!! Connaught Journal; May 6, 1824 "Thomas O'Sullivan Letter"
- THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, May 6, 1824
HANGED OR NOT HANGED- OR PROVINCIAL VERACITY!
To the Irish Observer
SIR- A paper called the Limerick Chronicle, which was received in the
county Cork on the 10th of April, stating that I was hanged on that day, which
was the cause of great grief and other inconvenience to my relations, the
O'Sullivans, in that county. Now this is to request that your Worship would be
so good as to allow me to say, contrary to any thing that the Limerick Chronicle
may allege to that effect, that I am not hanged, nor was not hanged upon that
day-for I am still alive and well, thank God-though the Chronicle was so good as
to give my dying declaration.
Now, Sir, further to prove that I am alive, I beg your pardon to state that
the Papers, as I am told, which gave an account of my execution at two o'clock
was printed at eleven the same day, and this, I think, is full confirmation of
the fact of my being alive, seeing that the Gentlemen of the Chronicle newspaper
could not know at eleven what took place at two.- So, Sir, your humble servants
to command.--- THOMAS O'SULLIVAN.
County Gaol, Limerick, April 30, 1824.
Nota bene My first cousin Murry O____ went into morning and Judy my aunt's
sister was murdered with the grief. See what comes of Irish news, Sir.
I enclose the two paragraphs from the Limerick Chronicle:-
"Morning Edition, April 10.
"This day, at two o'clock, Thomas Sullivan was hanged in the front of the
county gaol, for attempting to murder Mr. Nagle, near Kilmallock. Sullivan
stated that he was in the conspiracy, but absent when the attempt was made to
murder Mr. Nagle."
"Evening Edition, same day.
"Last night, an order to stay the execution of Thomas Sullivan, until next
Saturday, was received by the County Sheriff. At four o'clock this afternoon,
Thomas Sheahan, who was ?led on the same charge as Sullivan, for cutting the
throat of Mr. Nagle, near Kilmallock, was hanged in front of the new gaol, and
fully acknowledged the justice of his sentence."
We are informed from the most respectable authority, that the Very Rev. Mr
M'Namara, R.C. Dean of Limerick, has been appointed to the parish of Shanagolden
vacant by the death of the late Incumbent. The Rev. Mr. Moore, of Glennon,
succeeds to the parish of Loughmore, lately held by the Dean; and the Rev. Mr.
Buckley, Curate of Bruff, has been nominated to the parish of Glenroe, in the
room of the Rev. Mr. Moore.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News