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Boy attacked by organ-grinder’s monkey in Dublin
An American organ grinder, pictured with his performing monkey in the 1890s Photo: (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA)

Boy attacked by organ-grinder’s monkey in Dublin

Dublin, 3 May 1913 - A young Dublin boy, John Connell (8), was attacked and bitten by an organ-grinder’s monkey last night on Parnell Street.

The boy had been one of a group of people who had gathered around a barrel organist who was performing on the street. In the course of the performance, the monkey jumped on John Connell and bit him on the face, forehead and right leg.

The injured boy was rushed to Jervis Street Hospital where he was detained overnight, his injuries being considered serious.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.