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          The following is given as a correct statement of this disgraceful riot: -- On Sunday last a riot took place at Ballyvourney, to the west of Macroom, between two parties, the Lynches and the Twomeys, living in that neighbourhood, who, it appears, have been for several years hostile and unfriendly to each other: in consequence of which Sir Nicholas Colthurst directed his under agent to desire that they should not go to the same chapel on Sundays – that the Twomeys should attend the Western chapel, and the Lynches the Ballymakeery chapel: the Lynches not withstanding, refused to go to the chapel appointed for them; the Twomeys, however went away from the chapel; the Lynches said they would go too, left it, proceeded towards home. The Lynches party which consisted of about 100, or upwards, armed with guns, swords, scythes, pistols, and various kinds of weapons, remained about an hour and a half while mass was saying, and kept shouting out for the Twomeys: as soon as they saw them going away from the chapel, they followed, and surrounded them about a quarter of a mile from it, attacked them, and, in the course of the conflict, a man of the name of John Hegarty, of Twomeys party, received a cut of a scythe on the right side of his neck, under the jaw, which nearly severed his head from his body, besides several other wounds, which instantly caused his death. A man of the name of Cornelius Casey also received a blow on the head from a stick, which knocked him down, and had four of his fingers cut off, besides receiving several other wounds, from which he lies in a very dangerous state. An inquest was held on the body of the man who had been killed; and the jury found the verdict that the deceased, John Hegarty, came by his death in consequence of a blow received with a scythe on the right side of the neck under the ear and jaw, of which he instantly died—(Cork Paper)

The London Times 31st July 1816











The London Times 8th November 1847

The Cork Examiner has the following particulars of a murderous assault which threatens to terminate fatally for the unhappy victim: -

“Yesterday Mr. James Fitzpatrick, son to Mr. Fitzpatrick, merchant tailor, of this city, proceeded to the residence of Dr. Baldwin, justice of peace, Clogheena, situate about nine miles from Macroom, for the purpose of coming to some arrangement with his son, Mr. Herbert Baldwin, about an account which he owed for a long time to Mr. Fitzpatrick, for clothing; or, in case of failure, to serve a writ upon him for the amount – something over £30. Mr. Fitzpatrick, on arriving at the house, inquired of a woman servant whether Mr. Herbert Baldwin was at home, to which the servant replied that she did not know, but would go and see. After some time and delay, another servant came, and informed him that he was out shooting. Mr Fitzpatrick then tendered her an envelope, in which was enclosed the writ, which she refused to take, he left it on a table in the hall. He then mounted an outside car, which he had brought with him, and when about a mile and a quarter from the house, at the turn of the road, the  car was stopped by three men, two of whom were armed with bludgeons, the third having a whip in his hand. One of the fellows, without saying a word, immediately struck him a blow on the forehead with his bludgeon, which knocked him off the car; and, after repeated blows about the head from the three scoundrels, they precipitated him over a low wall into a field, and, as he was falling into it, one of them struck him such a blow that his skull was laid bare. They then retired for a few minutes, leaving Mr. Fitzpatrick, who was bleeding profusely, stretched on the field. The ruffians returned again and beat him severely about the body before they walked off. Mr. Fitzpatrick on partially recovering, proceeded to the car, and the driver having run off, he was himself, although faint from his wounds, obliged to drive to Macroom. But he had not proceeded far when a man, who was standing on a ditch, cried out, “Oh! It is not all over with you yet,” and in a short time subsequently he was attacked by a volley of stones, thrown from behind a turf riek, one of which struck him in the side, and hurt him so severely, that it is with difficulty he can breathe. He finally arrived in the town of Macroom, his garments actually drenched in his blood; and, after getting his head dressed by an assistant of Dr. McSwiney’s of that town, he was brought to his home last evening in a most exhausted state. Mr. Fitzpatrick says that he, can identify two of the savage ruffians, and that a few minutes before he was attacked he heard a shot fired from the house. He is now under medical treatment; ‘out, owing to the protection of his hat and some heavy coats which he had on at the time, together with the bleeding, it is the opinion of the doctor that he will, in case no inflammation should set in, in a short time be restored to health, and we hope will succeed in bringing the miscreants to justice.”





  The Cork Constitution gives the following account of the murder of a bailiff, named Drury, while engaged in the perilous task of distraining for rent. A very brief notice of this desperate case has already appeared in The Times; -

           On Thursday a man of the name of Drury, who was employed as deputy-collector of city and poorrates in the custom-house ward in this city, went on the lands of Kealfinchion, about three miles west of Macroom, to distrain tenants of the name of Browne for a large arrear of rent due the last two years to their landlord, Mr. John J. Perrier, of this city. It appears that for a length of time the Brownes had practised every species of annoyance towards their landlord, who had been indulgent to them, and no effort was made to distrain them until they peremptorily refused to surrender possession, though offered a clear receipt or any other terms that indifferent parties might recommend, unless they got a douceur of 50%. Every exortion on the part of the landlord to obtain an amicable arrangement having failed, Drury was sent from this city to distrain, and on Thursday morning he was met at a place called Gortroe by a party of 20 men, a number believed sufficient to prevent outrage. Drury and his men, having arrived at the lands, made a distress, some of which was placed on a car on which Drury sat. Being about to retire, a mob of between 200 and 800 came in view, and immediately made an attack on the bailiffs. One of the mob rushed at Drury with a pike, when Drury drew a pistol and presented it in his defence. This did not deter his assailant, who attempted to stab him, when Drury fired, and the ball passed through the fellow’s hat. Immediately Drury was knocked off the car, and a number of the ruffians beat in his skull. When the murderers fled Drury was removed into Browne’s house. News of the outrage having being forwarded to Macroom, Dr. McSwiney immediately proceeded to the lands and paid every attention to the unfortunate victim, who expired that evening. Several of Drury’s assistants were also beaten, three of whom are reported to have died of their wounds, but no accurate information has as yet been obtained. Drury was a man well known and respected in this city, having been for a number of years constable of the Douglas police station. He has left a young wife and infant child unprovided for.”_____( Cork Constitution)


The London Times 11 Dec 1849
















          A letter dated Macroom, Thursday (yesterday), says: -----

          “A brutal murder was perpetrated here last evening, The victim was a farmer, named Daniel Lynch, who lived about five miles from this town, where he rented a farm on the property of Mr. R. J. Rye, of Ryecourt. Yesterday morning he left home for the purpose of transacting some business in Macroom, and it is rumoured that parties in his neighbourhood were aware that money was due to him, and that he expected to receive payment. Not returning home at the hour expected, some uneasiness was felt as to his safety, but at 10 0’clock the sound of his horse and car approaching his residence dispelled the fears entertained by his family. The horse and car stopped on coming up to his door, but the feelings of his relatives may be imagined when, on approaching the car, they discovered that Lynch, though seated in it, was quite dead, his skull being fractured in five or six places, and his face so mangled that his features could scarcely be recognised. A portion of his clothes were absent, those that remained being saturated with blood. The body was still warm, and, apparently, the outrage must have been committed within half an hour of its discovery. The alarm was, of course, instantly spread through the district, and the police scoured the country in every direction. The clothes of the deceased were found in a ditch on the roadside between his own house and Macroom. I heard today that the coroner had been sent for to Cork, and that he may be expected this evening or to-morrow.


The London Times 20th November 1857