|LOCAL MILITARY NEWS|
| A supplement to the London Gazette contains the followingWar Office, Oct. 5th.Regular Forces ; Special Reserve of Officers ; reserve units (infantry).4th Munster FusiliersLieut. J. Lundon relinquishes his commission on appointment to the R.A.F., 17th June, 1920.|
SHOCKING CORK TRAGEDY
YOUNG MAN SHOT DEAD
BY ARMED MAN
| A shocking tragedy occurred on Wednesday evening a few miles
outside Cork as a result of which Maurice Christopher Ahern, aged 23 years, of Monard, near Cork, lost his
life. On his way home from the city he was held up by a man who attempted to rob him, and because
Aherne [sic] refused to part with his money, the assailant fired, killing him.
Interviewed by an Examiner representative yesterday morning, the deceased's father who
was very visibly affected by the great shock of his son's tragic death, said his son was killed about twenty
past seven o'clock on Wednesday evening. The tragedy occurred at Rathpeacon, at the two-mile-stone
on the new Mallow road. His son had been delivering milk in the city, as was his daily custom, and was on
his way home at the time of the shooting. He was driving in a pony-milkvan, and was accompanied by a
friend of his, a man named Daniel Healy, of Coolowen.
When they had reached the two-mile-stone, a man stepped into the road in front of the car. He had a
revolver in his hand, and raised the weapon as he shouted to the deceased to halt. Ahern pulled up the
pony, and the next order was for both he and Healy to get off. They obeyed, and stood on
the road with their hands up. The armed man addressed Ahern, and demanded his money. The deceased,
of course, was in the habit of bringing home varied sums of money after each delivery of milk. Sometimes
these amount to £10, but there were more often somewhat less that this. The armed man persisted
in his demand for the money even after Ahern refused to give it to him. He threatened to shoot unless the
money was handed over, but Ahern still refused. Pointing his revolver at the deceased, the man said,
I'll fire if you don't give it to me! Ahern still ignored the threat, whereupon the armed man,
counting slowly Onetwothree fired at Ahern as he said
three. The deceased, struck by the bullet through his head, collapsed. On subsequent
examination it was found that the bullet had entered one of his eyes and passed out the back of his
head, so that death must have been instantaneous.
When the assailant fired, Healy afraid that he too would be shot, decided to make a dash for safety, and
he was successful in getting away uninjured. The pony bolted on hearing the shot, so that there were none
left on the road but the armed assailant, with the dead body of the man he had just killed, stretched at his
Some time afterwards another milkman, James Mullane, of Monard, was passing on his way home, and
was horrified to see the body of Maurice Ahern lying on the road. He was joined a few minutes later by
James Mulcahy, of Kilcronan, and the two managed to remove the body into a neighbouring house. A
priest was sent for, and in a short time Rev. Father O'Flynn, C.C., Whitechurch, arrived and administered
the last rites of the Church. The body was next placed on a car and removed to the residence at Monard
of the deceased's father, where it still lies, and where it is expected an inquiry into the tragedy will be held.
The deceased's relatives have made a full report to the I.R.A. authorities and the to I.R.A. liaison officer.
The deceased was of splendid physique, being over six feet in height, and was a young man of excellent
character. He was a member of the I.R.A., and was held in the greatest esteem not alone by his comrades
in that body, but by all who knew him. He was the youngest of a family of three boys and a girl. It has been
ascertained that deceased's watch, as well as his money, were missing from the body when it was
MR. HEALY'S STORY.
Believed the Revolver Empty
THE MAN ON THE BICYCLE.
| Interviewed by an Examiner representative, Mr. Daniel Healy, who was the
companion on the occasion, told a story very similar to that outlined above. When they were halted the
man was standing more or less in the ditch, where he had, apparently been concealed, and he was in a
position below the level of the road. Mr. Healy was on that side of the car, and the armed man came to
the car and felt his pockets, and asked him if he had any money. They were both then ordered to
get out of that car, and they did so. Addressing Ahern, the man ordered him to hand
over the money, and, Ahern refusing he threatened to shoot. Once he commenced counting one,
two, three, but stopped again to demand the money. Finally, he again counted one, two,
three, and as he uttered the word three, he fired killing Ahern.
Here Mr. Healy interposed with an explanation of Ahern's determined refusal to part with the money, in spite
of the man's threats. In the same district a man was held-up a considerable time ago, and money was
demanded in the same fashion. This gentleman, too, persisted in refusing to hand over his money, as
he guessed his assailant to be really unarmed. His guess proved correct. The revolver was either empty,
or, more probably, a dummy weapon, so that the robber could not make good his threats to shoot.
Consequently this gentleman escaped with his money. It is only quite recently, said
Mr. Healy, that Ahern told me this story. He must have misjudged the situation on Wednesday
night, and believed that the man could not fire.
Mr. Healy added that he himself was under the impression that the man could not firethat the revolver
was either unloaded or a dummy. The repeated threats, without any attempt being made to put them into
force, naturally tended to confirm this belief, and it was not until the shot had actually been discharged that
Mr. Healy realised the hold-up was genuine, and that the man was prepared to shoot. The
shooting, continued Mr. Healy, occurred about a quarter to half a mile beyond what is locally known as the
one-eyed bridge. It was between quarter past and half past seven, and was almost dark, so
that close as he was to him, Mr. Healy could not see his assailant very well, and consequently he is not able
to give an accurate description of the man. He seemed to be well-dressed and was not masked, although
his cap, which was a dark one, was pulled down over the forehead. When he spoke at first and said,
Put your hands up! there did not seem to be anything unusual about his accent, but his
subsequent remarks were made in an English accent. In Mr. Healy's opinion, however, the voice was
When Ahern fell dead on the road Mr. Healy ran back towards Cork to warn the others coming along the
road, as he feared there might be a gang of men working there instead of only the one who had accosted
them with such tragic results. Every minute, said Mr. Healy, I expected to get a bullet
in my back as I was running. The man, however, did not fire again. After running for about a quarter
of a mile Mr. Healy met Mullane in his car with a few others. He stopped them and told them what had
occurred, and after consultation they decided to make a detour via a boreen and get help at Mr. Daniel
Walsh's. Mr. Healy, accompanied by a few others, continued on till they came out on the main road beyond
where the shooting had occurred, and here they inquired at a cottage if Ahern had yet passed home.
Mr. Healy was at that time not aware of his friend's fate. While they were at the cottage the pony passed
them at a gallop. He had not bolted at first, but apparently something frightened him some time after the
shooting. The car was empty, and they then realised that Ahern had been hit.
| A man riding on a bicycle next passed, remarking as he did so that there was a burglar above there.
This man on the bicycle seemed to be very like the man who had shot Ahern, and in Mr. Healy's opinion, he was
the same man. Mr. Healy was careful to explain, however, that he was by no means sure of this. His reasons
for believing the two were the same man were various. Firstly, the description and tone of the voice were
much the same. Secondly, the man on the bicycle had come from the direction of the shooting, and was
not seen by anyone going in that direction, or was not seen by the men whom Mr. Healy met on the road.
Thirdly, even if he saw Ahern's body he could not know definitely that there was a burglar on the road, as
he was not present at the shooting. Fourthly, he cycled away, a most unusual thing for any ordinary
passerby to do under the circumstances.
A man named J. J. Murphy, of Coolowen, then went down to the scene of the shooting, followed by the little
group of whom Mr. Healy was one. Murphy examined the body and said Ahern was dead. Mr. Healy then
went over and knelt beside his dead friend. The others also knelt down on the roadside, and all commenced
to pray. Mr. Healy recited the Act of Contrition, bending over Ahern's body, and then continued with the
Rosary and other prayers. A priest had meantime been sent for, and when he arrived, Mr. Healy set off to
break the sad news to deceased's family. The body was taken at first into a neighbour's house, Monard,
yesterday, a jury having been sworn and the body viewed, on the application of the deceased's father the
Foreman, with the assent of the jury, gave permission for the removal of the body to the Blarney Catholic
Church. The inquest will be held at Blarney this morning. The remains were accompanied to the Church by
a large number of friends and acquaintances, and the deepest sorrow was manifested on all sides.
AMERICAN RELIEF FOR IRELAND.
| London, Thursday.Mr. John J. Pulleyn and the Hon. Richard Campbell, both of New York City, arrived in London last night, having crossed on the Lapland, and are at the Carlton Hotel. Mr. Pulleyn is the President of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, the largest Savings Bank in the world, with assets totalling £1,000,000,000 (a billion), and is Treasurer of the American Committee for Relief in Ireland. Judge Campbell, who is Secretary of the Relief Committee, is a member of the firm of Gilbert, Campbell and Barrance, attorneys, of New York.
Mr. Campbell and Judge Campbell leave for Ireland to-night. They said to-day that the American Committee for Relief collected by popular subscription in the United States a sum equivalent to £1,250,000, at the present rate of exchange, of which some £250,000 had already been distributed in Ireland through the Irish White Cross Society. Of this, about £100,000 had been distributed in Belfast, they said in weekly doles to the families of the ten thousand workmen driven from employment in the Belfast shipyards more than a year ago.
In visiting Ireland they return the visit paid to New York by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Mr. R. A. Anderson, representing the Irish White Cross, in May last, at which time an agreement was entered into between the American Committee and the Irish White Cross as to the manner in which the American Funds were to be distributed.
MANY HOUSES RAIDED.
OCCUPANTS BADLY BEATEN.
| Thurles, Thursday.About 5.20 a.m. this morning, Garryvielheen street, Thurles, was thrown into a state of terror when four houses were successively visited by a party of six or seven men, and the occupants savagely beaten with sticks. At each door, in answer to an inquiry from within, Who is there? they replied the I.R.A. When they were admitted into the house of Michael Spillane, they demanded a candle, and after some parley, they flashed lights from pocket flash-lamps about the house. They then asked where Johnny Spillane was, and on the latter rising up from the bed the intruders seized him. His mother screamed and tried to save him, but the party shouted out they were the men for the I.R.A., and savagely attacked Johnny Spillane with sticks. Mrs. Spillane states her son was beaten and kicked in a most brutal manner.
The whole street was roused by the screams and the cries. The family, including the boy, strenuously denied he belonged to the I.R.A., but all their entreaties had no avail, and the boy was almost at the point of death, his head and other portions of his body being a mass of cuts and bruises.
Similar scenes were enacted at the house of Thomas Moroney (a baker), whose son was attacked, and is in a very precarious condition in hospital. Cornelius Ryan, a labourer, was also badly beaten, and John Ryan, whose house was also entered, was the victim of a murderous assault. Those houses are all in the same street. John Ryan ran to a house a couple of hundred yards off, and having called for assistance, fell in a dead faint at the doorstep. When the occupants, who were greatly frightened, came out they found him lying like a slaughtered beast at the door. He is also in hospital, and it is not known if he will recover. Most of the assaulted young fellows, as far as is known, never took part in politics.
The attackers, it is said, wore long coats, and in the dark could not be recognised, but several members of the families visited say they can swear to recognising the voice of one of the attackers. The whole series of affairs has caused the most intense excitement and horror.
IRISH FARMERS' UNION.
| At a meeting of the North Liberty Branch of the Irish Farmers' Union held last evening, at which Mr. Tim Corcoran presided, a vote of condolence, on the proposition of Mr. Joseph Forrest, seconded by Mr. Maurice Burke, supported by all present, was passed unanimously to the parents of the late Mr. Maurice Christopher Aherne [sic] on his tragic death.|
| COUGHLANNASONOn the 13th Sept., at St. Finbarr's (South), by the Rev. T. O'Leary, assisted by Rev. Father Clement, O.S.F.C., William, third son of John and Ellen Coughlan, Bandon Road, Cork, to Mollie, eldest daughter of Mrs. and the late George Nason, Quaker Road, Cork.
SMITHCHAMBERSOn Oct. 3rd, at Church of the Apostles, Pimlico, London, by the Rev. Father O'B. England, Walter, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Smith, West Hartlepool, to Aileen, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Chambers, Waterville, Co. Kerry.
| AHERNOn October 5th (shot on way home), Maurice Christopher (I.R.A.), aged 24 years, youngest son of Maurice Ahern. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing parents, brothers and sister. R.I.P. Funeral on this day (Friday) from Blarney Catholic Church, at 2 o'clock, for Garrycloyne.
BIRMINGHAMOn Oct. 5th, at his residence, 6, Glenview Terrace, Dillon's Cross, John Birmingham. Aged 75 years. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and family. May Jesus have mercy upon his soul. R.I.P. Funeral on to-morrow (Saturday), at 3 p.m., from St. Joseph's Church, Mayfield, for Rathcooney.
BRADLEYOn Oct. 5th, at her residence, Main Street, Dunmanway, Mary Bradley, relict of the late Cornelius Bradley, and mother of Michael Bradley, interned in Ballykinlar Camp. R.I.P. Funeral for St. Patrick's Cemetery on this day (Friday) at 3 p.m.
COSGRAVEOn the 6th inst., at his residence, 140, Ballyhooly Road, Timothy Cosgrave. Deeply regretted by his wife and children. R.I.P. Funeral on to-morrow (Saturday), at 3 o'clock from St. Joseph's Church, Mayfield, for Rathcooney.
STAFFORDOn 5th October, at her residence, Glen Ilen, Skibbereen, Harriet, daughter of the late Dr. Donovan, and widow of Dr. Stafford, late of Suirville, Tipperary. Funeral from Pro-Cathedral on this day (Friday), for Rosscarbery, at 1 o'clock.
| GRIFFINFourth AnniversaryIn sad and loving memory of my dear husband, John Griffin, who died at his residence, 11, South Main Street, Bandon, on October 7th, 1917. On his soul Sweet Jesus have mercy. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary pray for him.(Inserted by his loving wife.)
McDONNELLFirst AnniversaryIn loving memory of our darling son and only brother, Patrick Michael McDonnell, M.B. (N.U.L.), of 14 Westbourne Place, Queenstown, who departed this life Oct. 7th, 1920. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary pray for him. Masses for the repose of his soul at St. Michael's and St. John's, Dublin, and St. Colman's Cathedral, Queenstown.(Inserted by his fond parents and sisters.)
RADLEYIn sad and ever loving memory of our darling child, Kathleen Radley, who died at her grand parents residence, Lower Aghada, on the 7th of October, 1918. Sadly missed and deeply mourned.
RYANFirst AnniversaryIn sad and ever loving memory of James Ryan, who died at his residence, 12, St. Patrick's Terrace, Lower Road, on Oct. 7th, 1920, R.I.P.(Inserted by his loving wife and family.)