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!! Ballina Chronicle; Sep 12, 1849 "Executions"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, Sept 12, 1849 EXECUTION OF JOHN RYAN (JACK)- On Thursday John Ryan (Jack) convicted of the murder of Mary
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 17, 2003
      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, Sept 12, 1849

      EXECUTION OF JOHN RYAN (JACK)- On Thursday John Ryan (Jack) convicted of
      the murder of Mary Brien, underwent the extreme penalty of the law for that
      offence in front of the county jail. Shortly before 12 o'clock a detachment of
      the 92nd Highlanders and a few dragoons, with the local constabulary force,
      arrived and took up a position in front of the jail; in a short time after the
      wretched culprit, accompanied by the Roman Catholic Clergyman, approached the
      fatal spot. The executioner having adjusted the rope, the bolt was withdrawn,
      and in a few minutes the unfortunate man ceased to exist. After hanging for the
      usual time, the body was taken in for interment within the precincts of the
      county jail.

      EXECUTION OF THE CONVICT CORMACK- The unfortunate man Cormack, who was
      convicted at the last assizes for the murder of Miss Prendergast, suffered the
      extreme penalty of the law in front of our county jail on last Monday. There was
      a vast multitude present at the tragic scene, but the people exhibited a degree
      of perfect indifference on the occasion, which was rather surprising to those
      who are acquainted with the Celtic temperament, so remarkable for its outbursts
      of pity and passion-its grief and joy. There was scarcely a murmur from the
      assembled thousands until the unfortunate victim was launched into eternity,
      when a deep sudden grief arose with a muttered prayer, as the unnatural scene
      sent a thrill of horror through the vast mass of human beings that lined the
      street and bridge, under and opposite the "drop". He confessed his guilt.--
      Galway Vindicator.

      BRIEN'S EXECUTION- The unfortunate man whose earthly career will terminate
      on Friday, by the hand of the "headman" on the ignominious gallows, for the
      cruel, deliberate and unnatural murder of his wife, has at length confessed his
      guilt, having up to a few days past maintained a dogged silence on the subject.
      He has resigned himself to his fate, and is receiving with every appearance of
      great penitence the consolation of religion from the Roman Catholic chaplain of
      the prison.--Waterford Mail.
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