Teacher attacked by farmer’s wife

Published: 24 July 1913

At the Durrus Petty Sessions this week, the case against Bridget Daly, a farmer’s wife, was heard. It was told in court that Mrs Daly had, on the 16th May this year, attacked the local school teacher, Mrs Mary Ward, at the Kilcrohane Female National School. The attack began when Mrs Daly grabbed Mrs Ward’s hair, and then pulled her to the ground and began kicking her. The attack was so severe that Mrs Ward had to be treated for a broken rib and took a number of weeks off work.

Head Constable Looney of Bantry, who was prosecuting the case, argued that the incident was so serious that the court had to take action against Mrs Daly. However, solicitors acting for both women told the court that they had now ‘composed in a friendly manner their differences and disputes’. The magistrate decided that while Constable Looney was to be applauded in his desire to see the law applied, he did not believe the public interest would be served by prosecuting Mrs Daly, and the case was dropped.

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