Two more executions followed those of William Ryan and Andrew Dea on February 7th (see above) as a result of the Limerick special commission of January, 1848. The catalyst, as ever, was agricultural debt, plus resentment over the problems of Ireland’s position in the then United Kingdom

John Quaine, 40, was in rent arrears on his farm at Rathard, near Limerick town. A land agent, Ralph Hill, was sent to seize part of Quaine’s corn and was shot dead. One of the farmer’s labourers, James Skeahan, 25, was identified as the killer.

Quaine, who had been talking about murdering the land agent, and Skeahan were hanged on Tuesday, February 22nd, 1848, in front of Limerick Prison.