4 year old on trial for stealing turf
A feud between two families, the Egans and the Boyles from Shessnagh, Claremorris, came before the Claremorris Petty Sessions today. The charge brought against four year old Mary Boyle was the larceny of turf, ‘to wit, one sod’, which was all she was able to carry, and which the complainant, William Egan, found her sitting on. The defence argued that there could be no criminal intent given Mary’s age and the charge was dismissed. The magistrates did however warn the Boyles that they should keep their children in better order and not allow them to undertake actions that would infringe on their neighbours land or lives.