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!! Connaught Journal; Oct 7, 1824

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Thursday, October 7, 1824 LIMERICK, OCT. 2 - There is a report in town to-day, that a serjeant and two privates of the 62d
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7, 2006
      Galway, Thursday, October 7, 1824

      LIMERICK, OCT. 2 - There is a report in town to-day, that a serjeant and
      two privates of the 62d regiment, on their march to an out-post on the upper
      Shannon, were deprived of their arms near Nenagh, yesterday, by a gang of
      ruffians who murdered the serjeant and beat the others in a frightful
      manner. We have not been able as yet to learn the particulars.
      Since writing the above we have been favoured with the following
      statement of fact, from a most respectable Gentleman in the neighbourhood
      where the murder was committed:
      "Serjeant Dowd, of the 62d regiment, commanding a small detachment of
      soldiers on the Shannon, about six miles from Nenagh, on returning to his
      barrack on Tuesday evening, about eight o'clock, went into a public-house on
      the road side with two of his men, and called for a little beer. There were
      four or five countrymen, who had been in Nenagh, with cars, sitting in the
      house when the serjeant had entered it - some conversations took place
      between one of the countrymen (a person of the name of Kennedy) and a
      soldier, Kennedy saying he liked the soldiers and damned the police; the
      soldier made some remark in favour of the police, when the countryman stood
      up to strike him; on which the serjeant said he would not allow his party to
      be resulted and that he would inform the police, and have them all taken up
      under the Insurrection Act in the morning, and instantly ordered his men
      back to their barrack. On the soldiers leaving the house, the carmen almost
      immediately got their cars ready, and followed in the same direction; on
      their coming up with the serjeant and his two men (one of whom was 50 or 60
      paces behind,) the men leaped down off the cars, and coming behind the
      serjeant in the dark, (it being then between nine and ten o'clock) they
      knocked him down, on which Quin, the soldier, ran up to assist the serjeant,
      and was himself knocked down. The serjeant got up, and ran towards the door
      of a house, and knocked, to try and save himself from his pursuers, but was
      not admitted; Quin ran towards another house, but could not get in, and on
      going up towards the house where he saw the serjeant knocking, he found him
      lying on his face on the road speechless. The other soldier, Coleman, who
      was in the rear when the serjeant was first knocked down, was, at the same
      instant, struck with the butt end of a whip; and, on another of the
      countrymen coming up, he said, 'that is Coleman, don't strike him,' (Coleman
      is a native of that country;) but, however, after some struggle, they
      succeeded in forcing his bayonet from the scabbard, and after striking him
      violently with it two or three times, they ran on towards the place where
      the serjeant was, and gave him a desperate stab between the fourth and fifth
      ribs, which penetrated to the heart, besides a severe cut on the head. The
      soldier instantly, on his murderers leaving him, carried the serjeant into
      the house, where he almost instantly expired, but never spoke. Great praise
      is due to the detachment of police stationed at Kilbaron, for their
      exertions in apprehending three men, who are fully identified, and a
      Coroner's Jury have found against them a verdict of 'Wilful Murder.' They
      have been fully committed for trial. One of the murderers has fled, but
      hopes are entertained of his being apprehended."--Limerick Chronicle

      MARRIAGE IN HIGH LIFE - On Tuesday, by special license, Lord Henry
      Seymour Moore, only brother to the Marquis of Drogheda, to Mary, second
      daughter of Sir H. Parnell, Bart., M.P. for the Queen's County, and niece of
      the Marquis of Bate and Earl of Portarlington. Immediately after the
      ceremony, the happy pair set out for the Continent.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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