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Limerick Widow Faces Charges of Cattle Mutilation

LIMERICK – In a peculiar case that has stirred up the tranquil landscapes of County Limerick, an elderly woman, Mary Walsh, finds herself entangled in legal woes after allegations of maliciously wounding a cow owned by James Moloney, a fellow farmer from Ulan near Askeaton. The incident, which occurred on the 5th of the month, has sent shockwaves through the local farming community.

At a special court session convened by Mr P. J. Kelly, S.M., District Inspector Meredith lodged a formal complaint against Mrs. Walsh, widow of a local farmer. The charge hinges on claims of unlawful and malicious conduct towards a bovine creature belonging to James Moloney, whose familial ties with the accused add a layer of complexity to the proceedings.

Constable Donoghue, positioned clandestinely within a barn on Moloney’s farm, provided damning testimony regarding the alleged mistreatment of the cow by Mrs. Walsh. The constable recounted witnessing the distressing scene, wherein the accused purportedly subjected the animal to undue harm. Upon her apprehension, Mrs. Walsh implored the constable to withhold disclosure, fearing disgrace.

Testimony from Catlin Moloney, alongside statements by James Moloney himself, shed further light on the fraught relationship dynamics within the household shared by the accused and the victim’s family. James Moloney revealed a distressing history of cattle fatalities on his property, dating back to 1914, with the most recent incident resulting in compensatory measures for malicious injury at a prior legal juncture.

Complicating matters, the accused’s inheritance under her late husband’s will adds a twist to the narrative. Endowed with a substantial sum of £150 and a provision for accommodation within James Moloney’s residence, Mrs. Walsh’s alleged behavioural aberrations, including instances of property damage during fits of anger, cast a shadow over her familial ties.

Forensic evidence detailing the extent of the injuries sustained by the unfortunate bovine is expected to play a pivotal role in the forthcoming trial. Mr J. R. Morass, solicitor, representing the accused, maintains a vigilant stance as Mrs. Walsh faces trial proceedings at the upcoming session.

Bail arrangements, set at £100 secured by the accused and two additional £50 securities, underscore the gravity of the accusations levelled against Mrs. Walsh. The community awaits the resolution of this enigmatic case, which not only speaks to the complexities of human-animal interactions but also delves into the intricacies of familial relationships and legal responsibilities in rural Ireland.

Evening Irish Times – Thursday 20 July 1916

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