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The Carlow Sentinal

August, 1852

 On Monday August 9th 1852, The Times published the following piece ... "extracted from the Carlow Sentinel of this day, is another illustration of "freedom of election", as it is understood at this side of the Channel:-

   "On Thursday last, one of the most murderous attacks it was our painful duty to record after a contested election was made on a respectable Roman Catholic, the son of a freeholder of this county, near Lisnevagh, the residence of Captain M'Clintock Bunbury. At an early hour Mr. John Regan, an extensive road contractor, proceeded with two men to raise some gravel from a pit in the neighbourhood. On his arrival at the pit, about 20 men pounced on their victim, whom they designated a 'bloody Bruenite'.

He was knocked down, brutally maltreated with stones and shovels, and finally left in a state of insensibility. Intelligence having reached Lisnevagh, Captain Bunbury ordered his carriage, proceeded to the spot where this outrage was committed, and conveyed Mr. Regan to the County Infirmary, where he now lies in a dangerous state under the care of Dr. Rawson. We may judge of the savage character of his assailants, when we inform the reader that Mr. Regan sustained a compound fracture of the arm, had eleven wounds on the head, one of which, it is feared, is accompanied by a fracture, as a splinter from the skull was taken off, and that his body, from head to foot, was covered with bruises, the effects of kicks and blows while lying on the ground. Mr. Regan's father voted for Colonel Bruen and Captain Bunbury; and the son is thus punished because his father exercised the privilege of an elector in a county governed by British law.

Here are some of the fruits of those fanatical harangues delivered during the last month, when we were told in the public streets that the contest was one between 'God and the devil'. Five of the parties concerned in this inhuman outrage have been arrested, and committed to the County Gaol for trial at the assizes. Their names are Hugh Carty, John Carty, James Carty (three brothers), James Walsh, and Patrick Bryan. We regret to state that the life of Mr. Regan is in imminent peril".

Extract by  "Turtle Bunbury", 2008.

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