The Irish Times, 4 December 1878
An inquest was held yesterday at Cork on the body of William Aherne, who died from injuries inflicted by a knife by Michael Murphy, at Passage on the evening of the 23rd November. On that night they were holding a procession in memory of the Manchester executions. The deceased was a torchbearer, and a dispute occurred between him and Murphy for the possession of the torch. During the struggle the latter stabbed Aherne on the head, the weapon penetrating to the brain. A verdict of manslaughter against Murphy was returned.
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