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The Execution of Honora Concannon

"From the time of her sentence being passed until the instant she was precipitated from the fatal drop, the Rev. Dean O'Shaughnessy had been unremitting in his endeavours to bring her mind to a state of peace and a short time before she was removed from her cell, has succeeded so far as to induce her to conduct herself in somewhat of a becoming manner, and, we believe, to join him in prayer. Until then, her behaviour was outrageous in the extreme - blaspheming and screaming incessantly. The momentary calmness she assumed was however, thrown aside, and her screams and resistance renewed with redoubled violence, when the summons arrived to conduct her to her last earthly scene.

The most dreadful imprecations - the most heart-rending apathy, were the only responses she made to the affecting appeals of the attending clergymen. No persuasion, no entreaties availed to bring her to a proper sense of her situation; and force was at length reluctantly resorted to, to fulfil the sentence she so justly merited.

We are really sick at the conclusion. She was placed (after having severely bitten the Executioner) with the rope round her neck, lying on the platform; but she exerted all her strength, and rolled herself back into the door; in the struggle her cap had fallen off, and her hair hung loose and disordered. The Rev. Mr. O'Shaughnessy then addressed her, but without effect. She was again forced out, and while sitting on the drop, was once more exhorted and implored to sue for mercy to her Saviour - but she still refused to listen. The drop then fell - one of her legs, which was resting on the frame, remained for a few moments supporting her, until removed by the Executioner; and even in that awful suspension between time and eternity, she continued to invoke the most horrid curses on all concerned in causing her conviction and execution. She struggled for a considerable time and thus died, the unrepentant perpetrator of the most enormous, cruel and cold-blooded murder that ever disgraced this country.

Her body was subsequently conveyed to the County Infirmary, where it remained unclaimed by any friend or relative. She was a native of a remote part of County Galway, and had been at service in many places in this County, which she filled, we understand, with much satisfaction to her employers, until seduced into a course of vice. She has left one child, a boy, for the hand of charity to preserve from the example of its unhappy parent."

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