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Cavan Observer July 5, 1862

Thomas M’GINNELL and two brothers named GALLIGAN were charged with having assaulted Pat. GAFFNEY, on Tuesday, the 10th of June. GAFFNEY’s informations stated that on the 10th of June he was in SHERIDAN’s public house in this town, and saw the prisoners disputing about drink with the servant girl; M’GINNELL was about to strike the girl for taking off his cap, and he interfered to protect her, upon which some angry words passed between himself and M’GINNELL; on his way home in the evening he was overtaken by the prisoners and some others near Lough Bray, and severely beaten by them; they struck him with sticks, knocked him down, kicked him, broke two of his teeth, and M’GINNELL struck him with a loaded butt. In his informations GAFFNEY fully identified the prisoners, but now he appeared to be troubled with a bad memory, and did all in his power to screen them from punishment by asserting that he could not identify them as his assailants. Vain were all attempts to induce him to give a direct answer to any question, and it was only under the threat of having his recognizance estreated he was induced to identify M’GINNELL. A young man named Patrick REILLY, summoned by the police, and who had witnessed the assault, fully identified M’GINNELL and one of the GALLIGANs; the other he was not sure of. Constable NOLAN, of Crosskeys, proved that he searched for the prisoners several times, but they evaded justice until lately…..The Court considered the charge proved against M’GINNELL and one of the GALLIGANs, and sentenced them to one month’s imprisonment, with hard labour. The other prisoner received the “benefit of the doubt,” and the Chairman rebuked GAFFNEY for his attempt to defeat the ends of justice. GAFFNEY had to pay for the stamps, and REILLY was allowed 3s expenses.

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Cavan Observer 1864

LOCAL NEWS

MANSLAUGHTER IN THE COUNTY CAVAN–It is our painful duty to detail another case in which ungovernable passion, prompting the use of a dreadful weapon, known as a “loaded butt” has eventuated in the taking of life. The facts and circumstances of the present case, as transpired at the coroner’s inquest, appear to be, that a man, named Matthew FARRELLY, who resided between Bailieborough and Shercock, was, on the evening of the 11th ult., drinking in the public-house of William SLOANE, at Shercock. Farrelly was in conversation with a girl, when two men, named Daniel MARRON and Owen M’KENNA entered the house. Some altercation took place between the parties, when Marron struck Farrelly with a stick loaded with lead, and knocked him down. Whilst on the ground, Marron and his companion, M’Kenna, beat their victim so as to render him insensible, and from the effects of which he remained unconscious up to the hour of his death, which took place on the 26th ult. The coroner’s jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against Marron and M’Kenna, and they were committed to the county gaol to abide their trial at the forthcoming assizes. Our local magistrates have had frequently to comment on the use of this dreadful weapon–a “loaded butt”; and not long since, Mr. Thompson remarked that he would rather defend himself from a loaded pistol than a “loaded butt.” It is time that the use of these deadly instruments should be put a stop to.

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