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The Monaleen Shooting Incident: A Detailed Examination of a Remarkable Case

In a small town in Limerick, Ireland, a peculiar incident unfolded, leaving the community in shock. The events surrounding the shooting, investigation, and subsequent legal proceedings have raised eyebrows and led to a thorough examination of the circumstances.

A Special Court convened at the County Courthouse to address the shooting incident involving Cornelius McGrath from Monaleen. The court, presided over by Mr P. J. Kelly, R., aimed to investigate the allegations of McGrath unlawfully shooting at James Sheahan with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The proceedings, held on a Tuesday, unfolded with witness testimonies and legal scrutiny.

Kate Noonan, a key witness, provided a detailed account of the events leading up to the shooting. According to her deposition, McGrath had visited her home around 2 a.m. on the 2nd of the month. He informed her of alleged robbers at Mr McCormack’s house, urging her to wake up her husband and son. McGrath claimed he saw a man halfway through a window. Following his instructions, Noonan retrieved cartridges from her son’s room, and the gun was handed over to McGrath.

Later that morning, McGrath returned, admitting to firing a shot. It was then revealed that Jim Sheahan was in the house and had been wounded by the gunshot. McGrath expressed regret upon learning Sheahan’s identity, stating he wouldn’t have shot if he knew it was him. The court proceedings revealed a tense atmosphere as the details of the incident unfolded.

Thomas Noonan, Kate’s son, corroborated his mother’s testimony, confirming the sequence of events. McGrath, along with his father and Thomas, had gone to investigate the alleged robbery. Upon their return, McGrath admitted to firing the shot, unaware of Sheahan’s presence.

Dr Devane, the visiting surgeon at the County Infirmary, provided crucial medical testimony. Sheahan was admitted to the infirmary with a gunshot wound on the right side of his head and shoulder. The pellets had barely penetrated the skin, indicating a non-lethal but potentially harmful incident.

Constable McGoldrick testified that McGrath had reported to the barracks around 3 a.m. on the 2nd, claiming to have fired a random shot in the opposite direction of the alleged intruder. McGrath recounted that someone knocked on Mr McCormack’s door, inquiring about Mr Sheahan.

The Head Constable sought to have McGrath returned for trial at the upcoming Assizes in Limerick. However, Mr P. J. Kelly expressed reservations and decided to take the responsibility of refusing to proceed with the trial. McGrath was released on bail, set at £30 with two sureties of £30 each.

Freeman’s Journal – Wednesday 10 January 1912

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