AT Carrigduff, Parish of Dunbologue, and barony of East Muskerry, D. Geran, Esq., Coroner, held an inquest o the body of J. Fitzgerald. In a wretched hut, on an damp floor, there was a filthy wad of straw, and upon this was placed the body of Jer. Fitzgerald. He had no bed, or clothes of any description, save the remains of an old blanket that covered deceased.
Mary Drew, the principal witness, deposed that she is the step-daughter of Jer. Fitzgerald, now deceased; her step-father died on Monday last; he complained of a cutting; had no employment or means of support; used sometimes pull heath off the mountain to make brooms; was not able to do so latterly; was recommended to work by Dean Hudson, but her step-father would not get work, as he was outside the barony of Barrymore, and there was no work in this part of the barony of East Muskerry. Jer. Fitzgerald got no work since harvest; had nothing to eat latterly but turnips; and no drink but turnip water; had not enough of turnips; would be glad to have them, because they had nothing to eat half their time. Deceased often complained of hunger, and was always a healthy man, till those hungry times.
They had only one old blanket and a sop of straw to lie on; deceased often complained of the cold: witness and her child slept in their clothes. A few days before Jer. Fitzgerald died, witness had to give one of their chairs for a basin of meal. On Friday and Saturday Jer. Fitzgerald had nothing to eat; on Sunday he had a little porridge, and on Monday he died. Witness says she is hardly able to stand, and will soon follow her father with hunger.
Other witnesses corroborated the above, and Doctor Wrixon, the physician of the district, swore he never saw so emaciated a body.
In accordance with the evidence, the jury returned a verdict of Death by Starvation.