Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

6 October, 1894  


The result of the prosecution at Lurgan Petty Sessions on Tuesday for the assault on Father M'Cartan, CC., shows (says the Belfast Weekly, August 25) how well the police did their work in bringing the guilty parties, whoever they were to justice. In fact it would seem now that the crowd that nearly killed Father M'Cartan was not hostile at all, but was quite friendly, and that Father M'Cartan was in snug hiding when lying in the corner of the yard kicked almost to death. The cases were all dismissed. Only one thing remained to complete the magisterial investigation. It should have been solemnly decided that no assault was committed on Father M'Cartan at alland that the blood on his face when he was rescued was some dirty water that had got there by some mischievous prank of its own. This prosecution has ended in a way that does little credit to the police.


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