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!! Connaught Journal; Apr 12, 1824 "Shooting by Police"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Monday, April 12, 1824 ANOTHER MAN SHOT BY THE POLICE! We sincerely regret to have to state that melancholy occurrence took
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      THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
      Galway, Monday, April 12, 1824

      ANOTHER MAN SHOT BY THE POLICE!
      We sincerely regret to have to state that melancholy occurrence took place
      on Sunday night at Lismorta, in the neighbourhood of Killenaule. A man of the
      name of Mathew Hoolahan, in endeavouring to escape from the Police, who were in
      search of him, was shot dead. The circumstances of the melancholy case are
      these:- Hoolahan, in consequence of having informations sworn against certain
      concerned in the burning of Skehan's house, had placed himself under the
      protection of F. Despart, Esq., the Magistrate before whom he lodged these
      informations. Afraid to come forward to prosecute, he made his escape before the
      last Assizes; since which period the Police have been in search of him. On
      Sunday night last, by the direction of Mr. Miller, the Police went to a farmer's
      house where Mr. Miller suspected Hoolahan was concealed. When they entered the
      House, in which there was no light, they inquired of the owner if there were any
      strangers within, and were informed that there was no stranger there.- Hearing
      some persons breathe near the door, one of the Police, the elder Talbot,
      directed his steps to the place, when he received a blow on the head, on which
      he cried out to his son, David Talbot, (another of the Police) to watch the
      door, as some person was escaping. The younger Talbot immediately came to the
      door, when he met the deceased with a slane in his hand, endeavouring to escape,
      and beat down every person that should oppose him. For some time David Talbot
      parried with his gun the thrusts made at him, but, unfortunately for the scuffle
      the gun accidently [sic] went off, and the assailant lost his life. On Monday
      morning, that very efficient and worthy Magistrate, N. Taylor, Esq. ordered an
      inquest to be held-the verdict returned was- "That the deceased came by his
      death in consequence of a shot fired by David Talbot, aided and assisted by the
      elder Talbot, and two of the Police." So satisfied are the Magistrates that
      attended the inquisition, of circumstances quite favourable to Talbot, who has
      been a very proper, quiet, well-conducted young man, that they have applied to
      Government for permission to bail him and the rest of the Police. It is rather
      curious that the prisoner, the younger Talbot, was the only evidence against
      himself; and that the other Policemen, and the inmates of the home, were
      ignorant of the facts of the case.--Clonmel Herald.

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