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Author Topic: An Infamous Knife Crime in 1882.  (Read 1463 times)


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An Infamous Knife Crime in 1882.
« on: March 14, 2011, 05:06:20 AM »

Dublin, Saturday 6th May 1882 : The city was decked in flags, the occasion, the formal state entry into the city of the new Lord Lieutenant Earl Spencer. After the ceremony  Lord Fredrick Cavendish the new chief sectary for Ireland went for a walk in Phoenix Park with the permanent under-secretary T.H.Burke. There predecessor's had been threatened with assassination, but it was a pleasent evening for a stroll and a good way to end a successful day. A horsedraw cab suddenly pulled up and four men dressed in black and armed with surgical knifes ( long Lister knifes ) jumped out and attacked. Burke suffered defensive wounds to his arms and had his throat slashed.  Cavendish was stabbed several times in the heart. Both men were dead. The attacker's fled the scene.
The attackers were ' Irish Invincibles ' a part of the early Fenian resistance to British rule in Ireland. It caused a major outrage at the time. Largely forgotten now, but an example of knife crime as a political hit. A history lesson.