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CO. LIMERICK TRAGEDY: Teenager’s Death in Shooting Incident Sends Shockwaves Through Community

A tragic incident unfolded in County Limerick, near Newcastle West, on Sunday, sending ripples of sorrow throughout the local community. Nineteen-year-old John Wright, a resident of Glenagown, lost his life due to an accidental gunshot wound during what was supposed to be a routine outing. The incident has left the community reeling with grief and searching for answers.

According to reports, the Irish Volunteers’ local company was on a march when the unfortunate event occurred. Wright, accompanied by a youthful friend named Hickey, was among those participating in the activity. Hickey, in possession of a gun and some ammunition, noticed crows within shooting range and decided to take aim. However, as the birds failed to approach close enough, Hickey refrained from firing the gun.

In an attempt to unload the weapon, Hickey inadvertently triggered the gun, causing the live cartridge to explode. The devastating consequence was Wright sustaining a gunshot wound to the stomach. Despite swift medical attention from Reverend M. Hayes, CC, and the efforts of Dr P. S. Pegum, Wright succumbed to his injuries approximately an hour after the accident.

The loss of John Wright has cast a pall over the entire community, with heartfelt sympathy pouring out for his family and loved ones. Wright’s untimely demise serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the unforeseeable nature of tragic accidents.

Amidst the grief, attention has turned to Hickey, who was formally arrested and charged following the incident. Described as a quiet and upstanding young man within the community, Hickey’s involvement in the tragedy has left many bewildered and saddened. The public’s sentiments towards Hickey are marked by empathy and a recognition of the profound impact the incident has had on him as well.

As the community grapples with the aftermath of this devastating event, there is a collective call for support and compassion towards all those affected. The tragedy serves as a sombre reminder of the importance of firearm safety and the need for vigilance when handling such potentially dangerous weapons.

Authorities are conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, aiming to shed light on the sequence of events and prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future. In the meantime, the memory of John Wright remains cherished by those who knew him, his life celebrated even as his loss is mourned.

The profound impact of this tragedy extends beyond the borders of County Limerick, serving as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment with loved ones.

Freeman’s Journal – Tuesday 18 January 1916