A Great Southern and Western Railway message form [letterpress] marked 'Special Express' with a manuscript message stating that 'The Agent to the .. Railway Company at Monastereven has announced to the gallant officers of the 4th Dragoons at Harringtons' Hotel that the Traitor William Smith O'Brien is to be hanged by the neck till he be dead .. and then drawn and quartered' ;
dated 9 October 1848
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This report was much exaggerated - while O'Brien was arrested and tried after the abortive 1848 Rising, his sentence was commuted to transportation and he was later allowed to go to France and finally to return to Ireland.
Accompanied by a copy of Robert Sloan's book 'William Smith O'Brien and the Young Ireland Rebellion of 1848' published by Four Courts Press in 2000.
Physical description: 1; sheet ; + 1 book
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