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Young boy charged with murder of 9-year-old girl in Dungarvan
The town of Dungarvan where the murder took place. Photo: National Library of Ireland

Young boy charged with murder of 9-year-old girl in Dungarvan

Dungarvan, 13 August 1918 - A nine-year-old boy, Edmond Whelan, has been charged with the murder of a young girl of the same age, Ellen Power, at the Dungarvan Petty Sessions.

The alleged offence took place on 16 July.

Evidence was provided to the effect that the two children had had a row, during which Whelan, from Ballyknock, fired a piece of broken china at the girl, striking her in the eye. Power was taken to hospital in Cork where she was operated on, but she later died from meningitis.

The boy, who was brought into court under arrest, was released into the care of his father, but will return to court next week when the case will resume.

[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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Century Ireland

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