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!! Connaught Journal; November 29, 1824

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Monday, November 29, 1824 A PARRICIDE - A very horrible event has taken place at Tyrelly, a few miles from Downpatrick. The son
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      THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
      Galway, Monday, November 29, 1824

      A PARRICIDE - A very horrible event has taken place at Tyrelly, a few
      miles from Downpatrick. The son of a farmer named Magee, has been for years
      labouring under occasional fits of insanity, which returned so frequently
      and unexpectedly, that few persons would trust themselves alone with him. In
      the course of the last week, Magee and his son were employed in thatching a
      house; when as he has since confessed, he first felt a desire to murder his
      parent. He reflected seriously on the best method of effectually
      accomplishing his bloody and unnatural purpose. His first plan was to kill
      his father with a pitchfork; but he conceived that weapon might not be sure
      enough- this idea he gave up for the stabbing of him with a knife;- "but
      then," said he," that might glance off his ribs." He then "fortunately," as
      the sad maniac expresses himself, thought of a hatchet. Thus, bent on the
      parricidal work, he resolutely paused in his terrible purpose, till the
      family were seated at supper; when seizing unperceived the instrument of
      death, he glided rapidly behind his devoted parent, and with a single blow,
      swift and strong, cleft it upon his head! The poor man instantly expired and
      the dangerous lunatic was with difficulty secured; for he proposed following
      up the work of death, by also murdering his mother and uncle.- "Then," said
      he," my spirit would have been satisfied, for I should have had the walk to
      myself." He has been committed to gaol. An inquiry was held on the body and
      a verdict of "Murdered by a lunatic, " returned. It is impossible to
      contemplate this deed, but with feelings of fearfulness and dread. The
      aberrations of the mind are lamentable enough in themselves without their
      leading the arm of the child to take away the violence the life of a parent.
      How vain, how frail a creature is man!-- Northern Whig.




      MARRIED

      On Thursday, the 25th instant, at St. Mary's Church, Nottingham, George
      Staunton Lynch, Esq. to Sarah Jane, third daughter of T. Hardwick, Esq.
      On Monday, the 22d instant, by special license, at Dunamon Church,
      County Roscommon, by the Rev. Mr. Weldon, and immediately afterwards by the
      Rev. Mr. O'Connor, P.P., Richard O'Connor, Esq. of Marnell's Grove, third
      Son of Roderick O'Connor, Esq., Milltown to Miss Eliza Wilson of Black
      Garden, County Galway.



      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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