames had got the upper hand, and forged ahead from the back to the front of the premises. Seeing the futility of putting an end to the flame at the rere [sic] of the shop, the apparatus was removed to the front, where gallant attempts were made to check its spread, but all proved fruitless. In these attempts several daring deeds were performed, in which Mr. Sloan, junr., played no unimportant part in trying to save the property. The fire in the shop was assuming such alarming dimensions that it was now desirable to look to the safety of the surrounding buildings. Many willing hands were found here at work, those engaged being Messrs. G.W. Tully, W. Sloan, junior, T. Armstrong, H. McDonald, H. Lewis, J. O'Keefe, and Private Meenan, etc., etc. but despite their gallant efforts very little was saved. Several had narrow escapes, one of the number, T. Armstrong, being compelled to jump from the second floor on to the street, as the roof came in with a deafening crash. Several others received severe scorches, and some were badly burned about the hands. The men on the roof were, however, even in a more perilous position, and the number of volunteers to mount the large building, which is a considerable height, was highly praiseworthy. Two long ladders were procured from the workhouse and military barracks, and the roof quickly mounted by Mr. W. Conlon, Mr. T. M'Grath, Mr. Smith, Belfast, Mr. A. Hancock, London, Mr. R. Stewart, Mr. S. Black, and others. W. Conlon and T. M'Grath, with the assistance of others, and Henry Armstrong, succeeded in cutting the slates connecting it with the adjoining building, which is the property of Mr. Tully, M.P., and which was also severely damaged as a result of the fire. The fire by this time was spreading with great rapidity, and some of the inhabitants of Main-st.[sic] got their furniture and effects on to the street in anticipation of the worst taking place. A very plucky action was performed at the back of the premises, which should not go unnoticed. The shop was connected with a pipe from the oil store, and the necessity of cutting off this supply was apparent to everyone. Mr. S. Black and several others mounted the roof, and after great difficulty, and at much personal risk, succeeded in severing the connection with the oil shed and shop. In their endeavours to master the hard task, one of the number, H. White fell from the roof, but beyond a bad shaking was nothing the worse of the occurrence. Had this severance not been effectively done, the flames would have been even more voluminous than they were, although by the time they could have been seen for several miles around the town. The shop was a mass of flames, but, fortunately, the fire was being kept confined more or less. Of the members of the constabulary, Constable Weir, was most prominent, and worked for hours with the hose with the strength of an Hercules. He was ably assisted by Sergeants Sawyers and Diver, and Constables Wynne, Canon, Foley and Gibbons. The heat was so oppressive that a person could not go within an not inconsiderable distance of the fire, and so intense that the windows on the opposite side of the street were cracked, and the paint on the doors raised in large blisters. After several hours of heavy work the flames were got under control, but not until damages estimated at about 4,000 had been done. This loss, though considerable, would have been much more had it not been for the Herculean efforts of civilians, police, and military, and their meritorious work at the pumping stations and fire. All the stock had been demolished, while the premises presently are a complete wreck. The fire continued to smolder until Tuesday night. Although the premises have been insured, still the greatest sympathy is expressed with Mr. Sloan in the terrible blow which has fallen upon him. On Sunday evening a blaze again started in the body of the wrecked shop, but the fire engine turned out under Quarter Master Sergeant Barnes, Sergeant Major Staunton and Sergt. Shera, and was promptly extinguished. The following, in addition to those mentioned above, assisted at the work of quenching the fire - Sergeant Hadlock, Corporal Cryan, Privates Cryan, Bruen, Regan, and Byrne; Messrs. G. Kirkpatrick, Malachy Connolly, G. Taylor, J. Gillespie, J. Cahill, John Sheerin, R. Rice, P. Griffin, R. Flaherty, John Egan, J. Faulds, T. Connor, P. Brennan, J. Campbell, E. Keaveny, E. Cunningham, etc., etc. Mr. Sloan has decided to carry on his grocery and hardware business in the old "Herald" Office until Christmas, after which this business will be transferred to the furniture establishment in Main Street, and the latter department will be transferred to the old "Herald" Office. The wood, iron, oil, flour, meal and all the heavy materials are still in the yard of the burned premises, and these departments will be carried on there as usual.



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2 May 1903

Estreating Recognicances

District Inspector Madden, charged Patrick Cryan and his sureties, Francis Reynolds and John Mahon, for that the said Cryan failed to appear when called upon according to the terms of the bail bonds signed by defendants. In the absence of Mr. Madden, Head Constable Lehane conducted the case. Mr.Corscadden, who defended, said the Head Constable had no use in proving the case, as the case was proved in court on a former occasion, when he (Mr.Corscadden) was present. He appeared on behalf of Frs. Reynolds, and he would ask the magistrates to let him off as light as possible, as they have perfect power to do. The worst thing is that a man like Mr. Reynolds - a most respectable man in Mohill - should be accountable for this man. Mr.Reynolds stood up for this man Cryan, and expected he would behave himself. It is very unfortunate that the man did not keep up to those expectations. Cryan himself is away. If Cryan were here he would understand their worships fining him very heavily. It is very hard lines that the two sureties should have to suffer this man, who happens to have left the country. Chairman - How much is bail ? Mr. Coleman, C.P.S. - 10. The magistrates retired, and after an absence of about ten minutes returned. The chairman said the magistrates had considered the case, and have decided on fining each of the defendants 5s. and Cryan 10s.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 97

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May 16, 1903


DEATH AND FUNERAL OF MR. MICHL CRYAN, CAR[R]OWREAGH, CARRICK -ON - SHANNON. Seldom has a death occurred in this part of the country which has excited such feelings of deep sorrow and widespread regret as that of Mr. Michael Cryan. The regret was not only felt by his friends and relatives, but by a very wide circle of acquaintances. The deceased young gentleman, who was most deservedly popular, and had only attained the age of 26 years, contracted a slight cold whilst attending the Boyle March fair, which gradually grew more serious, despite the fact that the best medical aid was called into requisition, as well as the untiring and tender care of loving parents and fond brothers and sisters. But all proved futile; God chose him as one of those pure, noble, and beautiful, for a higher calling. Death that cruel hand, claimed him on Thursday morning, the 7th inst., and fortified by the rites to the holy church, he peacefully breathed his last, surrounded by a grief stricken family. His kind, gentlemanly, unassuming character, combined with that purity and nobleness of heart, endeared him to all classes, and will remain in the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, as was exemplified by the expressions of deep sorrow and regret elicited by his death. He was the youngest son of Mr. John Cryan, Carrowreagh, who is well known and highly respected in Roscommon and adjoining counties. The funeral, which took place on Saturday evening to the family burial ground in Killumod, was the largest seen in the district for years, and was a fitting index of the respect and esteem in which deceased was held. The coffin which was of richly-polished oak, and handsomely mounted, was literally covered with beautiful wreaths. It bore the inscription: "Michael Cryan, died the 7th May 1903-aged 26 years - R.I.P." The chief mourners were - Messrs Martin, Patrick and Peter Cryan (brothers) Miss N. Cryan, Miss K. Cryan, Mrs. J.J. Nolan, Mrs. P. Morris, Mrs. M. Connellan, Mrs. M. Connellan, Mrs. L. Commons, Mrs. G. O'Connor (sisters) Mr. J.J. Nolan, Mr. M. Connellan, Mr. P. Morris, Mr. G. Commons (brothers-in-law) Mr. F. Morris, Mr. G. Morris, Mr. N. Morris, Mr. E. O'Connor, Mr. J. O'Connor, Master J. Cryan (nephews) Mr. Luke Cryan, Mr. Martin Carney, Mr. Peter Carney, Mr. John Carney (uncles) Mr. J. Cryan, Boyle, Mr. P.J. Carney, Mr. J.J. Carney, Mr. M. Carney, Elphin, Mr. P. Cryan, Bridgetown, Mr. P. Kielty, Mr. F. Kielty, Flagford, Mr. P. Cryan, Carrowreagh, Mr. P. Carney, Mr. J. Carney, Portobello; Mr. M. Carney, Mr. E. Carney, Mr. J. Carney, Creevolan, Mr. M. Moran, Mr. J. Carney, Corballa, Mr. P. O'Farrell, Leitrim, Mr. G. O'Reilly, Mr. E. O'Reilly, Longford. Mr. E. Carney, Strokestown; Mr. E. Stapleton, Hill Street. Mr. E. Bannon, Mr. J. Bannon, Clonfad; Mr. J. O'Beirne, Cartron; Mr. B. Duignan, Dromod; Mr. M. Connolly, Mr. R. Connolly, Strokestown - (cousins). The following sent wreaths - "With undying love and remembrance for our darling Michael," from his broken-hearted parents, brothers and sisters; "With deep sorrow for our darling brother Michael," from Mr. & Mrs. Connellan Elphin; "With deep sorrow and regret for our dearest brother Michael," from Mr. & Mrs. Moran, Doneraile; "In loving remembrance of our darling brother." From Mr. & Mrs. Commons, Breedogue; "In fond and loving remembrance of dearest Michael." from S.J. Cryan, Boyle; "To our dear uncle Michael." from May, Dolly, Josie and Walter Nolan; "In loving remembrance of dearest Uncle from Baby and Frank Morris; "In fond remembrance of our dear uncle." from Michael and Tom O'Connor; To our loving and fond uncle, Michael." from his sorrowing little nieces and nephews, May, Susie, Nora, Jack and Patrick Cryan. Amongst those at the funeral were - Rev. Father O'Brien, P.P., Croghan; Rev. Father M'Gowan, C.C. Drumlion; Dr. Delaney, Carrick-on-Shannon; Dr. Threlfall; do.; Mr. J. Barrett, J.P.; Mr. E. McDermott, do; Mr. P. Flynn, J.P. do.; Mr. D. Pettit, do.; Mr. J.J. Rodden, do.: Mr. P. Devany, do.: Mr. P. O'Dowd, do.; Mr. J.. Nabola, do.; Mr. K. Feely, do.; Mr. J. Murray. do.; Mr. J. J. Connellan, do.; Mr. J. Cryan, Boyle; Mr. Bertie O'Byrne, Lisadurn House; Mr. G. O'Reilly, Longford; Mr. P. Rodgers, Aughamore House; Mr. J. Lavin, Elphin; Mr. E. McDermott, do.; Mr. J. Dockery, do.; Mr. A. Kelly, C.P.S.; do.; Mr. J. Sharkey, do.; Mr. P. O'Dowd, do.; Mr. J. Scott, do.; Mr. P. McDermott, Oanbo; Mr. A. Collins, do.; Mr. P. Collins, do.; Mr. F. Collins, do.; Mr. E. Commons, Breedogue; Mr. N. Neary, do.; Mr. J. Neary, do.; Mr. P. Cryan, Carrowreagh; Mr. M. Fox. do.; Mr. E. O'Connor, Larchgrove; Messrs. P. and E. M'Kerman, do.; Mr. J. McDermott. Soulmount; Mr. P. O'Dowd. Clonfad; Mr. P. Morris, do.; Mr. F. Kielty, do.; Mr. J. O'Dowd; Bridgecartron; Mr. H. Kilgannon, Martry; Mr. P. Kellegher. Co, C., Cartron; Mr. C. Kellegher, do.; Mr. Mark McDermott, Machodille; Mr. J. Boyd, Cashel; Mr. G. Boyd, do.; Mr. M. Dowd, D.C. Ballyvilla; Mr. J. Boyd, do.; Mr. A. Collins, do.; Mr. J. Dowd, Knockroe; Mr. D. Boyd, Knockroe; Mr. D. Boyd, Springfield, Mr. C. Kellegher, do.; Messrs. G. and M. Devany, Killucan; Messrs. F. and G. Hayden, Fortland; Messrs G. M. and P. Goldrick, Drumlion; Messrs. M. and G. Feely, do.; Messrs. P.J. and M. McDermott, do.; Mr. P. Moran, do.; Mr. F. Haydon, do.; Mr. J. McGreevy, do.; Mr. E. Padden. D.C. do.; Mr. C. Horan, do.; Messrs. J.G. and M. Moran, do.; Messrs. G. and M. Dowd, do.; Mr. J. M'Greevy. Boher; Mr. G. Dowd, do.; etc., etc., Rev. Father O'Brien, assisted by Rev. Father M'Gowan, officiated at the graveside. May his soul rest in peace.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 98

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29 August 1903


REMINISCENCES OF CARRICK REGATTA. ROW STARTS IN CARRICK AND WINDS UP IN BOYLE. TWO YOUNG MEN BOUND TO THE PEACE. A HINT TO LEAVE SLIGO ROAD. INTERESTING LICENSING PROSECUTION. R.M. AND SOLICITOR ON THE SUNDAY CLOSING ACT. SOME LIVELY EXCHANGES. These petty sessions were held on Wednesday, before Mr. W. Jones. R.M. (presiding) and Major J.F. Murphy, J.P., WANDERING ANIMALS; Constable Cannon summoned Mr. A. Poynton for allowing two cows and a horse to wander on a public road at Breandrum and he was fined 1s. and costs. ASSAULT. District Inspector T.L. McClelland charged two respectable young fellows named Thomas Higgins, who lives at Carramore, and Wm. Higgins who resides at Erris, with assaulting Henry Baker, Junior and Michael Duffy, at Warren, on the night of the 3rd August. There were cross-cases by the two defendants in the Crown case against Baker and Duffy for assault. Mr. P. C.P. MacDermot appeared for Thomas and William Higgins and Mr. W.J. Higgins was for Baker in the case against him for alleged assault. Head Constable Gallagher was first examined, and deposed that Baker and Duffy declined to prosecute. Mr. McClelland - Both declined to prosecute and we then took up the case. Mr. MacDermot asked that Duffy be put out of court while Baker was being examined. Mr. McClelland - Well, put them all out so. Mr. MacDermot - There are no witnesses for this side except the defendants, and they are entitled to be here. They have a cross-case, and I would ask you to hear it before giving your decision. The witnesses were then ordered out of court. Henry Baker (junior) deposed that on the 3rd of August, at about 9 o'clock at night he was sitting in Mr. Webb's cart going home. At Warren Tom Higgins and William Higgins came over from the roadside and pulled him out of the cart, knocked him down and kicked him. He had to get two stitches in his head. Mr. Jones - Why did they assault you ? - Tom Higgins left his own side of the road to beat me. Had you any dispute before ? They followed me through the town that evening. For what ? - I could not say. Oh, you can say? - I cannot tell you. Mr. McClelland - What was the cause of the row? - I cannot say. Mr. Jones - People don't do that without some motive. Why should they follow you more than anyone else? - Tom struck me in the town before that. Mr. Jones - You ought to be well able for that fellow anyway. Baker - He came across the road and young Duffy ran away. Mr. Jones - What did he strike you with ? - He knocked me down with a box, and then he kicked me. Cross-examined by Mr. MacDermot - your father is a herd on the Plains ? - Yes. Mr. Jones - are the defendants not brothers? Mr. MacDonald - No sir (To Baker) - You are Herds, and live near each other? - Yes. Unfortunately, for yourself you have been convicted here several times ? I have not been up here these couple of years. How many convictions were against you up to that time? - only one for being drunk. Head Constable Gallagher - I am four years here, and in justice to Baker it is only fair to say he has only been up once, and that was for obstruction on the footpath. Mr. MacDermot - Were you ever up for assault? Baker - No sir. At the time you were summoned for obstructing the thoroughfare was William Higgins standing on the footpath with you ? - Yes Do you know that the Head Constable warned him not to keep your company? - I know nothing about it. Since that time this boy is not as friendly with you as he used to be ? - No. You don't like that I suppose? Mr. Jones - Did the Head Constable warn him? Baker - not that I know. Mr. MacDermott - I will prove it. The Head Constable does not dispute it. Head Constable Gallagher - I may have cautioned him against standing on the footpath, but with regard to keeping Baker's company that did not occur. Mr. MacDermot - Since that time you and Higgins are not friendly ? - No. On this day you were all at Carrick Regatta ? - We were. Were you under the influence of drink? - I had some taken. You admit you were not friendly with both of them for some time? - Yes. Did you meet them on their way to the Railway Station at Carrick that night? - They were before me on the road. Did you assault any of them on the way to Carrick Station ? - No. Did you come up with them? - I overtook them. What did you say to them ? - I said nothing to them. Were you pretty drunk? - I was, but I was able to take care of myself Did you meet them at Mr. Cryan's corner when you came to this town ? - Yes. Tom Higgins followed me into Mr. Cryan's. What occurred in Mr. Cryan's? – He caught hold of me and pulled my tie off. Did you say anything to him? - No, sir. They went out the road before you ? - They did. And you went after them ? - Yes. Didn't you turn up to go home at Mr. Dickie's? - Yes. Where about did this occur? Weren't they sitting on the wall there, and do you swear they attacked you on the roadside without any reason what ever? - They did, and stopped Mr. Webb's jennet on the road. Michael Duffy deposed he is in the employment of Mr. Webb, and on the night of the 3rd he went to the Railway Station for luggage. He went down to Mr. Cryan's and got some things. Willie Higgins and Tom came up the street and Tom said that is "Fealy's jennet". Mr. Jones - Who is Feely? - He is a Herd for Mr. Webb. They walked out the road and when I got the things out of Mr. Cryan's I was going home, and the opposite Mr. Dickie's - Mr. McClelland - Where did you come across Baker? - At Mr. Cryan's. And did you give him a seat on the cart? - I did. When we got as far as Mr. Dickie's Tom Higgins ran out and caught me by the two arms. I gave a kick to the Jennet and she started to gallop. Tom caught the rains, and tried to hold me in the reins. He turned the jennet for Boyle, and I jumped off the cart, and went five or six yards above them off the road. Henry Baker was leaping off the cart when Tom Higgins gave him a shove and knocked him down. Willie ran back from the wall and gave him a kick on head. Mr. McClelland - was he cut? - He was sir. Mr. Jones what did you do ? - I did nothing, but went eight or nine yards above them and stood there. What did they do then? - They kicked Baker for about five minutes. Henry Baker said "Hold on, boys, don't kick." They were kicking him, and he got out of it. They came up a piece of the road to where we were standing, and ran down the hill and up Mr. Dickie's lane. I went down for the jennet and cart and went home. Cross-examined by Mr. MacDermot -- did you see the two of them kick him? yes. What was the commencement of this ? - I don't know. Was Baker drunk? - He was not too drunk. Had you any drink taken? - No I don't drink at all. Mr. Jones - Did you see any row going on in Mr. Cryan's ? - No sir. Head Constable Gallagher - Whatever occurred in Cryan's, I inquired about it, and it did not last a minute. Mr. MacDermot - Did Baker try or do anything to them? Duffy - Nothing that I know of. He did nothing to them while I was on the cart with them. Do you mean to say he said or did nothing to them? - Not a word sir. Mrs. Mary Clancy, Erris, deposed that was the night of the 3rd she was returning home at about nine o'clock and when she came past Mr. Dickie's she saw William and Tom Higgins sitting on the wall. She was up the road when Henry Baker overtook her: he was then all blood. Mr. McClelland - Did you hear anything? - I heard noise before Henry Baker overtook me. Mr. Jones - Did you look back when you heard the noise? - I did, and could see nothing only Henry Baker covered with blood. Did you see anyone follow him? - I saw these two boys. Where was the other hero? - Duffy was also there. The two were running away, and I brought Baker to my house, and told him to get his head dressed. About ten o'clock Tom Higgins came to my house shouting for Baker to come out, and he would twist the head off him. Mr. Jones - Was William with him? - He was, but said nothing. Cross-examined by Mr. McDermot - Tom Higgins's people and you are not on good terms - they had you up for trespass? We are not on good terms. They never had me up for trespass, but they had my brother. THE CROSS-CASES. The cross-cases were next gone into. Thomas Higgins deposed he was at Carrick Regatta on that day. When Willie Higgins and he were going to the Railway Station from Carrick, Baker struck Willie Higgins and knocked him down. He struck him (Thomas) coming from Boyle Station and left a mark on him. They went into Mr. Cryan's public house and were having a drink when Baker struck him again. The shop assistant put Baker out. They went out the road, and Baker ---- Mr. Jones - have you any independent witness to prove Baker struck you coming from the train? - No; Mr. Cryan's shop-boy put us out. Mr. MacDermot - Of course Baker is Mr. Cryan's herd, and the shop assistant would not like to put him out. Thomas Higgins, continuing, said Baker came after them shouting, and when getting off the cart fell. When he got up he struck William Higgins, and they got in holds and fell. He never touched Baker or the jennet or cart. Mr. MacDermot - What attracted your attention when the cart came up? - He came up shouting, and said he did not care for any Higgins that ever walked the road. He got off the cart, fell and struck Willie Higgins. Duffy ran away and started to throw stones at us. He never struck or kicked Baker, and did not see Willie Higgins strike him. Mr. MacDermot - You and Baker are not on friendly terms? - I was not in his company for twelve months. It was on account of William Higgins not being great with him that I did not mix with him. Cross-examined by Mr. Robinson - Were you very drunk? - I was not drunk at all. Mrs. Clancy, re-called by Mr. Jones, said Baker was not shouting on the cart. Thomas Higgins on further cross-examination by Mr. Robinson, said he had six or seven bottles of stout in Carrick. Mr. Robinson - Had you no whiskey? - No. Had the other Higgins any? - It was all porter he had. What was the cause of the row at Carrick? - I can't say. Was there anyone with Baker to the station - A boy names Lee was along with him. Was Lee on the lee-side of Baker when you alleged he assaulted him Higgins? (Laughter) Why isn't Lee here? --I don't know. Mr. Jones asked the Head Constable to send down to Mr. Cryan's for the assistant. Head Constable Gallagher - I was in with the assistant, and he said Baker was in the shop first, and, the whole thing didn't last a minute. The assistant was sent for. Mr. Robinson - Will you swear the scarf was not torn off his neck ? Thomas Higgins - I didn't see the scarf torn off his neck. You were put out ? - We were. Why were you put out ? - Because Baker was rowing with us. Do you expect the bench to believe you when you give-that answer. What were you put out of the shop for ? - Well, I suppose for rowing. Were you put out because you were very drunk? - No; I was not drunk. What made you sit on the side of the road ? - We did not sit on the side of the road at all: we were walking. So what young Duffy and what that respectable woman swears is untrue ? - Yes. What stopped the cart ? Some of themselves stopped the cart. What did Duffy do to you ? - He threw stones at me. Mr. William Mullarkey, assistant in Mr. Cryan's establishment, was then called. Mr. Jones - Without anybody asking you a question or suggesting anything, tell us what happened in the shop. Mr. Mullarkey - Baker came in after coming from the station, and Tom Higgins came in after him and struck him. They then struck each other a few times, and I separated them and put out these chaps, and Baker stopped inside, so I did not see any more. Mr. Jones - Did you see Baker's tie pulled off. ? - I did not, sir. Did you put out this man (Thomas Higgins) or did he go out himself ? - I got the boy out. Was the other Higgins with him ? - He was. Did he do anything ? - No, sir. Was Thomas Higgins drunk or sober ? - I could not say he was drunk. Was Baker sober ? - He was about half drunk. Mr. MacDermot - Did you give them any drink ? - No, sir. You would not say either of these boys was drunk ? - No. Did you remark any signs of drink ? - Not very remarkable. Could you say who hit first ? - Higgins did. What occurred before he hit him ? - There was no argument previously. Are you able to say who was in first? - Baker was not long in before Higgins. I should say about five or ten minutes. You were busy, of course, in the shop ? - Yes, I was. When was your attention attracted first to Higgins ? - Simply at the start of the row. What was the first thing said or done ? - I could not exactly say. Can you honestly say that Higgins hit Baker first ? - - Yes. Mr. Jones - How long after you got this boy out did Baker remain in the shop? - Only about five or ten minutes. I told him to be going home. The case of William Higgins against Baker and Duffy was next taken up. William Higgins said he was with Thomas Higgins at the Regatta, and when they were going to the station at Carrick, Baker came up to them and asked them if any of them wanted a fight. He said "No" and Baker struck him and knocked him down. He got up and walked to the Railway Station. That night when they got out of the train at Boyle, Baker followed them and struck Tom Higgins under the left eye, and raised a lump on it. When they came down the street they went into Mr. Cryan's, and Baker followed them in and struck Tom Higgins again. Both had holds and Mr. Cryan's boy got between them and told them to out. They went out. Mr. MacDermot - What part of the shop did you go into ? - The Bar. Was Baker there when you went in ? - I could not say. They are in two divisions in the Bar? - There are. And which division were you in ? - The lower part. We were going home, and Baker began shouting for any Higgins on the road and when he got up to us he jumped off the cart and fell. When I got up he made a rush at me and knocked down. He started With Tom Higgins, and afterwards they both got in holds and fell. Young Duffy threw stones at them and he and Tom Higgins ran behind Mr. Diukie's [sic] and they had to stop there for half an hour. Cross-examined by Mr. Robinson - when did you and Mr. Higgins take out a cross 'summons? - On Friday night. And when were you served with the summons by the Crown? - On Wednesday. Mr. MacDermot - it occurred on the 3rd August, and I find that the summons was not issued until the 18th August. Of course there would be nothing about this only that the Crown took it up. Mr. McClelland - We gave them the opportunity of prosecuting. Mr. MacDermot - Oh, I am not complaining of your delay at all. Mr. Robinson - Did you not intend to summon Baker until you got the Crown summons? William Higgins - No, sir. Major Murphy - That is natural. Mr. Robinson - Had you much drink at Carrick ? William Higgins - About, six or seven bottles of stout. Mr. Mr. Jones (to the Head Constable) - Did you see Baker ? Head Constable Gallagher - He had an ugly cut on his head, and I told him to get it dressed that night. He got two stitches in it the next day. Mr. MacDermot said of course it was very hard to know the truth in the case. but they could not miss the point that Baker would not prosecute himself. which went to show that he must have thought he was culpable in some way. Mr. Jones - He might have a reason to fear them. Mr. MacDermot - is it that big fellow? He has a brother, too, as big as himself. Mr. Jones - Have these boys ever been prosecuted before? Mr. Gillespie, C.P.S. said they were very respectable boys. Mr. Jones - Has the man quite recovered? Head Constable Gallagher - Oh, yes. He was moving about the whole time, but not working for a couple of days. Mr. Jones - How long was he off work? Baker - I was a week, Sir. Mr. Jones said it was simply their character that saved the two boys, Thomas and William Higgins, from going to jail, as it was essentially a case for sending to jail where fellows lay in ambush and waylaid-a-man like that. It, however was a continuous dispute, and there was drink in question. Owing to their respectability, he did not like sending young fellows to jail, but they would fine Thomas l, and fine the other 10s, and put both under a rule of bail for twelve months, themselves in 10, and two sureties of 5 each. If any of them came before him for assault or waylaying he would send them to jail. He must say he was very sorry to hear such evidence given in a court. There was direct perjury and it was very easy to see who were the perjurers.



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6 June 1903


Mr. John Cryan was unanimously moved to the temporary chair. Chairman - You are all aware of the reason for which this meeting has been summoned. Your first business is to elect a chairman for the ensuing year. Mr. Boylan - I have much pleasure in proposing Mr. Cryan for the position of chairman. Mr. Shiel seconded the proposition. Mr. Cryan was an excellent chairman, and had attended their meetings when required. Mr. Casey - It should be unanimous, as he is the right man in the right place. There was no other candidate proposed, and Mr. Cryan returned thanks for the members electing him to the position. He did not intend to go forward, but circumstances altered cases. Mr. Mullany said Mr. Cryan should be an addition to their body, as he had such experience at the County Council.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 100

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25 May 1901


With reference to the case of Mr. Fitzsimons, D.I., against Mr. Martin Cryan. Keash, for an alleged breach of the Sunday Closing Act, which was adjourned from a previous court in consequence of the bench being divided. Mr. Henn said having regard to the constitution of the bench to-day, he would not ask Mr. Fitzsimmons to goon with it, as Mr. O'Brien and he were for convicting the last day , and Mr. Cryan and Mr. Hannon were for dismissing it. Mr. Fitzsimmons said having regard to the bench, he would not ask to go on with the case, as it would be very unfair to Mr. Cryan. Mr. Henn said they would adjourn the case to the next court day, and ask Mr. Hawksby, C.P.S., to inform the magistrates in the district about the case, and request them to attend. The court then adjourned



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 101

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30 March 1901


At the meeting of this branch on Sunday last, Mr. P. Duignan, V.P. presided. The committee decided to send a list of subscribers to the Parliamentary Fund to the "Herald " and the "Sligo Champion." The secretary said he would do so. He had the lists ready to send. They were aware that he sent 7 to the credit of J.E. Redmond , M.P. The following is the list of subscribers to the Parliamentary Fund: - Rev. P. Stacy, P.P. 10s.; a friend, 10s; J.M. Cryan, 2s.6d.;2s. each - M. Gray, D.C.; M. Cryan, Mathew Lavin, Joe Conry, D. Crofton, Co.C.; J. McDermott, P. Horan, T. Flynn. A friend 1s. each - J. Trimble, P. Breheny. T. Plunkett, J. Mullen, J. Kelly, T. Conlon, J. Flynn, P. Morrison, M. Henry, A. McGowran, J. Killbran, P. Flynn, J. Taheny, T. M'Garry, P. Keelty, J. Benson, P. Lydon, L. Reagan, J. Lavin, J. Doyle, J. Sheeran. D. Cosgrove, J. O'Connor, J. McGettrick, A. Keelty, L. Hannen, M. Lavin, F. Dyer, P. Tansey, M. Keelty, P. Gormley, T.  Mahony, M. Cryan, M. Keneveny, J. Breheny, A. Keelty, M. O'Connor, L. Conry, M. Clarke, M. Leonard, E. Crofton, R. O'Connor, T. Harry, A. Hannon, J. O'Kane, P. Keaveny, J. McDonagh, J. Scanlon, P. Breheny, T. Lavin, P. Balentine D. Cosgrove, P. Langton, J. Brady, J. Cryan, M. Healy, D.C.; J. Goulden, P. Kelly, J. McGowan, P. McGowan, Gp. Horan, J. Cryan, M. Brennan, M. McGowan, L. Queenan, P. Snee, J. Soden, M. Cryan, P. Cryan, B. Scanlon, P. McDonagh, B. Taheny, J. Cosgrove, P. Dyer, B. Tahony, J. Flynn, Buoye, M. Brennan, T. Clarke, J. O'Brien, J. Cullen, A. Donoher, C. Morrisroe, P. Dyer, P. Reagan, M. Morrison, M. Morrison, J. Scanlon, M. Gaffney, M. Keaveney, T. Kelly, J. Cullen, Mr. O’Callaghan, Fitz. Devine, J. Scanlon, J. Breheny, D.C.; M. Keelty, M. Breheny, J. Casey, J. Conlon, P. Henry, T. Coleman, T. Lavin, Mrs. Garvin, J. Harte, J. Cryan, P. Benson, E. Tahony, J. Cryan. M. Dyer, J. Ward, J. Keelty, T. McLoughlin, J. Shorte, M. Kenny, M. Cawley, J. Gallagher, P. Kenny, E. Keelty, P. Burns, J. Boylan, P. Duffy, M. Dyer, J. Tahony, Mathew Breheny;6s. each L. Connor, T. Nangle, Mrs. Culen, R. Fagan, M. McCormack, Mrs. Fitzwilliams, P. Cryan M. Langton.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 102

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8 March 1902


DEATH OF MRS. CATHERINE CRYAN. BRIDGETOWN, CARRICK-ON-SHANON. A member of one of the most respected families in the counties of Roscommon and Leitrim passed away on last Saturday, in the person of Mrs. Catherine Cryan, of Bridgetown, Carrick-on-Shannon. Mrs. Cryan had been unwell for about a fortnight, and although very slight hopes were held out as to her recovery in the later stages of her illness, still the sad tidings of her death occasioned the deepest sorrow - sorrow that was not only felt in the immediate neighbourhood in which she lived, and was so universally beloved, but throughout Roscommon and Leitrim, in which counties her family have for years been so well known, and so deservedly popular. She had reached the age of 68 years, and during her long and honourable allotted span she, with her characteristic, ladylike and gentlemotherly qualities, earned these effusions of popular esteem, which none can elicit but those who during life have associated with their acts such desirable essentials as charitableness, geniality, probity and affability. That she possessed all these splendid traits was quite plain to all who knew her, if their keen and sincere regret, mingled with eulogistic reference can be taken as any indication of character. A Lady whose considerations were always most profuse to those who, through poverty, have always a call upon the charitable, she extended that hand of encouragement and alleviation to the poor, who will now mourn her loss, and who, by her death, have lost a friend, whose memory must indelibly remain implanted in their hearts. She was at all time imbued with those gentle, amiable and lovable propensities that go to constitute the ideal lady, the kind mother, the hospitable neighbour and generous friend. She was mother of our respected and popular townsman, Mr. John Cryan, with whom, as well as the other members of the family; the greatest sympathy is expressed in their irreparable loss and deep affliction. The remains were removed to Drumlion Catholic Church on Sunday and Solemn Requiem Mass was offered for the repose of her soul at 11 o'clock on Monday, the celebrant being rev. Father Lynch, C.C., Boyle; deacon, Rev. Father Crehan, C.C.; Elphin; sub-deacon - Rev. Father Humphries, C.C., Boyle; Master of ceremonies - Rev. Father O'Brien, P.P. Croghan. In the choir were - Very Rev. Canon Coyne, P.P. Boyle; Very Rev. Cannon Mannion, P.P. Elphin; Rev. Father Foley, P.P. Ballinameen; Rev. Father Cummins, C.C. Drumlion, and Rev. Father Gallagher, C.C. Breedogue. The funeral, which was the largest seen in these parts for years, took place immediately afterwards, and showed by its dimensions the esteem in which deceased was held. The chief mourners were - Mr. Patrick Cryan and Mr. John Cryan (sons); Miss Kate Cryan, Miss S. J. Cryan, Mrs. B. Fallon (daughters); Mr. Peter Carney, Mr. John Carney, Mr. Martin Carney (brothers); Mr. P. J. Carney, Mr. Peter Cryan, Mr. Patrick Cryan, Mr. M. Cryan, Mr. Michael Cryan, Mr. Patrick Kielty, Mr. Peter Carney, Creevolan; Mr. M. Carney, Corballa; Mr. M. Carney, Corballa (nephews); Miss Carney, Creevolan; Miss Moran Corballa; Miss Carney, Portobello; Mrs. M'Greevy, Mrs. Egan (nieces); Mr. M. O'Dowd, Mr. P. O'Dowd, Mr. P. Carney (cousins); Mr. Michl. Fallon (son-in-law). Amongst those present at the funeral were - Rev. Father O'Brien, P.P. Croghan; Rev. Father Cummins, C.C. Drumlion; Dr. Kieran Delany, Carrick-on-Shannon; Mr. H. Slonne, do. ; Mr. McInery, Inland Revenue Officer, do.; Mr. M. J. Barrett, J.P. do.; Mr. T. M'Dermott, Co. C. do.; Mr. Pettit, do.; Mr. B. J. Rogers, Aughamore, Elphin; Mr. J. Rogers, do.; Mr. J.J. Murray, National Bank, Boyle; Mr. John Cox, do.; Mr. M. Cunningham, D.C., do.; Mr. P. O'Connor, Co.C., do.; Mr. Ernest Cunningham, do; Mr. P. Bealin, do; Mr. J. Griffin, do.; Mr. J. Lavin, Elphin; Mr. A. Kelly, C.P.S., do.; Mr. Callaghan, do.; Mr. Conlon, do.; Mr. W. J. Kilgallon, Martry, do.; Mr. John Dockerry, do.; Mr. J. McDermott, Solemount. Mr. G. R. Acheson, Rushill, Mr. Sharkey, Elphin; Mr. E. M'Dermott, do.; P. O'Dowd, D.C., Elphin; J. O'Dowd, N.T. Breedogue; M. Conkin, do.; P. Conlon do.; Timothy O'Beirne, Lescarrow, John O'Dowd, Cullmore; P. Fitzmaurice, Cuilmore; Mr. Patrick Morris, Clonfad;  Mr. Luke Cryan, Carrowreagh; Mr. P. Cryan, do.; Messrs. T. Goldrick, P. Goldrick, Drumlion; M. Fox ,Carrowreagh; E. Padin, D.C. Drumlion; Messrs. M'Greevy, Drumlion; Mr. Hayden, do.; Messrs. Hayden, Fortland; Mr. J. O'Dowd, Clonfad; P. O'Dowd, Cloonfad.; Mr. J. Boyd, Cashel; Mr. M. Boyd, do.; Mr. J. J. Connellan, Carrick-on-Shannon; Mr. P. Kellagher, Co.C., Cartron; Mr. E. Kellagher, do; Mr. P. McDermott, Cashel; Mr. J. McDermott, do; Mr. McNabola, Carrick-on-Shannon; Mr. A. Little, Boyle; etc., - R.I.P. A beautiful wreath bearing the following inscription was placed on the coffin, "In loving memory and affectionate remembrance of our dear mother," from her sorrowing family.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 103

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27 Apr 1901


At the meeting of this body on Tuesday last, Mr. Edgar S. Robinson, Chairman, presided. The other members present with Messrs. J. MacDrury. C.T.C. M. Cunningham, Hon. Sec. John Cox, G. W. Tally, Peter Griffin, T. J. Devine, Patrick O'Connor, C.C., M. J. Egan, John Cryan, and J. Cahill. FINANCIAL. The chairman said that they had obtained subscriptions to the amount of 9.9s.6d., less expenses, in Carrick and the year before they could only get 10s. in it. In Ballaghaderrea, they got in actual cash, 9.1s., and from this quarter they were promised additional subscriptions which would bring the amount up 11.9s.After a short discussion, he decided to send Mr. Brindley the amount of the stakes, the chairman stating that they had something about 100 on hands. ARRANGEMENTS. Mr. McDrury inquired if the committee had any power to make the "bookies" who were stationed outside the enclosure pay for their stand. Mr. Cunningham - you have no power over them. Mr. O'Conner thought they should be made to pay, Mr. McDrury said these men came down from Dublin to make a pile of money, and they should be made. Mr. Griffin was of opinion that the outside bookmakers were interfered with, the other bookmakers would leave in a body as they did on a former occasion. Mr. O'Connor said he heard that some of the best of the bookmakers remained outside the stand. Mr. Griffin said where the bookmakers inside the enclosure would be accepting bets of 10. and 20. the outside would only be dealing in as many shillings. Mr. McDrury said the races were run off at racing speed on the last occasion, and same thing should be done to remedy this. Mr. Cox --- A great many have to run away to catch the evening train. Mr. Drury --- Have we any power to change the hours? The chairman thought the matter rested in the hands of the committee. Mr. Cryan was of opinion the first race should not take place until about half past one. Mr. Cunningham said this would be all right if the officials would not have to attend another meeting on the following day. Mr. Cunningham then drew up the list of hours at which the races could be run off, the last to take place at4.10 p.m. Mr. Cryan --- That would be rather early. Mr. Cahill said the races were run to suit the officials and not the public. Mr. Devine --- Arranging the races, so as they cannot catch the 5 o'clock train. Mr. Cunningham --- They will catch it all the same. If they have a meeting to attend the following day they won't wait beyond the 5 o'clock. If you don't strive to accommodate them it will be another matter. Mr. Egan said the officials waited for the late train at the Sligo races. Mr. Griffin --- They had to, as they had to drive three or four miles. Mr. O'Connor suggested that Mr. Brindley be written to stating it was the wish of the committee that the last race be run off at 5 o'clock. Mr. Griffin --- If you arrange to have the first race about 2 o'clock. Mr. Brindley can leave on the 9.20a.m. train in the morning from Broadstone instead of the 7 o'clock. Mr. Cryan thought Mr. Brindley usually inspected the course before the races. Mr. Griffin said he would have plenty of time to inspect it by arriving on the 1 o'clock train. After a desultory discussion, the chairman said he would acquaint Mr. Brindley that it was the wish of the committee to have the last race about 5 o'clock. Mr. Tully --- And if the first race is fixed say at1.40 p.m. it will give the Carrick people a chance of coming. Mr. Cunningham --- And Mr. Brindley can arrange the intermediate races as he likes. Mr. Tully --- And you will make the races more popular by having the last race at a later hour than last year. You should also ask the Railway Company to run a special from Longford. Mr. Cunningham also suggested that the Railway Company be asked to run specials from Sligo and Ballaghaderreen.. The chairman said he would write to the Company on the matter. THE GRAND STAND. The committee next proceeded to consider tenders for the erection of a Grand Stand. Mr. Cunningham showed the members a plan of the proposed Stand. It would be considerably larger than last year and there would also be three stairs in front. Last year there was only one, and it was found to be totally inadequate. Mr. S. Black, Boyle, tendered to erect the Grand Stand in accordance with specification, together with additional 90 foot railing, at 34.10s. Mr. McDerry --- What did he charge last year? Chairman --- I think he charged 29.10s. Mr. McDrury --- There must be a great deal in that additional rail. Mr. James Quinn, The Crescent, tendered to erect the stand at 35. The chairman explained that if any accident happened owing to a break down of the Stand the committee would be responsible. Mr. O'Connor --- There was considerable anxiety about the safety of the Stand last year. Mr. McDrury said there were some people raising the cry of "wolf". Mr. O'Connor --- There was a great deal in the wolf. I had the misfortune to be under the Grand Stand last year, and I was not very easy in my mind. Chairman: You won't be there this time (laughter). Mr. O'Connor --- I hope not. Mr. Cryan said the contractor should leave the work completed at least three days before the races, and not finishing it the night before the races. Mr. Griffin --- Fine him 1 for every day he is behind time. Mr. O'Connor said the contractor made over 20 on the erection of the Stand last year. Mr. Cunningham said if the committee were to employ men to put it up, it would cost 50. The chairman said he heard Mr. Black did not clear 2.on the transaction last year. A few of the committee said the contractor should be responsible for the safety of the Stand up to the morning of the races. Mr. Egan --- That is all right. He puts a man there at night with a gun (laughter). Mr. O'Connor --- It is not for the sake of the Stand but the timber. Mr. Griffin said timber was a good deal dearer last year than this year. On Mr. O'Connor's suggestion, it was decided to appoint the following committee to inspect the Stand after its erection: Messrs Cunningham, Robinson, and McDrury. Mr. O'Connor --- When Mr. McDrury is there the standing orders will be put in force (laughter). Mr. S. Black was brought before the meeting and Mr. Cunningham said the committee had decided not to include in his contract the additional 90 feet of railing. The committee wished to know would he accept 32? Mr. O'Connor --- A few members of the committee think 30 sufficient. Mr. Black said the railing consisted only of a few posts. He knew what the contract cost him last year, and would not accept the offer. He did not begrudge the job to anyone. Mr. Egan thought Mr. Black should throw off 10s. as a subscription. He should start off on the level money. Mr. Cunningham said the enclosure would be a great deal bigger than last year. Ultimately Mr. Black decided to accept 33. and said he would have the work completed on Monday, 13th May. He would also be responsible for the safety of the Stand up to morning of the races. Mr. Egan --- He has backed the first winner (laughter).



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 104

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1 June 1901



The morning of Whit-Monday opened threatening, and there was every indication of a downpour until about mid-day, when the weather turned out beautifully, and splendid sunshine favoured the remainder of the day. The day will be remembered for some time to come by the boys attending the Presentation Brothers' Schools in Boyle, for on that day the good Brothers gave them their annual outing and sports. The place selected this year was the Drill Field, convenient to the town, which was kindly placed at their disposal by Mr. John Cryan. A move was made for the field about 12 o'clock, the Brass and Reed Band of the Catholic Association playing the elder boys whilst the infants were conveyed in waggonettes to the area of operations. During the progress of the programme, the Band also discoursed a charming selection of music, which materially contributed to the success and enjoyment of the afternoon. As regards the details, they were got through with clock-work regularity, a commendable proceeding, for which Brothers Luke and Benedict, who were allotted this position, were mainly responsible. The events were very evenly contested, close finishes being the order of the day. This spoke eloquently of the handicapping of Brother Wenceslaus and Mr. P. Bealin. Brother Fenton had charge of the refreshments, and extended hospitality of a lavish scale to all. During the evening the boys were treated to a sumptuous luncheon, and if their happy smiling faces were to be taken as an index of the pleasure they felt, the extent of their enjoyment must be unlimited. The Brothers were indefatigable in looking after the comforts of all, and are deserving of the highest praise for the enjoyable day they provided for the boys. The hon. sec., Master Eric Cunningham and Master J. Cryan, also worked hard for the success of the meeting. Amongst the large crowd present were --- Very Rev. Canon Coyne, P.P.; Rev. Father Humphries, C.C.; Rev. Father Lynch, C.C. and Rev. Father Kelly, C.C. Details:- 50 Yards Infants' Race ---First Heat---P. Grady, 1;John Daly, 2. Second Heat---John Walace, 1; John Feely, 2. Final---Patrick Grady, 1; John Walace, 2; Thomas Turbett, 3. 100 Yards. First Class Boys--- First heat--- John Beirne, 1; James Doherty, 2. Second heat--- Tom Callery, 1; Joseph Stanford, 2.Final --- Tom Callery, 1; James Doherty, 2. 100 Yards, Second Class Boys --- First heat ---Patrick Maxwell, 1; Patrick Linskey, 2. Second heat --- Tom Linskey, 1; Patrick Higgins, 2. Third heat --- John Christie, 1; Francis McMorrough, 2. Final --- P. Higgins, 1; P. Linskey,2. Three-legged Race---First heat --- Michael Staunton and Patrick Cryan, 1; Patrick McManus and Joseph Higgins, 2. Second heat --- John Cryan and Francis Egan, 1; George Leyland and James McGowan. 2. Final --- J. Cryan and F. Egan, 1; M. Staunton and P. Cryan, 2. 200 Yards. Third Class Boys --- First Heat ---Patrick Dodd. 1; Henry King, 2. Second heat --- Michael Higgins, 1; James Casey, 2.Final --- M. Higgins, 1; J. Casey, 2. 200 Yards Fourth Class Boys --- First Heat --- Michael Grady, 1; John Spellman. 2. Second heat --- Patrick Stanford. 1; John Reynolds, 2. Third heat --- Patrick Brennan, 1; Peter Cryan, 2. Final --- John Reynolds, 1; Michael Grady.2. 150 Yards. Fifth Class Boys --- Final --- Joseph Kane. 1; Patrick Killelea, 2. 220 Yards Fifth Class Boys --- First heat --- Francis Egan, 1; Joseph Kilmartin, 2.Second heat --- Terence McCormack. 1; Thomas Redican , 2. Final --- J. Kilmartin, 1; F. Egan, 2. Donkey Race --- Michael Feely's "Green Lad!" 1; Hubert Heran's "Mogeelore", 2. There were several starters. "Green Lad" won comfortably by five lengths. Obstacle Race --- Final --- George Leyland, 1; Fred Heran, 2. 220 Yards, Sixth Class Boys --- First heat ---M. Roddy, 1; James Dowd, 2. Second heat --- J. Cryan, 1; A. Leyland, 2. Final --- J. Dowd, 1; M. Reddy, 2. 440 Yards. for past and present pupils --- Bernard Cregg, 1; Davitt Cunningham, 2. A football match between the Presentations and Celtics concluded a most varied and well-contested programme. The Presentations wore green and the Celtics, red, the former, after a most exciting and scientific exposition of the manly game, being declared the winners by two goals to nil. The following were the teams:--- Presentations --- M. Leonard (goal), R. Livingstone and P. Fitzpatrick (full backs) F. Egan, J. McDonagh, and J. Rice (half backs), H. Heran, J. Fitzpatrick, E. Cunningham, J. Dowd, J. Cryan (forwards). Celtics --- P. Dowd (goal), P. Bealin and B. Cregg (full backs), R. Rice, J. Higgins, A. Leyland (half backs), F. Heran, T. McGrath, D. Cunningham, J. Higgins and J. Cox (forwards).



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 105

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24 October 1903

Ownership of a Stream

Martin Cryan of Creggane, sued Michael Coleman, of the same place, for damages for trespass of cattle on his land. There was also a title case as to the ownership of a stream which divides the holding, which was decided in favour of Coleman without going into the case, owing to some necessary documents not being in court, which, however, could not be produced. Mr. E.J. McMorrow appeared for Cryan and Mr. H. MacDermot was for Coleman. Cryan deposed to Coleman's cattle trespassing on his land. He went over to the field where Coleman was working and told him to put out the cow, but he said he would not, and let her eat away. He held he was entitled to half the stream which divided his holding from Coleman's. Mr. H. MacDermot - Did the cattle do any damage only to come in on your land? - They did not. Is there any fence on this side? - There is no fence to keep out cattle. Did he ever make up the fence on your side with you? - He did not. Didn't the cattle come in because you would not keep up that? - I broke it down, when he broke down the fence on my side of the river. Thomas Harrington deposed to seeing Coleman's cattle trespassing on Cryan's land. In reply to Mr. MacDermot, he said he was aware Cryan broke down the fence purposely. That was the most likely place the cattle got in on the land. John Drury deposed he knows the opening in the fence since 1853. There was no fence there but the river, which is a good fence. In answer to Mr. MacDermot, he said for the last twenty years there was no fence on Coleman's side of the river. Coleman, the defendant, deposed to his recollection there never was the vestige of a fence on his side of the stream. He actually made up the fence on Cryan's side of the stream with Cryan, which was the mearing fence. To His Lordship - It was where Cryan broke the fence that the cattle got in. Mr. McMorrow - Was that breach always there to allow Cryan's cattle down to the stream? - No. His Lordship dismissed the trespass case.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 106

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November 7 1903

Cryan v Same

Mrs. Honoria Cryan applied to have a fair rent fixed on her holding at Ballinultha, the area of which is 41a, 2r, 12p; rent, 11; poor law valuation, 3 15d. Mr. McMorrow appeared for the tenant. James Cryan, son of the tenant deposed that his mother has the building 50 years. The holding is in six different parts, and some of it is a mile from the house. He has to trespass on other people's lands to get to some of it. The dwelling house is situated on a little patch separated from the rest of the holding. The rent was raised at one time from 10 10s to 14 11s. He claimed five acres reclamation and 150 perches stone walls. He built a slated granary. Mr. MacDermot, for the tenant, valued at 8 13s 6d gross and 6 18s 6d net. In reply to Mr. Goddard, he said he did not allow anything for proximity to Boyle. Mr. Goddard - Would it be a benefit to him to be near the creamery. Mr. MacDermot - Well, I don't see what benefit it is when they are only giving 3d and 3.5d a gallon for milk. Mr. Doolin, for the landlord, valued at 10 12s 6d gross and 10 0s 6d net.


Roscommon Herald Articles No. 107

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2 Sept. 1905

Mullaghroe Petty Sessions (Co. Sligo)

The above monthly petty sessions were held on Thursday, before Mr. F.B. Henn, R.M. Mr. Dermot MacDermot solicitor, Boyle, Mr. M. O'Connor, solicitor, Sligo, Mr. B. McGovern, D.I., R.I.C., Ballymote, and Mr. Joseph Gillespie, C.P.S., were also present.

Row About a Pass
Thomas Cryan (John), Clogher, summoned Pat Stenson, of the same locality, for obstructing him in the use of a pass, and also for assault. Mr. Dermot MacDermot defended. Cryan deposed on 14th July he was working his mare and cart, bringing turf from the bog, when the defendant came on the passage before him, and tried to stop him, though he was working on his pass for over 22 years. Defendant hit the mare with a shovel, and complainant shouted at him not to do so any more. Defendant then hit the complainant. Mr. MacDermot - Was it to stop you Stenson came on the passage? - I believe it was. Weren't you going through his holding? - Yes, I'm going there for 22 years. Isn't there another way? - Yes. Why don't you go the other way? - I never went that way. Hadn't you to interfere with his fences? - Certainly. Why don't you go the road the other tenants go? - I never went that way in my life. He disputed your right to this pass? - Yes. Mr. Henn - You only use the pass occasionally? - Yes, sir. When I sell turf I bring it out this way. You sold turf this year? - Yes. And used this pass? - Yes. Michael Flannery was sworn, and stated he knew the disputed pass, and he saw the two men in handigrips. Stenson was opening a dike, and Cryan's mare was knocked down in the scuffle. Cross-examined by Mr. MacDermot - Are you using this pass? - Not latterly. Does anyone use this pass? - Only to go to this bank. Has he any other way to get out? - No. Did you hear him swear he had? - It is only a sort of a way. Hadn't he to cross a fence to bring his cart along? - Yes. Pat Stenson, the defendant, deposed two years ago Cryan came to him and demanded the pass. He said there was a pass there before the defendant, and it would be there after him. He allowed him the pass, but in September last Cryan tumbled down the fence at night and carted out turf. He afterwards stopped him. Mr. MacDermot - You made a pass for him? - Yes. Cryan - Did you see me working at night? - The man who was with you came and told me. Mr. Henn - The case is dismissed without prejudice, as there is a question of title involved. It will have to go to the Quarter Sessions.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 108

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29 April 1905


[burial ground at Templevanny] We regret to announce the death of Mr. Michael Cryan, which took place at his residence, Carrowcrory, on Monday, at the good old age of 86 years. Deceased, who was father of Mr. John M. Cryan, the respected and popular chairman of Boyle No. 2 District Council, was held in the highest terms of esteem by all who knew him. An old gentleman, who possessed all those desirable traits, which earned for him such unequivocal admiration, his death has been the subject of regret to all acquainted with his family. The funeral took place on Wednesday to the family burial ground at Templevanny and its exceedingly large dimensions was a fitting demonstration of sympathy for the family of one who during life had carried such respect. The chief mourners were:- Mr. John M. Cryan, J.P. (son); Mrs. Taheny and Mrs. Killelea (daughters); Mr. P. Keighron, N.T.; Mr. J. Cryan, Mr. P. Cryan, Tully, Mr. M. Cryan, do (nephews); Mr. Taheny and Mr. Killelea (sons-in-law), Mr. B. Horan (brother-in-law). Amongst those present were:-Rev D. O'Grady, P.P.; Father McKeon, C.C.; R. Gorman, Templevanny; J. Clarke, D.C., Boyle; T.J. Devine, T.C., do; J. Martin, do; James Coleman, do; J. Higgins, do; P. Beirne, J. Cox, Master of Workhouse, do; M. Gavagan, P. Candon, do; J.J. Coleman, D.C.; J. Hannon, J.P., Ballymote; M. Hannon, D.C., do; H. Markey, do; J. Walsh, do; L. Hannon, Keash; J. Breheny, P. Kane, Tree; J. Coleman, Knockarush; J. Duffy, D.C.; T. McDonagh, D.C.; P. Curley, D.C.; J. Coghlan, H. McDermott-roe, Ballinafad; C. Morrisroe, Omar; P. Duignan, Derrynaskeagh; P. Gormley, do; J. McCabe, Carrowcrory; J. Barnes, N.T., do; J. Conry, do; M. Lydon, Boyle; P. Clarke, Broher; E. Crofton, J. Stenson, Gurteen; P. Horan, Smutterna; T. Candon, Parkmore; Mr. Beatty and Son, Keash, etc., etc.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 109

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23 April 1904

The Exhibition Question

The committee of the proposed Exhibition of Irish arts, industries, manufactures, and resources wrote stating a public meeting which they trusted would be thoroughly representative of the nation, called to take steps to promulgate the idea of holding an Exhibition in Dublin on similar lines to that held in 1882, but on a much more extensive scale, would be held in the Rotunda Round Room, Mansion House, on Wednesday, April 20th at 8 p.m. Mr Cunningham thought the best course would be to mark this communication "read". It might interfere with the proposed International Exhibition. Mr Devine thought no benefit would be derived from an Exhibition except it was Inter-nation. Mr McDermott --- There is a great deal of nonsense going on about the very same thing. Mr Cryan --- Confined to Ireland, it would be a very poor show. Mr Devine said by having an International Exhibition, Irishmen could see the produce of other countries and get much valuable information. It was decided to mark the communication "read". National Convention >From the office of the United Irish League a circular was received to the effect that the National Convention of delegates would be held in the Round Room, Mansion House, Dublin on Thursday 21st April. Delegates would be able to avail of the cheap trains coming to Dublin on the previous day in connection with the Spring Cattle Show. Two credential cards were enclosed and a wish was expressed for delegates to attend. Mr Devine --- We are supposed to send two delegates Mr Cryan said the names of the delegates should have been sent before the 16th April to ensure that their names would appear in the Press. Clerk --- It is not much matter whether they appear or not (laughter) Mr McDermott --- Appoint two now, and their names will go before the public. Chairman --- I think you were appointed before Mr McDermott and you did not go (laughter) Mr McDermott --- I will go It was decided to appoint Messrs. Cryan and McDermott as delegates to represent the Commissioners at the Convention.



Roscommon Herald Articles No. 110

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21 October 1905

The suspended Porter Costello,

the suspended Porter, made an application to the Board to have a cheque made out for the finance day, but not to be given him until the decision "re" the inquiry has been received from the Local Government Board. Mr Jinks said it would not be any harm to instruct their clerk to make out a cheque for him, and if the report came down favourable, he would get his money, otherwise the cheque would be cancelled. They should all admit he was not a man of a big banking account. Mr Cryan said according to what he had read, no charge could be proven against him. Mr Jinks -- If he were discharged tomorrow the cheque would cost you nothing. Mr Hargadon -- You ought to consider a man like him, who has a good many children, and they should also consider his long and faithful service. Mr Cryan -- The Local Government Board should not delay their decision on the subject. Mr Hargadon -- Better not press the Local Government Board. Mr Cryan -- What are they any more than us? They are always scrutinising us, and we have no leave to scrutinise their actions. The Milk Mr Cryan proposed -- "That the Board were of opinion that the fine imposed on Contractor Kelly, for deficiency in degrees of cream, was not a just one, for two reasons. Firstly, the sample was taken in the hot weather, and secondly, the lactometer had been proven by experts to be useless. Therefore they requested that the fine be remitted." Mr Ward agreed. The master did not recognise the test for two months of the year. A Guardian said the fines should be kept over the contractors head, in order to insure good milk for the poor people. Mr Ward said a man was entitled to the benefit of the doubt. From what he had heard, the standard was not a correct one. Mr Moran said if the standard was incorrect in the hot weather, it was also incorrect in the cold weather. The following order was made: -- "The Board are of opinion that the lactometer is not a reliable test in the hot weather, find we, therefore, ask the Local Government Board to remit the fine imposed on all milk contractors."



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2 July 1904

Coal Contract

The following tenders were received for the supply of best Scotch coal for the Institution: R and J. W. Hunter, Sligo at 14s 3d per ton; Harper Campbell Ltd., at 13s 3d per ton and P.J. Flanagan, Sligo at 14s. The tender of Harper Campbell was accepted. Mr Jinks‹ Are we going to get away, or ask no tenders for Irish coal? Chairman‹ You must accept this contract in accordance with your advertisement. I think the coal you refer to was not giving satisfaction. Mayor‹ In the Asylum they mix it with English coal. Mr Cryan said there were men going about the different countries, telling the firemen of the different institutions to say Irish coal was no good (laughter). Mr Brennan‹ There is a good deal in that. Chairman‹ There is one thing about the Irish coal, and that is its carriage. However, when we get a cart of coal delivered here at 13s 3d, it is very cheap.



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12 August 1905

Sudden Death

On Tuesday the death of a respectable old man named Michael Cryan, aged 62 years, of Dockloonagh, took place rather suddenly. He was conveying milk to a local creamery when he suddenly took ill, and died a short time after the attack. In his last moments he was consoled by the rites of the Catholic Church. It is stated that he had previously been treated for cardiac disease, and it is believed that this affliction was the cause of his death. Being a respectable, inoffensive old man, much sympathy is expressed at his death.



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14 October 1905

Boyle Election Petitions

The Michael Moraghan Fiasco […] Mr James Oates Mr James Oates, one of the petitioners, was next examined by Mr Moriarty. Mr Moriarty (to Mr Oates) ‹ You are a voter entitled to vote at the election in […] Do you know Batty McManus? ‹ I do. Do you know Pat Conlon? ‹ I do. Did you go with McManus, Conlon and […] into Cryan's shop on 6th June? ‹ Yes. When I went into Mr Cryan's, Mr Cryan was at the grocer's side of the shop. What directions did you get? ‹ I was told to vote for Mr Devine. What directions did he give to Keville? ‹ To give a drink. What drink did Keville supply you with? ‹ Five pints of porter and a half of whiskey for the six of us. I cannot tell who the others were, exclusive of McManus and Conlon. Tell his Lordship what Cryan said about voting for Devine? ‹ He told us to vote solid for Devine before we got the drink. Did any of you say anything to Devine as to what you would do? ‹ No. Did you drink up all the drinks? ‹ We did (laughter). Is Cryan a connection or relation of Devine's? ‹ Mr Cryan is married to a first cousin of Mr Devine's from Ballyfarnon. Had you seen Cryan canvassing with Devine? ‹ I had. Where had you seen him? ‹ At the Town Clock. Was Devine present? ‹ He was. Had you seen Cryan canvassing with Devine? ‹ I had. When ? ‹ On the day of the poll. Were you assaulted at this election? ‹ I was, by a man named Dowd. Was it Joe Dowd? ‹ No; Tom Dowd, of the Spa. He told me he would smash my face. Did he say why? ‹ Because I voted for Tully? Commissioner ‹ Was it after the election? ‹ Yes. There was something about "scollops"? ‹ Yes. What about the "scollops"? ‹ I was short some "scollops" and I went to Mullaney's land for a few, as I was thatching. That has nothing to do with this case. Do you know John Leo? ‹ Yes Where does he live? ‹ The Deerpark. What part was he taking in the election? ‹ A very heavy part. On whose behalf? ‹ Devine's. What was he doing? ‹Going about canvassing. Did Devine see him? ‹ He did. Was he bringing voters? ‹ He was. To Devine's house? ‹ Yes. How do you know they were voters? ‹ I know everyone around the country. In your evidence you said you saw Leo bringing voters into Devine's public house? ‹ Yes, about 12 o'clock. Did you see people brought into any other house? ‹ I could not say whether they went into Drury's or not. After leaving Cryan's shop where did you see him again? ‹ I saw him on the Crescent, opposite the polling booth. What was he doing there? ‹ He was with Devine, Cunningham, Egan and Dowd. Was this after he had treated you, McManus, Conlon and others to a drink? ‹ Yes. Cross-examined by Mr M'Dermott ‹ You are one of the petitioners in this case? ‹ Yes. You are an admirer of Mr Tully? ‹ I am not an admirer or his. Has Mr Tully and you always been great friends? ‹ We have. And in these various elections which have taken place, you have always been his supporter? ‹ Yes, but not on that day. But on any day were you a supporter? ‹ I was. That would be well known in Boyle? ‹ It would. You are marked out in Boyle as being one of Mr Tully's crowd? ‹ No. Are you known as his supporter? ‹ I was. You are marked out in Boyle as being one of Mr Tully's crowd? ‹ No. Are you known as his supporter? ‹ Yes; I am none [sic] of his crowd. Has he a crowd? ‹ He has no crowd. You got into some trouble some time ago, and you were actually summoned for theft? ‹ No. Do you mean that? ‹ I only made a mistake. Were you not summoned for making a mistake? ‹ I was. Was not it for stealing sally rods? ‹ I would not make it out as stealing. The magistrate took a wrong view of it. Mr Moriarty ‹ You were fined 2d? Mr M'Dermott ‹ I never knew of such a fine in the Courts. How much were you fined? ‹ Two shillings. That was 2s costs and 5s fine? ‹ I forgot the 5s. You say you were well known as one of Mr Tully's supporters, and on the date of the election, 6th June, how did you spend your day? ‹ I spent it in town. You are a "brogue" maker? ‹ I am no such thing; "brogue" makers have died out. You are a survivor of the fittest. What are you by profession? ‹ A shoemaker. Did you make any shoes on 6th June? ‹ No. What were you doing? ‹ Rambling around the town. Looking after Mr Tully's interest? ‹ No. Were you not a supporter of his? ‹ I was a supporter of Mr Drury's. You were not supporting Mr Tully in this election? ‹ I would not like to see anything wrong. Were you a supporter of Tully? ‹ I was in a way. And didn't people know you were a supporter in a way? ‹ Well, they might. What brought you into Mr Cryan's? ‹ The boy said there was a drink in it, and I went in with Batty Mac and Pat Conlon. And Mr Cryan was delighted to see one of Mr Tully's supporters? ‹ He did not know whether I was a supporter or not. I was not supporting Mr Tully on that day; it was Mr McDrury. Then you were in the enemy's camp? ‹ Yes. And the people of Boyle knew it? ‹ Yes. And Mr Cryan who was in the other camp, was he pleased to see you coming with voters into his house? ‹ He must be pleased when he gave me the drink. You tell his Lordship that Mr Cryan knew you were in the opposite camp, and proceeded to give you drink, his boy in the first instance having refused it? ‹ Yes. When did you first tell Mr Tully about the drink you have got? ‹ I could not tell you the day. You are like the other petitioners who came up. After the election did you go straight away to Tully and say, "I want to tell you about the drink I had in Cryan's"? ‹ I did not speak to him at all. After the election was over did you go and tell Mr Tully about the drink? ‹ I told Mr Priest. When did you tell Mr Priest? ‹ Three weeks after the election. After three weeks what put it in you head to go to Mr Priest? ‹ I thought it was fair and just that I should do it. Do you tell his Lordship that during these twenty-one long nights, and twenty-one long days it never struck you to interview this charming gentleman, Mr Priest? ‹ I thought it a proper thing to do. Why didn't you do it during the twenty-one days? ‹ It occurred to my mind all that time. Did it occur to your mind the day after the election? ‹ It did. Did you see Priest then? ‹ No. Why did you go twenty-one days after? ‹ I thought it was fair and right. On that particular day, three weeks after the election, what made you say, "I will go to see Priest"? Are you troubled with a conscience? ‹ No. You have no conscience? ‹ I have. Did your conscience at the end of three weeks begin to prick you? Your conscience accused you of having taken the drink, and you thought the proper priest to go to was Mr Priest? Was it because he is called Priest that you went to him? ‹ No. I thought he was the proper man to tell it to. Why did you think that Mr Priest was the proper man to confess your sins to? ‹ I thought it was right and fair to tell it. Did you meet him during the three weeks? ‹ I saw him in his own home. During all this, did it ever occur to you to make this confession? ‹ It did. Why did you keep it back? You were with him, met him, and still you refrained. Why didn't you tell him? ‹ Things did not crop up at the time. During the three weeks it was on your conscience? ‹ It was. […] For three weeks? ‹ My conscience was all the same. Always pricking. What cropped up that made you tell him? ‹ News. What was the news that made your conscience develop, and that you cleared yourself of this sin? ‹ I heard it was an unjust thing that people should get bribery. Who told you that? ‹ I cannot tell you. Who roused your conscience? ‹ My conscience told me. Didn't your conscience tell you immediately after you had the drink, or when you had a headache next morning? ‹ I am telling the truth. Did Mr Priest tell you to go to Tully? ‹ Yes. Mr Wm. Odbert, ex-clerk Boyle Union, was next examined. […]



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24th February, 1883


The presiding magistrate at this court on Wednesday last were Francis Armstrong, Esq, J.P. , in the chair, and Col. H. Taafe Ferrall. INTIMIDATING A CROWN WITNESS. Mrs. Cryan, of Ballinultha, summoned Mrs. Kennedy, of same place, for using abusive and threatening language towards her. The complaint was one of the principal witnesses against the defendant's son, who was convicted of the manslaughter of Hunt at the last Sligo Assizes. Head-constable Muleady - This case was brought before the Court the last day, and Mr. Mayne adjourned it for the purpose of seeing how Mrs. Kennedy would conduct herself in the meantime. Mrs. Cryan and her brother-in-law were witnesses in the Hunt's case and young Kennedy is in prison, and they have got some annoyance. Mr. Armstrong - Has there been any complaint since the case was adjourned ? Mrs. Cryan - No! except on Sunday she put the "Cross of Christ" on her face when she saw me. Mr. Armstrong - That did not hurt you. Did she molest you in any way? Mrs. Cryan - No, sir. Mr. Armstrong - I did not hear this case before, but was this woman assaulted ? Head-constable Muleady - No, sir! she was not, but owing to the peculiar nature of the case Mr. Mayne let it stand for a fortnight to prevent a repetition of her conduct. Mr. Armstrong (to Mrs. Kennedy) - - You are cautioned now not to repeat this abusive language, and if you do this again this case will be on the books. Head-constable Muleady - If she does, she will be brought up under the Crimes Act. A young woman named Catherine Dyer was sued 2s.6d. for being drunk on the 25th ult.



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7th October, 1905


 TEACHER, TOWNAGHBRACK, N.S. BALLAGHADERREEN. "Let Knowledge grow from more to more , But more of reverence in us dwell; That mind and soul, according well, May make one music as before, But vaster." So sings the late poet Laureate, in his immortal "In Memoriam," and such was the lofty and noble ideal of the above mentioned. Born on the shores of Laugh Gara, about five miles from Ballaghaderreen, of parents poor but upright and self-respecting, characters so distinctive of our better Irish peasantry, young Cryan at an early age developed characteristics quite above the average young lads of Coolavin. The death of his father brought a crash of ruin on the hard working mother. The good "Soggarth Aroon" of the parish now the Most Rev. Cannon O'Hara, P.P. Kilmovee, quickly saw that the son of the widow was possessed of no mean talents, and to comfort and tide the weak family over their difficulties appointed "Tom" assistant in Cross N.S. Shortly afterwards he was appointed to Coolavin N.S. and finally got the principalship in Townaghbrack N.S. His subsequent brilliant career as a teacher amply justified the good priest's opinion of the poor widows son. In quick time he attained the highest rank as teacher under the National Board; won the Carlisle and Blake Premium and turned out in quick succession a number of pupils, who greatly distinguished themselves and their teacher in various pursuits. His restless energy did not end, he established a science and art classes, the number and quality of his success was phenomenal. The class quickly became first in Connaught, notwithstanding various drawbacks he had to contend with was a poor and congested locality. His one attaining the requisite ages, were the best Catholic Colleges, and distinguished themselves at the int... examinations, carrying off Exhibit prizes galore, and proving that we are only beginning to see the inseparation between Primary and Secondary. Such in brief is an outline of his world. Shall we say of his character as a man friend and companion? Words are meaningless, and when not arest that happy knack which character ....quence, are wanting in something when applied to the death of such. If every word were a rose, kissed by the sun by the sun in June, breathing an im...... fragance, and that I could a ran.....and select the choicest, and place on the grave, they might suitably express feelings for :- "A life that all the muses decked With gifts of grace that might All-comprehensive tenderness, All-subtilising intellect." Mr. Cryan was a man deeply and .....loved by those who knew him......As a teacher , as a business man, a husband, as a father, there was no-one better than he. He did his duty following his conscience; he had no wish save to .......Let inspectors come and go, praise his work, he followed his own ....unfaltering courage. He was ge....patient with the little ones committed to his care. He loved nature, and ...ado....great Creator's works, not through .....because he loved. If there were a life to come, he would still love right... and if there were no hell he would hate sin and hypocrisy. He had .... that responded to every call for help. His friendship was truthful, sincere and never doubting. There was nothing suspicious in his nature. He hated no man, spread no ill-tale; he had the sacredness of an honourable rep.....would rather be wronged than be t.....of a wrong. He was fifty-four years of age. He is survived by his wife and the children----Amy, Tommy, Berty. We send them our deepest sympathy. "I care not in these fading days, To raise a cry that last not long?...... And round thee with the breeze, To stir a little dust of praise."



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14th November, 1903


The pay sheet was then read over and in a sum of 112 odd deferred from Owen Pettit for a road in the Knockruah District the co […] protested against the action of the County Surveyor, and said there was no better road within forty miles of Boyle. He had lost over 70 on it, and to show it was in good repair, he would get the best car in Boyle for Mr. Mulvany if he came out now and inspected it. Mr. Mulvany said this contractor was to have out 280 tons of stones on the road, but up to the 4th November he had only out 63 tones. He could not ask the Council to recommend payment for any man who had not half the quantity delivered. The matter was passed over. Mr. Cryan, contractor for the repair of several of the lanes in Boyle, also complained of a sum being stopped from him. It was impossible to keep the place in repair, when the inhabitants of these places have no back promises, and were continually carting out manure, ashes etc., Mr. Mulvany advised Mr. Cryan to proceed against some of the parties for the present defective condition of the place, and the proceedings terminated.



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25th June 1904


Thomas Cryan, Clogher, steward on Coolavin estate, summoned Thomas Cryan (John) of same name, for threatening language and to recover the amount of 13s.6d. lent cash and sought to have defendant bound to the peace .There was a cross case for threatening to shoot, and for the wages due to defendant . Mr. MacDermot appeared for the complainant. Complainant, in reply to Mr. MacDermot complained to the steward on the Coolavin Estate. He came in contact with the man in the course of his duties, gives him work and let him […]. There was a dispute some time ago about measurement and ill feeling exists since. On 6th.May complainant was on his usual rounds, when he met the defendant. They had some hot words, and defendant drew a bottle of whiskey from his pocket and swore by --- [sic] he'd dash out his brains on the road. Mr. Kilbride ------That frightened you entirely (laughter)? -----yes. Defendant took a handful of silver from his pocket and dared me to take my half crown. He came to my house on five occasions when he was drunk. He is a persecution to my wife and children. Defendant-----Didn't I demand wages from you that evening? --- No. Mr. Kilbride (to complainant) do you owe him anything? ----No. Mrs. Honoria Cryan , wife of complainant corroborated. The cross-case was then taken up. Cryan (the defendant) deposed that this man threatened to shoot him, and defendant said, "Oh, begorra, maybe you wouldn't (laughter). I asked him to give me the money due to me. Mr. Kilbride --- is it not true that he paid you the sum of 13s. 6d. for 3 days ? ----No. Complainant produced a book showing that the amount was paid. Defendant-----That I may die before I go home if you did (laughter) Mr. Kilbride ---- Did you borrow 2s.6d. from this man? ---No. Complainant-----Why did you take out a handful of silver and dare me to take my half-crown? ----I did not. Complainant -----I declare you did. Defendant ---I declare you didn't (loud laughter). Mr. McDermott --- Were you ever summoned for beating your father? ----I might be (laughter). Will you deny beating him? --- I wont deny it (laughter) but I'm not going to tell on myself (loud laughter). Mr. Kilbride said he believed the sum of 13s. 6d. was paid to the defendant, as Mr. Cryan's book seems to be well kept, and the case of Thos. Cryan (John) against Thos Cryan for the wages would be dismissed also the case of threatening to shoot. He would be bound to keep the peace for twelve months himself in 10 and two sureties of 5 each. The Bench also gave a decree for 2s 6d. and 3s costs.



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8th October 1904


The clerk read the following:- Local Government Board. "Dublin, 30th September,1904. "Sir---I am directed by the local Government for Ireland to state that they have had before them minutes of proceedings of the Board of Guardians of Boyle Union on the 10th inst. when the Guardians had under consideration the report of the committee appointed to deal with the circular letter of the local government Board of the 8th ult. relative to increases in the salaries of Union officers and in reference and thereto I am to state the Board considered it advisable to leave to each Board of Guardians the matter of fixing a scale of salaries for their own officers and that the scale was suggested as a means of insuring that increases of salaries should be granted in a regular way, and without being influenced by personal considerations, except of course the question as to whether the others discharged their duties satisfactorily. It was not contemplated that a scale should be formulated binding on a number of Unions schemes which would present considerable difficulties. The Board would, however be very pleased to supply any information in their power which the Guardians consider would be serviceable in framing the proposed scale for the requirements of the Boyle Union, the guardians might, therefore, taking into consideration the salaries paid to the several officers in the Union proceed to frame a scale which would fulfil the requirements mentioned above. The Board would prefer to wait the completion of such a scale before sanctioning any increases of salaries to Union Officers but they would be prepared then to allow the increase which the Guardians now propose to grant to certain officers to antedate from the time they were voted by the guardians. I am sir, your obedient servant. A.R. BARLAS, Assistant sec., The Clerk, Boyle Union. Clerk-----Well gentlemen, what will you do with this letter? Mr. Travers-----We are a very small board to go into that matter today, and I suggest it be adjourned for a month or summon a board in the meantime. That would be the best way to do business. Chairman-----You are perfectly right, this is a very small board to deal with a matter of that kind. The increases are neither granted nor rejected yet. Mr. Travers--- is it left in the hands of the guardians. Mr. Cryan-----I do not see why you should adjourn it. It is only ordinary business. and we meet to transact it every Saturday. Mr. Travers said it was too grave a matter to deal with that today. Chairman-----What do you say Mr. Odbert? Clerk----It is for the board, and not for me. Mr. Travers----Adjourn it. Chairman---- It is a question for a full board to consider. Mr. Keenan-----There should be a summoned board to consider it. Mr. Cryan----What do you want with a summoned board? Mr. Travers----To consider that matter. What we have done is not sanctioned by the local Government Board. It is still in the hands of the Board. Mr. Cryan said he was in favour of dealing with every question as it came before the meeting. Clerk----- you will have to summon a Board to do the salaries. Mr. Cryan----Probably. I will be in Sligo next on next Saturday at the meeting of the Proposal Committee. Chairman-----How long will I adjourn it for ? Mr. Cryan ----The country people say we are always doing things by halves. Mr. Travers----When every guardian gets notice on this subject, they will attend . Chairman----If you deal with it now, other guardians will say "What right had your small Board to go into such an important matter as that? Mr. Travers----There will a meeting of the Rural District Council on next Saturday and it would be a suitable day. Chairman---Send out notices for this day week. Mr. Mullany----Give a fortnight's notice. It would not be sufficient to give only weeks notice. According to the Local Government Act, you must give fourteen days notice. Clerk---- It is not my doing. Mr. Mullany----It will still be an illegal procedure if you do not give the legal time and notice. Clerk-----Any letter from the local Government Board can be considered on the day it comes in. Mr. Mullany---This is a very important matter, and it is better to give plenty of time to it. Chairman-----How long do you suggest Mr. Mullany? Mr. Mullany----Say a month. Mr. Travers----Hit on the proper time. Mr. Mullany----Give every man time to make up his mind what he will do. We will leave it deal with the circular relative to the increasing of Union Officers salaries. Mr. Travers----- They will either be increased or decreased when the scale is fixed. Chairman------This day week will be meeting day for No:1 Council. Mr. Mullany----That wont do, there is always too much business to be done at District Council Meetings. It is very important and it is better give it time. If you give a month's notice you will have no cranks like myself complaining (laughter). Master---- As far as I am concerned I do not want to go any further with it. Boyle Union have the lowest average cost in Ireland, being only 6s.... per head. He had nothing to say to the Guardians, but the Local Government Board treated him badly. Mr. Mullany----The mistake was to put in many officers together. Every member of the Board knows they are most deserving officers, but each officer should be taken separately. Mr. Travers----- It should be considered in another way. Mr. Mullany------A Journey for a month, the Board to be summoned to consider it and that would settle it. Mr. Cryan----They are very deserving officers, but a general increase did not look well. Chairman----It is the local Government Board Office they must blame. It was unanimously agreed to summon a Board to consider the circular of that day month. Mr. Pete Lenaghan stated that in consequence of the letter from the local Government Board he would withdraw his notice of motion relative to the increasing of the officers salary.



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18th February,1882


 […] Clerk - This letter is in the handwriting of a lady, and I have a letter from John Mulloy stating he is not security at all and, and threatening proceedings against me. I don’t say it is the Ballyfermoyle man, but a John Mulloy is security, whoever he is. The Clerk then read a copy of the reply which the Local Government Board sent to Messrs Mulloy and Walsh, stating that it is the duty of the rate collectors to use every means in their power to collect the Seed Rate as made and assessed by the Board of Guardians, and that the Local Government Board cannot interfere. Clerk - I suppose the board will mark their letter "read". Mr. Mulhall - It is a very serious charge they make. Clerk - There is no foundation for it. I am happy to say that we have not an individual who has denied, to my own knowledge getting the seed rate assessed with. Mr. Mulhall - The gentlemen who wrote that letter made a very serious charge. Chairman - I don’t take it to myself for one . The Clerk read the letter he received from Mr. John Mulloy, of Ballyfermoyle, denying that he was the surety. The signatures to the two letters were not the same. He was looking over the bond, and he found the residence was given as Cornacartha. Mr. Burns - I am guardian for that division, and there is no such man living in that townland. After a pause, the Clerk said Cryanstown was the place this John Mulloy lived in. Mr. Patterson said there was such a man as John Mulloy of Cryanstown. The letters were marked "read".



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4th November,1882


On last Wednesday an investigation was held in the Boyle Courthouse, at the termination of the Petty Sessions business, into the homicide of the small farmer, Thomas Hunt, at Mockmoyne on the 2nd of October last. Mr. Hackett, who was chairman at the Petty Sessions, occupied the chair in the magistrate's room, and the representative of the journal having applied that the Press should be admitted, Mr. Hackett said he saw no objection to the proceedings being published. Major Robertson and Mr. Mayne, R.M., who were the other magistrates present, then left the room and consulted together for some time in an adjoining apartment. After a short interval the Head Constable asked Mr. Hackett, the Petty Sessions Clerk, and solicitors engaged in the cases, to walk into the second room. Major Robertson moved Mr. Mayne to the chair, and an application being made to have the Press admitted Major Robertson refused it. Mr. Hackett then left the place and declined to identify himself any further with the proceedings. Mr. Randal Peyton, Crown Prosecutor, conducted the case for the authorities, and Mr. Farrell McDonnell, solicitor, Roscommon, and another legal gentleman, defended the accused parties. Informations in the case have been lodged against Thomas Kennedy, John Kennedy, James Cryan, Thomas Cryan and John Cryan of Ballinultha. Thomas Kennedy and James Cryan were brought up in custody from Roscommon Jail where they had been detained on remand and the others surrendered to bail. The inquiry lasted over three hours and it is understood that important evidence was tendered by the Cryans. The magistrates decided to admit all the accused to bail except Thomas Kennedy, who was remanded to Roscommon Jail, and the investigation was adjourned until Tuesday.



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23rd December,1882


Sligo, Monday. CHARGE OF MURDER. Thomas Kennedy was indicted for the murder of Thomas Hunt, on the 2nd October last. He pleaded "Not guilty," and was defended by Mr. Kelly, instructed by Mr. Walsh of Sligo. Sergeant Robinson and The MacDermott, Q.C. (instructed by Mr. Randal Peyton), prosecuted on behalf of the Crown. A special jury tried the case. Andrew McElroy examined by Sergeant Robinson, said - I live within three miles of Boyle county Roscommon. On the 2nd October last I was in Boyle, and I left the town a little after nine o'clock at night. I was accompanied homeward by Nicholas Carty and Michael O'Gara. As we went towards Mockmoyne I heard a noise on the road, and when we came near to the residence of Mr. Hopkins we saw a crowd before us. We then met three men - Thomas Kennedy (the prisoner's brother), and a man named Brennan - and shortly after we passed them we came to a place where there was a man lying on the road. That was about fifteen yards further on beyond the place where we met Brennan and the Kennedys. When we came up to the man we struck matches and we saw that he was Thomas Hunt. In my opinion he was dead then. Before we came up to him I heard a sound like that which would be caused by blows of a stick. I heard the sound twice, The only other people I saw on the road then, in addition to the three men we met were men before going home from the fair. The three men were stooped when I saw them first, and appeared to be looking for something the roadside. Carty asked the Kennedys and Brennan if they knew the man who was lying on the road, and the prisoner's brother said "no". Cross examined by Mr. Kelly - That answer was given before the matches were lighted. A great number of people were charged with this offence. A man named McElroy, a cousin of my own, was charged with it. Nicholas Carty, examined by The MacDermott, Q.C., said - I was with the last witness leaving the fair of Boyle on the night of the 2nd October last. When we came near to the place where Hunt was lying on the road we met the Kennedys and Brennan, and some one of the three said he did not know the man who was lying. McElroy said "it was not the place to leave a man lying on the road," O'Gara lighted a match, and it was then seen that there was blood on Hunt's left nostril, and he appeared to be dead. Cross-examined by Mr. Kelly - I think there was a fourth man along with the Kennedys and Brennan. John Cryan , examined by Sergeant Robinson, said - I left the October fair of Boyle with James Cryan, Thomas and Winifred Cryan. After we had gone a short distance out of the town we saw some men on the road before us. When we came near to them a man named Toolan said he was about to be beaten on his brother-in-law's account. Toolan and a man named McGowan then had a squabble and the deceased came up just then. When he came up Thomas Kennedy struck him on the back of the head and knocked him down. Kennedy then said - "I gave him that, and long I watched for him ". I did not see any blow struck but one, and after receiving that blow Hunt spoke a word. Winifred Cryan said to the prisoner "O Thomas, what is that you have done." Cross-examined by Mr. Kelly - I was myself charged with this offence, and my brother was arrested and in gaol at the time I gave this information. Thomas Cryan said - Thomas Kennedy raised his hand, and gave Hunt a slight tip first, and Hunt turned round and said, "I am struck. Kennedy struck him again on the back of the head, and he fell; and Kennedy then turned round, and either said, "I had it in for him," or "I watched him." Cross-examined by Mr. Kelly - I was arrested, but admitted to bail for this offence. To the MacDermott, Q.C. - The Kennedys said they would shoot me, or I would be shot, if I did not keep quiet. Winifred Cryan said - I am the prisoner's first cousin. On the night of the 2nd October, when I was going home with my husband and others from the fair of Boyle, I saw a crowd of people on the road at Mockmoyne. Two men, named Toolan and McGowan, had been fighting , and when the row was going on, Thomas Kennedy aimed a blow at Hunt, the deceased, and when Hunt was "settling" himself on his feet again, Kennedy gave him a second blow, and knocked him down. Kennedy then leaped back on the road and said, "I gave him that." John Kennedy asked the prisoner, when he leaped back on the road, if anyone had attempted to strike him. Nobody went to his assistance. Cross examined by Mr. Kelly - I saw the deceased taking hold of James Cryan's throat in Back-lane, in the town of Boyle about four o'clock in the afternoon of the fair day. James Cryan did not say then that he would have satisfaction. James Cryan stated that when he met Thomas Hunt in Boyle fair he asked him for money he owed him. Hunt said he had none to give him, and witness said he would process or summon him to petty sessions to recover the amount. Hunt caught him by the necktie but witness did not threaten him then; neither did he strike him at a later period during the evening or night. Dr. O'Farrell described the wounds inflicted on the deceased. There was a punctured wound on the back of his head, and opposite that wound there was a bruise running from the bridge of his to his right eyebrow causing a fissure in the bone, and opposite this wound on the temple there was a clot of blood on the brain. The wound on the back of the head was the one (in the doctor's opinion) that caused death. It was punctured, and appeared to have been made with a sharp stone or pointed instrument. This closed the evidence for the Crown, and Mr. Kelly addressed the jury on behalf of the prisoner. He submitted that the fatal quarrel on the road was the outcome of the row which was commenced between Hunt and James Cryan in the town of Boyle, when Cryan, as would be proved threatened, if he did not get money, he would have blood before going home. In the case of James Cryan, they had it proved that Hunt owed him money; that Hunt assaulted him in Boyle; and they would have testimony to satisfy them that Cryan threatened to be avenged. Thomas Keane, examined for the defence, said - I was present in Boyle when James Cryan asked the deceased, Thomas Hunt, for some money which he owed him. Hunt replied that he had none to give him, and Cryan said, "If you don't give me money, I'll have blood before I go home." Cross-examined by Sergeant Robinson - There was a big investigation held in the town of Boyle after this occurrence, and I made no information. There was nothing said by Cryan after he asked for the money about a summons or process. The conversation took place not in Back-lane, but in Bridge Street. Mr. Justice Lawson - in Bridge-street, did you say? - Yes. Was Winifred Cryan there? - No. Mr. Justice Lawson - Well, I believe you were not there at all. Mr. John McKeon said he was with the Kennedys on this night. When they came within a short distance of where a row was going on, on the road, John Kennedy left his brother, (the prisoner) behind him with witness, and he went to see if he would know any of the parties. When John came back again, witness went home, and the Kennedys remained behind. John Kennedy said - On the night of the 2nd October I accompanied my brother home from Boyle fair. The Cryans passed us on the road, and joined a party before us. Shortly afterwards I noticed that the parties before us appeared to be striking each other. I heard a voice saying - "Let him out." I told my brother to stop with McKeon until I would see if I knew any of the parties. I went on towards the crowd; and a stone was thrown up beside me. I called "Which of you is pegging the stones?" and I got no answer. I went up to within four yards of the men, and I saw Thomas Hunt standing along with the Cryans. I saw him get a blow which knocked him into middle of the road, and I then turned back to my brother, and told him that I had seen a man knocked down. Before turning back, however, I had seen Michael McGowan going across the road and giving Thomas Hunt (who had been knocked down) a kick where he lay. Sergeant Robinson - There is not one word of this in the printed statement of the witness. Witness - If necessary I can tell who knocked Thomas Hunt down. Mr. Kelly - Well, who did it? Witness - I was threatened up to this, but I won't be threatened any longer. James Cryan is the man who knocked him down. Mr. Justice Lawson - You have relieved your conscience now. Witness - Thomas Cryan threatened me. When I went to his house for boots he said "If you hold your tongue, nothing can be done; but, if you open your mouth, I'll shoot you." Cross-examined by Sergeant Robinson - Your brother was not afraid to go up to the crowd? He was afraid myself. I can't answer why one coward went on and left two cowards behind. Did you know it was Hunt who was struck when you saw him down? -Yes, I did. Did you ever swear "I did not know it was Hunt until Carty and McElroy came up?" - I don't know that I did. Did you ever swear this, "I can't say Hunt was struck more than once; I can't say that it was the Cryan who knocked him down , I was threatened that I would be shot. Mr. Justice Lawson said he had read the information made by the witness, and in it he had not said a word about the presence of McKeon on this night. The evidence having concluded, Mr. Kelly again addressed the jury for the prisoner, and Sergeant Robinson replied, pointing out the salient points of the Crown case, and the one reliable and inconsistent character of the evidence tendered on behalf of the accused. There were some circumstances in the case which reduced the case to manslaughter; and if the jury agreed in that view, the Crown would be satisfied. Mr. Justice Lawson in charging the jury, said it would be very desirable if an example could be made of some of the witnesses, by prosecuting them for perjury. The Jury found the prisoner guilty of manslaughter. Thomas Kennedy found guilty of manslaughter of Thomas Hunt, was sentenced to five years penal servitude. Owen Dodd pleaded "Guilty" to an indictment charging him with having stolen a quantity of wool, the property of Mr. James Ward, of Kingsland, Boyle. He was sentenced to six months' imprisonment.


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16th July,1904


Mr. John Cryan, T.C. Vice Regal Bar, Boyle, Appealed against the decision of the court below dismissing a claim for 10 for the malicious killing of a ram, applicant's property at Langnamuddagh near Boyle. Mr. P.G.P. MacDermot ---That case has been withdrawn. Lord Chief Baron --- Do you want costs? Mr. P.C.P. MacDermot --- No costs, my lord. Lord Chief Baron --- You want an order and costs? Mr. P.C.P. MacDermot---- Affirmed no to costs. The Lord Chief Baron affirmed the damage and allow no costs.



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25th January, 1905


Malicious Injury: Pat Cryan, Carrowreagh, near Killucan, sought to recover 50 compensation for a quantity of hay, his property, being maliciously burned on the 26th September. Mr. M. McKeon, solicitor, appeared for the applicant, and Mr. P.O.P. MacDermot for the Carrick No. 2. District Council. Patrick Cryan, in reply to Mr. McKeon deposed he was the applicant, and had lands at Carrowreagh. He farmed about 70 acres of land, and he remembered the 26th September, the evening before the stack was burned. This hay he was seeking compensation for was away from his home in a field. On the morning of the 27th at about eight o’clock Mrs. Calery came and told him about the burning. When he went down the hay was burnt in a few feet from top to bottom, and it was all ablaze. The Morning was fine and he did his best to save it. There was a fence around the hay, barbed wire etc., and one portion of that was broken down. The act must have been malicious, and more than one person must have committed the act, owing to the extent of the destruction. He was and there were fourteen tons of hay consumed and if was worth 3s.6d. a cwt where it was, and it was also the last wisp of hay he ever saved. To Mr. McDermot --- I am afraid I have not claimed enough, and in consequence of the burning of this hay, I could not sell some of my bullocks. Can you show any malice of any sort against you? I don’t think so. Had you a word with any of your neighbours ? I may have. It shows you I have enemies. Mr. Brennan, the District Councellor, a good neighbour, who is to give evidence ? He is a fine neighbour to come up and go against me. As District Councellor, should he let you get a false claim? ---- I have no false claim. A District Councellor should let you get 50 for the hay that we say that went on fire itself. Cryan said he let matter go for too long as a mare that was worth 50, a few years ago had her knee cut clean through, and about three years ago four men came to the door and said they would burn the house under him. Then they drove out three of his horses and cut the knee out of one of them. Mr. Watson, V.H. could bear him out in his statement. Mr. MacDermot --- Have you him here ----No Serjeant MacElroy deposed he heard of the burning about two o'clock in the evening of the 27th , and on examining of the scene of the occurrence he saw a hanged cock of the saved hay? Judging from the appearance of the hay he thought there would be about ten tons originally in the cock of which there were eight tons destroyed and two saved. The hay smelled very strongly of smoke. To his Lordship. I am a judge of hay and it appeared to be [...] By Mr. Mckeon, I cannot say if the hay went on fire itself. To Mr. McDermot, I cannot say if the fence was broken down by the people trying to save the hay. Cryan is a popular man in the district. Owen Travers, in reply to Mr. Mckeon deposed to endevouring to save his hay. There should be at least ten tons of hay in the cock. To Mr. MacDermot ----- I don’t say what was the quality of the hay. Mr. James Brennan Q.C. deposed that he and Cryan were good neighbours and there was not the slightest ill feeling against him in the locality. He did not hear of any of the outrages Cryan complained of , but he knew of a foal of his was killed once by lightening . Witness and the neighbours helped to put out the fire. Altogether there would be about seven and [sic] eight tons of hay in the cock. The hay was of bad quality. To Mr. McKeon----I saw a good deal later hay bought at the Carrick market for 16d a cwt. It is not because when there is a glut of it in the market they sell it at any price before they bring it home ? No. Mr. McDermot said there was no evidence to show that the act was malicious and the ratepayers were not an Insurance Company, and compelled to pay for every accident that occurred. Mr. McKeon submitted that the act was wanton, and the lads were clear on that point and pointed to malice . No-one could come to that conclusion on the evidence, that the burning was a result of an accident. His Lordship said his mind was not altogether free from doubt on the matter. As a juror, he came to the opinion that the hay must have been deliberately and maliciously set on fire. He agreed that what Mr. Brennan said, that the hay could not have gone on fire, except struck by lightening. Mr. Brennan had only done his duty to the ratepayers in coming forward and giving his evidence, and he had given the court much assistance. He would allow 15 compensation, to be levied off the Carrick on Shannon No.3.Rural District, and allow costs and expenses.



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28th October,1905

A CLOGHER CASE. COUNTY COUNCELLOR CHARGED WITH ASSAULT. Charles O'Donnell, school teacher, Clogher, Co. Sligo, brought an action for 50 damages for assault and battery, against Mr. Patrick Higgins, County Councellor, Edmondstown on the 1st August, 1905. and for loan and damages sustained and medical fees paid to the plaintiff in consequence of said assault and battery. The following were sworn to try the case :- Messrs. James Mullany, Ballymount,{........}Thomas Collins, Patrick Conrean, John Moran, Peter Conlon, John Colins. Thomas Cryan , Clogher, brought a similar action against Patrick Higgins, Maheraboy: Mathew Hunt, Toberbraken, and Henry Hunt, do. Mr. H. MacDermot, B.L. (instructed by Mr. D. MacDermot) appeared for Higgins and the Hunts, and Mr. F. J. McMorrow appeared for O'Donnell. Both cases were tried together. Mr. McMorrow, in opening the case for O'Donnell and Cryan , said he represented two men in that action . The first and the most important was a Mr. Charles O'Donnell a teacher in the Presbyterian school at a place called Clogher, a short distance from the town of Ballaaghadreen, and the other plaintiff was a Mr. Thomas Cryan , farmer who lived partly by his labour. Charles O'Donnell said, said in reply to Mr. McMorrow, that as he came towards Mr. Higgins , Mathew Hunt and Mr. Higgins were there. He bade good evening to the two men, and Mr. Higgins stepped out on the road and said in angry tone. "What about that machine?" and witness said he put a new bottom in the machine and he wanted to be compensated. Cryan said he had given him a [tube?]. Higgins snatched a whip from Cryan and Cryan took the whip back again. Witness asked Mr. Higgins what was the meaning of this conduct, and I said , "Keep off you scoundrel." He got a slight lash of the whip from Higgins, and he drew his stick. They came to To......Bridge, and as soon as the cart passed, Higgins grasped at the stick and said, "Now Harry ," meaning Henry Hunt . Hunt then went for Cryan. Higgins then grappled with the witness , and punched him on the chest with his knees. Consequently his watch was broken . Witness asked Higgins what he had against him, and he said he had nothing against him , and he said he warned him not to go with "that kid" Subsequently Higgins have him a blow of a stick. In consequence of the advice Cryan and himself got from the police, they went to Dr. McDermott, who examined Cryan particularly . Cryan examined by Mr. Hal MacDermott----- I would give my friend, Cryan a character . In his opinion he should say Cryan is not of good character. Witness was a man of good character, and taught at the Presbyterian National School. Prior to that he was teaching in the Roman Catholic school at Kilmovee. Under what circumstances were your services dispensed with?---- A conspiracy was got up against me. What was the nature of the conspiracy ? The conspiracy was to have revenge upon me on account ----- What did the people accuse you of ? ---- Criminally assaulting a woman . Were you called before the National Board of Education ----- The [inspector?] investigated it. After that how long did you remain in the school ? --- About a fortnight. After your services had been dispensed with did you consider it necessary to have your religion changed ? That is a matter for myself. What religion are you now ? --- A Presbyterian. How long after you became a Presbyterian and your services dispensed with at Kilmovee school, did you become attached to the Presbyterian school at Clogher ? ----- Nearly four years. Did it take nearly four years to whitewash you to suit the Presbyterian Body ? ----- No. What were you doing during the four years, loafing? --- No. sir. To his Lordship ----- This inquiry which Mr. Hal MacDermot had made so much about was an unsworn inquiry. Mr. Hal MacDermot ---- Was it because you were dismissed from the Catholic school you became a Presbyterian? ---- I refuse to answer. His Lordship ----- Better take the answer as he gives it. Mr. Hal MacDermot --- I will test this witness. Mr. McMorrow --- it is the first time I have a question of religion being made a question of character. Mr. Hal MacDermot ---- You have a lot of things to learn yet. Mr. MacMorrow ---- I do not want to learn any religion from you. I can tell you that I have not learned to be an Atheist yet. The witness, continuing , said the people of Ballaghdereen were good enough to elect Mr. Higgins and he believed his letter of congratulation was amongst the first he received. Mr. McMorrow --- There was no petition. In reply to Mr. McMorrow, witness said after his dismissal he would not be allowed the representation of a solicitor. He had to satisfy his present employer that he was of good moral character before he was appointed to the Clogher school. Cryan deposed he was driving cars for Mr. Clarkes supporters at the last election. As he was driving by Mr. Higgin's house arising out of an argument Higgins snatched the whip from witness. Pat Higgins caught O'Donnell by the wrist. For eight days he was unable to much work, owing to the effects of the attack. Witness was not the possessor of a knife on that occasion. Cross-examined ---- what do you think of yourself ? ---- Faith I am middling (laughter). You know the town of Ballaghaderreen, and like myself you know the courthouse there ?----Yes. Mr. MacDermott related the charges against the witness at the Ballaghaderreen court. By Mr. MacDermott ---- I was convicted at Mullaghroe on several occasions for assault, but one of the assault was on a cousin of mine. I don’t remember assaulting Michael Cryan or being convicted of it. Mr. McMorrow --- He may not be guilty of them all. Mr. H. McDermott, he was not guilty of [couple?], but unfortunately he was convicted (laughter). Witness further cross-examined, stated he was convicted of assault on his brother, and added "maybe he wanted it " Mr. MacDermott ---- And perhaps Higgins and Hunt wanted it too. On October the 16th did you assault Catherine Golden ? ---- I don’t know. Do you know a lady called Catherine Golden ? ----No. His Lordship ---- Do you know a woman called Catherine Golden ? Cryan ----I do (laughter). Mr. MacDermott ---- Were you convicted of assaulting Catherine Golden ? ---- She proved it anyway. Do you remember smashing a window of Pat Stenson's and being convicted of it ? ---- It all happened on > the same night, and I had the misfortune to fall through the window. Were you bound to the peace for threatening Thomas Cryan? ----Yes. And after all these convictions, would I be using strong language if I called you a blackguard? --- I don’t know. Would you place any reliance on the evidence of a man who was convicted eleven times for assault on men and women ? ---- I don’t know. Witness said he had two bottles of porter and he got a drink from the Presbyterian teacher and another from a policeman to whom he brought turf. To Mr. McMorrow ---- I think it was all the drink I had, but I had two more, four bottles in all. (laughter). Mr. MacDermott ---- Two more ? Cryan --- It is hard to remember things like that (Laughter). Mrs. Cryan gave evidence of a similar nature. Her husband was not such a bad sort as was described , as when he got a drink he lay down , and when he was half drunk he was quarrelsome enough (laughter). Michael O'Donnell, a son of Charles O'Donnell , deposed that Higgins came up to his father that night and asked him why he had not returned home the spraying machine, and then the row started. He saw the father knocked down and the two Hunts making at Cryan. To Mr. MacDermott ----I am in the sixth class, second stage, and I often learn pieces off by heart, but I did not learn off the story I have told you. My father said I would have to give evidence of what I saw. Michael McDonnell gave evidence as to witnessing the assault. He heard Mrs. Cryan shouting that Mr. Higgins had Mr. O’Donnell almost killed with the stick and that the Hunts were attacking her Husband. Afterwards he saw Higgins and the Hunts run down the lane. To Mr. MacDermott ---- I was not glad to be dragged into this case, but Hunt and I are not on speaking terms, and for years had litigation. Dr. H. McDermott, Ballaghadreen, deposed to examining Cryan and O'Donnell on the night of the occurrence. Cryan was suffering from the wound on the crown on his head and lacerated wounds on the left cheek and nose. He was also wounded elsewhere. O'Donnell had a wound on the angle of his right eye, which was nasty looking and jagged. The witness was not cross-examined. Mr. P. Higgins deposed he was County Councellor for the Ballaghaderreen division. On the night in question he met O'Donnell as they were always friends, and shook hands. After a while he asked O'Donnell to return him his spraying machine which he lent him in the month of June. O'Donnell said it was too late to spray now. Witness told what was good to loan was good to return , and Cryan then interfered, and witness told him to leave off. O'Donnell then jumped off the cart and hit him with a stick on the arm and knocked the head off it. Witness wrenched the stick from O'Donnell and Cryan then came on with a stone in his hand, and witness asked Hunt not to allow Cryan to come on. The scuttle then ended, but witness then went after the Hunts to protect them, knowing the character of the men who attacked them. After a time he caught up to the Hunts and O'Donnell then came on and caught hi around the waist, and they both fell. Cryan then went towards the Hunts with a knife and a stone in his hand, but witness could not say what happened afterwards, as they separated again. Witness went into Mrs. Hunts place for safety. Cryan threw a stone at them as they were going up the avenue. To Mr. McMorrow ----- I was brought up at the Ballaghaderreen Petty Sessions for attacking a man named Hara but the case was dismissed. I know Cryan was driving carts for Mr. Clarke during the election, but I had no ill will towards him for it. Mr. M. Hunt gave evidence of a corroborative nature. He deposed as to Cryan stabbing him with a knife. Mr. MacDermot, in addressing the jury for his clients, said there was an apology owing them, because their time was taken up with a case of the most trivial character. Now Cryan was an old practitioner at the court, and could the jury believe a man with his record, a question of religion was introduced, but he did not care whether a man was a Mohammedan, Catholic, Presbyterian or Protestant, a man could have his beliefs and he a man of integrity and honesty. He would anyhow have nothing to do with a man who started life as a teacher in a Catholic school, and brought before the Board --- his paymasters, and convicted by them on a charge and dismissed from the school. Because he was dismissed he changed his religion. O'Donnell had tried to insinuate that he was unfairly treated by Cannon O'Hara, a clergyman who was known to every Catholic and Protestant as an upright and good priest. They had next to consider the evidence of Cryan, the breath of his whose nostrils was a row and who since '93 was consistently bound to the peace, not only for assaulting his fellow man, but also the women of his locality. Mr. McMorrow said that after the eloquent of Mr. McDermott, it became his duty to give the prosaic details of this assault to the jury, and to take away from the case the sentimental matters Mr. MacDermott graced it with. It did not follow that if a man happened to be in court on a few occasions, that he should be assaulted, and not get compensation for it. Mr. MacDermott had thought well to dwell strongly upon a certain matter, which he submitted was entirely foreign to the case. It was not fair to introduce the religious element in to the case, as a man was perfectly entitled to exercise his judgment and change his religion if he thought fit, and that was not disgrace. A Protestant had a right to become a convert to Catholicity, and vice versa, and now this old story had been raked up, but it should not influence the jury. Because a man had acted as O'Donnell had done to exercise his judgment, if he thought he was unfairly treated, it was endeavoured now to end a stigma on him, but it should not weigh with the jury when investigating the facts of the case, and nature of the assault. Mr. O'Donnell through the death of a witness, had a chance of re-opening the case, and proving that he was wronged. All sides of a story should be heard, and the truth could then be got at, and because a wreath of sentiment was sought to be woven about the case, the jury should not be run away with it. His Lordship, in reviewing the evidence, said Mr. McMorrow in an extremely able and admirable for his clients had very properly referred to the question of the religious element in the case, and he thoroughly agreed with his remarks. A Protestant was perfectly entitled to change his religion, as well as a Catholic, and it was a pity council was instructed to refer to it . Mr. Hal McDermott said he was not instructed to say so, and he took full responsibility. His Lordship said it did not follow that because a man had changed his religion, he could not go into a court to get justice. This was a land of liberty and freedom, and he hoped it would continue so; therefore, because O'Donnell had thought it fit to change his religion, it should not be flung in his teeth. It was a pity this story about O'Donnell in connection with a woman was raked up, and he thought, as he said before, it should be left out. He had met a great many people in his time, who left their Church because they thought they had received wrong treatment ----- men who were Protestants becoming Catholic, and the reverse, and he always found them to be decent and respectable as [put?] foot to ground. Mr. O'Donnell was a teacher of a Presbyterian school and he would not be there except he was deserving, and Presbyterians were very careful about the manner in which their children were brought up. His Lordship then dealt fully with the facts of the case, and concluded by asking the jury to do justice between man and man. The jury then retired and after a short absence returned into court, stating they had found a verdict in favour of the defendants Higgins and the Hunts, and granted costs to them.



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November 17 1883

A charge of intimidation

entered by Mrs. Cryan of Ballinultha against Sarah Kennedy was marked withdrawn as the parties were relatives and had settled the matter.



Roscommon Herald Articles No 126

March 8 1884

Sudden death

On Wednesday morning a plasterer named Michael Cryan residing at Sheegora, near Boyle, who had been in his usual good health on the previous day, was found dead in his bed.


Roscommon Herald Articles No 127

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December 20th, 1890


A closely-contested match between these teams was played on Sunday, the 14th inst., on the ground of the former, Mr. Michael Cryan, with his usual generosity, placed a field at their disposal. The day being most propitious a great number of spectators assembled to witness the sport. Rev. P. Conlon, C.C. Keash, acted as referee, his decisions throughout the play being received with mutual satisfaction by both parties. As the teams lined up they presented a fine body of Gaels as could be seen; the Ballinafad then wearing green and yellow jerseys, and the Emmets sporting their patron's uniform of green faced with white and gold. The Ballinafads having won the toss, took advantage of the hill - wind there being none. On the ball being thrown in there was good centre play indulged in for some time, till the Emmets' getting off with the ball rushed to score, but after an exciting tussle sent it behind. After kick from goal the Emmets still kept the ball in their opponents territory, putting it behind again several times. The ball was then well played for some minutes, when the Emmets again rushed to score. Michl Gowan sent the ball whizzing to the goal till stopped by Downes, the goal-keeper, it being immediately sent behind. After kick-out again the Ballinafad captain, Madden, ably assisted by Dyer and Kennedy made bold rushes into their opponents ground, but the O'Connors and Thrumble intercepting their advances always, returned the ball with cool long kicks from behind. The play afterwards became extremely exciting, men being sent tumbling over each other in quick succession, during which each captain proved to be a host in himself. The intensity of the play was kept up till call of half-time, when there was nothing scored on either side. Second half-time commenced with more good play on neutral ground, the Ballinafads making an attempt to score, and but for the dexterity of an Emmet had a point gained. Dyer and Cryan now sent the ball down to the captain, Walsh, who would have scored several times but for the energetic defending of Dowd and Casey. In one of the rushes Crofton although hemmed in by several opponents, scored a goal for the Emmets. Several vigorous rushes by both sides, skilful play, and fine kicking characterised the rest of the play till full time. The Emmet goal-keeper did not get even a single kick at the ball during the whole play. Time now being now called, the referee announced the scoring:--- Emmets, one goal; Ballinafads, nil. And then remarked that they (the Emmets) could not but admire the pluck and manliness with which the Ballinafad Gaels distinguished themselves throughout the play. The loud cheers from the assembled multitudes testifying how they endorsed his statement. Of O'Dowd's conduct on the field our rev. president afterwards spoke in laudatory terms. Meanwhile the following resolution was passed on the field, where were assembled the Gaels of two parishes with hundreds of sympathisers :- "Resolved - That we join in the demand for the retirement of Mr. Parnell who having outraged morality and deliberately deceived his colleagues for years, now sets himself at the head of a faction who were elected to sit, act and vote with the majority of the Irish Parliamentary Party. Away with the pledge-breakers, those quondam pledge-makers." T. Garvin, Sec.



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19th October,1895.


Mr. John Cryan, Boyle, was granted a confirmation of transfer [of licence]. Mr. McDermot was for applicant.



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June 18th, 1889


This was the fiercest match yet played. In justice to the Wolfe Tones it must be said they laboured under a good many disadvantages. Some of their best players have emigrated, and those who took their places were of smaller physique than their powerful opponents. Knockarush won the toss, and took the hill and wind, but Cootehall got away first with the ball, and sent it over the goal line. The Knockarush goal-keeper having kicked off, the play was even for a few minutes, but the Round Towers steadily forced the ball down on their opponents. The Wolfe Tones made a gallant dash and got the ball to the opposite side of the field, but Knockarush again brought it back, and looked like scoring when a Wolfe Tone kicked behind. The free kick for Knockarush was taken by Cox who failed to make anything of it. The ball was forced down to the goal-line and a Wolf Tone having picked it up, an angry scrimmage took place, which the referee found some difficulty in calming. The Wolfe Tone goalkeeper having kicked off, Knockarush again pressed their opponents, and Pat Morris, who was supported by his brother and Regan made a point. After twenty minutes' play, Knockarush added a second point. With coolness and judgment it looked as if the players could easily have made goals. Still pressing on their opponents, Knockarush went perilously near adding another point, but the Cootehall backs, especially young O'Hara, splendidly saved disaster, The Wolfe Tones made another plucky dash, and carried the ball up the field, but Knockarush brought it back , and some fierce scrimmages took place in front of the goal and around the point post. The referee put out a Knockarush player for tripping. At half-time the score stood - Knockarush: two points to nil. At change of sides, the Wolfe Tones pressed into the Knockarush ground, and kept the ball there during the second half-hour. The Round Towers played a defensive game, lining up three deep in front of their goal and points. A fierce scrimmage took place near the Knockarush goal in which one of the jerseys of the Wolfe Tones was torn, and the ball having been driven behind the referee, allowed a free kick. Cryan took the kick, and scored a point. The Round Towers adopted tactics of delay, and for kicking the ball outside the touch lines, they were frequently hooted by the spectators. In the final scrimmage the ball was sent flying for their point posts, but was caught by one of the Round-Towers. A fierce tussle followed, the men on both sides swarming up, and finally all went over the goal-line a few yards from the point-posts. At call of time, the score stood - Knockarush two points; Cootehall: one point. The Wolfe Tones entered an objection, that two members of another club played with Knockarush. They also claimed a goal and a point which did not come under the observation of the referee, or of any uninterested spectators. The following teams are:- KNOCKARUSH: - Pat Morris, E. Beirne, P. Tansey, James Connor, J. Cox, Michael Sharkey, Tim Killelea, J. Reagan, Pat Killelea, M. Connors, Michl Killelea, J. Beirne, C. Cox, James Killelea, J. Kielty, James Tansey, Pat Killelea, Tom Killelea, James Egan, John Morris (Captain) J. Nicholson (Goalkeeper), Goal umpires - B. Queenan, B. McDonagh: Field umpires - John Roche, Luke Mullany. COOTEHALL: - P. Cryan (captain) Joe O'Hara (goalkeeper) M. Foley, Wm. Malone, Michl Forey, B. Kelly, Wm. O'Hara, P. Appleby, Pat Boland, L. Morahan, Michl Maxwell, Michael Kelly, W. Appleby, Pat O'Hara, Connor Tansey, J. Meehan, Michael Lynch, Wm. O'Hara, John Boland, John Judge, F. Brehany, Goal umpires - F. Bambrick, P. Moran; field umpires - J. Forby, J. Kelly.



Roscommon Herald Articles No 130

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April 20th, 1889


The Board to up the consideration of tenders for the erection of five cottages, when the following were received:- […] John Cryan, of Carrick, tendered to build two in Dangan Nugent, and two in Knocknagowna, for 266, and gave as his sureties Messrs. George McCann and Pat Costello, of Correen. […] Mr. Cryan's tender for four cottages was accepted. […]



Roscommon Herald Articles No 131

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14th October, 1905

Election of Petty Session Clerk for Ballyfarnon and Keadue

A Correspondent writes:- At the Keadue Petty Sessions held on Friday held on Friday the 6th inst., the magistrates presiding proceeded to elect a Clerk at a salary of 66 per annum, in the room of Mr. Bushell, resigned. It may be remembered that on a former occasion the election resulted in a tie between Sargeant L. Callan, R.I.C., Geevagh, and Mr. Bernard McManus, Arigna, each candidate securing 3 votes. On the present occasion the struggle was renewed between the same two candidates, all others having withdrawn from the contest. The magistrates in attendance were :- the Earl of Kingston, Geo Krogh Esq., J.P. The MacDermotroe, Dr. John Rogers, Mr. Kilbride, R.M. Dr. J.H. Redden, Mr. J. Keaveny, Mr. J. Cryan, J.P. Keash, Co. Sligo. Sergeant Callan handed testimonials, but the R.M. declined to read them. The Sergeant then objected to Mr. Cryan's adjudicating , as he was not a Justice of the county , but the chairman interrupted him , and would not allow him to speak, and proceeded to poll the magistrates. There voted for Sergt. Callan - the Earl of Kingston. Dr. Rogers the MacDermotroe, and Mr. Keogh - 4. For Mr. MacManus - Mr. J. Keaveny, Dr. Roden and Mr. Kilbride - 3. When he had exhausted the names on the official list he entered Mr. Cryan's name, who also voted for Mr. McManus, thereby creating a tie. Sergeant Callan again attempted to object but was told by the chairman to send his objection to where ever he liked, and declared nobody elected. The hostility of the R.M. towards the Sergeant was very marked on the occasion, and his determination to have the secretary of the U.I.L. elected was very much criticized by the law-abiding inhabitants present. Mr. Cryan is a J.P. by virtue of his office as Chairman of Boyle No.2. District Council for that portion of the County Sligo in which his district is, and is not a Justice for any part of the County Roscommon. It is understood more will be heard about the elections, owing to the illegal action of some of the magistrates present, and the part played by some of the supporters of one of the candidates. It is expected that this case may figure in the Superior Court.



Roscommon Herald Articles No 132

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25th January,1905


Darby Crann, Liam Boyle sued John Crann of same place for 25 for damages sustained by the plaintiff for defendant encroaching on plaintiff's Land , during the partition of a farm. Mr. D. MacDermot appeared for plaintiff and Mr. P.C.P. MacDermot defended. Mr. P. MacDermot suggested that the case be left to a third surveyor, as it was a question of measurement. It was decided to go on with the case. Mr. Farrel Cauley, in reply to Mr. D. MacDermot deposed he remembered the suit between Crann and Crann, and he made the partition Quarter Sessions he showed his maps which satisfied all parties. He lockspitted every fence that was to be made, and both men agreed to it . Afterwards he heard a complaint and Mr. Dickie an he went to the place, and they found a certain discrepancy in the fences. John grabbed two feet of Darby's land, and witness told him he had no right to do it. Mr. Dickie afterwards made a survey of the place, and there was only a difference of six perches between his measurement and Mr. Dickie's, which he called an extraordinary coincidence (laughter). Witness told John was a fool for bringing all these witnesses to court for several days for two feet of land. It was only putting the unfortunate man to expense, and witness did not care one way or another, although he was not paid as yet. Mr. P.C.P. MacDermot --- Never fear you'll take care of that. Witness was examined at length by Mr. P.C.P. MacDermot as to the maps of Mr. Dickie and his own. All parties were fighting well and should be made pay. One would think it was a beauty they had, coming in here every day. Mr. P. MacDermot --- They have a luxury when they have you. (laughter). Mr. Dickie discovered the error on the ground with Mr. Cauley when the land was partitioned. John was short six perches less than he should have, and according to that John did not encroach. To Mr. D. MacDermot .... I don know if John Crann put down his fence in accordance with the instructions of Mr. Cauley. John Crann, the defendant in the case, deposed Mr. Cauley turned a sod with a joy, and witness proceeded to make the fence on the 2nd February of last year. Plaintiff and he would not make the fence the way witness was making them , and he would not put a log in the ground. Witness had the fence made on the 11th March, in accordance with Mr. Cauley's directions. Afterwards when Mr. Cauley came to him the latter end of February, he told him not to go so far about a foot, and he agreed afterwards in accordance with this direction. By Mr. D. MacDermot ---Mr. Cauley did not ask to stop, and I only followed what he told me. Owen Grehan deposed he worked at the fences with John Crann. He was sure they did not go in on Darby Crann's land. Michael Nicholson gave corroborate evidence. John Crann did not go inside what Mr. Cauley marked. His Lordship complimented Mr. Cauley on the manner in which he made his award, and he dismissed the case on the merits. He allowed Mr. Cauley 5, half to be paid by Darby Crann and the other half by John. Darby---Cauley must go out again on the lands (laughter). Ultimately Darby was prevailed on to act as was suggested, and the case ended.