published Galway, Ireland
Thursday, July 24, 1823
[Extract of a Letter from Cork]
"Cork, Friday, Half-Past Four o'Clock, P.M.- I have just witnessed a most
affecting sight- nine persons sentenced to execution in the Co. Court, for
burning the Mills at Castletownroche. The men are of better description, and
heard their fate without a murmur. One of them, a most respectable looking man
(named SULLIVAN, I am informed) addressed the Court, and requested, inasmuch as
their characters had been heretofore good, it would grant them a long day in
order that they might prepare themselves for their dreadful fate.
"Judge BURTON, evidently overpowered, said as he should consider on it, and
grant such time as the law would allow under the circumstances.
"The prisoner said, thank you, my Lord, and bowed.
"The sentence was most impressively delivered, and while the Judge addressed the
prisoners, some of them wept in the dock.
"Quarter past five o'clock.- A troop of the mounted police have now arrived to
take them in charge to the county gaol.
"No hopes of mercy have been held out to them.
"The convicted prisoners are- the two HENNESSYs, SULLIVAN, LEAHY, MURPHY,
SHEEHAN, MAGNER, FLYN and FINN. The approver was DUNDEN, who swore to
eleven of them, FOULOO and BRIEN in addition to the others. Charles HENNESSY was
the prosecutor who swore to five of them. It was at Ballygoggin, in this county,
they burned two mills, a house, and a stable.
Cathy Joynt Labath
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