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Pat Purcell Papers


"Hanging!"
By kind permission of Michael Purcell

On Thursday July 25th 1822 The Chief Baron Lord Norbury (John Toler, a Tipperary man) pronounced " with tears in his eyes" the following Sentence:

To be hanged at Carlow Gaol on Tuesday 6th August 1822. Michael, Timothy and Hue Finnegan, William Nowlan and William Walsh. To be hanged on Saturday the 10th of August 1822, Andrew and Armstrong Anderson, Nicholas and Thomas Troy and Christopher Dooley. Charging the Jury his Lordship recapitulated the entire of the evidence and paid a high compliment to the Rev. Mr. Doyle, Parish Priest of Clonegal, for the "admirable line of conduct which he had observed in bringing about the means by which the offenders had been delivered into the hands of justice".

Addressing the prisoners he stated that "it was melancholy to reflect that neither youth nor age could protect them - Some of you are too old to have been found in so degrading and distressing a situation , while if the parents of the others had done their duty and paid proper attention to their children, some of you ought now to be under chastisement in school instead of standing forward to await the penality of the law, sufficient time for preparation will be afforded to each of you, provided you made a good use of it".

(Hue Finnegan was 12 years old, I am trying to ascertain the ages of the others.)

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

Pg 45 Pg 46 Pg 47

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