COURTESY Brian Ahearn RE JAMES CONNELLY

LYNNE BELL SANDERS

James Connelly

Hi Joanne,

You are correct James was tried and sentenced at Meath. No evidence of him being a United man, however the timing of his trial fits the events in Meath at the start of the rebellion on May May 23 and 24, 1798. (extract from my book covering the rebellion)

Some local people rose and prepared to march on the city, only to come under attack and suffer slaughter at Santry and Rathfarnham. Lord Roden and his fox-hunters took many prisoners, tied them and other suspects together on carts and put them on display in the castle-yard before hanging them on the scaffolding at Carlisle Bridge. Wade and Ledwich, two deserters from Lord Elys corps, were publically hanged on Queens Bridge on May 26 and the bodies of James Byrne and James Keely displayed in the castle-yard. The horrors of civil war had started and would engulf…

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