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Limerick, Thursday—In a tragic incident, a man identified as Joseph Crowe (26) has been arrested by the Constabulary and charged with the murder of James Shanahan, also a labourer. The incident unfolded earlier today when Shanahan and his brother were at the River Corbally, engaged in sand extraction. A dispute erupted, leading to a violent altercation that resulted in Shanahan being struck on the head with a wooden skeat.

Shanahan, initially treated at Barrington’s Hospital, left the institution but tragically succumbed to his injuries, returning at 5 o’clock this morning. An inquest held later in the day shed light on the severity of the incident, revealing that Shanahan’s skull had been fractured by the blow of the driving pole.

The post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of death, aligning with the medical evidence presented during the inquest. The jury, considering the compelling evidence, found in accordance with the post-mortem results.

The accused, identified as Matthew Joseph Crowe, has been taken into custody and subsequently remanded as legal proceedings unfold.

The community in Limerick is grappling with the shock of this unfortunate event, as authorities continue their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deadly altercation. The incident serves as a sombre reminder of the potential consequences that can arise from disputes, emphasizing the need for peaceful resolutions and de-escalation.

Local authorities are urging residents to remain calm as the legal process takes its course. The tragedy has undoubtedly left a profound impact on the friends and family of the deceased, and the community as a whole.

As the case progresses, more details are expected to emerge, shedding light on the factors that contributed to this unfortunate incident. The city of Limerick, known for its rich history and vibrant community, now finds itself grappling with the aftermath of a violent confrontation that has left one life lost and another hanging in the balance.

Dublin Daily Express – Friday 08 March 1912

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