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!! Ballina Chronicle; March 27, 1850; Woolsey Shot in Armagh

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, March 27, 1850 DREADFUL OCCURRENCE IN THE COUNTY OF ARMAGH - The peaceful town and neighbourhood of
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, March 27, 1850

      DREADFUL OCCURRENCE IN THE COUNTY OF ARMAGH - The peaceful town and
      neighbourhood of Portadown have been horrified to an unprecedented extent,
      by an act of deliberate assassination, committed in the vicinity on the
      night of Tuesday, the 19th, when Mr. John G. Woolsey, of Clounagh, about
      three quarters of a mile from the town was shot in his room while preparing
      to go to bed. From the evidence taken before the magistrates and coroner,
      the facts appear to be these - Mr. Woolsey, who had quitted the house after
      tea returned about half-past nine, and, after stopping a short time in the
      kitchen, took his candle and proceeded up stairs to his chamber. He had not
      long been there - not more than ten minutes - when the maid servant, who had
      remained below, heard a shot, succeeded by the falling of some heavy body in
      the room above; on entering the room she found Mr. Woolsey extended on the
      floor, near the window, bleeding but still showing signs of life. An alarm
      was instantly made and the best medical aid procured from Portadown, with as
      little delay as possible, but to no purpose, the unfortunate gentleman
      having expired in a short time thereafter. On examination, it appeared that
      a bullet fired from without, after perforating the glass of the window, had
      passed through his head, and was found lodged among some clothes in a
      wardrobe. The police were immediately on the alert. Mr. Atkinson, the
      coroner, held an inquest on the body on Wednesday, but as yet, there is no
      clue to the perpetrator of so foul a deed.

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