The Case of Fr. Nicholas Sheehy


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The Case of Fr. Nicholas Sheehy is the account of Fr. Nicholas Sheehy who on 15 March 1766 was publicly hanged, drawn and quartered in Clonmel. A former curate of Newcastle, he was the parish priest of Shanrahan, Ballysheehan and Templetenny (modern day Clogheen, Burncourt and Ballyporeen) for some years prior to his death.

He was the victim of the most bigoted among the Protestant gentry. They manufactured evidence to suggest Sheehy was a leader of the Whiteboys, and that he was implicated in the murder of a man called Bridge. Ned Meehan of Clogheen and Grange was hanged alongside Fr. Sheehy on the same charge of the murder of John Bridge. James Buxton of Kilcoran, James Farrell of Rehill and Edmond (Buck) Sheehy of Lodge were publicly executed at Clogheen some weeks later.

Canon William P. Burke and Dr Richard Robert Madden are respected historians who, at different periods, investigated the trial and prosecution of Fr. Sheehy.

The editor’s introduction includes details of the expulsion, in dramatic circumstances, of Nicholas Sheehy and others from the Irish College at Salamanca in 1751. The final chapter ‘Fr. Sheehy Commemorations at Clogheen and Shanrahan’ is also by the editor, Edmund O’ Riordan.

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Rev. William P. Burke & Dr Richard D. Madden