You’d think the hanging of a prisoner of war would suffice for one day’s work in the “Restoration of Order in Ireland” campaign pursued by the British Government.
But you would be underestimating the zeal of the agents of that restoration.
Kevin Barry was hanged in the morning in Dublin.
In the afternoon, Ellen Quinn aged 23, seven months pregnant and holding her nine months’ old baby in her arms, was standing on a stile in front of her house in Kiltartan, Co.Galway. She was fired on intentionally and mortally wounded in the abdomen when a lorry with uniformed constabulary passed at a rapid rate. There had been no attack on the lorry nor any other shots fired in the locality. Two doctors, Dr Sandys from Gort and and Dr Foley from Ardrahan were quickly on the scene. A Surgeon O’Malley from Galway was telegraphed for but he could not get a motor car to take him to Gort . A messenger going to Ardrahan for Dr Foley was wounded by a stray bullet fired by the agents of Restoration of Order in Ireland. Ellen Quinn and her unborn infant died from her wounds.
This report, like the circumstances surrounding the death sentence on Kevin Barry outlined by Arthur Griffith, was published by THE IRISH BULLETIN.
Dr Chris Fitzpatrick, who deprecates the commemoration of Kevin Barry, is a gynaecologist and obstetrician.