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Bankruptcy and Insolvency (28th May 1862)
Henry Peter Lennon of Monaghan, in the County of Monaghan, grocer and spirit dealer, to surrender on Friday, 20th June. Thomas Cooper of No. 28 Grafton Street, and No. 22 and 23 Camden Street, Lower, in the city of Dublin, draper, lately trading in copartnership with Priscilla Masterson, of the same place, under the firm of E and P Masterson, drapers and hosiers, to surrender on Friday 6th June and on Friday 20th June. John Wilson and William Wilson, both late of Donegal, in the County of Donegal, grocers, to surrender on Friday 6th June and on Friday 20th June. Blake Dillon of Roscommon, in the County of Roscommon, draper, to surrender on Friday 6th June and on Friday 20th June. Josh Hyhall, of the town of Lurgan, in the County of Armagh, grocer, to surrender on Friday 6th June and on Friday 20th June.


Court of Bankruptcy and Insolvency (4th Nov 1863)
Michael Dunne of 175 North King Street in the City of Dublin, dairyman, to surrender on Friday 13th November and on Friday 27th November. Michael Fitzgerald of Limerick in the County of Limerick, grocer, to surrender on Friday 13th November and on Friday 27th November. John Treanor of Monaghan in the County of Monaghan, grocer, to surrender on Friday 13th November and on Friday 27th November. Henry Wright of Newry in the County of Armagh, grocer and auctioneer, to surrender on Friday 13th November and on Friday 27th November. Thomas McInerney and Martin McInerney of Patrick Street in the City of Limerick, grocers and spirit dealers, trading as McInerney Brothers, to surrender on Friday 13th November and on Friday 27th November. Arthur Quin of Tandragee in the County of Armagh, dealer in leather.
James Killen and James Steenson, both of Belfast, to John Wightman.
                                                IN INSOLVENCY – PETITION FILED


Waylaying (4th March 1873)
Thomas Murray, Bernard Murray Sen. Patrick Smyth and Bernard Murray Jun. were indicted for waylaying and assaulting one Michael Corr at Dernawilt on the night of 8th November 1872.
                Dr McCausland QC, and Mr Johnstone instructed by Mr W H Magrath prosecuted on behalf of the Crown. Mr Hugh Holmes appeared for the prisoner.
                The case for the prosecution was briefly that Corr had been drinking in the house of the Murrays, at Roslea, on the day in question and when returning home was waylaid and beaten by the prisoners. He identified only two of them, however, and with regard to all of them an alibi was proved for the defence. The jury acquitted the prisoners who were discharged.
                                                BURNING JUDGE KEOGH’S EFFIGY
                John McGurn, Thomas Burke, Patrick Sheenan, James Gillece, Hugh McMullen, Peter Gillece, Bernard McManus, Patrick McCorry, Michael McGurn and Francis Drum were indicted for a riotous and unlawful assembly at Derrylin on the 29th July 1872.
                Mr Holmes, instructed by Mr Alexander, appeared for the prisoners and pleaded guilty. Counsel expressed the deep regret of the prisoners and, in mitigation, said that the offence was committed at a time of great excitement and that it was in a country place, not in a populous town, where much alarm might be caused. They were all men of good character.
Sentence deferred.


Evictions at Scotstown, County Monaghan (4th February 1882)
                                (from our correspondent.)
                                                                                                MONAGHAN FRIDAY.

For some days it was rumoured that evictions on a somewhat extensive scale were pending on the property of Dacre Mervyn Archdall Hamilton, ESQ. in the Sheskin electorial division of the Monaghan Union, and also on the property of several other land proprietors in the extensive parish of Tydavnet. Only on Wednesday evening however was it fully ascertained that these evictions would be carried out on the following day. On that evening fifty men of the 52nd Light Infantry, under the command of Captain Douglas, with Lieutenant Bower and Dr. McGeagh of the same corps, arrived in Monaghan from Belfast to assist the sheriff in effecting the evictions. The soldiers were billeted for the night in Monaghan, and early yesterday morning were ready for the march, or rather the drive – for they were provided with conveyances – to the Scotstown mountains. Besides the military for the expedition a large body of police assembled at Scotstown, so that when the whole force was collected it looked powerful enough to perform with success a much more imposing task than the one assigned to it. About 9 o’clock the cavalcade left Monaghan on a number of vehicles, headed by Mr. Swan, sub-sheriff and Mr Rogers, J.P., agent for Mr Hamilton, who it appears is benefiting by the salubrity of a southern climate while the poor mountaineers, his tenants, are experiencing the bitterness of rack-tenting in all its severity. The military officers already named had charge of the soldiers; the police were under the care of Sub-Inspector Murphy, of Monaghan, and the whole force combined was confided to the orders of Major Blair R.M.   Rev. T. Cummins C.C., of Scotstown: Rev. P. McCabe C.C., Rosslea: Rev. F. McKean C.C., Rosslea: and Mr Daniel MacAleese, “People’s Advocate” Monaghan, were present during the day. A bleaker, a wilder, or a more barren country than the theatre of these evictions could not be met with in Ireland. The lands were given to a member of the Skeffington family at the end of the Williamite war as a compensation for military services – so the story runs – and were rented at their prairie value, a fraction an acre to a number of persons, amongst whom was a progenitor of the present Mr Hamilton. Fifty years ago no smoke could be seen for miles on miles of these wild and heathery parts but the untiring industry of the toiling Celt reduced the rushes and the heather and made arable land of quagmires whereon a snipe could not wade and of sloping reaches that had to be conquered yard by yard with the spade and the mattock. Thus the valuation of these lands which was at first only nominal, has been raised to the large sum of over £2,000. The first house of those marked out for the sheriff was that of Charles Corr, Derryallagan. The tenant acceded to the demand of the agent to pay a year’s rent and the cost of the ejectment decree and was allowed to remain in possession. James McTeague, of the same townland, was allowed to remain in his holding on similar terms. Edward McGinnis, Lannagh, was evicted but was re-admitted as caretaker. He said he was unable to pay anything. Bernard Harron was also evicted but re-admitted on signing the agreement creating him caretaker. John McGinnis, who is credited with having the worst farm in this desolate region, could pay no rent and the bailiffs were proceeding to empty the house when a man came forward and volunteered to pay a year’s rent for the tenant. After some delay Mr Rogers agreed to remit the costs of the decree and the rent being paid, the tenant was allowed to remain in possession. A widow woman named Ann McKenna of Dernahesco, could not satisfy the demand of the agent and was evicted but reinstated. Patrick McKenna of the same townland paid a year’s rent and costs and was permitted to remain in status quo. Patrick McCaffrey was evicted but upon signing the ordinary agreement was readmitted. A cottier named Patrick Murphy, living on McCaffrey’s farm, was turned out and the door secured. The wife of the unfortunate man, who is a feeble, decrepit old woman, was assisted to leave the house. Widow Bridget Murphy satisfied the demand of the agent and was allowed to remain in possession. John Murphy did likewise. John Foy was evicted, but reinstated, and a cottier on the farm named Bridget Foy was turned out and the door secured. This concluded the day’s work. While the sheriff was engaged at Edward McGinnis’s an incident occurred which caused a little commotion. Mr Rogers was walking leisurely up and down when an old man, named John McIlroy, said the agent was like a walking saint, but he could pull the roof off the widow’s house all the same. He was taken into custody and Major Blair discharged him, with an enjoinder to go home. The conduct of the people throughout the whole proceedings was most orderly. The Sheriff is engaged today evicting on a neighbouring estate.


Fatal Shooting accident in Monaghan (21st Sept 1897)
Yesterday morning, between 10 and 11 o’clock, a shooting incident, resulting in the immediate death of a boy named Francis Keeley, about 14 years old, took place in the neighbourhood of Scotstown, a district about five miles from this town. It appears that the deceased lad, who lived in the townland of Drummonds, with a man named Myles Treanor, of the same townland, went out to shoot rabbits. Treanor, who is a man between 35 and 40 years old, was armed with a double-barrelled fowling piece, and the two proceeded to the townland of Derryleddigan, Treanor keeping the gun cocked on the chance of having a shot. In Derryleddigan they came to a ditch, over which Keeley climbed and stoof on the other side, a distance of about two yards, waiting for his companion. Treanor put his left hand on the top of the ditch for the purpose of getting across, holding the fowling piece, still cocked in his right hand. In pulling himself up the trigger must have caught in a branch, as the left barrel went off, the contents lodging in Keeley’s head, at the back of the right ear. Death must have been instantaneous. When Treanor got across the fence and found the unfortunate boy lying bleeding, he fell in a fainting fit beside him. When he recovered consciousness and found Keeley was dead, he immediately proceeded to the police station in Scotstown and reported the occurrence. He was placed under arrest by Sergeant Farrell. The body of the deceased was removed and Dr. Stewart, Coroner for North Monaghan, was communicated with, with the result that an inquest will be held tomorrow.


Monaghan Stabbing Affray (16th January 1907)
Accused returned for trial

                Today John McCaffrey, who was arrested a short time ago at Stockton-on-Tees, was brought up on remand at Rosslea before Mr. Wm. S. Moore, R.M., charged with causing the death of Patrick McMahon, of Corbane, on 29th June 1899.
                Philip Callan stated that McMahon was his brother-in-law. In consequence of what he heard on the day of the occurrence he went to Corbane, where he saw McMahon, his sister Catherine, John McCaffrey and Jane and Mary Anne McCaffrey. The McMahons and McCaffreys were on different banks of a small stream. He next saw the prisoner and Patrick McMahon meet in mid-stream, and Jane and Mary Anne McCaffrey beating the latter with a stick. He was weak and unable to stand, and was bleeding.
                In cross-examination by the prisoner, he denied that either he or McMahon challenged the accused to fight.
                Dr. Darcy, Rosslea, who made a post-mortem examination on 1st July, 1899, said he found a punctured wound on the right groin, which pierced the femoral vein, and caused death.
                Evidence as to the arrest of the accused having been given, he was returned for trial to the Spring Assizes at Enniskillen.


Outrages in Co. Fermanagh (16th October 1908)
On Wednesday night a wanton outrage was committed near Roslea, Co. Fermanagh. The corn belonging to two farmers, which was in stacks in their fields in the townland of Mullanahinch, was tossed and scattered about, and a horse belonging to another farmer named John McCudden had the hair cut off its tail. No motive can be assigned for the outrages, as there does not seem to be any ill-feeling against the parties in the district. District inspector Murnane and the police of Roslea visited the scene, and are making investigations.


Alleged Criminal Libel (26th May 1910)
Today at the Monaghan Petty Sessions Court, before Mr. F. P. Smyth, J.P., and five other magistrates, a case was heard in which a charge of criminal libel was preferred against Mrs. Margaret Sullivan, of Tullaghan, Balbride, by Mrs. Catherine McCaffrey, of Drumsheaver, wife of James McCaffrey, for , as alleged, falsely, unlawfully and maliciously writing and publishing at Drumsheaver false and defamatory libels.
                Mr. Daniel F. Keenan, who appeared for the plaintiff, said that this was a very serious case and arose out of a dispute about a pew in Scotstown Roman Catholic Church. The McCaffreys had a pew and Mrs. Sullivan objected to a Mrs. Carleton being brought into the pew. Words followed and the result was that Mrs. McCaffrey received a letter from Mrs. Sullivan and that letter was the cause of the action. Mr. Keenan then read the letter. He pointed out that the letter was sent through the post in an open envelope.
                The chairman said that it was a very unpleasant case, and inquired if a settlement could not be arrived at.


19th June 1913
Judgement was delivered yesterday by Mr. justice Barton in the case of Graham v McEntee, which came before the Court on a question as to the construction of the last will of the late Elizabeth McEntee, proprietress of the Old England Hotel and the North Wall Hotel, Dublin. The deceased lady died on the 17th September, 1912, having previously made her last will, dated 24th September 1908, in which she stated, “It is my wish that if my brother David McEntee is not able to pay the rent of Scrilby he is to have £250 to invest in another farm of land, and Scrilby given for residence of the Catholic priests of the parish of Rosslea, in the Co. Monaghan as I don’t like priests in lodgings.” It appeared that at the time the will was made Miss McEntee had put her brother into possession of the farm, which was stated to be worth almost £500, but that before her death she had evicted him and paid a sum of £190, for which he had given her a receipt in full discharge of his claims against her.
                Mr. Justice Barton held that the legacy of £250 had been adeemed to the extent of £190, and that it was a valid charitable bequest for providing a residence for the Catholic priests of the parish of Rosslea. The costs of all the parties would be payable out of the residue.


Illicit Distillation in County Fermanagh (2nd March 1914)
At the Roslea (Co. Fermanagh) Petty Sessions on Saturday Thomas Beggan, a farmer of Coraghy, was summoned for harbouring a quantity of spirits, about one glass, which had been illicitly distilled. The spirits were found by the police in a house on an out-farm of the defendant’s two miles from his residence, and which was in charge of a caretaker. The Bench dismissed the case. Head Constable McKinney said that illicit distillation was on the increase in the locality.


Legal Notices (26 November 1914)
Heir-at-law Wanted

Pursuant to the order of the Right Honourable Mr. Justice Ross, made in the matter of the Estate of Louisa Maria Graham and others, County Cavan. E.C. 3677. Dated the 4th day of November 1914. JANE ROSS, or her descendants, and the descendants of CHARLOTTE ROSS, are hereby required to communicate with the undersigned solicitors with a view to proving their claim to a sum of £800 in Court, now standing to the credit of this Estate.
                NOTE The said Charlotte Ross was married to a man called Nixon and died a widow on the 9th day of November 1886 at Roslea, County Fermanagh. It is stated that she left only one child, Robert, who enlisted and left Ireland some years before his mother’s death.
                The said Charlotte and Jane Ross were the daughters of Jane Stephens who was married to William Ross and lived in the County of Monaghan. Jane Ross, one of the daughters, is stated to have marriedupwards of 35 years ago, and to have been then living in Belfast, but her husband’s name is not known.
                It is requested that any person who , though not related to the above, can give any information about them, will be good enough to communicate with the undersigned solicitors.
                Dated this 18th day of November 1914
                                CYRIL H. DICKINSON. Examiner
                                Messrs. BAKER. RINGWOOD and GORDON.
                                Solicitors, 5 Clare Street, Dublin


A Border Funeral (1st August 1922)
At the Masses at Clones Roman Catholic Church on Sunday sermons from the text “Thou Shalt not kill” were preached in condemnation of the murders and outrages committed in different parts of Ireland. At the obsequies of J. F. McCaffrey, 1st Company, 5th Northern Division, a native of Derryard, Roslea, Co. Fermanagh, who died in the County Infirmary, Dundalk, on Friday as the result of wounds received in an ambush, the Rev. W. Cullinan, C.C., preached from this text.
                The remains were then conveyed across the border for interment, Staff Captain White being in charge of the guard of honour which accompanied the hearse to the frontier. The military display here ceased and as the cortege crossed the boundary a force of Specials, who were drawn up there on the roadside, saluted.


Sharper Potheen Fines (29th March 1923)
Fines totaling £148 were inflicted at Monaghan yesterday on a number of persons charge with being in possession of illicit still plant and potheen. In fining Thomas Todd, Killany, Truagh, £100, mitigated to £25, for being in possession of still and worm and a further £15 for being in possession of potheen, the magistrate described it as “a terrible offence.” Margaret Keenan of Drumnart, Clontibret, and her grand-daughter, Helen Keenan, were each fined £20 for having potheen in their possession. John Caulfield, Aughnameeka, Scotstown, was fined £100, mitigated to £30 for having an illicit still and Frank Caulfield, his son, was fined £10 for having potheen in his house. Arthur McGuinness, Corrigilla, Roslea, was fined £18, and James McKenna, Druminane, £10 for being in possession of illicit spirit.


Well Mitigated (28th June 1923)
Francis Leonard, Bunlogher, Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh, was at the Petty Sessions of Rosslea fined £100, mitigated to £10, for having in his possession a quantity of wash, a still and still worm.


Remarkable case at Fermanagh (10th July 1924)
At the Fermanagh Assizes, Miss Madden, of Roslea Manor, sought compensation from Thomas Wadsworth, a neighbouring farmer, for damages by trespass.
                It appeared that after the cutting of the border roads in 1922, Mr. Wadsworth had no means of getting out of his farm on the border, except through the Free State, and as there was an order that no Special Constables should go into the Free State except at their own risk, Mr. Wadsworth was cut off from fairs and markets. By direction of the police authorities, he crossed Miss Madden’s field to get to a Fermanagh road and she blocked the pass by cutting a trench and tying a gate with barbed wire. The police filled the trench and re-opened the gate. Miss Madden now sought damages for the continued trespass and asked for an injunction.
                Mr. Murphy, K.C., for the defendant, said that once the road was re-opened he ceased to use the pass. The action was a very sorry sort of action.
                After lengthy evidence, in which a police officer said that the authorities took full responsibility for what had occurred, Mr. justice Brown said that the circumstances of the trespass were pardonable, but Miss Madden must get damages.
                The jury awarded £1 10s., and his lordship ordered that £5 lodged in court should be returned to the defendant.


Motor car over the border (15th November 1924)
Customs Prosecutions at Clones
Alexander Hazlett, Mullaghduff, Glasslough, was prosecuted at the Clones District Court by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue for taking a motor car over the Free State border by a route which was not an approved road.
                It was shown that the defendant and J. C. Holdcroft had gone to Roslea fair and left their car in what they believed was Free State territory, walking half a mile to the fair on foot. On their return they were stopped by Free State soldiers, and learned for the first time that the place where the car had been left was in Northern territory.
                Mr. McCarthy, who said that he believed the evidence for the defence, imposed a nominal penalty of 20s. and made an order for the return of the car.


Prison for possessing poteen (19th November 1924)
Owen Smyth, a farm servant, of Killycarron, Scotstown, was sentenced to three months imprisonment, with hard labour, at Monaghan for having a bottle of poteen in his possession. He was stopped by a policeman for cycling without a light. Noticing a strong smell of poteen, the policeman searched the man and found the bottle in his hip pocket. The defendant’s employer asked that a fine should be imposed but the magistrate said that he did not think it would be any use to adopt that course.


Cow that can open a door (18th December 1924)
When Owen McAree, Scotstown district, Co. Monaghan, brought four head of cattle that had tossed his corn to the house of Mrs. Rose McKenna, demanding trespass, she told him, according to the evidence in the District Court, that the cattle were kept in a house, but that one of the cows could always open a door and so the others got out. A decree of £7 10s was given for the oats.


The late Hugh Lardner (18th December 1924)
At the Monaghan District Court, Mr. M. J. Hannan, District Justice, referred to the death of Mr. Hugh W. Lardner, and expressed sympathy with Mr. James Lardner K.C., and Mr. Matthew Lardner, solicitor. Mr. Russell McWilliam and Mr. D. X. Keenan on behalf of the solicitors’ profession, Superintendant Mackin on behalf of the Civil Guard and the Registrar desired to be associated with the Justice’s remarks.


Suggested gift to Free State (12th January 1925)
Eshnadarragh district electorial division lies in the Rosslea area and abuts on the County monaghan. The Fermanagh County Council had before it at its monthly meeting a copy of a petition forwarded to Sir James Craig by Mr. Joseph McMahon, Eshnadarragh, Honorary Secretary of the tenants on the Madden Estate, asking that some relief works should be started to assist the people.
            In his statement, Mr. McMahon sets out the causes of the present state of affairs – the loss of the crochet industry and the loss of earnings by young men who used to go to England. In 1924 there was a total failure of the potato crop, pig feeding had to be abandoned, and the poultry industry was severely hit. There was no turf. The holdings were from fifteen to five acres, all wet and mountainous. The people were behind in their rents, and were most anxious to pay, but were unable.
            The Chairman (Mr. Cooper, M.P.) said that the memorialists asked that new roads be made to give employment. That was a matter of difficulty as Eshnadarragh was one of the areas that it had been suggested should be given to the Free State. How could they make a road there which might go into the Free State? He had been informed that the people in this area were in a very bad way.
            The Secretary said that recently a Government official went to the Rosslea area to see about the payment of their annuities, and instead of asking for money, he gave them money out of his own pocket, they were in such a wretched condition.
            Sir Basil Brooke – Why are they worse off in this area than in others?
            Secretary – Because of the failure of the crochet industry, and the men sit in the house and let the women do the work.
            Mr. Kirkpatrick, J.P., said that Rosslea was a bad district and in the best of times the people were very poor.
            The County Surveyor suggested that perhaps a new road that was partly made might be completed.
            The Chairman said that they could not make the roads pending the decision of the Boundary Commission. The Council could, however, ask their Prime Minister to give the matter his favourable consideration.
            Mr. Geddes said that the people of Rosslea should be made to work, no matter who owned Rosslea.
            Chairman – We will never think of giving up Rosslea to any other Government – it is the Eshnadarragh part of it.
            It was decided to send the appeal on to the District Council, which has the power to initiate new works.


Smuggled Sugar
Woman fined £10 at Monaghan (31st January 1925)

At the Monaghan District Court this week, Annie Magwood of Ailsheagh, Scotstown, was charged with having smuggled twelve pounds of sugar across the border, and the District Justice imposed a fine of £100 on her.
            Bernard Walsh, Preventive Officer, stated that he met Annie coming from the direction of Rosslea with two parcels. She told him that she had nothing dutiable, and when he asked to see the parcels she ran away. He caught her and found that one of the parcels contained sugar, and the other was made up of three packets of sugar and two packets of tea. He asked her where she got them and she said “At Smyth’s down there.” Smyth’s was a shop about twenty yards on the Monaghan side of the border. He asked her to go to the shop, and then she said it was Smyth’s shop in Clones that she got them. He took her to the Post Office, where he weighed the sugar, and found that the duty was 3s. She threw it at him saying: “There it is, and that it may fall on you.”
            Tadius McGourty gave evidence of seeing twelve pounds of sugar and ½lb of tea, and said that treble duty paid value was £1 3s. 10d.
            Mr McWilliam for the defence asked the Justice to recommend the reduction of the penalty.
            The State solicitor said that under the section there was no power to make such a recommendation.
            The Justice said that he had no discretion but to impose the full penalty of £100, or the alternative of six moths imprisonment. If the commissioners wished, having regard to all the circumstances in this case, they could reduce it, but he had not even the power to make a recommendation.


Monaghan Woman’s Will (24th February 1925)

            A probate case was heard in which James Slowey of Mallins, County Fermanagh, and Bernard Slowey, Annakelly, County Monaghan, both farmers claimed as executors to have established in solemn form the will dated 14th February 1922, and a codicil of 12th May 1923, of Hannah Slowey, an aged and unmarried woman, late of Gortnawinny, County Monaghan, who died on 29th May 1923. Defendant Agnes Slowey, one of the next-of-kin, had entered a caveat, and in defence pleaded that the codicil was not duly executed according to statute, and that at the time the codicil purported to have been executed the testatrix was not of sound mind, memory and understanding, and did not know and approve of the contents.
            It appeared that the testatrix had lived with her sister, Ellen Slowey, also of advanced years, on a small farm, and that they had between £700 and £800, either in the Post Office Savings Bank or in different banks. By the will legacies amounting to about £240 were left to nephews and nieces, thus leaving between £500 and £600 undisposed of. In the codicil the two sisters agreed to reduce somewhat the legacies to relatives, and out of the sum resulting from such reductions, together with the residue of the estate, to give a small sum for repairs to the local church, and the remainder to five priests for masses for the repose of the souls of the two old ladies. The will was not disputed, but only the codicil.
            The jury found a verdict establishing the will and codicil. The defendant was allowed costs out of the estate.
            Mr. P. Lynch, K.C., and Mr. Lavery (instructed by Mr. Henry Murphy) appeared for the plaintiffs; Mr. James Geoghegan (instructed by Mr. W. A. Parke) for defendant; Mr. T. J. Smythe (instructed by Mr. M. Knight) for intervements (nephews and nieces); Mr. Costello (instructed by the State Solicitor) for the Attorney-General.


The Rev. Arthur Rose, D.D. (2nd November 1926)

The Rev. Arthur Rose, M.A., D.D., died on Sunday morning at his residence, 17 Fitzwilliam Avenue, Belfast, in his ninety-first year. Dr. Rose had been a senior minister of the Smithborough Presbyterian Church, County Monaghan, but retired from active duty about 16 years ago. He was preparing to attend Service at Newtownbreda Church on Sunday morning when he was taken suddenly ill and died. Dr. Rose was born in Belfast, but went to the United States of America when young, and for a time he was engaged in business there. He studied for the ministry at Hanover, Indiana and Princeton, New Jersey, where he took the degrees of M.A. and D.D. In 1882 he returned to Ireland, and in the following year he was installed in Smithborough congregation. There he ministered with great acceptance until he retired in 1910. In 1907 he was Moderator of the Synod of Armagh and Monaghan.


Notice of Charitable Bequests in the goods of CATHERINE CUNNINGHAM late of Cornawall, Smithboro’ in the County of Monaghan. Widow deceased. (22nd July 1927)
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the statute on that behalf that the said Catherine Cunningham, who died on or about the 9th day of April 1927, by her will, dated the 11th day of March 1927, left the following Charitable Bequests, viz:-
To             the Reverend Edward Quigley, Parish Priest, Killeevan, for the use of Killeevan Parish Church, £100:
To             the Reverend Daniel Gormley, Parish Priest, Rosslea, for the use of Magherarney Church, £100:
To            the most Reverend Dr. McKenna, Lord Bishop of Clogher, for the education of poor boys at St. McCarten’s Seminary, Monaghan, £100:
To            the Reverend John Blowick, Dalgan Park College, for the use of the Chinese Mission, £100:
To            the Reverend Edward Quigley, P.P., Killeevan, and £10 to the Catholic Curate, Killeevan, for Masses and for the repose of her soul:
To            the Reverend Felix McKenna, C.C., Rosslea, £10 for Masses for her soul.


Outsize in Liars
Judge’s comment in breach of promise case. (2nd May 1929)

            In the Monaghan Circuit Court, Marjorie Howe (18) of Corholland, Smithborough, suing through her father, Thomas Howe, farmer, Corholland, was awarded £100 damages, in an action for £300 damages, for breach of promise of marriage against William Hamilton (27), a yardman in the employment of a Smithborough merchant.
            Having heard the evidence, Judge Sheeby, addressing the jury, said that one side or the other were committing flat, barefaced perjury. They had heard evidence how the two had met and kept company, and defendant went to her father and mother’s house. Was it probable that he would be going to the father and mother’s house from June to December without having any understanding? Did they believe that? The judge read extracts from a letter, and said that it seemed to him to be the letter of an innocent girl. He believed the plaintiff’s story, and he added, “I am entitled to tell you, too, that in my opinion – I might be wrong – but in my opinion the defendant is an outsize in liars.”
            The jury, after an absence of about half an hour, brought in a verdict in favour of the plaintiff, and assessed damages at £100.
            The judge entered judgement accordingly.


A Woman’s Oath (17th Sept 1930)
But for the oath of a woman there would be no Sir Thomas Lipton today; for one of his ancestors stood in the dock in peril of his life, on the charge of abduction, and it might have ended his career at the end of a hangman’s rope.
            It was the year 1770 when all the male members of the Lipton family, from whom Sir Thomas is sprung, were charged with the abduction of Miss Betty Graham, a charming girl, who resided with her father at Kilmore, Scotstown, County Monaghan. George Nicholl, Miss Graham’s suitor, and his cousins (the Lipton boys – William, Robert and John), who resided near Clones, set out to carry off Miss Graham. Nicholl knew of a rival and, to forestall him, he entered the lady’s bedroom, while the Liptons kept watch, and by force carried her off, guarded by the Liptons, and brought her to the house of William Lipton, at Allygesh, Scotstown, County Monaghan. While they were celebrating the success of their venture, their rivals directed Miss Graham’s father to the whereabouts of his daughter. The result was that Nicholl and the Lipton were all placed under arrest.
            When they stood in the dock at Monaghan the Crown case fell to the ground when Miss Graham swore on her oath that she fled with Nicholl of her own free will and the accused were all released, thus cheating the hangman of a job; for hanging was the penalty in those days for abduction.


Border Band’s Instruments
Seizure in house of Parish Priest  (28th October 1930)

The British Customs authorities this morning seized a number of musical instruments in the house of the Parish Priest of Roslea, County Fermanagh.
            This action is a sequel to evidence given in a case at Monaghan on Saturday, in which it appeared that the members of the Smithborough Band had disagreed, and the instruments were taken to the Parish Priest’s house, the parish being in both the Free State and Northern Ireland.
            The trustees were sued for the return of the instruments and undertook to bring them back and pay the Free State Customs duty thereon.
            The Northern authorities now have the instruments, and they are demanding Customs Duty on them, and also a penalty for bringing them into Northern Ireland by an unapproved route.


Mr. H. W. Jackson, K. C. (31st December 1930)
We regret to announce the death, which took place on 28th instant at his residence, 44 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, of Mr. H. W. Jackson, K. C., youngest son of the late Mr. Henry Jackson, J. P., of Cara, Clones, Co. Monaghan. Mr. H. W. Jackson was well known, not only as a landlord, but as a member of the Bar. He was educated in Trinity College, Dublin, where he took his M. A. degree, and, having been called to the Bar in the Michaelmas Term of 1879, he practised for a considerable time on the North-East Circuit, holding the position of counsel to the Post Office and appearing in many important cases. He was called to the luner Bar on the 22nd April, 1899, and was a familiar figure in the courts in Dublin. Here he built up a substantial practice, and in 1918 he was appointed Master of the High Court by the then Lord Chancellor, the present Lord Glenavy, and held that position until his retirement in 1926. He was a keen sportsman and an enthusiastic cricketer, and played for the Gentlemen of Ireland. He was a frequent attender, even in his later years, at the Leopardstown races, and was fond of outdoor life. His son, Major Jackson, fought in the Great War, and his daughter, Miss Janet Jackson, is the well-known gold champion. Mr. Jackson was most popular with all who knew him, and his death will cause much sorrow. The funeral, which will be private, takes place this morning at Clogh, Roslea, Co. Fermanagh.


(25th June 1931)
Before Judge Green, at Fermanagh County Court yesterday, James Flynn, Rosslea, claimed £4,500 from the Ministry of Home Affairs as compensation for the commandeering in 1921 of his licensed and grocery premises by the Constabulary. The case had been adjourned from time to time, and a settlement was reached and made a rule of Court, with the request that the terms be not made public.


Customs Patrol’s Border Raid
Merchant’s stock of eggs seized (2nd August 1932)

While Mr. Alexander Magwood, an egg dealer, whose store is at the townland of Rellan, on the Fermanagh – Monaghan border, and within a mile of Rosslea, was attending to his business of purchasing eggs from his own customers, some members of the border patrol from Newtownbutler entered and seized all the eggs.
            Later, a messenger was dispatched to Newtownbutler for the Customs officer, who was soon on the scene, when the eggs were taken by lorry to Newtownbutler.
            Approximately 4,000 eggs were seized, and these are held pending the decision of the Customs authorities. The duty on eggs varies with the price, but it is usually in the region of 2d. a dozen.
            The border patrol, which is now actively engaged in checking efforts to bring goods over duty free, has a busy time owing to the number of non-approved routes frequently used.


Solicitor’s View (26th September 1932)
At Rosslea today, Alexander Magwood, Mullaghconnolly, and Joseph McAloon, Corragunt, both of whom have egg stores close to the border, were charged with harbouring, with intent to evade payment of Customs duties upon eggs imported from the Irish Free State.
            Major McGrath, D.S.Q. (solicitor for Magwood) made a preliminary objection, as he held that there was no charge to meet. Under the Act of 1876, it stated that the defendant must be charged with knowingly harbouring, and as this word was omitted from the summons, there was no charge. He also argued that the summons was not in the proper form. These cases, he said, were all the outcome of Mr. Thomas’s mid-summer madness.
            Mr. Winslow (acting Crown solicitor) replied that the summons was in proper form and that the word “knowingly” was unnecessary.
            After a long argument the magistrates retired, and after consultation the Chairman (Major Dickie, R.M.) stated that they held unanimously that the summons was in proper form, but were equally divided concerning the necessity of the word “knowingly” being in the summons. The cases would, therefore, be adjourned.


Fined for having Poteen (7th April 1937)
Joseph Edward Magunnes, of Lannet, Scotstown, Co. Monaghan, was at Brookeborough Petty Sessions yesterday, fined £10 for having two bottles of poteen in his pocket, and £2 for assaulting and obstructing the police.


(22nd July 1937) – Photo
A wedding group taken after the marriage at St. Matthew’s Church, Irishtown, yesterday, of Rev. C. Maurice Kerr, Smithboro’, Co. Monaghan, and Miss D. Horne, 106 Tritonville road, Sandymount. From left: Miss Amy Horne, Mr. W. T. Boyd (best man), groom and bride, Miss Vera Horne and Mr. E. W. Howe.


Fermanagh Men Charged (10th February 1938)
At Clones yesterday, James McNamee, Tontybaugh, Roslea and James McElroy, Ardramskee, Roslea, were each fined £6 when charged with being in possession of a quantity of poteen at a dance in Smithborough on February 7th. Similar charges against Patrick McNamee, Aughafin, Clones, and Francis Creaghan, Roslea, were dismissed.


Scenes at Wedding (2nd April 1938)
Disorderly scenes at a wedding party were described at Roslea Petty Sessions, yesterday, when Felix Connolly, farmer, Tonnaghboy, Roslea, was fined £10 for having poteen in his possession. Joseph Lynch, Tibberadogue; Patrick Cassidy, Greaghaneerin, and James Maguire, Dernacloy, were each fined £1 for assaulting and obstructing the police. The probation of Offenders Act was applied in a case against Connolly’s wife, who was also charged with obstructing the police. The defendants pleaded guilty, Sergeant C. Williams, R.U.C., Roslea, stated that at Connolly’s house, where wedding celebrations were in progress, there were about twenty-five people. Connolly’s wife had a large bottle in her hand filling glasses, and when witness reached for the bottle Mrs. Connolly put it inside her cardigan and refused to give it up. The whole wedding party surrounded witness and another constable, who were pushed through the front door. They collected the entire police party and returned to search the house. All the people in the house were drunk. A number of bottles, some containing poteen, where found.


Priest returns to China (12th July 1938)
On his return to resume missionary work in China after 12 months’ holiday at the home of his father, Mr. T. Toal, Chairman, Monaghan County Council, the Rev. Peter Toal was presented with a wallet and substantial cheque by the people of his native parish of Rosslea.


County Monaghan Scholarships (15th August 1938)
The result of the Secondary school scholarships examination held under the auspices of the County Council are as follows, in order of merit:- 1, Ellis McEntee, Drumgill, Threemilehouse; 2, Helen Margaret Murphy, Glasslough Street, Monaghan; 3, Mary T. Traynor, Fermanagh terrace, Clones; 4, Phyllis Owens, Hill Street, Monaghan; Patricia McLoughlin, Glasslough street, Monaghan. All are pupils of St. Louis’ Convent National School, Monaghan. Sixth place went to Mary P. Kiernan, Magheracloone, pupil of St. Louis’ N.S., Carrickmacross, and seventh to another pupil of St. Louis’ Convent, Monaghan; Eileen Grace McPhillips, Dublin street, Monaghan. Five scholarships in the rural districts were awarded to Bridget McKenna, Tamlet, Emyvale (Edenmore N.S.); Patrick Meehan, Smithboro’ (Gransha N.S.); Mary A. Skinnader, Davagh, Emyvale (Edenmore N.S.); Mary Agnes Clerkin, Letstown (Urbleshanny N.S.) and Bridget T. McKenna, Cornaugh, Ballybay (Corvoy N.S.)


Shop Burned (10th October 1938)
The contents of a grocer’s shop were destroyed when fire broke out at the residence of Thomas Andrews, Rathkeevan, Roslea, Co. Fermanagh. Through the efforts of civilians, the dwelling house was saved.


Farmer Fined (5th December 1938)
At Roslea Petty Sessions John Lynch, darmer, Drummerwinter, Roslea, County Fermanagh, was fined £25 when covicted of having a worm of a poteen still in his possession. Sergeant G. Hunter stated that the defendant told him he expected to have men employed cleaning a river on his farm, and, as it was a cold job, he intended to make a “wee” drop for them.


Three Generations (5th December 1938)
At Roslea Petty Sessions tributes were paid to Mr. Ernest Graydon, Clerk of the Petty Sessions, Roslea, by Major Dickie, R.M.; District Inspector G. P. Kerr and Mr. J. B. Murphy, solicitor. Mr. Graydon, now appointed C.P.S. in Lurgan, has been in Roslea for eleven years. His father held the position for thirty-five years, while his grandfather was clerk in Roslea for forty-four years, so that the position has been held in the family for ninety years.


Woman’s Application Rejected (19th August 1939)
Fermanagh School Post

Only the four Nationalist members present – Mrs. W. P. Maguire, Messrs. Owen Hanna, E. Gallagher and Charles McKeown – supported the application of Miss Mary E. Gunn, Kilnacran, for the post of school attendance officer for the Rosslea district, at Fermanagh Regional Education Committee on Friday. The Rosslea sub-committee had recommended Miss Gunn as being suitable for the position.
            Proposing Miss Gunn, Mr. Hanna said that she had been acting in this position for her father for four years, and he thought that was a very good recommendation.
Mr. McKeown seconded.
            Mr. J. Coffey moved the appointment of Mr. Thomas Johnston, Mount Derby, and said that he thought the Ministry would not sanction the selection of a woman for the post. Mr. W. A. Thornton, J.P., seconded.
            The Rev. J. Wisheart proposed, and Mr. W. J. Graham seconded, the appointment of Mr. William H. Doonan, Carneyholme.
            Johnston received eleven votes (all Unionist). Doonan two (Unionist) and Miss Gunn four (Nationalist).
            Johnston was accordingly appointed


Smuggled Cigarettes (18th October 1939)
At Newtownbutler Petty Sessions yesterday John Maguire, Lackey, Rosslea, was fined £7 when convicted of harbouring 280 cigarettes, stated to have been smuggled from Eire. Defendant pleaded guilty.


Prison for making poteen (21st December 1939)
At a special Court in Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh, yesterday, Charles Slowey, farmer, Lannagh, Rosslea, was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment when convicted of manufacturing poteen. John Connolly, farm labourer, Crockada, Rosslea, was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment when convicted on a similar charge. Evidence was given by the Rosslea police of finding the men attending a poteen still in a disused shed and to finding three quarts of poteen and a quantity of wash. Both men pleaded guilty.


Jail for making poteen (15th July 1940)
At a special court in Roslea on Saturday, Patrick McElroy, Corraghy, Roslea, was fined £5 for poteen-making in a bog at Corraghy. His son, Patrick Joseph McElroy, was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment on a similar charge, while another son, Ambrose McElroy, was given the benefit of the Probation of Offenders Act owing to his youth.


Appointment of Doctor (9th September 1940)
Lisnaskea Guardians appointed Dr. James Dolan, Newtownbutler, temporary dispensary doctor for Rosslea in room of Dr. Darcy.


Mr. Samuel Johnson Moorhead (28th March 1941)
The death occurred on Tuesday last of Mr. Samuel Johnson Moorhead, at his residence, 28 Mespil road, Dublin, aged eighty-eight. Mr. Moorhead was a son of the late Mr. Thomas Moorhead, Killykeeragh House, Smithborough, Monaghan. He had been manager of the Northern Bank in Balbriggan for forty years, and on his retirement in 1918 he came to reside in Dublin. He was a member of the Royal Dublin Society. He is survived by his son, Major Edward Moorhead, Royal Artillery, and his daughter, Mrs. Edith F. Lindsey.


Photo article (26th June 1941)
Miss Brownie Welsh, Carnowen, Smithborough, Monaghan and (left) Miss Mona Kelly of Newbliss, Belfast, graduates of Dublin University, at the recent graduation ceremony.


Had Gallons of Wash (8th January 1945)
John Flynn, Derrygelly, Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh, was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment when he pleaded guilty to having 20 gallons of wash in his possession for illicit distillation.


Fire Destroys Ancient School in Monaghan (17th December 1945)
An ancient school, which was, perhaps, the last remaining link with hedge schools in Ireland, was accidentally burned to the ground on Saturday. The school – a thatched building measuring 20ft. by nine, situated in the townland of Killykera, Smithboro’, Co. Monaghan – was maintained by a local committee of farmers of all denominations. The school manager is Mr. T. John Moorehead, a farmer, whose father was also manager. Up to the present the school was attended by 14 pupils, both Protestant and Catholic.


Fined for having poteen (5th January 1946)
John Cassidy, farmer, Greaghaverrin, Roslea, Co. Fermanagh, was fined £15, when he pleaded guilty to having a ten glass bottle of poteen in his possession.


Mr. Thomas Toal (28th January 1946)

The Most Rev. Dr. O’Callaghan, Bishop of Clogher, presided at the obsequies of ex-Senator Toal, in St. Mary’s Church, Magherarney, Smithboro’, Co. Monaghan, on Staturday. There was a very large attendance.
            The chief mourners were: The Very Rev. Bernard Toal, P.P.; The Very Rev. Peter Toal. Messrs. John Joseph, Francis and Patrick Toal (sons), Mrs. Monaghan and Mrs. Eardley (daughters), Mr. Hugh Monaghan and Dr. Eardley (sons-in-law).


House Burned (6th June 1949)
The thatched home of Mr. Edward Reilly, Bunlogher, Roslea, Co. Fermanagh, was completely destroyed by fire last Saturday night.


Car Strikes Tree (10th February 1950)
The wife of Major J. W. R. Madden, Hilton Park, Clones, her two children and a children’s nurse were injured when Major Madden’s car skidded on the slippery road near Smithboro’. All four were conveyed to Monaghan County Hospital, but after treatment they were discharged. The party were on their way to Belfast when the car skidded and struck a tree. The vehicle was wrecked. Mrs. Madden was the driver.


Oats used by police in counting hens (5th March 1951)
How members of the R.U.C. inspected about 30 farms, called the hens, and scattered handfuls of oats so that they could count the poultry, was related in a case at Roslea, Co. Fermanagh, Court when Customs proceedings for the forfeiture of 23,585 hens eggs and 484 duck eggs were brought against Patrick Flynn, merchant, Derryvollen, Roslea, as a result of seizures made in February and March of last year.
            After a hearing lasting two days, the magistrate, Major T. W. Dickie, adjourned his decision to next Court. For the defence it was stated that the eggs had been bought from registered customers.