On Tuesday evening a fatal accident
occurred in Carlow, whereby one unfortunate man lost his
life and another sustained such serious injuries that
his life is despaired of.
It appears that on the evening in
question Thomas Finn, a yardman in the employment of Mr
James Ryan, turf and coal merchant; Michael Coady, a
mason, and two other men were engaged in propping up a
turf shed preparatory to rebuilding the walls. A pair of
screw jacks were being used to throw the weight of the
roof on the props, when the whole building collapsed
burying Coady and Finn in the ruins. Coady's son, who
was engaged in the work, gave the alarm and a crowd of
people rushed into the place. After a little time the
poor fellows were extricated to all appearance lifeless.
After a little time however, they showed signs of life
but it was apparent that both were frightfully injured.
Messengers were hastily dispatched for the doctor and
priest and in a short time Dr. Joseph V. Ryan (who was
close at hand) was in attendance. He did everything that
medical skill could suggest for the relief of the
The Last Sacraments of the Church
were administered by the Rev. P. Foley. Dr. MacDowell
arrived soon after with surgical appliances. It was
found that poor Finn was beyond relief, the base of his
skull being badly fractured. He was placed on a litter
for removal to the Workhouse Infirmary but he died just
as the Market Cross was reached. Coady was found to be
terribly injured. His right leg was badly fractured and
his left arm broken. In addition it was feared he had
sustained internal injuries. After being attended to by
the doctors he was carried to the Workhouse Infirmary.
Both men were aged between 50 and 60 years of age and
both had large families dependent on them.
They were noted as respectable,
industrious, well conducted men and were greatly
esteemed. (Dr. Joseph
V. Ryan who is named in this
report was paternal grandfather to Betty O' Gorman who
was mentioned in recent email in connection with Rev.
Mr. McKenzie of the Plymouth Brethren.)
The above is a true and
accurate transcript of the original document.
Transcribed by Jean Casey, November 2009.
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