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!! Connaught Journal; Apr 1, 1824 "Bridgeman Execution"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Thursday, April 1, 1824 PROVINCIAL INTELLIGENCE EXECUTION At two o clock on Monday last, James Bridgeman underwent the awful
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      THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
      Galway, Thursday, April 1, 1824

      PROVINCIAL INTELLIGENCE
      EXECUTION
      At two o'clock on Monday last, James Bridgeman underwent the awful sentence
      of the law at the drop in the front of the County Gaol, Limerick, for barbarous
      assassination of Richard Going, Esq., Chief Magistrate of Police, near Cappagh,
      in 1821. Previous to the unfortunate wretch leaving his cell, he acknowledged
      the justice of his sentence, and declared he was not only a participator in that
      murder, but was also present at four other murders in this County. On reaching
      the scaffold he appeared perfectly resigned, but his countenance betrayed strong
      emotions of fear.- After praying fervently for a few moments, the signal was
      given, the drop removed, and almost instantly was launched into eternity- he
      appeared to suffer little pain, and died without a struggle. The hand of Divine
      Providence in bringing this wretched criminal to an ignominous and just fate,
      was truly amplified, as he was three times in gaol under change of Mr. Going's
      murder, and was discharged without trial. It is singular that Bridgeman was
      married a few hours before his execution to a woman who co-habited with him.

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