Sunday, July 5, 2015

Lament For Arthur O'Leary


"He [Arthur O'Leary] had been an officer in the Hungarian service and was married to a daughter of Daniel O'Connel [Eileen*] of Derrynane (grandfather to the Liberator). On his becoming a resident in Ireland, his influence over the peasantry of his old patrimonial district excited the jealousy of Mr. [Abraham] Morris... ."

"Two men were placed in ambuscade...who, on O'Leary's approach, fired at him." "Another shot from the soldiers laid him dead on the road."

"It seems that Morris was tried in Cork for O'Leary's death, but was acquitted. The relatives of the deceased, animated now by wild feelings of revenge, watched their opportunity [7 July 1773]...".

*--Eibhlín Dhubh Ní Chonaill (ca 1743-1800)

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