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1916: October 26

1916: October 26

Tragic death of soldier’s child

Yesterday afternoon, Mr J F Small, Coroner for South Armagh, held an inquest on the body of Brigid McGeeney, Clonalig, Crossmaglen, County Armagh who was burnt to death on Monday.

The little girl is a daughter of Private Patrick McGeeney of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, at present a German prisoner-of- war in Limburg. She was four years old.

Her mother left her with a cousin, Gertie Carragher, aged fourteen years, while she went to Crossmaglen to get separation money.

Carragher had to go to a well for water and for safety left the child outside the house in a field.

On returning after ten minutes’ absence she found the little girl lying in flames on the kitchen floor.

Death was due to shock. A verdict of accidental death was returned.

Irish Brigade film at Clonard Picture House

During the present week large numbers have been present at the Clonard Picture House on the Falls Road to witness what may be termed the most interesting war films ever shown in the city – namely those depicting the Irish Brigade [the popular name for the 16th Irish Division, formed from Redmond’s National Volunteers] in France.

In these productions the audience are permitted to see for the first time incidents connected with the magnificent and heroic advance by the Irish Division at Guillemont and Ginchy and one cannot but feel a thrill of pride as he witnesses his dauntless countrymen going into action and actually taking part in that victorious engagement [in September 1916].

First of all there passes along the gallant Munster Fusiliers as they march to Mass prior to the fight.

Of special interest is the part in which Captain William Redmond, MP is depicted leading his company; and later we have a clear view of the enemy Saps being bombed.

A particularly exciting feature is that in which the Connaught Rangers are shown capturing a German position.

The film is certainly one which must appeal to all Irishmen and should not be missed by patrons of the Clonard.

(There was a special pride in West Belfast in the Connaught Rangers. In 1914, at the urging of the local Nationalist MP, Joe Devlin, around a thousand men from the National Volunteers in the Falls district had joined its Sixth Battalion. After training at Fermoy, Co Cork they were despatched to the Western Front as part of Redmond’s ‘Irish Brigade’.)