The Black Bitch and other Tales – The Last Public Execution by Geoff Cronin

The Last Public Execution by Geoff CroninMy father told me that my grandmother’s people owned a pub in Ballybricken, from which there was a clear view of the old gaol. At this time in the late 1800s the custom was that criminals would be hanged publicly and Waterford gaol was the scene of many such hangings and so the pub did good business on those occasions.The Waterford gaol is long gone, replaced by municipal buildings now. But in its day it had a very imposing cut limestone front which housed a massive arched door about twenty feet high, above which there was a superstructure rising to perhaps fifty feet which framed an arch with an opening some eight feet high.When a hanging was to take place a platform and a gibbet emerged from this archway and the unfortunate criminal would be dropped through a trapdoor in the platform in clear view of the assembled gathering. This of course was a horrific sight and was meant to be a lesson to all would be wrongdoers.

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