Sunday, 14 January 2018

Crime and punishment in Cork


Srelane, Ovens is on the main N22 Cork - Macroom road. A well-known bar/restaurant is on the corner of the turn off for the Lee Valley golf club. In 1792 Daniel Murphy murdered Denis Sullivan (Kilcrea) at Srelane Cross. At this time, those sentenced to death for murder were taken to the place of the crime and executed. 
The ‘Cork Hibernian’ reported that the body would then be dissected, according to Act of Parliament.


Codrum is situated at the western end of the town. On the April 19th, 1799  group of men broke in and killed Robert Hutchinson Esq. with a pike through his chest.
John Duggan (alias Captain Thunderbolt) Owen Scanlan, Callaghan McCarthy, and 2 others were taken by an escort of yeoman cavalry from Cork to Macroom, where they suffered death and decapitation for the murder of Mr. Hutchinson.
*The men were 'United Irishmen' and were believed to be from Aghabullogue, Co. Cork.

More to follow.

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