An elegy on the death of Fr Nicholas Sheehy

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Title: An elegy on the death of Fr Nicholas Sheehy
Authors: Ní Úrdail, Meidhbhín
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Date: 1-Aug-2013
Online since: 2017-12-04T10:54:50Z
Abstract: The subject of the elegy below, Fr Nicholas Sheehy (Nioclás Mac Síthigh), was found guilty of murder at a trial in Clonmel, County Tipperary, and was hanged, drawn and quartered on 15 March 1766. The inscription on the memorial tomb marking his grave,which is still visible today in Shanrahan cemetary outside Clogheenin south Tipperary, states that the priest was thirty-eight years of age at the time of his death. He was thus born in 1728 or 1729, and his birth place, although not definitive, appears to have been at Fethard, County Tipperary. He descended from prominent, well-to-do Catholic families, his paternal forebears being the Mac Sheehys of Drumcollogher, County Limerick, while those on his maternal side were the Powers of Bawnfoun, County Waterford. A cousin, Edmund (‘Buck’) Sheehy, was a Catholic landowner on the Butler (Cahir) estate who, incidentally, was himself convicted of murder and executed on 3 May 1766.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: De Gruyter
Journal: Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie
Volume: 60
Issue: 1
Start page: 151
End page: 173
Copyright (published version): 2013 de Gruyter
Keywords: Literary contextManuscript readings
Subject LCSH: Sheehy, Nicholas, 1728-1766
DOI: 10.1515/zcph.2013.010
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore Research Collection

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