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Pat Purcell Papers

Terrible County Carlow Tragedy

Edward Snoddy & J. Bermingham


By kind permission of Michael Purcell

On this day 87 Years ago. January 5th 1923.
Terrible County Carlow Tragedy.
Young man shot dead.
 (Edward Snoddy was my mother's brother)

On Friday week an appalling tragedy was enacted in the house of Mr. E. S. Maffett, solr., Thornville, Palatine, Carlow. The facts are that Edward Snoddy, aged about 18, formerly of the Blackbog, and J. Bermingham, Kellistown, were fired at in Thornville, Palatine. Snoddy was shot in the back and Beringham was shot through the jaw, the bullet entering one side and coming out the other. After the tragedy Miss Maffett cycled to the Carlow Military Barracks to give word and she came back in the lorry with the military, who conveyed the dead body of Snoddy to the barracks, and also the wounded man to the hospital, and placed a guard on the house. Mr R. P. McDonald, Coroner, opened an inquest on Saturday.

The following were sworn on the jury :- James Dunphy,  J.P. Pidgeon, Garrett Hearns, Robert S. Moore, Jas. Corcoran, James Kelly, John Coakley, John O'Neill, Thomas Doyle, Thomas Doran, William O'Neill, Thomas Clarke, James O'Brien, Martin O' Rourke, John O'Neill, John O' Brien, Joseph Russel, Patrick Carpenter, John Byrne and James Doyle.

Patrick Snoddy, deceased's father, identified the body as that of his son, who had been a railway porter. He was a political prisoner till quite recently. He last saw him about ten months ago. Doctor L. Doyle deposed to making a superficial examination of the body. He found a bullet wound in the back of right forearm, there was also a wound at the back of the left shoulder. It looked as if the shots were fired from behind. The inquest was adjourned.

The Funeral

On Saturday evening the remains were conveyed to the father's residence, at Blackbog, where they lay overnight, numerous people coming to pay their respects to the dead and sympathy with the living. On Sunday, the interment took place in the family burial ground, Ballinacarrig, and the funeral was large, all classes, creeds and shades of political thought being represented. The funeral cortege was preceded by the Graiguecullen Fife and Drum Band, playing appropriate music along the route. There were several wreaths.

Following the coffin was a large guard of honour, composed of the dead man's comrades in the Carlow Brigade I.R.A. and also the Carlow Cumann na mBan. The general public followed. A volley was fired over the grave and the "Last Post" sounded, and the large crowds then dispersed.

The following were the chief mourners:- Patrick and Mary Snoddy (parents). Sam, John, Michael, and Thomas, (brothers). Mrs Lizzie Leonard, Mrs Joe Phelan, Mrs Paddy Jones, Mrs Joe Redmond, Mrs Pat Purcell and Esther (sisters). Frank and Val Slater (uncles), Mrs Bridie Walsh (aunt).

Sent in by Michael Purcell

Michael Snoddy

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