Walking to our Castle and back

The most exciting thing to happen today was when the guy from the garage came and picked up Max for his full medical and returned him with a clean bill of health. Mind you, it almost didn’t happen. The chap who took the booking forgot to write down that they were picking him up.

I rang them and sorted it out. They were very apologetic. But, all was well and there was no reason for anyone to get angry. Max, being a car, had no opinion on the matter though I think he was as amazed as I was, that the guy who drove him back, managed to park in our space without falling off the bricks.

Mirinda’s back, on the other hand, is still bothering her. Mind you, the exercises that Sue gave her have helped enormously. As has attending meetings while walking on the treadmill. There’ll be no driving until she’s much better.

The other best exercise is walking, something the girls wholly endorse. So, before dinner, we head up the Avenue of Trees to the castle.

It’s that time of the year when the Avenue is starting to get a bit slushy but nothing as bad as winter when it’s impassable. Also the leaves make the whole thing look lovely.

There was a light rain falling on us but not enough to actually wet anything. Mind you, we did see quite a few people with umbrellas and big, thick coats. Needless to say, I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. As I always say “Wet does not equal cold!

As we were heading home, we spotted a glorious sunset light, emanating from behind Badger’s Copse. It looked much lovelier than this photo could even hope to show.

Today, this happened

On October 13, 1798, a court martial was held in the Dublin barracks, Ireland. Hugh Woolaghan, Yeoman, stood accused of the murder of Thomas Dogherty.

On October 1, the prosecution declared, Hugh had gone to the Dogherty house and shot Thomas, wounding him. He then returned and finished the job with a second shot. This action, they claimed, was encouraged by Charles and James Fox. All three stood accused of murder and all three pleaded not guilty.

Thomas was the son of a suspected rebel. His mother, Mary, told the court that Hugh had asked her son if his father was a rebel. Thomas said no but that wasn’t enough for Hugh. He declared that Thomas was known to be a rebel as well. Thomas’s brother, likewise, defended Thomas and declared Hugh a murderer.

This took part at the end of the 1798 Irish Rebellion against British Rule. It officially ended on October 12 so, on October 1, when the shooting took place, Hugh could have been out rebel hunting and doing what he considered to be, his duty. As it was, he picked up a piece of paper which had a rebel song written on it. This piece of paper was shown in court. Hugh couldn’t read, so he had to guess it was important.

Hugh claimed that the piece of paper fell out of Thomas’s mother’s apron.

The song was read out in Court and pretty much damned the Prosecution case.

A few days later, Isaac Sutton was called as a witness for the Defence. He had been taken prisoner by the Rebels the previous May and had been guarded by a Thomas Dogherty. Isaac, having heard of the shooting, assumed it to be the same man.

Another Defence witness, Corporal George Kelly, told the Court that all Yeoman had been given the orders not to bother bringing Rebels in but to just shoot them. This was because they were too dangerous. In fact, said Corporal Kelly, the Rebels would shoot the Yeoman if they didn’t shoot first.

Kelly also maintained that Dogherty was considered a Rebel by everyone in the area. He admitted he would have shot him as well.

The court then heard a number of officers give the same sort of evidence as Kelly. In his closing remarks, Hugh presented the Court with a written (not by him, obviously) declaration of what happened, where and why.

The Court found that Hugh Woolaghan did shoot and kill Thomas Dogherty, but they cleared him, and the Fox boys, of wilful murder.

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