2 February 1891 – Bartholomew Sullivan

Bartholomew Sullivan carried the can for some well dodgy business going on in County Kerry.

The Irishman was hanged on this day for murder, despite the fact that he professed his innocence throughout.

Turns out that Patrick Fishive, a farmer, had been found murdered on land after he’d been evicted. The poor man had been trying to harvest the veg he’d worked hard to grow.

Attack of the potato men

Seems fair doesn’t it? Sadly someone else didn’t think so and bumped him off before he could enjoy his spoils. Apparently the deceased farmer has been warned away from gathering his crops, but he ignored it. Trails led to Sullivan, so he was hauled in and convicted at the courts in Munster.

The penalty was hanging, which took place in Tralee Prison and was carried out by James Berry when Sullivan was 35.

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