Monaghan man guilty of shouting in Church

Published: 8 November 1913

Owen Clerkin of Edenbrone, Co. Monaghan, was fined 20 shillings, last week, for indecent behaviour.

Mr. Clerkin was charged by Constable Fitzmaurice at Ballybay Petty Sessions, who told the court that the defendant had shouted at a clergyman who was preaching in the Catholic Church during a Mission Service.

Constable Fitzmaurice told the court that he had had no option but to take Mr. Clerkin into custody. When asked by the Resident Magistrate, Major Bredin, what he had to say about his conduct, Mr. Clerkin replied: ‘I admit the offence. I was drunk and I am sorry.’

The defendant was offered a choice between a fine and 16 days in jail. He paid the fine.


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