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TALE OF A HANGING

New book is published

Published 09/04/2013 | 05:24

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The life and death of the last woman hanged in Carlow is remembered in a new book about the events that led up to the day in 1835 when Lucinda Sly from Tullow was hanged outside Carlow gaol alongside Hogan Dempsey after they had both been found guilty of the murder of Sly's husband, Walter.

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Sly and Dempsey were believed to be lovers, and had an age difference of 20 years, which was looked down on at the time.

The new book, A Woman Hanged, looks at the life of Lucinda and the trial. The court, held in the Deighton Hall, heard that Walter Sly was shot in his home in Old Leighlin after returning from the Carlow Fair. His wife and her lover then left his body outside his home to make it look like he was robbed.

To mark the launch locals walked in the footsteps of Lucinda Sly on Thursday. They took in a historic walk from the library to Shamrock Square, Deighton Hall, Burrin Bridge, Carlow Shopping Centre, Carlow Museum and Nickel Restaurant.

Along the way participants heard the story of Lucinda's life as a single girl, a married woman, a widow with a young child, her second marriage and the circumstances which drove her to murder her abusive husband. The story of the trial and the consequences were also told and there were readings from the historical novel which bears her name.

Author Maidhc Dainín O Sé and translator Gabriel Fitzmaurice read and Professor Paul Horan gave a short presentation on part of the work of Rev. Samuel Haughton.

Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé's original novel in Irish published by Coiscéim, was launched in Carlow, and won a 2008 Oireachtas Literary Award. That novel has now been translated by Gabriel Fitzmaurice and published by Liberties Press.

The visited the Shamrock Square because this is where the regular Carlow Fair was held selling livestock and other produce at the top of Tullow Street, Deighton Hall was the Courthouse in Carlow prior to the existing Courthouse at Dublin Road/Athy Road junction and Carlow Shopping Centre was the Carlow Gaol from 1800 to 1890. Nickel Restaurant in Carlow Shopping Centre is the former Governor's

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