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!! Ballina Chronicle; Jan 9, 1850 "Brutal Murder"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, January 9, 1850 BRUTAL MURDER - About five weeks since an inhuman murder, and attempt at a second murder,
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, January 9, 1850

      BRUTAL MURDER - About five weeks since an inhuman murder, and attempt at a
      second murder, was perpetrated by an old beggarwoman named Catherine Connelly,
      who lived at Lanaght, within about seven miles of Dunmanway. In the
      neighbourhood of Lanaght, a family resided of the name of Driscoll- a man and
      his wife and a female child of about seven years of age. On the day of the
      murder, Driscoll left home to attend to his field work and his wife, having
      promised to be in Dunmanway, got the child of a neighbour named Morris, also
      seven years of age, to keep company with the little Driscoll during her mother's
      absence. Shortly after the mother left, Connelly, who is about 70 years of age,
      went into the house with a young man of the name of Hurley, and shortly after
      Connelly took up the iron tongs and beat the two children on the head until she
      thought both were dead. She then ransacked the house and decamped, taking with
      her a piece of frieze and a piece of flannel, and three shillings in silver. In
      some time after a girl passed the door and saw the two children lying on the
      hearth and gave alarm to a policeman passing at the moment. The Constable found
      little Driscoll dead, but the life appeared not to have left her little
      companion, who under the care of Dr. Donovan has since recovered, and a few days
      since identified the murderers. For some weeks the murder was involved in
      mystery, until the little Morris was capable of speaking, when she gave the name
      of the old wretch. At this time the government offered a reward of £100 for
      evidence to lead to the conviction, and when the name was disclosed the police
      were quick in the search, and the murderess was arrested in Gurtnacrona between
      Drimoleague and Bantry. The prisoner will be committed for trial next week. The
      accomplice Hurly was turned approver.--Cork Constitution.

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