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Francis Sheehy Skeffington murder discussed in New York
Hanna Sheehy Skeffington with her son Owen. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Francis Sheehy Skeffington murder discussed in New York

13 January 1917 - The widow of Francis Sheehy Skeffington has taken her husband's case to New York.

In an interview with the New York Times, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington says she was determined to come to America to tell people about 'my husband's murder', despite the British government's refusal to give her a passport. 'I am not willing to tell how I got here', she said, before adding that she had been forced to adopt a disguise to elude the British authorities. She is accompanied by her 7-year old son, Owen.

She compared the behaviour of the British in Ireland to that of the Germans in Belgium. She also predicted that the attempted introduction of conscription to Ireland would end in another Rising.

[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.]


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