are four sections in the History stack.
(1)Passage Tombs i.e. Seefin
(2)Monastic Site: St Santan's Monastry.
(3)The Hanging of the Kearneys.
(4)The Building of the Military Road
The Hanging of the Kearneys.
In 1816 there was a family called the Kearneys living in Friarstown
near Bohernabreena. There were two sons, Joe and Billy, as well as their
father and mother. They owned the local pub. Their landlord was Ponsonby
Shaw.He was very wealthy. His agent was called John Kinlan. Kinlan was
hated by everyone.The Kearneys often bragged that if they ever had the
chance they would kill Kinlan. One night Kinlan went missing. He was
presumed dead. An investigation took place. A hatchet was found near
the Kearneys house with blood and hair that resembled Kinlan's. Because
of the Kearney's bragging they were the prime suspects. The Kearneys
were brought to Kilmainham Gaol. A short and inadequate investigation
took place. With little evidence the Kearneys were found guilty and
sentenced to execution. The authorities wanted to have a public hanging
to show the people that if anyone did anything like that again they
would suffer the same fate. The fact that members of the Kearney family
were involved in the rebellion of 1798 and gave refuge to Robert Emmet
after his Rising in 1803 did not help their case. Hundreds of people
turned up to witness the executions of the father and his two sons.
After the hanging they were brought to Kilmainham Gaol and buried in
quicklime so that the bodies would disintegrate quickly. They didn't
have a monument or anything to show where they were buried. In 1933
some builders were digging in a sandpit in Tallaght. They found the
remains a body.The gardai thought that it might be John Kinlan's body
because it had blows to the head but there was no definite identification.The
killing of John Kinlan is a mystery. Will we ever find out if the Kearneys
killed him? Who knows!