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LIMERICK SOLICITOR ASSAULTED FOLLOWING ANTI-HOME RULE MEETING |

LIMERICK SOLICITOR ASSAULTED FOLLOWING ANTI-HOME RULE MEETING

Limerick, Ireland – Tensions stemming from an Anti-Home Rule meeting held in Limerick last month erupted into violence as solicitor Mr Richard Wallace faced a hostile crowd upon leaving a local theatre. The incident occurred on the night of the 21st ult, marking a concerning turn of events in the aftermath of the political gathering.

At the City Petty Sessions held yesterday, Thomas Bourke and John Manning found themselves on trial, accused of assaulting Mr Richard Wallace. District Inspector Craig presented the charges, shedding light on the unsettling confrontation that unfolded on the streets of Limerick.

According to Constable O’Mahony’s testimony, Mr Wallace had been attending the theatre and left around 10 o’clock that night. As he exited, he was trailed by a crowd exhibiting aggressive behaviour, booing, cheering, and shouting. The tension escalated when, in George Street, Manning reportedly struck Mr Wallace. Witnesses, including Constable O’Mahony, confirmed the assault, though some members of the crowd remained unidentified.

Mr Wallace, a solicitor, provided a first-hand account of the harrowing experience, recounting how the crowd pursued him through Glentworth Street into George Street. Amidst the commotion, he was pelted with mud, and a blow to his left eye resulted in visible bruising. The situation further deteriorated as Mr Wallace was knocked to the ground, sustaining additional injuries.

The court took swift action against John Manning, who failed to appear on the summons. In his absence, Manning was sentenced to a month’s imprisonment or a fine of forty shillings. However, the case against Thomas Bourke was not pursued, as the Constabulary was unable to produce evidence for identification.

This incident highlights the lingering tensions in Limerick following the Anti-Home Rule meeting. The assault on a solicitor underscores the broader societal divisions that have emerged in the wake of political gatherings and the differing views on the Home Rule issue. Authorities are likely to remain vigilant to prevent further instances of violence, and the community is left grappling with the aftermath of this disturbing confrontation on the streets of Limerick.

Dublin Daily Express – Saturday 02 November 1912

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