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Execution of Captain T. Mannion in 1820

Hanged at Birchgrove
 Damian Mac Con Uladh

[This short report is on the execution of a "Captain T. Mannion" at Birchgrove in Creagh in 1820. Described as a "leader", Mannion may have been involved in agrarian secret societies. The "Hon. and Rev. Dr. Trench" mentioned in the report is Charles le Poer Trench, a monument to whom stands on Dunlo Hill.]

EXECUTION OF CAPTIAN T. MANNION

—GALWAY, March 11, [1820]
On Wednesday last, at about the hour of two o'clock in the afternoon, this leader was executed at Birchgrove, in the county of Roscommon, near Ballinasloe, pursuant to his sentence, in the presence of an immense multitude of spectators. Before he was turned off, the Hon. and Rev. Dr. Trench rode amongst the crowd, and granted permission to the friends and relatives of the unfortunate man to take their last farewell of him. He appeared perfectly resigned to his fate, admitted fully the justice of his sentence, and admonised the multitude to return to their allegience, and give themselves up to peace, order, and industry. The loss of his own own life he was indifferent to, compared to the misfortunes he had brought opon others, whom he had seduced from the path of virtue and loyalty—, eight of whom he stated to have been transported for life out of the dock of Roscommon, entirely on his account.

Source: Times, 17 March 1820


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