County Down


Court Cases, news and information on Kilkeel and area, from 1830

Saturday 8th. 1797, Whereas we, Christopher Marmion and Hugh Cunigan both of Ballymagart in Mourne, stand charged with having maimed a mare, the property of David Sloan of Drumond, now we the said Christopher Marmion and David Sloan do hereby give notice that we have surrendered ourselves to the sherriff of the County, and are now in the custody of Downpatrick Goal, and mean to stand trial at the next assizes.

Friday July 9th 1830. Capture of a French Smuggler: On the 2nd inst. the Water Guard at Annalong, on the County of Down shore, observed a cutter of about four leagues from land.- About eleven o’clock, Captain Murrow, who commands at the station, thinking there was something suspicious in her standing “off and on,” ordered some of his party to launch the boat and give chase, which was immediately done; and the wind dying away enabled the Guard boat to near the prize. Several shots were fired from the Coast Guard to bring the cutter to, but without effect, the crew being then employed in throwing the cargo overboard. About 4p.m. the Coast Guard took possession of the smuggler, and then proceeded to pick up the bales that had been thrown into the sea, and which contained tobacco = 36 were collected. The cutter proved to be L’Aurore, from a small port near Brest, - burthen, thirty tons. Her crew consisted of five men and a boy, none of whom could speak English. When the Guard boat was within a mile of the cutter, a boat, which was in tow with the cutter, left her, and rowed for the shore.

Captain M. who observed this movement from the land, had his men ready to lay hold of the boat’s crew, who proved to be four men belonging to Kilkeel, and a Pilot from Dublin, whom the Captain said he had taken on board in Dublin bay. The Captain stated he was bound for the Faro Isles; but we think it is more probable that his cargo was intended for the County of Down. The vessel is now in our Canal, and her crew on board under the charge of the Water Guard and Police. The vessel and cargo are valued at £1000. – Newry Tel.

Saturday May 28th 1831, Suicide: A very melancholy case of suicide occurred on Monday se’nnight, at Kilkeel, county Down. Mr. Andrew Glover, at one time living in great respectability in that county, but latterly a sub-constable of police, shot himself with a pistol, in the barrack forage-room. It seems he had been much depressed in spirits, since November last, in consequence of some persons, whose names he mentioned, refusing to pay him100l., which he alleged they owed for smuggled goods. The history of this unfortunate man, is a melancholy one; and full of matter fit for deep refection. He was a noted smuggler, and having escaped the danger and desperate chances of that business, has now met a melancholy fate from his own hand? – Northern Whig.

Friday March 8th, 1833, Cholera in Kilkeel March 4: The number of cases from the commencement (little more than one week) are 37; deaths 25. All in the town of Kilkeel, and many new cases in the country.- Newry Examiner.

Friday August 2nd, 1833., Down Assizes: Margaret Plunkett, for stealing a shift, the property of Agnes McAdam, at Kilkeel, on 1st July last.- Guilty.

Friday December 20th, 1833., Consecration of the new Chapel: On Sunday last, the 15th inst. the Chapel of Kilkeel was consecrated by the Right Rev. Dr. Crolly, assisted by the Rev. Messrs. McGarry and Maguire, and attended by the Rev.Mr. Curoe, who officiated as his Chaplain. The Chapel, which is the largest and best in any of the country parts of this district, was crowded almost to suffocation. All the respectable Protestant and Presbyterian gentry of the surrounding country were present. The Sermon was preached bytheRev. J. Marmion, Curate of Dundalk. The effect produced by his truly eloquent discourse exceeds description.

1st April, 1834.To be let or sold: THE WHITE RIVER PAPER MILLS, Machinery, Dwelling-house, and Offices, with from 10 to 50 English Acres of excellent land. The Fall is about 20 feet, and can be encreased 6 to 7 feet; the supply of both River and Spring Water is pure and abundant, and well adapted for a Paper Manufactory, Bleach Green,  Spinning Mill, Brewery, Distillery, or for any purpose that Water Power can be applied to. These Mills are situated in the County Down, within a mile of the Post  Town of Kilkeel, about the same distance from the sea, within a short ride of the beautiful village of Rostrevor, and the centre of a quiet and populous part of the country. Applications to be made (if by letters, post paid) to the proprietor, Samuel Reid, Esq., Newry, or to Alex. MacDonell. Newry, April 1st, 1834.

Edward Armer, True paracide, The Sydney Gazette, Tuesday 30 January 1838, (From the Dublin Penny Journal )

More than a century ago, the father of Edward Armer resided in the Barony of Mourne, and was an extensive grazier; held a good farm, with a long lease, and a cheap rent, and was considered wealthy. His wife had been long dead, and his only child Edward was to be the inheritor of all his father's possessions. But Edwards conduct had often cost his father  many a sleepless night, and many a fruitless sigh ; for though he had been for some years  at the man's estate, yet his conduct was wild, and extravagant, and self-willed, and exhibited none of the steadiness of purpose, or integrity of principle, which was to be expected from his years. 

He had been often urged by his . father, to quit his wild way of life, and  to get married ; but he either returned no answer, or else a sullen and negative reply to all his entreaties. Yet he was not insensible to the charms of  beauty ; and though he gave his father no satisfaction on the subject, he had wooed and won the heart of one of the  fairest maids in a county famous for the beauty of its women.

When the County Down is mentioned for this quality, it is  not done unwarrantedly, or without due consideration ; it is done on the strength,  not only of personal experience, but on  the faith of an old distich, which puts "The County Fermanagh for men and horses, And the County Down for bonny lassies" in competition with any other counties in Ireland, in their respective excellencies.

 Mary O'Hagan, the daughter of a farmer, was the maid whose beauty had,  like the eyes of the rattle-snake, fascinated and tamed down the wild and roving heart of Edward Armer. He had  first seen her at a fair, where he had gone to buy cattle, and though it was at a considerable distance from his own neighbourhood he found no difficulty in introducing himself,  as, in the sphere of life in which he moved the cold and formal  etiquette of polished society was unknown.  From that period he had  visited her regularly and often, and soon gained the the love of her young and susceptible heart.

For though she had heard of his character yet his handsome manly form had made such an impression on her mind, as to its deformities. He was the Idol of her heart, she felt her fate bound In with his, and as they roved  together along the banks of the wild and  romantic Bann, her lips echoed the sentiments of her soul.

When the circumstance which forms the principal  feature of this story took place. Edward had had a long run of ill luck, and by this means had become very heavily in debt. to his gaming companions, he had, therefore nothing for it, but as usual to apply to his father, who   had hope of being able to wean him from his vices, never refused him; but " hope deferred maketh the heartsick;".

His father  not only lectured him severely on the mode of life he was pursuing and absolutely refused to supply to his extravagance any longer, Stung to the quick by this refusal, but also by his fathers attempt to control him, mad  passions rose in his soul, and he formed  the horrid resolution to take away his father's life, that he might thereby at once enjoy the property.

In pursuance of this impious plan, he went, a few evenings to his father, and with humbled  penitence, told him that he been considering what he had said to him; and that he acknowledged the justice of it; that he was determined to amend his life; and, as the first step towards the accomplishment of this end, he had come to get his consent to be married. He then told I him of his acquaintance with Mary, and that he had no doubt of getting her parents' consent to their union, and that, if he pleased, they would set out the next day  for that purpose to her father's house and at the same time he requested him not to mention it to any one, as he feared the ridicule of his former companions, and that, to lull suspicion, his father should  set off first, and that he himself would  follow some time after.

The old man was overjoyed to find such a change, he consented at once, and immediately went about  making preparations for that purpose. The next day, mounted on horseback they departed at different hours from that home where both were doomed never to return. Edward rode quick and soon overtook his victim, whom he purposely delayed on the road, until it began to draw towards the close of an October evening, that he might thereby have both time and place for the tragedy he was about to act.

Into the hole or gap already described, did the unfortunate Armer resolve on consigning the parent to whom he owed such a debt of gratitude and love. It has been stated, that he purposely delayed upon the road, contriving that it should be nightfall ere they reached the place which has been attempted to be described ; he also found means, as they neared the fatal spot, to raise his father's anger, so he gave him some  abusive language, upon which, stretching  across the horse, he seized the old man by the collar, and, throwing himself off, pulled him to the ground also, and began dragging him towards the mouth of the hole, which lies but a few paces from the road. At first, the old man did not perceive his intentions ; but as he approached the precipice, the dreadful conviction flashed upon him of the horrid death that awaited him stared him in the face. Despair seized upon him ; and, clasping the villain round the knees, he implored him, by the sacred name of God, by all the ties which he had broken, and by the  hopes of forgiveness from the Father of All, to spare a hoary head, which must soon, in the natural course of events, descend to the grave, without the assistance of violence,

But' no-the ruffian was inexorable ; his flinty heart was as proof against the tender appeal for mercy, although urged by the lips of a parent pleading for his own life ; and he continued dragging him towards the  mouth, of the pit, but the old man, perceiving there was. no hope from his pity, grew desperate, seized him by the limbs, and threw him down. Dreadful was then the struggle, despair giving the old man strength, the young one assisted by his evil passions, the ground beneath them giving evidence, of the struggle which was going on, being trampled and torn, and stained with the mingled blood of father and son, till at length the old mans strength failing, the other, by a sudden movement, got uppermost, and seizing him by the throat, beat his head several times violently against the ground, until he rendered him almost senseless ; he then trailed him forward to the brink, and endeavoured to push him over, but found himself fastened to him by a grip, the strength and tenacity of which can only be estimated.

It was al that held its possessor to life. After several vain attempts on the part of Edward to loosen the hold, he tore the piece madly away, and hurled his victim from the rock, until, in his descent, he heard him strike against the side of the precipice, then turned shuddering away: a wild shriek followed his striking the rock a heavy splash and then all was still. For a few minutes, a faint stupor came over the murderer ; a chilly sweat broke out on him ; he closed his eyes convulsively and covered them with his hand, as if to shut out the sight of his guilt ; but the " mind's eye" was still open, and when he awoke from his dream of forgetfulness, the scene which presented itself was not much calculated to soothe him. He was still sitting on the brink of the precipice ; the night was beginning to deepen around him, and gave a murkier hue to the already sombre mountains ; dark and ominous looking clouds scudded, fugitive like, along their tops ; the wind whistled, with a melancholy sound, through the long dry grass and heather by his side, and seemed to be availing for the deed that had been done ; the sea-bird, startled from its nest in the rocks by the old man's fall, flew hurriedly around, adding, by its wild cry, to the terror of the sconce. 

Large drops of rain began to fall at intervals, and one of which, falling on his face, awakened him from the lethargy into which he had fallen ; he looked around him, and listened, nothing was to be heard but the heavy roar of the sea, as it dashed against the rocks beneath : yet once he thought he heard a sound come out of the abyss by his side ; the very idea was enough to freeze his blood  to ice, so, darting forward, he laid hold of the horses, and throwing himself on one of them, galloped away whichever way they chose to carry him. Such is the story connected with " Armer's hole," the name which this place has ever since borne.

The sounds which he heard from beneath, and his fears attributed to something supernatural, arose from some fishermen who were waiting in their boat, under shelter of the rocks, for the signal to land goods from a smuggling vessel in the bay, and who left their hiding-place on hearing the shriek, and which being followed by the galloping of horses, convinced them that there had been some foul work a doing. They, therefore, immediately set about searching, and after some time, succeeded, with a boat-hook, in bringing up the body, which they had immediately conveyed onshore, and a party despatched in pursuit of the murderer.

He was traced, in the course of the next day, to a public-house in a distant part of the country, where he was found coolly enjoying himself, and was in the act of selling the horse from which  had borne his unfortunate parent. Upon seeing his pursuers, he attempted to escape by leaping through a window, but was prevented ; and, after very considerable resistance, during which, those who attempted his capture suffered severely, he was secured, and conveyed to Down jail. When there, he denied all knowledge of the deed, and became so outrageous, that it was found necessary to iron him ; but these he treated as if they had been ropes of straw, twisting them in pieces the moment they were put on ; and such was his strength, that the strongest irons in the jail were found in- sufficient to secure him. The jailor was therefore, under the necessity of having manacles of treble strength, and particular formation, forged especially for his use : these, which are still preserved, and which it is seldom found necessary to put in requisition, are shown to the stranger on visits to Down jail, as " Armer's bolts;" with these, therefore, he was secured until his trial, which came on shortly after ; and, though there was no direct evidence against him, yet the  cumstances were so strong that he was found guilty, and ordered for execution.

The sequel of the tale is soon told. Poor Mary, whose very existence was entwined with his, never smiled again : the story of his guilt struck with the effect of lightning upon her heart, and blighted the tender plant for ever. She visited him in the prison ; and he, in whom every other tender emotion seemed dead, or rather never to have existence ; he, to whose stony heart the tender voice of pity spoke in vain ; he, steeped as he was in infamy and guilt, whom even the grey hairs of a parent could not move to mercy yet even he was not proof against the force of powerful love.

The poor girl's altered appearance, and dejected look, struck him the moment she entered his cell ; and hiding his face with his hands, tears, scalding tears, the first he had shed since childhood, fell in torrents over his haggard cheeks, at beholding the ruin he had wrought upon one so lovely, and the only being' for whom he had ever felt the slightest affection.

She left him ; but she never returned to bless with her presence, that home she had hitherto made so happy ; her reason sunk under the weight  of misery which oppressed it ; and she wandered through the country, for a few months a broken hearted maniac until death relieved her from a miserable existence. In a short time after his condemnation, the unhappy man paid the debt due to the offended laws of his country and of humanity.

13 May 1843, Daily Southern Cross,   On the 11th instant, by Licence, by the Rev. J. F. Churton, Mr. Robert Bennett, of this town, to Jane, youngest daughter of Richard Clements, of Kilkeel, County Down, Ireland.
Friday March 16th, 1849, Hugh Roney, for absconding from the Kilkeel workhouse, with various articles of clothing, the property of the guardians. Pleaded guilty. Six months’ imprisonment and hard labour.

Friday December 14th, 1849. Dreadful Accident – Four Lives Lost: On Friday night last an awful accident occurred at Ballymartin, near Kilkeel, county Down. A poor man, his wife, and two children lived in a miserable hut near the sea shore. Friday night was an exceedingly tempestuous one, and shortly after the man and his family had gone to rest, all of them sleeping in one bed, the house, which was old and dilapidated, was blown down, and the whole four were killed. The next day their bodies were dug out from the ruins. The poor fellow was found in a sitting posture, with one of the children in his arms, as if he had been rising to make his escape. His wife had the other child. An inquest was held on the bodies, and a verdict in accordance with the facts returned.

Wednesday March 10th, 1852. George McSherry pleaded guilty of absconding from the Kilkeel workhouse, and taking with him clothes, the property of the guardians.

Wednesday 2 June, 1852The Maitland Mercury & Hunter RiverAdvertiser NSW, At Morpeth, May 26th, of erysipelas in the face, Mr. Andrew McIlwaine, youngest son of the late Rev. Mr. McIlwain, Presbyterian Minister at Killkeel, Mourne, County Down Down, Ireland, aged 32 ; much respected, and deeply loved.

Saturday April 30th. 1853, The daughter of Mr. McMurran age 14 of Ballinran, Kilkeel. has been shot dead by her brother age 12 years old, he was amusing himself with a gun, the girl received the contents of the gun in the abdomen and expired in great agony.

Monday September 12th, 1853, CHARGES OF AN ASSAULT BETWEEN A ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGYMAN AND A MILITARY OFFICER: The Belfast Banner of yesterday contains the following:- “On Tuesday last a case was heard at the Kilkeel petty sessions, before Messrs. Thomas G. Henry, James Coates, John S. Moore, Henry Senior, and John White, in which the principals were the Rev. Michael Callery, Roman Catholic curate of the parish, and Lieutenant Croft, of the 68th depot, at present stationed in Newry. The priest charged the lieutenant with having, at Greencastle fair, on 12th August last, assaulted him by calling him back as he was proceeding homewards on his horse, and then, having got him back, with having caught him by the coat, struck him a violent blow on the chin, knocked off his hat, and otherwise maltreated him. The lieutenant, on the other hand, charged the priest with having first assaulted him, by calling him a ruffian and a blackguard, and then with having struck him with a whip in the face. Mr. Rea, solicitor, Belfast, with Mr. Murphy, Newry, were engaged for the Rev. Mr. Callery; and Mr. Frazer, with Mr. Greer, appeared on the other side. The evidence, which was given in the case by the complainants themselves, a young woman named Catherine Evitt, with whom Lieutenant Croft was in company at the time of the assault, and James Cunningham, a tailor in the town, was so contradictory, that the magistrate agreed to take information on both sides, and send the case to the quarter sessions.”

Sunday Dec. 3rd. 1854, A large rick of flax, the property of J. McComb, of Moyad, was set on fire.

Tuesday, July 13th, 1858. No's. 33, 31, and 35, Barony of Mourne, to cut hills and fill hollows on the road from Kilkeel to Newcastle; cost, £299 17s This is the principal road in the Barony of Mourne, and the improvements proposed are very necessary. The works in progress throughout the county are, with some exceptions, proceeding satisfactorily. The roads are generally in good surface order, and I have endeavoured, as far as possible, to get the weeds cut from the sides and fences. Some inconvenience has arisen, owing to the surface of the roads having broken up during the dry weather, thereby causing rolling stones. This evil has been remedied in a great measure by the rain which has lately fallen, and the roads are now in fair order. I have the honour to remain, gentlemen, your most obedient servant, HENRY SMYTH. Co. Surveyor’s Office, Downpatrick, July 12th,1858.

Thursday, October 18th, 1860. Accident: A respectable man, named William Hanna, of Kilkeel, when stepping down from his cart, after returning from making sale of some barley in the Newry market on Thursday, fell forward on his shoulder and broke his collar-bone. His feet and legs had become benumbed from the piercing cold, to which alone the accident was attributable. Newry Telegraph.

Monday, September 16th, 1861. NEW FLAX MARKET FOR KILKEEL: The farmers and inhabitants in and about Kilkeel have long felt the necessity for the establishment of a commodious place for the sale of flax, and the disadvantage under which they laboured in not having a place where, on each market day, the buyer and seller could have resort for that purpose. On Monday the 23rd inst., and on every succeeding Monday during the season, a public market will be held for the sale of flax. The notice assures the public that “every facility and accommodation will be given,” and we have no doubt that many advantages will be experienced both by the seller and the buyer.

 9 March 1863, Daily Southern Cross,    On the 17th, At his residence, Glenfern Cottage, Maungakarammea, by the, Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of New , Zealand, William, eldest son of the late John Donaldson Esq. , of Milltown near Newry , to Mary, youngest daughter of the late John  Wright, Esq. of Kilkeel, County Down, Ireland

Wednesday, July 13th, 1864. ESTABLISHMENT OF A FISHERY STATION AT KILKEEL: On Wednesday last a large and influential meeting of the clergy, gentry, and inhabitants of Mourne was held in the Court-house, Kilkeel, for the purpose of considering the means to be adopted for the establishment of a fishery station at Kilkeel. The want of a station at this part of the county Down has been long felt. Kilkeel was at one time celebrated for its haddock fishing, but, owing to the danger attending this pursuit from the want of a harbour of refuge, it has greatly fallen off of late years. The place selected for the station by the committee who have taken up the matter is at the junction of the Kilkeel river with the sea, and if a harbour were made at this point it would facilitate the progress of boats going out to render assistance to vessels in distress or that have been stranded. At the present time there is no available place for keeping small fishing boats, and, from the inroads of the sea, they have often been washed away.

Wednesday, July13th, 1864. The meeting on Wednesday was attended by the principal gentleman of the town and neighbourhood – The Revs John F. Close, E O’Brien, Pratt, Alexander Dudgeon, James Keating, PP; Dr. Reid, Dr. Anderson; John S. Moore, Esq, JP, Shannon Grove; Major-General Chesney; Thomas G. Henry, Esq, JP, The Abbey; James Walsley, Esq, Ballykeel House; James Walmsley, Esq, The Green; John Moore, Esq, Moore Lodge; R R Thompson, Esq, &c. The chair was taken by Major-General Chesney, and resolutions were adopted to carry out the proposed scheme. Newry Telegraph.

Tuesday 4th October, 1864. Exposing for Sale Unsound Pork. - Thomas O'Hare was charged with exposing for sale unsound pork.  Mr. Arthur Gaffikin, inspector of provisions, said he found the prisoner offering for sale in the market a pig which was unsound and unfit for human food.  The pig was measled.  Captain Verner - Where does the prisoner come from?  Mr. McLean - From Kilkeel, below Newcastle.  The merchants used to buy these pigs, deducting 1s 6d or 80 per cent. off the price.  Mr. McLeod said that the Court was not disposed to deal heavily with the prisoner.  He was fined 20s and costs, or, in default, to be imprisoned 14 days - the pig to be destroyed.

Tuesday 23rd. July 1867, Births and Deaths for 1867, Bryansford, births 34, deaths 38, deaths above average. Kilkeel births 100, deaths 81, deaths far above average  owing to the inclemency of the weather.

Thursday, February 27th, 1868. ASSIZES NEWS. COMPENSATION FOR MALICIOUS INJURIES: Andrew McMurray claimed £61 14s as compensation for loss and damage sustained by the malicious burning of a steam scutch-mill and machinery thereof, his property, situated in the townland of Ballinran, parish of Kilkeel, Barony of Mourne. Mr. R. Brown appeared on behalf of the claimant, and Mr. E. Gardner opposed on behalf of a number of rate payers. The claim was allowed, the amount to be levied on the parish of Kilkeel.

Sat. March 6th.  1875, Burning, Alexander McDowell claimed for the malicious burning of a scutch mill his property in the townland of Ballymagart, in the parish of Kilkeel, the claim was disapproved of, at the sessions, there being no appearance in support of his claim, it was disallowed.

Thursday, June 24th, 1875. DISCOVERY OF SILVER, IRON, AND LEAD ORE NEAR KILKEEL, COUNTY DOWN: In the townland of Leitrim, near Kilkeel, a number of miners have been engaged for some time past sinking a shaft. A few days ago they happened to come on a strata of iron ore; sinking further, they came on another of lead; and a little deeper they discovered silver ore. Should the quantity of the several metals prove so abundant as to enable the workmen to carry on operations, it will prove a new source of wealth to the kingdom of Mourne. It is understood that to Lord Newry’s keen research and persevering industry the present discovery is mainly attributable. His lordship must be congratulated on the discovery, which, it is hoped, may prove so extensive and remuniterative as to sufficiently reward that nobleman for his energetic and philanthropic exertions in behalf of his tenants on his. Mourne estate.

Friday, November 24th, 1976. DISASTROUS FIRE AT KILKEEL PIER: A fire has taken place at the shipbuilding yard of Mr. Pointer, at Kilkeel Pier. At one o’clock on the morning of Wednesday some boatmen saw flames issuing from the engine house and workshops, and at once sent for Constable Moore and his men. The people of the neighbourhood were soon aroused, and all laboured strenuously to keep the fire from spreading to the other buildings, and to some new luggers ready for launching. The large fleet of fishing vessels at present laid up were also saved from destruction. It is believed that the loss will exceed £1,000. Great sympathy is felt for Mr. Pointer, as well as for the workmen, whose tool-chests were destroyed. Had it not been for the hearty efforts of the constabulary, fishermen, and others, the loss would have been far more serious, and property to the amount of £20,000 would have been destroyed by the devouring element.

Thursday, December 17th, 1876. KILKEEL PRESENTMENT SESSIONS: The presentment sessions for the Barony of Mourne were held at the Courthouse, Kilkeel, on Monday last, before Messrs. John Q. Henry, J.P.; James Walmsley, J.P.; James McIlwaine, J.P.; and John Moore, J.P. The county officials, Mr. Gordon, secretary of the Grand Jury; Mr. Murray, county surveyor, and Mr. Mitchell, assistant surveyor – were in attendance. The following were the associated cess-payers who answered to their names:- Messrs. Maxwell Atkinson, Robert Annett, James Morgan, Hugh O’Neill, and M. O’Hare. The first application on the sheet was for a sum, not exceeding £75, to make a new line of road from Cranfield to Lea, at Mr. Moore’s land in Cranfield – disapproved. No.9, to pin, point, and repair the abutments of Kilkeel  bridge, expence not to exceed £20 – approved. A man named Patrick Cunningham claimed £10 for loss and damage sustained by the malicious burning of a rick of hay and stack of straw, his property, in the townland of Ballykeel. Mr. J. Hunter Moore appeared for the applicant. The Court awarded the full amount. The remaining applications were unimportant. – Correspondent.

25 August 1877,  Otago Witness, On the 21st August, at Knox Church, Dunedin, by the Rev. D. M. Stuart, George Blackwood M'Kenzie, to Sarah Ann, daughter of Charles Annett, Esq., of Cranfield Point, County Down, Ireland.

Wednesday Jan. 24 1877, School Mistress wanted, (Protestant) for Ballyvea school, for particulars apply by letter to E. S. Chesney, Mourne Park, Newry

Tuesday February 27th 1877. The case of cannibalism - List of the crew of the Maria. - The following are the names of the crew of the Maria, of Belfast, whose sufferings and death were brought to light by the arrival of the sole survivor, James McLinden, at Liverpool:- John Grayson. master, of Belfast; Charles O'Neil, first mate, Newry; Robert Lewis, second mate and boatswain, Belfast; Jas. Mooney, steward, Dublin; Benjamin Campbell, A.B., Belfast; George Fox, A.B., Sunderland; John Williams, A.B., Amiwch?; John Ross, A.B., Russian; Stephen Saddler, A.B., Dublin; James McLinden, A.B., Kilkeel; A. Drury, ordinary seaman, Hartlepool; and one able seaman and two boys, whose names McLinden did not recollect.

Monday 5th. March 1877, Compensation, Application by Patrick Cunningham for the sum of £10, to compensate him for loss and damage sustained by the malicious burning of a rick of hay and a stack of straw, his property, in the townland of Ballykeel, in the parish of Kilkeel, compensation granted.

Thursday May 3rd. 1877 ,Serious assualt near Kilkeel, At the Kilkeel Petty Sessions on Tuesday, before Messrs. Moore and Walmasley, a man named James colgan, in well to do circumstances, was charged withhaving seriously assaulted and beaten a woman named Mary Colgan, the parties fell out it seems over a land dispute, Mr. Maginnes and Mr. Halpin of Newry who appeared for the complainant taking an action in the courts, this course was agreed to, the woman has been seriously injured and lies in a most precarious condition.

Thursday June 7th. 1877, Assault at Kilkeel, At the Kilkeel Petty Sessions on Tuesday a man named John Green was fined £2 and £1 costs, for having knocked down and kicked an old man named John McGlew, on the 13th. May last year.

Friday March 28th. 1878, Assault, At Kilkeel Petty sessions yesterday, three men named Daniel Cunningham, John Doran and William McDowell, were each fined £2 and ten shillings and costs for a violent assault on a man named Hugh McDowell, at Ballymartin, Kilkeel on the 5th. A named Peter Small was also fined £10, afterwards mitigated to £2 and ten shillings for having carried a gun without a licence at Kilkeel on Christmas day last.

Saturday January 18th, 1879., The stabbing case from Kilkeel.   Patrick Henry, of Kilkeel, stood indicted on three counts - namely, for cutting and wounding William McKibbin, at Kilkeel, on the 31st of October last; with assaulting Mrs McKibbin, occasioning her actual body harm; and further, with a common assault.  Mr. Johnson, S.C.S., prosecuted; and the prisoner was defended by Dr. McBlain, barrister-at-law (instructed by Mr. J. Hunter Moore).  The jury, after considerable deliberation, found the prisoner guilty and His Worship sentenced him to nine months imprisonment, with hard labour.

Thursday Jan. 30th. 1879, Police assault, Five men named, Pat Sloan, Hugh Sheals, Matthew Rooney, James O'Neill and John cunningham were charged with assaulting two sub constables at Kilkeel on New Years day. Sheals was also charged wit assaulting a man named William McMurray, who came to the assistance of the police, the police received much abuse on this occasion, and the accused were sent for trial at the assizes.

Tuesday March 18th, 1879. Assaulting the Police.    Four young men, named Patrick Sloan, James O'Neil, Mathew Rooney, and Hugh Sheals, were charged with assaulting the police in the execution of their duty at Kilkeel, on the 1st January, 1879.  Mr.Fitzgibbon, Q.C., and Dr. McBlain prosecuted, and Mr.Weir appeared for the prisoner.  Evidence having been heard, the jury returned a verdict of guilty against Sloan and Sheals, and not guilty against O'Neil and Rooney.  His Lordship sentenced them each to two months' imprisonment, with hard labour, O'Neil and Rooney being discharged.

      June 30th, 1879.ROUND THE MOURNE MOUNTAINS AND COUNTY DOWN COAST: Attractive one day tour. Norton & Co’s Tourist Long Cars from Newcastle to Warrenpoint, at 9a.m., on arrival of 7a.m. train from Belfast, and from Warrenpoint to Newcastle, on arrival of 7a.m. trains from Belfast – fare, 3s 6d. Belfast and Newcastle and Belfast and Warrenpoint issued at Great Northern and County Down Railway Stations – 1st class, 10s; 2nd class, 7s, available 7 days. Tour can be made in one. Newcastle to Rostrevor and back every week day, 5s. Cheap fares from Belfast and County Down Railway Stations. Time tables and all information post free from the Car Office, Kilkeel, where any number of seats in advance can be secured by letter or telegram.

Medical success, in which every poor suffering man, woman and child throughout the land is deeply interested – Colliss’ Voltaic Electric Plaster. They are without price, almost, since they cost but 25 cents. They cure every external pain and ache. Sandfords Jamaica Ginger for the Aged. Wholesale Agents – Clarke & McMullan, 40, 42, and 44, Victoria Street, Belfast, Ireland. Retail – Grattan & Co., Corn Market, Belfast.

Thursday, June 17th 1879. Bernard B. Murray, Esq. surveyor for the south division, submitted the following report:- “ My Lords and Gentlemen of the Grand Jury – No works of any importance have been presented at the May sessions, with the exception of No.243, Upper Iveagh (upper half), £1,600, to make a new road in Rostrevor on the line from Newry to Kilkeel. It is proposed to run the new road parallel to the tramway extention fron Rostrevor to the quay, as lately constructed, but outside of it, the tramway forming a raised footpath at the sea side of the road. This new road will be of considerable advantage to the traffic east of Rostrevor and to the Mourne district, as avoiding the two steep snaps or hills in Rostrevor,  which have been found very difficult to improve. The land has been given free of traverse.

Thursday, July 17th, 1879. The other presentments in schedule are for the usual surface and ordinary repairs, and amount to: For surface repairs, 8 months……….£11,647 17 0

For other repairs______£620 3 6
For new works_______£1,205 4 11

Total _____________£13,473 5 5

“The corresponding amount granted in last summer was £13,690. It is the intention of those interested in the Annalong and Kilkeel Harbours to make application for presentments to enable the extension of those harbours to be carried out – the first under the Board of Works, who grant a considerable sum in aid, and the second under county contract. I have to strongly recommend those works as much needed. All county work has been much delayed by the continuous rains, but the surface condition of the roads has been fairly kept up by the contractors, and very few complaints have reached me since last assizes.” Mr. Reilly asked Mr. Murray what the roads in the division cost per mile. Mr. Murray said the average cost per mile in his district was £13 10s. There were 1,294 miles presented, and the cost varied from £8 10s 8d in the Mourne district to £21 15s in Lower Iveagh (upper half). Mr. Smyth said that the cost of the roads near Belfast increased the average expense in the northern division. Mr. Reilly said the material in that division was also much more difficult to be obtained. Mr. Smyth said that the roads he referred to were also harder to keep up. After passing a large number of presentments, The Grand Jury adjourned at five o’clock till ten o’clock the following (Thursday) morning.

September 7, 1880 Local Acts. Commons. xli. An Act for the Abandonment of the Green-castle and Kilkeel Railway.

Friday November 4th, 1881. William Donnan pleaded guilty to a charge of having indecently assaulted a woman named Ellen Cassidy, at Kilkeel, on 2nd August last; and a second indictment charged him with a similar offence on the same day upon one Mary McKibbin.   Mr. B.N. Johnson prosecuted; and Mr. Moore, on the part of the accused, pleaded guilty, and stated that the prisoner had already been in gaol for three months, having failed to get bail.  The prisoner was put back.

Saturday May 12th, 1883., The Serious Assault on a Woman near Kilkeel., The man, James McCranney, who stands charged with having savagely assaulted his sister-in-law at Leeston, near Kilkeel, on Saturday last, was yesterday brought up in custody at the Kilkeel Police Barrack, before Messrs. Jas. Walmsley, J.P., and J.Q. Henry, J.P.  Dr. Wilson deposed that the woman was not yet out of danger.  The accused was sent forward for trial to the next Newry quarter sessions.

Saturday 3 March 1883,   South Australian Register   Francis Haugh; date of death, or when reported,December 14; age 19 years, 6ft, High, thin build, dark-brown .hair, dark complexion, scar on right side of head from kick of horse. Deceased was admitted into the Mount Gambler Hospital, December 2, suffering from typhoid  fever, and died on the 14th from cerebro-spinal meningitis. No inquest, Deceased arrived in the colony October 13 in emigrant ship Harbinger, and was working for Isaac Orr,  farmer. Mount Gambler, three weeks as a labourer. Has a father in Kilkeel, County Down, Ireland.

Monday Jan. 25th. 1886, Suicide, Mr. George Gordon of Kilkeel, a magistrate for County down, committed suicide on Saturday evening, by discharging a gun under his chin, the bullet passing up through his head and through the ceiling of the room, deceased was a large landed proprietor and merchant in Kilkeel.

Monday November 15th. 1886. Embezzlement, A respectable young man named John Rooney was put forward, charged at the suit of Inspector Millar with having embezzled the sum of £15 and sixteen shillings, the property of Dr. Gordon of Kilkeel, after hearing Dr. Gordons evidence, Mr. Gartland, Newry defending the accused ,said the defendants father would refund the money if the crown would withdraw the charge, but the latter was declined and the accused was sent for trial, at Newry quarter Sessions

 15 September 1887, Otago Daily Times ,  An English paper states that recently two men entered the house of a farmer named Suvage, residing in Townland, Moneydarrabeg, near Kilkeel, and found his wife and himself dead in bed, both having died evidently of starvation. When searched, £20 was found sewn in Savage's clothes. They resided alone.

02 August 1887,  KILKEEL PETTY SESSIONS—BERNARD M'CULLAGH.  MR. M'CARTAN (Down, S.      asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether his attention has been directed to a paragraph in The Belfast Northern Whig of 28th July, headed "Kilkeel Potty Sessions," and stating that "Bernard M'Cullagh was charged at the suit of the Earl of Kilmorey with trespassing, &c," and that he was fined £1 and 10s. costs; whether the Justices who presided were Mr. J. Q. Henry and Mr. Walmsley; whether Mr. Henry is the Earl of Kilmorey's land agent; whether it is in accordance with law or practice for an interested magistrate to occupy a seat on the Bench during the hearing of the case; and, whether he will again direct the attention of the Lord Chancellor to the use which the Earl of Kilmorey and his agent are making of the office of magistrate?


(who replied) said, that Mr. Henry did not preside or adjudicate in the case of Bernard M'Cullagh, who was charged with trespass at the Kilkeel Petty Sessions. On the case being called, Mr. Henry stated publicly in Court that he would not adjudicate in the case, and thereupon he moved away from the other magistrates on the Bench.


asked, whether it was not a fact that he actually did sit on the Bench during the hearing of the case; and whether Mr. Justice Crampton laid it down that, under the circumstances, although a person took no part in the proceedings, he was a party to the case?


said, he was not aware of that; but Mr. Henry stated that when the case came on for hearing he moved away from, the other magistrates.

Wednesday, December 12th, 1887. A New Railway Project For The County Down:- There is now a brilliant project of a portion of the County of Down, rich in agriculture and fisheries, being opened up by a new line of railway. It will be recollected that some time ago Messrs. Norton and Shaw obtained parliamentary powers to construct a narrow gauge line of railway between Greencastle, in the County of Down, and Kilkeel. Nothing further was done by Messrs. Norton and Shaw in the matter, but during the last few days we are glad to learn that the good-will and privileges held in the projected lines have been purchased by the London and North-Western Railway Company, and already steps are being taken to commence operations in the construction of the line. It is highly probable that once this enterprising railway company takes the matter in hand the line will be constructed to Newcastle, where a junction can be effected with the Belfast and County Down system, and over which the London and North-Western Company will obtain running powers. – Newry Telegraph.

March 29th 1888. Alleged Unlawful Wounding near Kilkeel,. - At the Kilkeel petty sessions, before Col. Evanson, R.M. 9 in the chair), and Messrs. J.Q. Henry, J.P.; J.Walmsley, J.P.; and J. Orr, J.P.; District-Inspector Miller charged  Edward Clarke with having wounded John Rodgers, at Moneydarragh, near Kilkeel, on the 15th inst.  Mt Hunter Moore, Newry, appeared for the defendant, and Mr. Alexander Gartlan, Newry, represented Rodgers.  John Rodgers deposed that on the morning of the 15th inst. there was a quarrel between Thomas Clarke and John Rodgers as to the right about seaweed, and Thomas Clarke attacked Rodgers with a grape, the prongs penetrating his clothes.  Both then commenced to fight, and blows having been exchanged they fell to the bottom of a bank.  The fight was renewed until they were separated.  Later on Edward Clarke and Charles Clarke appeared upon the scene, and the latter said if he had been about a different division would have been made of the seaweed.  Some words followed, and Rodgers and the two Clarkes stripped to fight.  Rodgers and Edward Clarke fought, and the latter knocked the former down several times, until he said he was beaten.  Rodgers then engaged in an altercation, and was about to fight with Charles Clarke when he felt a blow on the left temple which rendered him insensible.  Dr. Wilson deposed that he had examined Rodgers, and found him suffering from a wound over the left eyebrow.  The magistrates fined Clarke £5, or two months imprisonment with hard labour.

Monday Aug. 13th. 1888, Narrow Escape, from being alive at Kilkeel, a plumber named James Curran had a marvellous escape from a shocking death, it appears that the town pump got out of repair and Curran was engaged in mending the lead pipe at the bottom of the well, which was about 40 feet deep, a short time after Curran decended a stone fell from the side of the well, striking him on the head and being injured, he gave the signal to those on top of the well to hoist him up. Just as Curran had reached a few feet from the top, the sides of the well gave way and suddenly fell in filling up the well, it was a most miraculous escape, had there been the slightest hitch in the arrangements for hoisting Curran up, he would have met a sad death.

Sat. Oct. 27th. 1888, Jack the Ripper, A young lady named Milligan age 21 has died at Kilkeel, County Down, under the following circumstances, a fortnight ago miss Milligan was out walking with two lady visitors, and all three were startled by the appearance of a man who, personating the Whitechapel monster, brandished a knife exclaiming "Iam Jack the ripper", during the evening Miss Milligan became hysterical and the next day fever set in, which not withstanding the efforts of Dr. Wilson, terminated fatally, the police are looking for the man.

Friday 27 July 1888 The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW, If this should meet the eye of Edward Kenny of Mourne, County Down, he will see his cousin, T. Hughes, on board the Barque
"Alexander Newton" Jublee Dry dock, Balmain

 1 February 1889, New Zealand Tablet,  Down, — A valuable mineral lode, containing a large percentage of silver and lead, has just been discovered at Mourne Park, near Kilkeel. The lode appears to be a compound of probably lead, silver, and another substance. and is quite free from rock or earth. So important is the discovery looked upon that a number of men are already at work under the superintendence of an engineer.

Saturday 25th October, 1890. Supposed Discovery of a Petroleum Spring near Kilkeel,. - A few days ago the Kingdom of Mourne was agitated by the rumour that a petroleum spring had been discovered in the townland of Moneydarragh, near Kilkeel, on the farm of Mr. Henry McNeilly, who is over from America on a visit, has repeatedly declared that he had seen what his experience had led him to believe were indications of the presence of a petroleum spring.  Lately a quarry was opened, in which a quantity of water collected, and upon the surface of this a film of oily substance speedily formed.  This was skimmed off and about a pint of it has been bottled, and will be submitted to and analyst by Mr. J.Q. Henry, J.P. agent to the Earl of Kilmorey.  If the analyst's report should be favourable, it is expected that boring will be undertaken, with a view of ascertaining if petroleum in quantity is present in the strata underlying the Kingdom of Mourne.

21 February 1890,New Zealand Tablet,  Evictions in the County Down were witnessed last week on the estate of the Earl of Kilmorey, in the district of Mourne. The usual large display of the forces of the Crown was, however, on this occasion dispensed with, only five constables from the Rostrevor and Kilkeel Station, in charge of Sergeant Bannister, of the latter place, being present to carry out the execution of the law. They were aided by Robert McMullen, process-server, Kilkeel (who represented the Sheriff), and Richard Trimble, bailiff. In the case of the tenants named Quinn and O'Hare, against whom decrees had been obtained, the houses were found to be already unoccupied, the tenant having left them some time before. Possession was taken of the houses and farms in the usual formal manner on behalf of the landlord. Quinn's and O'Hara's farms are situated in the townlands of Attical and Tully frame respectively — a mountainous district of Mourne, and some five miles or so from the town of Kilkeel. The land in this locality is of very poor quality. In the case of Sarah Griffin, an old woman 60 or 70 years of age, who resides in the townland of Attical, and whose non-payment of and arrears of rent was the cause of the eviction, the tenant was at home, and protested strongly against being evicted. However, despite the remonstrance of the aged tenant, the work of eviction was speedily accomplished, and the poor old woman left without a shelter in the last and most trying stage of her existence.

Wednesday December 17th, 1890. AN HOTEL ON FIRE -  Leaps for Life. - An exciting scene was witnessed at Kilkeel, County Down, yesterday morning.  The Royal Hotel, which is kept by Mr. Annett, took fire at an early hour, and the flames speedily spread through the building, the inmates of which were all asleep.  When they were aroused, the means of escape from the upper rooms was cut off, and the proprietor, his wife, and the servants called for help from the windows.  A crowd soon collected, and Mr. Annett threw his son to some men below, who caught him safely.  Mr. Annett and his wife then leaped from the window, and reached the ground uninjured.  The servant girls were then seen at an upper window, from which they screamed frantically.  One of them jumped, and received such injuries that she is not expected to recover.  The other girl was rescued by means of a ladder.  The flames were not extinguished until much damage had been done.

Tuesday April 28th. 1891, At Kilkeel yesterday a coroner's jury returned the verdict of accidental death in the case of Hugh Edgar, who died from injuries received while working in a quarry.

Thursday June 18th, 1891., Late on last Tuesday night a shocking tragedy was committed in Kilkeel.  William Sloan, a painter, of Harbour Road, Kilkeel, entered his mother's house, Newcastle Street, and, observing his sister and her husband sitting in the parlour, they having just returned from their honeymoon, pointed a revolver at them and fired.  The shot struck his brother-in-law, named Annett, in the thigh.  Mrs Annett grappled with her brother, and during the struggle  the revolver was again discharged, but Mrs Annett escaped injury.  After a severe struggle the revolver was wrenched from him, and he walked away.  The police, on being communicated with, went to Sloan's house, which they found barricaded.  On forcing the door they discovered Sloan lying dead, he having shot himself through the head.  Annett's injuries are not dangerous.  There was no motive for the crime, and at the inquest last night a verdict was returned that the deceased committed the deed while temporarily insane.

Thursday July 30th, 1891., Alleged Stabbing Case at Kilkeel. -  At the Kilkeel petty sessions on Tuesday, before Colonel Carew, D.M., and Messrs. James Walmsley, J.P., John Orr, J.P., and Alexander Ford, J.P., a case was called in which a young man named Samuel Nicholson was charged with having, on the morning of the 14th July, stabbed Bernard Sloan, at Glenloughan, near Kilkeel.  Mr. E.H. Pearson, district-inspector R.I.C., prosecuted, and Mr. Hunter Moore was for the defence.  The deposition of the injured man disclosed that he and a companion had caught Nicholson, asked him to give them a drink, and had dragged him some distance against his will.  Nicholson, it was then alleged, stabbed Sloan on the arm.  In cross-examination by the accused, Sloan admitted that he had taken an iron bar out of the blacksmith's shop, but he had thrown it down when he was stabbed.  Mr. Moore suggested that as the parties had arrived at an amicable settlement, the Bench should permit the case to be withdrawn. Mr. Pearson objected, but the Bench refused information.

Tuesday 23 August 1892,The Brisbane Courier, CUNNINGHAM, Daniel, baker, a native of Kilkeel,  County Down, Ireland, left here about forty
years ago; last heard of at City Creek, Melbourne, twenty years since. Nephew James  inquires.

Thursday June 9th, 1892.The Seaweed case, Mr. Walker, Q.C. said his learned friend’s clients who were resisting the action were two persons who, not to say too much, were certainly not the most solvent of the nineteen defendants, and they had chosen to put Lord Kilmorey, who was now in court, to the enormous expence of proving his title from the patent of James1., and now that the title was ready to be conclusively established in one of the strongest and clearest cases that had ever been before him it was proposed by his learned friend to withdraw the defence. As all the plaintiffs; proofs were ready, and as the Crown was represented, he would, with the permission of the Court, prove once and for all the plaintiffs’ title to this belt of shore. The Vice-Chancellor said- Certainly, as the expense had been incurred, the proofs could now be put in. Mr. Quinn-Henry, the agent, was then examined by Mr. Craig. Q.C., as to the each and every of the townlands which formed the belt of shore, and as to the leases and old title deeds and regulations with respect to the seaweed and its division among the tenants, and the order giving the tenants the benefit of the seaweed. Numerous ancient documents, including the patent  of James 1. and all the Kilmorey title deeds to the property down to the present plaintiffs were produced and put in evidence. At the conclusion of the evidence Sergeant Jellet said the Attorney-General was satisfied and the plaintiffs were entitled to the shore, and that the Crown had no interest in it, and he had no objection to the decree being made. The Vice-Chancellor made a decree that the plaintiffs were entitled to the seashore between high and low water mark as prayed for in their statement of claim, and he granted an injunction against the defendants restraining them from trespassing upon the shore and cutting or taking any seaweed therefrom, and he also granted an injunction quieting the plaintiffs in possession of the continuous belt of those described and he gave judgement accordingly against the defendants with costs except as regards the Attorney-General. He asked what about the Attorney-General’s costs. Sergeant Jellet said he was entitled, according to the practices, to get costs from the plaintiffs, as the suit could not have been proceeded with without his being there. The Vice-Chancellor did not see why the plaintiffs ought to pay the Attorney-General’s costs in a case which it was perfectly clear that the Crown had no interest. He could understand costs being given up to a certain point, but when the case had became clear further expense should not have been incurred. The argument as to the Attorney-General’s right to costs should stand over.

Saturday 24th December, 1892. BURGLARY AT KILKEEL - Yesterday it appeared that a case of housebreaking took place in Kilkeel, when the premises of Mr. James Flanagan, grocer and spirit merchant, were entered, and a number of bottles of whisky stolen.  The first intimation that led to the discovery was the report to the police that a window in the post office had been broken by three fellows in the garb of soldiers.  On the police going to ascertain the facts, Sergeant Bennister, accompanied by Constables Sargin and Warrell, found three individuals in the street, behaving in a most disorderly fashion and assaulting passers-by in the street.  The report having reached the police barrack of the housebreaking case in Newcastle Street, the police officer immediately arrested the three fellows on suspicion.  The prisoners resisted the arrest as best they could, but after many unsuccessful attempts to get clear, they were lodged in safety.  Their names are Charles John Harold, a private of the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, at present on furough, and his brother Ernest, and James Rusk.  The sergeant and Constable Sargin then set off in order to make enquiries with regard to the robbery, and after ascertaining all particulars possible, they then set about finding out the whereabouts of the missing property.  From what information they could discover they immediately proceeded to the house of Daniel Harold, and found five pint bottles of whiskey concealed adjacent to the staircase, which bore same label and brand as the missing bottles.  The greatest credit is due to Sergeant Bennister and Constables Sargin and Warrell for the prompt manner in which they were able to deal with the case in such a short period of time.  The prisoners were brought before a magistrate, and remanded to the Kilkeel petty sessions on Tuesday next, the 27th inst. when they will be brought up on several charges.

Wed. April 13th. 1892, Malicious burning of a plantation, near Kilkeel. About 200 acres of plantation and mountain heather was burnt on Earl Kilmorey's property on the 9th. on the portion of the Mourne Mountains called Moyadd, another part of the mountain at Ballyvea was also maliciously burnt a week ago, a great deal of damage was done.



On behalf of the hon. Member for West Cavan, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the cases of William McCartan, an old man of 80, and Thomas and Henry Burden, two illiterate fishermen, from the barony of Mourne, who were arrested for taking seaweed below low water near Kilkeel, wading into the sea for the purpose, and who are now in Belfast Gaol, under an attachment issued by leave of the Vice-Chancellor for contempt of an order of the Chancery Division; whether the alleged rights of Lord Kilmorey and his licensees, under grant from the Crown, extend below low water; and whether having regard to the men's ignorance of the nature of proceedings in Chancery, and their inability to obtain legal aid, and to the rights of the Crown in the matter, he will order an inquiry to be made?


I understand that the landlord established in the Superior Courts, both in the interests of himself and his tenants, his absolute right to the seaweed along the Mourne shore. It appears that the three men referred to were, after repeated warnings, proceeded against and a writ of attachment for contempt of an order of the Superior Courts obtained. The matter is one in which the Executive Government has no power to interfere. Any representation on behalf of the men should be made to the committing Court.


So it seems that an ignorant old peasant of 80 is to be imprisoned for a long time for contempt of an order of the Court of Chancery in a very complicated matter! Would it not be possible to make any representations to secure his release?


That is a hardship which often occurs. But I imagine that any representation made should be made on behalf of the men themselves.

 MR. BYLES (York, W.R., Shipley)

As it is an offence to gather seaweed in Ireland, is it equally an offence in England?


What I understand to have happened is this. An order was made by the Court of Chancery in Ireland declaring the rights of certain persons, and these men were arrested for disobedience to that order. The imprisonment has not taken place under the ordinary law.


Is there any means of getting the men released until the Vice-Chancellor consents to let them out?


The powers of the Superior Court are unlimited.

 MR. CARSON (Dublin University)

Has any application been made to the Vice-Chancellor on any undertaking by the men that the offence shall not be repeated?


I have no information as to that.

16 March 1894,New Zealand Tablet , John McCartan, James Burns and Patrick Burns of Moneydarraghmore were arrested in Kilkeel by a posse of police last week and conveyed to gaol for contempt of court in having cut and carried away seaweed along the Mourne shore in violation of the decree of the Vice-Chancellor made last year, after a prolonged litigation of the tenants against awarding the seaweed to Earl Kilmorey. Dublin

Monday Aug. 27th, 1894, To let, September, semi detached villa to let, five bedrooms ,two sitting rooms, tennis court, bathing, in Kilkeel, £7, apply to ST 19527 News Letter.

Monday Oct. 1st. 1894, Irish Mystery, The County Down police have arrested a farmer named Sloane in connection with the mysterious death of a married woman named Mrs. Lynch, near Kilkeel on Friday night. Mrs Lynch had it appears, summoned the accused for threatening lanuage, returning from the court on Friday evening, she was overtaken by Sloane, who it was alleged, had a dispute on the roadside with her, and she was found dead shortly afterwards in her own house, Sloane has been remanded pending an inquest.

Saturday June 8th, 1895. INQUEST AT KILKEEL.: Yesterday Dr. Alexander Heron, J.P., coroner for the southern division of County Down, held an inquest on the body of a little boy named Thomas Phillips, son of respectable parents, residing in the townland of Ballkeel, near Kilkeel, who was accidentally drowned on the 6th inst. in a well. Mrs. Phillips, the mother of the child, deposed that after dinner the deceased went out, in company with another child, aged three years,  and that when she went to look for them she found the deceases drowned in a well four feet deep, which was situated in a field close to her home. The other child was trying to rescue his brother when she came upon the scene. There was no protection around the well. Dr. Gordon, Kilkeel, deposed that there were no marks of violence on the deceased’s body. The fingers of the right hand were clasped as if the boy was trying to save his life. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased was accidentally drowned at Ballykeel, and recommended that unprotected wells should have a suitable enclosure placed around them.

Saturday February 1st, 1896. Before the Lord Chancellor, (In Lunacy).   N. Cunningham, a Person of Unsound Mind.   This was an application on behalf of Bernard Cunningham, of Moyadd, Kilkeel, County Down, the father of the lunatic, that Mr. A.F. Baker, the general solicitor for minors and lunatics, who is at present the committee of the lunatics's estate, be discharged from that office, and that the father of the lunatic, who is also his heir-at-law, be appointed in his stead as committee of his son's estate.  The property to which the lunatic is entitled amounts to upwards of £3,000, producing a yearly income of £120.  Mr. Cusack (instructed by Mr. Fisher, of Newry) applied, on behalf of the father, and the general solicitor was represented by Mr. A.F. Baker.  The Court ordered that the applicant be appointed committee of his son's estate.

Monday 22nd. June 1896, Annie Grills v Daniel McConville, This was an ejectment for overholding for the possession of a house and garden in Greencastle street Kilkeel. Mr. Moore appeared for the plaintiff and Mr. williamson, barrister at law instructed by Mr. Hanratty defended, his honour dismissed the case without prejudice.

Saturday March 13th. 1897, False pretences, Annie Quinn pleaded guilty to obtaining some tea, sugar and other articles from Mr. John Orr. Kilkeel on the false pretence that the goods were for Mr. and Mrs Barklie, in whose employment she had previously been, his lordship allowed the prisoner out to come up with for judgment when called upon her finding one surety in £5, Mr Orr, the prosecutor, offered himself as surety, and the girl was released.

Thursday May 5th. 1898, John McCourt, inspector of the S.P.C.A. summoned Samuel McKee of Kilkeel for having cruelly treated two horses at Warrenpoint on the 16th.One horse had two sores on the back and the other horse was covered in sores, McKee was fined 17 shillings and six pence and costs, John Cull was fined 5 shillings and costs for a similar offence

Thursday Jan. 5th. 1899, Burglary, John Rooney who is slightly over sixteen years of age, was indicated for that he on the 23rd. December 1898, did feloniously break and enter the dwelling house of one Margaret Ann Hanlon, Kilkeel, and steal therefrom two purses, containing the sum of £2 one shilling and four pence, Mr Johnson prosecuted, and the prisoner was not professionally represented, the prisoner pleaded guilty to the charge, and admitted having been convicted of a felony at Kilkeel Petty Sessions on the 26th. Oct. 1897, he was sent to jail for six months.

Thursday July 13th. 1899, Assault, James O'Donohue, a stoutly built young fellow attired as a sailor, answered an indictment charging him with assaulting James Small, Newry street kilkeel and stealing one shilling from him, the jury found him not guilty, and he was discharged.

Sunday May 6th. 1900, Death, While cycling from Killowen to Kilkeel, Mr. Edward Morgan, of the Royal Navy, was thrown to the ground, he substained such injuries to his head that he died in a few hours.

Thursday Aug. 30th. 1900, Felix Cunningham, Kilkeel was charged with being drunk and disorderly on the public street in Kilkeel on the 10th. and the 11th, complainants were constables Warrell and Howard, the defendant was ordered to be incarcerated for one calendar month in each case, the sentence in the second case to take effect at the end of the first months sentence completion.

Peter Treanor, Attical, was summoned for having kept intoxicating liquor for sale without a license, Treanor was fined 40 shillings and costs, the liquor to be forfeited and sent to the workhouse.

Monday 31st. December 1900, Application for compensation for criminal injuries, Robert Forsythe of Ballinran, Kilkeel, complained of the wantonly or maliciously setting fire to and burning and destroying two scutch mills, buildings and machinery, on the night of the 15th. and the morning of the 16th. October 1900. Forsythe was claiming £500 compensation. James Baird also of Ballinran was claiming compensation for the   wantonly or maliciously setting fire to and burning and destroying a quanity of flax raw and scutched, on the night of the 15th. and the morning of the 16th. October 1900. James Baird was claiming compensation of £50.

.Tuesday 15 October 1929,Western Argus (Kalgoorlie, Mr. Thomas Sloan, Oklahoma's oldest resident, died not long ago, aged 116 years. Formerly a cobbler, he made boots for President Lincoln. He was born, at
Shore, County Down, Ireland, on Christmas Day, 1812, and he went to the United States with his parents In a sailing' vessel in 1826. He had been twice married, and was a non-smoker and teetotaller.

Wednesday,3 June, 1936, The Mercury
Long lived women, Mrs. Catherine Cunningham, of Kilkeel, County Down, was 104, active to the last, with a vivid memory of almost a Century, especially recalling the hard- ships of the famine and the "hungry forties."

July 23 1936, Irish Press, R. M. pays rates for aged woman. A woman of 74 pleaded at Kilkeel Court that she was unable to pay arrears of 7 shillings and 4 pence rates to the County Down Council, Major McCallum, R. M. told her that was all right and at the conclusion of the court, he himself paid the arrears together with the costs. The woman was Mrs Ann Kenny of Moneydarraghbeg, who stated that she had to pay one and sixpence rent per week out of a pension of six shillings.

Thursday 27 April 1939, The Courier-Mail (Brisbane,  Sergeant Gilbert McClymont Beck, one of the best known members of the Queensland Police Force, died in St. Martin's Hospital on Anzac day age 53 years. Possessor of an exceptionally fine physique, Sergeant Beck was drill in instructor at Petrie Terrace training depot, where he had been stationed for the last five years. He was the first man to train dogs for police work in Queensland, and he held a police medal  awarded for courageous conduct in the execution of duty. Sergeant Beck was born at Kilkeel, County Down, Ireland. At 18 years of age he joined the Royal Field Artillery Regiment,

 With which he served for three years. He was then appointed a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary, officiating ? as ju-jitsu instructor.' and after four , years of service decided to come to Australia in 1911, and a year later he became a member of  the Queensland Police Force. As an Imperial reservist, he was called up at the outbreak of the Great War, and saw service in Gallipoli, France, and Italy. Sent later to Salonica he contracted malaria, which affected his health in later years. He underwent an operation six months ago. His funeral yesterday was largely attended. Inspector A. A. Bock rep resented the Commissioner of Police, and other officers present were Inspector C. Watson, Inspector F. M. O'Driscoll, Inspector C. Perrin, In spector F. B. Kearney (Ipswich), Sub Inspector J, A. D. Bookless, Senior Sergeant C. Price, and representatives from the Criminal Investigation Branch, Water Police, traffic office. Petrie Terrace depot, and South Coast districts. . Sergeant Beck Is survived by his widow and a son.

Kilkeel War Heroes

The President of the United States in the name of the Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor To: Thompson, Joseph H.

Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army, 110th Infantry, 28th Division. Place and date: Near Apremont, France, 1 October 1918. Entered service at: Beaver Falls, Pa. Born: 26 September 1871, Kilkeel, County Down, Ireland. G.O. No.: 21, W.D., 1925. Citation: Counterattacked by 2 regiments of the enemy, Maj. Thompson encouraged his battalion in the front line of constantly braving the hazardous fire of machineguns and artillery. His courage was mainly responsible for the heavy repulse of the enemy. Later in the action, when the advance of his assaulting companies was held up by fire from a hostile machinegun nest and all but 1 of the 6 assaulting tanks were disabled, Maj. Thompson, with great gallantry and coolness, rushed forward on foot 3 separate times in advance of the assaulting line, under heavy machinegun and antitank-gun fire, and led the 1 remaining tank to within a few yards of the enemy machinegun nest, which succeeded in reducing it, thereby making it possible for the infantry to advance.

Private Scott, later Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant, joined the Manchester Regiment in 1895 and saw action in the Boer War at Ladysmith. On 5 January 1900 he was one of 16 soldiers who took up defensive positions at Caesar's Camp. Private Scott and one other survivor held off the enemy for 15 hours and both were awarded VC's for their actions.

Company Sergeant Major Hannah, later Lieutenant, was a member of the 29th Vancouver Battalion. In 1917, during an attack at Lens, France, Hannah took charge after his officers were killed or injured and led a successful attack on a German machine gun position. For his tremendous bravery Hannah was awarded a VC. He returned to Kilkeel on March 2 1918 to a heroes welcome.

Kilkeel, 14,806 Kilkeel, 14,806 Kilkeel, 14,806
Rev. George Nesbitt Alexander Chesney, Esq John Moore, Esq. M. P.
None I cannot say their numbers, formerly money was laid on at the vestry to assist in their support, lately that has been refused, and they are now supported by their mothers. They are none.
None I do not know their number but there must be many. None.
From 40 to 50 supported by charity. By charity and begging. 40 to 50 they are supported by voluntary contributions.
From 60 to 80 supported by charity. I do not know their number supported by either their friends or begging There are about 60 to 80 who are supported by charity.
About 100, some go to England and some to Scotland. Many labourers go to England for employment for a few months and return, I could not state their number. About 50, one half go to England and the other half to Scotland.
Some married, some not, and if married their families and wives endeavour to live by spinning and begging. Some of them are married, they support themselves by spinning or begging, or with money sent to them by their husbands. Few of them are married, if so their wives live by spinning.
Above 100, alms generally given in provisions I do not know their number exactly but I suppose there may be on average six in each town land, about 250.charities given in money and provisions. About 100 alms are given in provisions and clothing.
--------------------------------------- Many let lodgings to strolling beggars, usually from 2 pence to 4 pence per week, they do not charge for one night. Most of the cabins will lodge a beggar, and a few potatoes, or a little firing is the charge.
Not any None that i know of. None.

Kilkeel £10 County Electors, 1832/1840