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A Private Investigation into the Murder of Edmond Allen – 18860626

The Late Murder in Tipperary

On Saturday last a private investigation was held at the court-house, Tipperary, relative to the murder of Edmond Allen at Shronell on the 16th of January.

Three witnesses were examined by Mr Boyd, S. C. P.

On Friday, Mr Worrall, County Surveyor, visited Shronell, and took a map of the locality of the murder. On the same morning there also visited it the two young lads who were taken up by the Crown immediately after the murder, and they pointed out to the authorities where they were standing when the murder was committed.

Michael Hourigan, who was arrested in February last charged with the murder, will be placed on trial at Clonmel assizes this month.

Private Investigation into Murder of Edmond Allen - Limerick Reporter and Tipperary Vindicator - 18860702

Limerick Reporter and Tipperary Vindicator – 18860702

The Trial of Richard Hourigan for the Murder of Edmond Allen – 18860714

Tipperary (S. R.) Assizes
The Murder of Edmond Allen
Clonmel, Wednesday

This morning Mr Justice Harrison entered court at 10 o’clock, and resumed the business of the assizes. After a few trials, Judge Harrison took up the Damerville murder case, adjourned from the last assizes. Richard Hourigan was charged with the wilful murder of Edmond Allen. He pleaded not guilty. The Attorney-General (Mr Samuel Walker, QC), Mr Serjeant Hemphill, Mr Ryan, Q. C., and Mr S Curtis (instructed by Mr G Bolton, Crown Solicitor, and Mr Boyd S C S), appeared for the prosecution. Mr Molloy QC, and Dr Falconer (instructed by Mr O’Dwyer, sol., Tipperary), appeared for the prisoner. The prisoner, who is a respectable-looking young man about 30 years of age of the farming class, was, by his lordship’s directions, accommodated with a chair in the dock. He appeared perfectly cool and collected. The long panel was called over, and 140 answered out of 198. The Attorney-General, in opening the case for the Crown, said the issue which the jury had to try was whether the prisoner at the bar was guilty of the murder of Edmond Allen. It was his duty at the outset of this solemn inquiry – solemn to society which had been outraged by a terrible murder, solemn to the person who was charged with the awful crime, and, above all, solemn to them who were sworn to try this case on the evidence. It was his duty to lay before them an outline of the evidence upon which the Crown asked them to come to a conclusion as to his guilt. There was no doubt that on the 16th of January last, a little after four o’clock in the evening, Edward [sic] Allen was murdered near the entrance gate of Mr Austin Chadwick, which lies on the road between the town of Tipperary and the village of Lattin. It was further manifest that he was murdered by a person who stood near him at the time. Near the spot, about 900 yards away, was the house of the prisoner Robert Hourigan, who was and is tenant to Mr Austin Chadwick for 47 acres of land in that neighbourhood. Mr Chadwick held in his own hands Damerville House and the ground adjoining it, about seven acres of land. About the time of the murder he was about letting this ground. There had been no former tenant on it. This was not a case of anyone having been evicted. Hourigan was anxious to get that land, and made several offer for it to Mr Chadwick. He offered his agent, Mr Rice, L150 fine, and the same proportionate rent he was paying for his own farm which surrounded his land, and if he could get it on reasonable terms it would be an advantage to him, and equally undesirable that anyone else should get it. On the 6th of January, ten days before the murder, Hourigan was speaking to Mr Chadwick about this land in the presence of a constable, and Mr Chadwick told him he could give him no promise. The constable and Hourigan passed down the avenue together afterwards. The constable said he heard there was a good lot of money offered for the land. Hourigan asked by whom, and he replied he did not know. Hourigan observed that if Mr Chadwick did not give it to him he might go to the d___l. Allen, the murdered man, lived at a place called Galbally, in the county of Limerick, some eight or nine miles away from Damerville, and he was a great friend of Mr Chadwick’s, and he was supposed to have some influence with him. It appeared on the 13th of January, three days before the murder, he borrowed a pony from Mr Chadwick, and on the 16th of January, in the afternoon, he went from Galbally to return to return the pony. He brought the pony to Damerville House about a quarter past three o’clock. On that day Hourigan was in the town of Tipperary and came home about three o’clock, somewhat under the influence of drink. He took his dinner, drove out his cows to water, and then got on his horse, which was saddled, and proceed to exercise it in a field adjoining his house. That field commanded a view of Damerville Avenue and approach to the road. He could therefore see anyone on that avenue. It would appear that Hourigan, having waited some time in the field, went in and gave up his horse to a boy named Carroll, and the saddle was taken off. This would be a little before the murder was committed. Hourigan went into the kitchen for some purpose – it would be for the jury to say whether he went there for a weapon or not. Allen, having left the pony behind him at Damerville, proceed towards a friend’s house named Brown, who lived in the locality. That must have been about a quarter past four. He went down the avenue, out the entrance gate, and towards Brown’s house. He proceeded to the spot which was marked F on the map, and where it was manifest a couple of shots were fired at him from behind. As far as he (the Attorney-General) could collect from the doctor’s evidence there were altogether five shots fired on the occasion. Allen would appear to have staggered along for some distance, about 40 yards after the first shots were fired, and there the final shots which despatched him were manifestly aimed at him. There were three wounds in his back. The person who murdered him must have waited for him or followed him from the entrance gate of Damerville House. That, as he had already mentioned, was 900 yards from the prisoner’s house, some six or seven minute’s walk. The unfortunate man was manifestly shot in the back in the first instance, Three shots were found in the back – one behind the shoulder blade, another in the right arm, another below the arm pit, and another under the right temple. Any of these wounds would probably have been fatal. He also received a wound on the left eye from a sharp cutting instrument – probably a penknife. When these shots were fired they attracted the attention of two witnesses who of all others were the most important in this case. They were two boys who were walking the field opposite Damerville House, named James William Glasheen and James O’Donnell; both of them would be examined; they were about 14 or 16 years of age. They stood at a ditch outside Damerville, and probably mounted the ditch, in order to get a better view. When they heard the shots they ran from that spot towards the road directed by the shots in order to ascertain if they could see anything. Where they stood was 300 yards from the road and they ran towards the road. One of them, O’Donnell, happened to be grandson of the caretaker of Damerville, a man named Corbett. He met his grandfather, and after stopping a moment to speak to him, he ran after his playmate. They ran towards the road, the road where the body of the murdered man was lying. There were bushes here and there, but a person in the field would be able to see the upper portion of the figure of a man on the road. As the boys approached the road they saw Richard Hourigan, the prisoner, walking away from the scene of the murder, and within a few yards of the murdered man. Shortly afterwards they came to a clearer view, and they then saw the prisoner fully upon the road, walking leisurely in the direction of the own house. He was walking away from the place where the body was lying, and both hands in his pockets – perhaps it might be hiding the weapon which had committed the awful deed. The jury would have to ask themselves whether these boys were truthful or not. There were on the threshold of life, and arrived at the age when witnesses were generally found truthful. It would be for the prisoner to satisfy the jury if he could, that he was there innocently, and that he was not there after committing the murder. The shots were also heard by several others, they were heard by a man named Looby, who lived in the neighbourhood, by a servant man at the opposite side of the road, and by others. The boys passed where the body was lying in the water table on the side of the road, and proceeded about 190 yards and met a woman named Catherine Kelly in an ass’s cart, driven by Denis McCarthy, her servant, on their way home from Tipperary. They came to the spot where the body was lying, which of course attracted their attention. Several other persons also came up. Mrs. Kelly shouted to the persons who were coming up behind. They lifted Allen, and ascertained that he was dead; they put him in a sitting position against the wall, and remained some time, being joined by others. Catherine Kelly then proceeded towards her home at Lattin. The last that had been seen of Hourigan up to this was when he was hurrying from the scene of the murder to his own home. It would take a man walking a moderate pace about seven minutes to pass from Hourigan’s house to where the man Allen was shot. Mrs Kelly having proceeded towards Lattin, when within some 1,000 yards at the Damerville side she met Hourigan coming towards Damerville from his own house, riding a horse barebacked. It would be for the jury to say whether his proceedings after the murder were not taken for the purpose of groundling [sic] the alibi, which he (the Attorney-General) understood was to be the defence set up in the case. An important conversation then occurred. “Robert,” said Mrs Kelly, “There is a man on the road dead.” “Where?” said he. “Down near the road.” He said “He is not dead.” She replied “The man said he is dead.” He then said “Were there many there?” She told him, and she then said “Robert if your business is not of great importance I would not care about going over.” Hourigan then turned back and galloped his horse home. After referring to further details of the evidence for the prosecution, the learned gentleman called upon the jury, according to the solemn obligation of their oaths, to find a true verdict according to the evidence.

The several witnesses named in the opening statement, and a number of others were examined, and most of them underwent a severe cross-examination.

The case for the Crown closed at the rising of the court at six o’clock.



On this day the case was resumed, when witnesses were examined for the defence, and after the charge of the Judge, the jury retired for ten minutes and brought in a verdict of acquittal.

Murder of Edmond Allen - Trial Reported in Limerick Reporter and Tipperary Vindicator - 18860716
Limerick Reporter and Tipperary Vindicator, July 16, 1886

Edmond Allen (1855 – 1886) – Murdered in Tipperary

Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

William Philip Allen (1848 – 1867) – Manchester Martyr – Sources

Primary Sources

Newspaper Accounts

November 27, 1867

November 30, 1867

December 1, 1867

December 3, 1867

December 13, 1867

Secondary Sources

William Allen - Memorial Stone, Kilbrogan Hill, Bandon

William Allen – Memorial Stone, Bridewell, Kilbrogan Hill, Bandon – 51° 45′ 22.9176″ N, 8° 44′ 11.0688″ W-



William Allen’s father was in charge of the Bridewell in Bandon, Co. Cork in 1867. The Henry and Coughlan Directory for Bandon in 1867 locates the Bridewell on North Main Street; there is no name of the officer in charge; a William Allen, grocer, is listed on Market Street.

The commentary re the Memorial Stone for William Allen indicates the Bridewell was at Kilbrogan Hill, Bandon. Also:

This is not a burying place rather a commemorative cross. Efforts have been made to return the bodies from England. For more information contact John Desmond.

William Philip Allen was one of the Manchester Martyrs affectionately known as Allen Larkin and O’Brien. Allen’s father, a protestant, was the keeper at the RIC barracks called the Bridewell at Kilbrogan Hill.

James Stephens, a draper in South Main Street introduced Allen into the Fenian organisation, known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1864. William Philip was received into the Catholic Church by Canon O Brien on the 20th  June 1866. He was arrested in Manchester on the 18th September 1867 and wrongfully hung with his two friends at the front of the New Bailey in Salford England on the 23rd November 1867. It was the second last public hanging to be held in England.

Their remains now rest in grave number 2711, plot C in Blackley Cemetery Manchester.

The Dublin man that fired the fatal shot escaped from the scene and made a clean getaway to New York, where he lived for many years, eventually returning to Ireland and dying in his native city. (Peter Rice)

The Celtic Cross monument was erected to William Philip’s memory by his fellow Townsmen.


Also, :

Records the marriage by license of Jane Allen, full age, spinster of Bridewell, Kilbrogan parish, daughter of Henry, policeman to John Warner, full age, bachelor, carpenter on August 24, 1861. Witnessed by Thomas Allen and Thomas Warner.

Bandon Historical Journals:

1984(1) – By the Banks of the Bandon – Michael O’Carroll

– Storied Kilbrogan – Liam O Donnchadha

1993 (9) – The Laneways of Bandon – Sean Connolly

2004 (20) – The Manchester Martyrs (Part 1) – John & Margaret Desmond

2005(21) – The Manchester Martyrs: A note – John & Margaret Desmond

Denvir, J – The Story of an Old Rebel – 1910 Bandon in 1870 – Slater\’s Directory of Cork City and County

Allen Family

The result of our research of the Allen Family includes many hand-written documents – Peannairi manages the transcription of these documents. The part these documents play in telling the story of the Allen Family is managed in Allen’s Upper Canada Sundries.

<<Allen Family in Ireland prior to Robinson Emigration in 1825>>

William Phillip Allen (18xx – 1867), Manchester Martyr

William Allen Papers – University of Pittsburgh

Title:  Allen Family Papers
Collection Number:  AIS.1977.14
Creator:  Allen family
Collection Dates: 1867
Extent:  0.31 linear feet (1 box)

Abstract: The collection contains materials regarding William P. Allen, member of an Irish nationalist society know as Fenians. Allen was hanged November 23, 1867 at New Barley Prison, Salford, England, for his participation in the Fenian attack at Manchester on a prison van containing Fenian prisoners. The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia. Digital reproductions are available online.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260

Date Published:January 1978.

Biography:  William Philip Allen was executed November 23, 1867, in England for his participation in the Fenian Rebellion of 1867. The goal of this revolutionary rebellion was to establish an Irish republic. He was arrested and executed for his participation in the prison van rescue of fellow Fenians on September 18, 1867. The rescue was thwarted but not before the constable in charge of the van was killed. The would-be Fenian rescuers became known as the “Manchester Martyrs” Bitter public feeling was aroused in Ireland by their conviction on what many regarded as weak evidence.

Collection Scope and Content Notes: This collection consists of original letters from William Philip Allen to his family in Ireland, as well as letters to his family from supporters. The collection also includes a few newsclips and handbill containing the poem, “God Save Ireland”, composed by T.D. Sullivan, written to commemorate the “Manchester Martyrs”. Photocopy and microfilm versions of the collection are also available.

Access Restrictions:  No restrictions.
Acquisition Information: The collection was received from the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh on May 14, 1977.

[Also see this note re how the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh came into possession of this material.]

This collection has been microfilmed and is available on one reel, AIS.1977.14 (Microfilm-cabinet 2, Drawer 2). It’s also been digitized with access to the images in the finding aid.

Preferred Citation: Allen Family Papers, 1867, AIS.1977.14, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh.

Copyright: Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Collection Inventory

  1. Series I. Correspondence from William Philip Allen, 1867 – Box 1
  2. Series II. Correspondence to Mrs. Allen, mother of William P. Allen, 1867
  3. Series III. Ephemera, 1867

The Shocking Murder of Edmond Allen near Tipperary – 1886

Shocking Murder of Edmund Allen near Tipperary - unknown source from U of T search

On Saturday evening a brutal murder was committed at a place called Shronell, situated about 3 miles from the town of Tipperary, but does not seem to be connected with agrarian matters. The victim was a farmer named Edmond Allen, living at Park, near Galbally, in this county. Deceased, who was about 35 years of age, left his house at midday on Saturday for Damerville, Shronell, the residence of Mr. Austin Chadwick, for the purpose of taking back a farm horse which a few days ago was lent to him by Mr. Chadwick’s land steward, John Tobin. He arrived at Damerville about half-past 4 o’clock. He remained there half an hour, and then left for home, a distance of seven miles. He was seen walking down the avenue and passing out of the entrance gate. At the Shronell side of Damerville gate is a high wall, closing in the kitchen garden of Shronell House. By these two high enclosures is formed for about one hundred yards a regular alley. In this lane-like place a few minutes past five o’clock was found stretched on the middle of the road the lifeless body of the murdered man Allen. The persons who found the body were Patrick O’Neil, grocer, Lattin, Michael Daly, and Thomas Looby, who live near Lattin. There was no blood on the face of deceased nor on his person or clothes, nor any marks whatever of violence. Hence the men concluded deceased had suddenly died a natural death. They did not know who he was, and they searched his pockets for any papers which might have been about him that would reveal his identity. These they found. One of the three men then ran up  to Thomas Brown’s public house, at the Cross of Shronell, and informed Brown of the matter. Brown is a second cousin of deceased. Brown and his son-in-law, an ex-policeman, David Hoey, at once proceeded on their car to the scene of the outrage. They placed the body on the car and drove back to their house. On arriving there they immediately sent for Dr. Condon, of Shronell. On the doctor’s arrival they removed the clothes from the body, when it was seen that the man had been foully murdered. There were three bullet wounds on the back, one near the shoulder-blade, another a little lower down, and the third directly opposite the heart. They were pistol shots. Evidently he was fired at from behind. Two of the bullets lodged in the body, and death must have been instantaneous. It appears the deceased had quarrelled with his neighbours at Galbally about a right of passage, and litigation was begun more than 13 months ago, and has not yet terminated. It is stated a man was sent to gaol for three months at the prosecution of deceased in an assault case, arising out of the contention of the right of passage. Deceased was a Protestant, and was well-known in Tipperary, where he had several relatives. He was a second cousin of Allen, one of the three Manchester “martyrs.” He was a widower, and had no family. He held a comfortable farm, on which he kept sixteen cows.

Murder of Edmund Allen - London North News and Finsbury Gazette - 18860123

A well-to-do farmer named Edmond Allen, of Galbally, county Limerick, has been shot dead at Shronell, near Tipperary, and about seven miles from his home. The body, on being discovered, was conveyed to a neighbouring inn. Three pistol-bullet wounds were found in the unfortunate man’s back, indicating that he had been fired at from behind. It seems that Allen had quarrelled with his neighbours with respect to a right of way, and a course of litigation with them had not ceased at the time of his death, but whether this circumstance has had anything to do with the murder has not yet been shown. The unfortunate man was a Protestant. The Tipperary branch of the National League have unanimously passed a resolution condemning the outrage, and expressing hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

London North News and Finsbury Gazette, January 23, 1886.