False Reports

18th March 1867
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Newspaper Extract from the Evening Freemen 18 March 1867

Tulla Saturday -- The usual sitting of magistrates at petty sessions for this district was held on Thursday, Henry Spaight, Esq in the chair.  There were also on the bench, Major W Mills Molony, Captain John O'Callaghan, Maurice O'Connell, Francis Molony, Francis McNamara Westropp, and William O'Hara, R.M. Esqrs.  At the conclusion of the ordinary business, which was quite unimportant, a member of the bench directed attention to the grossly exaggerated and groundless statements which had appeared in the Irish Times relative to the Tulla district.  Their "own correspondent" had asserted that the police barrack of Tulla had been sacked and that the greatest anxiety prevailed, as they all know there was not the slightest foundation for such a statement.  The truth was there was not a part of this county in which such tranquility reigned as in Tulla--every resident proprietor was in his house and some ladies resident in that part of the county had but recently returned from England, having the greatest confidence in the good will and conduct of the inhabitants.  Several members of the bench concurred in the speaker's remarks, and it was felt that such calumnies on a rural population were most injurious to the character of the county.  After some consideration, it was resolved to direct their sessions clerk to communicate with the editor of the Irish Times and request him to contradict the false and injurious statement of his "Own Correspondent".  I may mention that such complaints have been very frequent of late, and little reliance is placed on any communication in the journal referred to.