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!! Ballina Chronicle; Apr 17, 1850; O'Donnell Murder

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, April 17, 1850 BARBAROUS MURDER IN CLARE On the night of Wednesday, the 10th inst., as Arthur O Donnell,
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, April 17, 1850

      BARBAROUS MURDER IN CLARE
      On the night of Wednesday, the 10th inst., as Arthur O'Donnell, Esq.,
      of Denrynalicka, was returning home from his herdsman's house, he was met on
      the road within a few perches from his own house, when he was murdered with
      stones, and some other sharp instrument, the upper part of the head was
      nearly severed by a blow, as if from a hatchet, his brains were besmeared
      upon the road and the body had several large wounds. Such an appalling
      murder the records of agrarian outrage never chronicled, and his body was so
      disfigured that it was some time before the inmates of his own house were
      able to recognize him, and his head was so lacerated that it appeared one
      mass of piecemeal. The supposition is that this deed was committed by
      recipients of relief whom Mr. O'Donnell was wont to strike off the lists at
      the weekly revision by the Board of Guardians in Kilrush union. The murdered
      gentleman was son of the late John O'Donnell, of Ennis, banker and brother
      of Capt. O'Donnell, formerly of the 25th. A man is arrested on strong
      suspicion.

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