!! Ballina Chronicle; Jan 23, 1850 "Limerick Murders"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, January 23, 1850
TWO MURDERS IN THIS COUNTY ! - On the night of Tuesday, the 15th inst.,
Edward Hurly, of Ballinahinch, near Knocklong, was murdered in his house in the
presence of his wife and five children. Hurly and his family were after rising
from prayers, and directed his son to look after the cattle before they retired
to rest. The boy proceeded to the door, and upon opening it observed and armed
man outside. The fellow told Hurley's son to go back, and with the muzzle of the
gun forced him to the centre of the dwelling, when his father, mother, brothers,
and sisters promptly assailed the intruder, who was repulsed; but, alas! the
melancholy catastrophe is now to be told. As Hurley, the head of this brave
family, was locking the door, the atrocious ruffian fired from without; the ball
entered his left eye, carried away the upper part of the skull, and the innocent
victim fell dead on the spot! Thursday night, a farmer named Edward Brien, of
Duntryleague, returning home from the fair at Mitchelstown, was waylaid on the
road and struck in the head with some sharp weapon, which fractured his skull.
He died early on the following day. The only reason assigned for this murder is
that he took land out of which others were ejected. -- Limerick Chronicle.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News