Death by accident in 1890's

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Death by accident in 1890's

#1 Post by Nairn » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:50 pm

Has anyone ever heard of the death of a lady in Moygannon which was the result of her falling from her trap when her horse bolted after being frightened by a "dancing" bear from a travelling circus. This lady was engaged to marry my Grandfather who lived in Newry. I don't have the lady's name or the exact date of her death. But hopefully the circumstances of her death were unique enough to make it into local newspapers.

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#3 Post by Nairn » Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:51 pm

Lovely song - but not really what I wanted. Circuses at the turn of the century had bears which were forced to perform as though they were dancing. It was one of these which broke loose and caused the lady's death.

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#4 Post by the gap » Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:34 pm

Nairn wrote:Lovely song - but not really what I wanted. Circuses at the turn of the century had bears which were forced to perform as though they were dancing. It was one of these which broke loose and caused the lady's death.
I JUST LOVE THE SONG: What part of England do you live in?
Maybe they have Dancing bears

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#5 Post by Brian » Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:56 pm

Good old gap, ever helpful :you ejit:

I'll see if there is anything in the archives next time I'm in the library - not sure if the reporter goes back that far on microfilm though, so I might not find anything but its worth a look.

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#6 Post by Nairn » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:32 pm

Thank you, much appreciated.

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#7 Post by Padraigin » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:19 pm

Sorry, Gap made me laugh, felt guilty, woke up Mum last night after she had gone to bed, but she does not know, anything else seems to be Grateful Dead, yeah Gap?
The person did not give Grandfathers' name, if we had that maybe someone round Moygannon would know?

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#8 Post by dukestreet » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:13 pm

Yes there are papers that go back that far. Nairn could you possibly give a surname, or be a wee bit more specific with the date, and armed with that info, I will have a dig around?

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#9 Post by silveryfox » Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:27 pm

Nairn wrote:Has anyone ever heard of the death of a lady in Moygannon which was the result of her falling from her trap when her horse bolted after being frightened by a "dancing" bear from a travelling circus. This lady was engaged to marry my Grandfather who lived in Newry. I don't have the lady's name or the exact date of her death. But hopefully the circumstances of her death were unique enough to make it into local newspapers.
Hi Nairn

It is probably this one:

From the Irish Times 22 Aug 1888
SAD DEATH OF A YOUNG LADY

(From our Correspondent)
Newry, Tuesday
Miss Connolly, only daughter of Mr Edward Connolly, Clonallon, Warrenpoint, who with her mother and coachman was thrown from a carriage while on her way home from Divine Service in the Roman Catholic Church, Warrenpoint on Sunday, 1st July last, and sustained a fracture of the skull and other
injuries, has expired after severe suffering.

It will be remembered that the horse shied at a travelling menagerie near Moygannon Bridge, and the occupants of the carriage were violently thrown to the ground, Miss Connolly's head coming in contact with the kerbstone of the footpath, fracturing her skull and causing concussion of the brain. Mrs Connolly sustaining a fracture of her right arm, and the coachman getting his head injured.

Miss Connolly was picked up in an unconscious state, and ever since she had been attended by the best medical aid could be got, but notwithstanding that the doctors were thus able to prolong her valuable life for about six weeks, she succumbed on Saturday last to her injuries. Miss Connolly was a
young lady of very brilliant accomplishments, and was a great favourite in Warrenpoint and Rostrevor.

Her remains were interred in Rostrevor Cemetery yesterday, and the funeral was attended by all creeds and classes in the neighbourhood. When nearing Rostrevor the funeral cortege was met by a procession of children of a religious sodality of which deceased was a worthy member, and as the sad procession wended its way through the village of Rostrevor many expressions of deep sympathy were heard from both old and young. Mrs Connolly has now almost recovered from her injuries, but the death of her only child has completely prostrated her.

The young lady was Mary Elizabeth Connolly, and she died on 18 Aug 1888 aged 20.

Jim

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#10 Post by StLouisGuy » Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:25 am

Well done Jim. Such a sad story.

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#11 Post by dabarry » Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:35 pm

Good work, Jim.

Hope you emailed Nairn, as it's been
well over 4 years since his Post, and
he hasn't logged in since then.

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#12 Post by xpaddy » Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:57 pm

Jim wasn't aware of this post until
you updated it with your post on Saturday.

You came up with a lot of info which I'm sure
Nairn will be glad to read.

Good for you.

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#13 Post by silveryfox » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:51 pm

dabarry wrote:Good work, Jim.

Hope you emailed Nairn, as it's been
well over 4 years since his Post, and
he hasn't logged in since then.
I did email him, however the email daemon came back saying the address was no longer in use - maybe he'll come back some day
for another look though ;)

Jim

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Re: Death by accident in 1890's

#14 Post by xpaddy » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:26 pm

silveryfox wrote:
dabarry wrote:Good work, Jim.

Hope you emailed Nairn, as it's been
well over 4 years since his Post, and
he hasn't logged in since then.
I did email him, however the email daemon came back saying the address was no longer in use - maybe he'll come back some day
for another look though ;)

Jim

Jim - I would hope he would.

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