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IRISH AFFAIRS.

(PBR FBKSS ASSOCIATION.) Ldkpon, January 25 Further particulars are to band m respect to the scene which occurred at the trial of W. O'Brien at Carrick yesterday, which shew that O'Brien and his consel Healey were met at the railway station by great crowds of sympathisers, and that they attempted to pass the police lines and mingle with the crowd. In an attempt to prevent this they were illused by the police. Upon reaching the Court Healey complained that the police threatened to use bayonets. The Magistrate promised they should have an escort upon leaving the Courl. Healey then applied for summonses against Mr Balfour, Chief Secretary, and Lord Salisbury, to prove that the primrose League was addicted to boycottiog. The application was refused amid the laughter and cheers of the audience. The Magistrate thereupon ordered the Court to be cleared, but both O'Brien and Healey objected to the trial proceeding with closed dcors, and were proceeding to walk out of the Court. O'Brien was seized by the police, but slipped out of his coat, leaving that article of clothing m the sergeant's hands, and made off outside the Court. He was surrounded by thousands of sympathisers, who defied the police. Armed with a warrant, the latter vainly attempted to re-arrest the prisoner, and a riot ensued, the struggle between the police and O'Brien's party lasting several hours. During the mclh it is alleged that a policeman struck O'Bneo with a rifle. Many arrests jrere made but O'Biien has not been re-captured up to the present. The trial of T, L. Carey, member foi Kildare, was fixed to Jake place yesterday at Kilbridge, but the accused, who was called upon to answer the charge of inciting, did not appear, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. A train conveying Mertier, the magistrate, to Birr, King's County, where he was to open a Crimes Court, narrowly escaped being a wreck. Large stones were piled on the rails. Mr Wo. O'Brien, who escaped from custody while a charge was being heard against him, is still at large, but the Court has passed a sentence ot four months' imprisonment without hard labour. It is believed that yesterday's episode was pre-arranged. * Lokdok, JĀ»nui*y 26. , Father McCarthy has been sentenced to four months' imprisonment at Clonakilty for having advised tenants to avoid enemies of the church.

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IRISH AFFAIRS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2048, 28 January 1889

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IRISH AFFAIRS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2048, 28 January 1889

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