Subscribers to Fund for Conviction of Murderers
of Edmond Shally
1815 SIGNATORIES AND SUBSCRIBERS
The following persons signed an open letter published in the “Clare
Journal” on Thursday 26 January 1815, pledging sums of money from
20 guineas to one guinea for the conviction of persons for the murder
of Edmond Shally, herdsman at Erribul, Kilfiddane.
The following text accompanied the list of subscribers. This list was
compiled at the Local Studies Centre of Clare County Library.
“Whereas, between the hours of one and two o’clock on Wednesday
11th inst., Edm. Shally, Herdsman to Messrs. Spellissy and Whetstone on
the lands of Eribol, in this County, was most INHUMANLY MURDERED by Timothy
Murphy and Thomas O’Connors (Tenants to part of said lands) aided
and assisted by Patrick O’Connors, of Knock, brother to said Thomas
“Now, We, the undersigned, holding in just abhorrence this foul
and atrocious Murder, do hereby promise to pay the sums annexed to our
names, to any Person or Persons who shall apprehend and prosecute to conviction
within six calendar months any or either of the above-named Murderers;
and any Person giving private information to John Whetstone which may
lead to their apprehension will be liberally rewarded and their names
“Descriptions of the above-named, Tim. Murphy, Thomas O’Connors,
and Pat O’Connors:-
“Timothy Murphy. Aged about 40 years, 5 feet 6 inches high, black
hair, slim, swarthy complexion, ill-looking visage, grey eyes, had on
an old black cloth, by trade a Carpenter.
“Thomas O’Connors. Aged about 30 years, 5 feet 10 inches high,
fair hair, sallow complexion, long visage, grey eyes, had on a grey frieze
coat, yellow waistcoat, and a drab colour velveteen breeches.
“Patrick O’Connors. Much the same description as Thomas O’Connors,
but a little fatter.”
Dated: Ennis, 23rd January 1815.