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1 FAMOUS TRIALS. JIlt. WILLIAM KIRWAN FOR THE MURDER OF HIS WIFE. dioSPf111 Kirwan, aged 45, was in- Lnn Pf. ^le murder of his v.'lie, Sarah Maria Tlie a rWHn> on the °t September, 1852. t ^J'stery m which this case was invohed I ham6 enee 111 which the aeath of the un- was' 111 tile instance, passed dig^T* gradual awakening of suspicion—the !\S tio, ry ot natives pointing to a violent solu- I Whol ^ral uncertainty in which the case a^r remained balanced—gave to this Cas a universal interest. It is difficult in a inf °* circumstantial evidence, where the jjy ren<?es are to be drawn from facts stated ^v-Prejudiced or insufficient observers, and guifT^j ^'ie judgment of the juror must be wit *n iSOIlle degree by the manner of the I. senftl888' to ^ve an abstract which shall pre- TVi same aspect as the case at length. Wa« f s^a'tenieilt- of the counsel for the Uown I tad i t'ie ^°^0wino effect-—that the prisoner been married to the deceased for twelve of fh' no fam:iiy > during the whole ,» vitK -J61';(Xi> however, the prisoner had lived fam ano^ier woman, by whom he had a large er«f °' children. The prisoner during the Prof1' ^r': °* eac'h day was occupied in his tlrai^K1011 3,3 au as an anatomical u ughtsman, or in colouring maps for a well- ty firm; but the greater part of his time >r spent with Teresa Kenny, the woman to ]_ 0ru he had alluded, and although he had > j £ i^ tnr^ve years the husband of Maria j and had eight children during .A, neith ■P6r^0^ °f time by Teresa Kenny, f. the r ^aria KirAvan nor Teresa Kenny had ann).,s"Slite3t idea that he was attached to she person. Mrs. Kirwan believed that L ai^ ITas the sole possessor of his affections, f ] £ e lle same relief was entertained by Teresa j ,i| -the thing was so well managed that that aS until within the last six months perq ei- -er °t" these knew there was another flow?.AV^° 'K|^ a claim upon his attentions, i aetii.?i!er' a* that time such a discovery did Kirvp ta^e I^ace- ordinary abode of Mr. I the f11 Was upper Merrioii-street; but in of June Last he and his wife, thfc „a. -^ii-wan, took a lodging at Howth for °- bathing and fresh air. He 8eeiie??.ea himself in sketching the interesting renjV: the locality, and they were to have i 'jW"i there until the 7th of September, f islanJu.ry were well acquainted with a little Wd'g « tiie vicinity of Howth called "Ire- > WiiY,' £ e\ Tllis island the prisoner and II tb frequently visited: a.id on Mou- to Vi 10 day of the murder, the}' pK.ctfoed owi. Harbour at ten o'clock in order I 4 j.°Ver to t^e island, having with them ^6teh i clvrPet bag, two bottles, and a Wd Thjey were landed on the teVn'e^ai1^ ^-ULedia-tely afterwards ^8fe l jto Howth Harbour. Two parties Aj-p11 t;?- 011 ^le i8^a,r,l'i the same day, vrho ^Ore f -kirwan; but they quitted the spot %i.i- I, o'clock, and at that hour it was la^rno .Persons remained on the. island } Vm;sui i Kirwan ^nd his wife, Maria f 8tl(>Uld tmd been arranged that a boat k 5el°0u °°n.le to take them back at eight Person of the name of Hugh at. r:.W VYas leam"ng °n the harbour v., «ioh H°wth. saw the boat in question ( !l'a,ve ti..e^onSed to a man named Nangle) "°Ur nt "aybour and go to the island at the f ei8'lit o'clock. But before that a j'ttent- c9nsiderable importance attracted the pfore tv> °[ Campbell. About an hoar or so ''TQing. "oat went OArer lie heard a lc-ud cry tllc6 r<AT. °'7l the island, which Avas more than sonSfa Other persons on the shore j.le islanrl mien in a ^oa;t whioh was passing by jk- no a 0 "ear(^ cries about the same time, "i ^"aintert068' the jury should be well ^,Wcre Wlth the scene of the murder, and A 6 islar, 'lac^ ^een accordingly prepared. ? ftoAvfcl?' xvay opposite the harbour t Place nSi "earest pcint to vhe lattsr being '•h Kroad Patch," situate at the f If ^est f ei,d the island. Slanting to nil 10111 this plaoa were two strands, one it«er t"i waa considerably longer than the I l°^Vafd3 u, the extreme vest < nd leading 1 ). ltlg otior re'nains of a martello tower, and ^1 the points at which boats usually.. k Kir- Avas the jilace at which Mr. and g^11 were dejjosited on the 6th of i .j^ep Upon a flat gTov-nd between thj 'J1 olri i e l^lack Patch" were th>3 ruins I 1. olcand at the back of the I M3,8 °Ut -1'' at a Part °f the island which I t; ?Ce oa.li ,VlAw from Howth Harbour, was a Uv? cVDa t'le Long Hole," into which the '• er whl which was always filled with to M'a; 11 x'' v;t-u fully in. But when the left ^mph.tely out the Long Hole J.LCH }te ^getJier dry. NOAV, the cries of cam ? spoken, accoiding to the wit- t« »" a i r0m the direction of the "Long the ^'i. xt would be made apparent bo8?■cominaLrS^lc^i°n the jury that {et.^earri „? ;f0lB that part of the island could iv.r„ *le various places where the dif- 4 tl, ovei.Us xv'10 heard them were stationed «i Wlx-1,?' -t eight o'clock the boat left L tlthpia': Howth, with four boatmen. IN* i. the island it was dark. The W, AVei'e a °ut to Mr. Kirwan, and at "»■ to see hnn> but after a short W towards the boat and desired tli„Satio;i 4?1 0 up and fetch his bag. A con- I toiSOl len took place, and the boatmen asked t>r where the mistress was. to which Li sho^o?s?rer that he had not seen her. since to ,at sj ,'Meaning a shower of Kiin which Sea ^'j'-0ck), when she went to the tower 8^0l boatmen then suggested that a v 'Je made for her, and accordingly i- 'liffif.f■ ;ln^*e and the prisoner proceeded in j tii«l0V of the "Long Hole," passing up ) f .^urclv towards the "Black Patch." ;11'^ 111 finding Mrs. Kirwan they il SPO11 thai J boat, and told the other boat- f fi -h. p had not succeeded in their jJ*1 tlie r*°k Nangle tiien proposed to re- d (Vv^er and he, accompanied by the. L?s'rleraki ^lit-'bael Nangle, went through a b « e Portion of the island, until at V!;T camo to the "Long Hole." Patrick }e/° was in adranoe of the others, said, 1IP 113 make a good search," and accor- j Avetf611^' ^"° ^*le east. an<i Michael Nangle 4. B1de. so as to make an accurate the place. In the middle of y" of rio]c ^.Hole" was a very high rook. to tho ar'K'Ie went to one side L XV ftp and Michael Nangle ,jjf I xvu ° er- but just as Patrick ^°dv 8 nv')v'n? towards the place where 4lj fell* Wa.8 found, Mr. Kirwan slipped *e to 3i i the consequence of his the progress of the Nangles, 0 5ir>v\a ,aPPear tbat at the very instant of t 1:1 s fall Patrick Nangle perceived

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1 FAMOUS TRIALS. ..

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