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Clare Grand Jury

At one o'clock on Friday the twenty one gentlemen were sworn on the county Clare Grand Jury, for the Summer Assizes, before Francis MacNamara, Esq., High Sheriff, at the Court-house, Ennis, when they immediately proceeded to the consideration of fiscal business. Several other gentlemen were called, who did not appear, but Mr. Sampson, Clerk of the Crown, announced that the number of twenty-one was quite sufficient for legal purposes.

Immediately after re-swearing the county Clare Grand Jury, on Tuesday, for crown business, Baron Richards will receive the presentments; and Mr. Sergeant Greene will go into Nisi Prius cases. A case of slander is to be tried at Ennis, in which Mr. Edmond Kenny is plaintiff, and Mr. Fitzgibbon Lysaght, of Woodmount, is the defendant. Damages are laid at 5001, and the most eminent of the bar are engaged.

Calendar of prisoners in custody for trial at Ennis Summer Assizes -

  • Cow stealing, one;
  • Desertion of infants, two;
  • Highway robbery, one;
  • Robbery from house and person, eight;
  • Digging land maliciously, one;
  • Murder, two;
  • Pig stealing, one;
  • Rape, three;
  • Sheep stealing, four.
Total,- twenty-three.

(Above extracts from; Saunders's Newsletter, 28th June, 1839.)

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