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Cavan Observer 1864


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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Published in Cavan, county Cavan

July 9, 1847


Owen COYLE, aged 52, was then indicted for “causing the death of Patrick DONNELLAN, on the night of the 7th of May at Blackhills, by a wound inflicted by the blow of a stick on the back of his head, of which he instantly died.”

Michael CLARKE was called for the defence–He said the prisoner at the bar went to him to the public works on the morning of the 8th of May, and told him that he caught a man from his place, naming deceased stealing his plants the night before; that he gave him a sore blow of a stick on the back of his head, and when he saw what he had done, he lifted him up and placed him sitting on the side of a potato ridge; he then went into the house for something, but on his return, deceased was gone.

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