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Girl shot with toy pistol in Belfast
The Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where Minnie Kennedy was treated for her injuries Photo: National Library of Ireland, L_CAB_04203

Girl shot with toy pistol in Belfast

Belfast, 2 May 1913 - A 15-year-old boy from Belfast was remanded on bail in the Children’s Court, yesterday, after being charged with shooting a friend of his with a toy pistol.

Herbert Lilly was charged with having wounded Minnie Kennedy (16), having been arrested at 3am by an RIC sergeant. When arrested, the boy said: ‘I don’t know how it happened.’

A search found the toy pistol in the boy’s waistcoat, and a mask in his coat pocket. Minnie Kennedy was last night being treated for her injuries at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

[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.