Denis Gorman, Thomas Madden and John Wall were hanged in the South Tipperary village of Ballyporeen on the 3rd of April, 1813, their conviction being ‘highway robbery on a privileged army officer’. However, the men’s actions most likely had insurrection or revolt aspects. The army officer himself, Baron Thomas Mahon presided at the hanging event where he made a long address to the people, warning them against “idleness, drunkenness and illegal association and particularly the unlawful taking of arms”.
These and other events are covered in detail by local historian, Patrick O’Brien in his first publication titled ‘Examining Ballyporeen’s Past’. The 35 chapter book covers subject areas that include local archaeology, Templetenny Graveyard, the Mitchelstown Caves, Galtee Castle, fair days, local Great War deaths, the War of Independence, Shanbally Castle and the Ronald Reagan visit. Price at 14.95, the book is available from Patrick at 085-7141782. More info at www.ballyporeenvillage.com.
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