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Subscribers to Fund for Conviction of Murderers of Edmond Shally


The following persons signed an open letter published in the “Clare Journal” on Thursday 26 January 1815, pledging sums of money from 20 guineas to one guinea for the conviction of persons for the murder of Edmond Shally, herdsman at Erribul, Kilfiddane.

The following text accompanied the list of subscribers. This list was compiled at the Local Studies Centre of Clare County Library.

“Whereas, between the hours of one and two o’clock on Wednesday 11th inst., Edm. Shally, Herdsman to Messrs. Spellissy and Whetstone on the lands of Eribol, in this County, was most INHUMANLY MURDERED by Timothy Murphy and Thomas O’Connors (Tenants to part of said lands) aided and assisted by Patrick O’Connors, of Knock, brother to said Thomas O’Connors.

“Now, We, the undersigned, holding in just abhorrence this foul and atrocious Murder, do hereby promise to pay the sums annexed to our names, to any Person or Persons who shall apprehend and prosecute to conviction within six calendar months any or either of the above-named Murderers; and any Person giving private information to John Whetstone which may lead to their apprehension will be liberally rewarded and their names kept secret.

“Descriptions of the above-named, Tim. Murphy, Thomas O’Connors, and Pat O’Connors:-

“Timothy Murphy. Aged about 40 years, 5 feet 6 inches high, black hair, slim, swarthy complexion, ill-looking visage, grey eyes, had on an old black cloth, by trade a Carpenter.

“Thomas O’Connors. Aged about 30 years, 5 feet 10 inches high, fair hair, sallow complexion, long visage, grey eyes, had on a grey frieze coat, yellow waistcoat, and a drab colour velveteen breeches.

“Patrick O’Connors. Much the same description as Thomas O’Connors, but a little fatter.”

Dated: Ennis, 23rd January 1815.

Signatories and Subscribers

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