HC Deb 25 March 1886 vol 303 c1792

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is a fact that on Thursday last two men proceeded from Killarney to Firies Chapel for the purpose of erecting there a new pew for the Curtin family, their previous one having been broken in pieces by a crowd of men and women on a former occasion; that they were seen by a large number of men who were engaged in tilling land belonging to the mother of the moonlighter whom Mr. Curtin shot; that they immediately turned on them, took the pew from them, and smashed it to atoms against the chapel railings, at the same time seriously assaulting the two men; and, whether any arrests have been made?


It appears that a carrier in charge of a new pew for the Curtin family was seriously assaulted, and that the pew was broken in pieces by a crowd of men, who had assembled for the purpose of tilling the farm mentioned in the Question. The police were not made aware of the intention to convey the pew to Firies on that day; but immediately on hearing of the affair they took the necessary steps and succeeded in arresting two men who have been fully identified for the assault on the carrier.