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From: Dennis Ahern <>
Subject: Re: Excerpts from Irish newspapers
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 12:27:10 +0000 (UTC)


>From The Cork Examiner, 16 October 1861 -

MELANCHOLY LOSS OF LIFE.--We regret to have to
announce an accidental loss of life at Maryfort, in this
county, under rather painful circumstances. Captain John
O'Callaghan, of Maryfort, near Tulla, having had his
potatoes stolen from a pit in a field, was determined to
capture the thieves ; and on the night of the 9th inst., sent
two of his workmen, named William Callaghan and
William Holmes, to watch for a part of the night, intending
other persons to go to their assistance at a later hour.
About ten o'clock of the same night, his brother Mr.
Donatious O'Callaghan, and a servant man (who were not
aware that the two mentioned men were watching)
proceeded in the same direction--and on reaching the
place they heard a noise in the thicket or wood. Believing
the thieves to be present, Mr. O'Callaghan inconsiderately
discharged his gun in that direction, and William Callaghan
and William Holmes happening to be the individuals
moving through the trees, the latter was shot dead, the
contents of the gun having entered his head. Deceased was
a faithful and trusty servant. An inquest held on his body by
Mr. Canny, coroner, on the 10th inst., and a verdict in
accordance with the above facts was returned. The
coroner held Mr. D. O'Callaghan to bail in the sum of
£100 to appear when called upon, Captain Charles
George O'Callaghan, of Ballinahinch, and Captain John
O'Callaghan, of Maryfort, being his bailsmen.--Clare
Freeman.

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