Correspondence relating to the trial and release of Séan MacEntee, 1916-1917
|Main Creator:||MacEntee, Seán, 1889-1984|
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Séan MacEntee joined the Dundalk corps of the Irish Volunteers in January 1914. At the end of that year he joined the wing led by Eoin MacNeill. The Dundalk Volunteers mobilised on Easter Sunday 24 April 1916, marching to Slane awaiting orders that never came. MacEntee made his way to Dublin, but on the journey an affray occurred at Castlebellingham, County Louth, where Charles McGee, an RIC constable was murdered. MacEntee was later charged with his murder and sentenced to death but won a reprieve. He was imprisoned at Dartmoor Prison, then Lewes Prison and Portland Prison but was released in June 1917. He was re-arrested again on 6th August 1917 due to new statements issued by the Drogheda Royal Irish Constabulary. He was tried in September 1917 and then released.
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Copy of letter from Lord Monteagle, Mount Trenchard, Foynes, Co. Limerick, to Henry Hanna, barrister, enclosing copy of letter from Monteagle to a Mr. Duke concerning Séan MacEntee,
1917 June 8View more information ...
|In Collection:||Correspondence relating to the trial and release of Seán MacEntee, 1916-1917;|
Monteagle remarks to Hanna that he tried to "...find you at the Four Courts" to discuss MacEntee's "...case with you but failing this, I should be much obliged if you would kindly give me your opinion if you have a sufficiently clear recollection of the case". In the enclosed letter Monteagle writes to Duke that while he has "only once seen [Séan MacEntee] at his trial by court-martial" and that he "heard the latter half of his trial and formed a very strong opinion that, though he was undoubtedly technically guilty of murder, as he was engaged in criminal proceeding in the course of which the policeman [Constable McGee] was shot, he was not morally guilty, and is indeed an exceptionally high-minded man, however misguided".
|Main Creator:||Spring Rice, Thomas, 2nd Baron Monteagle of Brandon 1849-1926|
2 items (3 pages).
|Call Number:||MS 49,501/5 (Manuscripts Reading Room)|
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