News from Times Past with Brian Gabriel, Blarney & District Historical Society

Sale at Blarney under the Crimes Act

The Cork Examiner Tuesday April 1 1884. On Saturday there took place at Blarney the first sale under the Crimes Act which has been held in this part of the country. In the early part of last week, Sergeant Cavanagh seized a horse, the property of Mr. John Daly, of Glencaum, to meet a claim of 13s 11/4d in respect of a tax levied on the rate-payers of that district, to pay a sum awarded as compensation to Mr. Golden, of Donoughmore, under the Crimes Act. Messrs John O’Connor, John O’Brien T.C., and Robert Walsh attended the sale on behalf of the Cork National League. Sergeant Cavanagh was accompanied by a few policemen. The sale took place at the Blarney pound. Sergeant Cavanagh having read the warrant under which he seized the horse, announced that he was prepared to receive bids for the animal. Richard Long, car-driver, bid 1s. Mr. R. Walsh – Are there any Pound fees? Sergeant Cavanagh – There are not as the owner of the horse fed the animal while it was in the Pound. The amount I require is 13s. 11/4d. An Emergency man (from the Newcastle farm at Glencaum, which is derelict) now came forward and bid 15s. Mr. John Daly, the owner of the horse, protested against the animal being sold for less than its value, and more especially so as he had notified to the Sergeant, when making the seizure, that he could take a sheep or a cow, or any animal to satisfy the claim, but instead of that the Sergeant took his horse, and thus threw his work back. Sergeant Cavanagh – I am offered 15s. for the horse. Any other bid? Mr. O’Connor – Will you assure me that I will get the horse if I buy him, and that no further claim will be made upon me? Sergeant Cavanagh – Yes, I will give you the horse. Mr. O’Connor – Then I offer £5. Sergeant Cavanagh – But I only want 13s. 11/4d. (laughter). Mr. O’Connor – I have offered £5 for the horse. Sergeant Cavanagh – I don’t want so much. (re-newed laughter). Mr Daly again protested at his horse being sold below its value. The animal was worth £40 to him, and he would prosecute the Sergeant for over-seizure. There being no other bid, the horse was knocked down to Mr. John O’Connor for £5. Mr. O’Connor asked for a receipt, for the money, but the Sergeant refused, stating that Mr. O’Connor had the horse, and that was a good enough receipt. Mr. O’Connor said he wanted a legal assignment of some sort, as he did not know but that Mr. Daly, the owner, would take the horse from him. A policeman said Mr. O’Connor could make an information to that effect, and he would get police protection. Mr. O’Connor then got the horse. (Sergeant Cavanagh offered the difference between 13s. 11/4d. and £5 to Mr. Daly, the owner of the animal, but Mr. Daly refused to take it, repeating that he would bring the Sergeant into court for the over-seizure. Shortly after the sale had concluded, Rev. Fr. Kelleher, P.P. and one of his curates drove into Blarney and expressed their disappointment at being late for the proceedings. Further Seizures. On Saturday night Sergeant Cavanagh affected more seizures because of the refusal of the ratepayers to pay the tax. A heifer was seized belonging to Fr. Kelleher; also a heifer the property of Cornelius Lehane; one belonging to Denis O’Callaghan; another the property of James Walsh; and to cap the climax, three goats belonging to Daniel Creedon, one of the latter, we were told, being of a very ferocious disposition. The animals were taken to Blarney Pound where they will be sold today. The Cork Examiner Friday January 25th 1884 Found Dead on the Roadside Yesterday morning a respectable man named O’Keeffe was found dead on the road-side at Garrycloyne, some five or six miles from the city, in the direction of Blarney. O’Keeffe was a farmer, and was about seventy years old. About a fortnight ago he was going home from Cork, driving a horse, to which was attached a cart. The horse stopped to drink from a stream which ran at the side of the road, and in doing so the axel on the cart got entangled in the fence and, in the extrication of it, O’Keeffe was thrown from his seat and got his finger broken. He consulted a medical gentleman in Mallow, the result of which consultation was that he became an in-patient in the South Infirmary in this city and after a few days stay there the injured finger was amputated. He left the hospital on Wednesday against the wishes of the doctors and set out for home, which is stated to be fourteen miles away. He did so without calling upon any of the friends whom he used to visit when doing business in the city. He walked along until he reached Waterloo, and there he was seen by some persons who knew him, and who were rather surprised at his appearance. That was late in the evening. After that he was not seen until he was found dead yesterday morning by the roadside. The police have taken charge of the body, and an inquest will be held by Mr. James Byrne, Coroner. Cork Examiner Thursday October 12th 1899 Outrage on the Donoughmore Railway An outrage of a cowardly character was perpetrated some night in the end of last week on above railway. On one of the miles-men walking the line in the morning before the first train started for Cork, he discovered three large stones placed between the rails, each weighing about 50 lbs. It appears the stones had been placed there the previous evening and before the arrival of the 6.15 train from Cork. An examination of the engine disclosed the fact that the train passed over the obstruction without injury, though one of the wheels showed signs of having come into contact with the stones. The driver states he noticed nothing unusual at that particular place, which is only 300yards from Donoughmore station. This is the second attempt which has been made within twelve months to wreck the train on this railway, one of the mile posts having been torn up and placed across the track on the first attempt, but happily without injury. What makes the occurrences all the more regrettable is the fact that no one has been made amenable for these wicked outrages which have alarmed the people of this district and particularly those who travel over the line. The police in the locality have used every effort to bring the perpetrators to justice but apparently without avail as no arrest has been made. A meeting of the people of the district was held after Mass on Sunday for the purpose of condemning the outrage, and one and all promised to assist the constabulary in their efforts to bring the criminals to justice. The Rev. Fathers Griffin and Murphy condemned the outrage on Sunday in both churches of the parish in very forcible language. Blarney & District Historical Society wishes to announce the presentation of two events to take place during Heritage Week 23rd to 31st August. On Tuesday 26th, Mr. Tim O’Brien will present his paper on the history of the Muskerry Tram at 8 p.m. in Blarney Secondary School. This commemorates the closure of the line 80 years ago in 1934. On Thursday 28th, Mr. John Mulcahy will present A Walking Tour of Blarney Village. Assemble at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Square. Please note the Annual General Meeting takes place Thursday 11th September at 8 p.m. in Blarney Secondary School.