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The Ahern Family - Newspaper Reports Before 1800

Mention of Aherns
in Newspaper Stories
Before 1800

Dublin, Jan. 2
Saturday last a Proclamation was issued by his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant and Council for proclaiming the following Persons, presented by the Grand Juries of several Counties, to be Tories, Robbers, and Rapparees [freebooting soldiers] out in arms and on their keeping, viz. [...] James Ahern the Younger, of Cashell, and Thomas Wall, late of Curragineen in the County of Tipperary; which said several Persons are required to surrender themselves to some one or more Justice or Justices of the Peace of the said Counties, on or before the 27th of March next, or to be convicted of High Treason and suffer accordingly.
Belfast News-Letter 5 January 1749
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GARDINER Nursery and Seed's-man, living above the Old-barracks in Cat-lane, Corke, [sic] sells all sorts of Fruit and Forest Trees, Flowering Shrubs and Ever-greens, Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Almonds, from one to three Years old, some formed to the walls; Pears, Plums, Cherries, fit for Walls or Standards; Pears upon the Quince stocks; Apples upon the right Dwarf and free stock; fit for Table-fruit, some of them in Flower Pots; a large collection of Apple Trees fit for Orcharding of different kinds; Oak, Ash, Sycamore, Poplar, Alder, Quick-beam, Horn-beam, Beech, Limes, Elms, Horse Chestnuts, Sweet Chestnuts, Wallnuts, [sic] all of different fixes and ages; Yews, Hollies, Fillereays, Laverstines, Arbutus, The Glossenberry Thorn, Guilder Rose, Buckhorn Mulberry Trees, Phirecantus, or Evergreen Thorn, Scotch Fir, Spruce Fir, Silver Fir, from one foot to five foot high, often transplanted; Crab and White-thorn Quicks; a large quantity of Gooseberry and Currant Trees of choice kinds; likewise he has all sorts of new Garden seeds, Early Peas and Beans, the large Dutch Asparagus Roots, the green Butterfly Asparagus Roots, from one to three Years old; Colly-flower Plants, Artychoak [sic] Plants and Cabbage Plants. All the above articles he is resolved to sell for ready money, as reasonable as any man in the city, and hopes to give entire satisfaction to such as may be pleased to favour him with their custom.
Corke Journal 1 January 1756
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Limerick, May 16. This morning was married Mr. Edmond Connelly, an eminent Carpenter of this Town, to Miss Molly Aherin, an agreeable young Lady, with a handsome Fortune.
Faulkner's Dublin Journal 17-20 May 1760
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Last week at Rathcoony Church (Corke) Mr. Hen. Davis, to Miss Davis of said city.
Mr. Francis Segerton of Corke, Merchant, to Miss [Maria] Aghern.
Faulkner's Dublin Journal 1 April 1761
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Corke, June 24
Sunday last prayers for rain were offered up in all our churches. Monday last, at 6 o'clock in the evening, ended the assizes at Waterford, for the trial of the Levellers or White Boys, when Darby Browne, Patrick Browne, Richard Power, David Ahearn, and Richard Healy, were found guilty of treason, in burning the house of John Fowlue, at Monebue; and are to be hanged and quartered on the 7th of July next. Maurice Keily, and Maurice Sheehy, were found guilty of Burglary, to be hanged on the 10th of July.

David Crowley, Laurence Dowhig, otherwise Drummer, John Hallaghan, Thomas Kiely, and Richard Ahern, were found guilty of Felony, in cutting down Doctor Kirby's trees in the night; each burned in the hand, and all to be imprisoned for eight months, except Hallaghan, who is to be imprisoned for six only.
Belfast News-Letter 2 July 1762
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Monday last, at Six o'Clock in the Evening, ended the Assizes of Waterford, for the Trial of the Levellers or White Boys ; when Darby Browne, Patrick Browne, Richard Power, David Ahearn, and Richard Healy, were found guilty of Treason, in burning the House of John Fowloe, at Monehue ; and are to be hanged and quartered on the 7th of July next.
Public Advertiser 7 July 1762
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Waterford, July 7
This day Darby Brown, Patrick Brown, David Ahearn, Richard Healy, and Richard Power, were hanged and quartered at the county gallows, for burning the house of Mr. John Fowl wc, at Monehue near Caperquin.
Belfast News-Letter 16 July 1762
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Waterford, July 7. This Day Darby Brown [aged 32 years], Patrick Brown [26], David Ahearn [25], Richard Healy [30], and Richard Power [29], were hanged and quartered at the County Gallows, for burning the house of Mr. John Fowloe, at Monehue, near Caperquin.
Public Advertiser 22 July 1762
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Whereas Margaret Ahern, otherwise Hanlon, wife of William Ahern of Crofters in the County of Corke [sic], hath elop'd from her said husband, this is therefore to caution all persons from crediting her on my account, as I will pay no debts contracted by her. Given under my hand this 9th of August 1762, WILLIAM AHERN
Corke Journal 19 August 1762
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Monday last, at Shandon Church, Mr. Jonathan Ahern, to Miss Rachel Teed of the North Abbey.
The Freeman's Journal 1 May 1764
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Captain Ahern to Miss Riordan dau of Capt. Riordan of the Sand Quay.
Hibernian Chronicle 18 October 1770
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COUNTRY NEWS — Cork, April 18
Last Thursday our assizes ended in this city, and the following is a more particular account than any hitherto published, of those who have been convicted. Daniel Ahern, otherwise Clancy, and Thomas Fitzmaurice, otherwise Mahony, otherwise Laveen, for robbing Peter Culbert, on board a ship at one of the quays, of 3l. 13s. 1d.h. to be executed on Saturday the 7th of May next.
Freeman's Journal 23-26 April 1774
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COUNTRY NEWS — Cork, May 9
Last Saturday David Ahern and Thomas Fitzgerald, alias Mahony, were executed at Gallows Green pursuant to their sentence for robbing Peter Culbert, mariner, of three guineas. — They declared their innocence to the last.
Freeman's Journal 12-14 May 1774
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Corke [sic], May 12
A correspondent writes us word, which he says may be depended on for fact : "That one Kenny, who was transported from the city goal, a few days ago, expressed great concern at the fate of Ahern and Fitzmaurice, who were hanged last Saturday, acknowledging, that he, in conjunction with one McKensey and Timothy Fahy, were the persons who perpertrated the crime for which they suffered death ; that McKensy and Fahy, soon after robbed the stables of Mr. Barry, in Cove-lane and carried off two horses ; Mr. Barry pursued them to Dublin, where they were taken, and that the dark lanthorn, pistols, and sword were then found with them, which were sworn to be in the possession of the deceased men." Ahern and Fitzmaurice not only solemnly denied their knowledge of the crime, but declared, at their dying moments, that they were in Mallow at the time it was sworn they committed the crime in Corke.
Belfast News-Letter 20-24 May 1774
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Clonmell March 4,
Last Monday was committed to jail by the worshipful John Luther Esq; James Cox, charged with the murder of James Ahern, in the county of Limerick. He was taken by the activity of Mathew Jacob, jun., Esq.
Limerick Chronicle 8 March 1779
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In the county court before the lord chief baron, James Cox was found guilty of shooting James Ahern at Kilfinanan and was sentenced to be executed Saturday next the 27th inst.
Limerick Chronicle 25 March 1779
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Last Saturday, Mr. George Barry, of Mallow-lane, to Miss Mary Ahern, near North-Gate.
Hibernian Chronicle 13 August 1781
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Thursday last Edward Mooney, Isaac Atkins, and Mary Madden, charged with different robberies, were committed to the New-prison, as were Patrick Hearn and John Kelly, for assaulting Justice Wilson.
Freeman's Journal 19-22 August 1786
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Extract of a Letter from Cork, Aug. 14
Yesterday two of those deluded people called Whiteboys were under the escort of a corporal and six privates of the 4th regiment, conducting to our county gaol, under the warrant of Augustus Warren, Esq; when the party was most violently attacked by above two thousand Whiteboys near the Ovens, and was obliged to fire on them; they bravey defended themselves, shot three of the delinquents dead, wounded seven, and safely lodged the prisoners in our gaols.
Freeman's Journal 19-22 August 1786
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Cork, August 21
On Sunday the 13th inst. as a corporal and six privates of the 4th regiment of foot, were escorting Darby Ahern and Cornelius Coughlan, to the gaol of this county, under the committal of Augustus Warren, Esq, on a charge of their being White Boys [secret society], they were surrounded near the Ovens, within six miles of this city, by many hundreds of peasantry from the neighbouring parishes. They attempted to rescue the prisoners, when the corporal of the party addressed the misguided multitude in a speech of near ten minutes, and which would reflect honour on one in a more elevated station in life—he with amazing ability and coolness expostulated on the dangerous tendency of the attempt—earnestly entreated them to desist, and that it was not his intention, or his wish to hurt one of them, and though many may escape, should they provoke him to extremities, yet the hand of justice would overtake them some time or other, and make them atone for so flagrant a violation of the laws. He also fully explained his duty as a commander of the escort and in the most pathetic manner painted the fatal consequences that must ensue if their perserverance laid him under the necessity to fire among them.

The situation of the corporal and his party at this moment, was truly alarming—crowds were before and behind him on the road, and the insides of the ditches were lined with people, armed with sticks and stones, who resolved to rescue the prisoners, not minding what was told them, they began the attack. The corporal immediately cut the strings of the prisoners small cloaths, and declared if they moved but as he did, they would be instantly shot, he then formed a circle, or hollow square with his six men round the prisoners, and kept up a continual fire of one shot at a time, moving on as well as his situation would permit him, and with great difficulty got to the house of Major Dumass, at Coolroe, about two miles from the place where the action commenced, and nearer Cork.

Unluckily the Major was from home, but Mrs. Dumass rendered the corporal and his party every assistance, by letting them into the house to defend themselves from the assailants, and kindly procured a trusty messenger to carry a note from the corporal to Mr. Hawkes, the neighbouring Justice, who instantly came, and by his spirited exertions, prevented any further attack, until a company of men marched from this city, who safely conducted the prisoners to gaol.

The number of killed and wounded are not yet particularly known; reports say nine killed, and thirty wounded, and we have great reason to believe it may be true, as there were seventy-two shots discharged, and the situation of the regulars obliged them to fire deliberatley and with effect. The manoeuvres of our gallant corporal is truly praise-worthy; we are happy to hear, that neither he or his little army suffered much in this affray, except a few contortions from some of the stones, but no way dangerous.
Belfast News-Letter 25-29 August 1786
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The Assignees of Maurice Ahern, a Bankrupt, will sell by public auction on the Exchange, at one o'clock, on Friday the ninth day of May next, said Bankrupt's Term and Interest in his dwelling House and Concerns in cove-lane, held by Lease from Mr. John Bradshaw for 990 years, from November 1782 at 68 [pounds], 5 [shillings] a year. Ahern paid a large Fine for these concerns, and by expending near 400 [pounds] on them, has rendered them remarkedly commodious for the Corn or Mercantile business.

Also said Ahern's Interest in a malt-house and premises in Blackpool, held by Lease under Mrs. Russell for thirty years, from March 1782 at 19 [pounds] a year. These are also very convenient for business, and a very large sum of money has been laid out on them. The Title, Deeds and every other information to be had from John Franklin at his Office on the Grand Parade. Conditions at time of sale. ap 24

The above sale is postponed until Tuesday the 20th May Instant. may 12
Cork Evening Post 15 May 1788
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   Cork, Aug. 11., Last week a Michael Ahern, who broke out of the jail of Kilkenny, charged with a rape, was apprehended in this city by Mr. Paterson, the deputy water bailiff; and yesterday he was transmitted hence under an escort of a serjeant's guard; but this morning we hear that he escaped from Rathcormack bridewell.
The Times of London 23 August 1788
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   Maurice Ahern, of Corbet-court, Greenchurch-street, merchant ; to surrender Feb. 26, March 9, and April 2, at ten, Guildhall, Attorney, Mr. Maddock, Carey-street, Chancery-lane. [See also 4 February 1792]
London Gazette 19 February 1791
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Yesterday at St. Nicholas Church, Mr. George Williams of Spring-hill, to Miss Margaret Ahern of Brook-lodge.
Cork Hibernian Chronicle 14 November 1791
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Coroner's Inquest
A letter from Bruff, co. Limerick, dated December 19, says, "Last Saturday a Coroner's inquest was held on the body of Patrick Brown, late of Ballydahin, who on the 22nd of last month, received several wounds and bruises on his head. A very respectable jury, after a minute investigation, unanimously brought in a verdict of Wilful Murder against Patrick, John, and Thomas Ahern, of Cammas, labourers; and John Ahern, of Ardanrech, farmer. This is the third murder which has been committed with impunity, within a few months, in this town and its neighborhood."
Belfast News-Letter 27-30 Dec. 1791
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To be granted on or before the 25th February.
   Maurice Ahern, of Corbet-court, Greenchurch-street, merchant. [A Maurice Ahern is listed as an Irish Provision Merchant at 69 Upper Thames St., London in 1796 and 1797]
London Gazette 4 February 1792
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WHEREAS one MAURICE AHERN, at Mr. Young's, Hair Dresser, in the Strand, on or about the 19th of July last, obtained of Mr. William Rogers, of Belvidere Place St. George's Fields, Southwark, his acceptance of five Bills of Exchange, of one hundred pounds each or thereabouts, payable at six, seven, eight or nine months, which the said Ahern hath since parted with to Mr. Robert Jaques, of No. 21, George-street, York-buildings, in the Strand. And the said Bills having been obtained of the said Mr. Rogers by imposition, and without a consideration ; and the said Mr. Jaques being well acquainted therewith ; and the said Maurice Ahern having in his possession two other Bills accepted by the said Mr. Rogers, one for 23l, and the other for 17l. 10s. obtained in manner aforesaid.
   Notice is hereby given to all persons not to discount, negociate, or receive the said Bills or Notes, or any of them in payment or otherwise, or in any manner to be concerned therein ; that a bill in Chancery will be filed withiut delay, to have the same delivered up to be cancelled as void for the reasons aforesaid. And in case of any attempt to discount or negociate the same, or any of them, notice is requested to be given to Mr. Bromley, Belvidere Place, aforesaid, Solicitor for the said Mr. Rogers.
   N. B. From the surprise on which the said Bills or Notes were obtained of Mr. Rogers, and the confusion he has ever since been in on account of the transaction, it may be that the above is not a precise description of all of them. But it appears certain that he hath not accepted, nor is there now against him in the world a Bill or Note but what has been obtained of him by said Ahern in manner aforesaid.
Morning Chronicle 15 August 1793
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Limerick, 16th: Died at Askeaton, in the 120th year of his age, Dr. Ahern.
Ennis Chronicle 17 October 1793
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BANKRUPTS to Surrender
M. Ahern, of Tooley-street, Southwark, cheesemonger, Jan. 7, 17, Feb. 14, at ten, Guildhall, London. Attorney, Mr. Field, Friday-street, Cheapside.
Lloyd's Evening Post 2 January 1797
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December 27, 1796, to June 24, 1797.
Ahern, Maurice, Tooley-street, Southwark, cheesemonger, Jan. 3 . . . 
London Review 1 June 1797
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Cork, April 19
John Ahern, Stephen Myles, Richard Moreen, and John Clancy, all from the neighbourhood of Cloyne, were on Tuesday covicted of conspiracy to murder a soldier of the county Limerick Militia. They were sentenced to be hanged on the 25th instant [of this month]. Yesterday Timothy Kavanagh was tried and found guilty of firing a shot at Mr Wm. Martin, of Sunville, a short time ago. He has not yet received sentence. Accounts pour in on us every hour, of the devastation of the Savages of the West. Our last contained an account of their attack on a house of Mr. Gillman's at Tonson's-Town, when they threatened another visit; accordingly, on the night of Sunday, the 15th instant, in prosecution of their system of annoyance of this Gentleman, they completed the entire demolition of the above mentioned house. It is hoped the exhibition of one of their Officers on the gallows of Dunmanway, on this day, will damp the ardor of these heroes. On the 16th, at night, they burnt three houses on the lands of Gurtnamuckla, near Dunmanway.
Belfast News-Letter 24 April 1798
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Cork, April 26.
Yesterday, John Ahern, Stephen Miles, Richard Moreen, and John Clancy, were executed at Gallows Green, pursuant to sentence passed on them last Assizes. They acknowledged the crime for which they suffered and the justice of their sentence. Timothy M'Carthy, who was executed last Thursday, near Dunmanway, made the following declaration :— "I acknowledge the justice of my sentence, and sincerely forgive my prosecutors, hoping that my untimely end will be anawful warning to all deluded and ill-disposed persons, and inspire them with horror for any infringement of the laws, whereby they expose themselves to shame and infamy in this life and to eternal punishment in the next." It is hoped that the melancholoy fate of those unfortunate men, cut off in the flower of their age, will produce the desired effect, and induce all persons to avoid bad company and those horrid combinations, which bring certain ruin on themselves and their families.
Belfast News-Letter 4 May 1798
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