The Irish Times, 21 October 1878
On Saturday an army pensioner named Michael Ahern, residing in Lower Cornwallis street, Limerick, made a desperate effort to take away his own life. He had been in a state of delirium from whiskey drinking for some days. At bed time he was heard talking loudly in his room, when a woman rushed upstairs, and found the unfortunate man hacking his legs and body with a razor. He was covered with blood. The woman gave the alarm, and Sub-constable Rollestone rushed in just as the unfortunate man was in the act of cutting his throat. Another moment, and it would have been over. The sub-constable at great risk seized Ahern, and took the razor from him. Ahern was quickly conveyed to the workhouse hospital. He will be prosecuted at the next petty sessions.
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