The Irish Times, 4 January 1896
On Saturday afternoon an inquest was held at Cahir Courthouse by Coroner J. J. Shoe, J.P., on the body of a respectable young Clonmel man, named Daniel Joseph Ahearne, whose remains were found yesterday in a frightful condition beneath the iron railway bridge which spans the Suir at Cahir. It appeared from the evidence that deceased, who was about 22 years of age, had been carrying on business with his mother in Gladstone street, Clonmel, for years past. On Sunday he went to the barracks in Cahir and said that he wanted to enlist, but left the barracks immediately and went into a public house ouside the gate with Master Tailor Peel, of the Hussars, whom he asked to take him in to enlist. Peel refused, and Ahearne threatened to kill himself. Eventually Ahearne said he would go home, and having inquired the way to the station went towards the town. About 10 o'clock a rural postman, named Hussey, met Ahearne near Cahir Abbey, and he asked the way to the station. Hussey told him to go along the line over the iron bridge, which was the shortest way. Ahearne appeared to be sober, but he had the smell of drink on him. He saw Ahearne going towards the railway line. This was the last time that Ahearne was seen alive. On Thursday Mr. Hill, agent for Murphy & Co., Clonmel, was walking along the railway when a man told him that a man was dead on the river bank under the bridge. He went down to the bank and found the body of the deceased lying there all mangled and bruised. It is surmised that the unfortunate young man fell from the tower of the bridge, a distance of about 70 feet, on to his head. His neck was broken, and there was a large wound on the forehead. The jury found a verdict of accidental death, and did not attach blame to anyone.
ENNISTYMON (CO. CLARE) DISTRICT.—Sergeant P. Ahern at the recent competitive examination of seniority Sergeants for the rank of Head Constable, secured the first place out of 13 who presented themselves. We wish the Sergeant all success.
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