Michael's Lane, Dublin City. St Michael's lane close to Christ Church was a particularly poverty-stricken area, with three or four families to each house in the lane. The main profession (as seemingly evidenced by what we see hanging around -- other than the kids!) was that of "clothes fixer".: photo by Robert French, c. late 19th/early 20th c. (Lawrence Photograph Collection, National Library of Ireland)
MIDSUMMER SESSIONS -- Green-Street
The Recorder, with Aldermen Sir G. Whiteford and Morrison sat yesterday.
Michael Purcell, Samuel Walsh, Anne Walsh and Margaret Flanagan were indicted for assaulting John Bolton and stealing from his person several bank notes and sovereigns amounting in all to 54/.
John Bolton examined -- I am a pig-jobber. I met the prisoner Purcell in Michaels-lane, early on the 20th of June, in a house in which I was robbed of twelve shillings; I then put myself under his protection, and asked him where I could get a respectable lodging for the night; he induced me to go to Walsh's public-house in Exchequer-street, where I got a noggin of whiskey; on our way there I showed him all the money I had, and said I was very fortunate not to have lost it all where I lost the twelve shillings; I had 25l in notes and 29 sovereigns; it was in a back-room I got the whiskey, and Purcell and Anne Flanagan followed me there; Flanagan made several overtures of friendship to me, but I told her I would have nothing at all to do with her; I then gave Mrs. Walsh a half sovereign for whiskey, and she returned a bad one for it, which I swear, most positively was not the one I gave her (witness here produced the half sovereign). I got all my sovereigns weighed before I left England; but for the curiosity of the thing, I put it in my mouth and gave her a note. She kept the change so long as made me get into a passion, and say, that I would go away and come back again for it. When I was going off, Purcell caught hold of me, and knocked me down, and then I lost my money; Flanagan was present at the time, but I can't say she laid her hands in me; Mrs. Walsh saw the whole transaction, and Walsh himself was at the door, and let the others out so quietly as induced me to believe that he was concerned with them in robbing me; Purcell went out first and Flanagan stopped behind him for a few minutes.
A watchman proved that the pig-jobber called on him in Exchequer-street, and said he was robbed in Walsh's house; that Walsh followed him and charged Anne Flanagan, whom she took to Clarendon-street watch-house; that when she was being removed from that to Fleet-street, she said, "we have done a good job."
Another watchman corroborated the statement.
Several other witnesses were examined for the defence.
Purcell and Flanagan were found guilty of the stealing, and the Walsh's were acquitted.
The RECORDER. -- The sentence of the court is that you, Michael Purcell, be transported beyond the seas for seven years; and that you, Anne Flanagan, be imprisoned for twelve months and kept to hard labour.
-- Freeman's Journal, Thursday 22 June 1830
The Old Man of the Holy Well, Tobernalt holy well, near to Sligo, County Sligo. Some believe the name may mean "Well of the Insane" (Tobar na nGealt). (Cistercians used the nearby Cottage Island as an asylum for lepers and the insane in medieval times. These people would likely have rowed the short distance across the lake to visit the Holy Well in search of a cure.): photographer unknown, c. 1900-1939 (Eason Photograph Collection, National Library of Ireland)
To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,
And dupp'd the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1600-1601), Act IV, Scene V
A sad parade of old engines going to scrap, Mullingar, County Westmeath: photo by James O'Dea, 14 February 1963 (O'Dea Photographic Collection, National Library of Ireland)