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!! Ballina Chronicle; Apr 17, 1850; Execution of Gavins

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, April 17, 1850 EXECUTION OF THE TWO BROTHERS GAVIN On Saturday we stated that a memorial had been forwarded
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, April 17, 1850


      EXECUTION OF THE TWO BROTHERS GAVIN
      On Saturday we stated that a memorial had been forwarded to the Lord
      Lieutenant on behalf of Matthew and Wm. Gavin, under rule of execution in
      the County gaol, for the murder of John Ryan, at Cappamore, praying his
      Excellency to commute the capital punishment to transportation for life. To
      that application an answer was received on Sunday from Dublin Castle,
      stating - "His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant sees no grounds for
      interfering with the execution of the sentence of the law, in the case of
      William and Matthew Gavin."
      The Governor of the gaol received another communication from Dublin
      Castle yesterday morning stating that the Lord Lieutenant has had the case
      of the Gavin's again brought before him, and sees nothing to make him change
      his former decision, and that the law is to take its course.
      The final letter sealed the doom of the wretched young men, and in
      pursuance of the sentence pronounced by Serjeant Stock at last assizes, the
      ill fated brothers were executed this day at 3 o'clock in front of the
      county gaol. The scene was affecting as they embraced and bid a last
      farewell to each other in this world, with an earnest prayer to God that
      they may be united in the next. They made no public declaration on the
      scaffold. They were attended by Rev. William Bourke, R.C. Chaplain of the
      prison, Rev. Messrs. Bunton and Quinlan. The city police, under
      Sub-Inspector Williams, were on duty in front of the prison.
      The wretched young men, previous to execution, declared in their cell,
      to the Rev. Wm. Bourke, that destitution, consequent upon acts of oppression
      and cruelty towards their brother by John Ryan, for whose murder they were
      condemned to death, urged them to do the commission of the deed, which was
      the result of sudden anger and not premeditated, on an occasion when they
      accidentally met the deceased on their way home.
      A concourse of spectators, amounting to some thousands, mostly females,
      attended to witness the spectacle and though horrifying the scene, the
      "light fingered" community were busily engaged. Two women had their pockets
      cut off, while several of the male sex were relieved of their pocket
      handkerchiefs! The only surviving brother of the Gavins mingled in the crowd
      and witnessed the execution. Matthew died in agony - William ceased to exist
      after one convulsive struggle.
      The bodies having suspended for an hour were lowered from the gallows,
      and removed for burial within the precincts of the gaol.
      Ages of the two culprits - Matthew Gavin, 19 years, William Gavin 17
      years.--Limerick Chronicle.

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