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Extract from Bunbury Papers
Save Carlow Men from Execution - 1823
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Clergyman Dies Trying To Save Carlow Men from Execution - 1823

Most Melancholy Occurrence: -

A Roman Catholic clergyman of the name of Donovan who officiated, we understand, at Blessington, learned in the course of his vocation some circumstance  tending to remove the imputation of guilt, if not to prove the innocence, of two unfortunate men sentenced to death at Carlow a day or two back.

Such was this excellent man's anxiety to turn this information to the advantage of  the unhappy accused, that though near 70 years of age, he rode on Saturday upwards of 60 miles on this praise-worthy business, and reached the Vice-Regal Lodge at the Park on Saturday evening last (12th inst.) too late to see the Lord Lieutenant. The reverend gentleman was promised an audience on the following morning at 10.

He put up at the Queen's Head Hotel, in Bride's-street (Dempster's) for the night and rose at half-past seven yesterday morning (Sunday), 13th inst., though still labouring under all the efforts of his great exertions, and dressed himself.

Wearied! with anxiety and exhaustion, he just sat down to  wait the proper moment for starting, in order to be at his destination in time and, melancholy to relate, without evincing the most trifling struggle, and as he sat, yielded up his pure spirit.

Every exertion was made to reanimate him, both by the family and Surgeon Wright, who instantly attended but we regret to say, without t effect. Exhausted nature could bear no more than he had endured on this mission of mercy.

Dublin Evening Mail.

The Times, July 19, 1823, p. 3.

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