Murder in Tipperary
Mr. Edmond Allen, of Park, Shot Dead
A well-to-do farmer named Edmond Allen, from Park, Galbally, co. Limerick, on Saturday evening, at Shronell, within three miles of the town of Tipperary, was shot dead. Deceased, who was a hale, middle-sized man, about 35 years of age, left his home at mid-day on Saturday for Damerville, Shronell, the residence of Mr. Austin Chadwick, for the purpose of bring 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 at about half-past four 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, opposite which there is another high wall, closing in the kitchen garden of Shronell House, the birthplace of the late John Sadleir. By these two high enclosures there 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 are – Patrick O’Neill, grocer, Lattin; Michael Daly, and Thomas Looby, who live near Lattin. There was no blood on the face of the deceased nor on his person or clothes, nor any marks whatever of violence. Hence the men concluded deceased died naturally a sudden death. They did not know who he was, and they searched his pockets for any papers which might be 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) named David Hoey, at once proceeded to the scene of the outrage on their car. – They placed the body on the car, and drove back to their house. On arriving there they had Doctor Condon, of Shrenell [sic], immediately sent for. On the doctor’s arrival, they removed the clothes from the body, when it was seen that the man was 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. Several lawless outrages have recently been reported from the district of Ballyconroy, near Lattin, but deceased’s residence was seven miles away. For some time past there had been disputes between deceased and other persons concerning the right of passage and other matters, and prosecutions had taken place at Petty Sessions. Deceased was a Protestant, and was well known in the town here, where he had several relatives. He was a second cousin of Allen, one of the three Manchester martyrs. He was a widower but has left no family. He held a comfortable farm, on which he kept sixteen cows. At the meeting of the National League on Sunday, the Very Rev. Canon Cahill, P. P., V. G., President, in the chair – the Chairman, in most feeling terms, condemned the murder, after which the following resolution was passed – “Resolved – That we have heard with horror of the brutal murder committed at Shronell on Saturday night; that we denounce such crying outrages – first, because they are most atrocious crimes, and secondly, because they give a handle to our enemies to cry out for coercion measures against us; that we denounce the perpetrators of this foul murder as the worst enemies of their country, and trust they may be speedily brought to justice.”
The Inquest – 18860118
An inquest was held yesterday at Shronell, a few miles from the town of Tipperary, by Coroner Morrissey, M. D., on the body of the unfortunate man, Edmond Allen, who was murdered at that place on Saturday evening about five o’clock. The medical evidence indicated that no less than five shots were fired at Allen, all of which took effect to a greater or less extent. Two bullets were extracted from the body, and a third was found inside his shirt, having torn the skin superficially across the back. There was besides the wounds made by the revolver shots a gash under the jaw, from which it would appear the assassin intended to finish his dreadful work by cutting the man’s throat. The jury found a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence – that the man had died from wounds inflicted by some person or persons unknown. The crime has evoked a strong feeling of horror and indignation in the district. There have been no arrests made up to the present.
Limerick Reporter and Tipperary Vindicator, January 19, 1886