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SCRAPS AND SKETCHES OF IRISH LIFE.

PRESENT AND PAST.

BY THE AUTHOR OF “A HOT WATER CURE.”

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“I have laid downe heere to the reader his view, a breefe discourse, whereof I trust he shall take no great surfet. And when I am aduertised that he will digest the thin fare that heere is disht before him, it may be (God willing) heereafter that he shall find my booke with store of more licorous deinties farsed and furnished ; leauing to his choice either nicelie to pickle, or greedilie to swallow, as much as to his contentation shall best beseeme him.”

RICHARD STANIHURST.

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LONDON:
PRINTED BY GEORGE BARCLAY, CASTLE STREET, LEICESTER SQUARE.

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I HAVE been compelled to witness many executions during the seven years of my sojourning in Ireland. I shall take the first, as it was most characteristic of the country and people. It happened at Clonmel, and will follow, appropriately enough, the story of the adventure with the Geoghegans. An individual of the name of Mara had, notwithstanding the cautioning of friends, threatening letters, intimidating notices, and all the means usually resorted to on such occasions, persisted in taking some land “over the heads," as it is called, of the former tenants; and for this Irish crime, not only the offending individual

VOL. II.

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