on view of the body of Patrick BRIDES 5 March 1877 in the parish
of Curren & Barony of Dartrey.
[There is no witness named
here- so it seems it may have been the Coroner himself – Robert
Hamilton REED] Was at Clones fair 29 March. I saw deceased in Scotshouse in Ellen
CLARKENS where I was invited by deceased to take a treat.
This was about 7:30 p.m. Stopped about ¼ hour. About
a neign of punch was drunk by us. Deceased. Pat
REILLY. Bridget CONOLLY & myself. Alick REILLY was there.
We left together as are route home was the same. I forgot
my hat in CLARKENS but did not miss it for some time and
when I did I asked REILLY if he had it. He replied no. We
had a scuffle on the road and I fell into the ditch. I was
Patrick REILLY. Deposed was a
nephew of deceased. I met him on his return from Clones fair
in Scothouse evening of 29 [retto?]. I and my Uncle
Tom SMITH & Bridget CONOLY were drinking Eleanor CLARKSON’s
public house. Remained better than ½ hour. I walked part
of the way home with my uncle. He had a horse with him. After
a little I got on and rode and then left him and rode onwords.
I saw a rowe on the road before me near MURPHY’s gate.
The people were standing in the crowd. I saw Tom SMITH. John
RUDDEN & I think Michael REILLY of [Clara?]. SMITH was getting
the worst of it and I went to assist him. I was struck myself
on the head and body several times by sticks and stones and I
don't know by whom. My uncle came up at this time. He was
knocked down. He was too far off to have been knocked down
by a stick and it must've been by a stone. During the time of
the fight I saw two women named MURPHY out on the road at the
entrance of their lane. They seem to be on for saving SMITH.
I helped the MURPHYs to carry my uncle into MURPHY’s house.
When leaving CLARKENs my uncle had no injuries what ever on him.
I remained in MURPHY’s till break of day when his wife
and I helped him home. At times he was not in his right mind
since receiving the injuries. He died between seven and eight
o'clock on yesterday morning.
Richard ATKINSON [or ATEENSON].
Deposed I was in Clones fair 29 ulte. My daughter
and the girl were in the cart with me. We made a short delay
in Scothouse and then left for home. I overtook deceased at Willie
CLARKs bray. He was standing on the road with Patrick REILLY
his nephew. Deceased walked about three perches with me in the
rear of the cart.
Then Patrick REILLY took the
horse and rode on. On this deceased ran after him. I heard no
noise on the road all the time. I followed on the road after
them. GRIFFITH’s daughter was with me and my daughter the
latter ran on before as and when I came up as far as MURPHY’s
lane I saw a man lying on the road and some people were standing
a little away from him. There was no person near him. I knew
not who they were that were on the road. Nor did I inquire. I
proceeded on home but heard Pat BRIDES was hurted on the road.
I overtook my Son with the cart about 4 perches above where I
saw the man lying on the road. When I overtook my Son with the
cart Johnny RUDDEN was with him. A little further Peter McDONALD & Michael
& McDONALDs were on road.
Fanny Anne STEENSON. Deposeth
was with her father in Clones fair 29 ulte . Coming
home stopped a short time in Scotshouse. We then started for
home. I was a short way behind our cart. My sister in lane and
Jane GRIFFITH were in the cart and my brother leading the horse.
From leaving Scothouse we met no one save Pat BRIDE who we overtook
at CLARKEs brae. Pat REILLY his nephew was with him. He got on
the mare and rode on. Deceased ran after him and I ran after
deceased. I met no one until I came up to the crowd on the road
opposite MURPHY’s gate. When passing them by I received
a stroke of something on the right side, but I don't know who
struck me. I know none other persons of the crowd. I saw RUDDEN
in our cart before I got home also Pat McDONALD within a short
piece of home.
Mary MURPHY. Deposed. Remember
last fair night of Clones I was preparing for bed when I heard
shouting on the road. After some time I and my sister went by
the lane leading to the road. Where I saw deceased lying on the
road near the gate piers. I saw no one near him, but heard people
walking on the road. Deceased was shortly after brought into
her house. He was cut on the face. He, Pat REILLY & Tom SMITH
stayed in our house all night.
Dr. Wm. O’REILLY.I saw
deceased last Saturday at two o'clock he was in bed with a poultice
to the side of his head and face. On removing it I found both
his eyelids black, coloured and swollen. A contused wound on
the right side of his upper lip, a small wound on the angle of
lips on the right side passing through the cheek and into the
mouth. He complained of great pain at the back of his neck. I
cupped him and took a considerable quality of blood from his
neck which appeared to give him release. I sent him medicine
calculated to keep down the inflammatory action of the brain.
On Sunday 1st instt I heard he was better
and felt he was easier. On Monday I had a message to say he was
much worse. I sent leeches to be applied to his head and saw
him the following morning supported by two men and endeavouring
to keep him in the house. I asked him did he feel pain and he
said he felt no pain as what I had done for him on Saturday had
given his head freely. He was picking at some little bug on his
fingers and twitching his fingers. His head was inclined favoured
his neck bent and his eyes staring and prominent. I cut the hair
off his head blistered his head
all at the back of his neck and behind his ears. The next I heard
of them was the 4 instt whenI heard he was dead.
I this day assisted at a post-mortem
examined on BRIDES body and found the brain congested. The spinal
marrow injured by a rupture of one of the lateral ligaments and
the muscles at the back of the neck congested. I am of opinion
he died from congestion of the brain. Rupture of the ligaments
consequent and upon injuries received which were the result of
direct violence; if he fell on the back of his head on some hard
substance it would cause the injuries resulting in death but
would not cause the wounds on his face.
Dr. Richard HENRY. I have made
a post-mortem examination of the body of Patk BRIDES
assisted by Dr. O”REILLY. Found the brain congested, the
spinal marrow injured and the ligament connecting the first and
second vertebrae ruptured. I found congestion of the muscles
at the back of the neck with some coagulated blood which must
have been the result of direct violence; I am of opinion that
he died of congestion of the brain consequent upon injuries he
received. I observe the wound on the face described by Dr. O’REILLY
I consider he must have received more than one blow.
Verdict. Patrick BRIDES came
to his death on the fourth day of April 1877 from the effect
of injuries inflicted on him on the public road on the night
of 29 March 1877 by some person or persons to the jury unknown.