Qualify it as we may, the funeral procession in Cork on Sunday must have been a sad spectacle for any Irishman to contemplate. Let us put the most charitable construction on it, and if we could distinguish between treason and “political offences,” such as the one for which the three Manchester Fenians were hanged, linking the demonstration with the latter class, what does it amount to? In its mildest, most modified form, it was a procession of some twelve or thirteen thousand persons, [*Half the number] sympathising with men who were justly punished for a foul murder, committed in open day, in a populous English town, the victim being a sworn servant of the Crown, who had no choice but to do his duty or perjure himself. In its milder aspect, therefore, the demonstration was in sympathy with cold-blooded murder. We cannot, however, believe that such is the interpretation to be given to the procession in Cork; and, grouping the whole of the circumstances – the green ribbons, the rosettes and crape, the mourning costume, and the ladies’ tears – it would be an insult to the meanest intellect to give the assembly any other character than that of a demonstration to sympathise with treason, and, in so doing, to violate Divine and human law. Perhaps the worst feature in the whole is the money support alleged to have been given by deputy-lieutenants and justices of the peace. – Belfast News Letter.
Cork Constitution, December 5, 1867