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Pat Purcell Papers

"Violently Struck with said Stones"
By kind permission of Michael Purcell

The Information of Patrick Fitzpatrick of Rashingranny in the County of Wicklow, farmer.

That on Sunday the 15th May 1825 he went into the house of the widow McDonnell (Publican) of Clonegal in the Barony of Saint Mullins, Carlow and on going into a room in said house where several of his friends and neighbours were drinking, namely John Kavanagh, William Kavanagh and Michael Whealan all of Ballyredmond , Carlow and James Foley of Urelands and Thomas Mulhall of Ballyisland, County Wicklow, he sat down with his company in said room when after some short time a certain person named Patrick Hickey of Clongarret who was in another company in said room handed John Kavanagh a tumbler of beer and on drinking John Kavanagh's health ~~

John Keough of Clonegal (Skinner) stood up and in a violent and menacing tone objected against drinking John Kavanagh's health and called him a an infernal rascal and said he was the fellow would soon beat him out of Clonegal, and further proceeded and struck informant (Patrick Fitzpatrick ) without any provocation, encouraged thereto and to further outrage by his two sons, Pat Keough and Edward Keough, his daughter Elizabeth Keough, William Stanes and Robert McCann all of Clonegal and John Donohue and Richard Pinder both of Coolroe, Carlow who were all drinking together in a separate company from Patrick Fitzpatrick and his friends.

John Keough then gave a signal to his son Pat Keough desiring him to do what he could, meaning as Informant, Pat Fitzpatrick, supposed, to go out and collect a faction and which supposition afterwards appeared verified for shortly after when Patrick Fitzpatrick and his company went out into the Street of Clonegal for the purpose of going home, were there and then, assailed with a tremendous discharge of Stones by John Keough, Pat Keough, Edward Keough, Anne Keough, Elizabeth Keough, Robert McCann, Mary Stanes, William Stanes, John Hickey, (Tailor), and Thomas Jordon, Junior all of Clonegal, John Donahue and Richard Pinder of Coolroe, Laurence Doyle (Carpenter) of Kilcarry and George Foster of Orchard all of county Carlow. The Consequence of which was that Informant (Patrick Fitzpatrick) and his company were all violently Struck with said Stones, some of them cut, bruised, battered and grossly assaulted and three of them more especially wounded, namely John Kavanagh, James Foley and James Whealan of Clonegal were knocked down by most violent and dreadful blows of Stones in their heads by which they were shockingly cut, bruised, battered and grossly assaulted and left in all appearance dead for a considerable time lying in the Street, and the said James Foley and James Whealan remain since confined to their beds in a most dangerous State of illness, insomuch that their lives appear to be in imminent danger, by the cruel and inhuman punishment inflected on them by the aforesaid outrageous persons ~~

Sworn us this 25th day of May 1825.

(signed) Patrick X Fitzpatrick
(signed) San..... Colclough,
Richard Kerr.


Patrick Fitzpatrick acknowledges himself bound to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors in the Penal Sum of Ten Pounds Sterling to prosecute the within named Persons at the next ensuing Sessions of the Peace to be held in the town of Tullow, County Carlow.

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.
This document was transcribed by Pat O' Reagan

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